The revolutionary standing frame giving the freedom to move independently.
This Struzzo enables the user to assume and maintain an upright position, to move around indoors without assistance from a carer and to transfer autonomously.
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“With all the due distinctions and the necessary attention to the specificity of the individual cases, we feel that the product can target those who are affected by spinal cord disease or injury, paraplegias, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or by muscular pathologies such as muscular dystrophy, and those who find it difficult to perform activities that require lifting such as the elderly”.
“Tecnologie per l’Autonomia” (Technology for Autonomy)
Specialization course (Cattolica University in Milan and Don Gnocchi Foundation) 1999-2000 Academic Year.
Essay by Carlo Marchesini
The user is helped by the tray, the trunk support and the side handles throughout the standing up sequence. These aids support the patient as they stand up, making this activity much easier.
The aids from the STRUZZO Series enable the user to transfer quickly, without help from a carer. Once the upright position is achieved, it will be possible to perform everyday activities and move on a flat surface. It’s easy to get close enough to work tops to make use of them. Learning a technique that suits the user’s physical conditions enables them to perform a variety of tasks, reducing the need for carer involvement.
Access to the aid is made easier and safer by the alignment of the seat with the original seating position. When transferring from the wheelchair to the standing aid, the seat, unlike the old model, can always remain horizontal and align to the user’s seating level by adjusting the aid height.
The sliding footplates, which are independent and adjustable in depth, reduce the distance between the person in the wheelchair — or sitting — and the base of the structure. This helps transfer the user’s feet onto the standing aid. The footplates can be adjusted even when the user is on them.
1 - ADJUSTING THE STRUCTURE IN HEIGHT:
The support structure adapts to the user’s height easily and with no effort as it is electrically operated. Adjustment can also be made by the user in a quick and easy way, with no need for external help even when they are already standing. The knee, lateral and trunk supports are adjusted accordingly, for greater safety and comfort of the user.
Height adjustment: 200 mm
Seat minimum height: + 380 mm
Seat maximum height: + 580 mm
1 - Adjusting the structure in height also enables a similar adjustment of the shin rests, side handles and tray at the same time.
2 - The aid is suitable for users who are 140 to 200 cm tall and weighing up to 140.
2 - ADJUSTING THE FOOTPLATES
All upright standers feature two footplates at the base of the frame. These slide independently from each other so they can be adjusted to meet the wheelchair users’ accessibility requirements and improve their posture.
Depth adjustment: 100 mm
3 - ADJUSTING THE HEEL RESTS
Independent depth adjustment for each heel rest. A special accessory strap (ref. code AC0047) can be added to safely position the feet in the footplate.
Depth adjustment: 90 mm x 2
Center distance: minimum 206 mm; maximum 386 mm
4 - ADJUSTING THE SHIN RESTS
The soft and wrap-around shin rests allow the knees to move freely while the user comes to standing.
The possible adjustments are as follows:
Width adjustment: 170 mm; Center distance: min. 210 mm; max 380 mm (independent)
Depth: 100 mm (independent)
Height: 40 mm manually, further 200 mm by servo-adjustment
Rotation: +/- 20° (independent)
5 - ADJUSTING THE SEAT
Depth is adjustable in standard seat models. A visual indicator signals the maximum safe adjustment allowed.
It is possible to slide out the seat completely if needed.
Depth adjustment: 120 mm
6 - ADJUSTING THE SIDE HANDLES
The side handles are adjustable in width and can be reversed to better restrain the trunk if needs be.
Width adjustment: 110 mm x 2
Center distance: minimum 360 mm; maximum 580 mm
Handle reversal: allowed
7 - ADJUSTING THE TRAY
The tray tilt can be adjusted directly, whereas the table height adjustment is achieved by adjusting the support structure. Finally, the thoracic support built in this table is adjustable in depth.
Tilt adjustment: 5° x 4 = 20°
Depth adjustment: 80 mm
8 - ADJUSTING THE JOYSTICK
The joystick position is adjustable in width, depth and rotation, and it is also possible to reverse it to fit the user’s ergonomic requirements. The joystick allows adjusting the speed of transfers and limiting the maximum speed, and it is provided with an acoustic signal and locking system to prevent use from unauthorized people.
