06-Nov-2019 | Knowledge-Hub
Due to the range of health problems older people live with, the correct furniture options for them to have access to in their everyday life, is an imperative consideration for their wellbeing.
Observational skills are important as the person may not be able to communicate how they feel or if they are uncomfortable.
Factors that need to be considered are: -
Vision: Sensory Loss
Touch: Sensory Loss
Arthritis: Mobility and Movement limitations.
Balance and fall: Instability
Person centred care is enhanced by an environment that is conducive to a lifestyle as close as possible to that of being at home. Elderly Residence living with dementia who live in a residential facility ideally need the same amount of space as if they were living at home.
The environment in a residential facility must be monitored to provide acceptable levels of noise and stimulation. Freedom and choice of movement through the facility should be possible. Areas of quiet space for reading, relaxing or conversation and interaction with others are also important.
Furnishings within a residential facility should be home like, comfortable and well maintained. Furniture and fittings should be kept in the same place for continuity and to avoid confusion.
Small sitting areas should be made available to encourage collaborative groups and intimacy. Smaller living units could be considered which would be a way to avoid confusion, noise and encourage a home like environment.
The other fact to be taken into account when choosing furniture is that not all Residents will be the same weight and size. A large number would have lost weight and become frail and shorter, therefor requiring smaller chairs that offer support for their arms and easy to get out of while some of the population might be obese requiring larger dining and lounge chairs to accommodate them. A variety of seating styles throughout the facility is the best way to facilitate this and provide furniture that they can all feel comfortable in.
Healthcare Furniture Australia have dedicated sales staff to help you understand the reasons why specific pieces of furniture fit within certain spaces taking into account residents wants and needs.
For further information please contact HFA.