The right chair will improve behaviour. What do you think?
It was Mary at Sunshine Care that helped me decide that yes, the right nursing home chairs do improve behaviour.
I was first asked to measure up Mary, who has dementia, for a sling. As I slipped a tape out to measure her shoulder circumference she tried to bite my hand.
Her daughter was visiting the second time and endured being called every unrepeatable name ever composed. Her vinyl recliner was allowing her to freely wriggle around. This wriggling usually left her hanging over the end of the leg rest, often damaging her skin on the metal-work. Following a recent stroke which paralysed her right side, she spent many hours hanging over the side of the chair. And the most challenging activity of all was transferring her – what strength she had left was used to hit, kick, thump and smack.
Which is why she received all-day, one-to-one care. Until we put her in the right chair.
Instead of hanging over the arm she now sat perfectly symmetrical. Rather than slide down the chair, she sat like a Queen on her Throne. And instead of swearing and shouting, she slept – well, she slept until someone tapped her on the arm to say hello, to which she smiled, instead of spitting.
So her one-to-one carer has been redeployed, the atmosphere in the lounge is much calmer and her family are delighted.
Which is why I say the right chair will not only increase comfort, posture and pressure relief, but also improve behaviour – what do you think?
(Names altered for reasons of confidentiality)