5 Tips for Planning a Healthy, Safe Family Getaway

Just because you have a disability or you’re not as nimble as you once were doesn’t mean you have to be a prisoner in your own home! Traveling to visit family, especially grandkids, or a trip to an exciting new destination can be refreshing and a nice change of pace. Whether the trip is solo or accompanied by others, here

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The Great Gait Debate: Walker Vs. Rollator

Do you or a loved one need help walking safely? Accepting this can be difficult. Some may see having to use a mobility device as loss of independence, while others may feel more secure because their chances of falling are reduced. They feel more independent because they don’t have to rely on another person to help them get around, and they know they will

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8 Steps to Wrangling In Wheelchair Theft

Theft happens! It cannot be completely avoided; unfortunately, it WILL occur. Theft is a fact of life for healthcare institutions, from gloves … to ultrasound machines … to wheelchairs. It’s almost like the wild, wild west out there when it comes to inventory control. Hospitals must manage wheelchair and mobility device theft more often with protocol than technology. Use some of the

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Senior Status: The Rise of Self-Monitoring Among the Elderly at Home

Senior Status: The Rise of Self-Monitoring Among the Elderly at Home

Most seniors don’t see aging as a crutch to bear. Instead, they are welcoming the next phase of their lives as informed, educated consumers. USA Today and insurance giant United Healthcare conducted a survey on this subject. The results show a positive and optimistic outlook on their golden years. Our aging seniors are more focused on taking care of their health

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300 Pounds Is the New 250 for Wheelchair Weight Limits

Uh-oh. The title says it all. We have a collective weight problem in the United States, and we’re not losing it any time soon. The impact of our nation’s expanding waistline is spilling over into the healthcare field, not just in terms of co-morbidity factors associated with excess weight, but also in terms of the equipment necessary to safely treat

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Preventing Your Loved Ones From Popping the Wrong Pill

We’ve all read tragic stories of famous people having deadly encounters with prescription drugs. Some recent ones that come to mind are Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson, and Ana Nicole Smith. Like me, you may have thought how sad it is for someone so successful to have an addiction. We make these assumptions without really understanding the facts. In

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Select These 5 Design Factors in a Good Healthcare Mattress

When choosing a mattress (Therapeutic Support Surface) for medical purposes, whether at home or in a facility, there are a few key functions and features to consider. Comfort For starters, though very subjective, you should definitely consider comfort. Just like the mattress you sleep on every night in your home, the medical mattress’s main purpose is to provide a consistently

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Fall Prevention: Making Loved Ones Aware of the Risks

Taking care of older family members or being a caretaker, whether in the home or a facility, means keeping them safe and helping them stay independent. Did you know that every year, one in every three adults over the age of 65 falls, which can lead to injuries such as hip fractures, head trauma and lacerations? These injuries can negatively

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Complimentary Interior Design Services for Your Extended Care Facility

Planning a new addition to your extended care facility? Or perhaps you are undertaking a remodel of your community areas? Let our interior design experts at Basic American assist with the selection and style of your community fixtures and finishing touches. We offer these complimentary advisory services to assist our clients with creating a warm and friendly setting for residents or

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From Entrance to Exit: LUMEX Clinical Care Recliners Provide Comfort During a Patient’s Journey

A wheelchair parked in the waiting room.  A stretcher stuck in the hallway.  How often are your patients left sitting in these places, waiting for care? We all know improvised seating isn’t the best option for ensuring comfort and safety, and it doesn’t make the waiting process any easier for your patients either. Today’s new world of reimbursement is based on

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