Right Stuff© is a collection of products that draws from over a decade of experience, working with Nurses, Physiotherapists Occupational Therapists, posture management specialists, carers and patients who have identified that improving night time positioning and support in bed whilst maintaining a more symmetrical body shape is a key priority. This follows on from our efforts with daytime posture management in the form of supportive, and corrective solutions for wheelchairs and other specialist seating solutions.
Right Stuff© comprises of a number of different size and shape pillows, rolls and supportive cushions that are designed to offer improved support & comfort over and above that which you might achieve using normal pillows, towels etc. We achieve this by using performance materials that have the following benefits
- Distribute and reduce pressure
- Improve general comfort
- Improve air flow
- Reduce skin to skin contact
- Cope with moisture
- Antibacterial wipe clean surfaces
- A simple easy to use approach
The importance of simplicity cannot be overstated and is a key factor in the successful acceptance and compliance with any kind of equipment as ease of use has long been acknowledged as a key factor for clients and carers who are more likely to abandon the use of a sleep system that is too demanding or complex despite its technical merits.
The decision to nurse a client predominantly in bed comes with its risks and its rewards.
Bed care in general is an excellent way to reduce some pressure risks, as the principal is to distribute pressure over a larger surface area, i.e. a mattress, but it has risks as well especially if poor posture habits begin to form. Care in bed can be effective in delivering personal care and it can provide a supportive and more comfortable place to be for the really poorly person or for other reasons such as behavior.
Why do we use need posture care in bed?
For some clients there is a tendency for them to spend longer and longer period in bed, not just at night but in the day as well which can accelerate the risk of significant body shape changes which may already be present as a result of a condition or illness.
We want to Capture the posture we have , Prevent or slow down the deterioration process and Defend or Defeat the poor postures that can easily develop the more immobile or the more time we spend in bed which is where these processes really can take a hold
The reasons for this are many and varied and will depend on the nature of the disability or health condition. The most basic need is to support that person’s posture in order to preserve a natural or “normal” body shape or sometimes refers to as a “Symetrical” body shape and to address the following concerns.
- Long or extended periods in bed can also have an impact on pressure risk
- Frequent changes of position for pressure relief are necessary
- Greater risk of respiratory infections or problems for clients who have extended periods of time in bed
- To promote a symmetrical body shape
- To prevent muscle wastage
- To prevent a deterioration or decline in body shape that will impact on general health and wellbeing, respiration, digestion and other natural functions as well as affecting sitting balance and posture
- To reduce the risk of contracture ( muscles tightening and changing shape)
- To improve comfort
- To Improve personal care and maintain skin integrity and skin health.
These types of products are not all that well understood in the wider community but they have been steadily developing over the last 10-15 years and they are now understood a lot better and the benefits are being recognised and acknowledged by health professionals and academics alike.