How to Choose Adaptive Clothing

How to Choose Adaptive Clothing

 

 

Adaptive clothing is designed for people who have mobility issues, are confined to a bed or use a wheelchair.

 

Adaptive T Shirt For Women - Home Care Apparel - Royal MED

 

Example:  Silvert’s Adaptive T Shirt

 

 

 

People with disabilities due to disease or injury, physical limitations in range of motion or those who are aging naturally often will have trouble at some point in their lives getting dressed and undressed.

Clothing manufacturers normally design their products for able-bodied people who are more interested in the look of the item than the ease of wearing it. Normal clothing is not designed with the ability of the wearer to dress themselves taken in to account.

For those who have trouble bending, reaching and flexing their limbs due to age, dressing can be a stressful and difficult task. For those with limbs that can’t be controlled or don’t function at all the act of getting dressed can be impossible. For those who are confined to a wheelchair the task of getting pants or dresses on usually requires the help or one or more caregiver.

 

 

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Adaptive Shirt For Men (Front & Back Photos)

 

 

 

 

Adaptive clothing is designed for people who have mobility issues, are confined to a bed or use a wheelchair.

Several companies have developed lines of clothing that are designed to be put on and removed while seated or lying down and to provide some measure of independence for the user who is able to dress themselves.

Among the products available for those who require clothing that is easy use are these:

 

 

 

Men’s Wear

 

Men’s Side Opening Arthritic Pants with VELCRO® Brand Fasteners

 

Mens Side Opening Arthritic Pants with VELCRO® Brand Fasteners - Navy XL

  • Men’s Polo, Tee & Undershirts that are open at the back with large flaps and close at the shoulders
  • Men’s underwear that closes at the sides using Quick Strip closures and pull tabs to unfasten
  • Men’s pants that close at the sides using VELCRO® brand fasteners
  • Shoes and slippers with VELCRO® brand  closures and non-slip soles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Wear

 

  • Women’s underwear that closes at the sides using Quick Strip closures and pull tabs to unfasten

 

 

 

"Be Amazing", Pack of 1, Repose Grey, Non-Skid, Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Labor and Delivery Socks, Non Slip, Grip Socks

 

 

 

 

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Adaptive Shirts – completely open up, allowing the arms to slide into the garment sleeves without ever having to raise or lower arms, this also eliminates the struggle with small neck openings. The back overlap is then folded over and snapped into place. There is no split in the middle so everything is covered and is very discrete and many times you cannot even tell that it is an open back garment.

 

Adaptive Pants – completely open up in the back to allow you to get dressed while seated. Legs are inserted into the pant legs from a seated position and drawn up to the inner thigh. Caregivers simply snap the generous back overlap in place, providing complete coverage and discretion. Assisted disrobing is just as easy. The person has been effortlessly dressed by the caregiver from a seated position with no weight-bearing required.

 

Arthritis, lowered hand dexterity and partial paralysis can make buttons, small openings and laces impossible! Hidden velcro brand fasteners/easy touch closures in adaptive apparel can make garments and footwear comfortable and functional for the wearer. In addition, elasticized waists make it easy to pull on garments when challenged by lowered hand dexterity

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Look For in Adaptive Clothing

 

 

Fabric Content

 

Choose fabrics that can be washed repeatedly and still look nice. Fabrics that resist shrinkage in everyday washing are polyester or a combination of polyester and cotton.

When choosing a cotton garment make sure that it is 50% polyester / 50% cotton or 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend. The garment will then not require ironing and will have a low shrinkage factor.

To ensure that your wheelchair clothing remains in good condition and does not shrink, it should contain less than 30% rayon, silk, linen or wool content.

 

 

Disability Differences To Keep In Mind

 

 

Arthritis

 

If you have arthritis you want to keep your clothing loose fitting and with elastic waist bands. Choose clothing that opens in front and not clothing that pulls over your head. Choose clothing with large buttons or fasteners.

