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Bathroom Safety & Fall Prevention

Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for elderly adults. They are full of hard surfaces, sharp corners, and slick floors, making them unforgiving spaces for falls. One in four adults, aged 65 or older, experience a fall annually, and up to 80% of these falls occur in the bathroom. Resulting injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures and broken bones, even accidental deaths.

It doesn’t take much for a devastating fall to occur in the bathroom. Issues with dizziness, balance, muscle weakness, changes in blood pressure, and more, make bathroom activities difficult and dangerous. It’s important to ensure bathrooms are equipped with safety aids to prevent bathroom falls and help your loved ones preserve their independence.

 

Bathroom Safety Aids

Bathroom aids can make day-to-day activities safer and give your loved ones a sense of independence and empowerment. Though individuals may require specific aids to meet their needs, consider the following items for added safety and fall prevention:

Grab Bars – Majority of bathroom falls occur when getting in or out of a bathtub/shower. Grab bars are an economical way to provide stable support when moving in and around the bath area. They also provide a secure place to grab in the event of a fall. Grab bars can be installed near the toilet for added leverage and balance.

Shower Chairs & Transfer Benches – Shower chairs and transfer benches provide stability for seniors who struggle with balance or standing. Both aids allow an individual to stay seated while bathing to avoid slipping. Transfer benches ease the transition into a shower area and are ideal for individuals who struggle with balance, strength, or lifting their legs over the side of a tub.

Bath Lifts – Bath lifts are a great way for seniors and people with limited mobility to safely enjoy a bath. They slowly lower an individual into the bath, making getting in and out of the bath more effortless and secure. Bath lifts are controlled with a handheld remote giving the individual more independence to bathe on their own.

Raised Toilet Seats – Raised toilet seats and safety frames reduce the amount of distance and effort needed to sit and stand when using the toilet. Safety frames provide a guide and extra support for lowering and raising one’s body. Both are especially useful for anyone struggling with knee pain, hip pain, joint pain, etc,.

Handheld Shower Heads – Handheld shower heads are convenient aids to allow individuals more independence to effectively cleanse their bodies, even while remaining seated. Handheld shower heads feature long hoses to better reach all areas of the body and provide more control over the direction of the water. Some feature an on/off switch to make it easier to turn on and off than having to reach, and risk falling, for wall mounted controls.

 

See more bathroom and shower safety aids here

Conclusion

A few simple changes can transform a bathroom from a dangerous space into a safe space. The need for a bathroom aid can be hard to admit and can leave some people feeling embarrassed. It’s important to talk with your loved ones and remind them that the use of a bathroom aid is meant to keep them safe, help them feel confident using the bathroom, and retain their independence.

Helpful Ways to Safely Walk Outdoors

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the U.S. and is a great low-impact, aerobic activity, especially for elderly adults. Experts recommend adults aged 65 and older spend at least 150 minutes a week engaged in moderate aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, to enhance well-being. There are many benefits of walking such as improving heart health, lowering blood sugar, boosting mood, supporting joints, and even lowering the risk of dementia.

Walking not only improves overall health but also helps seniors preserve their physical and cognitive independence!

 

Safety First

It’s important to take precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while walking outside to avoid falls and injuries, especially in the winter months. Consider the following for your next walk:

  • Be Prepared – Bring your ID, emergency contact information, and cellphone with you while walking in case of an emergency. Always let someone know when you are leaving and when you plan to return.
  • Be Aware – Know the route you plan to take and use paths and sidewalks whenever possible. Be aware of uneven surfaces, ice patches, curbs, and any other obstacles or tripping hazards.
  • Proper Attire – Dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing if you become too cold or too hot. Be sure to wear comfortable, well fit shoes with good arch support and nonslip soles for added traction and support.
  • Slow & Steady – Take your time walking. Go at a pace that feels natural to you and take the time to stop and rest when needed. Be especially cautious of walking too fast during icy weather.
  • Use a Mobility Aid – Mobility aids can help reduce the risk of falling, improve balance, and increase stability, allowing you to walk in more areas and in different terrains.