"...It's been a life changing aid"
I have been using the Struzzo for a while now and I don't know how I would ever live without it. Being able to stand up independently and move around the house gives me the ability to do normal things.
My physiotherapist says that the Struzzo keeps my bone density from deteriorating and stops ligaments from tightening up and all the other benefits from standing up. For me its been a lfe changing aid.
I would recommend the Medimotion without a hesitation, give them a call as I did and it changed my life.
How Medimotion made my City trip…
Every individual has it's own view regarding a perfect holiday. Some of you are avid sun lovers, who can look forward to a well deserved all-inclusive. Others like to visit a campsite, or choose for the adventure by travelling with only the basic needs.
My personal favourite is to go on a city trip. Preferably to a large city. This is why I have travelled to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels and Cologne in the past years. Since this year I can add London to this list. In my opinion the best city of all. Although I realize that this opinion might be arguable.
Going on a city trip is probably one of the five things I like to do most in life. On the other hand it has something equivocal for me. The reason for this is my handicap. I was born prematurely and as result of that, I suffered from a brain haemorrhage, two days after. I haven't been able to walk ever since and so I'm permanently bound to a (electrical driven) wheelchair.
Although there a nowadays many options for disabled people, there are only few options that will suit my needs and lead to a satisfactory holiday. Since I'm being used to be fully independent at home and at work, I demand the same on a holiday. I detest the fact that friends or family have to help me with washing, bathing or visit the toilet. I'd rather stay at home than to receive help with such intimate things. This point of view is emphasized since my last city trip in 2012. The company on that trip was perfectly willing to help me with my needs, but I felt nervous by the thought of asking the to help me onto the toilet. Since I don't control Mother Nature, I've had to ask the inevitable, but unlike other things, it didn't get any easier by asking it more frequently. As a result I chose to stay at home instead of going on a holiday.
However, I'd really wanted to visit London for a long time. But only under the circumstance that I would be really self-supporting, in the way I'm at home. There, I can use a sophisticated transfer aid device, called Struzzo. The Struzzo is a device from Italy and gives disabled people the opportunity to move around whilst standing up, or sitting on a kind of saddle. Perfect for me to transfer from my wheelchair to the toilet or my bed So, the challenge was to get the Struzzo into my hotel room prior to my arrival en have it picked up, when I left London. On top of that, I needed to find a hotel which was suitable for my needs and which was prepared to assist with the logistics.
In order to make all the arrangements, I've made contact with a dealer of the Struzzo in the Netherlands. They could provide me with the contact details of Gary Martin from the company Medimotion. A company based in Wales, which is a preferred supplier for the Struzzo in the United Kingdom. The thing that struck me most was the instant willingness to help me. From their point of view it was a remarkable request, since they mostly provide the Struzzo for a couple of weeks minimum. This is very understandable, considering the effort and costs they have to fulfil with transportation and arrangements.
But, within a few days, Gary replied me with a very kind e-mail in which he stated that Medimotion was happy to oblige. He offered me a rental price, which was very reasonable, considered that they had transportation costs on their behalf. The only thing they needed was the contact details of the hotel and the dates corresponding to my stay. The rest was taken care off, Martin assured me. And everything was taken care off. The Struzzo was directly available on my arrival en the hotel staff was very helpful and well instructed.
So, thanks to Medimotion and Gary Martin in particular, I've had the best time in London. Of course I have to mention the Lancaster Hall Hotel (35, Craven Terrace London) as well. This hotel is very suitable for Struzzo users. I can recommend it to anyone, who needs to use a Struzzo.
I look back at a very good cooperation with Medimotion and I hope that it's a beginning of the possibility to rent devices for only a holiday. In order to make this work I also hope that disabled people will see themselves more and more as consumers.
So that i twill be attractive for companies like Medimotion to provide such services on a wide scale at a reasonable fee.
The service of Medimotion was a cherry on a delicious cake, which lasted for 4 days.
I had the comfort of feeling at home, while being abroad.
Thank you Medimotion, thank you Gary, you've really made my citytrip.
Tim van den Wijngaard(the Netherlands)
01559 384 097