Lilly got an arthritis-friendly chair for her kitchen

Lilly is one of many people living with arthritis that complicates everyday life and the ability to do even the most basic chores. Since she got a VELA chair, her life has looked very different and has been much more accessible.

For example, Lilly now finds it much easier to get around in her own home, particularly in her kitchen, after being given the right arthritis aid.

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Living with spinal arthritis before the VELA chair

Lilly’s arthritis has resulted in her having disabilities in her back, shoulders, hips and knees. Furthermore, she is a short woman of 142 centimetres, which means she has difficulty finding a proper working position that is also safe for her.

Lilly spends much of her time in the kitchen, where she also eats her food. There’s not much space in her kitchen, so she usually relies on her rollator when she needs to move around. 

It has been physically hard to cope with all everyday tasks with spinal arthritis, but it has also been mentally challenging. 

Luckily, Lilly got the VELA chair with an electric lift, and she regained her independence with the arthritis-friendly chair for her kitchen.

Cooking with arthritis: Arthritis aids for the kitchen

After Lilly got her VELA chair, cooking with arthritis has been easier to do and deal with. The chair is always ready for her in the kitchen, where she uses it for all kitchen work. But she also uses it at the dining table, where she enjoys sitting and crochet.

Now I enjoy cooking for several days at a time, and it makes a world of difference that I can peel the potatoes myself. A good diet is important when living with arthritis – and doing the work also builds up an appetite.

Now Lilly can continue to do the things that give her energy and which she has loved doing all her life – despite her arthritis.

You are not to any inconvenience: Get help for self-help

Lilly’s children pushed the issue of getting Lilly help, and she is very grateful for that. She is the type of person who prefers to handle things herself and won’t ask for help or want to be to any inconvenience. 

But asking for help for a better life despite an arthritic disorder is not being a nuisance. With a VELA chair, you get help towards self-help – and that means that Lilly avoids having to ask for help to the extent she did before.

Lilly now encourages others in similar situations to find out if an arthritis aid can help them too. It really can make a big difference.

The electric lift helps Lilly every day

Because Lilly has arthritis in her back and is not that tall, she has difficulty reaching both high and low surfaces. That’s why she got a VELA chair with an electric lift. 

Lilly says that the chair is easy to adjust in height, which means that she doesn’t have to bend down to reach the bottom cupboards. And she uses her armrests daily for support both when she needs to get up and when she wants to sit down in the chair.

I really love the chair – especially in the kitchen – even though there is very little space.

She is experiencing much greater mobility with the chair and has regained her independence. It’s essential to Lilly that she no longer depends on others, all thanks to a chair from VELA.

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Personal stories

Charlotte’s story

It’s easy to walk the chair between the kitchen and the dining table, and my VELA chair doesn’t take up as much space as the wheelchair.
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Alisson’s story

Now, I find that I am much less tired. Before I had my VELA chair, my husband and I took 15-20 minutes to move me from the office chair and onto my scooter to get home at the end of the day. Now, it only takes a moment because I have a lot more energy.
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Aileen’s story

This chair is amazing. I feel so safe in it, and it’s a pleasure to be able to move from room to room with ease. It also has the advantage that I get to train my legs while I walk the chair forward.
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Kenneth’s story

Previously, I couldn’t help with making dinner while standing up, especially by the stove. I needed something to hold onto because you never know when you are going to fall. I cook and stir the pot now because I can use both of my hands.
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Patrick’s story

I can’t stand up and talk to someone for more than a few minutes. If you haven’t experienced challenges with balance yourself, it’s really hard to comprehend how much it dominates everyday life.
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