3 Things to Do When Going to College with a CPAP Machine

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Most students associate college with all-night study sessions, followed by all-night socializing. But for students who have sleep apnea, getting enough rest at night can be a much bigger priority. If you are a CPAP user/student, here are some tips on adjusting to a school with your CPAP machine:

  • Request a dorm room with air conditioning. If you’re attending college in the northern part of the United States, there’s a good chance that your dorm may have been constructed without it. While having AC makes no difference for half the year in northern universities, there are still heat waves during the first part of the fall semester. It’s going to be difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask on those hot nights. You may need to provide proof of medical necessity to your residence department, but it’s well worth the effort.
  • Make sure you sit down with your roommate(s) on the first day and explain to them what the CPAP machine is and what they can expect. If you have a noisier model, they may want to request a transfer to another room, so they aren’t disturbed at night. Remember not to take it personally—they need their sleep as much as you do.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your medically-necessary device. Many college students have never heard of sleep apnea, and your peers are more likely to be curious than demeaning. Remember, you are all in college to learn. Use this as an opportunity to educate those around you, whether it’s in conversation, personal essays or class presentations.

This exciting time of your life is full of changes and possibilities. However, one thing that shouldn’t change is your sleep apnea treatment. Here at CarePro Home Medical, we can make sure that your CPAP supplies stay in great shape throughout your collegiate career.  Contact us today to prepare yourself with everything you need to keep you healthy at school.

5 Common Questions about Stair lift Installation

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

For many people, the decision to buy a stair lift is not one they take lightly. It often represents the decision to age in-home, and offers more freedom and independence within that home. Because of that, CarePro  Home Medical is going to answer some of the common questions people ask when installing a stair lift:

  • Will it hurt my walls?

 

Stair lifts are fitted directly on the steps themselves, not the walls, so you should be fine. The chair itself sits far enough away from the wall that you shouldn’t scrape against it as you go up.

 

  • How secure is it?

 

The rails are usually connected to the first and last stairs, with additional supports on a few steps in between. If needed, we can install additional bars to brace the stair lift.

  • Do I need to do additional home modification?

 

Some stairs do necessitate additional home modifications to install a stair lift, but most do not. If you have a window on the stairs, it may need to be made flush, for example. We may also need to remove handrails or doors. Each situation is unique, but your installer will go over that with you.

 

  • What if I want new flooring after it is installed?

 

If you want to install new floors with a stair lift intact, you will need to have the stair lift removed before you can do so. It can then be re-installed afterwards.

 

  • Will it fit on my stairs?

 

There are many different ways you can modify the stair lift itself so that it fits with your particular staircase. We will have an installer inspect your home ahead of time, to make sure we have everything we need to install a new stair lift!

 

At CarePro Home Medical, we’re here to make sure you can age safely and independently in your own home. If you’re considering a stair lift as a solution to your home mobility needs, our experts can help! Get in touch today and see what we can do for you.

Beat the (Extreme) Heat!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Emily LeGrand

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. Summer heat can be dangerous. What health officials call “extreme heat” occurs when the temperature reaches excessively high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive. More males than females are generally affected by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with children, older adults, outside workers and people with disabilities being highest risk.

Heat-related illness can occur in houses with little to no air conditioning, on construction sites and in cars, in particular. A very high body temperature can damage the brain and other vital organs. Advanced age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool during hot weather. To protect your health when temperatures are high:

  • Get plenty to drink. Perspiring removes needed salt and minerals from the body. When it’s hot drink more water and sports drinks. Avoid caffeine.
  • Stay cool indoors. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours.
  • If you must be outside, seek shade when possible.
  • Wear light clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat will also help keep your head cool.

Seek medical attention immediately if someone exhibits signs of heat-related illness, such as throbbing headache; dizziness; lack of sweating despite the heat; red, hot, dry skin; muscle weakness or cramps; nausea or vomiting; rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak; or rapid shallow breathing. If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink, or if you take water pills, ask them how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

CarePro hope you enjoy your summer while being safe in the heat. Please reach out to your local CarePro Health Services today for any additional questions you might have!

– Source: California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What to Do If Your Ears Pop During CPAP Use

Posted on: July 15th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

You settle in for the night with your CPAP mask on, and set the pressure to exactly what feels right on your throat. But as you start to drift off, your ears suddenly start popping. It gets so bad that you can’t sleep and end up turning off your CPAP machine—only to wake up exhausted because you were constantly waking up from sleep apnea.

