We cannot predict how the winter will go, but we can prepare for cold and freezing temperatures.  When we are faced with unpredicatable weather, we can find some comfort in setting aside an emergency kit and some storm provisions.  If you or someone you know is elderly, consider unique needs such as mobility and medication.  

  • MAKE A LIST of all your emergency numbers and  contacts. It’s always a good idea to write down all the local emergency numbers. Each state has a web site where you could find those numbers listed. For the state of New Hampshire you can visit the Divison of Emergency Services and Communication at www.nh.gov
  • GATHER CANDLES, MATCHES, AND FLASHLIGHTS in case the power goes off, you do not want to be sitting in the dark. It’s highly recommended to keep a set of these items in the “emergency kit” and another set on a shelf or in a common area where it could be easily accessed. If you or a loved one is in a wheelchair or not able to reach high places, these items should be placed in an area where they could be reached.  Keep matches dry.
  • CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONE.  If you do not have a landline make sure that you charge your cell phone to have access to the storm information or being able to make contact with other people such as, loved ones or emgency personnell. It is also a good idea to charge any electric power chairs or medical devices that you may need to use.
  • HAVE AN AM/PM RADIO to stay in tuned with the storm coverage. It is best to have a batteried operated radio in case the electric goes out.
  • STOCK UP ON BATTERIES for all the electronic devices or flashlights. Keep in mind that batteries do expire and you will need to check the expiration dates often.
  • KEEP NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND WATER on hand. It is reccommended to keep in stock one gallon of water per person per day and 3 days worth of non-perishable foods.If you have to take medications throughout the day you may want to plan for more water. Also if you pack canned foods, make sure that you have a can opener.
  • HAVE AN EVACUATION AND MEET UP PLAN. Have maps and a safe location where you can go to incase the home is no longer safe. Share this location with another person, so they know where to look if needed. If you or a loved one is home bond it is a good idea to have a designated nieghbor or family member drop by to check in on you.
  • MEDICATION LIST and medications in an easy accessed area. With having the list if you were to get seperated from your medications this with show what you are taking and a doctor could call in another script those medications.  Refill regularly, so you are not caught short on important medicines.
  • FIRST AID KITS should include all sizes of banages, burn aides, warmers, emergency blankets, and a dust mask to help with the dust if needed.  Charron Medical has a selection of first aid supplies.
  • EXTRA CLOTHING AND BLANKETS for staying  dry and  warm.
  • PETS, if you have pets it is recommended to follow these same guide lines for them.  Also include a list of all your pets immunizations and medications, if any.  They will be scared and nervous so make sure you pack items that they are familiar with, such as a favorite toy.
  • STAY CONNECTED and keep in touch with loved ones regularly.  

The Federal www.Ready.gov  website is packed with informationon on what is needed for “Emergency Kits”. All kits should be planned according to the needs of the individual.

 

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Check Your FSA Deadline: Order Diabetic Shoes and Compression Socks by December 15th

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can have different year end rules.  If you are planning to use 2017 FSA funds for Diabetic Shoes or Custom Compression Socks/Tights , please have your order in with us before Friday, December 15th, to be sure it arrives before year end.  Call today to schedule a fitting 603-889-7220.

FSA funds can be used for a variety of medical products.  United Healthcare provides this list of FSA qualified medical expenses.  Visit our local store at 222 Main Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the products you need.  

Live and Thrive in Your Own Home:  Aging in Place

You want to stay in your home.  Of course you do.  It is your space, just the way you like it.  Your books, your furnishings, your clothes, your photographs, your dishes, and most importantly – your memories.

But staying in your house might require some extra help.  Today, aging at home is commonly called ‘Aging in Place’.  But it can be more than that, it can mean thriving in place too!  Many seniors can live and thrive in their own homes, with a little help.

Your friends, family, and neighbors are good resources for you.  It is widely known that having a strong social network is the key to wellness, and the key to aging well.  Sometimes, our family and friends are not local.  Or perhaps they can’t visit as often as we would like. 

Other resources, such as the National Aging in Place Council, can step in to help.  You may want to connect with your local Senior Center.   Some communities have formed special non-profit organizations, such as – Community Care Givers of Greater Derry, or Monadnock at Home – having the sole mission of helping you stay independent and in your home, in your local neighborhood.  Charron Medical Services can be your local source for products – take advantage of the knowledgeable sales and service staff.  ​​

You can also help yourself, by installing equipment and tools to make your home more accessible. 

