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Things to Consider When Buying a Mobility Scooter

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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If you’re shopping around for a mobility scooter, you may be overwhelmed. There are so many choices on the market that you may not know where to start. Knowing what you should look for can save you time, money and energy.

Therefore, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment would like to offer you this quick guide to selecting a mobility scooter:

There’s a mobility scooter for every lifestyle!

What kind of activities are you doing day-to-day? This may help you determine what kind of mobility scooter to get. In general, they can be divided up into these subcategories:

  • Standard: These are best for casual use around the home.
  • Portable: A smaller scooter that’s designed to fit in a van or car and go with you during travel.
  • Pediatric: These are scooters that are just the right size for children or small adults.
  • Sport: A scooter for those who want to participate in vigorous leisure activities such as sports.
  • Heavy Duty: These scooters are designed to handle higher weight capacities.
  • Luxury: A scooter that features higher-end options for safety, reliability and comfort.

Operating range is also important to consider.

The last thing you want is to cut your excursion short because the battery ran out on your mobility scooter. This is why it’s important to buy one with an operating range to fit your needs. Mobility scooters can go anywhere from 10 to 38 miles without a charge. It’s different for each model, so make sure you ask your vendor!

A mobility scooter is a wonderful device that can open up many possibilities for you. By following the tips above, you can make sure you’re getting the right mobility scooter for you. The experts at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment can also help. Stop by our location at 1220 E. Mason Street, Green Bay today or check out the mobility scooter selection in our online catalog.

Tips for Living with COPD in Extreme Heat

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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For those living with COPD, extreme heat can be downright dangerous. Not only does it exacerbate your condition, it can also turn fatal. However, by taking the correct precautions, you can beat the heat and stay healthy for the remainder of the summer. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has these tips for you:

  • Stay inside as much as possible, especially on days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If you don’t have air conditioning at your house, then go someplace that does during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take cool refuge. If you’re in your Golden Years, your community may have a senior center for you to stay at as well.
  • If you must be outside, concentrate your activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure you take plenty of breaks where you’re sitting in the air conditioning for a while.
  • Drink a lot of water. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. You should also avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping you feel better.

Overall, managing your COPD symptoms on a hot day all comes down to taking it easy. It’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard. The experts at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment can also help. We carry portable oxygen concentrators and oxygen concentrator accessories. We will also have respiratory therapists on staff to answer any of your questions. Stop by our location at 1220 E. Mason Street, Green Bay today, or check out our online catalog. 

5 Things You Need to Know About Sun Damage

Posted on: July 24th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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Gone are the long sleeves and scarves of winter. With the warm summer months come tank tops, flip-flops and swimming suits. Unfortunately, all that exposed skin can also lead to sun damage. For today’s blog, the Bellin Health Home Care Equipment team is going to identify the top 5 things you need to know about sunburns and suntans:

  • Sunburns and Suntans are a reaction to the skin being injured

Whether you get a painful, red burn or a sought-after tan, both are the result of the same thing: your skin being attacked by the sun’s UV rays. A tan is the result of the body creating more melanin to protect itself, while a burn is an inflammatory response to damage. In both situations, the skin loses moisture and starts to tighten.

  • Base tans don’t protect you

No matter how nice they may look, tans are still the result of the skin being damaged. Adding to a base tan by tanning more will only result in a higher risk for wrinkles and possibly cancer.

  • Use sunscreen liberally and often

Most people don’t use as much sunscreen as the manufacturers recommend. And after a while, it will start to wear off. Dermatologists recommend you reapply sunscreen once every two hours.

  • Any time is a good time to quit tanning

Some people who’ve experienced sun exposure at an early age tend to take on the mantra, “The damage is done, so I may as well keep tanning!” However, harmful sun exposure is like smoking: even if the damage is done, quitting is still better than continuing the habit.

  • You don’t always see it

Just because sun damage doesn’t show up doesn’t mean it’s not happening. While it’s easier to see sun damage on fair skin, those with natural tans are just as much at risk for sun damage, skin cancer and premature wrinkles—even if you don’t see the damage as it’s happening.