 

 

Parkinson’s

 

Individuals with Parkinson’s can have problems with balance, and fine motor, so clothing that pulls on over the head or feet make dressing easier. Tremors and difficulty with fine motor tasks make buttons, ties and zippers a challenge.

If your balance is unsteady lie in bed to dress your legs by rolling side to side in bed, or sit in a chair with arms and a back for safety and support.

 

 

Diabetics

 

Diabetics have special circulatory concerns as approximately 65% of diabetics have some form of nerve damage. This lack or decreased sensation leads to inability to feel pain, most often in the feet, which can lead to an increased risk for infection from cuts and scrapes if undetected. You want to decrease restrictions and wearing of tight socks and shoes.

 

 

Alzheimer’s

 

Keep your loved one who has Alzheimer’s on a regular routine and do not rush or hurry them. Use easy and familiar clothing, do not try to add layers or be fashionable with accessories. Encourage independence, label their closet and drawers making it easy for them to find items; keep choices simple such as sweat suits or pant sets that pull on with elastic waists.

Depending upon the advancement of the disease you may need to lay out their clothing in the order in which they need to put it on or hand it to them one item at a time. Encourage a regular toileting routine to decrease embarrassing moments. Be sensitive to the possibility of incontinence and consider using briefs or pads for dignity and easier toileting.

Consider a back zipper jumpsuit for men or women who may tend to undress inappropriately.

 

 

Spinal Cord Injury

 

If you have partial or complete paralysis from spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or stroke you want to maintain as much independence in addition to keeping dressing as easy and successful as possible.

When you look good in your clothes you also feel good and your spirits are boosted. Keeping as active as possible encourages stronger muscles. Make dressing a success by using zippers that close in front or on the side, or easy pull on clothes for weak arm muscles.

For those with paralysis in the arms, back snap dresses and tops are easy for caregivers to assist putting on and taking off. Paralysis in the legs can make dressing and bathroom use a challenge. Try using side opening pants that feature either Velcro©, side zippers, snaps or easy access back flaps.

Wheelchair clothing with back snap openings may help make assisted dressing easier for those with paralysis and for those confined to a wheelchair.

 

 

Adaptive Equipment

 

Some adaptive equipment can help make dressing safer and easier. Using a grabber or reacher to assist with putting your pants on is another option.

 

 

 

 

You can use a button hook or dressing stick if you have limited shoulder and hand movement or strength. Use zipper pulls for jackets or pants.

 

 

 

To put your socks and shoes on you can use a sock aid and long handled shoehorn; and elastic laces are available for your tie shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Dressing Others

 

TIP #1: Start by dressing the person’s affected/weaker side first. When undressing, remove the unaffected side first.

 

TIP #2: Ask residents if they want help picking out their outfits or if they want you to do it. This provides them a sense of independence and choice. Provide a few options of outfits for them to choose from if they want to be involved.

 

TIP #3: When dressing a person in bed sit the head of the bed up. This gives their back muscles a chance to adjust to the upright position and gets their blood flowing. Put on their socks, pants, shoes, and so on. Aside from being easier on the resident, it will protect your back.

 

TIP #4: Not everyone is going to be happy to have help getting dressed. If you have a difficult resident, positive reinforcement, smiling, and a good attitude go a very long way.

 

TIP #5: Tell the person you’re dressing what is happening every step of the process, especially if the residents are confused. It keeps them in the loop, builds trust, and makes them more comfortable.

 

TIP #6: The most simple tip, but possibly the most important, be patient!

 

 

Summary

 

Wheelchair clothing for those with challenging physical abilities is available from several different companies. Adaptations include side zippers, elastic waist bands, back flaps , open back/snap shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, modified styles for those unable to stand include shortened tops and extra material for seated positions. Undergarments for dignity are also available.

Adaptive equipment is available to help make dressing safer and easier for individual performance.

Caregivers are able to dress those they care for with increased comfort and ease using the different styles of open back/shoulder snap clothing. Fasteners are strategically placed so as to not add increased pressure or skin problems.

