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1. Client centred seating: Are they sitting comfortably?
This session breaks down the seating assessment process to determine the stages healthcare professionals consider before making seating recommendations.
The term client centered seating is discussed to aid reflection on how seating is used to support engagement in meaningful or purposeful activity and therefore ensuring a holistic view of seating is considered. This discussion on holism will include elements such as posture, pressure care, activity, anthropometrics leading to awareness of solutions including mechanisms, cushions, backrests, materials and flexible sizing.
- Refresh knowledge on measurements required during seating assessments.
- Reflection on the term client centred seating
- Consider the steps and processes during a holistic seating assessment
- Review of evidence based decision making using evidence base.
2. Seating and posture: Supporting positive outcomes.
Postural management for clients with complex comorbidities can often feel quite daunting to manage with the pressure of dealing with the client’s current and future needs. This session reflects on the assessment process focusing on postural care particularly for clients with spinal and pelvic abnormalities.
Within moving and handling training you are instructed on appropriate body positioning and the determination of the load and effort required.
When completing workstation assessments you consider the task, the environment and the person to determine how good posture can be maintained and risks reduced.
When assessing mobility you consider postural impacts on balance and gait, determining how risks of falls, for example, can be reduced by altering or correcting postural deficits.
However, posture in a seated position for a patient/client/service user who may have multiple comorbidities is indeed often more complex. Assessment therefore needs to be holistic, considering postural support in the context of comfort, pressure care, functional engagement and long-term well-being.
This session therefore provides a step by step analysis to support you, the clinician, in assessing and recommending seating appropriate to meet your client’s often complex needs with advice covering postural support through to pressure care.
- Update knowledge of some common postural needs and terms
- Review assessment processes for clients with postural needs
- Consider impact of posture on pressure care
- Explore seating solutions to postural needs
1. Seating and activity analysis – using HCP’s language.
Despite being equipment experts it is crucial that to facilitate full engagement in assessments with Health Care Professionals (HCP’s) we understand the clinical reasoning processes they go through when undertaking an assessment of need.
This session considers the term activity analysis, breaking a seating assessment down into its component parts to more fully understand the distributor’s role in supporting a HCP’s recommendations whilst appreciating the clinician’s clinical reasoning and evidence base.
- Improve communication between distributor and healthcare professional
- Reflect on HCP’s assessment and clinical reasoning processes
- Develop greater understand of distributor role in supporting HCP and end user.
2. Posture and pressure care – the dynamic relationship
This session considers the relationship between posture and pressure care exploring the evidence base to minimise risk. It reflects on the potential complexities of spinal and pelvic deformities before considering potential recommendations to either correct or support.
Case studies will be used to demonstrate holistic and client centred assessments with postural and pressure care needs as the focus.
- Increase awareness of link between posture and pressure care.
- Explore current evidence based practice.
- Facilitate reflection on common spinal and pelvic deformities and their impact on posture & pressure care.
- Use case studies to consider potential recommendations to reduce risks and maximise health and well-being.
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