Case Study - Mr. A

By Made2Aid

“It's like being upgraded from economy to business Class!”

Basic configuration of Qimova Comfort wheelchairMr. A Was admitted to a specialist hospital. During Mr. A’s stay at the hospital he didn’t find his current chair particularly comfortable and was only able to sit in the chair for short periods of time due to discomfort and potential pressure issues.

Mr. A wanted a comfortable and durable chair for discharge from the hospital and then return back to his home country.

Following a Made2Aid CPD training session for the hospital Occupational Therapy Team, the Qimova chair was discussed as a potentially suitable chair for Mr. A as it could be easily adapted and customised to suit his exact needs.

Mr. A’s Qimova Comfort Chair

Basic configuration of Qimova Comfort wheelchair
The Assessment: – When assessing Mr. A it was identified that the chair he was currently using was not the correct seat width or depth for him.

 The Qimova chair has adjustable seat width, depth and height, and it was quickly altered to Mr A’s exact measurements.

The chair cushion provided gives medium pressure relief, with a memory foam section below the IT’s to centre the pelvis and prevent the hips coming forward.

The Qimova chair also features flip-out integral leg rests that can be elevated and precisely positioned, with adjustable calf pads, knee pads and footplates.

Mr. A’s legs were abducted, so the hip guides were brought together and moved down to support his legs and the knee pads were angled-in slightly to keep his legs in mid-line.

Basic configuration of Qimova Comfort wheelchairWhen Mr. A’s hips were centered and his lower body positioned correctly, we adjusted the height of the backrest to ensure that it gave full trunk support.

 We then designed a custom- contoured back cushion for extra support around the hips, which also featured a memory foam panel down the centre, offering pressure relief and comfort along the spinal cord. The thoracic supports on the chair are also adjustable in size, height, depth and angle.

Mr. A has low tone, affecting his seated stability, therefore lateral.

Previously, Mr. A had Ottobock armrests to keep his arms in an optimum position. Qimova designed and manufactured bespoke channelled armrests to support this arm position. This was achieved by providing supports to either side of the armrest and around the back of the elbows, coupled with a raised section under the palm to slightly elevate the hands and allow flexion at the wrist. Support and precise positioning were essential to improve his alignment.

Finally, Mr. A’s Head was supported using the multi-arm headrest, which is very effective when addressing difficult head positioning issues.

By simply loosening the multi-arm and adjusting the headrest as needed, Mr. A’s head was well-supported in the desired position.

Another benefit of the multi-arm is that it can be adjusted easily throughout the day.

The Qimova chair features an impressive 45° of tilt and 165° back recline which proved to be an essential feature for Mr. A, as he can now spend longer in his chair.

This also reduces the need for transfers throughout the day.

The manual chair has an adjustable attendant handle which makes the chair easy for carers to handle. Mr. A also has a power base that can be added to his Qimova comfort chair to convert it from a manual to a fully powered chair. This will be used when he is rehabilitated and ready to drive himself, or for when his carers want the chair to be power assisted.