If you experience difficulty getting in or out of your clothes, or you are a caregiver whose loved one requires assistance dressing, you will find that the right adaptive clothing can make life a lot easier.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

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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.

 

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  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

Important Tips for Personal Items in a Skilled Nursing Facility

 

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  • 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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories by [Bursack, Carol Bradley]

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hands Free Shoes Make Dressing Easier!

Hands Free Shoes Make Dressing Easier

 

 

 

QUIKIKS: Hands-Free, Rear Entry, Slip-on Shoes, Men's Brown Leather Casual Lace-up (11.5-W)

 

 

 

For many people it is a daily struggle to put on their shoes due to all sorts of conditions. Whether it be vertigo, obesity, chronic back pain, severe arthritis, Cerebral Palsy or Parkinson’s—there’s  a whole host of conditions that make it difficult for people to put their shoes on independently. So having hands free shoes not only allows these people to get into proper supportive footwear, but also increases their self-esteem. In addition, it unburdens the caregiver from having to do it for them.

 

 

How They Work

 

Quikiks Hand Free Shoes utilize a very simple, robust mechanism. There’s no electronics, no batteries, no Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi connections.

There’s a spring loaded hinge underneath the heel portion of the shoe which enables the rear portion to rotate backwards and create a huge entryway, making it very easy for people to slide their foot right into the shoe.

The entry becomes about 50% larger than a typical shoe, so you can slide your foot right in, and then as you step down, the motion of your foot going into the shoe, rotates the back of the shoe closed and it securely fastens with a magnet.

To get out, you simply do a little heel strike and the momentum of your foot swinging down breaks the magnetic hold. The shoes pop open and your foot slides right out. You never have to bend over or use your hands to get in, or to get out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Are Quikiks Different?

 

Due to the embedded Step-in-Go Technology™, Quikiks™ are the first fully-supportive, totally Hands-Free shoes on the market. .  Unlike flip-flops, slippers or clog-like footwear, Quikiks™ securely fasten and will not inadvertently slip off the wearer’s feet, plus they provide exceptional heel and foot support.

 The rear portion of Quikiks™ tilts back on a hinge allowing the you to easily slip your foot right in.  A little downward pressure on the heel closes the shoe up behind your ankle and it locks in place with a magnet (see illustration below).

 

 

 

 

To remove, simply strike the rear part of the sole on any hard surface and the momentum of your foot pops them open allowing your foot to come right out (see illustrations below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each pair of Quikiks™ comes with a set of medium-strength securing magnets.  Weaker and stronger magnets are also available upon request and are easily swapped out, so that the holding strength can be customized to YOUR abilities.  A spring in the hinge keeps the shoes in the OPEN position so they are ready to receive your foot the next time you want to put them on. 

There are NO batteries or electronics contained in Quikiks™.  The Step-in-Go™ System is a simple, robust mechanism that we hope will improve the quality-of-life for its users for years to come.

 

 

Features and Benefits

 

Besides being the world’s first truly hands-free shoes, Quikiks with Step-in-Go™ Technology provide many additional features to help keep your feet happy…

 

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Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

 

Statistics relating to slip and fall accidents are quite staggering. Thirty percent of people over the age 65 have a slip and fall accident, which results in ninety-five percent of the hip fractures that occur. Fifty percent of older adults who have a hip fracture are unable to return home or live independently again.

It really can be the beginning of a downward spiral, which severely, negatively impacts the quality of their life and even their life expectancy.

There was a large study done by the University of Washington. It involved more than 1,300 subjects over a two-year period. They were trying to find out to what extent various types of footwear or even the lack of wearing footwear contributed to slip and fall accidents.

What they found was quite staggering:

Compared with wearing supportive athletic shoes, like sneakers, the increased risk of having a slip and fall accident for people wearing bedroom slippers, flip flops or going barefoot is up to a thousand percent.   

 

 

User Experiences

 

There have been some tremendous testimonials. A man in California bought a pair for his dad who used to get headaches bending over to put his shoes on. Now with the Quikiks, since he doesn’t have to bend over anymore, there are no more headaches.

