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 easily adjust 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 suffering from a spinal cord injury, and these are also available as part of our Kidz Range, as well as for adults. These two Seating Matters chairs are highly adjustable and 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.
Depending on the severity of the injury, Sorrento and Phoenix can provide the exact amount of support a person needs. If the individual is getting better, it is possible to create less support with the Sorrento and Phoenix, while if the patient’s injury causes an overall deterioration in their health, both have the capability of providing as much support as possible, from the patient’s head to their feet.
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.