How a Lift Chair Could Greatly Benefit You or Someone You Know

How a Lift Chair Could Greatly Benefit You or Someone You Know

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For help in determining which lift chair will best meet your needs, call Derek Gann, 205-538-5692.

While you may not know exactly what a Lift Chair is or who benefits from one, the chances are you have seen one before. That’s because a Lift Chair looks no different from a standard reclining chair – it just has additional features!

What is a Lift Chair? A Lift Chair is a piece of medical equipment that looks similar to a standard reclining chair. The difference is that the Lift Chair contains a powerful lifting system which can be triggered to tilt the base and back of the chair forward, assisting the user in returning to a standing position all with the push of a button.

There are a number of different names used to describe Lift Chairs. You may see them marketed as “Power Lift Recliners”, “Pop-Up Chairs, “3-Position Recliners”, or “Infinite Position Recliners”, but each of these terms refers to the same type of device.

Available in small to large widths, petite to tall heights, cloth, vinyl, or even leather upholstery, and with options including number of positions available, heat, and massage!

Who Benefits from a Lift Chair? Lift Chairs are ideal solutions for anybody who has difficulty transitioning from a seated position to standing due to limited mobility or balance issues. However, the benefits extend far beyond assistance simply sitting down and standing up.

With optional heat and massage features, Lift Chairs provide therapeutic benefits to those with stiff and sore joints, back pain, arthritis, and a variety of other conditions.

Lift Chairs can be used for more than just reclining while watching your favorite television programs. Many individuals even opt to sleep in their Lift Chairs rather than in their beds. Most models can be reclined to a flat position, but can also be modified to different angles and elevations for maximum comfort.  For individuals who must keep their legs elevated while they sit or sleep, Lift Chairs are an ideal solution.

Even individuals who have had surgery in their shoulders, arms, or other areas can benefit from a lift chair. According to one of our customers,

“The ‘pop up chair’ as I call it, has worked out extraordinarily well. I can not imagine going through the recovery without having a chair like what I purchased from you folks. I highly recommend it for anyone having had shoulder surgery of any kind. It’s a must have item, especially if you want to get any sleep at all.”

 Where can you get a Lift Chair? There are many places to purchase a lift chair, but we recommend working with a professional to determine the best type. With the wide range of sizes, features, and designs, the options can become overwhelming and you may end up with a Lift Chair that does not suit your needs adequately.An expert can work with you to determine more than just the right color to suit your decor – he or she will ask questions such as:

  • Do you frequently eat or drink in the chair?If so, vinyl or leather upholstery may be ideal as it will be easier to clean
  • Do you have a pet that will be sitting in the chair with you?If so, you may require a wider width to accommodate both you and your furry friend
  • Will you be sleeping in your chair?If so, comfort is extremely important – some companies even offer mattresses compatible with lift chairs to maximize your comfort level through the night
  • Will you be spending extended periods of time in your Lift Chair, or will it be used only for relaxation and watching television?For limited-use, a two-position Lift Chair may be adequate. For long periods of use, a 3-position or infinite-position Lift Chair may be preferable to ensure comfort over long periods of time
  • What is your weight?Lift Chairs are designed to handle a wide range of weight thresholds, so finding one to suit your specific needs is imperative to ensure your safety while using the device
  • Do you currently have a favorite reclining chair that the Lift Chair will be replacing?If so, information about your current chair can help the specialist choose a Lift Chair with similar features to make your transition as comfortable as possible
  • How much space do you have for the Lift Chair?Some units occupy more space, while others are designed to be more compact and can be placed close to the walls to prevent them from obstructing your living area.

-Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

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The Best 10 Minute Workout- Wherever You Are!

The Best 10 Minute Workout- Wherever You Are!

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We totally get it. There are days when you just can’t get to the gym. The weather is terrible; your kids are sick; or you just can’t find the motivation to get out of the house. Be encouraged! In just 10 minutes, you can get a great workout wherever you are. Here are 12 key moves for an awesome, short-time workout. We recommend selecting at least 10 per session (about a minute per move).