 

Mobility Aids for Added Confidence

Don’t let the need for a mobility aid keep you or your loved ones from going on a walk. Mobility aids provide support, improve safety, and extend independence. There is a wide range of aids available to best fit your individual needs so you can feel more confident taking walks:

Canes

Canes are helpful for people who have minor balancing issues or have one side that is slightly weaker. Single-tip canes only lend extra support to one side of your body and do not provide full body support. Quad-tip canes provide extra stability and support and may be better suited for rougher terrain than single-tip canes. Glow-in-the dark cane tips are available for enhanced safety in low-light conditions.

Walkers

Walkers are useful aids for people needing a little help with balance and mobility but still have good upper and lower body strength. They are also useful for traversing flat surfaces that are too rough for wheels, such as grass or cobblestone pathways.

Rollators are similar to walkers but they have four wheels and don’t need to be lifted to maneuver. Rollators allow users to walk at a quick pace, feature brakes, and have a built-in seat to allow for rests. They are suitable for flat surfaces like tile or pavement.

Wheelchairs

If you or your loved one is unable to walk or requires a wheelchair for different reasons, it’s still important to get outside. Being outside exposes you to vitamin D, which 75% of adults lack. Fresh air can also help boost the immune system, increase energy levels, strengthen lung function, and even lower blood pressure and heart rate.

 

Homecare Hospital Beds offers an array of affordable mobility aids.

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Final Thoughts

Walking can be a great way to get active, change up your routine, and get some fresh air. Whether walking alone, with a friend, or in a group, always be cautious, alert, and use your mobility aid for added safety and confidence. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before introducing walking into your daily routine.

Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed: Full Assembly

Follow along to learn how to assemble the Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed from out of the box to fully assembled and ready for use. This video walks you through all of the steps for a quick and easy assembly. For any questions, contact us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com or call 877-414-0002.

Disclaimer: This video is for instructional purposes only and does not replace the use of the owner’s manual.

LYNACARE™ HC107 HI-LOW HOSPITAL BED: FULL ASSEMBLY – WATCH NOW!

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Features & Functions of the Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The new Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed is designed for home care, long-term care, and assisted living settings. It’s a great home hospital bed option as it provides comfort and safety for both users and caregivers. The Hi-Low bed frame height, dual controls, and the central locking mechanism are just a few of the many features of this bed.

In our latest video, nurse educator Sally O’Meara explains and shows the various features and functions of the Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed mentioned above. Watch the full video to learn more!

The HomeCare Hospital Beds team knows that a hospital bed for yourself and/or a loved one is a major decision and investment. We are dedicated to helping our customers find and choose the best option that fits their needs, timeline, and budget. For more information on the Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed and other home health equipment, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Elderly Visitors over the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching which often means a time to gather with elderly parents, friends, or relatives. The holidays are a chance to celebrate and make memories together, but sometimes during the excitement, senior safety and comfort are overlooked. Whether you have short-term or long-term guests, there are a few adjustments you can make to create a relaxing and safe environment for visitors of varying mobility and comfort levels.

Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for senior citizens. Keep your guests safe from slippery falls using these items:

      • Ensure grab bars are next to the toilet and in bathing areas
      • Place a raised toilet seat in guest’s bathroom or a commode or bedpan in the bedroom for guests with mobility challenges
      • Use shower mats to prevent shower falls
      • Utilize shower benches and stools for visitors with mobility challenges

Find more bathroom safety items here

Clear Paths

For some, the holiday season means snow and ice. Both of which pose challenges and dangers for anyone, especially for elderly visitors. Be sure to always keep walkways clear, easy to see, and free of any debris, snow, and ice to prevent dangerous falls. If you have stairs leading to your front door, be sure to install handrails on each side. Consider adding a ramp to your door for added safety.

Declutter

One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare your home for elderly visitors is by decluttering it. Doing so not only allows guests with mobility challenges to maneuver easier throughout your home but also helps to eliminate tripping hazards. A fall does not have to be extreme for it to be detrimental for your elderly visitors.

      • Rearrange furniture to create clear walkways
      • Make sure books, toys, clothes, etc., are picked up and put away
      • Remove or enforce rugs with non-slip material
      • Get rid of any loose cords
      • Encourage visitors to wear non-slip shoes or socks

Sleep Soundly

Give your guests a comfortable and safe sleeping environment so everyone can be well rested for more holiday fun.

