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Caregivers: Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself

Posted by Marx Medical Equipment on 6/15/17 8:52 AM

As a caregive, make sure to take care of yourself.Are you a caregiver? There's a good chance you are: 25 percent of all adults are caregivers for an adult friend or family member.

And if you're a caregiver, you know the demands of this job can be overwhelming. If the stress associated with providing long term care isn't dealt with, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health, and harm those around you.

That's why we're using today's blog post to focus on caregiver support. We wanted to share some signs that you might be stressed, along with some ways to deal with them.

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Topics: caregiver assistance

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

Posted by Marx Medical Equipment on 5/31/17 8:00 AM

diabetic foot care tips

When you live with diabetes, you spend more time thinking about foot care than most people.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 20 percent of all diabetic people will seek hospital care due to foot trouble. Improper foot care can eventually lead to you losing a toe, foot or leg.

But if you take diligent care of your feet, you can avoid this awful scenario. That’s why we’ve put together this list of diabetic foot care tips:

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Topics: Diabetic Shoes, Diabetic Foot Care, Diabetic Socks

Medication Dispensers Give Caregivers Peace of Mind

Posted by Marx Medical Equipment on 5/17/17 11:30 AM

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While no one enjoys having to take medicine, in fact many Americans go out of their way to not take it.

According to the American Medical Association, roughly a quarter of new prescriptions are never filled, while patients flat out avoid taking medications about 50 percent of the time. This is what’s known as “non-adherence,” and it has consequences:

  • About 25 percent of all nursing home admissions are due to people not taking the proper medications.
  • Avoidable healthcare costs in the United States add up to $213 billion. Of that amount, $105 billion are costs associated with people not taking their medication.
  • Non-adherence leads to 125,000 deaths every year.

If you or someone you love is worried about sticking to a medication schedule, a medication dispenser might be right for you.

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Topics: caregiver assistance, senior autonomy, medication dispenser, elder independence

What to Look for in a Personal Medical Alert System

Posted by Marx Medical Equipment on 5/3/17 10:00 AM

personal medical alert systemBy 2060, there will be about 98 million seniors, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. As people age, the risk of falls, slips and trips increases. A personalized medical alert system can provide autonomy and peace of mind for you and your family. Here are some tips to help you choose one that best meets your needs.

How does a personal medical alert system work?

In the 1980s, there was a series of commercials that helped popularize personal medical alert systems such as Life Alert. But the technology has been around since the 1970s, first introduced as simple push-button gadgets that people could wear around their necks.

When the user hit the button, the device would signal a call center operator. Modern systems are still wearable devices, but they also offer the option of placing buttons around the home that allow for two-way voice calls with command centers. There are also motion-sensitive pendants that can tell if you've fallen and then call for help.

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Topics: emergency devices, caregiver assistance, personal medical alert system, senior autonomy, elder independence

Features to Look for When Renting or Buying a Hospital Bed

Posted by Marx Medical Equipment on 4/19/17 11:10 AM

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For many patients, being in the comfort of their own home during recovery is very important.

However, that recovery may require them to stay in a hospital-style bed, which offers better support, safety and comfort.

Buying or renting a hospital bed for home use comes with many different benefits:

  • Patients who spend long stretches in bed can develop bed sores. Because hospital style beds have adjustable positions, they can relieve the pressure that leads to bed sores.
  • Changing the position of the bed can also improve circulation, by lowering and raising the head and feet of the patient.
  • Having this type of bed at home can make things easier for caregivers who need to transfer patients in and out of bed.

You can find these beds at a medical supply store, but as with any purchase, it's one that you should research first. Here are some features to look for when renting or buying a hospital bed.

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Topics: renting a hospital bed, buying a hospital bed, electric vs manual hospital bed