Careful Design Reduces Risk of Falls

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 10:26 AM

Among the many risks healthcare administrators have to deal with, the risk of patient falls can be one of the most damaging to the organization. Falls, and the injuries they cause, are a major contributor to an epidemic of medical errors that cost the U.S. healthcare system anywhere from $17 billion to $29 billion a year. But here's some promising news: Many patient falls are preventable, if you pay attention to sound design for your facility's furniture.

Reducing patient falls is the second goal in The Center for Health Design's checklist for evidence-based design. Features in the patient environment account for up to 15% of falls, so you can make a big difference when you buy furniture that makes it easier for patients to move from a standing to sitting position and back again.

Chair seat height, foot position, and use of armrests all are important in easing patient movement and minimizing the risk of accidents. Seat height should be adjustable where possible. Chairs should leave space for patients to adjust their foot position comfortably. Furniture should have no sharp or hard edges that could injure a patient who trips or falls.

At Furniture Concepts we are proud to work with facilities that put safety first, and our products reflect their mission. Our heavy-use seating features firm cushions that ease patient movement. Our pieces are extremely tough, able to withstand heavy amounts of weight without tipping over. We design our products to work for patients of all ability levels, maximizing their comfort, safety and independence.

Your organization can successfully avoid many of the problems that contribute to falls, which continue to be the leading adverse incident reported in hospitals. Let us partner with you to promote a culture of safety in your organization. We will work with you to create a safe environment that gives your staff, patients and families greater peace of mind.

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Limited Mobility Furniture, Health Care, Furniture for Seniors, safe furniture, risk management

Managing Risks: Caring for your Caregivers

Posted by Karyl Walker on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 @ 02:24 PM

Managing risk in a healthcare setting becomes a complex task, requiring organizations to consider both the overtly unsafe act and the hidden danger in the environment. Each facility will have its own risk profile based on the characteristics of its physical space, workforce, and populations served. This is why it's so important to have access to tailored solutions that can correct any shortcomings in a facility's furniture and equipment.

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, durable furniture, Contract Furniture, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, heavy duty furniture, Health Care, Furniture for Seniors, safe furniture, risk management

Furniture Designed with Seniors in Mind

Posted by Karyl Walker on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 03:37 PM

The U.S. population is growing, and our overall age profile tends to be older now than in years past. Remember when a 100th birthday celebration used to qualify for a segment on the local TV news? Today, there are so many centenarians, your evening broadcast could easily be nothing but birthdays.  

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Topics: Contract Furniture, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Limited Mobility Furniture, Furniture for Seniors

Trend In Senior Suicide Calls For Safer Furniture Choices

Posted by Karyl Walker on Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 01:48 PM

More than 2 million of the nation’s seniors reside in assisted living centers and nursing homes. A recent Kaiser Health News investigation found that suicide rates are climbing within these settings, suggesting that at least 364 suicides occur per year—one almost every day.

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Topics: Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Health Care, anti-ligature furniture, Furniture for Seniors

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.

So what can you do to help build confidence and independence in you patients or consumers? Believe it or not, your furniture can be the best place to start!

Pop-Out Seats are by far the most innovative solution for fluid issues.

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last, group living furniture, heavy use furniture, contract fabrics, retail vs contract Furniture, Furniture for Seniors

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