We want you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. As long as you take the proper precautions, you should be able to enjoy the warmer weather without damaging your skin. If you find yourself staying inside because of limited mobility, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment can help. We carry mobility aids in our store and online catalog.

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

Posted on: July 10th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

BellinHealthHome_Blog_WhatToExpectDuringASleepStudyIf you sleep 8 hours and still can’t stay awake during the day, or your partner has been sleeping on the couch due to your snoring, you may need a sleep study to determine what’s going on. Often times, sleep apnea can cause these symptoms, and the team at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment wants to help you take the steps to treatment and better sleep today.

However, before you go out and buy any CPAP supplies, your doctor will want to confirm this causation with a polysomnogram.

A polysomnogram, or a sleep study, is a non-invasive procedure.  During this process, you will be paired with various wires and sensors to match your head, nostrils and mouth.  You will also have cardio and pulmonary monitors, along with motion detectors on your eyelids, jaw and legs. Every breath, heartbeat, eye flicker, tooth grind and leg jerk is recorded for analysis. It’s very intriguing to examine how many brain waves you give off during your sleep.

Your doctor will help you find your own sleep center or refer you to a local practice.  It may feel strange being hooked up to wires and sensors, but participating in a sleep study where the patient rooms are hotel quality ensures that you will be able to move around, use the bathroom, and sleep in different positions with ease.  It always helps to find a sleep study lab that can work around your schedule, and offers a wide window for testing.

If you need assistance finding the best CPAP machine or CPAP mask for you, we’re here to help! With sleep therapy assistance in-house and CPAP supplies in our online catalog, our team at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has everything you need.

4 Simple Steps to Better Health in Men

Posted on: June 19th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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This Men’s Health Month, men nationwide are wondering how to not only maintain their health, but also improve it. Are you wondering how to keep the men in your life healthy and happy? At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment we’ve got you covered with the easiest ways to boost your health this June.

  1. Say no to stress

Stress is normal in everyday life, but too much of it can have many different side effects. It may cause a loss of appetite, sleep and even erectile dysfunction. So set aside time in your day to unplug and tune out!

  1. Say yes to outdoor exercise

Men lose up to 30 percent of muscle mass as they age, which is why exercise takes higher priority as time goes by. And the gym is not the only place where you can train! Whether it’s hitting the basketball court or running around the block, just 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can add about two pounds of muscle.

  1. Catch up on sleep

You may think sleep is for the weak, and you can survive on four to five hours a day, but new research shows that the less people sleep, the faster their brains age. To stay healthy, at least seven hours of sleep is recommended per night. This not only helps with your cognitive skills, but doubles as beauty sleep (so you can finally say goodbye to those dark circles under your eyes).

  1. Don’t eat junk

Heart disease is more common in men, which is why maintaining a healthy weight is crucial.  Reduce your salt intake, eat your fruits and veggies (that lettuce in a BigMac does not count!) and drink at least half a gallon of water per day.

If the men in your life need help getting outside, check out our mobility devices and accessibility ramps here.

Keeping Loved Ones Safe at Home

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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Safety is not an accident. We need to work on keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, especially when it comes to our aging family members. This month is National Safety Month which is an excellent opportunity to educate people on how to protect themselves from preventable injuries and fatalities. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we are passionate about caring for your aging loved ones, so here are some tips on how to make their home more comfortable and safe this month.

Bathroom Safety: Usually, the smallest place in the house is the most dangerous one. According to reports from the Center for Disease Control, almost 240,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to bathroom-related injuries. The riskiest place for elders? The toilet, which causes more than half of these accidents. As our loved ones get older, their knees get weaker and getting up and down the toilet gets more difficult, which is why raised toilet seats are very helpful. Installing grab bars can be done very easily and can prevent most accidents.

Once you have installed a grab bar by the toilet, don’t stop there. A grab bar in the shower can make exiting much easier. Consider putting non-slip rubber mats or adhesive strips on the shower floor to make sure no one slips. Removing the lock from the bathroom door is also a good idea, just in case an accident does occur and your loved one needs help in the bathroom.

