When providing proper seating for bariatric patients, there are many challenges to take into consideration. Bariatric seating must be built to support and evenly distribute the patient’s weight safely. Having access to the proper equipment not only benefits the patient who can receive care while comfortable, but also means healthcare providers and caregivers aren’t at risk of incorrectly moving patients themselves. Bariatric seating considers mobility and helping patients in and out of the seating with as much care and dignity as possible. 

Healthcare professionals will need to consider all the requirements for providing bariatric patients with full accessibility to their care. We have designed our treatment chairs and wheelchair recliners to fit all the requirements so your patients receive their medical treatment feeling safe, reassured and comfortable. These are the areas which our bariatric seating covers:

1. Weight Capacity And Distribution

Bariatric seating must be able to support the full weight of a bariatric patient while ensuring safety and comfort. Our bariatric chairs are designed to accommodate patients with high weights and can support up to 1000 pounds (71 stone, 457 kg). Treatment chairs make use of reinforced frames and heavy-duty hydraulic systems which are battery powered to provide a secure platform during treatment. 

Bariatric treatment chairs also factor in weight distribution. The wider seats, backrests and additional padding all distribute the patient’s weight evenly. 

2. Gluteal shelf support

Bariatric seating must consider the specific body shape of bariatric patients including the extra tissue in the posterior lumbar region. The risks of not accommodating the gluteal shelf pushes the patient forwards, risking giving them inadequate back support. Leaving your patients unbalance during treatment brings about a higher risk of falls. Our treatment chair has an electronically adjustable back rest to lift the support to incorporate the gluteal shelf. Bariatric seating can also have a removal back cushion to help accommodate the extra tissue. 

3. Seat width and depth

Bariatric seating must be measured correctly. This is particularly a challenge as having a seat that is too wide or too narrow has negative impacts on comfort. The seat must be wide enough to evenly distribute the patient without adding extra pressure on their hips and thighs. Yet the seat needs to provide the right level of support. Our seats are measured to 800mm, striking the medium space that suits most bariatric patients.The seat must also be deep enough so that the patient can sit back with their knees touching the seat. 

4. Accessibility 

One key feature for bariatric seating in dental care and podiatry is ease of use for both the patient and the healthcare provider. Our treatment chairs come with tilt options to allow patients with mobility issues to comfortably get seated and transfer from a wheelchair or to their mobility aids. Removable arm rests help patients to get securely seated and comfortable. Ergonomic design makes sure that the patient is well-supported during their treatment. 

Our seats can be lowered to 500mm which is a suitable height for any bariatric patient to be comfortably seated. To factor in the patient’s height, back rest is also fully adjustable so their back has suitable support while they are seated. 

5. Head support

Ergonomic head support prevents pressure on the back as well as keeping the patient comfortable during their treatment. To factor in every patient’s height and body dimensions, our bariatric treatment chair has an adjustable headrest so that you can make sure your patient is as supported as possible. 

6. Configurability

An essential requirement for all treatment chairs, configurability is even more crucial for bariatric patients. Our treatment chairs, benches and wheelchair recliners are all battery powered with full configurability. Chairs can be moved up and down to help patients to sit down comfortably before being elevated for treatment ease. The Electric Column Drive can raise the seat to 950mm for standing treatment. We can adjust the backrest, leg rests and head rests to fit the patient’s needs while in treatment. 

7. Arm and leg rests

Arm rests must be able to support a full load so that patients can safely support themselves when moving. Strong arm supports are essential for mobility and will need to be positioned at a suitable height for easier mobilisation. Leg rests keep the patient comfortable, providing full tissue support. With our treatment chair, we have designed the leg rests to extend when raised to avoid patients sliding between the cushions. 

 

Meeting your bariatric patients’ needs with expertly designed equipment

We can meet all the requirements that your bariatric patients have with our well designed seating equipment. Our aim is to help all patients to have access to their care no matter what mobility issues they face, whether bariatric or non-bariatric. Our treatment chairs, benches and wheelchair recliners allow patients to benefit from their treatment safely and comfortably. Our equipment can be used in dentistry, ENT and podiatry sectors.

Wish to see our equipment in action? The best way to trial our Compact Wheelchair Recliners & Bariatric Treatment Chairs is in person.’ We are at various Dental Shows focussed in Special Care in Dentistry including SCDA (Special Care Dentistry Association) & NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

You can contact us and arrange for a demonstration at a location that suits you. Give us a call on +44 1273 813904.