What Is a Geri Chair?
Built for seniors with limited mobility, geriatric chairs provide a roomier, padded experience with reclining capabilities. This format lets the user stand and sit to a degree without assistance, helps reduce fall and other injury risks, and provides some adjustability for support in key areas.
Benefits in Healthcare Settings
- Accommodate a range of health conditions affecting older adults, including arthritis, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injuries, and provide support during recovery following surgery.
- Recline and can even be used for sleeping for periods of time.
- Include adjustable back, foot, and armrests and even heat and massage functions for a more comfortable experience.
- Are built to align with the body’s shape, reducing risks for hot spots and pressure ulcers.
- Feature high-density foam padding, gel, or air cushions, which lessen risks for skin breakdown and bedsores.
- Include a durable, easy-to-maneuver metal frame, plus locking casters to stay in place.
- Give the user a degree of freedom to move and maintain their social life.
Geri chairs offer other important features that assist seniors or patients with limited mobility. Many clinical chairs have self-adjustable reclining positions with a leg/footrest to properly elevate the legs for comfort while promoting leg circulation. Some chairs achieve the Trendelenburg position, which places the head lower than the feet to improve blood flow to the head.
Convenience and Comfort
These specialized reclining chairs also feature contoured arms and a tray located on the front or side. This format gives them access to meals, books, or any personal or leisure items to occupy their time during lengthy treatments. At home or in a rehabilitation facility, these features allow them to watch TV, read, or rest in total comfort.
Material and Safety
The majority of clinical or treatment recliners are upholstered in a durable protective vinyl that's easy to clean. Especially in healthcare environments where blood is collected, this construction guards against bloodborne pathogens and limits the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew. The vinyl aids are gentle against the skin and further reduce risks for pressure sores.
Caster wheels are a standard Geri chair feature to make transfers easier when a patient has very limited mobility. In addition, chairs with a swing-away arm feature aid a safer transfer from a bed or wheelchair.