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Weakness with the onset of old age is unavoidable and this stage can cause stress to your elderly family member. They may have to deal with further issues when shifting to another residence. Love and support is the least assistance that can be offered to them during this stressful period.
Organizing the shifting process
The whole procedure of shifting to a retirement home or another house of choice will definitely have a damaging impact on your elderly family member, therefore, lessen their burden of planning the move by yourself. It could be started by contacting the staff of the retirement home and plan ahead for your relative’s arrival or cleaning and making it livable if they have decided to shift to a new house. Ensuring the move is stress-free by contacting and arranging with the movers. In addition, determine that the people your family member is dealing with are polite and helpful.
Although most of the work related to shifting and transactions will be handled by you, the family member should be aware and make their own decision when it comes to choosing the place they wish to stay. Inquire directly where they wish to settle and if they don’t have a particular place in mind, a list of places that will suit their present interests could be created along with pictures and given to them for their scrutiny and final decision.
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Being present and close to your family member once they shift even for a little while is generally appreciated greatly by them. Being present physically is not a necessity at all times, but support can be shown through a nice long phone call, a letter or email if they are tech-savvy. If possible take some off your time to check on them and cheer them up. This is the best time to mend your bond if there are any cracks in your relationship.
Peace and Comfort
At this juncture, your family member is most likely to be going through very high stress and tension and your first priority are to help them feel at ease. It can be started by initiating to redecorate the new house to feel familiar with the surroundings such as putting up pictures and mementos according to their preference. Further, it is recommended to get them involved in this decision making. In the event they are having difficulty in their personal movement, aged care equipment such as a lift chair or mobility scooter could be provided to improve their independent living. This also provides a sense of emotional relief when they are aware that they’ll be able to get around on their own.
However, this is not the end of your task after they have settled in safely in their new place. They will have to be checked regularly and assisted wherever possible. A lot of patience is required as this is the time they need their loved ones close to them all the more.
Independent Living Specialists is a forerunner in Australian aged care supplies and when it comes to mobility lift chairs, all their stores in Australia have a wide range of this aged care equipment.
Lift chairs in Australia are often referred in various names but the functions are all the same. Although it is generally termed as an adjustable lift aged care chair, age has no barrier for this device as people of all ages find it comfortable and relaxed when they use these electrically powered lift and recline chairs.
Customers have a choice of having a model of their choice tailor-made to suit their needs and depending on the brand, the chair could be covered in any fabric to blend with the room décor or match their preference.
Independent Living Specialists have some top branded lift chairs in Australia catering to a weight capacity of 100kg to above 200kg.
Days Healthcare, Drive Medical, K Care, Pride, Royale, SP Homecare and Top Form are the brands supplying lift chairs to Independent Living Specialists Australia to aid the elderly and disabled. Mayfair select recliner lift chair, Stella electric recliner lift chair and Pride C5 recliner lift chair are some of the popular fast moving lift chairs at Independent Living Specialists’ stores Australia wide.
A lift chair is a very helpful device for those with limited mobility and aids the elderly when it is difficult to rise out of a chair from a sitting position or sitting from a standing position, due to back pain or lack of muscle strength. In addition, the optional heat and massage features provide therapeutic treatment to users who have arthritis, stiff and sore joints and other issues.
Further, these aged care equipment are used for various other purposes too. The several adaptable positions of the lift chair comfortably accommodate many uses and some people prefer to sleep in their lift chairs due to these changeable positions. Some models can be reclined to a flat position, modified to different angles and elevations to increase comfort. It is also the best answer for people who need to keep their legs elevated while seated or asleep.
The Configura® Comfort 1 Chair is a configurable chair designed to provide comfortable seating to users with mild to moderate postural requirements and to help reduce the formation of pressure ulcers. The functions of the chair will help transfer a user in and out of the chair.
A person who uses a lift chair generally does not need a caregiver to assist when sitting or standing as it aids in gaining back your freedom and prevent the risk of injury.
