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  • Providing ultimate seating comfort for your ladies and gents Part 2

    Today we're brining you part two of our coverage of the NEW Boston tilt-in-space porter chair. You can read part 1 here. 

    When you break it down there are just a few things we really want to help our loved ones and those ladies and gents we support to achieve. Two of those are that they we are able to help them to be as comfortable and safe as is possible, whether that be in bed at night or sitting out in a chair during the day.

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  • Providing ultimate seating comfort for your ladies and gents Part 1

    When you break it down there are just a few things we really want to help our loved ones and those ladies and gents we support to achieve. Two of those are that they we are able to help them to be as comfortable and safe as is possible, whether that be in bed at night or sitting out in a chair during the day.

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  • What Memories Are Made Of

    Engaging in reminiscence can powerfully impact the wellbeing of a person living with dementia, as it stimulates communication and helps to trigger their existing memories. Reminiscing can also assist in the creation of new memories, as discussing life history inspires new conversations that can be shared with caregivers and loved ones.

    People living with dementia cope with high levels of stress every day. This, understandably, often makes them defensive, guarded and difficult for others to approach. Reminiscent activities help a person coping with memory loss to build confidence as they recognise their belongings. This allows them to feel less stress, making them less aggressive and able to live happier lives.

    The information gathered though reminiscence also provides caregivers, family members and loved ones with valuable insight into an individuals history. This information can be used to start conversations or to help a person with dementia feel more at ease when they feel distressed.

    This is incredibly useful as people living with dementia struggle to create or retain new memories and might still remember themselves to be of a younger age. Startling themselves when they look into a mirror and see an elderly face staring back at them.

    Memories and stories of the past can help loved ones deal with a dementia.

    It is for these reasons that it is extremely beneficial for a person living with dementia, in addition to those around them, to engage in reminiscence. It prevents the discomfort that accompanies confusion, making life more enjoyable for everyone.

    Not sure where to start? One way to partake in reminiscent activities is through the use of a Memory Box. A Memory Box is a secure, personal display cabinet for the safe-keeping of personal memorabilia.

    From family photos, to holiday souvenirs to favourite recipes, a Memory Box holds recognisable keepsakes that help trigger the existing memories of those coping with memory loss. They also assist in the creation of new memories as the boxes contents inspires conversations with caregivers, family members and loved ones.

    Memory Boxes are used extensively in care homes, typically placed outside a resident’s room. These extraordinary products are a practical and attractive tool that provide numerous benefits including:

    1. Excellent aids to orientation.

    2. Stimulating conversational interaction.

    3. Providing care givers with valuable insight into an individual’s life history.

    4. Reinforcing the confidence of the user, as they are able to recognise their items.

    5. Creating an attractive point of interest.

    A nurse from Sandridge House speaks about her experience with Memory Boxes stating, “We have had great response from the Service User's themselves as well as their relatives. I am in the Activities Department and often use the boxes as a reminiscing aid as well as the Service User's often looking at them of their own accord when they enter or leave their bedrooms. They are a great way to display pictures from the past or present and have enough room in them to place any special nik-naks or treasured possessions.”

    Another nurse speaks about her patient’s experience with Memory Boxes stating, “Joan’s Memory Box empowered her to become independent again. Now she can find her own room she smiles again and is no longer angry, frightened or anxious. It’s been a huge boost to her confidence, dignity and well-being.” How amazing is that?

    Memory Care also offer an internally illuminated Memory Box option which ensures the boxes contents can always be seen, even at night time!

    More information on the Memory Boxes can be found on our website.

    A seaside memory box
  • Hello, my name is Jo, I’m the Yellow Plate Lady!

    I have been called many things in my time, a few of them choice, but my favourite, by far, is the ‘Yellow Plate Lady’.

    Let me explain ......... I met a care home manager, Katie, at an exhibition several years ago where I was talking about the significance of using colourful crockery for ladies and gents living with Dementia, to provide contrast between their food and their plates to aid improved recognition and enable more independent and dignified dining experiences.

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  • Helping to keep your residents safe during an evacuation

    The sheer gravity of the unthinkable situation where a fire breaks out in a care home and planning, organising and executing the safe evacuation of your residents and staff, and what the consequences could be, must feel like a huge responsibility for all care home managers, proprietors and fire marshalls.

