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Restore Independence from Diminished Hearing and Vision

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As a person gets older their hearing and vision may start to weaken. It is a common occurrence among seniors, and it does not make life easy, particularly if that person has always been independent. Diminished hearing and vision could tug at pride and may be quite depressing. Seniors may try to deny that their hearing or vision is not as sharp as it once was. The good news is that KC Home Medical Supply has several products to help seniors with their diminishing senses but still allows them to maintain their cherished independence. Here are four products to consider if the senior in your life is having trouble seeing or hearing clearly.

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Find the Right Crutches for Mobility and Comfort

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Mobility limitations can come on suddenly, requiring loved ones to assist with the ordinary activities of life without warning. Crutches can become helpful when a person can bear some weight and needs to remain active, but cannot walk as they did before. It's critical to the healing process to find the right crutches for each person, and then to size them correctly for maximum comfort to encourage correct use to prevent delays in healing.

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Complete Physical Therapy as Instructed at Home

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After an illness, injury, or surgery, you might work with a physical therapist to restore physical movement. Of course, all the work isn't done in the clinic: chances are, your therapist will give you instructions on how to do certain exercises and therapies at home. Your recovery rate and ability depend upon your commitment to following your therapist's instructions. Unfortunately, this isn't always easy though. Sometimes the demands of home and life distract us from sticking to the rehabilitation schedule. Here are a few tips to help you complete your at-home physical therapy as instructed.

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Use a Rollator Walker to Assist Mobility

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A person with limited mobility may not need a wheelchair, as they may still be able to get about some. A rollator walker is ideal for these individuals who can walk, but need a little help with balance and stability. This type of walker uses a sturdy metallic frame set atop three or four wheels and has a built-in seat, allowing the user to stop and sit as needed. Many models also come with attachments and accessories to make moving about easier and more natural.

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Medical Trapezes for Home, Non-Hospital Style Beds

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The trapeze, also known as an overhead trapeze or medical trapeze, is versatile medical equipment that is essential for those with limited mobility due to old age, disability, or illness that confines them to a bed. It is recommended for bedridden patients to change positions and shift weight occasionally to prevent aches and bed sores. A medical trapeze makes this task much easier. However, trapezes come in many sizes and forms, so it is important to understand the benefits and differences of each.

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Handling Incontinence Care for People with Dementia

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Dementia is a debilitating condition that can affect just about anyone. As dementia progress in a person, they begin to lose their ability to react quickly. Their memory declines, and they begin to have problems with communication, mobility, and recognizing things that were once familiar. People with the condition also begin to have incontinence problems. With the deterioration of the mind, they sometimes do not realize when their bladder or bowel is full, nor do they have complete control to empty them. Also, those with dementia sometimes even do not remember the purpose or recognize a bathroom. People with dementia can experience mild leaking to full urine or fecal incontinence.

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How to Safely Take Your Medication on Time

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If your doctor prescribes medication for a long-term medical condition, it's important that you take your medication exactly as directed. Skipping a dose, waiting too long between doses, or taking your doses too frequently don’t allow the medication to work as intended and can all lead to serious medical issues. If you forget a dose, your symptoms might flare up, or your condition might take a turn for the worse. If you take a second dose too close to an initial dose, you run the risk of overdosing on that medication, which could result in serious side effects, hospitalization, or even death. 

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Plan Ahead for a Smooth Transition from Hospital to Home

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Family members and caregivers play an important role in facilitating healing when a patient is discharged from the hospital and can go home. This task can be daunting, as it often requires specialized equipment and some modifications to the home to help the patient live comfortably and heal safely. Make a list of the things you'll need before you leave the hospital, and prepare your home with the right equipment and supplies.

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Protect and Wrap Head Wounds with the Right Supplies

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Head wounds can seem worse than they actually are. They bleed heavily because the scalp and face have many blood vessels sitting close to the skin surface, and the intense bleeding can be alarming to some people. Fortunately, most injuries are not severe and bleeding can be brought under control with simple treatment. Use the right tools and supplies to keep you safe and the wound secure, providing a better chance to heal properly.

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5 Essential Upkeep and Maintenance Tips for Power Wheelchairs

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It's important to take care of your power wheelchair and accessories: it’s an investment and, most importantly, it provides you mobile freedom, getting you wherever you need to go whenever you need. Here are five tips for maintaining your power wheelchair to ensure it operates and runs smoothly.

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Prevent Pressure Sores to Expedite Patient Recovery

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Bedridden or immobile patients are at risk of developing many different complications, including highly dreaded pressure sores. If developed, they can severely diminish the quality of life of the affected patient. The development of pressure sores also leads to an increase in patient care needed, as well as an increase in medical costs. It is estimated that the cost of treating pressure ulcers range from $9 billion to $12 billion annually.

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Essential Home Safety Tips for Dressing Wounds

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Proper in-home care with safe treatment procedures and dressing wounds are essential to ensure that wounds heal better and infections do not occur. Proper wound dressing is a serious matter; precautions must be made to reduce risks of further health complications.

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Essential Upkeep and Maintenance for Lift Chairs

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One of the challenges faced by people who are elderly or debilitated is getting up from or sitting down in a chair; using lift chairs can help them overcome this challenge. Lift chairs are like recliners, with the major difference being that lift chairs have an electrical mechanism to tilt the chair forward or backward. This makes it easier for the user to stand up or sit down.

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Considerations When Selecting a Power Wheelchair or Scooter

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For patients with restricted mobility, wheelchairs and scooters are tickets to freedom. These devices offer a way to get about and travel outside the house or care facility. The right wheelchair or scooter can take them anywhere they want to go: work, school, the grocery store, visiting friends, or maybe catching a concert from their favorite band. Assistive devices and equipment are designed to give people with limited mobility their lives and independence back. Be sure to choose the device that's right for you.

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Creating a Safe Bathing Environment

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When taking care of our own personal hygiene, we don't typically give much thought to each step of the process. However, if an individual is dependent on a caregiver to provide or oversee proper bathing, there are many things to consider such as safety, exposure to bacteria, skin health, wound care, and overall cleanliness. Kansas City Home Medical Supply offers tools and accessories to better ensure your home bathing procedures and environment are safe. A safe setting should be your top priority when providing care, and proper equipment can offer that sense of security.

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Benefits of Bed Accessories in Home-Based Patient Care

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Home-based patient care is markedly different than hospital-based or healthcare facility-based medical care. In a healthcare facility, there are usually extra personnel on hand to assist patients and other staff, making it easy to offer optimal care. Furthermore, there are plenty of specialized equipment in hospitals that help caregivers assist patients.

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The Importance of Compression in your Healing Process

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When your body is healing, it is important that your muscular movements have the pressure strength to pump fluids in a constructive, rehabilitating manner. When your body stores excess fluid, it can slow down the healing process. In contrast, it is still important to retain blood flow and movement for steady circulation to the injured area. Compression therapy with aids like wraps, sleeves, stockings, and slippers can help the injured area function properly and improve your recovery rate in the following ways:

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