Category: Health News
|December 13, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Fitness, Food and Nutrition, Happiness, Health, Health News, Medications, Prepare for Care, Sleep, Stress, Wellness|
Every year people are moving at such a fast pace during the holidays and tend forget a few common measures to prevent illnesses during the most wonderful time of the year. Caregivers are not immune to this common mistake. Follow these guidelines to keep yourself as healthy as possible during this holiday season! Remember, Caregivers can’t give their best if they aren’t feeling their best!
- Prevent germs by wiping down surfaces and carrying extra forms of sanitation, like antibacterial hand soap.
- Add vitamins to your daily routine. Vitamins A, B, B12, C and D are among the most common vitamin deficiencies during the winter months. Speak with you medical professional to see what you should add to your regular daily multi-vitamin.
- Practice healthy nutrition. Know what foods help you feel and do your best, then focus more on giving your body what it needs. During the winter months it’s important to increase your protein and fiber while maintaining a balanced portion of healthful fats in your diet.
- Keep it moving. Physical activity is the clearest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year. There are plenty of home healthcare supplies that can double as exercise outlets if you are short on time or on a budget!
- Get adequate sleep each night! Sleep is crucial for caregivers throughout the entire year, but during the winter it’s an absolute necessity.
- Stay hydrated! Aside from the normal benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water, it also prevents dry skin and chapped lips.
- Drink Alcohol in Moderation. Because the holidays are filled with celebrations, the exposure to alcoholic beverages is higher than the rest of the year. Pace yourself! Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as sparkling water with lime; this will also help to keep you hydrated.
- Relaxation is non negotiable! Take a moment each day to relax, even meditation. When you’re mind is in a good space, your body follows suit!
- Keep track of your own needs as well as others. Are there parts of your body that aren’t working well? Keep track and make an appointment with your doctor for after the holidays.
Happy Holiday from everyone at EasierLiving! This week are are participating in CareGiving.com‘s Holiday Progressive Blog Party. Stay tuned for more insightful blog posts for caregivers during this week. Also, take a look at the other participants and their blogs as well.
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|November 14, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
Caregiving is a 24-hour a day job. Everything from managing prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and the day-to-day needs of a loved one can take a toll on a caregiver. In addition, many caregivers have full time jobs of their own. Due to the demands and pressure of caregiving, it’s important that caregivers know the best way to manage their stress.
On our mission to provide you the best home healthcare supplies and a simplified caregiving community, we’ve compiled some tips to reduce stress for caregivers.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a proven method for stress relief and also benefits your personal health. There are many forms of exercise that are specifically for stress management, like yoga or tai-chi.
- Meditate: Allowing yourself a moment of “silence”, during activities like meditation will allow to you relax and regroup. Meditation can be as short as just a few moments, or can last as long as you see fit.
- Ask for help: According to a study from Caregivingstress.com, 72% of caregivers perform their daily duties without any outside help. Caregivers need to know that they are not alone. It is perfectly ok to ask for assistance. Whether you reach out to another family member or friends, or seek support and advice from others in a similar position, asking for help will help relieve stress! You may be surprised how many people are willing and able to help. Even a simple task, like having someone pick up your home healthcare supplies, will decrease your stress.
- Take a break: Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Like any job, you need a break from caregiving. Find someone else to fill-in for you, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. It will certainly decrease your stress level.
- Don’t forget about yourself! Eat well, keep up with all of your own medical appointments and indulge in something for yourself every once in a while. You can’t give your best to the one you’re caring for unless you’re at your best!
|November 1, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Uncategorized|
National Caregivers Month is upon us! As a leader in the home healthcare supplies industry, it’s our privilege to provide a simplified caregiving community that ranges from products to information. Caregivers are family, friends, and loved ones that care for elderly, sick, injured and disabled individuals every day.
The act of caregiving is not only time consuming and stressful, but it’s often a thankless job. There just aren’t enough days in the month to express the appropriate gratitude for the nation’s caregivers.
The chances are high that even if you aren’t a caregiver, you know more than one caregiver. According to the Administration on Aging:
- 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
- Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually
- The average age of caregivers is 48 years old.
- 51 percent of caregivers are between the ages of 18 and 49.
