For tasks at a low height, such as putting on and removing socks or providing foot care, it is important for the carer to achieve a stable work posture without putting the back under unnecessary stress by twisting or working in a stooped position.
At mealtimes and when ensuring dental hygiene, it is important for the carer to be close to the person they are helping, partly to ease the back, shoulders and neck and partly to achieve good contact and communication with the person they are helping.
Finding the right chair
VELA has a large range of stools, so carers and relatives can achieve good work postures and therefore reduce the risk of discomfort, for example in the back, neck and shoulders. When a carer or relative is looking for the ideal stool, it is important to think about the height at which they will be working.
If for example the tasks involve helping with socks and shoes, the stool needs to be low. For mealtimes with a person in a wheelchair, a slightly higher stool is required. All stools from VELA are height-adjustable using the gas spring at intervals from 36 cm up to 86 cm.
It is important to think about the design of the seat in relation to the situation. If the carer has back problems, it can be advantageous to have some back support for relief.
When considering a choice of chair, the type of wheels must be taken into account. Will a stool will need a brake, should the wheels be smooth-running, for instance when the carer has to move between several people at mealtimes?