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At Lift Chairs 101 we're just a few stand up guys! You should check back here weekly for new blog posts about "Aging in Place", mobility issues, arthritis, and of course.....lift chairs! We will be posting these articles on Google+ and Facebook on a regular basis, so be sure to follow us on those social media channels to keep up to date. We would love to hear your comments on our articles, so feel free to engage with us there.

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    Collaborative Effort Addresses Mobility Issues

    Posted September 23, 2013

    The Champlain Community Transportation Collaborative (CCTC) is making life much easier for residents of Renfrew County Ontario who have mobility issues. In conjunction with several Community Support Services (CSS) agencies, getting to doctors appointments and grocery stores will be less troublesome thanks to CCTC.

    In a presentation to the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) board, Alice Grenon stated,

    “In rural communities, such Renfrew County, we don’t have a lot of public transportation. So we might very well have a client in a rural community who needs to get to an Ottawa hospital…”

    With the collaborative effort servicing primarily seniors and adults with disabilities, the problem of getting around for those with mobility issues is being addressed head on. Twenty-seven agencies in total are involved and provide a streamlined regional outlook for the program which provides a more efficient and affective service.

    This regional approach provides a common database that allows the various agencies of the collaborative to share drivers and vehicles. According to Grenon, because drivers will now be able to see easily where passengers are traveling to and from they will be able to transport multiple passengers.

    As a more efficient way of addressing the mobility issues of Renfrew residents, the amount of people served by the CCTC effort has double in one year.

    Those who deal with mobility issues understand the importance of being able to get up, down and around easily. Groups like CCTC are addressing the transportation needs of those citizens, whereas companies like Life Chairs 101 are addressing the independence challenge faced by many with mobility issues. With a full line of lift chairs, bath lifts, walk-in bathtubs, and other mobility devices seniors and those with disabilities can remain independent and self-sufficient.

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    Managing Meds: A Key Way To Preserve Mobility and Independence

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Most seniors are on medications, and it's common to see an individual taking several different pills every day.  While the medications may be necessary for preserving good health, they can also lead to medical emergencies that result in death or in long-term impairments; after an emergency if this kind, a senior who may have been living independently would now need to relocate to a nursing home.

    According to a recent article in New York Daily News, tens of thousands of people in the US who are over the age of 65 need to be rushed to the emergency room every year on account of the adverse consequences of medications.  These include side effects, whether from one medication or from a combination of them.  And while some side effects have obvious deadly consequences (e.g. internal bleeding), other milder effects can also bring about disaster; for instance, if a certain medication or combination of meds makes an individual feel groggy or lightheaded, they're more likely to experience a serious fall and suffer a severe injury.

    In order to preserve the mobility and independence of seniors who are on medications, what kinds of preventative measures can be taken to reduce the chances of adverse consequences?

    • Whenever you go to the doctor, especially if it's a new doctor, always have with you an organized, updated list of meds and any supplements you're taking; this decreases the chances that a doctor will give you a medication that can react badly with something you're already on.  If you purchase an over-the-counter medication, always check with a physician and/or another knowledgeable, licensed healthcare professional about side effects and possible adverse interactions with other meds.
    • When you take meds, always check that the packages are labeled clearly and correctly; this reduces the chances of taking the med at an incorrect dosage or taking the wrong med entirely.
    • If you're experiencing side effects, notify a doctor immediately; if the side effects are unexpected or severe, don't hesitate to seek emergency medical assistance.
    • Call on different strategies to keep organized, such as using a clear chart of the meds you're on, their dose, and the number of times you need to take them daily.  People also benefit from pill organizers and from timers to remind them of when to take their meds.
    • Keep your medications stored properly; for instance, a medication may lose its effectiveness if it's kept in hot or humid conditions.
    • If you're taking many medications, and are experiencing mental fogginess or poor balance as a result of their cumulative effect, consult with your doctor about staggering the meds; maybe you don't have to take them all at once.
    • Make a comfortable routine around your meds.  For instance, take them while seated securely on a supportive piece of furniture with a seat tray for the meds and a glass of water (or any food you're allowed to take the meds with).  You'll be able to rest afterwards and be sure you're feeling ok before getting up and continuing with your day.

    These are just some of the suggestions for decreasing medication errors and adverse consequences. Talk to your physician and other healthcare professionals about additional useful strategies.  Even if you're on a large regimen of meds, you can still preserve an independent lifestyle at home, with the proper precautions taken beforehand.

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    Surprising Solutions To Arthritis: It's Time To Get Up And About

    Posted September 9, 2013

    As we start aging it is common to start having some mobility issues. For those with mild to chronic arthritis, it can be especially painful. While staying still can prevent immediate pain from happening, it won't stop those aching pains you feel in your joints. Since arthritis can affect different areas of people based on your health and age, most treatments are unique to where you have joint issues. However there are still ways you can help treat and prevent your arthritis so it doesn't get worse any time soon. Surprisingly, the ways you can help arthritis don't involve you sitting in a chair all day.

    By exercising regularly you can drastically improve your joint health. While it might seem like it would worsen your joint pain, exercising provides valuable benefits for your body. It can increase your strength and flexibility, which in turn will allow you to put less weight on your joints. Your joint point will decrease because the muscles around your bones are becoming stronger, as well as your actual bones. While lying in bed or staying on the couch all day might sound appealing, it will actually make your arthritis worse. 

    The amount you need to exercise to keep your joints healthy isn't actually that much. Moderate exercise performed a few times a week will be plenty to help your arthritis. You can do aerobic exercises like swimming, biking and walking, strengthening exercises such as light weight training and range of motion exercises like stretching to improve your flexibility. But before you do any of this, make sure to ask your doctor in order to safely start exercising.

    Another great benefit to moderate exercising when you have arthritis is that if you are overweight you can start to lose some of the weight that is burdening your joints. By staying active and getting rid of some of the added pressure on your joints, you can see a big difference. Not only will your joint pain reduce, but you can become healthier too.

    Once you have started exercising, there are other ways that you can help your arthritis that involve you getting up and about. Some alternative treatments include visiting a chiropractor or receiving acupuncture. By aligning your bones correctly, your chiropractor can reduce pressure on joints that are bothering you. Acupuncture can also decrease joint pain by releasing hormones known as endorphins. While there is no cure to arthritis, these treatments are shown to help in some patients. Since everyone is different, it is important to know that they will not offer guaranteed joint relief. The only way for you to know is to try them out. 

