Almost everyone is spending most of their time indoors during the lockdown and almost certainly sitting far more than they usually do. If the chairs people sit in do not provide the right level of support, this can cause discomfort.
How can a new chair offer better support?
Over time, chairs lose their support, particularly for the back. Seating may also not be as suitable for people as it was when they first bought it, particularly as people can find it more difficult to get in and out of chairs as they get older. A recliner chair, such as the Rise and Recline Chair is designed with practicality and style in mind. Functionally, it gently helps someone rise to a standing position, while at the same time looking great in the home, as it looks and feels like a stylish armchair.
It’s very important that chairs provide sufficient back support for the user, whether it’s being used to relax, eat a meal or sit at a desk. The Adjustable High Back Chair With Wings has a specially profiled back to offer good lumbar support, while the wings on either side support the user’s head. Its easy-clean vinyl finish is favoured by many, while others may prefer an upholstered chair, such as the Jubilee High Seat Fireside Chair.
Support for the feet and legs
When seated, some people may benefit from their legs and feet being elevated. Lifting the legs with a leg rest can help to prevent or reduce swelling that can occur when someone is sitting down for long periods.
Adjustable footrests, such as the Three Way Adjustable Foot Rest offer a range of positions for the legs to help improve circulation and relax tired feet and legs.
Raising the seat to a suitable height
If seating is too low, it can be difficult for some people to get out of their chair. If an older person is finding this challenging, it may not always be necessary to buy a new chair. Chair or furniture raisers, such as the Leg-X Chair Raisers, fit under the legs to provide added height, making the seat easier to reach.
Raiser cushions can be used to increase the seat height without raising the whole chair. As well as offering additional height, cushions, such as the Easy Raiser Chair Cushion, are designed to support the user when they rise from a seated into a standing position and can easily be used on different chairs around the home.
Healthcare Pro provides an extensive range of high quality chairs and seating aids, whether they require a raised seat, lumbar support or extra help for their legs. You can view all our seating aids here.