Another gentleman in Florida who is living with Multiple Sclerosis bought a pair. He said that Quikiks enabled him to put his shoes on independently for the first time in 20 years.

A gentleman in the New York City area has had seven spine surgeries and wears a foot drop brace. He couldn’t put his own shoes on at all until he got a pair of Quikiks. 

 

 

Sizes and Styles

 

Quikiks Hand Free Shoes come in a variety of styles for men and women, some with Velcro straps. There is a casual dress shoe for men and a Mary Jane for women.  

For women, they range in half sizes from size 6 through size 11, and come in two widths—medium and wide. For the men, they go in half sizes from 7 to 14 in three widths—medium, wide, and extra-wide.

They come with shoelaces or Velcro straps that are meant to be initially adjusted to the wearer’s liking and from then on, they get in and out using the hands-free system.

 

 

Are They Covered by Insurance?

 

 

Quikiks are not currently but company owner Steve Kaufman is looking into that for the future.  For veterans, the VA actually has discretionary funds available, so the VA healthcare practitioners can purchase them outright and give them free of charge to the Vet in need.

Also in the New York City area, with a documented disability, you can apply through United Cerebral Palsy.

If your situation is appropriate, UCP will pay for the shoes. At this point, it is only limited to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx in New York City. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practical Shoes for the Elderly

 Practical Shoes for the Elderly

 

 

 

 

Proper shoes for the elderly can reduce their falls risk, which is one of the leading causes of injury for older people.

A fall can cause an injury such as a hip or pelvis fracture which means months of rehabilitation therapy. It can even have long term affects to the senior’s mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we age our feet go through changes that make us more likely to fall. It is important to understand what changes to expect to avoid falls.

Falls can be very dangerous for seniors and can lead to cuts, bruises, broken bones and even serious head injuries.

 

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

 

Footwear Can Prevent Falls

 

Recent research has found that good footwear can reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

Researchers followed study participants for an average of 27.5 months. Almost 52 percent of participants who said they experienced a fall during that period were either barefoot (18 percent), wearing socks with no shoes (7 percent), or wearing slippers (27 percent) at the time.

Those individuals also suffered more serious consequences from their fall, including fractures, sprains, dislocations, or torn muscles.

A good pair of shoes for the elderly are not only comfortable but safer.

Wearing the right shoes can be helpful in the prevention of falls so seniors should know what to look for when choosing their shoes.

In this article, I will share some tips for seniors about how to choose the right shoes to help avoid falls.

 

As people age it is common for seniors to begin to lose feeling in their feet which can cause them to feel less balanced when walking.

Our feet can also change shape and begin to flatten out or develop bunions or curled toes which can be very painful and can also cause balance problems and make seniors have trouble walking.

 

 

 

 

Choosing sensible shoes is the best way to manage these changes and keep seniors safe while walking.

The first thing that seniors should do when choosing their shoes is to have their feet measured.

As the feet change it is possible for them to change size as well which can be problematic if seniors continue to buy the same shoe size without measuring their feet. Shoes that are too small can cause pain in the feet that can lead to accidents and shoes that are too big can slide on and off the feet while seniors are walking and cause falls as well.

Family caregivers should make sure that their loved ones have their feet measured when shopping for shoes or assist them in measuring their feet at home if they are going to shop for shoes online. Seniors should make sure that they have their feet measured each time they buy shoes just to make sure that they are always getting shoes that will fit properly.

The next thing that seniors should do when shopping for shoes is look for shoes that are sensible and comfortable. High heeled shoes or shoes with slick soles might look nice but they are not very sensible for seniors because they can easily cause falls. Flat and sturdy shoes with nonskid soles are best for seniors because they can help seniors stay balanced to avoid falls.

 

ExtraWide for Swelling and Edema

 

Shoes should also be comfortable to help seniors avoid pain in their feet when walking, especially if there is swelling.
 
Wide shoes are often best for seniors as they help prevent bunions on the feet and give seniors a better sense of balance because of the extra width. Women who are having trouble finding shoes that are wide enough can try looking at men’s shoes because shoes for men are often designed to be wider.

