Hospital Chairs

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 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.

Hospital Ward Chairs

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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 again.

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 needs.

Take a look at our range of hospital chairs for sale, one is sure to be the exact fit for your requirements.

Day Room Chairs

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Mental Health Spec Chairs

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Mental Health Furniture

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:

Safety

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.

Germ-free

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.

Robust Furniture – Built for Strength

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.

Easy to Clean Furniture

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.

Target Comfortable Furniture with Increased Support

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 comfort.

Extreme Furniture That Is Tamper Resistant

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.

Provide Personal Space

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.

Aesthetics

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 can improve.

Conclusion

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 08448248677 and one of our expert team will be more than happy to help.