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    Seatbelt for armchair?

    Just wondering if anybody has a seatbelt to prevent falls when little upper body strength?

    Trying to avoid my father falling from his chair and the need for him to be in a hospital bed full time

    Thanks

    #2
    He should be assessed by his OT / Physio. There are trunk supports available but they are not a "one size fits all" solution.

    Love Ellie.
    Last edited by Ellie; 11 September 2019, 16:01.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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      #3
      Hi Vicky;

      He should be assessed but maybe you could fit a strap around him. A four point seat type belt would give support but it could affect his breathing if it's to tight or he moves or slides a little. Falling that a wide velcro strap but that is more likely to cause breathing restrictions.

      You can get special rise and recline chair that have extra supports and maybe straps in/on, but these are expensive.

      Some wheelchairs offer good support, there are special manual ones that recline and offer more things. Probably Wheelchair services could sort out one for him.

      Power wheelchair normally recline into a good position for support but you would need on that is fitted to his needs. Getting in and out of wheelchairs can be impossible for us so he might need hoisting.

      Let us know your thoughts, etc.

      Love Terry
      TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

      It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

      Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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        #4
        Thanks both

        He has been assessed as safe to sit in the chair but he and I remain worried he will fall out as he did recently

        So much to keep up with

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          #5
          Yes Terry you are right, he has a motorised chair but barely gets to use it

          How do you cope? It’s all very difficult I admire you all on here

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            #6
            Hi Vicky;

            I have some use of my legs, arms and hands, so I can do a bit to help myself. I have a bit of high tech gear but also have heath robinson modification and crazy but workable methods. But I can't talk, so always jealous of those that can. LOL.

            You can run a computer on voice activation as well.

            Love Terry
            TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

            It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

            Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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              #7
              Goodness, that's awful Vicky - no wonder you are feeling stressed and chasing your tail

              If your poor dad fell out of his armchair, it's not safe / suitable. I presume you've tried putting cushions by his side for support (kind of wedging him in) and making sure the chair is reclined, even a tad, to move his centre of gravity backwards and increase his stability?

              II'd be slow to say try a DIY restraining system because, as Terry said, it may impede breathing, and it may end up causing him pain or pressure points.

              It might be worth revisiting his power wheelchair as a safeer seating option, providing it's comfortable, that is! I know he can't drive it but there are attendant control drivers available (if he's lucky!) or he may be able to use head controls, or indeed a person can drive the chair for him - after all, his armchair doesn't move. There are numerous harness-type belts available.

              Take care.

              Love Ellie.
              ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
              Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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