Ask Sarah: 3 Ways to Grow Old in Your Home, Not a Facility!

Dear Sarah,

My parents are becoming less and less independent each day, and I know that they are heading down the path of having to move to a nursing facility. I know this is something they have always stated they did not want to do. They want to live life to the fullest in the comfort of their own home. Do you know how I can help make this possible for them? I am open to any and all suggestions.

Thanks!

Carol in Northeast Ohio

 

Dear Carol,

We know firsthand that it is nearly everyone’s dream to grow old in the comfort of their own home. Yet, many, like you, are unaware that the goal to stay in your home IS 110% possible! But how, you may ask? Easy!

At New Visions, we offer a wide variety of products and services that can help to easily allow you and your loved ones to continue to watch Sunday Football in your living room, host holiday parties for all of your loved ones, and enjoy your Saturday morning coffee at your kitchen counter.

5 Products That Foster Independence

  1. Bath Safety Products: Slips and falls are dangerous. Prevent injury by installing grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats, CleanCut tubs, and much more.
  2. Proper Beds: Rest with comfort by trying out hospital beds, adjustable beds, EZ adjust bed rails, or a bed cane.
  3. Lift Chairs: If you need help standing or sitting on your own, there are a variety of styles, fabrics and comfort levels for a lift chair to fit your needs.
  4. Ramps: Don’t let getting in and out of your house become an issue. Instead, try portable and modular ramps to make the process hassle-free.
  5. Home modifications. Need a combination of products installed into your home? What about doors widened on top of that? New lighting installed? Don’t worry! New Visions can coordinate everything you need to make your home perfect for you.

And as always, don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute to start making changes to your parents’ home. Be proactive (start NOW!) so that you can rest assured they will live life to the fullest in the comfort of their own home.

If you would like help getting started in the process of helping your parents grow old in their home and not a facility, give us a call at 419.678.4979 today to get started!

Sarah at New Visions

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Ask Sarah: Will Medicare Pay for Scooters

Sarah,

As my mother ages, she becomes less and less independent and more dependent on myself and my siblings. I think it is time for her to get a motorized scooter to help her get around easier; however, I am concerned about the costs and what exactly Medicare will cover. Do you have any insight to offer on when Medicare will help pay for a scooter?

Thanks for your help.

Gina –Greenville, Ohio

 

Hi Gina,

I understand your concerns entirely. It is important that your mom get a motorized scooter as soon as possible in order to help her get around more efficiently and take some of the stress off of you and your siblings; however, Medicare, like you said, can be an extremely confusing topic. Here are some tips to help you determine when Medicare will cover paying for a motorized scooter:

Remember, Medicare may not cover the entire cost of the scooter. There will likely be a 20% cost that you have to cover; however, sometimes this, too, can be covered by insurance.

Gina, we would love to have the opportunity to help your mom find the perfect scooter to fit her everyday needs. Please feel free to give me a call personally at 419.678.4979 or stop in today to look around!

I hope this information is helpful for you and your family.

Sarah at New Visions

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The Importance of Home Accessibility

Nearly everyone is physically disabled at some point in their life, be it a child who is suffering from a sports-related injury (a broken leg, possibly), or an aging loved one who has been confined to a wheelchair for their own safety. Injuries and disabilities happen far more than we would like to admit, which is why it is important that you have a home environment that is safe, barrier-free and can easily adapt to the needs of you or your loved ones.

3 Reasons To Update Your Home Today

  1. Cut out the stress. By updating your home now–to fit possible needs in the near or distant future–you will save yourself a great deal of stress. Whether it is trying to figure out how you will make the changes to your home financially, or determining how you will find someone who can make the changes happen as quickly as possible, planning ahead can help you reduce stress in the long run!
  2. Get the best products. By planning ahead and being proactive, you can assure you are getting yourself the best products on the market. If you are suddenly hit with the task of making your home accessible quickly, you may not have an adequate amount of time to research what products will work best for you or your loved one.
  3. You can find a carrier you trust. It is important that you find a company that you can trust fully, one that will be there for you when you need them the most. Suddenly realize that you don’t have a home accessibility product that you need? No problem! Call up your local retail store/carrier and have the product delivered and installed in a timely fashion. Plus, they can offer you inside advice on what the best products on the market are and why!

If you are looking to get started on making your home accessible today or in the near future, give the professionals at New Visions Medical a call today at 419.678.4979. We will be more than happy to help!

Ask Sarah: What’s New in Shower Safety?

Dear Sarah,

I have recently had a hard time getting in and out of my shower, as well as struggling with some other day-to-day activities. A friend of mine recently told me that you sell various products for bathroom assistance, and even do some installation yourself. Is this true? If so, what products and services do you offer to help with shower safety?

