How Tilt-in-Space chairs provide pressure relief

Incorrect seating arrangements for your patients can lead to a number of additional health concerns, including pressure ulcers and an increased risk of injury from falling. For patients with reduced mobility, an option for reducing this risk is to use a tilt-in-space chair.

What is a tilt-in-space riser recliner chair?

While there are numerous benefits to a chair with a reclining backrest, a chair in which only the backrest reclines can cause a patient with reduced mobility to slide down the seat of their chair. A tilt-in-space chair, on the other hand, maintains the patient’s posture while reclining. The whole backrest unit tilts backward, providing a lower seat and ensuring the patient is unable to slide forward in their seat. When the patient is ready to stand, the seat then tilts forward, lowering the patient in their seat while raising them safely to a standing position.

What are the benefits of a tilt-in-space chair?

One of the key benefits of a tilt-in-space chair is that it allows for greater pressure relief by allowing the patient to adjust their seating position at intervals without the risk of falling or sliding from the chair. This also allows for greater blood flow by reducing pressure around the legs.

Additionally, with improved support for the head and back, the patient is able to maintain a correct posture with minimal effort. This enables them to reserve their energy for other activities such as eating and leisure activities.

At Rise & Recline Healthcare, we offer a number of tilt-in-space options across our range of riser recliner chairs. To see the full range, download our brochure or input your patient’s details in our chair builder to discover the right chair for your patient.

How to reduce sliding and falls from chairs

elderly hands on leg

Elderly patients, as well as those suffering from low mobility, are at high risk of injury from falling. Even when a patient is seated, if they are sitting incorrectly, they are at risk of injury from sliding or falling from their chair. This can lead to a number of injuries and health complaints including:

  • Broken bones, bruising or wounds;
  • Pressure ulcers, caused by repeatedly sliding within the chair
  • Delayed rehabilitation, with repeat hospitalisation
  • A drop in confidence and dignity
  • Risks to carers from increased manual handling requirements.

Preventing Sliding and Falls from Chairs

The risk of this type of injury can be dramatically reduced with a proper seating assessment and a chair tailored to the patient’s height and leg lengths. Key considerations when assessing a patient’s requirements include:

  • Back Angle Recline.  This allows the back angle of the chair to be adjusted and allow for a fixed hip angle which prevents the patient from being pulled forward in their seat.
  • Adjustable Seat Angle Recline. This enables the pelvis to be lowered in the chair, creating a stable supporting base when the patient is seated.
  • Riser Function. This enables the patient to be brought steadily to a standing position, supporting their weight as they rise.
  • Adjustable Footplate. 19% of a person’s body weight is transferred through the feet when the patient is seated. An adjustable footplate allows the patient to have their feet fully supported, ensuring even weight distribution throughout the body.

Sliding and falls from chairs are a serious cause of both injury and distress to your patient; fortunately, there are ways of avoiding this outcome. At Rise & Recline Healthcare, we specialise in healthcare furniture, providing the necessary equipment to Occupational Therapists and those working with patients at risk, to help them have the furniture needed to support them in their day-to-day lives.

To find out how our Rise and Recline chairs can help reduce the risk of falling, download our brochure or use our chair builder to get an online quote.

4 ways to stop elderly adults from falling out of bed

elderly getting out of bed holding a zimmer frame

Falling out of bed, particularly in the case of elderly or vulnerable people can cause serious injury. It can also affect that person’s confidence and their ability to feel safe and secure in their bed. This, in turn, can have a long term detrimental effect on their ability to get a good night’s sleep and further delay recovery.

When working with elderly or vulnerable patients, there are a number of measures you can take to prevent these types of falls from occurring as well as to help your patient get a good night’s sleep.

Side rails

Side rails attached to the bed prevent your patient from rolling out of bed during the night. Although a permanent feature, they can be lowered with ease to allow your patient to get in and out of bed. Side rails are a feature of hospital beds, such as Rise and Recline’s Clara bed and should be considered for patients with a long term risk of falling out of bed.

Positioning supports

Where there is a temporary risk of falling out of bed and no need to make any permanent adjustments to the patient’s sleep configuration, positioning supports will help reduce the risk of a fall. Cylindrical cushions and pillows can also be placed at the edge of the bed to create a barrier and prevent your patient from rolling out of bed.

Use a lower bed

For patients with a high risk of falling, a lower bed may be considered. This reduces the height of the fall and helps prevent injury from occurring. It can be coupled with a landing matt to further reduce the risk. Low hospital beds, such as the Clara Low can be raised or lowered to reduce the risk of injury from falling while still allowing patients to get in and out of bed with ease.

Use an electric adjustable bed

Falling out of bed can also occur when the patient is attempting to get in or out of bed. An adjustable bed, such as those manufactured by Rise and Recline, will allow your patient to raise themselves to a position where they can ease themselves in or out while keeping their weight supported.

To discover how Rise and Recline’s range of adjustable beds can help reduce the risk of falling out of bed, as well as other health benefits from an adjustable bed, you can request a free brochure online. Or for your free quote, simply use our online chair quotation tool.

