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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


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


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


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


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


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

aging health

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


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.