For the elderly who have mobility problems, a regular wheelchair might be inappropriate for a number of reasons. They might be cumbersome to move around or they might not be secure or comfortable enough for the needs of the elderly person.
Geriatric chairs are designed to address these problems and meet the unique needs of the elderly. There is extra padding on the armrests, seats and headrests which provides great comfort.
Bigger Wheels means Easier to Propel
The wheels are often bigger which makes the chair easier to maneuver. The geriatric chair frames are often constructed of steel which provides additional durability while being easier to move around at the same time.
There are many different kinds of geriatric wheelchairs to suit the different requirements of the elderly. There are the sturdily built heavy weight models that can carry up to 1,000 pounds and are specifically designed for large frame users.
Heavy Duty Bariatric Chairs
The seats are wider and they have very strong suspensions which can take heavy weights and reduces the risk of the chair bottoming out.
For the elderly person who has restricted mobility, the reclining model might be better for their needs. It has 3 positions which are; lay flat, a sit uptight and a 60 degree angle more suitable for watching TV or reading.
The positions are easily changeable and the user can safely adjust the positions as needed. A mechanism to lock the chair in place provides the required security so that the backrest won’t accidentally slip downwards.
Beneficial for Your Health
On top of the comfort factor, the ability to change positions provides numerous health benefits. It provides better blood circulation and minimizes discomfort from being in a single position for long periods of time. The front wheels are fixed and the rear wheels swivel making it safer and easier to maneuver.
Geriatric activity chairs are for those elderly who are still fairly active and only require light support. These chairs are often narrower compared to the other models there for the elderly person can move it around easily, even in small areas and can easily roll up to tables to join in group activities.
Using Geriatric Chairs
These chairs offer great comfort, convenience and safety to the home environment. They are also perfect for a number of clinical settings like post-operative care, outpatient care, cardiac care, blood collection, same day surgery, chemotherapy, ophthalmology, dialysis as well as OB/GYN clinics.
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