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Old 06-05-15, 05:20 PM   #1
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I am currently looking for specialist chair from my wife. She now tends to slip down any chair she is sat in, even the wheelchair although for some reason she stays more upright in this for longer than the lounge chair.

We tried out the Omega chair from Kirton at the weekend and it seemed to be pretty good....has anyone got any other experiences of this or other chairs.

Also at £2,000 it is pretty expensive, does anyone know if there is any funding available from anywhere, local Social Services have said no

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Old 06-05-15, 07:53 PM   #2
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Hi Coggie

Here are several links to a variety of chairs:

www.nrs-uk.co.uk/search-by-room/living-room/seating-comfort.html

www.betterlifehealthcare.com/browse/furniture-private

www.indymobility.co.uk/disability-chairs

www.completecareshop.co.uk/chairs-and-seating

www.abilitysuperstore.com/index.php/sitting-room/chairs/rise-recline-chairs

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Old 07-05-15, 03:21 AM   #3
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Hi Coggie

The NHS loan various pieces of equipment out on a long-term basis from crutches to wheelchairs, beds, hoists etc., surely specialist chairs would fall into this remit Or am I being naive? or just too hopeful?
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Old 11-05-15, 01:03 PM   #4
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The NHS loan various pieces of equipment out on a long-term basis from crutches to wheelchairs, beds, hoists etc., surely specialist chairs would fall into this remit Or am I being naive? or just too hopeful?
Our OT has said that chairs do not fall into their remit for some reason....although they do supply a wheelchair, shower chair and are going to supply hoist and bed but not chairs....does seem strange that they are excluded...it may just be our local authority that don't
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Old 11-05-15, 01:05 PM   #5
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Here are several links to a variety of chairs:

www.nrs-uk.co.uk/search-by-room/living-room/seating-comfort.html

www.betterlifehealthcare.com/browse/furniture-private

www.indymobility.co.uk/disability-chairs

www.completecareshop.co.uk/chairs-and-seating

www.abilitysuperstore.com/index.php/sitting-room/chairs/rise-recline-chairs

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Thanks Allan, I'll look into these..have two other companies coming over the next week to assess my wife and chairs so hopefully we can get something sorted
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Old 19-05-15, 07:39 PM   #6
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I am currently looking for specialist chair from my wife. She now tends to slip down any chair she is sat in, even the wheelchair although for some reason she stays more upright in this for longer than the lounge chair.

We tried out the Omega chair from Kirton at the weekend and it seemed to be pretty good....has anyone got any other experiences of this or other chairs.

Also at £2,000 it is pretty expensive, does anyone know if there is any funding available from anywhere, local Social Services have said no

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Hi Coggie,

re chairs: we used both reclining chair and wheelchair to help V sit comfortably. The wheelchair had a waist belt.

(I bought a rally car full harness, for a standard wheelchair, to help with the 'slipping down/submarining' but it only helped for a short while)

The reclining chairs both came at no cost to us, from Social Services, although the Young Onset Dementia team, Middlesbrough, may have played a part in arranging things. Sorry I cannot remember more details...


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Old 20-05-15, 10:55 AM   #7
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I am currently looking for specialist chair from my wife. She now tends to slip down any chair she is sat in, even the wheelchair although for some reason she stays more upright in this for longer than the lounge chair.

We tried out the Omega chair from Kirton at the weekend and it seemed to be pretty good....has anyone got any other experiences of this or other chairs.

Also at £2,000 it is pretty expensive, does anyone know if there is any funding available from anywhere, local Social Services have said no

Thanks
Hi Coggie

Steve (my late Hubs) was given a specialist chair (I think it was a Kirton from memory) by the OT assigned from our local healthcare trust. I live in London - Greenwich - and I think that allows for more access of funds - at least it used to...

Having said that, where I am only tiny (4 foot 6) and the chair was too big and bulky for me to manage I looked into buying a chair which would be a better spec for the both of us. Ended up buying a Symmetrikit chair with 'fingerform' back as it was recommended to provide fuller support.

I had LOADS of problems with the chair/company ( a different supplier who were acting as agents for the company and no longer sell the chairs I noted with relief) where I had to get them back to re-fit it as they didn't take a lot of HD things into account. Don't forget, if you buy a chair you are also responsible for paying for repairs and maintenance which can be very expensive.

http://www.symmetrikit.com/index.aspx

My advice to you is this:

Get your SHDA to visit you at home and give you recommendations and/or options first and see if he/she knows of any funding/grants

Don't forget there are geneal funding places you can apply to too in the meantime like these guys:

http://www.disability-grants.org/dis...al-grants.html

Get the email addy of the local Branch/Support Group and send an e-mail to members asking for their experience of their HD loved ones etc and chairs in the area. They may know of suppliers and funding streams. If they have been given funding through the local authority etc you have more leverage then to say it's unfair you are not getting support through them

If you do buy your chair; look into what flexibility they have for buyback and upgrade and maintenance. It may be that you need to change the chair down the line as HD shifts priorities for posture needs.

Kirton are a good maker and that's why they are so expensive but it's still worthwhile getting quotes from others and obviously trailing them as they are not the only ones out there.
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Old 20-05-15, 04:29 PM   #8
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Hi All

Once again, I think - despite all the reading and learning in preparation for what might lie ahead that I do - I am being extremely naive/ignorant. I have never really given much thought to having to have a special reinforced/padded/designed chair for Hubs. At the moment he has cushions to prop him up as it were/make him more comfortable. But reading this really unsettles me. Stuff like this just worries the hell out of me and makes me feel inadequate. Makes me wonder if I'll be strong enough to cope with it all.

So...on a lighter note, Allan are you trying to teach us how to make an omelette? We've had a funky chicken, then an egg and now a cracked egg. What came first the chicken or the egg or just a scrambled mess
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Old 20-05-15, 07:59 PM   #9
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Hi Shiraz

Sometimes it doesn't help to look too far ahead

But with the benefit if hindsight it would have been great to have got more aids in place while my mum was still able to learn how to use them.

Trish has some great info on beds, hoists etc that I wish that I'd seen some years before.

And I've seen some really whizzy wheelchairs being used that knock the one that we borrowed from the Red Cross into the shade.

My mum did manage ok with a normal arm chair and being propped up with cushions. And by the time that she really didn't want to come downstairs, we had a good hospital bed to help do a lot of lifting.

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Old 31-05-15, 12:46 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help and advice on this.

Not having much joy in getting help from HDA with funding even though I have sent an email...although I have just been told that the lady for my region is off ill. To be honest I haven't used the regional carer much as I have just got on with things.

However the local OT did put be on to a Manchester based company called The Care Team who have been fantastic. They are an agent but as the owner was an OT himself he is very understanding to the needs of my wife. We have a chair on trial at the moment which seems to be working well.

Still no funding from our local social services but to be honest I'm not going to let that get me down too much as finding a chair that suits Dianes needs ( and helps me with caring) is far more important.

if anyone in the Northwest finds themselves needing a chair I would recommend contacting them 0161 746 7566 the owner is called Phil.

I was given details by HDA of Kirton and Careflex. Kirton did visit and they have an excellent chair but was coming in at over £2,000, its called the Omega. Careflex didn't even reply to my enquiry.

Next step is to sort out an answer for the wheelchair, the lap belt doesn't help, but I'm sure I will get this sorted sooner or later
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