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Old 04-08-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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feet don't touch floor in a geri chair?

Just moved my mother to a different nursing home. She is in a geri chair due to falling out of bed & fracturing a vertebrae in January. The chair at the other nursing could raise & lower the back separately. On the geri chair in this nursing home, the foot rest only goes up when the back reclines. when she is sitting up in the chair, the foot rest goes down & her feet don't touch the floor. Is that normal for a geri chair...for the feet not to touch? She is not that short...prolly 5' 4

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Old 04-08-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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Re: feet don't touch floor in a geri chair?

I don't remember any of our geri chairs where the patient's feet didn't touch the foot rest (they were adjustable) but we didn't use the reclining geri chairs so I am not familiar with them. It does take some pressure off the back of the legs when the feet are not dangling. On the flip side the patient doesn't tend to want to stand up when the feet are not touching. I suspect the chair is just too big or too tall. Is it possible to adjust the height of the chair? Maybe some of the other gals here can help out with this one.

Sorry you are going through this and wish your Mom and you well.

Love, deb

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