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  1. The Airfold - Ireland's Lightest Electric Powerchair

    The Airfold - Ireland's Lightest Electric Powerchair

    Invented near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1958, caron fibre is is a strong, stiff, lightweight material that has the potential to replace steel and is popularly used in specialized, high-performance products like aircrafts, racecars and sporting equipment. Perhaps, Formula 1 best emobides what we know about carbon fibre, as we see it flying about the race track when the cars collide; we know it to be very light and endures the pressure of race cars that hit speeds of over 200 mph.

    We also know, from experience, that it's only a matter of time before the best of technologies find their way into other industries. Introducing the NEW Carbon Fibre AirFold Powerchair from Drive DeVilbiss, this is the lightest ever offering in their powerchair range. It is an extraordinary lightweight powerchair, weighing just over 15kg / 33lb! In all it weighs just 17kg / 37/lb with battery, this compares to a similar weight as a standard

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  2. We Are Hiring - Customer Service Administrator

    We Are Hiring - Customer Service Administrator

    We are looking for an Office Administrator to join our customer support and administration team here in our HQ in Portlaoise. You will be an integral member of our 10-person back-office team working in a friendly and supportive environment.

    The ideal candidate will have experience working in a busy back-office function, dealing with customers and processing orders. You should be fully Ms Office proficient.

    We are looking for people with the right attitude and aptitude to help us provide the highest level of service to our customers. If you are looking for a new and exciting challenge with a progressive company, Beechfield Healthcare is for you!

    Training

    Full training will be provided and there will be opportunities for further

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  3. 6 Key Benefits of Riser Recliners

    6 Key Benefits of Riser Recliners

    In this post we are going to look at the top 6 Key Benefits of Riser Recliners.

    The ranking of the benefits may strike a chord with some readers and others may feel that the ranking does not represent their specific requirements. That aside, the 6 Key Benefits pretty much capture why you should have a Riser Recliner in your home.

    Before we continue, here is good definition of a Riser Recliner - A Riser Recliner is an electrically operated chair for those who may be beginning to find it challenging to get in and out of a regular chair. Riser Recliners offer comfortable and safe support to help users stand up from a sitting position more easily.

    The

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  4. Free In-Home Demonstrations

    Free In-Home Demonstrations

    The Beechfield In-Home Demonstration Service is the ideal way to try out one of our mobility solutions from the comfort of your own home. If your Occupational Therapist of Physiotherapist recommends a mobility product, you can arrange for one of our experts to visit you in your home to show you how the product works.

    The visual support provided by an in-home demonstration is an important consideration. When looking to purchase a specific mobility product, you will benefit greatly from seeing it in person. Scrolling through a website can only provide a superficial understanding, whereas the opportunity to see the product in you home is far more supportive. The ability to see, feel and sometimes smell the product is generally more appealing than simply reading a report recommending a particular mobility aid. This is especially true if you are a more visual or hands-on learner, as you often need to see the product in action to fully grasp its value

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  5. Top Tips For Hydration

    Top Tips For Hydration

    Hydration is critical to maintaining a healthy body and nothing hydrates you better than plain water. Even though it is not officially a nutrient, it is essential to our health and, despite media stories highlighting how important water is, most of us still don’t drink enough of it. How much water do you drink on a daily basis?

    First, some medical facts by way of illustration:

    Your kidneys may not work as effectively with age, leading to a fluid imbalance in your body.

    Since your body has less water composition as you age, you become dehydrated much quicker than when you were younger.

    On average, we should aim to drink about 2 litres of water a day to prevent dehydration. That’s the equivalent of about 8 glasses – not a lot when you break it down.

    Dehydration causes fatigue and lethargy, so your energy levels suffer and you’re less likely to want to exercise. By making sure you get enough water every day, you may be surprised at how much more alert,

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  6. The Key Benefits of Digital Thermometers

    The Key Benefits of Digital Thermometers

    Digital thermometers are choice of most medical practitioners today. The key benefits of digital thermometers over the traditional mercury-based thermometer is their speed and accuracy.

    There are four types of thermometer:

    1. Mercury Thermometers

    There are the ones most of us are familiar with – the traditional thermometer before there was a concerted move away from using them due to safety concerns relating to the dangers of using mercury, which is a poisonous substance. Also, mercury thermometers are invasive.

    2. Digital Thermometers

    The new kid on the block, digital thermometers have replaced the mercury thermometer in most medical facilities. They are quick and accurate.

    3. Tympanic Thermometers

    A tympanic (ear) thermometer measures the temperature inside the ear by reading the infrared heat.

    4. Temporal Artery Thermometers

    A temporal artery thermometer m

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  7. The Key Benefits of a Riser Recliner

    The Key Benefits of a Riser Recliner

    Your OT may have recommended a specialist chair, in this instance a riser recliner, or you may have seen one in a friend’s house.

    You probably have your favourite chair, and it probably provides some level of support, but you should consider the following three questions:

    1. Do you find it difficult to sit down or get up?

    2. Do you need extra support?

    3. Do you sit in the same chair for long periods?

    With those questions in mind, a riser recliner is good in two ways:

    1. The rising action helps you sit down and stand up.

    2. The reclining action can make you more comfortable, especially if you are sitting down for a lot of the day.

    This can help with some medical problems. If it’s difficult to sit down and stand up, you may need someone to help you all day (or you may end up in the same chair all day). Or if you can’t get comfortable, you may e

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  8. Hospital Beds Go To Ukraine

    Hospital Beds Go To Ukraine

    Since the full-scale assault and invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, there has been a huge increase in the demand for hospital equipment to deal with the current and expected casualties from the conflict. This demand comes from within Ukraine itself and also from those counties that border with Ukraine as they are witnessing a massive influx of refugees from the conflict.

    In January of this year Beechfield Healthcare began the replacement of the existing bed and mattress fleet of over 500 beds in Tallaght University Hospital (TUH). A contractual obligation in the contract was the removal and safe disposal of the bed and mattress fleet. We decided to recycle the bed and mattress fleet by working with a charity that specialises in upcycling hospital equipment and distributing that equipment to hospitals in need. These hospitals are generally poorly resourced and are frequently challenged by a lack of medical equipment.

    James Gargan, commercial director at Beechfield Healthcare,

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  9. Benefits of Using a Pedal Exerciser

    Benefits of Using a Pedal Exerciser

    If you are recovering from an injury or have mobility challenges, a pedal exerciser will allow you to exercise in a safe and productive way. Key to pedal exercisers is their low impact; they are stationary, and they exert very little impact on your knees and joints. So, they are a perfect companion if you are recovering from injury and are unable, yet, to get back to your regular training routine. If mobility issues such as backache, joint ache, or arthritis are challenging you, the pedal exerciser is ideal to help you maintain an exercise routine. All from the comfort of your home.

    The pedal exerciser will help you in four key areas:

    1. Circulation - the physical activity is good for your circulation.
    2. Coordination - the gentle and repetitive activity of using the pedal exerciser improves coordination. 
    3. Muscle strength - stay active and maintain muscle mass and strength.
    4. Range of motion - the arc of the pedal exerciser will improve
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  10. Tallaght University Hospital goes live with Beechfield Healthcare’s Total Bed Management solution.

    Tallaght University Hospital goes live with Beechfield Healthcare’s Total Bed Management solution.
    Tallaght University Hospital goes live with Beechfield Healthcare’s Total Bed Management solution.
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