A life taken. A life given. A life shared.

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Kaitlyn and Hannah

When she read the article in the Cape Cod Times about the 11-year-old girl who underwent a life-saving liver transplant, Melissa Dunphe knew.

“Too many pieces fit for it not to be.”

She knew that the child, who was at the same hospital on the same floor on the same day, had to be the one who received her five-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s liver.

Read the entire article here:  https://thriving.childrenshospital.org

Lifting The Standard Of Home Health Care

Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. The portable patient lift system allows a single caregiver to effortlessly transfer a patient without fear of injury. Proudly American Made, the Titan 500 ships directly to the customer partially assembled and is fully assembled by two adults in thirty minutes. Safe and simple to use, the Titan 500 is virtually maintenance free and reliable and durable.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is a complete lift package and includes everything you need to transfer a loved one for one low price. It even includes a universal sling, with four sizes to choose from.

The Titan 500 Lift Package includes the following:
  • The freestanding frame and overhead beam are made of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Heavy duty but lightweight, it is often used in automotive, aircraft and boat construction as well as SCUBA tanks and beverage cans.
  • The rechargeable electric motor is powered by a durable DC motor and two 12V sealed gel batteries. They hold their charge for a long time and allow for an average of 75 lifts per charge.
  • The system offers safety systems which include Emergency Stop and Electric Emergency Down. It also features a belt travel limit system which protects the belt from excessive wear or damage.
  • A four-point lift bar helps spread the sling straps out for a more comfortable lift experience for the patient. It provides for a more stable lift experience over smaller motors with two points.
  • A Universal Sling is included in the price and allows for transferring and toileting. They are machine washable and have extra padding along the shoulders and leg supports.
  • A simple, low voltage, one button remote control simplifies operation and is safe near water.
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Traxx Mobility Systems

For more information on the Titan 500, please visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel for video demonstrations and assembly instructions.

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Why do poor people deserve welfare benefits?

Written by Kyle Thomas, “I’m no expert. I could be entirely wrong.”

Opponents of welfare will always try to paint a picture of scarcity, but the truth is there is more wealth within our entire species than ever before. There is no ethical justification for depriving anyone basic dignity that isn’t just flat out murder by proxy.

Read the entire article here:

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-poor-people-deserve-welfare-benefits-1/answer/Kyle-Thomas-57?srid=uJZoZ&share=8b6eb330

 

Improving The Quality Of Life For Home Health Care Patients And Family Caregivers

When it comes to individual care within the household, a bedroom is most often chosen as the primary care setting.  Average room size is limited, usually less than 12 foot by 12 foot in total.  With a bed and multiple pieces of furniture, the amount of space needed to properly maneuver the standard manual floor lift is extremely limited at best.

Traxx Mobility Systems is lifting the standard of home care with the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift system. The Titan 500 is an affordable alternative for compassionate home health care. Caregivers can have complete confidence when moving your loved one from bed to wheelchair and back again.

Traxx Mobility Systems improves the quality of life for individuals with limited mobility and their family caregivers. The Titan 500 is safe, reliable and extremely affordable. Due to its unique design, caregivers can lift and transfer their loved ones with ease, comfort and security without the physical strains of manual lifting or traditional floor based lifts.

The Titan 500 is freestanding and can be easily installed in 30 minutes. There is no need to attach it to the walls or ceilings. The lift motor is battery powered and quickly recharged. The high strength aluminum frame can support up to 500 lbs and a satin anodized finish  makes it easy to clean. A simple one touch controller and built in safety systems provide peace of mind for both patient and caregiver.

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Titan 500 with 12 Foot Overhead Beam and King Size Bed

The ergonomic universal sling design combines strategically places padding and adjustable straps to provide a secure and comfortable patient transfer experience. A 4 point lift bar helps bring a more stable and pleasant lift for the patient.

For more information on Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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6 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Aging in Place

10 Kitchen Updates Help Seniors Age-in-Place

This article originally appeared on senior.com.

Home Ready for Aging in Place1.  It pays to retrofit. Basic design and structural modifications to a one-story home cost an average of $9,000 to $12,000, according to The MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0. Contrast that expense to the cost of assisted living, which averaged $3,500 per month in 2014, according to Genworth Financial, or $42,000 a year.

2. Think small. Start with replacement hardware, such as lever-handled doorknobs and sturdy handrails along stairs. Install grab bars, single-handled faucets and “comfort height” toilets in the bathrooms. Upgrade your kitchen by adding rollout shelves and better lighting under the cabinets. (For a comprehensive to-do list, see the Aging-in-Place Remodeling Checklist at http://www.nahb.org.)

3. Make it accessible. Other modifications will cost more, and you may want to consult an expert. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) — who have completed a program developed by the National Association of Home Builders in collaboration with AARP — can create a prioritized to-do list suited to your budget and resources (to search by zip code, visit the NAHB website at http://www.nahb.org and search for “CAPS Directory”). If, for example, your home has entry steps, consider installing a ramp; it will run $1,200 to $2,500, according to http://www.costowl.com. A curbless modular shower will cost $2,000 to $3,000 to install.

4. Consider the big picture. Structural changes may include widening doorways and corridors and eliminating walls to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, or even creating space in a multistory home to add an elevator later. The perfect time to make such adjustments is when you’re updating or remodeling your home.

5. Tap your equity. If you have substantial equity in your home, you have multiple ways to pay for improvements, such as a cash-out refinance of your mortgage, a home-equity loan or line of credit, or a reverse mortgage. For more information on reverse mortgages, visit the websites of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (go to http://www.cfpb.gov and search for “reverse mortgage”) and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (http://www.reversemortgage.org). Veterans may be eligible for a grant to construct or retrofit their homes (see http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp).

6. Use Technology for support.  R2-D2 to the rescue. Voice-activated robot helpers are on the way. Meanwhile, existing tech tools can help you stay in touch with family, caregivers and community, as well as monitor your health and provide for security, says Laurie Orlov, founder of the Aging in Place Technology Watch (http://www.ageinplacetech.com). For example, the BeClose system (http://beclose.com; $499 for equipment plus $99 a month) will alert your emergency contacts if you diverge from your usual activity pattern.

(Patricia Mertz Esswein is an associate editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Send your questions and comments to moneypower@kiplinger.com. And for more on this and similar money topics, visit Kiplinger.com.)

(c) 2015 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Home Is Where The Heart Is. Unfortunately, The Body Doesn’t Always Comply.

aideHome is where the heart is. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always comply.

Home health care can be a challenge but, for many, it may be the only option. Benefits are being slashed while costs are on the rise. Private nursing homes and assisted living can cost thousands a month. Many people have spent their lifetime building equity in their home and choose to stay and adapt as they age. Often, chronic illness or disability may be present and more extreme measures of home care may be necessary.

Spouses and other family members are taking on the challenges of home health care to keep their loved ones at home. The increased workload and logistics is often offset by the peace of mind of personal care and a familiar face.

The Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care and family caregivers. It works within the confines of the average bedroom while allowing a single caregiver, often a family member, to safely operate it.

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Titan 500 – 12 Foot Overhead Beam with King Bed

The aluminum frame is solid and sturdy. The rechargeable electric motor is easy to operate and nearly maintenance free. The Titan 500 is a complete lift system that comes with all accessories and even includes a universal sling and free shipping.

Traditional floor-based patient lifts like the Hoyer can be difficult to manage in the home. Floor coverings and limited space restrict the movement necessary to safely operate these types of lifts in the home. The Titan 500 replaces those lifts at a comparable price and can be moved from room to room or even be taken apart and moved to another location.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift for Home Health Care. 

 

The other benefit to the Titan 500 is the overhead lifting action over the boom arms of the floor-based lifts. An overhead lift provides a more stable and safe lifting experience for the patient. The patient is always fully supported by the frame work. The patient remains under the motor and trolley wheels which makes for little effort on the caregivers part to glide them across the length of the beam.

