Specialist seating for people with arthritis
Arthritis affects millions of people worldwide in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s in their hands, knees, or even their spine, arthritis can be particularly painful in any position. Supplying the specialist seating for people with arthritis is critical to making sure that they are comfortable at all times. Here are some things to think about when you’re choosing the right chair for a client with arthritis.
One of the main things needed in a chair for someone with arthritis is independent back angle options. Independent backrests and back angles give the client a lot of flexibility in their positioning. This is key with arthritis as different people will find different positions comfortable for a longer duration of time.
It’s also beneficial to include independent legrest elevation in the chair as well. Again, this gives the client flexibility in their positioning. They can then adjust the chair with ease and find the perfect position that causes them minimal pain. A dual motor tilt-in-space Copgrove rise and recline chair is great for clients who require flexible positioning.
Something else to bear in mind is a riser function – particularly vertical rise. Some arthritic clients may struggle to get to a standing position because of the pain it can cause – particularly if they have arthritis in their knees. Including a riser function in the chair will help those individuals to stand up from a seated position with more support and less pain than usual.
If a chair rises, then it’s always worth considering having a knuckle at the end of the arm with suitable ergonomic design. This gives the client something extra to grip on to when the chair does rise, giving them extra peace of mind during the sit to stand phase.
This is something that regularly comes up when we’re specifying chairs for people who have arthritis. The choice of fabric or material covering the chair can have a massive effect on how comfortable the client feels when sat down.
Arthritic joints can feel hot or warm, so having a specialist chair covered in Dartex or another similar material can feel more cooling or cold to touch. This is particularly soothing for individuals who spent a lot of time sat down and find their joints feeling uncomfortably hot.
Whenever you’re assessing someone for a specialist chair and they have arthritis, always consider the handset they will be using. For clients with arthritis in their hands, it can be very difficult to push small buttons or hold them down – particularly with care chairs and riser recliners.
Always try and make sure that if there is a handset, then it has bigger buttons that are easy to press. The Lento care chair is equipped with an easy-to-use handset that is ideal for this.
For further information on what to look for when specifying specialist seating for people with Arthritis or any other condition or illness, then make sure to check out our free specialist seating eBook. Our team can also carry out free no-obligation seating assessments at home; get in touch to find out more.