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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Topics: Bariatric, Furniture For Incontinence, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture


Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 09:33 AM
Statistics site obesity in the US at around 33% of the population.

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Fortunately, there are more and more bariatric options available from contract furniture providers. 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.

Adding bariatric furniture to a seating space is not only a necessary option to prevent furniture breakage, but all people deserve the opportunity to use seating with an appropriate width that allows a body fit comfortably.

Truth is that although bariatric seating serves a very practical purpose, constructing furniture to higher weight standards also serves to ensure a highly durable and versatile seating piece that can and will be used by everyone (patients, clients, guests and staff!) regardless of size.

So what exactly does bariatric furniture mean?

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Bariatric, Commercial Lounge Furniture

The Myth of Bariatric Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:23 AM

"Bariatric" is a broad word that encompasses the needs of people over recommended body weight.


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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Bariatric, Lobby Furniture Furniture for Contract

Back to Basics in Heavy Duty Furniture

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

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

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 Modern Rules of Institutional Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 09:17 AM

The phrase “institutional furniture” is still used as a broad reference to furniture for group living and health care environments.

This phrase suggests high durability and virtual indestructibility, but the phrase “institutional furniture” also calls up images of unattractive, sterile and uncomfortable seating, bedroom and dining pieces.

In today’s group living and health care environments, institutional furniture has come to mean furniture that looks like what you would find in a home but is durable beyond retail furniture standards.

For furniture buyers choosing institutional furniture has become a tricky task.

Since institutional styles have morphed into something that looks like it came from local retail furniture stores it is easy to assume that what looks the same is the same. The reality in that contract/commercial furniture manufacturing is entirely different from its retail cousin.

Although stylistically retail and contract pieces mirror each other, what is “under the hood” makes all the difference.
  • Contract furniture construction methods require more durable frames, components that have been tested to standards that are typically mandated by organizations like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fabrics and finishes that are expected to last longer under higher-than-retail-usage and warranties that protect the buyer from manufacturers’ defects.
For the modern institutional buyer, it is important to know that the contract / commercial furniture industry has spent time researching ways to make furniture easier to use for consumers of all types.
  • Regardless of whether you are dealing with behavioral issues, limited mobility, obesity, incontinence, or just general heavy use there is furniture that can be part of managing these special needs.
  • Once just a practical matter of where to sit or where to eat, furniture for institutional settings is now designed to be part of a solution to easing demands on consumers and staff by using bariatric seating, fluid-proof fabrics, higher seat heights, pop-out seat decks, and metal furniture.

When it is time for your next furniture purchase make sure to choose a Contract Furniture Specialist who takes the time to understand your typical consumer and your facility’s real needs. Chances are that there is a furniture solution that will not only make your life easier but will stand the test of time.

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Topics: Bariatric, durable furniture, Contract Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last

Bariatric & Standard Seating:Why Combining makes sense.

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 01:08 PM

Why Combine Bariatric and Standard Seating?

Bariatric Seating is a sly fox. 
Attractive and ultra-functional, bariatric seating effortlessly blends in with standard seating pieces to stretch both your options and your budget.

When bariatric and standard seating is combined in a space, those looking for a little extra width in their chair will gravitate towards the bariatric options while those accustomed to fitting into standard seats will use the non-bariatric options.

Ganging systems that combine companion bariatric, non-bariatric and table options can be configured to fit any space and are an ideal solution for lobbies and common areas.

  • In ganging systems, chairs and tables are joined using hardware to create a distinct configuration that is not easily moved. Fixing the configuration aids in traffic flow and safety since the pieces cannot be inadvertently moved into traffic paths or interfere with fire codes.
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  • Many styles and finishes are available for ganging options but the most popular tends to be metal-framed upholstered seating.  The metal, often mixed with wood arms for a warm, decorative finish adds sturdiness that will endure over time even with heavy use or use by individuals over 250 pounds. Some bariatric tested seats can safely hold individuals up to 750 pounds (ask for testing certification from your furniture seller).  Non-bariatric seats averaging 20” wide are mixed with bariatric seats which average 40” to create a perfectly balanced seating area.
  • Bold patterns and contrasting upholsteries are a perfect way to create a ganging system that really does it alldurable seating with bariatric options in upholsteries to suit any decorating tastes.
  • When considering how to furnish your common areas and lobbies, combinations of chairs and bariatric chairs work perfectly to balance a space and offer appropriate options to people of all shapes and sizes.  Ganging seating options accomplish the same balance with the added security of fixed positioning.

When considering your next project, talk to a contract furnishing specialist to ensure that you have considered all your options.

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Topics: Bariatric, Commercial Lounge Furniture

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