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Whether we wan't to believe it or not, we are growing older every day. Do you know how to take the proper steps in making sure your house, a loved one or even yourself is prepared?  Assess The Home:  Ever year nearly 250,000 people visit the emergency room because of injuries suffered...

How to prepare your house for the years to come?

Whether we wan't to believe it or not, we are growing older every day. Do you know how to take the proper steps in making sure your house, a loved one or even yourself is prepared? 

Tip 1: Assess The Home

Assess The Home: 

Ever year nearly 250,000 people visit the emergency room because of injuries suffered while in the bathroom. People 85 and over suffer more than half of their bathroom injuries while closest to the toilet. Make sure you know where dangerous places around your home are located and take the proper steps in making those places safer. 

 Pro tip: This is a good time to talk to a Dahl Medical Supply Home Evaluator to discover places around the home that could possible to dangerous to you or a loved one.

 

 

Understand Your Limitations

Understand You Limitations:

Now that you have assessed your home, make sure you understand your limitations as you or a loved one get's older. Places such as the bathroom, stairs & kitchen can be extremely difficult to negotiate as people age. Understanding your limitations just might help you stay in the place you call home for a longer period of time. 

 

 

 

Home Safety

Home Safety & Proper Safety Guards

Staying at home is not just more comfortable for some seniors, but it may also make economic sense. However, as we get older even the most basic daily routines become difficult and at time treacherous. That's why home safety & proper safety guards around the house can keep individuals living independent for longer periods of time. 

A few simple safety tips:

1. Remove hazards around the house (example: 
    • Move furniture & electrical cords from areas you frequently walk through.
    • Use hallway & bathroom nightlights
    • Remove rugs that can cause you to trip or fall.

     

    2. Make the bathroom safer
    • Make sure to have grab bars installed.
    • Use nonskid bathmats both inside the shower/tub and outside of the tub.
    • Use shower chairs and bath safety bars to prevent slips & falls.
    • Use extend shower hoses.
    • Make sure the bathroom is well lit and clutter is removed from all pathways. 

     

    Keep Life Simple

     

    Keep Life Simple

    It's easier said than done but keeping your life simple can help prepare for what's next in life. 
    The Smallest room in the house can be the most dangerous pace if the proper precautions aren't taken.  Bedside Commodes - Commode Chairs Ever year nearly 250,000 people visit the emergency room because of injuries suffered while in the bathroom. People 85 and over suffer more than half of their...

    What Commode Is Best For Me?

    The Smallest room in the house can be the most dangerous pace if the proper precautions aren't taken. 

    Bedside Commodes - Commode Chairs

    Ever year nearly 250,000 people visit the emergency room because of injuries suffered while in the bathroom. People 85 and over suffer more than half of their bathroom injuries while closest to the toilet. Commode chairs (and accessories) help provide bathroom safety and fall prevention.

    Who Benefits The Most By Using A Commode Chair?

    Individuals who suffer from:

    • Arthritis
    • Balance problems
    • Joint issues
    • Illness
    • Disability
    • Aging

    make lowering to or raising from the toilet seat a challenge as well as long distances from point A (Room you might be in) to the bathroom.  Depending on the individual long walks to or up stairs might cause for a dangerous situations that could result injury's.

    Commode chairs can help prevent the risk of falls to and from the bathroom, and in many cases help individuals in the bathroom itself.

    What Commode Chair is Best For Me? 

    Folding Bedside Commode: The frame can be configured to be used as a bedside commode, toilet safety frame, elevated toilet seat, or put over your existing toilet. Folds flat for convenient storage and transportation.

    Drop Arm Commode:  The frame can be configured to be used as a bedside commode, toilet safety frame, elevated toilet seat. Easy-to-release drop arm mechanism allows for safe lateral patient transfers to and from commode.

    Bariatric commodes: Able to withstand a weight capacity of 1000 pounds, this heavy-duty bariatric commode by Drive Medical is designed with the extra space and comfort you need. Featuring a deeper and wider seat as well as padded arms and backrest this commode is great for everyday use.

    Shower commode chairs:  Easy to operate this shower chair commode comes equipped with 3" non skid casters making transfer too an from any bathroom safe and secure.