 

 

Orthotics and Shoe Inserts

Seniors that are still having trouble finding comfortable shoes can try orthotic shoes or inserts. Custom made orthotics and orthotic shoes but the prefabricated orthotic inserts often work very well at a fraction of the price.

Orthotic inserts are designed to stabilize the feet and redistribute pressure so that seniors will have more feeling in their feet and be less likely to stumble and get hurt.

 

 

Recommended: Pinnacle Plus Full Length Orthotic Shoe Inserts

Maximum cushioning, full support with built-in met pad. Pinnacle Plus Full Length Orthotic Shoe Inserts feature built-in metatarsal support to spread and cushion the metatarsal heads to help alleviate pain.

Ideal for morton’s neuroma and metatarsalgia, the pinnacle plus provides the perfect blend of foot control, flexibility and cushioning. The encapsulated design with a firm but flexible support shell, built-in arch support and heel cradle offers stability and motion control. Plush cushioning with vct technology increases stability and comfort in casual, athletic and work shoes.

Ideal as metatarsalgia orthotics, Pinnacle Plus Full Length Orthotic Shoe Inserts prevent and alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis, metatarsal pain, heel or arch pain and discomfort, mild to moderate pronation, sore/aching feet and other common foot conditions.

 

 


 

 

Shoelaces

 

Many people overlook shoelaces when selecting a pair of shoes, but seniors and family caregivers should take them into consideration when making a purchase. Having shoelaces come untied can be very problematic for seniors as it can cause them to trip and fall. Seniors that do want to purchase shoes with laces should keep a close eye out to make sure that their laces do not come untied while they are walking.

Seniors that are unable to bend down easily to tie their laces should consider shoes with fabric fasteners. Fabric fasteners can be secured in place when the shoe is put on and will not come undone until they are pulled on. There are several shoes with fabric fasteners available for seniors and they can be very beneficial for seniors to purchase because they can prevent falls and help keep seniors from having to constantly check and re-tie their shoelaces.

Another great option is No-Tie Shoelaces.

 

Recommended:

  • Reflective laces provide great nighttime visibility. The reflective elastic no tie shoelaces and fastening system fits any style and size of shoes with shoelaces.
  • Package includes: 5 sets of elastic shoelaces. Each set come with 2 lock pieces, 2 cord clips and 2 laces suitable for lace up 1 pair of shoes.
  • Time saver – more comfortable than regular shoelaces, elastic cords distribute pressure of laces evenly over your feet. Very convenient and easy to use for the elderly or those with reduced mobility.
  • QUALITY GUARANTEED – Satisfaction or get your money back.

 

 

 

Following these tips is a good way to prevent seniors from falling. Family caregivers can help their loved ones by assisting them when choosing shoes so that they can purchase shoes that are comfortable and safe.

Seniors might be reluctant to give up their former shoes but they will be much safer and less likely to fall in the long run so family caregivers should try to do everything that they can to help their loved ones choose shoes that are safe and that they feel comfortable wearing.

 

 

Practical Tips and Suggestions

 

What Makes a Shoe Safe?

There are certain features you should look for in a shoe that makes it “safe” – reduces falls risk.

These include:

  • Heel (upper) – A firm heel collar to provide stability
  • Laces – Laces to ensure the shoe holds onto the foot while walking
  • Heel (bottom) – A bevelled heel to prevent slipping and a broad flared heel to maximize contact with the ground
  • Sole – A textured sole to prevent slipping
  • Midsole – A thin firm midsole so the wearer can feel the ground underneath

 

What Makes a Shoe Unsafe?

There are certain features that make shoes for the elderly unsafe and increase the risk of falling.

These include:

  • Heel (upper) – Soft or stretched uppers make the foot slide around in the shoe
  • High heels (women’s shoes) – High heels should be avoided as they impair stability when walking
  • Narrow heels (women’s shoes) – Narrow heels make the foot unstable and can cause ankle sprains
  • No Laces – Lack of laces could mean the foot can slide out of the shoe
  • Sole – Slippery or worn soles are a balance hazard, particularly in wet weather.

