What else should I think about when I buy a chair?
If you have difficulty getting to the toilet, think carefully about what type of seat cover would be best suited to you. Although a vinyl covering is waterproof and easy to wipe down, it can cause you to sweat and may become slippery. Removable covers over a waterproof vinyl cushion are more comfortable and convenient as they can be washed whenever needed.
Covers made of wool or washable sheepskin will be soft and warm, and they can absorb a lot of moisture while allowing you to feel dry. You can get more advice from an occupational therapist or at a Disabled Living Centre – contact Assist UK for details of your nearest centre.
Moving the chair
Choosing a lightweight chair may be a good idea if you'll need to move your chair, but it must be strong enough to take the knocks of everyday use.
Function versus fashion
Function is always more important than fashion. But this doesn't mean that your chair needs to look very different. Look around at all the available chairs and try to buy one that blends in with the rest of your furniture – but don't buy one based on this alone.
You may have to think about a different style of chair from those you've had in the past in order to find one that suits your needs. But if you think about your needs carefully and try it out properly, you may be surprised at how easy it is to get up from a different kind of chair and how comfortable it is.