12-year-old Eloise Powell from Wombourne was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. One of the issues which Eloise and her family faced on a daily basis was getting Eloise in and out of a chair especially as she grew, as her mother Sarah explained:
“Eloise’s condition makes getting in and out of chairs very difficult even with assistance from us so we decided to look at possible seating options that would make this easier and more dignified for her. A friend suggested we contact Repose and when they explained the bespoke solutions they could offer we knew we had found the answer”.
Helena from Repose visited the family and went through the options available which would help increase Eloise’s comfort and independence including the choice of a chair with two different backs: “After assessing Eloise I knew one chair with a combination of two backs would be the best solution to ensure she had the necessary levels of versatility, comfort options and core support that someone with her condition requires” commented Helena.
The solution came in the form of a standard rise and recliner base but with two interchangeable backs, a Rimini and a Chepstow. The waterfall style design of the Rimini back features three tiered cushions which can be individually adjusted for comfort. All the back cushions can also be adjusted with additional padding to provide increased additional support. The Chepstow has a plunging soft fiber center back cushion with deep lateral cushions either side to help nestle the back in a comfortable midline position.
“Eloise has had her chair for 4 months now and it has made such a difference, not just to Eloise but to us as a family and I cannot thank Helena and the rest of the staff at Repose enough for all their help. From Eloise’s perspective, she can now independently get in and out of the chair thanks to the riser function which is so important for her and we can change the back of the chair depending on her needs that day. From a parent/carer point of view we no longer have to manually lift Eloise from the chair therefore eliminating the risk of associated back injury” continued Sarah.
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