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Standing is Critical for Bone Health, Digestion, Mental Health

Oftentimes, people who primarily depend upon wheelchairs for their mobility spend their day sitting in the wheelchair and their nights lying in bed. Our long bones require two forces in order to be healthy: weight bearing against gravity and muscle pull.

Without these forces, our bones weaken and can eventually fracture easily during simple daily activities. Standing improves breathing, digestion, and spinal alignment. Standing helps to prevent circulation issues, obesity, skin breakdown, and idiopathic bone fractures. Standing allows people to be on eye-level during social interactions.

Everybody – adult or child -  needs to stand on their feet part of every day. There are simply no exceptions to this rule. With some people, this requires assistance, special equipment and/or additional motivators. Sometimes, when people with IDD move from school to their adult life, this part of their daily routine is lost. We must all work together to restore safe and healthy standing and physical activity to everyone’s daily routines. Before beginning a new activity, always check with the primary care provider on the team.

We wanted you to know about a new piece of equipment recently donated to the MAEP inventory that is available to borrow.  We would love to see it used in a group home or supported employment site where many individuals might be able to benefit from its use. It is called the EasyStand StrapStand.  See a video about it here http://www.easystandstandingframes.com/products/easystand-strapstand

THE EASYSTAND STRAPSTAND FITS INDIVIDUALS FROM 5’0"-6’5″ AND UP TO 350 LBS. MAEP 0755

BasicStrapStrap grandeThe EasyStand StrapStand is a strap-style stander that can accommodate many unique needs of wheelchair users, from those with low-level spinal cord injuries to multi-user settings. The StrapStand lifts you directly from your wheelchair, bed, or other seated surface into the standing position. Benefits of the EasyStand StrapStand include:

  • No-transfer needed –If you are not capable of, or may not feel comfortable with transferring, you can use the StrapStand because no transfer is needed.
  • Over-center stretch – For specific body-types, the StrapStand can provide the maximal over-center stretch needed for the optimum standing posture.
  • Familiarity in nursing homes – Since it has some features similar to a patient lift, both clinical staff and patients feel more accustomed to it in an assisted living setting.
  • Compliance – When transfers or patient lifting are a concern for staff or caregivers, a standing program can still be practiced because transferring is not required.

This is a large piece of equipment and cannot be shipped. The borrower will usually have to come to the warehouse in Missoula to pick this up. However, about once/quarter, it could possibly be delivered during a round-the-state trip.

Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD
MonTECH Programs of the Rural Institute

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