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.

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.    

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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