Light the Way

The American Family Physician claims 1 in 3 people, “has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65,” such as glaucoma and cataracts, so proper lighting is crucial for your elderly visitors.

      • Add more light to dim areas such as entryways, hallways, and staircases
      • Replace soft light bulbs with cooler and higher wattage bulbs
      • Place a night light in your guest’s bedroom and keep a light, or night light, on in the bathroom to prevent nighttime falls
      • You may want to add motion sensor lights for hallways and other dim areas for additional nighttime visibility

 

Final Thoughts

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and be around loved ones. Preparing your home for elderly visitors not only keeps them safe but also gives everyone peace of mind so you can focus on making memories together.

5 Best Hi-Low Hospital Beds for Home

A Hi-Low Homecare Hospital Bed is the most popular type of home hospital bed due to its contribution to user comfort, safety, and quality of rest. In addition to having many user benefits, the adjustable height feature also helps protect caregivers from painful back injuries. We know having a great deal of options makes for a tough decision, which is why we are here to help. In this buyer’s guide to Hi-Low Hospital Beds for at-home use, we research and review five different consumer-verified options for you to consider during your decision process:

Lynacare HC107 Drive Medical
Delta Ultralight
Invacare CS7 Med-Mizer Retractabed Medline
Alterra Maxx
Price $2,475 $999.95 $2,099 $2,382 $3,294
Shipping Lead Time >1 Week 1-2 Weeks 8-10 Weeks 1-2 Weeks 8-10 Weeks
Weight Capacity 500 lbs 450 lbs 600 lbs 500 lbs 600 lbs
Hand Pendant Control
Footboard with Built-In Control Panel X Optional Upgrade X Optional Upgrade
Central Lock X X X
Includes Assist Rails Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade
Bed Height Range 7” - 30” 9.5″ - 23.5″ 7″ - 30″ 9″ - 25″ 7” - 30”
Sleep Surface Width Adjustable
35” - 39” - 42”
36” Standard 35”
Upgrade 39”- 42”
Adjustable
35” - 39” - 42”
Adjustable
35” - 39” - 42”
Sleep Surface Length Adjustable
80” - 84” - 88”
Standard 80”
Upgrade 84”
Standard 80”
Upgrade 84”
Adjustable
80” - 84”
Adjustable
80” - 84” - 88”
Trendelenburg X Optional Upgrade X
Dining Chair X Optional Upgrade X
Underbed Night Light X X Optional Upgrade

 

HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed

HomeCare Hospital Beds Lynacare HC107 Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The innovative Lynacare HC107 bed includes many features and functions that are normally only available with acute care hospital beds, making it a customer favorite. For starters, the HC107 can be moved into the Trendelenburg, reverse Trendelenburg, and dining chair positions at the push of a button. Our customers love the versatility this brings to the product, as well as how simple it is to transition between these positions. Another exclusive feature is the ability for caregivers to use the color-coded foot pedal to lock all of the wheels at once, making for a seamless transition. The HC107 bed deck includes built-in extenders that can expand the sleep surface width from 35” to 39” or 42”, and length from 80” to 84” to 88”. Being able to make these adjustments without the need for additional tools is part of the effort to bring our customers a simplified experience.

In addition to the adjustment feature, inclusivity is apparent with the HC107’s 500 lbs weight capacity, making it comfortably accommodate users of all sizes. Finally, the HC107 includes dual controls with a backlit hand pendant for users, providing simple operation during the night, as well as a footboard-mounted master control panel for caregivers, giving them easy access to the controls. The HC107 also features several optional upgrades customers can enjoy. These include an overhead bed trapeze, giving the customer the ability to move themselves, and a battery backup in case of a power outage.

 

Drive Medical Delta Ultra-Light Hi-Lo Bed

Drive Medical Delta Ultralight Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The Drive Medical Delta Ultralight is the most cost-effective Hi-Low Hospital Bed, making it a popular choice among price-conscious customers. However, this option includes fewer features than other Hi-Low Hospital Beds. For example, the Delta Ultralight has the lowest weight capacity at 450 lbs, limiting its user inclusivity. It also features the narrowest height range from 9.5” to 23.5”. This can pose a limitation for caregivers who prefer a higher working height that is featured in other beds, as well as for users who prefer a lower height for getting in and out of bed.