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    Things You Can Do To Deal With Mobility Issues

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Many people deal with mobility issues. Although lack of mobility is often attributed to the elderly, it is not just a problem for those considered “senior citizens.” According to statistics compiled earlier this year, over 18 million people in the United States and Canada have mobility issues. Families are providing roughly $375 billion worth of free care to family members with mobility issues.

    Many people with mobility issues run into problems both at home and in their communities. Multiple level homes can cause issues. Getting on public transportation and getting around stores and other public locations sometimes causes problems. There are a few things people with mobility issues should know, though.

    Low Vitamin D Linked to Mobility Issues in Elderly

    According to a study by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (also called VU University), lower levels of Vitamin D can lead to mobility issues including trouble walking up and down the stairs, getting out of a chair, and getting dressed. In the study, 56% of those aged 65-88 had at least one limitation with an increase in limitations after 3 years due to Vitamin D deficiency. Even with those who were 55-65, though, 30% had a limitation due to Vitamin D deficiency with an increase in limitations after 6 years. Thus, it seems Vitamin D, often called the sunshine vitamin, is important to help with mobility issues. If this study is correct, just getting outside could have at least some positive impact on a person’s mobility.

    Those With Mobility Issues Need to Stay Active

    Even just walking can be beneficial. Those with walkers and other mobility aids can at least walk short distances. Water aerobics, where there is less stress on the muscles is also great. For those who cannot stand or walk, dancing around by moving your arms, legs, and hips while sitting down can also be helpful. Even if you have to rest after a minute or two, keep going to keep your body in the best shape possible. Of course, you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

    Eat Healthy

    Many seniors and those with disabilities are not getting proper nutrients. Make sure you get vegetables and protein. This can help you stay in better shape which can help to prevent injuries and more disabilities.

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    The Increasing Popularity of Aging in Place

    Posted August 19, 2013
     
    As most people age they prefer to stay in their homes.  According to a study conducted by the AARP approximately 90 percent of the people who are senior citizens want to live in their homes and stay in their community for as long as they can.  There are over 79 percent of seniors who intend to stay in their home until they die.  The reasons range from an emotional attachment to their home, wanting to stay in a place that it familiar to them and more. 
     
    This means that there are more seniors who have chosen to “age in place.” To their friends and family members, this means a senior citizen’s home will need to have some accommodations to meet this request. 
     
    Staying in their home helps seniors maintain their identity as well as their independence.  It helps them mentally and emotionally.  Today there are various social activities provided for seniors so many are quite active.  Senior singles tend to spend more time with their friends and neighbors than those who are married. 
     
    As the senior population grows aging in place is will be more cost effective than having a senior stay at an assisted living facility or nursing home.  It is estimated that by the year 2020 there will be more people who are senior citizens than children who are 15 years old.  It is also estimated that by the year 2030 there will be three times as many people who have reached the age of 80 than there are today. 
     
    There are many things that can make a senior citizen’s home easier for living.  Having a lift chair will mean a senior citizen doesn’t need assistance getting in and out of a chair.  It can also provide a variety of beneficial reclining positions when used.  A walk in bath tub will eliminate the risk associated with getting in and out of a standard tub.  There are even ways to accommodate bathroom use with lift toilets and more. 
     
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    What will the CAPABLE Project reveal about aging in place?

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Living in a nursing home can be very pricey, costing tens of thousands of dollars a year, particularly if you seek a high quality of care and a pleasant environment; Medicare and Medicaid budgets are also stretched in covering seniors' nursing home stays.  But even beyond the financial issues, most seniors (close to 90%, according to a recent AARP survey) would prefer aging in place, provided they can be safe and not isolated.  Currently, a project underway in Baltimore is investing in safe home modifications for seniors, in the hopes that they'll be less likely to need a nursing home.

    Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) is working with 800 low-income seniors to make some relatively inexpensive adjustments to their homes and their daily schedules to be able to better preserve their capacity to live independently; the project administrators will then see, on average, the effect of these modifications on the length of time seniors are able to stay safely independent.  Even though the modifications may cost a few thousand dollars, they can save money in the long run by preventing or forestalling nursing home admission, while also fulfilling the hopes of seniors who want to remain in their homes.  If the project is a success, it might be replicated in other places.

    What can we learn from some of the changes being implemented by CAPABLE?

    • Each senior needs to be seen as an individual, with the modifications tailored to him or her.
    • If there's construction involved, it's usually to aid the prevention of slips or falls, such as by installing a railing in the bathtub or by the toilet, or fixing loose stairs.
    • Home furniture can't be overlooked; for instance, the article on the project opens with an anecdote of a woman with Parkinson's who slides out of her kitchen chair while trying to eat.  What are some solutions? Bringing a lift chair into the home is one way to give seniors a more secure place to sit, with support in multiple positions and much more steadiness both when they seat themselves and stand up.
    • The advice of nurses and other healthcare professionals can also help seniors adjust their schedules or medication habits so that they enjoy more independence.  One woman, for instance, was taking all of her medications at once, making her groggy and unable to move around; some medically approved changes to her pill regimen have helped her get up and about again.
    • Even after the initial modifications are completed, it would help tremendously if seniors are in regular contact with caring family members, friends, or people in the community, and also have access to good medical care.  To make aging in place last for a while, regular involvement and adjustments to new issues are necessary.

    Given the great demand for aging in place, it will be exciting to see the results of CAPABLE and the long-term impact it will have on the seniors participating.  With some changes to the home, including the use supportive furniture, aging in place might be possible for a significantly greater number of seniors.

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    How a Lift Chair can Reduce Pain from Knee and Back Problems

    Posted August 5, 2013
     
    If you find that it's getting more and more difficult (not to mention painful) to get up from a sitting position you're not alone. Knee and back problems are a serious issue facing many Americans, and despite the advances in medicine a cure remains elusive. Since many knee and back disorders can result from injury they affect a wide array of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life.
     
    The National Institutes of Health estimates that back problems now cost Americans over $50 billion dollars a year, and are now the number one cause of job-related disability. Loss of productivity aside, the pain and hindered mobility of chronic back injury can take a tremendous toll on being able to complete daily tasks and to enjoy your time with family, friends, and hobbies. Chronic back pain is defined by duration; symptoms lasting longer than 3 months. Unfortunately once symptoms are chronic they often continue to progress.
     
