Due to technical difficulties, I’m posting my Tuesdays from the chemo unit on Wednesday.
Yesterday was a long day at the hospital because I was getting an infusion of iron (doesn’t that sound delicious). Sitting for so long got me thinking about the chairs in the unit.
The chairs in the unit are giant – they are built for giants. I think the idea is that chemo patients that have to receive treatment over the space of a few hours want a big comfy chair to relax in. Well they may work for a very tall large person, but I feel dwarfed by them. I feel like a little kid sitting in her grandpa’s naugahyde la-Z-boy, my feet dangling down inches from the floor. Sitting there for four hours is not a comfortable venture.
It seems to me that with a little creativity and imagination a truly adjustable chair could be developed. I did a fair bit of research (not exhaustive I admit) and found some chairs that looked more comfortable than the ones in the unit now. There was not one that I found, however, that could provide a universal fit.
Here is what my ideal chair would be like. Glen are you listening? (My friend Glen Hougan is an innovative industrial designer – maybe he will design this chair – check out his site at http://www.wellspandesign.com/).
My perfect chair:
– adjustable height, adjustable width and adjustable seat length. People come in all shapes and sizes.
– adjustable foot rest.
– ergonomic design for reducing back pain.
– adjustable inflation of back – eliminate the need for extra pillows
– the chair should recline
– a table that swings over the chair for eating or working would be helpful to most of the patients I see trying to balance lunch or a computer on their laps.
– if I was to be really decadent I would include a drink holder and a reading light.
Of course the chair should be eco-friendly and affordable.
There – it’s not too big a list. For those of you who get to use hospital chairs what else would you add to the design?
I imagine there are whole theories about creating designs that can adapt to the individual. Is it that hard? Glen do you want to weigh in on this?