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Configura Case Study - David
David is a 73-year-old gentleman, he lives with his wife in a 2-storey home. He has an extensive career working as a composer of music. David, unfortunately, suffers from a multitude of health problems. He has a kyphosis stature causing him to stoop forward at his neck and upper back. This is predominantly due to osteoporosis and has suffered vertebrae fractures requiring several spinal surgeries. He was also recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which has significantly reduced his mobility, his movement is slow, and he presents with a freezing/festinating gait. As a result of all these health conditions, David is finding it increasingly more difficult to get on and off his sofa. He also finds he is unable to sit on the sofa as this causes immense pain in his back. Due to his posture, he has protruding bony prominence of his spine and he has developed grade 2 pressure injuries on this area of his trunk. He, therefore, spends his whole day in a supine lying position in his room and his mobility is further compromised as a result. He is unable to engage in composing music which he says is his main valued role and has been suffering from depression since this deterioration in physical function.
Prescribing a Seating Solution Virtually During COVID 19
The Covid-19 crisis has impacted everyone’s lives in a very significant way. As OT's before we can come up with the solutions for our clients of how they can go about their days in an independent and safe way, we must first and foremost have to rethink how we go about our own productive occupation and in a way that will continue to provide a safe and effective service.
Configura Case Study - Helen
Helen is a 64-year-old lady who had a left MCA infarct. This affected the right side of her body as she presented with severe motor and sensory loss to her lower and upper limbs. Initially, she was unable to sit upright without support and had impaired sitting balance. She would lean heavily to her weaker right side due to lack of muscle activation and strength at her core and trunk. She spent a long period of rehabilitation in the hospital where she gradually regained movement to her right leg and arm. However, during the initial stages due to long periods of lying in bed, she developed a Grade 1 pressure injury on her sacrum. On discharge from hospital, she was able to mobilise with maximum assistance of one person for safety with standing and prompting for bringing attention to her right side when walking.
Configura Case Study - Carol
Carol is 45 years old and lives with her husband and her 2 teenage daughters in her own home. She works at home as a freelance graphic designer. She recently had worsening of symptoms of her primary progressive MS – originally diagnosed 5 years ago. She noticed new symptoms of reduced balance and strength affecting her ability to stand up from her armchair and resulted in a fall trying to get up.
At Enable Lifecare we support Occupational Therapist’s & dealers throughout the assessment and prescription process of our products. We can offer this service both in person (within the Perth metro area) as a second pair of hands on a trial or alternatively through the means of telehealth via a virtual consultation.