Back Care Chair

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mbl61
mbl61 Member Posts: 3
edited 23. Dec 2010, 17:44 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hello Everyone

Just wanted to ask the question about qualifying for a high/wing back chair on NHS, what criteria do you have to meet ?

I have recently been diagnosed with facet joint hyperthrophy and some disc degeneration (opposite side) plus although not related I also have hip bursitis, I have asked my new GP for a referal to a specialist with a view to facet joint injections, which I am still waiting to hear, as I said need to find out about getting a chair, I am a 49 year old female.

Thanks

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  • minky67
    minky67 Member Posts: 2,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi, I think you need to ask your GP to refer you to see an OT at hospital. They can then advise you on what you can get & assess your needs.
    I got a few bits through them to help me & they refered me on to an OT through social services for other things i needed.
    So starting point is GP & referal.
    Good luck, debs
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi,

    Welcome to the forums. I don't know the answer cus this way the answer would be they probably wouldn't supply one. I don't know for sure but do understand why you need one and got mine second hand which was a lot cheaper than new would be. Actually got the recliner and the chair in exchange for dog food and eggs....... good deal I think :lol:

    I agree start with your gp and O/T and with a bit of luck they might be able to hep you. Nice to meet you. Cris x
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    In our neck of the woods you have to buy for yourself anything like that - the only way to get the usage of an NHS one is to wait in a waiting room at the hospital. Larger mobility suppliers/shops often do a good range (price-wise too) or, as someone else suggested, scan the For Sale columns in your local press etc. I hope you find one that suits. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • mbl61
    mbl61 Member Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi All

    Thanks for the replies, just thought I would ask.....I thought maybe you had to have a custom made one (right height and seat measurements) I am tempted to go out a get a nice fireside/wing back chair from either ebay or my local charity shops but wondered if may in fact be doing more harm than good....when I asked for my referal I had said I did'nt want any physio at this particular time ( I haven't ruled it out) but now I wish I had said yes..hopefully when I go for my appointment they may well recommend it, so maybe then I can enquire about a chair.....

    You mentioned the OT dept I take it this is different to Physio ( I am new to all this)

    Thanks
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    OT stands for occupational therapy. I haven't had dealings with them yet, but many on here have and have found them very helpful. I think the most important thing about a chair is that it suits you and that you find it comfortable. I hope you find one. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • jillyb1
    jillyb1 Member Posts: 1,725
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello and welcome , I have an electric riser recliner arm chair which I bought second hand . My OT was marvellous and helped with all kinds of gadgets , but , here in Brighton they can only provide certain aids and appliances . When I was assessed for a wheelchair , I failed as I can walk 3 steps using two sticks and ended up having to buy my own ! Suggest you look for chairs on *bay ; a comfy chair makes all the difference . Happy Christmas , Jilly
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,489
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I LIKE Jilly's idea!!

    Here the only help I think you would get seating wise might be some blocks toi raise your chair if it was too low.

    Hope you get sorted

    Love

    Toni xx
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi
    I'm pretty sure you wouldnt get them from the OT in this end of the world either....the nearest you come to one is when you have a THR and have to have one of a certain height etc.....I had one then (I dont have any chairs..just 2 sofas}
    Good luck....Oh yes....they OT and physio are different.....The physio give you exercise and manipulates you {depends what you need} and the OT supplies all sorts of equipment that they think you need to make life easier {within reason}
    Love
    Hileena
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Mb,

    I had to buy myself a decent armchair earlier this year as I was comfy no where. The OT provided raisers for our clapped out armchair - but it was not at all comfortable for upright sitting & more suited for curling up in (those were the days!) and I had to give up using the sofa (not suitable for someone post hip op.)

    .... sorry I have waffled on, what I wanted to say is I did a lot of research and you really do need to try before you buy (so charity shops would be better than ebay - unless it is one from a local seller) and the advice is you need to sit in it for a decent length of time too. Make sure it is the right height and depth for you, that the padding in the back is comfy for you and that the arms are suitable for levering you in and out of the chair.

    Good luck on your hunt.

    Speedy
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Speedy.....just a question.......we had our hips done about the same time.....did the OT not lend you a chair for the 6 weeks {or whatever LOL 12 weeks} duration? I had one untili send it back....quite ugly but it did the job

    Good luck with your hunt mb...think I said that on a previous post

    Love
    Hileena