Importance of good sitting posture

elderly hands on leg

Good posture can have a myriad of health benefits, including improved respiratory function and increased energy. Poor posture, on the other hand, can lead to serious health problems from aches and pains to headaches through to long term chronic conditions. And while it may sound extreme, poor posture can also lead to death. So it is important that you are always thinking about posture when working with patients who are sitting for long periods of time.

Rise & Recline Healthcare’s range of riser recliner chairs are designed to support users to gain a better posture and reduce the occurrence and impact of conditions associated with poor posture. When assessing a patient for posture, consider that the following areas can be improved significantly with the introduction of a Rise & Recline chair.

Pelvic Position

Posterior Pelvic Tilt

This occurs when the PSIS is positioned lower than the ASIS with the pelvis tilted backwards, leading to the patient putting more pressure on their sacrum. This can cause difficulties with swallowing and breathing. The range of riser recliner chairs are designed to distribute the weight evenly through the body to ensure the pelvis is aligned and pressure points are reduced.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt

This is caused by the PSIS being positioned higher than the ASIS. This is commonly caused by sitting at a desk for prolonged periods or excess weight at the front of the body pulling the pelvis forwards.

Pelvic Obliquity

This is caused by the pelvis being tilted to one side, either because the chair is too big for the user or because of contributing weakness on one side of the body. Riser recliner chairs can help to combat this as each chair is designed specifically for the user, ensuring the dimensions of the chair are right for their frame.

Spinal Position

As well as affecting the pelvis, there are a number of spinal complaints associated with poor posture. Spinal and pelvic issues are generally interlinked and should be addressed together.

Lordosis

This is identified as an increased lumbar curve and is generally associated with anterior pelvic lift.

Scoliosis

This is a curvature of the spine, generally associated with Pelvic Obliquity. It can be either a C shape curve or and S shape.

Kyphosis

This presents as a ‘hump’ back, usually in the thoracic region and is usually associated with anterior pelvic tilt.

Hamstrings

The hamstring muscle pulls over both the hip and knee joints; if the patient’s hamstrings are too tight, this has a knock on effect on the overall posture and can affect pelvic and spinal alignment. Rise &Recline Healthcare chairs are tailored to the user’s exact measurements. This ensures both feet can be planted comfortably on the floor without tightening the hamstrings.

For further information on how our range of riser recliner chairs can support your patients achieve better posture, contact a member of our team today to discuss your requirements further.

 

Key considerations to make when specifying new healthcare chairs

Poor posture among elderly healthcare clients is incredibly common. We’ve all seen the slumped posture associated with suboptimal seating arrangements and know the difference a good healthcare chair can make.

With patients who suffer from poor mobility spending such a large portion of their day sitting, comfort becomes more and more vital for overall health. So how do you know what kind of support is right for them? With so many options available knowing what to look for can be the difference between improving someone’s condition and potentially aggravating an existing issue.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most important things to consider when specifying a healthcare chair for a client or clinic

What types of support are required?

First and foremost, support should be your first consideration when specifying new healthcare chairs. What type of back is needed for example? If you’re specifying for a clinic chair that will be used for multiple patients, you may want to select a flat back. However, individual clients have individual needs and chairs purchased for personal use should be specified as such.

It all boils down to pressure management. If your patient is sitting for prolonged periods, pressure ulcers are a key concern. Without adequate pressure management, the risk of bed sores increase dramatically and can be highly debilitating.

Did you know that 19% of a persons weight is distributed through their feet on average? Footrests are therefore often high on the lists of considerations. A footrest provides greater stability for the patient and allows their weight to be more evenly distributed.

For the greatest comfort experience, tilt in space chairs provide the ability to move the chair through a wide range of motion throughout the day. This means that the patient can redistribute their weight as needed without compromising their sitting position. In severe cases, this is necessary to prevent an at-risk patient from having their position adjusted to gain relief in an area of high pressure.

Tilt-In-Space

Does the chair need to be used for transportation

Manoeuvrability is a benefit some healthcare chairs provide which can be overlooked. If you have a patient who receives ongoing care they may need to be transported around their home or care facility on a regular basis. In this case, having a chair which provides both the comfort and mobility features needed is a huge help in proper care provision.

Products such as The Cavell have been developed specifically to serve these functions, making it an ideal choice.

Cavell

Does the chair need to be used with a hoist?

If your client needs to be hoisted from their chair as part of an ongoing care routine, ease of access can make your job far easier. The Clarence is designed specifically to be disassembled whilst a patient is seated. Removing the side cushions and footrest, for example, are a breeze and can be carried out at a moments notice. Less unnecessary movement means less chance of your patient becoming uncomfortable of injured during the transfer process.

Clarence

Additional considerations

For proper hygiene control, the selected chair should be easy to clean and have no areas where dirt or bacteria can become trapped. Whether the chair is personal or used within a clinic, fighting the risk of infection should always be a key concern.

If a patient suffers from incontinence, has weakened immune systems or open wounds, make sure to consider the fabric and frame type. Some chairs allow for quick removal of components, including headrests and cushions. With an easier cleaning process the care you’re able to provide will more effective and time efficient overall and in addition, your new chair will last longer due to proper maintenance.

