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Preparing for unexpected trips to the Emergency Room

Preparing for unexpected trips to the Emergency Room

Whether you care for an older family member, or not, it’s prudent to prepare in advance for a trip to your local emergency room. When the unexpected happens, and you find yourself headed to the hospital, chances are you’ll be in a rush and not thinking straight. It’s...

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How to use a cane correctly

How to use a cane correctly

Canes are valuable assistive devices that can, IF used correctly, help you walk safely, improve your balance, give support, and reduce your risk of falling. But, believe it or not, using a cane correctly is not as instinctive, or as simple as you would think. It takes...

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Is it time for a cane?

Is it time for a cane?

So, how do you know if it’s time to start using a cane? And what are the benefits of using a cane? Every[body] is different - and circumstances vary greatly from person to person. But, know this, if you are asking the question, or reading this article, you already...

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7 ways to reduce your risk of falling

7 ways to reduce your risk of falling

If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. The risk of falling and fall-related problems rises with age. Each year, millions of older people, those 65 and older, fall. Statistically, that’s one out of every four - and, less than half tell their...

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How to wash someone’s hair in bed

How to wash someone’s hair in bed

Arguably, one of the biggest challenges in caring for someone that is bedridden, is managing their personal hygiene. Haircare is an essential part of that. It affects a person’s sense of well-being, self-esteem, and identity. No-rinse shampoos, dry shampoo, or wiping...

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When to choose a standard basic wheelchair

When to choose a standard basic wheelchair

What is a standard basic wheelchair – and what is it for? A standard manual wheelchair, also known as a hospital wheelchair, is perfectly designed for its purpose. It is not built to accommodate long-term use or specialized seating, positioning, or needs. Rather it is...

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What causes swollen feet?

What causes swollen feet?

Let’s discuss one of the most common aches and complaints experienced amongst the older generation. And what makes this oft-overlooked complaint, so dangerous. WHAT IS OEDEMA? If you experience swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet not related to an injury, it is...

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6 HYGIENE TIPS FOR BED BOUND SENIORS

6 HYGIENE TIPS FOR BED BOUND SENIORS

Whether it’s caused by chronic illness, advanced age, disability, or injury, being bedridden comes with a variety of challenges - and none more so than the maintenance of personal hygiene. The importance of good hygiene cannot be underestimated. Regardless of...

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A Wheelchair Accessible Home: 6 quick fixes

A Wheelchair Accessible Home: 6 quick fixes

Let me ask you a hypothetical question: Is your home accessible? If you took a tumble tomorrow and had to spend a few weeks or months in a wheelchair, would you be able to use your front door? Could you use the bathroom? Could you still make dinner? The answer for...

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How to use a walker correctly

How to use a walker correctly

Isn’t it strange? Nothing is ever as easy as it looks. Using a walker correctly is certainly a prime example. Regardless of what you may think as the person looking on, it’s just not as intuitive as it looks. Like many things, it takes a little time, patience - and...

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Life in a chair: 5 keys to comfort

Life in a chair: 5 keys to comfort

WHY IS POSTURE SO IMPORTANT? It gets a little annoying. Everyone banging on about posture – and the importance of posture. Posture is the concern of the mobile. Right? Wrong! Posture is possibly even more important for someone who is chair-bound or mobility restricted...

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7 keys to ensure your chair is correctly setup for YOU

7 keys to ensure your chair is correctly setup for YOU

GOOD POSTURE SHOULD NOT REQUIRE ANY EFFORT ON YOUR PART. It is largely determined by the setup and proportions of your chair, relative to your body's proportions. It has much to do with the chair, as it does you. More in fact! That means, how your chair is set up...

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Walker or Rollator? Which mobility aid do you need?

Walker or Rollator? Which mobility aid do you need?

If walking has become stressful, and anxiety-inducing, if you have difficulty balancing or tire quickly, then it is time for a little assistance. But, exactly what kind of assistance do you need? With the abundance of options available, specifically between walkers...

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5 Must-have Bathroom Safety Aids

5 Must-have Bathroom Safety Aids

Statistically speaking, if an accident or fall is going to occur within the home, it is going to happen in the bathroom. 30 – 50% of these falls are the result of environmental influences, things like slippery floors or uneven surfaces. And yet, in most instances,...

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7 Top tips to make your wheelchair COVID safe

7 Top tips to make your wheelchair COVID safe

Tips for wheelchair cleaning and disinfection So we all know that proper wheelchair maintenance is a reality of life. An imperative. I remember someone saying to me once if you want your chair to look after you, you have to look after your chair. True that! So, in our...

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8 Crucial considerations when choosing a Wheelchair

8 Crucial considerations when choosing a Wheelchair

So, you need to buy a wheelchair. But, which one? How do you choose? Where do you begin? With so many wheelchairs on the market, it can be intimidating to try and choose the right one, especially if you’ve never purchased a wheelchair before. It’s a big investment,...

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