Those who live in healthcare environments invariably require different requirements to younger or more able-bodied individuals. They may have restricted movement or other conditions that make it imperative to adapt furniture to those needs. The most important qualities in a healthcare chair are: comfort, safety, and support.
The High Back Chair
The perfect option. They provide great lumbar support for shoulders, back, and neck that you just don't receive from lower backed chairs. This prevents residents from having to support themselves and cause unnecessary strains. It takes the weight off of their body when relaxing. When a person is seated in a neutral position, rather than holding themselves up, it is much easier for them to get out of the chair.
It is important to always provide healthcare residents with armrests on chairs. This helps with movement in and out of the chair as well as increasing general comfort when seated.
The Lounge Chair
The residents of retirement homes and care homes will be spending the majority of their time in the lounge area and so comfort and cushioning is of extreme importance. There's nothing better than sitting in a comfortable chair. Width and height are important, as the chair should not be too low or too narrow, so careful choice must be made.
The Dining Chair
All areas involving food have a tendency to become messy, so it is important for dining chairs to be hygienic as well as comfortable. Anti-microbial and wipe-clean materials can assist with achieving a clean environment. Arms are also important; although they may prevent neatness as they can't always be tucked under a table, they are essential in enabling residents to seat and lift themselves without extra support. A dining chair must be sturdy and stable, not flimsy and light-weight.
Footstools are an important element sometimes overlooked. They can be a brilliant way to provide a support for residents who may be suffering from health problems, as they can lift feet to alleviate weight and strain.
The Waiting Room Chair
Don't forget that when furnishing healthcare environments, it is not only the residents that you are providing for but also visitors. A great option for waiting areas is modular seating, as the elements can be moved about for different configurations during busier or quieter times, and the waiting room can be transformed into space for other activities if necessary. They are often well-cushioned and give the homely appearance of sofas.
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