This phenomenon is certainly not unheard-of for sleep apnea patients. Here’s a few things that might be causing popping ears—and what you can do about them:

Swallowing Air

Known as “aerophagia,” this is when the air from your CPAP machine goes into your stomach instead of your lungs. Whenever you swallow, the pressure between your middle nose and ear become equal. However, if you have an external change in pressure, this can cause your ears to pop if you swallow. Think about what it’s like when you swallow on an airplane or elevator—your ears pop. The same is true with a CPAP machine—you have external pressure, plus the change in internal pressure from swallowing. Those two things combined can cause your ears to pop.

So, what can I do?

Sometimes, all it takes is adjusting the pressure on your CPAP machine. Other times, you might want to try a different CPAP mask—or make sure the one you have fits you correctly. Chin straps can also help alleviate this affect.

GERD

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, causes a band of muscles at the end of your esophagus to not close properly, allowing some of your stomach contents to leak in your stomach or throat. Using CPAP can exacerbate GERD, especially if you have aerophagia on top of that. As the air enters the stomach, it can cause some of the stomach contents to come back up, causing your ears to pop.

So, what can I do?

Sleeping at an angle can help prevent some stomach contents to from coming back up. Eating light suppers or not eating several hours before bedtime is another fix. Wearing a full-faced CPAP mask can also cause you to swallow a lot of air, so switching to a nasal mask or nasal pillows can help. Finally, switching from a CPAP machine to a BiPAP machine can address the issue of GERD.

At CarePro Home Medical, we want to help everyone remain CPAP compliant. If you’re wanting to change some of your equipment to see if it addresses popping ears, contact us to schedule an appointment.  We can work with you to find the right equipment and work with your physician if changes are needed.  We have everything you need to get a good night’s sleep.

5 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

It’s estimated that 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 will develop this condition. While there is no known cure, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your chances of developing it. Since June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, CarePro would like to offer you the following tips:

  • Give your brain a workout.

 

Education doesn’t have to end just when you leave school. From taking a class at a community college or community center to taking up a hobby that keeps your mind sharp, giving your brain a workout can reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

 

  • Have a little help from your friends.

 

Spending time socializing and engaging with friends can help keep you mentally sharp. In fact, staying social with not only your friends, but also within the community can keep your brain active and happy.

 

  • Be kind to your heart.

 

If you have risk factors for heart conditions, evidence shows that you could be putting your mental health at risk as well. Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can have a negative impact on your cardiovascular system and increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.

 

  • Make sleep a priority.

 

A lack of sleep can result in reduced memory function and thinking. If you find that getting adequate sleep at night is a challenge, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Consult with your doctor if you think you may have this condition. Treatments such as CPAP machines are available to ensure you get a good night’s sleep!

 

  • Eat right and exercise.

 

We know this mantra tends to be used for just about every health condition, but it’s true! Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, and some research shows that there is a connection between physical activity and cognition. Some preliminary studies also suggest that certain diets (such as the Mediterranean diet) can help reduce your risk factor.

By adopting certain lifestyle habits, you can take proactive steps to reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The experts at CarePro Pharmacies can also help. We carry probiotics, which some studies have shown can improve cognition!

Celebrate Men’s Health by Staying CPAP Compliant

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

It may be funny to joke that Dad sounds like he’s using the chainsaw at night, but it could be the symptom of a much larger problem. Snoring, after all, is one of the signs that you have sleep apnea—and the condition is more common among men than it is among women. Since June is Men’s Health Month, we’re going to look at how CPAP-compliance can help Dad stay at the top of his game!

  • It reduces his chances of having a heart attack

 

Right now, heart disease is the number one thing men die from in the United States, according to the CDC. One of the things sleep apnea does is deprive your heart of the oxygen it needs to keep functioning. Over time, it can cause cardiovascular damage and make Dad’s blood pressure go up. By using his CPAP every night, Dad can eliminate these particular risks that sleep apnea pose to his heart.

 

  • It could keep him from having an accident.

 

Behind heart disease, unintentional injury is also a leading cause of death for men in the United States. Many times, this is because men tend to take riskier jobs. If Dad is feeling daytime drowsiness due to untreated sleep apnea, he could put himself at risk of having a fatal accident at work. Staying CPAP compliant is one way to make sure this doesn’t happen!

