Selecting the Right Chair
It is very important that the chair is multi adjustable enabling it to meet the changing needs of the person as their condition changes. Cognitive changes may reduce the patient’s ability to ‘learn’ new products and operations and so having a chair that will adjust easily and which accessories can be added to as needed, will ensure continuity and familiarity.
The Sorrento™, Phoenix™, Atlanta™ and Monaco™ chairs in particular are designed to suit the needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Phoenix and Sorrento are helpful in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease when muscular function is lost. The Seating Matters Phoenix and Sorrento chairs are highly adjustable, providing full body support and pressure management. Accessories can be added to the chairs at a later date as and when they may be required, to meet patient’s changing needs as they evolve over a period of time. Both the Sorrento and Phoenix come in manual and powered options. Manual adjustment leaves the control of the seating positions to the caregiver. Partially motorized options give the user of the chair more independent control to change the angle of tilt in space and their leg elevation as and when desired. Fully motorized options give the user of the chair control to change the angle of tilt in space, their leg elevation and the back angle recline as and when desired.
The Atlanta is particularly helpful in patients who suffer involuntary movements and can be challenging to seat. People with these symptoms may have an increased risk of falling out of their chairs because they forget that they are not as strong as they once were. The seat depth, high arm rests and leg rests keep the individual safe, supported and snug within their chair. If your patient or loved one is at high risk of falls you may find this blog on the subject helpful.
For those who have good skin with low pressure risk, and a degree of independent mobility, the Monaco provides lateral support and pressure management whilst maintaining the patient’s independence.
Bear in mind, each person is different and so you must use clinical judgement, knowledge of the patient, environmental considerations and personal preferences before deciding on which Seating Matters chair to use.