Allseating Launches Foster Patient Recliner Designed by Aaron Duke

May 15, 2018

Allseating, a leader in the design and development of seating solutions for every situation, is excited to announce that the brand will launch the Foster Patient Recliner at NeoCon. Designed in collaboration with renowned Toronto-based designer Aaron Duke, the recliner was designed with optimal materials and specialized capabilities keeping the needs of the patient, family and caregivers in mind. Since its preview at NeoCon last year, the chair has evolved with improved ergonomics and arm functioning, as well as increased ease of assembly.
“When conceptualizing the Foster Patient Recliner, we followed a methodology of ‘empathic design,’ in which we attempted to empathize with and understand the various experiences patients might encounter while using the product,” says Aaron Duke. “We wanted to not only be conscious of the interaction between person and product, but to improve upon that experience wherever possible. The result was a chair with patient and caregiver well-being at the forefront.”
Understanding patients are less likely to ambulate if the patient room recliner is uncomfortable or difficult to function, Aaron Duke designed the recliner with a soft and inviting form, rather than one that is clinical and sterile with limited flexibility. With built in lumbar support, molded foam, and a natural curved arm, the recliner is intended to be inviting to patients assisting them to begin the healing process.
In addition to maximizing a patient’s comfort, the Foster Recliner also provides flexibility and safety to caregivers and family. Dual pivoting arms lift up for side access, providing a safer solution for transfer. The ergonomics of the back-release lever lock out when the arm is in a horizontal position, which aids with egress and ingress. Central brake and steer contributes to easy mobility, and infinite back recline allows the recliner to lay flat, providing a stable and comfortable sleeping solution for family members.
“We are especially proud of the Foster Patient Recliner because of the ways in which it accommodates for the needs of the patient's, family and caregivers in often the most trying of circumstances,” says Michelle Crill, Healthcare Director. “In order to design an empathic patient recliner, the design process required unique insight into the experiences and concerns of healthcare patients and caregivers alike. The team has done an exceptional job incorporating that insight into the design.”
The Foster Patient Recliner will be on display during NeoCon, June 11-13th, at Allseating’s Chicago Showroom located at 325 N. Wells Street, Suite 210 directly across the street from The Mart. For additional information on the Foster Patient Recliner and Allseating’s vast catalog of product offerings, please
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