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3 Ways to Increase Home Safety this Spring

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Ensuring your home provides abundant safety for your entire family is an essential step in increasing your peace of mind. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to reassess your needs and increase security for your loved ones. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we want to make the process as easy as possible with these simple tips:

  1. Give Your Home the Spring Sweep

Just as spring-cleaning helps you tackle your long awaited to-do list, this time of year can also help you address simple fixes that can pay dividends in the long-run. If you or a loved one has had increased difficulty with mobility, now is the perfect time to increase your home’s access. For doorways, single steps or uneven surfaces, installing a threshold ramp such as our EZ-ACCESS Transitions Angled Entry Ramp can help prevent future injury. If you are worried about possible falls or emergencies, incorporating our Tamper Proof Magnetic Pull Cord Alarm can help you rest easy. Easily installed on either a bed, wheelchair or even clothing, it provides a vital alert in the event of an accident.

 

  1. Address the Problem Areas

When upgrading your home’s safety, be alert to the high traffic areas. With approximately 1.6 million older adults seeking emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, bathrooms represent the greatest risk of such an accident. To provide needed security, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a large variety of grab bars so you can find a customized solution to fit your needs including the versatile 12” Suction Cup Grab Bar, as well as the Multi-Purpose Grab Bar with Towel Holder and the Multi-Purpose Grab Bar with Toilet Paper Holder.  To increase important traction in the bathtub, the Nova Rubber Bath Mat fastens securely to the tub surface and is a breeze to set up. Additionally, transfer benches and shower chairs are another key tool in upgrading your bathroom safety, including the Mesh Tub and Shower Seat with Back. This multipurpose option provides a comfortable seat, along with an ergonomic back design, and can fit most showers or tubs. For additional versatility, the DMI Heavy Duty Sliding Transfer Bench features a cutout for perineal access, adjustable legs and sliding seats with a nylon strap for security.

 

  1. Make Sure to Rest Easy

With 33 percent of our lives spent sleeping, giving yourself or your loved ones the ability to rest easy is an essential step in upgrading your home. To provide support entering or exiting the bed, outfitting it with a safety rail can make a major impact. For a convenient and portable option, the Stander Bed Rail 5000 weighs less than 8 pounds and still supports up to 400 pounds. Made from heavy-duty steel, the rail requires no assembly and folds down so you can take it with you no matter where you go. For those suffering from snoring, reflux disorders or hiatus hernias, adding a bed wedge can help treat symptoms as well as ease respiratory problems and reduce neck, back, and shoulder tension.

Just as spring offers a chance for rejuvenation, surveying your home with fresh eyes can help you increase safety and avoid future complications. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we are ready to help with the products and assistance you need to give your home the spring sweep. Contact us today or visit our store to learn more!

Fight Depression with these Important Tips

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the arrival of World Health Day every April, taking the time to reflect on vital issues can be a key step in improving your overall quality of life. In the past, this important holiday has helped spread awareness of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, and other illnesses by sharing knowledge and advocating preventative actions. However, this year we are taking a step back to understand that not all conditions can be evident to the outside eye. Each year, more than 16 million American adults suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the nation. From this, 7 million of those affected are over the age of 65. In honor of the World Health Day’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of this vital issue, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these essential management guidelines so that you can find the help you need to live a full life:

Know the Symptoms

Allowing depression to go untreated can dramatically decrease your well-being. Although it can be easy, dismissing warning signs and treating them as common mood swings can have severe future consequences. To ensure you get the help necessary to live your days to the fullest, recognize the symptoms. Although feeling sadness, hopeless, cranky, nervous or disengaged are the most publicized effects, they are not the only indicators. If you are feeling fatigue, have consistent headaches, abdominal cramps, digestive issues, an increase or decrease in your appetite and experience insomnia, these can also be important signs of a more serious problem.

Speak Out

If you experience these symptoms, don’t keep it inside. Speaking to family, friends and medical professionals is a key component of managing the effects of the disease. If you are not yet comfortable in seeking personal support, contacting an advocacy group such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance can be an important first step in coming to terms with the condition. No matter which option you take, by taking the first step in seeking help you can find the treatment that’s effective for your unique needs and have a core team that will provide vital support with the transition.

Stay Healthy

A key tool in the fight against depression is keeping active. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy walks and other outdoor events. Spending the day in a park can also help increase relaxation and prevent possible anxiety. If you are struggling to make it outside, start small. Make it a point to walk each day to the end of your driveway and back. Additionally, try to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet and eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. To help stay active, you can also join community clubs and groups or simply ask a friend to accompany you on a daily stroll. Even the smallest steps can make a major impact in improving your overall well-being.

