Occupational Therapy Advice and Information
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Points to consider if you have problems standing and sitting from your chair:
- The higher the seat, the easier it is for you to sit down and stand up.
- You can purchase a high seat chair, or get blocks to put under the legs to raise your existing chair, if the problem is that the chair is too low but otherwise already providing you with all the additional support that you require.
- Be careful to ensure that by raising your existing chair the seat height does not then become too high and you are no longer sitting correctly in a properly supportive chair.
- If a chair is too high, your feet won’t be able to touch the floor and this will put too much pressure on your back. Your legs could also start to feel very uncomfortable.
- If the chair is too short, your legs won’t be fully supported, and the backs of your thighs could start to ache.
- Do not try to resolve the problem by putting additional cushions under your bottom as this will then result in the armrests and the backrest being in the wrong position and you losing the valuable support that was originally provided. It will make the chair uncomfortable and unsuitable and also possibly unsteady as a result.
- Consider how you are sitting and standing from your chair. It may be that you are not using the proper technique and that by changing the way you do this you can often resolve a number of issues that have arisen:
- 1. Use the armrests at all times to support you when sitting and standing from the chair
- 2. When standing from the chair, shuffle yourself towards the front of the seat, lean slightly forward (but keep your head up looking straight ahead) and then push your arms up on the armrests and straighten your legs up to stand. Always steady yourself before moving away from the chair.
- 3. When sitting in the chair always make sure that you can feel the back of the seat behind your knees as this ensures that you are in the correct position for the chair.
- 4. Hold the armrests and then slowly bend your knees and lower yourself down onto the seat, gradually shuffling your bottom backwards until you can feel the back of the seat, ensuring that your feet are still flat on the floor.
- 5. If you are transferring to and from a wheelchair to your chair purchase a chair with drop down armrests so that you can carry out a safe side transfer manouvre.
- 6. Never use a walking frame, trolley or any other walking equipment to assist you when sitting or standing, as this will make you unsteady and at greater risk of falling.
It may be that you have a suitable chair but require additional stability when standing up from it and a Stand Easy Standing Frame, or something similar, may be the solution that you are require.
The Standing Frame sits in front of the chair with a footplate where you rest your feet and dual handles either side of the front of the chair. this acts as an extension to the armrests and enable you to use either a ‘pull or push motion’ when raising and lowering.
The handle is height adjustable and the frame is width adjustable so it is a very versatile piece of equipment that can be very useful for a number of people.
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