Long Term Care in the Home

Modern Medical Devices Allow For Primary Care At Home

For those living with physical disabilities or chronic disease, the independence that home health care affords is priceless. Home health aides can supplement and provide respite for family caregivers allowing the patient to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Homes are currently being built with many convenient options as part of the design process. Retro-fitting homes to increase accessibility has become more cost effective with new technology. The equipment needed has even been redesigned to work more efficiently in the home. Many new products are on the market that increase accessibility to the home while remaining more cost effective than an extended stay at a long term care facility.

Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. Overhead lifting is the preferred method of transfers in any healthcare setting, from hospitals to nursing homes. It provides a more comfortable and dignified lift experience for the patient while protecting the caregiver from the stress and strain of manual transfers and floor-based lifts. While ceiling lifts have been available in the home for some time, it has not been a viable option for most people. It is fairly cost prohibitive for most people and not always an option for those renting or looking to sell their home or downsize at some point in the near future.

The Titan 500 replaces the traditional floor-based lift, often referred to as a Hoyer. The tight spaces and carpet can make the floor-based lift a difficult choice for home health care. Technically, it requires two caregivers to safely transfer a patient, one to move the lift and another to spot the patient should the lift encounter any obstacles on the floor during a transfer. The physical task of moving the lift along the floor with the weight of a patient can be too much for a family caregiver.

The Titan 500 features a freestanding frame along with a rechargeable electric lift motor. The frame spans the bed and allows room for a wheelchair or other assistive device. The electric motor does all the heavy lifting, no hydraulic pump to deal with like the hoyer. Once the patient is up in the air, the caregiver can gently glide them across the overhead beam with little effort. Once in place, the caregiver can lower the patient safely with the press of a button.

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Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is an ideal solution for those who wish to remain in their home and avoid the high costs of nursing homes or a full home ceiling lift system. The freestanding frame does not attach to the structure in any way and can be completely dismantled and moved to another location. The system is quick to assemble, easy to operate and simple to maintain.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel. Buy direct from the manufacturer, give us a call at 855-872-9967.

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Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too

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Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too

(Original published by Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.)

Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday.

Nearly 18 million people care for a relative who is 65 or older and needs help, yet “the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the most significant challenges” facing the nation’s swelling elderly population, their families and society, according to the report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Describing family caregiving as “a critical issue of public policy,” a committee of experts in health care and aging said the next presidential administration in 2017 should direct a national strategy to develop ways to support caregivers, including economically.

According to the report, people who help elderly family members with three or more personal tasks a day devote 253 hours a month to caregiving — almost the equivalent of two full-time jobs.

Five years is the median duration that family members care for older adults with high needs, the report said.

For some Americans who accept that responsibility, that can mean taking a less demanding job, foregoing promotions or dropping out of the workforce.

Lost wages and benefits average $303,880 over the lifetimes of people 50 and older who stop working to care for a parent, according to a study cited in the report. That’s not all: A lower earnings history also means reduced Social Security payments for caregivers when they become eligible.

A possible fix for that problem, proposed by researchers in 2009, is to provide caregivers with a Social Security credit for a defined level of deemed wages during a specified time period, the report said.

Leave programs do exist for some workers shouldering caregiving duties, but many lack such job protections.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act doesn’t cover 40 percent of the workforce. It allows eligible employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for certain family members, but the law only applies to those who work federal, state and local governments and private companies with more than 50 employees. But ineligible family relationships for leave include sons- and daughters-in-law, stepchildren, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Many workers can’t afford to give up their incomes for 12 weeks.

In 2011, 17 percent of caregivers didn’t take leave because they feared losing their jobs, according to a national survey cited in the report.

The report recommends that family caregivers receive status as a protected class under existing job discrimination laws and that employers get guidance and training on ways to support workers caring for family members.

Beyond the economic costs of caregiving, the report notes that the social and physical toll of caregiving should get more attention than it does.

“If their needs are not recognized and addressed, family caregivers risk burnout from the prolonged distress and physical demands of caregiving, and the nation will bear the costs,” the report said.

Instead of delivering “patient-centered” care, health care providers should adopt “family-centered” models that include checking with caregivers to ensure they are healthy and capable of filling the role. The report also recommended wellness visits, counseling sessions and better training for caregivers who must understand increasingly complicated medical instructions.

Dealing with feeding and drainage tubes, catheters and other complicated medical devices causes stress, and the study’s authors noted that caregivers report “learning by trial and error and fearing that they will make a life-threatening mistake.”

The study was funded by 13 private foundations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an anonymous donor that requested the National Academies undertake the research in 2014.

KHN’s coverage of late life and geriatric care is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation. KHN’s coverage of aging and long-term care issues is supported by The SCAN Foundation.

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The responsibility of caregiving for a family member can be overwhelming. The mental and physical stress of caregiving in addition to the everyday stress of holding a job and raising your own family can be too much for some. Healthcare providers can work with families to prepare them for these challenges as well as offer resources to help alleviate some of those issues.

