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We are delighted to introduce Ellie Burcher as our OT Ambassador for specialist seating and pressure care. Ellie is an independent OT who has over 10 years experience assessing and advising on specialist products in the NHS and social sector. We have every confidence that with her enthusiasm, experience and knowledge she will be able to answer any questions you may have involving occupational therapy and you.
In addition, Ellie is a key feature in our Seating Awareness Days travelling around the UK offering free Continued Professional Development to OTs and other healthcare professionals with an interest in specialist seating, posture and pressure management.

“I am thrilled to have been named Kirton and Invacare’s OT Ambassador for Seating and look forward to working with such respected and well known brands. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to increase awareness of my work as an independent OT and further develop my training and presentation skills. Seating is a real passion of mine and I love the idea of sharing this with the OT community alongside two fantastic companies.”

Click in the box above to Ask Ellie. Or if your question is about a Kirton product or service please email our Customer Service Team on customerservices@kirtonhealthcare.co.uk

Ellie’s website can be found at http://ejbtherapy.co.uk

Your Questions Answered

1. I have a client with MS, what chair would be the most appropriate for them?  Martin, Basingstoke

Ellie says “There’s no specific chair that can be recommended simply due to a clients condition, as everyone is very different. I would always recommend a trial with chairs to see what fits your client best and what is most comfortable. That being said with a condition such as MS it is often best to go for a chair that will support the clients long term needs and changes, not just what they need right now. Clients often struggle with progression of needs so just adding accessories is easier to accept than a whole new chair. For example a duo chair is so adaptable that the chair can change along with the client, with supports being altered or added as they need.

2. Do I have to have pressure relieving material on the seat of my chair?

Ellie says “You don’t have to have a pressure relieving seat in the chair, however i would always recommend considering some as a preventative measure.  Your clinician may assess that you do need a level of pressure relief but if you are not getting a chair specifically for this reason it maybe worth getting medium/high pressure relief such as ReflexionTM Foam to reduce the chance of getting pressure damage.”

3. I am looking to buy a chair for my mother who is in a nursing home, she has tried one that belongs to another resident and would like one the same. Should I have an OT assessment before buying anything?

Ellie says “You may not need an OT assessment but certainly asking for advice from your local OT team may indicate if you are able to source alternative funding for your chair. You may also want to check that all your mothers clinical needs are taken into account. A Kirton rep could also help you make sure you are getting the right chair.”

4. Hello Ellie, my daughter is using Kirton Persona mk 11 I am looking to change this chair as we need a narrow chair to fit through a narrow door way is there one available ? Jackie Williams, Birmingham

Kirton have the Duo chair which superseded the Persona MKII which was discontinued several years ago. It is great to hear that the chair has worked so well for you for so long. You did not mention whether your daughter’s chair is a Persona MKII Major or Minor, so I have attached a data sheet with specifications for all three options of the Duo chair.

If you are unsure which chair would be suited to your daughter’s requirements, contact a member of the Kirton sales team to carry out a free of charge seating assessment and offer advice on a new chair.

5. Hi, I have borrowed a Delta Kirton chair for one of my patients and want to know how long it is recommended they sit in the chair for as my patient is at high risk of pressure sores. Amanda

Thanks for raising this query. Determining sitting out times is always difficult and can be different for each client as it depends on so many factors including client’s pressure history, level of pressure relief within the chair, the clients tolerance to sitting out and how often the tilt is being readjusted.

As a general starting point we advise clients to sit out initially for 1.5 hours and then gradually increase sitting out times monitoring their skin integrity, comfort and levels of fatigue.

If you have more details about the chair’s specification then Kirton could advise you on the level of integral pressure relief and, if necessary, arrange for a Kirton Seating Assessor to visit with you to assess your client’s individual needs. To do this just call the Kirton customer services team on 0800 212709.

6. I am looking at seating for a man of short stature with learning disabilities. He needs a seat depth of approx 12″ and a low height as well. Would any of your chairs fit the requirements?

Thank you for your email.

There may be several chairs which may meet your client’s requirements. From the factors you stated I would be initially thinking of our height adjustable Encora chair or Duo Minor. However to ensure we assess fully I would strongly recommend a free of charge seating assessment by one of Kirton Healthcare’s experienced seating advisors to ensure suitability and correct size for your client.

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