Case study - how equipment helped Paul


Osteoarthritis and a recent hip fracture left Paul requiring significant rehabilitation to have a chance of independent mobility. A standing frame provided one part of the solution.

Paul's challenge:

Paul is an unemployed 56 year old with severe osteoarthritis of his right hip and deteriorating problems in his lower back. He has recovered well from surgery after he fractured his left hip. At the moment, he is unable to walk at all and currently transfers from his bed and chair using a hoist.

Paul has good upper limb body strength and is able to weight bear. Paul is concerned about the fact that he currently doesn't have any mobility and can not carry out normal daily tasks for himself. He requires assistance in all areas of activities of daily living such as going to the toilet and transferring in and out of bed. Paul fears being confined to one room if he continues to be transferred by a hoist, which in turn will stop him being able to get on with his life. Paul is anxious to be as independent as possible. In the long term he would like to use a self-propelling wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use. He is keen to find out from the physiotherapist on the ward, if there is any equipment he can use to help him to start standing again.

Possible solutions:

Paul has good upper limb strength and sitting posture. The Physiotherapist recommended a static vertical standing frame which allows him to regain a standing position, which was good for his circulation and also improves his lower limb strength and helps him regain his balance.

The outcome

Paul is slowly becoming more independent again. He is increasing the number of daily tasks he can do for himself. He feels more optimistic now as the static vertical standing frame will be on loan to him when he returns home and is finding out about further equipment that can help him as he recovers.

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For further information you may wish to read our advice on:
- Benefits of standing frames
- An assessment with a Physiotherapist
- Equipment provison through local authorities and direct payments