Selecting the Right Chair
It is very important that the chair you choose is adjustable to allow it to meet the changing needs of the person as their condition changes. Cognitive and physical changes may reduce the patient’s ability to ‘learn’ and ‘operate’ new products and operations and so having a chair that will adjust easily and can add accessories as needed will ensure continuity and familiarity.
The Sorrento™, Phoenix™ and Monaco™ chairs in particular are designed with features to suit the functional and clinical needs of patients who have suffered from a stroke. These three Seating Matters chairs are all highly adjustable and accessories can be included at a later date if they are not needed at the initial assessment. Supports can be added or replaced to help with rehabilitation exercises. This allows the one chair to meet the user’s changing needs over a long period of time.
For individuals recovering from a stroke that have a good level of head control but need support in their trunk, perhaps to provide support for a hemiplegia, the Sorrento chair with added lateral supports is a perfect rehabilitation tool.
For others who may have suffered a more dense stroke, the Phoenix chair provides more comprehensive head and trunk support to and can be used for rehabilitation as the supports can be easily added and taken away as and when they are required.
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.
For a milder stroke that results in immediate rehabilitations, the Monaco chair is often the best option.
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.