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Duro-Med Car Swivel Seat - For When Your Elderly Loved One Doesn't Swivel On Her Own....

Updated on October 4, 2014

I was my elderly Mom's caregiver for the five years prior to her death at the ripe old age of 95 in 2012. During those years, I tried my best to keep Mom (and me...) entertained. One of the ways I'd do that was to plan very frequent outings in the car. But, as she aged, it became more difficult for me to help her hike it up into said car so that's how I found these very helpful Duro-Med Deluxe Swivel Seat Cushions.

At first, all it took for Mom to get into my car was a gentle nudge (kidding, kidding - I always kept at least one hand on her). I first started off carrying a tiny one step stool thing like you'd use for a child, but, even the act of stepping up on the step was laborious for Mom's 90+ year old knees. My next move was to attach a towel to the gear shift so that she could pull herself up as I pushed. The scene where Rabbit gets stuck in the hold in the Winnie the Pooh series comes to mind as I recall those slightly humorous times.

Enter the swivel seat you see there above. This thing revolutionized our lives! All Mom had to do was get just one portion of her hip on the seat and, voila, she swiveled right into the passenger seat of the car. All I had to do was follow with her legs. Easy as pie! We were mobile again - just in time for trips around town at night to see the Christmas lights or to just run out for an ice cream cone. Never ever underestimate how much getting out of the house can raise the spirits.

This particular swivel seat will handle up to 350 lbs - that's about 2.5 Gerties! So, it should probably work for just about anyone.

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The Swivel Seat and the Handibar helped my Mom get into and out of the car for frequent outings.
The Swivel Seat and the Handibar helped my Mom get into and out of the car for frequent outings.

Getting into and out of a car when one is not particularly steady one one's feet can be quite an enigma. The below car items will help provide stability during these potentially dangerous times. These are all excellent gifts for those deemed fall risk.

Stander HandyBar - Automotive Standing Aid Car Assist Handle + Vehicle Emergency Escape Tools with Window Breaker & Seat Belt Cutter
Stander HandyBar - Automotive Standing Aid Car Assist Handle + Vehicle Emergency Escape Tools with Window Breaker & Seat Belt Cutter

This thing is just genius! Attach it to the car door and it provides fantastic leverage for getting into or out of the car.

 

Got car woes? Leave me comments please.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This might be just the thing for my brother who had a stroke a few years ago. He goes out once or twice a week and getting in and out of the car is difficult for him.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      What a splendid idea the swivel seat is for making it easier to get in and out of the car!