Golden Comfort Supplies intends to supply Health Canada with PPE

Golden Comfort Supplies has answered the call for help by the federal Canadian government and has reached out to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to inform them that Golden Comfort Supplies has been in talks with manufacturers in China to supply PPE for front line workers.

Representatives from PSPC have already responded to Golden Comfort Supplies to verify the types of PPE that will be made available to them and the amount of supply available.

Many other Canadian companies have also answered the call to combat COVID-19. A staggering number of over 25,000 Canadian companies have informed PSPC that they too can also supply PPE to the government.

PSPC will now have to go though each submission and determine which companies they will use to purchase PPE.

In any case, it looks like Canada is in good hands.

Medical Mask Pre-Order Now Open

After an extensive search and validation of medical face mask suppliers, Golden Comfort Supplies has secured a shipment of medical face masks. Our manufacturer has provided documentation to prove their claims and sent samples to us before we made the order.

The product ordered has passed the YY 0469-2011 testing standards. This standard is used for surgical use in a hospital environment in China.

Production is scheduled start in early May and the product should be landing in Edmonton at the end of May or early June.

We have made a relatively small order to ensure the quality of the shipped product matches the quality of the sample we received.

We will be ordering another shipment as soon as the first batch has passed quality control tests.

In the meantime, we will be taking pre-orders before the shipment arrives. Transactions will only occur once the product has landed in Edmonton and the final product has exchanged hands.

Upon our research, we have found that many suppliers have misrepresented their face masks and end customers may not realize the quality of the product have purchased in the past.

For pre-order instructions and to see the difference in masks standards, please refer to this link: http://www.goldencomfortsupplies.com/ppe/

Golden Comfort Supplies receives MDEL license with Health Canada

On April 16, 2020, Golden Comfort Supplies received notification from Health Canada that the application for the Medical Device Establishment License (MDEL) has been approved for Class I medical devices.

Golden Comfort Supplies can now import and distribute Class I medical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to end customers and any organization that wishes to purchase PPE.

Since March 2020, Golden Comfort Supplies has been in talks with many manufacturers in China and evaluating product samples to ensure only quality products are imported and sold to customers.

Currently, the applicable scope of products are medical face masks and surgical gowns.

If you are an organization or an individual looking for PPE, please contact us at info@goldencomfortsupplies.com and we can see if we can help.

COVID-19 Update: Updated Store Procedures for SNAS Applications

We’re here for our customers during COVID-19

Golden Comfort Supplies continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, and complying with public health guidance. In keeping with our core principles, Golden Comfort Supplies is firmly committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees, and serving our communities.

To help with safeguarding communities and curbing the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to allow our customers apply for Speical Needs Assistance for Seniors (SNAS) programs over the phone with verbal confirmation to send out the estimate.

When applying for the SNAS funded PERS Monitoring:

  • Verbal confirmation is required from our customers to request the funding from the government
  • Copies of estimates can be emailed to you to verify information, if an email address is provided
  • Once funding has been received by the applicant, simply call our store to make payment
  • Once payment has been made, we will program the device and can have the device delivered to the applicant, along with the PERS Contract
  • Please note: PERS Monitoring service will not start until the PERS Contract is filled out with the neccessary information
  • Once the PERS device is received, wipe down the device and other materials with a disinfectant wipe and connect wires
  • Read more

    Alberta Budget 2020: Seniors benefits to be reduced

    On March 1st 2020, the Alberta government announced the reduced funding for many Alberta seniors benefits programs including the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors (SNAS).

    Drug benefits for seniors are being cut by $72 million this year, the 2020 budget revealed.

    The provincial government is introducing income-tested deductibles this year for beneficiaries with higher incomes, but the document doesn’t outline specifics on the changes. Estimates in the UCP government’s general revenue fund show a reduction from $589.6 million in 2019-2020 to $517.4 million in 2020-2021 in spending for the program.

    The minister’s spokesperson Tara Jago said in an email statement the drug plan for seniors is the province’s most expensive, and cuts will ensure the program is sustainable.

    “Removing non-seniors from the drug plan, using lower cost but equally effective drugs, and introducing an income-tested deductible for high-income beneficiaries – are necessary steps,” she said. “Requiring seniors with higher incomes to pay a deductible brings Alberta in line with other provinces. Low-income seniors will continue to pay nothing.”