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift system for home health care. It allows a single caregiver, often a family member or part-time aide, transfer a patient from the bed to wheelchair and back again without the stress and strain of traditional floor-based lifts.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

For more information on our freestanding overhead lift with rechargeable electric motor, visit our website, watch our YouTube channel and find us on Facebook.

 

A Better Way To Transfer Patients In The Home

Family Caregivers and Home Health Aides struggle with floor-based lifts in the home. Older homes can present many problems for those who rely on caregivers for help with activities of daily living. A freestanding overhead patient lift can overcome many of the barriers to accessibility in the home.

Room size is often the cause of much stress and strain when relying on a floor-based patient lift. A traditional lift needs quite a bit of room for a caregiver to manoeuvre once the patient is in the lift. Many modern beds do not allow access for the lift to fit under the bed. The Titan 500 can work with just about any bed. It spans the bed leaving room for wheelchair access. The freestanding frame remains in place while the caregiver gently glides the patient across the overhead beam.

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The Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care.

The Titan 500 is freestanding and does not attach to the structure. We have three lengths of overhead beam to accommodate any size bed or bedroom. It can be lowered and moved to another room, or be completely dismantled and taken to another location. It can also be fitted with casters to provide an easier move within larger structures like group or personal care homes.

The stress and strain of transferring a patient in a floor-based lift on carpet is avoided using an overhead lift. The rechargeable electric lift motor does all the heavy lifting while the caregiver can simply and gently push or pull the patient into place. The caregiver has plenty of room to work and the bedroom furniture can often stay in place.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is extremely efficient and is rated to lift up to 500 pounds. The frame is made of lightweight, but heavy-duty, aluminum which makes it easy to move and maintain. A complete overhead lift system, the Titan 500 includes the frame, motor, spreader bar, remote control, battery charger, a universal sling (4 sizes) and free shipping within the continental US.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our channel on YouTube. You can also follow us on Twitter and Pinterest as well as Google+ and Blogger.

We have been proudly manufacturing and selling the Titan 500, designed by service-disabled veteran Guido Capaldi, in Michigan since 2008.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 improves the quality of life for individuals with limited mobility and their caregivers. The Titan 500 is SAFE, RELIABLE and AFFORDABLE.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

  1. SAFE – Every aspect of the Titan 500 is rated to lift up to 500 pounds. The rechargeable electric lift motor features a belt travel limit system which maintains a safe belt and system health by keeping the belt from completely unwinding or being wound up into the motor unit. It also features an electrical emergency remote system that allows the caregiver to slowly lower the patient should they become stuck in the up position of the lift due to any circumstance.
  2. RELIABLE – The Titan 500 electric lift motor is rechargeable. It uses sealed lead acid batteries which are valve regulated while their spill proof construction allows safe
    operation in any position. They also offer a power/volume ratio which yields unrivaled energy density allowing for more lifts with less charging.
  3. AFFORDABLE – Nursing homes can cost up to $7000 a month. The Titan 500 can help keep you in your own home for half that cost. The Titan 500 also allows a family caregiver to operate the lift which can save money on home health aides. The lift includes everything you need, including a free universal sling. Shipping is included and it arrives partially assembled. It can be up and running in under 30 minutes.

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

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The Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Interesting Facts About Caregiving In The Home

  • MOST ADULTS PREFER TO AGE IN PLACE. 90% of those over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their current home as they age.  Family, friends, and neighbors provide 80% of the care for the elderly who do stay in the home.
  • TWO OF FIVE ADULTS ARE FAMILY CAREGIVERS. 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick, disabled, or living with frailties of old age. That’s up from 30% in 2010.

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  • FAMILY CAREGIVERS ARE PRESENT IN ALL CARE SETTINGS. Patients may have more than one doctor; nurses change shifts; prescriptions may be filled at different pharmacies. Family caregivers are there as full partners with their loved ones through it all.
  • COMPLEX CARE IN THE HOME. Nearly half of family caregivers perform sophisticated medical and nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as providing wound care and operating specialized medical equipment. Up to 70% manage medications for their loved ones.

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  • CAREGIVING AFFECTS THE WHOLE FAMILY. 40% of women and 37% of men say they are family caregivers. 36% of younger Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say they are family caregivers as well.
  • CAREGIVING RESPONSIBILITIES FORCE CHANGES AT HOME. Some families have to tighten their belts at home to pay for out-of-pocket caregiving costs, which can average $5,500 per year. Many more have to make home alterations to ensure the safety, security, and cleanliness for their loved ones.
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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

If you suffer from limited mobility, Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 freestanding overhead patient lift can help. For more information, visit out website, find us on Facebook and watch our Youtube channel.

