Whether the care is being delivered in the home, hospital or another nursing facility, choosing the right specialist chairs for disabled people – even if it’s cared for the short term – is a critical aspect of providing the right support at the right time. But the cost of specialist chairs can often seem prohibitive. So how do you make the right choice of chair AND the right financial choice to make it affordable? Premiere Healthcare will take you through the process…
When making your choice of chair for a disabled user, there are certain considerations to bear in mind:
- Is it specifically designed for disabled users?
- Is it easy to move around the home or care facility?
- Is it designed to maximise comfort for the user?
- Can you adjust the different features to match individual requirements?
- Does it offer lateral or head support?
- Does it have sufficient surface area to minimise pressure?
- Is Tilt in Space functionality available?
- Does it have a footrest to minimise pressure on the lower back and legs?
Overcoming the hurdle of one-off costs
Of course, any seating that offers such specialist functionality is likely to require more capital outlay than non-specialist chairs. And if you’re looking to provide seating for short-term care, the one-off cost might seem prohibitive. However, as we outlined in a previous article for elderly specialist chair users, providers of specialist chairs and mobility solutions for disabled users often give you the opportunity to put specialist seating to work for you, without any capital outlay.
You can, for example, opt for short-term rental agreements for palliative care or patient discharge following operations. These agreements offer easy access to the right seating technology, at the right time, with none of the possible drawbacks of outright ownership. You don’t have a depreciating asset on your books, you don’t have to face delays as requests for chair funding go through the procurement process, and you don’t have to worry about selling the chair on or disposing of it yourself once its lifespan is over.
Responding to you right away
One of the major advantages of a rental agreement with a specialist provider such as Premiere Healthcare is the speed with which we can respond to your needs. Especially in the field of short-term care, specialist seating is needed almost instantly – which isn’t often possible if you’re looking to buy, rather than rent, the equipment. In fact, for urgent cases and hospital discharges, we can often offer same-day delivery, to help you when you most need it.
Another area in which specialist chair rental is potentially a valuable avenue of exploration comes when a family is looking to fund the seating. Lacking the financial resources of larger organisations can mean that access to the right solution is extremely difficult. The rental route provides a sensible alternative. With Premiere Healthcare, for example, daily rentals start from as little as £10-15 (along with a delivery and collect/clean fee). These charges will be subject to VAT, if applicable.
The right advice from specialists in disability chairs
To help you decide whether chair hire for short-term illness is right for you, Premiere Healthcare is on hand. As experts in the provision, installation and ongoing servicing of specialist chairs for elderly and disabled users, we can guide you through your caregiving and financial options simultaneously.
So if you’d like more in-depth guidance on short-term chair hire, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have assessors all over the country who can come out and do home visits free of charge, and bring some chairs along for your user(s) to try on the day.
To book an assessment or find out more, please contact us online or call us on 0345 521 1819.