Case Study of Multi-Tip Shower Chair with Mrs B
We were approached by a local authority customer to assist with a client “Mrs B” and to explore the possible use of the Muli-Tip Shower Chair in a sit to stand transfer. Mrs B was able to stand with the use of her rise and recline but needed a package of care and was hoisted because she could not stand from her standard attendant propelled shower chair.
We had previously demonstrated to a group of OT’s in the area and shown the ability to stand clients with the Multi-Tip’s electric forward tilt and electric height adjustment feature.
As the forward tilt and height adjustment could mimic the rise and recline chair we opted to try Mrs B with the equipment and set about moving items of furniture to give a good working space.
We brought the Multi-Tip within view of Mrs B in order to give a demonstration of what was about to happen before continuing with the assessment. We monitored Mrs B’s standing pattern from the rise and recline chair in order to preserve as much of that pattern in the transfer to and from the Multi-Tip. Once stood we were able to step Mrs B around and bring the Multi-Tip in. The shower chair was slightly tilted forward and slightly raised in order to create the familiar transfer pattern. With the brakes applied Mrs B demonstrated that she was able to reach back to the arms of the chair and control her decent to the seat. Once on the seat we were able to lower the chair and tilt the seat back to a horizontal position for Mrs B to adjust herself to the back of the chair.
Mrs B felt comfortable in the chair after we adjusted the height of the footplates. We went through a sequence of tilting and raising the chair to ensure Mrs B was familiar with the motion. To test the standing transfer we removed the footplates, lowered the height to the lowest setting and tilted the chair forward. Mrs B was asked to shuffle her bottom forward so that her feet touched the floor. Once comfortable we were able to raise the chair incrementally in between periods of Mrs B shuffling forward to a point where Mrs B was able to stand again with the use of the arms.
We were clearly able to document successful use of the equipment and with minimal intervention. Mrs B was quite happy with what we had done and felt safe during the transfer.
With this in mind we later sent a quote for the Multi-Tip to the occupational therapist with the benefits outlined so that a clear and thorough case for the equipment could be constructed.