In September 2019, Matt Teed, our specialist VELA assessor, carried out seating assessments for sisters Martha (age 6) and Evie (age 10) who both have (FSH) Muscular Dystrophy.
The assessments were conducted in conjunction with their Occupational Therapist (OT), at their home and in school with a view to providing them with greater comfort, postural support and independence during seated activities.
Following the assessment, both girls were recommended and provided with 2 VELA Tango chairs each for use at home and in school. The chairs being used at school are VELA Tango 100S (manual gas height adjustment) whilst the chairs for home are VELA Tango 100ES (electric height adjustment). The electric height adjustment not only enables them to raise and lower themselves independently for different height surfaces around the home (breakfast bar, dining table etc.) but also to aid sit to stand movement.
The VELA Tango chair is popular with children and teenagers of all ages as the chair looks like an ‘ordinary office chair’ and therefore doesn’t stand out. Martha and Evie were delighted with their chairs as they chose their favourite colour of fabric and personalise them to their own individual taste.