Things Your Loved One Needs in a Nursing Home

Things Your Loved One Needs in a Nursing Home

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us dread the thought of moving a loved one into a skilled nursing facility, and this sentiment doesn’t change for those who are fortunate enough to have a selection of stellar facilities to choose from.

We know that we are giving up a certain amount of direct oversight, which can be hard even though we are well aware of our limitations as individual caregivers.

We also know deep down that this move is an admission that a loved one has passed a certain point in their health where returning home or resuming even a few aspects of self-care is no longer a possibility.

In other words, this transition is a direct dose of reality.

As with all changes in life, knowing what to expect ahead of time can be extremely helpful mentally and emotionally as well as practically. I asked Amy Laughlin, BA, AP-BC, ADC, an Activity Professional and Senior Living Educator based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to work out a nursing home checklist.

Amy’s comprehensive list below explains our loved ones’ rights, questions to ask the facility you are considering, and how to best anticipate and prepare for their needs.

 

 

Skilled Nursing Facilities Federal Regulations

 

Federal regulations, which are overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), require that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide the following to all residents:

 

  • A room with a window to the outside for natural light and orientation to the time of day, weather and season;
  • A bed of appropriate size and height;
  • A clean, comfortable mattress;
  • Bedding, which is appropriate to the weather/climate; and
  • Furniture appropriate to the resident’s needs, including a separate closet or clothing storage spaces.

 

These regulations also require SNFs to provide a “safe, clean comfortable and homelike environment.” In other words, the goal is for these facilities to be less institutional and more homelike, so residents have the opportunity to bring many items and personal effects with them to help create a meaningful and individual living space.

 

 

 

Before Moving to a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

 

Look at the room carefully. How much floor space is there, and how much storage space will your loved one have? There must be enough room to maneuver a wheelchair or other mobility aid and for caregivers to safely transfer and care for your loved one.

Check to see if the facility will remove the provided nightstand, chest, or chair so that they can bring some personal pieces of furniture. If this is an option, make sure that none of their furniture encroaches on a roommate’s space or limits mobility within the room.

 

Ask questions about what the facility provides that is included in the fee.

The following are common questions that can reveal a great deal about what may need to be purchased or left at home. It can also expose services and items that come at an additional cost:

 

  • Are bedding and towels provided?
  • Is the laundering of linen included?
  • Does my loved one’s room have cable or a digital signal, and is it included in the monthly cost?
  • What about local and long distance telephone service?
  • Is there public and/or secure wifi access available?
  • Can personal laundry services be added for an additional fee?
  • Do they provide a wall clock, TV or personal care products?

 

Every SNF  (Skilled Nursing Facility) is different. No family member wants to receive a terrible shock when they get the first bill and discover that all the services they thought were included were actually optional extras.

 

Nursing Home Packing List

 

 

 

What to Pack for Moving to a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

Aside from making the decision to move your loved one into a SNF, helping them pick and choose what to pack and what to purge is one of the most difficult parts of this transition.

Caregivers often help their family members sort through entire homes, garages and storage units full of belongings, furniture and family heirlooms. These individuals have been collecting personal items for decades, and it can be difficult for them to simultaneously “lose” their home and the majority of their possessions.

Many caregivers enable their loved ones hold onto some family heirlooms, seasonal clothing and décor, valuables, and other important belongings by storing them at their own home, dispersing them among trusted family members or renting a storage unit. This helps elders feel they still have access to their possessions or at least that these things have been passed on to individuals who will cherish and respect them.

Regardless of the method you and your loved one decide to use, there are some important considerations and limitations that apply to each category of a nursing home packing list.

 

 

Clothing and Accessories for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

When deciding what kinds of clothing to bring to a skilled nursing facility and how much, there are a number of practical matters that should influence your loved one’s packing list.

Remember that Clothing must be easy to get on and off and able to withstand lots of washing and drying.

Mens Fleece Open Back Adaptive Cardigan - Navy MED
Silvert’s Men’s Fleece Open Back Adaptive Cardigan
Remember that Clothing must be easy to get on and off and able to withstand lots of washing and drying.

While the temperature inside the facility is regulated to a level that would be perfectly comfortable for most active adults, the majority of Skilled Nursing Facility residents tend to be cold-natured. Make sure your loved one has warm and comfortable sweatshirts, vests or jackets that can be worn with every outfit, as well as cozy socks that can be worn in bed. 

I like Silvert’s Adaptable Clothing best for these items because they specialize in garments that make dressing easier, and their excellent quality can stand up to institutional laundering.

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Acorn Moc Slipper

There is a wide variety of other high quality brands of adaptive clothing available, so you’ll have plenty of choices for comfortable basics that will be wearable and durable.  Also, don’t forget to make sure your loved one has non skid slippers.

 

 

 

The number of outfits they should bring depends on who will be doing their laundry and how often.

A good rule of thumb is to bring at least a week’s worth of clothing—probably more just to provide for additional changes that may be needed, and make sure you label everything.

If at all possible, it is helpful if whoever does the laundry returns their clothes to their closet clipped or hung together as outfits, so they are easily able to choose an outfit rather than having to choose separate tops and bottoms.

 

 

 

These AVERY Permanent Adhesive No-Iron Clothing Labels  are excellent for making sure your loved one’s items don’t get misplaced. 

 

Sharpie Rub-a-Dub Laundry Markers

 

 

 

 

You just write (use a permanent marker like the one above), peel and stick; no ironing required.  Their permanent adhesive will withstand multiple washing machine and dryer cycles.

Accessories are part of a person’s individual style and should be encouraged! Nothing too valuable or with sharp points or edges should be brought with, but if Mom has always worn bright scarves or glittery beads, make sure she has some she can wear every day. If Dad always wore a certain hat, make sure he has it available.

Women often want their purse close by, and men don’t feel quite right without a wallet in their pocket. Let them bring their wallet or a favorite purse. Even if they will be rarely embarking on outings, it will help them retain a sense of control and independence in a world that is completely new, strange and scary. You could even put a few dollar bills or some change in it. Just make sure you take out all insurance cards, bank cards and credit cards first.

 

 

 

Personal Care Products for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

Most of us have our favorite soap, shampoo, lotion and toothpaste that we have used for years. This is no different for a senior who is moving into a nursing home. Even something as simple as providing their favorite brands and products can help them feel that their routine hasn’t been completely turned upside-down. Some of these personal care items may be available from the facility, but be aware that they may come with extra charges.

 

Whitmor Rattique Storage Baskets, Set of 3

Families generally provide these items and facility staff should let you know when your loved one is running low. It can be helpful to keep a small stash of extra products in a box or basket in their closet or bathroom to avoid running out at the last minute.

 

  • Be sure to pick their favorite fragrances or well-loved brands. Although your loved one might be washed and bathed by someone else, using familiar products, especially familiar scents, can make the experience much more comfortable.

 

 

 

Linens and Bedclothes for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

  • Basic linen, such as bedding and towels, is provided and laundered by the facility.

 

  • Most individuals also love to have soft, warm blankets or quilts on their beds—perhaps a favorite from their home.

 

  • A small lap blanket or throw is also nice to tuck around their legs or shoulders when they are sitting in an armchair or wheelchair. Make sure these items are machine washable and able to take a fair amount of laundering.

 

Note:  Remember that a handmade crocheted blanket will not hold up to frequent washing and drying in the facility’s industrial machines.  And don’t forget to label it.

 

 

Electrical Items and Technology for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

  • Family members usually provide a small TV, sometimes also a DVD player for their loved one. Label both items, as well as the remotes, and don’t forget to provide spare batteries.
  • If your loved one will have a roommate, consider purchasing wireless headphones so that they can watch TV at any volume without disturbing anyone.
  • Ask the facility if they allow extension cords. Some facilities completely prohibit them, since they can pose a trip and fall risk, but others allow them at limited times of the year (such as one for plugging in a Christmas tree).
  • Many SNF residents love using their smart phones, tablets and laptops. If wifi is available at the facility, make sure you know of any passwords and fees associated with it, as well as if the bandwidth is sufficient to stream videos. If the wifi is not secure, make sure your loved one does not log onto online banking website or any other sites where their personal information could be vulnerable to hackers and scam artists.
  • All electronic devices should be clearly labeled with the resident’s name, and if possible, contain a GPS locator in case they ever go missing. Don’t forget chargers and connecting cords.

 

 

Decorative Touches for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

  • Plan to decorate their room for holidays and events. A small seasonal wreath for their door, holiday cards, and wall décor are a great way to remind your loved one of the holiday without taking up precious space on their nightstand or dresser. Window clings are an inexpensive and reusable decorative item that can be easily applied to and removed from a window or mirror. You may have to store seasonal items that are currently not being used if there is not enough storage space in their room.
  • A favorite door decoration is also a good cue for your loved one that they have returned to “their” room after a meal or activity. Many doors in the SNF look the same, but theirs will stand out.

 

Example: Falling Leaves Welcome Door Decor
  • Fresh flowers and plants brighten up windowsills and dressers. Just be sure to pick low-maintenance varieties that will not create any mess. If your loved one is assigned to a room with a less than ideal view from their window, this small touch can make a big difference. You and your loved one can arrange flowers or water the plants together as an activity.

 

 

 

 

Favorite Things to Have in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

Your loved one should be able to look around their room and say, “these are a few of my favorite things.” These items should hold personal significance, promote happy reminiscence and stimulate the senses in some way.

 

 

Family pictures are important and can be posted on a bulletin board, stored in a scrapbook or photo album, uploaded to a digital picture frame, or displayed as a collage on the wall. It can also be helpful to stick a small label under each photo or on the back to explain the name and relationship to your loved one of those pictured. This enables them to share their pictures without having the pressure of remembering names, faces and relationships all at once.

2-in-1 Black Wood Framed Wall Mounted Combination Bulletin Cork Board & Magnetic Whiteboard

 

 

Another sentimental item may be their favorite artwork or posters. Keep in mind that wall space in SNF rooms is limited, and the facility may have rules about what hardware is allowed to hang frames and other wall decor.

Numerous vendors sell affordable prints of famous works of art, nature scenes, military memorabilia, old movie posters, and much more. The options are endless!  Posters can be placed in inexpensive poster frames to make them look more polished, and the artwork can be changed out periodically at little expense.

 

Examples:

 

Two Girls at the Piano by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Poster Print, 16x20
Two Girls at the Piano by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Poster Print, 16×20

Georges Seurat (La Grande Jatte) Poster Art Print – 24×36

 

 

 

 

 

If nails are not allowed, poster tack or command strips may be helpful alternatives.

