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: 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

Ask Sarah: Helping Mom Get in and Out of the Shower Safely

Dear Sarah,

A few months back my mom started having trouble getting in and out of the shower. It started slowly, but as the weeks go by she seems to be having more and more trouble. It has now gotten to the point where either one of my siblings or myself has to be there for her at all times in case she falls trying to get into the tub/shower area. Are there any solutions to help mom regain her independence, while ensuring her safety at the same time?

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

Carla, St. Marys, OH

 

Hi Carla,

That is a great question, and a very common issue among older adults. Aging parents often begin to worry about being able to lift their legs high enough to clear the tub when getting in, or falling and or slipping once they are actually in the shower. Although this fear is a common occurrence, I know first-hand how stressful this can become for you and your siblings. In reality, you just don’t have the time to spend each waking minute at your parents’ house to ensure their safety, especially if you are caring for your own family.

Fortunately, there are several options you can consider to help your mother regain her independence and, in return, take some of the stress off of your own back. For example, one thing that would be a great addition to your mother’s bath area is a transfer bench, which would allow your mom a chance to sit down and then slide over into the tub.

She could even use the chair during the shower, should she become weak and fear that she may fall down. Likewise, a grab bar, which comes in many different lengths and styles will give your mother something secure to hold onto, helping her to regain her independence while decreasing her fear of falling when getting in and out of the shower area. If you are mostly worried about her ability to get in and out of the shower, consider looking into a new bathtub element known as the Safeway Step. This addition will provide your mother with much easier access into the bathtub, allowing her to walk right into the shower, rather than having to lift her leg up and over the tub. Plus, there is no need to buy a new tub –additions can be made to the current tub you have!

And remember, there is no shame in looking into hiring a professional caregiver to spend time with your mom throughout the day or help her with activities that she may not be able to do on her own anymore. If you are unsure of where to start looking for a part-time care provider, reach out to her doctor for advice.

I hope these suggestions help and that you and your siblings are able to find the best safety option to fit your mother’s needs. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to me at 419.678.4979 or stop by New Visions Medical to test out some of our bath safety products.

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Sarah at New Visions

Do you have a question you would like to ask me? Please feel free to email me at info@newvisionsmedical.com and I would be happy to help!

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!

Your Senior Wants to Avoid Taking a Shower, What?

Senior in bathtubMany times elderly are accused of not wanting to practice good hygiene. Often they are simply terrified of falling in the shower, and this is the reason, seniors avoid bathing and the dreaded shower. How can you help your loved one, and still let them maintain their independence and pride?

 3 Simple Rules to Help You Now:

  1. Keep Path Clean and Dry. One of the biggest reasons seniors fear the bathroom and taking a shower is getting to the shower without tripping on a rug or cord, or slipping on a wet floor. Nothing worse than tensing up trying to step into a shower and trying not to fall. Sometimes the senior may successfully get in the shower, but don’t really move around. They may stand perfectly still, so they do not step wrong and fall.
  1. Have Modifications to Shower. Do you need a medical seat or a built in seat? How about some grab bars for balance? These are all modifications to your shower that can make the shower experience for a senior less intimidating. Either or both devices help the senior relax and take a shower. You can eliminate some of the fear and anxiety of falling, if they have either one for balance and safety.
  1. Practice Patience.  Sometimes a senior will allow family to help them, but more common than not, they do not want anyone seeing them in the buff. How do you assure them you are not rushing and are available to help or wait? Approach the subject gently and ask what they want. What will make them comfortable, and how can you help. Your help may simply consist of getting the water started and putting a medical seat in the shower, or you could be help them undressing and washing part of their body. It is totally up to them, but you have to be patient, and it will go much smoother.

Bottom line is when helping a senior shower or get into the shower, let them know you are not looking, judging, or rushing. You are just there for safety. You need to provide a positive reinforcement, so they are not fearful of the shower, but relaxed and ready to scrub.

Need help with bath safety supplies? Stop by New Visions and see how we can make your bath experience one without fear.