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A Guide to Powerchairs

No Comments 31 October 2010

A Guide to Powerchairs

A powerchair is essentially a wheelchair fitted with two electric motors, that doesn’t need to be pushed. They are driven using a joystick style controller, which is on the armrest. The controller can usually be on either armrest, and so is suitable for left or right hand use.

Most electric wheelchairs have a range of around 20 miles, whilst some will travel for up to 30 miles before the batteries need charging. The maximum speed is usually 4mph, but some newer models are capable of 6mph, but they cannot be used on the road unlike road a legal mobility scooter.

For some people a powerchair will be more suitable than a mobility scooter. Electric wheelchairs can usually be configured to a user’s exact requirements, thanks to the adjustable armrests and leg rests, and some models even have specialised seating options available.

Traditionally powerchairs were not designed to be transported, and so were very difficult to dismantle. Nowadays, most electric wheelchairs are transportable, and some are very easy to dismantle. Powerchairs are using technology and features found on mobility scooters such as easy to remove battery packs, and easy to dissemble components that may mean the user doesn’t need any additional help in order to transport or recharge the electric wheelchair.

In the past, electric wheelchairs were ideal for indoor use, but less so for outdoor use. As the technology and design has progressed, most powerchairs are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Bigger wheels and suspension are fitted as standard on some models of electric wheelchair. Whilst some models of powerchair have additional rear wheels fitted for off-road stability. Electric wheelchairs are available with front, rear or mid wheel drive. Rear or mid wheel drive powerchair are the most popular and ideal for using outdoors as well as indoors.

If the powerchair is going to be used in the home as well as outdoors, for example, it is important to ensure that the powerchair is suitable, comfortable and provides the right level of support. A 6mph high-performance electric wheelchair designed for use outside is not necessarily suitable for all day use in a small flat.

Most models of electric wheelchair have a range of additional extras available. These can include different leg rests, armrests, oxygen tank holders, and in some cases a different seating system. Some powerchairs are available with elevating seats so that the user can reach items on a work surface, on a shelf, or in a cupboard, that are normally out of reach of powerchair users.

Another option for someone who uses a traditional style of wheelchair is to add a battery pack and motor to the wheelchair. This will then turn the wheelchair into an attendant controlled powerchair. This is a good option if the attendant regularly pushes the wheelchair up hills, or wants to be able to be able to go up hills. The only downside to this option is that the user isn’t independent and has to rely on someone to push them around. However, this can be a good compromise between a traditional wheelchair and a powerchair.

A powerchair can help to maintain or bring back independence. As they are easy to operate and maintain, electric wheelchairs can make a significant difference to the quality of life.

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IntriCon Reports 2010 Third-Quarter Results

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IntriCon Reports 2010 Third-Quarter Results
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Adjustable Beds – the breakthrough discovery for a sensational sleep – by Daryl plaza

No Comments 30 October 2010

Adjustable Beds – the breakthrough discovery for a sensational sleep
If you just started looking at adjustable beds, then this type of bed, you’ll be surprised at the benefits that you will receive. Electric adjustable beds are a blessing for a lot of people. If you have medical needs like osteoarthritis, asthma, spinal stenosis, varicose veins, or have neck or back pain, these adjustable lift beds will show you they way. Quality sleeping is an every-evolving path, with manufacturers and technology constantly enhancing existing designs or creating a completely new one. Adjustable beds come in two styles, standard and heavy duty. The sizes will depend on your needs (twin, Queen, King and full size). These beds don’t use normal mattresses, you will need an adjustable bed mattress, which is made using latex foam, air, and coil springs. These beds evenly distribute your body weight to help relieve pressure on the neck and your legs. It also helps offset acid reflux and heartburn at night while you sleep. Make sure that you choose the right mattress for you. If your mattress is too soft then you won’t get the proper support and wake up sore and tired from your muscles working all night. On the other side having a very firm mattress can work against you too by not supporting the lighter parts of your body and give you poor circulation. Everyone has different comfort levels and the only one that will know what it is will be you. So research and choose your adjustable mattress carefully.
Special features of adjustable beds
Finding the best adjustable bed possibly is very important not only for your health but if it’s in your home you want a nice looking bed that will fit your décor and not look as if it were a hospital bed. Some of the special features that are in these beds and benefit you are the three types of adjustments that can be accomplished. First the total height you want your bed for easy access. Second would be the ability to adjust the angle of your head. And thirdly you can raise your legs slightly or even your knees. The adjustable beds are run by a noiseless motor that operates the bed mounts and the bed massage feature. Having a special heat option will allow those sore and aching muscles to feel more at ease or keep you warm on a cold night.
The basics in choosing an adjustable bed.
An adjustable bed consists of true basic parts, the mattress and the bed base. The base comes in two typical types – commercial and regular use. The commercial is your typical hospital adjustable bed and would not be too eye appealing in your home, that is why there is the very durable regular style. Make sure you pay attention on the frame construction and get the most heavy duty you can without losing the look of an elegant piece of furniture. Look to make sure the bed has quality motors and are CSA approved and UL listed. Also insure that there are not stray wires and has a plug in feature and is a polarized modular system. One more thing that you should look for is that the adjustable bed will incline at least 50 degrees at the feet and head. The ideal incline would be 60 degrees. Remember to research manufacturer and read reviews on their beds and you will find the right be for you.