    Knee problems are various and are often easier to specifically diagnose than back/spine disorders. While outright injuries are often the result of sports, a fall, or other movement, the most common knee disorder is osteoarthritis. The knee is a deceptively simple looking joint, but though it only bends in one direction it has a number of ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues, all of which can be damaged. 
     
    An unfortunate hallmark of knee and back problems are the ease with which the injuries can be aggravated. Simply avoiding re-injury is typically one of the primary goals emphasized by physicians to promote healing and avoid further reduction in mobility. This may mean avoiding certain activities altogether or it may mean making some accomodations to avoid putting less stress on the injured area(s) during day to day life. Chronic knee and back disorders often make it much more difficult to get up without pain and/or risk of re-injury. Eliminating the physical stress from getting up can improve your ongoing recovery by lowering the strain on the damaged area(s).
     
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    Seat Adjustments for Stroke Survivors Aging in Place

    Posted July 29, 2013
     
    After experiencing a stroke, many survivors would prefer to continue living at home, preserving their independence as much as possible.  Preparing your home after a stroke poses some challenges, and the modifications you make depend on your individual situation, including the extent and nature of any impairments you have, and your long-term prognosis.  Sometimes, your needs won't be fully clear until you take up your daily routines and notice that some tasks have become more difficult.  In addition to careful planning at the outset, you'll have to be flexible about any unexpected adjustments you'll need to make.
     
    If aging in place is your preferred course of action following a stroke, one of the issues you'll need to consider is how you'll sit, whether in the bathroom or in your den during a quiet leisurely afternoon.  Ideally, you'll be combining the comforts of your home with medically approved seating adjustments that are best suited for your body.
     
    Bathroom
     
    Regular bathroom routines are among the most challenging after a stroke.  A bathroom that hasn't been properly modified can even be dangerous, as you can easily slip or lose your balance.
     
    When it comes to using the toilet, your current arrangement may not give you sufficient support, making it difficult for you to sit down or get up off the chair.  A common and effective solution is to use an elevated toilet seat.  You can adjust a high-quality toilet seat lift to the right height, and balance yourself better with the use of its grip bars.  Especially if you've suffered from some paralysis to the limbs, or are still undergoing physical therapy, having a seat like this will make going to the bathroom much less of a chore.
     
    For bathtubs, you can also get medically approved seats that make bathing much less hazardous. You won't have to worry about losing your footing and injuring yourself.  Additionally, if you're in a wheelchair or want to make it easier to step in and out of the bathtub, you can convert to a walk-in bathtub.
     
    Lift Recliners
     
    With a lift recliner, you'll have a much easier time sitting down on the chair and standing again, a quality that's especially helpful for people whose muscle coordination and balance have been affected by stroke.  If it's easier for you to get out of the chair, you'll have more motivation to stand up and walk and get other forms of physical activity that your doctor has OK'ed as appropriate for you. 
     
    A state-of-the-art lift recliner will also allow you to assume a wide range of positions when sitting or reclining, so that if you're feeling some discomfort you can shift with minimal effort to a position that's better for you.  What's also attractive about these chairs is that they fit well with general home decor.
     
    Adjusting to life after stroke can be challenging.  Fortunately, there are reliable ways to improve convenience and comfort, so that you can keep as much of your independence as possible.  Living at home is easier if you have the right furniture to support you.
     
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    Facts You May Not Know About Arthritis

    Posted July 22, 2013
     
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 million adults in the United States have arthritis. Of those 50 million Americans, 21 million of them have it badly enough to have limited mobility. Although arthritis actually means joint inflammation, the term is used for over 100 conditions which deal with the joints as well as the tissue and connective tissue around the joints. Even if you have arthritis or know someone who has it, there are several things you may not know about the disease.
     
    Not Just a Disease of the Elderly
     
    Arthritis is generally thought of as a disease of the elderly, but roughly 294,000 children under the age of 18 have juvenile arthritis or a related disease. Children with arthritis may limp, especially in the morning when symptoms are the worst. Generally, children with arthritis are encouraged to stay active, because exercise helps to limit the symptoms of arthritis. Often, though, physical activities must be changed to reduce impact on the joints especially when there is a flare up.
     
    Gender Unequal
     
    Arthritis is more common among women than among men. 24.3% of women have arthritis while only 18.2% of men have it.
     
    Obesity Increases the Risk
     
    Obesity can lead to knee and other joint problems. One of these problems is arthritis. The more a person is overweight, the more the person is at risk for arthritis. Of those who are underweight or normal weight, 16.9% of them have arthritis. Overweight people bring the percentage up to 19.8%. Of those who are considered obese, 29.6% have arthritis. Of course, like with children, staying physically active when possible can help with arthritis symptoms.
     
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    Considerations When Choosing The Best Lift Chair For You

    Posted July 15, 2013

    If you're finding that getting up and sitting down on a sofa or recliner is getting more difficult, you may consider looking into the benefits of lift chairs. There are a large amount of options available on the market today, both in-store and online when purchasing mobility equipment, you may feel overwhelmed or confused. There are some considerations you should take into account when choosing the best lift chair for you.

    The number of positions that your lift chair offers is an extremely important feature. Some chairs will have two or three positions and some others will feature "infinite positions." Infinite position chairs have two motors in them that allow the back rest and foot rest move independent of each other. If you want to sit in an upright position and also have the foot rest up, the infinite position feature is what you will need.

    The two position and the three position chair require the backrest to recline to utilize the foot rest. The two position chair allows the chair to recline to a 45-degree angle whereas the three position chair allows the chair to recline completely.

    Just like any chair, you want to make sure it fits your body size. Keep in mind the larger the chair is, the deeper the seat cushion will be. If you choose a chair that is too big, your feet may not be able to reach the floor when sitting in an upright position. If you choose a model that is too small, you may experience lower back pain.

    Advanced lift chair models will have added features such as heated seats, lift speed variations, vibrating seats and cup holders. While some people may not find these features necessary, it may be soothing if you have added aches and pains and worth the higher price tag.

    When you're searching for your new chair, compare different brands and models. Make sure you are learning about the details of each chair and you will most definitely find the chair that is right for you.

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    Lift Chairs Helpful or Hurtful?

    Posted July 1, 2013
     
    You or someone you love is considering getting a lift recliner. How do you know if it is the right move? Arthritis suffers know all to well the difficulty associated with getting in and out of a chair. Would your loved one benefit from a lift recliner? Studies have shown that people with arthritis who exercise benefit by reducing joint pain and stiffness while increasing flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness and endurance. So does a lift chair contribute to leg muscle decline? Small groups of therapist feel that since the chair does the leg work involved a patient will see a decline in their own muscle strength. The overwhelming majority of the medical community does not feel this is reason enough to refrain from purchasing a lift chair. The true factors to consider are the cognitive and safety awareness of the user. For example, will the user remember to extend their knees to stand or forget and end up sliding out?  
     
