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How Rise & Recline Ltd chairs can support the elderly

Rise & Recline Ltd offer the perfect support chairs for the elderly, due to the fact that they’re completely tailor made to our customers specification. We listen to what you want and we meet your requirements with no fuss at all.

At Rise & Recline Ltd we have a very wide variety of different styles of rise and recliner chairs, ranging from a back and leg support chairs to ease users into comfortable seating positions; to wall hugger chairs for those with a limited amount of space.

Being able to design your own bespoke chair can prove very beneficial for the elderly in particular. As we age, it is often the case that we develop particular impairments or mobility difficulties.  What we hope to achieve with Rise and Recline Ltd chairs is to provide a solution that works around each customer’s individual challenges and allow them to gain back their independence and freedom. Our added extras, variety of materials and exceptional capability ensure that we are able to create the perfect rise and recliner chair for you, whether it be a support chair, a bariatric chair or an adjustable chair, we always put our customers necessities first.

We offer a wide range of riser chairs for the elderly – there are many modern, stylish designs to chose from,  if that is what you are looking for and we also offer more traditional and functional rise and recliner chairs to fit into any home environment. There are a range of mechanisms that we fit on to our chairs, from the single motor chairs to the dual motor rise and recliner chairs.

We aim to make our customers happy through our rise and recliner chairs and whole furniture range. Our aim is to give an elderly person their independence back so that they aren’t relying on a family member to help them.  We want to give them freedom and comfort within their home and we hope to make their life easier and hope that our chairs make a significant change to their lives.

View our range of riser recliner chairs today, available in almost any fabric you can think of, and built bespoke to your needs.


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Riser Recliner Chair Mechanism Infomercials

Brand new riser recliner chair video infomercials are now available!

 

As you may have seen in our previous post, Rise & Recline Ltd. Video Preview, we’ve been very busy behind the scenes preparing brand new video infomercials showcasing our top riser recliner chair products and what benefits their mechanisms have to offer.

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These videos are now complete and available to watch here on our website, or on the Rise & Recline YouTube channel. We have a total of four new videos now available, each presenting different riser recliner chairs and their unique mechanisms. The mechanisms displayed in the videos are the following:

  • • Dual Motor Tilt-in-Space Riser Recliner Chair
  • • Single Motor Tilt-in-Space Riser Recliner Chair
  • • Dual Motor Riser Recliner Chair
  • • Wall-hugger Mechanism Riser Recliner Chair

 

You can view the video infomercials on the Riser Recliner Chair Mechanisms page.


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Rise & Recline Ltd. Video Sneak Preview

Here at Rise and Recline Ltd. we’ve been very busy behind the scenes, preparing brand new videos showcasing some of our top riser recliner chair products and the beneficial features they have to offer.

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We have a total of four new videos underway, each displaying different riser recliner chairs and their unique mechanisms. The upcoming videos explain the ease of how to use our comfort chairs, as well as the mobility advantages they provide.

We’re looking forward to publishing the videos within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on the Rise and Recline Ltd. website as well as our social media networks.

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Gem 106’s Sam Pinkham was on hand on the day to present the new videos – although he was so happy with our riser recliner chairs, it was difficult to get him out of them!

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Why Choose an Adjustable Bed from Rise and Recline Ltd?

If you have difficulty sleeping or find it difficult to get comfortable at night, you may benefit from one of Rise and Recline Ltd’s range of adjustable beds.

Once the domain of hospital wards, adjustable beds now fit perfectly into the modern home and provide another level of comfort and luxury to your bedroom.

There are many reasons to choose an adjustable bed from Rise and Recline Ltd. Here are just a few of the many benefits they provide:

Therapeutic benefits of an adjustable bed

For those who suffer with mobility issues, mobility beds can provide some welcome independence, supporting the user into an upright position and allowing them to slide more easily from the bed to their feet. But aside from the mobility support, adjustable beds also provides a number of therapeutic benefits. This includes supporting relief with back pain, acid reflux and swelling. A mobility bed can also help with circulation and breathing as well as help with post surgery healing.

*Important. While there are many benefits from a mobility bed, it is important that you seek medical help if you experience any of the above medical concerns.

Sleep benefits of an adjustable or reclining bed

Of course, it isn’t all just the medical benefits. Reclining beds, or mobility bed, offers the user the option of raising or lowering their bed to a comfortable position and can help you to get a better night’s sleep. If you like to read in bed at night before sleep, simply raise the head of the bed to a comfortable position, without the need to stack pillows up behind you. This also helps you to read without hunching forward and helps prevent any back discomfort. You can also raise the foot of the bed to go into a ‘lounger’ position, taking the pressure off your legs and helping you to relax even more.

A reclining bed also helps with snoring as the user can elevate the bed to the position at which they are least likely to snore. Couples who sleep together can also benefit from moving each side of the bed separately, allowing each of you to find your own comfortable sleeping position.

