Care Home Furniture Buying Guide
Choosing furniture for your care home can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to meeting the criteria necessary to provide your residents with safety, comfort and practicality. We've put together a brief guide to make the process a little easier and to enable you to offer your residents the best possible place to call home:
Try to offer a range of seating options so that there's something to suit everybody's needs, in communal areas offer a mixture of sofas and arm chairs of various heights so that they're easy to get in and out of.
Drawers and Wardrobes
As a place for residents' to store their cherished clothing and personal belongings, nursing home wardrobes and drawers need to be of great quality. Choose a sturdy and easily accessible wardrobe to take centre stage in the room. Try to provide attractive and matching bedroom furniture so that the room feels homely.
Beds and Mattresses
There's a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to care home beds and mattresses. Consider the needs of the individual resident when picking a bed; if they have limited mobility it's important to offer a profiling bed for extra comfort. Try to invest in either water resistant beds and mattresses or high quality PVC mattress protectors.
There are some useful accessories available on the market that will help to make life just that little bit easier for residents. Furniture raisers are an essential accessory for those with joint problems, they can make sitting and rising more comfortable and act as a sturdy support for most chairs and tables. Quilted unisliders can help residents to get in and out of their seats and prevent them from slipping out of place.
When it comes to care home tables, whether you're purchasing for communal areas or private rooms, accessibility needs to be considered. Assess the type of access that is required and if the resident is prone to falling, ensure that precautions are taken to enhance safety.
For residents that are severely immobilised, it's worth offering a choice of mobile chairs. These chairs combine the comfort of an arm chair with the mobility of a wheelchair to give residents' both comfort and freedom.