Check Out Our New Line of Therapeutic Shoes to Help Keep You Active!

You may find yourself asking, “What are therapeutic shoes and why should I even consider them?” Therapeutic shoes are intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with co-existing foot disease. The primary goal of these shoes is to prevent complications such as strain, ulcers, calluses and/or even amputations for those with poor circulation or diabetes. Therapeutic shoes offer a multitude of benefits to help you to avoid foot injuries and improve your mobility today!

Top 4 Benefits of Therapeutic Shoes

  1. They provide both support and comfort wear. Often therapeutic shoes and inserts can be tailored to decreased pain as well as many foot-related conditions such as plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy and bunions.
  2. Approximately 60%-70% of diabetics have peripheral neuropathy which is often felt as pain, tingling or numbness. With therapeutic shoes, you can often decrease the pain and nerve sensation in a short period of time.
  3. Therapeutic shoes offer excellent stability, giving your feet the proper support that they need. The extra stability will help distribute the weight of your body throughout the entire foot to decrease pain and tension.
  4. The often seamless design of therapeutic shoes helps prevent irritation to sensitive areas on your feet. They also have the ability to prevent foot ulcers by increasing overall circulation to the feet.

Be proactive and talk to your doctor today about how you can work to prevent diabetic foot disease with the use of therapeutic shoes.

Head on over to New Visions Medical Equipment and check out our BRAND NEW line of therapeutic shoes today! Talk to Karla, a Certified Therapeutic Shoe Fitter, and get a $10.00 gift certificate to use at Specialty Shoes and More- located inside of New Visions! Or if you would like to discuss how therapeutic shoes can further assist you, feel free to give Karla a call at 419.852.3121 or email her at specialtyshoesandmore@hotmail.com.

P.S. We even have therapeutic socks to try with your shoes. Hurry in today!

Remodeling Your Bathroom? 3 Things You Should Consider Installing

Remodeling a bathroom can be a lot of work. And when you’re first getting started, you want to make sure you are including EVERYTHING you may need in your new bathroom in order to prevent a costly rework in the future. Below we outline the top 3 items you should consider installing in your newly renovated bathroom.

 

3 Items to Include in Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

  1. Grab Bar. Mobility issues can be one of the most difficult problems to overcome in a bathroom. If you or a family member need help with mobility, or perhaps foresee yourself needing help in the future, a grab bar is a great solution. Not only do these items come in many different lengths, but they also come in various finishes in order to match both your needs and your bathroom decor!
  2. Safeway Step. This item, friendly for all ages, is often overlooked when remodeling a bathroom. Heck, you may not even know such an item exists! The Safeway Step is one-of-a-kind and designed to provide an economical renovation option for individuals and facilities looking to provide both high quality and easier access into the bathtub area. This step can be used to retrofit your bathtub into a walk-in shower! If you often find yourself experiencing leg pain, have trouble lifting your feet over the edge of the tub or just want something that is EASY, you should look into the Safeway Step feature!
  3. Shower Chair. There are a multitude of reasons to include a shower chair in your newly renovated bathroom (or you will wish you had one if you didn’t consider it in the first place!). Are you getting exhausted from daily tasks more frequently as you age? Did you recently have to undergo an unexpected surgery? Or maybe your active child tore their ACL in sports and is struggling to stand for long periods of time? A shower chair can serve a wide range of individuals for a variety of different reasons. Be proactive and include a shower chair in your bathroom renovation today!

 

Remember, these are only the top 3 items you should consider putting into your newly renovated bathroom. The list of other beneficial products goes on and on! You can view more bathroom safety and remodel products here.

 

If you are looking to renovate your bathroom but don’t know where to get started or what to include, give the professionals at New Visions Medical Equipment a call at 419.678.4979 or email us at info@newvisionsmedical.com today!

Intergenerational Vacations Can Be Fun!

You’ve decided it is time for a family vacation and you want to take everyone (including your mom and dad) on the trip. But how do you begin the planning to make it fun for your children and your parents? Here are some quick tips to make vacationing with your parents both fun and easy!

