Thursday, November 12, 2015

Here is the equipment we love, and why you should too!

In the life a special needs, we get used to many different kinds of equipment. Monitors, feeding pumps, standers, gait trainers, AFO foot braces, hand splints, helmets, and special chairs.
 
I had NO IDEA that any of this stuff even existed until 3 1/2 years ago! I am always learning about new things and new companies...most from other parents. 
 
I thought I would share a few of our favorites and the reasons why we love them...
 
We use a wheelchair called a "Kid Cart"
 
  This can come with different colors and accessories. The seat lifts off and the frame folds down. Our biggest complaints are that we can't use the seat as a car seat which makes it bulky, and we were told that the 5 point harness is not crash tested therefore we can't transport him in the chair in a vehicle. This means we still have to transfer into a car seat and find room in the car if we want to go anywhere.
 
Otherwise we love it! It offers good support, has a few different harnesses to hold him in, and is fully adjustable so it can grow when he does. We got a bunch of accessories too. We got a canopy (like the one pictured), a lap tray, an attachable IV pole, and a rain cover that covers the whole chair with him sitting in it. 
 
We have also used it for other things, like floor time, and shopping...
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And playing on the playground...
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The seat is a bit heavy, even by itself, but he loves being able to go places and we love seeing him smile!
 
 
 
The newest addition to our "stuff" is a supportive bed called the Comfy-Lift bed.
 

We had tried rolling blankets, blocks under two of the bed feet, and different wedges to get him at the recommended angle for his night-time tube feedings and his Bi-pap. But nothing worked well. This has helped him sleep better and be ready to start his day. This also helps the taller nurses that care for him get him in and out of bed without straining their back. My only complaint is that I can't cuddle with him while laying in bed.
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Insurance covered ours and may cover yours too! In their own words...
 
Does your child suffer from... 
  
Acid Reflux

Sleep Apnea
Cerbral Palsy
EA/TEF TOF
Sleep Breathing Disorders
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Pain/Irritability
Choking or Gagging
Congestion
Hydrocephalus
Esinophilic Esophagitis
Aspiration Pneumonia
Acute/Chronic Respiratory Issues
G-Tube Feeding



Why chose us?
                                                                                                                        
The Comfy-Lift™ Bed has a patented design that features an elevated head rest to lift the upper body of the sleeper. This elevation will keep stomach acid out of the esophagus, as well as assist in breathing. 

Since children tend to roll off the side of the bed during sleep, a side barrier has been strategically implemented on each side of the mattress to create a concave design that will cradle the child in the center of the bed.
  
The Comfy-Lift™ Bed is designed with the growing child in mind, using a foot-adjusting feature to account for growth of the child. This feature makes the Comfy-Lift™ Bed a long-term form of treatment for your child's sleep-related disorders. 

 Our mission here is to help the most helpless among us - the children, as well as adults who suffer from sleep breathing disorders. All children deserve the highest quality of life and healthcare possible.

If you would like to know more about the kid cart talk to your doctor or click HERE.
If you would like to learn more about the Comfy- Lift bed click HERE

 

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1 comment :

  1. Kids like adventures but yes their adventures sometimes put adults in trouble. But these kids are quite intelligent.

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