This section includes equipment to assist with standing up, and/or support a person while they are standing. Some are designed to accommodate the size and weight of a heavier user. They are suitable for adults, children or both.
Vertical standing frames support the user in an upright position. Some frames have manual or powered mechanisms that also assist user into a standing position. Frames may have integral trays to enable users to carry out activities whilst in the upright position. Assessment by a therapist is advised when considering this equipment.
Children's standing frames are designed to encourage a child to take some weight through their legs (weight bear) and to stand upright. Most are comprised of two vertical poles with a support system between. The child will be supported at their feet, knees, hips and trunk using pads and straps. Standing frames may be static or have small castors to enable easier transport from room to room although many are not designed to be moved while the child is standing in them. Some frames have an integral lifting device that brings a child from a sitting to a standing position within the frame. The majority of these are powered.
Children's user propelled standing frames are upright and prone standers that a child can propel themselves around in whilst in a standing position. This is usually achieved via large user-propelled wheels, however some frames, known as swivel walkers, are propelled using upper body movements.
Prone standers provide support for the upper body in a forward leaning position with legs resting against a padded board. The angle of most of these boards can be adjusted to one degree or another. Prone standers for children provide a functional position for play and arm/hand activity so most of these frames include an activity tray at arm level.
Children's tilt tables and/or frames are mainly used for therapy for example, they may be used to help children who have been lying in bed for some time get used to being in an upright position again. They provide a wide range of angles from horizontal through to vertical with either manual or powered tilt adjustment.
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