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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - House Calls
    enough to fit through all doorways Where does the client primarily use the mobility product indoors or outside This may prompt a decision in the case of a scooter as to whether it should be a three wheel smaller turn radius or a four wheel model superior stability for outdoors Will the equipment navigate narrow thresholds and ramps to provide access to the living space In the case of steeper inclines do stabilizers need to be added to ensure client safety Is the equipment set to the right height to provide ease of transfer for the client to sitting surfaces Do adjustments need to be made on the floor to seat height of the wheelchair for smooth access to toileting desks work surfaces or beds Is the weight of the mobility product right for both self propulsion and caregiver needs within the home environment In the case of a wheelchair will the client be dining at a regular table and if so do the arms of the wheelchair allow the client to sit close to the table or does the wheelchair need to be equipped with desktop arms or a functional tray Preventing Accidents in the Bathroom The bathroom can be a dangerous area for both able bodied people as well as those with disabilities or restricted mobility A home inspection ensures the selection and installation of bathroom safety equipment that is ideally suited to the client s living space Here are a few checkpoints that will be considered during an in home assessment Are grab bars needed Can they be connected to wall studs for safe installation and still provide the client with proper functionality Does the bathroom have enough space around the toilet to install toilet safety frames What is the current height of the toilet and does it need to be raised with the installation of a toilet elevating device or the addition of a raised toilet seat to assist the client in transfer Which bath stool will safely fit into the width of the base of the tub Additionally it can be determined if there is a need for and space available to accommodate a shower transfer bench Can a handheld shower be installed for the customer to use while sitting on a shower stool or a shower transfer bench Should the bathtub have anti slip strips installed to help prevent a sudden fall Is a bath lift required to lower and raise the patient in and out of the bathtub Determining the use of either a water powered or low voltage power system to operate the lift will be dependent upon the ease of access to a water supply Ensuring Bedroom Comfort and Safety Like the bathroom the bedroom is a high usage area in the home Again a home assessment inspection is critical to ensuring optimum safety and comfort for each client s unique needs There are many areas that a trained healthcare professional can be of assistance to caregiver and client Does the

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Incontinence
    than just a conversation Accidents are a common occurrence when someone starts to experience dementia or neurological degeneration and they can cause a lot of distress Make sure to deal with any accidents quickly and calmly and then talk to your loved about finding a discreet product to help manage the situation If forgetfulness is part of the issue consider reminding him or her to use the bathroom throughout the day and start establishing a routine for bathroom visits and changings Family members who are fully or partially disabled will likely require help using the toilet which will be difficult for both parties to get used to at first Work together on a plan and listen to one another s suggestions and concerns Eventually you ll find a solution that suits you both and the embarrassment will disappear Choosing the right incontinence products see below can go a long way in preventing leakage and ensuring that your loved one s clothing and dignity are preserved Choosing the Right Incontinence Products There are a number of products available for people experiencing incontinence The right product for your loved one will depend on the nature of his or her condition Pads and liners are appropriate for people who are only starting to face these issues or whose incontinence is relatively mild in nature These products are available for day and night use and allow the user to discreetly manage the problem without major embarrassment Caregivers often prefer this product as well because it makes for easy changing i e you can dispose of the pad without having to replace the entire garment TENA is one of the leading manufacturers of pads for people who face more severe incontinence issues than regular drug store brands are able to provide for They offer products specifically tailored for both women and men It is important to make sure that your loved one uses snug fitting underwear so that the pad stays securely in place Washable mesh comfort pants can be worn with these products to ensure that they fit appropriately Pull on underwear products such as TENA Women Moderate Absorbency Underwear and TENA Men Underwear Super Plus are more suited for users with moderate to heavy bladder weakness Designed to look and feel like everyday underwear these products provide both discretion and protection for those who are incontinent but are still able to manage their own hygiene Caregivers may also choose to use this product with a person who is able to weight bear while changing Diaper style briefs while often viewed as a last resort option are likely going to be necessary for people who are fully incontinent and completely dependent on a caregiver for personal care Your loved one may be resistant to the idea of using a diaper because it is perceived to lack dignity but help him or her understand that avoiding the embarrassment of an accident is well worth the initial disconcertion Diapers offer better absorbency and fit than underwear

