Ask Sarah: I need to be able to get down the stairs, but my arthritis is too bad. Do you have a solution?

Dear Sarah,

I have been having trouble lately with my arthritis in my knees.  It’s so bad that I can’t get down my basement steps anymore without extreme pain.  I need to have access to my basement because my laundry room is down there.  What if I need to get down the stairs quickly due to a storm? I just don’t know what to do.  Do you have any solutions?

Thanks in advance,

Jean, Sidney, OH

 

Hi Jean,

I am sorry to hear that your arthritis is causing you so much pain! I understand your need and concern to be able to get down into your basement.  If you are unable to relocate your washer and dryer, or would rather just keep them down the basement, then a simple solution would be to have a stairlift installed.  By installing a stairlift, you would be able to safely and quickly access your basement while remaining seated- no more painful knees! Having a stairlift installed is easier and more affordable than you might think! In the past few years they have designed more economical models, making them more affordable for everyone.  Installing one only take a few hours and doesn’t take up too much space on your stairway so you can still walk up and down the stairs if you want too.  You can even put your laundry basket on the seat of the stairlift and send your laundry up and down so you don’t have to worry about carrying a basket and navigating the stairs at the same time! The stairlift runs on battery, so if there would be a power outage due to a storm, you can still access your basement safely.

If you would like a free estimate on a stairlift, please give us a call! 419-678-4979. I hope you find some relief soon!

Sarah

New Visions Medical Equipment

3 Reasons a Lift Chair Would Make the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season (and how you can save BIG!)

Holiday season is right around the corner, and you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out what to get Mom or Dad for Christmas this year. It’s often difficult to find gifts that are not only enjoyable but functional as well. Before you fill their house with holiday candy, sweaters, and other items they may not necessarily need, make sure you consider the item that may make things easier on them (and you!) for years to come.

Lift Chairs: The Perfect Gift for Mom or Dad            

If you notice Mom or Dad has been struggling to get in and out of their chair lately, or has become seemingly weak when it comes to everyday activities, a lift chair may be the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season! Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

  • Independence
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Ease of mobility
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • More spacious than normal chairs

However, they also pose a multitude of benefits for caregivers as well, such as:

  • Saving time
  • Increasing safety
  • Avoiding Injury

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). Make life easier for both you and your aging loved one this holiday season, and give them something they’ll really appreciate! At New Visions, we offer lift chairs to fit the style and comfort needs of all individuals. Choose from a wide range of endless style options to help increase mobility and comfort for your loved one today!

P.S. This month only we are offering 10% off ALL lift chairs! Stop in today to try one out or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!

Ask Sarah: Portable Ramps for the Holidays

Dear Sarah,

My mom recently fell and broke her hip, which means she is now confined to a wheelchair, even over the upcoming holiday months. What are your suggestions for the best way to get her around (easily) this holiday season with her wheelchair? She doesn’t want to be a burden, but we also don’t want her to miss out on all of the quality time with her loved ones this holiday season.

Thanks in advance,

Holly in Columbus, Ohio

Hi Holly,

I completely empathize and understand your concern with wanting your mother around for the holidays. Yet, I also understand that lugging a wheelchair around can be a lot of work, especially when carrying presents, food, etc. for your holiday parties. It seems as if helping your mother get in and out of the location (whether it be a family or friend’s home, a hall rented for Christmas, etc.) will be your largest challenge. While you may be able to lift the wheelchair with your mother in it with the help of several strong helpers, the more simple option, and one which may come in handy in the future, is a portable ramp.

Because not all homes (and let’s be honest, most homes in general) are not built with a wheelchair in mind, it is nice to have a portable ramp that can be taken with you and used in any home environment to get you or your loved one safely inside without any hassle.

Some benefits of a portable ramp include:

  • Lightweight, yet strong
  • Can fold up and take with you anywhere
  • Versatile in size and shape
  • May have warranty options
  • Can be split into multiple sections
  • Easy to use and install

Not only can this ramp help your loved one get into their home, but it can also help them with getting in and out of vehicles, etc. At New Visions, we believe that the addition of a portable ramp could greatly help your mother achieve accessibility and safety without jeopardizing your time.

If you would like more information on our portable ramp selection, give us a call today at 419.678.4979 today or visit our products page!

Thanks!

Sarah at New Visions

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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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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!

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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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