Tips to Get a Bed That Is Just Right

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If you are elderly, disabled, or have a long-term illness, you should have a bed that suits all of your needs. This is especially true if you are confined to your bed for prolonged periods of time. If you need a new bed, discover some helpful tips to get a bed that is just right.

 
See Your Doctor

Before you get your bed, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor. Your doctor can help you determine if the bed is medically necessary. They will write a prescription for a bed and send the necessary documentation to your health insurance.

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What Do You Need to Pump Breast Milk at Work?

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Are you a first-time breast pump user and a working mother? Whether you’re a new mom or just new to pumping, take a look at the top time-, money-, and energy-saving accessories you need to pump during the workday.

The Right Pump

Before you invest in accessories, make sure you have the right pump for your needs. Unlike pumping at home, workday pumping may come with time, space, or energy (electricity) restrictions. The best pump for the working mom will have:

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Preparing Your Home for Hospice Care

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You can create the most peaceful living space for your loved one while they’re in hospice care in many ways, so read on to learn how you can prepare your home for hospice.
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CPAP Humidifiers: What They Are and How They Help You

img CPAP 01 - CPAP Humidifiers: What They Are and How They Help YouCPAP humidifiers are an often forgotten aspect of the overall CPAP machine. While most people think of the tube and mask that CPAP users have, they don’t usually think of the water chamber that protects people from dry air. If you’re new to using a CPAP machine or simply want to learn more, discover the role of CPAP humidifiers and the benefits they offer CPAP

What Is a CPAP Humidifier?

Unlike general-use humidifiers, a CPAP humidifier is specific to the CPAP machine. A CPAP humidifier either fully integrates with the overall machine or is an attachable part of it. The CPAP humidifier usually consists of a water chamber that works in tandem with the CPAP tube and masks to bring CPAP users the warm moisture they need.

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What Do You Need to Know About Maternity Support Belts?

Maternity Support Belts - What Do You Need to Know About Maternity Support Belts?Do you need a maternity support belt? If you’re pregnant, take a look at the whats, whys, and hows of belly bands.

What Is a Maternity Support Belt?

Also known as a belly band, a maternity support belt is exactly what the name says — a belt or band that supports your growing body. Even though it fits around your belly, this band doesn’t only support your bump. It also provides plenty of support and added comfort to other areas. (more…)

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4 Things to Know About Seat Lift Chairs

Happy Old Couple Smiling 300x199 - 4 Things to Know About Seat Lift ChairsIf you have trouble getting into or out of a chair, you may want to consider a seat lift chair. This type of chair looks a lot like a typical recliner. However, a seat lift chair is not your average piece of furniture. Instead, lift chairs are medical equipment.

The primary difference between a lift chair and a regular chair is that the lift chair contains a lift system that helps a person go from a sitting to standing position. (more…)

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Changes You Can Make to Improve Bathroom Safety

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Use Non-Slip Mats
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4 Decisions to Make Before Shopping for a Mobility Scooter

1 300x300 - 4 Decisions to Make Before Shopping for a Mobility ScooterAre you thinking about getting a mobility scooter? This vital tool helps millions of Americans continue to live an enjoyable, healthy, and satisfying life. But unlike many other mobility aids that can easily fit into your physical space without much adjustment, a mobility scooter does require some preparation of your home and lifestyle.

Here are four things to decide on and prepare before bringing home your new scooter. (more…)

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5 FAQs About Light Therapy

Light Therapy 300x225 - 5 FAQs About Light TherapyDid you know that 10 million Americans are estimated to have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to Psychology Today? Even though this depressive disorder is commonly called the winter blues, SAD also affects some people late in the spring or early summer. Thankfully, an effective form of treatment exists that may greatly reduce the symptoms of SAD. This treatment is called light therapy.

If you would like to know more, here are the answers to five frequently asked questions about light therapy. (more…)

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4 Best Exercises For Seniors With Arthritis

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Living with arthritis makes moving your joints painful and difficult. The less you move your joints, the more your joints deteriorate, making it even more difficult and painful to move. This is why effective and comfortable exercise techniques are imperative when you have arthritis. If you want to reduce your arthritis pain, consider trying these low-impact exercises.

  1. Stretching

One reason arthritis is frustrating is that it affects your mobility, so you may not be able to bend, twist or move as well. This reduced movement means you don’t use your muscles as much, so they shrink, further impacting your joint mobility. For this reason, stretching is especially important for anyone with arthritis or another mobility complication.

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3 Types of Equipment to Assist With Balance and Mobility

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If you have issues with your balance or with your mobility, you may benefit from the use of assistive devices or equipment. Equipment such as a motorized lift chair, an electric scooter, or a rollator may keep you safe in the home or when you’re out and about. Use such equipment to prevent falls and keep your independence.

You can find assistive devices at your favorite medical supply store. Have a look around and weigh your options carefully. Here are three types of equipment to consider.

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Benefits of Good Posture and How to Achieve It

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Posture might not be something you think about on a daily basis. However, good posture is something you should be exercising every day. Indeed, you will reap health benefits from good posture and endure negative effects from bad posture.

If you need to improve your posture, be conscious of your habits and strengthen your muscles. Consider using aids, such as a posture-correcting brace, to help you achieve your posture goals. (more…)

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Which Type of Assistive Walking Aid Should You Choose?

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Whether you need support walking due to balance difficulties or an injury has caused mobility issues, your medical supply store has something to offer. Assistive walking devices are designed with safety in mind, helping seniors and persons of all ages who have difficulty getting around. A variety of products are available, including canes, walkers and rollators, but how do you know which device is the best one for you?

