Category Home Safety

Three Strategies for Keeping Your Parents in Good Health

Today’s senior citizens are living healthier, longer and more productive lives than ever before. Thanks to medical advances and increased awareness of the role nutrition exercise play in maintaining good health, most are remaining active long into retirement. Adult children and others can also contribute significantly to the health and happiness of the seniors in their lives — here’s how.

Involve Them in Your Activities

Seniors often find themselves living somewhat isolated lives, and this can have a detrimental impact on their health and happiness. Involving them in your activities provides them with positive social contact. Seeing them often gives you the opportunity to keep tabs on how they’re feeling and functioning, which allows you to be alert to possible health issues...

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Common Home Medical Supplies for Diabetes

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In 2012, over 29 million Americans had diabetes, representing nearly 10% of the U.S. population. And that number does not include the nearly 8 million who remain undiagnosed. With so many impacted by this disease, there is a growing need for an understanding of home medical supplies to support diabetics.
Here is a brief description of some of the more common medical supplies for diabetics:

Insulin. Perhaps the most important and most recognized diabetic supply is insulin, the hormone necessary to treat Type 1 diabetes. There are several different types of insulin. Selection is based on the speed at which they begin to work and how long they last. Keeping several days supply of insulin is of utmost important to a diabetic.

Testing meter. Another vital home supply for a diabetic is a relia...

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Major Home Medical Tools for Broken Bones

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No matter how safe we try to be, the truth is that each and every one of us is subject to broken bones. While casts and crutches will be administered by the hospital, there are some medical supplies that would be helpful to have at home. If you have young kids, or know someone who is getting older and their bones growing more brittle, these are some of the medical aids you should keep at home incase anything should happen.

  • Ambulatory Equipment: If you cannot walk or have difficulty getting around, having a wheelchair at home will be very helpful. There are now several types, including ultra-light ones that make it easier for you to move about. Geriatric chairs or recliners make life a lot easier for the aged...
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Home Safety Tips for Kids with Asthma 

Sick kid with inhaler in foreground - asthma or other respirator

Seasonal changes affect the health of asthmatic patients, and to avoid flare ups, a detailed inspection has to be taken of every room in the house to avoid triggers. If you have an asthmatic child in the home, then safety tips should be followed in consultation with a healthcare provider. Besides nebulizers and breathing apparatus, a clean environment should be maintained inside the house, especially during spring and fall when asthma triggers are bound to be present.

Maintaining Pure Air

Good quality air is essential for reducing asthma triggers within the house. While air filters can be used to maintain clean air, there are other precautions that need to be taken to maintain this environment throughout the day and night...

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Home Medical Supplies for Kids With Allergies

Kids Playing Piggyback Race

Allergies are a common occurrence among children nowadays. Factors such as foods, medications, insect bites and/or stings, or even the weather can induce an allergic reaction depending on the child. Allergic reactions happen in the form of sneezing, wheezing, swelling, skin rashes, and so much more.

It is very important to be aware of your child’s body and the way it reacts to certain things. If you find that your child has an allergy to something, whether it is mild or severe, there are some supplies to keep in your home that would be very helpful should a surprise allergic reaction arise. These supplies are as follows.

  1. Benadryl/Claritin- Each of these medications can be bought over the counter and are completely safe for your child...
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How To Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

Woman In A Wheelchair Using A Ramp

Things can change in the blink of an eye. Wheelchairs should be viewed as a means of allowing someone who’s unable to walk to live a life of normalcy and mobility. There may come a time when we find ourselves or our family members will be need to use a wheelchair. Whether this is a temporary adjustment or a permanent life change, inevitably there will need to be some changes made to accommodate.

These changes should start in the home. If you’re unsure about how to begin, here are 5 major ways to make your home wheelchair accessible.

  • Entryways: Start with entryways and primary access points of the home. Do you have batches of 2-3 steps to get in the front door, back door, or the garage entry? If so, convert these into gradual ramps...
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How to Stock Your Medicine Cabinet Like a Pro

Woman Looking in Medicine Cabinet

When’s the last time you checked your medicine cabinet? Do you have all the supplies you need to treat minor symptoms? Here are some medical supplies you should have in your home in the case of a minor emergency in your family:

Fever, Body Pain and Headaches

  • Acetaminophen – A safer choice than aspirin, care should be taken to avoid mixing it with any other tablet or syrup that contains acetaminophen to avoid overdose.
  • Aspirin – A staple of medical supplies and a popular fever reducer and painkiller. If there is someone in your family who is about to undergo surgery or is on blood thinners, make sure they avoid it. Also, teenagers and children in your home should avoid it as it is connected to Reye’s syndrome, a condition that involves swelling of the liver and brain.

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Making the Home Use of a Hospital Bed as Comfortable as Possible

home use of a hospital bedWhen caring for a bedridden family member or loved one, you’re naturally concerned with their comfort. For the home use of a hospital bed, use these tips to make it as comfortable as possible.

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A Complete First-Aid Kit: No Home Should Be Without One

fist-aid kit, Boca Raton, FloridaMake an investment in your safety — purchase or assemble a well-stocked first-aid kit and store it within easy reach at home.

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An Older Adults’ Home Safety Checklist

older adults' home safety checklist, Boca Raton, FloridaIt’s a good idea now and then to take a walk-through of your home to make sure everything is secure and safe. Mishaps are all too common when a home is poorly maintained.

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