January is National Falls Prevention month, and SpinLife is doing it’s part by hosting our Lift Chair Event.
How can a lift chair help prevent falls you may ask? You may be surprised at the answer! Statistics prove that among our aging population, falls account for an enormous number of injuries every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. About half of those are unreported, but 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall related injury. 2.8 million!
In modern times, New Year’s resolutions are goals for the coming year.
However, the New Year tradition dates back over 4,000 years, and was actually about reflecting on the prior year. Put simply, it was about looking back, as opposed to looking forward, and using that momentum to improve.
There’s a lot of empowerment in using the New Year to look back. After all, through the good times and the tough times of the past year, we made it!
It’s via this enlightened lens that New Year’s serves as an especially poignant annual milestone for those of us living with disability, illness or any adversity. We made it!
I have a balance in my FSA account at work, and if I don’t spend it by December 31st, I lose the money! Are SpinLife’s products eligible under the FSA guidelines, and can I use my FSA debit card to make purchases from SpinLife?
Both of those questions are asked frequently around here, particularly in December, since many Flexible Spending Account plans do not offer a grace period. If your plan does not have a grace period, your unspent dollars actually do disappear at midnight on New Year’s Eve…Don’t let that happen!
Looking for the ultimate gift?As we head into the holiday season, many wonder what to get the parent or grandparent who has it all.
If your family is like many of ours, we have aging relatives who could benefit from a mobility device – whether that’s a lift chair, scooter or portable power chair – but have been reluctant to pursue one on his or her own. Why not, then, consider giving your loved one the ultimate gift: the gift of mobility.
Prioritizing Pressure Management: Reducing the Risks of Seated Pressure Sores
Why would we develop seated pressure sores, anyway? Here’s a simple physiological fact: as humans, our bodies aren’t designed to sit for long periods. As padded as some of our posteriors may seem, nature didn’t intend for them to handle concentrations of seated body weight indefinitely. And, unfortunately, for those of us with mobility impairments, remaining in a seated position for extended periods can lead to a very serious and debilitating condition called decubitus ulcers – more commonly called pressure sores.
Seated pressure sores occur when bony areas rub away at tissue. Many assume that pressure sores occur from the outside, in. however, it’s in fact bony areas pressing or rubbing against tissue, from the inside, out that causes pressure sores. And, this is among the reasons why they’re so dangerous – by the time we see a pressure sore, serious tissue damage has already occurred, often requiring surgery and months of bed rest.
So, as those often seated, how do we prevent pressure sores? This is where individual practices of pressure management come in.