    The key to retaining mobility is to participate in a strength training program recommended by your doctor. Just like your cane, the lift chair is a tool. It is meant to aid in the transition from sitting to standing and vice versa. Many arthritis suffers find the transition difficult on their own. A lift chair eliminates the pain and the odds of falling while making the transition.
     
    What types of exercise are most suitable for someone with arthritis? Range of motion exercises such as dance, help relieve stiffness and maintain flexibility. Strengthening exercises such as weight training increase muscle strength adding support to affected joints. Aerobic exercise such as bicycle riding improves cardiovascular fitness improving overall function.
     
    Exercises are not a one size fits all. There are many factors to consider such as the type of arthritis, joints involved, levels of inflammation, stability of joints and if there have been joint replacements. To get started with a program your first step is to discuss options with your doctor.
     
    - Begin your program with supervision from a therapist or qualified   athletic trainer.
     
    - Apply heat to sore joints; many begin their exercise program this   way.
     
    - Stretch and warm up range of motion exercises.
     
    -  Start strengthening exercises slowly with small weights.
     
    -  Progress slowly.
     
    -  Apply cold packs after exercising.
     
    -  Add aerobic exercise.
     
    -  Ease off if your joints become painful, inflamed or red. Have your    doctor help find an alternative exercise or remedy for the increased inflammation.
     
    Consider appropriate recreational exercise (after doing range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercise). Fewer injuries to joints affected by arthritis occur during recreational exercise if it is preceded by range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercise that gets your body in the best condition possible. What is considered physical activity and what is exercise? A simple rule to separate the two is as follows. Physical activity refers to everyday life activities such as house work or employment. These are good starting points to increase your endurance and ability to exercise. Physical exercise uses exertion to improve minimally one aspect of your physical fitness.
     
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    Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery Options for Younger Patients

    Posted June 24, 2013
     
    "Previously, knee replacement surgeries were reserved for very old patients who were severely crippled by osteoarthritis. 'Now patients in their 40s and 50s are experiencing an earlier onset of osteoarthritis that affects their daily lives,' says J. David Blaha, M.D. . . In fact, the number of boomers opting for early knee replacement is growing at a dramatic rate," -- American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
     
    When otherwise healthy men and women opt for knee replacement surgery, their recovery options are wider that are those for more elderly, and more medically fragile patients. Whereas medically fragile individuals may require an extended stay in a rehabilitation or assisted living facility after surgery, some healthier patients may be able to manage their recovery at home.
     
    Recovery from knee replacement surgery can be a lengthy process, even for younger, healthier patients. Though recovery periods have shortened with newer surgical techniques and partial replacement options, most patients should count on at least a 3-day hospital stay for total knee replacements, a week or more of considerable discomfort and mobility limitations, and 2 or more months of physical therapy.
     
    After release from the hospital, total knee replacement patients will require more help than usual. There are steps you can take, however, that can make the process a bit easier, and may even enable you to recover at home, rather than transfer to a rehabilitation facility after surgery.
     
    A chair lift or other assistive device, for example, can help knee replacement surgery patients with one of their most difficult tasks: moving from a seated to a standing position. Though there are straps and belts which a caregiver can use to assist a patient by pulling him or her into a standing position, a chair lift is often much more convenient and does not require the help of a relatively strong caregiver.
     
    In addition, a chair lift can be a good investment in the long term, particularly for younger knee replacement patients. Unfortunately, knee replacement surgeries must often be repeated in five to ten years in younger patients. With a chair lift already in place, should you require another surgery down the road, you will be ready.
     
    Be sure to contact us to explore your options for assistive devices for knee replacement patients.
     
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    Create a Safe Environment for Loved Ones Aging in Place

    Posted June 17, 2013
     
    One of the primary factors in improving the quality of life for a loved one who is aging in place or living with a disability is creating a safe environment in their home which allows them independent mobility. Seniors who prefer to remain in their homes want to remain as independent as possible, for as long as they can, so it is important to learn as much information as possible about safely aging in place. The majority of homes have been built to be suited for those who are healthy, young and mobile, but with a few mobility devices and slight alterations, you can create a safe, comfortable environment.
     
    Safety in the Bathroom
     
    The bathroom can be a major challenge for many people who have chosen to age in place. It is common for seniors to suffer with joint problems, arthritis and other problems that create limited mobility, so getting into the shower or tub can become difficult. A great solution is to replace the tub with a walk-in shower and when possible it should be large enough for a caregiver to assist the senior resident with bathing, when necessary. Grab bars should also be installed to help with stability and to prevent falling. A senior’s skin is also more sensitive to heat so a water temperature regulator should be installed to prevent burning.
     
    Equipment for Comfort
     
    Many elderly people who choose to age in place suffer with arthritis and other problems that prevent them from getting up, lying down or sitting up in a comfortable position. An adjustable bed allows them to easily get in and out of bed as well as adjust the positioning for a better sleep. Seniors also often suffer with weakened muscles which make it difficult to move about and get in and out of seating without causing pain. A lift chair is made to look like a standard recliner, but allows the individual to change position of the seat to allow for easier standing. An adjustable bed and a lift chair are excellent for the elderly or disabled who suffer with knee and hip problems, muscle weakness and joint problems, yet want the freedom to get up and move around without assistance. This type of equipment also makes it easier on the caregiver who would typically have to lift a patient to a standing position.
     
    Safety Measures
     
    There are several safety factors that should be addressed in the home of an elderly person who has opted for aging in place . The lighting in the home is very important to prevent falling as well as providing a comfort level. Consider installing rocking switches, which are designed to be used by people with problems such as arthritis. Make sure all lamps have an easy to access switch to prevent reaching and consider using LCD bulbs that do not burn out as quickly as a standard light bulb. Flooring is also an issue in the home of an elderly person. Make sure there are no throw rugs or loose flooring that may cause the person to trip and fall. All of the flooring should be easy to walk on, especially if a walker is used and smooth if a wheelchair is used, so it will be easy to roll across.
     
    If you are elderly and have decided to stay in your home, it is important to have a caregiver, family member or friend walk through the entire home to assess the safety features you will need. If you are making the adjustments on a loved one’s home who has chosen to age in place, it is important to point out all changes that have been made and ensure your loved one that their home will be a safe, comfortable environment.
     
