How To Choose the Perfect Recliner Chair for Patient Comfort
As caregivers, the safety, comfort and confidence of patients is paramount. Delivering the best standard of care to your patients includes looking beyond the medical necessities, and ensuring that they are presented with an environment that centres their needs.
Especially for mobility-affected patients, a key component of that is seating. The right recliner can help make patients more comfortable and feel more at ease during treatment, delivering benefits for both them and their caregiver.
But with so many options on the market, how do you ensure that you’re making the optimal choice for your patients? Midmed is here to help. Read on and consider the following points when weighing up your next recliner purchase.
Start with your patient
It’s an obvious but vital initial consideration. Who is your patient? What are their needs? How does their body shape inform the best chair for them? A bariatric patient will require a different recliner than a non-bariatric patient, while a tall patient will most likely benefit from a chair with an adjustable seat to ensure the body is equally supported.
For this reason, it’s worth considering whether a chair should be purchased for use by a particular patient, rather than accepting a one-size-fits-all solution. In long-term care scenarios, consider involving the patient in the purchasing process or consulting with them on what they want prior to searching, to ensure the best possible outcome.
What is their living situation?
A recliner chair should conform to the shape of the patient’s body, as well as their life. As such, when choosing an ergonomic recliner for home- or facility-use, you should aim to pick one that not only fits into their day-to-day activities, but makes these activities as easy as possible. For example, when considering a mobility-affected patient, look for a recliner that assists them in reaching a standing position – this will most likely mean choosing an automatic, electric model. Additionally, some patients may prefer to sleep in their chair, so choosing a recliner chair that turns into a bed can allow for a more comfortable rest.
Would they benefit from any additional features?
For many patients, features such as a wipe-clean leather finish, removable seats and swing-away arms are nice to have, but for others, they may be a necessity. Determining the difference between the two requires reflecting on the patient’s lifestyle and care needs – what would make their day more enjoyable, and your job as a caregiver, easier?
If you’d like to discuss medical recliners further, the team at Midmed is here to help. With more than 25 years of experience providing medical equipment to the healthcare industry, Midmed delivers the careful support and product knowledge that practitioners require to know that they’re making the right choice for their patients. Our expertise extends to product creation – consider whether our own Marina powered recliner could suit your patients’ needs.
We invite caregivers across the country to discuss their goals with us – our team are happy to answer any questions that you may have to help you find a recliner that suits your patient’s needs.