Hello there and welcome.
With this little blog of mine I am hoping to have a place where I can record the things that I am slowly becoming aware of in my new occupation. I have recently started working as a home support worker and my new choice of occupation is really opening my eyes to things. I am gaining such a good insight into the kinds of things that the people I work with now have to go through each and everyday just to live their lives to the best of their abilities in a way that is at least somewhat satisfying to them.
For starters, I would like to take a look at the use of home lift chair recliners. Before starting my current occupation, I had no clue that there were chairs out there that could rise up and lower down while letting an individual sit safely within it. I have a couple of clients who have these kinds of chairs in their homes. It is really amazing just how much such a chair in their homes has helped to reduce the amount of stress and strain that they must endure just to perform an action such as sitting and standing, an action that most of us would just take for granted. The chair's ability to raise them up to a standing position when they want to get up out of their chair or to gently lower them down into a sitting position in their chair from a standing position is a great enabler. Both functions of the chair are controlled with the use of a hand held remote that is usually attached to the chair via the armrest. i have been told by those in the know that it is very important when getting a lift chair that you buy the size that is the best fit for your body type or width. Failure to do this can mean either an uncomfortable too tight of a fit, or conversely a too loose fit in ther chair which could be
a potential safety hazard if you should find yourself sliding or slipping in the chair while it is in motion.
Of course these mobility devices are really quite safe and have a number of safety features built in. One such feature is the constant pressure switch on most lift chair remotes; the chair stops its operation if the pressure is relived on the switch, which prevents the chair from continuing to move (descend or ascend) when such continued motion would endanger the occupant. Another safety feature that I can recall at this time is the back up battery feature. The presence of a back up battery as an emergency power source means that the chair can be safely operated during any household power outage. Of course during such an occasion the home lift chair might just be one of the most comfortable places to 'ride out the storm'.
It seems like the standard lift chair comes in three general formats or categories: the two positionlift chair, the three position lift chair, and the infinite position lift chair. The two position chair can adjust into two basic seating alignments and is comfortable enough for a session of sitting but not for any time when a more reclined position is preferred. The three position lift chair allows for more variety of seating positions and can even be considered comfortable enough for sleeping in because of how far back it can recline. The infinite position chair takes the flexibility of the three position chair and adds the even greater flexibility of having a footrest that can be adjusted separately from the rest of the chair. Obviously this kind of added adjustment ability makes for an even more comfortable home recliner experience.
see what you can learn when browsing a mobility aids sales brochure?
Okay that about does it for now. Next time I might take a look at what I have recently learned about the use of the personal mobility scooter by many disabled individuals.