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Using The Proper Wheelchair Will Make Your Everyday Life Easier
If you have an injury or a health problem that restricts your mobility, you can achieve the independence you desire with a wheelchair that's just right for you. Wheelchairs are constructed for people of every size, shape, and age, and have features designed to meet the many diverse interests of users and appropriate for the various levels of assistance required. Important factors to consider when choosing a wheelchair is the type of terrain and the general weather conditions with which you have to cope. There are wheelchair accessories as well as wheelchair ramps and lifts that will make life easier and more convenient if you experience life on wheels, permanently or temporarily.
The two broad categories of wheelchairs are manual chairs, powered by the users, and electric wheelchairs, powered by batteries. If you have reasonable upper body strength, you will probably be happy with a manual wheelchair, and it is only a matter of choosing one that fits you both physically and in terms of your lifestyle.
A Manual Wheelchair Is Lightweight and Easy to Transport
If you can propel a wheelchair with your arms, a manual chair is the least expensive chair, has no batteries to recharge, and the fact that it is lightweight makes traveling with it and transporting it relatively easy.
1. The standard manual wheelchair has fixed armrests, and footrests that are fixed but can be adjusted up and down. These chairs are built of steel, chrome, or aluminum, and the material used affects both the weight and price of the chair.
2. The detachable manual wheelchair has detachable armrests or footrests or both, and is especially appropriate if you cannot bear weight on your legs.
3. An orthopedic wheelchair is a good choice if you have hip or knee problems because it has a number of elevation footrests, allowing the legs to rest in various raised positions.
4. A reclining wheelchair with its reclining backrest is useful if you have difficulty in sitting upright or need to lie down frequently.
5. A wheelchair appropriate for a child must be suitable for the school environment and social setting of the child, and, if it is for long-term use, must be able to "grow" with the child. This means that it is not only important to find one with removable armrests and footrests, but also one that allows you to replace the crossbrace and the front frame sections.
6. Lightweight chairs vary in weight from twelve pounds to forty-five pounds and were originally designed for wheelchair sports. Today, they have become popular for everyday use because of their cool look and the ease of transporting them.
7. Specialty chairs are built for people who need very large chairs or chairs that can support extra weight, or for people who can propel the chair with only one arm, or whose center of gravity is less common because of leg amputations. There are chairs designed especially for patient in nursing homes; chairs that can be operated by programmable joysticks, head controls, or are voice activated; and chairs for indoor use only. No matter what your special needs are, you can find a chair that is right for you.
A Power Wheelchair is Great if You Need an External Power Source
If you have limited strength in your arms, an electric wheelchair will supply that power for you. Power wheelchairs use either gel cell or wet cell batteries that require regular recharging, and there are several different styles of chair depending on where the battery is mounted. It can be under or behind the seat, on a pedestal mounted on a power platform, within a round platform with the seat fixed to it, or as power-pack attachments, allowing a manual chair to be converted to a power chair. There are also electric scooters for anyone whose difficulty is limited walking and standing ability.
A power wheelchair have a number of disadvantages compared to manual. They are bigger, heavier, and bulkier than manual chairs, and certainly more expensive. They are also difficult and expensive to transport and require regular battery recharging. The advantages, however, far outweigh the disadvantages when they contribute to your well-being. Power chairs are easy to propel and preserve the user's strength and energy for other activities. They also reduce the pain and wear and tear on arms and shoulders from daily use. Power chairs permit continued activity and quality of life even if there is a decline in your body's function. Not only that, but they have become sportier looking (e.g., like the Jazzy power wheelchair), and are no longer as big and bulky as they once were. As well, some models can be folded or disassembled for ease of transport. Check out the recent changes in power chairs.
To reduce the cost, powered wheelchairs can be purchased secondhand, but remember that a used wheelchair doesn't have a transferable warranty from the manufacturer and the price should reflect that fact. If you have a disability, you can often receive assistance in purchasing a needed wheelchair through various charitable organizations, or can have part of the cost covered by your medical insurance. Make your needs known.
Good Wheelchair Accessories Make a Huge Difference in Comfort and Convenience
A good cushion for your wheelchair turns an uncomfortable or acceptable chair into a great chair. The cushion must assist the user in maintaining correct posture to help prevent pressure sores, and allow for good respiration and circulation. There are three main types of cushions:
1. Air floatation cushions are light and waterproof, but are subject to punctures and leaks, and the air pressure has to be checked regularly.
2. Foam cushions are lightweight and inexpensive and available in a range of densities. Unfortunately, they wear out faster than the other two styles and will lose their shape over time.
3. Gel cushions are heavier than the other two styles but are very comfortable. Make sure, however, that you don't buy a product that allows the gel to shift out to the sides, which will cause the cushion to lose its shape.