4 Tips for Family Fun on Vacation

 

  1. Remember there are laws that assist you.

When you are traveling, remember that the American Disabilities Act requires that you get assistance when you are traveling with parents or kids with special needs. This includes access to ALL facilities you travel to and free wheelchairs upon arrival to your destination. However, you can travel with your own mobility device and that is just as easy. Remember to follow all directions to keep your mobility device in top condition when traveling.

 

  1. Consider hiring a health care aid.

Depending on your budget, you can hire a health care specialist to help eliminate stress while you are vacationing. This is a great way to make sure you have extra hands and eyes on your aging parents so you can be attentive to their needs and make sure everyone is enjoying the vacation together.

 

  1. Trip insurance can be helpful.

Intergenerational trips can be a blast for everyone, but don’t get caught up in the anxiety that plans could change. Do your due diligence with research about trip insurance in case there is an emergency and the travel plans change. Also look at healthcare insurance for traveling. There are many options and your current plan might have travel insurance as well. Having proper insurance when you travel alleviates a lot of headaches and makes the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

 

  1. Communication makes the day fun!

The goal of a family trip is to make sure everyone enjoys the trip and each other. This means you need to communicate honestly with your parents about their limitations and what they feel comfortable doing. Having the conversation before the trip is best so no one is put on the spot or feels bad if they cannot participate in an activity.

 

Creating a trip this summer with your parents and kids can be a fun experience and create many long-lasting memories. With proper planning you can make sure mom and dad can get around and enjoy the tip with you and their grandchildren!

 

Are you looking for mobility devices to help make your intergenerational vacation more care free and easy? We can help! Give us a call at 419.678.4979 or stop in to New Visions Medical Equipment today!

Does Your Neck Kill? 6 Tips to a Healthy Neck

If you find yourself constantly having neck pain, consider trying these 6 quick and simple suggestions to have a happy, healthy neck again.

  1. Correct your sleep posture. Do not sleep on your stomach. If you still experience neck pain after switching sleeping positions, try using a feather pillow –which more easily allows for the pillow to conform to the shape of your neck.
  2. Sit up when you watch television. I know, I know. It’s not as comfortable to watch television sitting up as it is lying down, but unfortunately this bad habit can be particularly devastating to your neck muscles. Sit in an upright position FACING the television so that you do not have to strain your neck to turn and watch your favorite show. Believe me, your neck will thank you!
  3. Wear purses, briefcases or other bags across the body. Avoid carrying purses or other bags on just one shoulder, as it can cause extensive strain on the natural slope of your shoulder. To reduce stress and allow for equal distribution of the weight of your purse or bag, wear carrying cases across the body.
  4. Stretch your neck properly. It is important that you take the time to properly stretch your neck in order to avoid neck pain. Not only can stretching help to relieve neck pain, but it can also help to strengthen the muscles in your neck and reduce your chance of stiff joints and tight muscles in the future.
  5. Use a headset instead of a phone. Women are probably more apt to this than men, but never (and I repeat NEVER) hold your phone between your head and shoulder. I know this may be convenient as you are trying to juggle multiple tasks at once in your busy life, but this can cause extensive strain on the muscles in your neck. If you use the phone frequently, try purchasing a headset or Bluetooth device to alleviate the stress on your neck muscles.
  6. Customize your chair and adjust your posture. If you work at a desk most of the day, make sure the height of your chair is accurate so that your feet are placed firmly on the ground. Sit up straight with your shoulders back, avoiding “slumping” forward (even when you’re tired!). The head of the neck is subject to the curvature of the spine below it, therefore making it vital that you practice good posture at all times. Spend less time with a forward head posture to avoid developing neck and shoulder problems.

 

And always, seek medical attention if your neck pain is recurring. Our tips above are not meant to replace medical treatment, so if you continue to experience discomfort or pain, please reach out to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

 

Here at New Visions, we strive to make sure you are comfortable, happy and as healthy as you can be. We offer many pain products specific to your needs. Give us a call at 419.678.4979 or contact us today to learn how we can help get your joints back to feeling healthy and happy again!

