Whether it’s watching television, having a bath, eating, going to the cinema or going up the stairs, specialist seating is vital for those who suffer from disabilities. Chartwell Insurance, a completely independent insurance broker that offers specialist service for people with disabilities, looks at key specialist seating, and the options available.
Rise and recline seating can be a popular choice in living rooms for disabled people whose mobility is impaired. Along with riseandrecline.co.uk, Complete Care Shop also provides a large selection of adjustable armchairs in different colours and sizes. Each chair offers “a variety of positions to help obtain the most comfortable resting posture”, and they can also be controlled to tilt forwards to help users vacate the chair.
Moving between floors can be exceedingly difficult in a wheelchair. Luckily there are a variety of flexible options for wheelchair lifts that can be installed to make it easier. From step lifts to get you in the front door, to stairlifts and through-floor lifts, there are options to make any house accessible.
There are a number of different adaptations of car seats that can help to improve the accessibility of most types of cars. Companies like Elap, Alfred Bekker and Autochair offer a variety of swiveling car seats that make it easier for people with restricted mobility to get in and out of their car. From basic seats that rotate and lower to make it easier for people to transfer from their wheelchair to the car seat, to multi-assist electric versions, it is possible to install these chairs in most cars. There are even variants where the whole car seat can be removed from the car and attached to a wheelchair base for those that find it too difficult to transfer from their wheelchair.
Events and Leisure
There is still a long way to go in terms of normalising access to many activities. Groups like the Trailblazers investigate and campaign to improve access to high street shops, leisure facilities, all varieties of sport, polling stations, cinemas and much more.
People with disabilities make up roughly 12% of cinema audiences, despite this tales of uncomfortable seating areas, poor views and rude staff are still all too common. Trailblazers’ 2011 report into cinema access shows that many major chain cinemas have inadequate facilities for disabled customers, including not offering online ticket booking or unsuitable seating areas.
On the positive side, their report showed that many independent cinemas did not have these issues, so if you are lucky enough to live close to an independent cinema, support it!
That said, it’s not all bad news. Sign up for a CEA card means that if you require an assistant, their ticket is free. Roughly 90% of cinemas accept it so you’d have to be very unlucky to find one that doesn’t.