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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Lift Chair

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

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If your loved one is having difficulty getting up and down from a sofa or chair, it might be time to consider purchasing them a power lift chair. Enjoy these tips to help you pick out the perfect chair, courtesy of Tim’s Home Medical Supplies:

 

  • How many positions does the power lift chair have?

 

You’ll soon notice that lift chairs come with descriptions such as “Two position,” “Three position,” or “Infinite position.” The difference between a two and three position is that a three position can go into full 90-degree recline, while a two position allows for a 45-degree recline. Infinite position lift chairs come with two motors that allow the footrest to move independently of the back portion, allowing for an extensive range of positions.

 

  • Is this lift chair the right size for my loved one?

Just like regular recliners, lift chairs come in a variety of sizes. In order for your relative to feel completely comfortable, you need to make sure you get the right size for them. If it’s too tall, their feet may not touch the floor. If it’s too small, it could cause a strain on their lower back. We recommend purchasing a power lift chair only obtaining the height and approximate weight of the person for whom you are purchasing it.

 

  • Which type of covering is best?

If your loved one have a problem with incontinence, it might be best to forgo the cloth-covered lift chair and get one with leather instead. The opposite is true if they sweat a lot. In that case, the cloth one will better serve them.

  • What does their space look like?

Most models extend once reclined, which could be a problem if your loved one’s living room offers little spare room. Special models are available, and can be placed against the wall, sliding open without banging into the area behind it.

  • Why do they need the chair?

 

A lift chair offers a variety of amenities, from heated seats to cup holders, as well as lift speed variation and vibrating seats. If your relative experiences aches and pains, these features can help increase their comfort levels. We’ll help you find the unique qualities that set your perfect chair apart from the rest.

To learn about some of the terminology and other features of powered lift chairs, reach out to us by phone at 360-782-1922  or online. You can also view the lift chairs we carry in our online catalog.

Yes, we Have Items That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

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If you’re dreading the holiday crowds at the malls and big box stores, we’d like to offer an alternative—shopping at your local HME! While we may not be the first place you think of when it comes to holiday gifts, we actually carry a number of items that can delight your loved ones during this festive season:

  1. Lift chairs

 

If your loved one has been having an increasingly difficult time getting up and down from the sofa, a lift chair could be just the ticket! These handy powered pieces of furniture will lift your relative up into a standing position, so they don’t have to struggle out of a seated position. In addition to being comfortable, lift chairs can also allow your loved one to age safely in-home.

 

  1. Mobility Scooters

 

74 percent of mobility scooter users said that without their scooters, they would not make the same kinds of trips. If your loved one isn’t getting around like they used to, this gift could open their world back up. From vacations to simple trips to the grocery store, a scooter has a variety of uses for those with limited mobility.

 

  1. Aids to Daily Living

 

This section of our website is filled with all the things you never knew you needed! Try our reachers, which allow your loved one to grasp objects easily. We also offer accessories for their walkers. The stocking stuffer possibilities are endless!

 

  1. Compression Socks

While many people think compression socks just come in dull colors, this couldn’t be further from the truth! We carry compression socks in a wide variety of fun hues. If your loved one is on their feet all day, compression socks can offer relief to aching muscles. Conversely, if they’re frequently in a cramped or seated position, compression socks can help prevent blood clots.

 

The holidays don’t have to be as stressful. Stop by Tim’s Home Medical Supplies and let us help you pick out a gift that’s fun, affordable and practical for your loved one.

Home Accessibility Checklist

Posted on: November 27th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

Home is where the heart is, but if you’re a wheelchair user, you’re probably already familiar with the fact that most American homes are not built with wheelchair users in mind. That’s why Tim’s Home Medical has put together this list of the most common home modifications that need to be done to make wheelchair users happy and comfortable:

Wheelchair Accessible Features Inside the House

  • General
    • Doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide.
    • Hallways need to be at least 36 inches wide.
    • It is best to go with tile or hardwood rather than carpet.
    • Outlets need to be at least 15 inches above the floor.
    • Thermostats and light switches should be no higher than 48 inches off of the ground.
    • Lower doorknobs for easy access.
    • Front loading washer and dryer.
  • Bedroom
    • Multi-level drawers and shelves for clothes
    • Mattress height the same height as the seat cushion of the wheelchair.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms
    • All bathtubs/showers should be replaced with walk-in showers.
    • Walk-in showers need to have a seat and hand-held shower head.
    • A taller toilet.
    • Grab bars in the walk-in shower and near the toilet.
    • Cabinets should not be placed under the sink so there is room for a wheelchair to slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the walk-in shower, toilet and sink.
  • Kitchen
    • Multi-level counter tops.
    • Side-by-side fridge in order to have easy access to the fridge and freezer.
    • A raised dishwasher.
    • Place the microwave on top of a counter.
    • Have front controls on the stove.
    • No cabinets under the sink so a wheelchair can slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the fridge, oven, sink, counters and kitchen table.

Wheelchair Accessible Features Outside the house

  • Sidewalks with mobility ramps to doorways.
  • Ramps should include handrails and curbs to prevent accidents.
  • Paved paths throughout yard for easy mobility.
  • Raised garden beds for gardening.
  • Vertical platform lifts for easy porch accessibility

With all of these great tips you are now able to build a new home or remodel the one you have to give you the accessibility you need in your wheelchair or scooter. Tim’s Home Medical wants you to feel comfortable and be happy in your home. We can help you with some home modifications, including modular ramps.

Tips to a Leaner Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 20th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

If you’ve been struggling to stick to your diet, you might be dreading Thanksgiving. After all, few other holidays encourage such conspicuous over-consumption of food. For those with health conditions that require them to lose weight, watching your intake during this time is especially crucial. That’s why Tim’s Home Medical would like to offer these tips for a leaner Thanksgiving:

  • Eat breakfast.

 

A light, healthy meal in the morning can help you with portion control, since you won’t arrive at dinner starving.

 

  • Start the day with activity.

 

This may be difficult to squeeze in if you’re preparing all or part of the meal; however, getting up early and exercising before you indulge in your favorite dish can help you burn off those extra calories.

 

  • Substitute some of the fattier ingredients with low-fat options.

Greek yogurt has a similar texture and taste to sour cream, but has significantly less fat and calories. Other ways you can cut back on fat is to halve the amount of butter a recipe calls for or use sugar alternatives.

  • Exercise portion control.

 

Scan the table for which items you really want to eat, and which ones you’re okay with skipping. Don’t waste your calorie count on food you can have all year round—instead, identify your holiday favorites and have smaller portions of each.

 

  • Don’t stuff yourself.

 

Instead of eating until you feel drowsy, stop when you feel satisfied. Most Thanksgiving dinner items are filling, so chances are it won’t take long for you to get to that point. One way to do this is to eat slowly and truly savor the taste of the food.

 

  • Limit alcohol intake.

 

The calories in alcohol can add up fast, and inebriation can lead to more consumption of food. Enjoy a glass of water between alcoholic drinks so you can stay hydrated.

At Tim’s Home Medical , we want you to be able to enjoy your time with friends and family without having to worry about damaging your health. If you do live with a condition that requires you to lose weight (such as diabetes), let us help. We carry diabetic supplies in our online catalog, as well as exercise and rehab equipment to help you stay fit.

COPD and the Heat: Tips for Coping

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by vgmforbin

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Summertime—the word conjures up sunny days, beaches, vacations and relaxation. But this idyllic time of year also has its downsides—bug bites, thunderstorms and extreme heat. If you live with COPD, you know how hard hot days are! At Tim’s Home Medical Supplies, we encourage you to take advantage of all the benefits of summer while still taking health precautions. That’s why we’re offering the following tips on how to beat the heat:

  • Stay inside as much as possible between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., especially on the days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If you don’t have air conditioning at your house, go someplace that does during this time. Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take refuge in. If you’re in your golden years, your community may also have a senior center for you to stay at as well.
  • If you must be outside, concentrate your activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure you take plenty of breaks in an air conditioned room.
  • Increase your water intake. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. You should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can also contribute to dehydration.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping you feel better.

Remember, it’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard. The experts at Tim’s Home Medical Supplies can help. We carry portable oxygen concentrators and accessories. We can also come service your oxygen concentrator in an emergency. Stop by our location today to start breathing better today!