Despite these drawbacks, the Drive Medical Delta Ultralight is a great Hi-Low Bed option for settings that may experience frequent power outages due to its battery backup in the hand pendant and the footboard-mounted manual hand crank. These features allow the bed to be operational during power outage instances, which is a benefit not all options possess. As with many of our beds, there are optional upgrades; these include bedside assist rails designed for extra stability, and a bed frame extending kit to reach a maximum 84” length for increased space and comfort.

Invacare Carrol CS7 Bed

Invacare Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The Invacare CS7is a highly configurable Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed, featuring a wide array of customizable options and upgrades. The standard features for this option include a 7” to 30” height range, simplifying the getting in and out of bed process for users, as well as increasing comfort and decreasing injuries for caregivers. This bed also includes a 600 lb weight capacity, making it a great option for a wide range of users. The CS7 also features a central lock, which is a great benefit for caregivers due to its ability to secure all of the wheels with a single foot-activated pedal. This type of simplified process is vital to caregivers and important to take note of when choosing a Hi-Low Bed.

Being that safety is the number one priority, the CS107’s integrated wall bumper ensures the bed is positioned at the proper distance from the wall for safe operation at all times. This bed features various optional add-ons in addition to its standard features. One of these being a footboard-mounted caregiver control panel, creating easy access. Other add-ons include Trendelenburg and dining chair positions, providing versatility for users, and a battery backup, allowing the bed to function without the use of an external power source. Though these are optional, users and caregivers found them to be essential additions to their Invacare CS7.

Med-Mizer CC803 RetractaBed Expandable Width Bed Set

Med-Mizer CC803 Retractabed Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The Med-Mizer CC803 Retractabed is another great option, including a long list of benefits and key features. The unique and space-saving safety feature is one to highlight for the Med-Mizer Retractabed. Setting it apart from other options, this feature pulls the bed deck toward the wall as the head section is raised, allowing its users to easily reach items on their nightstand while simultaneously providing additional floor space at the foot of the bed. The bed frame can also be adjusted for increased comfort and flexibility. At just the touch of a button, the width can be expanded from 35” to 39” to 42” and the length from 80” to 84”.

Another great feature is the Evac Position that creates a narrower bed frame, allowing the bed to pass through doors that are less than 36” wide. In addition to these defining features, there are a variety of optional upgrades with the Med-Mizer CC803 Retractabed. An under-bed night light serves as a mechanism for users to better find their way throughout the night. As with some of our other beds, there is an optional battery backup that can be added on to the CC803. Great for power outages, the battery backup eliminates the risk of not being able to operate the bed during these instances.

Medline Alterra Maxx Hospital Bed Set

Medline Alterra Maxx Hi-Low Home Hospital Bed

The Medline Alterra Maxx has an extensive list of included key features, giving it the highest price tag. One of these key features is the ability for bed frame expansion, ranging from 35” to 39” to 42” wide and extending from 80” to 84” to 88” long. These range options allow users to create optimal comfort and ideal space. The Medline Alterra Maxx also features a large height range from 7” off the floor to 30” high, making it greatly beneficial for both users and caregivers. This bed also has a 600 lbs weight capacity, allowing it to be used by a large range of customers.

Some other key features include Trendelenburg and Dining Chair positions for versatility, an LED under-bed light for improved visibility for users at night, assist rails for increased stability, and a battery backup for optimal operation even during a power outage. In addition, a footboard-mounted master control panel for caregivers is an optional upgrade buyers may add on. Headboards and footboards are also available in a wide variety of designs and colors for user preference, but they must be ordered separately.

Final Thoughts

The HomeCare Hospital Beds team knows that a hospital bed for yourself and/or a loved one is a major decision and investment. We are dedicated to helping our customers find and choose the best option that fits their needs, timeline, and budget. For more information about the beds discussed above and other home health equipment, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

Can Children Have Arthritis? Treatments for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Can Children Have Arthritis? Treatments for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

You might expect that arthritis is something that only happens to older adults, but it can actually affect people of all ages, including children. Nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States have some form of arthritis, and nearly one child in every 1,000 worldwide. With treatment, most children achieve periods with no symptoms, and sometimes the disease goes away permanently with no further need for medications. Continue reading to learn more about arthritis can affect kids and how parents can help their children manage the condition.

