Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
Links to organisations and forums for further advice and information relating to chairs made easy. Click on the links to open the webpages in a new browser.
Local Age UK charities (previously Age Concern & Help the Aged) offer a wide range of activities and services. Dependent on the size and local need, the sort of services your local Age UK might offer includes the following: information and advice; activities outside the home; emotional and social support and home; and personal care. By using the search function, you can find your local Age UK.
If you would like advice regarding issues with sitting to standing and questions relating to chairs then you could try the sitting and standing and chair sections of AskSARA. AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment (in this instance standing up from a chair, wanting to raise your legs) and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details.
- AskSARA's sitting to standing section
- AskSARA's chair section
The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)
The BHTA is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare association. Its membership consists of some 350 companies (both large and small) from across the many non-pharmaceutical sectors of the healthcare industry. The BHTA is closely involved with developing industry and product standards, maintaining and improving on product choice, quality and, above all, safety. Of particular note is the BHTA's Code of Practice, which sets out the standards its members must meet and the work alongside this to identify best practice, eliminate "cowboy" behaviour and to ensure that member businesses are ones that members of the public can trust to give good service.
The Centre for Accessible Environments
The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is a leading authority on inclusive design. They aim to help secure a built environment that is usable by everyone, including disabled and older people.
Charity choice is a searchable directory of charities on the internet. These charities that may be able to assist with funding, or searching for funding for equipment. Eligibility criteria will vary.
The College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (previously known as OTIP)
If you are looking for a private practice Occupational Therapist to give you independent advice or to provide private treatment, you can search the online directory which lists members throughout the country.
The Disabled Living Foundation's factsheets
The DLF's free, impartial factsheets provide general advice on topics such as features to look for when choosing items of equipment.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
For people with muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases an information leaflet is available from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on chairs to assist with sitting to standing.
Physiotherapists may be accessed directly or following referral from a doctor or other health care professional. Physiotherapists working in the NHS have to be state registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). The HPC is responsible for the conduct, performance and ethical behaviour of its registrants. Physiotherapists who do not meet the standards of practice, conduct and behaviour required by the HPC are removed ('struck off') from the HPC register (Reference: Health Professional Council, 2009)
If you are searching for a physiotherapist for private treatment in your local area make sure they are chartered and registered (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 3rd Jan 2009).(GOV.UK,2009).
Rica is an independent consumer research charity providing free, practical and unbiased reports for older and disabled people. They have a useful guide about choosing a riser recliner chair as well as a range of other topics.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a registered charity established more than 90 years ago that aims to campaign for change, influence opinion, contribute to debate, educate and inform - for the good of all. By providing information, advice, resources and training, RoSPA is actively involved in the promotion of safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life - at work, in the home, on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on (or near) water.
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