 

 

 

A CD player and CDs or a MP3 player loaded with favorite music, can also be a small, but meaningful addition to a loved one’s room. Just as with the television, headphones of some kind are probably a wise investment.

Other types of treasured items might include favorite snacks or treats (as appropriate to their current dietary needs), scented lotions, a stuffed animal, sports memorabilia or team colors, a couple of favorite books, or small pieces or items from a personal collection are helpful.

It is important to note that most facilities prohibit breakable items like china and glass, electric blankets, scented plug-ins, and, of course, any sort of open flame (candles), and weapons.

 

 

Hobbies for Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

Days at the SNF can be long, especially at the beginning when your loved one is trying to remember new people and adapt to new routines as well as struggle with their own loss of independence.

The facility should have a diverse and interesting activities program, but your loved one will still have the opportunity to pursue their personal interests or hobbies.

 

 

One of the biggest parts of their packing list is making sure they have the items they need to remain engaged and entertained.

 

 

Newspaper and magazine subscriptions can easily be arranged and changed, and these items can be delivered directly to the facility.

 

USA Today

Reader's Digest

 

 

 

Many facilities have libraries of books, or the local public library might deliver to the facility. If your loved one is a reader, make sure they always have a couple great books on their nightstand. If they are no longer able to read, even a book of inspirational stories or favorite poems can be useful for visitors to read these aloud with them.

 

Graphic1

  • You might also consider setting them up with an Audible membership to download audio books on an MP3 player or other device.

 

 

 

 

52" x 71" Traditional High Quality Jewish Kosher Tallit / Tallis / Talit / Talis Prayer Shawl Made in Israel - White, Black and Gold

 

 

If your loved one is religious, make sure they have their religious texts of choice, plus any associated items or prayer aids, such as a rosary, shawl, crucifix, etc.

 

 

Catholic Women's Aqua Glass Bead Rosary with White Zipper Vinyl Case

 

Provide a labeled tote or bin of supplies for their favorite art or craft, like knitting, crocheting or painting. Adult coloring has become incredibly popular with the senior population lately. They may enjoy one of these books and a set of colored pencils.

 

Some Examples:

 

Butterflies & Flowers Adult Coloring Book
Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

Sargent Art 50 Colored Pencils

 

 

 

For puzzle masters, large print books of word finds, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles are a must. Decks of cards and simple board games can also help pass the time or provide a structured activity for when grandchildren come to visit.

 

 

 

 

Hoyles Super Jumbo Single Deck

 

 

If your loved one enjoys writing and receiving letters, make sure you provide them with the materials they need. A couple of pens/pencils, a notepad or some stationary, an address book, return address labels and stamps are all musts. Even if they do not send or receive mail often, it’s good to keep a few writing instruments and some paper on hand just in case.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

An attractive wall calendar that is clearly marked with family birthdays, holidays, visits and important events is a useful addition to a senior’s room. Even if they have difficulty keeping track of time, the staff and their visitors might be able to reference it and remind them of upcoming activities.

 

Some Ideas:

 

Lang 2018 Calendar – Full Bloom

 

Farms & Barns 18-Month 2018 Calendar
The Secret Garden Calendar

A visitors’ book where people can sign in and say what they did together might be a nice way to remember visits and family time. An example of an entry could be: Saturday, April 16: Jennifer & Brad visited with you and took you outside to see the spring blooms and listen to the birds. We drank lemonade on the porch and talked about gardening.

 

Vintage Style Guest Book
Journals For All Guestbook
Lang Large Welcome Guest Book

 

 

Important Tips for Personal Items in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

 

  • All items must be clearly marked with your loved one’s name. Clothing and other items can easily be mixed up in the laundry, and if the facility has residents with dementia or memory issues, belongings can be accidentally or intentionally stolen or end up in the wrong rooms. Use permanent marker on clothing and fabrics and either purchase or make labels with your loved one’s name and room number so that all other items can be quickly and easily labeled. You can also iron or sew on decorative patches to identify clothing without it appearing like a label. Don’t forget to tag items like glasses, hearing aids, denture cases, personal care items, and durable medical equipment like walkers or wheelchairs, and furniture.
  • Remember that many people will be coming and going in and out of your loved one’s room on a daily basis. This includes caregivers, nurses, housekeeping staff, activities staff, visitors, volunteers and family members. At some point, items will go missing. Hopefully they have just been misplaced and will be returned, but, for this reason, do not bring anything valuable.
  • Some nursing homes take inventory of a new resident’s belongings upon move in. Ask if this is something that your loved one’s facility does, and if it isn’t, then consider creating your own Facility Inventory form to keep track of their things and better determine if something has been lost or stolen. Ask for the Admissions Coordinator or Director of Nursing to sign this inventory on move-in day. If an item goes missing, you are much more likely to have the facility replace it if you have a documented move-in list.

 

Keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list. Bring in the basics and see how your loved one fares for the first couple of weeks. Maybe they will need more clothes, an extra lamp on the nightstand so they can read better, or maybe you will realize that they are no longer interested in an activity, so you can take those supplies away and free up some space for other items.

 

 

Final Thoughts

This is a challenging time for both you and your loved one. A room in a Skilled Nursing Facility is never going to be comparable to your loved one’s home.

 

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories by [Bursack, Carol Bradley]Treat this move as an opportunity to create your loved one’s last home: a comfortable, safe environment filled with happy memories and fun activities.

This is a place where they can thrive and receive the higher level of care they need.

Based on an article by Carol Bradley Bursack

Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, consultant and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members.

Her experiences inspired her to pen, “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories,” a portable support group book for caregivers.

 

 

Other Recommended Resources:

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in:

Convincing Your Parents to Transition to Assisted Living

Incontinence Supply Management for Your Loved in in Assisted Living

Preparing For Your Elderly Parent to Move In With You

How to Choose Adaptive Clothing

Anytime Gifts that Seniors Will Actually Use

Help for Anxiety in the Elderly

Assisted Living Questions and Answers

All About Hiring In-Home Help

Getting the Right Testing for Dementia

Be Aware of Bone Diseases in the Elderly

Does Prevagen Actually Help Your Memory?

FBI Warning: Seniors Getting Scammed!

Elder Abuse Questions and Answers

Should You Get a Medical Alert System?

Dealing With Caregiver Anxiety

The MIND Diet for Fighting Dementia

The No. 1 Alzheimer’s Care Tip 

Alzheimer’s, Elevated Cortisol and Your Genes

Prevent or Slow Dementia by Building Cognitive Reserve

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

 

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom

 

 

 

It may not be the household item that catches a person’s eye or thoughts while looking for hazards, but toilet seats have options available today that many caregivers are unaware of.

 

The toilet seat should not be overlooked as a way to help a loved one stay independent as long as possible. It also can be a location of great concern for those prone to falling or for caregivers who must help transfer their loved ones in order for them to use the toilet.

From extra padding to extra height, these specialized seats make it easier for elderly loved ones to get on and off the toilet. The industry, however, is bringing innovation one step forward with power-lift toilet seats.

 

Types of Power-Lift Toilet Seats

 

Spring-Powered Option Lift Toilet Seat

There are two main types of power-lift seats on the market. The first is a spring-powered option. It is already in an upright position when a loved one approaches it, not like the usual toilet seat. It hinges on the front and meets a person’s rear while they are standing. When a loved begins to sit back, the spring and hydraulic piston slowly lowers them to a seated position.

With this option, the device takes about 80 percent of the weight off the person using it. When a loved one is finished, he or she stands up independently, with the weight again being minimized by the hydraulics in the system.

 

Motorized Lift Toilet Seat

The second option is completely motorized, assuming 100 percent of a person’s weight. This is a great option for someone who needs full assistance.

It installs on the toilet and includes a hand controller for raising and lowering the seat. The controls help the seat meet a loved one in their standing position; then, with a small lean back, lowers them directly onto the toilet. When the person is finished, the controller again is available to lift a loved one to a complete standing position. For larger people, a dual-motor option can be bought for additional support.

A power-lift toilet seat is available in either a free-standing or wall-mounted product. The free-standing seats are able to be used bedside, which some people may prefer for flexibility.

 

Check With Your Medical Insurance Company Regarding a Lift Toilet Seat

The good news, if you are considering a purchase, is that if a physical deems this kind of support medically necessary, many insurance companies will help cover the cost. A caregiver can do some easy research to find out their loved ones’ benefits.

 

 

Would a Power-Lift Toilet Seat Be A Good Option For You?

 

Time in a bathroom is typically a very personal thing. Many loved ones may feel embarrassment needing assistance, especially if they still are very mentally aware and simply experiencing the standard bending/reaching issues that often come with age. With more progressive needs, an aide still must assist the person in getting on and off a toilet.

From another point of view, a power-lift toilet seat is an ideal option for someone in recovery from a surgery or illness. It helps people return home and stay home longer. From knee issues to back concerns, a long list can be made of times when a power-lift seat is beneficial. Toileting is one thing that no person can ignore, and a little help can go a long way for someone who just needs a boost.

Safety is of utmost importance to all those involved in caregiving. All power-lift toilet seats come with weight recommendations, but most are between 250 to 500 pounds. There are also bariatric versions available. The power-lift toilet seats help caregivers and loved ones alike, by promoting independence and dignity, while preventing injuries.

Falls are a big safety risk for people with uneven gait, or wobbly knees. Elderly people are especially at risk, as any caregiver will attest. A power-lift toilet seat tremendously minimizes that danger.

While these products were designed originally for hospitals and other care facilities, they are now available for the consumer. Caregivers are thankful for fewer falls and trips to the emergency room, and loved ones are grateful for regaining a sense of self-worth and respect.

 

Recommended: The TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift (once known as the Tush Push from Phillips Lift Systems)

 

 

I recommend the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift (once known as the Tush Push from Phillips Lift Systems) as the best solution to help prevent falls in the bathroom while using the toilet.

This device lowers users to and from the commode.

The TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift provides comfort and safety along with the functionality of a heavy duty commode lift chair. This lift is compatible with both standard and elongated toilet seats.This toilet lift accommodates users 5’2” to 6’4” and bowl heights from 14” to 21”, and has a weight capacity of 325 lbs.

 

 

 

 

 

The TILT™ is equipped with Companion Control to allow the user or caregiver to easily operate the seat with the push of a button.The TILT™ is designed for easy installation and comes with a 2-year warranty.  The TILT™ is made in the USA.