  1. Shoulder Circles. Arms extended, make broad circles forward then backward (alternating which arm is closest to the body) to warm up and stretch your upper body.
  2. Hamstring Stretches. Bend slowly forward over one or both legs to loosen your muscles, improve hip flexibility, and relieve pressure from your lower back.
  3. Lateral Plank Walk. In plank position, “walk” two steps to each side, engaging your core, abdominals, and shoulder muscles.
  4. Rainbow Plank. From plank position, drop to your elbows and roll your hips slowly to each side, toes in place, exhaling and working your obliques on each upward pull.
  5. Push-ups.A classic, but just as effective as ever.
  6. Reverse lunges.Taking one step backward, dip your back knee to the floor and bring your opposite arm forward (keeping your weight on front heel), to strengthen your lower body, core, and balance.
  7. Burpees. Hands steady on the floor, hop backward with both feet (to push-up position); do one push-up; hop forward with both feet; lift arms and jump up!
  8. Reverse Fly.On your stomach, arch shoulders and legs off the floor (think: “butterfly”), arms extended outward, thumbs toward the ceiling, squeezing the muscles between your shoulder blades. This one’s great for your posture.
  9. Runner’s Crunches.On your back, arms at 90 degrees, slowly roll up off the floor, bringing up one knee at a time to meet the opposite arm; pause; then slowly roll back down and repeat with opposite knee, working your entire abdominal wall.
  10. Triceps Dip & Bridge. Sitting on the floor, knees bent, heels on the floor and hands behind you, extend your elbows and push your hips up off the floor to form a level bridge; coming down, bend your elbows and drop your butt (gently) to the floor. This strengthens your triceps, upper body, glutes, and hamstrings.
  11. Creepy Crawlers.Starting in regular push-up orelbow position, bring one knee around to meet the corresponding elbow; repeat on other side. Keep your hips stable, but really press through the move for maximum toning of abs and obliques.
  12. Calf Raises.With your feet several inches apart, slowly lift up on your toes, stretching up high, then lowering your heels almost to floor. (Use a wall or doorway for balance.)

Remember, you can make modifications and adjustments to almost all of these exercises to meet your current fitness level.

-Jean Bowick

YMCA of Greater Birmingham, www.ymcabham.org 

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Overcoming Limitations: Experiencing Freedom & Independence in Your Home

Overcoming Limitations: Experiencing Freedom & Independence in Your Home

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One Friday evening, just as I turned on the stove to begin making dinner, the phone rang. I turned the burner off (safety first!) and answered. The caller was Bill, asking if we would be willing to open our office the following day to show his dad a stairlift. He explained that the family was concerned for Dad’s safety on the stairs, and they thought a stairlift would be a great fit for him. Dad was adamantly against it, but Bill felt that if his dad was to see and ride the stair lift, he might change his mind.

Our office is not typically open on Saturdays except by special appointment, so we made an appointment for Bill and his dad to visit. That Saturday afternoon a family camper arrived! Out poured Bill, his wife, dad, mom, and two small dogs. We invited them to sit in our reception area so we could talk. We immediately noticed Mr. Dobson looking apprehensive and somewhat confused.

“Mr. Dobson, do you know why you’re here?”I queried. “Bill said he was taking us all out for lunch, but I don’t see any food here,was his telling reply. I shot a confused glance at Bill, who fidgeted nervously and looked away. Blindsided! Attempting to put Mr. Dobson at ease, I explained our values and our mobility business to him. I concluded my introduction, “Mr. Dobson, your family thinks you would really benefit from using a stair lift.” As soon as the words left my lips, the previously docile gentleman’s expression morphed from perplexed to adamantly stern and angry. He pounded his fist on his leg and declared, “No way! There is no way you’re going to get me to ride sideways up the stairs!” He stood up out of his seat, ready to walk out the door.

Mr. Dobson, please, could you help us understand why you are so uncomfortable with the idea of using a stair lift?” I asked. Hesitantly, he sat back down and lifted one of the little black dogs onto his lap. He described what he imagined riding a stair lift would feel like: jerky, unstable, wobbly, and noisy. (Note: this is a misconception for many who’ve never ridden one). We offered Mr. Dobson a ride on the stair lift; he flat out refused. That’s when our Lead Technician, David, casually took a seat on the lift, pressed the lever, and started to gently glide up and down the short set of stairs. I continued to talk with Mr. Dobson, learning more about his background, his current condition, and his needs. We discussed the continuous charge, obstruction sensors, dual call-send buttons, and locking swivel seat of the stairlift. All the while, David continued his rhythmic ride up and down the stairs. Mr. Dobson’s eyes followed his every move. Once again, David offered to let Mr. Dobson take a turn. Reluctantly, he agreed. Dobson carefully passed his dog to Bill, and took a seat. David showed him how to operate it, and he pressed the lever on the arm rest. As it started to rise up the staircase, Mr. Dobson’s countenance slowly changed from tightly closed lips and clenched jaw, to wide-eyed surprise, to an accidental smile and pleased expression. He felt the gentle glide, comfortable seat, and, most importantly, the absence of pain in his hips and knees!