- Of those caregiving for a person age 65 plus, the average age of caregivers is 63 years with one third of these caregivers in fair to poor health.
Take a moment to thank a caregiver in your life or community! Send a card, post on social media sites to spread awareness or if you can, purchase home healthcare supplies to donate to a family or caregiving facility. A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of our Easier Living caregivers. We admire your hard work, commitment and sacrifice everyday!
|October 31, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Arthritis, Caregiving, Disabilities, Ergonomics, Fitness, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Mobility, Pain Management, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
It’s common to be overwhelmed when recovering from surgery or an injury. Aside from the physical aspect, the emotional component can really take a toll on you! Everything from understanding all of your home healthcare supplies around the house, to the thought of your recovery time frame, can rapidly increase stress. When it comes to recovery, mindset is everything. We’ve found some great tips on how to mentally approach recovery!
- First, identify the positives. The discipline involved in maintaining a proper recovery regimen improves your mental toughness. There is a positive in every situation!
- Use the down time you have wisely; you now have the time to learn things about yourself that you haven’t picked up on in the past! (Add this to your list of positives!)
- In addition to just learning about yourself, educate yourself on new topics! Personal growth is something you will have far beyond the end of your rehabilitation! (Another positive!)
- Education can also directly apply to your rehabilitation: Become an expert in your therapy and condition. It’s also important to know the ins and outs to all of your home healthcare supplies. The more you know, the better prepared your are during this process.
- Find support. Reach out to local and virtual support groups. You’re never alone! People in similar situations can serve as invaluable resources! Easier Living acts as a resource and support system for many conditions. Our Facebook and Twitter community could start you off in the right direction!
- Be visual. If you see it, you’ll believe it! Create a positivity board with motivational photos, quotes, etc. that you can look to for inspiration.
- Most importantly, set multiple goals. Although you ultimate goal is complete recovery, set smaller goals. When you hit these mini-milestones, you’re one step closer to your goal. It gives you something short–term to strive towards.
Although staying positive in your recovery is a constant challenge, it’s crucial to your success. Your emotional well being is equally as important as the proper home healthcare supplies and actual physical rehabilitation regime. Use these suggestions to make your road to recovery the smoothest one possible!
|October 29, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Disabilities, Fall Management, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Prepare for Care, Surgery, Top Products, Uncategorized|
If you or someone you are caring for is suffering from a chronic disease or even recovering from an injury, there is one common challenge: bathroom use. Circumstances that range from a total knee replacements, more common in elderly patients, to those of ACL surgery, common at any age, can cause challenges when it comes to comfortably using the bathroom. While many home healthcare supplies offer assistance in this area, we haven’t found a product comparable to our Toilevator!
The Toilevator, designed to raise the toilet by 3.5″, acts as a spacer between the floor and toilet base. Regardless of what you currently own, the Toilevator fits most standard toilet shapes and sizes. You can now raise your toilet without worry of inconveniencing guests or installing an unattractive seat that sits in plain view. In addition, the toilevator is easily installed and comes complete with a universally designed modification kit to insure the toilet is raised safely and hygienically. While the toilevator is sold only in ivory, it can easily be painted to match any bathroom decor. Its design, level of comfort and easy assembly sets it apart from other home healthcare supplies in its category.
Trying to decide if a Toilevator is the best option for your condition? Take a look at these facts and decide for yourself!
- First and foremost: the use of the Toilevator helps prevent other medical problems for both those suffering from chronic illness and those recovering from an injury.
- Toilevators enable patients to use the bathroom conveniently, and for the most part independently. This increases both dignity and self confidence in a patient.
- While providing undeniable benefits for users, it is also aesthetically appealing.
Regardless of condition, one thing most people take for granted in the easy use of the bathroom. Investing in the proper home healthcare supplies can make your situation much more tolerable. The Toilevator has a proven track record as the go-to product in this category!
|October 25, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Mobility, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
While physical therapy at home can be extremely convenient, the thought of losing direct contact with your physical therapist can be nerve-racking for some patients. Whether your entire rehab is taking place at home, or you are transitioning from in-office visits, stress is the last thing you need! After you have received your required exercises and home healthcare supplies, organization and documentation are essential to making the most out of your at home rehabilitation.
