1. alexp

    alexp Registered User

    Feb 21, 2009
    23
    Devon
    My aunt's care home is suggesting that she would benefit from having a reclining chair, now that she is no longer mobile. They said if she had one on wheels she could be moved into the lounge without having to be hoisted into her wheelchair.

    I was wondering if anyone had experience of chairs like this and could point me in the right direction.

    Many thanks in anticipation.

    alexp
     
  2. Blossom64

    Blossom64 Registered User

    Jan 13, 2015
    9
    We are starting to look for one for my mum who is now living upstairs only and is sitting on a dodgy sofabed. My dad has looked at Careco (cant post full address as new user) but would be interested in any other recommendations.
     
  3. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,485
    Female
    England
    My husband has his own chair as he is no longer mobile. It is very specific for his needs as to size, shape and extras available for the chair. He can now sit out for most of the day and has no signs of pressure sores that he had when in bed. He can sit straight up or be reclined and has a padded foot rest as well as shoulder supports that can be brought forward to keep his head up should he fall asleep.

    The home put me in touch with the company who supplied it and they came to the nursing home to measure my husband and to find out his needs. I did have a lap strap fitted as the chair is quite high and is on wheels with a push bar at the back. It was not cheap and cost just under £2,500 but worth every penny for his comfort and not having to be bed bound. He is taken in the lift and down to the large lounge when entertainment is on, so simple, so quick. The chair is large but extremely easy to push and position.

    Ask the home who has supplied chairs for other residents and have a word with the family of those who have chairs. Two other residents on my husband's floor have now had chairs from the same company who are local and all three chairs are different so each man has a chair to suit their needs.
     
  4. Lilac Blossom

    Lilac Blossom Registered User

    Oct 6, 2014
    520
    Scotland
    As Jaymor said, I would also suggest asking CH where the other chairs came from. No personal experience but I remember visiting someone in a CH and a lady had one of those chairs - it was supplied "on loan" by Occupational Therapist so no harm asking about that too.
     
  5. alexp

    alexp Registered User

    Feb 21, 2009
    23
    Devon
    Thank you all very much for your replies.

    The manager seemed reluctant to recommend any particular chair but was happy for me to email her with any photos of chairs I found. I have just seen one which looks like it might be okay so I've emailed the link to her. I hope it's okay to post this in case it's of interest to any other carers.

    http://www.apollo-healthcare.com/air-comfort/day-beds/delux.php

    I can't find a price so I've no idea of the cost.
     
  6. PeggySmith

    PeggySmith Registered User

    Apr 16, 2012
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  7. alexp

    alexp Registered User

    Feb 21, 2009
    23
    Devon
    Thank you for that link Peggy. I did try to do a search before I started the thread but nothing came up so I obviously didn't put in the right words.

    I hadn't thought about getting a made-to-measure chair so that's something I'll have to look into. Fortunately money is not a problem for my aunt.

    alexp
     
  8. notsogooddtr

    notsogooddtr Registered User

    Jul 2, 2011
    834
    My Mum is totally immobile,sitting balance very poor.I was advised by OT to look.At specialist chairs.We did and Mum was assessed etc.Unfortunately the day the chair was delivered Mum went into hospital,not eating or drinking and very confused.9 weeks later discharged to care home.The chair is causing probe with pressure areas and she still can't sit comfortably,the result is she is virtually bedbound.The co have been out to adjust the chair and I've asked them to come again but basically because she has deteriorated so much(has lost 26% of her body weight in 6 months)I don't think the chair is suitable any longer.The question is should she invest in another one?I think it's worth it even if she just gets a few months use but I'm her attorney and paranoid about deprivation of capital.Would £4000.00 spent on chairs in 6 month period be seen as excessive?
     
  9. PeggySmith

    PeggySmith Registered User

    Apr 16, 2012
    1,685
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    Similar situation with MIL. Chairlift lasted 3 days. Riser recliner lasted a bit longer and replacement has done well for 3 months with a couple of costly additions. It's her money and I'll spend the lot if it gives her comfort in her final weeks/months/years of life. Financial departments beware!
     
  10. Mums helper

    Mums helper Registered User

    Sep 7, 2014
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  11. alexp

    alexp Registered User

    Feb 21, 2009
    23
    Devon
    I spoke to a local company today who deal with this firm:

    http://www.kirton-healthcare.co.uk/specialist-seating/florien

    I will be meeting the lady I spoke to at my aunt's care home later this week so she can see what will best suit my aunt, her carers, and the limitations of an older building.

    I'm hopeful that we will find something suitable.

    alexp
     
  12. alexp

    alexp Registered User

    Feb 21, 2009
    23
    Devon

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