31 Oct 2023
Outwoodcare - Higher custom outdoor seats
Outwoodcare are looking forward to exhibiting at the Occupational Therapy Show this year. We understand the need for people to want to remain in their own homes and stay independent, be safe and still enjoy being outdoors. Our 16+ years experience has shown time and again that clients with reduced mobility want a seat so that they can continue to sit outside and continue to reap the benefits of being outdoors. This includes clients who want to transfer from their wheelchairs to a proper garden seat. They have many reasons for doing this and not just the obvious being in the fresh air and all the benefits this can bring. Not wanting to be stuck in a low seat in front of friends and family, enjoying the garden as they used to, not being different from their partner, giving their partner a break from helping them to get out, having my grandchild snuggle up on the chair. Many clients use their outside chairs daily, even in winter. Either at the front or back of their property sitting out for up to an hour. A significant number take books, papers, drinks etc outdoors and spend quality time enjoying the fresh air including time for napping. What is important to clients in choosing a seat? As clients get older, we have found that they worry more about things. For garden furniture, they worry about the seat blowing around in the wind, if they have to move them into the garage in winter, if the cushions are weatherproof. Our sturdy wooden, maintenance free chairs can stay out in the garden all year round and will not blow around in the wind. Choosing the best seat height is important – a family member or friend can help. The correct height will make it twice as easy to get in and out of the chair. We have found that roughly half of our lady customers like a footrest. Everyone loves a stick holder – the walking stick will sit in the holder and won’t fall over.