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The Best Care Chairs for Stroke Patients

Getting the right chair for someone who has had a stroke can be a little challenging. On top of the usual things to look for in a specialist chair, we need to consider features that will help the user to recover and rehabilitate.

Having the correct chair is incredibly important, so we’ve put together this guide to explain what to look for in care chairs for stroke patients.

If you require specialist seating urgently for someone that has had a Stroke, please get in touch. We are still able to take orders and arrange delivery.

You can book a video assessment or contact our specialist team directly for assistance.

Lateral Support

Supporting the individual’s trunk is a prime concern in seating for stroke patients. It is important to try and maintain a healthy posture and prevent the person from slumping sideways – which could possibly lead to a scoliotic spine (a spine shaped like a letter ‘C’).

Lateral supports are generally placed at waist level and will help to keep the user’s body straighter and more supported for long periods of time.

The Lento Care Chair is ideal for stroke patients who tend to lean heavily to one side.

 

A Lento Care Chair with a cocoon backrest can support stroke patients that tend to lean to one side

For individuals who have had a more severe stroke, their neck strength may have been compromised. This can lead to the individual letting their head droop sideways, therefore causing pain and possibly damaging their neck further.

Head supports will help to keep the person’s head straight, relieving any extra pressure or stress on the neck. People who spend a long time seated may also fall asleep in the chair and let their head drop to the side.

Head supports will help to minimise any further damage that could be caused to the person’s vertebrae. Having adjustable supports also means that the chair can be altered to suit the needs of the individual on a day-to-day basis, making them as comfortable and supported as possible.

Tilt-in-Space

A built-in tilt-in-space feature would be ideal for stroke patients as it will help to reposition them with ease. Tilt-in-space means that the entire chair moves and maintains the angles of the hips, knees, and ankles.

This is particularly useful for combatting deteriorating posture. You may find that the user has their shoulder slumped, and even their head drooped.

The tilt-in-space feature can help to correct this by having the user open up their shoulders and rest their head back thanks to the change in angle. The Lento Care Chair and Duo Care Chair both feature excellent head and lateral supports, as well as tilt-in-space and easy mobility.

 

Moreover, tilt-in-space is brilliant for relieving pressure build-ups, which can sometimes lead on to pressure injuries and ulcers. However, built-in pressure relief may also be beneficial for preventing pressure ulcers and other injuries.

Mobility and Accessibility

The ideal chair for a stroke survivor would also be mobile. If the individual has lost the use of their legs, a care chair on wheels is essential to helping them get around with ease and dignity.

The chair should also be hoist-friendly, and able to be used alongside other transfer equipment to facilitate easy, efficient movement of the individual. The Lento Care Chair was designed for use with hoists – it offers good ground clearance so the base of a mobile hoist can fit easily underneath.

Hands holding walking stick

Summary

These are a few essential things to look out for in chairs for stroke patients. There may even be other features to look for depending on the individual; for instance, they may require more leg support.

We believe that the Duo and the Lento are two of the most suitable chairs. For a stroke patient that is hoisted, the Lento is likely more suitable as it is more compatible with mobile hoists. However, our number one suggestion is to have an assessment from an OT or a chair specialist to help outline the needs of the stroke survivor.

Then the best option can be discussed and agreed, and the individual will benefit from long-lasting support and comfort in the right chair. If you need more information on specialist seating for stroke patients, download our free 88-page seating eBook.

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Comments

  1. Sandra Strong says:

    Hello. Can the Lento chair be rented ?

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Sandra,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, we do hire out the Lento Care Chair. If you take a look at our for hire page: https://www.yorkshirecareequipment.com/for-hire/ you can get an idea of the costs.

      If you fill in the contact form on that page then one of my colleagues will get in touch to help.

