ArticleTraining Elders With Transfemoral AmputationsCole, Elizabeth Smith PTAuthor Information From the Department of Physical Therapy, Amputee Services of Austin, Austin, Tex. Corresponding author: Elizabeth Smith Cole, PT, Department of Physical Therapy, Amputee Services of Austin, 2729 Exposition Blvd, Suite 125, Austin, TX 78703 (e-mail: [email protected]). Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: July 2003 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 183-190 Buy Abstract Experience derived from working as a physical therapist in a prosthetics facility provides the basis of determining whether an older adult with transfemoral amputation is a candidate for a prosthesis. In addition to the client's physical status, the clinician should consider the client's emotional status and previous activity level. Prosthetic selection is based on the client's K level, the functional prognosis defined by Medicare. Training techniques within the clinic and at home are aimed at helping the client meet personal goals as well as the therapist's goals of enabling the client to accomplish daily activities as independently as possible, and become proficient in care of the residual limb and the sound foot. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.