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Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Specialist Seating: Collaborating for Optimum Outcomes

The assessment, prescription, and use of specialist seating for individuals with complex postural needs require a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure optimum outcomes. Interdisciplinary collaboration among Health & Social Care Professionals (HCPs) is critical for providing comprehensive care and addressing individuals’ unique needs. I thought it important to take the time to highlight the exceptional role of various Health & Social Care Professionals and celebrate the teamwork that goes into specialist seating provision.

Why is a multi-disciplinary approach important?

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Rise & Recline Chair Range

CareFlex is excited to offer a selection of Rise and Recline chairs to accompany our Specialist Seating range.

Our reclining chairs are designed with an individual’s well-being and independence in mind, aiding daily living whilst ensuring optimum comfort. The simple push of a button will raise the user forward and upward to a safe standing position or gently recline them back to rest and relax.

Rise and Recline chairs can assist in maintaining or improving the general health, and ultimately the quality of life, of users who are sitting for prolonged periods of time but require the ability to stand for transfers or mobility.

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Highlighting the Needs of Individuals with Dementia

I recently read about NHS England’s exciting new dementia diagnosis drive where hundreds more individuals will be checked for dementia. This specialist service is being trialled across England through 14 new pilot schemes; care home residents will be proactively assessed for their condition by Specialist Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals.

A timely diagnosis ensures that individuals and their support network can manage the condition more effectively, and it can promote improved health outcomes. This new initiative will open doors to needed support, including information, advice and treatment. It also allows the care homes to tailor their support and informs long-term care planning.

Continue reading to learn how specialist seating can play a role within the wider holistic management of dementia to ensure all needs are met, given the impact the condition can have on movement and posture.

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MS Awareness Week (25 April to 1 May)

This week, CareFlex will join Multiple Sclerosis (MS) communities across the United Kingdom to mark the 2022 awareness campaign.

For this year’s campaign, the MS Society is supporting different activities and encouraging opportunities for individuals to share their stories. At CareFlex we are committed to raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and will play our part by aiming to increase knowledge around the importance of postural care.

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World Parkinson’s Awareness Day

On Monday 11th April, CareFlex will join Parkinson’s communities worldwide to mark the 2022 awareness campaign. Parkinson’s UK has declared that not enough people understand the experience of living with Parkinson’s disease. People don’t know it’s a serious condition; they don’t realise that treatments are limited and there is no cure.

“It’s time to start the conversation. It’s time to talk about Parkinson’s.”

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The Role of Specialist Seating in Promoting Comfort

One of the most common requests we hear from customers is: “I want to be comfortable”.

This seems like such an easy goal to achieve but everyone has their own ideas on what being comfortable actually means. To some it could mean feeling safe, to others it could mean feeling content, to those using other specialist equipment it could mean the opportunity for some freedom, and to those who experience pain it could mean finally being able to relax. 

When specialist seating systems are used appropriately, and are tailored to the individual, quality of life can be significantly improved.

CareFlex specialist seating systems offer many functions and accessories that promote comfort. Back angle recline can open up the hip angle for a more relaxed position, tilt-in-space can manage energy levels, and a waterfall back can securely support the client within the chair.

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MultiAdjust: A new, flexible, multi-user environment seating solution

The new MultiAdjust is a cost effective, tool-free, highly adjustable seating system that provides postural support and pressure care without compromising the users comfort. The chair benefits from Tilt-in-Space, Back Angle Recline and lower limb support. The MultiAdjust is an ideal choice for multiple user environments, and for those who are semi-ambulant and non-ambulant. Its modular design, with interchangeable accessories, makes it a perfect fit for Community Loan Stores. It is suitable for a wide range of seating needs in most Care Environments.

It provides high levels of comfort and the robust construction quality that you would associate with CareFlex. For peace of mind the MultiAdjust comes with a Lifetime Frame Warranty.

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The HydroTilt Helping Long Covid-19 Patients

Investment in a new fleet of specialist seating systems is benefitting patients recovering from COVID-19 at Derriford Hospital. Last year, at the start of the initial COVID-19 crisis, the Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Team at University Hospitals Plymouth invested in 40 HydroTilt chairs, produced by CareFlex, in order to aid patients in their recovery from the illness.

Read and listen to how one patient with Long Covid-19 at Derriford is benefiting from the hospital’s new HydroTilt Chairs.

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What is good sitting posture?

Posture is the way we hold ourselves or position our body segments in relation to one another and their orientation in space.

Basics of good sitting posture:

  • The body is conformed to the supporting surface symmetrically
  • Body weight is distributed equally over the maximum surface area
  • A balanced and stabilised body that can adjust to change
  • Body segments are supported and aligned as much as is possible
  • Upper limbs are free from their load bearing role for function

During the provision of specialist seating, all body segments should be considered. With the support of a health and care professional, follow our practical tips for achieving a good sitting posture.

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