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  • Our top tips to help overcome motor difficulties in people with a Dementia

    This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, a week committed to focusing energy, activity and engagement on nutrition & hydration as an important part of quality & safety in health & social care settings. Every day this week we will be bringing you our best practice tips, helpful advice and more, designed to give you inspiration to improve nutrition and hydration levels for the people you support.

    People with a Dementia can experience difficulty with cutlery, coordination to eat independently and remembering to open their mouths in order to eat.

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  • Our Top Tips for Helping People with Dysphagia

    This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, a week committed to focusing energy, activity and engagement on nutrition & hydration as an important part of quality & safety in health & social care settings. Every day this week we will be bringing you our best practice tips, helpful advice and more, designed to give you inspiration to improve nutrition and hydration levels for the people you support.

    Swallowing difficulties may occur in people who have a Dementia, Motor Neuron Disease and other neurological conditions. These swallowing difficulties are known as Dysphagia.

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  • Our top 10 recommendations to help you to improve the dining experience for people you support with a Dementia

    This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, a week committed to focusing energy, activity and engagement on nutrition & hydration as an important part of quality & safety in health & social care settings.

    Every day this week we will be bringing you our best practice tips, helpful advice and more, designed to give you inspiration to improve nutrition and hydration levels for the people you support.

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  • Part Two - Only 1 in 4 residents now safe to be transferred in a toileting sling and how to select the correct toileting sling.

    Did you know that ONLY 1 in 4 people, that’s just 25%, are now considered suitable to be transferred in a toileting or access sling? Recently, here on the blog, we talked about why this is the case, today we will help you choose the right sling for your residents.

    How do you select the correct toileting sling and what should you be considering as part of your selection process?  Continue reading

  • Are your residents sitting comfortably?

    Correct posture is critical to wellbeing and selecting the right seating option for your residents is a major decision. Good seating can help to prevent and correct the development of poor posture and some of the back and neck health problems associated with it.

    Whilst we can instinctively make changes to our position it becomes more difficult for your residents when their abilities to reposition themselves are reduced by illness or disability. It is essential that your choice of seating for them helps to maintain their comfort and stability, particularly as many of them may be sitting in chairs for long periods of time during the day.

    Utilising the latest frame mechanisms, innovation in pressure management and new fabric technology we are able to offer you quality British crafted chairs that are tailored to be person centred.

    Why is good seating so important for your residents?

    • To improve or accommodate specific postural or healthcare problems
    • To provide improved support and comfort
    • To ease getting in and out of chairs
    • To elevate lower legs when sitting

    You should place emphasis on chairs fitting your residents correctly when deciding upon chair sizing and accessories. Issues around pressure care, moving and handling and infection control issues should also be considered and addressed. The chair should provide long term comfort and adequate lumbar support, ensuring good pressure distribution of body weight and enabling your resident to rise from the chair easily.

    What is good seating?

    • It is designed to ENABLE not DISABLE function
    • It is comfortable, well ventilated and allows your residents to have maximum stability
    • It provides effective pressure relief
    • It is easy to maintain and is durable
    • It is well fitted to encourage good posture, pressure management, care and comfort.

    The achievement of a good sitting position is the result of a number of interrelated factors requiring the chair to be tailored to your residents’ needs in terms of:-

    Correct Seat Height

    Too High - and the seat is difficult to get into and provides no support for the feet. This can lead to deformities (foot) and encourages your residents to slouch to enable them to rest their feet.

    Too Low - and your resident’s body weight is supported on a smaller area which leads to more pressure on the coccyx and buttocks. Your resident’s knees and thighs will lift off the seat surface increasing pressure on a smaller area of the buttocks and bony prominences.

    Correct Seat Width

    Too Wide - and the seat offers no support or stability as the body will lean to one side causing imbalance in pressure. The arm rests will be out of reach and since these are crucial to stability your residents will lean and shift position to fill the space causing unbalanced pressure distribution.

    Too Narrow - and there is an increased risk of pressure to the trochanter area on the outer thigh as well as difficulty getting in and out of the chair.

