How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.

 

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Do I qualify for home modifications?

Ohio Medicaid recipients may be eligible for home modification services as approved by their case manager through the waiver program.  Programs such as Passport, Ohio Homecare Program (Carestar) and the Department of Developmental Disabilities have active programs to meet the accessibility needs of their consumers.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. works with each of these programs providing exceptional services in the installation of ADA ramps, portable ramps, stairlifts, ceiling lifts, bathroom modifications including but not limited to roll in and walk in showers.  Our expert contractors can handle the most problematic needs of the consumer.  We are also available for Private pay clients who want the professionalism required to maintain the integrity of their home.  Call us for a free consultation and estimate.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc is located in Coldwater, Ohio and services a wide area in Midwest Ohio, Including but not limited to Mercer, Darke, Auglaize, Van Wert, Allen, Shelby counties.

The Importance of Home Accessibility

Nearly everyone is physically disabled at some point in their life, be it a child who is suffering from a sports-related injury (a broken leg, possibly), or an aging loved one who has been confined to a wheelchair for their own safety. Injuries and disabilities happen far more than we would like to admit, which is why it is important that you have a home environment that is safe, barrier-free and can easily adapt to the needs of you or your loved ones.

3 Reasons To Update Your Home Today

  1. Cut out the stress. By updating your home now–to fit possible needs in the near or distant future–you will save yourself a great deal of stress. Whether it is trying to figure out how you will make the changes to your home financially, or determining how you will find someone who can make the changes happen as quickly as possible, planning ahead can help you reduce stress in the long run!
  2. Get the best products. By planning ahead and being proactive, you can assure you are getting yourself the best products on the market. If you are suddenly hit with the task of making your home accessible quickly, you may not have an adequate amount of time to research what products will work best for you or your loved one.
  3. You can find a carrier you trust. It is important that you find a company that you can trust fully, one that will be there for you when you need them the most. Suddenly realize that you don’t have a home accessibility product that you need? No problem! Call up your local retail store/carrier and have the product delivered and installed in a timely fashion. Plus, they can offer you inside advice on what the best products on the market are and why!

If you are looking to get started on making your home accessible today or in the near future, give the professionals at New Visions Medical a call today at 419.678.4979. We will be more than happy to help!

Caregivers Delight in a Lift Chair

30-lift-chair-e1406208618292-225x300No matter what your status is as a caregiver, you want to make your aging loved one feel mobile and free. Many times aging adults don’t want to be a bother and don’t know how to ask for the assistance they actually need and want.
When is comes to mobility in the home, a lift chair is a great save. Not only do you and your aging parents want to have mobility and freedom, but also they want to do if safely.  A lift chair can take the burden off the caregiver and give the aging adult the freedom to move about without assistance for every move to and from the kitchen, bathroom, or living area.

3 things a lift chair can do for caregivers:

  1. Provide Safety. Too many accidents result from a patient falling when trying to sit or stand up. Very slight missteps can have devastating effects on the physical and mental health of the patient.  A recent national study shows 54% of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), reported having injuries by simply helping their patients rise or sit in a chair. Trying to help a patient from a sitting or laying position to stand up can be challenging for both the patient and the caregiver. It is not easy moving someone who is mobility-impaired.
  2. Save Time. When you are not constantly trying to move your loved one from sitting to standing and visa versa, you can spend more time visiting or doing other daily chores that can be helpful. It frees up time to actually do more things that will make their life more rewarding and not a constant battle of, “Help me, I need to go here or there.” It really helps create more time to actually communicate on something besides sitting and standing.
  3. Independence. Nothing like having your independence yanked away as you age! When you invest in a lift chair your loved one can do some of the daily tasks that they really want to do by themselves and not burden their adult children or spouses. They want to keep some sense of being able to get up and move by themselves.

So when you are trying to help your aging parents keep independence and have some mobility at home, maybe it is time to look at a lift chair to ease the burden of the caregiver and the aging adult.

Just recently we had an adult daughter trying to find a way to help her mother get up and about around the house. Her mother just wanted some privacy and the ability to move around on her own without help. However, she was troubled with getting in and out of chairs. We recommended one of our new lift chairs and she loved it. Not only did her mother like it, but also she came back and got another one for her dad. Lift chairs are safe and easy to use to allow your aging parents to keep some independence and move around on their own. Stop by and see our new and latest models.

Want to check out our newest lift chairs? Stop by New Visions and try one out today…