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5 Ways to Keep Your Holiday Senior-Friendly

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
As parents age, holiday traditions may need to change to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment.

As parents age, holiday traditions may need to change to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

We all have our favorite holiday traditions. Whether it is mom’s famous green bean casserole, opening gifts around the tree on Christmas morning, or singing a beloved carol, there are certain things that we look forward to doing just once a year. But as our loved ones age, they may not be able to fully participate in all these traditions anymore. The following is a list of ways you can modify your holiday traditions to ensure that aging adults will still enjoy the festivities.

 

  1. Help with the menu. As mom ages, she may not be able to handle cooking up a turkey and potatoes with all the fixings for a growing family. Make it a group effort! If everyone helps with a dish or two, the burden is lighter on everyone. It is also a great way to pass on recipes and secrets for favorite family recipes to the next generation.
  2. Hauling boxes of decorations and lights may be impossible for a senior that struggles with mobility or balance. Get together with family and friends to decide which holiday decorations to keep and which ones to give up. If you live close enough, relive your childhood and help them decorate!
  3. Hit the road. Holiday light tours are a tradition for many and one that your parents probably love. This is an easy way to bring joy to an older adult who may no longer be able to decorate or get out of the house much.
  4. Reminisce on memories. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders will appreciate the opportunity to tap into old memories with loved ones. Ask them to share vivid memories from their childhood. Most elderly people will love the opportunity to share these stories with an interested audience.
  5. Be their eyes, hands and feet.Things like arthritis, diabetes and poor eyesight can keep seniors from being able to shop for gifts or write holiday cards. Offer to take on those tasks alongside them!

 

LA Medical wants you to have a holiday that everyone can enjoy. We have a variety of products in our online catalog if you need to make your home more accessible or safe for an aging loved one. If you are still working on your holiday shopping, we also featured a blog with a number of gift ideas for your aging loved one (link to blog about gifts) who may be hard to shop for.

How to Stay Merry and Bright This Holiday Season

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Holiday gatherings are full of germs. Protect yourself against illness this season.

Holiday gatherings are full of germs. Protect yourself against illness this season.

The holidays are a time of year when you want to be feeling your best. There is nothing worse than being home sick while there is a Christmas party going on! However, these holiday gatherings are also a minefield of germs. There are many ways you can do to stay healthy while you eat, travel and shop this holiday season.

Wipe Things Down

Whether you are hopping on a plane, train, or bus to get home for the holidays, rub down anything you will touch with a disinfectant wipe. Don’t pick up germs that other people may have left behind for you.

Wash Your Hands

Purchase an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, place it in your desk or purse and use it. Germs from your hands are the biggest threat to your health; making doors, rails, and buttons a minefield for germs.

Rest Up

If you run around all day and don’t get a good night’s sleep, you risk getting sick just by wearing down your body’s natural defenses. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours nightly were about three times less likely to catch a cold than those who slept  for less than seven.

Stay Hydrated

The lower humidity makes our airways vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Keeping yourself well-hydrated keeps your mucous membranes moist so they can better keep bugs out of our systems.

Manage Stress

Over commitment is the biggest cause of stress during the holiday season. Keep your commitments and your spending in check to save your mind and your wallet. Balance your work and home life with play to keep a positive outlook all winter long.

LA Medical is committed to keeping you and your loved ones healthy. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun with friends and family. Take precautions to keep yourself healthy during this germ-filled season and you will thank yourself later.

Practical Gifts or the People in Your Life- Part 2

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Christmas is a great time to show those who dedicate themselves to you or a loved one.

Christmas is a great time to show those who dedicate themselves to you or a loved one how much you appreciate them.

The holidays are here again and LA Medical has already been giving you some practical gift ideas for the people in your life that are older, practical or just really hard to buy for. But what about the caregiver?

Caregivers are priceless whether they are paid or unpaid. Caregivers can be children, spouses, siblings or friends. They can also be professional caregivers that are hired through home health and nursing agencies. It’s a great time of year to really show them how much we appreciate them, but knowing what to get them can be tough.

If the caregiver in your life or your parent’s life is paid through a company or agency, there may be restrictions on gifts they can receive. Check with the agency they work for before any gift is given to avoid any problems. If there are rules and restrictions about gifts, express your thanks in a handwritten note in a nice card to the caregiver. Make a copy of the note and send it to their supervisor so they know what a great job their employee is doing.

A gift card for a service is another good option. See where they get their haircut or a massage and treat them to something you know they will use.

Consider a handmade gift or gift of food if that is allowed. A pie or candy tray would be nice for almost anyone. If you aren’t a baker or cook, consider making a donation to charity in that person’s name. There are endless options from the United Way or Humane Society to a local park. Again, ask before you give to avoid trouble later.

Remember that an honest heart felt thank you is the best gift you can give a caregiver, whether paid or unpaid, family or professional.  The holidays are not about the gifts, but about the people in our lives. LA Medical is glad that you are in our lives and we wish you a very happy holiday season.

Handling Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
When you are helping to care for another person, you need to make to care for yourself too in order to manage stress.

