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Specialist Seating for Rehabilitation

Welcome to the Kirton guide to Seating for Rehabilitation. Regardless of why an individual is undergoing rehabilitation the end goal is inevitably the same: rapid recovery in order to regain independence and quality of life. Seating can be instrumental in facilitating swift and successful recuperation from illness, helping to support the efforts of both the care team and the individual receiving treatment.

This guide will highlight some of the most effective seating solutions to aid rehabilitation following a stroke, head injury or other neurological or physical condition. We hope it gives you an insight into the role seating has to play and how the correct chair can go a long way towards assisting the rehabilitation process.

Important Elements of Seating for Rehabilitation

When selecting the correct seating for rehabilitation there are a few key elements to consider that can further enhance the therapeutic qualities of your chair :

Dynamics

A chair’s scope for movement is very important for individuals with limited ability to reposition themselves independently. Tilt-in-space is a particularly beneficial feature which enables the occupant of the chair to be tilted forwards or backwards whilst maintaining the angle of the knees and hips for a comfortable resting position. This encourages weight distribution over a larger contact surface area providing a simple and effective way of combating the build up of pressure. Manualelectrically powered or regulated motion (preset, independent electrical movement) tilt-in-space options are available.

Pressure Relief

The likelihood is that an individual undergoing rehabilitation will be seated for lengthy periods of time and may have difficulty redistributing their body weight without assistance. With this comes a heightened risk of pressure related issues so incorporating a suitable pressure relieving option into the selected chair is imperative. All Kirton chairs are available with a range of integral pressure relief solutions, including the innovative Intelli-Gel® technology for those at high to very high risk of pressure ulcers.

Additional Support

The functionality and positioning achieved for an individual seated in a Kirton chair can be further enhanced and tailored to provide additional support through the inclusion of a wide range of options and accessories. Lateral supports, hip belts, lap belts, toe straps and trays are available to provide added comfort, positioning and function for various user requirements.

Key Problems and Solutions

Does your client… Consider…
Lean left or right?

Lateral Supports

Contract at the knee?

Negative Legrest Angle

Droop their head?

Back Recline • Tilt-in-Space

Have a propensity for pressure sores?

Integral Pressure Relief • Tilt-in-Space

Side transfer?

Removable Arm

Have poor balance?

Lateral Supports • Tilt-in-Space

Slide forward in their chair?

Tilt-in-Space • Ramped Seat Module

Require their hips to open out?

Back Angle Recline

 

Is your client… Consider…
Ambulant?

Rise Function • Flip up Footrest • Negative Angle Leg Rest

Non-Ambulant?

Good Hoist Access • Mobile Frame • Push Handle

Kyphotic?

Waterfall Backrest • Articulating Backrest

Chairs to Consider

 

Try Before you Buy

We provide free product demonstrations and assessments nationwide and are always happy to discuss bespoke options. Contact us today to book your appointment with one of our knowledgeable, experienced product advisors on Freephone 0800 212709, telephone +44 (0)1440 705352, or email info@kirtonhealthcare.co.uk

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