Thanks for all of your help,

Claudia – Greenville, Ohio

Hi Claudia,

I am very glad you asked about New Visions Medical Equipment’s role in bathroom safety, as we have recently begun changing and expanding our offerings.

First off, did you know that the majority of falls within the home occur in the bathroom? This is why it is vital that you keep your bathroom as safe as possible, and in turn, that is what the staff at New Visions Medical Equipment strives to do!

In regards to our offerings, we provide and install all of your basic shower assistance products. These include items such as hand-held shower heads, grab bars, shower chairs and much more. Not only does New Visions offer the basic shower products, but we also offer services and products that are more extensive, but pertinent to your safety, such as replacing your existing tub with a barrier-free walk-in unit or a Safeway Step.

Our exciting expansion, however, includes entire bathroom remodels (see our Facebook page for pictures and examples of remodel projects we are currently working on!). We know that it is extremely important to you and many others to remain in your own home for as long as possible, but sometimes the bathroom can become a tough obstacle.

This is why we have partnered with Homan Interiors and Best Bath Systems to ensure that your bathroom remodel project goes as smoothly as possible, giving you the bathroom of your dreams, allowing you to remain in your home safely and comfortably!

If you have further questions about how New Visions can help you remain in your home by giving you the bathroom you have always dreamed of, give me, Sarah, a call at 800.617.6795 today!

-Sarah at New Visions

Using Ramps to Get In and Out of the House

As you age, it will likely become harder and harder for you to complete everyday tasks, such as getting in and out of your house safely and with ease. Which is why New Visions has begun offering home modifications: to help keep you and your loved one safe and independent.

But what exactly are home modifications? Home modifications are changes made to one’s home in order to help adapt the living spaces to meet the needs of your physical limitations. They also help allow you to continue to live independently and safely.

Home modifications can range from something as simple as replacing cabinet door handles, to full-scale construction products, such as the addition of a wheelchair ramp to your front porch, bathroom remodels (showers, tubs, grab bars, etc) and even the widening of doorways! One of the most popular home modification projects includes the addition of ramps to one’s home.

Benefits of Using Ramps

  • Easier access in and out of the home
  • Decreases the risk of falls and accidents
  • If you are in a wheelchair, ramps can allow you to get in and out of the house with ease
  • Promotes independence
  • Ability to stay in your house as long as you wish
  • Increases safety

A recent AARP housing survey showed  that “83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives,” but unfortunately most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of those over the age of 65. Simple, or even complex, home modification projects, such as the installation of a ramp, can help make your dream of staying in your home forever come true.

If you are unsure of how you will pay for your new ramp, be sure to check out this helpful article: Guide to Paying for Wheelchair Ramps. You can also view our payment options here.

At New Visions it is important to us that you are happy, safe and able to live in your home for as long as you wish, which is why we offer a wide variety of home modification projects in order to keep you and your loved one safe, independent, as well as to prevent any possible accidents. Stop in today or give us a call at 419.678.4979 to learn about the multitude of home modification projects we have to offer!

Ask Sarah: How Can I Convince My Aging Parent They Need a Lift Chair?

Dear Sarah,

My mother has recently been admitted into the nursing home due to her hip surgery, and my father has quickly been losing his strength, especially now that my mom isn’t around to help him do things around the house. I have noticed recently that he has a hard time getting in and out of his recliner. When I suggested he look into getting a lift chair, he completely shut down and stopped listening to me. I think he is afraid that purchasing a lift chair would mean he is losing his independence. Can you help me convince him to see the benefits of purchasing a lift chair? I don’t think he realizes how much it could help him.

Thanks for your advice!

Tammy -Ohio City

Hi Tammy,

Making the transition and admitting that you need more assistance is never an easy feat, especially for our senior loved ones as they age and are unable to do things as easily as they once could. However, it doesn’t have to be. Is your father aware of the many benefits of a lift chair, or were you unable to talk to him at all when you mentioned a lift chair?

Now that your father should have had some time to cool off, I suggest approaching the situation again, but in a more casual tone. Don’t make him feel like he has to purchase a lift chair, but instead list the many benefits (see below) a lift chair could bring him. Maybe try to make a fun afternoon out of going to your local medical equipment store and testing out lift chairs.

Try sitting in a lift chair along with him (bring your kids, too!) so that he doesn’t feel as if he is being pressured. I strongly believe that once your father sits in a chair and realizes how it can help him regain his independence–not hinder it–you will have no problem convincing him (heck, you may not even have to convince him!) to purchase a lift chair.