 

  • It reduces his chances of having a stroke.

 

Just as with heart disease, your chances of having a stroke are increased if your body isn’t getting an appropriate amount of oxygen at night. Since the CDC lists stroke as the number five reason why men die in the United States each year, Dad should definitely take this side-effect of sleep apnea seriously and use his CPAP machine each night!

This Father’s Day, give your Dad the gift of better health and encourage him to remain CPAP compliant! If he’s not completely comfortable in his sleep apnea therapy, take him to see the respiratory experts at CarePro Home Medical.

When Should I Replace My CPAP Supplies?

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Knowing when to replace your CPAP supplies is always a common question among CPAP users.  Some people replace them depending on their insurance while others just replace the parts as needed.  At CarePro Home Medical, we wanted to give you some details about your CPAP parts and when they actually need to be replaced.

CPAP Machine Replacement

The typical life of a CPAP machine is about five years.  If you change insurance or pay out of pocket, you may be able to replace the unit sooner.

CPAP Mask Replacement

You should replace your mask every three months, but you can wait an extra month or two if needed.  Replace the softer plastic cushion insert or pillows that actually touch your skin more often.

CPAP Mask Cushions Replacement

Replace the mask cushion or nasal pillows as often as two times per month.  This may seem like a lot, but these are the parts that actually touch your face.  This means that oils from your skin and other bacteria build up on these parts much quicker.

CPAP Headgear Replacement

It is recommended that you trade out your CPAP headgear every 6 months.  Neoprene is the stretchy material that helps shape the headgear to your head.  As it repeatedly stretches, it may start to get looser and not keep a proper seal, which means the mask will be less effective.

CPAP Filter Replacement

6 months is also the average life expectancy of a CPAP filter.  These filters ensure the purity of the air you breathe.  There is a white paper filter that is used beneath the main filter that should be replaced every two weeks, but you may have to do it monthly if that is what your insurance allows.

CPAP Tubing Replacement

Tubing can get grimy pretty quick, so you’ll need to replace it every three months.  Condensation increases the risk of contaminants that could enter your lungs and cause problems, so it’s important to get new tubing whenever it’s possible.

It may seem wasteful to replace your CPAP supplies when the parts look fine, but new equipment helps keep the device clean and you healthy.  If you have any questions about deciding which replacement CPAP supplies are right for you, contact us today!

 

How to Make Your Home Safe for Aging

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

More Americans than ever are choosing to age in-home.  At CarePro Home Medical, we offer some tips and tricks on how to make your home safe for aging while continuing to be independent.

Bathroom

Your bathroom can be a very dangerous place because there are so many opportunities to fall.  Place adhesive strips or a non-slip mat down to prevent slips and trips.  Installing a grab bar will ensure you have something to grab other than an unstable towel rack if you do start to fall.  A shower chair is also a great amenity to have because it can help you remain stable if mobility is an issue.

Stairs

You’d prefer to live in your home as long as possible, but when you need to go up and down stairs, that wish can become harder.  By installing a stair lift, you will able to stay in your home knowing you are safe from a fall occurring on the stairs.  This is a practical and affordable way to stay safe when your mobility changes.

Kitchen

As you age, you may become forgetful, so it’s important to set a timer when cooking a meal so that you can prevent fires.  While cooking, use pots with two handles.  This can help distribute the weight and keep you from dropping it.  Buying appliances like toasters and coffee makers that automatically turn off are also a good investment as you age.

Bedroom

Avoid bedspreads and sheets that go to the floor to avoid feet getting tangled.  Nightstands should be sturdy to support your weight if you need assistance getting out of bed.  Make sure the bed is the appropriate height because beds that are too high or too low can cause you to fall. The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund recommends beds should be 20 to 23 inches high from the floor to the top of the mattress.  Also, place a sturdy chair in the bedroom to sit in while getting dressed.  You can place nightlights in areas where you will be walking at night such as the path to the bathroom.

With these tips, you will be able to stay self-sufficient and independent in your own home safely.  If you have any questions about other safety tips or products we offer, contact us today!  At CarePro Home Medical, we are dedicated to providing the best services and products to keep you and your family healthy.

