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March 28, 2016

Product Spotlight: the DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift Chair

Spinlife is excited to announce the launch of the DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift Chair by Golden Technologies!

 

Golden Technologies DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift ChairTaking comfort and adjustability to a whole new level, Golden Technologies has incorporated their exclusive PowerPillow™ headrest into a beautiful new design. The DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift Chair incorporates all the Maxi-Comfort technology, including Zero Gravity and Trendelenburg Positioning. Including the addition of a separately articulated headrest that operates at the touch of a button. The headrest can move out towards you, and up for greater support.

What a great idea! No matter what position your chair is in, you can electrically operate the headrest to achieve individualized, comfortable support for your head and neck.

 

 

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March 25, 2016

6 Ways To Keep Your Bathroom Safer

Today, we are going to discuss Bathroom Safety. Take a moment today to look around your bathroom, ignoring any dirt and grime that might be lingering in the corners. A bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms of your home, and it has nothing to do with germs!

Statistics show that at least one in three seniors have difficulty getting in and out of their tub or shower, and nearly 200,000 bathroom accidents occur each year that are often preventable. There is no time like the present to reassess bathroom safety and make modifications as needed. It’s a smart idea to start upgrading your bathroom features now instead of waiting until the last minute and putting yourself and others at risk.

Install Grab Bars & Handrails

It never hurts to have a few extra things to hold on to in the bathroom for safety, and installing grab bars and handrails is an easy and affordable weekend project. Stock up on enough anchor grab bars to place inside and outside the shower and bathtub and also next to the toilet. Use reliable screws to install them rather than simply nailing them into the drywall, and test their strength with your full weight.

Four Easy STeps to a Safer Bathroom

Add Stability to Your Existing Shower

If you are recovering from an illness or struggling with balance, adding a simple shower chair with back and arms or a tub transfer bench can help tremendously.  These durable stools allow you to take a comfortable shower in a sitting position, and aid entry and exit.

Bath and Shower Seat with backrest

Use a Non-Slip Bath Mat

Regardless what type of tub or shower you use, a non-slip bath mat is essential.  These types of mats are inexpensive and easy to find, but they make a huge difference in your safety in the bathroom. Alternatively, you can also install non-slip strips in the bottom of your tub for a long-lasting solution that’s easy to clean. While you’re at it, place non-slip mats on your bathroom floor outside the tub and in front of the sink for added protection.

Four easy steps to a safer bathroom

Invest in a Bath Lift

If you have limited mobility and struggle with bathing, it might be time to invest in a bath lift to help with bathroom safety. Bath lifts are sold with many different styles and features, including padded seats, flexible backrests, water-tight hand controls, and battery operation. Some models don’t require any bathtub modifications at all, making them surprisingly easy to install and adjust to meet your needs.

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Try a Walk-In Bathtub

Walk-in bathtubs feature securely hinged doors that allow easy entry and exit, and they can be accompanied by other useful safety features. These tubs can prevent many slip-and-fall accidents and help you feel more confident without assistance or embarrassment. Some innovative wheelchair access bathtub models even feature relaxation upgrades like hydrotherapy and air therapy.

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Keep a Phone Nearby

It’s important to remember that even with the best planning and prevention strategies in place, accidents can still happen. Set up a landline phone in your bathroom or carry your cellphone into the bathroom in case of an emergency.

For even more tips and ideas about bath safety products that you can use every day, browse through SpinLife’s Bathroom Safety Store to compare brands and prices. Make 2016 the year that you put safety first, starting with your bathroom!

March 21, 2016

Get a Vehicle Lift- carry that heavy scooter with ease!

Spring is in the air, and if your plans include a little travel with your new scooter, why not treat yourself to a new vehicle lift to match?

Selecting the right vehicle lift to fit your car, your scooter, your budget plus how much manual effort you can handle can be tricky.                            Outside Power Chair Vehicle Lift

That being said, figuring all that out is not as hard as it may seem if you take it one step at a time.

What kind of car you drive is all important when it comes to fitting a vehicle lift. If you drive a sporty sub-compact, carrying a mobility scooter may be out of the question. Since outside lifts hook on to a trailer hitch, your car has to be able to be fitted with a hitch that is rated for an appropriate tongue weight. Tongue weight is a measurement of the weight a trailer hitch can hold unsupported (there are no wheels underneath for support on a vehicle lift). This is usually 10% of the vehicles towing weight. So for example if your car has a towing weight of 5,000 lbs., the tongue weight would be 500 lbs, and easily accommodate a lift and scooter. On the other end of the spectrum if your car has a towing weight of 1500 lbs., the tongue weight would be only 150 lbs. and not enough for a lift and scooter at all.