 

What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)?

In general, the term arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. In adults, this is usually due to wear and tear after years of sports or chronic repetitive motions. In contrast, most cases of juvenile arthritis are due to a malfunctioning immune system. Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between the body’s own cells and invaders like germs and viruses. Childhood arthritis develops when the immune system gets confused and attacks the healthy cells in the joints, resulting in painful inflammation. This is officially known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis but it was once called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors do not know exactly why juvenile arthritis happens but girls and children who were exposed to cigarette smoke during pregnancy are at slightly higher risk.

 

What are the symptoms of childhood arthritis?

Arthritis affects each child differently but the most common symptoms are joint pain, swelling, warmth, and stiffness that are typically worse in the morning and after a nap or prolonged sitting.

The symptoms can be unpredictable and range from mild to severe–some kids may only have a few periods of active disease while others experience persistent symptoms. Childhood arthritis can also affect more than just the joints depending on the activity of the immune system. Other signs to watch for include:

  • High fevers that come and go
  • Skin rash on the trunk, arms and legs
  • Fatigue and daytime sleepiness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Eye redness, pain, and light sensitivity
  • Slow growth and physical development

 

At-Home Treatment for Juvenile Arthritis

Healthy lifestyle habits and home remedies can help ease symptoms and relieve pain for anyone struggling with arthritis (and are most often recommended). For instance, low-impact exercises like swimming, biking and yoga are good for muscle strength and joint flexibility. Balancing physical activity with rest is also essential, especially during periods of active inflammation. Taking breaks throughout the day preserves energy and helps protect the child’s joints.

 

A heating pad or warm bath is best for soothing stiff joints and relaxing tired muscles, especially in the morning. Just keep in mind that heating pads should be set to “warm” rather than “hot” temperatures to prevent burning the skin. Alternatively, contoured gel cold packs are ideal for inflamed joints to reduce swelling, numb the area and reduce sensitivity to pain. The non-toxic gel remains flexible as it freezes and the fabric cover protects the skin from frostbite. Cold and heat can be used intermittently throughout the day as long as they are not left in place for more than 20 minutes. Some people even find it helpful to alternate between the two temperatures to simultaneously reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate circulation and loosen tight muscles.

 

Other Common Treatment Options

While there is no cure for childhood arthritis, treatments and medications are available to slow down or stop inflammation and preserve joint function. Doctors may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and naproxen to help reduce pain and swelling, but it depends on patients’ medical conditions. Unfortunately, inflammatories do not stop the immune system’s attack on the joints so immunosuppressant medicines like etanercept (Enbrel) or adalimumab (Humira) may be needed. Always consult with your doctor for more information on which treatment options are best for you.

 

Final thoughts

Arthritis can happen to adults and children alike, and growing up with arthritis can be challenging. However, with treatment, most children with arthritis are able to live full, active lives and keep up with their peers. HomeCare Hospital Beds has at-home therapy options for those who would like to use heat and cold to relieve their pain and discomfort. Parents should always check with their child’s healthcare providers first before trying either hot or cold therapy.

 

References

American College of Rheumatology. (2022). Juvenile arthritis. Retrieved from https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Juvenile-Arthritis

 

Arthritis Foundation. Juvenile arthritis. Retrieved from https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/juvenile-arthritis

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Childhood arthritis. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/childhood.htm

 

Harvard Health. (2022). Foods that fight inflammation. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

 

Mayo Clinic. (2020). Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Retrieved from

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20374082

 

National Institutes of Health. (2021). Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Retrieved from https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis

 

Creating a Safe Living Environment for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Creating a Safe Living Environment for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

In 1994, former President Ronald Reagan shared the news that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease with the words “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.” Ironically, he had been the one to initiate the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month eleven years previously. Today, Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month is observed every June to support the millions of people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It is also a time to recognize the caregivers who keep their loved ones comfortable and safe at home through all stages of the disease. An essential component of this care is creating a dementia-friendly home environment that balances comfort, safety and independence. Continue reading to learn more about how bedrooms and bathrooms can be adapted to meet the needs of both dementia patients and their caregivers.

