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Lunch and Learn with Phil Moore – A Discussion on Seating and Posture

Our latest Lunch and Learn session at Disabled Living saw Burrows House full to the brim with therapists from all over Manchester for The Care Teams Seating Session.

17 therapists  at our Disabled Living Training room were joined by Phil Moore as he talked about the importance of seating. In his discussion of seating in the past, the time when there was a limited amount of options to cater for all, he developed his presentation taking us into the relevant and accurate assessment of our clients. We learnt that this enables them to have the best chair for their purpose.

Phil Moore delivering Lunch and Learn

Phil seemed concerned about people over prescribing but the reasons for that may be a whole other blog topic around positive risk taking and legislation. Elaborating on this, he shared his experiences of assessing people who had poor posture due to the direction their chair was in.

People will always position their posture due to the thing most focussed on whether it’s the TV, a conversation with someone, or looking out of a window, without moving their chair. This can then lead to the person sitting asymmetrical for no good reason.

The group was very interactive and included a discussion where we asked Phil questions about issues he had come across. We also had an interesting discussion around seating and dementia which, I suspect could have carried on for a couple of hours if there was more time.

All in all it was a very interesting two hours which, concluded positively with ideas that small things can often make a huge difference. Not only this but that, the importance of finding the right chair, can help an individual improve their posture in the future.

Lunch and Learn food

Phil provided a fantastic lunch of sandwiches, sushi, fruit and doughnuts which was enjoyed by all of us who attended.

The networking was great and Phil introduced Graham who looks after the Chair Doctor, a service which provides specialist repair and refurbishment of posture, nursing and riser/recliner chairs. This seems like a very useful and popular service in days when we have to look after every penny.

The Care Team look forward to delivering more sessions and are working closely with Disabled Living so stay posted for more information about these events coming soon.


Written by Deborah Bell.

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