In contrast to normal seats which can be harmful to the body and joints, this aged care equipment is cool and assists in posture support. Due to its credible functions and design, the lift chair can lessen bony joint weariness and deterioration thereby helping in maintaining muscle tone and prevention of injury.
The Pride LC107 is one of Pride’s most versatile recliner lift chairs. The chair features an infinite position system allowing for a variety of comfort levels, from watching TV to sleeping. The LC107 is also an affordable and high quality recliner lift chair.
In order to maintain your posture and health, selecting a high quality and contributory lift chair from Independent Living Specialists is highly beneficial and whether it is obtained on hire, rent or outright purchase, ILS will be with their customers every hour of comfort with the best prices and reliable, friendly delivery service.
A Mobility aid is a piece of equipment manufactured to assist people who have difficulty in moving themselves independently and enjoying freedom.
Incidentally, disability or mobility aids are used by the aged who are at risk of falling, those who have disabilities or injuries. These disability products provide many benefits to users in gaining their independence back, pain reduction and increasing their confidence and self-respect.
Mobility aid equipment is now available in the form of canes, walking aids, wheelchairs to lift chairs, and mobility scooters to meet the disability of the user.
Independent Living Specialists has affordable mobility aids in their stores Australia wide for the disabled and aged people.
A walking stick or cane is an ideal disability aid for those who need less support to move around and conveniently priced from $19.99 to 99.99. Currently, this device is available in the market in a variety of material and designs to cater to various strengths. Independent Living Specialists provides an array of walking sticks and canes from heavy duty for the heavier persons to lightweight foldable canes/walking sticks for more support and walking sticks with wider bases for improved stability. In addition, the lightweight tripod stick with a seat has been specially designed to rest midway.
Independent Living Specialists assures that disability aids such as walking aids are available according to a person’s height, weight and environment, and mobility requirements. Although a simple but strong cane or walking stick is ideal for minimum support a walker frame or seat walker is favored by some users as it permits to move and stop to rest safely and independently. The most affordable mobility in this range is the folding walking frame with ball and rope priced at 99.99.
A wide range of manual wheelchairs is now available at an affordable price for the disabled and aged people in all the stores of ILS. Those with limited mobility can easily get back their independence by using a wheelchair. ILS assures their best to select the correct wheelchair to suit the user’s physique, lifestyle, and budget ranging from lightweight to heavy duty. These disability products are procured from some of the well-known brands in the market. The most affordable wheelchair is the Ultra lightweight portable wheelchair priced at $239.99.
A lift chair is a mobility aid that suits people of all ages in addition to the elderly, although, it is usually referred to as an adjustable lift aged care chair. It provides great comfort, freedom, and relaxation and the most affordable lift chair available at ILS is the Mayfair Select electric recliner lift chair at a price of $798.99.
This disability equipment has been manufactured especially for people with disabilities to travel on a footpath, turfs or any other place they wish to go. The Scout portable economy mobile scooter is the most affordable mobility scooter available at ILS at a price of $1249.99.
The availability of aged care equipment Australia wide in the stores of Independent Living Specialists has been a great help to the senior citizens. These aged care products manufactured to suit various disabilities encountered with aging can now be acquired on hire, rent or outright to suit a person’s budget.
All the aids for elderly are priced reasonably and some of the popular aged care products such as walking aids, wheelchairs, lift chairs, mobility scooters, and many others are now available at an affordable price.
This aged care aid is a traditional wooden walking stick priced at $19.99 and made out of solid timber which could be cut shorter according to user’s requirement. It is also equipped with an anti-slip rubber tip for a better grip.
This disability aid is priced from $22.99 to $99.99 and manufactured with lightweight aluminum and an easy to fold method of pulling the ball at the front of the frame. It is rustproof and equipped with anti-slip tips on the front and back legs for extra strength and better hold.
