Incontinence Supplies

March 30, 2014
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Spring Cleaning! Clean Home = Clean Mind

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Though it may not seem like it in many parts of the country, spring will be here soon. And, spring is that traditional time for cleaning your house from top to bottom. If you’re of a “certain age,” you likely remember your mother and grandmother beating the rugs, re-lining the pantry shelves and turning the mattresses to make things fresh and new for the coming season. Getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up on spring cleaning, it just means you need to use your energy more wisely. Here are a few suggestions:

Spring cleaning over 50

1. Declutter the kitchen. The kitchen is the room that most of us spend the most time in. Use your spring cleaning initiative to make the room easier to use for the rest of the year. Do this by re-organizing your cupboards so that the things you use most are at eye level. That way you’ll avoid having to use a step stool very often.

2. Clean out that medicine cabinet. It’s (too) easy to let prescriptions and even over-the-counter medications collect in your medicine cabinet well after their expiration date. After all, you paid good money for them. However, expired medications, just like food, can be harmful or ineffective after a certain date. Better to dispose of them by taking them to a community drop-off point.

3. Make bathroom clean up easy. If you or someone in your household uses disposable briefs or other incontinence supplies, make keeping the bathroom fresh and clean easy by installing a plastic trash can with a lid and a plastic bag liner as a catch-all for these used items until they can be taken out with the trash.

4. Clear off your steps and stairways. Falls are the number one accident for those over age 65, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Help you family to avoid such falls by cleaning off the items that seem to collect on staircases and steps.

Spring is a great time to make some healthy and work-saving changes in your household. Start by de-cluttering and making your house safe for all its residents,

March 24, 2014
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Spring Activities

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Springtime brings with it beautiful flowers and bright new life. Therefore, it only makes sense that seniors will want to get out of their current environment and truly experience the freshness of spring for themselves. The following list is ideal for seniors wishing to become more active this spring:

Create a small windowsill or patio garden:
Seniors can easily create a patio or windowsill garden by planting seeds such as marigolds, pansies, chives, oregano, thyme, mint, parsley, lavender, cilantro, basil or dill in a pot. For an even greater challenge, seniors can decorate the pots before using them for planting.

Feed the birds or fill the feeders:
Small bird feeders, which require only small amounts of birdseed, are perfect for seniors to handle. Seniors can easy fill the bird feeders and then sit back and enjoy watching the bird life that will be attracted to the feed. Of course, if seniors are able, they can hand feed ducks or geese as well.

Go for walks:
Another activity that is perfect for seniors is walking, especially in the spring when the temperatures are mild and the foliage is blooming. Even seniors who have incontinence issues can go on walks simply by investing in some disposable underwear. Seniors should ensure their walks do not consist of too many physical challenges. In other words, walking a flat expanse is better than a winding trail that rises and dips. If they are able, combing a walk with watching their grandchildren play at a park is even better.

Seniors enjoy the springtime and look forward to it with the same anticipation as any other age demographic. Thankfully, they also can be active in many ways during the springtime. The activities listed above are just a small sampling of the many, many springtime activities that seniors can enjoy this year as the temperatures warm and the flowers bloom.

 

March 21, 2014
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The Importance Of A Safe Bathroom

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From slips in the bathtub to difficulty using the toilet, accidental falls and injuries in the bathroom affect many households. A safe bathroom protects users and prevents dangerous accidents.

At the Sink

Sharp sink edges can potentially injure small children or anyone who may fall in the bathroom. Likewise, wheelchair users may be unable to reach a tall sink. A new sink with rounded edges and wheelchair access solves these safety problems.

At the faucet, large knobs assist arthritic users in turning on the sink water. Thermostat controls effectively prevent users from scalding themselves when they accidentally turn the hot water on full blast.

In the Bathtub

Soap, body wash and shampoo can leave slippery residue on the smooth bathtub’s surface. A textured rubber mat or non-slip decals reduce the risk of falling. A plastic or metal grip bar also allows users who are unsteady on their feet to shower and enter and exit the bathtub with ease. Additionally, a shower chair turns almost any shower into an accessible bathing spot. Safe and sanitary, it will not slip and is water resistant.

On the Floor

As bathtubs can be slippery, bathroom floors also pose slip hazards, especially when they are wet. A throw rug prevents falls as long as it is secured to the floor with waterproof rug tape. Water resistant carpet is another safe flooring option.

At the Commode

For users who suffer from joint pain or need assistance standing and sitting, a grab bar and an elevated commode seat provide support. Likewise, users who suffer from incontinence benefit from disposable underwear that prevents unsanitary and embarrassing accidents and odors.

Bathroom safety features protect users in every household. From the tub to the commode, homeowners benefit from retrofitting their bathrooms with these features.

March 7, 2014
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Ointments

incontinence supplies One aspect of adult incontinence that people are sometimes reluctant to discuss is skin irritation. However, the discomfort of diaper rash can lead to irritability and decrease your quality of life. Whether you are seeking relief for yourself or for someone you live with, it’s a good idea to put ointment on your shopping list when obtaining incontinence supplies.

We carry a variety of ointments to suit your skin care needs.

 Desitin Ointment

Desitin ointment, manufactured by Pfiser Corp., is formulated with a blend of 40 % zinc oxide in a cod liver oil base and includes vitamins A and D, petrolatum and lanolin. This thick formulation will protect you against irritants and wetness. This hypoallergenic ointment typically provides relief from rashes within 24 hours.

Vitamin A&D Ointment

Our Vitamin A&D ointment is made by H&H labs. Available in a four-ounce tube or a one-pound jar, it is suitable to protect your skin by treating as well as preventing diaper rash. Use it to heal chafed skin or any irritations caused by diaper rash, as well as to seal out wetness.

Aloe Vesta 2-n-1 Protective Ointment

When skin is irritated from exposure to feces, urine burns or has diaper rash, it’s a good idea to apply an ointment such as our Aloe Vesta 2-n-1 protective formula. This hypoallergenic ointment contains no irritating fragrance or dyes and is an excellent choice for those who want to create a moisture barrier. It conditions and soothes sore, irritated and red skin.

Secura

We currently carry two types of Secura ointments. Secura Dimethicone Protectant has 5% dimethicone to give you the maximum level of protection. It is designed to protect against minor cases of skin irritation that occurs with diaper dermatitis as well as keeping moisture at bay.

Secura Protective Ointment is formulated with 98 percent petrolatum clove oil to help mask odor and has vitamins A, D and E to treat rashes and prevent rashes that sometimes occur with diaper use.

For many people dealing with incontinence, ointments are a traditional remedy designed to soothe the skin and clear up rashes, leading to a much better quality of life. Visit http://www.disposablemedicalexpress.com for your ointment needs!

March 1, 2014
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Youth Incontinence

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As children get older, they can feel embarrassed about wetting the bed or bladder incontinence. Even though parents may not expect full bladder control until after a child is no longer a toddler, it is possible for children and youths to continue facing incontinence as they get older. In many cases, incontinence will naturally fade as children get older, but it can be an embarrassing concern when they are old enough to go to school. Fortunately, solutions are available that can help.

Obtain Appropriate Supplies

Overnight diapers or disposable underwear can be useful. If the primary problem is wetting the bed, then overnight diapers might be the only item parents need to purchase. If children are struggling with bladder incontinence during the day, then appropriate disposable underwear can help.

Avoid Drinking Water Before Bed

Children and youths can reduce the risk of wetting the bed by discontinuing liquids roughly one hour before bed. It is then possible to empty the bladder and lower the risk of nighttime incontinence.

Visit the Restroom Regularly

Encourage regular visits to the restroom, even if a child or youth does not feel the urge to use the bathroom. Scheduled or regular bathroom visits can help keep the bladder empty so that it is possible to reduce the risk of accidents. Furthermore, it can help improve control if children have a small bladder or have not yet achieved full control over the bladder.

Urinary incontinence is a common concern for men, women and children at all ages. In the case of children, it can take time before they have full control over their bladder, particularly at night. Taking measures to keep the bladder empty and having measures in place in case accidents occur can help reduce the feeling of embarrassment as youths get older.

February 23, 2014
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Stress from Aging Parents?

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When parents are getting older, adult children can worry about their health and may even take on the role of a caregiver if it is appropriate. The problem is that adult children may not be prepared for the amount of stress that comes with caring for aging parents. It is more than just buying incontinence supplies and ensuring that aging parents get to their doctor’s appointments, and it can result in a great deal of stress.

Ask for Help

There is nothing wrong with asking for help from friends, family or even professionals. An aging parent can have a variety of needs, and it may not always be possible to attend to those concerns personally. In some cases, asking a friend to drive a parent to a doctor’s appointment or getting a sibling to take on the responsibility of cooking a meal can help reduce the workload and the stress levels.

Take Time for Personal Pursuits

Do not allow caregiving to get in the way of hobbies and personal interests. Although it is important to ensure that an aging parent is safe, taking an hour to read a good book or enjoy a personal hobby can help restore peace of mind and reduce stress levels.

Even if personal pursuits and hobbies take place away from home, taking a break can put caregiving back into perspective and reduce the amount of stress associated with the concerns, fears and problems that may arise in the future.

Dealing with stress can be challenging, especially when an aging parents has developed health problems. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the stress of assisting an elderly parent by taking appropriate steps to ensure that help is available and enjoying personal time to get away from the situation for a short period of time.