There are many benefits to a reclining bed from Rise and Recline Ltd. If you are interested and would like more advice, please contact a member of our team. You can also find your nearest stockist here for face to face advice on all Rise and Recline Ltd. products.


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Reasons to Support British Furniture Manufacturing

Rise and Recline Ltd. are proud members of the British Furniture Manufacturing industry. Our entire range of riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds are hand-built here in the UK. We are proud of that fact and there are a number of other reasons why we encourage all of our customers to support British Furniture Manufacturing.

Employment for local people

By manufacturing in the UK, Rise and Recline Ltd. are able to employ local people within our Long Eaton factory. Beyond local employment opportunities, the level of craftsmanship involved in manufacturing our riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds means we are also creating training opportunities, helping local people to obtain skills and helping to stimulate social mobility.

Quality

All riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds within our range are manufactured to BSEN standards. This ensures that every component of your riser recliner chair is manufactured and assembled to the highest standards. Having a factory in the UK also means that the workers involved in the manufacture of your riser recliner chair or adjustable bed, are protected by UK health and employment laws.

Buying from a British furniture manufacturing company also allows you the flexibility and convenience of being able to discuss your requirements directly with the manufacturer themselves, including any after sales queries you may have.

Local economy

Buying from a British furniture manufacturing company, you are having a positive effect through the local and UK economy, and not just from the taxes paid by the manufacturers. It also helps to create work for other local businesses through the supply chain, including materials and delivery service providers. Local employment opportunities also mean that more people have more money to spend on other British manufactured goods.

So be sure to support your British furniture manufacturing industry and order your riser recliner chair or adjustable bed from Rise and Recline Ltd. Talk to one of our advisors today or find your nearest stockist.


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OT show riser recliner chairs

We are stand G24 at the OT show!

Come and see us at the OT show on stand G24! Our first day of exhibiting has come to a close however there is plenty of time to come down and get some information on our new product.

The Cavell is the perfect cater chair for any nursing home environment. It can be transferred around the home, across thresholds and is very easy to manoeuvre making it ideal for OT’s. It has a manual TIS movement which provides support and independence.

Come and see us for even more information on this, or any other of our wide range of adjustable chairs and beds.


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Rise and Recline Ltd. Display Star Quality at Disability Direct Event

Disability Direct is a Derby-based charity, providing vital information for disabled people since 1993.

 

Since 2011, Disability Direct has been hosting its live Do What You Want event, aimed at bringing together all organisations on the Do What You Want directory and providing local people with the best choice of independence enhancing services.

Rise and Recline Ltd is a proud member of the Do What You Want directory and attended the event in support of their client Derby Mobility Services. This year the event was held at the Roundhouse in Nottingham and featured over 80 exhibitors and over 1,000 disabled people from the East Midlands.

The event was also attended by Coronation Street actress, Alison King (Carla Conner) who couldn’t resist sitting in one of our Rise and Recline Ltd chairs.

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Rise and Recline Ltd Managing Director said of the event: “This is our first year attending this event. It is a great way to get local organisations together and introduce disabled people to the wide range of supportive products available to them. It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to meet the visitors to the show and have a chat with them about our products, we will definitely be returning next year.”

The Do What You Want event was held at the Roundhouse in Nottingham on the 28th of October. We are sure that we will continue to support this important event in future years.


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Riser Recliner Chairs for Greater Independence

Riser Recliner Chairs from Rise and Recline Ltd offer greater support for the elderly, helping to assist with mobility and maximise independence.

It’s one of the hardest balancing acts you’ll ever have to face. How do you support an elderly loved one, while still helping them retain a sense of independence in their own home? You want to be around to help, particularly if they have decreased mobility; but you don’t want to make a fuss or prevent them from doing things for themselves.

Peace of Mind

A riser recliner chair from Rise and Recline Ltd could be the answer you’re looking for. A riser recliner chair is a fully motorised chair, which slowly raises the sitter into a standing position, allowing them to get on their feet more easily, at the press of a button. This allows people with decreased mobility, to get to their feet, to move about the home, to answer the door or make themselves a cup of tea. This gives you the peace of mind that an elderly loved one isn’t at home struggling to get out of their chair.

Greater Comfort

The recliner function also helps them relax more easily, allowing them to recline to a more comfortable position for reading or watching television. A dual motor riser recliner chair allows the footrest to move independently of the recline function, providing a more versatile seating position. They can elevate their feet or recline in order to find the ideal position for them, with no need for tiresome pillow fluffing and fidgeting to get it right.

Fully Bespoke

Each Riser Recliner chair we supply is completely tailored to the dimensions of the sitter, ensuring the seat and arms are at the right height for them to provide optimum comfort. As well as the versatility of the mechanics – single or dual motor – riser recliner chairs from Rise and Recline also come in a wide range of fabrics. This helps your loved one pick the perfect fabric to match the existing decor in their home.

