Safe Work Settings Will Boost Staff Satisfaction

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The health care workforce continues to face tumultuous times. The nursing profession has seen a combination of challenges, including pandemic-related burnout, fuel a loss of more than 500,000 from its ranks. Earlier this month, a short but impactful strike by more than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals sent shock waves across…

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All Residents Can Benefit from Greater Socialization

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No matter where your facility’s residents are in their life journey, giving them opportunities for meaningful interaction with others can only improve their well-being. Program managers need to do their utmost to encourage social interaction among their participants wherever possible. Socialization “Socialization is the first line of defense against isolation, loneliness and cognitive decline,” Michelle…

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Creating the Ideal Healing Spaces for your Residents

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The programs and facilities we serve live by the principle that they should not harm. While financial considerations will always play a role in how an ideal healing spaces is designed, client safety and comfort must come first. This has always been priority one in residential settings, but that message has come clear in an…

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We Make Product Selection More Manageable

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Every product buyer wants to be able to choose from many options. But facing numerous choices without the proper guidance to navigate them can prove as frustrating as having no alternatives at all. So as we at Furniture Concepts continue to diversify our product lines to meet our clients’ varying needs, we pledge to remain…

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Our Redesigned Bunk Bed Sets the Bar on Safety

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In all service organizations, both within and outside of health care, safety remains the foundation of all efforts to ensure a high-quality customer experience. Without a safe environment, no other improvements will matter. And without reliable data to drive the improvement, you’re leaving your best quality-control efforts to chance. We at Furniture Concepts set out…

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Care Settings Prove Essential to Patient Engagement

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The term “patient engagement” attained buzzword status in the healthcare field some time ago. These days, companies tout technology as the main vehicle for keeping patients engaged, both within and outside a treatment facility. Care providers have email boxes inundated with vendor pitches to prove it. But the setting of care remains as important a…

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Deliver the Right Message to Your Visitors

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Over the past two years, many patient care sites strengthened their visitation policies out of necessity, taking care to protect residents from virus exposure. Most of these policies remain in place, making it easier to check in visitors and to monitor their whereabouts. But are facilities also paying attention to the other signals they might…

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Efficient Design Creates an Attractive Workplace

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Long before “The Great Resignation” became part of our national lingo, healthcare organizations were struggling to attract and retain a high-quality workforce. According to a 2020 report from Nursing Solutions, Inc., the typical health facility saw a staggering turnover of nearly 90% of its staff between 2015 and 2019. There is no sign that this…

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Residential Spaces Can Convey a Sense of Community

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Patients in recovery from illness value the feeling of belonging to a community with shared experiences. The importance of community has driven many recent trends in healthcare, including the emergence of peer support as an essential component of many health disciplines. We at Furniture Concepts have these same ideas in mind when designing living spaces…

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Making a Difference in the Lives of the Underserved

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There is nothing more rewarding for a helping professional than having a positive impact on the lives of the underserved. The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and social injustice continue to shine a light on the needs of the historically marginalized. We at Furniture Concepts are honored to play a part in helping those who work every day…

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Careful Design Reduces Risk of Falls

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Among the many risks healthcare administrators have to deal with, the risk of patient falls can be one of the most damaging to the organization. Falls, and the injuries they cause, are a major contributor to an epidemic of medical errors that cost the U.S. healthcare system anywhere from $17 billion to $29 billion a…

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The Contract Furniture Trendsetter

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In the world of ho-hum furniture for health care and facility furniture, things are heating up. The baby boomers are hitting the health care market en masse for both acute and extended care services. As the country’s largest consumer-base, the fifty-plus crowd are not just consumers of health care services, they are also decision-makers for respite care…

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Contract furniture Buying Check-List

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Reasons to Buy Contract Vs. Retail Furniture. When I asked customers about selecting contract-grade furniture, they are often unaware that there was furniture designed for non-residential applications. While the elements of good residential interior design might translate well into a commercial healthcare or group living environment, the furniture and fixtures do not.Furniture and fixtures for health care and…

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How to Choose Contract Fabrics Like a Pro

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In the world of contract (non-retail) furniture, fabrics take on a whole new dynamic. Contract grade upholstery can get as technical as a Java code! Furniture and fabrics for heavy use and health care applications are made to exacting standards to ensure stability under constant use, resist staining, deter breakage, prevent fluid seepage, defend against bacteria and microbe growth, and…

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The Different Types of Fabrics | Contract Furniture

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Not all fabrics are created equal. Choosing a fabric is one of the most  important parts of buying contract furniture for a facility. The fabric you  choose impacts several different things, including the overall look, feel, and  capabilities of your furniture. Selecting a specific fabric style depends on what you want out of your  furniture.…

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Three Reasons Why Group Living Facilities Should Choose a Contract Furniture Distributor Over a Retail Outlet

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Group living facilities can’t get by with just any old furniture. Each facility has special needs for its furniture and local retailers may have trouble meeting those requirements. contract furniture distributor can recommend the right furniture solutions for your facility. Here are three reasons why you should choose a contract furniture seller over a local retailer 1.…

