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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What is a Seat Lift Chair and which is the best one for me?

A lift chair is an adjustable recliner and lifting seat that is electrically powered. Lift chairs are beneficial for individuals who find it difficult to stand up from a chair. They are controlled with a simple hand control and thereby easy to operate. On better quality chairs, there is a battery back up in place that will provide power in the event of a power outage.

Lift chairs come in different shapes and sizes​ with an array of decor. You can also custom make a seat lift chair with several different positions.

  • 2-Postion is probably the most common, it is also known as the TV Recline position. This position is a comfortable position for watching TV, reading, or just to be in a sitting position.
  • 3-Position is a full recline that puts you in a great position that is ideal for napping.
  • Infinite-Position enables the backrest and footrest to move independently from one another so that a variety of positions can be reached.
  • Trendelenburg Position is also a chair that enables the backrest and foot rest to move independently from one another so that a variety of positions can be reached including a lay-flat position.
  • Zero Gravity Position this position allows you to be in an Infinite variety of positions, and also positions one’s thighs and lower legs higher than his or her torso.

There are two companies right here in the United States that have demonstrated great quality and attention to detail in their work. Golden Technologies are hand crafted with 40 points of inspection and made in Pennsylvania. Pride Mobility, also based in Pennsylvania, have extensive factory testing to ensure outstanding reliability. Most of their chairs are made in Mississippi. We have a wide variety in our show room, you can easliy come down and try one out.  Anyone of our staff can assist you in purchasing and ordering the right one for you.    

                                                                                                

 

What can you expect after a hip or knee surgery.

Equipping your home with all the proper tools before you leave to go in for your knee or hip surgery will not only give you peace of mind but can also aid in recovery time. The last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to get into your home or how you’ll bathe during the healing process so here are a few tips to you to get you started. Consult your doctor to fully understand all the equipment and tools necessary for an optimal recovery.

If you’ll be using a walker to help you get around try the EZ-ACCESSORIES Walker Carryon to keep all the necessities near as you get around your house. 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. Make the transition 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.

One thing that should not be overlooked is the entry into your home. If you’re using a walker, crutches or a wheelchair, a TRANSITIONS Modular Entry Mat is just what you’re looking for. 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.

Don’t let bathing be a hassle! Any of the EZ-BATHING accessories can make even the most challenging task simple. Between the EZ-SHAMPOO Hair Washing Tray or the  EZ-BATHING Universal Bather which can hook on to any bathing chair or shower wall and keeps all your necessities close, you’ll be able to stay squeaky clean!

Other things to think about as you come home to recover is clearing all the walkways from tripping hazards including rugs, power cords and uneven flooring. If your bedroom is upstairs, it would be a good idea to make arrangements to be downstairs during the recovery process. While you’re at it make sure your bed is low enough to get in and out of. Most importantly, ask for help during this recovery period. The more preparation and help you have the better and quicker recovery can be!

What is stroke?

 

 

​​A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.When brain cells die during a stroke, body and brain functions controlled by that area of the brain– such as memory and muscle control– can be lost, sometimes temporarily, and sometimes permanently.

  • Each year nearly 800,000 people expierence a new or recurrent stroke.
  • A stroke happens every 40 seconds
  • Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Up to 80 percent strokes are prevented
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in theU.S.

There are three types of strokes: ishemic stokes, hemorrhagic strokes, and transient strokes.

Ishemic Stroke 

Ishemic stroke is the most common form of stroke, accounting for about 85% of strokes. This type of stroke is caused by blockages and narrowing of the arteries in the brain. These blockages are often caused by blood clots.

Hemmorrhagic Stroke 

Hemmorrhagic stroke are caused by ateries in the brain either leaking blood or bursting open. The leaked blood puts pressure on brain cells and damages them.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) 

TIA’s are different from the aforementioned kinds of stroke because the flow of blood to the brain is only briefly interrupted. TIA are similar to ischemic stroke in that they are often caused by blood clots or other debris.

A stroke can lead to long-term problems, depending how quickly it is diagnosed and treated. The patient can experience temporary or permanent disabilities in the aftermath of a stroke. The effects of a a stroke can be also be life changing both physically and emotionaly. 

After a stroke you may have a period of time where you may have to rehabilitate. There are many devices that could help you live independantly during this time.

  • Bedrails are good for assisting patients to get out of bed and keeping them from falling out of bed.
  • Grab bars if a person has good upper strength can hold onto the grab bar while moving or standing to provide more support to the body.
  • Shower chairs a patients can sit on during a shower to have better balance.
  • Raise toilet seats help reduce the distance from standing to sitting.
  • Leg strap, dressing stick, sock aides, and grip utensils are also a great aide for indepence.

May is Stroke Awareness month you can log into www.strokassociated.org to get more information on how to help prevent a stroke.​​

How to make your home more accessible with a stairlift.

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Stairs can be dangerous and difficult to navigate, but a disability or mobility problem should not confine anyone to one floor of a home. A stairlift gives you back safe and secure access to your entire home again. Whether you’re concerned about a dangerous fall on your stairs or simply need a little extra help getting up and down, you’re just like millions of other aging Americans today. 

Stairlifts come in many shapes and sizes and can accommodate almost any type of stairway. From a single flight of straight stairs, to multi-leveled, curved stairways with s​​​everal landings, even spiral staicases.

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Standard features on most models include a folding swivel seat, folding armrests and footrest, and easy-to-use buttons attached to the seat. In addition they include portable remotes which are typically located at the top and the bottom of the stairs for easy retrieval, and a seatbelt.  

A highly trained stairlift enginer will come and assess your home and give you a quote. We will then confirm a date for installation. ​Stairlifts are not permanent. Stairlifts are installed onto the stair treads of your steps, so there is no structural modification needed. They can be easily removed if you are moving or selling your home. In most cases, a stairlift can be removed in less than an hour with little evidence it was ever there!

If you do not want to purchase a stairlift, check with your local medical equipment provider to see if they if  have rentals available. Rentals are a great option if you have a short-term need. Unfortunately, stairlifts are not covered under any insurance.

If you are pondering whether this would be a good option for you or a loved one, here is  a great brochure that can help you choose the right lift.

Stairlifts operate on two 12 volt batteries, so you will never have to worry about not being able to use the lift in a power outage.

 Here’s a link to a YouTube video with some of the more common stairlift features described in detail.