Rated to lift up to 500 lbs, the Titan 500 can safely and easily lift any size patient. We offer four different sizes of slings, which feature extra padding around the shoulders and leg straps for comfort. The universal sling can be used for transfers and tolieting as is machine washable.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

Turnkey Caregiving Solution for Home Health Care Patient Transfers

The Titan 500 is a turnkey solution for caregiving in the home. Those living with disabilities or chronic disease can remain in their own house longer and avoid the nursing home. Family caregivers, with help from home health aides, can transfer their loved one from bed to wheelchair, or other assistive device like a shower chair or bedside commode.

 

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Titan 500 Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 comes complete with a freestanding frame, rechargeable electric motor, spreader bar, remote control and battery charger. The lift also includes a free universal sling as well as free freight shipping within the continental U.S. The Titan 500 arrives partially assembled and can be fully assembled by two adults in about 30 minutes.

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Patient Lift Ships Directly To Your Home

The Titan 500 utilizes an overhead lift technique to transfer patients in the home. An overhead lift protects both the patient and caregiver from injuries associated with floor-based lifts. Tip overs can leave patients injured while the physical strain of operating these floor-based lifts can prove dangerous to the caregivers wellbeing. The Titan 500 allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient in the home. Some of our customers can even operate their lifts without the help of a home health aide.

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Twelve Foot Titan 500 with King Bed

Our lift is designed to work in the home. Its working height is 88 inches high and fits in the standard bedroom. We offer three different lengths of overhead beam to work with any size bed, from single and hospitals beds up to King size. Our rechargeable electric motor is simple to operate and even easier to maintain. Simply charge the motor overnight once weekly with normal use. The handheld remote control allows the caregiver to lift and lower the patient with ease. The motor gently glides across the overhead beam with little effort by the caregiver.

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Rechargeable Electric Lift Motor & Freestanding Frame

The included four point universal sling is machine washable and comes in four different sizes. The universal sling can be used for transfers and toileting making it the standard choice for home care. The slings are very easy to apply and remove from the patient when in a wheelchair or other device. They are very supportive and padding around the shoulders and legs help make them more comfortable.

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Standard Eight Foot Lift with Hospital Bed

Our standard Titan 500 system includes an eight foot long overhead beam and retails for $3695, delivered. We also offer ten foot ($3850) and twelve foot ($3995) systems that work with Queen and King beds respectively. Locking casters can be added to the frame for an additional $200. The standard frame is fitted with furniture glides which will not scratch your floors.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and view our YouTube channel.

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The Art of the Transfer

By Laurie Watanabe

(This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Mobility Management.)

In complex rehab’s world of responsive electronics, CAD drawings and space-age materials, it’s easy to see how the lowly transfer gets overlooked. When done correctly, transitions from bed to wheelchair to shower bench to car seat can be mere afterthoughts in a wheelchair user’s day. But when transfers are difficult or unsafe, they open the door to a range of problems, from heightened risk of falls and skin breakdown to reducing participation in activities when wheelchair users and caregivers decide the hassle of a transfer just isn’t worth it. The sheer number of people who use wheelchairs, and the family members, friends and professional caregivers who support them, indicate that mastering the transfer is vital to the overall mobility equation.

GOALS OF THE TRANSFER

To that point, Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, director of rehab industry affairs for Quantum Rehab, pointed out, “With an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States, 1.825 million of whom are greater than 65 years of age, there is a minimum of 6.6 million wheelchair transfers completed every day.”

So what is a successful transfer? “Many may say that the number one goal of a successful transfer is for the wheelchair user to perform the task independently,” Piriano said, “so that he or she can use the chair. However, this really is a subset of the real goal of a successful transfer, which is to prevent falls and avoid injury to the wheelchair user and/or the caregiver.”

Continue Reading This Article Here: https://mobilitymgmt.com/articles/2016/03/01/wheelchair-transfers.aspx

 

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care. It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient between bed and wheelchair or other assistive device. Designed by a service-disabled veteran, the Titan 500 is proudly made in the U.S.A.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

For more information visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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