  • Home Access: it could be your front door has too many steps, or your bedroom is on the second floor.  Maybe your laundry is on the basement level, and you need to get down the stairs.  Home access is a big issue for seniors.  Fortunately, there is equipment available to help.
    • Stairlifts – both indoor and outdoor stairlifts are safe and economical in helping you live in a multi-level home. In choosing a stairlift, be sure to look for a local installer.  You will want someone who can respond quickly if you need service or repair.
    • Ramps – when it comes to overcoming the climb up your front steps, EZ Access ramps are versatile. The ramps are configurable, making them a great choice for customizing the installation to your home.  The ramps are designed to work with wheelchairs, walkers, and rollators.  They can even ease the way for ambulatory seniors who have less range and flexibility because of aging.
  • Interior Comforts: these products will improve the way you get around inside your home.
    • Ramps are also available for smoothing the transition between different floor heights or tall thresholds.
    • Seat lifts Chairs (not to be confused with stair lifts) are powered lift chairs that make is easy to get up after relaxing with a book or watching television. Powered chair lifts, such as models made by Pride and Golden, are attractive and extremely comfortable.  There are different features so be sure to think about how you will use the chair, to help select the right fit for you.
  • Scooters: if you are considering a scooter to help you get around inside or outside your home, you will want to test drive a few models.
    • Power chairs: the Go-Chair by Pride Mobility has a tight-turn radius.  You can maneuver it inside your home.  To try a Go-Chair, visit your local medical supply store.  
    • Pride Scooters: there are several models of outdoor scooters available.  To learn about the different models, such as the Go-Go Elite, visit the store and test drive the different models.  If you are undecided, you can start by renting a scooter and see how it helps you get around.
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It might seem overwhelming at times, but before you give up the dream of staying in your home – Aging in Place – talk with others who have made the accommodations to their homes.  Call the National Aging in Place Council.  And visit your local medical supply store.  The Durable Medical Equipment (DME) industry is here to serve you.  The products are designed with you in mind.  Choose a local store, where you can try the products, and be assured of prompt, quality, in home service and repair.

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Post Surgery Supplies for at Home Recovery

 

Are you the caregiver for someone having surgery?  Are you having surgery?  Equipping your home with the proper tools before you have surgery, will give you peace of mind and can also help boost recovery time. Your doctor or nurse will have some good suggestions for you.  The hospital, or even visiting nurses, are other resources to ask what to expect and how to prepare.  Both major and minor surgery deserve careful planning for at home recovery. 

The staff at Charron Medical will listen to your concerns, and offer suggestions based on years of helping caregivers and patients.  Products to consider include:

 

Margaret shares her recent experience as a caregiver for her son after surgery:

I am not a nurse and have had little experience with home recovery.  I was worried about how to take care of my 17-year old son after his major jaw surgery.  Two days in recovery at Massachusetts General Hospital and we were bringing him home. I was anxious and afraid.  Did I have everything I needed to help him heal? 

Before we left for the hospital two days earlier, we prepared the space at home for his recovery.  It was reassuring to do this before the surgery.  Major jaw surgery meant blenderized foods and lots of special medications.  I wanted him to sleep close to us – in the living room – so I could monitor him.  The doctor said to elevate his head, to help with the swelling.  He needed special syringes to tube feed him liquids, and heating pads to help his face heal. 

When I looked online I was overwhelmed with the choices for sleeping wedges – how high, how big?  Which heating pad would he be able to use comfortably at home?  How could I keep track of his medications?  Charron Medical helped me choose the right products to take care of him after his surgery.  They had everything I needed right there in the Nashua store.  There is so much to worry about when your child is having surgery, and it was a big relief to have their help. 

Major surgery, like hip replacement or knee surgery, might require a walker during recovery.  There are many styles and types to choose from; the EZ-ACCESSORIES Walker Carryon will keep all the necessities near you.  Mount it on the side, or in the front, the deep pockets will allow you to carry your cell phone, TV remotes, and even beverages, keeping everything within arm’s reach.  

If you’re healing from knee surgery you’re not going to want be going up and down, especially when using the restroom. Even with a caregiver or visiting nurse to help, the transition can be made easier with the TILT Toilet Incline Lift. With quick and easy installation, this heavy duty lift chair can make your bathroom experience one of ease and comfort.  

Mobility related surgeries can even make accesing your front door difficult.  If you’re using a walker, crutches or a wheelchair, a TRANSITIONS Modular Entry Mat will help you get over the threshold without tripping. Don’t worry about taking the step up when using this mat. It lays flush to any entry, can be trimmed down to fit any height and is made of heavy-duty rubber for a nonslip surface.

If you are having surgery, or caring from someone at home after surgery, take a few minutes to stop by the Charron Medical Services store.  We are here to help you plan and prepare.  We have hundreds of products in the store, but if we don’t have what you need or want, we will order it for you.