Why Standing is Worth the WeightBy Wechsler, Kathy; Quest, Vol. 11, No. 1
Publication Date: January/February 2004
Article discusses the use of standing frames and wheelchairs, which the author contends are excellent for people who use wheelchairs and have neuromuscular disabilities. Standing frames can help improve the user’s bladder function by assisting in the flow of urine through the urethra. Standing devices also help with digestion, respiration, and circulation by putting the organs in more natural positions. Stand Aid offers two models that do not require transfers: (1) the Econostand, and (2) the Model 1501 Stand Aid. The Econostand uses a hand-operated hydraulic lift that brings the user from his or her wheelchair to a standing position while offering added comfort and support. The Model 1501 Stand Aid uses a battery-powered electric lift operated by a toggle switch. The device combines the electric lift function and a joystick-controlled power drive system to let the user move independently while standing securely. The EasyStand 5000 from Altimate Medical requires that the user transfer into the seat and fasten the calf straps. The device is a stationary stander that offers a mobility option that allows the user to propel the device via upper body strength. The EasyStand 6000 Glider is a stationary stander that allows the user to move the legs by pushing one handle and pulling the other. The Ovation Strap Stand, also from Altimate Medical, requires the user to position a strap under the buttocks and attach it to the lifting arms. The user must then pump an actuator handle until he or she has reached a comfortable standing position. Standing wheelchairs are convenient because they do not require a transfer. Permobil’s C2K Stander is a full-sized, adult powered wheelchair that allows the user to enjoy the medical and accessibility benefits of standing. The Chief 107SRX from Redman Power Chairs is a powered standing wheelchair that compensates mechanically for body position. Levo USA also offers manual and powered standing wheelchairs for all ages and sizes. The author recommends that potential users of standing frames and wheelchairs consult an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or other health professional who has some knowledge of standing devices.
Assistive Products Discussed: EASYSTAND 5000 (MODELS 5000 & 5200)
EASYSTAND 6000 GLIDER
Published by: Muscular Dystrophy Association (Website:http://www.mdausa.org)
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