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Preventing Pressure Sores With Care Home Chairs

Posted on - 15th June 2022

Many residents that enter our care home have reduced mobility. Unfortunately, this means that many of them spend long periods of time either in bed, or sitting in care home chairs. Over time, sitting in the same position in a somewhat inappropriate chair can lead to uncomfortable and painful pressure sores. Is it time to consider new chairs to help prevent pressure sores for your residents?

Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are also known as bed sores and are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. While they can happen to anyone, they are more common in those who spend long periods of time in one position.

There are also a number of other medical conditions that will increase a person's risk, and unfortunately, many of these are found in the older person.

Preventative Action

There are a number of ways that you can prevent pressure sores from starting. Primarily, the best action is movement. This means that getting residents up and moving around as much as possible gets the best results.
While you might now be thinking of those residents that are a little less mobile, or not even at all, you can still help them be active by assisted movements. This includes moving their joints for them. From helping them doing bicycles with their legs, to having them raise their arms above their heads, it all gets the blood pumping and reduces their risk of sores.
For those more mobile, having a stroll around the care home every hour will have them reducing the pressure, and may see them returning to a different seating position.

Change Up The Chairs

Of course, we can undertake as much preventative action as possible. However, we know that residents will still spend a significant amount of time sitting in their chairs. While we know that every resident has their favourite chair, just like you do in your home, if the resident is prone to pressure sores swapping chairs is ideal.
This means that they only spend so long in a chair, before migrating to another a different style. While we know that some care homes like to have uniformal chairs, you can still do this by having different styles of chair with the same fabric. You can even go one step further and have your care home curtains in matching fabric. Our flame retardant fabrics are available in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit any interior design and can be used across all soft furnishings.

We only work with the best furniture manufacturers to ensure that our furniture will withstand the test of time. If you would like to speak to us about your care home furniture, or would like to discuss our range of care home lounge chairs please contact the team today.

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