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Tailored Comfort: Furniture Options Designed for Senior Citizens

June 12, 2024

What's the most used item in the senior living communities? Of course, the answer will be chairs! Sure, there are various types of furniture in a senior living center, but chairs hold the center stage.

Assisted living chairs are used for dining, relaxing, socializing, reading books, playing games, and so much more. That's why it is absolutely essential for the chairs present in a senior living community to be comfortable and relaxing.

The right type of chairs can actually improve the quality of life of seniors. From promoting physical well-being to fostering independence, chairs are essential for ensuring the comfort of the seniors.

Today, we will delve into the essential features that should be present in a chair designed for the comfort and support of the senior residents. Additionally, we will also look at some great furniture options designed for the comfort of senior citizens.


 

Essential Features in Chairs for Senior Comfort

Let's delve into the essential features that should be considered in chairs to ensure senior's comfort and relaxation:

 

Firm and Comfortable Cushioning

First things first: One of the key factors that can make a chair comfortable or uncomfortable is the cushioning (foam).

So when you look in the market to buy assisted living chairs, pay close attention to the quality and quantity of the cushioning.

A good chair for seniors should have high-density foam on the seat and the backrest. Unlike other types, a high-density foam provides the right level of firmness and support.

Opting for softer cushions may feel like the right choice, but it is not the right fit for seniors. A softer cushion does feel cozier but doesn't offer adequate support.

High-density foam, on the other hand, can maintain its shape over time and helps distribute the body weight evenly. This allows chairs made from high-density foams to reduce the pressure on sensitive areas such as lower back, thighs, and hips.

The fabric used on top of the cushioning is also something that shouldn't be overlooked. You should only buy those assisted living chairs which are equipped with breathable fabrics.

A breathable upholstery fabric allows for better air circulation and thus can keep the seating area comfortable. For seniors who are prone to sweating or have temperature regulation issues, this can be a game changer.

 

Easy-to-Clean Materials

Next up is easy-to-clean materials, yet another key consideration for picking ideal assisted living chairs. It is normal for seniors to experience reduced mobility, which leads to accidental spillage of food and drinks on a daily basis. In an environment like this, it becomes essential for chairs to be made from easy-to-clean materials.

In senior living centers, it is a good idea to pick assisted living chairs made from water-resistant fabrics. A key benefit of these fabrics is that they can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Additionally, water-resistant fabrics also prevent the spills from seeping into the cushioning and thus causing stains/odors.

So by opting for chairs made from easy-to-clean and water-resistant fabrics, a senior living community can benefit from ease of maintenance. This also directly leads to a more hygienic environment where infections are kept at a bay.

In any senior living center, it is common for multiple residents to use the same furniture on a daily basis. This means the furniture needs to be cleaned frequently in order to prevent the spread of germs. Once again, opting for chairs with easy-to-clean materials allows the caregivers to keep chairs in a hygienic and clean state.

Furthermore, using easy-to-clean materials also reduces the workload for caregivers. It enables them to spend more time attending to the personal needs of residents rather than on extensive cleaning tasks.

 

Stable Base

Another essential feature that is a must-have for assisted living chairs is a stable base. Whether we look at senior living dining chairs or armchair for elderly, a stable base ensures the safety of the seniors.

Chairs with a wide and non-slip base ensure maximum stability and reduce the risk of sliding or tipping over. For seniors with weakened muscles or balance issues, this increased stability can play a key role in ensuring safety.

The use of rubber grips or non-slip feet also enhances the traction on the floor surfaces, further enhancing the chair's security.

A stable base also provides confidence to the seniors as they sit down or stand up from the senior living dining chairs. The end result? Greater independence and fewer chances of accidents.

On the surface, it may appear that a stable base is something related to safety, and why does 'safety' have anything to do with comfort? The answer is simple - You wouldn't want the chair to tip over or cause an accident because it had an unstable base!

Because if someone is sitting comfortably on a chair and the next thing they know is that the chair has slipped and has caused an accident. In a scenario like this, a senior can experience pain, discomfort, and even pain!

So yes, by prioritizing factors such as a stable base, you ensure the safety and comfort of the seniors.

 

Sturdy Armrests

If you are in search of a comfortable armchair for elderly, then don't forget about sturdy and comfy armrests. Any good armchair should have sturdy armrests to provide support to the body and enhance comfort.

During the process of sitting down or standing down, sturdy armrests allow the seniors to maintain their balance. This helps in significantly reducing the risk of falls and other injuries.

In addition, the support provided by sturdy armrests also helps the seniors with mobility issues, arthritis, or weakened muscles. It basically offers a stable point of leverage to make everyday movements easier and more secure.

And while you are at it, don't forget about the padding on the armrests, as it adds an additional layer of comfort. A well-padded armrest cushions the elbows and forearms during prolonged periods of sitting. This padding also helps prevent discomfort and pressure sores, which are common issues for seniors who spend a lot of time seated.

Chairs with armrests that extend far enough forward provide better support and easier gripping, facilitating a smoother transition from sitting to standing.


  

Want to Buy Comfortable Chairs For Senior Living Center?

It doesn't matter whether you need an armchair, side chair, love seat, bar stool, or sofa... At Yumeya Furniture, we have an extensive collection of great and comfortable furniture for seniors.

While ensuring comfort in all of our furniture, we also make no compromise on durability, safety, and aesthetics! So, if you want to transform your senior living center with comfy chairs, contact us today!


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