 

Resources:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tiptalk/archive/2006/01/10/510256.aspx

http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/say-good-night-to-neck-pain

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/daniel-baumstark-physical-injury-and-rehab/5-tips-to-prevent-neck-pain/

Save BIG at New Visions’ Exclusive Get Up and Go Event!

Whether you are a senior using a scooter or power chair to get around and keep up with your exciting and active lifestyle or a young athlete looking for sports and pain management products—or even someone in between—the Get Up and Go event is right for you! Welcoming individuals of all ages, this event won’t disappoint! Food, fun, prizes, savings and nice weather—what more could a person want?!

Event Details

This event will be hosted by yours truly at our store: New Visions Medical Equipment, located in Coldwater, Ohio.

  • Who? YOU! This exclusive event is open to the general public and we invite those in all stages of life. Come one, come all!
  • What? Get Up and Go Event featuring food, fun and prizes! See below for details.
  • Where? New Visions Medical Equipment
    4108 State Route 118
    Coldwater, OH 45828
  • When? Saturday, June 13th
    9 AM to 1 PM

The Perks

  • $100 off all new scooters
  • FREE spring cleanings and diagnostic checks for current scooters or mobility devices
    • This includes cleaning, battery checks, making sure the tires are properly inflated, and overall inspection to make sure the mobility device is in proper working order)
  • FREE food (hot dogs, chips, homemade cookies and drinks)
  • Door prizes
    • Mobility accessories (cup holders and accessory bags)
    • Automatic blood pressure monitor
    • T-shirts
    • Bio-Freeze
    • Inspirational wall art
    • Visa gift cards
    • More prizes arriving daily!

Grand opening and a new product!

See what’s NEW at New Visions! Specialty Shoes & More will be celebrating their Grand Opening during our event! Located inside of New Visions, Specialty Shoes & More offers therapeutic shoes for diabetics, plantar fasciitis and much more! Stop by and talk to Karla, a certified therapeutic shoe fitter, and receive a $10 gift certificate to use towards Specialty Shoes & More!

At New Visions, we pride ourselves in offering the highest quality of mobility, bath safety and pain management products for individuals at all stages of life. To learn more about our event and how it can benefit you, please email info@newvisionsmedical.com or give us a call us at 419.678.4979.

Top 5 Features to Consider When Buying a Scooter

Is it seemingly getting more and more difficult to get around your home? What about getting in and out of the grocery store? Aging can sometimes make it hard for us to admit we need help with our mobility. Don’t be embarrassed! Mobility scooters are popular because they help you maintain your independence and get around—with ease, might I add—in your everyday life.

Purchasing a scooter can seem like a tedious task. How do you do it? Where do you start? Where do you go? It doesn’t have to be that way! That is why the team members at New Visions Medical have put together the top 5 things you should consider when purchasing a scooter.

5 Considerations When Purchasing a Scooter

  1. Maximum weight capacity. We never want to talk about weight, but it’s essential when it comes to buying a mobility scooter. If you weigh over 250 lbs., then you may need to purchase a more durable scooter to help you get around most efficiently. Every mobility scooter has a maximum weight capacity for optimum performance. You need to make sure you find the right one for you.
  2. Ease of maneuverability. Where do you plan to use the scooter? If you plan to use the scooter in a supermarket or home, you may need a scooter that has a tighter turning radius. A 3-wheeled scooter is known for having the best turning radius; however, you still want to make sure it fits your other needs, too. When purchasing a scooter, ask the provider to demonstrate the turning capability so you can make sure it fits your needs for your everyday tasks.
  3. Flexibility and comfortability of arms and seat. If you will be getting in and out of your scooter on a regular basis, you will want arms that rotate back and allow you to get on and off the scooter with ease. In regards to the seat, if you are getting on and off the scooter frequently, the standard seat is should be suitable for your needs. But if you plan to spend the majority of your time on your scooter, consider looking into a more comfortable seat that has extra padding. If you are going to be on your scooter most of your time throughout your day, the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable!
  4. How easy it will transport. A commonly overlooked factor when purchasing a scooter is how easy it will be to transport. This is a very important element to your scooter purchase and should not be overlooked. How can you transport your scooter with ease? If you plan to travel with your scooter, you want one that can be dismantled easily or one that you can load and take with you without a hassle. This can often be a challenge because you really don’t know how easy it will be to load it into your car until you try! Practice with a scooter at the store before you make your purchase in order to ensure you are getting what you need.
  5. Where it will be used. Think about how you live day to day. Will you use your scooter in your home or outside more? These are important factors to consider when selecting your scooter. If you will be using over a rough terrain, you should consider a 4-wheeled scooter. But if your scooter will be used mostly indoors or tight spaces in your home, consider looking at the various options for 3-wheeled scooters. These factors all play an important role in the type of scooter you will want to make your day-to-day tasks much simpler.

