Purpose-built – the ‘Haddon Chair’

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care home manager Brian Haddon has developed a transfer chair which he believes significantly enhances the safety and comfort of both residents and care workers. Mr Haddon is a registered nurse who manages the 23-bed Brockley Court care home in Bristol, and was a finalist in the Care Innovator category of the Care Awards 2004. He says that, like all nurses, he has been aware of the drawbacks of traditional wheelchairs for many years. “In 1999, when I was managing the Meadow View nursing home near Oxford, a resident suffered a nasty prentrating wound as a result of a carer not using footrests,” Mr Haddon said. “I became determined to do something about wheelchairs which hurt my residents. Training can only do so much. If wheelchair design encourages bad practice then the design should be changed.” Starting with the removal of footrests and other dangerous protrusions Mr Haddon said his first attempt at a new design was fairly basic. “I soon realised there were many experts to talk to before a final solution wo

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