How To Choose The Perfect Geri Chair
Now that you have read the reviews on some of the chairs above, we want to help you make the best decision by giving you some more factors to consider in searching for Geri chairs.
How Many Positions Do You Need?
Geri chairs come with the ability to be moved into two, three or even four positions. Deciding which type of chair is best depends solely on the users habits and what they like to do. If you find that they’re more comfortable sleeping in more of an upright position in their chair, then you may not need to worry about getting an option that fully reclines. If the user is also able to transfer from their Geri chair to a bed in order to sleep, then you also would not need to worry about getting a chair that reclines all the way.
Many chairs also offer an extendable headrest that pushes the user’s head forward so they can look down while still resting their head. If the person you are caring for has trouble moving their own neck, a chair with this position would allow them to gently look down so they could eat, read, or conduct other necessary activities.
When deciding on how many positions you need to keep the user’s habits and daily life in mind. If they like to read and eat in their chair, but they also take naps and watch TV, then having a chair with four different positions might be necessary for you. Their use of the chair will also come into play. If they have very limited mobility and need to be in the chair for most or all of the day, having more positions would be beneficial to relieve pressure points that can occur after sitting in the same positions for extended periods of time.
Padding and Comfort
This is an important aspect to consider because you want the user to be as comfortable as possible in their chair, especially if they will be spending a lot of time in it. You want to make sure they are happy, and the chair improves their quality of life.
Many chairs come with varying levels of padding, but you can also purchase additional padding to successfully accommodate the user as much as possible. The padding should be strategically placed to help with common pressure points, such as knees, hips, lower back, and neck. If you are buying the chair online, you won’t be able to test it out yourself to feel how comfortable it is, but remember to pay attention to user and take a good look at certain areas of the chair.
Look at the headrest and the armrests, as these are areas that can often lack padding. If these areas have padding on them, then you can almost guarantee that the padding used on the back and the rear area will be sufficient as well.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you are a caregiver, you know that cleaning the chair and maintaining it for optimal usage is one of the most important parts of your job. It’s critical that you keep the chair clean and free from bacteria because the senior user of the chair will be older and more susceptible to infection.
You want make sure to purchase a chair with removable side panels, so crumbs and other things do not fall in between the pad and side and sit there forever. With removable sides, you can make sure there is nothing getting stuck, and you can easily access the padding to wipe everything down. Most chairs also come with antimicrobial upholstery that prevents bacteria buildup and is easy to wipe off.
Geri chairs are a very important product to purchase for seniors aging in place. Especially if the senior has limited mobility or might be suffering from a disease or injury, a Geri chair allows them to maintain their comfort while going about their daily lives with dignity and remaining levels of independence.
Geri chairs are also beneficial to caregivers because it allows you to care for a senior easily by wheeling them around, providing their meals directly on the attached tray, and helping to easily maintain their comfort.
Before making a purchase, consider how your loved one will be the most comfort, how much time they’ll be spending in the chair, and which features can help you get your job done successfully as a caregiver.