How to Decide on the Right High Dependency Chair?

High dependency chairs are needed when a loved one spends most of their out-of-bed time in the same chair. This can be at home or in a nursing home. In these circumstances you need to understand the patient’s needs before you buy. Posture, ability to breathe, sit comfortably and avoid pressure sores, are all reasons to take your time to ensure you select the correct chair.

The following tips will help you to understand what’s needed:

  1. Decide what you want and need at the outset
    It’s best to get a chair that covers current and future needs at the start. High dependency chairs are not cheap so you want to ensure you cover all needs from the start. These include:
    – Tilt-in-space; where the whole chair can tilt to allow you change positions and reduce constant pressure on one area, that can result in pressure sores.
    – Backrest recline; Allows you independently alter the angle of the backrest. Helpful for a naps and comfort.
    – Elevating leg-rest: This is important to reduce fluid retention in the feet/ankles as well as providing a comfortable postural position while reading or watching TV.

  2. Check what features are included
    Some suppliers quote a low price at the start but then add extras to cover the needs mentioned above. This can sometimes increase the chairs cost by as much as 50%. So if you know what you want at the start you can avoid this.

  3. Think Long-Term
    Most users in a high dependency chair will have long-term needs or progressive conditions like MS, MotorNeurone, Parkinson’s, spinal injuries or simply old-age. It’s important to consider future proofing their needs. Spending an extra 10 or 20% at the outset can save €1,000’s if you don’t need to upgrade or replace the chair in a few years.

  4. Select a reputable company with the required expertise
    High-dependency chairs cannot be purchased through the internet suppliers as it’s a complex product and always requires a competent and professional assessment.
    Some families will involve an occupational therapist, or have their needs noted, if the HSE will not supply.
    All Murrays Medical seating experts have years of experience and training. We will always visit your home or Nursing home to assess your loved ones needs and are happy to work with healthcare professionals.
    We have many models to suit every possible need.

  5. Only work with suppliers that will visit your home for an assessment
    It’s important to select the right chair for comfort and posture but it also needs to work/fit in your living environment. Often times we’ve come across families that have purchased a chair that then couldn’t fit through the bedroom door.

  6. Do you need manual movements or electric assistance
    All good quality high dependency chairs are relatively easy to use when adjusting the positions. If the primary carer is also frail, you may need to consider upgrading to an electric version of the same chair. These make life easier as they remove the need to consider the size and weight of any patient.
We hope this has helped inform you to try before you buy.
Please contact one of our friendly customer service team (01-855 5696) and they’ll put you in contact with your regional seating expert.
We’ll get an understanding of your needs before we visit, bring a few suitable options and meet with you and your loved one to trial the best options. That ensures that you’ve seen the chair in-use and been able to decide what’s most suitable and comfortable.

Incontinence Advice and Help

People of all ages experience issues of controlling their continence from time to time and this can have a huge impact on their daily lives. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience incontinence, so it’s a lot more common than you’d believe and you’re not alone. The good news is that there are plenty of products, support and advice available to help.

There are different levels of incontinence, starting with light leakages, sometimes called stress incontinence, to the other end of the spectrum with severe with the complete loss of control. The positive news is that whether you’ve mild or severe incontinence we have something to help at Murrays. Here are some tips to match your needs to the most suitable products:

Day time or night time incontinence?
Daytime is usually more controllable and less severe thereby needing less bulky/absorbent pads. All pads show the absorbency on the cover so you can see what level of coverages is supplied. See image:

How severe is your incontinence?
Mild, or stress incontinence, occurs most frequently if you don’t make it to the toilet in time or cough and release a little. As above the smaller pads are all that’s needed.
If you’ve little control, or have lost confidence with accidents, the larger more absorbent pads are better.

Disposable or reusable?
There are both disposable and reusable products available nowadays. Reusable pads are absorbent and can be laundered in the washing machine, dried and designed to be ready for the next day.

Advice and showroom assistance
If you require more advice at Murray’s we three ways to help;

  1. Research through our website where we list all the products. You can then order online for home delivery.
  2. Call us, where you can talk with one of our friendly team to guide you through the options.
  3. Visit one of our shops where we can professionally and discreetly help you select the most suitable products.

We hope you found this short explanation of help and look forward to assisting you if needed.


How To Choose The Correct Rollator

Have you had a fall, and stopped going out to meet friends, attend Mass or get messages?

If the answer to any of these is YES a wheeled rollator might just be the answer.