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Lift Chairs
    a fall and reduce the strain on joints Here are few aspects of your life that your lift chair should fit Fit Your Mobility Requirements It s important to see if the chair is the right fit for your height weight and mobility requirements For this reason it is important to try the lift chair before you buy it Lift chairs are largely two position or three position The main difference between them is that three position chairs offer the possibility of a full recline Other lift chair models like the Pride Mobility LL 570T Lift Chair offer infinite positioning allowing you to keep the chair in a position that is comfortable and just right for you Often chairs offer additional features depending on your mobility requirements For instance some chairs can be customized to improve posture or reduce pressure for people with spinal curvatures like Kyphosis or Lordosis of the spine People with Parkinson s also report therapeutic benefits when using lift chairs with the massage feature as it can help to calm tremors Massage and heat features together can also be beneficial for people suffering from arthritic problems When you are seated the arms of the chair should be at a level where they can support your weight and provide you sufficient grip The chair back should be relatively high to allow you to maintain good posture as far as possible yet flexible enough to keep you comfortable When you re seated in the upright position your feet should be on the floor and not dangling above it In some cases where people cannot do without the assistance of a lift chair we occasionally recommend the use of a seat assist so that they can sit down and stand up in other rooms of the house However a

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Long Term Care
    much longer Mobility Barriers Precipitate the Move to Long Term Care It has been MEDIchair s experience for more than 25 years in the home medical equipment industry that the catalyst hastening a move to long term care revolves around the mobility of the patient in the home Safety and ease of use in transferring a patient between areas of the home is paramount Examples may include transferring from a bed to a wheelchair or power chair transferring into a bath tub or onto a toilet To the uninformed these mobility issues can be daunting However new advancements in home medical equipment coupled with highly skilled and trained home medical equipment specialists these challenging tasks are becoming increasingly simpler to perform New Products for a Safer Bedroom One product that has allowed many caregivers to keep their loved ones in their home longer is the home care bed New split spring designs enable these beds to be easily installed in small areas where it would be difficult if not impossible to place a conventional bed New pressure relief surfaces mattresses can be applied to home care beds to reduce the risk of bedsores Technology also allows home care beds to be raised independently in both the head and foot areas In fact the entire bed can be raised and lowered to facilitate ease of transfer to a wheelchair These beds also come equipped with side rails for safety providing the caregiver with peace of mind that their loved one will not fall out of bed Another product the overbed table can be a great accessory for both the caregiver and loved one Overhead Lift Track Systems Products that only a decade ago were available exclusively in hospitals and other healthcare institutions have been modified and adapted to the home environment One such product is a noverhead lift and track system At MEDIchair we are installing more of these products than ever before Caregivers find them easy to use and make their tasks simpler and safer The overhead lift and track system can either be permanently installed with tracks to a variety of rooms in the home or temporarily installed in a single room to facilitate the transfer of a patient from their bed into a wheelchair or onto a commode At MEDIchair our home equipment specialists are trained to provide caregivers with a proper assessment and an installation quote for using this technology Caregivers also have the option of obtaining similar functionality using a hydraulic electric portable floor lift Both the overhead system and a hydraulic electric portable floor lift eliminate caregiver back strain and other safety hazards associated with patient lifting Both of these products can be easily adapted for bathing New Products for a Safer Bathroom Having easy access to bathing and toilet needs in the home is critical for the caregiver and their loved one With today s techniques gaining access to the toilet is both easy and inexpensive Facilitating ease of entry onto a toilet is

