Furniture Needs Change with Age
Many of us go through our lives without giving much thought to the furniture we use every day. For the elderly and their caregivers, however, taking for granted the seating options in our homes can be a dangerous thing.
Our needs in the home change as our loved ones begin to experience changes to their bodies. Many people find that, as they age, the transition from sitting to standing can become a challenge. They may find that their reflexes are slowing, blood pressure is changing, or their muscles are deteriorating.
As a result, more falls begin to happen, especially in transition from sitting positions.
Unsafe Furniture is One Cause of Increased Falls
In fact, falls in the home are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization of seniors. Up to 30% of elderly patients suffer from a fall per year. Falls in the aging population don’t happen just because a person is getting older. Falls at home happen because of risk factors in both health and external circumstances, including limited mobility, unsafe furnishings, and difficulty in transferring from one place to another.
At some point, every home caregiver will face the issue of safety and mobility, for themselves as well as their charges. Many caregivers are injured by transporting elderly patients, making mobility a danger for both the patient and their loved ones.
Furniture to Help Improve Safety at Home
There are many ways to safeguard the home against falls and injury. Home accessible furniture is one way to provide added safety to elders living in their homes with the assistance of a spouse or other family member.
For persons suffering from Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia or Parkinson's, home-accessible furniture helps to make transitions to the table for mealtime smooth, safe and efficient.
Next Chapter chairs help aging family members to feel more independent and confident. With lengthened legs and sturdy craftsmanship, our products work to make the home and dinner table a safer place for seniors with mobility issues.
Specialized furniture options ensure that our loved ones are able to be moved safely from one seating area to the table.
By improving mobility and comfort, you’re also improving quality of life for your aging loved one.