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December 14, 2016

The Ultimate Gift: Give the lasting Gift of Mobility

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Looking for the ultimate gift?As we head into the holiday season, many wonder what to get the parent or grandparent who has it all.

If your family is like many of ours, we have aging relatives who could benefit from a mobility device – whether that’s a lift chair, scooter or portable power chair – but have been reluctant to pursue one on his or her own. Why not, then, consider giving your loved one the ultimate gift: the gift of mobility.

We surprised a grandfather in our family with the gift of mobility last year, and it’s turned out to be quite the gift. Like many as he aged, he saw slowing down as part of the process. He slowly spent more and more time in the house rather than outdoors doing what he loved. As family members, we brought up the topic of scooters in recent years, but he was resistant, not realizing the expanded mobility it would bring back to his life. As a result, on Christmas last year, we rolled in a red travel scooter with a red bow. To our joy, he took to it immediately, touched that we’d gotten him a true gift. See, as he drove the scooter up and down the block for the first time, he shared with us all of his thoughts of what he could do with his enhanced mobility.

And, his scooter has proved the ultimate gift. Over the past year he’s not just out-n-about more, but he went on a cruise and took his grandchildren to Disneyland. The scooter has been a gift to his wife and family, as well, in those ways.

This holiday season, as you think of what to get you loved one who has it all, think about what mobility needs he or she may have. After all, sometimes the gift of mobility is the ultimate gift.The ultimate Gift

December 9, 2016

Prioritizing Pressure Management: Reducing the Risks of Seated Pressure Sores

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Prioritizing Pressure Management: Reducing the Risks of Seated Pressure Sores

Why would we develop seated pressure sores, anyway? Here’s a simple physiological fact: as humans, our bodies aren’t designed to sit for long periods. As padded as some of our posteriors may seem, nature didn’t intend for them to handle concentrations of seated body weight indefinitely. And, unfortunately, for those of us with mobility impairments, remaining in a seated position for extended periods can lead to a very serious and debilitating condition called decubitus ulcers – more commonly called pressure sores.

Seated pressure sores occur when bony areas rub away at tissue. Many assume that pressure sores occur from the outside, in. however, it’s in fact bony areas pressing or rubbing against tissue, from the inside, out that causes pressure sores. And, this is among the reasons why they’re so dangerous – by the time we see a pressure sore, serious tissue damage has already occurred, often requiring surgery and months of bed rest.

So, as those often seated, how do we prevent pressure sores? This is where individual practices of pressure management come in.

It Starts With Seat and Back Cushions

It’s natural to think of a seat cushion simply as a padded surface to sit on. However, when it comes to pressure management, a cushion is truly a physiologically-engineered medical necessity. Pressure management cushions serve three foremost roles (and these apply to both seat and backrest cushions):

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  • Distributing weight as evenly as possible
  • Allowing pressure points, such as the sacrum/coccyx, to immerse (sink) into the cushion, reducing pressure
  • Reducing shearing (pulling of the skin and tissue

back cushion to prevent Seated Pressure Sores

The more evenly pressure is distributed across the seating surface, the less pressure is on any one point, thus decreasing the risk of a seated pressure sores developing. A cushion with immersion characteristics – commonly made of air cells, gel, or layers of memory foam – allow pressure points to sink in and reduce pressure. And, a low-shear (slick) cover reduces pulling on skin and tissue. When the three are combined, optimal pressure management occurs.

There are a range of seat and backrest cushions on the market, but looking for these three characteristics is key to pressure management.

 

You Must Shift Your Weight

A pressure management cushion and backrest is only half of the equation to preventing seated pressure sores. The other half is weight shifts. Weight shifts are just as they say – it’s shifting your weight off of pressure management areas. For example, lateral weight shifts involve leaning to each side to temporarily relieve pressure on areas of your posterior. Similarly, a forward lean takes pressure off of your back and tailbone region. For those wheelchair users who can’t perform manual pressure shifts, there is tilt and recline seating that shifts one’s weight. There are additional pressure relief methods, and all should be approved as safe and effective by your clinician or healthcare professional. Regardless of the method used, the clinical community recommends that those at risk of pressure sores perform weight shifts every 15 to 20 minutes. And, when our schedules allow, lying on our side on a bed for a bit to eliminate pressure altogether can be among the best forms of pressure management.