Although depression is an ongoing fight, with support and healthy habits, you can continue to overcome the obstacles. To help you stay active, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a full line of mobility aids including canes, rollators, and walkers so that you can have the tools you need to manage potential symptoms. Contact our team today or visit our store to learn more about how these useful products can get you moving forward.

Manage Menopause with These 3 Tips

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the arrival of spring, it’s once again an opportunity to reflect on the passage of time and the wisdom of age. Each year, we hold our family closer, love harder and commit to creating treasured memories. Although age offers a wonderful opportunity for advanced growth, it can also come with some complications. For women, the joys of each year can also bring with it the experience of menopause. Typically occurring in women aged 48 to 55 years, this time period is marked with increased mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, and additional symptoms.  In order to help you comfortably adjust to this new change in your life, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these important tips:

  1. Be Active

To help fight mood swings and improve your overall health, get moving! By exercising at least thirty minutes a day, five days a week, you can reduce irritability and increase your self-esteem. Since exercise releases important endorphins, it is an important step in staying positive after menopause hits. If you are nervous about beginning a new fitness regime, try simple activities to build up your confidence. Take advantage of the upcoming spring weather by taking an evening walk or gardening until you feel comfortable moving up to a more intense work out regime.

  1. Avoid Stress

In addition to utilizing exercise to avoid mood swings, relaxation techniques can help decrease stress. By participating in meditation for ten to twenty minutes each day, you can help manage symptoms and prevent tense muscles. Additionally, practicing slow, deep abdominal breathing (about six to eight breaths per minute) in the morning and evening, as well as at the onset of hot flashes, can help alleviate symptoms.

  1. Eat Healthy

As your body adjusts to the change, maintaining a healthy diet is one of the key steps in managing symptoms. By avoiding caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke you can prevent hot flashes as while as mood swings. Since certain foods such as whole wheats, sweet potatoes and oatmeal release serotonin, which calms nerves, not only will your overall health improve but so will your disposition. To help you achieve optimum health, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment also offers ProCycle Gold Menopause Formula Multivitamins to manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, and fatigue. Made with a balanced formula comprised of B-complex, vitamin E, folic acid, boron, magnesium and calcium, this vital supplement helps support strong bones and a healthy heart.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Although menopause can be a time of uncertainty for women, with these easy guidelines you can help your body adjust comfortably. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we are committed to helping you get the relief you need. Contact our team today to learn more about the products we carry.

FAQ’s: Understanding Sleep Apnea and its Risks

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Although it’s easy to take for granted, a sound night’s sleep is one of the most vital ways to maintain a high quality of life. From boosting your immune system and metabolism to regulating your mood and improving memory, sleep is essential in allowing your body to get the tools it needs to recharge. However, if you are tossing and turning each night, it may be a symptom of a bigger issue. Every year, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. To help you overcome this disorder, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these important facts and guidelines so that you can rest easier.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is known as sleep-disordered breathing or SDB.  Common sleep apnea symptoms include daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, snoring, and depression.  Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea and is caused by your airway collapsing. When your airway is narrow, it limits airflow as you breathe. While narrowed, the airway will vibrate to make the sound of snoring. While you snore and sleep, your airway will collapse which will make you stop breathing.  A complete collapse of the airway is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.  OSA is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and each obstructive event may last for 10 seconds or longer.

Who’s at Risk?

Although sleep apnea can affect men and women, as well as children, certain factors do increase your risk. People affected by obesity have four times the risk of sleep apnea than those that do not have excessive weight. Additionally, those that have thicker necks may also experience a narrower airway. Smoking, nasal congestions and the use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers are also important factors. Being older, male and having a history of family members affected by the disorder can further increase your risk.

How Do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

From stress to diet and limited exercise, there are many outside factors that can contribute to poor sleep. While these common issues can be cured by incorporating healthy new habits, disorders like sleep apnea can be particularly dangerous. If you have made lifestyle adjustments such as improving your nutrition or taking up a new workout regime, and still experience regular fatigue and snoring, talk to your primary care physician about the possibility of sleep apnea.

How Do You Manage the Symptoms?

In order to sleep safely and more soundly, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a wide range of CPAP masks, headgear, humidifiers, mask cushions and more. For complete comfort, we recommend the CPAP Max Pillow 2.0, as well as the Contour CPAP Pillow Case, which will allow you to rest easy without disturbing your CPAP mask. Since CPAP equipment can easily attract dirt and buildup, try our handy Citrus II® CPAP Mask Wipes to clean your mask every morning with ease. Additionally, our team of experts can help make the process of finding the right fit for your needs simple. We have Respiratory Therapists on staff and on site to train you on how to use, clean and maintain your CPAP machine. We also have follow-up support available so that you are guaranteed the security you deserve.