 

Good shoes for the elderly provide:

  • Firm base
  • Cushioning
  • A Non Slip Sole
  • Ankle Support

 

Footwear Can Prevent Falls

Recent research has found that good footwear can reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

Researchers followed study participants for an average of 27.5 months. Almost 52 percent of participants who said they experienced a fall during that period were either barefoot (18 percent), wearing socks with no shoes (7 percent), or wearing slippers (27 percent) at the time.

Those individuals also suffered more serious consequences from their fall, including fractures, sprains, dislocations, or torn muscles.

 

A good pair of shoes for the elderly are not only comfortable but safer.

 

 

 

 

Shopping for

Practical Shoes for the Elderly

 

If you are heading out to buy shoes, remember to bring:

  • Orthotics (if you use them)
  • Socks that you normally wear
  • Old shoes so the salesperson can look at the wear pattern (ex. worn on one side of shoe).

 

When To Shop:

  • Buy footwear in the afternoon when your foot is the largest

 

Sizing:

  • Shoes should fit snugly without being to tight
  • If your feet are different sizes, buy the size that fits the larger foot
  • There should be about 1/2 inch of room between your big toe and the end of the shoe when you are standing
  • Try shoes of different widths to get the correct fit

 

 

Shoe Features to look for

  • Toe – A wide deep toe are gives space for toes. Not enough space can lead to bunions, hammer toes, corns and calluses.
  • Heel (upper) – Should be firm enough so that you cannot squeeze it between thumb and fingers
  • Sole – This is the most important part of the shoe to reduce falls risk. Shoes with a greater contact area with the ground are more stable and provide more grip. Soles should be non slip but not sticky. They should not be too thick as it is difficult to feel the ground which can cause falls on uneven terrain.
  • Heel – A low slightly beveled heel is preferred
  • Fastening – Shoes with velcro or lace are preferred and they improve stability and hold the shoe to the foot.
  • Lining – Lining will stretch to fit the shape of the foot. Lining should have few seams, especially over bony areas of the foot as these can cause irritation.
  • Material – A leather shoe will stretch over the foot and form to its shape. Leather can also be shaped to accommodate bunions or hammer toes.
  • Arch Support – There should be enough arch support for your type of foot to make it comfortable.
  • Tongue – Should be padded and easy to get the shoe on and off.

Walk around the store for 5-10 minutes to test the shoe’s fit. Is there any rubbing or slipping? Are there any red areas on your feet when you take them off? This can be a sign of a poor fit.

 

 

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10 Simple Products to Help With Getting Dressed

 10 Simple Products to Help With Getting Dressed

 

Getting Dressed Can be Challenging for Seniors

 

Arthritis, illness, surgery, or other health conditions make it difficult for many older adults to get dressed and undressed. But seniors can still maintain their independence with the help of dressing aids.

Getting dressed shouldn’t have to be a struggle. Many inexpensive tools are available to help older adults get dressed on their own.

 

Here are ten of the most useful and highly rated.

 

 

dressing aids          dressing aids

 

1. 2-in-1 Dressing Stick and Shoehorn
Dressing sticks help older adults reach and pull various clothing items. Use this plastic stick to pull up pants or hook fabric to pull clothing high enough to grab. It also helps remove clothes and socks. This one does double duty as a shoehorn too. I used this when I had frozen shoulder, and it helped immensely!

 

 

 

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2.  Dressing Stick
This wooden dressing stick has two plastic-coated hooked ends. Use it to pull up pants and zippers and help fasten buttons. Or, use it to push off clothing and remove socks.

 

 

 

 

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3.  Ettore Grip ‘n Grab

 

This grabber can reach for more than just clothing, but it comes in handy while getting dressed. Instead of bending over or reaching for various clothing items, just use this grabbing tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Sock Aid with Foam Grip

 

Putting on socks can be a huge effort for some seniors. This sock aid makes it much easier to get socks on. It has a plastic body and foam grips. First, put the sock on the plastic tube. Then, insert the foot into the tube and pull up using the grips.

