VELA Chairs increases activity and life quality
Something as simple as replacing an ordinary chair with a customised chair can provide greater self-sufficiency, increased activity and improved quality of life.
Small changes in daily life in a nursing home can be of great benefit to both residents and staff. Something as simple as replacing an ordinary chair with a customised chair can provide greater self-sufficiency, increased activity and improved quality of life.
Many older people become disabled as a result of illness or a hard life, which means they have problems performing everyday activities. They may be unable to do the things they want to – and therefore stop doing activities that they previously enjoyed. Many older people also become more inactive, which means their quality of life deteriorates.
Many older people suffer from mobility problems and need help to perform daily activities – activities which they used to perform themselves. These could for example be: help in transferring between their chair and bed, help to get around and help at mealtimes.
It is often the small factors which make a big difference to the individual. Since its introduction in the 1960s, the customised chair has helped hundreds of thousands of people to manage daily tasks, something which most of us take for granted.
Some of the advantages of using customised chairs in a nursing home have been highlighted through "Lab X", a project in which companies develop and test assisted living technology together with educational and public institutions, including UCN in Aalborg, SOSU Nord and Fremtidens Plejehjem in Nørresundby.
"I can't sit in the chairs in the common area. I get such pain in my buttocks. I can hardly walk when I have been sitting on those chairs down there. And that's why I never go down to anything in the hall. Because the chairs down there are terrible. And we should have some customised chairs there instead of those architect chairs, or whatever they are. They are the worst perches."
Statement from resident at Fremtidens Plejehjem
Making daily life easier
The height of the chair can be adjusted electronically to suit the user's activity. The user can, for example, sit at a good ergonomic height in relation to the dining table and can (since the chair has wheels) be freely positioned close to the table, so it is easier to eat. The chair has a central brake which provides extra safety. Moreover, the user is able to interact socially at the table, and their carer can achieve a better work posture, if applicable, e.g. when helping with eating.
Adjusting the height of the chair can also help when getting ready in the mornings, for example, by bringing a weak resident up to the same height as the carer, making their work easier.
The wide armrests support the body and provide good, safe sitting comfort – and the height and angle of the seat make it easier for the user to sit down and get up from the chair. The resident therefore becomes more mobile and self-reliant.
The seat and back of the chair are ergonomically shaped and upholstered, and can be adjusted to the user's needs. Its excellent sitting comfort motivates the user to sit in the chair and to achieve a good posture, making participation in more activities possible.
The large, smooth-running wheels can handle smaller doorsteps and carpets and the stolling bracket makes the staff's work easier when the user has to be moved in their chair. The central brake can be operated by the user and provides security, e.g. when getting into and out of the chair.