Sam is 16 years old and has cerebal palsy which limits her movement and posture. Sam also has epilepsy and learning difficulties, so her communication is limited.
Over the years Sam has had many SOS chairs and at present has a BB seat and Mojo wheelbase.
Her Mum, Annette explains: “Sam grows out of her SOS chairs every two years or so. SOS has always been good to Sam and when we found her arm rests weren’t wearing well they sent their head upholsterer Marilyn to our home to see the problem for herself ”.
Marilyn takes up the story: I had to go and see Sam at home to sort out a technical problem with the covers of her seating system, taking with me a pattern for the arm rests. When I got there it was clear the armrests were catching on the doorframes and tearing. So I made up some more in harder wearing vinyl. Since then there have been no problems.”
Whilst Marilyn was at Sam’s home Marilyn and Annette got talking about the ‘P’ Pod. Annette explains: “One time I’d brought Sam into SOS and I’d seen a little boy being fitted for a ‘P’ Pod and when Marilyn told me they made them for adults I decided to order one to give Sam another seating option at home. The ‘P’ Pod is the same height as our sofas so Sam really feels part of the family and when she went in it for the first time I’ve never seen her so relaxed! All our family and friends have commented on it. Because she finds it hard to communicate she can get quite cross but when she’s in the ‘P’ Pod she’s like a different young woman. I’m absolutely delighted with the effect it’s had on her. Sam has a standard ‘P’ Pod with growth liner so if she does grow any more she’ll still be able to use it.
“I really can’t thank SOS enough for all the help they’ve given over the years. I’m convinced Sam’s chairs – both the BB and the ‘P’ Pod – have given her a better quality of life.”