Langham is supporting ARCOS with a trial, using the Langham K40 step to improve the lives of people with neurological conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Speech and Language Therapist Kay Coombes, Director of ARCOS said: “The pilot is interdisciplinary. It will involve rehabilitation centres of excellence in London and Birmingham trialling the use of K40 steps instead of wheelchairfootplates, when people are sitting. An upright posture of the upper body can be a tremendous help in function, including swallowing and the coordination of breathing and swallowing.”
“It is great that we have been able to help with this pilot, by donating 20 Langham K40 Steps for the national trial” said Marty Brookes, who delivers Langham’s training programme for Occupational Therapists, “The position of footrests on a wheelchair can encourage people to lean back, instead of having a comfortable upright sitting position. When sitting still in the wheelchair, resting both feet on a K40 step allows their feet to be positioned directly beneath their knees. This better posture should help with breathing and eating.”
Pictured are Kay Coombes (ARCOS Director) with David Silverwood (Langham).