How the Seating Matters Phoenix has changed Adam’s life after a stroke.

In 2013, Adam was a regular, 33 year old, Manchester United supporter, in what he describes as the “prime of his life”, when a brain haemorrhage changed everything.*

Adam suffered a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage, “an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.”1 leaving him unable to walk.

After spending months in the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation, Adam was then moved to Meadow House Nursing Home whilst he waited for home adaptions.

With more than 1 year spent in and out of hospitals and nursing homes, Adam was finally able to come home. Adam’s home had been adapted to allow him to move, as freely as possible, around his home in a chair. This included additions such as;

  • Wet rooms
  • Wider doors
  • Mechanical kitchen
  • Electric front door

But with all these changes there was one thing that still wasn’t 100% – and that was Adam’s chair.

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“The chair was not very comfortable” said Adam when speaking about his tilt in space wheelchair. “It was a great chair, but was not working for me and I would often end up back in bed by the afternoon.”

In 2019 Adam began working with Kelly, a physiotherapist who was referred to help with passive stretching and progressing Adam into a stand aid.

“When I started working with Adam I realised we were just 2 weeks apart in age, and I began looking at his treatment how I would want to be treated and what I would want to achieve” said Kelly. “I can go from my sofa to my car, I can stay in my lounge and watch a movie with friends, and I wanted him to have the same options.”

With this in mind Kelly knew that Adam would need a new chair, and she reached out to the team at Seating Matters.

Conor Lynch, the local Seating Matters Seating Specialist was sent to assess Adam. “I met Adam in his wheelchair and it was immediately obvious to me he was in pain and discomfort. Sitting for most of the day in an uncomfortable position was getting to Adam and I knew straight away the Phoenix would be a game changer for him.”

“Conor was great, very funny… but don’t tell him we said that!” Adam P.

Once Adam sat in his Phoenix chair, things changed for the better. “If I had to give this chair a rating I would give it a 10/10” said Adam “I no longer have to go back to bed because it is so comfortable”.

“This chair really has changed Adam’s life” said Kelly. “Adam can now spend the entire day in his lounge and stretch his legs independently, which he could not do in the wheelchair. We also got the chair in black to match his lounge and it makes the chair look like any other reclining chair which was important to Adam.”

Adam is could not be happier in his Phoenix chair, “I believe this chair will help me to be able to walk eventually which is my main goal!”

Do you know someone like Adam? Book a free seating assessment today.

 *Note – the purpose of this blog is to give an overview of the product with some tips to consider on its use. This is not intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, prescription or treatment and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. For advice with your personal health or that of someone in your care, consult your doctor or appropriate medical professional.

References

  1. (n.d.). Subarachnoid haemorrhage. Retrieved November 09, 2020, from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/subarachnoid-haemorrhage/

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Stroke Rehabilitation Chairs

We live in an age that has made considerable medical advancements that improve the quality of life for those who experience a stroke. While there is no question that such an event has a huge impact on the life of the individual as well as their family, in the wake of the occurrence what should become clear is that with appropriate support structures in place things can be managed as the recovery begins.

The Ideal Rehabilitation Chairs for Stroke Patients

A stroke chair is a key piece of equipment that is crucial to promoting beneficial physical behaviour and limiting the risk of complications.

Here at Seating Matters, we believe that the patient and its caregivers should always seek out products that give the body the best chance of recovery. We are here to help you solve the issue of appropriate seating. Our chairs are backed by clinical evidence that was gained from a research study carried out over  2-years by the University of Ulster.

Why Seating Solutions are a Key Consideration During Rehabilitation

As the recovery process begins, stroke patients and those charged with their care should look for a stroke rehab chair that promotes the highest standard quality of life. There are many complications connected to a stroke and so, while the mind comes to terms with what happened and comes around to the changes that need to be made, it is important that the physical body is not ignored and that proper supports are in place from as early as is appropriate.

The reality for many stroke patients is that they will have little or limited ability to adjust their seating position throughout the day. A caregiver must keep an eye out for any signs that the body is reacting negatively to being in a sustained position as a result of the pressure felt. Something that starts out small can develop rapidly and create additional problems, so the chair used must provide as much relief as possible.

At Seating Matters, we recognise that even for carers, the process of safely and comfortably moving a patient in their seat can be challenging. As such, we developed our chairs to incorporate features that make the process as simple and unintrusive as possible.

We seek to provide solutions that are beneficial to both the patient and carer, so the presence of visco-elastic memory foam combined with Dartex multi-stretch breathable fabric, tilt in space, recline and elevating leg rest, push handle, swivel castors and removable arms help you to achieve more, and your patient to benefit physically as a result.

We Set the Benchmark for Quality Supportive Seating

Here at Seating Matters, our rehabilitation chairs have been developed over three decades. We don’t release a new product to any of our clients until it has passed our high-quality manufacturing standards and meets the requirements set in our stringent testing process. We don’t just sell the best chairs, we provide you with a piece of equipment that you can feel fully confident in.

A stroke chair can make a world of difference to the patient and can promote a faster route to recovery. It makes caregiving that little bit easier and more manageable, and it achieves a standard of comfort and dignity that is unsurpassed in the market. We encourage you to inquire about a free seating assessment today.

Seating Matters provides clinical healthcare seating chairs for Disabled & Elderly people in Australia. We sell kyphosis chairs, pressure relief chairs, cerebral palsy chairs, occupational therapy chairs, parkinsons disease chairs, tub aged carre chairs, tilt space chairs, fall prevention chairs, huntington’s disease chairs, multiple sclerosis chairs, brain injury chairs, chairs for demantia patients & other seating range in Australia. Browse our website for more information or contact us for more details.

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Each day I realise more and more the impact of seating on people's lives. For these people, the quality of their chair determines the quality of their life.
Martina Tierney
Founder and Clinical Director
Seating Matters