Bean Bags for Healthcare
Bean bag chairs have long been a favourite in private home settings – they’re ideal for relaxing to watch a movie, and for the kids to sit on to read a book or play video games. Now healthcare workers are finding that these versatile seats can benefit those in a hospital setting, as well as the mental health care field.
In a medical setting, cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Bliss Bean Bags are treated with Microguard ™, which inhibits the growth of mould and mildew, and are easily cleaned with standard industrial cleaning products. In addition, Bliss bean bag chairs are even well-suited to mobility equipment users.
With exceptional durability, bright, cheerful colour options, and easy cleaning, Bliss Bean Bags are the ideal addition to any medical or psychiatric setting.
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Having a baby is an exciting time, but it’s also a tremendous physical challenge. Getting comfortable can be nearly impossible, particularly when giving birth in a hospital, where mothers have limited space to move around the room. Labour attendants find that a bean bag chair can provide additional comfort and support to birthing mothers. It’s portable, moulds to mom’s body, and can be used in a variety of ways:
- Perfect for sitting, as the chair moves with mom, allowing her to find the most comfortable position
- May be placed on the bed and used as firm yet malleable upper body support while in hands-and-knees position
- May be placed underneath the birth pool liner to offer additional support for water birth
When the labouring mum isn’t using the bean bag, it’s great for family or labour support staff to rest on, as opposed to hard, awkwardly positioned hospital chairs.
There is a growing movement in mental health care to avoid the use of restraints as much as possible. One of the concepts believed to help achieve this goal is the implementation of a comfort room. This is a room in a psychiatric care setting, easily accessible to both staff and patients, and filled with soothing items like yoga mats, low lighting, murals, books, calm music, and comforting seating like bean bag chairs. Bean bags can offer a safe, nest-like haven to those who are at risk of deteriorating into a compromised mental state, potentially preventing the need for more extreme intervention.
In a very similar way, bean bag chairs are also ideal for sensory rooms designed for use by children (or adults) with autism. Many autistic people struggle with sensory issues which either cause them to avoid contact, or seek out physical stimulation on purpose. Bean bags provide the hugging, cocoon-like feeling that sensory patients seek in order to calm themselves. Due to these properties, this type of seating can also serve as a tool to help patients with sensory issues to stay still and remain calm while receiving medical treatment, such as stitches.
Safety is a major concern in the field of healthcare for the elderly. Falls are one of the main causes of injury in these patients, and more and more often, government authorities and care facilities are looking to creative solutions in order to prevent such injuries.
According to the Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities, published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), bean bag chairs can provide a useful tool in preventing the elderly from falling out of bed.
Bliss Bean Bags are ideal for use in a variety of medical and hospital settings. They are constructed with superior durability, featuring Barrierguard ™ for stain and abrasion resistance, and the top-quality vinyl is stitched with high-resistance, waterproof, UV-safe nylon thread.