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. For patient’s with motor neuron disease/ALS, the chair will need to become more supportive as time goes on and it is good to start with a chair that you can add accessories to as new symptoms arise.
The Sorrento™ and Phoenix™ in particular are designed to suit the needs of those with MND/ALS, especially in later stages of the disease where muscular function is decreased. These two Seating Matters chairs are 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 needs over a long 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.
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.