Margaret, an 81 year old female with a history of pneumonia, had recently suffered a stroke (CVA). She had a high risk of pressure injuries and had developed a red area on her left heel.
This was a conflicting situation as Margaret was a very sociable person and enjoyed sitting up and spending time in different environments throughout the home. However, due to the challenges associated with sitting, she often missed out on those activities which she enjoyed.
The caregivers found it very hard to position Margaret in the chair. Despite various attempts, they could not get her in a comfortable position and would often be aware of how much pain she felt within the chair. The caregivers would often feel frustrated that they could not alleviate her pain. They would use pillows and rolls for positioning and comfort and would regularly correct her posture as a result.
After a thorough assessment it was deemed suitable that Margaret would trial the Seating Matters Atlanta™ chair. This chair was designed specifically for her needs with the provision of a leg rest to be used to reduce swelling on both lower limbs.
Immediately Margaret expressed her satisfaction at how comfortable the chair was and that it made a huge difference to her life. She was excited to show the staff and other residents her new chair and delighted in telling them she was now comfortable.
A tray table was also provided with Margaret’s chair. This encouraged bilateral hand function as she was able to use both hands or rest her left on the table, preventing preventing weakness in her left side.
One of the most pivotal advantages of her new chair was that for the first time since her admission, Margaret was able to attend a religious service that was being held in the nursing home. This was owing to the fact that the Atlanta™ chair could be wheeled from room to room easily. Also, Margaret was now able to sit comfortably for extended periods. In previous years she could not tolerate sitting long enough to attend this service, which was undoubtedly very important to her.
For patients at risk of falls, and those with vigorous, involuntary movements, the Atlanta has been clinically designed to provide a robust, durable and safe environment, reducing the risk of injury and falls.
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