Trailer hitches come in different sizes as well. Class 1 and Class 2 hitches have a 1.25 inch square receiver that extends out from the back of the vehicle. Even though they are the same size, the Class 1 hitch will not have the ability to bear as much weight as the Class 2. There is normally a sticker on the side of a hitch that says the class and how much weight it is rated for. Very few vehicle lifts can be used on a Class 1 hitch, they are just not strong enough. Class 2 hitches can sometimes carry 250 or even 300 lbs., so a lift will work on them as long as the scooter weight added to the weight of the lift itself does not meet or exceed the tongue weight. A Class 3 and above hitch will measure an inside diameter of 2 inches square. They are heavy duty, and will be rated to carry the heaviest scooters. Most trucks and SUV’s will be able to handle a class 3 hitch ( or even a Class 4 or 5), which means your vehicle will be compatible with most vehicle lifts.

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March 14, 2016

Would an Air Cushion Be Good For Me?

Air cushions come in many styles and designs, and there are several manufacturers that make them.

 

Vicair air cushionsAir cushions are designed to support the body’s sitting surface entirely on air.

They are basically “balloons” of various sizes filled with air and the whole system is closed, so air floatation cushions typically will not bottom out the way gel cushions can, if they are adjusted properly. Adjuster air cushions without cover

The primary reason people choose air cushions is to help prevent or manage pressure sores, to relieve pressure or pain in the sitting area and for general overall comfort while in a seated position.

Some air cushions use interconnected air cells, some are all individually filled and sealed. They may have many rows of cells, some are one single air cell. Most are adjustable with a pump, or use a valve to release air to get to optimum setting.

Pressure is balanced by air shifting in or out to the surrounding balloons, spreading pressure evenly against your skin – constantly adjusting to your body movement. The air cells conform to help skin integrity the entire time you are sitting on the cushion.

The air cells allow you to be immersed into the cushion for maximum pressure relief, while decreasing friction and shear.

Air cushions are relatively lightweight, and are waterproof, so you can use them anywhere. Air cushions are primarily used in wheelchairs, but they are quite often used while driving. Lots of truck drivers who spend long periods sitting find the air cushion invaluable! They can be used in a boat, bathtub or on an office chair, since lightweight air cushions are easily transferred.

Air flotation absorbs the every day impact caused by riding over bumps.

Air cushions come in many forms. There are hybrid air/foam cushions that are foam in the front and air in the critical sitting area in the rear of the cushion for maximum pressure redistribution around the pelvis. The idea of a hybrid is the foam in the front provides stability for the legs and a firm stable place to use for doing transfers or re-positioning. Similar to the hybrid, some cushions use a foam base, with an air insert; this is great for those seeking more pelvic stability and positioning support, while still using the air cells in the critical pelvic area for maximum skin protection, pressure relief and comfort.

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March 11, 2016

Time to Spring Forward on a new set of wheels!

As a Product Expert at SpinLife, I receive calls from our customers who are so excited after trying out their new mobility scooters. They tell me how great it is to be able to go shopping or out to the park on their own. And they wonder why it took them so long to decide on getting their mobility scooter!View More: http://alisonepps.pass.us/revolutionsinc

What about you?  Have you decided that a travel mobility scooter might be right for you? If so, here are some things to think about.

In order to get the best service and life from your mobility travel scooter it is important to select a product that suits your body style and physical limitations.

The weight capacity of the mobility scooter should be above your body weight. If you are too heavy for your scooter you will get poor performance from the batteries and the motor is likely to wear out too soon. If you have long legs there are models that will be more comfortable for you than others.

featuring Delta tiller Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter with a Delta tiller would be better for you if you have weakness or loss of use in one hand.  The Delta can be operated with one hand. If you have difficulty bending over, choose a product that can be charged from a port on the tiller.

Where do you plan on using the mobility scooter?

If you need a scooter inside your home you may consider a three wheel travel model.  They turn more sharply and make it easier to go through doors and around furniture.

Four wheel models are more stable than three wheels. If you have any concerns about “turning over” a four wheel version would be best for you. Consider a four wheeler if you are going to be driving in your yard or   other rough terrain (such as gravel or broken side walks) If you have balance or coordination issues, the four wheel is your best bet. Continue Reading