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8 Things to Look for in a Power Chair

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When you are in the market for a power chair there are a lot of questions and it’s not always easy to know what you are looking for. Though we stand by our chair 100%, it might not be right for everyone. In any case, we put together 8 things to look for in a power chair to help you find your perfect fit:

1Comfort – In many cases a power chair is someone’s only form of mobility and spending a lot of time in one warrants a chair that is comfortable to avoid potential troubles like pressure sores or overall discomfort. Make sure your power chair has the comfort and support you need so as to not interfere with your power chair experience.

2Adjustability – If you are in a power chair all day, it is important to have one that adjusts because the health benefits of standing are enormous–even chairs that tilt can offer much relief on the other parts of the body. Adjustability can be an excellent means of therapy if you are always in your chair.

3Shear Mechanism – Shear is friction on the skin caused by being dragged across a surface and a chair that reduces shear is much more comfortable. If your chair adjusts, look for one with a good shearing mechanisms so your chair moves with you and not against you.

4 Speed – If you are only using your power chair at home, speed doesn’t matter much. If you like to get out, ask about how fast your chair can go if you are interested in speed; some go up to 11 mph and a few are able to go off road too!

5Trained Staff and Technicians – Buying a power chair is much more personal than buying a car so look for a company with a trained staff who will make sure they find the right fit for YOU. If you spend most of your time in your power chair you don’t want an uncustomized chair because every “body” is different.

6Fit – You should look for a power chair that fits your body type because one chair does not fit all. The height of your power chair, if not specific to your height can cause improper posture, back pain and general discomfort especially if your chair adjusts. Make sure you find a power chair that also gives you enough room with the type of clothes you wear, supports your weight and can maneuver around your house.

7Battery – Battery life is important when out and about for long periods of time. Make sure your power chair’s battery lasts as long as you need it to, is easily charged and you can even look for power-to-go chargers that charge your power chair right from your car!

8Quality of Parts – Power chairs can be expensive so after purchasing one you want the parts to last a long time. High quality parts and high quality welding will make for a sturdy wheelchair so make sure to ask about what your chair is made of and if you can, inspect the welding or ask for a trained technician to show you.

The Redman 2013 Chief 107-ZRx is the total package; but use this guide when you are shopping for your next power chair, it will help.  As always, give us a call if you have any questions, or click here to contact us.

Redman Power Chair Standing Tilt Technology vs Traditional Tilt in Space

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The Medicare review board has determined that the Redman Standing Power Chair has “tilt in space” functionality, a feature with crucial health benefits covered by them, but the Redman Power Chair has so much more. You know that the features in the Redman Power Chair are what sets it apart from its competition, the chair comes equipped with a plethora of features STANDARD and has numberous additional options to choose from, but one standard option has benefits that even insurance companies recognize as important, tilt in space. In order to determine if this is a good fit for you, you might ask yourself what is tilt in space functionality? Why do I need it, and how does traditional tilt differ from what the Redman Power Chair can do?

Tilt in space is a technology on some power chairs and wheelchairs that rotates the chair on its base so that pressure is redistributed from one area of the body to another while maintaining the angles the body is in.  It can be an excellent means of increasing skin perfusion by relieving pressure and allowing weight to be distributed in different areas of the body, reducing the risk of postural collapse, and increasing lung capacity.  But because the body stays in the same position, the user is unable to get the full benefit of stretching, reclining, and even tilting while standing, all standard features of the Redman Power Chair. Traditional tilt does not truly reposition your body, it only changes your place in space.

Not only does the Redman Power Chair have tilt in space technology, but it offers standing tilt and weight-bearing tilt features that deliver even more benefits to its users among other features and specifications. Weight-bearing tilts slow down the progression of osteoporosis by allotting pressure to different joints and bones on the body.  Standing tilt allows the power chair user to stretch their body in a way traditional tilt does not allow.  Rather than simply changing angles and redistributing pressure, the ligaments are stretched and weight is shifted off the rear-end and onto the feet.  This also allows blood flow where it can’t otherwise when confined to the seated position.

