Vinyl & Fabric Seating For Healthcare Environments
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When choosing chairs for a hospital setting, there are a
number of factors to consider. Not only will you need to cater for the patient,
but also visitors who do not have such specific requirements. This means you
will have to consider sourcing different types of chairs - those that offer enough
support for patients in recovery, or with special needs such as mental health furniture, as well as comfortable chairs for visitors. Hospital chairs required for your consulting rooms are likely to be different to your standard vinyl waiting room chairs for example. It might
also be worth considering the needs of patients in different wards too.
A visitor's needs will not be as extensive as those of
the patients. The majority will not have specific medical needs that would
necessitate a hospital style chair, but there is a type of chair that the staff
would prefer. A hospital ward can get very crowded with all the essential
equipment and furniture which is why beam seating can provide the perfect sollution for hospital corridors and waiting rooms. It can be helpful in some environments if the hospital furniture is
stackable, because it can then be moved out of the way outside of visiting times.
For the patients, there are proven benefits to getting
out of bed for as long a time as possible, even immediately after an operation.
As many are still recovering from illness, the hospital chairs do need to be
more specialised in order to meet their needs. The benefits of sitting up
promote lung expansion, decrease risk of DVT, and shift pressure points. As
pressure sores are an issue with patients who are immobile for a long period of
time, the hospital bedside chairs need to cope with their comfort also.
Many of our chairs are also
available with a range of optional extras in the form of upholstered arms and
filled sides. This means that for those patients with weaker legs, the upper
body can be used to assist them to a standing position.
Other useful additions to
our range of hospital style chairs are our high seat chairs. As well as the
elderly and those with back issues, anyone with knee problems can also find it
almost impossible to rise from a normal height chair. With a higher than normal
seat, and the option to include arm rests, these high seat chairs are the ideal
companion for those who find it difficult to get back to a standing position
Like the high back chairs,
they have the added bonus of being even easier to get out of when fitted with a
choice of arms.
We are a valued provider of
healthcare furniture to the NHS, and as such can accommodate all your medical
requirements. Our full range includes specific NHS patient chairs and general
NHS furniture that exceed specifications. Alternatively, if you have a patient
who has been discharged from hospital or is elderly, you might be looking for
hospital chairs for home. In that case, we also have a range to suit most
Take a look at our range of
hospital chairs for sale, one is sure to be the exact fit for your
Furniture for mental health facilities and challenging
environments, will need to be able to withstand the strains that come with
challenging behaviour and also adhere to regulations in place for mental health
units. The furniture will need to accommodate individuals with vastly different
needs and will have different performance levels than ordinary furniture.
Choosing the right kind of furniture and seating solutions can help create a
safe, calming, and therapeutic environment, thus aiding patient recovery. Some
key attributes to consider when choosing mental health furniture include:
When selecting furniture for mental health units, the first
and most important consideration is patient and caregiver safety. Patients with
severe mental health issues like clinical depression or schizophrenia may have
serious thoughts of self-harm. Those with other issues like autism disorders
can be prone to anger outbursts and so it will be important to avoid furniture
that can be used to cause harm. This means no sharp edges or removable parts.
It is also be best to provide open shelving rather than cabinets with drawers
and doors which might be more easily removed or disconnected. There should also
be no ligature points on the provided furniture, which means chairs should be
armless or with closed arm panels. Depending on the environment, furniture with
no concealment areas will eliminate the possibility for hiding contraband.
Additionally, all furniture for challenging environments
will need to comply with all relevant fire retardant requirements. Hospitals
and healthcare will require upholstery which is at Crib 5 Testing level, while
secure environments such as prisons and high hazard areas will require
upholstery tested to the higher Crib 7 Test level.
Hygiene is a prime consideration for all healthcare
environments. The materials on your reinforced furniture should be able to
resist the spread of germs and the growth of bacteria. For seating upholstery,
there are multiple anti-microbial upholstery vinyls on the market which are
specifically designed to resist bacteria and microbial growth.
It's not uncommon for patients and users to cause damage to their
surroundings, including equipment and furnishings. Ensuring that you are
equipped with tough furniture that won't easily damage will be important.
Standard domestic and some commercial furniture is usually made from chipboard
or similar low-impact materials, and these are likely to perform far less
robustly in these challenging environments. Materials like melamine-faced MDF
are better suited for challenging environment furniture, especially when
reinforced by solid timber. Another element to ensuring furniture can't be
pushed over or lifted is to add weight to make the units heavy.
Cleaning protocols for any healthcare environment is usually
very stringent. In mental health settings, physical and mental health go
hand-in-hand, and one can affect or cause the other to worsen. For instance,
patients may leave bodily fluids on furnishings and so you will need furniture
that can be cleaned quickly and doesn't allow germs to hide or linger. Smooth
surfaces such as wipe-clean vinyl upholstery will enable staff to wipe down
each piece, thus mitigating the risk of exposure to germs.
The comfort of patients and users is vital in mental health
settings as it will increase relaxation and reduces the risk of fatigue,
restlessness, pain, and irritability. Foam furniture, including foam chairs and
foam cubes, provide body support while sitting, and have no hard edges. Bariatric
chairs may be required for bariatric users, to provide adequate support and
The right mental health furniture should discourage or
prevent users from tampering with elements of the furniture. One solution is to
bolt seating units to the floor so as not to be lifted. Additionally, fasteners
should be tamper-resistant and there shouldn't be any exposed staples or other
catch points on the furniture.
Residents in a behavioural health facility can have the need
for more personal space than those in the average hospital. Chairs and tables
should be able to be moved apart so they can be rearranged as the clientele
changes or in case of emergencies. You can incorporate ganged seating or use
tables as spacers between seating.
When healthcare facilities are visually stimulating, with an
interesting use of colour and design, patients feel alive, which can assist in an
uplift in overall wellbeing and speed up the healing process. By choosing relevant
colourful upholstery for furniture, the tone and feel of a healthcare environment
There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing
mental health furniture. Our robust, reinforced chairs have been designed to
maximize safety, provide support and comfort, and promote physical and
emotional well-being. They are also durable and reduce replacement cycles.
Contact us today for your special need furniture.
We have hospital chairs for sale that have high backs to support the patient, and they are also supplied in a choice of anti-microbial and anti-bacterial fabrics or vinyls. This means that they fully meet the requirements of an area with high infection risk.
If you need hospital room furniture as well as ward chairs, our extensive range of hospital chairs also caters for specific issues, for example, bariatric chairs or posture chairs for users that have severe motor difficulties and need more support. If you are looking for NHS chairs that could fit the bill, you need look no further. We are a well-established company providing hospital style chairs for the NHS and care home chairs countrywide. We pride ourselves in our British-made hospital furniture, and we are sure you will find what you are looking for on our website.
Make sure you consider the different needs of patients and visitors when buying hospital chairs. Ensuring the right levels of support and comfort will make things run much more smoothly. We offer a wide range of chairs for your hospital including high back chairs for the elderly and a number of fast delivery chairs. If you are unsure which chair best suits your needs then make sure you get in touch with us on 03301340284 and one of our expert team will be more than happy to help.