WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFTCHAIRS

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Although a lift chair resembles a normal reclining chair, most people are not aware of what a lift chair exactly does or who actually benefits from this device.

A lift chair has additional features than a normal reclining chair and it is considered as a medical equipment which can be used in an upright or reclined position with just a push of a switch. Its distinctness is that it has a powerful lifting system capable of triggering to tilting the base and back of the chair forward enabling the user to easily get into a standing position. The user is also able to operate the device by pushing buttons on a remote instead of using a lever or switch manually. These kinds of chairs are known in various terms but it all refer to the same chair. Most importantly, whether it is a Smokey Dawson, Lift homecare, medical lift, adjustable lift, or electrical lift it all refers to the same thing.

Lift chairs can be customized to suit your exact needs as it is available in different sizes and styles with many optional features.

Benefits of a Lift Chair

A lift chair is the best choice for anyone having difficulty transferring from a seated position to standing due to limited mobility or issues with balancing. In addition to assisting to simply standing up and sitting down its benefits are beyond limits. The optional feature of heat and massage provides therapeutic benefits to those with back pain, arthritis, stiff or sore joints, and many other related conditions. It could also be used for relaxing purposes such as watching television, read or exercise related activities. Some people even prefer to sleep on it rather than their bed due to the different positions available. Most lift chairs can be reclined to a flat position and also modified to different angles and elevated for better comfort. It is also the best solution for people who need to keep their feet elevated while seated or asleep.

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The Place to find a Lift Chair

Lift chairs are available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide, tailor-made to suit any need of the user, even if it is a compact chair to fit into a tight space or larger twin motor chair for much stronger usage. The chair could also be covered in the available material according to the customer’s liking and room décor depending on the brand. ILS assures reliable, great pricing, and friendly delivery service whether it is on hire, rent or bought outright.

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Products

Independent Living Specialists has more than 30 lift chairs in their stores from some of the leading brands such as Days Healthcare, Drive Medical, K Care, Pride, Royale, S.M.Homecare and Topform. Furthermore, Mayfair select recliner electric chair, Stella electric recliner chair, and Pride C5 electric recliner chair are some of the most popular lift chairs available at ILS. The lift chairs available vary to suit persons weighing 100kgs to 225kgs. Online customers are provided free shipping to the door Australia wide.

A quiet and smooth three position single motor lift system. The Price C5 is an excellent choice for an affordable medium to large chaise lounger.

A quiet and smooth three position single motor lift system. The Price C5 is an excellent choice for an affordable medium to large chaise lounger.

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ADVANTAGES OF A MANUAL AND ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS

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A wheelchair is an important device that gives the user a sense of independence to move about freely and improve mobility with or without a caregiver. Using a wheelchair does not hinder the daily activities despite the decreased mobility. In addition to carrying out your daily chores easily, this device has many social and mental health advantages.

Wheelchair Types

There are various kinds of models and brands of wheelchairs with differing specifications and advantages. However, this device generally comes in two types such as a manual wheelchair and a motorized wheelchair. A manual wheelchair comes as a self-propelled wheelchair which is manipulated by the user and the other being, a transit wheelchair which is pushed by the caregiver. A motorized wheelchair has a motor and rechargeable battery controlled by a joystick on the armrest, which requires very little force from the user and controlled and managed easily.

Although the correct wheelchair depends on the nature of the user’s disability or limited mobility and how it will be used, the advantages are numerous regardless of what type of wheelchair is chosen.

Ultralight portable wheelchair, Breezy Basix 2 folding wheelchair and Omega lite transit wheelchair are 3 popular manual wheelchairs and Titan Power Chair, Travel Lite folding power chair and Cobalt travel power wheelchair are some of fast-moving motorized wheelchairs available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide.

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Elevated Self-Reliance

The electric and manual wheelchairs assist the user to move around and engage in daily chores without any help. An electric wheelchair, especially, is able to increase self-reliance due to its easy maneuvering and capability of moving without tiring the user.

The manual wheelchair is also capable of providing extra resilience for the user and caregiver. A person with limited mobility may not be able to walk without help and a wheelchair is capable of decreasing the dangers and anxieties of falling at home or outdoors and assist to move about confidently.

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Maneuverability

Wheelchairs have been manufactured especially to maneuver and adapt to small areas making it the best device to move about at home. There are much stronger wheelchairs manufactured for outdoor activities and usable on rough grounds such as hills and sidewalks.