      Many thanks,

      Leanne

  2. Shelby J Ximiness says:

    I live in the United States. My husband has complete left sided paralysis from a stroke. When he sits in his recliner, his head slumps to one side, he slips forward and he sits in a hole and cannot push himself back. He desperately needs one of your chairs.
    His days are spent most of time in his chair. He desperately needs your chair. What could we do to get one. There is no company like yours in USA. I have searched

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Shelby,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I’m sorry to hear your husband’s current chair isn’t meeting his needs. It does sound like the Lento Care Chair would be a good fit.

      We have shipped Lento chairs outside the UK in the past. So, I have asked my colleague to get in touch to discuss this further and see whether this would be possible for you.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  3. Shelby J Ximiness says:

    Leanne,
    One of your colleagues did contact me, asked for my husbands weight and height. He was going to gmail me with a cost for the chair and shipping.
    I don’t remember his name, because I can’t find where I filed it! Would u be able to find out his name and let him know I am still interested in purchasing a chair.

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Shelby,

      I have spoken to my colleague Ben who got in touch. He has been calculating some different shipping options for you and will be back in touch today.

      Many thanks,

      Leanne

  4. Amanah Munchetty says:

    Hi Leanne,
    Will you ship to Mauritius, how many will it take?
    Can you please send me the rice of the chair
    Thanks

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Amanah, many thanks for your message!

      We often ship chairs overseas all over the world so I’m sure that wouldn’t be an option. I’ll ask someone to get in touch to go through what you are looking for and pricing etc.

      Kind regards
      Tristan

  5. Paul Keyes says:

    Hello I’m an occupational therapist that has a patient who is suffering from hemiparesis after a stroke. Do you have chairs in the US? If not how much is the shipping ?

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Paul,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We often ship chairs overseas – including to the US. So I’m sure that would be an option. I’ll ask someone to get in touch to go through what you are looking for and pricing etc.

      Many thanks,

      Leanne

  6. TAMMY MITCHELL says:

    My husband is 6 feet 255 pounds,he had a stroke on left side with back problems,he can t sit in a drive bariatric wheelchair.He is not comfortable in it and it hurt his back.Will this help him and hiw is it ship without being damaged.He also has a bed wound thats in a healed process.He spent most of his time sitting how comfortable is this product?Thankyou!

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Tammy,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, a specialist chair can definitely provide more comfort for your husband. Different cushions are available to provide pressure relief for bed sores and other pressure injuries. This helps with the healing process and helps prevent pressure injuries in the future.

      I’ve asked a colleague to get in touch to discuss further and see which chairs we have that would be suitable for your husband.

      All the best,
      Leanne

  7. Joan Hodler says:

    My husband is bedridden and has to be hoisted into a chair. We were provided with a sorrento chair but he hasn’t been able to use it for over 5 weeks as his back and coccyx were hurting.. The occupational therapist has tried taking stuffing out and adjusted the foot rest but he is still in pain. I am reluctant to buy a chair in case we have the same problem but we don’t seem to get an answer from the professionals.
    How much is the lento chair and could you help in finding a solution?
    Thank you,
    Joan Hodler

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Joan, many thanks for your comment and very sympathetic with your predicament.

      I’m certain we can help you, we have come across this issue before! I will ask one of our team to get in touch and hopefully we can get this resolved for you so your husband can get out of bed and be comfortable.

      Many thanks
      Tristan

  8. Anil says:

    I’m from India, hyderabad. I had a stroke 3 years before and it’s left side I can’t sit, as my shoulder Will pain, will this chair any how can help me in sitting, can this product shipping to my location

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Anil, thanks for your comment. I will ask one of our specialists to get in touch.
      Many thanks!
      Tristan

  9. Bernie Sing says:

    Hello my husband had a stroke n is paralyzed on left side. Cannot find a comfortable chair to sit in. Can u please send me more info on chair n price n shipping to USA. Thanks

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Thanks for your enquiry Bernie – we have shipped to the USA before so I’m sure we can help! I’ll ask one of our seating specialists to get in touch.
      Kind regards
      Tristan

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