Visual impairment and osteoarthritis can lead to difficulties
However, her visual impairment doesn’t stop her from writing, although it obviously presents some daily challenges.
Unfortunately, visual impairment is not the only challenge Aileen has to deal with. She is elderly and was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which affects her hips, knees and back.
Over the years, Aileen has received a lot of help and aids for her visual impairment problems. Because she sits down so much and works at a computer, her day was filled with pain and a basic fear of falling.
Unfortunately, visual impairment and osteoarthritis are not a good combination for the elderly.
An ordinary office chair: No thanks
Aileen found that her existing office chair – a fairly standard office chair with five wheels – wasn’t a good match, given her visual impairment and physical condition.
The five wheels on the old office chair often got in the way of Aileen’s feet, and it was hard to push the chair around on the small wheels.
A VELA chair with an electric lift is a great aid and turned out to be the perfect match.
A chair with a brake for visual impairment and osteoarthritis
Aileen got a VELA chair for her home and can now sit down in a proper office chair with a brake. The brake means she never has to worry about whether the chair will roll away from under her when she gets up or sits down.
This creates a sense of safety and security, which can be difficult to achieve with visual impairment in the elderly.