Specialised Seating

High Dependency Seating:  Careflex Rehabilitation Chairs

In everyday life, we generally take our sitting posture for granted. But when a little more help is needed to keep a person comfortable and safe, the chair they sit in needs to do some of the work.

Specialist seating offers a solution for balancing the four key considerations when choosing a bespoke chair: Comfort, pressure relief, posture control and independence.

One of the main issues when sitting or lying down for long periods is the discomfort caused by skin and soft tissue damage which happens when soft tissues are compressed to the point where circulation stops. Pressure ulcers can develop, and are made worse by factors such as incontinence, immobility, sensory impairment and age.

To promote a good sitting posture, all CareFlex chairs:

  • Support the maximum surface area of the body
  • Provide maximum stability and a well-balanced position
  • Prevent or reduce the occurrence of undesirable postural changes
  • Maximise functional ability
  • Increase comfort
  • Assist energy management
  • Assist frequent repositioning
  • Enhance the ability to transfer independently or with assistance

We have classified specialist seating into five levels, based on a user’s level of need and the complexity of the chair required.

Use the following five levels as a guide to establish which CareFlex chair is right for you, your client or your loved one.

Level 1

The Need

For circumstances where sitting is the primary posture for most of the day’s activities – assistance may be needed to rise to standing and to change position for eating, or relaxing.

The Chair

A comfortable and supportive chair that’s simple to adjust, offering security, durability, familiarity and stability for activities. Integral pressure relief helps to prevent soft tissue damage as a result of immobility, and the chair allows movement if the user is able to change and correct their position.

Level 2

The Need

For maintaining independence and keeping active – for example, following a fall, minor stroke or hip replacement, or when getting up from a sofa takes too much effort.

The Chair

A solid, stable chair that is made to fit each user in terms of seat height, depth and width, with an integral system to raise the user safely to a standing position or lower them down to sitting. Once sat, the user can change their position according to how active they are so a recline facility with legrest elevation is incorporated.

Level 3

The Need

For situations where support is needed to accommodate posture and allow maximum functionality for long periods through the day. The posture may be complex and additional support may be needed to control the position of parts of the body affected by neurological or musculoskeletal conditions.

The Chair

A chair that is simple and safe to operate, to encourage regular repositioning either independently or by a carer – for example using Tilt-in-Space technology, legrest elevation and foot support. The chair is compatible with independent, assisted or hoist transfer, and incorporates medium to high level pressure relief in the seat, back and legrest.

Level 4

The Need

For cases where posture is likely to deteriorate significantly as a result of disability or illness – where total support is required to limit deterioration and provide a functional, comfortable and energy efficient position. The ability of the user’s soft tissues to handle internal and external stresses may have been compromised by their condition.

The Chair

A fully adjustable chair that encourages a symmetrical and midline position. It is highly adaptable so that the type and position of support can be easily modified to suit the changing needs of the user, and offers total pressure relief.

Level 5

The Need

For use as an alternative to staying in bed – encouraging communication and activity – especially when the user cannot be supported safely and stably in a standard chair because of the complexity of their body shape.

The Chair

A moulded or mouldable support chair that can safely support the user at an appropriate height and position to help them interact with their environment and those around them.

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