“The problem with my previous commode chair was that it had no lateral supports,” she explains. “Because I can’t keep my balance, I would fall over onto my left side. My support people had to pad the side of the chair with towels or leave me attached to the hoist to keep me upright.”
The lateral supports available on the RAZ commode have made an enormous difference for Mandy. “I am so much more comfortable now that I’m not leaning over all the time. I have full support in my sides, hips and knees.”
The 40-year-old says she loves the adjustability of the RAZ and the ability to add lateral supports for her body and legs. “It adjusts so easily if I need to lean back further and it is very lightweight to push. Cubro were able to add a head rest and a stronger foot plate for me as well.
“The seat is very comfortable to sit on which is important to me because sometimes I sit there for a long time. I now have armrests also which are easy to move away. I like them because I can rest my arms — my old commode didn’t have any,” she explains.
Mandy first saw the RAZ commode at a disability expo and spoke to Cubro Equipment Advisor Tony Osborne about the features available. After subsequent discussions with an OT from Waitakere Hospital about how her old one was performing, she knew it was a piece of equipment she needed to have.
“Cubro staff and support people have been so great with helping me to get the RAZ set up. Nothing has been too much trouble for them.
“I would recommend this shower commode to anyone, especially if they have problems with their balance. The RAZ is so comfortable, adjustable and functions really well.”