Bariatric Tilt in Space Wheelchair, designed to aid Moving and Manual Handling of larger patients*

Bariatric Tilt in Space Wheelchair, designed to aid Moving and Manual Handling of larger patients*


The Seating Matters Bariatric Sorrento has
been researched extensively, clinically trialled and built to change the world of healthcare
seating. The design of this chair has been specially
created to suit the weight limits and body proportions of bariatric patients as well
as the moving and handling concerns of caregivers and patients alike. To accommodate the gluteal shelf, the lumbar
portion of the Bariatric Sorrento is removable. This allows the user to sit right back into
the chair and get full support of their upper back. Then, by adjusting the seat depth, footplate
height and the seat width, the chair can be tailored to fit the exact patient dimensions. The Bariatric Sorrento can be adjusted on
site, without tools in less one minute to give mobility, pressure management, comfort
and support in one integrated chair. With separate recline and leg elevation, the
chair allows a change of position for comfort and management of swelling and edema. To help with repositioning and pressure management,
the chair can be tilted back to a 30 degree angle by the care giver or the user using
a powered control. This allows easy and safe repositioning and can give the user independence
in changing their own position. For a patient who is being transferred from
bed, the chair can be fully titled and reclined, and the patient side transferred. If needed, laterals supports can be added
to the chair to encourage improved sitting balance. Gradually, the patient can be brought
up to a sitting position and the laterals can be removed to encourage unsupported sitting. When it comes to doing stand transfers, the legrest can retract
underneath the chair to accommodate larger calves, giving a safe and stable standing position.
The chair can then tilt forward to help get the person up from
the chair with a lower level of assistance. The Bariatric Sorrento is truly changing the
world of healthcare seating. Martina Tierney has been an Occupational
Therapist for almost thirty years. She is clinical advisor at Seating Matters and has designed
a range of multi-adjustable chairs to meet the needs of clients with a wide range of
disabilities.

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