Being seated in a wheelchair or powerchair for endless hours weakens your spine, and the lack of function in the legs in most cases causes foot pronation.  Having the ability to shift your weight off of your back and buttox allows you to stretch the heel cords to prevent possible deformities.  If that wasn’t enough, when you are able to recline, the mid-section opens up and the bladder and bowels function better as gravity does its job proving the worth of these features over traditional tilt.

The benefits are endless; improved posture and lung capacity, less risks, and overall relief for your body.  When you can reposition and stretch your body, you reduce the risk of sliding and slumping without restraints, you regain posture, and you better body function.  With the Redman Power Chair, you are able to tilt, stretch, recline, and stand independently and with ease.

Recognize the benefits of tilting, reclining, and stretching.  Understand the advantages of having all of these functions available at your fingertips, and consider how the Redman Chief Power Chair can improve your life.

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The Redman Chief 107-ZRx Standing Power Wheelchair vs. the Permobil C500 VS, the Levo C3, & Lifestand LSC – Review

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Head to Head, the Redman Standing Power Wheelchair beats out its competition in every category.  From speed to ground clearance, to flexibility, Redman stands tall.  Dare to compare the Redman Chief 107-ZRx Standing Power Wheelchair vs. the Permobil C500 VS, the Levo C3, & Lifestand LSC to its competition and see how they measure up.

Dare to Compare

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It’s Compact:

  • Width Dimensions
    • Redman 23″
    • Permobil 26″
    • Levo 25″
    • Lifestand 26.5″
  • Seat Height
    • Redman 17″ (no charge option)
    • Permobil 18.5″
    • Levo 18″
    • Lifestand 20″
  • Ground Clearance
    • Redman 4″
    • Permobil, Levo, & Lifstand 3″

It Moves With You:

  • Leg Elevation
    • Redman Standard 90 degrees
    • Permobil Standard 90 degrees
    • Levo only 35 degree tilt
    • Lifestand No tilt
  • Power Recline
    • Redman Standard
    • Permobil Yes
    • Levo ONly 35 degree tilt
    • Lifestand Only 20 degree tilt

It’s Fast and Efficient and Guaranteed:

  • Max Speed
    • Redman 9 MPH
    • Permobil 6.5 MPH
    • Levo 6 MPH
    • Lifestand 5 MPH
  • Max User Weight
    • Redman 350 LBS. (With optional heavy duty construction)
    • Permobil 220 LBS.
    • Levo 310 LBS.
    • Lifestand 285 LBS.
  • Warranty
    • Redman 1 year parts and labor (Including wear components)
    • Permobil 2 years parts, no labor
    • Levo 2 years mechanical 1 year electrical 2 years parts no labor
    • Lifestand 2 years parts no labor
  • Standing Power Chair Price
    • Call for pricing.

Request a free Demo and test drive the Chief 107 ZRx today and find out for yourself why we are the choice for so many discerning customers.

The Redman Team Supports Spinal-Cord Injury Awareness Month

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month Ribbon Did you know that Congress recently declared September 2012 as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month?  SCI Awareness Month was just passed as a resolution by the Senate this year in July.  We are glad that the general public is being made aware of such an important issue.  How important?  Every 48 seconds a new individual is affected by a spinal cord injury, and did you know that approximately 200,000 people in the US alone have this type of injury?  The Redman Power Chair team, manufacturer of the world’s highest quality Standing Mobility device wants to raise awareness and offer some valuable resources for SCI patients and their families. (more…)

Why the Redman Standing Wheelchair Makes all other Wheelchairs and Standing Frames Obsolete:

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The wheelchair has been around since the late 16th century and no one can deny the amazing effect it has had on the disabled community.  It has given those with challenged mobility the ability to be self sufficient, and to go where they had trouble going before.  Advances in the wheelchair and standing frames have brought us to the amazing technologies our time has to offer. (more…)