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Posted by Deb Spinelli on January 14, 2022
Hospice care is a type of in-home care centered around helping terminally ill patients manage their symptoms while also upholding their quality of life. While professional caregivers are generally called on to provide a large portion of the patient's care, family members are also typically involved in making decisions and assisting with their loved one's care. In any hospice care situation, home hospice supplies will be needed to help keep the patient comfortable while managing the symptoms of their disease. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on January 7, 2022
Depression can strike at any age, but the changes that accompany later life can be particularly conducive to depression. As we age, we lose much of what once defined us. Retirement from a long held job can lead to boredom and depression, as well a loss of social or occupational identity. As we age, we also witness the deaths of friends and loved ones. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. A variety of medical problems can also result in frustration and, eventually, depression. Not to mention the fact that many common medications can actually lead to depression even as they work to cure the primary condition for which they were prescribed. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on January 4, 2022
A recent study revealed that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who do not suffer from the disease. Among the nearly 90 million U.S. adults who are considered prediabetic, the rate of hearing loss is approximately 30 higher than in those with normal blood glucose levels. The reason for this seeming connection between diabetes and hearing loss is unknown. Some speculate that diabetes may affect the small blood vessels in the inner ear, just as it affects the blood vessels in the eyes. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on December 16, 2021
Regardless of where you live, chances are you are subject to some type of severe weather from time to time. In the southeast hurricanes and tropical storms can be a serious concern from August to November, and in the mid-west Spring brings the ever present threat of tornadoes. During the winter months, the north and northeast can experience severe freezing and extreme winter storms. Whatever your geographical location, it is important that you take steps to safeguard your family when storms hit. Elderly loved ones who live on their own are particularly vulnerable when storms roll in, since they may lack the means to make necessary preparations on their own. Below are some tips to make sure your elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors have all they need to safely ride out whatever storms may come your way. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on December 14, 2021
Nothing puts a damper on recovery like uncomfortable, irritated skin. Chamosyn Ointment is an effective skin barrier that is ideal for a variety of painful skin conditions. Chamosyn's ingredients list is short, but don't let that fool you. This little tube packs a powerful punch. Made with protective zinc oxide and analgesic menthol, Chamosyn relieves burning, itching, and discomfort even as it protects the skin from irritants that can contribute to skin breakdown. Enriched with nourishing Aloe, Chamomile, and Manuka honey, Chamosyn soothes and hydrates as it heals. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on December 9, 2021
Medical grade disinfectant wipes offer an effective way for healthcare facilities to quickly sanitize surfaces and equipment between patients. They can also be used to wipe up the small spills and other messes that are bound to occur in any medical facility. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on December 3, 2021
To function properly, the human body must take in an adequate amount of oxygen and be able to circulate it from the lungs to the brain, heart and other body parts. When a person does not get enough oxygen, or their body does not do a good job of distributing oxygen to the cells, it can cause shortness of breath and a host of potentially dangerous health issues. For those with a condition that affects their oxygen intake or circulation, oxygen therapy using home health oxygen supplies may be prescribed by a doctor. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on December 1, 2021
Did you know that 80% of falls among seniors occur in the bathroom? If you are caring for an elderly relative in a home setting, it is essential to safety-proof the bathroom(s) to avoid falls or other related injuries. In addition to safety, comfort is another important consideration when redesigning your bathroom to accommodate an older loved one. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 18, 2021
Whether it's flu season or you just want to keep your household free of harmful bacteria and viruses, there are many steps you can take to avoid infection and ensure a contaminant free home. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 12, 2021
When an individual spends time in the hospital - whether unexpectedly or for a planned procedure - they will most likely continue to require some level of care in their home after being discharged. To ensure that the patient receives the care they need to aid in their recovery or to manage ongoing health issues, it is essential to plan for what will happen after they are released from the hospital. That includes having home health medical supplies on hand to make recovery safe and comfortable. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 10, 2021
