The Key Differences in Care Home Furniture

 

Getting the correct furniture for a care home is essential. Standard home furniture won’t do: it’s not built for the same purposes that specially-made care home furniture is. Providing outstanding care is the highest of priorities, and ensuring that the comfort and safety of your residents contributes substantially to that standard.

 

Comparing Seating Options

A brown fabric reclining chair - an ideal piece of care home furniture.

One of the key reasons for investing in specialist care home furniture is that it fulfils necessary medical functions for its intended user(s). This is especially relevant to chairs designed specifically for care homes.

Care home seating offers supreme comfort for care home residents, which helps to prevent issues like sores. Reclining armchairs offer fantastic support for users with back problems, and are an option for both bedrooms and communal areas. Dual-motored rise and recline chairs enable a user to control the back and leg reclining function separately, giving the perfect level of personalised comfort. Most chairs of this kind are on castor wheels (with lock brakes), enabling a greater flexibility of care.

It’s not just the resident that need seating too – nursing home furniture also encompasses seating for visitors. This is important because specialist seating is made from anti-bacterial and anti-fungal materials, helping to prevent the spread of external infection. We’ve previously written a blog on controlling infection, which we’d highly recommend reading when considering buying care home furniture.

 

Choosing the Right Bed

A resident standing up out of bed with his walker.

A good rest is important for everyone, but particularly for care home residents. Some residents spend a lot of time in bed, so it’s crucial that it meets all of their needs.

Residents may find that a regular bed doesn’t fulfil those needs. In this case, a profiling bed could be the best option. There’s a considerable range to choose from, each with a particular user in mind. We recently created a guide on choosing the right profile bed to ensure that your residents are getting the tailored care that they need.

 

Don’t Overlook Tables

An over-bed table is an essential piece of nursing home furniture.

Tables may not be the first piece of furniture to come to mind when thinking about care homes, but their importance can’t be stressed enough. For residents who struggle with movement, especially when rising out of bed or out of chairs, getting to a dining table is a difficult task. One option is to bring the table to them.

Investing in over-bed tables means that those residents who need to stay in bed can do so and still have meals, regardless of their condition. It removes physical and mental stress for the resident as they can remain where they are when it comes to mealtimes. Over-bed tables move around easily with castor wheels, and are designed to be easy to clean effectively.

It’s not just for meals either: having an over-bed table means that residents can have a surface on which to write or draw – or even just put things down on. Tables can drastically improve a resident’s quality of life by just being practical.

 

Making sure that a resident has the best available care can be made a reality by investing in a quality living environment. Look at our full range of care home furniture for specialist products designed for your residents’ needs.

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