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Graham's story

Configura Rise and Recline

Condition:

  • Kyphosis
  • Poor skin interity
  • Osteoarthritis

Difficulty:

  • Standing transfer
  • Risk of further pressure damange on the spine

Functional Benefit:

  • Riser function
  • Adapted waterfall backrest
  • Oressure relieving fabric throughout contact areas

Evidence:

Graham is an 85 year old with severe arthritis, a significant kyphosis and poor skin integrity, he has very restricted range of movement and mobility. Graham’s privately purchased armchair was very wide and deep, there was no integrated pressure relief and so a pressure cushion was perched on top.

Reasoning:

The combination of these factors caused him great difficulty with his transfers, very poor posture when seated and also resulted in a pressure sore on his sacrum and the apex of his spine where his kyphosis was most pronounced, both of which caused him great pain and discomfort. Graham required regular input by the district nurses.

Conclusion:

A Configura Rise and Recline was set up according to Graham’s seat depth, popliteal height and width, his pressure cushion was inserted into the seat of the chair, making it more secure. The chair had high pressure relieving fabric covering all surfaces his body came into contact with. Graham demonstrated safe and independent transfers using the riser function of the chair and used the tilt mechanism to obtain and maintain a safe, supported seated position. Graham commented on the difference in comfort and size of the chair.

"This is the most comfortable chair I have sat in, I cannot feel the sore on my back" – Graham