4 Tips for More Safety in the Bathroom

Posted on: January 24th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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New beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and bathroom safety – that’s what we celebrate in the month of January.  For National Bathroom Safety Month, and to help make your home safer in 2016, CarePro Health Services is giving you 4 quick and easy tips to start in your bathroom today!

  • Keep your bathroom door unlocked

If you do experience a fall and the door is left unlocked, it will be easier for your loved ones to come help you. If you are worried about privacy, hang an “occupied” sign outside when you are using it. Another thing to consider is getting a locked elevated toilet seat. It makes standing and sitting easier, and reduces the risk of having a fall in the first place.

  • Beat steam with safety mats

When taking a hot bath or shower, steam can quickly build up, making the floors and surfaces slick and dangerous. The best way to combat steam is to have a bath safety mat inside the tub, and a secure bathroom rug on the floor outside of it. You also want to have the vent running (if you have one) and keep the door open a crack to let the steam out.

  • Don’t confuse towel racks with grab bars

The same bar that holds your light towels is not going to be able to support your weight like a grab bar can. Many people are tempted to grab ahold of the towel rack as they get in and out of the shower, but we recommend you invest in a safety grab bar instead.

  • Dry off before exiting the tub

This means less water on the floor, thus less chance of you slipping. This is when a bath or shower chair can come in handy. Not only does it mean you can sit down while showering (which is great when you have limited mobility) it also makes it easier to dry off prior to stepping out of the shower.

Using these tips, we hope you’re able to avoid harmful falls and injuries due to unsafe bathroom conditions.  If you have questions about how to make your bathroom safer for individuals of all abilities, check out a sampling of our bathroom safety products and give CarePro Health Services a call today!

 

Pros and Cons of the Direction of Your Grab Bar

Posted on: January 10th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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Did you know that the average emergency room sees over 235,000 patients every single year that sustained injuries related to a bathroom slip or fall?  Statistically, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your home, but the team at CarePro Health Services wants to help you make this room safer in 2016.

The most common and most effective product used to increase bathroom safety is the grab bar because of its simple design and versatility.  But it’s the versatility that have many of our customers stumped.  How do you know which angle to install your grab bar at?

Here are the pros and cons to each direction:

Vertical Grab Bar Installation

  • PRO – Gentle on arthritic hands & allows easier grip
  • PRO – Securely assists standing transfers that require stepping over the side of a tub or high lip
  • PRO – Caters to limited balance and helps rather than support the weight of a user
  • CON – Doesn’t offer as much leverage to push up as it does to pull up
  • CON- Provides less horizontal wall coverage, limiting the safety distance when traveling from one end of the shower to the other

Horizontal Grab Bar Installation

  • PRO – Enables users to safely rotate between facing and standing against the shower jet
  • PRO – Sturdy leverage when pulling self into standing position from the floor
  • PRO – Makes transferring into or out of a wheelchair a stable move when installed just above shower tub’s rim
  • PRO – Assists shower bench users who need to stand when installed at waist level
  • CON – Limited to a fixed height; not as a conducive to multi-member users of different heights
  • CON – Contorts wrists into uncomfortable angles, especially for arthritic users
  • CON – Not as easy as other angled options to pull self from sitting to standing

Diagonal Grab Bar Installation

  • PRO – If multiple members of a family benefit from the use of a grab bar, a diagonal option can accommodate a range of heights
  • PRO – Hands and wrists can grab the bar in a more natural and functional body positions, reducing the stress on muscles and joints
  • PRO – Great for chair or bench users, as it allows a smooth transition between sitting and standing
  • CON – Works best when facing only one direction (angle makes it difficult to stand and rotate between front and back)
  • CON – Risk of hand slipping when trying to raise self from seated to standing position

In summary, the direction of your grab bar depends greatly on your unique needs and specific uses.  The experts at CarePro Health Services would be happy to discuss with you which direction suits your needs, so give us a call today!

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions with S.M.A.R.T.s

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions

Try saying this with a straight face: “I’m going to keep every one of my New Year’s Resolutions.”

Your giggles are warranted. When 1 in 3 resolution makers ditch their promise by the end of January, the idea of sticking to all your goals from start to finish seems a little laughable. When the going gets tough, the tough get neglectful. That’s why CarePro Health Services challenges you to pick just one goal from the top of your list and see it through to the end with these S.M.A.R.T. techniques to stay the course:

Specific: Throwing out a flighty “I want to start running this year” will end as quickly as it was decided if you don’t assign a direction. Be clear with yourself.  “I want to run a local 5K in the spring at an 8:30 pace” gives you a target to aim for that goes beyond a hopeful thought.