If you think you or an elderly loved one may benefit from the added mobility and independence that comes from a riser recliner chair, We provide a wide range of single and dual motor riser recliner chairs, specifically designed to meet individual needs of each customer. Contact Rise and Recline Ltd today and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your needs. Alternatively, you can find your nearest stockist here.


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Proud British Furniture Manufacturers – Rise & Recline Ltd.

Rise & Recline Ltd. are a UK based manufacturer of quality riser recliner chairs, adjustable beds & more.

British Furniture Manufacturers

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has represented the interests of the furniture industry in the UK for over 60 years. For this reason, we at Rise & Recline are extremely proud to be a part of this trade association. All of our products are manufactured here in the UK, whether it be riser recliner chairs, adjustable beds or day chairs – we’re proudly flying the British flag!

UK Centre of Quality Upholstery Manufacture
We have a state-of-the-art production facility located in Long Eaton, Nottingham which allows us to provide rapid turnaround on the manufacture of our products without compromising on the quality of craftsmanship that makes us an industry leader while our second to none support ensures peace of mind throughout the process.

 


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Which Hospital Bed is Right for You?

When purchasing or renting a hospital bed you’re faced with a massive range of choices. But with this huge array of different types and features that these beds include, it’s often a tough decision to decide which one is right for you. For this reason, we at Rise & Recline have put together this short article to help you to choose the hospital bed that suits you best.

 

How Hospital Beds Vary

Hospital beds can vary in many ways – from different mattresses and frames, to accessories and how the beds function. Hospital bed frames are either electric, semi-electric or manual. Each type has their own uses and are suited to different people. For obviously reasons, the more manual controls the bed has the cheaper it will be.

Electric Hospital Beds – Electric beds give patients the ability to easily adjust the bed to suit their exact needs. These kinds of beds are perfect for those who have mobility issues.

Semi-Electric Hospital Beds – Semi-electric beds often allow the patients to electrically control the head and foot positioning, but the height of the bed has to be adjusted manually.

Manual Hospital Beds – Manual beds have no electric controls whatsoever. They can be adjusted, but only by manually altering it yourself.

 

Advice From Carers

To begin with, it’s essential to follow the recommendations of those who care for a living. Try asking nurses, doctors and occupational therapists for their advice – they will give a guidance on what kind of features to look out for depending on the patient’s needs and requirements.

 

Choosing the Right Hospital Bed

Measurements

When selecting a medical bed, ensure that you take accurate measurements of doorways and stairways in the patient’s home. Once you have taken those measurements, do the same for the bed of choice – the last thing you want is to not be able to get the brand new bed into the patient’s home. Make sure that there is a clear path in which you can bring the bed into the home.

Positioning

When looking to buy a hospital bed, it’s important to bear in mind where the bed will be positioned when it’s at the patient’s home. The best plan is to place the bed on the floor that the patient will be in for the most of the day – ie. the living room and kitchen floor. By having the bed positioned this way it saves going up and down stairs.

If the hospital bed of choice is semi-electric or electric, make sure there is an electrical plug socket nearby the desired positioning. It’s also important to position the bed so that you can have access to both sides, as this allows carers to have full access to the patient.

 

Hospital Beds at Rise & Recline

Rise & Recline are proud suppliers of adjustable medical beds for the NHS and the healthcare sector. We have a strong commitment to quality when it comes to our products, offering a whole range of options to make the bed perfect for you or your patient.
Learn more about our adjustable medical beds for a greater level of care.


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Christmas Presents for Elderly Parents

Buying Christmas presents is a task as it is, but it’s even more of a struggle to decide what to buy for your parents. We all want to get our parents something special, something they’ll greatly appreciate, but it’s often harder than it seems. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a couple of ideal presents to give you some ideas.

Making Life Easier

E-Books

Many people of the elderly generation love reading. It’s something they can do to pass time and do in the comfort of their own time. But as they get older, it gets much harder for them to read standard sized fonts and hold large books. For this reason, e-book’s can be very useful presents as they are lightweight and you can personalise the font size to their preference. There are many different kinds of e-books, one of the most popular being the Kindle.

Custom Walking Sticks

If your parents own a walking stick, why not turn a necessity into something more appealing. There are many online and local stores that sell decorated walking sticks, with all kinds of designs available. You could even get creative and try decorating one yourself with acrylic paints.

Driving Lessons

The elderly generation often lose their confidence in driving, the older they get. If your parents are worried about being out on the road, buying some driving booster lessons with a driving instructor could be the answer. The driving instructor could also give their expert view on when it’s time for your parents to stop driving.

Memories

Photo Album

Why not make a photo album or a scrapbook for your parents this Christmas? Photo albums are a brilliant way of keeping memories alive. There are many companies that can create hard copy photo albums from all of your mobile phone images, camera images etc. If your parents have unfortunately been diagnosed with dementia, jogging their memories with photos from earlier years is also proving to be a very popular method of care.