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    Arthritis Sufferers Can Benefit from Walk-in Tubs

    Posted June 10, 2013
     
    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, approximately two in 10 adults living in the United States suffers from some form of arthritis. Many of those people, as a result of their condition, have difficulties bathing. Thankfully, those challenges may be reduced with the aid of bathroom modifications and adaptive equipment. Read on for the details:
     
    Walk-in Tubs
     
    Arthritis decreases a person’s range of motion and weakens their joints. As such, lifting one’s legs over a standard bathtub’s threshold could be excruciatingly painful, difficult and dangerous for those afflicted. For example, the person could slip, fall and damage their joints further while entering or exiting the tub.
     
    Walk-in tubs, on the other hand, are designed with low to no thresholds. Some also come with adjustable, leveling feet. Thus, a person’s risk of falling is greatly reduced. In addition, walk-in tubs may also be outfitted with special features designed to help those with limited mobility. Those features include assorted jets, anti-slip strips, grab bars and handheld, adjustable shower heads.
     
    Bathtub Lifts
     
    Apartment dwellers and others that are unable to make extensive bathroom modifications may want to consider purchasing a portable bathtub lift instead. They are designed to mechanically lift a person into and out of a standard bathtub safely. Most of the bathtub lifts come with large, easy to operate, waterproof remote controls that float.
     
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    Tips for Avoiding Pressure Ulcers

    Posted June 3, 2013
     
    Are you or a loved one having difficulty standing and walking? Has that mobility issue caused you to spend a lot of time sitting in one spot? If so, it is important that you take steps towards reducing your risk of pressure ulcers. Based on the Journal of the American Medical Association’s reports, the ulcers can form in as little as two hours. Over time, if infected, they can also prove to be life threatening. Here’s more:
     
    There are several stressors that may cause pressure ulcers to form. The top ones, in no precise order, are:
     
    • Shearing and friction during transfers and position changes
    • Prolonged external pressure of 32 mm Hg or more
    • Poor incontinence care (bladder and bowel)
    • Inadequate nutrition and hydration
    • Dry, thin skin

    Given that, incidents of pressure ulcer formation may be reduced through a variety of means. For starters, you may want to adopt a physician approved diet, hydration and skin moisturizing routine. It is also a good idea to invest in a lift recliner.
     
    A lift recliner is traditionally outfitted with soft padded fabrics that may prevent pressure spots, friction and shearing. They are also equipped with internal mechanisms that allow for easy, frequent repositioning. Frequent repositioning is important because it relieves pressure and helps to improve circulation.
     
    The soft fabrics used in the construction of lift recliners may also be covered with incontinence pads. Incontinence pads offer three main benefits to those with mobility issues. First, the pad’s design helps to keep your lift recliner’s seat area clean. Second, the pad’s design also tends to draw uric acid and moisture away from your skin. Third, the cushions will typically add a smidgen more padding to your lift recliner’s seat area.
     
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    How to Choose Lift Chairs With the Perfect Fit

    Posted May 27, 2013
     
    For people who suffer from mobility or health issues standing or sitting can be painful, if not impossible. Lift Chairs make it easier to stand, sit, transfer from wheelchair to chair, and be comfortable for long periods of time. Comfort is the key so it is very important to choose a lift chair that is the perfect fit for you. 
     
    Size is essential when choosing a lift chair. Manufacturers build chairs with measurements focused on seat width, height, and depth that fit your body type so you have the room you need to relax. Another measurement is from the seat to the top of the chair which ensures the chair is the proper length for your height.
     
    Lift chairs have different positions that vary from a full recline to straight up and every position in between. A two position chair has two major positions, straight and slightly reclined. It is perfect for watching TV and is best for those who do not need their chair to fully recline. The three position chair goes from straight to almost fully reclined, creating a slight V where the seat and back meet, making it just right for a nap or watching TV.
     
    The Infinite position chair has dual motors, one for the back and one for the legs so the chair can be adjusted independently from the legs. This gives it the capability to move in an infinite number of positions including straight and a full recline. Zero Gravity lift chairs recline further than all the others and can elevate your legs to relieve back pressure.
     
    Fabric also plays an important role in your lift chair choice. Most manufacturers offer a variety of fabrics from vinyl, suede, leather, and stain resistant to breathable fabrics resistant to heat changes. Each manufacturer has numerous styles and features to choose from. 
     
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    Lift Chairs and Seat Lifts Can Help With Knee and Back Problems

    Posted May 21, 2013
     
    It is estimated that more than 4 million people in American are living with knee problems. Another 31 million are believed to be dealing with back problems. Both problems may be related to a variety of things including degenerative diseases, motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. If you find yourself among the millions of people with knee and back problems, you may want to consider purchasing a portable seat lift or lift chair. Here’s why:
     
    When a person transfers from one position to another, stress is placed onto their body’s musculoskeletal system. The stress is caused, in part, by the person’s body weight. A healthy person’s body is typically able to handle that stress without any difficulties. A person with health complications, on the other hand, may find that the stress exasperates their current problems and creates new ones.
     
    The use of portable seat lifts is beneficial in such situations for two main reasons. First, they are lightweight, compact and come in different sizes. Thus, they can be used in various settings with a variety of chairs. Second, they utilize pneumatic pistons instead of motors. The pneumatic pistons help the person move his or her body up and down and redistribute weight. In doing so, they make position changes easier and allow the person to exercise some of his or her muscles. Take a person with a meniscal tear for example. As a result of the tear, that person may not be able to bend or fully straighten one of his or her knees. Both of which are actions needed to move from a sitting to a standing position without assistance. The portable seat lift provides that assistance, thereby allowing the person to continue with some of his or her activities of daily living. Lift chairs provide all the same benefits, but tend to be a bit more comfortable and look nice in your home!
     
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    Continuing your Lifestyle in the Face of Arthritis

    Posted May 13, 2013
     
    Aging In Place is not a new phenomenon. Before the current era of nursing homes and hospitals, people were born, lived, and died in their houses. Today, though, it's common for seniors to be placed in nursing homes and assisted living facilities as they get older and lose their mobility. It doesn't have to be this way, though, if the senior in question wishes it not to be.
     