 

 

 

 

Features of the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift (once known as the Tush Push from Phillips Lift Systems) :

 

  • The unit is lightweight, yet strong and durable.
  • Easy installation – typically less than 15minutes.  The TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift is compatible with both standard and elongated toilet seats.
  • The TILT™ offers great stability, as the TILT attaches directly to the bowl, rather than pushing the unit over the commode.
  • The TILT™ moves the user 7-1/2” forward, which is ideal for clearing obstructions and rising from the bowl. This also positions the user’s shoulders over their feet for optimal balance and positioning.
  • Arms remain at a constant positioning angle, which keeps the elbow of the user slightly bent to maximize their ideal strength position in order to exit the seat. The low angle of the unit allows for easier lateral transfers from mobile devices, chairs, transport chairs, and bath seats.
  • In the down position, the arms are lower than the seat for a slideboard transfer. The hand grips feature non-slip covers.
  • The assembly is protected by a plastic shield, which can easily be removed for cleaning.
  • Unit accommodates users 5’2” to 6’4” and bowl heights from 14” to 21”.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you with some practical information. 

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

You may also be interested in:

How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat

Your Guide to Shower Chairs and Bath Benches

Guide to Bathroom Grab Bars and Hand Rails

Help Your Older Adult Move From the Wheelchair to the Toilet

How to Buy a Power Lift Recliner Chair

Tips For Easier Senior Car Travel

Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!  Here’s How …

Easy Home Improvements for Mobility Issues

Best Hemorrhoid Treatment Product Reviews

Modifying Your Bathroom For Safety

How to Reduce the Risks of Heavy Lifting for Caregivers

Choosing the Best Transport Chair

Choosing a Medical Walker

Choosing a Walking Cane

Find the Right Power Wheelchair

Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery

Top Pillows to Relieve Neck Pain

Preparing For Your Elderly Parent to Move In

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

 

Have You Heard of Weighted Blanket Therapy?

Have You Heard of Weighted Blanket Therapy?

 

 

 

 

The drug-free therapeutic blanket known as weighted blankets have become the at-home treatment for insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Asperger’s and sensory disorders.

 

Many seniors, adults, teenagers and children face psychiatric issues that cause insomnia and severe anxiety. Patients with autism and other psychiatric disorders also face extreme anxiousness and the inability to induce calmness within themselves without the use of sedatives or drugs. Image above: YnM Weighted Blanket.

 

The combination of behavioral aberrations, and the lack of sleep among these people, have been known to lead to loss of productivity in their daily lives, irrational emotional behavior and out – of – character actions. It isn’t just the problem of not being able to keep their emotions under control, but the issue of lashing out aggressively due to psychological dysfunctions.

 

The root causes of such behavioral issues are anxiety and insomnia, which is usually treated with pharmacological (drugs) and psychological (therapy) methods. However, now with a breakthrough in the study of sleep medicine and psychiatric disorders, we know that the trick to soothing consternation and inducing sleep is much simpler than once thought.

 

The drug-free therapeutic blanket known as weighted blankets have become the at-home treatment for insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Asperger’s and sensory disorders.

 

Weighted blankets use deep pressure touch simulation (DPTS) to relax the body and make the patient feel safe, guarded and secure, which calms their unease and helps their body go to sleep. The sensory compression methodology facilitates a positive change with the comfort the blanket brings to its user. The weight of the blanket stimulates the receptors on your body which then activates the neurotransmitters in your brain to bring a sense of happiness to the person.

 

 

The Poly plastic (Polypropylene) pellets that have been used to fill the compartments of the blanket provide the weightage of the blanket. A quality weighted blanket is quilted, made of either cotton or fleece and weighs about 10% of the user’s body. Using the proper blanket according to the size and the weight of the user will give the optimum calming results.

 

This blanket has shown to be very effective in calming hyperactive children during bedtime, anxious patients in therapy and even adults undergoing chemotherapy. It has also proven to be efficacious in calming people down during anxiety inducing situations.

 

 

Studies Prove the Benefits of Weighted Blankets

 

– A 2008 study showed that weighted blankets are beneficial for anxiety. The study used a 30 lb. blankets on adults. In total, 63% reported a decrease in anxiety, and 78% found it calming.

– A 2015 study used 30 pound blanket on adults during an inpatient mental health hospitalization. 60% of them reported significant decrease in anxiety after use.

– Research on DPTS started as early as the 1950s. One article from 1992 found great benefits of this therapy for patients with autism. It reduces self-harming behaviors in autistic children, as well as produced better sleep. It also relaxes the muscles.

One adult autistic patient has stated, “I need heavy blankets on me to sleep well, or else my muscles won’t calm down.” 

– Weighted blanket were also found to be very calming for babies.

 

 

Therapeutic Benefits of Weighted Blankets

 

 

 

 

1. Weighted Blankets Promote Sleep

 

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes habitual sleeplessness. The lack of sleep leads to the over exhaustion of the human body and hampers the psychological well-being of the person. When a person is not able to function well, both physically and mentally, their social well being is affected and they begin to lose productivity in their lives. This leads to depression and other behavioral problems.

An easy solution to this problem is the weighted blanket. The pressure of the weighted blanket reaches deep within the body of the user to provide a comfortable environment for a person to fall asleep in. The sense of being swaddled and the physical connection that the user feels with the blanket makes them feel warm and safe. This helps their mind be at ease and they can be able to relax their body. The state of tranquility will help clear their mind and ensure a good night’s sleep.

According to the ‘Positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia’ by the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders 2015 of the SciMed Central, the weighted blankets had improved the sleep quality of people with severe insomnia.

 

 

2. Weighted Blankets Imitate a Warm Hug

 

Research shows that hugs can actually make a person feel at ease. Hugging a person releases the hormone Oxytocin into the blood stream. This chemical reduces your blood pressure, calms your heart rate and provides and overall feeling of relaxation.

Although the blanket does not provide a human connection, your body may perceive the warmth and security the imitation that a hug provides. Both the hug and the blanket use a gentle yet firm pressure that goes deep within the person’s body tissues. This gives the user a sense of repose and allows your body to relax.

 

 

3. Weighted Blankets Provide a Sense of Security

 

Being covered by a weighted and warm blanket will ensure the feeling of calmness in the user. The ‘blanket therapy’ stimulates the receptors present throughout our body, which lessens a person’s discomfort. Once the user feels more comfortable in the blanket, they begin to feel secure as their body begins to relax. The body can only relax when your mind is soothed and your heart rate is calmed. This change in the body will ensure that both your body and mind believes that you are secure and safe.

 

 

4. Weighted Blankets Increase the Production of Serotonin

 

Serotonin is a chemical messenger, also known as a neurotransmitter that your brain and intestines produce for the smooth functioning of your nervous system, which includes the brain and the nerves. This hormone is secreted to promote happiness and the mood of the people. Known as the ‘happy hormone’, this chemical does not only affect a person’s mood but it affects their behavior. The lack of serotonin in the body leads to depression, insomnia and anxiety. That is why the sensory stimulating weighted blankets increase the production of serotonin in the body. The hormone relaxes your body and makes you feel calmer. That sense of calmness leads to pacifying one’s anxiety, which results to inducing sleep in the user.

 

 

5. Weighted Blankets Increase the Production of Melatonin

 

Melatonin, also known as the ‘sleep hormone’ is a chemical that affects a person’s sleep. The hormone is produced with the production of serotonin, as well as the pineal gland in the brain. This chemical is known to ease insomnia and induce sleep, which is possible through the therapeutic benefits of the weighted blankets that provide a gentle yet firm pressure on your body by stimulating your receptors.

 

 

 

6. Weighted Blankets Calm Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Autism spectrum disorder includes Asperger’s, Autism, Rhett Syndrome and other unspecified Pervasive Development Disorders. Such disorders include behavioral problems that do not necessarily bode well with the norms of society. The patients suffering from such disorders feel aggression and irritation due to the inability to express or convey their thoughts clearly. Such slow cognitive development makes the patient unable to process information quickly and the change in their surroundings.

 

Patients with such disorders are not able to communicate properly, so they use erratic speech, repetitive actions and turbulent behaviors. During a frustrated outburst, the patient’s heart rate increases, their breath becomes shallow and their blood pressure rises – which further increases their irritability.

 

When the patient is going through such tempestuous emotions and tantrums, it is best to drape the weighted blanket around them or have them lay down with the blanket covering them. This will make them feel more relaxed and comfortable. Once they are no longer acting in a hysterical manner, they will be able to think with a clearer mind and a calmer body. Although communicating with their caretakers might still be difficult, there will at least be an opportunity for the patient to gather more patience and attempt to convey their thoughts in a more serene manner.

 

 

7. Weighted Blankets Help Overcome the Oversensitivity to Touch

 

Some psychiatric disorders make people oversensitive to touch. Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders usually face such discomfort with the touch of other people but this can be overcome by introducing the weight of the blanket regularly to the affected patient.

 

The pressure of the blanket provides a similar feeling of human touch at a larger scale without actual connection – which can be a stepping stone in helping patients overcome their fear of touch.

 

During the 1990s, a squeeze machine was used to help patients overcome their oversensitivity to touch. Today, with the inception of the ‘therapy blankets’, patients can use the more accessible and less controversial mechanism to help people become more at ease with touch.

 

 

8. Weighted Blankets Pacify Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD drives a person to think repetitively about a certain incident or an object. Such thoughts constantly play across a person’s mind and lead them to neglect their duties and their personal lives. The patient becomes anxious about a particular event and conducts a certain action over and over again. Their thoughts are occupied and their bodies refuse to break out of an obsessive reverie.

A very effective way to ease an OCD patient’s anxiety, and to treat the inability to calm them down from a mind consuming thought is to use a weighted blanket. This blanket allows the patient to feel safe and secure without worrying about the numerous issues that may be present in their lives. The blanket provides a warm environment for the user by helping to relive stress and allow their mind to release the captivating thoughts.

 

 

9. Weighted Blankets Mimic a Massage

 

Draping the weighted blanket over the user’s body distributes pressure evenly throughout their body. This has similar effects of a deep tissue massage. The pressure of the blanket goes deep within your tissues while you use it to fall asleep. A massage is supposed to help our body and mind relax – which can be easily done at home by using a weighted blanket. The physical factor of a massage might provide it’s own intimate yet soothing aspect, but the weighted blanket is proven to give you similar results to an actual massage in the long run.

 

 

10. Weighted Blankets Improve Cognitive Function

 

Taking a look at the overall therapeutic benefits of weighted blankets, we can see that it relieves stress, reduces tension, induces sleep, calms your mind and relaxes your body. These components are very important if you want to live a healthy and happy life.

