Looking after our posture is important for all of us. As we get older, we learn that bending over as we type on our laptop or bending our neck using a mobile phone can result in pain and discomfort. However, if you are physically disabled or you have experienced a stroke, you may find it difficult to move your body on your own. This means you may through disability be fixed in one position for a prolonged period of time. This can have an even more damaging effect on your body and your physical health. For some people with a profound and multiple learning disability poor pastoral care can lead to health complications such as chest infections and on rare occasions there can be health complications which have been known to lead to avoidable death.
Changing Our Lives is working with disabled people, families and postural care experts from around England to write a national pastoral care strategy. This strategy was born out all the Got My Back postural care conference in 2016. To read about the conference click here.
We are also working on a Got My Back campaign which aims to make people more aware of good postural care. We are producing three short films about pastoral care and two vlogs.
Part of our work on postural care involves us finding out about the experiences of disabled people and other people who have postural care difficulties. We are current currently carrying out a survey of people’s experiences of postural care and the impact on quality of life. To take part in the survey please click here.
If you want to find out more about this work please call us on 0300 302 0770 or email us at email@example.com
Postural Care Research – we need to know!
Postural care is any intervention which protects a person’s body shape.