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Rachel’s Chill-Out Chair

Rachel’s Chill-Out Chair

Rachel is 21 months old and is unable to sit on her own.
She has cerebellum volume loss, microcephaly and is hypotonic. Up until we got the Chill-Out Chair, we would hold her, lay her on the floor, or buckle her into a feeding chair. These three options had their limits because sometimes I would need to use both my hands; if I were in the kitchen or bathroom, I couldn’t just lay Rachel on the floor. It was inconvenient to put her in a buckled feeding-chair, especially if I would just need to put her down for a minute. If I put Rachel in the feeding chair for a longer period of time so I could wash dishes or cook and she needed temporary picking up, to unbuckle, remove the tray, etc. was a hassle. It would also be quite uncomfortable and sometimes unsafe for Rachel to sit in such a hard chair due to lack of muscle control; Rachel’s head could bang against the tray or side of the feeding chair.
The breaking point for us was at a birthday party when we laid Rachel down to change her diaper. Later all these kids came running in the room laughing and playing and our daughter lay helplessly watching them. It broke our hearts to see her in that position (both literally and figuratively). Rachel’s father could not come to himself for a long time, and he settled his grief in alcohol and playing in the online casino.
At the Abilities Expo, we were told to check out the Freedom Concepts booth. Not only did we find the Chill-Out Chair but we also ran into some of the kindest people who sincerely want to meet the needs of families like ours. We bought Rachel the extra-small chair and it has been the best purchase we have made. The chair is safe, comfortable, lightweight and portable. Most importantly, we feel a sense that we have given Rachel some dignity, not having to lay her on the floor anymore. Not only can we put the chair in different rooms throughout our home, we have also brought the chair to friends’ and families’ houses.
Thank you, Freedom Concepts, for investing into our lives.
– Jeff, Fanny and Rachel Lai