5 Ways a Lift Chair Benefits Aging Parents

If your mom needs to move in with you or you have noticed her struggling with simple everyday tasks lately, maybe one option to help her keep her freedom is considering a lift chair. But how do you know what type of chair she needs or if her insurance/Medicare will cover the costs? These are some common questions adult daughters like yourself are faced with.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Lift Chair?

An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who may need help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility. And because lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs–but possess a safety mechanism that can allow them to raise or lower the chair in order to easily stand up or sit down–they provide your senior with a friendly way of regaining their independence. Typically, those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves, yet are able to move around on their own, whether it be with or without a walker.

5 Advantages of Using a Lift Chair

Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

  • Independence
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • Ease of mobility
  • More spacious than normal chairs
  • Reduced risk of injury

Okay, now you know that lift chairs have a multitude of benefits for seniors, but did you know that they are also highly beneficial for the caregiver? Lift chairs allow caregivers two important freedoms:

  • Save time. If your mom is able to use a lift chair to function more independently, that will free up some of your time, allowing you to complete chores that otherwise may not have gotten done. Likewise, instead of having to spend the majority of your time monitoring or supervising your senior loved one to make sure they don’t have an accidental fall or injury, you will now be able to pay attention to other pressing issues, or maybe just enjoy a little “me time.”
  • Increase safety and avoid injury. A recent study showed that roughly 54% of caregivers experienced injuries simply from helping assist their senior. Helping older adults transition from a sitting (or even lying) position imposes a physical strain on the caregiver, potentially resulting in a challenging and dangerous situation for both the caregiver and their senior loved one. It’s important not to neglect your own health, especially at a time when you are being relied upon more than ever.

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). However, if you are concerned about the cost of purchasing a lift chair, be sure to read this article on whether Medicare will cover the cost.

Are you looking for a new lift chair for your senior loved one? Visit our products page or call us at 419.678.4979 and then let us help you find the right fit for your parent!

We are offering $50.00 off a new lift chair in the month of April and visit us to see our new lower prices today!

Resources:

http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/medicare-lift-chair.html

http://www.usmedicalsupplies.com/lift-chairs-for-elderly-benefit-caregivers.htm

Two seniors walking

Is Your Senior Parent Experiencing These Mobility Warning Signs?

Do you know the poor mobility warning signs to watch for in your aging parent to prevent serious injury? Poor mobility in seniors can make it both difficult  and unsafe for them to participate in their normal day-to-day routine. This can lead to falls and injuries that are not only hard to heal, but costly as well.

Warning Signs of Mobility Issues

  1.   Skipping the stairs. Do you notice that your senior is increasingly avoiding taking the stairs or walking long distances? Avoiding stairs and distance walking is a good sign that your parent may be on the road to less travel. Pay attention to how he or she reacts when you suggest taking the stairs or going for a walk. Do they make excuses as to why they should take the elevator instead? Do they tell you they are too busy for a walk? These are good indications that they may be experience trouble moving around easily.
  2.   Trouble with Chairs. As seniors age, it is very common for them to have issues getting in and out of their favorite chair, or any chair for that matter. If you notice your senior increasingly asking for help with getting in and out of their chair, leaning on you for extra support or just avoiding getting out of their chair as often as usual, you will need to address this quickly. Sitting too long can lead to painful sores, stiff joints, weight gain and mood decline.
  3.   Numbness or lack of sensitivity. Losing feeling in the joints is a common indicator of loss of movement and coordination. Has your loved one mentioned not being able to feel their feet or other areas of their body? Or do they avoid talking about it, but you notice they are moving around differently? It may be safe to assume that they are starting to develop mobility issues. Be proactive and contact their doctor to find out ways in which you can prevent further progression of the numbness issues.

A few other areas to show precaution to when dealing with mobility issues are muscle weakness, muscular rigidity, activity reduction, fatigue and loss of balance. Check in with your parent every week to make sure they are not experiencing any of these issues during everyday activities. Whether it’s visiting or talking on the phone, pay close attention to whether your senior becomes apprehensive about certain activities they were once very comfortable doing. Remember, the sooner you address possible mobility issues, the sooner you prevent further loss of mobility.

Do you believe your senior is experiencing mobility issues? Call us at 419.678.4979 or visitour products page to see how we can help!

 

Resources:

http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org/resources/talking-to-a-parent/signs-it-s-time-for-assisted-living/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/two-questions-can-reveal-mobility-problems-in-seniors-201309186682

http://www.nobilis.co.uk/choosing-and-planning-for-care/76-warning-signs-in-elderly-parents-changes-to-look-for

Why Is my Parent Having Trouble Walking?