6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by vgmforbin

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If you’ve made the decision to age in-home, chances are you’ll eventually need an accessibility solution such as a stairlift. Stairlifts can be a major investment, so it’s not a decision most take lightly. Here are some questions we recommend you ask before selecting your new stairlift, courtesy of Tim’s Home Medical Supplies:

  • Who will install the stairlift?

Most places that sell stairlifts will also install them, but not always. Make sure that whoever does install the stairlift is authorized to do so by the manufacturer. Some stairlift manufacturers will not honor the warranty if it was not installed by an authorized installer.

  • Is there enough room on my staircase for a stairlift?

There are many adaptable fittings that can make installing a stairlift a reality, even for narrow staircases. Our experts can evaluate your home ahead of time to make sure the stairlift is the best fit for your home.

  • What kind of stairlift should I get?

Tim’s Home Medical Supplies carries stairlifts for both straight and curved staircases. Typically, you will need a curved stairlift if there is a landing on your staircase, but you can choose two straight stairlifts as well. We also offer heavy-duty stairlifts for users who weigh 300 pounds or more.

  • How much will the stairlift cost?

The analogy we like to use is that installing a stairlift is like installing carpet—the cost all depends on what you get, and how much of it you need!

  • How easy is it to use the stairlift?

If you have limited manual dexterity due to arthritis or other conditions, look for a stairlift with light-touch controls. Some models come with remote controls, which can be convenient if you have more than one person using the stairlift.

  • What safety features should I look for?

Look for things such as seats that can swivel for you to get on and off easily, but will lock in place when it’s moving. You should also ask if your stairlift comes with sensors on the foot platform that stop the unit if there’s an obstruction in its path.

Tim’s Home Medical Supplies is here to help you move independently in your own home. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get an evaluation of your home.

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

Posted on: July 7th, 2016 by vgmforbin

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If you sleep 8 hours and still can’t stay awake during the day, or your partner has been sleeping on the couch due to your snoring, you may need a sleep study. Often times, sleep apnea can cause these symptoms.

Before you go out and buy any CPAP supplies, your doctor will want to confirm this causation with a polysomnogram.

A polysomnogram, or a sleep study, is a non-invasive procedure.  During this study, you will be paired with various wires and sensors to match your head, nostrils and mouth.  You will also have cardio and pulmonary monitors, along with motion detectors on your eyelids, jaw and legs. Every breath, heartbeat, eye flicker, tooth grind and leg jerk is recorded for analysis. It’s very intriguing to examine how many brain waves you give off during your sleep.

Your doctor will help you find your own sleep center or refer you to a local practice.  It may feel strange being hooked up to wires and sensors, but participating in a sleep study where the patient rooms are hotel quality ensures that you will be able to move around, use the bathroom and sleep in different positions with ease.  It always helps to find a sleep study lab that can work around your schedule and offers a wide window for testing.

If you need assistance finding the best CPAP machine or CPAP mask for you, we’re here to help! With respiratory therapists on-staff and CPAP supplies in our online catalog, our team at Tim’s Home Medical Supplies has everything you need.

5 Things You Need to Know About Sun Damage

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by vgmforbin

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Gone are the long sleeves and scarves of winter. With warm summer months come tank tops, along with flip-flops and swimming suits. No matter what outdoor activity you’re enjoying, having any exposed skin can cause you to run the risk of sun damage. Whether you’re enjoying a swim, a bike ride or a kayak ride, here are 5 things you should keep in mind when it comes to sun damage:

  • Sunburns and Suntans are a reaction to the skin being injured

Whether you get a painful, red burn or a sought-after tan, both are the result of the same thing: your skin being attacked by the sun’s UV rays. A tan is the result of the body creating more melanin to protect itself, while a burn is an inflammatory response to damage. In both situations, the skin loses moisture and starts to tighten.

  • Base Tans Don’t Protect You

No matter how nice they may look, tans are still the result of the skin being damaged. Adding to a base tan by tanning more will only result in a higher risk for wrinkles and possibly cancer.