Home Accessibility: When it comes to general home safety, rugs can be a major tripping hazard. They should be properly taped down to make sure no one trips on the rolled up corners, which are hot spots for falls. Another way to reduce tripping is nightlights. Making sure the hallways in the house are well lit can be vital when it comes to safety. Again, if accidents happen, make sure to have all the important numbers on hand.

Kitchen Safety: The kitchen is often the main gathering place at home, but it is also filled with numerous flammable and sharp things. To avoid any injuries, keep some of the following in mind:

  • All the sharp things such as knives should be kept on a rack
  • Automatic shut-off features on kettles and stoves can help if loved ones are forgetful
  • Heavier objects should be stored at waist level, to make lifting them easier
  • Dishes and glasses should be stored in low drawers instead of cabinets

For more information on how to help your loved ones or get the items needed to make their lives safer, visit Bellin Health Home Care Equipment.

Tips for Safely Transporting Your Mobility Scooter

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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Finally, the temperatures are rising in Wisconsin and ALL OF US are ready to get outside to enjoy the weather.  You’ve got that new mobility scooter that you’ve been waiting all winter to use at the park, mall or farmers market, but there’s one problem – you aren’t sure how to transport your scooter to these places.  Not to worry – Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has you covered!  Our team has gotten together to provide you with 3 great options that will get you AND your mobility scooter wherever you want to go this summer!

Mobility Scooter Lift

The first option is to equip your vehicle with a mobility scooter lift.  This is a great solution if you have a personal vehicle that you can’t easily fit your mobility scooter inside of.  Most mobility scooter lifts are simple to roll your mobility scooter on to, easily fold up with not in use and keep your mobility scooter safe and secure while your vehicle is in motion.

Portable Ramps

If you own a vehicle that you can fit your mobility scooter inside of, such as a van or SUV, then a portable ramp may be the way to go.  Keep in mind that you’ll need to determine the safest length of portable ramp which pertains to the height of your vehicle floor and how easily you can set it up yourself.

Public Transportation

Before heading to the bus stop with your mobility scooter, check to be sure your city’s public buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.  Know that in general, wheelchair or mobility scooter users are expected to load their mobility device within a 2 or 3 minute time period and that assistance will be available to secure the mobility device.  You will also need to be aware that most cities do not allow buses to operate a wheelchair lift on a hill, so travel to the nearest level ground bus stop.

If you’re worried about how to get around with your mobility scooter, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to help.  Call our store today to discuss your scooter transport options to get you out and about this summer!

7 Summer Heat Tips for the Elderly

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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It’s May and we are quickly approaching the hot summer months in Wisconsin, which means it’s time to get the dangers of high temperatures out to those of you managing care for an elderly loved one.  When it comes to the older population, we need to be especially aware of high temperatures because heat affects the elderly differently.  At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we want you to be aware of all the most important elderly heat tips that will keep you and your aging loved one safe and healthy.

  1. Hydration – Yes, we know that we need to keep ourselves hydrated. However, as we age, we lose the ability to both hold water and notice that we are in need of hydration.  If you are caring for an aging loved one, keep them drinking water throughout the day and consider finding a sweat replacement product that contains salt and potassium if your loved one will be spending much time in the summer heat.
  2. Sun and Medication – High temperatures also affects the effectiveness of certain medications. Many meds are less effective in temperatures above 78 degrees, which you know is a high possibility during our Wisconsin summers.
  3. Keep Cool – If you are caring for an elderly loved one that does not live with you, make sure you are aware of their air conditioning situation at home. For homes with no air conditioning, suggest that you and your loved one visit the mall, movie theatre, library or grocery store regularly to get in the air conditioning and even get some much needed exercise.
  4. Stay Connected – Another tip for those of you caring for a loved one who does not live with you, keep in touch and increase your frequency that you check on your loved one, especially if he/she enjoys gardening and other lengthy activities outdoors. You can also ask a neighbor to regularly check on your loved one on those hot days to make sure they are not showing early signs of heat stroke.
  5. Dress for Heat – A tip that many caregivers miss out on is checking your loved one’s wardrobe. Do they have plenty of cool, light-colored, loose fitting clothing options for the summer?  Cotton is a much better fabric than synthetic fibers in the heat.  Also, check that they have proper eyewear to protect against the sun as well as hats to block even more sun exposure.
  6. Lotions & Sprays – Don’t forget to gently remind your loved one to apply sunscreen and use bug spray if needed. The elderly are at a higher risk for west nile virus and encephalitis so encourage them to use repellent to help reduce the risk.
  7. Warning Signs – Finally, know your hyperthermia and heat stroke warning signs:
    1. High body temperature
    2. Acting confused or agitated
    3. Flushed skin
    4. Nausea
    5. Headache
    6. Heavy breathing
    7. Not sweating
    8. Fainting

