Fiona Collins (pictured) is a recognised expert in sitting posture and the prevention and management of pressure damage. She can assess and advise on the most appropriate products, then co-ordinate product assessments with individual seating companies.
Who we can help
Many people who suffer from long term disabilities, or who are elderly and lack mobility, can benefit from a seating assessment as they often spend long periods of time sitting, whether in a wheelchair or in an armchair. When people spend prolonged time sitting they can become very uncomfortable and may develop poor posture, pressure damage (sores) or both.
How do we help?
If you find your current armchair or wheelchair very uncomfortable, you may be tempted to consider buying an alternative. However, ensuring that you purchase a chair to meet your long term needs may not always be straightforward and many people purchase the wrong type of chair.
Purchasing seating equipment is complex due to the amount of different types of wheelchairs, armchairs and cushions on the market. The selection of suitable and cost effective seating can only be made following a comprehensive assessment of the individuals' needs, both short and long term. Seating goals can be set and prioritised so that the correct chair can be identified, trialled and purchased. Purchasing the wrong type of chair can incur unecessary cost and discomfort. A comprehensive independent seating assessment will specifically identify your postural, pressure relief and mobility needs, guiding you in the most important criteria to consider when purchasing your new chair.
Seating Services Available
- Individual patient assessment of postural and pressure relieving needs
- Co-ordination of product assessments
- Setting up of purchased seating equipment in order to ensure correct fit and support