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What to Expect from Living with Arthritis & How to Relieve Symptoms

The challenges that you encounter during daily life can often be difficult, but with arthritis, things can become increasingly tough. Arthritis affects an estimated 10 million people in the UK alone, and even though it’s more common in the senior generation, it can actually hit at any age. The condition is most definitely life changing, as it can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in your joints – therefore making movement strenuous and sometimes painful.

 

Work

When diagnosed with arthritis, one of the first common worries people have is whether or not they will have to stop working. Fortunately, improved medical treatments and equality laws over the years have made it so many sufferers can actually continue working. This obviously depends on the line of work you happen to be in and how severe your arthritis is. For most people, there are plenty of incentives to carrying on working – it doesn’t only help you sustain your income, many sufferers believe that staying employed takes their mind of the arthritis and make them feel happier and healthier. There’s no doubting the fact that you may find working more difficult, but the support you need should be provided to you from your employer. In some cases, arthritis can become so painful that it stops people from carrying on working – if you are in this position, it’s important to find out what benefits you are entitled to claim.

 

Everyday Tasks

Being diagnosed with arthritis means you may need to rethink the way you perform everyday tasks. It’s often a good idea to learn new ways of carrying out simple actions. It’s a huge benefit to learn to use your stronger, larger joints rather than your more weak, smaller joints. For example, when pushing open doors try using your shoulders to push rather than your hands. It’s also important to minimise any movements and positions that make you feel stiff. But try to avoid sitting in the same position all day, too. It’s very beneficial to plan your day out, so you can perform tasks that require more effort during times where you feel less stiff and sore. To begin with, these changes will seem like a huge trouble, but over time you will find that you simply get used to them and make them part of your daily routine.

 

Exercise

It’s often a worry to some people that arthritis will stop them from being active. Fortunately, as long as you choose the right types of exercises, keeping active won’t make your condition any more severe. As a matter of act, exercising can improve your joints and increase your range of movement, as well as give you more energy throughout the day. If you are unsure on what kind of exercises to do, consider asking your local GP. In usual cases, the best ways to stay active include walking, swimming, cycling, yoga and dancing.

 

Diet

Being diagnosed with arthritis can also have an impact on your eating habits. Some foods have been shown to help reduce pain and inflammation. Eating oily fish, for instance, can reduce the symptoms of the condition. The crucial thing to remember is to have a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients your body needs. Your diet should include plenty of fibre, fruit, vegetables, low fat foods and should be high in starch. Bare in mind that by eating too much and gaining weight can put extra strain on your joints – especially your feet, hips, knees and ankles – therefore making your arthritis more severe.

 

Home Modifications

To help make everyday life easier, it’s often a huge benefit for arthritis sufferers to modify their home. These modifications can be kept very simple, for example keeping things you need on a regular basis, like clothes and food, within easy accessibility. Adjustable furniture like riser recliner chairs and beds can also make life much more convenient. Getting into and out of your sitting and sleeping positions is made extremely easy and requires very little effort. Some of Rise & Recline’s adjustable furniture products contain massage settings that can help ease the pain and ache of arthritis. As well as adjustable furniture, there are other useful modifications you can make to your home like a stair lift, walk-in shower or raised toilet seats.

 
There’s no use trying to avoid and neglect your arthritis. It’s important to realise that your day-to-day life will change, and you have to prepare for this. However there are plenty of ways to make everyday life much easier for yourself, whilst still living a good fulfilling life.


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How Seniors Should Prepare for Winter

With winter approaching fast and the temperature beginning to drop, it’s extremely important for senior adults to prepare for the potential risks that cold weather can deliver. Thankfully, with a little preparation and by following these simple suggestions, it’s possible to stay healthy, safe and as comfortable as can be during the winter period.

 

Health

During the winter months, it’s extremely important to stay as healthy as possible. By keeping active it generates heat, which therefore keeps the body warm. Not only is it beneficial to your body temperature, it’s also great for your general wellbeing and fitness too. So when you’re at home, try to keep yourself moving by spreading household chores throughout the day, making yourself a hot drink etc. Take a read of our past article Chair Fitness Exercises For Those With Limited Mobility for more information on how to stay active.

With the cold weather on the rise, it also means that the flu season is beginning – this can cause some serious issues for those who have circulation or breathing problems. For this reason, it’s essential to get plenty of vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system.

 

Keeping Warm

It’s important to bear in mind that when wrapping up to go outside, several thin layers of clothing will actually keep you warmer than one thick layer, this is because thin layers trap the warm air. When getting into bed, try using a hot-water bottle or an electric blanket to warm the bed up beforehand – but make sure not to use them both together, for health and safety concerns.

Most people spend most of their time indoors during winter, so it’s important to make sure your heating system is working the way it should. Have your heating system serviced each year and check that it’s working before the cold weather starts.