    Correct Seat Depth

    Too Short - and only a small area of the buttocks is supported giving a smaller area of higher pressure on the buttocks and thighs rather than an evenly distributed area at lower pressure levels, this can lead to pressure damage.

    Too Long - and your residents will need to slouch down to get foot support for stability. This position puts pressure on the heels and sacral area and can inhibit circulation to the lower limbs.

    A pictograph showing how badly fitting chairs can cause residents issues. Diagram showing the problems with badly fitting chairs.

    What measurement are required to achieve a well fitting chair design?:

    In order to ensure a good fitting chair, a full seating assessment is needed including the following measurements:

    Seat Height – floor to top of seat cushion measurement with a thigh to lower leg angle of 90 degrees where possible. Your residents’ feet should ideally be positioned flat on the floor in the type of footwear normally worn when relaxing with a right angle bend at the knees to allow the upper leg to rest fully and flat on the seat cushion. To achieve the ideal chair height, measure your resident’s lower leg length from the floor to approx 1" below the back of the knee joint.

    Seat Depth – the measurement is from the front of the seat cushion to the backrest of the chair. The seat cushion should be deep enough to support the entire length of the upper leg to the back of the knee without the seat cushion putting pressure on the back of the calf. To achieve the ideal chair depth measure your resident’s back from the back of the bottom to back of knee and then deduct 1" from this measurement.

    Seat Width – the internal width of the seat between the armrests. To achieve the ideal chair width measure the widest point of your resident’s hips plus 0.5" to allow for thicker clothing.

    Back Height – the measurement is from the top edge of the seat cushion, located at the back of the seat cushion, to the top of the backrest cushions. Make sure that your resident’s head sits comfortably on the back cushion.

    Arm Height – the measurement is from the top of the seat cushion to the top of the armrest. Your resident’s arms should ideally rest comfortably on the arm rests, with the arms bent at 90 degrees and with the shoulders in a relaxed, level position.

     

    Wine coloured recliner chair The Repose Rimini Recliner in Wine

    Here at Hcsuk we can help you by providing a seating assessment service to help you indentify the right seating solutions for your residents.

     

    What are the essential elements of good seating?

    Dynamic seating has a range of adjustments to tailor the chair to your residents’ physical requirements which enables posture and pressure distribution to be adjusted throughout the day to prevent pressure build up and encourage circulation.

    These include:

    • Tilt-in-space
    • Back angle recline
    • Elevating foot or leg rest
    • Riser facility
    • Vertical riser function

    A correctly fitted seat will assist your residents to achieve:

    • Best achievable posture
    • Pressure relief
    • Functional ability e.g. ease of transfer out of the chair
    • Maximum comfort

    Here at Hcsuk, we are proud to be working in partnership with trusted British manufacturer, Repose Seating Solutions, to bring you a comprehensive range of healthcare chairs designed to provide adaptable and affordable care solutions that give you the options you need to meet the very specific requirements of the people you care for.

    We will work with you to help build your own seating solutions with choices in chair backs, pressure cushions and health grade fabrics; and with the Multi Range, the ability to continue to adapt and change the chair to meet changing care needs or to fit the chair for someone new, providing a sustainable option.

    We have invested in researching specialist healthcare chairs which focus on pressure management and a wide range of individually constructed seat cushions that address a host of specific pressure area care issues. In addition, expertise in recline technology ensures that people who are sat for long periods can easily and comfortably change their position, relieving pressure on bony prominences and the weight on hip and knee joints. Whether you are nursing at home, in a residential home or in a healthcare environment our chairs carefully balance all this functionality with a range of designs to fit any setting.

    How Hcsuk can help you to ensure that your residents are sitting comfortably

    We can:

    • Offer you an extensive new range of beautiful healthcare chairs in stunning fabrics
    • Provide you with a fully bespoke, cost effective chair design service
    • Conduct free individual on site seating assessments

    Helping you to achieve:

    • Improved patient comfort
    • Increased utilisation of seating
    • Reduced lifetime costs on seating

    Give us a call today on 01773 713713 or email sales@hcsuk.co.uk to book in your on site seating assessment.

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