Shifting Our Priorities

For those of us who rely on mobility products, in seated positions, it’s vital that we make pressure management a priority. However, when done right – getting a pressure management seat and back cushion, as well as performing weight shifts – we can focus less on our posterior and more on our everyday lives with health and comfort.

December 6, 2016

Sleep Better-sleeping together!

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When the Doctor prescribes a hospital bed, many people, especially couples are reluctant. She doesn’t want the “medical look” of a hospital bed in their home. He says they sleep better when they sleep together!

An email from one of our customers:

“Ronnie,

I hope you won’t think this is silly, but…my wife and I have slept together nearly every night for 30 years. Now due to a medical condition, the doctor is recommending that she sleeps in a hospital bed. We don’t want to sleep apart, and my wife does not want to ruin the décor of our home! Do you have any suggestions that might help us go along with doctor’s orders, but still sleep together as a couple?

Here’s hoping-

Walter”

Dear Walter,

Of course I don’t think you are silly! Sleeping with your loved one is one of life’s sweet and simple gifts, and why give that up if it’s not absolutely necessary. I’m glad there are options available to you and other couples facing the same situation. Your best choice will ultimately depend on the reason for her doctor’s recommendation of a hospital bed, but let’s discuss three of the most common ones.

  1. Sleep Apnea is a big issue. Many times this condition responds well to sleeping with the head of the bed elevated.
  2. Acid Reflux. People with this condition will sleep better with the upper body elevated higher than the stomach. Adjustable beds can assist with this digestive disorder.
  3. Back Pain. One of the most common complaints in America today, can often be relieved by sleeping with knees slightly bent, and the head slightly elevated.      Sleep better in a Reverie Adjustable Bed

All three of these conditions can be alleviated by sleeping in a hospital bed, since the head and foot ends of hospital beds are able to be raised and lowered placing the head or feet at an angle.  Hospital beds are covered as a Medicare Capped Rental item, if a beneficiary qualifies for one medically, and you rent the bed through the Medicare contracted supplier for your area. Unfortunately, hospital beds are narrow- generally 36″ wide- so they only accommodate one person. Not all that attractive. Hospital bed mattresses are not exactly as comfortable as one might wish for, either! It may be that the doctor prescribed a hospital bed since he or she knew it would accomplish her need for special positioning, and be covered under Medicare.sleep better with an acid-reflux-bed

Adjustable Beds offer basically the same positioning options to help you sleep better, using a more sophisticated hand-held remote control. One major advantage is they come in regular bed sizes- Twin, Full, Queen and King, allowing couples to sleep better, together as usual. Many models offer a size Split Queen or Split King also- which lets you sleep side-by-side, but each person has control over their own side of the bed.  Adjustable beds offer a great selection of luxurious mattress choices as well. Pillow tops, Memory foam, Latex, all the styles- and they look like regular furniture when they are in the flat position. Some models also incorporate wave massage to help with circulation and to achieve the type of relaxation that will help you sleep better. Nothing medical about the appearance at all!

Just so you know, Adjustable beds are not covered by Medicare, they are a cash purchase item only.

sleep better in a supernal-bedSome Adjustable beds also incorporate special high-low adjustments which can further aid certain medical needs. For instance the 185 Hi-Low bed by Flex-a -Bed can raise up to an overall height of 32 inches from the floor. Raising the bed level that high provides a great working height for caregivers- perhaps when bathing a patient in bed, or other patient care related needs.  Beds that lower down closer to the floor can assist those who must slide transfer into a wheelchair from bed. Beds that lower very close to the floor can be used as an additional safety measure for folks who either fall out or want to get out of bed when they shouldn’t. Many Adjustable beds can be ordered with side rails as well, to help folks stay safe when entering and exiting their bed.

Walter, I hope that you will speak with the physician, and ask if an adjustable bed would provide the same features he or she was seeking when they suggested a hospital bed. If so, take the time to view our complete selection at Spinlife.com.