Organize your rehab space! Knowing where everything is and how everything works is half the battle! If you have specific home healthcare supplies for your rehab, test them out before you are required to begin. It’s important to make sure you understand each and every product and it’s equally as important to check that they are all fully functional for your physical therapy needs.
Document your progress! Just as your physical therapist would keep a chart in their office, it’s equally as important to keep track of your at-home physical therapy. Many patients find tracking their exercises and taking personal notes helpful for follow up appointments with their therapist. It’s also important to document what home healthcare supplies you find both beneficial and ones you may not have needed to use as much.
Whether you are battling a chronic illness or recovering from an injury, physical therapy is a key component to the quality of your life. Make the most of your at home rehabilitation efforts; first, by understanding your required exercises and home healthcare supplies and then taking matters into your own hands with organization and documentation!
|September 17, 2013||Posted by admin under Health News|
Attention all New England movers and shakers. EasierLiving announces its attendance at the Abilities Expo this year – an empowering event for people with disabilities of all ages, September 20-22nd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to EasierLiving, a company dedicated to supplying products and information to make life for people faced with disabilities a little easier, there will be nearly 150 suppliers of products and services, great seminars on important issues and fun activities for the whole family. Free to the public, this is a great chance to check out the latest and greatest products to make your life easier! Whether you or loved one/family member is living with a disability, are a caregiver, senior or healthcare professional, this expo has something for everyone! Targeted to reach the community, the expo is designed to introduce products that can enrich the lives and bring dignity and independence to those with disabilities, even in ways you never thought possible.
One of the great reasons we wanted to be involved with such an event is clear in the title alone- Abilities. This refreshing approach is about celebrating what we can do, not what we can’t do in today’s society. Filled with new technologies and lots of informational activities, you and your family will gain access to new solutions and knowledge to change your current quality of life. So pre-register now and receive priority entrance to the show onsite!
At the EasierLiving booth, we will feature and showcase the following products as well as offering a 15% coupon:
- E-Z Reacher with Suction Cups
- AliMed® Lightweight Reachers, 26” and 32” inch
- AliMed® Grip Utensils
- Knork – Cuts Like a Knife, Eats Like a Fork
- Relieve Angled Knives
- Rocking T Knife
- Freedom Suction Plates and Bowls
- The Inner Lip Plate
- EZ Mealtime Starter Pak
- Enlarged Grasp ADL Cuff/Vinyl ADL Cuff
- Aqua® Pre-Moistened Hygiene Gloves
- Scrub Pals – Soft polyfoam pad in round, hourglass and rectangle
We will also be tweeting and posting to Facebook live from the expo, so make sure to check in with us whether you are at the show or unable to attend! We look forward to all the great things this expo will bring both attendees and companies in support of them. Can’t wait to see you there!
|August 16, 2013||Posted by admin under Caregiving, Health News|
Silicon Valley is known for its leading research and development companies, coming out with the latest and greatest technology. Often they are apps or digital tools and games targeted towards teens and young adults. But that is about to change. Recently, the tech savvy area has realized an un-tapped market: finding new technologies to help seniors live independently in their homes.
An entirely different demographic, these new enhancements could make a serious difference to those who wish to remain in their homes, as well as to caregivers who constantly have their loved ones on their minds but can’t be there 24/7. Some of these new technologies include alarms that sound when loved ones go in and out of the house, or alarms that go off when they take their medication. This particular technology is called Lively (http://www.mylively.com). Just released in January, it was co-founded by Iggy Fanlo, who said it was time to break the trends coming from a “youth obsessed culture”
“These areas may not be sexy in terms of the latest and greatest device(s), but they will have the broadest and longest-lasting social impact.”
So how exactly does Lively work? This sensor-based technology tracks a senior’s movements in the home with small wireless sensors that are placed all around the house. For example, they can be attached to the bathroom, the kitchen, the front door or even a pill box. The sensors begin to familiarize themselves with a patient’s routine, and can send a signal to the caregiver via text message, email or phone when something is out of the ordinary. For instance, if they were in the bathroom far longer than usual or if the pill box was only opened once and their medication should have been taken three times a day, family, friends or neighbors could be alerted. The sensors can also be accessed and tracked through a personal profile on their website or through a mobile app.
