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Stair Lift Guide for Older People

Stairs can be challenging to those with mobility problems as they can make it difficult for such people to access rooms and amenities. Therefore, it is a good idea for those with mobility restrictions to consider installing a stair lift to help them access any room in their house without any difficulty. Having said that, here are the major reasons why it is good to have a stair lift in your home:

Provides freedom

People with disabilities and seniors are usually forced to relocate when mobility becomes a challenge. The good news is that they don’t have to relocate due to mobility challenges as a stair lift can enable them to use their house the way they want to without any mobility challenges.

Promotes safety

Stair lifts often enable mechanical transporting up and down staircases. The chair has a safety buckle that ensures that the person using it is fastened in during the movement up and down staircases.

In addition, many stair lifts have built-in safety features that prevent operation in case the device is obstructed by anything on the stairs or in case the footrest, seat or armrests are not properly positioned. A stair lift also comes with a lock switch that helps prevent anyone else from using the chair, especially children.

A stair lift is very comfortable

This is because of the fact that a stair lift armrests and seat are adjustable and padded. Its footrest can also be easily adjusted hence enabling a user to easily adjust it to his or her desired height.

Enables the user to fully access his or her staircase

Most of the stair lifts don’t block access to the rest of the staircase as they have slim profiles. The footrest and the chair usually fold away meaning that it won’t hinder other people who would like to access the stairs.

A stair lift is easy to use

Modern stair lifts can be easily controlled by a toggle found on the armrest. Most of them also have a remote control handset hence enabling its user to call the stair lift from the bottom or top of the stairs when necessary.

A stair lift is also ready to use at any time as it charges when it is in the park position. And the good news is that it can be used even when there is power loss as every stair lift comes with a built-in battery backup system according to this Brook Miller stair lift guide.

Custom ordered

Before installing a stair lift, the installer first evaluates the length and angle of a staircase so that the custom rail that will be ordered will be specifically designed for the stairs and also promote safe access on and off the stair lift depending on the ability to transfer onto the chair.

The transfer can be made safer for a stair lift user by adding additional bends and “parks”. Installing a stair lift is easy and quick and doesn’t need any changes to the interior of a home.

A Guide to Diabetic Footwear

The feet are the foundation of the body and when they are out of balance they cannot provide the support the body needs. This affects the lower parts of the body resulting in ankle, knee, leg, and lower back pain. The feet are particularly at risk in those suffering from diabetes and should be well cared for by wearing proper diabetic footwear.

At Excel, we have a full line of diabetic footwear and custom inserts to keep diabetic patients walking in comfort. Our highly skilled practitioners understand how different types of diabetic shoes, orthopedic shoes, and surgical shoes in combination with biomechanical orthotics helps to solve foot problems in diabetics. We use cutting-edge technology combined with experience to create a better quality of life for our patients.

Technology is constantly changing and improving the products available to us we consistently seek to expand our knowledge in order to provide our customers with the best options available. Our innovative technologies are led and utilized by an expert team of certified technicians and practitioners. An example of this leading-edge technology is digital scanning that captures the most accurate model of a patient in order to provide the best solution for foot and general health problems.

Diabetic Shoes

Off the shelf diabetic footwear and custom-molded diabetic shoes feature modifications that include wedges, lifts, and rocker soles.

Diabetic Insoles

Diabetic insoles serve the purpose of evenly distributing weight over the whole plantar surface of the foot, alleviating pressure on areas that may be painful or sensitive. These insoles improve the overall alignment of the feet, lower limb, and ankle complex and can also accommodate and correct for deformities. Categories in these foot orthoses include corrective, accommodative, soft, semi-rigid, and rigid.

CROW – The Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker

An orthosis is a brace custom-fabricated to maintain the foot in a plantigrade position for better ambulation. It protects the skin and joints by uniformly distributing or transferring weight across the entire foot area until the pathology has reached a stage of coalescence (blending or fusion of parts).

Excel TORCH Walker

The TORCH Walker combines the functionality and accommodation of custom-molded footwear with the positioning and support of a traditional AFO. Standard features include a rocker base with SACH heel and a triple-density custom insole. It offers a wide range of options and modifications that are diagnosis-specific to address any complex conditions of the lower extremities. The Velcro lace closure creates a perfect fit and it is fully adjustable to accommodate fluctuating edema. This 100% customized device is a superior alternative to the Excel CROW Walker and can accommodate any issue with the lower extremities. Better outcomes are achieved by increased patient compliance.

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