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.

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