Holidays bring the chance to reconnect with your loved ones but it can also be a stressful time for your aging relatives. If your family will be traveling this Thanksgiving, try these simple tips to identify potential problems and solutions for your aging loved ones.
Identify potential problems: Clues around the house can provide insight to your aging parents mindset. Is their home well-kept? Is there fresh food in the refrigerator? Check to see if their medication is in order as well. If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. Concerned about their eye sight? Look over their vehicles for any dents. Don’t forget that the most important way to learn is to listen. Ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities to better understand day-to-day life.
Ease the stress: With so much holiday excitement, it can be easy to want to share it with your aging relatives. However, too much noise and activity can quickly become overbearing. Avoid the large crowds at the mall. Skip the restaurants with loud music. Even just sticking to a regular routine and sleep schedule can help them feel well-prepared for each day. If you are expecting visitors this year, set-up a private room or area if possible to help offer a quiet retreat.
Create solutions: With your new knowledge, you can now help develop solutions for your loved ones. It can be as simple helping them organize their medication or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a support system and you have a secondary contact after you return home. If you feel like the situation needs professional assistance, look into Geriatric Assessment services through your local hospital or speak with your parents’ doctor for a referral. These medical professionals are here to help you in this time of need.
CarePro knows that with the excitement of the holidays come opportunities for potential problems. To keep your loved ones safe, speak with them about our various home safety products today.
What does National Family Caregivers Month mean to you? At CarePro Health Services, we recognize the dedication of caregivers and salute these committed individuals throughout November. By adding safety products from CarePro Home Medical’s extensive catalog, you can ensure your loved one’s security while finding your own peace of mind. CarePro Pharmacy locations can help keep people on track with medication management support.
Home Safety Products from CarePro Home Medical
Safety-proofing a loved one’s home improves their security and helps you begin to breathe easier. Using daily habits, you can ensure they navigate safely using CarePro’s helpful tools:
- The EZ Adjust Bed Rail remains one of the most popular bed rails on the market today. It extends in length after installation for a Full-Fall Protection. Since it’s easily adjustable with just the push of a button, it makes installation a breeze so both you and your loved one can rest easy.
- Bathrooms are areas that can add additional risk for accidents so use the Suction Cup Grab Bar to ensure your loved one has the support they need. Featuring a non-slip surface with a secure grip, the bar mounts in a variety of positions so you can suit it to fit your needs.
- For loved ones with arthritis or mobility restrictions, maintaining independence is a key way for them to enjoy their daily lives. With a lift chair from CarePro Home Medical, they get a comfortable sitting option with increased safety. Lift chairs look like a standard armchair, but they also possess safety mechanisms to lower or raise the seat in order to easily stand and sit. Due to this, potential injuries can be limited. For added comfort, the chairs can also be upgraded to receive heat and massage options.
Medication Management form CarePro Pharmacies
Managing medication can also be a source of potential stress as well as a possible cause of problems.
- Almost 30% of all hospital admissions for people over the age of 65 are the result of improper medication use.
- Approximately 40% of people entering nursing homes do so because they are unable to handle their medication at home.
- People who miss doses need three times as many doctors’ visits as others and face an average of $4,000 more in medical costs per year.
With CarePro Pharmacy, our team can aid in managing the medication of your loved ones to ensure their safety and your peace of mind. By utilizing our medication planner services, you and your loved one will know exactly what medication to take and when. The service provides assistance with refills, delivery options in available areas, and an increase in compliance. Not only will this provide you with crucial support, but it also gives your loved ones increased independence by preventing future hospital stays and expenses.
At CarePro, our team is dedicated to improving the lives of caregivers and their loved ones. By following these helpful tips as well as employing our catalog of safety products, you can work to avoid injuries and accidents. If you have any questions about the benefits or selection of home safety products, please contact our team today.
Did you know that every 11 seconds, an Older American is admitted to the hospital due to a fall? It’s the number-one cause of injury for those older than 65, and can lead to hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. Furthermore, it carries a hefty price tag—the CDC estimates that the average cost of treating a fall runs around $30,000.
However, with a few preventative measures, you can cut back on the risk of your loved one experiencing a fall. We would like to share with you the following tips:
- Stay active.
Many Older Americans stop exercising because they experience a decrease in their mobility through sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss. Low-impact exercise can help restore some mobility, which is key in fall prevention. Many gyms and senior centers also offer balance classes, which can help re-train the muscles responsible for stability.
