Choppy room layouts, narrow hallways, single person bathrooms, and other space issues make converting a residential home into a functioning group living facility tricky. Furniture is an important part of outfitting a group living environment. Furniture can aid in enhancing consumer mobility & independence, managing fluid issues, and ensuring safety and cleanliness. While using a local, residential furniture store seems like a quick and easy way to outfit group living facilities the truth is that residential furniture is not designed for heavy use, does not comply with many licensing requirements, often does not meet compliance codes for health care facilities and is, in general, not well suited to the needs of consumers and staff.
Contract furniture is a specialized branch of furniture manufacturing that offers compliant furniture for group living. Additionally, contract furniture providers have modified many traditional designs to enhance mobility and aid in fluid management and other sanitation concerns. Contract furniture is built with the highest industry standard and will last for an extended amount of time even under constant, heavy use.Here is a quick checklist to help you determine if it is time to use a Contract Furniture provider for your group living facility. If you find any of these to be true for your facility it is likely time to look at more durable contract furnishings designed for group living:
- Consumers have a hard time moving from sit to stand without staff assistance when using sofas and chairs.
- Urine or other fluids are causing staining or odors on upholstered furniture that cannot be removed.
- Furniture is weakening or breaking due to constant use.
- Chairs breaking due to rocking or other repetitive motion by consumers.
- General concerns for the safety of seating and beds used by obese consumers.
- Mattresses are getting damaged due to incontinence or other fluid issues.
- Dresser drawers are difficult for consumers to open due to residential style pulls not designed for individuals with limited range of motion.
- Furniture getting damaged or being used as a weapon during behavioral outbursts.
- Staff concerns for dressers and wardrobes being used for self-harm or hanging.
- Dining tables that are too low or have legs that make it difficult for wheelchairs to pull up for dining or other activities.
If any of these concerns hit home for you or your staff it is likely time to consult with a contract furniture specialist who understands the needs of your consumers. You will likely be pleasantly surprised by the solutions-based offerings and even more surprised by the budget-friendly wholesale pricing. Companies like Furniture Concepts have over 25 years of designing and building furniture specifically for group homes, behavioral healthcare facilities, sober living and addiction recovery centers, transitional housing, and more. Their experts can provide recommendations, fabric and finish samples, space layouts, and budgeting information with no cost or obligation.