Measurable: Buckling down to accomplish a long-standing goal feels awesome. Part of that rush comes from gauging your progress, leading to the Big Moment when you accomplish what you set out to do. Identify concrete ways to assess your goal so you know if and when you’ve reached it.

Attainable: Say you want to attend more of your child’s basketball games. After you’ve identified how many is “more”, figure out if it’s even possible. Because of distance, work scheduling, or accessibility, it may be just too far out of reach. Make as much of an effort as you can, but don’t set yourself up for failure with a goal that’s actually impossible to meet.

Realistic: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If you want to knit baby blankets for preemies in the NICU, could you knock out 30 in 30 days? Technically, probably, yes. However, how realistic is that goal when you factor in everything else on your plate? Don’t burn yourself out with a goal that pushes the boundaries of reason.

Time-Bound: When life stressors appear, personal goals are the first thing to go. If you’ve given yourself concrete deadlines, however, skipping out on what you set out to do becomes much, much harder. Whether you follow a daily timeline or strive towards a date a few months down the road, a time-bound goal helps keep you on track and moving forward.

Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Choosing and meeting a goal gives you just a taste of all you’re capable of accomplishing. Let us know at CarePro Health Services if there’s a goal we can help you conquer in 2016.

How to Speed Through Airport Security with CPAP Supplies

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

Airports with CPAP

For many of us, the holiday season is a time when we cheat on our diets and budgets, or at least give both a little bit of wiggle room. But, just because you’re cheating in one area doesn’t mean you can cheat in another, especially when it comes to CPAP compliance.

Many people stop being compliant around the holidays because they don’t want to take their CPAP with them when they travel. However, that’s exactly the time of year when you need to be using your machine the most—after all, you want to be awake and alert, both during your travels and when you’re interacting with your family.

If you’re traveling via airplane, your CPAP machine might make the TSA examine you a little bit closer. Here are three things to keep in mind when going through airport security:

  1. Remove the CPAP machine from its case. You can keep the CPAP tubes, CPAP masks and other CPAP supplies in your bag, but the CPAP machine itself will need to be X-rayed by itself in its own separate bin. It’s a lot like taking a laptop on-board. If you’re worried about germs, you can also place the CPAP machine in a clear plastic bag so it doesn’t touch the bin’s surface.
  2. Pack the CPAP in your carry-on. Your CPAP machine is not counted as a carry on so you can actually bring your CPAP machine and another carry on. The prescribed owner should carry the CPAP machine and it is recommended that you carry your physician orders and sleep study with you to show medical necessity if needed.
  3. Prepare for an ETD test on your CPAP. There is always the chance that your CPAP device will need to go through the ETD, or explosive Trace Detection test before they let you through. This test is typically done when the TSA isn’t able to get a clear X-ray image. A TSA official will run a white swab over the surface of your CPAP device to check for trace amounts of explosives. Again, if you are worried about germs, you can request that fresh gloves and swabs be used.

Remember, airport security officials have seen CPAP machines before, so you probably won’t have to explain what your CPAP device is. If you are still traveling with a full-sized CPAP machine, contact us today about buying a travel CPAP machine. It will make life a lot easier!

 

 

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with Diabetes

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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The holidays are coming up fast, which means an exciting time of loved ones getting together for food and fellowship. But, if you’re living with diabetes, events such as Thanksgiving dinner can be hazardous to your health! Most of us consume well over 2,000 calories during this annual meal, which is problematic for those who are trying to lose weight. On top of that, many of the dishes are packed full of sugar.

However, with a little bit of planning, you can enjoy Thanksgiving and keep healthy. Here are some tips on how:

Thanksgiving Portion Control

Plan on making one trip, not many. Instead of a heaping spoon of one item, make sure you take just a little bit. Decide that you will finish loading up your plate when it’s covered, not when it’s overflowing. Then choose ahead of time which items you really want to eat and which ones you’re okay skipping.

Thanksgiving Turkey Adjustments

Turkey is healthy for you, but around this time of the year, a lot of unhealthy things are done to it! Remove the skin, and use herbs and spices to give it flavor, instead of gravy. If you absolutely want gravy, just spot enough on for taste. Also, avoid deep-frying the bird—opt instead for smoked or oven-roasted turkey.

Diabetes-friendly Stuffing

When planned right, stuffing can be healthy. Use whole grain or whole wheat bread, and pack it with vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms.