This disability equipment is the least inexpensive wheelchair at a price of $239. This exceptionally strong and lightweight product is beneficial for many circumstances such as shopping, vacations to navigating inside the house. It could be folded to approximately 1/3 the size of a normally folded wheelchair to facilitate storage and easy transportation.
This aged care equipment is the most popular and Mayfair electric chair of the Royale brand. It is equipped with a very comfortable 3 section waterfall backrest design to give utmost support to the upper, middle and lower back. Its color could also be customized to suit any room or home décor. It is currently being sold at a special low price of $798.99
This aged care product is a scooter that has many new features including the first Drive mini mobility scooters, delta bars as next-generation drive medical splitting mechanism. It is the cheapest mobility scooter available at $1299.99 and best suited for both indoor and outdoor, except rough outdoor areas. This Scout mobility scooter is perfect for feeling good, stylish and a good performer.
In addition, there are many other simple aids that assist in caring for the elderly.
The pill splitter priced at $17.99 is equipped with a blade inside the holder which splits uncoated tablets into two and store in the front tray.
The stocking aid and flexible sock aid is priced at $26.99. It is made from nylon and terry cloth and securely holds the hosiery while it is pulled over the foot. The low friction inner surface makes sure the pull over the foot is smooth and the higher friction outer surface firmly locates the sock or stocking for comfortable dressing.
Roho cushions are adjustable air seat cushion which usually prevents a person from pressure injuries, sores or skin rashes and ensures long-term comfort and safety. The Roho cushion includes an air pump and rubber nozzle.
There are high profile and low profile Roho cushions available in the market and these are available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide.
This Roho cushion is a high-profile pressure cushion featuring cells that are interconnected in a shape specially designed to promote blood circulation to ease pressure, recovery, and cure. Adjustable cells change according to the patient’s figure and lessen stress while transferring and repositioning. The ability to facilitate blood flow by adjusting, matching and capturing the shape of the body is an incomparable achievement. When the body is immersed in the cushion, a larger contact space is acquired for the dispersal of pressure, thereby, causing minimal pressure on one position. This cushion offers the best level of assurance never found in the past in air flotation cushions.
This cushion is beneficial for those living with progressive disabilities and requires maximum comfort. It is ideal for people who are at risk or have a history of skin breakdown issues, patients with any stage of ischemic ulcers and those who are unable to shift their weight independently.
The Roho low profile pressure cushion has cells in a special shape designed to promote blood circulation to aid in the prevention of pressure build up, quick cure and healing. The adjustable cells change according to a patient’s shape and reduce stress while transferring and repositioning. Whenever the body comes in contact with the cushion, a greater contact space is acquired for the dispersal of pressure, thereby causing minimal pressure on one position. Low profile cells increase strength and make relocating easier for the patient. The air pressure is also flexible and can be personalized according to the user’s individual needs. The durable neoprene construction is soft to suit sensitive skin and easy to be cleaned.
This low profile Roho cushion increases the strength of the user and protect from probable risk of skin tissue breakdown. With a 2inch cell height, it is beneficial for people who look for portability, lightweight and performance in the devices they select. This cushion could also be adjusted to fit the exact shape of the body, size or seating capacity. Manufactured with fireproof 2” profile black neoprene cells with an unlimited weight limit, it adapts to the shape of the body allowing absorption and progression to reduce skin tissue damage.
The low profile Roho pressure cushion is most beneficial to people who are moderately high risk to skin breakdown issues, those who are unable to sit for long hours due to discomfort and those living with a pediatric disability.
Roho cushions are available at a special price for online customers Australia wide with express delivery.
Any person experiencing breathing problems should not ignore the symptom. There are times when we feel like running out of breath. This could be due to the ageing process or lack of exercise but whatever the issue, it is not something to be ignored as it could probably be a sign of a serious health issue.
Firstly, it is recommended to get your health condition assessed by a professional and determine the nature of the oxygen-delivery mode suitable for the illness.