Other accessories for comfort and convenience are mounting systems to hold communication devices and laptop computers, and restraint systems for securing a wheelchair in a car or van. There are also support aids to assist people to sit upright, to prevent slipping from side to side, and to support the head. Also available are gloves, seat covers, and arm, elbow, and leg pads. There are wheelchair locks and covers as well as car hand-controls and driving controls.
Wheelchair ramps, hoists and lifts allow wheelchair access to buildings that have not been constructed for wheelchair use, and there are automotive lifts and ramps for cars and vans. There are permanent, semi-permanent (using bolts), and portable ramps, and they operate electrically or with hydraulic systems.
You can find information about wheelchairs of every type and style, both new and used, on the Internet. There is a wonderful selection of wheelchair accessories, replacement parts and batteries, exercise equipment, and wheelchair lifts, ramps, and even plans for anyone willing and capable of building a wheelchair ramp. Shop, compare, and order with confidence online. On the Internet, you can find the wheels you need and the means to travel in comfort. Your wheelchair should liberate you; make sure you find one that does.
Solitary Confinement -- for Life
Sixty-five year old Arthur Jones served a self-imposed life sentence - in his own home.
Marketing, Selling, and Serving the Older Adult, Senior Citizens, Family Caregivers
Are your clients pleased by the fine quality service that you provide? Validating your clients' endorsement of you through Certification as a Senior Approved Service will increase your client base. Senior Approved Certification leads a family towards a service like yours side stepping the possibility of connecting with a less than desirable service.
Prevent or Delay Alzheimers Disease
Argh! Where are my glasses? I put them down . . . to do what? And when?
Advocate For Senior Citizens ? Protecting Against Abuse and Fraud
Ruth is 87 years old this year and has been living alone since 1997. She is in good health, however the daily chores around the home became increasingly difficult. Ruth turned to her church bulletin and found a 'Home Care Company' advertised.
The Dryer Ate Your Underwear!
Q: My mom is in the early stages of dementia and she is also incontinent we have tried to get her to stop wearing her underpants and have her start wearing pull-up diapers, she throws the Depends out the door and puts her underpants on. Of coarse we have a lot of laundry! How should I handle this?
Long Term-Care; 70 Million Americans Will Be Over 65 by 2003
We will all grow old; this is a given. We will all have health issues as we grow older, this also is a given. Many people work their whole lives and if they are smart end up with a paid for house and a little nest egg for retirement. This is a good 15% of the population. Good for us as we have a strong middle-class. But whether you are rich or poor there will come a time when you need long-term care. As a matter of fact statistics show tat 10% of use will need long-term care for 3-5 years.
Exercise Walking For Seniors: Preventing Foot Problems
Exercise has a very important role in the general health and the quality of life of everyone, but especially in seniors. Seniors who walk tend to look younger, sleep more soundly and have fewer visits to the doctor. Walking for 30 to 60 minutes four to six days a week will help improve osteoarthritis and decrease the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Walking is the top recreational sport for seniors.
What You Need to Know About Helping Senior Citizens
The Truth About Christmas
Every year, as Christmas approaches, you hear Christmas carols everywhere. Sometimes to the point where another Silent Night would make you want to silent the sound system. Everyone is scrambling to buy Christmas gifts for everyone in a list that seems miles long. The queues to pay up and the queues for a parking lot seem endlessly long too. Christmas cards are sent out to friends and family, some of whom you might not have seen for years. Beautifully decorated christmas trees pop up every where. Buildings are dressed in lights, mistletoes, bells, and other Christmas decorations. Santa Claus, his elves and reindeer are seen every where. Kids get more and more excited as Christmas approach. Even grown ups prepare for the onslaught of Christmas partying during that time of the year. Party dresses are purchased. Everyone gets ready to dress to their nines. In all this excitement, do you know what you are celebrating? What is Christmas actually? It sometimes seems like a brillian invention of the toy makers to push sales of toys to all the parents around the world. A sales marketing ploy of the retail industry. Actually, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Long ago, a little baby was born to a girl who was still a virgin. The baby was born in a manger, among the animals, yet angels proclaimed his birth. Wise men followed a star that marked his birth and presented him with precious gifts, to pay homage to him. It all seemed so beautifully sweet.. until you realise the reason why this child was born. This baby was born to die. To be crucified on the cross while still in his prime. Killed alongside murderers, on the insistence of the crowds, even though he had not committed a crime... days after being welcomed into Jerusalem by crowds of people waving palm leaves, shouting Hosanna, praising him. It was a gruesome death. He was whipped and then his body, all covered with blood, still a live, was nailed to a cross and left to die. Upon his death, the skies turned dark. There was an earthquake The curtain separating the holiest place in the temple in Jerusalem from the rest of the area was torn in two. 3 days later, his tomb was empty and the heavy stone was rolled away. His disciples and those close to him saw him. He spent time with them, ate with them, showing he was alive and not a ghost. Later, while talking to a crowd of people, he rose up in the sky disappeared into the clouds. All this happened for a reason. The first man and women, Adam and Eve disobeyed God. That was the first sin. From then on, every one of us sins. A tiny white lie, doing what we know we shouldn't do... The penalty for sin is death. The only one who did not sin is Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God. Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus. Jesus had to die on the cross to win forgiveness for anyone who chooses to accept his gift. The real Christmas gift. Sounds far fetched? That's why they are called miracles. Miracles are still happening today. All over the world. Check out Lighthouse which has miracle services every Saturday. You can read the pastor's latest sermon each week there too. A good resource that explains every detail of the Christmas story is http://www.answersingenesis.org/ Actually, that site explains the creation vs evolution theories, dinosaurs and a lot more. So the next time the pressures of Christmas preparations drive you up the wall and you wish you could kill the person who invented Christmas, don't worry. You already have.
