Tables 2a-c: C5 complete neurological level

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Transfers and moving around

Table 2a: C5 complete neurological level – Transfers and moving around
Task or activity Expected functional outcomeEquipment
Bed mobility Total assist Motorised height adjustable bed with head raise, knee break and side rails.

May require the following options for positioning: bolster with footboard and Trendelenburg function.
Transfers Total assist Mobile floor or powered ceiling hoist with sling
Mobility (Manual) Independent to some assistance (dependent on ground and floor surface) Lightweight rigid or folding frame manual wheelchair with modified push rims and push mitts.
Mobility (Power) Independent with highly specialised equipment

Power wheelchair with tilt in space function, head support and specialised hand control (with wrist cock-up splint as required), postural supports.

Or power add on or assist device for the manual wheelchair.


Independent driving with highly specialised equipment

Assistance with transfers and wheelchair transport required if not driving a fully modified van

Van with modified access and appropriate docking and tie-down system.


Table 2b: C5 complete neurological level – Self-care
Task or activity Expected functional outcomeEquipment
Pressure redistribution and positioning Total assist. May be independent with equipment

Power wheelchair with tilt in space, postural support, and head control systems.

Pressure redistribution cushion.

Pressure relieving or redistribution mattress.

Resting splints for overnight use. May use soft wrist cock-up braces during the day.

Heel suspension device, e.g. boot, pillow or foam cushion.

Toileting Total assist Mobile shower commode with custom padded seat.

May require tilt in space function and padded arm supports.
Showering Moderate assist to total assist Mobile shower commode as above.

Handheld shower in cuff.
Dressing Lower: Total assist

Upper: Moderate assist
Adaptive techniques and equipment, e.g. ring pull zippers and clothing loops.
Grooming Moderate to total assist Adaptive techniques and equipment, e.g. palmar band or universal cuff.
Eating or feeding Total assist for set up, then independent eating with equipment

Wrist cock-up brace

Adaptive feeding equipment, e.g. palmar band, universal cuff or ringed cutlery.

Drinking system or drink bottle with C-clips for bed and when in wheelchair.

Over bed table with height adjustment.

Mobile arm support as required.

Domestic life

Table 2c: C5 complete neurological level – Domestic life
Task or activity Expected functional outcomeEquipment
Meal preparation, housework, shopping, home and garden maintenance Total assist  
Assistive technology and communication Independent / standby assistance Environmental control systems accessed from wheelchair and bed, with handsfree access, to operate home appliances, for example. door, intercom, emergency communication device, temperature control and communication devices, such as phone, computer or tablet.
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