Welcome to September’s issue of Inside Recliners. We hope you’ve had a great summer and been able to make the most of the August sunshine. It’s been another very busy month up at the factory, but we did manage to make some time to cheer on Team GB in Rio and prepare for our Trade Days show later this month. See our Paralympics special in this month’s edition, as well as more information on where to find us at Trade Days. There’s a new section to the newsletter this month too – following some recent feedback, we’ve included a way to get in touch with your suggestions for anything new you’d like to see in the Recliners range.
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Unfortunately, obesity is a real problem in Wales with the latest statistics reporting that 24% of adults fall into this category. This means there every chance that an OT will find themselves dealing with a bariatric patient. The seating requirements for bariatric patients are different to other patients, so it is important to know what to look for. Here is a quick guide to the most important factors to help your patient remain comfortable and reduce the risk of injuries.
The annual Trade Days show at the NEC in Birmingham provides a great chance to meet with other manufacturers and retailers, but there are some brilliant opportunities for learning too. This year’s list of seminars looks particularly good. There’s a strong focus on the use of social media for marketing, with seminars on getting the most from Facebook and YouTube. Other highlights include a particular favourite of ours – working with OTs to maximise your sales – and several seminars on business strategy and growth.
We loved watching Team GB do so well at the Rio Olympics and in just 7 days’ time the competition starts all over again with the Paralympics. We’ll be cheering on our athletes from the workshop, and we’ll also be keeping one eye on all the innovations in assistive technology that will be on display at the games. The realm of sport is often where the most exciting technological advances come from, and observing how the design teams meet the very specific needs of all the athletes to enable their best performance really brings out the inner geek in us here at Recliners.
We thought we’d share three of our favourite technologies past and present. Do let us know if you see anything that really impresses you at the Paralympics!