Setting up a care home can be a daunting yet exciting experience; however there is one further thing to consider – choosing the right furniture.
Care home furniture must fulfil a wide range of needs, from looking and feeling comfortable and enticing – to being highly functional and durable. The best furniture you can choose covers all of these factors and more, allowing residents (who are often scared and worried at having to move) feel at home; as well as safe and secure.
The first thing to consider is the chairs you’ll place in the living area of the home, as it is useful if the reflect the chairs one might find in a residents’ house. These are generally high-backed, neutrally colour and furled armrests. These should also have ergonomic qualities, as residents will typically be sat in them for a large portion of time.
There are times, such as when the patient is ill or has a turn, where you will need to extract them from the chair easily, causing the minimum amount of distress. Specially-made care home furniture is usually adapted to meet this need, but it s worth having a trail-run before signing on the dotted line. Additionally, chairs should ideally be wipe-clean, so that any accidents are easily taken care of, with minimal impact on the furniture.
Secondly, the furniture found in care home bedrooms is equally important, as it should be comfortable and simple to use. As care homes are generally built with the aim of making them feel like a real ‘home’, furniture can sometimes be less sturdy or durable; but this is something you should avoid at all costs, as your furniture needs to be able to last for years, and be capable of withstanding added pressure from those residents who are less mobile.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, care homes should be a place of peace and tranquillity, allowing vulnerable adults to live out their last days in peace. The best piece of advice is to make it look as homely as possible, without letting the medical aspect overrule it.