Grace is 80 years old and lives with her daughter, son-in-law and two teenage grandchildren. Grace has several physical conditions, including arthritis, which has led to 2 hips and one knee being replaced over ten years ago. Consequently, Grace’s mobility has deteriorated, and she now needs hoisting for all transfers. Grace and her family have been preparing for this, and Grace has a bedroom on the ground floor of the house, with part of the garage converted into a shower area and toilet. Grace moving to residential care is not an option Grace or her family want.

Grace’s Daughter Olivia works from home and wants to support her mum. Still, following discussions, they believe that proper care will be required to ensure Olivia can work and maintain a good balance between being a carer for her Mum and her daughter.

Grace and Olivia discuss their concerns with a social worker who recommends an Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment. On meeting the OT, Grace discusses her wish to continue to use a toilet and not wear pads for as long as possible. Grace also stated she would like to be able to sit in a chair also. Olivia says that her Mum leans to the left over time and can sometimes start to slip forward.

The OT suggests a package of interventions to meet Grace’s needs, supports her wish to allow her daughter to help her and enables the provision of formal care. The OT discusses the concept of single-handed care, which can support Olivia in demonstrating techniques and equipment to help, and care agencies in the locality are also trained to provide this level of care.

The OT arranges for a Ceiling Track Hoist (CTH) to replace the current mobile hoist, and a bed management system is provided. The OT looks at Grace’s wish to continue to use the toilet and sit out in a chair. When assessing Grace’s postural needs, the OT establishes that a well-fitted shower chair that can fit over the toilet and support Grace at the hips and the lower thoracic area would help her maintain a good upright position. The OT chooses a T40 shower chair which he builds in his local stores to Grace’s measurements. The T40 height is adjusted so it moves easily over the toilet, allowing Grace to use the toilet as usual and making it easy for one handler.

The OT picks a Dartex seat that is more comfortable than standard material coverings and side support that help hold the hips and the lower thoracic area comfortably, preventing Grace from leaning – making toileting and showering a more pleasant experience. The OT also provides a lap strap to stop Grace from sliding forward over time and holding the hips in an optimal position.

The OT also sources a Brooklyn Recliner chair from his regional stores. The OT chose this chair as it can be moved between rooms allowing Grace to spend time with family in family areas. It has a good degree of pressure care support and postural support, ensuring Grace’s comfort and consideration of longer-term needs.

These provisions, along with OT support and guidance to the family, enable Grace’s wishes and empower Olivia and local care providers to support Grace’s care and wellbeing within a caring family environment.

Case study courtesy of our friends at Athena Handling Ltd.

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Prism Medical UK is pleased to be able to offer additional features to our popular Freeway shower chair range.

With its modular design, the Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair is a highly versatile assistant-propelled shower, toilet or commode chair and is available in various widths.

The design features anti-tangle swivel castors, which provide a smoother ride for the user and include an obvious red brake lever making it easy to see if the brake has been applied. The castor design also prevents the build-up of dirt and hair, ensuring the wheels don’t become blocked and reducing the need for ongoing maintenance.

Freeway T40 height-adjustable shower chair with anti-tangle castors
Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair
Benefits of the Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair:
  • High quality – Manufactured in the UK from UK-sourced raw materials.
  • Durable – Built-to-last, robot-welded steel frame and non-rust components.
  • Hygienic – Antimicrobial powder coating prevents the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Service free – Anti-tangle castors prevent dirt and hair from clogging the wheels.
  • Modular design – Allows total configuration to suit the client’s needs.
  • Cost-effective – Parts can be easily added or changed to suit the client’s changing needs.
  • Comfort – A variety of seat options and sizes are available.
Configuration options on the Freeway Height Adjustable include:
  • Height-adjustable frame – The chair’s seat height can be adjusted from 510mm to 560mm in 25mm increments. This makes it easier to use with toilets of varying sizes, so it can be used to care for people with multiple needs and locations.
  • Seat choices – A range of options are available, including width, type and cover. This gives maximum comfort to the user and can be easily changed later.
  • Additional accessories – Various backrest, armrest and footrest options are available, allowing you to design a chair that meets the client’s needs and works in the space available.
If you’d like to learn more, please visit our website’s Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair page or get in touch.
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