Review Of The New Java Wheelchair Cushion By Ride Designs

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For those who are in a wheelchair in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there are many great resources to assist you with your seating and positioning needs.  We have some of the best clinicians, hospitals and therapists in the U.S. and now there is a great new product that can help you with your seating and positioning needs.  Having the right positioning product can be a life changer and we are very excited to talk about a new product on the market.  In this blog post we take a look at the all new Java® Wheelchair Cushion by Ride Designs.  Here is a quick video review by Ride Designs of the new wheelchair cushion:

Product Overview

In this section we take a look at the different aspects of Ride Designs’ creation: the Java cushion. These are:

1. Basic Description: The contour of the wheelchair cushion works by the principle of redistributing the pressure forces. This means that those areas that are prone to postural stress have a decreased force of shear applied to it, while the bulk of the pressure is redirected to the areas that are soft and more tolerant. The basic premise of this design is a systematic reduction of long term skin risk as well as a reduction of deep tissue risk that adversely affects the muscle tone of the gluteo-femoral muscle range.

2. Research Backing: The Ride Designs Java Cushion is one of the only wheelchair cushions ever to have taken part of a university level research project. Here is a summary of the research:

Interface Pressure Mapping (IPM): 

Methodology: 10 subjects with SCI, Paraplegia were taken of which 9 were male and 1 female. The average age was 45 and the average time since onset was 20 years. The Interface pressure measurements were performed using the Xsensor pressure mapping system and 5 2-minute trials were concluded with both an air cushion and the Java cushion with the cushions being unweighted between trails.

Objective: The aim of the research was to compare the IPM dispersion index between Java Cushion and the air cushions. The dispersion index (DI) is the sum of pressure distributed over the IT and sacral regions divided by the sum of pressure readings over the entire interface pressure mat and is expressed as a percentage.

Results: Interface pressure mapping results indicate effective “off-loading” of the Java Cushion and the dispersion index was significantly lower on the Java Cushion compared to the air cushion, particularly among chronic SCI subjects.

MRI Research:

Methodology: 10 subjects were taken, all with SCI, Paraplegia. The average time since onset was 18.4 years, with most recent being 3 years, and longest being 30 years.

Objective: The objective was to compare deep tissue deformation below the ITs and surrounding the femoral head under three conditions: 1) Fully suspended, 2) Properly-inflated Air Cushion, 3) Java Cushion.

Results: There was little tissue deformation on the Java Cushion as compared to sitting on a properly inflated air cushion as was evidenced by measurement of muscle and fat thickness below the ischial tuberosities.

3. Advantages of the Product: As can be seen from the research summaries above, the entire conception and design of the Java Cushion is one based on accurate, scientific testing. The main advantages of investing in this cushion are:

  • It provides greater stability while sitting and reduces postural stress.
  • There is a marked reduction in deep tissue distortion as can be seen from the MRI research.
  • The contours of the wheelchair cushion allow for optimal heat and moisture management that can reduce skin sores.
  • The entire cushion is really lightweight and shows up to a 43% reduction in weight as compared to the normal air cushions.
  • The Java Cushion can be adjusted using the Ride CAM wedges and well inserts for added comfort and better protection of the skin and deep tissues.
  • The cushion can be adjusted according to anyone’s needs by simply adjusting the thigh support accessories. In short, this is one of the most versatile wheelchair cushions designed by Ride Designs and can be used for one and all.

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  • There is also a significant reduction in long term skin damage due to the off-loading of high risk areas such as the: Ischial Tuberosities, Greater Trochanters, Coccyx/Sacrum and the Perineum (Groin).

We are very excited to be a Ride Designs provider in the Dallas Fort Worth area.  The Mobility Healthcare Rehab team specializes in providing high end seating and positioning products and have access to many types of wheelchair cushions to trial with clients in the DFW area.   Contact us today if you are a physical therapist, occupational therapists or a consumer and would like to evaluate the cushion. The new Java Wheelchair Cushion might just be that seating solution that you have been looking for that might change your life!

The New Quantum Rehab ILevel Wheelchair Is A Great Option For Dallas Fort Worth Consumers

 

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The Quantum Rehab iLevel Wheelchair is the latest innovation designed to help wheelchair users improve their quality of life and may be an excellent option for many Dallas Fort Worth consumers. The product mainly functions as a seat elevator (available on the all new Quantum Rehab Q6 Edge 2.0 base), allowing users to elevate their position to a standing height. Now, this might seem like such a simple feature to a long-standing product, but the iLevel manages to offer so much more to completely change the life of the wheelchair user forever.

