Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes include small salons. These salons allow residents to easily get their hair washed, combed and styled or to access other salon services as needed, and they can help to draw residents to the facility. If you are designing your salon, you need to choose the furniture carefully.
Here are some items to consider:
1. Comfortable hairdressing chair with a hydraulic lift
When choosing furniture for a salon in an assisted living center or nursing home, you have to think about comfort and convenience over style. To that end, choose a sturdy hairdressing chair with large armrests for stability and spacious foot rests for comfort.
Ideally, the chair should also have a hydraulic lift. A lift can allow the stylist to adjust the chair, but you can also get lifts that help move the person sitting in the chair into a standing position.
2. Hairdressing stand with no styling chair.
In most cases, when buying salon furniture, you purchase a chair for every hairdressing stand that you purchase. However, for a salon in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may want to buy at least one stand on its own.
The stand can hold the styling products and tools as usual, and a mirror should also hang above it. However, rather than using a hair dressing chair, clients can park their wheelchairs in this spot, and the stylists can work on them whilst they are in their wheelchairs.
3. Portable sink
A portable sink helps save space. You just need a small corner or closet to store it. In contrast, a row of hair washing sinks or even just a single permanent sink with a chair takes up a lot of room. This feature is invaluable in a facility where you may not have a lot of space to devote to the salon.
In addition, when you have a portable sink, the person getting their hair cut doesn't have to move. The stylist can pull over the portable sink, wash the client's hair, move the sink away. and proceed with the cut. This is extremely beneficial for elders with mobility impairments.
4. Pedicure chair
In addition to offering styling services, the salon at your facility should offer pedicures. For elders, pedicures can be a health issue. People with health conditions such as diabetes often suffer from issues with their feet, and in general, elders often have less cushioning in their feet, more brittle toenails and poor circulation. As a result, a relaxing soak, massage and pedicure can be restorative.
For more tips on which type of hairdressing furniture your assisted living facility needs, talk with a salon furniture expert.