 

Raised blood pressure, anxiety and lack of sleep are truly killers of productivity and normal behavior. Sleeping with the weighted blanket promotes the users overall well-being by ensuring that they tackle their daily issues with a clear head and a well-rested body.

 

With a clear mind, a person’s cognitive functions are improved. They are able to perform efficiently and effectively without being burdened by psychological issues and behavioral changes.

 

 

Recommended: Weighted Blankets Plus Weighted Blanket – Choose Color & Weight

 

Weighted blankets can potentially solve sleep issues, panic attacks, anxiety related disorders, lack of concentration and even aggressive behavioral problems that affect the smooth proceedings of one’s daily life.

Successful results of the weighted blanket  can be had without the high costs of therapy sessions, drugs and sedatives that are traditionally used to pacify more tremulous patients. I recommend giving this effective and inexpensive blanket a try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use a Weighted Blanket

 

The blanket can be used at night, during naps, or used casually quick calming effect. Studies have used it for as little as 10 minutes and up to 2 hours, but it can stay on as long as you would like. It is the most beneficial to have your whole body covered, but do do not place the blanket on top of the head or face as it can create a suffocating sensation.

 

 

Choosing Your Weighted Blanket’s Weight

 

Use the formula 10% of your weight plus one pound. For example, a 160 lb person should  choose a 16 or 18 lb weighted blanket.

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some practical information on weighted blankets.

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

You may also be interested in:

Melatonin Helps Sundowning and Other Sleep Disorders

Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Practical Shoes for the Elderly

Top Pillows to Relieve Neck Pain

Why You Should Use an Infrared Sauna (Often!)

Preparing For Your Elderly Parent to Move In

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

 

Mattresses and Pads for Pressure Relief

Mattresses and Pads for Pressure Relief

 

 

 

Pressure relief mattress and bed pad systems prevent pressure ulcers, commonly called bed sores or pressure sores, by dispersing pressure away from bone protrusions via alternating pressure.
 
Most systems utilize air chambers in their mattresses or pads.
 

Choosing The Right Pressure Relief Mattresses & Pads

 

One of the many side effects of prolonged bed rest is developing pressure ulcers or, as they’re commonly known, bed sores—areas of skin that first redden and then can turn into open sores that, if untreated, become infected.

 

Pressure ulcers are identified by their stage of development, from Stage I to Stage IV, increasing in severity. Typical areas of skin affected are those over bony parts of the body.  It might be hard to imagine that simply laying in bed can produce such a reaction, but all it takes is the pressure of bone against skin against the flat surface of a typical mattress to alter the natural flow of blood that nourishes skin.

 

 

 

 

Studies have shown that in hospital and long-term care facilities alike, up to a third of patients develop bed sores. In addition to changing position frequently, lying on a pressure relief mattress can help enormously.

 

Pressure points can be protected by either pressure-reducing surfaces, such as a static air pressure mattress, or pressure-relieving surfaces, such as an alternating air pressure mattress. A pressure reduction device reduces pressure, though not as much as a pressure relief mattress.

 

Once ulcers have developed, in most cases only a pressure relief mattress combined with skin protection and wound-healing measures will help.

 

 

Prevention Is Best

 

 

Geneva Healthcare Egg Crate Convoluted Foam Mattress Pad

 

The best approach is to prevent ulcers from happening in the first place. If bed rest is part of recuperation from illness or if your nightly sleep position creates uncomfortable pressure points, a bed sore mattress like the Geneva Healthcare Egg Crate Convoluted Foam Mattress Pad can help prevent pressure sores.

I like the Geneva Healthcare Egg Crate Pad because it is therapeutically designed for maximum comfort and offers a cool, dry surface for restful sleep. 

 

When lying on this pad, your body weight is distributed evenly from head to to, which improves circulation, and the cushion peaks increase comfort while offering support. 

The Geneva Healthcare mattress pad is made of high-quality, medical-grade urethane, and is ideal for prevention of pressure sores, bed sored, pressure point stress and decubitus ulcers.

 

 

 

Gel Mattress Pad

 

Another choice gel mattress pad to reduce interface pressure while providing a cooler, more comfortable sleeping surface. Look for an internal baffle design that balances your body in the center of the mattress while eliminating the traditional water mattress rocking effect; good designs are often made from anti-microbial, medical grade vinyl.

 

I like the Gel Memory Foam Topper from Advanced Sleep Solutions because reviewers find it extremely comfortable, and is made in the USA with eco-friendly materials. 

The Advanced Sleep Solutions Gel Memory Foam Topper uses innovative gel technology, featuring an open cell structure design that minimizes stiffness, improves air flow and dissipates unnecessary heat. 

Perhaps most importantly, users find that it offers just the right amount of support to relieve pressure points.

The Advanced Sleep Systems Gel Memory Foam Topper is backed by a a 60 Day Money Back Comfortably Perfect Guarantee & a 3 Year Manufacturers Warranty.

 

 

Pressure Relief Mattress

 

If you want more than pressure reduction, investigate a pressure relief mattress system. An alternating pressure relief mattress is often is divided into several compartments that are alternately inflated and deflated by an electrical pump.

Invacare Alternating Pressure Relief System
Invacare Alternating Pressure Relief System

The Alternating Pressure Relief Bubble Pad System from Invacare is a 2.5″ thick mattress with a pump specifically designed for therapy treatment and prevention of Stage l pressure sores.

The control knob turns the unit on and off and adjusts the comfort range in 8 levels.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Mattress Replacement

 

Another option is a full mattress replacement.  The Alternating Pressure Mattress by Vive.  It is a 3″ thick mattress that aids in the treatment of pressure sores in Stages I and II.

The Vive alternating pressure mattress was designed to provide relief from bed sores and ulcers caused from prolonged bed rest.
Equipped with 130 individually heat sealed air bubbles for even weight disbursement and superior support.

 

The ultra-quiet pump is equipped with a variable pressure dial to ensure a full, undisturbed night’s sleep. It is also protected by a one-year warranty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15019
Drive Medical Therapeutic 5 Zone Support Mattress

Another option is the Therapeutic Foam 5 Zone Pressure Reduction Support Mattress by Drive Medical.  This is a deluxe, deep foam mattress also designed to prevent pressure related bed sores and ulcers.

The Drive Medical mattress features an egg crate top layer to reduce painful pressure points and increases comfort and support.

The removable nylon cover reduces friction and minimizes resistance to ensure optimal skin integrity.  

It’s also breathable, waterproof, machine washable and anti-microbial.

 

 

 

Air Pressure Mattress System

 

Once bed sores develop, a more sophisticated air pressure mattress system may be needed.

 

The Roho Dry Flotation Mattress has rows of soft, interconnected, air-filled cells that conforms precisely to the contours of the body, providing “passive compression therapy” against the skin. This allows for enhanced blood flow to the wound site, maximizing the healing process.

Don’t let its simplicity fool you.  The performance, efficiency and quality of this overlay system are unequaled in the industry.

Comprised of soft, interconnected air cells, the DRY FLOTATION mattress overlay conforms precisely to the body’s contours, helping soft tissue to maintain its shape in order to maximize the healing process as well as prevention.

 

 

  • With 720 air cells, this mattress overlay allows for greater conformity and better pressure distribution. Each cell is specially treated to minimize friction and resulting shear.
  • The four sections of the mattress overlay are independently adjusted, providing a low-pressure environment over the entire contact area of the body.
  • The DRY FLOTATION system provides prevention and therapeutic coverage for all pressure injuries including deep tissue injuries. The ability to “float” in the mattress overlay promotes healing and reduces soft tissue deformation.
  • Using laser Doppler velocimetry in a year long study*, it was proven that blood flow increased at least four times the base line value when a individual was immersed in the DRY FLOTATION mattress overlay. (* Jacobs, Mary Ann, MSN RN. “Compression of Capillary Blood Flow Using a Regular Hospital Bed Mattress, ROHO Mattress, and Mediscus.” Rehabilitation Nursing 14.5 (September/October 1989).)
  • Drainage holes in the base of the mattress overlay allows for moisture to drain away from the body.
  • Adjustable. 3.5″ (8 cm) high air cells can be adjusted to the individual’s body shape and size and to their position over time.
  • Non-powered. Requires no external power source.
  • Easy to clean. May be cleaned and disinfected. See operations manual for instructions.
  • Repairable. Extends overall life of the mattress overlay.

 

 

Be sure to ask your doctor for guidance on the right pressure mattress to prevent and/or manage bed sores if you will be in bed for a prolonged period of time.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in:

How to Prevent and Treat Bed Sores

How to Give a Sponge Bath in Bed

How to Wash Your Senior’s Hair in Bed

Top Pillows to Relieve Neck Pain

The Best Coccyx Pillow for Tail Bone Pain

Coping With Incontinence

Risks of Bed Rails

Caregivers Can Reduce the Risks of Heavy Lifting

Caregivers Need Sleep!

Natural Depression Remedies – What Works?

Preparing For Your Elderly Parent to Move In

End of Life Nutrition

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

 

Tips for Managing Foot Drop

 

Tips for Managing Foot Drop

 

 

 

 

Foot drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes it difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes.

It’s also sometimes called drop foot, and can cause you to drag your foot on the ground when you walk.

Foot drop is a sign of an underlying problem rather than a condition itself. This could be muscular, caused by nerve damage in the leg, or the result of a brain or spinal injury.

Foot drop usually only affects one foot, but both feet may be affected, depending on the cause. It can be temporary or permanent.

 

 

Causes of Foot Drop

 

Foot drop is the result of weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of your foot. This can be caused by a number of underlying problems:

 

 

Muscular Weakness

Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited genetic conditions that cause gradual muscle weakness and can sometimes lead to foot drop.

Foot drop can also be caused by other muscle wasting conditions, such as spinal muscular atrophy or motor neurone disease.

 

 

Peripheral Nerve Problems or Neuropathy

Foot drop is often caused by compression (squashing) of the nerve that controls the muscles that lift the foot.

Sometimes, nerves around the knee or lower spine can become trapped. The nerves in the leg can also be injured or damaged during hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

Foot drop can sometimes be caused by nerve damage linked to diabetes (known as a neuropathy).

Inherited conditions that cause peripheral nerve damage and muscle weakness, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, can also sometimes lead to foot drop.

 

 

Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders

Foot drop can be caused by conditions that affect the brain or spinal cord, such as:

  • stroke
  • cerebral palsy
  • multiple sclerosis

 

 

Diagnosing Foot Drop

Foot drop is often diagnosed during a physical examination. Your GP will look at the way you walk and examine your leg muscles.