Why Everyone Over 50 Should be Training for the Senior Games
by Phil Campbell, M.S., M.A., FACHE Senior Games participant and author of Ready, Set, GO! Synergy Fitness - 2nd Edition
10 Tips to Keep a Family Caregiver from Losing Their Mind
Caring full time for a loved one can be a challenging task, and it takes a special person to get the job done right. Patience and compassion are the two top qualities a caregiver must possess in order to be successful. Caring for someone who suffers from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia can be an uphill battle at times. This requires planning on behalf of the caregiver in order to keep from burning out. The following are useful tips on how to remain a hardworking caregiver while maintaining your sanity:
Q: I hate Alzheimer's disease, not only has it robbed me of my husband, but it has taken my life too! I feel like all of my friends have disappeared. I am lonely, and that makes me feel guilty. Help!
New Hope for Alzheimers Treatment
There is now widespread agreement among research scientists and medical professionals that Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a problem quickly growing to vast proportions. As the life expectancy of Americans continues to rise, increasing the percentage of the population over 65 years of age, so does the number of Alzheimer's cases.
Helping Caregivers Get Comfortable Asking For Help
Becoming a care giver might not have been a conscious decision on your part. It may have arrived quietly and unnoticed because you are the adult child of your elderly parents who now require care or you may have a special needs child that exacts your constant attention or a friend or spouse has become very ill and needs your support. In any of these situations the impact of providing constant care is tremendous.
Caring for Aging Relatives
It happens somewhat slowly in the beginning, maybe with a small cough that gets worse as time goes on. It might simply begin with absent mindedness which is totally out of character, followed by total memory lapses. What do we do when our parents eventually need taking care of after they have spent so much of their adult lives taking care of us? What precisely is a child's responsibility to them? Is it self-centered to relocate them into an assisted home? And which siblings should shoulder the responsibility? These are questions which plague families whenever a parent happens to become sick.
Short Trips Can Stimulate Alzheimers Patients
Severe degradation of short-term memory means that my father, an Alzheimer's elder, is seldom interested in movies or books. And, although music used to be a source of enjoyment, he no longer listens with pleasure. Left to his own devices, he sits. . .and sits. . .and sits unless he's sleeping. What to do?
Paying For Elder Care Just Got Easier
It's not a surprise that thousands of families across the nation are facing the challlenges of an aging population. The "sandwich" generation, those who are caring for their children as well as their parents, have been feeling the financial pinch of caring for loved ones. Paying the high cost of Elder Care can cost a family thousands of dollars a month. Too many families are unaware of how utilizing a loved one's life insurance policy can not only pay for Assisted Living and Nursing Home care, but can maintain the standards of living for the remaining spouse.
Stairlifts ? Take the Struggle Out of Climbing the Stairs
Buying a stairlift can have huge benefits for your quality of life, giving you back some freedom and independence. Stairlifts can be adapted to your individual needs, so no matter what your requirements are, there'll be one to suit you. The stairlift company representative who visits your home can assess what type of design would be best for you. There are two main sorts. Straight stairlifts are suitable for staircases that don't have any bends. They glide in a straight line up and down the stairs. If your staircase has corners or curves, a curved stairlift will be necessary to negotiate the turns.
How To Find Affordable Senior Housing
A few years ago Miranda M. became a widow. After a short time her grandson (her only available relative) persuaded her to move across several states to be closer to him.
If Using The Stairs Has Become A Daily Struggle, A Stair lift Could Change Your Life
Using stairs is an everyday nightmare for many people. As we grow older the stairs in our home can become more of a struggle due to mobility problems associated with old age, an accident or illness. Often when out shopping or in a public place an alternative can be found such as a lift or escalator, but the stairs at home can become a daily challenge. Many people who experience difficulty climbing the stairs come to dread having to use them. For people whose bathroom or toilet is upstairs it can be even more of an issue.
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