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8 Essential Features to Look for When Buying an Assisted Living Chair

May 10, 2023

Are you looking for the perfect assisted living chair to make your loved one’s life easier? With so many options available, it cannot be easy to know which features are essential and which ones are unnecessary. To ensure you make the right choice, here are 8 of the essential features to look for when shopping for an assisted living chair:

1. Comfortable padding

Comfortable padding is an essential feature when shopping for an assisted living chair. Padding provides support, comfort, and cushioning, allowing the user to sit comfortably for long periods of time. Look for thick, high-density foam chairs that won't flatten after repeated use. Memory foam is a great option as it contours the body and helps reduce pressure points. Quality upholstery is also important as it helps prevent slipping and sliding while sitting in the chair.

2. Durable upholstery fabric

Durable upholstery fabric is a must-have for an assisted living chair as it will ensure long-lasting comfort and support. Upholstery fabrics should be high quality and made to last, such as leather or synthetic fabrics like microfiber or vinyl. These materials are resistant to wear and tear, spills, and stains, making them perfect for everyday use.

3. Lumbar support cushioning

Lumbar support cushioning is important when shopping for an assisted living chair. Having the right level of lumbar support helps reduce strain on the lower back and spine, which can help relieve discomfort and improve posture. Look for chairs that offer adjustable lumbar support cushions or removable lumbar cushions, which can be adjusted as needed to provide optimal comfort and support.

4. Non-skid foot pads on legs for stability and safety

Non-skid foot pads on legs are an essential safety feature for any assisted living chair, providing stability and support to help minimize the risk of slips and falls. The foot pads should be made of a durable material such as rubber or plastic, which helps keep the chair securely in place while providing extra cushioning and comfort.

5. Easy-to-clean upholstery

Having an easy-to-clean upholstery is essential for any assisted living chair. Look for chairs with fabrics resistant to spills and stains and machine-washable or removable covers that can be easily removed and cleaned. Imagine how much easier cleaning and maintenance will be if you can just pop off the cover and throw it in the washing machine! And if the fabric is waterproof, you don’t have to worry about spills or messes.

6. Stylish design

When shopping for an assisted living chair, you want to make sure the chair looks good in the room. Look for chairs with a stylish design that will complement the décor of your home and give it a more polished look. Moreover, the design should also be practical and functional, allowing the user to easily get in and out of the chair without any difficulty.

7. Ergonomic design

Having an ergonomic design is another essential feature to look for when shopping for an assisted living chair. An ergonomic chair should promote good posture while providing comfort and support, helping reduce strain on the body and helping the user stay comfortable for long periods. 

8. Lightweight frame

Finally, look for a chair with a lightweight yet durable frame. This will make it easier to move the chair around if necessary, as well as help prevent any unnecessary strain or injury when getting in and out of the chair. Lightweight frames are usually constructed from materials such as aluminum or plastic, which are both lightweight and durable. They also tend to be more affordable than heavier frames made from wood or metal. 

Conclusion

Finding the right assisted living chair for your needs can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. These features include padding, durable upholstery fabric, lumbar support cushioning, non-skid foot pads on legs for stability and safety, easy-to-clean upholstery, stylish design, and a lightweight frame in mind when shopping, you’ll be sure to find the perfect chair that meets all your needs. However, it’s important to make sure that you test out the chair before purchasing, as this will help ensure that it’s comfortable and supportive for the user. 


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