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10 Signs You Should Invest in Contract Furniture for your Group Home

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If you manage a community-based group home you know the challenges of converting a residential home into a functional group home. Contract furniture is a specialized branch of furniture manufacturing that offers compliant furniture for group living. Additionally, contract furniture providers have modified many traditional designs to enhance mobility and aid in fluid management and other sanitation concerns. Contract furniture is…

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What is Contract Furniture | Group Living Facilities

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Contract Furniture designed for heavy use environments like health care, higher ed, camp & conference centers, and other group living facilities must perform to standards that far exceed residential furniture standards. While the sofas and chairs you see in commercial use facilities might look similar to what you see in a typical residential home, what’s “under the hood” is…

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Why Contract Furniture?

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Maybe you’re new in this field or maybe you’ve been working in it for years but this is the first time you’ve been tasked with ordering new furniture for your facility. No big deal, everyone has bought furniture before—you go online or you go to the store, you pick out what you want, maybe from…

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Incontinence Management for Heavy-Use Environments

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Few retailers offer self-decking but almost all contract furniture providers do. Why should you care about self-decking? (800)-969-4100 Get Quote Now When faced with fluid and or incontinence issues make sure you talk to a qualified furniture dealer who will help guide you to the right solution. Understanding the importance of self-decking in the context of healthcare and social service…

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Human Hustle Needs Contract Furniture Muscle

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Each year, millions of people live, learn and play in group settings such as campsites, residential centers, assisted living or community housing. (800)-969-4100 Get Quote Now It all adds up to a lot of people and a lot of activity—day and night. And that means every table, chair, bed and couch on campus endures seriously…

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Furniture Designed with Seniors in Mind

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The U.S. population is growing, and our overall age profile tends to be older now than in years past. Remember when a 100th birthday celebration used to qualify for a segment on the local TV news? Today, there are so many centenarians, your evening broadcast could easily be nothing but birthdays.   As America ages, more…

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Contract Lounge Furniture Buying Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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As a leader in the contract seating industry, we hear from lots of people who become responsible for buying the furniture for their facility despite having no real experience with furniture buying. We often ask these buyers if they feel like they drew the “short straw” and we overwhelmingly find that is the expression they find most…

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MOBILE BOOKCASES

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Mobile bookcases are a sturdy, practical storage solution. Mobile bookcases are not only a great mobile storage solution, they are also an incredibly sturdy and practical storage solution for any loose items. Due to the demands on the supporting frame, mobile bookcases should always be heavy-gauge steel. The heavy structure can hold up to the…

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CONTRACT FURNITURE

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In my former life I would see ads for “contract furniture” and wonder what exactly “contract” had to do with furniture…  …Turns out that Business fixtures is an industry in itself specializing in creating furniture for hospitality, healthcare, commercial and other non-residential applications.  The “contract” component refers to the intended use for the furniture and the expectation…

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Contract Trends for Furniture

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This year promises exciting innovations in contract furniture trend designs & function.   (800)-969-4100 Get Quote Now Function, form & Finances! The year ahead promises a wave of exciting innovations in contract furniture design and functionality, offering solutions that enhance both aesthetics and utility across various industries. As the contract furniture industry continues to evolve,…

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Contract Furniture Trends

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A Review of Contract Furniture Trends As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Trends in the contract furniture industry saw some exciting innovation in the field of furniture designed for health care environments: With a growing aging population experiencing issues related to limited mobility and incontinence, manufacturers have begun looking closely at the design and…

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How to Safely Clean Your Furniture

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Today more than ever it is important that surfaces are well cleaned & sanitized. Seating, storage, bedroom and dining furniture represent the majority of surface areas in any facility. With its frequent use and high visibility, furniture is likely the most important focus of cleaning efforts. And, let’s be honest, furniture is an investment so…

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Choosing Fabric for Contract Furniture, What You Need to Know.

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Fabric Characteristics: selecting the right fabric Upholstery fabric will wear out before the frame.  The price of a fabric is seldom an indicator of its ability to wear well.  Price is determined by such factors as the cost to manufacture the fibers, the complexity of the weaving process, and the dying process used to add color to the…

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Buy Contract Furniture Vs. Retail: Reasons Group Homes Should!

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(800)-969-4100 Get Quote Now Know Your Budget Imagine selecting the perfect furnishings for your facility only to have your purchase request denied because the cost exceeds the furniture budget.  If you know your budget in advance, you can shop with confidence and pick the right furniture for your needs and budget.  If you have selected…

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Crib Safety Standards

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For contract healthcare facilities that serve infants and youth, the end of 2012 marked the beginning of the US Consumer Product Safety Commissions’ (CPSC) new crib safety standards. All cribs in use in the United States are now required to be compliant with the new Standards 16 CFR 1219 and 16 CFR 1220. Cribs manufactured after July 28, 2011 were…

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