Wheelchair

Wheelchair added to mobility line

Wheelchair added to mobility line

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has introduced the Cruiser II Wheelchair to its Mobility line.

Custom chair cushions might aid spinal cord injury patients

Custom chair cushions might aid spinal cord injury patients

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Wheelchair cushions designed to adjust to a person's size and form can help redistribute pressure and provide support for activities of daily living for patients with spinal cord injuries, report scientists at the Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación (Rehabilitation National Institute) in Mexico City.

If I fell

If I fell

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A group of very fine long-term care people and I just spent the last 10 days in Nicaragua. I'll blog about why we went in a future installment, but first need to share the most important lesson learned on the trip.

Federal court: Nursing home can be sued for firing hairdresser who can no longer push wheelchair

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Is the ability to transport residents in their wheelchairs an essential function of a nursing home hairdresser? A federal appeals court says it's a valid question and is allowing a hairdresser to sue a facility that fired her.

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Regardless of the resident's age, physical condition or exercise experience, there are a number of techniques for helping them exercise and gain from its many benefits. Any type of exercise can be augmented to the resident's needs and limitations.

Day in the Life: Dancing with a star

Day in the Life: Dancing with a star

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Miller's Merry Manor has a name that is fitting for the holiday season. But the 62-bed facility in New Carlisle, IN, seeks a merry atmosphere throughout the year. Its dance activities, and one special resident, help in that endeavor.

Prodigies in reverse

Prodigies in reverse

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I experienced many crushing disappointments growing up. A trespassing fairy with a tooth fetish didn't leave a dime under my pillow? Ernie and Bert aren't brothers? Affordable healthcare isn't a right? But the worst was realizing I was too old to be a prodigy. There's an age limit, apparently, or maybe it's height or weight. Regardless, I didn't qualify.

Video shows resident left to 'smolder' after catching fire, family charges facility for poor response

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A Chicago nursing and rehabilitation center did not respond adequately when a resident caught on fire while smoking, leading to his death, the man's family has charged.

Kitchen design assistance for facilities

Kitchen design assistance for facilities

Whether you are just starting out in the long-term care business, building a new facility from the ground-up, or simply swapping out finishes, fixtures and furnishings in existing spaces and units, there are special considerations for catering to your unique clientele.

Uninventing the wheel in the nursing home

Uninventing the wheel in the nursing home

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Better watch your back, people. Gangs of angry, wheelchair-bound residents are screaming at high speeds through our nation's nursing homes, pursuing their mobile vendettas with brutal demonstrations of frontier justice. Or at least they are in Peoria, IL. OK, at least one is. Or was.

Sojourn takes top Dignity Award in 2012 McKnight's Technology Awards

Sojourn takes top Dignity Award in 2012 McKnight's Technology Awards

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Sojourn Senior Living, based in Illinois, combined a driving simulator and joystick that allowed a resident to operate a motorized wheelchair.

A whiff of progress: Researchers develop sniffing device to allow disabled to communicate, move around

A technological breakthrough could allow the severely disabled to use their noses to communicate and even maneuver wheelchairs.

Report underscores problems with durable medical equipment Medicare claims process, group says

Report underscores problems with durable medical equipment Medicare claims process, group says

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General confirms that the regulatory documentation requirements for durable medical equipment Medicare claims are "confusing, onerous and must be improved," according to a DME provider group.

Medicaid payment bundling sparks controversy in Ohio

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Medicaid payment bundling is emerging as a key topic in national healthcare reform. As part of their research on bundling, federal lawmakers should pay attention to what is happening in Ohio.