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Selecting Furniture For Nursing Home

October 10, 2022

It takes distinct considerations to select the ideal furniture for nursing home facility as opposed to a senior center or even an assisted living facility. Furniture for a senior living should take into account the fact that nursing homes help people who need more direct care and medical attention. For instance, a chair needs to promote good posture, have enough padding to be comfortable, and be simple to clean in addition to being strong enough to endure daily use.

1. Functionality

Numerous furniture for nursing home must have a specific (often medical) purpose while also appearing "homey" enough to prevent residents from thinking they are in a hospital. The furniture should be portable, adjustable for height, and compatible with transfer hoists and standing machines. Senior living furniture can incorporate physical therapy techniques as well, and as a result, it should have characteristics like pressure relief, postural support, and leg elevation.

2. Quality and Highly Durable

Every piece of furniture in a nursing home must be sturdy and of the highest caliber. Beds, tables, desks, and chairs must be made to survive because they frequently house long-term inhabitants. High-quality furniture also tends to provide higher comfort levels, reducing the danger of bed sores and muscular aches, as well as a more cozy and homey atmosphere.

3. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compatibility

Make sure that everything complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act while buying furniture for nursing home (ADA). Disability-related discrimination is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Even though a product cannot be legally ADA-approved, it should be established whether it is compatible because "the application, positioning, and surroundings of the product inside the space affect accessibility and usability." Here are some things to help you make sure your nursing care facility complies with the ADA:

l Make sure that tables and chairs can accommodate wheelchair users or can be adjusted in height as needed.

l Wheelchair-using residents should be able to readily operate the windows, cabinets, sinks, and other equipment.

l Grab bars should be present in all suitable places.

l Tripping hazards should not exist in any environment.

l On one floor, everything ought to be accessible. For instance, if a resident's rooms are on separate floors, each floor should have its dining area rather than a single communal one.

4. Simple Cleaning

Any place where people are being cared for, such as a nursing home, requires furniture materials that are not only durable but also simple to clean. Finding high-quality upholstery and material that contributes to making spaces feel as comfortable and washable as feasible is the objective.

5. Vinyl

One of the best materials for nursing home furniture upholstery is vinyl because it is waterproof, strong, and easy to clean and disinfect. Additionally, a range of customizing choices are available for vinyl materials.

6. Crypton

Because of its stain-resistance, odor-resistance, water-resistance, and microbe-resistance properties, Crypton is a preferred fabric for nursing homes.

7. Polyurethane

Products made of polyurethane replicate the look and feel of genuine leather. They are a preferred option for nursing care facilities due to their opulent appearance, stain resistance, and ease of cleaning (just wipe off with a light soap and water solution).

8. Leather

Furniture instantly gives a room a traditional, refined vibe and is also very simple to clean.

9. Antimicrobial fabric treatment

Consider adding an antimicrobial fabric treatment to the upholstery of your furniture to stop the spread of infection among people who use it and to stop the development of disease-causing germs.

10. Comfortability and support

Comfort and support are important factors to take into account while selecting furniture for nursing home. For instance, tables and desks should have smooth, rounded edges to prevent cuts and bruises, and chairs should have sufficient padding to permit prolonged sitting, suitable backs to support one's postural alignment, and seating arms to facilitate getting into or out of the seat. Nursing home furnishings should promote residents' emotional and mental comfort in addition to their physical comfort. Nobody should feel as though they are in a hospital because of furniture that seems overly professional.

11. The appropriate dimensions

Choosing nursing home furniture with the proper measurements is crucial; seats should have a minimum height of 17 inches, a minimum width of 19.5 inches, and a minimum depth of 19 to 20 inches. Comfort is quite vital. Always keep in mind that entry and exit should be simple.

12. Back support

For the best quality of life for residents and caregivers, look for upholstered seating with high, reclining backs. This helps to create a sense of solitude that reduces visual distractions and helps establish an appropriate area in healthcare facilities. Here is a sample of our lounge seating and high-back chairs.

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