Phoenix, Supportive and functional chair for disabled adults


The Phoenix™ is the most supportive chair of the Seating Matters range clinically designed to help the most complex needs of your patients.

Helping Complex Needs by Simple Therapeutic Design

The Phoenix chair was named after the symbol of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the therapeutic influence is obvious in the design.  The Phoenix provides maximum support for the upper body with a unique head support for patients with complex postural needs and spinal problems.  Designed for posture care, pressure care, early mobilization and safe patient handling the Phoenix is suitable for the most complex level of care.

Phoenix, Supportive and functional chair for disabled adults
Phoenix, Supportive and functional chair for disabled adults

Maximum Support

The adjustable shoulder and head supports can perform to the person’s individual posture and position with fast and easy adjustments. With tilt in space and adjustable components, the Phoenix™ will meet a range of individual support needs, sizes and levels of mobility making it ideal for multiple users.

Used in rehabilitation settings, it can assist in the development and maintenance of independence or for those with progressive conditions; it can provide additional support as necessary.

Pressure Management in Seating Matters Chairs

The combination of memory foam and Dartex in Seating Matters chairs give a medium to high pressure redistribution, however maximum pressure management can be achieved in a chair by applying The Four Principles of Pressure Management in Seating.  Discover more about the pressure management properties of the Seating Matters chairs here.

Watch the PHOENIX™ video

Seating Case Study Complex Needs Seating Matters Phoenix


Ben had kyphosis and a history of pressure injuries and spent 14 hours per day in his chair.  He was hoisted for all transfers.  Following assessment Ben was sat in a Phoenix chair which greatly improved his postural alignment and prevented further kyphotic deterioration.


The Phoenix™ is effective for adults with the following
disabilities and conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Spina bifida.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Motor neurone disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Advanced dementia.
  • Osteoporosis.

The Phoenix™ is effective in seating clients with the following
postural and medical conditions:

  • Pressure ulcers.
  • Reduced upper body tone.
  • Kyphosis.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Muscle contractures.
  • Oedema.

PHOENIX™ Accessories

A ramp in the seat cushion can give a permanent degree of tilt for the users chair and can be used for the purposes of improved positioning and deceased risk of sliding. This can be exchanged for alternative seat cushion options at a later date.
This pressure management hip and arm support gives extra protection to the patient sitting in the chair by allowing immersion and envelopment of bony prominences in the arm of the chair. The arm supports help with postural alignment by supporting the arms and stabilizing the pelvis. With this added hip and arm support, the arms provide an additional level of pressure management.
A side pocket can be added onto your chair for convenience to keep personal items within reach.
These pressure redistributing supports are used for those needing thoracic/trunk support and helps reduce development or further deterioration of scoliosis, as well as promoting midline sitting for those that tend to lean to one side.
Helpful for clients whose legs abduct and externally rotate. They protect the feet from injury or objects in the path of chair movement. They also help to keep the feet supported on the footplate.
Padding can be incorporated into the footplate of the chair for additional pressure management, to accommodate or improve foot position or to further decrease the seat-to-footplate height for individual users.
The leg rest wedge helps to elevate the clients legs further.
These further reduce the width of the chair to accommodate users with particularly narrow hip widths. The amount of padding is variable and these can be removed to suit the needs of multiple users.
Keep your handset accessible and in easy reach at all times with this simple handset loop.
Instrumental in keeping the chair clean and adhering to infection control protocols, especially with clients who suffer from incontinence. They can be removed and sterilised or replaced as necessary.
Instrumental in keeping the chair clean and adhering to infection control protocols, especially with clients who suffer from incontinence. They can be removed and sterilised or replaced as necessary.
A tray for meals, positioning support and facilitation of activities. The tray table should only be used in accordance with facility or local regulations regarding restraint.
To help keep the chair stationary, 4 braked castors can be added to the chair frame at time of ordering or in retrospect. Brakes can be engaged from the front or the back of the chair.
300mm rear wheels that provide additional ease of manoeuvrability. These can be used to control the direction of movement during transit providing smooth mobility. A wheelchair ratchet breaking system which provides a stable and secure break on the chair is included as standard with stroller wheels.
Provides additional safety during transit as well as providing a form of support for those who may have a tendency to slide out of their chairs or suffer from seizures. It is only to be used in accordance with facility or local regulations regarding restraint. (HB7)
Size: Standard or Bariatric
A well-padded 2 point hip belt with squeeze-release buckle and a single pull loop for easy adjustment. (HB6)
Size: S, M, L
The four-point design provides extra security and safety by preventing the belts from riding too high in use. (HB2)
Size: S, M, L
This belt is supplied with a pin release cover to the central fixing – an ideal solution to prevent the user from inadvertently undoing the strap. (HB3)
Size: S, M, L
The pelvic positioning belt helps secure the patient around the waist and reduce sliding. (HB4)
Size: S, M, L
A positioning aid for improving stability when sitting, by promoting abduction of the upper legs. (HB5)
Size: S, M, L
Provides excellent upper body stability to encourage functional positioning. Equipped with a non-slip surface ensuring that it stays located correctly. The easy adjustment tabs are marked for size facilitating consistent positioning. (HB1)
Size: S, M

Adjustable in under 1 min

A chair which can be easily adjusted;
– on-site
– without tools
– within 60 seconds and
– fixed to limit improper adjustment.

Infection control approved

At Seating Matters we take infection control very seriously. Our chairs have been specifically designed to decrease entrapment areas where bacteria and germs can survive.

7 year warranty

Due to our extremely high manufacturing standards and stringent testing, we are confident to offer an industry leading 7 year warranty.

Fabric Options

Please contact your local Seating Matters provider to find out which fabrics are available in your country

PHOENIX™ Operational Manual

For more in-depth information on all the PHOENIX™’s features, dimensions and specifications, please feel free to download the operational manual.


The descriptions included on this page reflect common features of the Seating Matters chairs.  As features and specifications vary in different parts of the world, please refer to your local Seating Specialist to confirm the exact specification in your area.