Which Type of Assistive Walking Aid Should You Choose?

Types of Assistive Walking Aids - Which Type of Assistive Walking Aid Should You Choose?

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

Sleeping with CPAP mask on 300x145 - New to CPAP? A Few Answers to Reduce AnxietyHave you been told by your doctor that you have sleep apnea and would benefit from a CPAP machine? A growing number of Americans use this breathing aid to get a restful night’s sleep and improve their overall health.

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

woman sleeping with CPAP machine 300x199 300x199 - 3 Common CPAP Problems and How to Solve ThemIf you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, and your doctor wants you to use a CPAP machine, you probably know how important it is to follow their orders. After all, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • 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

hospice care 200x300 - Outfitting Your Home for Hospice Care: What You Need to KnowMany families who have loved ones with terminal illnesses choose to discontinue hospital treatments in favor of hospice care. Hospice provides the privacy and accommodations to allow for comfort in the final days of life.

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

night shift 300x200 - Switched to the Night Shift? Tips to Make the Transition EasierIf your employer changed your schedule from days to nights, you may struggle to stay up and complete your duties. Drinking coffee and eating large meals might not be enough to carry you through the night. You may also find it difficult to sleep during the day. A lack of sleep can take a huge toll on your health.

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

Mother holding baby 300x223 - Breast Pump Do’s and Don'tsIn 2014, the CDC estimated that 83 percent of new mothers choose to breastfeed their newborns. Breastfeeding is very beneficial for both mom and baby, but it can become inconvenient once you head back to work or want to have a much-needed date night. Purchasing a quality breast pump is the best option to provide your baby with the nutrients they need when you aren’t able to breastfeed.

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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Tips for Staying Independent as a Senior with Reduced Mobility

Senior Couple 300x200 - Tips for Staying Independent as a Senior with Reduced MobilityYou may always intend to live on your own. Independent living typically refers to being able to eat, bathe, dress yourself and perform other necessary daily tasks. If you have reduced mobility but wish to remain independent in your home, discuss your wishes with your doctors and closest family members. You should also follow these tips for staying independent and enjoying your own home.

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Sleep Apnea and CPAP Do’s and Don’ts

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If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you’re not alone. An estimated 18 million people also suffer from this issue that can exacerbate other medical conditions, including high blood pressure and asthma. One of the best ways to combat sleep apnea is by using a device called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.

Being diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine to help you breathe easier in the night can seem like a life-altering experience. Help ensure you effectively treat your sleep apnea by keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind. (more…)

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