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ahosangadi

how to keep him seated in chair

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Hello,

my brother-in-law now needs help staying seated in his chair. Please can you give us ideas on belts/harnesses, other devices you have used (pros and cons) to keep from sliding out of a chair? He mainly needs it for sitting at dinner table and when sitting in a chair to watch TV. He can't drive anymore and only goes short distances in car when someone else is driving. He is still working but now half-days. He has a lot of back pain too, so he can't sit for too long at a time.

 

Any help or advice you can give will be most appreciated.

 

Thank you so much.

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Welcome ahosa,

I'm glad you found us.  There are lots people with experience and suggestions here, but a little more information would help.

 

Is the difficulty in sitting in a chair because of pain (bad back), or is it rigidity, or does he slump to the side?  A dear friend of mine had rigidity and slumping, so a really good recliner with a button control actually helped.  Can you give us some more hints? 

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Hello Quietstill, so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I so appreciate your getting back to me so promptly.

 

His back pain makes sitting very uncomfortable, but the sliding out of the chair is related mainly to the slumping and rigidity.He gradually slides out a the chair or is not able to get into a "sitting position" properly. He mentioned that he needs something to "strap himself in" but didn't talk further about it. 

 

 

I hope I have given enough information? Thanks again.

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I wish someone could invent a chair with seat belts.  My mom slides down on chairs too.  She's a petite woman so most sofas are too deep for her to sit upright but if I get her a smaller seat she will slide off when she slouches down.  It's a no win situation.  I feel your pain.

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Have you tried using a gait belt? Are you talking about a lounge chair or more of a kitchen-type chair? If you had a long enough belt,

you could hook it under his arms and around the chair somehow.  It might be worth a shot.

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I don't think that would prevent anyone from sliding.  The only thing I can see in my head are the kind of safety belts used in roller coaster rides that straps you down from the shoulder and waist.

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His doctor should help him by a referral to an occupational therapist. They are amazing at solving problems like this.

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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I will research the options you have suggested. He rarely sits on the sofa so he would need something for the dinner table chair and a high-back chair he sits in when watching TV.

 

Thanks again!

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