A wheelchair can be used combined with other mobility aids or types of transport. For example, transit wheelchairs are lightweight and perfect for travelling on vacation and similarly, most public transport services are accessible by wheelchair and both motorized and manual wheelchairs could easily embark and disembark the vehicle with ease.

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Socializing

Mingling, socializing and taking part in friendly gatherings could sometimes be a difficult task for those with limited mobility. It is a known fact that socializing is important for the wellbeing of emotional and physical health. Therefore, maintaining a healthy social life is very important.

A wheelchair and other mobility aids are an asset to those with limited mobility and these devices permit the user to enjoy their most preferred social activities continuously, regardless of walking around the local park, visiting the local mall or going to a gallery or cinema. The active lifestyle a wheelchair provides often results in a having confident attitude towards life.

CONQUERING MOVABILITY THREATS IN THE BATHROOM

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Steering yourself in the bathroom is sometimes the most troublesome chore to experience on a daily basis when a person is faced with a mobility challenge. Just the thought of it makes a person feel tired and lifting a leg over the bathtub or shower saddle or balancing your step on a wet, slick floor can make a person feel absolutely terrified.

However, there are ways and means of conquering these threats.

Worrying days about re-modelling the bathroom to suit your immobility is over now, as there are inexpensive bathroom solutions for your safety

There are many options available and a definite solution for every immobile person. However, choosing the correct bath accessory with the guidance of a physical therapist or healthcare provider is advisable.

Grab Rails

This suction grab rail provides great extra support in the bathroom, shower and toilet. It could be easily installed and removed and fixed in any other area. This is also ideal to take along when travelling.

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Tub Rails

The tub rail and tub mount is the perfect appliance for any tub. This powder-coated steel bath rail is adjustable and can be fastened directly on to the side of the bathtub. It is perfect for entering and exiting the tub. It can also be used by a person weighing up to 100kg.

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Toilet Riser or Frame

A toilet riser or frame can be placed on a toilet seat reducing the distance from the toilet seat to standing upright, making it perfect for post-surgery recovery. The raised toilet seat has arms that swing back, adjustable height and manufactured to fit most standard toilets.

A toilet frame is an appliance that is placed under the toilet seat to support balance from seated to standing position. Both these accessories are ideal for those with limited mobility. The over toilet aid-aluminium manufactured with strong rust-proof aluminium with a lifetime warranty against rust. It includes a plastic seat and lid clip off to simplify hygienic and easy cleaning. In addition, the anti-slip rubber tips offer strength and balancing on wet floors.

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Bath Lift

A bath lift is an ideal way to relax in the tub. It is the best way to enjoy your bath without being concerned about falling when exiting the tub. It is a comfortable chair that could be placed inside the tub and operated with a remote control.

The Deltis standard bath lift is the most sought-after device. It comes in two parts for easy installation, removal and transport. Manufactured with the best quality material makes it the safest and comfortable device without any servicing required.

A proper action plan and knowledge on products available will help to eliminate fears of using the bathroom and conquer movability threats.

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Bath Seats

Bath seats are a perfect source of support to keep one’s balance and privacy while being independent and It will not be difficult to find a seat to fit your tub or shower among the vast array of stools, seats, benches and seats available in the market.

The Bariatric shower chair is one of the popular products which has suction cups to keep the chair safe in your bathtub or shower area. Manufactured with a very strong rust-proof aluminium frame for better strength.

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ASSISTANCE TO CHOOSE A MOBILITY SCOOTER

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Benefits

A mobility scooter is a device that provides exceptional ways of maintaining your freedom, by giving the required assistance to visit friends, family or even visit shops at your command. It is a dependable device, movable with reasonable mobility automation that can be used easily, cost-effective and easy to maintain.

Types of mobility Scooters

Basically, mobility scooters have been manufactured to assist people to increase their independence and make your life easier.

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Small Scooters

These mobility scooters are very light in weight and portable. It could be folded or disassembled and carried, transported or stored. Ideally, it is best suited for smooth and flat surfaces and short distance travels of approximately 20km on a daily basis.

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Medium Scooters

These mobility scooters are suitable for use in different types of outdoor ground and limited indoor areas. It is a good choice for outdoor use and ideal for short to medium distance travels of 20 to 40kms on a daily basis.