    A very common reason for this is arthritis. This crippling condition typically starts to hit victims once they reach their elder years, and it can completely rob a person of their mobility. In the past, coping with this condition would have required either extensive in-home help or a nursing home. With today's technology, though, it's easy to overcome this obstacle so seniors can remain in their homes, living the lifestyle they currently enjoy.
     
    One option to consider is a lift chair. These devices may look like a regular comfy TV chair, but posess the ability to tilt to a full upright position. Now, getting up is not a problem, even for the arthritic. Full mobility is retained, and the person employing the chair can enjoy their favorite activities without the pain of having to get up and down manually.
     
    Another option to consider in making a home more amenable to aging in place is a bathtub conversion. Many bathtubs can be converted from a step-in to a walk-in design, eliminating the need for stepping over the tub wall in order to access the bath. If that's not an option, there are also bathtub lifts available which allow seniors with arthritis to get in and out of the tub by themselves. Seniors can maintain a sense of independence and dignity while at the same time retaining their personal hygiene habits.
     
    The benefits to aging in place are endless for the senior citizen who does not want to uproot his or her life in order to be able to retain their independence. With a few changes, it's possible for today's senior citizen to continue living at home, even in the face of arthritis. So remain hopeful, and remember--assisted living is not the only option.
     
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    Aging in Place: Home Modification Assistance Programs

    In recent years, there has been much discussion about Americans aging in place. Unfortunately, what some of those discussions fail to touch upon are the costs associated with modifying a home and making it ideal for the disabled. We here at Lift Chairs 101 want to help in that regard by giving our valuable customers a list of resources that may be able to assist them in obtaining the financial assistance and labor needed to make aging in place home modifications. Here it is:
     
    Non-Profits
     
    For starters, there are several local, state and national non-profits that may be able to help with aging in place modifications. To find community and state based non-profits, we’d suggest contacting your local Area Office on Aging and Medicaid office. Once you get a hold of a representative, ask them if your state has a nursing home diversion or home and community based services program. If it does, the programs may cover the costs associated with obtaining medically necessary home modifications and adaptive equipment. As far as national non-profits go, excellent organizations to consider are Rebuilding Together and Home Free Home. Families should also note that any out-of-pocket expenses to make medically necessary modifications may be tax deductible (i.e. IRS Form 2441 and Schedule A Form 1040).
     
    Government Grants, Loans and Claims
     
    If none of the previously mentioned non-profit solutions are available, you may want to investigate government grants and low-interest loans. On place to start is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office. They offer eligible seniors a chance to apply for financial assistance to complete essential home repair and rehabilitation. Eligibility and application information is available on the office’s website. Other resources that fall under this category include HUD improvement loans, Veteran’s Administration grants (i.e. SAH, HISA and VD-HCBS) and Access Home Modification Programs. If your disability is work related, you may find relief by filing a home modification catastrophic injury claim with Worker’s Compensation.
     
    Want further information on how to safely age in place? Contact us toll-free at 1-800-880-2514 or send us an e-mail. We’d love to help provide solutions to your pressing aging in place needs.
     
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    Relieve Mobility Health Problems With a Lift Chair

    According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s figures, more than 17 million Americans experience some form of mobility related challenges. Those challenges may be brought on by a variety of health problems often found in those that are 50 years of age or older. The good news is that some of the issues connected to those problems may be lessened with the use of lift chairs. Here’s how:

    Circulation Problems

    As people age, they may start to experience circulatory problems. The circulatory problems may be caused by a variety of issues including medicinal side effects, high sodium intake, hormonal changes and recent hip surgery. Symptoms commonly associated with such problems include swelling of the legs, knees, ankles and feet. That’s where the use of lift chairs can provide some relief. The chairs are capable of elevating those body parts. In doing so, they help to alleviate some of the swelling and improve circulation.

    Musculoskeletal Problems

    People in the previously mentioned age groups are also prone to experience musculoskeletal problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal canal stenosis. Those conditions may lead to chronic pain and fragile bones. Lift chairs may help in that regard by taking pressure off of the stressed areas and providing much needed support.  

    Skin Problems

    Speaking of relieving pressure, inactive people are also more susceptible to develop skin problems like pressure ulcers. If left untreated, they can lead to insidious MSRA and VRE infections. Both of which can be deadly. To avoid such skin problems, it is generally recommended that mobility impaired individuals be repositioned often. They should also ideally sit on soft surfaces capable of evenly distributing their weight. Lift chair can provide such surfaces and make the repositioning process easier by mechanically raising the person to a standing position.

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    "Seniorizing" the Home - Aging In Place

    Seniors are once again choosing to stay in their homes as long as possible. With the rising costs of living in residential facilities for the aged, the expansion of available and affordable home care, increased provisions in insurance policies for a variety of contingencies for senior's healthcare needs, and current federal legislation, the door has swung wide open for those planning on aging in place.  
     
    The National Association of Home Builders define aging in place as “remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”
     
    Aging in place is beneficial in that it allows seniors to continue in a lifestyle to which they have grown comfortable and secure.  It maintains the dignity of independent living and surrounds them with the familiar which can actually help reduce the incidence of age related accidents.  It encourages them to remain active as they go on with the normal routines of life by providing some added supports to help keep them safely operating and maintaining the home environment to which they have grown accustomed.  Perhaps the greatest benefit is that it reduces the stress of making a big change so late in life and increases the happiness factor which is imperative to good health and long life.
     
    By investing in some environmental improvements that far outweigh the expense of a senior living facility, the elderly can live out their days in the safety and the comforts of home.  With the advent of home security and emergency monitoring systems, help is just a button touch away.  By modifying areas of concern in the home, they can be made safer and more accessible to ensure the highest level of protection.  These modifications can be as simple as strategically placed furniture to the addition of modified bathtubs, chairs or kitchens to purchasing mobility scooters to maneuver around the house.  One really sensible investment is the lift chair.  Lift chairs assist in getting up from the sitting position to insure that proper balance is maintained so that falls in the home are minimized.  They also can be used for raising the feet or reclining to relieve pressure and reduce swelling on backs and feet.  
     
    "Senior-izing" the home is one of the keys to extending independent living for your loved ones affording them the dignity of continuing self-care, giving them the joy of the comforts of home, and easing concerns over in home accidents.
     
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    Common Questions about Lift Chairs

    Posted April 15, 2013
     
    Lift chairs are designed for those who have medical conditions that affect mobility.  These specially made chairs simply make life easier for those who have difficulty in getting in and out of a chair at home.  Buying a lift recliner does not have to be a complex process, but here are answers to some important questions about lift recliners.
     