Well, this isn’t so bad after all,” he stated, followed by, “What about Blackie? If Blackie won’t ride it, neither will I.” At that, Bill carried Blackie over to Mr. Dobson and plopped the little dog onto his lap. Blackie didn’t seem to mind one bit! With that, Mr. Dobson was convinced! In one afternoon, Mr. Dobson made the journey from “NO!” to “GO!” I spoke recently with Mrs. Dobson, who told me that Mr. Dobson and Blackie have used the lift every single day, and that he couldn’t be happier!

If you are having trouble climbing the stairs, don’t let misconceptions about stair lifts stop you from experiencing freedom and independence in your home. 101 Mobility helps people like Mr. Dobson overcome limitations every day. *

-Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

*All events in this story are true, but names have been changed to protect the privacy of the family and their pets.

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MORE DIY Tips to Living Independently

MORE DIY Tips to Living Independently

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Many older individuals are choosing to age in place, rather than leaving their home. Many homes require obvious home modifications such as stair lifts, ramps, and grab bars, that enable individuals to safely remain independent in their homes. However, these products do not address the smaller day-to-day tasks that can also prove a challenge. As a continuation to our March issue article, here are 9 more simple DIY tricks to help you or a loved one live comfortably and independently.

  1. When filling prescriptions, request that the pharmacist use a non-childproof cap to make it easier for those with a compromised grip to easily open bottles. Be sure to keep these bottles far away from children!
  2. Use an old skirt hanger with clips to hold a cookbook at eye level – open the cookbook to the preferred page and secure the clips to the top of either page, then hang from an upper level cabinet knob.
  3. Attach a key ring to zipper pulls on pants to make them easier to grab. Loop the key ring around the button to prevent the zipper      from coming undone.
  4. Before going to the grocery store, take a picture of the inside of your refrigerator so you can easily remember what you need.
  5. In case of an emergency, keep a list of all current medications in a backpack or pocket to take with you each time you go out.
  6. Adhere grip strips to your bathtub, bathroom floor, and any other potentially slick surface to prevent slips.
  7. Apply bright nail polish or rubber bumps to important television remote control buttons and telephone buttons.
  8. Swap round door knobs with lever handles that are easier to grip.
  9. User rubber gloves to make it easier to open stubborn jars and containers.

-Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

For more tips on mobility and accessibility solutions, visit www.birminghamchristian.com. Click on News/Health/Physical

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DIY Tips to Living Independently

DIY Tips to Living Independently

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Many older individuals are choosing to age in place, rather than leaving their home. Many homes also require obvious home modifications such as stair lifts, ramps, and grab bars, that enable individuals to safely remain independent in their homes. However, these products do not address the smaller day-to-day tasks that can also prove a challenge. Read on for our list of 9 cheap DIY “Life Hacks” that can help you or a loved one live comfortably, independently, and help keep your freedom.

  1. Secure (or simply remove) throw rugs – these are a common tripping hazard. Consider wall-to-wall carpet instead, or secure throw rugs with heavy duty double sided sticky tape if you absolutely cannot part with them.
  2. Install nightlights that automatically illuminate when it is dark along walkways and on stair cases – you can buy some online for just over $1 each!
  3. Place a plastic chair in the shower for those who tire easily or have balance issues. Preferably one with holes in the seat.
  4. Do you have extra nail polish? Use different colored nail polish on house keys to help remember which ones go to which door – example, green for the front door and blue for the back.
  5. Use a plastic over-the-door shoe rack to hold cleaning supplies rather than having to crouch and crawl under a low cabinet to reach them. This is a great way to help keep them out of the way of kids!
  6. Get a reusable water bottle and mark hours on the side to help keep you well hydrated. That way you can make sure you’ve hit your mark by 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, etc
  7. Just finished a loaf of bread? Don’t throw the twist tie away. Use twist ties from the bread bags to secure cords and prevent them from causing a tripping hazard.
  8. Do you have glass cups that are hard to grip? Wrap rubber bands around glass cups to make them easier to grip.
  9.  Place bar soap in the foot of an old nylon stocking – the stocking improves ability to grip the soap, prevents it from falling and becoming a slipping hazard, and has the added benefit of exfoliating skin.

-Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

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The Benefits of Socializing as a Senior

The Benefits of Socializing as a Senior

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Peachtree Senior Living residents enjoy a recent Valentine’s Dance at Peachtree’s Independent Living in Trussville. The event included live music by The Kool Kats.

