An Inside The Box Conference

Lynch Healthcare are excited to be working with Etac to provide a training event with a difference.

Ole Lindahl Thy will be travelling all the way from Sweden to help lead this exciting event.

Our past training days have always been a sell out and with over 70 healthcare professions attending each day it is a great place to meet new people and learn about popular subjects such as, ‘In bed care’ as well this many more exciting topics will be covered.

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Interchangeable wheels

We recently had an interesting assessment that we wanted to share!

 

The Client, following rehab, now had the potential to use a self propelled shower/commode chair (they had been using a very basic attendant controlled chair, previously).

We took out the M2 Self Propelled and the client was able to use it beautifully giving him independence into the shower area…..he also loved the sleek design of the magnesium wheels, not only did this make the product look great but it made the chair easier to negotiate round tight corners

The only problem we found was the toilet was boxed in behind, which wouldn’t allow the seat to go far enough over the toilet (due to the self propelling wheels).

The family didn’t want to change the construction of the toilet and it was thought that the client would have to go back and be pushed into the shower in the attendant operated version because they wanted one product for both the toilet and the shower

 

We had two solutions to offer!

1) The M2 Self propelled has interchangeable back wheels, with quick release….no tools!!!! so this could be changed to give the client independence in the shower, but also allowing the chair to go over the toilet by simply changing the wheel type

2) Our M2 Motorised – Giving full independence by using the joystick control to drive independently into the shower, then allowing the chair to drive over the toilet bowl

Great solutions we thought to share for anyone faced with a similar scenario in the future!

Motorised Shower Chairs!

Not many people have heard of motorised shower chairs……well why would you!!!!….why would you need a motorised shower chair???

There are a few reasons, but here are the two most common

1) Independence – There are many children and adults that want to access the shower or toilet without a carer. You could argue that a self propel shower chair would achieve this, however due to some medical conditions, self propelling wheels can be difficult to use…especially at the end of a day when muscles can get tired.

Actually, thinking about it, we have provided 5 in the last two months to children/young adults between the ages of 12 and 16. All 5 children wanted to independently shower… and in 3 out of 5 cases, the bathrooms were not attached to the bedroom which meant a little distance to travel!. Charlie, a 12 year old boy was quite thin and the chair is quite wide (being originally designed for the heavier user) so we built in a support system so that the width between armrests were 15″. We’ve had feedback from all cases from parents commenting on how much of a difference this product is making to their child’s independence.

2) Bariatric Use – The great thing about the M2 Motorised is that the joystick control can also be mounted on the top of the frame to benefit carers. If you can imagine a person 30 stone in a shower chair and a situation whereas the transfer takes place to and from the bedroom into the shower room…..especially if the bedroom has a thick pile style carpet. This electronic controlled joystick then means the carer can safely transfer the user with minimal effort.

Another great feature for either self users or carers is the adjustable speed facility meaning that you have the choice of how fast the chair moves.

With this product also going over most household toilets it can be used over the toilet as well as in the shower

Theres not much training required either! its very easy to steer…..and can travel fast…..well… when you’ve got to go you’ve got to go!!

See more info on the M2 Motorised here

http://www.m2showerchairs.co.uk/product/m2-200kg-motor/

Thanks for your time reading this blog 🙂

Regards David Lynch, Product Specialist

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