As organizations struggle to find optimal ways to improve patient directed or patient centered care, the structure of their buildings is often a challenge. Visitors and patients often complain about the distance between departments, as well as from the garage to the necessary treatment center.
Many hospitals and outpatient settings are designed with long hallways and expansive corridors. Finding a way to offer temporary seating in these areas has not been an easy task. Historically, benches have been added but often these posed safety challenge by taking up limited space. Recent changes to the Joint Commission 2012 Life Safety Codes enable wall attached furniture in hallways exceeding 8 feet in width which certainly will help make seating access a bit easier.
Improving the overall patient and family experience associated with hospital and healthcare delivery is a quickly expanding goal today. Getting around health care buildings is a common challenge throughout the world. Frequently, staff members offer patients and visitors wheelchairs in order to transport those who become fatigued to their destinations. Optimal patient centered care is being designed to support the staff’s ability to ensure patients and visitors safety. Meanwhile, assuring conformance with multiple regulatory requirements remains an ongoing component in the new patient directed care approach.
EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is now being used by organizations to support patient directed care by providing temporary “Rest Stations” in key locations throughout their facilities.
EZ-Rest, Inc. is committed to providing a viable solution to improve patient’s experiences in the healthcare delivery environment. One Canadian organization, Kingston General Hospital initially placed eight EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chairs in their hallways. In less than a year, the organization added three more seats to improve their accessibility. Please feel free to read more about their experience by clicking this link.
If your organization is interested in learning more about how EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair®, the only self-retracting wall mounted seating can improve your patient directed care efforts, please contact us today.
Maybe reading Life Safety Codes is not your cup of tea, but the changes in 2012 can make seating access a lot easier for many places. Previously, wall mounted furniture could not be placed or allowed in hallways. Regardless of the mechanisms, any item that projected into the space was pretty well forbidden.
Fortunately, with so many organizations using wall mounted desks and needing seating, the 2012 Life Safety Code, 188.8.131.52 (5) now reflect the ability to have wall attached seating! Now, of course there are some conditions, the corridor width must be at least 8 ft and the furniture must be securely attached to the floor or to the wall; and it can’t reduce the corridor to less than than 6 ft. There are a few more rules…like keeping them all to one side and not having too many and not too close (at least 10 feet apart). Of course, the furniture cannot obstruct fire equipment either!
So now the extra good news, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair was specially designed to do just this! Our product attaches to the floor and the wall, takes up minimal space – just 3 1/4″ from the wall and the 2012 LSC allows projections in to the corridor up to 6”. When in use, EZ-Rest only extends 14 inches into the corridor. Plus it is made of metal and fully non-combustible! At last a solution for corridor seating!
So- if your organization has been struggling with hallway seating or finding a place for nurses to sit while charting on portable computers on wheels- look no further. See the latest changes in Kansas Lifesafety-Codeculture-Change summary and check with your local officials.
Check out EZ-Rest today. We are happy to answer any questions, just contact us!
In December 2012, K-Mart was found not liable for providing suitable seating for cashiers in California. Those cashier areas were not conducive to stools or chairs, and no one had a solution-there is more to it than that-a link to the article is below… But the story is not over, a Class Action Suit has been raised over the provision of offering seats for cashiers in other big box stores in California. One key aspect of the suit is to ensure workers can sit when possible based on a current California’s wage order. Labor Code Section 1198 and Section 14(A) of Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 7-2001 states “All working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.”
Regardless of whether or not the lawsuit is won or lost, providing a good work environment is what employers want. If that includes offering safe, secure, convenient and accessible seating – most employers would eagerly seek that for their staff.
EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is the answer for safe, secure, convenient and accessible seating. The unique design allows placement of this self retracting seat in any location. As long as there is a floor and place to mount EZ-Rest Chair®, only 3 1/4 inches of space is used when the pull down seat is not being used. With the increasing use of portable computers on wheels (COWs), assuring a safe place to rest while typing can be a challenge. EZ-Rest® mounted in corridors offers the perfect “Rest Station” for staff or visitors needing a monetary break.
Maintaining high employee job satisfaction is a key to retaining good staff and consequently, a major factor in successful customer service delivery.
Bottom line, happy staff lead to happy customers and clients, that leads to better business for everyone…even if means someone is sitting!
To learn more about the Kmart lawsuit, courtesy of Courthouse News Service click here.
For more information on this specialty wall attached seating, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® feel free to click here to contact us directly.
Does your business ever struggle with a lack of seating in gowning areas? Do staff or visitors complain because they don’t feel safe putting on booties standing up?
EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® can solve the problem.
EZ-Rest® is specially designed to fit in small gowning areas! This unique seat allows individuals to sit down and don overalls or booties…and then essentially disappears next to the wall. The EZ-Rest® provides a full size seat and then retracts to 3¼ inches from the wall. This frees up the floor space and helps make a tight space a bit more accessible.
EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chairs® are now available in stainless steel. Additionally, we have created a 9 inch EZ-Rest® Step Stool for tight spaces as well.
To learn more about this specialty product, contact us today at 610-566-2828 or by email.
As more and more places are striving to improve access, EZ-Rest Chair® is here to help. Whether the problem is limited space in dressing rooms or not having a place to enable persons using wheelchairs to sit with a friend- EZ-Rest® is the perfect solution. This specially designed chair offers a wall-mounted non-combustible retractable chair for non-compliant auditoriums which need companion sitting. EZ-Rest® provides seating next to the individual in the wheelchair and when no longer needed, it quickly and safely disappears.
EZ-Rest Chair® works in tight spaces. In many cities, older firehouses have tight bays for men and trucks – firefighters need a place to sit just long enough to get on their boots but can’t risk a bench being in the way. EZ-Rest Chair® solves this need.
If your organization has a special ADA seating need – feel free to explore how EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® can help!
EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® was very well-received at the RIMS 2012 Conference in Philadelphia! Risk Management professionals from every corner of the globe got to see EZ-Rest® in action at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from April 16-18th, and we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to visit our booth to learn more about our product.
Professionals from a wide array of industries expressed interest in EZ-Rest®; not only is it in demand in hospitals, rehab centers, and senior centers, but it’s also being considered for use in industrial facilities, municipal buildings, stadiums, and zoos, just to name a few!
When it comes to risk prevention, EZ-Rest® is the perfect solution, providing rest for those who need it and peace of mind for business owners looking to reduce the risk of falls.
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