There are those who believe to live independently is to be able to do whatever by oneself. Although if this is possible it is good, there are other factors to be considered for living independently such as being free from the control and influence of others; gaining the confidence to ask for a hand to do whatever. We have found our 24-hour postural programme is important, including:
- any required orthopaedic surgery (e.g. spinal fusion, removal of hips) to be able to sit correctly with good posture and without pain;
- specialised seating assessment so the body is well-supported with regular reviews;
- good commode/shower chairs to help with toiletting and even toiletting programmes;
- using a sleep system;
- hand clinic to stretch muscles promoting good hand hygiene.
During our presentation we shall be discussing the importance of all these issues, with case studies, and showing how we have changed the lives of those living at Chatting Independently.