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Sleeping in a CPAP Desert? Here Are 4 Things You Can Do

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Allergy season is still in full swing.  Dryness doesn’t help when you are constantly sneezing or rubbing your eyes from seasonal allergies. But, do you consistently wake up in the mornings with your mouth feeling dryer than a desert from your CPAP therapy?

Many CPAP users report dry throat, nasal passages or mouth the morning after they use their machine. However, you don’t have to settle for that unpleasant feeling. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment  is here to offer four things you can do when you find yourself waking up feeling like a dried-out prune:

  1. CPAP Humidifier

The first thing you can do is talk to your doctor about using a humidifier with your CPAP machine. Humidifiers help add moisture to the air that is passing through your nasal passage or mouth. Irritation from the air drying your airways out may cause swelling that narrows the airway, affecting the pressure of the air from your machine. Humidifiers help to minimize the irritation.

  1. Different CPAP Mask

If you use a nasal masks and your mouth is drying out, that means that you’re a mouth breather. The pressurized air is leaking out through your mouth, drying it out. You may need to switch to a CPAP mask suitable for mouth breathers.

  1. Stay hydrated throughout the day.

Make sure you’re getting your eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Avoid things such as coffee and soda, which can not only dry you out, they can also keep you from getting a good night’s rest.

  1. Talk to Your Doctor

If none of these solutions work, you may have an underlying chronic problem. In that case, head to your doctor and have a conversation about them prescribing you a nasal steroid spray.

If you have any questions regarding this or any of our other products, feel free to call Bellin Health Home Care Equipment or come by so our staff can answer them for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

4 Tips to Use Your Walker Properly

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Mobility aids such as walkers and rollators are meant to aid those whose range of motion has been limited due to health conditions such as arthritis. While they’re meant to offer stability and balance, it’s not uncommon for people to use them improperly, which can lead to great discomfort.

Today, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to help. Here are the four tips on how to properly use your walker:

 

  • Height should be ideal.

 

Your walker shouldn’t be so low that you have to stoop over it, nor should it be so high that you have to reach up in order to grasp it. The ideal height should allow your elbows to be bent in a position that is natural and comfortable.

 

  • Walking patterns.

 

When using a walker, you should push it slightly in front of you, and then step into it. Often, people tend to push it too far ahead of them, which causes them to take uncomfortably long steps. Another mistake walker users make is looking down at their feet as they walk. Your eyes should always be in front of you.

 

  • Sitting down.

 

The proper way to sit down with a walker is to position yourself in front of the chair. Let the back of your legs touch the chair so you know you’re close enough to sit. Shift your weight to your stronger leg, and slide your weaker leg forward. Then change your grasp from the walker to the arms of the chair.

 

  • Standing up.

 

Place the walker in front of you and scoot forward in the chair. Use the arms of the chair to push yourself up. Then switch your grasp to the walker’s handles.

 

Getting the right walker for you and making sure it’s adjusted properly are two key components to ensuring that you use your walker correctly. The experts at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment can help make sure that your equipment suits your needs. Stop in or call us today for assistance!

4 Ways to Make Sure Your Lift Chair Lasts

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

A lift chair is a purchase that most people hope will last them a while. If you take some basic steps to make sure it stays in good working order, then you should have no problem with just that. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to offer you 4 maintenance steps to taking care of your lift chair:

  • Read the owner’s manual

 

While it may not be the most engaging material you’ve looked at in a while, making sure you understand how the lift chair operates is important. It should contain some basic instructions on what you should and should not do to keep it operating at its best.

 

  • Look after its power source.

 

Never use an extension cord to plug in the lift chair. Instead, plug it directly to the wall using a 3-pronged, electrically-grounded outlet. Make sure the external transformer (that’s the box the electrical cord runs out of) is placed in an open, well-ventilated area where no one will trip on it.

 

  • Keep the fabric in good condition.

 

Use mild fabric cleaners to wash the surface of the lift chair, but make sure that the liquid does not get sprayed onto any electrical parts. Avoid any cleaners with heavy solvent in them, and make sure to unplug the lift chair while cleaning.  Regularly look over the surface of the lift chair for any tears or pulls.

 

  • Take care of the electronics.

 

In addition to looking after the various power sources, you should also make sure that other electronic components are taken care of. Most lift chairs come with a battery back-up. Even if you’ve never used it, the battery should be replaced annually. Periodically inspect the wiring to make sure it’s not frayed, damaged or corroding. Finally, be careful that no liquids are spilled onto the electrical components.

 

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment we know how important your lift chair is to you. By following these four steps, you will hopefully ensure that it stays in pristine condition for years to come!

Stay Safe On Your Mobility Scooter with These 4 Tips

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

While accidents aren’t a common occurrence for mobility scooters, there’s always the risk that one may take place. That’s why you should take proper precaution ensure that you and your mobility scooter remain safe Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to offer some tips on how to do so:

  • Be visible.

 

Mobility scooters come in a wide range of bright colors, but even that’s not enough for everyone to see you. If you ever find yourself outside after night falls, the vibrant paint that shines in the sun will become quite difficult to see. Add reflective strips around your mobility scooter, as well as a small light to increase your visibility at night.

 

  • Ride on the sidewalk.

 

This can sometimes be easier said than done, especially if the sidewalks are narrow or there are none at all. However, strive to use them when at all possible. Cars, trucks and other vehicles on the road go much faster than you. Even if they don’t hit you, they may get into an accident in their haste to pass you.

 

  • Use the pedestrian crosswalk.

 

When crossing the street, make sure you go to the end of the block and use the pedestrian crosswalk. This can be inconvenient if your next stop is directly across the street, but it’s not worth the risk. You can easily take a driver by surprise, and they may not be able to stop their vehicle fast enough.