When you are helping to care for another person, you need to make to care for yourself too in order to manage stress.

Along with jolly and cheer, the holiday season brings extra-long to-do lists and stress. The holidays are always hectic, but adding the responsibilities of caregiving to the mix makes it difficult for an individual to maintain a balanced life. Instead of letting that stress ruin the time that is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones, try some of these stress-eliminating tips designed especially for caregivers.

Stay flexible – The holidays are full of personal, family and religious traditions. As an adult child caring for aging parents, that brings a lot of responsibility. You may need to ask yourself what is important to continue and what can be either changed or let go.

Plan ahead – Take care of holiday pr

eparations well in advance. Make a list of what needs to be done and delegate responsibilities to each person so nobody carries the majority of the work.

Take care of yourself – Exercise is important to relieve your body of both mental and physical stress. Schedule at least 20 minutes of your day to do an activity that you enjoy.

Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask a neighbor or friend to take the kids to school or run and errand. There are probably a number of friends who would love to help you, but don’t know how. This is the season of giving and good friends and family will jump at the opportunity to give you some of their time.

It is important to care for yourself in order to care for another. LA Medical appreciates all that you do to help your loved ones. We have a number of products in our online catalog that could make the task of caregiving easier. A walking aid, mobility device, or bathroom safety equipment could relieve you of some of the burden that caring for another brings. These items make excellent gifts too!

The Bitter Side of Sweets

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle

 

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children. Who can blame them? You get to dress up in a costume, deck your house with spooky decorations and of course get lots of candy.

Halloween can also be a challenging time for parents who are trying to emphasize the negative effects of junk food to their kids. This time of year can be used as a tool to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and how to treat themselves only in moderation. As a family owned distributor, LA Medical cares about the health of you and your family. Try some of our tips to make this a healthier Halloween for you and your kids!

Procrastinate buying candy – Most stores have had Halloween candy displays since the middle of September. If you buy the sweets right when they hit the shelves, it is more tempting to tear into them before trick-or-treating even starts. Try to hold off buying your candy until one or two days before the big event. You may even get an end of season discount!

Establish candy eating rules with your child before they go – Discuss rules with your child about not eating any candy until they have come home and had an adult inspect it. Sort through the candy to make sure that everything is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with.  This is also a good time to agree upon when the candy will be eaten.

Stay active – Take a longer walk around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and enjoy the Halloween decorations and costumes that others are wearing.

Divide up the candy right away – After you have sorted through the candy, have your child help divide up their favorite sweets into small baggies. This is a good way to teach portion control, a vital part of a healthy diet. Set a rule about eating one baggie of candy each day and put the others out of sight so they are not a temptation.

Help your child to enjoy their Halloween without overindulging. If your family dedicates to practice healthy eating habits throughout the rest of the year, limiting poor nutritional choices throughout holidays like Halloween will be much easier. LA Medical offers different diabetic supplies in our online store.

Practical Gifts for the People Who have Everything – Part 1

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

The holidays are here, let the craziness begin! There are many holidays to celebrate and exchange gifts for this time of year. While some people are good shoppers and some people are happy with anything, there are people on everyRamp - Practical Giftone’s list that are always tricky. As people age, there tend to be less and less “things” they need. Many times an older person may have already downsized into a smaller place and really don’t need much. Here are some practical ideas from your shopping helpers at LA Medical.

If you have person on your list who uses a wheelchair, see if their home has ramps. Sometimes something as small and simple as a threshold ramp can make a huge difference when that person goes in and out of the home.

If the wheelchair user on the list is on the go and frequently runs into places that don’t have the access they need, a suitcase ramp is a great portable gift option. They come in many sizes, are lightweight, but strong, and fold up so they travel easily. These on the go ramps come in handy for homes and business that may not be equipped for wheelchairs.

Getting in and out of cars can be harder for older people or people with mobility problems. See LA Medical for the padded swivel seat cushion that makes getting in and out today’s lower seats and smaller cars easier and safer. At just over three pounds and easy to take from vehicle to vehicle, these little wonders will be their new favorite accessory.

We encourage you to browse our catalog and see the many other items we offer. Whether as gifts or just buying supplies for yourself, there is sure to be something to make life easier and safer. Who needs a mall when you have LA Medical!

Staying Healthy through the Holidays – Part 2

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Winter Nap - Healthy HolidaysLA Medical, your home for bathroom safety, incontinence products and mobility equipment, is sharing some ways that you can enjoy a wonderful holiday season without losing you mind and how you can stay healthy while keeping your holiday spirit.

Don’t be afraid to take a good winter nap. All of the cooking, shopping, card sending and gift giving can be tiring! Don’t forget to take time to rest. If you have a party in the evening, try to take a nap during the day or even after work. You’ll be fresh and in a better mood. Lack of sleep makes us more susceptible to colds, flu and other health problems. Try to stick to the same sleep schedule you have the rest of the year. Don’t be afraid to go to a party early and slip out early.