Oxygen Delivery Modes
Three modes of oxygen-delivery available to meet most patients’ requirements are pulse mode, sleep mode and continuous flow.
This unit detects the intake of breath and provides the necessary of oxygen.
This unit is active when a patient is asleep. It switches automatically to provide continuous flow if a breath is not detected.
This unit delivers oxygen non-stop.
Some of the best portable oxygen and home concentrators are now available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide. These portable oxygen concentrators help to be active and independent while carrying on your daily chores without any hindrance to your breathing. However, the unit should be chosen depending on your oxygen requirement, lifestyle and environment. ILS has portable home oxygen concentrators from Airsep, Innogen, Respironics and Phillips brands selected after considering their unbeatable position and persistent production of solid, high quality and reliable units.
Knowing Your Oxygen Concentrator Prior to Purchase
• Heedful of the dose of oxygen required in litres per minute(LPM)
• Being aware of whether the concentrator is required while asleep.
• Ensure whether you are a mouth breather.
• Being aware of whether pulse mode oxygen could be used when active.
• Being aware of which battery life is required to suit your lifestyle.
A person who is thorough with the above answers would be capable of purchasing the correct unit to suit his or her requirement.
Inogen One G3 HF Oxygen concentrator, Inogen at home concentrator and Respironics simply go portable oxygen concentrator are some the fast-moving portable and at home concentrator available at Independent Living Specialists.
This portable oxygen concentrator is the smallest and lightest concentrator in the market today. Equipped with many excellent features, this unit could be carried with one hand. The long battery life assures the fact of not having to worry about changing tanks or running out of oxygen when travelling. The unit is inclusive of 1×8 cell rechargeable lithium batteries, nasal cannula, carry bag and strap, ac power supply and mobile charger. However, a prescription for oxygen is required to use this device.
This new home oxygen concentrator is considered to be the quietest, lightest and the best energy-efficient continuous flow oxygen concentrator in the market today. Weighing approximately 8kg, it is half the weight of some of the currently used oxygen concentrators. Its low noise level at 40 decibels at flow setting 2 and very low power consumption makes it the most excellent choice for a home oxygen concentrator. It is also cost effective due to its very low power consumption. However, a prescription for oxygen is required to use this device.
This is the only portable home oxygen concentrator that has a continuous flow and pulse-dose delivery in a single unit weighing 4.5kg. In other words, your oxygen therapy and lifestyle needs can now be managed with just one portable oxygen concentrator. However, a prescription for oxygen is mandatory.
These products are available at the lowest online prices with free express delivery.
The Bellavita Bathtub bath lift is an aged care equipment introduced to the market in October 2018 by Independent Living Specialist and now available in all their stores Australia wide.
This mobility aid provides immense assistance to the elderly to get back their freedom and privacy in the bathroom. Manufactured in Germany, this aged care equipment weighs only 9.3 kg and considered to be the lightest bath lift in the market. It is also the lowest bath lift available. Other features include easy dismantling, installing and operating, a backrest that reclines 50 degrees, user-friendly charger, built in safety controls, 4 quick release suckers with options for an additional 2 for anti-slip bath base. It is capable of holding a maximum capacity of 140kg with a lifetime guarantee on frame and motor and 2 years guarantee on battery/handset.
A Bellavita bathtub aid is able to improve symptoms of people ailing with neuromuscular or autoimmune diseases. Those with Parkinson disease to multiple sclerosis and arthritis experiencing limited mobility or balance issues could improve blood circulation and soothe their sore muscles. Users of bath lifts have found their energy level increased as they don’t have to strain themselves physically. The use of this aged care equipment gives an opportunity to those facing medical limitations gain back a luxury that was a thing of the past which they thought would never be experienced again. It is easy to use, cost-effective, safe and secure for a person with limited mobility.
