How to Successfully Seat a Patient on the Bariatric Rise and Recline Chair

elderly sitting in chair holding a ball

In working with a bariatric patient with reduced mobility, there are additional considerations, not just with the moving and handling of the patient, but also in reducing the risks associated with sitting for prolonged periods.

Choosing the right chair

Successfully seating a bariatric patient starts with selecting the right chair, one which is designed to support the additional weight of a bariatric patient. Rise and Recline’s range of bariatric chairs are specially designed to provide additional support to the gluteal shelf. This ensures the patient is not forced to sit forward and ensures their lumbar region is correctly supported.

Seat Depth and Height

This is particularly important in a bariatric chair as the additional weight must be distributed evenly through the patient’s legs. Correct seat depth will ensure the user’s weight is supported by the chair, while the height will ensure the patient’s feet are flat against the floor.

Ensure calves are supported

A bariatric chair will have a larger leg rest to ensure the patient’s calves are correctly supported while reclining. Falling while standing is also a common cause of injury among bariatric patients. Ensuring there is clearance between the footrest and the patient’s calves will prevent this from occurring.

Without the right chair, it is impossible to seat a bariatric patient correctly. Rise and Recline’s range of adjustable bariatric chairs are built specifically to your patient’s measurements and unique requirements. Take a look at our product range or use our chair builder tool to find the right bariatric chair for your patient.

Ensuring Patients are Sitting Comfortably in Their Rise and Recline Chair

Comfort in sitting is often seen as a relative and subjective concept. Different people sit differently and will naturally settle into a position that is comfortable for them. However, while a sitting position can initially be comfortable for the patient, holding it for prolonged periods of time can cause discomfort and lead to long term medical conditions. Shifting to a comfortable position can also be difficult for patients with mobility concerns.

It is therefore important that you support your patient to find a position that is comfortable as well as sustainable for longer periods of time, as well as ensuring that they can easily shift position without support.

Sitting posture

Achieving the right posture for your patient is critical in ensuring they are able to sit for longer periods of time without experiencing discomfort. The patient’s feet should be flat on the floor, to ensure correct weight distribution. The patient’s pelvis should also be correctly aligned and their spine straight. Rise and Recline’s range of adjustable furniture is custom built to each patient’s measurements to ensure correct posture can be comfortably maintained. See our a href=”https://www.riseandreclinehealthcare.co.uk/blog/importance-good-posture/”>article on posture for more information.

Recliner Feature

Rise and Recline’s range of adjustable chairs can be easily reclined at the touch of a button. This enables your patient to safely recline, while their weight is correctly distributed. This helps with the prevention of pressure ulcers as well as back problems.

Tilt-in-space

Tilt-in-space can be a better option for patients with reduced mobility. With a tilt-in-space chair, the seat tilts backwards as the back of the chair reclines, ensuring the patient’s weight is supported. This reduces the risk of painful shearing and ensures the patient’s spine remains aligned.

Back Rests

All of Rise and Recline’s range of chairs are available in multiple styles with different cushion arrangements. Waterfall backs, particularly, are able to be customised to new configurations so you and your patient can find an arrangement which they find comfortable. Cushions and inserts are also available to provide additional support.

At Rise and Recline Ltd, we provide custom manufactured adjustable furniture designed to support your patients achieve greater comfort. Take a look at our full range of products or use our chair builder to find the right chair for your patient.

The Features of a Riser Recliner Chair

While a recliner chair is often thought of as a luxury item, somewhere to relax and put your feet up at the end of the day. However, as well as increased comfort, Riser Recliner chairs are an often overlooked mobility aid that offer real health benefits to patients. Rise and Recline chairs come with a range of customisable features, each of which offers a different benefit to your patient. Here are some of the key features of a riser recliner chair.

