- Friedreich’s ataxia
- Poor posture
- Risk of falls from previous seating
- Backrest recline
- Postural Backrest
- Portable function
Evie is a 25-year-old woman who has a primary diagnosis of Friedreich Ataxia, which is a neurodegenerative movement disorder. In more recent years, Evie has experienced increased difficulty in transfers, mobility and many day-to-day tasks due to the impact of this condition.
Evie is now a full-time wheelchair user and uses a self-propel, manual wheelchair which provides her with a level of independence, and until recently she used to sit on the sofa at regular intervals throughout the day to rest from the wheelchair, however this did not provide the support that was now required.
Evie’s Occupational Therapist advised that Evie is a keen artist and has a real eye for detail and design. When shown the Configura Advance, Evie reportedly commented that she quite liked the look of the Advance in comparison to other specialist chair she had seen.
Evie’s Occupational Therapist has been working with her to provide appropriate interventions as her needs change. As her condition progressed, she had increased difficulty maintaining good posture; for example when she coughs, her whole body comes forward when not adequately supported and then struggles to regain a good position. The Occupational Therapist has recently provided a new mobile shower chair, a Neater Eater (assisted feeding device), ceiling track hoists and the Configura Advance.
Recommendations and conclusion:
The modular design of the Configura Advance chair allowed the chair to be set up according to Evie’s seat height, depth, and width.
The backrest function was reclined to accommodate her fixed hips. This along with the footplate, true tilt-in-space function and the individual wings on the Postural Backrest provided her with support exactly where it was required, to not only provide correct pelvic positioning and a well-supported, upright posture but also a high level of comfort, maximising Evie’s ability to maintain high functional levels when in the chair. A lap strap was also used to ensure that she maintains a safe and appropriate position in the chair.
Another highlighted benefit of the Advance was the portable function which enabled Evie to safely access her garden where she could sunbathe comfortably in the summer months, which was very much appreciated during the Covid-19 lockdown period. She advised her Occupational Therapist that when lockdown was lifted and she could have guests, she very much enjoyed being surrounded by her friends, who could now sit on the sofa whilst she sat in the Advance drinking cocktails.