Orthopedic cushions for seniors' residences
Orthopedic cushions and the prevention of postural problems in senior residences
Orthopedic cushions are a medical device recommended to prevent postural problems for seniors in senior residences. Due to aging, illness, or an accidental fall, seniors often have reduced mobility. As a result, it is common for some residents to spend much of the day in a seated position.
However, not all chairs and seats are designed for prolonged sitting, and maintaining poor posture for long periods can lead to postural problems (spinal deformity, joint contractures, etc.).
Since they are designed to improve the user’s comfort and posture when sitting for long periods, orthopedic cushions are a way to reduce the development of postural problems in elderly people who are losing mobility.
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IBIOM distributes equipment from several brands recognized for their quality and ergonomics, including ergoCentric and Allseating.
Orthopedic cushions and pressure ulcer prevention in seniors' residences
Another important health problem for older adults that can result from prolonged sitting is the development of pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores. Pressure ulcers are painful and diminish the quality of life of seniors who have them. They also require a lot of time and energy from caregivers to treat.
That’s why pressure ulcer prevention is important in seniors’ residences. Orthopedic cushions are designed to dissipate heat, reduce pressure points and decrease slippage and friction. They are, therefore, a means of reducing the occurrence of pressure ulcers in seniors’ residences. The main orthopedic cushions available are gel cushions and molded foam positioners.
Recommended orthopedic cushions for seniors' residences
Gel cushions are orthopedic accessories recommended for seniors’ residences. Two types of gel cushions are available: the cube cushion and the flat cushion. The cube cushion improves the comfort of seniors who sit most of the day. This gel cushion is designed to absorb shock, reduce pressure points and dissipate heat. It can be matched with an optional cushion cover and is available in several sizes. It adapts easily to all kinds of surfaces. It can be used on wheelchairs, nursing, rocking, and dining chairs. The flat gel cushion offers similar features to the cube cushion, in addition to being available in several thickness options, from ¼” (0.64 cm) to 1″ (2.54 cm). These cushions are made in Quebec and are rigorously tested to meet the highest quality standards.
ViscoComfort molded foam positioners are another orthopedic accessory recommended for senior living facilities. These cushions are designed to help seniors adopt proper posture when sitting for long periods. In addition to providing postural support, the ViscoConfort positioners limit vibrations and distribute pressure points. Therefore, these cushions provide optimal comfort for seniors in senior residences. The Viscoconfort positioners are offered in two models, one of which has an integrated gel to provide additional comfort when moving. Made in Quebec, these cushions are offered in two thickness options and come with a cushion cover.
Other medical equipment for seniors' residences
For care facilities, such as seniors’ residences, where infection prevention and control is a priority, it may be worthwhile to install hygiene shelves near residents’ rooms. When the shelf is placed near a hand sanitizer dispenser, it encourages the adoption of best practices in hand hygiene.
Ergonomically designed, the hygiene shelf can be lowered and raised with the forearm. This means it can be easily used even when hands are busy or contaminated. When closed, the utility shelf is no thicker than standard handrails. The shelf also has a non-slip surface and rounded corners to avoid the risk of scratching skin or clothing. It is, therefore, a safe medical equipment for seniors’ residences.