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Staying home safely in your elder years

I have had the honor of working in long-term care for a great many years. Most of the time, residents who moved into an assisted-living were people who chose to move. They had been fearful of living alone, they were declining in health, or they simply chose to live in a community where many amenities […]

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Ready to order diabetic shoes? Here’s how.

Written by: Katie Gregory, DME sales specialist of Diabetes/Therapeutic Shoes at Agnesian Health Shoppe When I am working with individuals who are looking for the best pair of shoes for their specific medical needs, there are certain questions I am generally asked. Here are the answers to the two more commonly-asked questions. What percentage does […]

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How often should I clean my CPAP supplies, and how?

Written by: Tanya Westra, registered respiratory therapist, Agnesian Health Shoppe You should wash your CPAP mask, tubing, water chamber and washable filter (if you have one, some use disposable filters) once a week at the minimum to prevent bacteria growth and infection. You can wash your supplies in a mild dish soap and water. Rinse […]

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Tell me more about 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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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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