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Manual Wheelchairs
    Incontinence Lift Chairs Long Term Care Manual Wheelchairs Mobility Scooter Patient Handling Devices Power Wheelchair Stairlifts Van Conversions Bathroom Safety Healthy Back Walking Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Manual Wheelchairs Manual wheelchairs can be very basic or can be designed with highly advanced specialized features Manual wheelchairs are divided into four basic categories folding rigid positioning and sports wheelchairs offer a high level of adjustability and can accept all types of seating systems footrests and arms designed for portability and are effective for travel and storage choice of either steel or aluminum construction footrests are removable as well as arms and wheels on some models a great choice for the more dependent user who does not need maximum efficiency in propulsion they are generally heavier than rigid chairs due to folding cross braces Rigid Wheelchairs eliminates the flex associated with a folding manual wheelchair and offers a higher level of performance lighter weight can be made with steel aluminum or even titanium footrests can be fixed or removable but the frame itself is fixed which means the wheels must be removed and the back folded down to allow for transport in a typical vehicle wide range of seating systems available the choice of the full time independent user due to their high efficiency Positioning Wheelchairs commonly known as tilt wheelchairs they address specific needs no other wheelchair style can do effectively pressure reduction allows for frequent changes in position reducing the occurrence of pressure sores positioning users with a kyphosis forward curve in the upper spine constantly face the floor when seated upright but

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Scooters
    Living Aids Healthy Feet and Legs Home Accessibility House Calls Beds Incontinence Lift Chairs Long Term Care Manual Wheelchairs Mobility Scooter Patient Handling Devices Power Wheelchair Stairlifts Van Conversions Bathroom Safety Healthy Back Walking Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Could not load widget with the id 64 Mobility Scooter Mobility scooters are electric powered personal mobility vehicles They are a perfect solution for excursions to the park getting groceries or visiting friends and family 3 wheel mobility scooters and 4 wheel mobility scooters are available in a variety of sizes to suit your need There are travel scooters that disassemble or fold for storage and travel mid sized multi use scooters and large more robust scooters that can effectively handle more challenging terrain Contact your nearest MEDIchair store and let us assist you in choosing the right mobility scooter to match your lifestyle needs We also have qualified technicians that can adjust and maintain your scooter to ensure that it gives you years of trouble free performance Travel mobility scooter 3 or 4 wheel units designed mainly for use indoors but can be used outside on smooth hard surfaces small wheels provide superior maneuverability in tight spaces easy to dismantle for loading into a vehicle battery range is limited Mid Size Scooter 3 or 4 wheeled units designed for use both indoors and outside larger wheel size makes them easier to use outdoors but good maneuverability allows them to be used in stores malls restaurants and coffee shops wide range of prices and options including full suspension headlights turn signals and power seats somewhat

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Patient Handling Devices
    Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Patient Handling Devices Overhead lifts and floor lifts help healthcare providers and caregivers transfer patients to and from beds in the bathroom and anywhere else that requires lifting of an individual They ease the process of lifting while protecting the health and safety of both the person being lifted and the caregiver performing the lift Your local MEDIchair store will help you determine the best solution provide product training for both client and caregiver and if necessary can provide installation services as well Overhead Lifts A newer and safer method of transferring patients than floor lifts Uses a series of ceiling tracks and an electric lift motor to lift and transfer a patient to various locations Caregiver guides the patient along the track rather than pushing them with a lift along the floor Movement can also be power assisted allowing for independent operation by some individuals A MEDIchair home medical equipment specialist can help determine the best solution whether

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Power Wheelchair
    Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Could not load widget with the id 71 Power Wheelchair Electric wheelchairs also called power chairs are often a more suitable option for those who are physically unable to self propel a manual wheelchair Before purchasing an electric wheelchair be sure to consult with an occupational or physical therapist Electric wheelchairs are available in a wide variety of seat widths depths and heights and feature a number of armrest legrest and seating options Power wheelchairs allow users of every strength to control the electric wheelchair with a joystick but higher end models offer a multitude of alternative control options such as proximity switches sip n puff head arrays infrared switches and magnetic angle sensors just to name a few The three most common types of electric wheelchairs are front wheel drive mid wheel drive and rear wheel drive Front Wheel Drive drive wheels are placed forward of where you sit very stable for uneven terrain or up and down hills climbs over small obstacles well slower

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