Six Benefits of Mobility Scooters

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

Are you considering the purchase of a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one? We often have the privilege of seeing our equipment change lives and open doors! Electric scooters can help their users regain independence, stay comfortable, and more! In fact, we’ve gathered a list of six benefits that come from using this great equipment.

Mobility scooters can …

 

  1. Help seniors stay independent: It may be due to a fall, injury, stroke, or other condition, but it is common for older folks to need help moving from room to room without assistance. A mobility scooter can do this, keeping seniors more active and independent.

 

  1. Prevent falls: Falls are a scary thing. In addition to causing injuries like broken bones and bruises, falls can lead to head and neck injuries if the fallen person tries to move or get up without additional assistance. Mobility scooters make it possible to get around easily, indoors and out, without the risk of falling or suffering from fall-related injuries.

 

  1. Lessen the chance of hospital stays: By safely getting seniors from point A to point B, mobility scooters can help the elderly avoid extended hospital visits. No one’s idea of a good time is hanging out in a hospital bed, hooked up to dozens of bleeping machines and spending time away from home. With a scooter, you can avoid injuries and save money on costly hospital stays.

 

  1. Help speed up healing: If you or a loved one are recovering from an illness or injury, you know how hard it is to get rest and stay put for weeks or even months at a time. With a mobility scooter, owners don’t have to worry about overdoing it after surgery, yet they can still get around the house or yard without feeling trapped in one place.

 

  1. Make shopping easier: Big box stores and shopping malls can be a real challenge for older adults with mobility problems. Scooters make it possible to go shopping with family and friends without risking fatigue, exhaustion, or falls.

 

  1. Help make life easier for caregivers: While caregivers are glad to help out in whatever ways they can, sometimes the challenges of caregiving can be overwhelming. With a mobility scooter, older adults are able to be more independent and active, taking care of more of their daily tasks and chores than they would ever be able to do without a scooter.

 

Mobility scooters are a great solution for meeting your mobility needs, or the needs of a loved one! If you’re interested in learning more about mobility scooters, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

3 Things to Consider Before Ramp Installation

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

We’ve had the great privilege of being able to install countless ramps, stairlifts and ceiling tracks. If you’re planning on a ramp installation in the near future, follow these tips to prepare for our arrival in advance:

  1. What kind of a ramp do you need?

Do you have a high threshold, such as the kind that you find in sliding glass doors? We can install a threshold ramp for you. Do you just have a few steps that you need to get over? A portable ramp may be able to take care of that. If you have an entire new level that you need to get to, we can install a modular ramp system for you.

  1. Pick a start and end point for the ramp.

For those who need a modular ramp system, decide where you want the access point to be. We can also offer suggestions for the smoothest transitions. It’s usually best to connect it to existing steps or a porch instead of a threshold, as a threshold connection can be unsafe for those trying to maneuver in and out of a door.

  1. Where do you want the ramp’s path to be?

The rise of the land around your home’s entrance and exit can impact what kind of path your ramp will take. If you can, consider installing the ramp on the southern part of the house, as this can help dry the ramp after a storm. Identify the different obstacles that might get in the way of your ramp installation, or that may be hazardous in the future. For example, do you have a large tree that will hang over the ramp? Leaves and falling tree branches could be a problem.

Let us be your partner in your journey for independence. We’re just a phone call away if you need to discuss your ramp needs further.

 

Mobility Scooters: A Quick Guide

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

Dealing with health issues can be overwhelming in and of itself. But having to purchase a piece of mobility equipment can be downright daunting. There are so many choices on the market that you may not know where to start.

Luckily, Valley Home Medical Supply is here to help! We’ve put together this quick guide on mobility scooters that can save you time, money and energy in your search:

There’s a mobility scooter for every lifestyle!

What kind of activities are you doing day-to-day? This may help you determine what kind of mobility scooter to get. In general, they can be divided into these subcategories:

  • Standard: These are best for casual use around the home.
  • Portable: A smaller scooter that’s designed to fit in a van or car and go with you during travel.
  • Pediatric: These are scooters that are just the right size for children or small adults.
  • Sport: A scooter for those who want to participate in vigorous leisure activities such as sports.
  • Heavy Duty: These scooters are designed to handle higher weight capacities.
  • Luxury: A scooter that features higher-end options for safety, reliability and comfort.

Operating range is also important to consider.

The last thing you want is to cut your excursion short because the battery ran out on your mobility scooter. This is why it’s important to buy one with an operating range to fit your needs. Mobility scooters can go anywhere from 10 to 38 miles without a charge. It’s different for each model, so make sure you ask your vendor!

A mobility scooter is a wonderful device that can open up many possibilities for you. With the correct knowledge, you can make sure you’re getting the best one for your needs. The experts at Valley Home Medical Supply can also help. Stop by our location or check out the mobility scooter selection in our online catalog  to get started.