Talk with your doctor, physical therapist or occupational therapist about your situation and needs to get their recommendations. Keep in mind that a prescription and doctors notes may be required if you will be submitting your purchase to your insurance company. Then you should visit a medical supply store that offers these products to have a look at a few walking aids that make walking and getting around a little easier and safer for you.

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6 Types of Medical Equipment to Assist Seniors in the Home

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A bed assist rail may be helpful for the bedroom, and a grabbing tool may help you grab items that are hard to reach. Consider the following types of medical equipment and devices to help you in the home. (more…)

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New to CPAP? A Few Answers to Reduce Anxiety

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If you are new to CPAP, what should you know before you start using one? Here are a few essentials to make a great start.

What Is a CPAP Machine?                               

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A mask fits over your nose (and possibly mouth) at night, blowing air in a continuous stream into your respiratory system to keep your airway open and functioning well. (more…)

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Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder With Essential Oils

essential oils 300x200 - Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder With Essential OilsDo you have the winter blues? It’s not uncommon to feel a little depressed and gloomy this time of year. In fact, according to the American Family Physician, about 6 percent of the population suffers from winter depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is more common in women than men and mostly affects people who live in the colder, northern regions of the U.S, such as Minnesota.

With an average low temperature of 3 degrees, Minnesota’s winters can be brutal. If the freezing cold and short, dark days have you feeling down, learn what you can do to manage the symptoms of SAD.

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3 Medical Conditions Effectively Treated With Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Conditions 300x200 - 3 Medical Conditions Effectively Treated With Respiratory TherapyThe ability to breathe is easy to take for granted, but many people have medical conditions that make breathing difficult. In most of these cases, those who have trouble breathing have a problem with their respiratory system.

The respiratory system is the part of the body responsible for inhaling and exhaling air and absorbing energy-producing oxygen. The respiratory system includes the lungs, bronchi, trachea, larynx, pharynx, and nose. Much of the function of the respiratory system is connected with the circulatory system, which contains the heart and blood vessels. (more…)

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3 Common CPAP Problems and How to Solve Them

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  • Excessive fatigue
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressures and heart problems
  • Liver problems

You need decent sleep, and you need to get enough oxygen into your body while you sleep. So why do so many people avoid their CPAP machines? (more…)

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Tips for Living Your Life With Bladder Incontinence

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It’s estimated that anywhere from 25 to 33 percent of women and men across the United States live with urinary incontinence. Overactive bladder or trouble controlling your bladder can have a dramatic impact on your ability to be productive at work or enjoy your friends or favorite hobbies. The shame and embarrassment of incontinence can take a major toll on a sufferer’s self-confidence, as well.

If you’re tired of allowing bladder incontinence to control your life, follow these tips to improve your quality of life.

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Tips for Purchasing and Maintaining a Mobility Scooter

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Approximately 1.7 million Americans rely on wheelchairs or mobility scooters to continue working, spending time with their families, and enjoying an independent life. If you’re considering purchasing a mobility scooter or your doctor has written a prescription for a unit, it’s important to know which type of scooter will meet your needs and how to care for it properly.

The following are a few simple tips to help you shop for and maintain a mobility scooter.

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4 Safety Tips for Supplemental Home Oxygen

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Home oxygen machines and tanks are prescribed for a variety of conditions from COPD to emphysema. If your doctor wants you to use supplemental oxygen, you must follow important safety tips in your home to avoid injury. Here are four safety tips to follow when using your oxygen in the home

  1. Be Mindful of Ignition Sources

According to the National Fire Protection Association, room air contains 21 percent oxygen, while the air coming out of your oxygen concentrator or tank is made up of close to 100 percent oxygen. Oxygen by itself will not cause a fire but is a fuel source for flames.

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Outfitting Your Home for Hospice Care: What You Need to Know

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Many patients prefer to have their hospice care in their own home, or in the home of a loved one, instead of using a hospice care facility. Outfitting your home for hospice care takes some preparation, but with the right equipment and home health care providers, you can ensure that your family member enjoys the familiarity of home.

Here’s what you need to know about preparing your home to be a temporary hospice facility.  (more…)

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Switched to the Night Shift? Tips to Make the Transition Easier

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Here are some very important tips you can follow to help you adjust to working at night and getting the sleep you need during the daylight hours. (more…)

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Breast Pump Do’s and Don’ts

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If you’ve never purchased or operated a breast pump, or stored breast milk, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

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The Health Dangers of Dirty CPAP Equipment

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If you are one of the estimated 18 million adults in the United States who suffers from sleep apnea, then you may use a CPAP machine on a nightly basis to help control your sleep apnea symptoms. This machine can be a great asset to your health because it helps you get the deep sleep you need at night despite your medical condition.

However, it is important to understand the health risks of using a CPAP machine that is not sanitized on a regular basis, as well as the health risks of not following CPAP care instructions precisely. Read on to learn about the health hazards of using dirty CPAP equipment and how to keep all of your CPAP equipment sanitary to avoid these hazards.

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Tips for Making Your Home Safer and More Accessible

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If you’re caring for a senior in your home, their safety and accessibility are your top priorities. Unfortunately, your home might not be equipped to meet their needs, and even worse, your loved one could suffer a serious accident.

Preparing your home before your elderly guest arrives to rest and recuperate is critical to ensure they are both comfortable and safe. Here are a few things you can do in every room of your home to make it safer and more accessible.

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