Harlem Porter Chair

Harlem Porter Chair

A very versatile porter chair, designed around Huntington’s but equally excellent as a porter chair for the frail and elderly.

Every aspect of the Harlem Porter has been researched and engineered to provide a feeling of comfort, safety and security, from the high arm design and backrest recline, to the seat depth and angle adjustments; each element of the design is tailored to support conditions associated with severe or involuntary movement.
There is a choice of four seat and six back cushions, all removable, interchangeable, replaceable and each designed with different postural and pressure management qualities. The ability to remove and interchange these cushions ensures that the chair can be adapted over time for changing conditions or new users, giving greater longevity of usage.
It has a very wide spectrum of users including those with life limiting conditions, ataxic movements and aching joints, where any movement is painful. However, it can also be used as a general porter chair.
This porter chair is at home in any health environment.

Description

  • Suitable For
  • Key Features
  • Optional Accessories
  • Mechanisms
  • Size Guide
  • Back Cushions
  • Seat Cushions
  • Headrest Cushions
  • Fabric Options
  • Warranty
  • Gallery

Suitable For

The Harlem has been designed and engineered to be extremely robust and comfortable to meet the needs of those with ataxic movements such as Huntington’s Disease.

However, it would also meet the needs of clients with life limiting conditions, including MND and MS. Due to its enhanced levels of comfort, it could also be used for clients with aching joints, where any movement is painful e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danios syndromes or osteoporosis.

The independent back rest also means that it can meet the needs of semi-ambulant and non-ambulant users, addressing posture and positioning requirements by using the extensive range of additional accessories and features to modify the chair to meet the individual needs of the client. A very versatile porter chair with an extensive range of potential users.

The Harlem is ideal chair to be used as part of a 24-hour postural care programme, with those clients with skin integrity problems or a history of pressure sores as it can be easily repositioned to allow for optional pressure relief whilst not impacting on their occupational performance, enabling an individual to engage comfortably in tasks they need or want to do.
The chair can be used in a number of health and care environments including hospitals, hospices and care homes as well as in domestic situations.

Environments:

Key Features

The Harlem is a highly engineered and robust porter chair at the heart of which is comfort and safety. It comes with the following key features as standard. There is the option to purchase additional features and these are detailed in the Optional Accessories Section.

For more information on seating posture and assessment please see our downloadable Clinical Posture Guide in the Brochure Section.

Mechanisms

The manual mechanism allows for an independent backrest recline. It is operated by the lever on the push handle. The back can be reclined into a range of positions to meet individual postural needs, the position locks when the lever is released. It allows for an angle range of 95º to 120º.

For further details on this mechanism, with video clips, visit the Mechanism Section.

Pressure Management Back Cushions

There is a choice of six interchangeable and adjustable pressure management back cushions that enable the chair to be adapted to a single user’s changing needs or to adapt the chair to another user. This ensures greater longevity of its usage.

In addition, all cushions can be repositioned to suit a user’s individual seating preferences and fibres added or removed from fibre filled cushions to adjust firmness. Covers can also be removed for cleaning or replacement. See Back Cushion Section for details on the individual cushions.

Pressure Management Seat Cushions

There is a choice of four interchangeable seat cushions each with different pressure management features. You can purchase one or more cushions to support the different needs of individuals who may use this chair.

Cushions and covers are removable for cleaning or replacement. With all these seat cushions we recommend a fabric with four way stretch properties to aid reduction of shear and friction. See Seat Cushion Section for details of the individual cushions.

With an angle range of 15˚ degrees the tilting seat can help to reduce the risk of an individual falling from the chair due to severe involuntary movements as well as allowing for different levels of comfort and postural control.

Seat angle range 0º – 15º

Seat Depth Adjustment

The Harlem comes with a mechanism to adjust the seat depth so that the right seat depth can be achieved. The Seat depth range is 432mm – 533mm (17-21″)

In addition, there is the option to purchase seat adjuster pads which will increase the range of adjustment. These are explained in the Optional Accessories Section.

The seat depth should be long enough to support the upper part of the legs whilst allowing the back to rest comfortably on the backrest. If the seat is too long the user is likely to slouch in the chair to get their feet on the floor, which puts extra pressure on their lower spine, if too short it will cause additional pressure on the thighs risking potential skin breakdown.

Sliding Footplate

This enables the user to place their feet safely on the footplate whilst being portered, but because it can be hidden away it allows uninterrupted access with a hoist. The footplate has been designed with a central castor to maximize stability.

The cover can also be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.

Heavy-duty push handle

For ease of movement the Harlem comes with a heavy-duty push handle with rubber grips.

