On the face of it, these chairs look like a fairly standard armchair. Then you look a bit closer … staff can easily manoeuvre them … they have a tilt function to gently change the patients position, a footrest and removable arm, back and seat pads to give the highest degree of support and comfort.
The seat pads are wipe-clean and made from material that specifically helps with patient ‘pressure management’. Not only that, the chairs are designed to work with the Sara Steady equipment used by staff to help patients to stand from a seated position.
According to Louise Panella, Lead Therapist “These chairs are already in full use and are benefiting patients who are transitioning from bed care to sitting. Patients have expressed how comfortable and safe the chairs feel and use of them is speeding up discharges from hospital.”
They are a total ‘game changer’ and allow patients, previously managed in bed greater potential to be able to progress to seated and standing positions. The Friends are pleased to have provided funding of £4,344 for the first two tilt chairs.
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