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This is a thread that began with a question requesting information for something that would help or enable a person with parkinson's to get out of a chair easier.

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I too would like to thank everybody for the help I was the original person who asked about chairs and the arco rail.

The arco rail is something like it bedbathtub. It's designed to easily fit any standard homestyle or hospital bed with an angle iron bed frame. It is a patented hand rail that comes out from under the mattress and rotates 360 degrees and can be locked into one of four secured positions. It comes from a company called LCM distribution ltd. It has a American and a Canadian flag in their ad. It costs $199.95 can. You should be able to see a picture of it on site called ArcoRail this a personal care site. I think it's under grab bars.

I took my husband to Day Care at a extended care lodge yesterday. He will go once a week it will cost $4.50 a day and give me a break. He wouldn't let me go home until 1:30pm and all he did all day is eat lunch and sit in the lift chair they had and play with the remote control. He said next week he will go alone. He has macular degeneration eye disease so he doesn't see to well and can't read or watch TV. The whole chair raises to just about a full standing position. It also had heat and vibration controls. It would cost $1300. I know you can cheaper ones but I don't like the fabric on them. It would make it a lot easier for him to get up if he gets one at home.

The Veterans affairs people are deciding if they will pay for it and the arco rail. I should know soon. Thanks again to everybody that replied. This site has helped me so much over the year I've been coming here.

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Friends-- This portable device for raising a person in any seat is featured on the NPF websit. When I called the AZ number they list there, I was told to use this 800# to reach the manufacturer directly: I have copied the description (the photo didn't copy) from NPF site and intend to ask them to correct their information to include the 800#(which I have added here). When I called I learned that the price is $169.95 in the USA, $199.95 in Canada, and there are also distributors in other countries. Persons "overseas" can call this international 800# and they will be referred to the distributor in their country (assuming there is one). Daylight Technologies: 1-800-387-0896

Corrected info: UpliftTM Seat Assist is a portable lifting cushion that can be placed in any chair. It then provides the extra lift needed to help get out of a chair. It is self-powered and portable, weighing about eight pounds, and is 17 inches wide. Made by Daylight Technologies, Inc., the Uplift Seat Assist can make most any chair a lift chair. For more information, please contact them at 1-800-387-0896.

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I have seen several types of lift appliances (if that's the right word) in the JCPenney Special Needs Catalog. I'm sorry that I don't have the 800# handy to get one of those.

Also, I have a catalog called Functional Solutions from Independent Living Products. I have ordered from them via phone and Net and been quite satisfied. This catalog shows The Arcorail System and The ransfer Handle, both rail type systems that help a person pull up in bed and ull up out of bed. Contact info for this catalog is:
(800) 377-8033
www.ilp-online.com

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We are using the Arco Rail system that was described and it is very helpful. It fastens to the bed rails under the bed and is both sturdy and secure. The Upright support can be easily moved into four positions. An accessory tray is available for meals or work. The only problem is that the Arco Rail is an expensive item at about $160. Medicare may help with a prescription.

We also have a triangle suspended above the bed. This has been an indispensible help for Neal to get to a sitting position and a help in turning in bed. Medicare paid for this. These are available in many of the larger drug stores that have a medical equipment department and take care of the paper work. All that is needed is a doctor's prescription for the device. There are two versions of the bed triangle. For a hospital bed it clamps on the headboard. Ours is the freestanding version that is used with a regular bed. It is secured by long extensions that fit under the bed.

As mentioned in an earlier post, we also ordered from the Functional Solutions catalog from Independent Living Products. Ours came within two days from a San Francisco distributor of medical supplies, North Coast Medical although the phone and internet addresses are in Phoenix.
(800) 377-8033
www.ilp-online.com

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As for the lift chair, I've seen one in Walmart (Zanesville, OH) for $399, which isn't too much more than what you'd pay for a regular Lazy Boy chair. I don't know if Medicare will pay for it, or what portion. I've been thinking of my sister and I getting one for Dad, but I don't know if he'd use it, since he prefers sitting on the couch. Is there such a thing as a lift couch, where whichever seat you designate is the one that lifts?

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We just bought one (VERY expensive Laz-E-Boy) at a local furniture store. Most of the medical supply houses may carry or order them. Here is the URL of a manufacturer that will give = you some idea of the sizes available in their models: http://www.goldentech.com/index.htm

Also if you search on a search engine using "lift chair" as your object, you will find other manufacturers and LOTS of medical supply houses. Besides Wal-Mart, JC Penney carries them in their special catalogue. Acording to the information that we received, Medicare only pays a portion and that is only for the lift mechanism and the amount varies from state to state.

In general terms, Medicare pays 80% on a maximum that varies from approximately $315 to $325.

Also available is the lift mechanism only that apparently would be = attached to a regular chair or recliner. I'm not sure of just how this is done or how good a solution this would be because we did not research this option.Regards, C. Y. cythomas@vvm.com

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Hi--on the NPF website ( http://www.parkinson.org/ ) I found this info re: a portable lift seat that can be used on any chair---I think there was some recent question about lift chairs, so want to bring this to your attention.

UpliftTM Seat Assist is a portable lifting cushion that can be placed in any chair. It then provides the extra lift needed to help get out of a chair. It is self-powered and portable, weighing about eight pounds, and is 17 inches wide. Made by Daylight Technologies, Inc., the Uplift Seat Assist can make most any chair a lift chair. For more information, please contact Medassure at (602) 893-1662.

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I'll share what we know. Over the last two years we have purchased two lift chairs.

One was from a local (Columbus, Ohio) furniture store. As I recall it was a bit over $600. They had to order it, as the color we needed wasn't in stock and it took forever! Well about 8 weeks. (they did throw in free delivery for our trouble.) It works well and is almost silent in operation.

The second one we found in the "Medical Equipment" section of the Classified Ads in the Columbus Dispatch. It was special ordered by a young man for his (now deceased) father and is wider and longer than most models. I think we paid him $350. after we tried it out at his apt. It is located in our Family Room and is the one used most often. We've had to replace the up/down switch twice since buying it as she runs it up and down quite a bit. Our son-in-law did it in about an hour with a replacement part from radio Shack. Overall they work well, and help her get to almost a standing position from which she can reach her adjacent walker or I can fairly easily steer her to her electric cart. By comparison, when she sits in other chairs, even ones with sturdy arm rests, it is a struggle to get her vertical. If you need more info. please e-mail me directly.

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