Castors

The Harlem comes with four heavy-duty lockable castors built in as standard. There is the option to upgrade these to directional castors.

D-Rings

D-rings are fitted as standard.

Optional Accessories

The following features can be purchased to enhance the functionality of the chair.

Leg Support Block

The Harlem comes with a contoured leg support block. The contoured leg channels provide comfort and support by reducing the risk of a user crossing

their legs or from their legs falling off the edge of the leg support. Attach the leg support using the connecting straps as indicated. The connecting straps fitted to the chair are an optional accessory.

Seat Depth Adjusters

In addition to the adjustable seat depth which is built into the chair there is the option to purchase additional seat depth adjusters. There is a choice of two sets of detachable adjuster pads, 25.4mm (1″) or 50.8mm (2″).

High Wear Areas

Purchase a pair of full-length arm covers to protect the arms.

Headrests

There are five headrests to choose from, all of which come with a Velcro tab allowing them to fit over the top cushions. For further details on each of these options please refer to the Headrest Section.

  • Head roll
  • Small head pillow
  • Small profile headrest
  • Large profile headrest
  • Midline headrest

Lap Strap and Pad

A lap strap that can be easily shortened or lengthened and which has a quick release clip can be purchased. This is a lap strap and not a pelvic positioner and should never be used for restraining purposes.

Coolform Gel on Arm Tops*

For enhanced comfort and pressure control Coolform Gel can be fitted into the arm tops.

VP Fabric on Arm Top / Inside Arm*

* Please note that some of these additional features will need to be fitted at the point of manufacture.

Mechanisms

The most important aspect to consider before purchasing any healthcare chair are the seating positions that are required to aid the conditions of the client and address any pressure and postural management needs.

The Harlem comes with a manual independent recline allowing the user to maintain flexibility over their body position, particularly the amount of hip flexion, enabling them to maximise comfort as well as managing health needs. Angle range: 95º – 120º.

Size Guide

Overall Weight Limits

The Madison has a weight limit of 127 Kg (20 stone) as standard. The maximum leg rest weight limit is 57 kg (9 stone) on all models.

Seat Cushion Weight Limits

Certain pressure management seat cushion options have their own overall weight limits, including the Celliform, details of which can be found in the Seat Cushion Section. The maximum leg rest weight limit is unaffected by the seat cushion.

Important Dimensions

  Small Medium Large
Seat Height* 406mm (16″) 457mm (18″) 533mm (21″)
Seat Width 432mm (17″) 483mm (19″) 533mm (21″)
Seat Depth 432mm-533mm (17-21″) 432mm-533mm (17-21″) 432mm-533mm (17-21″)
Arm Height  165mm (6.5″) (dependent on seat angle) 165mm (6.5″) (dependent on seat angle) 165mm (6.5″) (dependent on seat angle)
Back Height  711mm (28″) (dependent on seat angle) 711mm (28″) (dependent on seat angle) 711mm (28″) (dependent on seat angle)
Overall Height  1143mm (45″) 1143mm (45″) 1143mm (45″)
Overall Width 686mm (27″) 686mm (27″) 686mm (27″)
Overall Length 889mm (35″) 889mm (35″) 889mm (35″)
With handle bar 1041mm (41″) 1041mm (41″) 1041mm (41″)

Please note

Depending on the seat cushion built into the chair the seat height* may vary from that shown above.

Back Cushions

There is a choice of six interchangeable and adjustable pressure management back cushions that enable the chair to be adapted to a single user’s changing needs or to adapt the chair to another user. This ensures greater longevity of its usage.

*Please note that some of the cushions are not available on the small sized chair.

In addition, all cushions can be repositioned to suit a user’s individual seating preferences and fibres added or removed from fibre filled cushions to adjust firmness. Covers can also be removed for cleaning or replacement.

If you would like to find out about what back cushions are available on other healthcare chairs from the Repose range please see the comparison chart below.

Waterfall

Individual fibre filled waterfall cushions, each of which are fully adjustable to accommodate maximum postural support. The waterfall back can be useful for those with mild Kyphosis, Scoliosis and reduced muscle mass on their back.

Large Profile Headrest With Waterfall

The profile headrest conforms to the head and shoulders which can be useful for individuals with limited neck control with the waterfall back providing soft adjustable lumbar support.

Comfort Lateral

Soft fibre filled back with lateral support, which can be useful for those who have limited trunk control or balance. It can be useful for those with early stages of neurological conditions such as MS or a Stroke survivor.

Large Profile Headrest With Comfort Lateral

This back offers soft fibre filled cushions to provide head, shoulder and trunk support, which can be useful for older users who have lost some muscle control, supporting them in a good postural position with the head in a neutral position. This back can also be useful for early stages of neurological conditions to maintain good positioning without restricting activities.