Rollators are designed to provide continued independence,  mobility and socialisation for those who’ve lost balance, stamina and confidence resulting from falls or simply running out of gas. Oftentimes, the rollator is mostly there to provide confidence and stability, just in case…

 What’s the difference between a walking frame and a rollator?

A walking frame has rubber ferrules at the base of each leg and a rollator can have 2, 3 and 4 wheels for ease of movement. There is a lifting action with a walker whereas a rollator just glides along.

 What types of Rollator are there?

Rollators come in 3 and 4 wheeled models.

 What’s the difference between 3 and 4 wheeled rollators?

3 wheeled rollators are a bit more manoeuvrable and better suited for confined spaces/

4 wheeled rollators are better for outdoor use as they come with seat bases to take a breather when needed, or to chat with a friend.

Larger wheels are better outdoors, on grass etc, as they have more contact and are less likely to get bogged down. Indoors both work effectively.

 Are they heavy and transportable?

Most modern rollators are very lightweight, fold down and are easy to store in car boots. Make sure you select an aluminium model as steel are a lot heavier to lift.

 How do you measure for the correct rollator?

  1. Most quality rollators have adjustable height handles as standard. To measure correctly you just need to simply stand up straight, arms hanging freely and bend your elbows at 15 degrees to get the best height. It’s also quite intuitive so you can adjust to suit your needs.
  2. If you’re selecting a 4 wheeled rollator with a seat, it’s best to measure a comfortable seat height so you can sit comfortably.
  3. A Physiotherapist can recommend the correct measurements.
  4. Come into one of our stores and our trained, friendly staff can help select the best one from the may we have in stock.

 Cable brakes or push down brakes?

Cable brakes are the most common slowing, breaking system on rollators. They’re used in the very same way as bicycle brakes and easy are to use.

If you have arthritis in your hands or low grip strength, a pressure brake may be the better option. All you need to do to slow down or break is to put downward pressure on the handles to engage the brakes.

 We hope this helps. If you need more assistance just call us or visit one of our showrooms. Otherwise check the many options in our walking aid section.


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Don’t Just Take Our Word for It!

From the very first night this bed changed the course of our family life.  We have gone from over three months of getting up at 3am with our son, which had to us being beyond exhausted, to getting up between 6 and 7am and some days having to wake him up, and being able to go to sleep at night knowing our son would be safe until the morning.  Within 3 days of the trial we had made up our mind to buy one, and have not looked back since.  Was easy to set up, packs up into a suitcase for travel, and is solidly built but also extremely well padded inside and out, a really well thought out design.

Our son Harry (4), has a genetic condition called Smith-Magenis syndrome, which amongst other complications manifests itself in Harry’s sleep patterns, as his circadian rhythm is inverted, meaning that night time feels like day and day time feels like night time for him.  While Harry slept in a cot this was fine, as he would wake somewhere between midnight and 3am every morning, but as he could not go anywhere would self soothe and go back to sleep.

Once he outgrew the cot and moved into a bed, the family’s problems with sleep really began, as we found that when Harry woke in the early hours now he would get out of bed and wander around his room, and be quite vocal and excitable.  Occasionally we could get him back to sleep but invariably it would end up with either myself or my wife taking turns getting up with Harry at around 3am every day, not mean feat when we both work full time jobs.

This went on for 3 months prior to entering and winning the draw for the safety sleeper trial, and to be quite frank we were both exhausted to the point where doing our jobs was becoming difficult, and beyond Harry going to nursery in the week we had no respite due to the Covid restrictions.

We were at our wits end but thankfully the Smith Magenis Syndrome Foundation sees this with the families affected by the syndrome, and offered advice and support, and also let us know that we could enter a prize draw for a trial of the safety sleeper, which was ran jointly by the Smith Magenis Syndrome Foundation and Murray’s medical, and we were fortunate enough to be one of the names drawn on the facebook live draw.

After a few congratulatory emails we received a phone call from our regional rep Matty who arranged a delivery date and time for the safety sleeper.

When he arrived Matty was resplendent in gloves and a mask for Covid safety, after bringing the travel case with the bed inside up to our son’s bedroom I set about assembling the safety sleeper under Mattys instruction, which was easy to follow and was fully assembled in less than 10 minutes.  The bed is very solidly built and will last him a good number of years, yet every part of it has been well thought out with padding and covers for zips so that from inside there is nothing that the Harry could either bump his head on, or scratch himself on something sharp or hard.

