Seating bariatric patients can often present several challenges to both the patient and caregivers and this issue is much more complex than simply providing a wider chair.
Chairs don’t always accommodate the size and shape of bariatric clients so it is necessary for chairs for bariatric patients to accommodate a gluteal shelf, larger calves and provide assistance with safe, independent standing.
A chair with a removable cushion at the lumbar level to accommodate the gluteal shelf allows the patient to sit back into the chair, with their legs and back supported.
A correct seat depth can give full support to the patient’s legs and in some cases their abdomen. A proper seat depth increases their surface area contact with the chair, thereby reducing interface pressure.
A leg rest that retracts underneath the chair can accommodate larger calves and allow the patient to maintain a typical 90° knee flexion posture with their weight distributed evenly through the feet.
By giving the patient more independence for safe transfers, he or she may feel better about the ability they have to care for themselves and may not be embarrassed about relying on others for help.
Seating Matters products have been clinically proven, alongside correct assessment and provision, to reduce the risk pressure injuries and improve posture and function.
A clinical field trial revealed significant findings including;
reduction in falls & sliding
decrease in pressure injuries
saved on treatment of pressure injuries
View the Seating Matters product range, clinically designed for bariatric care.
The Bariatric Sorrento is a tilt in space, fully motorized chair that can accommodate the varying body shapes, reducing the risk of injury for both the patient and caregiver.
When there is a need for independence, the handset holder keeps the handset within easy reach, allowing the user to easily reposition themselves from within the chair.
When seating, if your seat width is not correct, it can be difficult to maintain mid-line posture resulting in discomfort, pain and an inability to sit for long periods. These padded arm covers further reduce the width of the chair to accommodate users with particularly narrow hip widths, allowing the body to be fully supported.
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