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Lisa Rohlfing

May 16, 2016

Product Spotlight: Liko power patient lifts by Hill-Rom

Power Patient Lifts can quite literally ease the strain of patient care in the home, yet you’d be surprised at how many caregivers don’t even know this product is readily available for homecare.

My experience in homecare began abruptly in 1987 when my completely healthy Father suffered a massive stroke from which he never recovered. To make matters worse, it affected his right side, and speech center. Both were completely gone, so while he survived the stroke itself, the long term effects were devastating. He was 70 years old and would never walk or speak again. My Mother, ever the devoted wife, was adamant that we would keep him home and care for him ourselves.

Power Patient Lift

Viking Patient Lift

Mom sold their house and had one built close to mine that would accommodate his needs and make it easier for me to help them. It was a ranch, had ramps, a roll in shower, hard surface flooring throughout to make it easier to get all the rolling stock around. I struggle to think of mobility equipment we did not have for Dad. Wheelchairs, lift chairs, commodes, rehab shower chairs, hospital beds, an hydraulic patient lift, you name it. Everything worked together pretty well, except that clunky hydraulic patient lift. I suspect that back in the day it was the only kind you could get.

It had a sling with loud clanking chains attached, and getting it under my 225 lb Dad was a challenge. If you did finally accomplish that, you had to go back around the other side of the lift and crank a handle back and forth to ratchet poor Dad up in the air one crank at a time. It was scary for him and scary for us. Even today Hydraulic lifts are the only type that Medicare pays for, and even then they rent them by the month. Unless you have two caregivers at all times, I don’t recommend them. Continue Reading

April 25, 2016

Product Spotlight: The New LiteRider Mini Scooter

Compact travel scooter

Meet the new LiteRider Mini super-easy transportable travel scooter by Golden Technologies.

Spring is in full swing, leaving us ready to burst out of winter’s doldrums and celebrate the great outdoors again. That being said, if you are one of us who may need a little help when it comes to walking, Golden has come up with a great new option: the LiteRider Mini.

Like its big brother the LiteRider, the Mini sports tubular aluminum construction for lightweight strength that’s easy to handle and grip. Rubber grid floor mats replace the carpeting seen on many models, and makes cleaning a breeze. We love the fact that they have two storage baskets- one on the tiller, and a second basket under the seat, which is nice and secure. Speaking of the seat, they’ve upgraded the seat with an extra cushy seat overlay for your riding comfort.

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April 11, 2016

Product Spotlight: Meet the new NC-201 Lift Chair with wireless remote control

The newest innovation in lift chairs adds a wireless remote control.

The NC-201 Lift chair with wireless remote control comes equipped with both the easy to use wired hand control like the other Pride 3 position Lift Chairs, but adds a second convenience feature- a wireless remote control!

What would the benefits be to the user?

NC-201 Lift Chair with wireless remote controlWell, first of all, greater convenience. The small hand control is about the size of the remote on your car key, and is powered with a watch-type battery. It can be worn around your neck on the lanyard which is included, so it is not misplaced. When you are seated and want to change positions, there is that little remote right in your hand to do so. If you are reclined and the doorbell rings, just grab that remote to stand you up! No fishing around to find your hand control, your remote is right there with you.

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April 4, 2016

Product Spotlight: The new Roho SmartCheck Cushions

Spinlife is excited to feature the new line up of Roho SmartCheck Cushions!

Roho asked clinicians and users alike how they could improve on the Roho Dry Floatation experience. The overwhelming response was “make it easier to monitor your pressures”. And Roho listened, bringing to market the new Roho SmartCheck Cushions. – See SpinLife’s Selection

ROHO SmartCheck Air Cushions by ROHO

SmartCheck Air Cushion

It’s a given the importance of minimizing pressure points on the body to help eliminate the occurrence of skin breakdown or pressure sores.

Roho’s Dry Floatation Technology guards against the issue by what they call the “Four Principles of Dry Floatation”. The individual cells that make up the Roho cushion offer six degrees of movement. Lessening the forces of friction and shear, and deformation of the body with movement help keep skin healthy. Roho Cushions maintain a low surface tension, and the forces against the body are “constantly restoring” with movement of the patient throughout the day. The individual cells allow for greater air circulation beneath the patient as well.

The tricky part has often been achieving just the right pressure in your Roho to suit your own personal needs. After all, this is not a one-size fits all situation.

Filling with air, sitting on the cushion, opening the valve. Letting just enough but not too much air out to achieve the maximum immersion without bottoming out is somewhat of an art. Some folks find it difficult to do without assistance.

The addition of Roho SmartCheck Technology eliminates the guesswork. Real-time feedback to ensure proper cushion inflation range with the push of a button. It also provides the user with a tool to check and easily maintain your ROHO cushion. The Roho SmartCheck Sensor stores and displays your recommended pressures, so you can monitor your inflation whenever you wish.

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April 1, 2016

April Fool’s Day Brain Game- Top 10 songs with “Fool” in the title

The King himself"A fool such as I"

In recognition of April 1st, we thought a little April Fool’s Day Brain Game might be in order.

You know they say that playing memory games is another way of keeping your mind sharp, so I spent a few minutes dusting off my personal memory banks to come up with this list of songs with the word “fool “ in the title. Some are pretty memorable, others, maybe not so much! I bet you can think of others, so please,  play the April Fool’s Day Brain Game and add your personal favorites.

Here’s my top 10 in decending order of dates:

From 1981  Who could forget Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb’s “ What Kind of fool”  Just look at that album cover! April Fool’s Day Brain Game What Kind of Fool

From 1971 Elvin Bishops catchy “Fooled around and Fell in love” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts that year. This video is a truly a blast from the past!

From 1968 The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” is still one of my all-time favorites! Definitely worth watching.

From 1967  The amazing Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album featured Paul McCartney’s ballad “The Fool on the Hill”. Do you know that song was so overshadowed by the rest of the album, it  did not make it to the Billboard Charts until it was covered some years later by Sergio Mendez and the Brazil 66…

sergio mendez Fool on the HIll April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

This one from 1963:  Do you happen to remember Leslie Gore’s rendition of “She’s a Fool” which topped out at # 5 on the Billboard Charts?

April Fool’s Day Brain Game Leslie Gore

From 1961 Sammy Davis Jr. gave the world the beautiful “ What kind of fool am I?” That classic song topped the Billboard charts at #6 and won the Grammy Song of the year as well. That song was actually from a Broadway musical. Can you remember what musical that was a part of?

April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

Listen here to another hit from 1961- Brenda Lee’s “ Fool # 1” which peaked at #3 that year.

And of course in  1959 “The King” himself, Elvis Presley brought the world

“A Fool such as I” elvispresley07-430x250

 

 

 

 

From 1958 Ricky Nelson’s popular “ Poor Little Fool’ Topped the billboard charts at #1 for two weeks in a row. Didn’t he have a TV show as well?

American singer and actor Ricky Nelson April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

 

1956 Frankie Lyman and the teenagers performed “Why do Fools Fall in Love?’ Apparently Frankie was 13 years old at the time he wrote this song. You’ll love this video from the Frankie Lane show- It was their first television appearance!

 

 

So play  the April Fool’s Day Brain Game. Can you come up with other songs? I bet if you ask your family and friends you’ll have your own top 10 in no time!

Have fun with it, and have a great April Fool’s Day from all of us at Spinlife!