Claus has lived with spastic paralysis all his life, and aids have always been necessary for him in everyday life. He, therefore, has a rollator and an electric wheelchair, both of which can be used indoors and outdoors.
Using a kitchen chair with wheels to live with spastic paralysis
After an unfortunate fall in the kitchen and a long hospital stay, he has added a VELA kitchen chair for disabled to his collection. It has been a positive addition in every way.
Spastic paralysis can vary widely from person to person. For Claus, the paralysis primarily affects the left side of the body, and the fall resulted in a fracture of the lumbar spine. This has made everyday chores a little more difficult for Claus. But now he can manage with his kitchen chair with wheels.
It is essential to Claus to be able to do most of his daily chores himself. So the kitchen has been arranged with enough room for his legs under the kitchen table when sitting down.
And the oven has been placed high up and opens sideways – all of which allows Claus to cook his meals with his handicap accessible kitchen chair.
Spastic paralysis often means that there are problems with balance, and this is also Claus’ experience. He finds it difficult to get up into a standing position; he has bad knees and impaired gait function.
He is therefore delighted with his handicap kitchen chair when he moves around the home.
A VELA kitchen chair with wheels and lift came to Claus’ rescue
When Claus fell and fractured his lumbar spine, it suddenly became even more difficult for him to move around. So he got a VELA kitchen chair – which, in Claus’ case, is an excellent aid for spastic paralysis.
The kitchen lift chair has an electric lift, which is particularly helpful when Claus needs to get up.
The height of the seat is easy to adjust electrically, and when I adjust the seat to the high position, I almost stand up. This is necessary for me, as I cannot bend at the hip very much.
This affects how Claus gets around his kitchen. He also points out that the VELA mobility chair with large rubber wheels easily roll across the floor.
Fall prevention is important
Spastic paralysis is a handicap and often associated with several challenges. These challenges can be increased if you also are injured in other ways. This happened to Claus, so he is now always very careful about locking his VELA chair.
I always put the brakes on! I know what it feels like to fall from a chair that rolls away from under me because it didn’t have its brakes on – so, now I’ve learned my lesson.
The brake means Claus can prevent falls. It also means he can use the chair for cooking, kitchen work, and dining without worrying about balance. He simply adjusts the seat to the correct height and then gets going.
Kitchen chairs with wheels for spastic paralysis change everyday life
There’s no doubt that Claus’ kitchen chair with wheels has had a great impact on his life. This chair has a short seat, which means that he has a good blood supply to his legs when he gets up and leans against the seat, as his thighs are not squeezed.
Furthermore, he points out that the chair seat is comfortable and supports him when he sits down to eat his food at the dinner table. The seat is designed to support an active sitting position.
A VELA kitchen chair increases independence
It is important for Claus to be able to continue performing everyday tasks without help, despite his spastic paralysis.
A kitchen chair with wheels and a lift has enabled Claus to live the life he wants and means he hasn’t been forced to give up his independence. He cooks and does other chores that help boost his zest for life.
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.
I used to burn myself on the oven all the time, whenever I needed to take something out of it. That doesn’t happen anymore. Now I raise the chair up to the oven, and that means I do not burn myself on the edge of the oven door.
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.
More than a decade ago, Conny suffered a brain haemorrhage that left her paralysed. The electric lift and the wide wheels have given Conny much of her independence and sense of self-worth back. Rehabilitation and recovery after hemiplegia require activity, and she is now able to do that.
To get the best guidance and advice towards your new VELA chair, you must contact a VELA dealer. They are thoroughly trained and has extensive knowledge about VELA chairs to find the most suitable chair for you and your day-to-day challenges.
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