Potatoes with Diabetes

Lay off on the extra butter, sour cream and cheese for your Thanksgiving potatoes. Trying using Greek yogurt or ground pepper instead. Some potatoes, such as sweet potatoes, are so flavorful that they don’t need anything added to them!

Go Light on the Cranberry Sauce

This dish is both thick in carbs and sugar! If you must have it, go very light on the portion.

Just Say No to Green Bean Casserole

This dish is often full of unhealthy fats from ingredients such as fried onions, butter and soup. This is a dish that’s best passed on. Instead, opt for non-starchy vegetables as your side.

Remember, it is possible to live a full life while managing your diabetes. That’s why we carry a wide range of diabetic supplies at our CarePro Pharmacy locations.  Call us to discuss your unique needs today!

4 Scary Causes and Effects of Smoking-Related Vascular Disease

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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It’s the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, with more than 480,000 Americans fatally succumbing to its effects each year. An estimated 42 million U.S. adults still do it, racking up a $170 billion yearly medical bill across the nation. It fosters bone decay, impotency, and more than 100 different types of cancer.

Please – put the cigarette down.

At CarePro Health Services, we believe knowledge is power. In honor of the American Cancer’s Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, we want to expose the cause-and-effect of smoking-related vascular disease. Consider how it snowballs:

  • The block… Smoking narrows blood vessels to the point that they’re blocked. Fatty deposits in the vessels build up and build up (called “arteriosclerosis”) until blood struggles to flow through as normal. As flow is choked, your body loses circulation of blood that carries the oxygen and nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • …might cause gangrene… Without oxygen, your body starves. And when it starves, it dies. As skin, muscle, and tissue dies, it turns black and becomes impossible for future blood flow, even if surrounding vessels eventually reopen in the absence of cigarette use.
  • …that leads to amputation… Decaying skin can no longer receive blood that carries antibodies that fight infection. Tissue is then susceptible to bacteria, which can attack surrounding areas. To prevent further spread of this crippling disease to remaining healthy tissues, amputation may be the answer. Extremities – parts ranging from toes and fingers to portions of feet to entire lengths of legs – may be removed, depending on severity and response time to the spread of disease.
  • …which worsens for diabetics. For those with diabetes, the risk of contracting vascular disease and other smoking-related complications that lead to amputation is three times higher than for those without. The chemicals and crud that cigarettes pump into your body may weaken its ability to respond to insulin. If your blood sugar goes unchecked, you’re at increased risk for diabetic complications in your heart, kidneys and blood vessels.

We believe in the power of total health and want to help you achieve the healthiest you possible. For a closer look at how you can kick the habit, contact CarePro Pharmacy today!

4 VITAL Tips on How to Avoid the Flu this Season

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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It’s creepy, it’s crawly, and it’s coming for you: welcome, flu season. It’s estimated that between 5% and 20% of all Americans catch the flu each year, with 200,000 of those cases requiring hospitalization. All those aches, chills, and sneezes can be avoided, however, with these tips from CarePro Health Services:

  • Get shot: The Center for Disease Control stresses that yearly flu vaccines are vital to steering clear of sickness. Because the flu virus is constantly evolving, it’s important for everyone ages six months and up to receive a vaccination of the current season’s strain. CarePro Pharmacy makes this first and crucial step easy with flu shots at each of our five pharmacy locations.
  • Don’t skimp on hygiene: It’s the smallest actions that make the biggest difference in your health. Practice covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, throwing away the tissue once used. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and steer clear of touching your eyes, nose and mouth to stop the spread of germs. Disinfect surfaces of high use around your kitchen, bathroom, and office space to stay healthy at home and at work.
  • Say “goodnight” to alcohol: A nightcap might help ease you into sleep if you can already feel the sniffles coming on, but it doesn’t help keep you there. Alcohol interferes with you REM sleep, the deepest and most restorative part of your sleep cycle. Ditch the drink for tea or hot water with lemon and honey if you need a little warmth in your belly before bed.
  • Pump protein: Protein is an essential part of an active immune system. A diet lacking in it deprives your body’s inner defense system of the building block it needs to stay strong and fight sickness. Instead, load up on foods like eggs, yogurt, and fish that are packed with protein.

CarePro Health Services wants you and your loved ones to stay healthy this flu season. Stop by one of our five pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot and safeguard yourself today!

3 Key Products for Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are easily the leading cause for both fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults.  What causes these falls?  As we age, our muscles weaken, our reflexes get slower and we have pain where there wasn’t pain before.