In some cases, imaging tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound scan or computerized tomography (CT) scan, may be required.

Nerve conduction tests may be recommended to help locate where the affected nerve is damaged.

Electromyography, where electrodes are inserted into the muscle fibers to record the muscles’ electrical activity, may also be carried out at the same time.

 

 

Managing Foot Drop

 

If you have foot drop, you’ll find it difficult to lift the front part of your foot off the ground. This means you’ll have a tendency to scuff your toes along the ground, increasing your risk of falls. To prevent this, you may lift your foot higher than usual when walking.

Recovery depends on the cause of foot drop and how long you’ve had it. In some cases it can be permanent.

Making small changes in your home, such as removing clutter and using non-slip rugs and mats, can help prevent falls. There are also measures you can take to help stabilize your foot and improve your walking ability.

 

These measures include:

  • physiotherapy – to strengthen your foot, ankle and lower leg muscles
  • wearing an ankle-foot orthosis – to hold your foot in a normal position
  • electrical nerve stimulation – in certain cases it can help lift the foot
  • surgery – an operation to fuse the ankle or foot bones may be possible in severe or long-term cases

 

 

Ankle-Foot Orthosis for Drop Foot

 

An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is worn on the lower part of the leg to help control the ankle and foot. It holds your foot and ankle in a straightened position to improve your walking.

If your GP thinks an AFO will help, they’ll refer you for an assessment with an orthotist (a specialist who measures and prescribes orthoses).

Wearing a close-fitting sock between your skin and the AFO will ensure comfort and help prevent rubbing. Your footwear should be fitted around the orthosis.

Lace-up shoes or those with Velcro fastenings are recommended for use with AFOs because they’re easy to adjust. Shoes with a removable inlay are also useful because they provide extra room. High-heeled shoes should be avoided.

It’s important to break your orthosis in slowly. Once broken in, wear it as much as possible while walking because it will help you walk more efficiently and keep you stable.

 

 

 

Ankle Foot Orthosis Support - AFO - Drop Foot Support Splint Right, Large
Recommended:  Ankle Foot Orthosis Support For Foot Drop

 

 

Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Drop Foot

 

In some cases, an electrical stimulation device, also known as a TENS machine, can be used to improve walking ability. It can help you walk faster, with less effort and more confidence.

Two self-adhesive electrode patches are placed on the skin. One is placed close to the nerve supplying the muscle and the other over the center of the muscle. Leads connect the electrodes to a battery-operated stimulator, which is the size of a pack of cards and is worn on a belt or kept in a pocket.

The TENS stimulator produces electrical impulses that stimulate the nerves to contract (shorten) the affected muscles. The stimulator is triggered by a sensor in the shoe and is activated every time your heel leaves the ground as you walk.

For long-term use, it may be possible to have an operation to implant the electrodes under your skin. The procedure involves positioning the electrodes over the affected nerve while you’re under general anesthetic.

 

 

Recommended:   The TEC.BEAN Rechargeable TENS Unit

 

 

TEC.BEAN Rechargeable Tens EMS Unit with 16 Modes and 8 Pads Pulse Impulse Pain Relief Massager

 

 

Video:  See Foot Drop Treatment Using a TENS Device

 

 

 

Surgery For Drop Foot

 

Surgery may be an option in severe or long-term cases of foot drop that have caused permanent movement loss from muscle paralysis.

The procedure usually involves transferring a tendon from the stronger leg muscles to the muscle that should be pulling your ankle upwards.

Another type of surgery involves fusing the foot or ankle bones to help stabilize the ankle.

Speak to your GP or orthopedic foot and ankle specialist if you’re thinking about having surgery for foot drop. They’ll be able to give you more information about the available procedures and any associated pros and cons.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in:

Choosing a Medical Walker

Choosing a Walking Cane

Foot Circulation Booster Machine Guide and Reviews

What Caregivers Should Know About Sciatica Pain

Top 10 Massage Chairs Reviewed

Preparing For Your Elderly Parent to Move In

Hands Free Shoes That Make Dressing Easier

10 Simple Products to Help With Getting Dressed

10 Simply Fabulous Arthritis Aids

Practical Shoes for the Elderly

The Right Lighting Prevents Falls

Guide to Bathroom Grab Bars and Hand Rails

Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!  Here’s How …

Easy Home Improvements for Mobility Issues

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

Are Therapy Dolls and Fidget Blankets Good for Dementia Patients?

Are Therapy Dolls Good for Dementia Patients?

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic Baby Dolls for Alzheimer’s Patients

 

A helpful, non-drug way to calm and soothe seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia is to give them a soft, lifelike baby doll to cuddle. These therapy dolls can even be effective in calming older adults with severe agitation or other significant behavioral issues. (Image above is of  Paradise Galleries Lifelike Realistic Baby Doll, Cuddle Bear Bella.)

 

Why Use Therapy Dolls for Dementia?

 

Therapy dolls help seniors feel useful and needed and give them something positive to focus on. Similar to the effect of soft toys like stuffed animals, hugging something soft helps someone with dementia soothe themselves.

 

Paradise Galleries Boy Baby Doll that Looks Realistic – Lil Man in the Moon, 21 inch GentleTouch Vinyl with Weighted Body
Alicia’s Gentle Touch Realistic Interactive Baby Doll by Ashton Drake

 

Another reason therapy dolls are helpful is that they bring back happy memories of early parenthood for both women and men.

 

 

A video is worth a thousand words on this topic:  

Video: Baby Doll Interaction with Dementia

 

 

Joovy Toy Doll Caboose Tandem Stroller

 

Having a child to care for can also ease feelings of isolation and sadness. After all, most of us have seen or experienced the way that interacting with real babies can quickly lift spirits and calm nerves.

Many older adults will enjoy rocking and cuddling their doll. Some even adopt the baby as their own and make caring for it part of their daily routine.

 

 

 

8 pc Time to Eat Doll Accessories

 

 

6 pc Baby Doll Bathtub and Accessories Set

 

 

Tips for Introducing Doll Therapy to Your Senior

 

The best approach is to casually introduce the doll to your senior and let them decide if they like it or not.

If they have no interest in the doll, don’t make an issue out of it. They may change their minds in the future so you could always give it another try in a few weeks or months.

 

A few tips:

 

  • Don’t act like the doll is a doll, refer to it as a baby and treat it like a real child.
  • Get a lifelike doll, but one that doesn’t cry – that could be upsetting.
  • Don’t force it, allow your senior to get to know the doll slowly.
KidKraft Lil’ Doll Cradle

 

 

7 pc Doll Diaper Changing Set With Bag

 

 

Try it out, see how your older adult responds, and be flexible.

 

 

Twiddle Activity/Comfort Aid

Fidget Products for Alzheimer’s

 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia may show anxiety or agitation through fidgety hands.

Signs include pulling or rubbing at clothes or bedding, rubbing hands together, twisting fingers, wringing hands, and generally keeping hands in motion.

Sensory therapy or fidget toys are an effective way to reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and provide comfort.

These are simple touch-based activities that help someone with Alzheimer’s keep hands busy in safe, soothing ways.

 

 

Q3 Enterprises Twiddle Cat (Chocolate) Activity/Comfort Aid

 

Twiddlesport Fidget Comfort Muff
Twiddlesport Fidget Comfort Muff

 

 

Make A Fidget Box or Basket

 

It’s also easy to make your own fidget box or basket. Pull out the box when your older adult needs something to do and throw everything back into the box when they’re done.

Get a container and fill it with some inexpensive odds and ends you can find in your house, make quickly, or buy at the dollar store.

Gather things in a variety of colors and textures, like:

 

  • Things with zippers or velcro closures

 

Pull and Stretch Bounce Balls

 

 

  • Brightly colored plastic springs (like a Slinky)
  • A row of buttons sewn firmly onto a ribbon
  • A piece of soft fleece or faux fur
  • Old keys on a key ring 

 

Some seniors are comforted by keeping a familiar item with them, like a purse or wallet. Try filling an old purse or wallet with a few dollars, coins, play money, or faux credit cards so your older adult can rummage through whenever they like.

 

Are Dolls and Fidget Blankets Controversial?

 

You may have heard from caregivers who say their older adults are much calmer and happier now that they have their own baby doll. They’re relieved to have found a non-drug solution that eases their senior’s dementia symptoms.

Some people, however, are concerned that giving their older adult a doll or a “toy” would be demeaning or patronizing. But when someone has dementia, helping them feel safe and happy in their current reality is the top priority. That’s why we sometimes need to consider unconventional approaches like baby dolls, fidget blankets, and other simple activities and toys.

 

Another Idea:  Coloring Books For Seniors

 

Boredom in older adults can cause problems, including difficult behavior and depression. And, seniors who have moved in with relatives or into assisted living are more likely to be bored because their lives have changed so much.

Coloring may sound like a simple activity to ward off boredom, but a great coloring book and a set of coloring pencils can actually improve health!

A research study found that adults 65 or older who engaged in creative activities had better overall health, made fewer visits to the doctor, used less medication, and had fewer health problems. Wow!

It’s also an excellent mood booster and de-stresser – making it a perfect activity for caregivers too!

Coloring is great activity for seniors to explore their artistic side. These fine art coloring books are lots of fun, even for people who don’t enjoy painting or free-hand drawing.

They’ll get the joy of creating a beautiful work of art with no artistic skills required!

I found some inexpensive, non-childish coloring books seniors will love, with subjects which will interest many older adults.

Colorful Blessings: Cards to Color and Share
Sargent Art Premium 50 Coloring Pencils

 

Colored pencils, crayons, or watercolor paint can be used on the high-quality paper. And don’t forget a good quality pencil sharpener!

The pages in adult coloring books are perforated so they’re easy to remove for display.

Also, the lines in the adult coloring books are gray, so they’ll basically disappear after the pictures are colored in, making it look even better.

Your senior will be proud to display their finished artwork.

 

 

Of course, the decision is entirely up to you since you know your older adult best.

 

If you think a therapy doll, a fidget blanket or activity, or coloring might help them feel better and enjoy life more, why not give it a try?

It’s an inexpensive “treatment” with no side effects.

No matter what the activity or toy, just remember that the goal is to engage your older adult in something fun and keep their hands happily occupied.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it and no specific goal to achieve – whatever feels good to them is perfect!

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in:

How to Keep a Dementia Patient Busy and Happy

Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Coloring For Adults is a Healthy Hobby

Help for Painkiller Induced Constipation – OIC

Does Prevagen Actually Help Your Memory?