Support Lateral

A foam filled back providing firmer lateral support with a soft fibre filled headrest. The firm lateral support maintains midline trunk alignment which can be useful for those post Stroke or early to mid-stages of neurological conditions.

Large Profile Headrest With Support Lateral

Firm foam lateral back cushion with soft fibre filled profile headrest can provide support for those who have limited trunk control or balance. The profile headrest can provide support to keep the head in good midline alignment which can be useful for those with early stages of neurological conditions such as MS or a Stroke survivor with limited residual impairments.

* Please note the following back cushions are not available on a small chair:

* Comfort Lateral
* Large Profile Headrest with Comfort Lateral
* Support Lateral
* Large Profile Headrest with Support Lateral

Seat Cushions

There is a choice of four interchangeable seat cushions each with different pressure management features. You can purchase one or more cushions to support the different needs of individuals who may use this chair.

Cushions and covers are removable for cleaning or replacement. With all these seat cushions we recommend a fabric with four way stretch properties to aid reduction of shear and friction.

If you would like to find out about what seat cushions are available on other healthcare chairs from the Repose range please see the comparison chart below.

Viscoform

For those who have good posture and mobility but are seated for greater than one hour at a time and require pressure relief and supported comfort. This cushion has a high-density foam base which offers a supportive and firm seat base with a top layer of memory foam to allow immersion into the cushion, giving stability and a large surface area to reduce pressure levels.

Liquiform

For those who have good posture and mobility but sit for long periods of time and require pressure relief and supported comfort. Recommended for people with limited muscle bulk or at risk of excessive weight loss. This cushion has a high-density foam which offers a supportive and firm seat base. The foam is topped with a fluid liquid gel in a soft silicone cover which provides a high level of pressure relief. The liquid gel helps to dissipate heat and constantly adapts to the user’s movement.

Coolform

For those sitting for long periods with specific comfort issues such as a high risk of pressure sores. This cushion uses the latest medical grade silicone gel technology allowing pressure to be evenly distributed. The gel conforms to the shape of the body and equalises to body temperature. The gel cells allow air to flow easily and Coolform is totally odourless and hypoallergenic.

Celliform

For those sitting for long periods with specific comfort issues such as a high risk of pressure sores. Gelacell has a unique cell matrix that distributes pressure across the contact area, as it contours and yields in response to weight redistribution. Gelacell absorbs body heat, reducing the risk of creating an environment that could increase pressure risks, the grid design also encourages air circulation. Gelacell is clinically tested and passes all dermatological tests for skin contact.

Maximum weight of user 127 kg (20 stone)

Headrest Cushions

There is a choice of 5 detachable headrests all attached with a velcro tab.

Head Roll

The head roll is useful to reduce depth for anyone with reduced neck extension or needing to keep their head in a neutral position for tasks such as eating or drinking whilst maximising comfort and reducing effort.

Small Head Pillow

The small head pillow provides additional comfort for those who may require a softer surface to rest on whilst stopping hyper-extension at the neck when reclined or tilted.

Small Profile Headrest

Similar to the large profile headrest but support is focused more on the head and neck.

Large Profile Headrest

This headrest provides a combination of lateral support at the head, neck and shoulders whilst offering additional comfort and reducing neck extension.

Midline Headrest

The midline headrest provides postural support for those with some form of midline deficit, following a stroke resulting in proprioceptive deficit or unilateral neglect for example. It is also useful for those with reduced lateral muscle strength or tolerance (such as sternocleinomastoid).

Fabric Options

All our health fabrics are Waterproof, Anti-MRSA, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Crib 5 and bleach cleanable. All cushions and cushion covers are removable for cleaning purposes.

Warranty

Below is a summary of our Standard two-year warranty terms and conditions.

There is also the option to upgrade to a five-year comprehensive care plan, this is for non-commercial users only, please call our office on 023 9230 06556.

Standard Two-Year Warranty

Two years on mechanisms and frame.

One year on air seat cushions and also on some additional accessories such as the Accupak, 20 Cycle Back up and Relaxor heat and massage systems, upholstery and electrics.

Advanced Seating Solutions Ltd will repair or replace, at our discretion and free of charge to the original purchaser, any parts covered by this warranty and that on examination, are found to be defective in material and/or workmanship. The warranty is for parts and labour only. The product or parts requiring repair/replacement must be returned to Advanced Seating Solutions Ltd by you and you will be responsible for the costs of packaging, postage and any postal insurance.

Any products returned to Advanced Seating Solutions Ltd must be disinfected and should pose no health hazard.