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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GERD Symptoms and Head Elevation While Sleeping

Reflux, sometimes known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a disease involving the stomach and esophagus. Unlike occasional heartburn we all get from time-to-time, GERD is painful burning in the chest and can even reach your throat and mouth.  Often, it will disrupt your daily activities.  Though not life threatening, you may find that some foods triggers an acid reflux attack.  Some people with GERD have trouble sleeping, because lying down can allow the stomach acid to more easily enter the esophagus.  People with GERD often complain of not sleeping well, or frequently waking throughout the night.  Solving this nighttime problem can bring much needed relief.  One customer of Charron Medical purchased an electric hospital bed to improve her sleep.   

Understanding GERD is the first step on a treatment path.  After your doctor has diagnosed your condition, you will develop a treatment plan together.  It is extremely important that you pay attention to your own individual triggers.  Healthline recommends keeping a journal to record your symptoms and the triggers that might worsen or bring on a reflux event.  Some of the triggers people notice are:

  • Eating meals close to bedtime
  • Spicy foods
  • Wearing tight fitting clothes

Relieving the symptoms of GERD can bring peace and joy back to simple pleasures like enjoying a good night’s sleep.  If nighttime reflux is a problem for you, consider some of these activities to help relieve your GERD symptoms:

  • Don’t lie down after meals.  Stay upright or take a walk.
  • Finish your last meal 2-hours before bedtime
  • Elevate your head while sleeping.  Use a bed wedge or consider buying a hospital bed, to adjust the head up.

Elevating your head while sleeping may reduce esophageal acid exposure and regurgitation, which can happen if you are a nocturnal (nighttime) refluxer.

There is a lot of information on the internet about reflux and GERD.  The American Gastroenterological Association is a good resource.  And some hospitals, like Massachusetts General Hospital, are working every day to develop new and more effective treatments for GERD.

Charron Medical Services carries a variety of bed wedge sizes, to help keep your head elevated after eating and during sleep.  Hospital beds can also be purchased or rented monthly; electric controls allow you to select the right head height for you.  Please call 603-889-7220, if you have questions about our products.

 

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What are diabetic shoes and why might they benefit me?

According to the Center for Disease Control there are over 29.5 million people in the US with diabetes; that’s almost 10% of the population. One problem that many diabetics face is problems with blood circulation and neuropathy in the feet. Poorly Controlled blood sugar can damage many parts of the body including nerves and blood vessels that go into the feet. For this reason people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing foot problems. Wearing specially designed diabetic shoes help reduce risks and risks and promote healthy circulations in your feet.

Foot ulceration is a common and debilitating complication of diabetes, affecting approximately 15% of people with diabetes. The long term outcome of foot ulceration is devasting, and substantial poropotion of diabetics (11-26%) develop foot uclerations that progress into amputation.

Studies have shown therapeutic foot wear can decrease ulcers and amputations in diabetic patients. Diabetic shoes or inserts are designed to reduce the risk of skin breakdown with from a pre-exsiting foot problems resulting from diabetes.Some foot problems associated with diabetes ​are impaired sensation or foot pain, some risks of amputaion, and foot ulcers. In clinical trials it has been shown that wearing therapeutic footwear can lower amputation rates by up to 18%, and up to 12% for foot uclers.

Diabetic shoes are designed to have extra depth so they can be accompanied by an insert, arch support, or shoe fillers such as lifts, wedges, or heels. They are also free of seams and joints on the inside of the shoe, so there is less friction and the potential for blisters. The diabetic shoes and custom-molded inserts work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobilty. The shoes and inserts are fitted and customized to each individuals needs through a certified fitter.

Diabetic shoes can be covered by your insurance, but they are also available to purchase in the same way you buy any other pair of shoes. In order to be considered for coverage under your insurance plan you will need to consult with your doctor and have a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Medicare has some strict guidelines that are outlined here.  If your doctor has recommended diabetic shoes, or if you have any questions, please call us. We have certified fitters on staff and we carry a wide selection of diabetic shoes to meet the needs of just about anyone.

What is the meaning of “National Wear Red Day” ?

​In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute embarked on National Wear Red Day for women. This is a massive national awareness day for heart disease and strokes in women. The first Friday of Febuary has been designated to encourage men and women to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health.

This coming National Wear Red day, Febuary 3, 2017 will mark 15 years of observance of the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awarness of woman’s health. Heart disease and strokes cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

With the awareness of Wear Red Day there have been tremendous strides.They include:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women have lost weight, with 50% of women having increased their exercise.
  • Six out of Ten women have changed their diet.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each year.
  • Premature death in women has decreased by more than 30% over the past 10 years.

A heart-healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart diseas. You can make life styles changes by:

  • Heart-healthy eating
  • Aiming for a healthy weight
  • Managing stress
  • More physical activity
  • Quit smoking

Many celebrities, profit and nonprofit groups come together each year to bring awarness for those who have been affected by heart disease and to educate more men and women.

If you are interested in more information please visit American Heart Association at www.honor.americanheart.org or The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov