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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.

Manage Menopause with These 3 Tips

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the arrival of spring, it’s once again an opportunity to reflect on the passage of time and the wisdom of age. Each year, we hold our family closer, love harder and commit to creating treasured memories. Although age offers a wonderful opportunity for advanced growth, it can also come with some complications. For women, the joys of each year can also bring with it the experience of menopause. Typically occurring in women aged 48 to 55 years, this time period is marked with increased mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, and additional symptoms.  In order to help you comfortably adjust to this new change in your life, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these important tips:

  1. Be Active

To help fight mood swings and improve your overall health, get moving! By exercising at least thirty minutes a day, five days a week, you can reduce irritability and increase your self-esteem. Since exercise releases important endorphins, it is an important step in staying positive after menopause hits. If you are nervous about beginning a new fitness regime, try simple activities to build up your confidence. Take advantage of the upcoming spring weather by taking an evening walk or gardening until you feel comfortable moving up to a more intense work out regime.

  1. Avoid Stress

In addition to utilizing exercise to avoid mood swings, relaxation techniques can help decrease stress. By participating in meditation for ten to twenty minutes each day, you can help manage symptoms and prevent tense muscles. Additionally, practicing slow, deep abdominal breathing (about six to eight breaths per minute) in the morning and evening, as well as at the onset of hot flashes, can help alleviate symptoms.

  1. Eat Healthy

As your body adjusts to the change, maintaining a healthy diet is one of the key steps in managing symptoms. By avoiding caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke you can prevent hot flashes as while as mood swings. Since certain foods such as whole wheats, sweet potatoes and oatmeal release serotonin, which calms nerves, not only will your overall health improve but so will your disposition. To help you achieve optimum health, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment also offers ProCycle Gold Menopause Formula Multivitamins to manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, and fatigue. Made with a balanced formula comprised of B-complex, vitamin E, folic acid, boron, magnesium and calcium, this vital supplement helps support strong bones and a healthy heart.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Although menopause can be a time of uncertainty for women, with these easy guidelines you can help your body adjust comfortably. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we are committed to helping you get the relief you need. Contact our team today to learn more about the products we carry.

FAQ’s: Understanding Sleep Apnea and its Risks

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Although it’s easy to take for granted, a sound night’s sleep is one of the most vital ways to maintain a high quality of life. From boosting your immune system and metabolism to regulating your mood and improving memory, sleep is essential in allowing your body to get the tools it needs to recharge. However, if you are tossing and turning each night, it may be a symptom of a bigger issue. Every year, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. To help you overcome this disorder, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these important facts and guidelines so that you can rest easier.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is known as sleep-disordered breathing or SDB.  Common sleep apnea symptoms include daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, snoring, and depression.  Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea and is caused by your airway collapsing. When your airway is narrow, it limits airflow as you breathe. While narrowed, the airway will vibrate to make the sound of snoring. While you snore and sleep, your airway will collapse which will make you stop breathing.  A complete collapse of the airway is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.  OSA is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and each obstructive event may last for 10 seconds or longer.

Who’s at Risk?

Although sleep apnea can affect men and women, as well as children, certain factors do increase your risk. People affected by obesity have four times the risk of sleep apnea than those that do not have excessive weight. Additionally, those that have thicker necks may also experience a narrower airway. Smoking, nasal congestions and the use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers are also important factors. Being older, male and having a history of family members affected by the disorder can further increase your risk.

How Do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

From stress to diet and limited exercise, there are many outside factors that can contribute to poor sleep. While these common issues can be cured by incorporating healthy new habits, disorders like sleep apnea can be particularly dangerous. If you have made lifestyle adjustments such as improving your nutrition or taking up a new workout regime, and still experience regular fatigue and snoring, talk to your primary care physician about the possibility of sleep apnea.

How Do You Manage the Symptoms?

