Archives 2021

What To Know Before Starting Your Electric Scooter Journey

When it comes to retaining your independence and making sure you can still get to all the places you want to go with ease and comfort, using an electric scooter is a fantastic aid.

But if you’re new to owning one, whether you’re upgrading from wheelchair use or new to mobility aids, it’s important to ensure you have all the knowledge you need to operate your mobility scooter safely. 

5 Types of Grab Bars, Why You Need Them, & How to Install Them

Living independently with a disability often requires a few extra tools and supports that help you stay safe while you’re at home. Unfortunately the shower and bathtub are among the most dangerous places in the home for people with disabilities, and there’s no avoiding using them. 

The big reason for this is there is a risk of slipping, coupled with no safe place to land if you do fall. However there is a small but valuable tool that can change all of that: Grab Bars. 

Grab bars give you an extra place to brace yourself and something to hold onto that will make falls a little less treacherous if they do happen. 

There are many types of grab bars that work for more than just the shower or bath and you don’t have to break the bank to get the right one. You also don’t need to change the walls of your home or drill holes for every model, depending on the type of support you need. Use this guide to discover which grab bar is right for you and how it’s installed.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

For many older adults, mobility limitations, health issues and low energy can keep them from the social engagement they once enjoyed. Especially in seniors who live alone, social isolation can lead to loneliness, depression and poor physical health. Pet therapy has been shown to benefit seniors by improving depression and anxiety symptoms, increasing self-care, and even improving heart-health. It turns out giving and receiving unconditional love is literally good for your heart!

If you find yourself needing a little companionship, you might consider adopting a pet. A dog or cat is the perfect roommate that won’t take up all your space or independence and will provide you with comfort and something cuddly to look after. If you do decide to adopt a pet, here are a few things you should do to get prepared for the new experience, to make sure you are ready to handle the responsibility of a new pet. 

Do You Need A Home Elevator? Getting One is Easier Than You Think!

Getting around your own multi-story home is relatively simple if you’re able to climb stairs. But if you aren’t, whether due to age or disability, heart or lung issues, vertigo, or whatever the reason is, if you find climbing stairs difficult or impossible it makes going around your own home very frustrating. 

Not being able to manage stairs in your home can potentially lead to being forced out of your home into a bungalow or building with an elevator to avoid the issue. 

However, there is a better option! 

A home elevator is a safe and effective option for getting around stairs. You might have considered this option in the past and thought it was not available to you or that it was out of reach due to the cost. 

But, a home elevator might be a lot easier to have installed than you thought. You don’t need a custom home or to completely alter your existing structure to get a lift installed that will help. 

Small Supports That Can Help You Stay Comfortable & Independent In Your Home

It is incredibly frustrating not to be able to move around and be comfortable in your own home. To need help just getting out of bed, positioning yourself to read, work, or eat, and even reaching for a snack in the pantry can make a person feel like aging or their disability will always stand in the way of their independence.

Thankfully, there are some support items that can help you stay comfortable and increase your independence safely. Here are some of the products we carry that while little can make a big difference in your life. 

Tips for Buying and Using Crutches

Crutches provide support if you're struggling to balance or need to take the weight off of one, or both, of your legs. They can feel more stable and secure than a walking stick, and are a crucial part of having some independence when needed. 

Most people use non-weight bearing crutches when they need to keep weight off an injured leg, so they can heal and get back to full mobility. Non-weight bearing crutches can be used for both short and long-term mobility assistance and can help you support your weight when you’re unable to do so on your own.

Whether your situation is temporary or you’re a lifelong user of crutches, we have what you need to ensure comfort, safety, and durability for the duration of your time on crutches. 

Reduce Swelling with Cool Healing Technology

Swelling occurs whenever the organs, skin, or other parts of your body enlarge. It’s typically the result of inflammation or a buildup of fluid. Swelling can occur internally, or it can affect your outer skin and muscles. It can be painful and tender to touch, and can often slow down healing.

There are a variety of ways and remedies to reduce swelling. Your treatment will depend on the cause of the swelling. 

One method which can significantly reduce the pain and speed up your healing time, is cool healing technology, and there are specific pieces of equipment that can help reduce swelling. 

Accessibility Tips For Hosting Guests

Old woman in yellow shirt with walker

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the last 12 months, it’s how much we can come to miss the small joys of hosting guests. But regardless of whether you’re hosting someone from your core bubble, or planning a visit for when restrictions are lifted, if you have a family member or friend with accessibility needs, there are certain steps you can take to make their experience that much easier. This is especially important if they’re going to be regular visitors to your home. 

While you might not be able to fix or accommodate every need for accessibility, at least informing visitors of the situation can help alleviate unexpected stress. 

Tips On Renovating Your Bathroom To Be Accessible

A stylish modern bathroom is a great fit for many homes, and something that can add a real touch of pampering and luxury to your daily routine. But, these designs often fall well short when it comes to accessibility.

Don’t worry, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to have the stylish bathroom of your dreams, especially with these tips for renovating your bathroom in an accessible way.