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Limited Mobility & Incontinence Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

Furniture Solutions for People with Limited Mobility & Incontinence.

Seniors and others with limited mobility benefit from specialized seating for comfort, ease of use and safety. 
Facilities that specialize in the care of limited mobility clients and patients tend to pattern seating in common areas like that of a residence – clustered to encourage socialization, allow easy TV viewing, or to make group activities easier. 
While furniture arrangement may mirror residential, the furniture itself requires special considerations.  Contract furniture sellers offer specialized seating pieces designed to offer maximum benefit to anyone with limited mobility and or incontinence. 

Here are a few modifications that can make seating an asset to your limited mobility consumers:

  • Arms.  Arms on chairs are a necessity for those with limited mobility as they provide extra support for transitioning from sitting to standing and vice versa. 
  • Seat Height.  Seniors and others with limited mobility often suffer from reduced muscle tone.  In these cases, seat height must be higher to enable the extension of the knee from the sitting to standing position.  Seat Height should range from 20” to 22”.
  • Seat Depth.  A shorter seat depth also aids in the transition from sitting to standing.  Seat depth should range from 20” to 22”.
  • Cushion Firmness.  All seating pieces intended for use by individuals with limited mobility should have a cushion since the person tends to stay seated for extended periods of time.  A cushion should not be so soft that it creates an obstacle for standing but should not be so hard that it is uncomfortable for extended use.
  • Other Considerations.  Fabric and other design enhancements can add to the comfort and function of seating for those with limited mobility.  Limited mobility and incontinence tend to go hand in hand.  Fabrics such as Crypton© offer a high-degree of fluid-resistance and can protect upholstered furniture from odor and staining.  In addition, pop-out and clean out seat designs encourage fluids away from the client and the furniture. Caregivers and staff can easily access fluid clean-ups which are forced to the floor.
  • Bariatric Seating: Bariatric furniture includes a wide variety of wood, metal and upholstered seating pieces that are designed and tested to hold up to heavier weights then standard furniture pieces. Wider seats. Extra heavy duty construction. Stronger Frames.

Beyond common area seating, dining seating also requires specialized functionality and design. 

Dining chairs should have upholstered seats for comfort.  Just as with living room seating, shorter seat height and depth is effective for dining chairs.  In addition, dining chairs with casters on the rear legs only can add stability for transitioning from sitting to standing while allowing clients and patients additional freedom while seated.  Pulling up to the table becomes substantially easier when the rear legs have casters.
  
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Tags: Bariatric, Furniture For Incontinence, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture

Why Crate Furniture is Still King

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

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Tags: molded plastic Furniture, Tough Stuff, durable furniture, anti-contraband furniture, Crate Style Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Metal Furniture, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last, Camp & Retreat Furniture

Back to Basics in Heavy Duty Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

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Tags: Health Care Furniture, Bariatric, durable furniture, Contract Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Contract Bedroom Furniture

How to Use Furniture to Aid Consumer Independence

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 09:44 AM

Incontinence can severely limit patient or consumer independence.

Limited mobility can also be a big obstacle since aiding consumers in their movements from one area to another is demanding on staff time and resources.

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Tags: Health Care Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence

The Camp and Dorm Mattress Buyer’s Survival Guide – Part III of III

Posted by Karyl Walker on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

In Part three of our three part blog series we will be exploring the sandwich fixins’ or the extra stuff contract mattress suppliers offer on their mattresses. 

Mattress buying is pretty formulaic, like building a sandwich – meat, bread and the extras. We explored the “meat” – the mattress core. Cores are typically foam or fiber with or without innersprings. The “bread” of the mattress is the cover and usually is nylon or vinyl.

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Tags: Mattress information for Group Living, Bed bug prevention plan, Bariatric, Adolescent Treatment Centers, Contract Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Furniture For Incontinence

5 Creative Ways to Manage Patient Incontinence

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:50 AM

Patients and consumers with incontinence create a special kind of demand on staff and direct service providers.

Not only is there risk to the health of patient, but cleaning both the patient, furniture and flooring takes the time and effort of staff trying to manage broad responsibilities. Furniture can often be ruined by bodily fluids that are either not cleaned entirely or due to soaking into hard-to-clean places like the foam and frame.
With the growing demands for WELL-DESIGNED FURNITURE to help care givers manage limited mobility and incontinence, consider these 5 little-known facts that might make life easier for anyone dealing with incontinence:
  • POP-OUT SEATS are by far the most innovative solution for fluid issues. With this design, the entire seat of an upholstered sofa, loveseat or chair “pops” out leaving just an open frame to allow easy mopping and cleaning of fluids. Urine, or any fluid, flows through to the floor and eliminates pooling on upholstery or into wood frames.
  • SELF-DECKING is a technique that uses a length of fluid-proof fabric under upholstered sofa, loveseat or chair cushions that “catches” fluids to prevent them from hitting the floor or soaking into foam and furniture frames. This is typically an inexpensive way to significantly reduce damage caused by urine and fluids.
  • VINYL fABRICS are a fluid-proof upholstery option that is low cost and highly durable. The best news is that vinyl is no longer the sticky, hot plastic-like fabric it was mid-century. Soft and stylish options make it a stand-out choice for incontinence or any furniture in areas that might take a few spills.
  • Many FABRIC TREATMENTS are now readily available on an endless variety of upholstery fabrics. Some treatments, like Crypton, penetrate the entire weave of the fabric, making the entire knit fluid-resistant. This penetration of the treatment makes it far superior to surface treatments that might wear off after repeated cleaning of soiled areas.
  • As an added safe-guard for any upholstery option, fluid-proof liners can be added to almost any contract upholstered furniture. These liners add extra protection for foam that can still be vulnerable to urine and fluids that seep in through fabric, zippers, welting and seams.
The excess demands of occasional or chronic incontinence on caregivers can be stressful, and the added expense of labor to clean fluids adds up. In addition, furniture is at high risk for ruin due to urine or fluids penetrating fabrics, foam and frame components. PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS are available but not widely known.

