As a person ages, few home health care products become as life-changing as a reclining lift chair. When we speak to our customers, especially those experiencing leg, hip and back pain, they often tell us that one of the hardest movements for them to make is to sit down on a chair and eventually get back up. The mere action of sitting demands that a person use her core muscles, hips and legs to complete the movement. That is where a lift chair can be of great assistance.
Below, are 5 benefits that you should consider if you are in the market for a lift chair for yourself or a loved one.
A helping hand: Individuals who have a limited range of mobility, often experience lack of balance when it comes to sitting down and standing up. In some cases, another person is required in order to help that person carry out those movements safely. The lift recliner introduces a whole new level of independence. At the simple touch of a button, the seat can be lowered or raised in order to gradually, help the person achieve the position they desire.
The most comfortable sitting surface: Whether you are looking to read a book, entertain friends, watch TV or knit, the lift recliner is the perfect sitting surface for you to carry out any of those activities. Beyond their ability to help the person sit and stand, lift chairs have adjustable backrests and footrests. Three position and infinite position lift chairs, particularly, give you the option of operating those two sections independently. Imagine you have a friend over and need to have your legs raised in order to reduce swelling. Your back can be upright while your footrest comes up to offer the perfect level of comfort.
A safe napping surface: Lift recliners– especially those with infinite position capabilities– are a perfect spot to rest. Their ability to achieve a Zero Gravity position helps to align your spine, allows you to breathe better and improve your circulation while you rest in a perfectly horizontal position. Individuals who live with respiratory issues, like COPD or other lung conditions, can benefit from sleeping with the backrest in a slightly raised position (another option for those individuals is a home hospital bed).
Make it your own: When we think of home health products, we often think of institutional-looking devices– crafted from very simple materials in sad and monotonous colours. But when it comes to lift chairs, that is definitely no longer the case. Lift chairs come in a variety of colours for you to choose from– which you can easily match to your decor. They are also manufactured in different models and fabric materials. Are the couches in your living room leather? You can definitely find a matching, upholstered lift chair to suit that style.
Quality and durability: Lift chairs by factories like Golden Technologies and Pride are made to last. They think of the lift chair recliner as a device you will use several times a day, on a daily basis. That is why they are built with ultra-durable and easy-to-clean fabric materials and come with limited lifetime and 7-year warranties respectively.
If you are looking for a great medical lift chair at an unbeatable price, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at Vital Mobility. If you are looking for a recliner lift chair for recovery from surgery or injury, feel free to look at our lift chair rental options— ideal for short term needs if you live in Toronto and the GTA.
During the winter season– and especially for elderly individuals and people who live with limited mobility– it is easy to lose the motivation that is so often needed to keep us moving. With snow and ice-covered roads, it is challenging to operate a manual wheelchair or take your rollator walker around the block. However, maintaining even a bit of physical activity is a crucial tool for living life to the fullest– and healthiest extent.
Some ideas for remaining active during the cold months are:
Invest in an exercise peddler: Portable mini-cycles are foldable and can be stored under your bed or sofa. They are an excellent way for you to exercise your legs or arms in the comfort of your own home. Just place the peddler in front of the couch as you watch your favourite show or read a book, and pedal away! Your leg and abdominal muscles, as well as your cardio and blood circulation will thank you. For arm use, place peddler over a table.
Use resistance bands: Resistance bands are an economical and safe way of adding some weight to upper body exercises at home. Whereas heavy hand weights can pose an injury risk for seniors, resistance bands are soft and flexible. The level of effort one must input is determined by each individual.
Lift your groceries: This is a quick and easy alternative to hand weights and resistance bands. Instead of storing your groceries right away, try taking a little more time to lift and lower the items as you organize them in your pantry and fridge. The weight of those items- like canned beans or a 1L carton of milk, can give your arm muscles the challenge they need to stay strong.
Get out to the mall: Transportation services like Toronto’s Wheel-Trans, can get you over to the mall when it isn’t safe for you to go outside on your own. Mall hallways — especially during early morning hours– are a great place for exercising with your manual wheelchair, rollator or walker.
Use the stairs: Steps can be great exercise tools that adapt to different mobility and fitness levels. If you can climb steps– even if slowly– you can try going up and down one or more flights of stairs every day. If your range of mobility is more limited, you can find support in the stair handrails and practice going up and down a single step repeatedly. This will strengthen your leg muscles and bring up your heart rate.
Not only is winter-time exercise crucial for your physical well-being, but adding movement to your daily routine can help you combat depression (including the winter blues). In addition, you can add a social aspect to your daily exercise by making arrangements to exercise with a friend and/or neighbour. You won’t only be preventing feeling down but you will also avoid feeling isolated when it is hard to get outside.
If there is one fact regarding individuals living with Alzheimer’s that doctors and nurses all agree with, is that maintaining familiarity in their everyday surroundings is key for them. As the disease progresses, and a patient’s memory deteriorates, choosing to provide care for the person in the comfort of their own home — when possible– is often a wise choice.
Whereas some individuals choose to hire a care-giving agency for support, others decide to make the care of a loved one their full-time work. Whichever the situation though, there are several assistive devices and home health care products that can make the ordeal of preparing your home for an Alzheimer’s patient a smoother experience.
Home Hospital Beds:Home hospital beds can provide a great level of comfort and safety for the patient. In earlier stages of the disease, when the memory and sense of time/place are compromised, the beds’ side rails can help deter the person from wandering around their room or home and possibly hurting themselves. For patients with later-stage Alzheimer’s who begin to experience physical symptoms, a home hospital bed is also a great idea. As their ability to walk becomes compromised, the home hospital bed provides a great and versatile surface for them to rest. Fully adjustable backrests and legrests are ideal for caregivers to better position the patient. The bed’s adjustable height settings are perfect for helping a patient on and off the bed.
