The Vela Tango chair makes daily life easier for Claus with cerebral palsy

Claus uses the Vela Tango chair for support with his activities in the kitchen so that he can manage them independently.

Claus has lived with cerebral palsy all his life. The paralysis is mainly evident on the left side of his body. A few years ago, Claus suffered a fracture in the lumbar area when he had a fall. This meant that Claus required a new adjusted kitchen and supportive aids to allow him to manage his kitchen activities independently. There is space for his legs under the cooker that can be adjusted in height for a seated person.

Claus has problems with his balance and finds it difficult to stand up. In addition, he has problems with his knees and with walking. On occasion he has to use his walking frame or electric wheelchair. He has some personal assistance, but in general, he manages daily life himself, both in the kitchen, at mealtimes, and doing daily chores at home.

Making daily life easier

To keep active after his fall, Claus has been given a VELA Tango Electric (El) Sit-stand Chair with a shallow seat and electric adjustment of the sitting height. The electric adjustment of the sitting height is essential for Claus, e.g. when he has to stand, since he has stiff hips.

Claus and his therapist discussed usability issues carefully for the design of his new kitchen. The oven has a side opening and the dishwasher is placed at a height so he can operate both easily while using his chair. When he uses the chair in the kitchen, it is easy for him to adjust the chair height. The chair’s shallow seat is also ideal: Claus will not pinch the backs of his thighs when using it for supported standing, and the seat ensures an active sitting position at the same time.

Claus on the VELA Tango El sit-stand chair

  • I use the chair for kitchen work, food preparation and eating. In the kitchen, I set the seat high so I can stand at the kitchen table and work and use the oven easily.
  • I always put the brake on! I’ve fallen off a chair because I forgot to put the brake on, so now I’ve learned my lesson.
  • The seat is really good, especially when I stand up. The shallow seat also means that I don’t pinch the backs of my thighs, and it provides good support when I stand. The seat is also good for sitting on when I use the chair at the dining table.
  • It is easy to adjust the seat height electrically, and when I set the chair high, I almost stand up. This is essential for me because I can’t bend my hips much.
  • It’s easy to move around the kitchen in the chair because of the large wheels, which roll smoothly across the floor.

Lilly regained her independence with VELA Tango Activity Chair

Lilly has arthritis with a significant disability in the back, shoulders, hips and knees. Lilly is also a short woman (142 cm in height), which makes it difficult for her to achieve a good sitting position at the same time as having a safe work posture.

Her arthritis means that she finds it difficult to manage daily tasks independently. She spends a lot of time in the kitchen, where she also has her dining table. To get around the house, Lilly uses a walking frame for support.

Lilly cannot operate an ordinary chair with gas because of her arthritis. Therefore, she has been given a chair that can be height-adjusted using electric controls, the Vela Tango Electric (El).

Despite the fact that daily life is extremely difficult for Lilly, she had not imagined it possible to find a chair that would relieve her difficulties and make her more self-reliant again. Like many others, she was loath to ask for help or be a nuisance. It was her children who took the initiative and pushed for it, which she is very glad about. Lilly therefore wants to encourage others in similar situations to ask for help.

”It means a lot to me to be able to carry out the daily tasks that I’ve always done my whole life. Now I can happily prepare food for several days and it makes a world of difference that I can peel the potatoes myself. Good food means a lot for living well with arthritis – and it boosts my desire to do other things.”

Lilly has become much more mobile thanks to VELA Tango El, and she has regained her independence. It is important to Lilly not to be dependent on help from others.

  • The chair is always in the kitchen where I use it for kitchen work and as a dining chair, and when sitting at the dining table to do something with my hands, e.g. crocheting.
  • I find the chair really useful, especially in the kitchen, although there isn’t much space.
  • Now it’s possible to set the chair at a height where I can make food, wash up and put things in the cupboards. It’s now even nicer to be able to do things myself, and the chair relieves a lot of pressure, so I don’t get as tired as before.
  • The chair is easy to adjust in height, so I don’t have to bend down to the base units either.
  • The armrests are nice to rest your arms on, and I also use them for support when I get up and sit down in the chair.

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