Riser Feature

The main, and possibly most obvious difference between a recliner chair and a riser recliner, is the riser feature. With this feature, the chair raises the user to a standing position, keeping their weight safely supported as it does so. This has feature has a dramatic and positive impact on a user’s mobility and their ability to live independently in their own home.

Single or Dual Motor

Most Riser Recliner chairs come with the option of either a single or dual motor configuration. With a single motor mechanism, all functions of the chair are operated by a single motor, meaning the user presses one button to rise to standing and then to sit back down and recline. With a dual motor, the user has more control over the seating configuration and is able to elevate the footrest and recline the backrest independently of one another, in order to achieve a comfortable sitting position.

Tilt-in-Space

With this feature, the whole chair tilts backwards, rather than just the backrest. This has the benefit of keeping the legs elevated while ensuring pelvic alignment is maintained and that pressure is distributed evenly.

Wall-hugger

A riser recliner chair traditionally requires a reasonable amount of space behind the chair in order to recline fully. With a wall-hugger mechanism, the chair slides forward as it reclines, meaning the chair can be situated against the wall and still recline fully. However, because the mechanism slides the chair forward, more space is required at the front of the chair.

Fabric

All Rise and Recline chairs are available in a selection of fabric styles. This includes traditional patterns and contemporary designs, as well as wipe-clean materials for infection control.

Seating Dimensions

Importantly, all of our Rise and Recline chairs are manufactured to your patient’s dimensions. This ensures appropriate postural support for the patient while using the chair.

There are many options when it comes to choosing a rise and recline chair, all with their own benefits to your patient. To see the full range of Rise and Recline chairs and the customisation options available, request a free quote or take a look at the range on our website.

Why Reclining Chairs are so Beneficial for Elderly Patients

elderly sitting in chair holding a ball

When taking care of elderly patients, particularly as mobility deteriorates, it is important to equip their home appropriately in order to maintain independence and preserve dignity, while at the same time keeping them safe from injury. However, while grab rails and bath lifts and other equipment are invaluable in providing a safe environment, an often overlooked element of the patient’s home is their furniture, particularly their sitting chair.

Sitting for long periods of time can lead to significant health concerns in an elderly patient, such as pressure ulcers and issues around circulation and posture. However, a Rise and Recline chair can alleviate many of these concerns and help to prolong the user’s independence. Here are some of the reasons you should consider a Rise and Recline chair for your patient.

Pressure Distribution

Many Riser and Recliner chairs, such as those manufactured by Rise and Recline UK Ltd. are tailor-made to the patient’s measurements. This allows for the feet to be planted firmly on the floor so the user’s weight is distributed appropriately through the legs. In addition, the adjustable features of the chair, allow the patient to change their seating position to a more comfortable configuration to avoid developing pressure ulcers.

Postural Support

Again, a Rise and Recline chair built to your patient’s dimensions, will offer greater postural support and mitigate medical complications caused by poor posture. The dimensions of the chair provide greater weight distribution through the feet and appropriate pelvic alignment while sitting for long periods of time. Our article on correct posture will provide further information on the considerations when conducting a seating assessment of your patient.

Reduced Care Requirement

A Rise and Recline chair can reduce the need for double-up care as it allows the patient to sit and stand safely. This limits the requirement for manual lifting to support them to get in and out of their chair and, with appropriate supporting equipment, allows them to move safely around their home, subject to their care assessment.

Reduced Risk of Falls

Falling while rising from a chair is one of the most common causes of hospitalisation and readmission among elderly patients. By raising the patient safely to a standing position, a Rise and Recline chair significantly reduces this risk.

Dignity in Care

The greatest benefit of all to the patient is that it helps them to maintain their independence and reduce their reliance on others to perform daily tasks. This is invaluable in preserving the mental wellbeing of the patient and ensuring they are able to lead an active and fulfilling life.

To find out more about how a Rise and Recline chair can help to support your patient, request a brochure or take a look at our range of Rise and Recline chairs to see the full range of benefits.

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

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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.

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