 

Bedroom safety suggestions

Night time can be one of the hardest periods for people with dementia because they often become increasingly confused and disoriented in the late afternoon and evening. Their distress and agitation can last through the night, so the bedroom should be a safe, comfortable place for them to retreat to. For example, some people with dementia become afraid of the dark, so adequate lighting is essential. Light fixtures that provide a soft warm glow may help them fall asleep more easily. A full bladder can also make it difficult for people with dementia to rest comfortably during the night. Incontinence is common as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, but they may still try to get up and go to the bathroom. An electric high-low bed is an ideal solution for people who could be injured if they get out of bed without help. The bed frame can be lowered to just a few inches above the floor to prevent falls and serious injuries. A waterproof mattress cover also ensures quick and easy cleanup after any type of bedwetting accident.

 

Staying safe in the bathroom

The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house for people with dementia, but home modifications can greatly reduce the risk of falls. A good starting point is to install grab bars on the bathroom walls near the toilet and inside the bathtub or shower. They must be anchored into wall studs and sturdy enough to support a person’s full weight. A grab rail can also be mounted directly onto the wall of the bathtub. A clamping mechanism with rubber pads keeps it in place without scratching the tub surface. Additionally, a shower chair with a back and armrests should be placed inside the tub or shower stall to make the bathing process easier and safer. Be sure to pick one with non-slip rubber feet that will sit securely in the bathtub or shower stall. Finally, a handheld shower head makes it easier for caregivers to stay dry when assisting with bathing.

 

Final thoughts

Alzheimer’s disease presents many challenges that can negatively impact quality of life and independence. It is a constant challenge for patients and caregivers but creating a dementia-friendly home environment can reduce the risk of serious injury as the disease progresses. Trying to find just the right bed, grab bars, or shower chair can be a challenge though, so HomeCare Hospital Beds team of experts is ready to help! For more information, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

**The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are having a severe and sudden change in physical or mental health, please call 911, contact a local emergency facility or consult with your doctor. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider, and never disregard the advice given because of information you have received from our website.**

Tips for Improving Senior Health and Fitness

Approximately 100,000 senior adults come together each year to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day to help promote the importance. If you didn’t celebrate this year, the large community will continue to participate in local health and fitness events at over a thousand locations across the country. Even if you have reached your golden years without working up much of a sweat, starting a new exercise routine may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Continue reading to learn more about becoming more physically active in your senior years.

 

Benefits of exercise for older adults

Although physical activity is beneficial for everyone, it is especially important for seniors to prevent or delay many of the health problems that commonly occur with aging. For example, older adults who exercise regularly are less likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Staying active is also one of the best ways to boost your mood and maintain your independence. In fact, regular physical exercise can keep your mind sharp and significantly reduce your risk of dementia!

 

Getting started

Before you start any fitness program, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy enough to exercise. Once you get the OK, it can be hard to know where to begin. If you haven’t worked out for a while, the thought of joining the fitness world again can be daunting. There is also a good chance that the exercises you once did aren’t ideal for older adults. In general, seniors should try to incorporate strength and balance exercises with aerobic activity. Swimming, yoga, pilates, walking, and resistance bands are great options for older adults. This being said, the best exercises for seniors are the ones that they want to do and will do consistently.

 

Fitness apps for seniors

No matter your interests or fitness level, there’s an app to help you become more active. Here are some options to try new exercises and pack your progress:

  • Map My Walk – Walking is a fantastic low-impact activity that you can do every day to stay healthy. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, this app has what you need to stay on track. Map My Walk is available from iOS and Android, free with optional in-app purchases.
  • SilverSneakers GO – Getting active just got easier with this fitness app designed for older adults. You can access strength, walking, and meditation programs and easily adjust each exercise to your comfort level. The free SilverSneakers GO app is available from iOS and Android.
  • MyFitnessPal – If you would like to track your nutrition and calorie intake along with your workouts, this app is for you. The database of more than 6 million foods makes it easy to monitor what you eat, no matter what type of diet you follow. MyFitnessPal is available from iOS and Android, free with optional in-app purchases.
  • 7-Minute Chi Because the movements are slow and gentle, tai chi is a popular exercise option for seniors. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi is a great option for gently improving strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. 7-Minute Chi is available from iOS and Android, free with optional in-app purchases.

