Choosing a Comfy Armchair
Ageing bodies change shape and our favourite seats may not be suitable anymore. Believe it or not, having the right armchair may make the difference between staying independent or not!
If you find it hard to get out of a chair once in it, you're less inclined to get out of it, until you have to. Getting in and out of chairs helps keep our legs strong, assists us to keep our sense of balance and encourages exercise, which is good for most of our bodily functions.
When choosing an armchair consider these things:
For comfort and ease of getting out of the chair:
There needs to be a space of 2-3 fingers either side of the body to allow wriggle room and to keep the armrests are comfortable.
The depth needs to ensure a good upright posture and for ease of getting out of. The:
d) Backrest: Needs to:
e) Armrests: Need to:
f) The chair surface: Needs to:
It’s important to have the main user sit in the chairs for some time and get out of it a number of times before deciding which to purchase.
If you need any advice on purchasing a suitable chair our friendly physios and occupational therapists can help, contact us as follows:
Ph: 03 377 5280