Quick overview of needs and services
addressed by the Made-Rite Rocker in 1999:
Short term care and Long term care residents having difficulty coming to stand from a regular chair vs. The Made-Rite Rocker.
Fact: When seated in a regular overstuffed chair if the hips are lower than the knees, then it will require an inordinate amount of strength and balance to come to stand from that seated position.
Fact: There are residents currently living in Skilled Nursing Facilities who are restless and walk a great deal of the day. They fatigue readily and require a place to sit down. It was noted that residents who were familiar with the Made-Rite Rocker would seek this out as they knew that they would be able to sit comfortably and then get up independent of outside help to resume their walk.
Some residents residing at a Skilled Nursing Facility in the Naugatuck Valley were introduced to the Made-Rite Rocker. They quickly learned that this was a decent chair for persons like themselves who required a comfortable chair that would move while they sat in it. The Made-Rite Rocker was the chair they chose.
Occupational Therapists found the Made-Rite Rocker was a nice addition to a residentís room when Activities of Daily Living needed to be done at bedside. Residents who were unable to stand during upper body bathing or shaving due to fatigue, could sit comfortably in the Made-Rite and complete their personal hygiene at bedside. Those residents that required a respite during their ADLís could lean back in the rocker and rest before resuming their bathing/shaving activities.
Features the Residents like about the Made-Rite Rocker:
n Contoured to your body
n Did not cause resident to perspire
n Could rock without the chair scooting across the floor
n Able to get up independently
n Could sleep in this chair without getting a stiff neck
n Chest Therapy patients were able to sleep all night in rocker
In one facility that supplied Made-Rite to their adult Day Care clients, the clients would Ďfightí to have one of the 5 chairs, especially when they were going to be doing an activity that required them to sit for some time. Late in the afternoon Day Care clients would sit in the Made-Rite while awaiting their family memberís arrival.
Sharon Hiltsley, PT
"We at an adult day care center have used and continue to use five "Made Rite Chair" We find them easy to maintain. They are foldable and convenient to store. Our clients find that the chairs are comfortable."
Information on Rocking-chair therapy eases burden of dementia April 25, 1998
Beatrice Dexter in the Examiner (USA; 7/7/92) had this to say about the benefits of rocking chairs:
Studies conducted at the Medical College of Virginia have shown that 'kinetic therapy' - the constant, gentle motion of a rocking chair - can dramatically speed healing in severely ill patients. With regular rocking, starting with one hour a day the first week, increasing the exercise period by 10 minutes a day each succeeding week, 'the body settles into a natural rhythm that harnesses incredible powers of recuperation and regeneration,' says Dr. Heinrich Addleheim of the Kinetic Therapy Clinic in Berlin. 'We've seen cases of patients recuperating from heart attack and stroke - without any trace of permanent damage - simply because they used a rocking chair while they were recovering. I've seen people bedridden with arthritis who were up and around inside a week after regular use of the rocking chair. It's not just a piece of furniture, it's a remarkable medical device!
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