Selecting the Right Chair for a Patient with a Brain Injury
It is very important that the chair is adjustable to allow it to meet the changing needs of the person as their condition changes. Cognitive changes may reduce their ability to ‘learn’ new products and operations and so having a chair that will adjust and to which you can add accessories at a later date, will ensure continuity and familiarity.
The Sorrento™ and Phoenix™ in particular are designed to suit the needs of those suffering from a brain injury and these are also available as part of our Kidz Range, as well as for adults. These two Seating Matters chairs are highly adjustable and highly supportive and can be used as rehabilitation tools, with accessories that can be added or taken away as necessary. This allows one chair to meet changing patient needs over a long period of time. Both the Sorrento and Phoenix are available 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.
Depending on the severity of the injury, Sorrento and Phoenix can provide the exact amount of support a person needs. They can be adjusted to provide less support as rehabilitation routines work to make the user stronger. If the injury causes the user’s health to deteriorate, these chairs can be adjusted to include greater amounts of support as well.
If an individual suffers from symptoms that include involuntary movements, the Atlanta™ is a fantastic option. The Seating Matters Atlanta provides a safe and padded position, robust enough to withstand constant, vigorous, involuntary movements. The high arm rests and ramped seat of the Atlanta provide a safe and comfortable position without the patient feeling like they are being restrained in their seat.
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.