Bariatric Wheelchair Aids Stroke Patient Recovery

Len Nixon is a bariatric gentlemen, approaching 400lbs.   After suffering a stroke, Len found himself being admitted to hospital in Belleville, Ontario. 

Because of Len’s bariatric condition he had been spending most of his day in bed in hospital, occasionally being transferred by a lift to a chair to sit upright for a short while.  The chairs the facility had access to weren’t very suitable for Len, in fact he was very uncomfortable and as a result he didn’t want to get up much to sit in them.


We know about the long term complications of prolonged bed rest and we have written a blog on this topic before which you can read here.  It’s been proven that sitting up as opposed to laying down is beneficial to speeding up the recovery process so it was imperative to Len's health and progress,  to get him sitting up, feeling properly supported and feeling comfortable.  The staff from Belleville contacted the Seating Specialist in the area, Bill Best for help.


Bill came along to the facility and provided free education and training to the staff, and demonstrated the Bariatric Sorrento, our tilt in space bariatric wheelchair to the team.  Due to previous attempts at sitting upright which caused pain and discomfort, Len was initially very nervous about being transferred into the Bariatric Sorrento.  It took 3 attempts, a lot of anxiety and nerves, but the team got Len seated comfortably in his new chair. 


Initially Len was able to stay up for over an hour and now spends most of the day sitting up in his new chair.  He is more functional, able to control his positioning and will tilt and recline himself throughout the course of the day.  Using the remote he can adjust his positioning for eating lunch, and simply to look out the window, drastically improving his quality of life.

This has all contributed to a dramatic improvement in Len’s condition. He is now sitting in the chair for extended periods of the day and his ability to stand and walk have improved tremendously.   As a result he was moved from acute care at Belleville to a rehab focused facility in Trenton, as part of Quinte Healthcare.

Len has remarked that the Bariatric Sorrento has enabled him to be more self sufficient and he feels more comfortable than he has in months.  He has expressed to his caregivers that he would like to spend more time in the chair and less time in bed.

Len's caregivers are so impressed with the chair and with the progress he has made, commenting “I have never seen anything like this, it is great!”

Len has sent his thanks to all the team at Seating Matters for making this possible for him to get out of bed and be safe, comfortable and supported.  I am so delighted to see that the Bariatric Sorrento has really helped Len’s recovery and is helping him to be more self sufficient and regain his independence.  Great to see!  Thanks for sharing your story with us Len.


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Many thanks, 




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