It is quite beneficial for the caregiver too. It could reduce the physical exertion of the caregiver. A caregiver could probably suffer a back strain whilst lifting the patient in and out of the bathtub and this aged care equipment saves the caregiver from such travails. Its side flaps aid in sliding the user from the edge of the bathtub into the bath seat. In addition, the hand control automates the movements of lowering and raising the user in and out of the bathtub. In other words, the Bellavita bathtub aid does the heavy lifting.
Perfect aged care equipment
This senior care equipment is not complicating to use and every feature has been specially designed keeping the elders and immobile users in mind. Its numerous safety features reduce the stress of taking a bath and also lessen the dependency on a caregiver. Improved independence from this bathing system provides manageable home care letting the user live in his or her own home without opting to live in a care facility.
This mobility aid is also helpful to those with limited mobility and balance issues in regaining independence while bathing. Many users with specific conditions who have not been able to use a bathtub for many years has disclosed that this equipment has provided them with a therapeutic retreat that helped them physically and psychologically. Further, no matter what the medical condition indicates, the Bellavita bath lift will provide an enjoyable bathing experience. The fact of getting back freedom, happiness, and normalcy with the usage of this device is much more valuable than the cost incurred.
Large scooters are best suited for people on the heavy side depending on their specific needs. Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of heavy-duty renowned brands of mobility scooters on hire/rent or outright purchase in all their stores Australia wide.
All large scooters have an automatic transmission and most of this range of product has a CVT which makes it easy to ride in heavy traffic areas. A comfortable ride is well assured with the very comfortable and spacious seating, permitting the rider to control the bike in narrow curves at high speed.
Invacare Comet Ultra mobility scooter, Rocky 4 Shoprider mobility scooter, Rocky 6 Shoprider mobility scooter, Shoprider Rocky 889 golf mobility scooter, and Shoprider 889D double seat mobility scooter are five large scooters available at Independent Living Specialists.
This product is a strong and sturdy product suitable for those who weigh maximum 220kg. This dynamic device is filled with many safety essentialities to drive it’s user to a destination safely, comfortably and swiftly. This scooter has been manufactured after taking necessary precautions to guarantee the stability and safety of this device.
This device is a four-wheel scooter with back wheel drive and long wheelbase specially manufactured for rugged areas. It is available with an array of accessories including front and rear suspension and 330 mm pneumatic tyres. In addition, it has a swivel 360 degree and sliding seat with reclining backrest with adjustable padded armrests for more comfort. The front and rear bumper and anti-tips provide safety and the 1.2 HP electric motor with 12 volts, 50 amp deep cycle dry cell battery aids in transmission. It has a maximum weight load of 227kg.
This scooter is similar to any other scooter and could be used indoors and outdoors. Most importantly, it is capable of allowing you to navigate through your local golf course while continuing a steady and comfortable drive.
This new large model has been specially introduced to the Shoprider family to complement the high demand for wide mobility scooters. The Shoprider 889D has been manufactured to provide a substitute to users who need wider space. In keeping with Shoprider standards, this model comes filled with luxury essentialities including 2Ohp powerful motor, 800mm sliding wide seat with extra leg space and loop steering tiller with easily usable controls. This remarkable scooter’s dependability is improved further by the rear wheel drive and electromagnetic brake.
These mobility scooters and other aged care equipment are now available at a special price for online customers with free delivery Australia wide.
Lifting an elderly person or an invalid manually can put a strain on both parties, eventually, it will result in either back pain or other injuries. Patient lifters come in useful when transferring patients from one place to another, making it easier and comfortable for both the patient and the caregiver. Independent Living Specialists has a wide array of slings, hoists and other lifting devices suitable for various needs of the patients. Specially sourced from well-known brands, all these products are strong and manufactured strictly for better comfort and safety.
Primarily, patient lifts were manufactured to assist caregivers but it is now being used to assist in basic rehabilitation and performing clinical procedures. In addition to providing comfort to the patient, it assures greater safety due to fall preventions and reduction in bruises and skin injuries.