Although starting treatment for sleep apnea can be an adjustment, with the right tools and help from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, you can get the rest you need to stay healthy. Contact our team today to find out how we can help you sleep easy.

3 Ways to Ramp up Your Home Safety

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With winter raging outdoors, upgrading your home’s mobility access can be a key component to providing proper safety for you and your loved ones.  At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, our team is dedicated to ensuring that your family has the security they need, regardless of any potential restrictions. To improve safety in your home, find out how you can ramp things up with these important products!

Keep it Mobile with EZ-ACCESS Suitcase Portable Ramps

In order to get the mobility you need wherever you go, EZ-ACCESS Suitcase Portable Ramps are the perfect solution. With a single fold design, this convenient aid for wheelchairs and scooters allows access to steps, vehicles and raised landings with ease. Since it can be separated by simply removing the two hinge pins, it can also be stored and carried when not in use.

Stay Secure on the EZ-ACCESS Gateway Solid Surface Portable Ramp

If your mobility needs extend beyond the scope of a traditional portable ramp, the EZ-ACCESS Solid Surface Portable Ramp is a one-piece design perfect for providing access to your home. Featuring safety rails and available in sizes varying from three to ten feet, this all-aluminum solution is built to weather the outdoor elements while keeping your family safe.

Keep it Easy with EZ-ACCESS Threshold Ramps

To improve access with limited effort, EZ-ACCESS Threshold Ramps are the stand-alone answer you need. Featuring independently adjustable legs with swivel feet, these ramps are ideal for doorways, uneven surfaces, or single step rises. Using this simple addition, you and your loved ones can increase safety and ensure no family member is left behind.

Guaranteeing that your home is accessible to all is a key component in creating new opportunities for treasured memories and moments. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we take our commitment to improving the life of those affected by mobility restrictions personally. Contact us today to find out more about the services we provide.

How Going R-E-D Can Help Protect Your Heart

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect you and your family, early detection and prevention remain a key component in maintaining heart health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we offer these important reasons to go R-E-D this February:

R: Recognize the Symptoms

In the event that you or loved one experiences a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance in order to rule out the possibility of heart complications, particularly when symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, shortness of breath, anxiety, cold sweat, dizziness, fainting and nausea are also important triggers.

E: Exercise and Healthy Eating

Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a strong diet, you can help prevent heart attacks, as well as improve your overall health. To make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption in place of grilled chicken, cutting the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

D: De-Stress

To preserve health and maintain your peace of mind, stress reduction is an important element for your fitness. Find time during the day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to getting a full sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relive potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga, or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.

Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve overall health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we put your heart first. With our full catalog, you can get the tools you need such as vitamins and walking aids to promote an active lifestyle, in addition to our Blood Pressure Monitors to help provide warning of any potential complications. Contact us today to learn more!

3 Indoor Exercises to Stay Healthy

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the chill of the cold winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do anything but hunker down in front of a warm fire. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness, potentially resulting in new aches and pains. To stay healthy, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:

1.) Swimming

It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.

2.) Yoga

If inclement weather does have you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is another low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.

3.) Weightlifting 

The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health. This can be lifting barbells or even homemade weights at home as well as joining a gym to take more personalized classes. No matter how you lift, make sure to speak with a personal trainer to get instructions on proper techniques, and keep your physician updated throughout the process.

By staying active this winter, you can increase your quality of sleep, relieve stress and attain improved overall health. To help you succeed, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a full line of support products such as the Orthaheel Active Orthotics. These provide greater stability and control so that you can enjoy fast paced activities securely. For more information about the great products that Bellin Health Home Care Equipment provides, contact our team today.

Make National Bath Safety Month a Priority with These Products

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the arrival of January comes the beginning of National Bath Safety Month. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of you and your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. At Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment, we have a full line of products to help you and your family attain the proper provisions to avoid potential future injuries.

Get Support with Bathroom Safety Grab Bars

To ensure safety in and out of the bathtub, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a large variety of grab bars so you can find a customized solution to fit your needs. For instant security, the 12” Suction Cup Grab Bar is an easy-to-install option. By utilizing the grab bar, you can safely enter and exit the bathtub and shower. Since no tools are required to install, you can also take it with you during travels to ensure you have the assistance you need. For versatile functions, the Multi-Purpose Grab Bar with Towel Holder and the Multi-Purpose Grab Bar with Toilet Paper Holder allow for maximum support and space-saving details. Each of these products offer in-home installation, so upgrading your bathroom can be quick and easy.

Stay Safe in the Shower with Transfer Benches

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations. This includes the Mesh Tub and Shower Seat with Back which provides a comfortable seat, along with an ergonomic back design, and can fit most showers or tubs. If you need additional versatility, the DMI Heavy Duty Sliding Transfer Bench features a cut-out for perineal access, adjustable legs,  and sliding seats with a nylon strap for security. With a variety of products, you can find the best option to fit your unique needs.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment is here to help with important safety products and assistance. To attain the security you need for you and your family, contact our team today.

