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 22, 2016

Product Spotlight : Bellavita and AquaJoy Premier Plus Bathlift

Bellavita

Bellavita Bathlift

I’d like to highlight and describe two of the best reviewed products we sell here at Spinlife, the Bellavita and Aquajoy Premier Plus Bathlift from Drive Medical.

Easy to use, simple to operate, lightweight and portable a bathlift allows folks to “get down in the water and soak in the tub” and get back out with the push of a button.

No wonder they are so popular!

It’s a common problem, and one not to be embarrassed about, when you are no longer able to safely get down in your bathtub and then get back out without a serious issue. After all, tubs are usually low-sitting at floor level in the home. Once they are filled with nice warm, sudsy water they are extremely slippery, and many times there is nothing to hold onto to steady yourself as you step over the side one leg at a time. Once you do get seated in the water for that relaxing soak, you have to somehow get back up to your feet and climb out- which is often where the trouble really begins.

Don’t risk a fall, consider a bath tub lift.

The Bellavita bathlift has the greatest travel range high to low in the category. It lowers to within 2.3 inches of the tub floor and raises to a height of 18.8 inches, so it is great for deeper tubs. The rectangular base is held to the floor of the tub with four large suction cups for stability. The lift is constructed of sturdy high-impact plastic and is easy to clean and disinfect. Two transfer flaps span from each side of the lift, resting on the tub side so you can sit on the side of the tuba and slide over onto the Bellavita bathlift safely. Once you are seated, simply use the sealed, battery powered hand control to lower yourself into the water, and recline the backrest to relax. The weight capacity of the Bellavita is 300 lbs., and the seat itself is 13.7 inches wide (not counting the side flaps).Aqua Joy Bathlift

If you’d like something a bit bigger, consider the Aquajoy Premier Plus bathlift. It has all the great features of the Bellavita, but carries a 375 lb. weight capacity. The lift/lower range is from 3.1” to 18.1 inches and the seat is 15.3 inches wide without the side flaps.

Both models come with a waterproof rechargeable hand control, charger and large suction cups to hold them in place. The price also includes a non-slip washable cover for the seat and backrest. Since they are held in place with suction cups, they must be used in tubs with smooth floors only. Low battery safety switches insure that the lifts have enough power to lower and lift you back out.

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

Product Spotlight : The Jazzy Air

Introducing the New Jazzy Air ® Power Chair with Eye-Level Technology! A New Era in Power Mobility –  It’s Social Mobility.

Featuring Pride Mobility’s new Power-Elevating Power Chair with Eye-Level Technology, the Jazzy Air ® elevates you to an average standing height in just 16 seconds. Safely drives while elevated up to 3.5 MPH, lower it to the standard seat-to-floor height and it travels 4 MPH.

What does this mean to you? Quick and easy access to your environment.

 

Jazzy Air Eye-Level Social Mobility

Jazzy Air Elevated

At home, those upper cabinets, stove-tops, sinks and bookshelves that have been just out of reach are now accessible. Transfers to higher beds, stools, into your Truck or SUV are accomplished with ease due to the full 10 inches of vertical rise in the Jazzy Air ®. At work, eye-level technology allows you to be seated at your workbench, counter-top or bar-height table interacting face to face with those around you.

Even more importantly it’s social mobility.

Traveling forward with the seat elevated allows you to walk and converse with a friend eye-to-eye. Feel confident in crowds, up where you need to be – looking at, not up to others. Shopping takes on a different dimension when you can see, touch and reach the displays from your new point of view!

Technically, Pride has thought of everything in this new product. The Jazzy Air ® is standard with a weight capacity of 300 lbs., and a top speed of 4 mph (with the seat down). Mid-wheel 6 Drive Design and 10 inch flat free tires give it a tight turning radius of 22.5 inches for great maneuverability. Patented, locking Active-Trac suspension for enhanced performance and maximum stability, and bright LED marker lights for safety. Travel range is up to 15.29 miles per charge with the standard U-1 batteries, and upgraded 40AH batteries are available to extend that range to 18.4 miles on a charge. The contoured high-back, reclining sport seat is available in 16”, 18” and 20” wide.

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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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