Graham-Field’s Commitment: Taking Care of Our Nation’s Veterans
Political debates, government reform conversations. With everything going on during the past several months, America has been forced to take a long, hard look at how we care for our veterans — and it looks ugly.
As a country, we have struggled for years to address the injuries and challenges that face our veterans. And while we have read that Democrats and Republicans have recently worked together to put forth legislation to make improvements at the VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), there is still more work to be done.
We have a moral obligation to those who selflessly fight for our freedom every day. All 21.5 million of them.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America has commended President Obama for stressing the important need to take care of our veterans. The President has increased annual VA spending every year and implemented new tax credits for companies who hire veterans.
The 2015 veteran unemployment rate, 4.6%, was the lowest in seven years, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“We need all leaders, and all sectors — public and private — to play their part to get this economy moving for everyone, and especially our unemployed veterans who have so many great skills to offer and have done so much for our country,” the President stated.
We should all respect and salute our veterans, who want a career, and deserve our help getting back into the workforce. They want to take care of not only themselves but their families as well.
Graham-Field Supports VA Hospitals
As a company that supplies the VA with a wide variety of medical equipment, we understand that we must all do our part. For example, we partnered with the VA to develop the Everest & Jennings® Rehab Shower Commode.
The Everest & Jennings Rehab Shower Commode is a premier self-propelled wheelchair designed for personal hygiene care. It is ideal for paraplegics, among whom are many of our severely injured veterans. The veterans and caregivers that helped us design this wheelchair made it clear that comfort, functionality and independence were all critical factors.
This wheelchair is designed to either be positioned over a standard toilet or used as a portable, self-contained commode. This commode’s overall narrow width and corrosion-resistant stainless steel frame make it ideal for self-bathing as well as facilitating a caregiver assisting in daily cleaning and toileting activities.
Its most valued feature is the cushioned vinyl seat, with just the right amount of foam compression to provide optimal comfort for extended periods of sitting.
The E&J® Rehab Shower Commode can restore someone’s independence and greater mobility to help soldier on with daily activities.
VA Medical Centers Invest in Quality Wheelchairs for Veterans
Recently we have seen a trend at the VA Medical Centers to provide veterans with better alternative wheelchairs.
Since statistics show that 83% of the 1,500 returned veterans with amputations have lost one or both legs, a wheelchair is an essential product for our VA veterans.
And while budget constraints make cost an important factor, the VA understands that providing veterans with the best quality of care includes the products they will be using as well.
The Everest & Jennings Traveler® L4 is a popular wheelchair choice, as it provides a lighter mobility solution for those who require less weight. At less than 34 lb, this wheelchair is ideal for someone with less upper body strength. The flip-back arms and swingaway front rigging make lateral transfers easy, and the sturdy nylon upholstery is comfortable, breathable, and low-maintenance.
VA Hospitals Provide Additional Accommodations for Veterans
Over the years, the VA has often provided its patients with the Lumex® Multi-Position Open Padded Raised Toilet Seat. Its unique open seat, that can be rotated from front to either side or mounted at rear, promotes patient independence and facilitates perineal cleaning.
The thick, heat-sealed padded seat is ideal for patients with circulatory problems or those who need additional comfort while toileting. For patients with leg or hip injuries, the angle and height are adjustable to maximize comfort and reduce the amount of bending and effort required for toileting activities.
As President Obama said, “We need all people to do their part,” and Graham-Field’s part will be to continue to manufacture superior products that enhance the quality of care not only for our veterans, but for all those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.grahamfield.com.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/
United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
Cynthia Counts is Vice President of Product Management & Homecare SBU at Graham-Field.
About GF Health Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 300 US-based employees, GF Health Products, Inc. is a major manufacturer of healthcare products for the acute care, extended care, homecare and primary care markets. The Graham-Field family of brands includes Basic American Medical Products, Everest & Jennings, Grafco, Hausted, John Bunn, Labtron, Lumex and Lumiscope. Visit www.grahamfield.com or call 770-368-4700.