A 2010 study revealed that half of all men and women over age 65 take 5 or more medications each week. Nearly 15% of the elderly take a whopping 10 medications per week! The more medications a person takes, the easier it can become to miss a dose or even mix up different prescriptions. By following a few simple medication organization techniques, however, keeping track of your prescriptions can be easy. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 5, 2021
Good posture is about more than the way a person looks. Sure, we all know we shouldn't slouch or strut because both of these postures can give a certain unwanted impression to the world. However, putting appearances aside for the moment, it is also important to consider the effects of poor posture on the health of the body. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 28, 2021
It's no secret that caring for a family member with dementia is a role that presents a long list of ongoing challenges for the caregiver(s). Whether your loved one has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, you must take steps to ensure their safety and comfort. At the same time, you are tasked with educating yourself about their disease and preparing yourself for what to expect in terms of its progression. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 26, 2021
Diabetic test strips, lancets and a blood glucose meter (glucometer) are essential supplies for many individuals living with diabetes. Using these tools can help a type 1 or type 2 diabetic manage their condition by checking that their blood sugar levels are staying within a healthy and safe range. In turn, it is important for diabetics to choose dependable brands for their diabetes care supplies. Fora test strips and glucometers are designed for maximum reliability, patient comfort and ease of use. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 22, 2021
After age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a fire compared to the rest of the population. Therefore, knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults. The issue of fire safety among the elderly has garnered much attention in recent years. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a program around key safety tips for older adults in the event of a fire. The program is called “Remembering When: A Fire And Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.” The program offers a variety of guidelines to increase fire safety for the elderly. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 20, 2021
The benefits of healthy eating are apparent at any age. However, for individuals aged 50 and over, these benefits can include increased mental acuity, higher energy levels, resistance to illness, faster healing times when illness does strike, and better management of chronic health issues. A healthy diet has also been linked to maintaining a positive outlook and achieving emotional balance. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 8, 2021
As we age, certain health problems are more likely to affect us in our daily lives. A few examples of health issues that are commonly experienced by the elderly include arthritis, breathing difficulties, dementia/Alzheimer's disease, cancer and heart disease. When dealing with health concerns, aging individuals may begin to have trouble performing routine tasks like preparing balanced meals, doing laundry, cleaning their home and maintaining good personal hygiene. In turn, home care supplies for elderly individuals may be helpful to promote a senior's well-being and prevent accidents. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 3, 2021
Walking is a great low impact exercise to help you stay fit at any age. Apart from a decent pair of walking shoes, walking requires no special equipment. You can do it nearly anywhere and the benefits far outweigh any possible risks. A regular walking routine improves balance, overall fitness, and even mood. Studies show that taking a short half hour walk each day can even lessen symptoms of depression. In fact, a walking routine proved even more effective than taking anti-depressant medication in most cases. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on January 6, 2021
Fecal incontinence, either occasional or chronic, affects between 10 to 20 percent of the population. Some causes of fecal/bowel incontinence include nerve or muscle damage, rectal cancer, or rectal prolapse. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 16, 2020
Recovering from surgery is never fun but with the right post-op recovery strategy, your at-home recovery period can be stress free. But don't delay! Post-op planning should start well before your scheduled surgery date. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 6, 2020
Alzheimer's, also referred to as senior dementia, affects approximately 5 million Americans. There is no known cure, and the cause is uncertain. It is impossible to prevent and very difficult to slow. Women are two-thirds more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's than men. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on September 2, 2020
Proper nutrition is essential at all life stages. As a person ages however, he or she may experience decreased appetite. Obviously, this can lead to decreased food intake. This, in turn, can lead to health threatening nutrient deficiencies. As we age, our bodies no longer process essential nutrients as effectively as they did when we were younger, which makes proper nutrition particularly important for the elderly. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on August 7, 2020
We may love our parents as much as we love our children, but we certainly never expected to be caring for both parents and children at the same time. This is the predicament of the sandwich generation, the growing group of middle-aged moms and dads who also find themselves caring for their own aging parents. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on July 17, 2020
