Medical Equipment and Supplies Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oxygen Therapy 101

    A number of diseases and conditions can lead to the use of oxygen therapy. This can interfere with a person's activity levels and even cause depression. It is important to know what kind of equipment is available and what can work best for your loved one.

  • 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.

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

    Q: 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?

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

    The 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What is the lifespan of a mechanical heart valve?

    Mechanical heart valves are made of pyrolytic carbon, similar to industrial grade diamond. It is very hard and wears very little.