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    Wheel chair v Riser recliner

    Hi all, my wife finds the riser chair so uncomfortable after a while, i read on hear some members like to stay in there electric wheel chair, if its better in the wheel chair i will get my wife to try.

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    Hi David,

    Personally, I like to mix it up and tend to spend the day in my wheelchair and evenings in my riser-recliner armchair.

    It means I don't spend all day in the one position - mind you, I'm at an advanced stage and have no way to physically adjust my position.

    I have different cushions for each chair providing comfort and support. Her COMFORT is paramount - your wife's OT should assess her and supply whatever aids would make her life easier and better.

    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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      #3
      Hi davidr

      As Ellie mentions, your wife's comfort is the most important thing. If the riser-recliner armchair is uncomfortable, her occupational therapist needs to carry out an assessment to either provide suitable cushioning to make the chair comfortable or to provide another suitable chair that is comfortable.

      Having a chair as well as the wheelchair to sit in is a good idea as it enables your wife to have a choice of where to sit and because changing positions is really important.

      Please do speak to your wife's occupational therapist as they should be able to help to make your wife more comfortable.

      Best Wishes
      Rachel
      MND Connect Adviser
      MND Connect
      Contact us on 0808 802 6262 or at [email protected]

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        #4
        David, my care/wife finds it easy hoist me off the bed using the riser recliner onto the commode chair and once finished hoist onto the wheelchair it is a Salsa j2. When first had it three years ago could still manage using frame to get in the house chair. But now no I stay in the wheelchair all day it rises and reclines well. The seat did get uncomfortable but my local council who provided the chair got me a new up to date seat. It air filled plastic bits small balls and very comfortable. So my wife very happy as I disappear into the conservatory to watch all my recorded rugby matches and Manchester United football. Going get proper roof on conservatory so not freezing this winter. Best wishes John

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          #5
          Thanks for your comments, i will get on to the OT about a better cushion for the riser, i have mentioned to my wife about using the wheel chair more in the house, we have only had the wheel chair a few days and she's still learning to drive it.

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            #6
            Hello all,

            Now that the MNDA has understandably stopped it's riser/recliner lending service, I thought I would look into purchasing one. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the internet that new riser/recliners are not as expensive as I thought they would be and can be purchased from around £250.

            Some online retailers already have some price reductions (but maybe there will be more bargains in the January sale).

            Links to a few online retailers of riser/recliners are below:-

            https://livewelltoday.co.uk/furnitur...SAAEgJUHPD_BwE

            https://www.betterlifehealthcare.com...CAAEgJ00vD_BwE

            https://www.careco.co.uk/cat-rr01/riser-recliners.htm

            Love Kayleigh x
            Last edited by Kayleigh; 7 December 2018, 19:28.

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              #7
              David
              Steve found his recliner uncomfortable but the OT provided a repose cushion which he finds very comfortable. His tissue nurse told him it was important to move up and down in rise and recline power chair, it helps the blood to circulate, and also to sit in his recliner or lie in bed just for a change of position. He has tried several cushions for his power chair, not found that really works fully.

              Sue

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                #8
                Originally posted by Kayleigh View Post
                Hello all,

                Now that the MNDA has understandably stopped it's riser/recliner lending service, I thought I would look into purchasing one. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the internet that new riser/recliners are not as expensive as I thought they would be and can be purchased from around £250.

                Some online retailers already have some price reductions (but maybe there will be more bargains in the January sale).

                Links to a few online retailers of riser/recliners are below:-

                https://livewelltoday.co.uk/furnitur...SAAEgJUHPD_BwE

                https://www.betterlifehealthcare.com...CAAEgJ00vD_BwE

                https://www.careco.co.uk/cat-rr01/riser-recliners.htm

                Love Kayleigh x
                Hi Kayleigh,

                I suggest caution be applied when buying a riser/recliner chair. I have a very good one which I bought with my own money but I bought one for my mother online and we had to send it back because it was uncomfortable and poorly made.

                The old adage applies in you get what you pay for. MNDA have stopped maintaining chairs but they will provide a grant to buy one and often your local MNDA branch will pay to maintain it.

                Barry
                I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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                  #9
                  Dear Mnda;

                  Can the mnda make available the specification sheet and as much info as possible to help us and our OT's to measure etc, to try to make sure we buy a suitable sized one.

                  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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                    #10
                    Hello Barry,

                    Many thanks for your helpful advice about riser/recliners.

                    Thinking about it, in the past I would never have bought an armchair or sofa without trying it out in a furniture shop first, to make sure it was comfortable. I also agree with you that 'you get what you pay for' and so in the case of riser/recliners, cheap and cheerful is probably not the most comfortable! I don't really need a riser/recliner at the moment, it's just something I thought would be nice to have - a little Christmas treat to make up for not being able to have wild nights out on the town anymore! As there is no rush for me to get one, I will do some research first.

                    Many thanks for your sensible advice. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

                    Best wishes,
                    Kayleigh x
                    Last edited by Kayleigh; 8 December 2018, 12:27.

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                      #11
                      Hi there;

                      It's important to try it or try to make sure it fits.

                      Buy a two motor one so you can alter parts independently.

                      Don't rule out second hand ones and some Mnda branches might know of someone selling or giving one away.

                      My OT got me one made to my specification free, to say I was in the right place at the right time is a understatement, but worth a try.

                      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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                        #12
                        Hello Terry,

                        Thanks for your advice about riser/recliners. At first your talk about motors was getting a bit too technical for me - I was thinking I want to sit in it, not drive it, and where do I put the petrol in? I thought we had suddenly gone 'off topic' and onto your thread about motorbikes! But now I have looked at them again on the internet, I can see what you mean about the chairs with 2 motors being better to use than those with just 1 motor (and no need for me to get an MOT or petrol for it!)

                        Now that you have sorted out the technical bit for me, I just need to make sure that it is comfortable ... and, oh yes, I also need to decide what colour I want - there's more to choosing a riser/recliner than I first thought! However, I could have made that rookie mistake of buying on impulse, only to regret it later. Many thanks to you and Barry for being my Knights in Shining Armour and coming to my rescue with such great advice!

                        Love
                        Kayleigh x
                        Last edited by Kayleigh; 8 December 2018, 00:56.

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                          #13
                          Kayleigh Mick got his rise/recliner free. The occupational therapist had it approved on the Friday and I think it was delivered the following Tuesday. We didnt get a choice of colour though, its like a beige. He finds it so much better than his armchair which was too low

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                            #14
                            Often the local hospice will lend out a rise and recline chair but they are generally refurbished. My hospice offered me one 2 years ago and when I went to see it I declined their kind offer. It was patterned draylon, say no more!

                            Barry
                            I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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                              #15
                              Hello Shrew, Barry and all,

                              Shrew - Thank you for letting me know that your OT ordered a riser/recliner chair for Mick. Because the MNDA used to have a riser/recliner lending service, I had jumped to the too hasty conclusion that OT's would not be able to get them, but maybe this varies according to the region where people live. Definitely worth me enquiring about, and so many thanks for kindly letting me know about this possibility.

                              Barry - I see what you mean about patterned draylon not being to everyone's taste - not always 'easy on the eye', especially as there could be major 'pattern clash' if there is already patterned furniture in the room! How generous and lovely for the hospice to offer though - there is such kindness out there!

                              Thanks for all your helpful advice. I really do appreciate all the time and trouble that everyone has taken to let me know what options are available.

                              I hope everyone has a great weekend.

                              Love,
                              Kayleigh xx
                              Last edited by Kayleigh; 8 December 2018, 13:39.

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