5 Ways Technology Can Help Seniors Stay Independent

Posted on: February 24th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

Are you worried about mom and dad aging safely in-home? There’s an app for that. Since February is Senior Independence Month, we’re going to focus on a few modern technologies that can give you peace of mind and help your parents stay in their home longer:

  1. Home delivered Food.

 

More grocery stores than ever are now offering home delivery via online orders. If mom or dad are uncomfortable using a computer, you could offer to help set it up for them initially. You could also offer to shop for them. Just ask for their list and have the items sent to them. The best part about this solution is that you don’t even have to live in the same town. With a few clicks, you have helped make their lives that much easier!

 

  1. Medical Alerts.

 

If you’re worried about mom or dad having a fall, a medical alert system could give all of you peace of mind. These are the devices that are worn around a lanyard that they can push to call for help if they’ve had a fall.

 

  1. Surveillance System.

 

Another thing to consider is a home video surveillance system. As these devices become simpler and more affordable, it can help keep them safe if they live in an area with burglaries. Since many of them can be checked from a tablet or smart phone, it can also allow you to check in on them from time to time.

 

  1. Automated medication dispensing systems.

 

Touted as a “smart pill box,” these systems look like the traditional weekly medication dispenser, but they take it a step further. Most of them include alerts that let your loved one know when it’s time to take a dose. Others will even alert you when they haven’t been complaint with their medication!

 

  1. Health Tracker.

 

Even moderate daily activity can help increase your loved one’s overall strength, which decreases their chances of a fall and increases their ability to perform activities on their own. Devices such as FitBits or others like it can help them track how active they’ve been in a given day, encouraging them to stay healthy.

We’re all about helping senior citizens stay independent longer! That’s why we offer aging in-place home modifications. In addition to the above suggestions, these modifications can really help your loved one stay safe. Visit or give us a call today to learn more!

3 Questions You May Have About Heart Health and Incontinence

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

There’s hearts, chocolates and cupids everywhere this time of year. February plays host to Valentine’s Day, but did you know that it’s also American Heart Month?

While many people are aware of the dangers of heart disease, fewer are aware of its connection to other health conditions, including incontinence. An estimated 25 million Americans have some form of bladder disorder, and half of those who have heart issues have incontinence. It’s not a pretty or fun subject to talk about, but given how many people live with it, we thought it would be worth our while to touch on it.

  • Why is it Connected?

Heart issues can impact incontinence in a couple different ways. On one hand, it can cause someone to have to urinate often. On the other, it can cause you to have urine backup, which will cause you to have to go to the bathroom suddenly and without warning.

Additionally, heart issues can bring in a host of other problems, such as diabetes and stroke, which themselves can increase your probability of having incontinence issues.

  • How can I cut back on heart-related incontinence?

Healthier lifestyle choices can help you overcome incontinence issues. This includes quitting smoking, eating a better diet and getting regular exercise. Another step to take is reviewing your medication. Some drugs that treat heart conditions can also cause you to experience incontinence.

We would never encourage you to stop taking your heart medication. Talk to your doctor about strategies to overcome unwanted side-effects.

  • What are some of those strategies?

 

Your doctor may tell you to change the time you take your medication. Timing your bathroom breaks can also help, as you’re emptying your bladder before you have the sudden urge to go. Making adjustments to your diet, such as cutting out caffeine and sugar, can have a positive impact as well.

 

In addition to following some of the above tips, you can also swing by and see our friendly staff! We carry a number of adult incontinence products, and can find the right product for you.

Alternatives to Taking Away the Keys from Your Elderly Parents

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

It’s never easy to watch our parents grow older, especially as we find ourselves having conversations with them about their independence. Driving, in particular, can be a sticky subject. On one hand, you don’t want them to be unsafe. On the other, you know what losing that much freedom will mean to them.

Fortunately, there may be some alternatives to giving up the keys completely, including:

  • Sign up for a driver’s safety course with them to help them refresh their skills. By taking it together, you can keep them from feeling singled out and isolated.
  • Many occupational therapists specialize in driving rehabilitation, and can make recommendations for adaptive equipment that will allow your loved one to continue driving even when their physical health declines. Offer to explore that route with them before they give up driving.
  • The time of day can affect how well they drive. If they’re having problems at night, help them work out an alternative schedule. Can they take that gym class during the day instead of the evening? Can they meet their friends for morning coffee or lunch instead of dinner?
  • Find out all the alternative transportation options available in your community, including buses, subways, taxis, etc. Contact your Area Agency on Aging to see if they offer a senior transportation service. While they may not be ready to stop driving quite yet, if they’re having a bad day these services can prevent an accident from happening.
  • Make sure their car is up-to-date on maintenance. If they’re already slow to respond in a traffic situation, it won’t help if their tires are bald or their brake pads are low.

