There is a wealth of specially designed products aimed to help disabled children achieve greater levels of comfort, security and independence. This is an overview of some of the types of equipment available.
The Triton seating system (left) has been designed to provide versatile postural support in various different situations – the seat is compatible with different bases so that it can be used throughout the child’s daily routine including play, school, recreation and rest. There are models to suit the smallest of children from 6 months of age, as soon as they are ready to adopt a seating position, right up to adult size.
Specialist seating can make a great difference to a child’s comfort, control and stability. A well designed system that provides good support and manoeuvreability with a range of height adjustments enables the child to be included in the activities going on around them.Various supportive accessories are available for greater posture management.
Pressure relief seating, such as the Hydrotilt chair (right) assists with even distribution of pressure, preventing the circulation problems, pain and sores associated with pressure points when people are immobile for long periods.
Standers, whether dynamic or static are important aids to improving weight-bearing, bone density and muscle bulk.
Both physically and psychologically, children can benefit from the greater access and independence a stander can give.
One recent development here is the standing box table shown on the left. Extremely versatile, and a low-cost alternative to other standing supports, the system can be tailored to meet the user’s exact needs, including height adjustment, so that it can grow with the child.
A variable height table such as the one shown on the left, can be used with a wide range of wheelchairs, providing a level or sloping work surface that is accessible and easy to keep clean.
Beds and Cots
A secure bed such as the model shown here (left) keeps children who are liable to injure themselves safe and comfortable. With height adjustment and four-part profiling, it combines the functions of a care cot with a cosy, inclusive-looking sleeping place.
The new electrically powered Safe-T Bed has integrated, solid sides that fold down when required, providing an alternative to traditional care cots/beds, with traditional drop down side rails or cot sides. It is designed for children who require higher lateral protection than provided by traditional style beds with drop down side rails, but do not require a higher-sided care cot solution with doors.
Coping with destructive behaviour
For children with challenging behaviour, who can be hard on traditional furniture, something really robust is required. Tough Furniture has a range that includes bedroom and dining room furniture, as well as specialist items, like this widescreen TV cabinet, to protect delicate equipment from damage.