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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!

3 Tips for Looking After Your Aging Parents This Thanksgiving

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

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you are most likely planning for turkey, football and the chance to reconnect with your loved ones. If you’re concerned about how they may be adjusting to the stress of the holidays, Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment is here to help with these three important tips.

  1. Look for clues – Greeting your parents at the door for the holidays is heart-warming. Be sure not to add to any unwanted stress by quizzing them about their state of mind as soon as you arrive. Instead, subtly look for clues: Is the house not in its usual orderly state? Are the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator bare? Check to see if their medication is in order as well. If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. Don’t forget that the most important way to learn is to listen. Ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities that can help you understand more about their day-to-day life.
  1. Stick to the routine – The smallest steps to reducing stress can help your loved ones cope with the hustle and bustle surrounding this time of year. Avoid large crowds at the mall. Stick to a regular routine and sleep schedule. A consistent routine can have a huge impact on the mental and physical health of your loved one.
  1. Make adjustments – Now that you know the signs, you can help make adjustments. These can be as simple as helping them organize their medication, or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a structured support system and you have a secondary contact after you return home. Above all, don’t forget you are not alone. If you feel like the situation needs professional assistance, look into Geriatric Assessment services through your local hospital, or speak with your parents’ doctor for a referral.

Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment wants you to be prepared to enjoy this season with all your family and loved ones. In addition to these helpful tips, make sure you also browse through our aids to daily living. These useful tools can help lessen the burden of stress on your loved ones, and not just during the upcoming holidays!

The Best Products to Make Your Family Caregiving Easier

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

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November is National Family Caregivers Month, which marks the celebration of caregivers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their loved ones. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment salutes these important individuals with tips and products to make caregiving as comfortable as possible.

Keep them safe with the SoloLife Medical Alert

To ensure the safety of your loved one, give them around the clock protection from potential injuries with the SoloLife Medical Alert. Recommended by the AARP, this waterproof watch offers access to a 24/7 Response Center with the push of a button. Trained and certified EMTs will immediately assess the situation and dispatch emergency personnel as necessary. The watch can also be additionally expanded to included motion sensors designed to detect activity and medicine drawer or cabinet contacts to track daily medicine usage. Smoke detectors are also available for additional safety. By utilizing this tool, the SoloLife can provide essential protection and make you breathe easier knowing that your loved one has the support they need.
Get Peace of Mind with Home Safety Products from Bellin

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has the tools to create a safer home, ensuring that caregivers have peace of mind. By studying the common behaviors of the individual, you can pinpoint their habits and use the extensive catalog from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment to cater to their needs. If they enjoy daily walks, the Mobility Saddle Bag can help free them of extra burdens. The Flashlight FL-1000 can provide extra light for safety in darker rooms. Both items attach to walkers, rollators, transport chairs and wheelchairs. Bellin also provides everyday safety accessories for high risk areas such as the bathroom with their Secure Lock Tub Safety Bar, 12” Suction Cup Grab Bar, Multi-Purpose Grab Bar with Toilet Paper Holder, Toilet Safety Frame and much more. Each of these items helps to increase your loved one’s mobility while lessening their potential for an accident, allowing caregivers to rest easier.

At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we know that caregiving is not just a job. It is an important commitment and the ultimate act of love and support. If you have any questions about the benefits or selection of home safety products, please contact our team today.

8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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

Lower Your Risk For Breast Cancer

Approximately one out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life. While there is no way to completely eliminate your chances of getting cancer, there are some things women can do to decrease their risk:

 

  1. Breastfeed.

    We’ve all heard that “breast is best” for baby, but it has added benefits for mom as well. By breastfeeding your infant, you also decrease your risk for cancer.  See our wide range of breast pump accessories to help you in your breastfeeding journey.

  2. Cut back on alcohol intake.

    The American Cancer Society states that women who have two to five drink a day have 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t drink at all. Drinking can increase your chances of developing other cancers as well.

  3. Increase your physical activity.

    Evidence shows that regular, moderate exercise can decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by up to 18 percent.

  4. Keep a healthy weight after menopause.

    Prior to menopause, most of women’s estrogen comes from their ovaries, while a small amount comes from fat tissue. That ratio flips after menopause, enabling a higher concentration of fatty tissue can increase estrogen levels, further raising the risk of breast cancer. Being overweight can also add to insulin levels, which is linked to a higher risk of cancer.

  5. Don’t smoke.

    There’s now evidence that smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.

  6. Limit hormone therapy.

    It’s common for women to receive hormone therapy in order to control the symptoms of menopause. However, higher doses over long periods of time can increase the risk of breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women take the lowest dose possible and ask their doctor to monitor the length of time they are on hormone supplements.