 

Flu Jab

If you’re over 65 years of age, be sure to visit your local GP and receive your seasonal flu jab. As flu viruses are constantly changing, it’s important to stay one step ahead. Have a jab once per year, with the latest vaccine.


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How to Make Your Bed More Comfortable for Bed Rest

Being assigned to bed rest, whatever the reason may be, can be rather challenging to say the least. During the time of bed rest, comfort becomes a main priority – it’s not only crucial to the recovery process, but it makes time pass much quicker. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can make your bed more comfortable.

 

Electric Blankets

If you happen to experience muscle aches during the time of your bed rest, electric blankets can help alleviate the pains and aches. It has been proven that electric blankets are especially effective in helping those suffering from arthritis, as the heat allows for an increase in blood flow to the muscles and skin around the painful joints. This enhances your muscle relaxation and therefore makes you a lot more comfortable in bed.

 

Bedding

Your bedding (bed linen, sheets etc) should be a breathable material that keeps you at a cool temperature and allows for air to circulate in order to be fully comfortable whilst on bed rest. The ideal choices of textiles for your bedding is materials such as silk, organic cotton or lambswool – these materials also have the advantage of absorbing moisture, such as sweat.

 

Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds have a huge number of conveniences to everyone, but for those on bed rest, they’re a major benefit. Having an adjustable bed allows you to increase your independence by a great deal as you have the ability to lay down and sit up without any support from others. This makes being on bed rest a lot easier, and more importantly, a lot safer to get in / out of bed as well as change positions. As movement is exceptionally easier, adjustable beds also improve blood circulation which helps prevent blood clots and bedsores.


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Your Sleeping Pattern is Important to a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep acts as an extremely important role when it comes to your physical health. It is involved in the repair and healing of vital organs, including your blood vessels and heart. For these reasons, being in tune with your body’s instinctive sleeping pattern is one of the most essential approaches you can take towards getting the perfect night’s rest. Keeping a regular sleeping cycle by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, you benefit by feeling increasingly energised and refreshed compared to if you sleep at various times.

 

Regular Wake Up Times

 

Like keeping your bedtimes consistent, your wake up times are just as important. Try to avoid sleeping in, even on nights you’ve stayed up late. It often seems logical to try and catch up on some sleep during the weekends, but even a few hours difference in the time you wake up can change and disrupt your internal body clock. The more you alter your sleep schedule, the worse symptoms you experience. If you really feel like you need to catch up on sleep, it’s preferable to have a nap during the day rather than sleeping in.

 

Regular Sleeping Times

 

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, consistency is key. Your common bedtime routine trains your brain to become accustomed with sleep and wake-up times. You should choose a time to go to bed at which you feel your body beginning to relax and unwind. Although it often seems tempting, try not to stay up late and break your routine on the weekends. If you do happen to want to stay up a little later, try and make small daily increases of around 20-30 minutes to allow your body to adjust to the new sleeping times.

 

After-Dinner Drowsiness

 

It’s common to find yourself getting tired after eating. If you begin to get sleepy way before your average bedtime, try and do something slightly stimulating to keep you awake. If you surrender to the drowsiness and fall asleep, you run the risk of waking up later on in the night and not being able to get back to sleep.

 

Napping

 

As touched upon above, taking a nap is a good way to make up for sleep that has been lost from your normal routine. It is recommended to have a short nap of 20-30 minutes, this improves your alertness and performance throughout the rest of the day significantly, without interfering with nighttime sleep or leaving the feeling of grogginess. But, if you happen to have trouble sleeping at night, napping can unfortunately make things worse.


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The Importance of Good Posture

When growing up, we all remember being told to “Sit up straight” or “Don’t slouch” by adults, and most of us would just roll our eyes and think nothing of it. Little did we know, proper posture is important to us for numerous reasons – one of them being that it places your body in an alignment where the stress on supporting muscles, ligaments and tendons is limited. Having poor posture can result in extreme discomfort and injury.

Good posture should be maintained throughout your life – no matter your age – but for the older generation, it’s crucial. This is because it can have a greater impact on your body and ability the older you get.

 

Significance of Good Posture

Having good posture not only affects your physical well-being, but your emotional and mental health too. By correctly positioning the body while sitting, standing and lying down, it creates an even pressure on the spine, ligaments and muscles. It can also reduce headaches, neck pain and back pain. A good posture can additionally increases the oxygen flow throughout your body. If you are hunched over, the lungs are forced to work harder and don’t function to their full capacity. A good posture allows more oxygen to pass through undisrupted to the lungs, giving you more energy and often making you feel better.

 

Standing Posture

Standing posture can often be slightly difficult to maintain as when standing you’re usually carrying out some sort of activity / movement. When lifting anything, ensure you lift with your knees, bending them as you lower yourself. Never twist and bend or you’ll result in straining your back.

The perfect standing position for a good posture is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart, keeping your shoulders and back aligned. Use your stomach muscles to keep your body straighter and slightly bend your knees to ease pressure on the hips.