If you have mobility or balance issues, talk to the person hosting the party. Explain your needs. Will there be a place where you can park close or be dropped off? Will there be stairs? Will the area be well lit and safe? Will there be someone there to assist you if you need it. Nobody wants you to fall or get hurt, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Another thing to consider if you are a person (especially if you are a woman) with mobility or balance issues is what you wear to the party. It’s nice to dress up fancy, but skip the heels. Wear the style of shoes you normally wear and be safe. Avoid long dresses, scarves or coats that may trip you. It’s not worth getting hurt.  If you have a walker or cane that you use at home, bring it to the party and use it. Consider decorating it with some bows and battery operated lights if you want, it’s a party! If you have trouble standing for a long period, find a good chair and let the party come to you.

From all of us at LA Medical, have a happy and safe holiday season!

Staying Healthy through the Holidays – Part 1

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

This year is quickly coming to a close and the holidays are here! It’s that busy time of year for parties, food, gifts and celebrating with the people we (hopefully) want to be around. While all of this merriment can be fun, it can have a bad effect on our health if you overdo it, especially for people with diabetes, heart or respiratory issues or high blood pressure.

Staying Healthy through the Holidays 1LA Medical loves all of the holiday happenings, but we want all of you to stay healthy and wise this season and for a long time to come. Here are some tips from LA Medical to you!

Having people into your home can be fun and it can be stressful. If you are going to be a “host or hostess with the most-est” don’t try to be Martha Stewart. Your decorations will never be that perfect and your food will probably never look as good as hers does. Nobody will think less of you for serving a pie store-bought pie.

Consider asking people to bring a dish to share or considered having and desserts or hors d’oeurves only party. What the heck, order pizza or Chinese takeout just to be different! Remember they are there to see you and other friends and family, not just to eat.

Watch your spending. Stress hurts our whole body and overspending at the holidays can be a huge stressor for months after. Set a budget and stick to it. Talk to your friends and see what they want to do this year. Maybe instead of buying each other gifts you don’t want or need, you would rather go out to nice restaurant, play or concert during or after the holidays. Give a memory, it lasts longer!

More tips to come from your home medical equipment experts, LA Medical!

The Benefits of Being Nice

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Parents preach to their children when they are younger to play nice, share and of course the Golden Rule: treat others how you would like to be treated. But who knew the whole time your parents were telling to you to be nice to others that they were actually helping shape you for a healthier life?

Numerous studies have shown that being kind to others can not only positively affect your mood, but it can improve your overall health and well-being. The positive emotions you feel after, say, helping your elderly neighbor take out the trash reverse any feelings of depression, isolation or hostility. This decreases your stress levels and makes for a healthier immune system as well. With that in mind, here are ways that being nice is good for your health, and are things you can practice throughout September as part of National Courtesy Month.

  • Being nice leads people to like you. People thrive around other people, not in isolation. When others seeing you doing nice things they associate you with good deeds, causing them to want to be around you more.
  • Kindness promotes confidence and optimism. Being a pessimist has been shown to negatively affect your health. By being kind and feeling the emotional highs after doing something good, you’re out look becomes more optimistic and boosts your confidence.
  • Good health starts with you. Ever heard the phrase “It is better to give than to receive?” Doing good for others, whether it’s giving someone a smile or holding a door for a stranger, makes you feel better. A healthier you starts with your perception of yourself. 

Get out there and do it! It doesn’t matter if the task is large or small: giving compliments, giving blood, volunteering at food kitchen or saying “hi” to a stranger can boost your positive feelings and improve your overall health. Help us at LA Medical Retail celebrate National Courtesy Month by being nice to everyone you see and meet!

Heat Therapy: A Post-Holiday Cure

Posted on: December 27th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you spent Christmas morning cranking your neck to see every family member opening presents simultaneously or carrying that new, larger-than-life doll house to an upstairs bedroom or pushing a new, 24-bottle wine fridge to the entertainment room, your muscles may be aching.  You even could be experiencing muscle soreness from simply being stressed out and “tightly wound” during the holidays.  Try heat therapy using our Therma Moist Heating Pads to ease the pain.

When you apply heat to a part of your body, it can actually decrease stiffness, increase flexibility and relieve pressure on your joints through stretching the soft tissue that surrounds them.  Applied heat increases flow of oxygen and other important nutrients to your muscles by dilating blood vessels in your muscles.  Heat even provides stimulation for your skin’s sensory receptors which stops signals of pain from traveling to the brain.

Our Heating Pads:

At LA Medical Retail, we carry two different sizes in heating pads; 14” X 27” and 7” X 15”.  Our larger heating pad is meant to be used for larger muscle groups like the back, , shoulders, torso or abdomen.  The smaller heating pad works well for targeted muscles in your neck, legs or arms.  Both heating pads have Velcro closures, use hand controls for heat and time settings, use moist therapy and have an outer flannel cover to retain humidity.

We carry moist heat products as opposed to dry heat because dry heat draws moisture out of the body causing the skin to be dry and dehydrated.  In our experience, moist heat provides better pain relief and leaves the skin moisturized.

Order your heating pad from LA Medical today and give your muscles a rest.