About Debbie Dvorachek

Debbie Dvoracheck, LPN, WWC, is a Business Development Associate with the Agnesian Health Shoppe. If you have questions regarding home medical equipment or the Agnesian Health Shoppe, please contact the Health Shoppe at (920) 926-5277, or visit agnesianhealthshoppe.com
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Lighten a caregiver’s load

How can you lighten a daily caregiver’s workload and help your loved one remain independent as long as possible. There are many solutions you just need to find them! In the bathroom, a shower chair can give stability and support that makes standing up or sitting down much easier, and will keep them safe and [...]

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Creative Gift Giving

Finding the perfect gift idea for an elderly family member or friend can be challenging. People in their late 70s, 80s and 90s may have downsized their living spaces or may live in group homes with limited personal space. Many times, comfort, practicality and improvement in the quality of life may outweigh novelty when picking [...]

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Assistive devices can make a difference

What actually is an assistive device? An assistive device is any device that helps someone do something that they might not otherwise be able to do well or at all. Generally the term is used for devices that help people overcome a handicap such as a mobility, vision, mental, dexterity or hearing loss. It is [...]

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What do I need to know about a lift chair?

A lift chair is a device that gradually lifts the person to a standing position or gradually descends the person into a sitting position without causing any injuries. Most lift chairs plug directly into the wall, but feature a backup power supply that is activated when the power goes out. Many elderly and those who [...]

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Mobility and independence start with your feet

Very interesting study found that 71 percent of respondents aged 65 or older reported foot pain and concerns, yet only 39 percent of them had sought medical advice and only 26 percent of them believe their foot concerns were medical conditions. It makes sense that senior adults tend to experience more concerns with their feet [...]

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Do you have a hard time hearing on the phone?

TEPP Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program….is the way to get telephone equipment you need at a reasonable cost or maybe even at no cost. The telephone is a vital element in our daily living. We routinely use the phone to chat with friends, make dinner reservations, inquire about job openings and even to do our banking. [...]

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What are SADD lights?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADD) affects people who are extremely sensitive to winter’s increased melatonin secretions and lack of sunshine. People with SADD produce too much melatonin. This disrupts their internal body clock leading to depressive symptoms. You may have SADD if you have had episodes of depression that clearly have an onset in fall or [...]

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Tell me more about mastectomy products

Many women who have been treated for breast cancer have had a surgery that leads to an alteration in their physical appearance. Sometimes these alterations are permanent; they may be temporary if reconstruction is scheduled for a later time. Most women will be able to wear a prosthesis (breast form) within two to eight weeks [...]

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What can I say to convince a loved one to be safe and use their rollator?

It is very common for a person needing to use any mobility aid to be reluctant or that you see them walking without any mobility aid. It can take some time, even months, before the person will begin to see the benefits of using one. You need to have patience with the person and allow [...]

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Should I, or someone I care for, be using a cane or a walker?

Both canes and walkers are called mobility aids, which can help a person from falling and decrease their risk of losing their balance. A mobility aid can make a person feel more comfortable with walking and standing, which can help people” stay young” as they get older. One of the best things you can do [...]

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