Transport Chair: Doctor’s appointments are a routine part of the life of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. A transport chair can be a great tool for facilitating those quick trips. Unlike a regular wheelchair, the transport wheelchair has four small wheels– meaning that the caregiver is in charge of propelling the patient. With convenient foot-brakes and lightweight construction (most are built in aluminum), the they can be easily stored in the trunk of the car.
Bath Lift: This fully electric bathing surface can be placed inside the bath tub. It is ideal for a patient who doesn’t have a big range of motion and needs help in order to be lowered into or lifted from the tub. With convenient height and tilt controls, bath lifts can help ease the care giver’s experience and provide extra comfort to the patient as they go about their bathing routine.
Rolling Commode: As toileting becomes a challenge for individuals with Alzheimer’s the commode is an excellent option to tend to their needs. The wheeled commode comes equipped with a built-in toilet sit and removable bucket. Many of them include a lid which helps double their functionality– they can also be used as transport chairs inside the home.
Caring for someone you love throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy. It’s filled with heartbreak and laughter, moments of hope and challenges. Mobility stores like Vital Mobility are here to help– with top notch equipment and dedicated staff that’s 100% committed to helping you and your family, every step of the way.
Cesarean sections account for close to 30 per cent of live births in Canada. They’re performed for various reasons– some c-sections are elective and others help to avoid possible complications with the baby or the mother. What very few women know until they leave the operating room, is that c-section recovery is not only painful, but it also limits your range of motion. Doctors often recommend that you don’t lift or drive for four to six weeks post-partum. One great device to help you rest and relieve the pain in your abdominal area is a medical lift chair rental from Vital Mobility in the Toronto area.
During a c-section, doctors cut many layers of skin, fat and supportive tissue. Even though the procedure under local or general anesthetic is painless, once those layers are sewn back together you will be recovering from major abdominal surgery. The mere acts of standing up from your bed or a chair and finding a comfortable position to feed your child will be challenging. That is why, the medical lift chair, with it’s unparalleled ability to recline (offering incredible comfort) and assist you to an almost-standing position, will help to take much of the pressure off your healing body.
Here are some great uses for lift chairs during the first month after you undergo a c-section:
Lift up to standing and help you sit down: With the simple touch of a button, a lift chair can give you the support you need to slowly and painlessly lower your body down to a sitting position independently. That same motion, in reverse, will help to take you all the way from a fully-reclined position up to an almost vertical standing stance. Imagine soothing your child or even sitting down with a book or tablet knowing that you do not require assistance to do so!
Ideal for feeding baby: Breastfeeding in particular, can be challenging while recovering from a cesarean. Your abdominal muscles are weak, making you more prone to assuming an uncomfortable, hunched over posture that can lead to muscle tension. The reclining lift chair’s back can go as far back as you need it to, and it’s leg rest comes up to a horizontal position. The lift chair is the perfect device to help you find a great feeding position that will work for both you and baby.
Nighttime Sleep: After undergoing a c-section and returning home from the hospital, finding a comfortable position to sleep in can be a challenge. Turning in bed will be painful, as will standing up to use the bathroom or to feed your child. Many Vital Mobility customers, especially in the first few days after the procedure, will sleep on an infinite position lift chair– which allows you to recline all the way back to a sleeping position. Not only can they find a cozy spot to rest on, but by placing the baby’s bassinet next to the lift chair, they’ll be able to bring themselves up to sitting with not trouble at all.
If a c-section is part of your birth plan, the Vital Mobility family is always available to help you ready a great lift chair for rent for your return home from the hospital. Moms undergoing emergency c-sections need not worry either, as our team can deliver a lift chair to your place the next day after you call.
For information about lift chairs for c-section recovery in Toronto, please call us at 647-430-7176 or visit vitalmobility.ca
Individuals who live with a severe mobility impairment and their caregivers, often benefit from the use of commodes—as these wheelchair-like devices can be used for transportation inside the home and to carry out toileting activities.
Commodes come in wheeled and non-wheeled configurations. Whereas some offer only a toilet-like seat with a bucket, others also offer a cushioned lid that helps the commode double as a transport chair. These devices are clearly convenient options for many patients. However, because most commodes are constructed in steel and aluminum—they are not suitable for use in the shower.
What does that mean for the individual using a regular commode? During shower-time, their caregivers will have to find a way to transfer the person from the commode to either a shower chair or bath lift—this requires significant physical strength and skill. In a case like this, considering the purchase of a shower commode will bring both convenience and safety into your home.
Shower commodes are usually constructed in aluminum—just like many regular commodes- but, they are painted in a protective powdered coating that is completely waterproof. That way, when you roll your commode into the shower, you will not have to worry about possible rusting and damage to its metallic structure. The backrest and seat surfaces of the shower commode are made from durable plastic, which makes cleaning and disinfecting the device extremely easy.
Shower commodes come in a wheelchair configuration featuring two larger rear wheels to allow the patient to propel themselves in and out of the shower. They are also available in a transfer model with four small casters – ideal for a person lacking the physical strength or dexterity to use a regular wheelchair.
Additionally, people who live with a more advanced degree of disability, will benefit from tilting features. A tilting shower commode will be the perfect choice and a natural transition for a person who already uses an advanced, tilt wheelchair.
Vital Mobility features a large selection of shower commodes on its website—sourced from North America’s highest quality suppliers. Visit our website or call our store today at 647-430-7176 to explore if a shower commode could be a great option for you.