    Transfer Bench Commode: Combines two products in one: a durable and secure transfer bench and convenient commode

    If you are still unsure what commode chair would be best, please call (612) 334-3159 for more information.  

    The bathroom is one of the most potentially dangerous rooms in the home, particularly for older adults.  Help prevent "I've fallen and can't get up" situations with these quick and easy steps. 1. Make the shower accessible: Avoid hazards such as wet and slippery surfaces, loose rugs, and sharp corners....

    6 Tips to Prevent Falls in the Bathroom!

    The bathroom is one of the most potentially dangerous rooms in the home, particularly for older adults.  Help prevent "I've fallen and can't get up" situations with these quick and easy steps.

    1. Make the shower accessible: Avoid hazards such as wet and slippery surfaces, loose rugs, and sharp corners. Modify the entrance to the tub or shower by installing a walk in tub/shower. However, if this is not an option like most make sure to purchase a transfer bench to help alleviate falls while stepping over the tub or shower entrance.

    2. Use non-slip bath mats: Avoid slipping and falling while in the shower by selecting the right size bathtub mat and replace every 6-7 months.

    3. Replace shower head: Replace the standard shower head in the bathtub or shower with handheld shower spray that has an extra-long hose that can also be mounted like a traditional showerhead.

    4. Install grab/assist bars: Place grab/assist bars anywhere you or the individual in need, needs extra stability such as shower, toilet and tub. Make sure the grab bar you select is secure (Grab Bars are not designed to be weight bearing). 

    5. Raised toilet seat & assist handles: The Raised toilet seat with elevated seat and padded arms will help individuals who need a boost sitting down or standing up from the toilet.

    6. Install safety/night lights: Use night lights to help navigate through the bathroom so at no time is the bathroom dark.

    Effectively treat the Winter Blues, circadian sleep disorders, jet lag and low energy. The SunLite Bright Light Therapy lamp is designed for those who experience mild to moderate light deficiency symptoms. Two contemporary color themes beautiful styling and make SunLite the bright choice for your home or office.   Find...

    SunLite Light Therapy Lamp

    Effectively treat the Winter Blues, circadian sleep disorders, jet lag and low energy. The SunLite Bright Light Therapy lamp is designed for those who experience mild to moderate light deficiency symptoms. Two contemporary color themes beautiful styling and make SunLite the bright choice for your home or office.

     

    Find more information about light therapy lamps: 

    http://www.columbia.edu/~mt12/blt.htm

    The Nitro Euro Style Rollator by Drive Medical offers the best in comfort and convenience. The frame is made of a lightweight aluminum material making the rollator very mobile and easy to use, but still durable and designed to be used in any occasion. The large front wheels allow the...

    The Nitro Walker

    The Nitro Euro Style Rollator by Drive Medical offers the best in comfort and convenience.


    The frame is made of a lightweight aluminum material making the rollator very mobile and easy to use, but still durable and designed to be used in any occasion. The large front wheels allow the Nitro Rollator to be used on any terrain, indoors or out. The item also conforms to a number of people who need to use it. The flexible height adjustable removable back and the height adjustable ergonomic handles allow for many customization options for convenience.


    The Nitro Rollator is also easy for transport due to its frame which can be folded up with one hand and a durable fold-up handle built in to the seat. The Nitro Euro Style Rollator is perfect for anyone who wants a convenient four wheel rollator that operates virtually anywhere.

     

    This product is also our Limited Supply Deal for this month.... Hurry and order yours today! 

     

    Dr. Comfort manufactures footwear with a purpose of helping people remain active. Proper footwear can help prevent more serious complications for those at risk If you qualify, Medicare or other insurances may help cover the cost. While Dr.Comfort shoes are designed for those at risk, they also provide the quality,...

    Dr.Comfort Diabetic Shoes

    Dr. Comfort manufactures footwear with a purpose of helping people remain active. Proper footwear can help prevent more serious complications for those at risk If you qualify, Medicare or other insurances may help cover the cost. While Dr.Comfort shoes are designed for those at risk, they also provide the quality, comfort and style anyone looking for a great pair of shoes will love. Nobody beats Dr.Comforts shoes.

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