Yoga is an age-old fitness program with a multitude of benefits. Today, as its benefits become more widely acknowledged, yoga classes are offered at community centers and even churches in nearly every town. From increased flexibility, to better coordination, to stress reduction, the benefits of yoga are innumerable. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on April 20, 2020
Continuing mobility is very important to help older people maintain meaningful participation in social and physical activities as they age. Mobility is crucial to active aging and continued mobility enables the elderly to experience positive quality of life and better overall health. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on April 7, 2020
Anemia is a common problem, especially among the elderly. Indeed, it is sometimes assumed that anemia is an unavoidable component of aging. This need not be the case, however. In over 80% of cases anemia is highly treatable once its causes have been properly diagnosed. Approximately 15 to 30 percent of all anemia cases among the elderly are due to iron deficiency, while folate deficiency and vitamin B12 deficiency are behind 5 to 10 percent of cases. Chronic disease accounts for 30 to 45 percent of anemia cases in the elderly, and 5 to 10 percent of cases are the result of posthemorrhagic issues. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on March 26, 2020
Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. There are two types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, turning to a sort of gel, which allows it to collect bile, harmful toxins, or other debris which it then pulls from your body. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, attracts water, which adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass through the intestines. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on March 12, 2020
Tracheostomy is a procedure in which a small opening is made in a patient's neck and trachea so they can receive treatment to improve their breathing. Once the surgical opening (stoma) has been created, a tube is inserted into the tracheostomy to keep the opening from becoming obstructed and to administer breathing treatment. To keep the stoma and the tracheostomy tube clean and functioning properly, a tracheostomy care kit is needed. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on February 19, 2020
Single-use thermometers allow healthcare professionals in a variety of settings to quickly and accurately measure the body temperature of patients. Disposable thermometers - such as Tempa DOT brand - can be used to obtain a reliable oral or axillary body temperature reading within minutes. How do you use Tempa DOT thermometer for accurate clinical temperature monitoring? Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on January 10, 2020
Incontinence, or loss of control of one's bladder or bowels, is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. While incontinence is more common in older individuals, it can happen at any age. Fortunately, there are many effective solutions available for those who suffer from urinary and/or fecal incontinence, including super absorbent adult diapers. These products may be purchased online - discreetly and conveniently - from the Medical Maven. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on November 29, 2019
A glucometer is a small, portable device that delivers a blood sugar level reading in moments. Individuals living with diabetes are commonly advised to test their glucose levels throughout the day with a glucometer and glucometer supplies, which include test strips and lancets. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on October 25, 2019
According to the National Association for Continence (NAFC), more than 33 million Americans experience urinary incontinence or some other kind of bladder issue. Senior citizens are especially prone to urine leakage, with over half of them suffering from either occasional or chronic incontinence. Fortunately, products such as bladder control pads, briefs and underwear can help people manage urinary incontinence at any age. Just keep in mind that the best pads for urine leakage will be different for every person. They will depend on the level of protection necessitated by the severity of one's incontinence. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on September 14, 2019
A urinary catheter is a flexible tube that is inserted into the bladder in order to drain a patient's urine. There are several different scenarios in which one may have difficulty urinating normally and may thus need to use a catheter, urinary drainage bag and urinary drainage bag holder. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on June 24, 2019
For those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, checking blood sugar throughout the day is important to make sure glucose levels stay within an acceptable range and do not become dangerously high or low. A glucometer is a portable device that allows one to easily monitor their blood sugar at home or on the go. To obtain a blood sample for testing with a glucometer, a patient will need to use lancets such as CoaguChek lancets. Read more...
Posted by Deb Spinelli on May 17, 2019
Dental practices of all kinds - including family dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons - must utilize certain dental medical supplies in order to care for their patients in a safe and sanitary manner. To minimize costs while stocking up on the dental medical supplies a facility requires, its staff may choose to purchase items wholesale. This means buying products in large quantities at prices which are lower than retail. Read more...

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