For those who are thinking about a new wheelchair, the following are some of the pros of using the iLevel Wheelchair compared to other wheelchairs:

Elevation Speed

Being at a seating height all the time can be tough. Although you can easily reach objects on the table, some overhead cabinets are just too far away to handle. More often than not, wheelchair users have to ask someone to grab something for them with the chair only really offering mobility without the convenience of reach.

Through iLevel, this is no longer a problem. Access the simple functions via the wheelchair joystick and have the chair elevated to a standing height in a matter of seconds – a vast difference from other wheelchairs that take a long time to elevate.

Walking Speed While Elevated

iLevel manages to offer safety and security at an elevated level even while the chair is in motion. Using advanced technology, the equipment enforces balance and precision while moving at a speed of 3MPH – the typical walking speed of individuals. Climbing using this product is also not a problem since iLevel was created to handle a 1.5-inch threshold.

Excellent Control and Mobility

Slim and not at all bulky, the iLevel wheelchair is made for easy navigation through a crowd. Using this device, you will not be occupying more than the usual space when walking through hallways or other crowded areas. The iLevel can be controlled through a simple set of electronics, giving users complete power over their movement.

Safety and Comfort for the User

Of course, let us not forget the extent of comfort offered by the chair. Create with excellent seating and positioning in mind, users of the Quantum Rehab iLevel power wheelchair will find the seating more than adequate. It offers a comfortable back support that promotes proper posture to prevent backaches and secondary issues.  It can also be fitted with another back support from other manufacturers of seating and positioning products.

Social Convenience

Perhaps the best thing about this wheelchair is that it allows users to achieve a different plane in social convenience. No longer do you have to talk to someone at lower eye level – the wheelchair makes it possible for users to walk, talk, laugh, and have discussions with their friends and family at a more convenient pace. With the added height, people who use this product also have the added protection of visibility when crossing streets, allows easy access to elevator buttons, smoke or fire alarms, door viewers, and so much more.

Mobility Healthcare’s complex rehab team has qualified ATPs on staff to evaluate consumers, along with their physical or occupational therapists for this high end product. Contact us today for a demonstration of the all new Quantum Rehab iLevel wheelchair.  With our headquarters located in Lewisville, we serve the entire Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area.

Get Moving Again With A Power Wheelchair

9526561A power wheelchair is a special type of medical equipment for those who have limited mobility. Up to 2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for their day-to-day tasks, creating the maximum amount of independence for those who are challenged with mobility issues. Read on to learn more about power wheelchairs, and how they can benefit you or your loved ones.

Power wheelchairs are a motorized wheelchair that can allow a person to travel long distances without any assistants. Power scooters typically have three, four, or even five wheels, a seat, a flat area to rest the feet, and handlebars. Other designs feature a delta-style steering arrangement in the front of the scooter, which turns one, two, or three steerable wheels. Typically, mid-range mobility scooters have a speed of about five to seven miles per hour, which is faster than the average walking speed.

Power wheelchairs are beneficial to those who are easily worn out due to disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis. Power wheelchairs help those who have difficulty moving get around their home without having to waste too much energy. This means they’ll be more likely to enjoy activities that are important to them, and will need less assistance for their daily tasks. They are also great for smaller, tight spaces, as the power steering can easily be maneuvered around tight corners.

There are many benefits that a power wheelchair can bring to you or your loved one. Power wheelchairs allow for the highest amount of mobility, and helps those who struggle to keep their independence. If you believe a power wheelchair is the right option for you, visit your local medical supply store to find the best power wheelchair for your needs.

Medical Product Rental Lewisville TX

New Portable Oxygen Concentrators Available For Lewisville Area Residents

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our Lewisville and Dallas Fort Worth customers and phone inquiries is if we have a portable oxygen concentrator solution for consumers who depend on oxygen medical products when leaving their home.  We have always looked to find the best oxygen supplies and products for those in our market and believe we have the best solution available in the industry known as the Sequal Eclipse 5 for both rental and for sale.  This is a great alternative to the standard portable oxygen tank.

Portable oxygen concentrators are light, portable alternatives to standard oxygen tanks. They function in a slight different way than oxygen tanks; while oxygen tanks are filled with a certain amount of oxygen that must be replenished before it runs out, oxygen concentrators use power from a battery to suck in air from the outside world and filter it into acceptable medical oxygen. Because they act as a filtration system, oxygen concentrators never run out of air. Their batteries simply must be recharged after a certain amount of time to continue functioning efficiently. Furthermore, because they are more lightweight than regular oxygen tanks, portable oxygen concentrators are easier to transport and carry around than bulky oxygen tanks.

