What to look out for when buying furniture for disabled people

A recent open letter published by blogger Samantha Cleasby served to highlight something which often gets overlooked in modern day society: the plight of those with disabilities.

While Cleasby, who runs blog So Bad Ass, has full use of her limbs, her blog showed how much prejudice those with disabilties can face in everyday life. As a sufferer of inflammatory bowel disease, Cleasby has been subjected to judgement, most notably when she recently used a disabled toilet in public.

However, while prejudice is an ongoing struggle for those with disabilities, in 2015, more and more is being done to make people’s lives as easy as possible. Technology is ever improving to help, but this is more than just elevators and wheelchairs. If you want to make your home life as comfortable as possible, here are a few tips on what to look out for when buying furniture for disabled people.

Beds

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors to consider when making the life of a disabled person more comfortable. For that reason, support and comfort should be top priority. You can guarantee comfort by investing in an extra supportive mattress; for example, Bedstar has a vast range of memory foam mattresses. Made of latex, these adjust to the contours of the user’s body by adapting to their body heat, guaranteeing a better night’s sleep.

Sofas

Along with beds, the sofa is undoubtedly one of the most used pieces of furniture around the home, and to that end, should provide easy access for the disabled user to sit down and back up again. For this reason, many people have expressed their preference for recliner sofas, whose height can be adjusted to help a variety of problem areas, from bad backs to necks in need of a little extra support.

Office furniture

Of course, comfort is not limited to the just the home alone – for those of us working office jobs, it is important to make sure that those long hours sitting are not having an impact on our health. There is more to consider than just a fully supportive office chair – you could also consider investing in an ergonomic keyboard, which helps to support the wrists and prevent repetitive strain injury.

Whether it’s your home life of your work life, comfort is a top priority for everybody, and with ever-developing advances in technology, we’re all guaranteed a happier and healthier future.

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