As adults age, it’s common to spend more time alone and less time engaging in social situations.  A diminishing social life can lead to social isolation, which presents dangerous health risks. Social isolation can lead to poor emotional health and depression, high blood pressure, decreased physical health, and a decreased sense of well-being. The benefits of socialization in older adults includes:

  • Stress reduction. Having social opportunities may alleviate stress for older adults. Social opportunities with family and friends are also enjoyable times that allow older adults a chance to relax and have fun.
  • Enhanced mental health. Interaction with others helps people feel connected and needed. These feelings help older adults maintain a positive outlook on life and encourage them to take on the day. It also helps keep the brain sharp- to continue learning.
  • Sense of belonging and better self-esteem. Spending time with those who have similar interests enhances feelings of belonging. In addition, socializing gives seniors the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to their community while boosting their self-confidence.
  • Improved physical health. Having a positive mindset helps our bodies produce chemicals that boost the immune system. Not only can healthy social interactions stimulate a positive outlook, they can provide added benefits if physical activity is included as well, such as walking through the park, gardening, or shopping. These physical benefits can lead to lower blood pressure, decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, and reduced risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Socialization provides reasons for older adults to stay well and helps foster a positive state of mind.
  • Purposeful living. Having somewhere to go, something meaningful to do, or people to see is a daily emotional motivator. Overall, cultivating strong relationships and spending quality time with friends and family reminds us why life is worth living.

One of the most valuable benefits of senior living over living alone is the wealth of daily socialization opportunities and the sense of community they provide. At Peachtree Senior Living, there are a variety of social activities and amenities for residents to enjoy with others. Whether it be shopping, outings, game nights, arts and crafts, wellness and fitness classes, movie nights, or simply shared meals, there is always an opportunity to socialize and cultivate new relationships for a fulfilling and enjoyable life. Overall, the benefits of socialization lead to a better quality of life for older adults.

-Karen Catete, Executive Director, Peachtree Senior Living

Learn more about Peachtree Senior Living, Independent and Assisted Living, by calling 205-790-1469 and visiting www.peachtree-living.com

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Mobility Aids: Tips on How to Broach the Topic with Parents & Older Relatives

Mobility Aids: Tips on How to Broach the Topic with Parents & Older Relatives

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As the Baby Boomer generation ages, there is an increasing trend in choosing to “Age in Place” rather than in a nursing home or assisted living facility. With this push toward an independent lifestyle comes a great adversity toward the mere suggestion of using a scooter or stairlift. In fact, merely mentioning that mom would benefit from a stairlift could provoke a heated disagreement and lead to hurt feelings that most would rather just avoid.

It is no secret that mobility aids can provide an immense benefit in ensuring independence and safety at a substantially lower cost than an assisted living facility. However, most individuals stigmatize these items as being for “old people” – certainly not for themselves! Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, sibling, or spouse, there is a right way and a wrong way to recommend the use of a mobility aid. Here are a few tips that can help keep the discussion civil while broaching the topic with your loved ones in a way that will empower, rather than belittle or offend, them:

#1: Emphasize the benefits. Independence, safety, and increased mobility are just a few. Stay positive – if your mom avoids going up stairs because it hurts her knee, suggest that a stairlift can help her regain access to her whole home without arthritis dictating when and where she goes. If dad is having trouble getting up from the couch and usually takes a few tries or a helping hand to get up, suggest that a lift chair could make his transitions easier while being just as stylish and comfortable as his current one – they are even available with heat and massage features (and nobody would know the difference just looking at it)! If they become defiant or shut down, threatening to move them to assisted living is not going to help the situation. It may take some time and gentle prodding before they come around.

#2: Let the individual choose. When you’ve reached an agreement about using a mobility aid, let the person who will be the primary user of it make any additional choices. Equip your mother with the resources to research the options and make her final selection. You can also schedule home consultations for most products, where a knowledgeable Product Specialist will come to the home to make recommendations and answer any questions. This will solidify a sense of ownership, rather than a sense of “my kids made me get this thing.”

Tip #3: Do a trial run. Find out if there is a way to test the aid first before buying or renting, giving the individual time to become more comfortable or familiar with its use. Think of it as a test drive for a new car. Many products are available for rental, which is a good way to let your relative test it out for a few months without having to commit to a purchase. Once mom has the opportunity to integrate the stairlift into her daily routine and realize how beneficial it is, she’ll likely become much more receptive to purchasing it.

