Yorkshire Care Equipment has redeveloped and launched a newer version of its own Lento Care Chair which is designed to offer flexibility and be more appealing to NHS hospitals needing to cater for various needs.
The equipment distributor designed and developed the Lento chair from scratch last year and the Lento Hospital Spec Chair aims to build on the original’s flexible offer.
The redeveloped model is designed to be in line with infection control standards, which is a key priority in hospitals.
Padraig Finn, a band six physiotherapist at Yorkshire Care the original Lento can suit about 80% of the population’s needs but added “it needed some redevelopment to be better-suited to hospitals.”
He said: “The Lento has built-in adjustable seat width, height, and depth to make it as easy as possible for carers and nurses to adapt one single chair to many different patients’ needs.”
Yorkshire Care’s seating team worked closely with NHS hospitals to make sure that every item was covered in the new hospital Lento.
One of the first things on the list was getting rid of was the Velcro because it provides a good surface for bacteria to harbour and grow.
The Lento legrest cushion, seat cushion, and all backrest cushions now stick to the chair using magnets to completely minimise the chance of any cross-contamination between patients. The cushion on the footrest has also been redesigned to have a zip cover rather than Velcro.
Tristan Hulbert, managing director at Yorkshire Care Equipment, said: “It’s been a great year for us following the launch of the Lento and loads of people have been impressed. It just seemed like a natural progression for us to redesign it specifically for hospitals.
“Obviously hospitals have lots of protocols in place to keep the risk of cross-infection to an absolute minimum, and we’ve worked to those standards to make sure that the Lento can provide hospital patients with the same flexibility and support.”