Wishing you all the best!

Ronnie

 

November 14, 2016

Spotlight on the new Space saver power lift-recline chair

Looking for a power lift-recline chair but just don’t have the space?

Golden Technologies has the answer in their super plush, brand new Space Saver power lift-recline chair model PR-931.

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PR-931 in Sterling

This is exciting news for folks that really want the comfort of an all power recline chair that won’t gobble up your whole room! This chair effortlessly lifts the footrest, glides forward as it reclines back, so it can be placed a mere 4, 5 or 6, inches (depending on the size chair you choose) from the wall and still reach a relaxing recline. Of course the other huge feature of a power lift-recline chair is that they fold up, return to seated and then lift you gently to your feet without effort. Perfect for anyone that has a difficult time getting out of that easy chair without help.

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PR-931 in Hazelnut

Super plush fabrics make this power lift recliner soft and welcoming. Offered in 5 standard color choices, you are sure to find one perfect for your personal décor. The double seamed backrest offers great support, and the fully upholstered chaise pad is comfy for your legs since there is no gap between the seat and the footrest. The arms, back and chaise are overstuffed for extra comfort.

The Space saver PR-931 power lift-recline chair has a 350 lb. weight capacity and is also thoughtfully offered in three sizes. Choose from Small, Medium or Large for a perfect fit! The Small, geared for people under 5’3” has a seat that’s just 17’ wide. Choose size Medium to accommodate heights between 5’4” and 5’10”, with a seat width of 20”. For folks 5’11” and over, the size Large has a comfortable seat width of 22.5”.Candycane Heart

While we’re on topic, the holidays are right around the corner!

Why not treat yourself or someone you love with a brand new super comfy power lift-recline chair? Every year SpinLife sees more and more families “chip in” together at holiday time. This year you could give the gift of comfort, safety and increased independence that comes with owning a lift recliner. There’s still time to get an order in for holiday delivery- so call and speak to one of our lift chair specialists now!

 

September 27, 2016

Wall-Hugger Lift and Recline chairs. Do they really exist?

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Is there such a thing as a wall-hugger chair that also lifts and reclines? Over the last few years Lift-and-Recline chairs have become really popular for their comfort and convenience features. Relaxing in a comfortable recliner to nap, read or watch TV is a great American pastime, and if that recliner operates with an electric hand control it’s all the better! No more pushing and straining to recline the back, no more handle-on-the-side to pull up on to raise your feet – just push a button and there it goes. Not to mention getting up! Many people report that they just can’t get up and out of their recliners any more, and a lift chair is the perfect solution to that issue.

A common complaint with Lift-and-Recline chairs is that they take up way too much space because they have to be placed too far out in the room.

This really can be a problem, particularly for those people who live in smaller homes or apartments. Today I’d like to highlight three of our best-selling three position recline and lift chair models that are also “Wall-Huggers”.  They can be placed just 4 inches from the wall!

SpinLife is proud to offer the Serta Perfect Lift Chair line-up by Novo Home. These chairs are supportive, yet extremely welcoming, featuring the individually-wrapped coil springs that Serta is so well known for.  Incorporating a gel-infused memory foam layer makes these chairs soft and conforming to the body while keeping you cool and comfortable. The chair backs feature Pirelli webbing for resilient support and pressure relief.

We suggest you check out these three position “Wall-Hugger” models from Novo Home:

The Mystic: Available in a soft, high quality suede finish fabric called Palance Silt it is neutral in color, and soft to the touch. It’s heavily padded and super comfy!

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The Mystic Serta Perfect Lift Chair

Wall-hugger lift and recline chairs

Bristol in Steel

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Bristol in Cordovan

  The Bristol , two colors in a tufted back style, the luxurious Dansby fabric comes in either Cordovan or Steel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Norwich for a more tailored bustle-back style in two plush, breathable polished suede fabrics in rich, brown Java.

Wall-Hugger Lift and Recline chairs

Norwich in Java

 

See these 3 position wall-hugger styles and more from Serta Perfect Lift Chair at SpinLife.com today.