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 changes may reduce the patient’s ability to ‘learn’ new products and operations and so having a chair that will adjust easily and which you can add accessories to as needed will ensure continuity and familiarity.
The Sorrento and Phoenix in particular are designed to suit the needs of those with Parkinson’s disease. These two Seating Matters chairs are highly adjustable and can provide support to all parts of the body, especially at the head, protecting the individual from head or neck injuries due to their uncontrolled tremors. All 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.
For those who have good skin and a degree of mobility, the Monaco™ provides lateral support and pressure management cushions.
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.