3 Holiday Travel Tips to Help People with Disabilities

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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The arrival of the holidays often comes with an increase in travel. From reconnecting with loved ones to planning the perfect getaway for the family, nobody should miss out on the excitement this time of year offers. For those with disabilities, travel may seem overwhelming, but with these tips from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, you will be able to enjoy the season with your family and friends wherever you may go.

1.) Create a Plan

Although new cities are exciting, unfamiliar area can be potentially dangerous for people traveling with disabilities. To avoid any possible problems, make sure to extensively research the doctors and physicians in the area. Medical associations within the city are also a great source of information, and may offer solutions in identifying accessible attractions and restaurants.  For those that rely on wheelchair assistance or need medication, make sure to bring spare equipment in case of malfunction as well as medical prescriptions. If you are renting any medical equipment, be sure to arrange it in advance. Calling to double check that everything is in order before you depart is also a good practice.  Above all, make sure you have the essential contact information for your doctor, and inform them of where and when you will be traveling. Doing so ensures that they will be ready to help in the event of an emergency.

2.) Use a Travel Agency that Specializes in Disabilities

It may seem simple to set up personal trips or flights without professional assistance, however, doing so can cause potential problems in the long run. By utilizing an agency that specializes in travel for the disabled, you can eliminate stress and ensure that no detail gets overlooked. These agencies help arrange access to handicap vehicles as well as accessible transportation and lodging. Additionally, if any problem does arise, you can contact them for help throughout your trip.

3.) Prepare for Your Flights

If you will be flying, don’t arrive at the airport without first researching the layout. Details such as bathroom location can help in case of an issue. Make sure to give yourself an extra one to two hours prior to the flight departing to get through security. Don’t forget to pack emergency equipment in your carryon as well. For catching connecting flights, 90 minutes is recommended for layover. If you need assistance while boarding, be specific with your requests especially if it includes lifting or handling. Additionally, don’t forget to request a specialty seat or any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

Travel can be hectic but the experience of reuniting with friends and family makes it worthwhile. With these tips, you can help eliminate stress and avoid potential emergencies. For those affected by disabilities, Bellin Health Home Care also offers an extensive catalog of products such as orthopedics and braces as well as orthotics  to help make traveling easier this holiday season.

 

Stay Secure this Winter with these Important Safety Products

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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Although winter brings holidays, snow days and cozy fires, it also can cause potential problems for people that experience limited mobility. With the drop in temperature, earlier sunsets and the increased risk of ice, it can become difficult to participate in your day-to-day routine. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, your safety is our top priority. That’s why we have the products you need to successfully navigate the winter weather, and ensure you enjoy this time of year to the fullest.

Fight the Ice

For those that rely on canes, the snow and ice can present a dangerous risk of injury through falling and slipping. To ensure your stability, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a full line of aids to get you through the winter. To get additional support, the Ice Grip Cane Attachment can be fastened to most canes. Simply add it to the bottom for maximum assistance. If comfort is key, the SugarCane presents a Quad Tip base that will allow it to stand upright on flat surfaces and provide important stability. This will let you maneuver safely on the uneven snow and ice-covered walkways.

Expand Your Mobility Options

Although canes can provide substantial support, if you require additional security this winter, it may be time to try a walker. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, the EZ Fold-N-Go Walker offers a flexible and lightweight solution. Easily able to fold up and transport, the Fold-N-Go can fit through narrow doorways and tight spaces, making it ideal for the crowds this time of year brings. If the strain of holiday shopping is causing you additional stress, the Nova Zoom Rollator offers the support of a walker but also features a padded seat and under seat pouch, giving you the freedom to stop and take a break if waiting in lines is creating strain.

Beat the Darkness

Safety is not just about support. Winter brings earlier sunsets and the darkness can be potentially dangerous. Without being able to identify key icy points, your risk of injury could increase. To light your way, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers easy solutions, no matter your mobility preference. If you use a cane, the Pathlighter Adjustable Lighted Cane is a revolutionary safety option by providing a light built right into the shaft. Easily activated by the push of a button, this light helps guide you through darkened pathways, interior rooms, and parking lots plus it gives you security entering and exiting vehicles.  For rollator or walker use, the Flashlight FL-1000 can be easily attached to most versions so you have the security you need without sacrificing the use of your hands.

The winter weather brings plenty of opportunity for family fun but it can also create an increase for potential problems. Whether you prefer a cane, walker or rollator, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has the tools you need to enjoy this time of year safely. To learn more about how we can help you, contact our team today!