Assistive equipment specialist, Etac R82 has won ‘Best Product’ at the annual British Healthcare Trades Association Awards (BHTA) with its paediatric R82 Meerkat stander.
The Meerkat which was launched last year, is a simple upright standing frame with an adjustable support for feet, knees, pelvis and chest. It can be positioned in an anterior or posterior and has the option to add a rocker base for the development of dynamic posture control.
This rocker provides a dynamic element for disabled children, so they can move forwards and backwards – challenging their balance and improving core stability.
Following eight years of research and development by R82, the Meerkat now delivers a significant development in paediatric standing frames as it bridges the gap between static and dynamic therapy.
Nicky Hogg, Etac R82 marketing and business development manager, said “The Meerkat fully deserves official recognition of its design effectiveness and the clinical results it achieves.
“With targeted and adaptable support, the Meerkat facilities the opportunity for children who require assistance standing, to accelerate their postural control and motor skills through measured instability, whilst optimising therapist intervention.
It has been designed to allow children to learn through movement and we are proud to witness the positive outcomes our Meerkat achieves on a daily basis.”
R82 UK Ltd is an Etac Group company supplying R82, Etac, Molift, Star Cushions, Immedia and Convaid branded products in the UK and Ireland from a head office based in Halesowen, Birmingham.