Here are a few of the many benefits a lift chair can bring:

  • Independence
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • Ease of mobility
  • More spacious than normal chairs
  • Reduced risk of injury (this one is particularly important, especially now that your mom is no longer living at home!)

I hope you find my advice helpful and that your father sees the importance and advantages of purchasing a lift chair. If you have any further questions, or would like to try out a lift chair in person, please feel free to stop in or give us a call at 419.678.4979.

Sarah at New Visions

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6 Benefits of Compression Socks for Nurses, Athletes and Travelers

Many people either find themselves asking, “Should I be wearing compression socks?” or have no idea that compression socks could benefit them. If you suffer from various leg and foot issues (such as swelling, varicose veins, Peripheral edema, and many other common diseases), or are on your feet for long periods at a time, then compression socks may be the right fit for you!

Benefits of Compression Socks

Compression socks are often overlooked for use; however, the benefits they provide for individuals such as athletes, travelers, nurses, factory workers, or those in sales are endless.

For example, compression socks offer:

  1. Prevention of varicose veins
  2. Improved blood flow and reduced risk of blood clots
  3. Reduction in fatigue and pain
  4. Better circulation
  5. Decreased swelling of ankles and feet
  6. General coolness to legs

We highly recommend compression socks to the following 3 groups of people in both the younger and older generations:

  1. Nurses and other workers who are on their feet all day – When spending so much time on your feet throughout the day, the constant standing can cause you to experience traumatic leg and foot pain, even after your shift is over. Over time, this can lead to the development of unattractive varicose veins and/or spider veins. We advise wearing compression socks as early as possible in order to prevent problems in the future.
  2. Travelers – Sitting in a car and/or plane for long period of time when traveling can make you extremely uncomfortable, and even cause blood clots to form in your legs because of the lack of movement. If you are traveling for 8 to 10 hours at a time and there aren’t many chances to pull off the road and walk around, blood clots could form and have devastating medical consequences.
  3. Athletes – We all know that athletes push themselves as hard as they can, often resulting in a great deal of fatigue on their muscles. As a result of this, lactic acid can build up in the muscles, causing excessive soreness. Compression socks can help increase blood flow and bring fresh oxygen to the muscles, offering a much quicker muscle recovery after games or practice. Compression socks also have the ability to help prevent shin splints.

Nurses, athletes, and travelers are just three groups who can benefit from wearing compression socks–to help keep their legs healthy, pain-free, and even stylish, thanks to the various new patterns that are offered!

Did you know that New Visions Medical Equipment sells compression socks in both basic and fun patterns? To try your first pair of compression socks, stop in or give us a call at 419.678.4979 today!

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New Product: SoClean

The purpose of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is to take away the struggle you may have between breathing and sleeping at night. However, the benefits of a CPAP go much further than simply reducing the struggle of breathing and sleeping; users have also reportedly stated they have had more energy and better mental alertness throughout the day, as well as IMMEDIATE symptom relief.

A CPAP machine is a great asset for not only you but also your bed partner by making it easier for them to sleep, too. However, it is important that you minimize the some of the most common CPAP problems–one of them being the regular maintenance and cleaning of the CPAP.

Your CPAP is FILTHY!

In order to keep your CPAP from becoming absolutely filthy (which can happen easier than you think!), the CPAP mask must be cleaned on a daily basis. Think about it, germs  are everywhere you go. They say even the inside of your home may contain more germs than the outdoors!

For example, studies show that items such as the keyboard of your computer and other appliances that you touch each and every day have been known to have more germs and bacteria than a toilet seat. If this is so, can you imagine what may be lurking on your CPAP equipment if not properly cleaned on a daily basis?

Why You Should Choose SoClean

SoClean is the easiest way to sanitize your CPAP equipment. Not only does it naturally clean your CPAP mask for you, but it also is highly effective when cleaning because it uses activated oxygen, a potent natural disinfectant, in order to prevent harmful contamination from different molds, bacteria and viruses. Some of the benefits of the SoClean machine include:

  • Easy, safe and natural sanitization
  • Contaminant resistance
  • Large mask range
  • Eliminated disassembly
  • Destroys 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and mold
  • Completely automated, time-saving operation
  • Cleans your mask, hose and machine all at the same time!

Cleaning your CPAP properly can help you thoroughly benefit from continuous positive airway pressure safely and effectively. For more information regarding the new SoClean product, please visit our Facebook page or give us a call at 419.678.4979 today!

Ask Sarah: Mobility Rebates at Car Dealerships

Hi Sarah-

My mom has recently started using a wheelchair due to getting older and having a harder time getting around. Because I am an only child and my father passed away 5 years ago, I take her, by myself, to and from all doctor appointments, family parties, and any other events she may want to attend. The vehicle I currently drive has become a nuisance and I have considered either looking for a newer vehicle that is more user-friendly to my mother’s needs or updating my current vehicle if possible. I heard that some car dealerships offer mobility rebates for disabilities. Is this true? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your help!