 

Sitting Posture

Sitting posture can be impacted at any stage of our lives, whether you’re sitting in the car, in the office or at home. The best sitting position for a good posture is to sit with your feet flat on the floor with your knees slightly lower than yours hips. Keep your head straight, not tilted up or down, and keep your shoulders back. Don’t sit with anything in your back pocket; a chunky wallet will put your hips out of balance and disrupt your posture.

Riser Recliner Chairs can help improve your posture massively. The chairs assist your body in finding its natural, comfortable position when sitting. They also help you in going from a relaxed seated position to standing up – something a lot of people with mobility issues struggle with.

 

Lying Down Posture

Sleeping or lying down in positions that weaken the muscles and stretch the ligaments of the lower back can cause poor posture and aggravate back problems and pain. The ideal lying position for a good posture is to sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs, on your back, or under your knees for better support. You should also consider upgrading your bed / mattress to a more firm one that provides support.

Adjustable beds can also help to enhance your posture. Adjustable beds are designed to give adjustable support for the head as well as the neck and shoulders, as well as the lower back and leg regions. Our beds comfort the body’s shape and position without applying any pressure.

 

We at Rise & Recline offer a wide range of Riser Recliner Chairs and Adjustable Beds to improve your posture. All of our products are designed to comfort the body’s shape without applying any pressure.

If you are considering investing in one of our chairs or beds and would like specialist advice before making your decision, Contact Us today, we are more than happy to help and all of our beds are made in the United Kingdom so you know they are of the finest quality.


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Chair Fitness Exercises For Those With Limited Mobility

Having limited mobility can often make certain ways of exercising rather difficult. But having mobility issues does not mean you cannot exercise. No matter your age, physical condition, or past exercise history – there are plenty of creative and enjoyable approaches to exercise that you can try to help you keep active.

To reach maximum effect, you need to incorporate three types of exercise into your routine. These are:

  • -Cardiovascular exercises to raise your heart rate.
  • -Strength exercises to build up muscle and bone mass.
  • -Flexibility exercises to minimise the risk of injury, and reduce pain and stiffness in joints.

 

Using these three exercises helps you improve your balance and reduces the likelihood of slips and falls. The best thing is, all three are possible from the comfort of your very own chair at home. These workout exercises are now so popular, they have been given the name ‘chairobics’.

The seated workout, chairobics, is designed to deliver a short yet effective routine that avoids putting unwanted stress and strain on your bones and joints. The workouts generally last around 10-15 minutes and focus mainly on loosening up stiff joints, improving blood flow around the body, improving posture to reduce back pain and to minimise body sores due to sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

To begin, select a chair that allows you to keep your knees bent at 90 degrees, with your feet flat on the floor when seated. If you are in a wheelchair or form of mobility aid, firmly apply the brakes. Attempt to stretch up through your torso while exercising, this will engage your stomach muscles and maintain a good posture. Remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water whilst exercising and wear clothing you feel comfortable in. Try to start off the routine rather slowly, allowing your body to warm up, and gradually increase the intensity of the activity when you feel ready. Stop exercising if you experience pain and you may want to consult your local GP before continuing with the workout.

 

Chest Stretch

Chest Stretch

 

1. Sit in an upright position and slightly in front of the backrest of the chair. Pull your shoulders back and down. Extend arms out about 45 degrees to the side.

2. Gently push your chest out and upwards until you feel a stretch going across your chest.

Hold for 5 – 10 seconds and repeat 5 times.

This exercise helps posture.

 

 

Upper Body Twist

Upper Body Twist

 

1. Sit in an upright position with your feet flat on the floor. Put your right arm on your left shoulder, and your left arm on your right shoulder.

2. Without moving your hips, rotate the upper half of your body to the left.

Hold for five seconds. Repeat on the right side. Do a total of 5 on each side.

This exercise will help develop and maintain flexibility in the upper back.

 

 

Hip Marching

Hip Marching

 

1. Sit in an upright position and slightly in front of the backrest of the chair. Grasp hold of both sides of the chair.

2. Lift up your right leg, with your knee bent, go as far upwards as you feel comfortable. Gently place foot back down to the floor.

Repeat with the other leg. Do a total of 5 lifts with each leg.

This exercise will help strengthen hips and thighs as well as improve flexibility.

 

 

Ankle Stretch

Ankle Stretch

 

 1. Sit upright, grasp hold on to the side of the chair and straighten your right leg with your foot off the floor.

2. With your leg raised and straight, point your toes away from you.

3. Point toes back towards you.

Do a total of 2 sets of 5 stretches with each foot.

This will improve ankle flexibility and reduce blood clot risk.

 

 

Arm Raises

 

 1. Sit in an upright position, with both your arms by your sides.Arm Raises

2. With palms facing away from you, raise both arms out and to the side and up as far as is comfortable. Then slowly return back down.