Consult a trusted Contract Furniture provider for the right advice for your patients, staff and budget.

   

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Tags: Health Care Furniture, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last

How to Use Self Deck Upholstery to Manage Incontinence

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

INCONTINENCE is a difficult issue for caregivers and direct service providers.

Making CLEAN UP EASY, preventing damage to patient skin and avoiding permanent furniture destruction is always a high priority.

The contract furniture industry has recently given incontinence (and limited mobility) a lot of attention.

  • Engineers and designers have interviewed hundreds of care providers and administrators to help create furnishing solutions for incontinence care.
  • The results of this intensive research include improved design in furniture including removable seats designed to pull urine to the ground and away from people and furnishings, specialized fabrics that easily sanitize, fluid-proof upholstery, fully water-resistant frames that prevent fluid saturation and warping, and more sophisticated styling that scales down cushy fill and deep seats.

One tried and true method of managing incontinence and general fluid spill issues is self deck upholstery.

  • Savvy furniture buyers have been using self-decking for decades as a simple and cost-effective way to “catch” fluids and prevent damage to internal furniture components. The concept is simple – a piece of fabric that covers the entire area under seat cushions is tightly attached under loose seat cushions.  This deck acts as a sort of reverse umbrella that catches and pools fluids into to allow for easy clean-up. Self decking for fluid concerns requires a fluid-resistant fabric, but inexpensive, solid color water-proof upholsteries are a readily available and are low-cost ways to make any new furniture last longer.

Few retailers offer self-decking but almost all contract furniture providers do.

  • Buyers for health care and social service facilities understand the importance of buying furniture from contract providers who understand the heavy use health care furniture endures. Contract furniture is built to higher standards that promise longer-term durability and proven improvements in the buying cycle. Strategies like using self deck upholstery are just one of many specialized solutions available only through expert contract furniture providers. 
When it’s time for your next furniture project make sure to ask your furniture seller what suggestions they have for your specific client and patient needs.
       

 

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Tags: Health Care Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last

Furniture for Incontinence-Making Upholstered Pieces Fluid-Resistant.

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

Furniture designed for consumers with incontinence can be made more effective with a fluid-resistant fabric deck.

A fabric deck is an enhancement to a standard piece of upholstered seating.  With fabric decking, fully upholstered furniture is made with a fluid-resistant piece of fabric under the cushions.  To help you picture what this is, if you were to pick up the seat cushions on your sofa at home you would most likely have a deck made out of a thin black cloth.  When constructing a piece of furniture for an incontinent environment that piece of cloth can be replaced with a fluid-resistant piece that will help in preventing urine from soaking into the furniture frame.
 
The upholstery fabric is another important component for furniture used in an incontinent environment.  A variety of fabric options are on the market are readily found through contract furniture distributors.  Products like Crypton are fabrics that are a fluid-barrier that is completely infused into the entire weave of the fabric adding permanent protection throughout the entire piece of fabric. There are also surface fabric treatments like Teflon that are added to the top of the fabric to add an element of fluid protection.
 
More traditional solutions like vinyl fabrics are still an excellent option for dealing with incontinence. In recent years, vinyls have taken a major fashion step forward and are now made in beautiful designs and textures that you can be proud of.  A newer addition is polyurethane fabrics.  Polyurethane fabrics are soft and pliable which creates furniture with a high level of comfort.
 
Regardless of whether you choose specialized fluid-resistant upholstery fabric or specialized upholstery with a fluid-resistant seat deck, not allowing urine to sit for long is essential.  Although fluid-resistant fabrics aid in protecting your furniture none of these solutions can entirely prevent urine from soaking through fabric weave and wood grains when allowed to sit too long.

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Tags: Furniture For Incontinence, Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract

Furniture for Incontinence-What to Look for.

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 01:50 PM

When dealing with incontinence it is essential that urine not be allowed to pool. 

Even special fluid-resistant fabrics can be penetrated if urine is allowed to sit for an extended period of time.  Furniture built for residents and clients with incontinence can be enhanced with:

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Furniture for incontinence– Part 1

Posted by Janet Voigt on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 09:01 AM

Caring for residents and clients with urinary incontinence can be frustrating for staff. 

Achieving sanitation requirements, managing client comfort and preserving furniture and flooring can be difficult priorities for a busy staff.  Fortunately, there are ways to make dealing with incontinence easier through steps as easy as using furniture that is designed to make clean-ups less strenuous.  In our three part series, we will walk you through furniture construction and fabric options that can relieve the stress of even heavy incontinence issues.
 
CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN.  

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Tags: Furniture For Incontinence

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