 

Rise & Recline healthcare chairs are inspired by clinicians and offer a wide range of features that can be tailored to any patients needs. To view our full range of chairs, visit our website or request a brochure for an in-depth look at what we have to offer.

 

3 important points to assess a pressure management chair

Making sure that a piece of furniture is comfortable and easy to use is of paramount importance to both you and the client in ensuring that their needs are met.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss 3 important factors to consider when conducting a seating assessment for your client.

Comfort

The level of comfort that your client experience when using the chair is key. When sitting for long periods of time the user can risk developing pressure ulcers if the chair is not tailored for their needs.

To find out how to measure the chair for your client read our guide here.

As well as the comfort level, the materials used in the chair can also affect the client’s comfort level. A chair with breathable material such as fabric can also reduce the chances of developing pressure ulcers.

Being able to adjust positions throughout the day is also a key factor in reducing the chance of ulcers. If your patient struggles with mobility getting a motorised chair may be necessary. Having the ability to adjust the chair at the touch of a button allows the user to redistribute their weight as necessary to prevent pressure building in a single area.

Ease of use

Making sure that your patient’s new recliner chair is designed with ease of use in mind is crucial for both the user and yourself. If there are multiple carers for a patient, intuitive controls are highly beneficial. Likewise in the event that multiple patients are going to be using the chair simple effective controls are necessary.

Safety

Safety can be a generic term. To better define it we have split it into two categories: weight and infection control.

A chair must be able to support the client’s weight. If the support a pressure management chair provides is inadequate for your patient, you may be faced with additional costs in the event of a breakage. Even worse your patient may be injured.

Another important consideration to make is infection control. Chairs that have removable areas for easy cleaning. This will improve the hygiene of the chair and maker it safer by allowing the infection to be controlled.

Rise and Recline Healthcare offers a range of pressure management chairs that are easy to use and fully adjustable through the use of dual motors. The safety of the chairs has been ensured through the use of removable parts that can be cleaned individually.

All chairs sold can be customised so that any weight can be supported. To view our full range of chairs, visit our website to request a brochure.

How to correctly measure your patient for a healthcare chair

It is vital for patients to be in a chair that is comfortable enough for prolonged periods of sitting. As not every chair will be made for a particular body type, there is no way to tell if the individual is provided with the proper support. With aspects like weight and size needing to be taken into consideration, purchasing a chair that is not tailored made could do more harm than good.

Throughout this article, you will learn how to measure someone for a healthcare chair. Keep in mind that the patient will need to be seated for each measurement and that three people will need to be involved with the measuring process: you, the patient and someone to help with measuring.

Seat Width

Healthcare chair seat width

The width of a chair is one of the most important measurements in this process. Getting it wrong could make the chair too narrow and cause unnecessary pressure on the body. With that said, if a chair is too big, it leaves the patient with inadequate support.

To get this right, measure the distance between each hip whilst the patient is sat down. For accurate measurements, gently place your hand on each side of the hips whilst the assistant measures the distance of both of your outer hands. You must make sure the measuring tape stays straight.

Depending on the individual, you may need to measure the distance of the widest point of the outer thighs using the same method. If your patient prefers to sit with their legs outwards, measure the distance between their outer knees.

Seat Depth

NHS riser recliner chair seat depth

In order to know the seat depth measurements,  you need to place one of your hands on the lower back of the patient while they are seated. Your other hand will be placed behind the patient’s knees. With a measuring tape, determine the distance between the back of your wrist (the hand that is behind the back) to the knuckle of the finger that is behind the patient’s knee.

Seat Height

Occupational therapy riser recliner chair seat height

To find out the height needed for the chair, you must take into consideration that a patient’s leg may be longer than the other.

To begin with, place one end of the measuring tape behind the individual’s knee and measure the distance between the bottom of the foot and the back of the knee. Repeat this for the other leg.

Back Height

Healthcare chair measurement of seat back height

As the chair reclines back, the individuals head needs to be in a supported position. To ensure your patient is receiving maximum comfort,  You will need to measure the top of their head to the bottom of the chair seat they are currently on. Failing to get these measurements right can cause strain in the neck and defeat the purpose of a made to measure chair.

Arm Rest

Seat armrest measurement of chair for elderly

Getting the armrest measurements correct is key to ensure the patient is sat in a comfortable and healthy seating position. If the measurements are wrong, the individual’s shoulders could be cramped upwards, building tension around their neck area. It can also affect the person’s posture if the armrest is too low. The right way should be at a 90-degree angle from the upper arm and forearm.

To measure the armrest height, ask your patient to place their arm in a 90-degree position. Measure the distance from just the elbow and the seat they are sat on.

Here at Rise & Recline Healthcare, we ensure that all of our chairs are made with patients in mind. Taking into consideration their dimensions, we tailor make supportive chairs and beds to provide ultimate comfort.

If you feel like your patient will benefit from a healthcare chair, request a free brochure today or get an online quote with our free Chair Builder.

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