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.
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.
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.
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.