The bed comes with its own inflatable mattress for use when travelling, and packs down into a standard sized suitcase on wheels.  It comes with a spare bed sheet to go over the mattress to allow rotation for washing and drying, which can be changed easily without having to dismantle the whole bed.  We added our own mattress to the bed, added his bedding and his favourite teddy bears and waited for Harry to come home from Nursery.

After his tea we went up to his room after telling him we had a surprise for him, and his little face lit up when he saw what to him looked like a new den in his bedroom. He dived straight in and set about exploring, and to be honest we have not looked back from that moment.

Once he had been bathed and had his favourite stories read to him, we dimmed the lights and waited until he fell asleep and then quietly zipped up the side netting and left him for the night.

We went to bed a few hours later, fully expecting to be up at the usual 3am, but to our surprise we woke at 6am and he was still asleep, and woke on his own a short while later.

With the exception of 2 mornings he has been waking up between 5.30 and 7am, which has restored the energy levels of all three of us, and has even meant we have had to go back to setting an alarm on workdays.

While Harry does still wake briefly in the night, as he did when he was in his cot he will play in the dark with his teddys for a short while and then go back to sleep on his own.

We didn’t have to think twice about placing an order to buy one of the beds, and thankfully we were able to purchase one before the trial bed went back, so as to avoid any meltdowns from having the bed taken away from him.  I can safely say that they are worth every penny, and cannot thank Murrays medical and the Smith Magenis Syndrome Foundation for giving us this opportunity.

Knowing that he isn’t wandering around his room and is safe and sound in his bed has been such a weight off our minds, and being able to get a full nights sleep has given us back our life and sanity.


Jon Donohue


6 Tips on How to Remain Positive and Reduce Loneliness

Author: Robert Murray (March 2021)

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty, stress, unemployment, loneliness and isolation to all. H
ere are 6 tips on how to remain positive and reduce loneliness during these tough and unusual times.

Tip No. 1: Call on Family and Friends
Keeping in touch with friends, neighbours and family is more important than ever. It’s really important for your general well being and helps combat loneliness. It’s an opportunity to connect, or using the pandemic as an opportunity to re-connect, with others. Bear in mind, we’re all in the same position and all can benefit for a good catch up. Use video calls and if you don’t know how get someone to set you up. Once that’s done, it’s easy.

Tip No.2: Get out and exercise
Exercise has really positive effects on our general mood, feeling of well being as well as improving our overall health. It needn’t be strenuous exercise. A light walk, swim, gardening or an indoor workout all get your body moving and blood pumping and help reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness or depression. We’ve exercise aids that can help you exercise and keep you mobile, such as; pedal exercisers that can be used while watching TV, rollators/walkers and mobility scooters that all deliver independence and give you the confidence to go outdoors with friends to get some fresh air and company.

Tip No.3: Set a goal or target
Setting a target or goal is the best way to encourage you to make positive changes and follow through with them. Decide to walk to the shops or church, or if you have a fit-bit or mobile phone set a target number of steps each day. This encourages you to maintain the changes you make.

Tip No.4: Take up a hobby
There’s never been a better time to try something new. We’ve more time on our hands so use that time to try something new. This is great for your brain and overall well-being. Try to paint, read books, make up a jigsaw or start to learn a new language. Some of these activities can be shared with friends and open up new possibilities for socialisation and fun.

Tip No.5: Embrace your Emotions
Remember it’s normal to feel negatives emotions from time to time, that’s all part of the human condition. We’re all having to deal with similar problems during this pandemic and the important thing is to recognise this and work around them. It’s not possible to remain positive and motivated, especially now. If you’re having a bad day, embrace it, in the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day and provides an opportunity to reboot and start anew.

Tip No.6: Treat/Reward yourself
In these times if you feel the need for a treat, or pick me up, just go for it. If you’ve achieved a goal, big or small, recognise it and reward yourself. This will provide you with some positivity and motivation to keep goings.

We hope this tips provide some help or insights to encourage you to change for the better. The more of them that you embrace the better you’ll feel.

Stay positive! 😊


Rob & Bob in UAE. Follow Their Journey!

It’s 6:30 in the morning, the tools are charged , the team have been briefed. We are off to complete one of the biggest projects on we have ever undertaken & such an amazing opportunity for our team.
It’s a hot day in the desert and all the team are wearing 5 point PPE. We have had a polished track record throughout Covid and we don’t plan on letting out guard down now.
Exciting day ahead , stay tuned and thank you all .
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