We know that selecting a mobility scooter is not an easy task, but is one that needs careful consideration in order to properly meet your daily needs. If you think a scooter might be the right choice for you or your loved one, be sure to check out our products page, or give us a call us at 419.678.4979 to discover how New Visions Medical can help you find the right scooter for your needs!

Superfoods to Keep You Healthy

As you age, you want to make sure you are keeping your overall health at the top of your list of things to do, and that starts with focusing on feeding your body the proper vitamins and nutrients to keep it in tip-top shape. Below we discuss the top 5 superfoods you should be eating.

 

5 Superfoods for Optimal Health as You Age

  1. Avocado This yummy item is filled with lots of nutrients and healthy fats, including Omega-6, folate, omega-3, potassium and vitamin B6. Not only does this super fruit lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, but it also aids in fighting against cancer.
  2. Pomegranate Looking to reduce joint pain, fight viruses, prevent strokes or do all three?! Look no further! Pomegranates are very advantageous in helping you build a healthier lifestyle. With fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins C and K, you can’t go wrong!
  3. Blueberries Keep your vision top-notch with this healthy superfood. Filled with manganese, lots of fiber, vitamins C and K, and anthocyanin, blueberries are powerful agents in protecting your heart, benefiting eyesight and memory, and even helping combat cancer and diabetes!
  4. Salmon Build muscle (which will keep you lean and strong)! This superhero food will also help you avoid obesity, reduce inflammation and pain and combat autoimmune disorders. Need more Vitamin B3, B12 and D, and omega-3 in your life? Salmon is your answer! Pair it with ginger–which contains multiple anti-inflammatory properties–to amplify pain relief and provide for a delicious meal!
  5. Soy and flaxseed. One of the most important organs you should be taking care of as you age is your heart. If you want to pack “double punches” when it comes to heart protection, be sure to incorporate plenty of soy and flaxseed into your daily diet routine. For example, drink soy milk, eat edamame, tofu, and other soy-based products to lower cholesterol and increase the amount of heart healthy fiber in your body! In addition, these heart healthy superfoods provide plenty of fiber and omega-3’s to reduce your risk of heart disease tremendously. Add flaxseed to almost any recipe (without being able to tell) for a multitude of added benefits!

 

You only get one body, so it’s important that you keep it healthy and protect it as you age. Eating more of this good stuff and cutting out junk foods can not only prevent cancer and protect your heart, but did you know that it can even help you to extend your lifespan? Who doesn’t want more time to spend being active with their grandkids?! Always remember, what you eat not only affects the way you look on the outside, but it also affects the way you look on the inside. You are what you eat, so treat your body the way it should be treated!

 

Eating right is a great start to reducing pain, but if you are already experiencing excruciating pain, maybe it’s time to explore other options. Check out our products page, or give us a call us at 419.678.4979 to discover how New Visions Medical can help you fight pain and start living a more active, independent and healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

Resources:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1669

http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/healthy-food/5-winter-superfoods-keep-you-healthy?id=4#0RwK8GQFOYB60lcM.97

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/10-powerful-superfoods?slide=1

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/10_everyday_superfoods?page=4

4 Ways to Keep Your Back Healthy

Not only do we want to be able to fix back pain when it occurs, but ideally, we want to PREVENT back pain from occurring at all. Although some back pain can be attributed to acts of trauma—such as a car accident or a severe fall—most is due to everyday activities that are done incorrectly (without you even realizing it, I’m sure!). These everyday activities can include things such as vacuuming, bending over to pick something up or even simply carrying shopping bags.

Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy

  1. Check Your Posture. Working at a desk for 7-8 hours a day, or slouching over your computer or even your cell phone when you’re texting (we all do it!) is extremely damaging to your back and could cause future back pain. If you must sit for a long period of time, be sure to have a comfortable chair that will allow you to sit with your shoulders back and refrain from slouching. Be sure to break up the long periods of time in front of a computer or other screen by participating in stretching exercises for 5-10 minutes every hour, helping you to maintain the natural curves of your back.
  2. Get Out and Exercise. Daily. I’m sure you’ve been told time and time again about the importance of exercising. And there is merit behind the recommendations to exercise daily. It’s important because not only does exercise help keep your weight down, but it also prevents back pain. Being overweight and suffering from back pain go hand in hand—extra weight, particularly around your midsection, can put a great deal of added strain on your back. Likewise, if you aren’t in “good” shape, you are far more likely to hurt yourself when participating in simple daily activities. Your muscles are meant to move, so get out there and exercise! You can record your daily exercise, and find daily motivation, on any of these 6 apps here.
  3. Quit Smoking. I’m sure you know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease and cancer (specifically lung and colon); however, it is also extremely harmful to your back. Studies show that smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebra, causing those discs to begin to deteriorate. Smoking also causes the blood vessels to narrow, which can result in reduced oxygen and nutrients to your spine. Why is this bad? Reduced oxygen and nutrients means you will be more susceptible to injury, and if you are injured, your body will take much longer to heal.
  4. Rest Well. For starters, choose a mattress that is suited to factors such as your height, weight, age and other necessary comfort levels. But getting the proper mattress is only half of the battle: try making a cognizant effort to sleep sideways rather than on your back or stomach. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your lower abdomen to reduce the amount of stress to your back. And don’t forget, getting enough rest is always another important aspect of maintaining overall good health!

 

A few other tips for good measure: always bend your knees and hips rather than your back, lift and carry objects close to your body, sit with feet flat on the floor and, lastly, when sitting, use a chair with a backrest (feet flat on the floor), changing how you sit every few minutes.

Are you already experiencing back pain and looking for pain relief products? Check out our products page or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!

6 Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain from Sports and Injuries

There’s a good chance that you have heard about some of the benefits of participating in yoga: increasing your fitness and relaxation levels and curing numerous medical conditions, just to name a couple. While yoga cannot cure ALL medical conditions, it does offer a multitude of relief for musculoskeletal issues and pain, as well as improving flexibility, strength, posture and balance, which can aid in the prevention of sports-related injuries. To stay healthy, active and engaged in sports, athletes must use proper methods for preventing overuse injuries and ensure longevity. Here are 6 poses to increase strength and relieve any pain caused from sports injuries:

6 Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain

  1. Cobra (Back pain). Lie face-down on the ground with your forehead resting on the floor and hands on either side at the middle of your ribcage. Bring your legs together, pressing the tops of your feet into the floor. Reach back through your toes, lengthening your legs, and slowly draw your elbows close to your ribcage. Using your back strength, lift your head and chest. Take 5 to 10 deep breaths and gently release back to the floor.
  2. Wall Plank (Elbow and shoulder pain). Stand and face the wall with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the wall with your arms extended and slowly lean forward. Let your body rest on your hands while keeping your arms and body in a straight line, slowly bending your elbows and inching closer and closer. When you start to feel discomfort, slowly push back to standing.
  3. Rear Arm Lift with Strap (Shoulder pain). Standing, set your feet hip-width apart. While holding the strap in one hand, place both arms behind your back, pulling your shoulders in to grasp the strap with both hands. Make sure this is in a COMFORTABLE position for you. Slowly bring your hands toward each other, opening up the chest as your shoulder blades move toward one another. Also, be sure to breathe as you continue to adjust your shoulders.
  4. Butterfly (Hip pain). Sitting on the floor, bring both soles of your feet together, keeping the knees wide so that your legs form a diamond-like shape. Slowly drop the weight of your legs while keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Breathe deeply.
  5. Supported Warrior (Knee pain). Standing, lay your hands on the wall at shoulder height. Push your right foot forward so the toes are touching the wall. Bend your elbows as if you’re trying to push the wall out of your way. Keeping this same position, step your left foot a few steps behind you, slightly bending the (left) knee to the floor. Hold for 15 counts. Then, slowly straighten the left leg and bend the right knee. Switch leg positions and repeat.
  6. Standing Forward Bend, Variation (Hamstrings). Standing, cross your right ankle over your left. Bend your knees slightly and fold forward, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. If you cannot reach the floor, place a chair or block in front of you to lay your hands on. Reach your “sitting bones” toward the ceiling, moving your ribs away from your pelvis in order to keep your back from rounding. Hold for 30-60 seconds, then repeat, placing your left ankle over your right.

We hope these 6 simple exercises help get you on the road to recover with your sports injuries. Be sure to check out the yogajournal for more information on yoga poses and how they can prevent or relieve pain. And also, always remember to consult with your doctor before trying a new exercise program.

For optimal results in relieving sports related injuries, or any injuries for that matter, be sure to pair these exercises with the appropriate pain management product. Have questions about which product is right for you? Give us a call at 419.678.4979 and we would be happy to help!

 

Resources:

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/lifestyle/play-it-forward/

http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/yoga-poses-to-prevent-the-top-sports-injuries

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/yoga/yoga-poses-relieve-aches-and-pains

http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20131230/what-yoga-can-and-cant-do-for-you?page=2

5 Ways a Lift Chair Benefits Aging Parents

If your mom needs to move in with you or you have noticed her struggling with simple everyday tasks lately, maybe one option to help her keep her freedom is considering a lift chair. But how do you know what type of chair she needs or if her insurance/Medicare will cover the costs? These are some common questions adult daughters like yourself are faced with.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Lift Chair?

An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who may need help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility. And because lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs–but possess a safety mechanism that can allow them to raise or lower the chair in order to easily stand up or sit down–they provide your senior with a friendly way of regaining their independence. Typically, those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves, yet are able to move around on their own, whether it be with or without a walker.

5 Advantages of Using a Lift Chair

Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

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

Okay, now you know that lift chairs have a multitude of benefits for seniors, but did you know that they are also highly beneficial for the caregiver? Lift chairs allow caregivers two important freedoms:

  • Save time. If your mom is able to use a lift chair to function more independently, that will free up some of your time, allowing you to complete chores that otherwise may not have gotten done. Likewise, instead of having to spend the majority of your time monitoring or supervising your senior loved one to make sure they don’t have an accidental fall or injury, you will now be able to pay attention to other pressing issues, or maybe just enjoy a little “me time.”
  • Increase safety and avoid injury. A recent study showed that roughly 54% of caregivers experienced injuries simply from helping assist their senior. Helping older adults transition from a sitting (or even lying) position imposes a physical strain on the caregiver, potentially resulting in a challenging and dangerous situation for both the caregiver and their senior loved one. It’s important not to neglect your own health, especially at a time when you are being relied upon more than ever.

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). However, if you are concerned about the cost of purchasing a lift chair, be sure to read this article on whether Medicare will cover the cost.

Are you looking for a new lift chair for your senior loved one? Visit our products page or call us at 419.678.4979 and then let us help you find the right fit for your parent!

We are offering $50.00 off a new lift chair in the month of April and visit us to see our new lower prices today!

Resources:

http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/medicare-lift-chair.html

http://www.usmedicalsupplies.com/lift-chairs-for-elderly-benefit-caregivers.htm