3. Remember to keep your shoulders down and arms straightened.

Exhale as you raise your arms and inhale as you lower them. Repeat this a total of 5 times.

This builds shoulder strength.

 

 

Neck Rotation

 

Neck Rotation

1. Sit in an upright position with your shoulders down. Look straight in front of you.

2. Slowly turn your head towards your right shoulder as far as is comfortable. Hold this for 5 seconds and return to starting position.

3. Repeat, but on left side.

Do 3 rotations on each side.

This stretch is good for improving neck mobility and flexibility.

 

 

Neck Stretch

Neck Stretch

 

1. Sit in an upright position, look straight in front of you and hold your right shoulder down with your left hand.

2. Slowly tilt your head to the left while holding your shoulder down. Repeat this on the opposite side.

Hold each stretch for 5 seconds and repeat a total of 3 times on each side.

This stretch is good for loosening tight neck muscles.

 

 

Remember, no matter what age, physical condition, or past exercise history – you can still keep fit using these workouts as part of your daily routine.

The images and routine described are from the NHS website.


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Adapting Your Home, Keeping Your Independence

We all want to stay in our own homes for as long as possible. It’s a big part of retaining our independence. But as you get older, or live with a condition that makes everyday living a little more difficult, it can be a struggle to manage some everyday tasks.

Thankfully, support is available for you to live safely whilst keeping your independence. In addition to which, furniture for your home made especially to make your life easier.

 

Adjustable Beds

It can often be difficult getting in and out of bed, turning over, sitting upright or even generally getting comfortable. Adjustable beds are designed for maximum comfort and have special lifter mechanisms that allow you to raise or lower individual sections using a hand control. This means you can raise the foot or head section of your mattress to reduce aches and pains or to assist you in and out of bed. As well as taking the pressure off aching limbs and joints, these beds can boost your sense of independence, allowing you to sit up and lie down with complete confidence and ease. Whether you want to sit up to read a book, enjoy a nice breakfast in bed or recline to go to sleep, these beds can help you to do so with total ease.

 

Riser Recliner Chairs

Getting into, or out of, a chair can become quite a challenge as you get older. Riser recliner chairs make a huge difference. These chairs elevate you to a near standing position, and back down again. This enables you to stand up or sit down easily and conveniently with no aid needed, and without putting pressure on your back or joints. Unlike standard chairs, these chairs do not have set positions, this means you can adjust your chair to find the perfect position for you. Having a riser recliner chair can be a real benefit to you, and can give you a real sense of reassurance as you are remaining independent in your own home.

 

Stairlifts

The pleasure of going up and down your stairs whenever you feel, may seem like a small thing to some, but it’s a big part of staying safe and keeping your independence at home. It can become more and more difficult to use the stairs at times, that’s why a stairlift can have many benefits. Many people only realise how useful a stairlift really is after they decide to have one installed – they often comment on how they wish they had installed it sooner.

 

Other Types of Adaptations

There are many other adaptations you can make to your home to support you and help maintain your independence. These include:

  • -Widening doorways and passageways.
  • -Installing grab rails around the house for support.
  • -Installing ramps to avoid using steps.
  • -Locating bedroom or bathroom facilities at ground-floor level.
  • -Adapting bathroom facilities.
  • -Moving light switches, door handles and door bells to more convenient heights.

 

Rise & Recline Ltd. are manufacturers of quality riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds for the NHS and the healthcare sector. Our commitment to quality and the range of options available make us the ideal choice for practicality of care.


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Affordable Hospital Beds Now Available From Rise & Recline Ltd.

In continuing growing relationships with the care and health sector Rise & Recline Ltd. are now proud to announce that they will be supplying a range of affordable, quality hospital beds.

Rise and Recline Ltd. have a long history in providing Occupational Therapists with quality, adjustable furniture and it’s only natural that they are now able to apply their experience and manufacturing expertise to add medical beds to their range of riser recliner chairs, fireside chairs and adjustable beds.

The “Clara” and “Clara Low” electric profiling beds are designed to provide enhanced patient positioning while offering ease of use and a durable solution to all care environments.

The GoLow, GoSlow safety feature means that as the bed is lowered it will slow its descent as it approaches low height while the perceptive profiling system minimises friction and shear. The frame is also antibacterial powder coated for added infection control.

The beds allow Vascular and Fowler leg positions as well as Trendelberg and Reverse Trendelberg positioning
Both hospital beds are IEC 60601 2-52 compliant and manufactured to Rise & Recline Ltd’s high standards.

If you are interested in further information on our range of medical beds please feel free to contact us so we can discuss your requirements further on (0115) 9133572 or email us at info@riseandrecline.co.uk


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Is an Adjustable Bed Right for Me?

 

An adjustable bed can be a huge help to those who struggle to sleep. As well as the comfort benefits they can also offer a welcome relief to the symptoms of certain orthopaedic conditions, and aside from anything else an adjustable bed will offer an extra dimension of comfort and luxury to your bedroom. Here are just a few of the reasons to consider an adjustable bed for your home.

