Rehab / Amputees
And solutions for a more enjoyable mealtime routine
For individuals undergoing physical therapy, living a positive and productive life in the home is a major goal of anyone who is dealing with a loss of mobility caused by:
- Knee / Hip Replacement
- Limb Amputation
Chairs recommended for rehab / amputees:
The Challenge in the Dining Room
Mealtime can be especially problematic for individuals progressing through programmed physical therapy, as the process of being seated requires assistance from family or professional caregivers.
Chairs that swivel and lock eliminate table interference as the seat of the chair is swiveled 90 degrees away from the table. This allows full access to the seat of the chair for the person being seated. Once they are comfortably in the chair, they can release the swivel lock and rotate themselves towards the table.
Additionally, chairs that roll and brake for safety can be moved even further from the table, providing increased clearance, should a second caregiver be required when transferring the person into the seat of the chair. Once seated, they can be rotated back towards the table, and the caregiver effortlessly glides them into position at the table before securing the brakes.
Why is a heavier chair safer when caring for physical therapy patients?
At first glance, caregivers assigned the task of moving a seated person up to the table opt for a lightweight chair, thinking this will ease their effort when moving that person forward.
However, what they fail to appreciate is (a) once the person is seated, it is the total weight of the person and the chair that needs to be moved up-to the table, and (b) a lightweight chair tends to move prematurely, increasing the risk of injury to the person being seated.
Caregivers should consider selecting a chair designed both for stability and mobility. A heavier chair provides increased stability and thus less likely to move prematurely. Chairs fitted with inline wheels provide needed mobility, enabling the caregiver to roll the seated person up-to the table with ease and grace.
Chairs that Swivel...Turn...Roll...and Brake for safety:
- provide individuals progressing through physical therapy with a greater degree of dignity and self-worth
- eliminate the need for caregivers to push-pull-shove-twist the chair
- reduce mealtime stress and anxiety for both the seated person and the caregiver
- create a more enjoyable mealtime routine for all