We have been waiting for quite some time on a delivery. Two deliveries, to be precise. The first — the smaller of the two — arrived about two weeks or so ago. The larger arrived just the other day. They are therapy benches, one for standing at and one for sitting on, and they are nearly identical to the ones Namine uses at therapy.
Namine attends physical therapy once a week, but the work doesn’t stop there. We have never had the equipment they do at therapy, but since we started working with the Waukesha County program for children with special needs, we have been able to request new equipment we have so far lacked.
The program is called the Children’s Long Term Support. It’s intended to provide support for families without the means to get equipment, respite, or other services on their own. It was this program that allowed us to get Namine’s adaptive bike back in October; we would never have been able to get a custom-built hand-crank bike otherwise.
The latest equipment we’ve received, the two therapy benches, are perfect for continuing therapy at home. Up until now, we’ve either had her stand using her walker or the piano bench. The piano bench is approximately the same height as the taller of the two benches, but it was harder to stand up at because there was nothing to sit on when she needed a rest. The walker was better in that regard, having a built-in seat due to its straps, but is so large that we’ve dubbed it “The Beast.”
Namine’s new therapy benches are the perfect solution. Their height is adjustable, they take up less space than the walker, and the smaller of the two fits comfortably under the larger for easy storage when not in use. (They are also much lighter and easier to carry than her walker.) And unlike our piano bench, which is not meant for standing support, the therapy benches have a wider base for stability.