 

Compounding Services – What It Means for You

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to dyes in your medication or have been prescribed a unique dosage, the pharmacy services at CarePro Compounding can help. With state-of-the-art lab technology and highly-trained compounding pharmacists, CarePro has the ability to create a one-of-a-kind prescription for every member of your family, including your pets.

To better understand medication compounding and what it means for you, CarePro Compounding has come up with the following FAQs.

  1. What is medication compounding? A compounded medication is a prescription that is made by a pharmacist because it is unavailable in the dosage form that was prescribed by your doctor. With medication compounding, doctors have the ability to customize prescriptions based on each patients’ individual needs. From the combination of several medications into one convenient dosage for hospice patients to mixing children’s cough medicine without the use of dyes, compounding medication makes it easier for patients to receive the medication they need.
  2. Do I need a prescription for compounded medication? Pharmacists do require that all compounded medications be prescribed by a physician. The prescription allows the compounding pharmacists to make a wide variety of changes to the medication including:
  • Increase or reduce the strength
  • Add flavoring for better taste
  • Alter the delivery system of medications – capsules, lozenges, liquids, or transdermal gel for absorption through the skin
  • Turn capsules into a liquid
  1. Does insurance cover compounded medications? At CarePro Compounding, we provide you with a claim form that you can submit to your insurance company for a direct reimbursement based on your coverage.
  2. What conditions can be treated by compounded medications? No two people have the exact same reaction to medication. CarePro works closely with your prescriber to ensure you get the unique compounded medication for your specific condition.
  • Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea
  • Foot ailments including neuropathic pain, athletes foot, diabetic wounds, and plantar fasciitis
  • Hospice patients to treat pain, anxiety, wounds, and nausea
  • Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
  • Preservative-free, hypoallergenic medications for those with various sensitives
  1. How does compounding benefit pets? Like humans, our furry friends can suffer from some of the same conditions, requiring a compounded medication. The pharmacists at CarePro can customize a prescription to make treating your pet’s long or short-term illness much easier and can treat a variety of conditions including:
  • Seizures
  • Arthritis
  • Accidental poisoning
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Diabetes

 

If you or a loved one suffer from any of the conditions listed above, get in touch with CarePro Compounding today to learn more about our compounding pharmacy services.

Why These Four Vitamins Can Improve Your Overall Health

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

No matter how well you eat, chances are you’re not getting all the nutrients your body needs in your daily diet. To assist you in maintaining your well-being, CarePro Pharmacy locations have determined four essential vitamins you need to keep you healthy while boosting your chances of fighting off chronic disease, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Whether dieting or being proactive in your overall wellbeing, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential for your continued health. When you find it difficult to consume fish that is high in DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids, CarePro recommends that you consume one to three Omega-3 soft gels daily as a dietary supplement or to aid in a healthy immune system, endocrine and nervous system function, and cardiovascular health.

Vitamin D – To ensure your overall health, it’s important to ensure that you’re receiving enough Vitamin D in your diet. Those who suffer from Vitamin D deficiency are more prone to a decrease in bone density, depression, heart disease, poor immune function, and chronic pain.

CarePro recommends that you consume Vitamin D regularly during the winter months to make up for the lack of Vitamin D that you receive naturally from the sun. Make sure that you are your best self all year long with an extra boost of Vitamin D from CarePro.

Probiotics – If you experience frequent gas, bloating, acid reflux, or reoccurring diarrhea, your digestive tract may be absorbing too much bad bacteria. Antibiotics and poor diet choices can kill off good bacteria, making it difficult for you to consume the nutrients and good bacteria that your digestive system needs to be healthy.

Promote better digestive and intestinal health, strengthen your immune system, and boost your energy by simply ingesting good bacteria found in probiotic supplements available at CarePro.

Multivitamins – When you have children, their health is your top priority. With work, carpools, school events, and extracurricular activities, it can be extremely difficult to prepare a nutritional meal 7 days a week, causing both you and your children to become more susceptible to chronic diseases.

If you are a busy parent, CarePro Health Services recommends that both you and your children consume a high-grade multivitamin available at CarePro for a total balance of vitamins, metabolic nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants that your diet may be missing. Not only will taking a daily multivitamin ensure that you have a healthy metabolism, multivitamins also aid in healthy organ function.

 

Visit one of the five CarePro Pharmacy locations today to learn more about the important role that vitamins and supplements play in achieving your best self, or call CarePro Worksite Wellness now to request more information about workplace education on vitamins and supplements to improve your health.