In order to sleep safely and more soundly, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a wide range of CPAP masks, headgear, humidifiers, mask cushions and more. For complete comfort, we recommend the CPAP Max Pillow 2.0, as well as the Contour CPAP Pillow Case, which will allow you to rest easy without disturbing your CPAP mask. Since CPAP equipment can easily attract dirt and buildup, try our handy Citrus II® CPAP Mask Wipes to clean your mask every morning with ease. Additionally, our team of experts can help make the process of finding the right fit for your needs simple. We have Respiratory Therapists on staff and on site to train you on how to use, clean and maintain your CPAP machine. We also have follow-up support available so that you are guaranteed the security you deserve.

Although starting treatment for sleep apnea can be an adjustment, with the right tools and help from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, you can get the rest you need to stay healthy. Contact our team today to find out how we can help you sleep easy.

3 Ways to Ramp up Your Home Safety

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With winter raging outdoors, upgrading your home’s mobility access can be a key component to providing proper safety for you and your loved ones.  At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, our team is dedicated to ensuring that your family has the security they need, regardless of any potential restrictions. To improve safety in your home, find out how you can ramp things up with these important products!

Keep it Mobile with EZ-ACCESS Suitcase Portable Ramps

In order to get the mobility you need wherever you go, EZ-ACCESS Suitcase Portable Ramps are the perfect solution. With a single fold design, this convenient aid for wheelchairs and scooters allows access to steps, vehicles and raised landings with ease. Since it can be separated by simply removing the two hinge pins, it can also be stored and carried when not in use.

Stay Secure on the EZ-ACCESS Gateway Solid Surface Portable Ramp

If your mobility needs extend beyond the scope of a traditional portable ramp, the EZ-ACCESS Solid Surface Portable Ramp is a one-piece design perfect for providing access to your home. Featuring safety rails and available in sizes varying from three to ten feet, this all-aluminum solution is built to weather the outdoor elements while keeping your family safe.

Keep it Easy with EZ-ACCESS Threshold Ramps

To improve access with limited effort, EZ-ACCESS Threshold Ramps are the stand-alone answer you need. Featuring independently adjustable legs with swivel feet, these ramps are ideal for doorways, uneven surfaces, or single step rises. Using this simple addition, you and your loved ones can increase safety and ensure no family member is left behind.

Guaranteeing that your home is accessible to all is a key component in creating new opportunities for treasured memories and moments. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we take our commitment to improving the life of those affected by mobility restrictions personally. Contact us today to find out more about the services we provide.

How Going R-E-D Can Help Protect Your Heart

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect you and your family, early detection and prevention remain a key component in maintaining heart health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we offer these important reasons to go R-E-D this February:

R: Recognize the Symptoms

In the event that you or loved one experiences a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance in order to rule out the possibility of heart complications, particularly when symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, shortness of breath, anxiety, cold sweat, dizziness, fainting and nausea are also important triggers.

E: Exercise and Healthy Eating

Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a strong diet, you can help prevent heart attacks, as well as improve your overall health. To make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption in place of grilled chicken, cutting the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

D: De-Stress

To preserve health and maintain your peace of mind, stress reduction is an important element for your fitness. Find time during the day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to getting a full sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relive potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga, or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.

Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve overall health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we put your heart first. With our full catalog, you can get the tools you need such as vitamins and walking aids to promote an active lifestyle, in addition to our Blood Pressure Monitors to help provide warning of any potential complications. Contact us today to learn more!

3 Indoor Exercises to Stay Healthy

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

With the chill of the cold winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do anything but hunker down in front of a warm fire. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness, potentially resulting in new aches and pains. To stay healthy, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:

1.) Swimming

It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.

2.) Yoga

If inclement weather does have you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is another low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.

3.) Weightlifting 

The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health. This can be lifting barbells or even homemade weights at home as well as joining a gym to take more personalized classes. No matter how you lift, make sure to speak with a personal trainer to get instructions on proper techniques, and keep your physician updated throughout the process.

By staying active this winter, you can increase your quality of sleep, relieve stress and attain improved overall health. To help you succeed, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a full line of support products such as the Orthaheel Active Orthotics. These provide greater stability and control so that you can enjoy fast paced activities securely. For more information about the great products that Bellin Health Home Care Equipment provides, contact our team today.

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.