  7. Avoid radiation.

    Computerized tomography and other medical-imaging methods use a large amount of radiation. There are some cases where it is vital to have these tests done, but if a woman is already at a high risk of developing breast cancer, she might want to ask her doctor about alternatives.

  8. Eat a Mediterranean diet.

    Healthy eating is good for you in general, and some of the foods found in Mediterranean diets is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. These include extra-virgin olive oil, fish and nuts.

 

While there is no sure-fire way to completely eliminate your risk, following these steps can possibly reduce your chances of developing this pervasive disease. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we are here for you and all your medical needs, including maternity products.

4 Tips to Preventing a Fall

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

4 Tips to Preventing a Fall

Did you know that every 11 seconds, an Older American is admitted to the hospital due to a fall? It’s the number-one cause of injury for those older than 65, and can lead to hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. Furthermore, it carries a hefty price tag—the CDC estimates that the average cost of treating a fall runs around $30,000.

However, with a few preventative measures, you can cut back on the risk of your loved one experiencing a fall. We would like to share with you the following tips:

  1. Stay active.

    Many Older Americans stop exercising because they experience a decrease in their mobility through sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss. Low-impact exercise can help restore some mobility, which is key in fall prevention. Many gyms and senior centers also offer balance classes, which can help re-train the muscles responsible for stability.

  2. Consult your doctor about whether your medications put you at risk.

    A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that drug use among older adults has increased in the past few decades.  That means more Older Americans are experiencing pharmaceutical side-effects that can lead to a fall, such as dizziness and loss of balance.  Some over-the-counter sleep aids are especially notorious for this, so consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping at night. Sleep disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including sleep apnea. Bellin Health Home Care Equipment carries sleep apnea therapy products in our online catalog!

  3. Practice fall prevention at home.

    Make sure there aren’t any objects on the floor that you can trip on, and that your rooms are well-lit. The bathroom is one of the top culprits when it comes to falls among Older Americans. Equip your home with the proper bath safety products from our online catalog. Things such as bath mats and grab bars can go far in preventing you from taking a tumble.

  4. Have your vision checked regularly.

    As we age, less light enters our retina, making obstacles, tripping hazards and contrasting edges harder to see. If you do wear glasses, make sure that your prescription is up-to-date.  Avoid tint-changing lenses, as these take a while to adjust to your environment and can pose additional tripping hazards.

 

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is dedicated to helping patients remain independent and healthy as they age. See our online catalog for more items that can keep you mobile and safe in your home.

5 Comparisons between Aluminum and Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for customization to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment would like to compare aluminum ramps with wooden ramps:

  • Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
  • Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to look nice and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
  • Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. They can take anywhere from two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
  • Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping over time—which can get pricey.
  • Maneuverability—Once built, it’s not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure wooden ramps.

Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues with wooden ramps. For example:

  • Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
  • They’re low maintenance.
  • They can be installed in less than a day.
  • They are traditionally more affordable than wooden ramps and are better for the environment.
  • They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

With these two lists, which one do you think is better for your home? Call us today. Not only do we have aluminum ramps in stock, we can also install them for you!

3 Reasons Why You Get Contact Pressure Sores from Your CPAP Mask (And What You Can Do About It)

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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Most people think of pressure sores as something that happens to those who are bedridden, but it can happen to CPAP users as well. If you’ve experienced this, you know how uncomfortable it is—and how much it can interfere with your sleep apnea treatment! There are three main reasons contact sores can develop with CPAP masks, all of which can be addressed:

  • CPAP Headgear Tension

For many people, a tight CPAP mask is the main culprit. If your straps are too taut, your CPAP mask will be digging into your skin for 7 or 8 hours a night. However, the opposite can also be harmful. If the straps are too loose, your CPAP mask will shift and rub against your skin, causing irritation. Try to find the right tension for your headgear so that your CPAP mask doesn’t move, but also isn’t pressing into your skin either.

  • Worn-out CPAP Mask

A worn out CPAP mask can cause contact sores as well. The cushioning on the edges breaks down over time, causing irritation. Certain models of CPAP allow for their cushions swapped to be out, so call us today or check out our online catalog if you are considering switching masks. CPAP masks do need to be replaced once every three to six months.

  • A Dirty CPAP Mask

Some CPAP masks just need a good cleaning. It’s not good for your skin to be exposed to dirt and oil every night. Get into the habit of wiping down your mask once a day. You can do this using a damp towel and a mild dish detergent, or by using CPAP mask wipes. You should give your CPAP mask a full bath at least once a week, where you submerge it in soapy water and give it a good scrub.

If none of these things seem to help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our experts can help you find the fit you need in order to get a good night’s rest. We also carry a number of items that can help you remain CPAP compliant. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call today!

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.