 

  • Don’t assume others can see you.

 

If you’re on the sidewalk, it’s quite easy to sneak up on pedestrians, especially if they are preoccupied or listening to headphones. Should you find yourself on the road, you need to be especially vigilant around cars. While it might seem obvious that they should spot you, you never know what’s going on inside the vehicle. The driver may be preoccupied with rowdy children, the radio station, texting or any number of things that distract them. Use extra caution on the street.

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we always encourage our customers to stay proactive about their health, and that means staying safe as well. If you’re in the market for a new mobility scooter, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We carry a wide variety in store and in our online catalog.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment 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, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment would like to offer you the following tips:

 

Stay educated! Formal education at any stage of life can help keep your brain mentally fit. Consider taking a class at a local community college in a subject you have always wanted to learn more about or check out what seasonal classes are being offered in your community center.

Take care of your heart! We understand that high blood pressure and diabetes can directly affect our hearts, but they can also affect our brains. If you keep your heart healthy, then you are also keeping your brain healthy.

Catch some ZZZ’s! If you are not getting enough sleep at night, you may be suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea. Feeling tired and not getting enough sleep can result in reduced memory function and thinking. If you think you have a sleep-related condition such as sleep apnea, consult your physician. Treatments such as CPAP machines are available to ensure you get a good night’s sleep!

Buddy Up! 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.

Get Stumped! Regularly challenge yourself with a variety of mind puzzles, such as crosswords or Sudoku. These days, you can find just about any game in the form of an app for your mobile device, so take advantage of downtime by playing some challenging mental games.

As always, maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are also very beneficial when preventing cognitive disorders. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment hopes these tips give your brain a boost and help you lead a healthier life!

4 Ways To Observe Men’s Health Month

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

June is Men’s Health Month and Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is bringing you pertinent information about men’s health and what you can do to improve your health during this month. Get moving this month to work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Get moving during Men’s Health Month –

  1. Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment– As age increases, so does your risk for different chronic diseases. A yearly checkup is important to lowering your risk for health problems.
  2. Limit Stress– Stress can heighten your risk for many health issues, so if you can find a way to tame the stress, your health will be better off. Find ways to cope with your stress, whether it’s through exercise or meditation, taming your stress can keep you healthy.
  3. Sleep Better– What’s better than a good night’s sleep? Getting enough sleep is important to your overall health because it provides energy for the next day. Insufficient amount of sleep is directly correlated with a number of chronic diseases, including some cancers. If you have trouble sleeping, it could be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you suspect you have this condition. We carry a number of sleep apnea therapy products, including CPAP machines.
  4. Exercise More– Performing exercises on a daily basis doesn’t have to happen at the gym. Any physical activity is good to getting your blood pumping and metabolism moving. Jog around the neighborhood, play fetch with your canine friend or do some yard work for physical activity. Aim to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. If you can get to the gym for exercise, great. If not, plan physical activity into your daily routines to keep your health moving.

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment wishes you a happy Men’s Health Month and we encourage you to find motivation to become a better you! Contact us today for more information or assistance on healthier and safer living.

Tips to Dealing With Arthritis

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

While arthritis can strike at any age, the condition by and large occurs in our twilight years. Besides being incredibly painful, it adds the additional frustration of limiting one’s ability to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. However, some relief is available. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment would like to offer these tips, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

 

  1. Understand all of your treatment options: Exercise, arthritis pain medication or joint surgery for severe arthritic cases can reduce or eliminate your pain caused by arthritis.

 

  1. Eat the right foods: Following an anti-inflammatory diet full of fish and vegetables could potentially reduce arthritic flare-ups. Eating healthy can also result in weight loss, which can reduce pressure on your joints, easing your arthritic pain.

 

  1. Find the right exercise plan for you: If you are in pain caused by arthritis, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. However, activities such as water aerobics and swimming can give you the exercise you need without increasing the joint pain brought on by arthritis.

 

  1. Take frequent breaks: Whether you’re in the middle of an arthritis flare-up or you want to avoid another flare-up, it’s important for you to give yourself a break. Taking short naps, going to bed early to get a full 8 hours of sleep, and resting when you feel tired can help reduce the pain caused by arthritis.

 

  1. Utilize arthritis mobility products: Give your joints a rest and reduce your recovery time after an arthritic flare-up by using mobility products specially designed for those who suffer from pain caused by arthritis.

 

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we offer a wide variety of mobility aids that can help you get around easier. From walkers and rollators to lift chairs and stair lifts, we can help you find the best mobility device for your specific needs.

FAST: Signs of a Stroke

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Each year, 130,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke, and many more become permanently disabled because of it. These devastating effects can be mitigated or even prevented if action is taken as soon as symptoms of a stroke start to appear. Some of those include:

  • Trouble speaking or understanding things
  • Weakness or numbness on only one side of the body
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • A migraine or severe headache that occurs without reason
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

 

It’s important to note that these symptoms tend to appear out of nowhere and with no known cause. Because there’s a number of other medical conditions that can also cause these signs to manifest suddenly, there’s an easy test you can do to see if someone is truly having a stroke. It can be quickly remembered with the following acronym: F.A.S.T.:

  • FACE – One of the first warning signs of a stroke is a drooping face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face appear lopsided?
  • ARMS – Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward when both arms are raised, this may be a good indicator of a stroke.
  • SPEECH – Have the person try to say a simple phrase, such as “The grass is green.” If speech is slurred or if you can’t understand them at all, a stroke may be occurring.
  • TIME – Acting FAST is extremely important – If you notice any of the signs listed above, call 911 immediately.

If you or a loved one have already had a stroke, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here for you. We offer ambulatory aids, oxygen supplies and other home medical equipment you assist you in getting back to living an independent life after a stroke.

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.