Susan -Fairfield, OH

Hi Susan,

I can understand how it may be extremely challenging getting your mother in and out of your vehicle, especially as she is confined to a wheelchair most of the time. I have many clients who also experience this same problem.

Luckily, there are many original equipment manufacturers who offer rebate assistance (typically valued for up to $1000 reimbursement!) when you purchase accessibility products. Some common equipment manufacturers that offer rebates to customers include:

  • Toyota
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Lexus
  • Volvo
  • Acura
  • Hyundai
  • Honda
  • Nissan

The list of manufacturers who offer these rebates goes on and on. Not only does the addition of items such as interior lifts, exterior lifts, power lift gates and other accessibility features allow for easier maneuvering in and out of vehicles, but it can also offer seniors the independence and assistance they need to continue driving on their own.

For more information on how you can access and retrieve special discount offers from various manufacturers, you can visit the ride-away website, NMEDA website, or call us at 419.678.4979 for more information today!  We are offering 50% off of installation of a new vehicle lift until the end of August!

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I hope this information helps you make the decision on either purchasing or updating your current car.

Sarah at New Visions

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Ask Sarah: How to Avoid Knee Injuries with Summer and Fall Activities

Dear Sarah,

My daughter is entering her sophomore year of high school and last year during one of her summer training camps, I was unfortunate enough to watch her friend experience her first ACL tear injury. Watching my daughter’s friend and teammate go through this emotional rollercoaster both physically and mentally has made me very fearful for my daughter. I do not want to see her get hurt and have to go through the same hardships and struggles that sometimes go along with sports-related injuries. Do you have any advice on how my daughter (and her teammates) can avoid developing serious injuries as they finish up their summer training camps and head into fall sporting events?

Thanks for your help.

Lisa -Coldwater, OH

 

Hi Lisa-

I am sorry to hear that your daughter’s friend had to go through the, as you said perfectly, emotional roller coaster of dealing with a sports-related injury. This is never an easy feat to overcome. Luckily, there are several ways to strengthen your muscles and lower your risks of developing a sports-related injury, which is so important with the summer camps and upcoming fall sporting events.

  1. Stay hydrated. Over half of your body is made up of water. That is why it is vital you continue to replenish your body. Good hydration will allow your muscles to continue to work efficiently and avoid secondary problems. Dehydrated muscles do not work as efficiently, which makes it more likely to cramp up or pull a muscle.
  2. Wear the proper equipment. One of the most effective ways to prevent injury is to make sure you are wearing proper foot attire. Before joining a sport, research what the right type of shoe is for that sport and purchase accordingly to reduce pain. If you have flat feet, make sure you look into specialized shoes to offer the proper support. Trips, slips and falls are the most commonly reported causes of injury, so make sure you have the proper footwear to prevent injuries at all costs.
  3. Be mindful and listen to your body. It is highly important that you know your limitations. If your body is telling you it is exhausted and needs a break, listen to it and sit out for the next 10-20 minutes. Don’t overwork yourself. Likewise, if you are experiencing even the slightest amount of pain or soreness in your muscles, ice the area as often as possible.
  4. Prepare your muscles. If you know there are certain muscles that need to be stronger for the sport you are getting into, make sure you try your best to build the target muscles ahead of time. This can help to improve performance and prevent injury. It can also allow your muscles to be prepared for the intensity of training camps, fall sports, etc., ahead of time.
  5. Be familiar with your surroundings and stay alert. Pay attention to the area and people around you at all times. Do not train with headphones; you need to be able to be cognizant of what’s going on around you at all times. If you are running down the country road, it is vital that you are able to hear whether or not a car is coming up behind you. Likewise, pay attention to your surroundings to prevent tripping, get out of the water if you see lightning (if you are swimming), etc.
  6. Warm up and cool down. Never, ever skip a warm-up or cool-down session. These two important sessions help prepare you both physiologically and mentally, reducing the chance of joint and/or muscle injury. Let your warm-up and cool-down intensity cause perspiration, but not fatigue. Good examples of warm-up and cool-down activities include walking or jogging, biking, stretching, and much more.

 

Lisa, I hope these tips help your daughter to prevent injuries this year. Please feel free to share this information with her entire team in order to prevent injuries amongst everyone. If you have any further questions on how to prevent sports related injuries, or what products we offer that can help as well, please feel free to give us a call at 419.678.4979 or visit our products page today!

Enjoy your time watching your daughter play sports this summer and fall!

Sarah at New Visions

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