Senior helping another walkAs parents age, they tend to have some physical changes and mobility issues indicating they are slowing down. Many of these signs deal with their ability to move around and get going. How do you know your parent is struggling with moving?

Common signs your parents are having mobility problems include:

  • Unsteadiness while walking. Sometime this means the muscles are getting weaker and your parent may have difficulty moving, but sometimes this can be an even bigger issue. Having a conversation with mom or dad about the issue is important in order to understand what is going on with their mobility. You need to make sure there is not another medical issue contributing to their slow moving life now.
  • Difficulty getting in and out of chairs. While aging, it can be difficult to navigate in and out of chairs, especially big, soft chairs that you can sink into. Many times aging adults have this problem because they are not as strong as they used to be and they have not worked on muscle strength in order to be able to get in and out of chairs easily.
  • Slow moving after a fall or muscle strain. Many times moving after a fall when you are older is not an easy task. It takes time to get up and around to do tasks you might have taken for granted. Oftentimes after a fall, aging parents become sedentary because they are afraid of falling again. To help them regain strength and mobility you might need to get them therapy. Falling is the biggest fear of aging adults and recovery after falling can be most difficult.
  • Muscle weakness or joint problems. By not staying active it can be very damaging as you age. You will not have the muscle strength to move like you used to. It is very important to encourage your aging parents to stay active so they will not lose muscle mass.

If your parent has any number of these signs they need your attention and maybe a medical expert’s advice as well. You want and need to understand why mom or dad has mobility problems. Your goal is to help them reduce risks and work on building their strength in order to stay strong.

Tips for helping parents improve their mobility

  • Encourage them to stay active to build or retain strength.
  • Reduce hazards in the home for falls.
  • Make sure to report any reoccurring falls to medical experts.
  • Help them understand the aging process for them.

 

Creating ease of mind in the winter months ahead

Recently a friend came in the shop and was very worried about her mom getting around at the grocery store. She knew her mom was capable, but with winter weather coming, she worried about her falling or slipping. I recommended she look at a walker or maybe even a scooter. These mobility tools could ease her mind and help her mom be confident as she performed her daily tasks.

Are you concerned with your parents’ mobility and wonder what to do? Visit our Coldwater store and we will help you find the right fit for your parent.

We still have $150.00 off scooters in the store! Stop by and let us help you!

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Scooter

Lite Rider scooterAre you noticing difficulty getting around your home? How about trying to get in and around the grocery store? As we age, sometimes it is hard to admit we need help with mobility. Mobility scooters are popular to help maintain independence and get around in your everyday life.

However, purchasing a scooter can become a task. How do you do it? Where do you start? Where do you go?

Here are 5 tips to help you make a smart buying decision for your mobility scooter.

  1. Weight. Yes we never want to talk about weight, but it’s essential when it comes to buying a mobility scooter. If your weight is over 250lbs., then you will need to purchase a more durable scooter to carry you. Every mobility scooter has a maximum weight capacity so you need to make sure you find one that fits you.
  2. Maneuverability. Where do you plan to use the scooter? If you plan to use the scooter in a supermarket or home, you might need a scooter with a tighter turning radius. Usually a 3-wheeled scooter has the best turning radius, but make sure it fits your other needs as well. When purchasing a scooter, they can demonstrate the turning capability so you can see it fits your daily tasks.
  3. Arms & Seat. If you are in and out of your scooter frequently you probably want arms that rotate back and allow you to easily get on and off the scooter. As for the seat, if you are just on and off the scooter frequently, then the standard seat is probably fine. However, if you spend a great deal of time on your scooter, you might want a more comfortable seat with extra padding to fit your needs.
  4. Transportability. One very important factor when purchasing a scooter is how you will transport it. How can you transport it with ease? If you plan to travel with your scooter, you want one that can be dismantled easily or one that you can load and take with you without a hassle. Sometimes this can be a challenge because until you try loading the pieces in your car, you just don’t know how easy it will be. You should practice with a scooter at the store before purchase, to know how easily you or family can load the scooter.
  5. Where it will be Used. Think about how you live day to day. Will you use your scooter in your home, or outside more? These are important factors to consider when selecting your scooter. If using over a rough terrain frequently, you might want to consider a 4-wheeled scooter. However, if it is mainly for indoor use and needs good maneuverability for tight spaces in your home or store, then you might want to look at the options of a 3-wheeled scooter.

Selecting a mobility scooter is not an easy task, but one that needs careful consideration of how you live your daily life. Is it time to look for a mobility scooter for your comfort and independence to get around where you want to go? We at New Visions offer many models of mobility scooters and would love to help find the right one for your lifestyle.

Stop in and take advantage of $150 off any in-stock scooter for the month of August. We would love to see you and help you get to the places you want to go!