Do Prescription Discount Cards Actually Save You Money?

Best Foot Bath Massagers – Full Reviews

Do Prescription Cards Actually Save You Money?

Shower Chairs and Bath Benches

Safety Grab Bars and Hand Rails for the Bathroom

Risks of Bed Rails – Should You Install Them?

How To Buy Adult Diapers

Would a Power Lift Chair Help in Your Home?

Caregivers Must Prepare for Emergencies – Here’s How

10 Simple Products to Help With Getting Dressed

Adjustable Beds – Benefits and Reviews

Choosing a Transport Chair

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

Best Hemorrhoid Treatment Product Reviews

Best Hemorrhoid Treatment Products Reviews

 

 

 

 

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles are swollen veins around the anal opening or the anal canal. They can be painful and linger on for a long time causing distress. The main symptoms include bleeding during the bowel movement and itching.

 

If you’re tired of lugging the rubber doughnut cushion around your home, you probably need a hemorrhoid treatment that actually works. Most hemorrhoid sufferers have become jaded on the whole industry because of so many products that claim to work, but fall short of producing the desired results. It only makes sense that after trying two, three, or even more products that you’d be skeptical that anything can work.

 

Unfortunately, because of the nature of hemorrhoids, it’s really not possible for a company to produce a product that works for every person, in every case. Products designed to treat the symptoms have gotten more favorable reviews, because it’s relatively easy to stop burning and itching sensations. However, if you want to get to the root of things, and treat what’s causing the symptoms, that takes a different product altogether, and that’s where the mixed reviews come in.

 

It’s really just a matter of try and try again, because there are too many factors at work to be able to guarantee that a product will work for you, or how quickly.

 

Aylio Donut Seat Cushion Comfort Pillow for Hemorrhoids, Prostate, Pregnancy, Post Natal Pain Relief, Surgery
Aylio Donut Seat Cushion Comfort Pillow for Hemorrhoids, Prostate, Pregnancy, Post Natal Pain Relief, Surgery
I know it can be hard to keep getting your hopes up, only to have them dashed, that’s why you have to keep some emotional distance between yourself and the product, and conduct this more like a science experiment, where you’re not so attached to the outcome, you’re taking more of an observational role. You know that you will eventually find a system that works for you, it’s only a matter of when.

 

So start with a high quality donut seat cushion for immediate comfort, and read on for some guidance on products to heal your hemorrhoids and let you get on with life.

 

 

 

 

I’ve assembled some of the top-selling, most talked about products for hemorrhoid treatment available today.  To earn a recommendation from me, a product has to have a combination of the following:

 

  • indisputable feedback from real users that say it works
  • a money back guarantee that they actually follow through on
  • strong value for the price
  • a history of stellar customer service

 

 

 

Venapro

Venapro Colon Health and Hemmorrhoid Kit

 

Venapro takes a two step approach to your hemorrhoid problem. It uses an under-the-tongue homeopathic spray to treat the hemorrhoid problem itself, but it also includes all-natural fiber pills that will help you pass your stools more easily, therefore leading to fewer flare ups and hemorrhoid ruptures. Most competing products take topical and external approach to treating your symptoms. Venapro is the first one I’ve seen that uses two internally-based methods to act on the causes of hemorrhoids.

 

Venapro has been getting a good amount of attention in the world of hemorrhoid sufferers, and many people are wondering if it works or not before signing on. The hesitation is valid, because there’s so many useless products out there that people are once bitten and twice shy. They don’t want to go through the frustrating process of buying yet another product that ends up letting them down and wasting their time, and prolonging the suffering period.

 

So does this actually work?

 

 

Overview

Hemorrhoids are tough to treat, not just because of the sensitive area they effect, but also because they can vary in degree of how bad they are. They can be internal, external, and severe to mild. Sometimes they can burn and itch just enough to be annoying, while other times they can hurt so bad your world comes to a halt and you can’t think of anything else other than getting rid of them.

 

Many products only treat it externally with creams and ointments, or internally with pills. Venapro involves two internal ways of treating it, one a homeopathic solution taken under the tongue and a fiber pill to soften your stools.

 

 

The Claim

Venapro claims to be a homeopathic remedy for hemorrhoids that will get rid of the itching, the pain, the bleeding, and even cut down on the swelling. When you’re in need of a solution, these are the main points you’re trying to overcome. It does this by using homeopathy to calm and soothe the actual hemorrhoids, as well as an all-natural fiber supplement to prevent further aggravation from constipation and hard-to-pass bowel movements.

 

 

The Hype

The hype is that hemorrhoid sufferers are usually in a spot of desperation, which puts them at risk for trying products that just don’t work. Several companies try to take advantage of this fact, and they realize that they have a motivated consumer base.

 

 

The Commitment

Like with any sort of hemorrhoids relief system, you have to stay dedicated to the treatment program if you expect to see lasting results. You should stay faithful to it, even if you don’t see immediate changes. Many times it can take several day or even weeks to start noticing a difference, and most people can’t wait that long for results. It’s called deferred gratification, and it goes against human nature, so you really have to be diligent with it.

 

 

Evaluation

What’s interesting about Venapro is that contains two different products, so you are really treating the problem from two angles. The pills make sure that your colon gets healthy and stays healthy, reducing the amount of hard stools caused by a backed up colon. As you probably know, hard stools and constipation can cause your hemorrhoids to flare up something awful. By getting more fiber into your system, you get the softer stools that are closer to the way nature intended, and thus put less pressure on your active case of hemorrhoids.

 

Venapro Hemorrhoid Relief Formula contains all natural ingredients, which is good if all you’ve been given is prescription medication to treat the problem. Prescription drugs usually contain toxins that can lead to other problems, and often involve side effects that can be worse than the problem you’re trying to treat. All you’re required to do is spray the spray under your tongue three times per day, and take the accompanying pill one at a time, twice a day with a good amount of water.

 

A lot of people don’t quite understand how homeopathy works, and therefore they say that this doesn’t work. It’s important to study up on the matter, because even though it’s been around for a few hundreds years, it’s still relatively unknown to the majority of people. The medical community of course will not back it, because there is not a lot of profit to be made from it, because the tinctures can be made so cheaply. Do your own due diligence to see what you think about the concept of homeopathy and make an informed decision.

 

 

Bottom Line

Venapro is getting my recommendation, based on the feedback from the majority of users that say it has, and is still, working for them. Does this mean it is guaranteed to work for you and your case? No, because very few hemorrhoid conditions are exactly the same, and many things such as your diet and lifestyle can effect how you’ll respond to it. But for some it has been the answer, which means it has the potential to work for many people.

 

 

My Recommendation

You have to get behind the idea and concept of homeopathic remedies. Think of the flu shot as an example of modern medicine borrowing from the idea of homeopathy. A flu shot is actually a small bit of the flu bug itself, which is akin to the “like cures like” claim by homeopathic cures. By spraying the tincture under your tongue you are introducing the same strains that cause hemorrhoids, but in such a small amount that it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions, and allows your body to quietly handle the problem.

Read consumer reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

Anuice

 

Anuice is a pretty unique product when it comes to hemorrhoid solutions. It’s a reusable ice pack that is shaped so that it can be inserted right into the anus if you’re experiencing internal hemorrhoids. It can also be used externally and the premise is that it provides a cooldown to the affected areas and soothes the skin, bringing it back to its original condition with repeated use.

 

They say that this is a hemorrhoid cure, but we can’t really see how an ice pack can be the cure. It can’t do anything to prevent another occurrence, so it’s just curing the symptoms.

 

Looking like a portmanteau of anus and ice, Anuice claims to be a cryogenic device to help soothe the burning sensation of hemorrhoids. It’s pretty much in a class by itself, because it doesn’t use any drugs or even all-natural ingredients. It doesn’t use creams, lotions, pills, ointments, or sprays either. What it basically entails is a small plastic insert that you freeze and then place right inside your anus. If you’re still reading, then this might be the solution for you.

 

 

Overview

Hemorrhoids are the bane of many people’s existence, and can override the brain and be all that you think about when you’re suffering from a flare up. It’s not just the burning and itching, but the location that really drives you mad. It can also make you dread the next trip to the bathroom, and can cause your universe to center around one particular spot until you finally get relief.

 

It’s good to keep an open mind about your treatment options, but is something like Anuice plausible?

 

 

The Claim

They say that this is a hemorrhoid cure without surgery. They say it will stop the pain, itching, burning, and bleeding commonly associated with a bad case of hemorrhoids. It looks simple enough from the outside, and the concept seems pretty basic. It’s really just a matter of providing a cold compress directly to the affected area. Since it doesn’t involve any drugs or other herbs or ingredients, there is little chance of negative side effects occurring.

 

 

The Hype

The hype it comes from the rather grassroots campaign that they are using to spread the word about their product. It still seems to be managed by a small start up company, but they have branched off into any different markets around the world, including Korea, Japan, and Mexico.

 

 

The Commitment

You have to have a strong commitment to using Anuice, because it involves inserting the applicator into your rectum if you have internal hemorrhoids. This can be more than some people are willing to do, but if you’re in enough pain and discomfort, you may be willing to try anything. If you have external hemorrhoids, you won’t need as much commitment because nothing is inserted.

 

 

What People Are Saying

Real users of Anuice say that it works well, and that it does provide relief. Some have even said that it cured their hemorrhoids completely. Others have said that while it didn’t cure it, it did bring the symptoms down to a level that is bearable. A few others said they didn’t get the results they wanted, but they were in the minority, a percentage so small that it isn’t statistically significant.

 

One common suggestion was to use a different lubrication instead of the one they send you. Apparently the one they send is not very good, and is just included for convenience. It is recommended that you make it a point to get a different brand of lube in order to use it properly. Comfort is key here, and you want to make sure that you don’t try to force it in, or use a lube that has negative side effects that can worsen the situation.

 

Some users complain that for the price it isn’t really much, but the thing is that it’s a dedicated device for your anus, so there’s not really any substitute that you could use to get the same results. It’s not as if you want to use an ice pack or try to devise your own system that replicates what Anuice does. Getting a 2 pack won’t set you back too much, and it is reusable.

 

 

Bottom Line

You can’t argue with social proof. Those that have tried it have said that Anuice works, and there’s really no reason to doubt that it does. It’s a rather simple concept, and simple concepts have a way of being effective, especially when there’s not a lot of mechanical parts involved. In this case it’s basically a plastic frozen insert for your anus, and it’s meant to apply soothing cooling relief right where you need it.

