Daisy Kneeshaw has cerebral palsy and really struggles with her digestion due to spending long periods of time within her chair.
Without a powered wheelchair, Daisy would have to rely on her parents to wheel her around, putting physical strain on them, but also limiting Daisy’s independence.
Following a recommendation from her OT, Deborah Snape, Innova Care Concepts’ Permobil Expert, Ramsey Hulbert, was contacted to assess Daisy’s specific needs for a Permobil powered standing wheelchair.
Daisy required a powered wheelchair with a standing function to help enjoy more things like cooking at school and making it easier to get dressed for school.
She also needed a chair that would help improve her posture and comfort, as her previous chair caused her hip and knee to be out of alignment.
Following a number of assessments and trials with chair adjustments, Innova were able to provide Daisy with a powered standing wheelchair that could give her more independence at home and at school.
Improving Daisy’s posture and overall comfort in her wheelchair was one of the most important challenges.
Daisy was swivelling in her existing chair and her overall posture was not right, often slipping over to one side.
Her foot plates were also incorrectly positioned, with the chair’s swivel wheels catching on them, and Daisy was experiencing a lot of spasms with her hip and knee position out of alignment and needing more flexibility.
The existing chair also had limited power functions – with only tilt and space, compromising Daisy’s entire independence.
Ramsey undertook a full postural seating assessment with Daisy, taking all the correct measurements to build a bespoke Permobil powered wheelchair with a standing function.
They included a bone shaped headrest, to provide the right balance between comfort and feedback.
Innova also included a customisable colourful ascent set to the chair, so Daisy can change the colours on the chair when she wants – making it individual to Daisy.
This was also reflected in the joystick, as this is the main control Daisy uses for moving her chair and by personalising this to her, it added that extra touch of individualism.
The standing function has also made a huge difference to Daisy and her family, benefiting from the transition into standing and vertical rise, not only aiding her digestion, but getting on an eye level with friends and family.
By enabling Daisy to become more comfortable with a standing function on her chair, she has gained more confidence to participate more at school, such as being able to stand during her cooking practical’s.
“We found Ramsey and the Innova team very helpful. They helped make a bespoke wheelchair for Daisy, including all the correct measurements and a comfy seat.
It has had a big impact in the fact the Daisy can stand up daily. She didn’t do that previously as she didn’t like standing in her stander. By including the standing function in her chair, it has helped me and my husband with little things like getting her dressed for school, as we can do it at a better height, so it isn’t affecting our physical health.
The chair has made a big difference to Daisy’s confidence to stand at school, especially with practical’s like cooking.
It has been very helpful in lots of ways.”