The Power of Furniture Designed for Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

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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 extra stuff contract mattress suppliers offer on their mattresses. 


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

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

Posted by Karyl Walker on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 11:23 AM
Buying mattresses for group living facilities is a big task.  Furnishing mattresses for hundreds of sleepers is an intimidating prospect.

So how do you decide which type of mattress to buy? Why do the prices span such a wide spectrum from suspiciously cheap to crazy expensive? 

In Part I of this three part blog series, we compared buying mattresses from what turns out to be a pretty extensive menu.  It starts with the mattress core. Next is the mattress cover  

Here are a few basics of mattress covers for commercial and group living environments:

There are several standard cover options including nylon, cloth and vinyl.  Nylon and cloth are relatively straight forward options.  Both have varying degrees of quality but they are pretty standard textiles. Vinyl, on the other hand, has many more technical qualities that result in a wider variety of features and benefits.
  • Nylon for mattress covers is referred to as either as generic “nylon” or by brand name like SoFlux. Nylon has many advantages including stain, bacteria, fungus and fluid resistance. It has a soft touch and feels pretty much like a residential mattress under bed sheets. Nylon allows for more “breathing” which results in a cooler night’s sleep.
  • Cloth covers are typically a pinstripe cover usually comprised of cotton or a ploy-cotton blend.  Cloth covers are the least popular cover type for commercial installations due to its susceptibility to stains, bacteria and fungus. Residential mattresses typically have cloth covers because it is highly breathable and comfortable but cloth is not recommended for commercial applications.
  • Vinyl is a multi-ply laminated textile with a coated surface. As a mattress cover, vinyl is a highly durable due to its highly fluid, bacteria and fungal resistance. There are a wide variety of vinyls that differ in stretchability, softness and comfort. Due to its ability to stretch, vinyl is resistant to tearing and punctures. Newer technology in vinyl has given rise to premium brands like Correct Tick, a very soft and pliable vinyl that is far more comfortable for sleeping than traditional vinyls that tend to be stiff and hot during sleeping.  That being said, traditional vinyls are still a cost-effective and durable solution for both group living and healthcare applications.
All credible commercial and contract manufacturers and suppliers will have flammability information available for all mattress products. Flammability standards for mattresses are well-defined by the Consumer Product Safety Administration. Cloth and nylon covered mattresses requires a fire-proof barrier but vinyl is inherently fire proof and do not require any additional measures to be certified. Make sure flammability compliance is clearly stated on any mattresses you buy.
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Topics: Adolescent Treatment Centers, Flammability Standards, Tough Stuff, Camp Mattresses, durable furniture

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

Posted by Karyl Walker on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 12:38 PM
When sleeping large numbers of residents or campers, providing mattresses is a necessity.

One glance at Google and it is quick to see that the world of contract / commercial mattresses is complex and pricey. With prices ranging from about $25 all the way up to $200 for each mattress, how do you choose the right mattress for your facility?

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Topics: Mattress information for Group Living, Adolescent Treatment Centers, Camp Mattresses, durable furniture

Furniture For Adolescent Treatment Centers Can Aid in Their Success.

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 03:17 PM

Teenagers participating in residential treatment programs for addiction face a recovery process complicated by what is often a first experience living away from home.

While the separation from the familiar can be a necessity, residential treatment facilities often carefully plan their facilities to feel more like home and less like a clinical environment.

If a facility feels like home instead of a hospital teen patients will be more likely to engage in their recovery. A sterile environment tends to evoke a less calming and nurturing feel.

In a recent Addiction Professional Magazine article (October 10, 2011) Associate Editor Nick Zubko interviewed Amy Hickey from Rushford Center, a 16 bed residential treatment center in Durham, NC. Hickey stated that the recent overhaul of their campus focused on making the facility feel like a place where their teen patients could feel at home. Being at a place where teens can see themselves staying can really aid in the overall recovery process.

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Of course, in a teen treatment center the look of home needs to also be able to handle heavy use and abuse. Balancing good looks with high durability can be tricky. Hickey states that they found the type of furniture they were looking for from Furniture Concepts. The heavy wood furniture is a crate style but has soft lines and styling that feels very homelike, see the blog: "Crate Style Furniture Has Taken a Major Fashion Step Forward!". According to Hickey, they “wanted to create an environment where the clients, adolescent males, would feel at home, that this was a place they could see themselves staying.”

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Topics: Adolescent Treatment Centers, Sober Living Furniture, Furniture for Treament Centers, Sober Living, Treatment centers, Furniture with the look of home

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