Tip #4: Phone a friend. Do you know of one of mom’s garden club members who has a stairlift, or one of dad’s golf buddies who uses a cane? Have them reach out to lend some advice – a little peer pressure can be a good thing in some situations. If you’re not getting anywhere with the discussion, try having an impartial relative or even a young grandchild make the suggestion – a tiny voice asking, “Grandma, won’t you please get a wheelchair for me?” could make a world of difference.

Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

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Creating Accessibility in Your Home: Choosing the Best Stairlift

Creating Accessibility in Your Home: Choosing the Best Stairlift

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“My husband has knee problems, and he’s having trouble getting up and down the stairs in our home. It’s painful for him, and I’m worried that he might hurt himself. My friend has a stairlift and we are interested in getting one, but we aren’t sure what we need or where to buy one. Can you help us?”

At 101 Mobility of Alabama we receive questions like this daily. We understand that the loss of mobility and the ability to easily climb the stairs in your home can come as a shock. If you are having trouble with your stairs and are seeking solutions that don’t involve giving up the home that you love to move to a single-story alternative, a stairlift can be a great option. We’ve put together the following information to help guide you through the process.

How does it work? Stairlifts mount directly into your staircase, not the wall. This makes them extra sturdy! The chair runs along a railing, which is attached to your staircase with a mount on every few steps. Your stairlift will need to be plugged in – it requires a standard wall outlet within 6 feet of the top or bottom of the staircase.

What if I lose power? Most stairlifts are equipped with a backup battery – if you live in an area that is prone to power outages, be sure to request a unit with a backup battery! When the stairlift is not in use, and parked at the top or bottom of the stairs it will charge. Then in case of a power outage, a fully charged unit will continue to run, with the batteries, for anywhere from 40-60 round trips (that’s up AND down the stairs) before needing to be charged again.

My staircase is complicated – will a stair lift fit? For most households, the answer is yes! There are two main types of stairlifts: straight rail and curved rail. The straight rail variations are perfect for stairs that don’t have any turns, curves, or landings along the way. Custom curved stair lifts are suitable for nearly any other stair case and are custom made for your specific steps. The rail curves tight to your wall to allow for space for others who might not need it.

Is there an Outdoor model? Yes! There are Outdoor Versions of both straight and custom stairlifts. They are weatherproof, and typically come with a seat cover.

Will the stairlift get in the way of walking up? Stairlifts typically only take up about one to two feet of space, depending on the make and model. When not in use, the seat bottom, arm rests, and foot rest can all be folded up to create even more space.

What is the weight capacity? Most standard units have a weight capacity around 300 lbs. However, there are many options available with weight capacities between 400 and 600 lbs.

Derek Gann 

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

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Mobility & Accessibility Solutions from 101 Mobility

Mobility & Accessibility Solutions from 101 Mobility

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Regaining vertical mobility has never been easier in this day and age, and with a stairlift installed into your home you or a loved one can be on the fast track to independence. A question that is commonly asked amongst individuals looking for a stairlift is, “Can I rent or buy this life-changing product?” The answer to that question is often; yes, you can! Certified stairlift dealers are often equipped to handle both purchases and rentals. However, these options are very situation-dependent. If your staircase is curved, has landings, or is abnormally long, you may have trouble finding a rental product as these features require a custom curved rail stairlift.

Rental Requirements. When searching for a company that may perform rentals or purchases, it is highly important that you ensure a free consultation is included with their services. This consultation (or evaluation) is what will determine if you qualify for a rental option. Rental requirements are typically as follows (though exceptions do exist):

  • Straight (Indoor) Staircase
  • 10-16 Steps
  • No intermediate landings

If any of these facets apply to you and your stairs, you should check with the specific dealer that you are doing business with to ensure that you are covered by both rental and purchase options.

Budget & Time Constraints. Before deciding whether you want to purchase or rent a stairlift, it is important to recognize which option would be best for you depending on your finances and time constraints. Most companies require a minimal rental requirement of 3-4 months, due to the laborious installation and removal. Make sure to go over with your dealer the exact costs of the installation, monthly fees, and any removal fee amount. Also keep in mind the amount of time the lift will be needed or potentially needed.

Whether you decide to rent or purchase, it is important to recognize the value and utility that a stairlift can bring to your life or your loved ones. Learn more at Alabama.101Mobility.com or call us at 205-538-5692. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a free consultation to identify exactly what you need and design a plan that suits you.

Derek Gann

Locally Owned & Operated in Birmingham, Serving Residents Across Alabama

205-538-5692

Alabama.101Mobility.com

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