February 17, 2014
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Disposable Medical Express: Bedroom Supplies

overnight diapersWhether seniors live alone or with loved ones, it is important to obtain appropriate safety supplies and solutions that help prevent injuries. Although certain supplies, such as disposable underwear, can stay in the bathroom, it may be useful to put in certain bedroom supplies to make it easier to move around and avoid falls.

Safety Supplies

Safety supplies are an important part of preparing for the possible concerns that may arise. Depending on the age of an individual, the supplies that are appropriate for safety can vary slightly.

A bed handle is useful in a bedroom because it can help prevent falls from the bed and makes it easier for seniors to get up after sleeping. The handle can be placed on the side of the bed for improved safety while seniors are in the bedroom.

Medical Supplies

When an elderly parent or a senior must have certain medical concerns addressed in the home, having appropriate medical equipment can help. Medical supplies for the bedroom may include a portable I.V. pole that can be moved around or an I.V. hook that helps support any necessary liquids and medications.

Ideally, medical supplies that are appropriate for the bedroom should be installed by a professional. A nurse or doctor can help ensure that the item is placed in an appropriate location based on the arrangement of the room and the location of the bed. In general, medical supplies are better to keep close to the bed so that it can be used when it is needed.

Seniors often need bedroom supplies that are designed to address any concerns related to falls, accidents or health. The best supplies for an individual may vary and doctors can make recommendations based on the health of the senior. Having the supplies in the bedroom can simplify any health care needs and prevent accidents from occurring.

February 7, 2014
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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

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The winter months can be dangerous, particularly for seniors who have health concerns. Taking measures to maintain safety is essential, regardless of age. By learning a few key factors that can help reduce risks, it is easier to enjoy the winter weather.

It is possible that snowy weather conditions can make it difficult to leave the house for a few days, so stock up on necessities like food, water and any appropriate incontinence supplies. Focus on items that will stay fresh, even if the electricity goes out in a winter storm.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Winter weather is hazardous due to the slippery conditions, the cold temperatures and the possible risks associated with getting caught out in the snow. Prepare for the winter with appropriate attire and proper shoes.

Seniors should pay particular attention to the shoes or boots because falls can result in a variety of health concerns. It is easier to avoid a fall with shoes that have excellent traction, so select shoes for the winter months carefully. Ideally, snow boots or sports shoes that have very good traction are best during icy weather conditions.

Get the Car Checked

Do not take risks with personal health. Use all-weather tires and have them checked after facing icy weather conditions. Get the car serviced and make appropriate changes to avoid complications. Since seniors do not always drive as often as younger individuals, it is important to take measures to ensure the car can handle well, regardless of the road conditions.

Winter weather is dangerous for every individual, but it puts seniors at particular risk due to the potential for falls and the icy road conditions. Fortunately, solutions are available to reduce the risk by taking appropriate measures to dress warmly and prepare for any possibility.

February 3, 2014
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Living with Senior Parents

At some point in our lives, each of us must face our parents’ transition into their “golden years.” While some elderly people may require the constant medical supervision of a nursing facility, many more can enjoy at least some their old age in the comfort of their own home — or possibly your home, if they need a moderate amount of looking after.

You’ll want to monitor your senior parents’ everyday health and safety habits, especially if they are in the early stages of dementia. For instance, make sure that they are drinking enough water and eating regularly. In extreme weather, observe how they dress and recommend changes as needed, and keep your climate control system in good working order at all times to prevent heat stroke or hypothermia. If your parents grow unsteady on their feet, install rails and other safety devices in the bathroom and along stairwells.

Last but not least, incontinence is not uncommon among older individuals, and it’s nothing for them to be ashamed of either. If you keep the house stocked with overnight diapers or disposable underwear, you can avoid embarrassing, frustrating, inconvenient shortages that make your parents feel helpless.

January 27, 2014
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Keeping Your Home Safe This Winter

The arrival of winter brings a variety of risks, particularly around the home. By recognizing a few solutions that can help reduce the number of risks, it’s easier to stay safe and avoid unnecessary injuries.

Stock up on Supplies

During the winter, it’s possible that storms and snow can make it hard to leave the house for a short period of time. Stock up on a variety of supplies, including disposable underwear and overnight diapers, to ensure that the home is ready for any delays.

Do not risk going out in bad weather. A small slip on the ice can result in broken bones, bad bruises or other injuries. Keep some extra food in the house and get out the extra blankets before it gets too cold. Stock up on you supplies at http://www.disposablemedicalexpress.com

Obtain Emergency Heating Equipment

It’s possible that the power may go out during a storm. Keeping emergency heating equipment that is safe for indoor use can help reduce the risks if the power does go out during the winter months.

Keep the Heat Up

Do not put the heat any lower than 55 degrees, even during a vacation. It will reduce the risk of a pipe bursting.

It is important to prepare for winter in advance. By obtaining supplies early, it is less likely that a storm will result in injuries.