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May 24, 2016

Gel Wheelchair Cushions and their benefits

Gel Wheelchair Cushions are a great option to improve your comfort and more!

As you probably know, if you spend longer than an hour or two in a wheelchair you should definitely be seated on a cushion of some sort to relieve pressure, and make you more comfortable. A cushion is a necessity, not a luxury!

JAY Union Gel Wheelchair Cushions

Jay Union Gel Wheelchair Cushion

Gel Wheelchair Cushions are intended to help relieve pressure on your ischia’s (sit- bones) coccyx (tail bone) and the back of the thighs. Relieving pressure in those areas is so important for two reasons:

Gel Wheelchair Cushions

Comfort Company M2

First, because pressure related skin break-down occurs from the inside out. The ischia’s and the coccyx are pressing against your muscles and tissue as you sit for prolonged periods. That pressure results in soreness and redness to begin with, and will progress to actual pressure sores if it’s not taken care of. Nobody wants that to happen, so take measures to relive the pressure using a Gel Wheelchair Cushion as prevention of pressure sores.

Next, Gel Wheelchair Cushions can help you with your posture. A common complaint among wheelchair users relates to back pain, leg pain and muscle strain after sitting up in a wheelchair for too long. A Gel Wheelchair Cushion can offer positioning benefits if you choose one with contoured construction, intended to help you sit straight and square in your chair. Some gel wheelchair cushions also offer advanced positioning options such as foam wedges or build-ups to allow you to tailor the contours to your own body shape. Continue Reading

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

May 2, 2016

Giving Mother the Gift of Go

Give mom the gift of Go

Make memories with your Mom

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I would like to encourage you all to make memories with your Mom. Keep her as healthy and happy as possible.  If her mobility is not what it used to be, don’t let that stop you.  Consider giving your Mother the GIFT OF GO this Mother’s Day.

I have wonderful memories of my mother. Having only lost her a year ago, many of those remembrances are glazed over with a bit of sadness. But there are many, many happy thoughts as well.

When she was young and strong her life was a gift to those around her. She was a nurse with a special gift to love and care for the elderly.  She was a mother that was involved in the lives of her children. She hosted youth events for our school clubs in our modest home. Barely fitting everyone in but making all feel welcome.  She and my Dad were youth leaders in our church and I believe they made eternal differences in many of those kids. She was a faithful wife. Always supportive of my Father and close to his side always.

A few years after my father passed she came to live with my family and me. We had almost ten enjoyable years together before her health began to fail.  As odd as it seems I can remember certain stages by what medical equipment we had for her.

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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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