Monday we came to Surakarta (aka ‘Solo’) where UCP/RUK (our Indonesia wheelchair partner) was conducting a wheelchair fitting. We were there primarily to observe their training techniques and to make sure they are following the recommended training procedures.
The fitting is where the clients actually receive the chair they were assessed for (about a a month ago), and the chair is ‘fit’ to the client and adjusted for its’ maximum effectiveness. This is absolutely critical because if done incorrectly, an improperly fit chair can cause serious problems, primarily pressure sores. If left untreated, pressure sores can have fatal consequences.
LDSC distributes a LOT of chairs around the world and we are grateful to be able to be a part of it here in Indonesia. As you can imagine, it’s so rewarding seeing the difference having a chair makes in peoples lives – not only in the client, but in the parents and caregivers. Mobility is everything!
It’s a wonderful opportunity and blessing for DeeAnn and I to be able to be Humanitarian Missionaries with one of our responsibilities to work with the wheelchair program of the Church. I absolutely believe that helping the poor and disabled in situations like this (among many others) is what the Savior would do if He were here.