Therapeutic benefits are a speedy foundation of passive weight-bearing movements and training to move. Prevention of a distortion of a muscle is also a likely benefit. Further, a patient’s analytic result and complete care of the patient can be improved with this easy lifting process by the caregiver.
The patient transfer walk belt is slip resistant and soft padded. It is a product of the Royale brand and available in two sizes. It helps the caregiver to safely transfer a patient comfortably. Made out of heavy-duty fabric for utmost safety, stitched twice, with highly clear hand grips, slip-resistant lining inside to reduce belt from slipping and improved edging to guarantee durability.
This product from Invacare is available in five sizes in many fabrics or mesh. There is also a provision to easily remove clothing for toilet transfers. Preferable for less secure patients’ toilet transfers.
This sling is a product from Invacare and available in five sizes with a choice of fabric or mesh. A patient could be lifted in either a sitting or lying position in this sling. Its capability of positioning a patient in a sitting position really helps accurate seating. It is recommended for general lifting which includes floor lifting.
This Invacare product has been designed to lift a patient with ease from a seated to a standing position. It supports the patient from the waist to the shoulder with provision to move the arms freely to enable the hands to reach and naturally grip the support rails when the patient rises.
It is recommended for patients who are having weight issues and it is available in two types depending on whether the lifter is a loo or keyhole attachment.
This French product is light and foldable and usable in home care and nursing home. It is very easy to use and could lift a patient from the floor equipped with mechanical and electrical emergency lowering, the mechanical opening of the legs, transportable and the low base is suitable to fit under wheelchairs, beds or bathtubs.
Being mobile and independent is the key to keep aging at bay. A foldable mobility scooter is the best answer for elderly people who enjoy traveling and has an active lifestyle. This type of scooter could be transported easily in a car boot due to its foldable capacity or quick disassembling.
Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of foldable mobility scooters in their stores Australia wide with some being the best available throughout the country.
Benefits of a folding mobility scooter are manifold and it is not restricted to only the elderly. Since most of these devices are lightweight, it is easy to be stored in a closet or carried around in a car boot. However, these lightweight scooters should only be ridden by a person weighing a maximum of 300 to 320 lbs. Some devices are equipped with a lithium battery which is durable and long lasting. A person who requires a mobility scooter with special features and design should consider purchasing a folding mobility scooter.
This is the best foldable mobility scooter and an extremely lightweight product equipped with a lithium battery for a bigger drive range. It is foldable in a simple movement and needs very little space once folded to be carried around home or outside. This Pride brand product is one of the leading ultra-lightweight mobility scooters.
It weighs only 27.3kg and could be taken on overseas vacations and approved by airlines as a wheelchair without affecting luggage allowance. The lithium battery is safe for flight as it is MSDS certified.
Scout Portable Mobility Scooter
The Scout portable mobility scooter is the Drive Medical brand’s first mini mobility scooter inclusive of delta bars as the next generation splitting mechanism and many other new features. This scooter is best suited for both indoor and outdoor use excluding rough outdoor areas. Further, it is guaranteed to offer comfort, style, performance, and reliability.
Scout Quattro Mobility Scooter
This product has deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and shapely wide armrests for an easygoing ride and besides its comfort, it has the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for effortless storage and transportation. Its special feature is a swivel seat for easy transportation.
Genie plus Travel Mobility Scooter Automatic Folding
This automatic folding scooter is an uncommon product created to provide the most excellent experience for the user. It is a fully automated electronic scooter that folds and unfolds easily as and when required. The special remote control operation feature is capable of maneuvering the device conveniently. Equipped with a lithium battery it can carry a maximum weight of 136kg. It could be easily stored in an automobile for transporting. It weighs only 25 kg and allowed on airlines and cruise lines without affecting luggage allowance.
All products are offered at a special price and delivered free for online customers Australia wide.