Limavady firm Seating Matters have secured a contract to supply therapeutic wheelchairs to US Military Veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Speaking about the contract, Clinical Director Martina Tierney said : “We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Federal Government has identified a need for veterans in USA to access high quality therapeutic seating and have contracted with Seating Matters to supply our specialty wheelchairs to the VA and veterans across the US.
Martina continued to describe the chairs, saying :
“The US Department of Veteran Affairs have introduced this new premium therapeutic seating option which is available to veterans across the country from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). This new category of specialist therapeutic seating fills a huge gap which existed in seating options for veterans. This demonstrates a commitment to providing the highest standards of care to veterans, ensuring better outcomes and a better standard of life for those suffering from disability, or chronic illness.
Traditionally many veterans only used wheelchairs or ‘geri chairs’ with veterans sitting in these chairs for long periods of the day. These chairs should only be used for outdoor mobility or for those with less dependent needs as they don’t provide adequate postural support, little or no pressure management and most importantly offer little by way of safety or even comfort – very basic, but very key needs, which veterans should be entitled to as a high priority.
Veterans who are no longer mobile or have reduced mobility, and who spend considerable hours per day in a wheelchair, deserve the comfort, support and therapeutic benefit of a Seating Matters specialty chair. Fortunately these are available through their VA, and have been clinically trialled and provide postural support and pressure management, for optimum comfort and clinically proven health benefits.”
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