Case study - how equipment helped Robert


Robert is using a wheelchair more frequently and needs to find solutions to help him dress while using the wheelchair.

Robert's challenge:

Robert is 68 years old and has post-polio syndrome. He is able to stand and walk around his home, but mostly uses a wheelchair for mobility over longer distances. He has found recently that he is becoming more tired during daily activities and is spending more time using his wheelchair at home. Robert is now experiencing more pain and fatigue in his legs as well as his upper body. He finds that on some days he does not have the strength to stand for a long period of time. He also has limited shoulder movement, and cannot bend low to the floor to put on shoes and socks, or pick up items from the floor. Robert usually dresses and undresses himself, however recently he has needed help from his personal assistants with some dressing tasks. Robert would like to be more independent with dressing but is having to dress either sitting or lying down.

Possible solutions

Robert was visited at home by an occupational therapist from his local authority. The occupational therapist assessed Robert and recommended he buy some equipment to assist him including:

  1. A dressing stick to help him pull clothes up and around his shoulders and up from the floor.
  2. A long handled shoe horn to assist with getting shoes on without the need to bend low.
  3. A long handled reacher to enable him to pick items up off the floor as well as pull up trousers and underpants.
  4. Adapted trousers and a urinal so that Robert would not need to stand or transfer onto the toilet if feeling fatigued.

Robert went on to Living Made Easy as recommended by the occupational therapist to find out the options and he read up on some of the advice on styles of clothing for wheelchair users to increase his comfort while sitting for longer periods of time. He then used the supplier information on Living Made Easy to contact his preferred suppliers who sent him the equipment

The outcome

With some practice Robert was able to use the equipment to help him with more difficult dressing tasks. He followed the advice on Living Made Easy and began choosing clothes that were more simple to put on and take off and more comfortable for sitting in for longer periods. He is now fairly independent with most dressing tasks again and rarely needs to ask for assistance.

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