The dynamics associated with the loss of one’s mobility, aging and caregiving are complex and involved. With upwards of 10,000 people a day achieving the age of 65 years, at some point, the reality of a loved one losing his/her independence will impact each of member of the family, either as one who will lose physical ability and require care, or as one whose new role will include that of being the caregiver.
We should be so fortunate as to be the one offering care!
The loss of independence is stress-full for all members (patients and caregivers) of the community / family.
For those persons whose physical abilities are not what they once were, may experience an overwhelming sense of being a burden or a nuisance to their children or children’s children. Often times these once proud individuals will be seen sitting or eating in awkward places, for no reason other than they did not want to inconvenience anyone any more than absolutely necessary. “That’s good enough!” “Please you do not have to fuss over me” are comments frequently uttered. Asking for assistance and then being shuffled around in a chair draws attention to themselves in a manner that they would rather avoid. So, in silence these cherished members of our family feel isolated, alone and dare I say even “ashamed” of their current lot in life!
Caregivers too endure a sense of helplessness as often there is nothing that can be done to improve the situation for an aging loved one! Caregivers frequently lack the physical strength to adjust/move a seated person to a place of greater comfort or enjoyment! Without some mechanical means, even the most cherished of bonding times like a family meal, an afternoon coffee or working together on a Christmas puzzle cannot be enjoyed as a complete family as there is no easy way to get everyone up to the table.
ComforTek has developed a range of daily living products which address these very real mobility challenges. The Royal-EZ, TITAN-Chair, TITAN-Swivel and the Butterfly-Table each provide practical ways to enhance the quality of life for an aging loved one.
ComforTek recognizes that each family’s situation is unique and that these products may not be the solution to every situation. We are however equally convinced that the greatest appreciation for these products will be evident in the lives of cherished loved ones as they experience an increased sense of independence, dignity and self- worth!
Randy Schellenberg - President