    Opposition Leader Rachel Notley said seniors got a “raw deal” in this budget and the cuts amount to losing universal drug coverage for seniors.

    “What we’re going to see is massive costs downloaded onto seniors or, in some cases, many seniors who simply can’t afford to take the drugs that their doctors prescribe that allow them to maintain a good quality of life … that allows them to stay out of hospitals,” she said at the legislature Thursday. “It is penny wise, pound foolish and cruel.”

    The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program, which helps low-income seniors buy items like foot orthotics and lift chairs, is also being cut, to “focus on the most essential supports,” according to the budget. The government expects to save $8.2 million between 2020-2021 and $8.7 million in the next year through these cuts.

    Lori Sigurdson, NDP critic for seniors and housing, said the funding cuts will create hardships for seniors.

    “It’s so clear that this UCP government doesn’t care about seniors but they’re making elite corporations the priority,” she said. “They live on fixed incomes sometimes, so they’re going to have to reach in their pockets more for the things they need.”

    As a result of the budget cuts, lift chairs are no longer funded for Alberta seniors but it appears mattresses and personal emergency response devices are still covered.

    Introduction to Lift Chairs

    What is a Lift Chair?

    While you may not know exactly what a Lift Chair is or who benefits from one, the chances are you have seen one before. That’s because a Lift Chair looks no different from a standard reclining chair – it just has additional features! This article is designed to provide you with an overview of what a Lift Chair is, what it’s used for, and when it is beneficial – or even necessary – to use one.

    What is a Lift Chair?

    Lift Chair is a piece of medical equipment that looks similar to a standard reclining chair. It can be used in an upright position, or reclined with just the push of a button. The difference is that the Lift Chair contains a powerful lifting system which can be triggered to tilt the base and back of the chair forward, assisting the user in returning to a standing position. The user operates a Lift Chair by pushing buttons on a remote rather than manually engaging a lever or switch.

    There are a number of different names used to describe Lift Chairs. You may see them marketed as “Power Lift Recliners”, “3-Position Recliners”, or “Infinite Position Recliners”, but each of these terms refers to the same type of device.

    Lift Chairs are available in a variety of sizes and styles, with numerous optional features. Available in small to large widths, petite to tall heights, cloth, vinyl, or even leather upholstery, and with options including number of positions available, heat, and massage, Lift Chairs can be customized to suit your specific needs.

    Who Benefits from a Lift Chair?

    Lift Chairs are ideal solutions for anybody who has difficulty transitioning from a seated position to standing due to limited mobility or balance issues. However, the benefits extend far beyond assistance simply sitting down and standing up.

    With optional heat and massage features, Lift Chairs provide therapeutic benefits to those with stiff and sore joints, back pain, arthritis, and a variety of other conditions. They provide excellent, affordable alternatives to expensive bathtub modifications for those who require heat and massage therapy.

    Lift Chairs can be used for more than just reclining while watching your favorite television programs. Whether you like to use a computer or telephone, read
    books or magazines, or engage in a number of other recreational activities, the variety of positions available from your lift chair can comfortably accommodate. Many individuals even opt to sleep in their Lift Chairs rather than in their beds because of the variety of positions available. Most models can be reclined to a flat position, but can also be modified to different angles and elevations for maximum comfort.  For individuals who must keep their legs elevated while they sit or sleep, Lift Chairs are an ideal solution.

    Where can you get a Lift Chair?

    There are many places to purchase a lift chair, but we recommend working with a professional to determine the best type. With the wide range features and designs, the options can become overwhelming and you may end up with a Lift Chair that does not suit your needs adequately. An expert can work with you to determine more than just the right color to suit your decor – he or she will ask questions such as:

    • Do you frequently eat or drink in the chair? If so, vinyl or leather upholstery may be ideal as it will be easier to clean
    • Will you be sleeping in your chair? If so, comfort is extremely important – some companies even offer mattresses compatible with lift chairs to maximize your comfort level through the night
    • Will you be spending extended periods of time in your Lift Chair, or will it be used only for relaxation and watching television? For limited-use, a two-position Lift Chair may be adequate. For long periods of use, a 3-position or infinite-position Lift Chair may be preferable to ensure comfort over long periods of time
    • What is your weight? Lift Chairs are designed to handle a wide range of weight thresholds, so finding one that will support your needs is imperative to ensure your safety while using the device

    Contact Golden Comfort Supplies today to find out more about our Lift Chairs!