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Six Signs Your Elderly Loved One Needs Extra Support Category: Medical Equipment

Aging is a reality that we all have to face eventually, and one of the things that must be considered is what help our elderly relatives will need. As they get older, there is a strong chance that they will require some assistance with some parts of their lives. 

The help needed is very individual from person to person, but often it starts as a gradual change. Therefore, it’s important to look out for signs that might mean more support is needed, as being aware can help prevent potential accidents or downward health spirals. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to actively seek help, so here are six signs that could suggest someone is needing extra support in their life.

Tips For a More Comfortable Kitchen Category: Medical Equipment

Kitchen with fridge and oven

When you have limited mobility, cooking can be a difficult and frustrating task. And if cooking and preparing food is seen as a cumbersome or even painful activity, then that really limits the availability of not only healthy foods, but causes dependency on others. 

Luckily, with the right accommodations anyone can still have fun in the kitchen regardless of any challenges that may be due to age, illness, or injury. You don’t have to spend a fortune structurally renovating in order to create an accessible kitchen. There are much smaller modifications that can be easily made to improve how your food is prepared. 

Getting and Using a Walker: What You Need to Know Category: Medical Equipment

For many people with mobility needs, especially as they get older, getting around from place to place can be a challenge. There are problems stemming from overbalancing, as well as the inconvenience of needing regular rest periods.

A walker is a great way of providing additional support, which not only helps people to maintain and improve their independence and confidence, it also helps them to remain safe and secure when getting out and about. 

A walker — or as it’s sometimes referred to as, a rollator — is similar in construction to a walking frame, but with the addition of wheels and brakes, with both 3 and 4 wheeled options available.

Benefits of Using a Lift Chair Category: Medical Equipment

A lift chair is an electric powered armchair allowing the user to adjust it to safely lower themselves into a seated position, or lift them into standing. This mechanism alleviates the strain and pressure that can come from getting in and out of a chair, and makes users less dependent on others for assistance.

We carry a variety of lift chairs, also known as recliner chairs, and so here is a look at some benefits and specific chair highlights.

What To Know Before Starting Your Electric Scooter Journey Category: Medical Equipment

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 Category: Medical Equipment

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.

Do You Need A Home Elevator? Getting One is Easier Than You Think! Category: Medical Equipment

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 Category: Medical Equipment

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 Category: Medical Equipment

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 Category: Medical Equipment

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.