 

 

My Recommendation

If you’ve been suffering with hemorrhoids and have tried all of the creams, ointments, pads, pills, and lotions, you should try Anuice and see if you finally get the relief you’ve been seeking. No two hemorrhoid cases are exactly the same, so you won’t know if it works for your situation until you freeze it, lube it up, and give it a go.

Read consumer reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

Tucks Medicated Pads

Tucks Medicated Pads / Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Medicated Pads 100 Count

 

A medicated pad might seem like a no-brainer, since there’s not really a way to misuse it. With Tucks Medicated Pads you’re getting a pretty strong dose of Witch Hazel, which has nothing to do with Harry Potter or Hogwarts. It’s a proven all-natural ingredient that has been shown to sooth the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.

 

Some users have said that the pads are small and hard to peel off from the pack, but aside from that they do the job and provide much needed relief from irritating symptoms. Tucks has been around for decades, and it a trusted go-to for many people that have been battling a recurring case for years.

 

Tucks Medicated Pads have been around for decades and are a well-known and well-recognized brand. They are meant to be applied right to where you’re hurting, and therefore can provide immediate relief when you need it most. But are they as effective as they claim to be, and is this something that you should use as part of your overall treatment of hemorrhoids?

 

 

Overview

Even the Tucks company knows that Tucks Medicated Pads are basically a quick fix to get you through some of the intense burning and hurting that can come with hemorrhoids. In that regard you should not look at it as a cure, or a total treatment option. They can come in handy when you just want some pain relief, the way you’d use something like Orajel to numb a toothache, knowing the whole time that you’ll eventually have to visit the dentist.

 

 

The Claim

Tucks claim that they are the brand used by hospitals, but this can be attained by sending hospitals thousands of free boxes. They also say that their product provides immediate relief from hemorrhoids such as the itching and burning sensations. They claim that it is the Witch Hazel that is the most active ingredient, and this gives the pads their soothing quality. They also state that the pads are pH balanced, won’t cause an allergic reaction, and are free of any dyes.

 

 

The Hype

The hype comes from the extensive amount of advertising done by the makers of Tucks Medicated Pads. Perhaps only Preparation H is the only other major manufacturer that advertising a hemorrhoid treatment in national television spots.

 

 

The Commitment

There’s not a lot of commitment to using them, as you simply wipe the area that’s in pain, and get on with your day. You can flush them down the toilet just like toilet paper, and they’re biodegradable so you don’t have to worry about causing a pollution problem.

 

 

 

Evaluation

Tucks Medicated Pads are a rather simple fix to your immediate pain and suffering from hemorrhoids. They’ve been around so long, and have gotten the product refined to the point where it works effectively for the majority of those that use it. The product itself is straightforward, you simply peel off a wipe and apply it where you need it. The ingredients go to work almost immediately, and the first thing you’ll notice is a cooling effect, which for most feels like a marked improvement to the burning sensation usually felt during a big flare up.

 

 

What People Are Saying

The majority of users report that these work and are a reliable standby. One common complaint that they had was that the pads are on the small side, and are somewhat hard to separate from one another in the pack. Most dismissed this as a minor annoyance, and it didn’t detract from them recommending the product overall.

 

 

Bottom Line

Tucks Medicated Pads work as advertised, and can be used in conjunction with other products as a holistic approach to curing your hemorrhoids condition. It’s important to note that these should be used for the treatment of external hemorrhoids, and should not be applied internally. For internal hemorrhoids you will want to go with other treatment options specifically designed for those, or designed to treat both internal and external.

 

Some of the best hemorrhoid treatments out there recognize that you’re going to have to take a mutli-angled approach to your treatment if you want it to be effective. Attacking your condition from the inside out with pills can be effective, but takes longer than topical treatments. Topical treatments usually work right away, but the relief is temporary and they do not work at fixing the problem for the long term, or treating the root cause of your hemorrhoids.

 

My Recommendation

Grab a pack to keep around in case of future flare ups. It’s something that you can use whenever you need it, and then put it away when you don’t. It’s not a hemorrhoid cure, but rather just something to keep handy when you need some cooling relief. If your case is getting pretty bad and you haven’t consulted a doctor yet, you should go see one so they can help you size up the situation. Hemorrhoids is a pretty common condition, even though you might feel like the only one in the world to ever get it.

Read consumer reviews.

 

 

 

Preparation H

 

Preparation H has been around since the 1950s and is one of those products that originally started off as something else before they found out it was effective at treating hemorrhoids.

These days it’s owned by Pfizer and isn’t made with the same ingredients as when it was first released. There are so many different varieties of Preparation H that you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that resonates with you.

Their entire product line is well-reviewed, so they’re doing something right with this product. You can confidently buy one of their concoctions to effectively treat the symptoms you’re having.

 

 

Overview
Preparation H originally started off as a lotion to help relieve people of a sunburn. It was then discovered that it worked well for hemorrhoids, and the rest is history. Now it has branched out the product line and offers an array of products all designed to help hemorrhoid sufferers feel better.

 

 

The Claim

Since Preparation H is made by Pfizer, they are very careful about making claims about what their product can do. They basically state that it is designed for the treatment of the symptoms that accompany a hemorrhoid condition, including the burning, itching, and swelling. The good news is that Pfizer wouldn’t put out a product that wasn’t effective, because they’re heavily regulated, so you know that you’re going to get some sort of relief by using their product, and that the science behind it will be there.

 

 

The Hype

The hype is that Preparation H has been around for several decades, and has become part of the mainstream as one of only a few products to treat hemorrhoids. If you ask most people what Preparation H is, they know what it’s for.

 

 

The Commitment
You only need to use Preparation H as needed, whenever you need it. It is not a regular regimen, like using it every day twice a day. It’s meant to be used whenever there is a flare up and the symptoms become unbearable. Just be sure to follow the recommendations on the label of whichever product you go with and follow their advice on how many times per day, and how many consecutive days you should use it.

 

 

Evaluation

Preparation H has a virtual army of different product types, each with their own unique way of being applied or administered, and each treating a specific symptom more than the others.

 

Ointment – Many people complain about being sick of dealing with ointments, because it just makes a mess of things.

It may sooth the itching and burning but it creates a new problem by causing too much slickness down there, and making you fidget just as much. This is the original product type that Preparation H came out as, and it’s why they had to make other products to appease the complaints people have with it.

 

 

Cream – Creams are typically better received because they have the ability to stay where you put them, rather than going all over the place.

Hemorrhoids are usually localized to one specific area of pain and discomfort, so when you apply the cream you want it to stay where you put it.

However, both ointments and creams both get points taken away for ease of use, because the location of hemorrhoids makes it hard to see what you’re doing, and where you’re applying them.

 

 

 

Suppositories – This is specifically intended to treat both internal and external hemorrhoids.

 

There’s usually not a way around treating internal hemorrhoids without having to stick something up there to treat them.

 

Most products designed to treat external hemorrhoids will say that you can’t use them internally. Internal hemorrhoids have a knack for hurting even more than external hemorrhoids.

 

 

 

 

Cooling Gel – If your bottom feels like it’s on fire, you probably just want something to put out the flames. Nothing sounds like it would do this better than a cooling gel.

The aloe in it will help soothe the burning sensation, and the fact that it’s a gel means that it will be thick like an ointment, but still watery enough to cover the surrounding area.

 

 

 

Medicated Wipes – Similar to the Tucks Medicated Pads, these are meant to be an easy way to apply relief right to where it hurts. It’s as easy and natural as using a piece of toilet paper, but it is saturated with a fast-acting medication to cool the burn, and soothe the itch.

 

 

 

Anti-Itch – If it’s the itching that’s driving you mad, you should go with this special cream that has added hydrocortisone to it to reduce the inflammation and desire to scratch.

 

Most hemorrhoid sufferers claim that it’s not so much the pain that gets to the brain, but the irresistible feeling have needing to scratch down there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottom Line

Preparation H products are all well reviewed, and can safely be used to effectively treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Choose which one sounds like the easiest to apply, and is geared towards what is bothering you the most and you should have a good experience.

Like with most products backed by a major pharmaceutical company like Pfizer, they aren’t treating the underlying cause of your hemorrhoids, but are instead just treating the symptoms. This is a big problem within the medical community of symptom treating. The drug companies love it, because it keeps you coming back for more product to keep treating the same recurring symptoms. That’s why you should be a smart consumer and look for ways to cure your hemorrhoids, using products like Preparation H to bring relief of your symptoms while your other methods are taking time to work.

 

 

My Recommendation

Preparation H is nice to have handy when things get unbearable and you just need some quick but temporary relief. You also need to be actively involved in finding out why it is you ended up with hemorrhoids, and how you can prevent getting them again once they’re gone. You should also be taking additional action to try to get rid of your hemorrhoids and not just dulling down the symptoms again and again.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Mild pain, swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids can usually be relieved with home treatments. Often these are the only treatments needed. 

Beyond using the treatments listed above, here are some other tips to follow so you can heal your hemorrhoids and get on with life:

 

  • Eat high-fiber foods. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Doing so softens the stool and increases its bulk, which will help you avoid the straining that can worsen symptoms from existing hemorrhoids. Add fiber to your diet slowly to avoid problems with gas.  If you don’t eat a lot of fibrous foods, you can add a fiber supplement powder to your routine.  I like Benefiber because it’s totally natural, has no taste, and dissolves completely in whatever liquid you choose.

 

 

 

  • Soak regularly in a warm bath or sitz bath. Soak your anal area in plain warm water 10 to 15 minutes two to three times a day. A sitz bath fits over the toilet.

 

 

 

 

Carex Sitz Bath
Carex Sitz Bath

 

 

Bella B Refreshing Sitz Bath Powder

 

 

  • Keep the anal area clean. Bathe (preferably) or shower daily to cleanse the skin around your anus gently with warm water. Avoid alcohol-based or perfumed wipes. Gently pat the area dry or use a hair dryer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Apply cold. Apply ice packs or cold compresses on your anus to relieve swelling.  I recommend  Hemorr Wedge reusable, washable silicone ice gel packs.
Hemorr Wedge Reusable Washable Ice Gel Packs

 

 

 

  • Take oral pain relievers. You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) temporarily to help relieve your discomfort.

 

 

With these treatments, hemorrhoid symptoms often go away within a week. See your doctor if you don’t get relief in a week, or sooner if you have severe pain or bleeding.

 

Thoughts, questions, tips?  Feel free to comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

You may also be interested in:

Help for Painkiller Induced Constipation – OIC

Does Prevagen Actually Help Your Memory?

The Fix for Cracked Heels

Do Prescription Discount Cards Actually Save You Money?