- Consult your doctor about whether your medications put you at risk.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that drug use among older adults has increased in the past few decades. That means more Older Americans are experiencing pharmaceutical side-effects that can lead to a fall, such as dizziness and loss of balance. Some over-the-counter sleep aids are especially notorious for this, so consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping at night. Sleep disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including sleep apnea. CarePro Home Medical Equipment carries sleep apnea therapy products and serves patients living with sleep apnea.
- Practice fall prevention at home.
Make sure there aren’t any objects on the floor that you can trip on, and that your rooms are well-lit. The bathroom is one of the top culprits when it comes to falls among Older Americans. Equip your home with the proper bath safety products from our online catalog. Things such as grab bars, shower chairs and toilet seat risers can go far in preventing you from taking a tumble.
- Have your vision checked regularly.
As we age, less light enters our retina, making obstacles, tripping hazards and contrasting edges harder to see. If you do wear glasses, make sure that your prescription is up-to-date. Avoid tint-changing lenses, as these take a while to adjust to your environment and can pose additional tripping hazards.
CarePro Health Services is dedicated to helping patients remain independent and healthy as they age. See our online catalog for more items that can keep you mobile and safe in your home.
Approximately one out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life. While there is no way to completely eliminate your chances of getting cancer, there are some things women can do to decrease their risk:
We’ve all heard that “breast is best” for baby, but it has added benefits for mom as well. By breastfeeding your infant, you also decrease your risk for cancer.
- Cut back on alcohol intake.
The American Cancer Society states that women who have two to five drink a day have 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t drink at all. Drinking can increase your chances of developing other cancers as well.
- Increase your physical activity.
Evidence shows that regular, moderate exercise can decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by up to 18 percent.
- Keep a healthy weight after menopause.
Prior to menopause, most of women’s estrogen comes from their ovaries, while a small amount comes from fat tissue. That ratio flips after menopause, enabling a higher concentration of fatty tissue can increase estrogen levels, further raising the risk of breast cancer. Being overweight can also add to insulin levels, which is linked to a higher risk of cancer.
- Don’t smoke.
There’s now evidence that smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.
- Limit hormone therapy.
It’s common for women to receive hormone therapy in order to control the symptoms of menopause. However, higher doses over long periods of time can increase the risk of breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women take the lowest dose possible and ask their doctor to monitor the length of time they are on hormone supplements.
- Avoid radiation.
Computerized tomography and other medical-imaging methods use a large amount of radiation. There are some cases where it is vital to have these tests done, but if a woman is already at a high risk of developing breast cancer, she might want to ask her doctor about alternatives.
- Eat a Mediterranean diet.
Healthy eating is good for you in general, and some of the foods found in Mediterranean diets is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. These include extra-virgin olive oil, fish and nuts.
While there is no sure-fire way to completely eliminate your risk, following these steps can possibly reduce your chances of developing this pervasive disease. At CarePro Health Services, we are here for you and all your medical needs!
For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for customization to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, CarePro Health Services would like to compare aluminum ramps with wooden ramps:
- Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
- Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to look nice and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
- Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. They can take anywhere from two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
- Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping over time—which can get pricey.
- Maneuverability—Once built, it’s not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure wooden ramps.
Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues with wooden ramps. For example:
- Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
- They’re low maintenance.
- They can be installed in less than a day.
- They are traditionally more affordable than wooden ramps and are better for the environment.
- They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.
With these two lists, which one do you think is better for your home? Call us today. Not only do we have aluminum ramps in stock, we can also install them for you!
Most people think of pressure sores as something that happens to those who are bedridden, but it can happen to CPAP users as well. If you’ve experienced this, you know how uncomfortable it is—and how much it can interfere with your sleep apnea treatment! There are three main reasons contact sores can develop with CPAP masks, all of which can be addressed:
For many people, a tight CPAP mask is the main culprit. If your straps are too taut, your CPAP mask will be digging into your skin for 7 or 8 hours a night. However, the opposite can also be harmful. If the straps are too loose, your CPAP mask will shift and rub against your skin, causing irritation. Try to find the right tension for your headgear so that your CPAP mask doesn’t move, but also isn’t pressing into your skin either.
A worn out CPAP mask can cause contact sores as well. The cushioning on the edges breaks down over time, causing irritation. Certain models of CPAP allow for their cushions swapped to be out, so call us today or check out our online catalog if you are considering switching masks. CPAP masks do need to be replaced once every three to six months.
