Positioning devices include static positioners for use in a 24 hour positioning routine when the user is out of their wheelchair, at rest, needing a change in positioning or when out and about in a vehicle.
Together with cushions, back systems and therapy equipment they offer a range of solutions to improve postural support and positioning to make the best use the person’s abilities and ease the burden on the carer.
These offer alternative positions for the user (when out of the wheelchair) like standing or sidelying, which gives him/her a break from being in a wheelchair. It maintains the benefits of good positioning when out of the wheelchair. It also gives a chance for the user to see life from a different angle.
A Jack Stander can also be shared between a number of same size children, who may each spend short periods in the device, at care centres or schools.
This vehicle positioner provides secure and comfortable postural support to the older wheelchair user who struggles to sit upright independently while being transported in a vehicle. It can be fitted into a range of different vehicles, including school buses. It is not a safety seat and must be used in conjunction with a vehicle’s safety belt system.
Shonaquip offers adjustable back support systems for the user with more complex posture support needs.
The back systems provide the appropriate support for normal alignment of the spine and also offer solutions for the user with existing spinal deformities or who may need additional head support.
A cushion should be seen as an important part of the user’s seating. A well designed cushion may improve stability and comfort, and can reduce the risk from pressure sores.
No wheelchair user should be sitting without a suitable wheelchair cushion. Pillows, small cushions and rolled up blankets are poor substitute for a properly designed wheelchair cushion. There is no one ideal cushion which suits everyone. Like wheelchairs, cushions must be chosen to meet the needs of each user. Get proper advice from your seating practitioner.
No cushion lasts forever, each cushion should be reviewed during follow- ups to check whether they need replacement.
Shonaquip sells equipment like rollers, balls and wedges to assist in positioning to improve the child’s control and aid positioning of the child to make the best use of the person’s abilities during daily activities.
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