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INVACARE UNVEILS UNIQUE COMFORT+PLUS ROCKING CHAIRS FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

          INVACARE UNVEILS UNIQUE COMFORT+PLUS ROCKING CHAIRS
                      FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
    ATLANTA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Invacare Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: IVCR), America's largest manufacturer and distributor of wheelchairs, homecare beds and other home healthcare equipment, will introduce two new rocking chairs on Nov. 14 at the National Home Health Care Exposition, specifically designed to meet the needs of nursing home residents and persons with acute and/or chronic mental disabilities, in addition to the requirements of institutional caregivers.
    Known as the Comfort+Plus(TM) Rockers, the rocking chairs "are unlike any other product available on the market today," said Dale Nash, director of marketing for Invacare.  According to Nash, the Comfort+Plus Rocker serves a number of functions which will make it highly attractive to nursing homes and other institutions providing long-term care.  Rocking can offer numerous therapeutic benefits to residents, such as relieving symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and autism, providing a soothing motion and increasing blood flow.
    The Comfort+Plus(TM) Rockers come in both stationery and mobile models.  Nash said that the mobile rocker offers perhaps the most unique feature as it can be used both as a standard room rocker when positioned in the locked setting, or, when the frame is mobilized by utilizing a lifting pedal to retract the chair legs and free the casters, it can be used for transporting residents between rooms.
    The seatback and cushion designs also offer unusual features.  Allen Siekman, Invacare's director of seating and positioning product marketing, explained that the Comfort+Plus(TM) Rocker seatback and cushion conforms to the shape of the individual using it, which means that it provides support to people who still retain a normal lumbar curvature, while not straining the upper backs of those who have lost such curvature.  The rocker back is also equipped with lumbar and lateral side supports.
    To help reduce the risk of "pressure wounds" resulting from pressure points, the Comfort+Plus(TM) Rocker has concave, foam armrests which cradle and protect the individual's arms.  Other features include a retractable footrest for easy accessibility and storage; padded push handles that prevent wall damage; a soft polyethylene tray that is both lightweight and extremely durable; and sulfide resistant upholstery for easy clean up and prevention of bacterial infections.
    The Comfort+Plus(TM) Rockers will be available in January 1992 and are being introduced in conjunction with a number of other new institutional care products.  Invacare's institutional product line includes nursing home beds, institutional furnishings, institutional seating, lifts and slings and standard wheelchairs.
    With 1990 sales of $230 million, Invacare also manufactures and distributes home healthcare and extended care equipment such as power and manual wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, hospital-type beds for the home, patient aids and three-wheel motorized scooters.  Invacare is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio and has additional manufacturing locations in Ohio, FLorida, California, Mexico, Great Britain and Germany. Products are distributed through a worldwide network of more than 10,000 medical equipment dealer locations.
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    /CONTACT: Gerald Blouch (investor), 216-329-6190, or Kathleen Obert (media), 216-329-6696, both of Invacare Corporation/
    (IVCR) CO:  Invacare Corporation ST:  Ohio IN:  MTC SU:  PDT KK -- CL007 -- 3750 11/13/91 08:18 EST
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