Some CPAP masks just need a good cleaning. It’s not good for your skin to be exposed to dirt and oil every night. Get into the habit of wiping down your mask once a day. You can do this using a damp towel and a mild dish detergent, or by using CPAP mask wipes (we have them here). You should give your CPAP mask a full bath at least once a week, where you submerge it in soapy water and give it a good scrub.
If none of these things seem to help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our experts can help you find the fit you need in order to get a good night’s rest. We also carry a number of items that can help you remain CPAP compliant. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call today!
Is it getting harder to help mom out of her chair? Does dad have a hip or knee surgery scheduled? If so, they could benefit from a lift chair. This piece of furniture contains a device that lifts the entire chair from its base, allowing the sitter to get in and out with ease.
Before you start shopping, here is a quick guide to some of the different types of lift chairs, courtesy of CarePro Home Medical:
Three Position Chair: The three-position chair can recline out to a 135-degree angle, so it makes a V-shape when it’s fully extended. This model of chair is great for those on a budget, as they tend to be the least expensive. However, they’re still comfy and reliable and can enable mom and dad to live more independently.
Infinite Position Lift Chair: If mom or dad enjoy taking afternoon recliner naps, then an infinite position lift chair would be a great option. This lift chair can fully recline at 180-degrees, allowing the sitter to go into a laying-down position. Typically, the infinite position lift chair comes with two motors, one for the back and one for the feet, which allows for a wide variety of positions.
Zero Gravity Lift Chairs: The zero gravity lift chair comes with the most options. Like the infinite position lift chair, it also typically comes with a motor at the back and one at the front. The zero gravity lift chair allows the sitter to elevate their legs above their heart, so it’s ideal for those with heart issues. If you’re looking for something top-of-the-line, this is it.
Stepping into the role of family caretaker is never easy. But, with a lift chair from CarePro Home Medical, we can make it just a little easier. Check out the lift chair selection at any of our CarePro Medical locations.
For those living with COPD, extreme heat can be downright dangerous. Not only does it exacerbate your condition, it can also turn fatal. However, by taking the correct precautions, you can beat the heat and stay healthy for the remainder of the summer. CarePro Home Medical has these tips for you:
- Stay inside as much as possible, especially on days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If you don’t have air conditioning at your house, then go someplace that does during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take cool refuge. If you’re in your Golden Years, your community may have a senior center for you to stay at as well.
- If you must be outside, concentrate your activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure you take plenty of breaks where you’re sitting in the air conditioning for a while.
- Drink lots of water. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. You should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
- Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping you feel better.
Overall, managing your COPD symptoms on a hot day all comes down to taking it easy. It’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard. The experts at CarePro Home Medical can also help. We carry portable oxygen concentrators and oxygen concentrator accessories. We also have respiratory therapists on staff to answer any of your questions. Stop by one of our CarePro Home Medical locations today to talk with an expert!
Q. Our family is going camping in the woods this summer and I’m concerned about ticks. What can we do to stay safe?
A. You are smart to be extra vigilant about ticks in warmer months (April through September), when they are most active. These tips should help:
- Avoid direct contact with ticks
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
- Repel ticks with DEET or permethrin
- Use repellents that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
- Treat clothing and gear (backpacks, tents, etc.) with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pretreated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
- Find and remove ticks from your body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in their hair.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing, backpacks and pets, then attach to a person later.
- Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat to kill remaining ticks.
The team at CarePro Health Services cares deeply about you and your family’s health and wellness. We also want you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. Please reach out to us today for any additional questions you might have!
– Source: American Red Cross
If you have medications that you no longer need, be sure to follow the proper procedures when disposing of them. The following guidelines were developed to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse after medications are no longer needed:
- Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless the information specifically instructs you to do so.
- Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Call your local law enforcement agencies to see if they sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. Contact your city’s or county government’s household trash and recycling service to learn about medication-disposal options and guidelines in your area.
- Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Authorized sites may be retail, hospital or clinic pharmacies and law enforcement locations. Some offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles know as drop boxes. Visit the DEA’s website or call 800-882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.
- If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps: 1.) Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs). 2.) Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of the garbage bag.
- Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
- Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on your specific symptoms and medical history. Something that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
- The same disposal methods for prescription drugs could apply to over-the-counter drugs as well.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association