    How Much Does A Lift Recliner Cost?
     
    The more options you want, the more it will cost.  The price of a lift recliner can be affected by several factors like, weight capacity, style, covering, and a wide range of other available options.  A standard lift recliner can cost as little as $469, with a fully loaded model costing $1,000 or more.
     
    Can My Lift Recliner Match The Other Furniture?
     
    Yes.  There are many different recliner styles, with a wide variety of colors and fabrics.  There is normally a lift recliner to match your existing home decor.  The lift recliner will usually look just like a regular recliner in your living room or den.
     
    Will Medicare Pay For My Lift Recliner?
     
    The simple answer is maybe partially.  Lift recliners were developed in the 1980s and became very popular.  The concept was simple - manufacturers who would take a normal recliner and add a lifting device to it. Some of these lifting devices were unsafe and due to the number of lifting recliner claims, Congress decided to limit how these recliners are covered by Medicare.  If you have Medicare Part B, that covers durable medical equipment, it will pay for the lifting mechanism in the chair.  This reimbursement normally amounts to under $300.  In order to receive reimbursement, your doctor must provide a Certificate of Medical Necessity which states that you cannot stand from any other chair in your home without assistance.
     
    Is My Lift Recliner A Tax Deductible Medical Expense?
     
    Your tax professional is the best person to answer this question, so we will answer in general terms.  A wide variety of medical expenses can be tax deductible if they exceed 7.5% of a person’s adjusted gross income.  A lift recliner used as a specific ailment related expense, like arthritis, may be tax deductible.
     
    The purchase of a lift recliner is an affordable way to increase the mobility in your life and protect your independence. No one wants to struggle to get around his or her own home.
     
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    Reducing and Alleviating Arthritis Symptoms

    Posted April 7, 2013
     
    Arthritis is a little-understood deterioration of the joints that causes pain and loss of function. According to this 2010 report from the Arthritis Foundation, it is the number-one cause of disability in the United States, affecting one in every five adults. It is not primarily an affliction of the elderly, as two-thirds of those with arthritis are under the age of 65.
     
    While there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments to alleviate symptoms and increase mobility. The first course of treatment is usually medication in the form of:
     
    Topical lotions to interfere with the pain in the joint. Creams that contain menthol or capsaicin (the irritant found in hot peppers) can reduce the sensation of joint pain.
     
    Analgesics which help relieve the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers include aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. Stronger medications that require a prescription are oxycodone, propoxyphene, and codeine. While these help assuage pain, they do not relieve swelling, and prescription painkillers are addictive.
     
    Corticosteroids reduce the inflammation which causes so much of the pain. While these drugs are effective, there are many side effects of long-term use, including glaucoma, high-blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. To avoid these side effects, doctors often inject the corticosteroid directly into the joints.
     
    Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) suppress the body’s immune system which attacks the joints as it would an infection. These drugs are effective, but the range of side effects require constant medical supervision.
     
    Many arthritis patients find great relief in lifestyle therapies, such as:
     
    Losing weight, which greatly reduces the stress on weight-bearing joints.
     
    Exercising, especially by means of water aerobics, which provide a full workout against the weight of the water with minimal risk of injury.
     
    Heat pads or ice packs. Generally, cold packs work best in reducing inflammation, but many people find that gentle warmth reduces tension in the joints.
     
    Assistive devices. Walkers, canes or lift chairs can provide continued mobility even to those who suffer advanced arthritis.
     
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    Supportive Furniture for Knee and Back Problems

    Posted April 1, 2013
     
    Problems with the knees and back can range in severity from annoying to debilitating.  Knee and/or back problems hinder movement and make even the simplest day-to-day tasks more difficult.  They interfere with sleep, leading to fatigue, low moods, and irritability.  And the pain can drive people to distraction.
     
    Although people should always consult with a doctor about their particular back or knee problem and how to best deal with it, there's also a wealth of information online discussing strategies for rehabilitation and pain relief.  Among the good suggestions for coping with back or knee problems is the use of strong, supportive furniture like lift chairs and quality recliners.
     
    As a society, we could stand to be more physically active and not stay seated, in one position, for hours on end.  But given that we do spend a significant portion of time sitting down or reclining, we owe it ourselves to select furniture that will support our knees and back.  Choosing the right furniture is especially important as we age, and our vertebrae and knee joints become more vulnerable to physical stress and awkward positioning.
     
    Let's consider lift chairs, for example.  If the chair isn't sufficiently firm, but is instead saggy or lumpy, it would put excessive strain on your back; a similar principle holds true for mattresses, couches, and other kinds of chairs. Many people have the same old recliners that "they love" for years, and even decades sometimes.
     
    If the recliner offers only a couple of fixed positions, it doesn't give you the flexibility to adjust to a position best suited for your knees and back.  In contrast, a lift chair that allows for independent adjustments of the back and knees will help you settle into your optimal position.  Everyone's body is built differently, so you want a chair that lets you find comfort and support on your own terms.
     
    There are many strategies for mitigating back and knee problems, including eating a nutritious diet, undertaking a physician-approved regimen of exercise, wearing knee or back braces, and avoiding heavy lifting and other forms of overexertion.  One strategy that can't be discounted is the selection of furniture that won't put high amounts of stress on your knees and back, but will instead allow you to adjust yourself comfortably, with full support.
     
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    The Truth about Buying Lift Chairs Online

    Posted March 25, 2013
     
    The Big Box Retailers…
     
    What do you usually do when you decide that you’re going to buy something like a lift chair? Most people go straight to Google, Bing, or Yahoo and do a simple search for “lift chairs”, “buy lift chairs online”, “lowest prices on lift chairs”, or something along those lines. In most cases after you do a little researching, most people end up on club sites, drug stores, discount marts, or book stores.   These retailers usually advertise extremely low prices; and the fact that they are very large retailers also gives the consumer security in knowing that they’re buying from a “reputable” dealer. This isn’t always the best course of action. These types of retailers offer virtually zero customer service, so when you have a question about your lift chair, there is no one to talk to. When is the last time that you saw a lift chair actually in the drug store down the road? Probably never. Maybe you could give them a call for some advice on what chair is right for you on their lift chair page? Last time we checked, there’s no phone number on their page.
     