  • Use Sunscreen Liberally

Most people don’t use as much sunscreen as the manufacturers recommend. And after a while, it will start to wear off. Dermatologists recommend you reapply sunscreen once every two hours.

  • Any time is a good time to quit tanning

Some people who’ve experienced sun exposure at an early age tend to take on the mantra, “The damage is done, so I may as well keep tanning!” However, harmful sun exposure is like smoking: even if the damage is done, quitting is still better than continuing the habit.

  • You don’t always see it

Just because sun damage doesn’t show up doesn’t mean it’s not happening. While it’s easier to see sun damage on fair skin, those with natural tans are just as much at risk for sun damage, skin cancer and premature wrinkles—even if you don’t see the damage as it’s happening.

Tim’s Home Medical Supplies wants you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. As long as you take the proper precautions, you should be able to enjoy the warmer weather without damaging your skin. If you have a helpful summer safety tip, share it with us on our Facebook page!

We’re not in Kansas anymore: how to stay safe in summer storm season

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

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The sirens go off. You round up the kids and hustle them to the basement, along with flashlights, snacks and anything else you may need to ride out the impending storm. Everyone is down there except for grandma—who sits in her lift chair and insists that it’s nothing.

Sound familiar?

The truth is, when it comes to bad storms, older Americans are the ones who are most likely to be harmed. There are a variety of reasons why, but attitude is one reason. They’ve seen a lot of storms in their lifetime that ended up being nothing.

Another is a lack of mobility within the home. Some elderly people are unable to get to the basement fast enough, or they have trouble navigating the stairs.  Since this month marks National Safety Month, we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to keep yourself and your relatives safe during summer storm season:

  • Make sure the safe space is easily accessible

 

This means making sure the entrance to the basement or bathroom is clear of all toys, magazines, and anything else that may be a tripping hazard. If you have a parent or grandparent who is aging in-home, make sure they have accessibility products installed that can help them get around easily. This includes items such as stair lifts, bath safety grab bars, walkers, rollators and chair lifts.

 

  • Pack a Bug-Out Bag

 

This is a bag with all the essentials in case you have to take shelter for a while. Items within it can include extra medication, bottles of water, a flashlight, a portable battery charger for your cell phone, weather radio, a change of clothes and blankets.

 

  • Communicate with others

 

Be sure to tell your family and loved ones where you hide during stormy weather. If the worst happens, emergency workers will have an easier time finding you. When the storm is over, make sure you call or visit your elderly relatives to make sure they got through it okay.

 

We care very deeply about the health and safety of our customers. Remember, if there is anything you need to help mom, dad, grandma or grandpa navigate the home more easily, we have a wide variety of mobility equipment in our online catalog.

Too hot to handle: how to avoid heat stroke

Posted on: June 15th, 2016 by TimsBlogger

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It can sneak up without warning, and leave you nauseous, tired and unable to think straight. In its worst form, it can send you to the hospital or even kill you. We’re talking about heat stroke, and as temperatures rise across the country, you’re going to need to be extra-vigilant about keeping yourself cool. Here are some other tips to stay safe in the summer heat:

  • Check up on your older relatives. Some types of medications taken by the elderly can wreak havoc on the body’s ability to regulate temperature, putting Older Americans especially at risk.
  • Carry liquid with you wherever you go, preferably water or a sports drink. Sugary drinks such as soda, lemonade and sweet tea might taste better in the heat, but they will dehydrate you quickly.
  • Take frequent breaks throughout the day. If you are running errands around town or working outside, make sure you take a break every hour to sit in the shade and drink some water.
  • Keep your living space cool. This means running the fans and the air conditioning, or covering up the windows with blinds or drapes. It may be nice and sunny out, but that beautiful sun could be heating your house up to dangerous levels!
  • It may be tempting to not eat when it’s hot out, but food goes a long way to keeping you from feeling dehydrated. Make sure to keep your meals light, as a heavy meal can add to your sense of exhaustion from being in the heat.
  • Dress appropriately. Avoid clothing that is black or heavy.

As long as you are being proactive, summer is a great time to get outside, explore the country and experience nature. If you or a loved one have trouble with getting around, we have a number of mobility products in our online catalog that can help!