Best Foot Bath Massagers – Full Reviews

Cure Toenail Fungus Naturally in 4 Weeks

Find the Best Bathroom Scale for You

Do Prescription Cards Actually Save You Money?

Shower Chairs and Bath Benches

Safety Grab Bars and Hand Rails for the Bathroom

Risks of Bed Rails – Should You Install Them?

How To Buy Adult Diapers

Would a Power Lift Chair Help in Your Home?

Caregivers Must Prepare for Emergencies – Here’s How

10 Simple Products to Help With Getting Dressed

Guide to Power Lift Chairs

Adjustable Beds – Benefits and Reviews

Choosing a Transport Chair

About Me

Create Your Own Blog

 

 

Does Biosil Actually Do Anything?

Does Biosil Actually Do Anything?

 

 

If you’ve been looking for innovative ways to get rid of wrinkles, then your research may have made you curious about a product called BioSil.

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company called BioMinerals B.V. and is claimed to significantly improve the health of bodily tissues, including the skin, by stimulating the growth of collagen.

 

 

Collagen – Aging, and Skin Health

 

The word collagen comes from the Greek word for glue. It is an appropriate root as collagen along with along with hyaluronic acid (a sticky mucopolysaccharide) from the ground substance or “intracellular cement” that literally holds us together. As the most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is also the main component of connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and blood vessels.

Molecular biologists have pinpointed the key structural protein integrally involved in creating smooth skin, thick strong hair, and strong nails. It’s your body’s beauty protein, collagen.

Collagen is an essential building block of your body, making up 70% of your skin and 30% of your bones. During youth, you have a rich abundance of collagen, which arranges itself into a resilient and flexible “tight mesh” matrix . This “ideal” collagen condition prevents wrinkles from forming, gives skin elasticity and helps create thick and strong hair. But over the years, collagen diminishes and undergoes other changes.

A lot happens in the collagen-rich support structure of the skin (i.e., the dermis) as we age. First and foremost, as we age the activity of the fibroblasts, the cells responsible for making collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, slows down. As we age the dermis is also less able to protect itself from damage and is more prone to dehydration. All of these factors ultimately lead to a thinner dermis and structural changes that lead to skin looking old and weathered.

 

Collagen – Joint, and Bone Health

 

For years, scientists searched for a method that would give the human body the ability to regenerate its own collagen. But it took the discovery of BioSil’s™ patented choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA®), the active ingredient in BioSil™, to make genuine collagen regeneration a reality.

BioSil™ “turns on” the body’s actual collagen-generating cells, known as fibroblasts. Because BioSil™ works through your body’s natural pathways, the collagen it generates has your own DNA fingerprint. BioSil™ has been tested in rigorous double-blind placebo controlled trials which have consistently shown its safety and effectiveness for collagen regeneration and improved appearance of skin, hair and nails.

In one study, 50 women with sun damaged skin took BioSil™ or a placebo tablet for 20 weeks. At the end of the trial, women taking BioSil™ showed significant improvements in skin smoothness and strength, and in nail and hair strength.3 In yet another study, BioSil™ supplementation for nine months increased hair thickness, elasticity and strength in women with fine hair.

As we grow older, natural collagen production also slows in our joints and may lead to osteoarthritis and the ligaments and tendons may also weaken. Bone is also rich in collagen. In fact, about 30 to 40% of bone is composed of collagen. It provides the structural matrix upon which mineralization of bone occurs.  Collagen is to bone what 2X4s are to the frame of a house. Decreased collagen content of the bone is a key underlying factor in osteoporosis and low bone density. The amount of collagen determines the number of “bone mineral binding sites.” If the collagen content is low, the bone becomes more brittle and fracture risk increases dramatically,

 

 

Can You Boost Your Collagen?

 

One of the most interesting and well-documented approaches to increasing the manufacture of collagen is the use of BioSil® – a highly bioavailable from of silica (choline stabilized orthosilicic acid or ChOSA). Initially research focused on the ability of BioSil® to increase the levels of hydroxyproline, the key amino acid required for the production of collagen and elastin.

 

Clinical studies with BioSil® showed impressive results in women (ages 40 to 65 years) with signs of sun-damage and premature aging of the skin. Those receiving 10 mg of ChOSA daily experienced 30% improvements in shallow, fine lines and 55% increased skin elasticity, and a significant reduction in brittle nail and hair.

 

 

Video demonstration of how Biosil works:

 

 

 

 

The Link Between Wrinkles and Bone Health

 

 

Changes in skin collagen with age correspond with changes in collagen in bone. In other words, if you have a lot of wrinkles you probably have low collagen content in your bones.

Decreased skin collagen (e.g., lots of wrinkles) is a clear factor for osteoporosis.

BioSil® has also shown benefits in promoting bone health through increasing the manufacture of collagen. In a very detailed double-blind study in postmenopausal women with low bone density, BioSil® was able to increase the collagen content of the bone by 22% and increase bone density by 2% within the first year of use. The recommended dosage is 6-10 mg per day.

 

How BioSil Works

 

The manufacturer of BioSil claims that this supplement is scientifically formulated to grow collagen in your body. This is a big selling point, because the loss of collagen is one of the biggest reasons for the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Collagen is a protein that is vital to skin health, because it forms the binding foundation of skin tissues. In fact, some doctors refer to it as the support structure of the skin, which keeps the skin tight when we are young. As this vital protein is depleted with age, the lack of support causes the skin to sag, thereby creating wrinkles.

 

Ingredients in BioSil

 

The main ingredient in BioSil is orthosilicic acid, which is a combination of silicon and choline. The manufacturer claims that this combination is precisely what makes this supplement so effective; because the choline helps carry the silicon to the cells responsible for production of collagen.

However, it is important to note that when taking BioSil, the consumer is not actually ingesting collagen. There are many supplements on the market that claim to have collagen that can be taken in oral form, which will then improve skin health. However, this may not be truly effective, as the body’s digestive system will break down this collagen into amino acids.

BioSil, on the other hand, claims that the active ingredients work in tandem with the body; by stimulating the collagen-producing cells into making more of this skin tightening protein.

 

 

 

Though these claims from the manufacturer about how BioSil works are fascinating, they have not been fully proven by third parties. Further, if you read BioSil reviews from other consumers, make sure to have an objective attitude toward the product. Such an attitude is vital because the results people claim to experience are often subjective, and any improvement or decline in their skin health may not be real, and simply due to perceptive dissonance.

 

Can BioSil Actually Stimulate Collagen?

 

Before you buy this supplement, it is important to read BioSil reviews and research this product carefully. This is because, although BioSil may sound like a miracle solution for those with aging skin, the supplement’s ability to boost collagen production has not been confirmed by a large number of independent studies. Therefore, only by speaking to your doctor and reading independent BioSil reviews from other consumers, you can get an accurate picture of what this product may be able to do for you.

 

What do Biosil Clinical Trials Show?

 

Clinical Trial Protocol

Researchers used the gold standard of clinical trial protocols, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group. This is the same protocol that the US government requires the pharmaceutical companies to use. It ensures accuracy and repeatable results.

 

 

Who Participated

For skin and nails, participants were all healthy women in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who showed clear signs of sun-damaged skin on top of natural-aged skin. That meant skin wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of skin elasticity caused by decreased collagen, a degraded collagen “mesh” and degraded elastin. These women were chosen because over time the changes caused by the sun would occur naturally. For hair, the participants were all women between the ages of 18 and 65 who all showed signs of weak, thinning, dull hair. The large cross section of ages eliminated the possibility of strictly age-related thinning.

 

 

Results
All results in the BioSil clinical trials are considered statistically significant (p<.05). “Statistical significance” means that the results obtained have come from the compound tested (in this case BioSil’s patented ch-OSA®). This reduces any possibility of “chance” to a great extent.

 

BioSil is clinically proven to:

 

  • Reduce fine line and wrinkles by 30.0%*
  • Increase skin elasticity by 89.0%*
  • Strengthen hair by 13.1%§
  • Thicken hair by 12.8%§
  • Dramatically strengthen nails (see VAS Scores in “Clinical Trials”)*

 

* After 20 weeks versus the placebo group.
§ After 36 weeks versus the placebo group.

 

 

Often times, you see products making the claim “clinically tested” or “clinically studied.” This says nothing about the results, which could have shown no improvement at all.  Biosil results, while not miraculous, are clinically proven.

 

Clinical Studies:

 

 

BioSil Side Effects

 

The immediate side effects of BioSil are unclear; however, some consumers have reported a negative change in their skin’s elasticity. Because this product is ingestible, it’s important to work closely with your dermatologist or physician to make sure it’s suitable based on your medical history. A collagen cream, or another topical treatment, will only affect a small area of your skin, so any side effects are likely to be minor. You can read consumer reviews here.

 

Bottom Line

 

Collagen:  Generate It – Don’t Eat It …  It’s important to note that BioSil™ is not made out of collagen. Instead it triggers the body to generate its own collagen.

There’s a big difference.

When you ingest collagen, the human body breaks it down and uses it as food.

By contrast, BioSil’s™ patented ch-OSA complex is absorbed by the body, where it acts to promote the production of collagen, boosting your body’s collagen levels, and slowing the loss of this essential building block that occurs with age. 

As a result, BioSil™ provides many users with support for stronger, healthier and thicker hair; stronger nails, fewer lines and wrinkles, and denser, more flexible bones.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some practical information on BioSil. 

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

You may also be interested in:

Simple Steps to Younger Looking Skin (Things That Actually Work!)

Thinking About Switching to Organic Makeup? Read This First …

Today’s Best Retinol Creams

Choosing the Right At Home Chemical Peel for Your Skin

Which Scar Treatment Works Best?

How to Keep Your Cuticles Looking Good (And Products You Need)

Should You Take Probiotics Daily?

Does Prevagen Actually Help Your Memory?

Science Proves Coffee Slows Down Aging

How to Choose the Right Diet Plan

Looking for Love After 40 – It’s Different

Are You Dating a Narcissist?

The Best Elliptical Machines Reviewed

The Secret to Protecting Your Eyesight

Nail Fungus Laser Therapy Guide

Cancer and Hair Loss

The Fix for Cracked Heels

Do Prescription Discount Cards Actually Save You Money?

Best Foot Bath Massagers – Full Reviews

Cure Toenail Fungus Naturally in 4 Weeks

Find the Best Bathroom Scale for You

Important Seniors’ Nutritional Supplements Reviewed

Adjustable Beds – Benefits and Reviews

About Me

Create Your Own Blog