 

Adjustable Beds Offer Greater Comfort

Adjustable beds are often associated with infirmity or decreased mobility but they are becoming more and more popular with more able bodied users. The reason is simply this – they are incredibly comfortable! If you’re somebody who struggles to get comfortable at night or find it difficult to get into a position in which you can easily get to sleep an adjustable bed could be a great help as it allows you to raise your head or your legs to a position that’s right for you.
Many adjustable beds are also available with a dual option that allows couples to sleep together but still maintain independent movement of their side of the bed.

 

Adjustable Beds Offer Added Luxury

An adjustable bed can also offer an added element of luxury to your bedroom. Added features like massage can really help you to relax, which is what your bed is meant for after all!

 

Adjustable Beds Offer Greater Convenience

If you like to read a book or magazine before you go to sleep then you’ll be more than familiar with the inconvenience of propping up a small mound of pillows only to have them slip onto the floor less than two pages into your book, leaving the headboard digging into your shoulder blades. With an adjustable bed that’s no longer a problem as you can easily raise your head to a comfortable position for reading.

 

Adjustable Beds Can Offer Symptom Relief

The ability to reposition yourself can be a huge help with easing the symptoms of a number of medical and orthopaedic conditions. For example:

  • Back Pain
  • Poor Circulation
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Swelling
  • Acid Reflux

 

Important – If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above you MUST consult your GP in order to receive the appropriate treatment for your condition.

 

Adjustable Beds Offer Increased Mobility

If you struggle to get in and out of bed then an adjustable bed can be a real help in regaining independence. By comfortably raising you to a sitting position at the touch of a  button an adjustable bed will then allow you to simply slide out. Likewise, with the adjustable bed in the upright position, getting in is as easy as sitting on the bed, sliding your legs in and lowering the head to a comfortable sleeping position.

 

An Adjustable Bed Can Help With Snoring

If you’re a snorer – and if you are somebody will certainly have told you – then an adjustable bed can help. Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the airways and by raising your head just a little you can keep the airways open as you sleep, making you less likely to snore.
The benefits of an adjustable bed are many and varied. If you’re interested then you should talk to your local Rise & Recline Ltd. stockist to find out more about the right adjustable bed for you.


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Five Things to Consider When Buying a Riser Recliner Chair

 

A riser recliner chair is a motorised chair that enables a person to recline to a more comfortable position or raise them to a standing position at the touch of a button. They can be a huge help with posture management and for the assisted relief of back pain and other orthopaedic conditions as well as aiding with independance.

Rise and Recline Ltd. chairs are manufactured with a wealth of different styles and options available. But with so much choice, how can you be sure you’re getting the right riser recliner chair for you? In this article are some of the things that should be considered and discussed with your retailer before you buy your Rise and Recline Ltd. chair.

 

Dual or Single motor?

This is the term that is often used to describe the function of the chair. Quite simply it refers to the number of motors within the chair and therefore the functions available. A dual motor chair allows the user to have full and independent control of the back and footrest, whereas a single motor will recline to a comfortable position and then lift to a near standing position in one function. Before deciding on your chair it’s worth considering which feature you’ll benefit from the most.

 

Made to measure?

In order to maintain correct posture and a comfortable sitting position the dimensions of your chair are vitally important. If your feet don’t rest flat on the floor it can lead to increased pressure on your legs. Similarly if the headrest is too high or too low it can lead to shoulder, neck or back problems. It’s recommended that you sit in the chair before you buy it and make sure that you are able to sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor. Here at Rise and Recline Ltd. we manufacture chairs to your exact measurements so we can endeavour to assist in ensuring that the chair will provide you with a sitting position that’s right for you.

 

Where is the chair going to go?

Because of the operation of a riser recliner chair they can take up a lot more space than a regular armchair. Therefore you need to consider the amount of space you’re going to need in your home to accommodate the chair of your choice. If, however, you’re short on space there are other options available. Wall hugger options ensure that the chair functions in a reduced space, without spreading out behind, thereby utilising the best use of the space available. Many of Rise and Recline Ltd. styles are available with these features.

 

Does the fabric match your current furniture?  

It might seem trivial but the last thing you want is to take delivery of your nice new riser recliner chair only to discover that it doesn’t match the furniture you already have in your home. With so many fabric options to choose from – literally thousands from Rise & Recline Ltd. – there’s no reason you can’t get an exact or at least very close match. It’s a good idea to take a picture of your current living room furniture and take it with you when you order your chair.

 

Accessories & Extras

Before you buy your chair you should always check the accessories available to you. Many chairs can be built with massage or heat options that can provide extra relaxation and pain relief. Rise & Recline Ltd. chairs have a wide range of additional options so be sure to check these with your retailer before ordering.

And of course, if you still have questions you can always discuss them with your nearest Rise and Recline retailer or by contacting us directly.


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