All of these common symptoms of aging lead to falls.  In honor of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, CarePro Health Services is talking about home medical products that could prevent serious injury for your loved one.

  • Bathroom Safety Products – Surprisingly, the bathroom is actually the most common room in the house for a fall to occur. To keep individuals safe in the bathroom, install grab bars, a hand shower, tub grips and even a raised toilet seat for less bending and muscle strain.
  • Pain Management Products – A leading cause of falls in older adults is chronic pain in the back, hands or feet. Treat pain and prevent further injury by using products such as the LaserTouchOne micro-current pain relief device or the Omni Massage Roller which diffuses knots and makes deep tissue massage pain-free.
  • Mobility Aids – Many older adults fall because they don’t have the proper mobility aid. Canes and walkers are a great solution for those who can get around easily, but may occasionally need a stabilizer.

At CarePro, older adults make up a large portion of the community we serve.  We spend a great deal of our resources researching the best products to carry to keep our aging loved ones safe as well as provide proper training to our loved ones and their families on how to use these fall prevention products.

Visit a CarePro location near you to see firsthand how home medical equipment could keep you or your loved one safe in the home today and don’t forget to take advantage of our September special for 20% OFF ALL Home Medical Cash Sale Products!

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Crisp Air and Flu Shots for the Whole Family

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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What items make up your fall favorites list?  Pumpkin spice lattes, fall leaves, crisp air, hearty soups, flu shots – wait, no!  OK – flu shots might not be on your fall favorites list, but they should make an appearance on your fall to-do list.  While recent years have brought doubt and suspicion to flu shots, we still feel they play a vital role in keeping your family healthy throughout the colder months.  If you’re not convinced, here are 4 reasons to bring your family in to CarePro Pharmacy TODAY for your flu vaccine:

  1. Recommended for ALL AGES

In years past, the CDC recommended children and adults over the age of 18 get the vaccine, but now recommend everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot if they are able.  There are some exceptions for those who have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.

  1. Flu Shot Timing is EVERYTHING

As the temperature drops, cases of the flu rise and gain momentum.  Also, supplies are limited and the flu shot takes two weeks to take full effect.  Get your family to CarePro Pharmacy TODAY to guarantee your vaccinations and provide the best flu protection possible for your family.

  1. When Flu Turns to Severe Pneumonia

Some of you may think, “What the hay, the flu only lasts a few days so why worry.”  While this is true, there is a risk for individual with the flu to also develop pneumonia caused by MRSA, which is potentially life-threatening.

  1. Flu Fatalities

Over 207 children died from the flu last year.  H1N1 can be extremely dangerous for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

In addition to getting the flu shot, we also recommend practicing good hygiene, diet and exercise to provide further protection against flu strains that may not be covered in this year’s vaccine.  Come to CarePro Pharmacy for your flu shot this month and receive:

  • One free bottle of vitamin D
  • $5 OFF a purchase of $20
  • Buy one, get on half OFF (certain restrictions apply)

Call 800-575-8810 or stop by to get your flu shot today!

Back-to-School Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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Back-to-school season brings fall allergies, common colds and playground bumps and bruises. This means the contents of your medicine cabinet is more important than ever. You don’t want to have to make a late night run to the store, so today’s CarePro Health Services blog is about back-to-school medicine cabinet must haves. All of these items can be purchased at our pharmacy locations.

Back-to-School Medicine Cabinet Must Haves:

  • Ace bandage
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Bandages in assorted sizes
  • Burn cream
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  • Large, sterile gauze pads
  • Medical tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Peroxide
  • Reusable cold packs
  • Reusable heat packs
  • Sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer gel
  • Saline solution (for use as eye wash)
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Tweezers

Most of the above items can be found at a CarePro Pharmacy location and so can the following medications you should have in your medicine cabinet as well.

  • Analgesic throat spray- back to school season brings a variety of sicknesses brought home from the classroom. A sore throat will likely hit home sometime this fall, so having throat spray on hand can keep the tears of pain from flowing.
  • Antacid tablets- sometime during the beginning of the school year, your child’s stomach may not agree with something they ate at lunch at antacid tablets will help with the irritation.
  • Child-formula decongestant- for the days of fall allergies and cold season, a decongestant can keep your child comfortable without the sniffles from fall allergies or a cough.
  • Child thermometer- a child sized thermometer will help your child feel less nervous about taking their temperature. This will also help you decide if you need to take your child to the doctor or not.

CarePro Health Services hopes your medicine cabinet is stocked for the back to school season. If you need any of these must haves, stop into one of our pharmacies today for all of your medicine cabinet needs.