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  • Trusted Products that Help you Live Independently

    “Getting old isn’t for wimps.” Aging is tough, Happy Elderly Coupleas my grandmother’s saying reminds us; though the AARP has said life expectancy for American men and women have increased by 16 and 19 years, respectively. If your indomitable seniors are bent on remaining independent, here are some handy items to help them feel confident and comfortable in their own homes.

    Grab Bars and Railings

    When you have difficulty getting up and down, the reassurance of having something to hold onto -- and give you that extra boost -- can make all the difference. Installing grab bars and railings on stairs, near doorways with a step, and in bathrooms allow for much easier navigation.

    Non-Slip Rugs and Surfaces

    Falling in the home is a scary thing. Instead of carpets and mats that catch at feet and shoes, install items that are flat to the ground and stick to the surface. Replace that kitchen rug or old bath mat with one that’s safer.

    Shower Seats and Raised Toilet Seats

    Not everyone can stand for the duration of their shower. By placing a seat or stool in the unit, seniors can retain the ability to bathe themselves -- an incredibly important point, psychologically, as well as from a caregiver perspective. Raised toilet seats (with and without grab bars) serve a similar function: empowering people to continue living in their space.

    Elderly Couple Using WheelchairDiscreet Sanitary Products

    Incontinence is a fairly common, though embarrassing, condition in older individuals. By having products that are simple, effective, and quiet are a conscientious way to aid seniors. Providing special briefs, disposable underwear, and bed mats are quiet, but very real ways to help.

    Mobility Aids

    Getting around got the elders down? Walkers, canes, wheelchairs and scooters in a huge variety of styles and types are available based on the needs and lifestyle of the individual in question.

    Heating Pads

    Sometimes, we all get aches. By simply applying heat to sore joints and muscles, we can help to ease stiffness and pain. A good-quality heating pad makes a difference!

    Reachers and StoolsElderly Reacher Tool

    Having items just out of reach is frustrating for all of us. When we can no longer bend over, climb under, and clamber on things to get to them, the aid of a grabber or a stool can be instrumental in keeping your senior in their home.

    Dressing/Grooming Aids

    Elastic shoestrings, shoe horns, button aids and zipper pulls, sock and stocking aids, and long-handled brushes and combs: small, but mighty items to have around the house of your independent senior. Instead of resorting to slippers and sweatpants (unacceptable to many), products such as these can help them to feel -- and look -- like themselves.

    Exercise Equipment

    If getting out to the gym is a struggle, or even if it is simply easier to work out around the house, staying fit is an important part of aging in place. Peddlers, arm pulleys, stretch bands, and even resistive exercise putty can help seniors stay in shape. Instead of feeling trapped, having such equipment available for seniors who are accustomed to being active can help them to feel productive and healthy. Those who are looking to improve their fitness are able to do so from their homes, instead of travelling to exercise facilities. Being healthier longer means longer living in their homes.

    Elderly People Using Proper UtensilsUtensils

    Simple, but effective. Joint conditions like arthritis and nervous conditions like Parkinson’s can make acts that seem effortless to most of us into ordeals. Thicker utensils with a gripper coating, or a cup with a top and a handle can take mealtime from embarrassing back to easy.

    According to the US Census Bureau, 86% of seniors would prefer to age in place. With a bit of extra assistance from some small adjustments, we can help them achieve that dream. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference!

    Sources:

    http://www.parentgiving.com/shop/daily-living-aids-89/c/#buyer_guide

    http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/gadgets-tools-to-help-your-parents-age-in-place/

    http://www.seniorresource.com/ageinpl.htm

    http://www.theseniorlist.com/2014/10/home-adjustments-for-independent-living/

  • How to Avoid Falls at Home

    How To Avoid Falls At Home

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    How to Avoid Falls in Home

    Top 3 Problem Areas

    Bathrooms

    The bathtub, shower and toilet are the #1 place in your home that a fall can happen. Water, rugs and towels can make the bathroom hazardous to get around and make a fall more likely.

    Stairs and Hallways

    Missing handrails and clutter can make stairs and even hallways extremely difficult to navigate safely. Combined with poor lighting, this area of the home could be a fall waiting to happen.

    Lighting

    As we get older, our eyes need more light to focus on the obstacles that could trip us up. Dark rooms and dark stairways can be dangerous t our balance by extension of our health.

    The Danger of Falls

    • 2.5 million elderly each year are treated in ERs for fall injuries. Totaling $30 billion dollars in medical bills
    • over 700k people are hospitalized for fall injuries
    • Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling
    • 1/5 of falls cause serious injury like broken bones or head injuries
    • Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall
    • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older adults

    Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

    • Keep stairs and walkways clear of debris and tripping hazards
    • Place frequently used items within reach, lessening the use of stools and reaching devices
    • Keep floors clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids quickly
    • Make sure stairways have hand rails and are well lit
    • Make sure all living areas are well lit. Remove or tightly secure rugs to keep from slipping
    • Wear shoes inside and outside your house to give more stability
  • Medicare Covered Preventive Screening Services

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    Medicare covered services can include: Exams, Shots/Immunizations, Lab tests and some types of Screenings. In fact, over 20 of these preventive services are included. They also include health monitoring, counseling and education programs. These Services and Screenings are approved by Medicare in order to help prevent more serious medical conditions among seniors. In addition to the screenings and services - Flu, Hepatitis, and Pneumonia vaccinations are also covered. Virtually all of the screenings, shots, and vaccinations can be completed by your primary care physician or any other provider accredited for these services. Many pharmacies are also able to provide the shots and vaccines listed below. Medicare produced a video explaining the program.

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    Specific Preventative Programs and Screenings Covered by Medicare

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    Vaccines Covered by Medicare

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