 

If these solutions don’t work and it really is time for mom and dad to give up the keys, remember that it’s you and them against the problem, not you against them. By making their unsafe driving a problem that you’re tackling together, you can take some of the adversity out of the situation.

Bathroom Safety: Don’t overlook it!

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on: December 30th, 2017 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

 

As you find yourself caught up in the mad dash of holiday shopping, baking and traveling, somewhere in the back of your mind, you may find yourself worrying about one thing: those New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s not quite time to start making them yet, but it’s coming up fast. Only 8 percent of people who make them end up meeting their goals. Maybe you’ve been one of the lucky ones in the past, but more than likely, you’re one of the 92 percent who aren’t able to follow all the way through.

Many people make the resolution to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. We applaud all that, and want to help you stick to those goals as much as possible. If you are planning attempting those things in the New Year, here are three ways you can trick yourself into doing so:

  • Tell someone…. Or don’t!

 

Statistics say different things when it comes to telling others about your goals. Some studies show you are more likely to stick to goals when you have someone keeping you accountable. Others say you are more likely to break your goal if you tell everyone about it. Find out which category you fit in and go with it. If you’ve told people in the past, stay quiet this time! If you usually don’t tell people about your goals, find someone who will hold you accountable this time around.

 

  • Don’t use up your willpower tank

 

They say that willpower works like a gas tank: the more of it you use, the harder it is for you to resist temptation the next time it comes around. Keep your willpower tank full by planning for triggers that can cause you to lapse back into bad habits. Or, allow yourself to have very small cheats—in fact, build them into your daily diet plan. This will keep your willpower tank full, while not breaking your (diet) bank.

 

  • Put your money where your mouth is

 

You’ve heard of a swear jar… now start using the diet and exercise jar! Every time you fail to go to the gym or eat something you shouldn’t, put some money in a jar. Designate a charity or religious organization that you want to donate to, and then give them the contents of the jar once a week.

We love helping people succeed in their health goals! That’s why we carry the items that we do in our online catalog. Why don’t you check it out now?

Helping Your Elderly Loved One Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on: December 16th, 2017 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but if your loved one recently moved into an assisted living facility, they may be feeling like they’re missing out. Today, we’re here with some tips on how you can help your loved ones celebrate the holidays no matter where they’re living:

Decorations:

Hopefully, your loved one saved their Christmas decorations when they moved! These often have strong memories tied to them, and can help your loved one feel like they’re in a familiar place. Set aside a date when you can come over and help them set these sentimental objects up. If they have trouble getting around, your assistance (and company) will be especially appreciated!

Traditions:

Try to keep as many traditions as possible. Some may not be feasible in their new living arrangements. For example, if they usually hosted large gatherings, they may not have the space to do so any longer. However, if you decorated cookies together every year or went on annual shopping excursions, you should try to keep these up. You may need to make some accommodations if they have mobility issues, but these can be easily solved with items such as walkers, rollators or mobility scooters.

Use Sensitivity:

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia, they can be easily confused. Decorating their room with new items could cause them to become agitated. If, however, you do have some objects from their past, it can actually help them with their short-term memory. Just realize that sometimes, nothing you do can be quite right. In those situations, go easy on yourself and your loved one. Their condition is difficult on both of you!

Remember to take an evening to yourself every now and then. It can be tempting to go overboard during the holiday season, but you don’t want to burn yourself out. In the meanwhile, we’re here to make sure that your relative is able to enjoy the holiday season in comfort!

 

Making Your Thanksgiving Accessible

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by ValleyHomeMedicalSupplyBlogger

There’s nothing quite like the holidays to bring the family together! This time of year can also present many challenges, especially for those who have issues with their mobility. Today, we’d like to share three tips to make your next holiday gathering more accessible:

  1. Mobility Scooters

When it comes to holiday shopping, venturing out to the malls and shopping centers can be especially hard on those who have limited mobility. Instead of forgoing your annual family gift-hunting excursion, help your loved one get around with a mobility scooter. It can keep them from becoming fatigued early on, and take off the strain of hauling shopping bags around all day.

  1. Portable Ramps

If your loved one already uses a mobility scooter or wheelchair, you might be worried about how they will enter and exit your home. It can not only be cumbersome to attempt to carry them up the stairs, it could also pose a potential danger to you. Portable ramps provide a safe solution to give your loved ones the chance to enjoy the holidays. Since they are temporary, you can take them down after their visit is over.

  1. Clear Pathways

Once inside your home, it’s important to make sure your loved one doesn’t get hurt from trying to move around. Loose throw rugs could cause a tripping hazard or be difficult for a wheelchair to roll over. Look around for other tripping hazards, such as power cords and decorations, and move them out of the walkway. Make sure the furniture is far enough apart that they can maneuver their mobility device with ease.

 

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that everyone gets the chance to celebrate the upcoming months. Our team can provide solutions to create lasting mobility solutions year-round.