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Large Scooters

These scooters can be used on bumpy grounds and high cliffs. This is a wonderful device to be used when travelling long distances of approximately 30 to 50kms on a daily basis.

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Choosing the appropriate scooter

Firstly, decide where or what type of environment the scooter will be used. If the device is to be used indoors permanently, a small scooter is an ideal device due to its easy movability and small turning circle.

The outdoor performance of a medium scooter is splendid in addition to limited indoor use.

Large scooters are capable of riding well on uneven areas due to its advanced suspension systems.

Consider the distance that has to be travelled daily and how far a fully charged battery can drive. Usually, large scooters are equipped with a battery that can be fully charged. However, it is noteworthy to know that a fully charged battery is affected when the device stops, starts, climbs hills and according to the weight that is being carried.

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The Envoy series, brings an outstanding addition to the Drive range of mobility scooters, with a brilliant performance similar to much bigger models.

User’s Weight

It is important to check the maximum weight the device can carry. Ideally, choosing a scooter that can carry more than a person’s weight is the best option. This comes in helpful when extra power is required especially when climbing hills.

Scooter Transportation

If a scooter needs to be transported on an off public transport, it is best to check with the local transport providers if your scooter could be transported according to its dimensions. If it is being transported in the car boot, ensure the scooter could be disassembled or folded to fit the boot.

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Scooter Storage

Finding a place in your home to store the scooter where it is easily reachable is very important. It should also be stored in a safe and secure place and away from a wet environment.

Taking Care of the Scooter

The mobility scooter needs to be looked after carefully. In order to prolong the battery’s lifetime, it should be charged daily. Just like any other vehicle, this should also be serviced regularly at least once a year. Although mobility scooters are sturdy and long lasting, these should not be exposed to wet weather and also used in the rain.

BENEFICIAL SUGGESTIONS WHEN TRAVELLING WITH A MOBILITY DEVICE

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Most people travel during summer and in this day and age, those with limited mobility need not be confined to their homes. Mobility Scooters and power chairs are currently being manufactured to be portable and any immobile person can make their next vacation memorable with these branded mobility devices.

Air Travel

Travelling with a compact mobility device by air to any fascinating seaside haven is a simple matter nowadays. However, it’s always better to check with the chosen airline before taking the device aboard. Some of the Pride range of mobility devices are ideal for air travel. These are comfortable, lightweight and can be folded easily for storage before boarding the flight. The CTC suspension assists in a smoother ride and one-hand feather touch disassembling make the scooter or wheelchair the best mobility device to be taken along wherever needed. Pride S19 Deluxe folding mobility travel scooter is an ultra-lightweight folding mobility device that needs very little space once it’s folded or dismantled and equipped with a lithium battery that provides a longer drive range. This is considered as a wheelchair by airlines and does not affect the baggage allowance.

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Train Travel

A trip across the country by train is a lifetime adventure enjoyed by many people. However, inadequate space for luxury mobility devices could possibly be an issue for those who are immobile. Pride, Shoprider, Invacare and Drive Medical are some of the well-known brands that have introduced portable motorized devices that are easy to manage where there is limited space, with feather-touch disassembling and lightweight. The Pride Go-GO LX Mobility scooter with CTS suspension is one of the most advanced travel devices in the market and a great travel partner to depend upon.

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Hit the Trail

Pride, Days, Healthcare, Breezy, Otto Bock and Invacare are some of the well-known brands providing portable motorized wheelchairs if a person needs to tour the country by road. Most of these have features of feather-touch disassembling with a single hand. Therefore, whenever you feel like stopping somewhere to savor the sights and rest your tired feet, it could be made possible with a mobility device to suit your needs. Pride’s Pathrider 10 mobility scooter’s performance is high with puncture proof tyres, automatically connected front to back harness and easy drive tiller with wrap-around handles for safety and easy steering.

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Set a Sail on the Seas

When setting a sail in the mid seas for an enjoyable luxury cruise, have a look at every corner of the cruise ship with one of the many motorized portable scooters available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide.

These devices are able to navigate through small hallways and move around in the elevator from one deck to another. It can drive along the top deck to watch the waves or look around the shops in the lower decks. Bright LED lighting boosts visibility for activities in the evening. The built-in USB charging port is able to power a cell phone while being driven.