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TESTIMONIALS

 

PAPWORTH HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Patients here at Papworth Hospital NHS Trust have been using the Matchett FOOTSTOOLS since 1984 and continue to use them today.  They are used by our inpatients within the Cardiac Directorate for easing pressure and for maintaining the correct height of lower limb elevation.  Nursing staff at our hospital endorse the reactions of patients who find them comfortable, simple and easy to use.  We have found that these low technology aids are as effective as high cost technology.

 

HOLLYBANK TRUST, MIRFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE

SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
We have been using various units in the Matchett Support range for 20 years.  The CORAL is especially favoured due to its versatility; for example, it is used for postural drainage, in a sensory room, on a trampoline or just in the rest room for general relaxation.  The flexibility of the units allows different clients shapes, sizes and requirements to be catered for.

 

A CEREBRAL PALSY PATIENT FROM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The JEFFERY has changed my life completely, before I had the JEFFERY I was in constant pain and had hardly any sleep.  I highly recommend JEFFERY because I’ve now got no pain and am able to sleep.  The JEFFERY does exactly what it was designed for, it warms up limbs and is a marvellous product.

 

A NEUROLOGICAL HOSPITAL IN ESSEX

SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
We especially like the KATIE and JEFFERY units as we find patients are more comfortable and accepting of them.  JEFFERY is brilliant for keeping legs in alignment which reduces stiffness of the limbs upon waking.  Patients with spasticity must be positioned correctly and this can be achieved by the Matchett Supports.

 

LONG STAY / REHABILITATION HOSPITAL, SOUTHERN IRELAND

SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Patients tolerate the KATIE unit far more than foam T-rolls because of the fluid action of the filling.  The KATIE is used for longer periods than previous rolls, they help reduce muscle spasm and help in pressure care prevention.  Staff here find the KATIE easier to get into position.

 

A MOTHER FROM BRADFORD

Matchett Unit’s are a lifeline of comfort for my son with multiple physical disabilities.  They are child friendly in appearance and easy to use.  After eighteen months of being unable to use a wheelchair, my son is now able to travel anywhere.  We have a variety of units which accompany him both day and night, at home, and when he goes to hospital or for respite care.  I can’t imagine life without Matchett, they are brilliant!

 

LEARNING DISABILITIES, NORTH OF ENGLAND

COMMUNITY O.T.
Make the following comments about the Matchett Support System.  Promotes health and prevents deterioration of a wide range of conditions.  Achieve and maintain optimum positioning both in sleep/rest and in enabling individuals to access meaningful activities.  Help create a sense of warmth, security and comfort.  In addition, we appreciate the simplicity and flexibility of use and ability to reposition clients.  We find this particularly important when using Matchett’s to position clients during the night.

 

A NURSING HOME IN SURBITON, SURREY


SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

  • I introduced JEFFERY to a younger stroke patient, due to her windswept posture at night.  Having used this for a week I have seen an improvement in her seating posture, increased knee extension and care staff report that her personal care needs are easier to address.  I have also noted that when placing the JEFFERY in position, the action of knocking the polystyrene balls into position is stimulating the muscles to relax.
  • Care staff are reporting how wonderful the cushions are - the AMY is giving a very frail elderly lady a symmetrical posture and as a result her dribbling has reduced greatly.  The resident also reports that she likes the cushion and it is very comfortable.  As a result of her being more upright and symmetrical she is interacting more with staff and visitors.  (Her next of kin was also ++ impressed with AMY!)
  • The JILL - the lady that I have introduced this to during the day used to 'clamp her legs together' when staff were trying to put a rolled up towel to reduce her abduction.  She now opens her legs slightly on request and staff now place JILL in position and again can increase abduction by gently pushing the polystyrene balls into position.
  • I have also noted that the warmth of the material, means that the residents' muscles relax and later in the day I can re adjust them and increase further the range of movement.  Indirectly the cushions seem to have improved staff moral, they now feel that we are helping residents to maintain their posture, improve their dignity and because the cushions are 'soft and not aggressive' looking they are happy to put them in position.  Staff who like a posture system do not require nagging to use it - this makes my life easier.  I continue to be impressed by what the Matchett Support System achieves 24/7.