Daryl plaza is the owner of a website that is designed with resources and reviews that will help you learn more about the benefits of your health by using a adjustable bed

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Electric Power Mobility Powered Wheelchair Powerchair Reviews

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Adjustable Beds – Not Just For The Elderly! – by

No Comments 27 October 2010

Adjustable Beds – Not Just For The Elderly!

In an ever increasing market for the ultimate Sleep System, most people still believe that the Adjustable Bed which was originally used in Hospitals and Homes for the Elderly are still that. A bed that can help the elderly in and out of bed! Although they are extremely helpful in these situations, they can also be very important for anybody in today’s lifestyle. Now any sincere knowledgeable mattress salesman won’t push the watching TV or reading in bed, it’s not something that we should recommend. But with today’s lifestyles, this has become a normal way of life for some people. Sitting in bed watching TV, working to make the big deadline is OK, if that’s your choice. But propping up two pillows every 3 minutes is probably not doing any good to your back or any other part of your body for that matter. If this sounds like you, maybe your next mattress purchase should have an adjustable base as well. There are many “side affects” from poor sleep and sleep habits that might also be a clue for you to check out the benefits of the adjustable bed. Some of the health issues are back problems, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, circulatory problems, gastric reflux at night, snoring, breathing problems. Not only does an adjustable bed provide serious convenience with regards to helping people in and out of bed but there are many health benefits that can be taken advantage of for anyone. Tossing and turning at night on their mattress is the most common reason that people don’t sleep well at night. The main reason people toss and turn at night is pressure points; traditional coil and spring mattresses put pressure on different areas of your body causing restricted circulation to those areas, when your body becomes uncomfortable you turn to a new position. Another reason for tossing and turning is improper spinal alignment. All traditional mattresses are flat but our bodies are curved, the traditional mattress fails to offer the lumbar region enough support often allowing your lower back and hips to sink below the rest of your body. This causes pressure and discomfort in that area which causes your body to turn to a new position. Adjustable sleep systems offer you several great benefits. Obviously, the adjustable base is only that, an adjustable base. To get all the benefits out of your adjustable base you need the proper mattress to work with it. Together they can create a totally pressure free environment while you sleep. Many studies have been done with the space program; the best known is the creation of memory foam. But there is more that was learned from the way astronauts sleep in space. Well our astronauts sleep in a totally pressure free environment experience all the time, floating in space. In studying the way astronauts sleep in space we have discovered a few interesting things. First off, their heads stay slightly elevated allowing for easier breathing. Secondly and probably more importantly, we see that their knees naturally bend and elevate slightly above the heart. This position takes pressure off the spine and allows for increased blood flow to the heart. Only an adjustable bed can mimic this extremely comfortable and healthy position. Keeping your body in our natural sleep position reduces the pressure on your skeletal frame more than 85% ensuring you will get the deepest most restful sleep possible. What to Look For An adjustable sleep system consists of two parts, the base and the mattress. The Base: There are really two types of adjustable beds, the commercial model used in Hospitals and regular consumer models. The commercial product is very heavy duty and usually has rails on the sides to help someone pull themselves up. These models are extremely expensive and are not very esthetically pleasing for home use, unless your health requires it. – Concentrate on the frame construction; you want the heavy duty construction with the look of an elegant piece of furniture. Preferably, a regular box spring appearance giving you the ability to dress it how you like it. – Look for quality motors at the “head and foot.” Make sure they are UL Listed and CSA approved. Preferably a Freefall Design so the head and foot sections lower by gravity only, this will ensure the motor gets extended life. Also ensure that it’s equipped with insulated rubber wheels for smooth, quiet operation. – A Polarized “Modular” electrical system is the way to go as it ensures you won’t have any stray wires and with the plug-in feature makes service a snap. – Look for at least a 50 degree incline at “both head and foot”, 60 degrees is optimal. – Make sure the legs have threaded glides allowing you to adjust the height of the bed to your liking. – Now depending on your preference, make sure there’s the availability of a massager. I don’t know about you but I like the massager, it provides that little bit extra pampering you need at the end of some days. Some brands you have no choice, either you get it and pay for it or you can’t get it. Having a choice is always nice. – Same goes for the remote, it’s nice to have the choice between wired or wireless. The Mattress: Your mattress is the single most important component of any bed, adjustable or not, even if your foundation was the corner of 4th and Main. The proper mattress should provide the proper support, pressure relief and spinal alignment even in this situation. – Many companies only offer coil and spring mattresses with their adjustable bases. This is not exactly the best case scenario. The coil and spring mattresses are not very pliable and don’t really work well with an adjustable base and often need replacing every five years. – There are other very luxurious choices “at a fraction of the price” that you would benefit from with use of your adjustable base. All are designed to offer you pressure relief, proper spinal alignment and a more breathable sleep surface. Air Mattress Beds work well with the adjustable base when they are equipped with horizontal chambers, the chambers follow the contour of the bed nicely. Although this works well, it’s still not the optimal choice. – Try looking at a Memory Foam or Latex mattress, these mattresses are made from highly specialized foams and are more durable and pliable than coils and springs, as a result they will work in unison with the adjustable base to provide you with the ultimate adjustable sleep experience. Not to mention your mattress will most probably last for its intended life and these foam mattresses can go for twenty years. – The final tip is to stay away from the deal that promises, “Mattress Included” rarely does this mean your getting any quality in the mattress they’re giving you. Just “FOAM” doesn’t mean Memory or Latex foam; check it out to make sure. So depending on your lifestyle or if your health dictates (I hope this isn’t the case) check out all the health and convenience benefits of a quality adjustable bed, but don’t forget the “quality” mattress!!

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