 

Final thoughts

Even though exercise can help seniors live longer, healthier, more joyous lives, safety is key. Start by checking with your doctor and start slowly if you’re a beginner. Many activities can even be modified to fit any limitations that you might have. Don’t hesitate to use an assistive device if you need one! Go ahead and parade that cane or rollator as you celebrate local events this summer. If you are ready for a new, upgraded mobility aid, the HomeCare Hospital Beds team of experts is ready to help. For more information, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

**The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are having a severe and sudden change in physical or mental health, please call 911, contact a local emergency facility or consult with your doctor. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider, and never disregard the advice given because of information you have received from our website.**

Best Products for Living With Arthritis

Improving quality of life with arthritis

Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a single disease. Infact, there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 4 American adults, but can affect people of all ages. While living with any form of arthritis can be challenging, there are many assistive devices that can help you maintain and oftentimes improve your quality of life. Keep reading to find out more about how they can be used to help you reduce pain and protect your joints from further damage.

 

Hot/cold therapy

Hot and cold therapy is a simple, inexpensive option to help relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis. In general, cold packs constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the affected area. It is particularly helpful for reducing the joint inflammation and swelling that is common with rheumatoid arthritis. Cold therapy also acts as a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce sensitivity to pain. On the other hand, warmth stimulates blood flow to the area, which eases painful muscle spasms and joint stiffness.

 

Arthritis gloves

Compression from arthritis gloves helps reduce swelling and joint stiffness in the fingers, especially during flares when you are feeling really uncomfortable. They also support the small joints of the fingers to help allow you to continue everyday activities and hobbies. For best results, wear them for at least 8 hours at a time and make sure that they fit well. Arthritis gloves that are too loose will not provide any benefit while gloves that are too tight will dig into your skin. Ask your doctor or therapist if you need help selecting the correct size!

 

Lifting recliners

Getting up from a chair is a struggle for many people with arthritis due to joint stiffness and pain. A power lifting recliner is a good option to maintain your independence and prevent falls. With the simple push of a button on the hand control, you can be gently lowered into the seat or raised to a standing position. When you are seated in the chair, you can adjust the recline angle and extend the foot rest so that you feel comfortable and supported. The VivaLift! Radiance power lifting recliner even has integrated heating pads for the back and legs to help ease the joint stiffness that is so common with arthritis.

 

Bathroom safety

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for people with arthritis. Creating an arthritis-friendly bathroom is essential for preventing falls and injuries in the home. For starters, wall-mounted grab bars are essential for people with stiff, painful joints, particularly in the tub/shower area. Next, a raised toilet seat with arms will make it easier for you to answer the call of nature. Finally, a shower chair provides a secure area to sit in a slippery shower or bathtub. Be sure to pick one that has a backrest and arms for security and support.

 

Getting around

Sometimes arthritis damages joints to the point where you might need an assistive device to help you stay mobile, active, and safe. For instance, a walking cane is helpful when osteoarthritis affects one hip or knee. It allows you to offload the pressure that goes through that joint so you can get around with less pain. Make sure to pick one that is adjustable with a contoured hand grip like this folding cane. If both of your hips or knees are painful, however, you might need a walker for more support. A good choice is this foldable rollator with ergonomic hand grips, an integrated seat, and a handy storage bag. If your hands are too painful to support your body weight, though, an upright walker is a better option. You should definitely work with your doctor or therapist to choose the best mobility aid and make sure that you use it correctly.

 

Final thoughts

Arthritis presents many physical challenges that can negatively impact your quality of life and independence. Fortunately, assistive devices and equipment can help you remain as active and productive as possible. Trying to find just the right lifting recliner or rollator can be a challenge, though, so the HomeCare Hospital Beds team of experts is ready to help! For more information, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

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