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we care about your total health and the health of your loved ones.  If you need home care equipment to help keep your loved one safe and mobile at home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

What Stress Does To Your Body – Stress Awareness Month

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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According to the American Psychology Association, 75 percent of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month.  With an overwhelming amount of stress reported by Americans, it’s no wonder disease and chronic health conditions are on the rise.  In honor of Stress Awareness Month, the experts at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment want to spread awareness of the effects of stress on the body.  Read through this list to see if your health conditions could be related to stress in your life!

  1. Not easy on the nerves – humans have a built in trigger for fight or flight that is great when you need a sudden burst of awareness to escape an attack, but this reaction can be harmful if sustained, raising blood pressure and blood sugar to dangerous levels. You may also start to experience tension headaches or migraines.
  2. Storing the fat – your may also respond to stress by storing fat differently, typically abdominal fat, as well as enlarging the size of fat cells.
  3. Too stressed to sleep – do you ever notice difficulty sleeping when you are stressed? Stress-induced insomnia often stops once the stressful event is over, but too much insomnia can cause long-term sleep disorders.
  4. Forget me not – if you’re stressed for long periods of time, you may also experience difficulty forming new memories. Acute stress affects your neurotransmitters that help brain cells communicate.
  5. Early hair loss – too much stress may also cause you to lose those that illustrious mane. This is often referred to as alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune condition often caused by stress.
  6. Tummy troubles – it is also believed that added stress often causes heartburn, stomach cramping and diarrhea. However, when the stress is prolonged, it can lead to irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers.

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we care deeply about your overall health.  If you need home medical equipment in the Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin region, don’t stress.  We’re just a phone call away!

You Are What You Eat: Changing Your Food Lifestyle for World Health Day

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

You Are What You Eat

When it comes to our diet, we tend to be creatures of habit.  We find a meal plan that works for our schedule and our budget, but is your standard meal plan harmful to your overall health?  In honor of World Health Day, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is helping you change your ways and create a healthy food lifestyle for you and your family!

Kicking the Bad Food Habits

  1. Start your day with a HEALTHY breakfast that you prepare ahead of time. Many of us eat too little or too much for breakfast.  The key is to find a meal that will give you energy, satisfy your hunger and contain nutrients to nourish your body.  We recommend a meal that includes whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables.
  2. Watch your portion sizes. The average American needs to reduce their portion size by at least 20% and give up second helpings.  To get you started, a serving of vegetables or fruit should be the size of your fist while one serving of meal would be the size of a deck of cards.
  3. If you haven’t already, switch to low-fat dairy and whole-grain bread. These are easy, well defined ways to cut unnecessary fats out of your diet.
  4. Increase water and decrease sugary drinks.
  5. Get a nutritious snack every few hours. A good way to make sure you are sticking to this is by having plenty of nutritious snacks available.  We recommend purchasing fruit and whole grain options to take with you to work each day.
  6. For flavoring your dinner, use herbs, vinegars, lemon or mustards instead of buttery sauces.

These are just a few ways to kick start your healthy eating habits.  Once you have mastered these 6 tips, start watching your food labels for dangerous ingredients and fine-tune your meal plans for the whole family.

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we care deeply about your overall health.  If you have questions about the home care equipment and services we offer, give us a call today!