Selecting the Right Chair
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 difficulties 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 will ensure continuity and familiarity.
The Phoenix™ chair in particular is designed to suit the needs of those with cerebral palsy. This Seating Matters chair is highly adjustable and accessories can be included at a later date if they are not needed at the initial assessment. This allows the chair to meet changing patient needs over a long period of time. The Phoenix chair is also available as part of our Kidz Range, as well as for adults.
Individuals with cerebral palsy need a lot of upper body support and the Phoenix can provide that. With its shoulder support and headrests, the head is protected and ensures that the spine is properly aligned. The Phoenix chair is also available as part of our Kidz Range.
The Phoenix comes 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.
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.