Medical Equipment and Supplies Articles

  • Expert Advice on Aging in Place

    Is your house elder friendly? An occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist explains how improving the safety, accessibility and functionality of your residence now can safeguard your future at home.

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  • Oxygen Therapy 101

    A number of diseases and senior health conditions can lead to the use of oxygen therapy. Understand how to get and pay for supplemental oxygen, ensure you are using the right equipment and observe necessary safety precautions.

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  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

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  • A Complete Guide to Durable Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies

    Sometimes the need for aids is immediately apparent, for example, in the case of a broken hip. Other times the need appears gradually. Be alert to the potential need for an assistive device, as seniors commonly try to downplay changes in their abilities.

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  • Lowering My Blood Pressure without Pills

    My blood pressure has been a challenge these past few years... sometimes too low, sometimes too high. I'm trying to take fewer meds and supplements, so here are a few "natural" things I'm doing to keep my blood pressure in check.

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  • Treating Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP Machine

    People struggling with sleep apnea are often prescribed a CPAP machine to mitigate their symptoms. However, these devices do have downsides. Discover how to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine.

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  • 5 Technologies I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    There weren't nearly as many technologies available to help caregivers when I was looking after my loved ones. Here's a list of the tools I wish I'd had.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • Travel Tips to Help Seniors Get Through Airport Security Screening

    When traveling with a mobility aid, artificial joint, pacemaker, oxygen concentrator or liquid medications, use these insights from a TSA spokesperson to get through security checkpoints quickly and easily.

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  • Are hearing aids covered by Medicare or Medicaid?

    According to the official Medicare guidebook published by the federal government, Medicare doesn't cover hearing aids and exams for fitting hearing aids.

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  • Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Current treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cannot repair the damage to the lungs. However, they can slow further damage and improve COPD symptoms.

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  • Patient Lifts Help Caregivers Transfer Seniors Safely

    Family caregivers often struggle to reposition and transfer seniors with limited mobility, risking their own health and safety and that of their loved ones. Choosing the right Medicare-covered patient lift can help prevent falls and back injuries.

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  • 9 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Special Senior in Your Life

    Need a nice holiday gift for the senior who needs a little bit of extra care? Find suggestions for good gifts to give an aging loved one that is helpful as well as thoughtful.

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  • Report Calls for More Scrutiny of Medical Devices

    After a series of recalls and an alarming rise in adverse events, a new report is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to replace its 35-year old clearance process for medical devices, such as pacemakers, heart valves and artificial joints.

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  • A walker won't fit in our small bathroom. What can we do?

    My bathroom is very small and there is no room for my husband to maneuver his walker when the door is opened into the room. Any suggestions?

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  • Arthritis Top Tips: Orthopedic Supplies for Improving Mobility and Minimizing Pain

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ suggestions for devices to help a senior get around safely with as little discomfort as possible.

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  • The Quest to Find the Perfect Shoe for Arthritis

    Arthritis can complicate the simplest of tasks--even shoe shopping. Discover the truth behind common arthritis myths and learn what to look for when shopping for a comfortable shoe.

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  • 5 Tips For Saving Money On a Wheelchair Van

    Minivans with adaptations that enable wheelchair users to easily get in and out can be very beneficial for seniors and their caregivesr, and buying one doesn't have to break the bank.

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  • What Medical Expenses Can Be Written off on Taxes?

    Family caregivers often share the burden when it comes to their loved ones' medical expenses. If you can claim your care recipient as a dependent on your taxes, you may be able to write off some of their health care costs, too.

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  • How to Buy a Hearing Aid

    With hundreds of different options available, buying a hearing aid can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself before meeting with an audiologist to ensure that the device you select is a perfect fit for your lifestyle.

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