The occupational performance benefits of the pioneering new SitnStand Portable Smart Rising Seat will be demonstrated by John Callas, from The OT Service, at OTAC Reading.

Occupational Therapy Adaptation Conference (OTAC), Hilton Hotel, Hilton Reading, Drake Way, Reading, RG2 0GQ. 10th July. 9am–4pm. Stand 06.
OTAC events provide vital information regarding housing adaptations, the latest assistive equipment and a comprehensive CPD-accredited seminar programme. At OTAC Reading, John Callas will support the SitnStand showcase and offer his expert clinical comment regarding this revolutionary sit-to-stand solution.

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Developed by Life Assistant Limited and available through leading nationwide suppliers, the new SitnStand Portable Smart Rising Seat is a unique solution to a common problem – getting in and out of any chair independently. Many individuals living with restricted mobility cannot achieve a safe and controlled sit-to-stand without the help of a relative, friend or carer. This results in a detrimental impact on living especially as independence is compromised both in the home and the wider community.

Historically, rise and recliner chairs have provided a solution in domestic situations and care homes however these products are static and not portable. This means many lifestyle-based activities outside of the home are not possible – resulting in reduced inclusion, equality and well-being. Where elderly and disabled individuals do not have the option of manual assistance, the risk of falls and musculoskeletal injury can be high when using a chair independently

Director of The OT Service, Kate Sheehan, is an advocate of SitnStand from a clinical point of view. She says: "SitnStand has inspired Occupational Therapists, as its innovation and design has led to a product that fits well with the ethos of Occupational Therapy. Due to its portability, it opens up a whole world of activities that clients want to do in their home, community and whilst travelling, therefore promoting health and wellbeing."

John, Kate’s colleague, will be available throughout the show to discuss delegates understanding of sitting and standing and the impact on engagement in meaningful activity. John will challenge clinical reasoning during a standard transfer assessment to evaluate whether it is client centred and holistic. He will also explore safe transfers in context of supporting engagement in purposeful occupations as well as the role of SitnStand in supporting independence.

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