3 Reasons to Thank Your Pharmacist

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Every day, pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare for families across the nation. Too often, however, their contributions can become overlooked or undervalued. In honor of National Pharmacist Day, CarePro shares these important reasons to show your appreciation for your family pharmacist and the important services they provide:

  1. Easily Accessible

Over 90 percent of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy. While it can be difficult to set up last minute doctor appointments, pharmacists are a consistently available resource. By providing over-the-counter remedies to alleviate minor symptoms, you can get the relief you need in consistently shorter period of time. Due to their expertise, recommendations by pharmacists are accepted by patients over 90 percent of the time, making them a major component of the healthcare industry.

 

  1. Education and Communication

Although it is easy to assume a pharmacist’s sole responsibility is to simply box up medical prescriptions, it is merely a fraction of the services they provide. They must have a complete understanding of a wide variety of drugs in addition to how they will react with that patient’s specific history. It is their responsibility to give a clear and precise description of the medication and communicate this effectively to you effectively.

 

  1. Extensive Knowledge

In order for a pharmacist to effectively convey instructions to the public, they must be well-versed in thousands of medications as well as their residual sides effects, interactions and appropriate dosing. With this information, they must verify prescription legitimacy, adjudicate insurance claims, and help counsel the patient. As the last and most trusted link in the chain of healthcare professionals, pharmacists are the ones who ultimately determine if, when and how a patient receives their medicinal care. It is a massive responsibility and requires, not only superior medical knowledge, but the ability to clearly communicate it.

Coveted for their availability, knowledge and expertise, pharmacists will continue to play a vital role in the healthcare industry of today. At CarePro Pharmacy, our team is ready to ensure the overall well-being of you and your family. Contact us today to find out more about the services we provide.

 

How CarePro Pharmacy Can Help This Flu Season

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

With colder temperatures and snowy days, winter can bring plenty of problems including an increase in illness. Although the 2015-2016 flu season was milder than years past, it still can cause many complications for adults 50 years or older as well as those with a history of certain illnesses. To help you combat this risk, our team at CarePro Pharmacy is equipped to assist you and your loved ones with these important guidelines.

Practice Good Habits

We have been told to practice good grooming habits since childhood. However, it is especially important throughout flu season. Washing your hands frequently with soap is one of the most important steps. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, practice good eating habits as well as physical activities and a consistent sleep schedule. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Most importantly, know your limits. If you get struck with an illness, do not try to simply power through. By staying indoors and avoiding personal contact, you can prevent spreading the infection to others.

Additional Maintenance for CPAP Users

For people that rely on CPAP or BiPAP machines, suffering from the cold or flu can be extremely problematic. The coughing and congestion combined with the dryness and consistent flow of air into your nasal passage can further exaggerate the symptoms. To aid in prevention, not only should you practice good personal hygiene habits, but wash and change your filters every 1-2 weeks. Since the inside of the machine’s tubes and mask cushions can be a potential breeding ground for germs and bacteria, make sure to clean these more frequently during the winter months.

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

During recent flu seasons, the CDC has estimated that between 80 to 90 percent of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 and older. The most effective measure you can take to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each year. According to the CDC, a flu shot reduces the risk of illness by 57 percent for adults age 50 and older. Additionally, not only does it combat the illness, but it can limit its effects even if you do succumb to the virus.

At CarePro Pharmacy, our team is ready to help keep you and your family healthy with in-store immunizations against influenza as well as whooping cough, shingles and pneumonia. To find a CarePro Pharmacy in your neighborhood, visit our pharmacy locations to see how we can help you stay healthy this winter.

True or False: Workplace Wellness Can Benefit Your Company?

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

For employers, keeping your workplace productive is the backbone of your company. It ensures profit, quality and improves your reputation. To get the most out of your employees, however, you must also invest in their well-being. By utilizing a workplace wellness program, you can help enhance health and productivity as well as improve morale. So why is this often overlooked? Find out the facts about how implementing a workplace wellness program can help benefit your company.

A workplace wellness program drains resources.

FALSE: According to the American Journal of Health Promotion, when employers consistently offered a wellness program to their workers, health care costs rose at a 15 percent slower rate among wellness program participants than a comparison group. Due to this, the company saved $332 per participant.

Workplace wellness programs increase productivity.

TRUE: An employee cannot help your company if they are not present, healthy and invested. By promoting your employees well-being, you not only can aid in their fitness, but you create a positive atmosphere. This helps break the monotonous day-to-day tasks. Due to this, 67 percent of employees that take part in wellness programs have confirmed that it increased their engagement in their employer’s mission and goals. 91 percent of employees improved their fitness and 89 percent said the participation improved their overall happiness and well-being.

Workplace wellness programs are too time-consuming.

FALSE: It may seem like a potential waste to pull your employees away from their daily tasks to participate in workplace wellness programs. However, CarePro Worksite Wellness professionals provide flexible programs to ensure that your employees get the right benefits on the right schedule. Not only can you implement wellness challenges to incorporate the whole team, but you can also promote one-on-one coaching and specialty programs such as smoking cessation seminars. These help pinpoint the individuals and issues that need addressed without interrupting others.

Investing in your employees is a key strategy to prevent turnover and attract valuable new hires. At CarePro, we can help keep your business stay on top. Find out more about our Worksite Wellness tools and programs today.

3 Thanksgiving Tips for Visiting Aging Parents

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by VGM

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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.

Make Caregiving Easier with These Products and Services from CarePro

Posted on: November 11th, 2016 by VGM

 

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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.

 

One Out of Every Four Older Americans Are Hospitalized for a Fall—Don’t Be One Of Them

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

Tips to Preventing A Fall

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

 

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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:

  1. Breastfeed.
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Don’t smoke.
    There’s now evidence that smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

5 Reasons to Compare Aluminum and Wooden Ramps

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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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!

How to Prevent Contact Pressure Sores Caused by Your CPAP Mask

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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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:

  • CPAP Headgear Tension

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.

  • Worn-out CPAP Mask

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.

  • A Dirty CPAP Mask

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!

How to Choose the Right Lift Chair for Mom or Dad

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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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.