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Don’t Let Your Mobility Aid Cause You to Have a Fall!

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

Falls are the number-one reason why senior citizens are hospitalized each year, with 29 million falls occurring in 2014 alone. Of those, the CDC found that 47,000 involved the use of a walker, rollator or cane. That’s why it’s so important to be sure you’re using your walking aid properly. Today, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment  is going to give you some tips on how to avoid a fall when using a mobility aid:

  • Make sure that it’s the proper height. No matter which device you’re using, your arms shouldn’t be bent or raised in an uncomfortable way.
  • Place the device in front of you and step into it. This is true of both a cane and a walker, and it shouldn’t be placed so far in front that you have trouble stepping into it.
  • Use proper posture. If you are hunched or slouched over, this will make it easier for you to sustain a fall while using your mobility aid.
  • When getting up and down from a chair, put your mobility aid in front of you and push up. Trying to grasp it after you’ve stood up could cause you to fall.
  • Make sure your path is cleared of anything that could trip you up, such as rugs, cords and other clutter.

In addition to using your cane or walker properly, there are some other things you can do to prevent experiencing a fall, such as:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Finding out from your doctor if your medications will have side-effects such as making you dizzy, tired or weak.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly to make sure your prescriptions are still working as they should.
  • Revamp your home environment to make sure it’s safe. This includes installing bathroom safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs.

For more tip on how to avoid a fall, talk to the experts at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment.  We can demonstrate in person how to best use a walker, rollator or cane and help you avoid a costly trip to the emergency room!

Don’t Let Your Mobility Aid Cause You to Have a Fall!


 

5 Tips for Healthy Aging

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. However, when it comes to your age and achieving new health milestones, nothing could be further from the truth! There’s a lot you can do to improve your heath and functionality well into your 60’s and beyond. Since next week is Active Aging Week, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is excited to provide you hints and tips to help you age your best:

  • Do Daily Stretches

Even five minutes a day can help. Stretching increases flexibility, relieving discomfort from arthritis and other chronic conditions. Doing this daily can also help strengthen your muscles and sense of balance, which may mean a lower risk of a fall.

 

  • Workout

 

You don’t need to do anything strenuous. Simply taking a walk around the block can be beneficial for your health. Many seniors find that as they start exercising, they expand what kinds of movements they’re able to do. Strengthening your muscles also has the added potential benefit of lowering your blood pressure and weight!

 

  • Preventative maintenance

 

Things such as yearly checkups, flu shots and getting screened for cancer are key to keeping your health up. It’s also important to keep your eye on high blood pressure or the early stages of diabetes.

 

  • Stay Connected

 

This can get harder as we age, but maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family members has been proven to extend people’s lifetime. Making an effort to stay connected to your loved ones helps you be proactive in your own health.

 

  • Maintain a Positive Outlook

 

If you see the glass as half full… then it really is! A nine-year study found that seniors who described themselves as optimistic had a 55 percent lower risk of dying during that time period than those who described themselves as pessimists. Having a positive outlook on life can impact your physical health as well for the better.

 

By following these steps, you’ll hopefully be able to boost your personal wellness throughout your Golden Years. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we specialize in helping individuals age in-home. Call us today to find out how we can equip you to remain in the same household where you have formed so many life-long relationships.

5 Ways to Avoid the Flu This Season

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

While the CDC recommends that receiving the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent coming down with influenza. However, there are many other things you can do additionally to avoid catching the seasonal bug. Today, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment  is here with five ways that you can protect yourself from the virus this year:

  1. Wash Your Hands

This is perhaps the most crucial, if not most overlooked preventative measure you can take to protect yourself from germs. A good rule of thumb is to rub the soap in your hands for about the same amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song under warm water.

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

By touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, bacteria has a chance to make its way into your body much faster. Germs are most commonly spread by touching something that has been contaminated and then bringing those germs up to your face.

  1. Disinfect Surfaces

Clean surfaces and objects with disinfectants in order to keep away from the germs. By keeping a clean environment, you will be less likely to touch something contaminated and become sick.

  1. Cover Coughs & Sneezes

To avoid spreading the flu, be sure to cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. By coughing into your arm, you are taking the preventative measure to not spread the flu by having germs on your hands.

  1. Avoid Contact

If someone is sick or looking sluggish, try to stay away from them and objects they touch. By keeping out of coughing range, you will minimize your exposure to germs and have a better chance of staying healthy.

These tips are simple but crucial in aiding your health, so you can be at your best this flu season. By taking precaution and spreading these simple tips around, you can help others stay healthy and away from the flu bug!

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.