 

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The latest and greatest on the market in the world of portable oxygen concentrators is the SeQual Eclipse 5. Weighing in at only eighteen pounds with a 24-Cell battery and measuring just eighteen inches tall and eleven inches wide, the Eclipse 5 is an innovation in lightweight portable oxygen concentrator technology. At its minimal size and weight, this concentrator is incredibly easy to transport. Furthermore, the Eclipse 5 is equipped with wheels in a rolling cart style for increased ease of travel. In order to meet the oxygen needs of every patient, SeQual Eclipse 5 includes multiple settings: continuous flow settings, at which oxygen is released to the patient at all times, and duration pulse settings, which involve releases of oxygen in bursts at certain intervals. This portable oxygen concentrator’s battery is incredibly long-lasting; it can function efficiently for up to four hours on the continuous flow settings and over five hours on the duration pulse settings. Additionally, the SeQual Eclipse 5 is FAA Airline Approved and is able to be charged in a car through connection to DC power, thereby eliminating much of the stress and anxiety which can stem from attempting to travel with oxygen.

The SeQual Eclipse 5 portable oxygen concentrator can change lives. With it by their side, patients can experience the thrill of freedom that they may not have felt since the start of their dependency on medical oxygen. This concentrator allows users to remain uninhibited in their daily activities and adventures despite their reliance on the aid of a portable oxygen tank. For patients who have been confined to their homes or beds for extended periods of time due to the difficulty of moving and traveling with standard oxygen tanks, renting or buying the Eclipse 5 can completely transform their life. With the SeQual Eclipse 5’s customizable oxygen settings and extensive charging options, patients do not have to worry about running out of oxygen or dying batteries when they’re on the go. They can relax and enjoy their mobility with the knowledge that they will always be supplied with the oxygen they need for as long as they need it. Furthermore, with the substantial mobility and portability of the Eclipse 5, patients can carry it with them easily wherever they need to go, whether that be to the kitchen, to the doctor, or to Peru. The SeQual Eclipse 5 is always there, a beacon of consistency and reliability guaranteed to keep patients safe, healthy, and happy.

Mobility Healthcare is excited to announce that we carry a fleet of the new Sequal Ecipse 5 portable oxygen concentrators for rent or sale for our Lewisville, TX and available to all Dallas Fort Worth area residents.  Contact us today to learn more about the product as well as the rental or purchase options.

Lift Chairs Offer Safety And Comfort For Lewisville Residents

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Everyone wants to be able to feel comfortable and relax in their own home. However, some people, such as the elderly, disabled, or injured, have difficulty relaxing in standard chairs or couches due to the severe discomfort getting in or out of the seats or simply sitting in one position for an extended period of time causes them. It’s terrible that many live with the feeling that they will be in severe pain if they simply try to sit down in their living room to watch television in the evenings. Fortunately, lift chair recliners offer a simple solution for any such individual who continuously feels significant discomfort in regular chairs.

Lift chairs are comfortable, plush seats that are designed to enhance relaxation comfort for elderly, disabled, or injured individuals with limited mobility or chronic pain. They do not stand out in homes, as they look virtually the same as any armchair you might purchase at a local furniture store and are available in an incredibly wide variety of colors, styles, and materials just like any other chair. However, these special chairs are equipped with several features that set them apart from a standard armchair or reclining sofa and make them an excellent choice for any individual whose comfort needs cannot be met by regular relaxation seating.

Lift chairs are different from regular armchairs because they are designed specifically to move into multiple positions to make getting in and out of the chair easier as well as to make sitting in the chair more comfortable. The user can change positions while getting in or out of or while sitting in the lift chair by pushing buttons on a simple hand control attached to the side of the chair. The common feature of lift chairs is their ability to shift up from the back into an elevated position that allows an individual to lower themselves into the chair and stand up out of it more easily. This position also makes it easier for elderly, injured, or disabled individuals with a more severe lack of mobility to transfer themselves into or out of the lift chair from a wheelchair.

Different lift chairs include varying other positions. Some include more than others; lift chair recliners can recline all the way back so the user can lay down flat in the chair to rest or even sleep, or they can recline partly so the user can watch television or read in a relaxed position that relieves stress on the neck. Oftentimes, lift chair recliners will also be equipped with a variety of special neck and head pads in order to further enhance the comfort of the user. Furthermore, in order to further enhance the comfort of the user, lift recliners are generally available in a variety of heights and weight capacities so people of varying sizes can purchase the chair that best fits their unique specifications.