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Home Care Safe Patient Handling

homecareAs health care moves into the home, safe patient handling techniques need to follow. More family members are playing an active role in the care for their aging parents and loved ones with physical disabilities.  They do not have a lot of training and need easy to use equipment for lifting and transferring their loved ones to and from their bed and wheelchair.

caregiver injuryMusculoskeletal injuries to the back, neck, shoulder, and arms are common among caregivers. The only safe way to lift a patient is through the use of a mechanical lift, not through body mechanics. An overhead lift protects caregivers from injury while providing more efficient transfers and increased mobility for patients.

There are risks involved in moving patients in the home when a device is not used.

  • An overexerted caregiver could accidentally injure themselves.
  • An overexerted caregiver could accidently harm the patient.
  • The patient may be injured by being dropped, jarred, or not properly handled during unassisted transfers.
  • 75% Risk of Injury for each manual lift
  • Overhead Patient Lifts provide zero lift for caregivers, reducing debilitating back, shoulder, and arm injuries.
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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500

The Titan 500 is an overhead patient lift designed for home care. It is freestanding so it does not attach to the structure making it a portable solution for inside or outside of the home. It allows a single caregiver, often a family member, to safely transfer a patient from bed to chair and back again without the fear of injury. Safe and simple to use, the Titan 500 is virtually maintenance free.

Proudly Made in the USA, the Titan 500 comes in three sizes and works with any size bed. The lift ships directly to the customer from our factory in Michigan. It arrives partially assembled and can be fully assembled by two adults in thirty minutes.

Learn more about the Titan 500 on our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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Lifting the Standard of Home Care

home aideAs more health care moves in to the home, tried and true practices from institutional settings need to follow. Care must not degrade because of a change in venue. While costs for home care may remain lower than traditional nursing homes or assisted living facilities, care in the home must maintain professional standards for procedure. Granted, there are levels of home care; not all home care is medical. However, if medical care is being provided in the home, efforts must be made to provide the proper equipment and training for effective care.

Home care patients who have limited mobility face challenges daily. Above and beyond the care they receive, modifications to the home often need to be implemented. Creating access to the various areas of the home can be challenging, and often, a new approach to health care in the home needs to be explored. Whether it is using technology to address access issues with staircases, bathrooms and bedrooms, or moving your living space to a more accessible part of the home, preparing your home for health care is the first step to maintaining a higher standard of care.

Adding health care equipment to the home can be both liberating and frustrating. On the one hand, you have assistive devices to help with your mobility issues and on the other, that equipment may get in the way occasionally. Finding the right equipment can be extremely important. You need to find a device that can do the job safely and effectively. If a device is inexpensive, but difficult to use, it may not be the right piece of equipment for home care.

Floor Sling LiftCase in point, the floor-based patient lift. The device works great in institutional settings. Hospitals and nursing homes have enough staff on hand (two aides) to properly use the device. Smooth flooring surfaces and large rooms without furniture or clutter make the lift easier to operate safely. The same device, which Medicare will cover fully, can be a nightmare to use in the home. Typically, a patient will have only one aide as well as a room full of furniture and carpeting. Not the ideal device for the situation as it can contribute to unsafe operation as well as a higher risk of caregiver injury.

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home care. The TITAN 500 lift system allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient without risk of injury. It does not attach to the structure so it can be used throughout the home in different situations. An overhead lift can provide a lift experience that is safer, more comfortable and even more dignified. The system ships as a complete system, sling included, all at one low price.

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Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Visit our website for more information on the TITAN 500. You can also find us on Facebook and watch our channel on YouTube. Contact us for a free quote at 855-872-9967.

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Overhead Patient Lift Offers Benefits To Those With Limited Mobility

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Patient Lift

The Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift for those living with limited mobility. The Titan 500, a ceiling track lift alternative, boasts many advantages over the standard floor-based lifts on the market.

  • A single caregiver can safely transfer a patient. A floor-based lift requires two caregivers to safely move a patient.
  • No physical exertion required on the part of the caregiver. A floor-based lift must be physically moved and repositioned, with the patient in it, requiring caregivers to put themselves at risk for injury.
  • The transfer experience is calming and dignified. The caregiver is within arms reach of the patient throughout the whole transfer process. Floor-based lifts require one caregiver to manually move the product with the patient in it while the other caregiver, if available, “spots” the patient to make sure the lift doesn’t tip over.
  • The freestanding overhead lift is out of the way within the bedroom. The frame fits in any bedroom and is ready to go at any time. Floor-based lifts are often in the way when not in use, must be pushed under the bed to lift the patient from bed, and then repositioned to lower the patient. Furniture may need to be moved or removed from the bedroom to use floor-based lifts.
These are some of the benefits a freestanding overhead patient lift has over the floor-based patient lifts. When considering a lift solution for your loved one, be sure to look at all the options. While Medicare may pay for a manual, floor-based lift, is it the best option for your situation? See how the Titan 500 can make life easier for you and your loved one.
Ditch the floor lift. For more information on the Titan 500, visit our website, watch ourYouTube channel or find us on Facebook!
Overhead Track Lift

Traxx Titan 500 Overhead Patient Lift

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