Specialist wheelchair helps recovery
With support from donations to King’s College Hospital, the Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit has been able to purchase a special tilt-in-space wheelchair.
Helping neurological patients recover
The Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit provides intensive rehabilitation for patients recovering from a severe neurological problem such as brain injury, disease or trauma who need specialist care to aid their recovery.
Patients who have suffered neurological damage need help to re-learn how to walk, talk, dress and do the everyday activities they were able to do before their injury or illness. The overarching aim of the unit is to support patients making the transition from hospital to home.
The right support
Good seating is an essential part of rehabilitation. The specialist wheelchair is designed to offer a supported sitting position that is not only comfortable but also keeps patients in a good posture.
It ensures that those who cannot sit up by themselves can be transported between therapy sessions, as well as providing the right environment for much of their treatment.
Connecting with others
Recovery isn’t just a physical process. Being able to connect with other patients and to spent time with family and friends is an essential part of getting well.
This wheelchair allows patients to take part in communal leisure activities outside of their rehabilitation programme, like going to the day room to watch television and eating meals with other patients.
Claire Browning, Senior Physiotherapist at the rehabilitation unit, works with many patients who benefit from the chair.
‘Without this chair, our more dependent patients would have to spend more time in bed,’ she says.
‘The chair means that families and friends can take patients out to the local park, which they always enjoy.’
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