Another company called Sovran is working with an Asian healthcare corporation to create software that remote
ly measures glucose and other vital levels, which would greatly reduce trips to the doctor.
One barrier to entry for all of these great innovations is educating and getting the end-user to successfully use and understand all the new technology available to them — Not to mention whether they have or can operate a computer, cell phone or afford it altogether.
It is only the beginning stages, and everything new has hurdles to overcome for success. But, like any other emerging technology company founder, Fanlo is excited about the opportunity and can’t wait to see where it leads.
Information Source: Mercury News
|August 1, 2013||Posted by admin under Diabetes, Health, Health News|
I know what you’re thinking. Yoga is a practice that requires you to bend and stretch every which way and pushes your body to new limits. How can a wheelchair fit into the equation? After seeing the concept grow and gain popularity, we were curious ourselves.
We posted a story on Facebook a few weeks back about seniors finding fulfilling activities and exercise regimens though a new practice called wheelchair yoga. This alternative to the typical mat to floor version is a great option for those wanting to experience new ways to engage the entire mind, body and spirit thru exercise.
As it turns out, it’s less about balance and use of the poses to strengthen your body and mind, but rather explores the relationship between mind and body to strengthen quality of life.
Matthew Sanford became paralyzed at age 13 after a car accident and now teaches this relationship to people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. He is a yoga teacher, public speaker, author and founder and president of Mind-Body Solutions, a national nonprofit with the mission to “transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.”
The approach and philosophy is focused around sensations experienced in certain poses by both the body and mind and alters them to engage both the parts of the body that can move and an awareness of the areas that can’t. These sensations are breath, posture alignment awareness and being grounded.
“Movement enhances and maintains health. We tap into the idea that you can still live and move in your whole body without actually moving what you can’t”. According to Stanford, the poses are not what direct the practice, but the sensations felt during yoga sessions- balance, expansion and rhythm. It’s about absorbing them and seeing what they can teach you.
So how can you or your loved ones get started? Stanford suggests finding a teacher and asking if he/she can help begin an adaptive practice. He also says establishing a connection is important, and one-on-one sessions help. “There’s no one way to do this correctly,. You just need someone wiling to explore with you.” Another important detail to remember is to get checked out by your primary care doctor so you are aware of your limits and don’t cause injury.
Image and Information Source from US Health News
|July 18, 2013||Posted by admin under Health News, Stress|
Back in January, one of America’s beloved public figures was hospitalized due to a blood clot that traveled to her brain. While the nation was pretty surprised to hear this (considering she is in her 60’s), it was also a wake up call for many of us to keep our bodies in check and take the right actions to make sure we are not at risk of a similar fate.
According to a recent blog post on Dr. Oz’s website, there are several recommended things you can do We tend to loose the fear of reality as time passes from news like this, so all of us here at EasierLiving thought this would be a good time to shed light on the subject once more and kick blood and brain health into high gear!
Of course, knowledge is power, and one of the reasons blood clots seem so scary to us is that we just don’t know enough about them. “A blood clot, also known as a thrombus, is formed when particles in your blood combine to form a solid piece of matter. Long periods of inactivity or damage to an arterial wall can also form a clot.”
They become life threatening when they form in the wrong place, such as the brain, digestive tract, heart, or lungs. They can also develop in your legs and then travel through the body. Clots then cause a blockage, “similar to a car accident blocking traffic”
Here are some suggested actions to help prevent clots from forming:.
- Stay hydrated. When you’re dehydrated blood clots can form. Make sure you have the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, especially when you’re sick. When exercising, ensure that you replenish whatever you sweat out.
- Get examined after a concussion or head injury. This is particularly important for the elderly, as clots can form after head trauma, and they are prone to falls.
- Maintain an active lifestyle. In our 8-5 society, most of us sit all day at work or when we, travel both in the car and on flights. It’s really important to stay active, even if just walking for 30 minutes a day.
- Keep blood pressure and cholesterol down. If you’re numbers are consistently high, your heart works much harder than it needs to or should. Also high cholesterol can form clot-like plaque blockages, which are just as deadly.
Article and Image Source Dr.OZ Blog, Image Source Women’s Health