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Lift chairs offer an incredible solution to many of the comfort and pain problems that plague an abundance of individuals every day, allowing those who normally experience severe pain while moving to achieve the relief and relaxation they deserve.

Mobility Healthcare has a wide selection of lift chair models to choose from at our Lewisville, TX showroom including differing fabrics, colors and much more.  We can even customer order a lift recliner if you don’t see one in stock to match your home decor.  Call us or come by the store to check out our selection.

Flex-A-Bed Adjustable Bed Dallas Fort Worth

Adjustable Beds, An Alternative To Hospital Beds For Dallas Fort Worth Area Residents

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We have been providing hospital beds to those in need of home care solutions for Dallas Fort Worth area consumers for many years.  Many times over the years we have been asked if there is an adjustable bed option that provides similar features to a traditional home care hospital bed while providing superior comfort as a traditional bedroom mattresses while also providing adjustablity.  After years of looking at several different types of adjustable beds, we have determined that the Flex-A-Bed provides the specs that closely resemble those of traditional home care beds.  The adjustability and comfort can also help relieve many other symptoms of arthritis, asthma, varicose veins,  acid reflux and many other ailments.

Flex-A-Bed is a versatile, luxury adjustable bed designed with customizable comfort in mind. These unique beds have been hand-crafted in Lafayette, Georgia, since the company was founded in 1969. Because of their comfort, customization, and adjustment capabilities, Flex-A-Beds can be used for many patients as a more comfortable, convenient substitute for a standard home hospital bed. Flex-A-Beds allow home patients to focus less on their medical problems by eliminating the sterile, cold standard hospital bed from their bedroom and providing a luxurious replacement that makes them feel like royalty.

The Flex-A-Bed is available in multiple models, but the Hi-Low model is the leading Flex-A-Bed model is a great adjustable bed that is a very nice alternative to the standard hospital bed.  This model allows users to adjust their bed using a wireless or wired remote that responds with only one touch of a button. The Hi-Lo bed’s head and base can both be adjusted and the mattress itself can be raised and lowered in order to make getting in and out of bed easier and more comfortable. Flex-A-Bed’s Hi-Lo model also includes massage capabilities that provides patients with relaxing relief from any pain they are experiencing.

One of the best things about Flex-A-Bed is its versatility. The manufacturer of this product understand that all of their consumers have different needs and preferences, especially if they are patients who have certain health requirements and are using this adjustable bed in place of a home hospital bed. Every Flex-A-Bed is built to the unique specifications of each different customer by experienced Georgia craftsmen located right here in the United States.

Flex-A-Bed mattresses are available in fourteen different sizes and six varying construction choices so consumers can choose the mattress that is most comfortable and beneficial for their body. Each Flex-A-Bed mattress construction option carries different advantages: the innerspring mattress is designed for customers who value durability, support, and comfort. The innerspring mattress itself is available in three different options: soft, medium, and firm. The standard memory foam mattress provides maximum support and comfort; it cushions all areas of the sleeper’s body by molding into every curve. Flex-A-Bed also offers an innerspring and memory foam combination mattress for consumers who value maximum support and cushioning comfort. The Flex-A-Bed gel memory foam mattress draws heat away from the sleeper’s body in order to provide a more comfortable, cooler rest in hot climates. The low profile mattress is thin but maintains a high level of comfort because of its polyurethane foam core; this mattress is an excellent choice for patients who struggle with mobility and have trouble climbing onto a standard mattress. Finally, Flex-A-Bed offers a latex mattress that provides durable support and an incredibly soft feel.

Along with the mattress, many other aspects of the Flex-A-Bed are customizable depending on the consumer’s needs and preferences. There are several custom accessories that can be purchased with the Flex-A-Bed to better meet the medical requirements of home hospital patients. Foldable side rails and side rail covers can be purchased separately and easily attached to the Flex-A-Bed. Swingaway brackets are also available to make cleaning and changing sheets a faster and easier process.

These adjustable beds are the more comfortable, luxurious alternatives to home hospital beds and can significantly improve many patients’ quality of life. All Flex-A-Beds include a five-year limited warranty in order to ensure that all consumers are one hundred percent satisfied with their purchase.

Mobility Healthcare has been providing hospital beds and home care solutions in the Dallas Fort Worth area for many years.   If you are looking for an adjustable bed in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, you should stop by our Lewisville, TX showroom to check our floor model.  Please feel free to contact us for more details.