    The Order Fillers
     
    There is another type of retailer that you will also find when searching for things like lift chairs. Many retailers advertise that they specialize in Medicare reimbursement so that you can pay less out of your pocket. This sounds great initially, but the truth is that these retailers simply submit the Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN) that needs to be signed by your doctor. You will still have to pay a visit to your doctor who will then approve that you can receive reimbursement from Medicare. Most doctors’ offices will be able to send your CMN in straight from the doctor’s office. So, what’s the point in having someone else do this for you? Because of the way these businesses are set up, these retailers basically become “order fillers” for Medicare. When these retailers only place orders for Medicare, it’s illegal for them to discount products like lift chairs any more than the price that is advertised. 
     
    The Taxes
     
    Most people don’t even think about paying taxes when making a purchase. It’s just one of those annoying things that you know is coming at checkout. When you’re buying an expensive item like a $500-$1000 lift chair, the taxes can add on quite a bit to the final bill. With most state’s sales taxes between 6% and 10%, we’re talking about adding up to $100 in taxes for your new chair!
     
    How do you avoid having to pay this massive amount of taxes on your new lift chair? Buy from Lift Chairs 101 and you won’t ever pay any sales tax on any item.
     
    So which one is better?
     
    You know we’re going to say us, but here’s why:
     
    There are is category of retailers like Lift Chairs 101 that have equally low prices as the Big Box retailers or specialty stores that sell books or drugs.  How does Lift Chairs 101 able to match their prices?   A better question is “how can they match our prices?   We sell more, offer a wider selection of quality products, and all at lower prices, AND you get the customer service you want when buying a product you’re probably not very familiar with. Our lift chair experts answer questions all day everyday about lift chairs, therefore, nobody knows more about lift chairs than us.
     
    So why wouldn’t you just go to one of the “order fillers”? Because these retailers simply can’t discount their items any more than what’s advertised. If you do a little research, you’ll notice that we have coupons on our site that enable us to sell you a lift chair at a cheaper price than anyone else. 
     
    Why would anyone in a state like Tennessee for example, pay an extra 10% just to cover sales tax?  We can’t think of a single good reason.  At Lift Chairs 101 you never pay sales tax on your chair. The price you see is what you pay. The tax savings alone make the decision a no-brainer for who to buy your brand new lift chair from.
     
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    10 Tips For Solving Mobility Issues Around The House

    Posted March 17, 2013
     
    There are many concerns that come with aging, including mobility and motor dexterity. Mobility issues are frustrating and can greatly lessen a senior's quality of life. To help them safely around their home, here are 10 tips to help prevent falls and provide a more independent lifestyle.
     
    1. Exercise to maintain balance and strength. Isometric exercise and progressive resistance exercise have been proven to help.
    2. Change your doorknobs to levers. Grasping rounded doorknobs is difficult with arthritis. 
    3. Consider a stair lift to make it easier for homes with stairs.
    4. Ensure that doorways and hallways have wide access for wheelchairs, walkers, or scooters. 
    5. Provide grab bars near the bed and in bathroom. This provides support when rising and help prevent falls.
    6. Invest in a lift chair(of course we had to fit it in here..).
    7. Place ramps or install a vertical platform lift to assist getting in and out of the house.
    8. Door and room thresholds need to be low enough for a wheelchair to pass and helps minimize trips when walking.
    9. Cover sharp edges and corners to prevent injury if falls occur.
    10. Refrain from walking in your bare feet or socks. In senior living communities, a large amount of falls has been reported as a result of this.

     

    With planning and preparation seniors can have a pleasant and safe experience at home. Leaving more time to spend with family and friends. To enjoy their life after many years of working hard.

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    Lift Chairs Help Restore Independence

    Loss of independence due to aging or mobility issues is a tough situation to adapt to for some people.  Fortunately, lift chairs were invented to assist individuals who have special mobility needs without taking away their indendence.  Using a lift chair in the home actually increases a person's independence by eliminating the need to call for assistance whenever they want to get up and move around the house.
     
    Anyone with arthritis can attest to the fact that getting up, after sitting for an extended period of time, is one of the most difficult and painful tasks they have to deal with on a daily basis. Lift chairs help arthritis sufferers tremendously by taking the pressure off of the affected areas when rising from a sitting position.  A lift chair does all the work by lifting the person to a standing position where they can then move about the house freely.
     
    People who suffer from mobility problems related to aging or arthritis are often limited in their independence.  Daily tasks like answering the door or telephone, letting the dog out, or getting something from the kitchen are extremely difficult when someone has mobility problems. Getting to a standing position is one of the most difficult tasks to perform without depending on another person to help. Using a lift chair can eliminate the need to depend on another person to help with daily living tasks by restoring independence.
     
    Lift chairs are similar to a typical recliner in looks, but provide added comfort and support when it comes to mobility. There are many different types of lift chairs available, and choosing the right one is dependent upon the individual's needs. Some lift chairs improve circulation by reclining to elevate the feet, while others simply tilt forward to assist with standing. So, be sure to check out all of the different type position lift chairs avaialble in two, three, infinite, and even zero gravity when shopping around.
     
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    Aging In Place Can Be The Better Solution

    Today there is an alternative to spending your later years in an assisted living facility and more often these days people who are nearing retirement are considering remaining in their homes as long as possible.  In order to be safe and comfortable in our homes as we age, there will be a need to make some safety-related additions (such as lift chairs and walk-in tubs) or even a comprehensive remodeling plan put into place.  There are many reasons why you and your family might want to consider "Aging In Place" for your future, and there are steps you can take now to begin to prepare for that eventuality.
     
    First, let's examine how staying in one's home, where years of memories have been created and one feels comfortable and familiar, can be very beneficial to our health and well-being.
     
    Home Is Where The Heart Is
     
    After years in a home where a family was raised and where we still gather together to celebrate and reunite, we naturally become attached and develop the sense of "roots" that give us security.  It is also a place that remains the same while we are going through the changes that come with aging.
     
    Home Can Protect You
     
    Many people don't think about it, but moving to an unfamiliar environment can actually pose safety hazards. Having the increased control of one's environment at home is another good reason to consider aging in place.
     
    Cost Savings At Home
     
    The cost for institutional care today is very high and becoming more expensive as time passes.  Unfortunately, it can be out of the question for those without the financial means necessary.  Even our current economic situation is encouraging many to consider aging in place as an alternative to nursing home care or assisted living.
     
    Ultimately by staying in your home as long as possible, you will realize physical and mental health benefits as well as cost savings.
     
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Some of the great lift chair manufacturers featured on Lift Chairs 101.
  • Pride Mobility
  • Golden Technologies
  • Med-Lift
  • Winco
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