 

 

 

 

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5.  Ableware Deluxe Flexible Sock Aid
This sock aid has a more flexible tube, so it might be a better fit for seniors with smaller sized feet.

 

 

 

 

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6. Good Grips Button Hook
Arthritic fingers, tremors, or loss of dexterity can turn buttoning a shirt into a frustrating struggle. Use this simple button hook to fasten regular-size buttons. So helpful!

 

 

 

 

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7.  Jobst Stocking Donner
Compression socks are one of the most difficult and time-consuming items to put on because they’re so tight. To make things easier, use this compression stocking aid.

The frame isn’t adjustable, so those with larger or very swollen legs might want to try the  Mediven Stocking Butler instead.

 

 

 

 

 

dressing aids
8.  Home-X 31.5 inch Extra Long Metal Shoehorn
You might think that all shoehorns are created equal, but this one seems to be a cut above the rest. The extra length means no bending over and the strong metal makes it extra durable. Many reviewers absolutely loved this simple shoehorn.

Note: The picture above isn’t of this product, but shows how it’s used.

 

 

 

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9.  FootFunnel Shoe Assist
This innovative shoe aid is different from a shoe horn. It’s a plastic piece that fits over the heel of the shoe. The plastic makes it easy to slip a foot into the shoe without getting caught on the heel.

Some of the reviews said it was better than a shoehorn, but that it doesn’t fit all shoes (depends on the thickness or stiffness of the heel part).

 

 

 

 

 

dressing aids

 

10. LOCK LACES (Elastic No Tie Shoelaces)
Tying sneakers requires finger dexterity and bending or kneeling, making it tough for many seniors.

Replace regular shoelaces with elastic no-tie shoelaces instead. These laces make any lace-up shoes into slip-ons!

The laces also come in black and a variety of other colors.

Bottom line

 

Having trouble getting dressed shouldn’t be the reason that your older adult loses independence. These simple and smart dressing aids make it possible for seniors to dress themselves.

 

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Packing for a Hospital Stay

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What to pack when you are going to stay at the hospital largely depends on how long you will have to be there. It’s obvious that a one night stay will require less packing then being hospitalized for a week or longer.

What’s less clear is that people often pack too much not realizing they will be ‘out of it’ afterwards.  The surgery, anesthesia and post-op medication may make you so sleepy, tired and unaware of what’s going on around you that you will not need most things you packed.

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On the other hand, when it comes to personal hygiene and comfort,  little things can make a big difference. For longer stays, also things to keep you busy and entertained matter. Things my mom had that made a difference for her were her own pillow and blanket, and her personal grooming supplies.  She also had her slippers from home (the crappy ones I talked about in this post.) It would have been nice for her to have a gown and robe from home as well.

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She was not able to concentrate much, so Mom did not read, do puzzles or use her ipad.  Liver cirrhosis patients suffer from encephalopathy, a form of confusion caused by ammonia buildup in the brain.  If she had been her usual self, she definitely would have wanted items to keep her mentally busy.

If you are helping prepare someone to be admitted to the hospital,

here are some things of things you may want to include in their travel bag:

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Paperwork

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  • Picture ID card
  • Recent x-rays, MRIs, or other scan you have had done
  • Medical insurance documentation including your health insurance cards or Medicare and/or Medicaid cards
  • Documents requiring your doctor’s signature
  • Important phone numbers
  • Copy of power of attorney, living will and/or advance directive (if applicable)
  • Other preoperative documents (some hospitals keep these on file, others have patients keep these)

Tip: put all these essentials together in one folder that can be closed securely with a tie or snap closure to avoid the risk of losing these documents.

 

Medications

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  • Prescription and non-prescription meds – in original containers
  • Your hospital may ask you to bring a list with name and dosage of all your current medications including prescribed, herbal, and over the counter drugs.

 

Recovery Aids

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Depending on the type of surgery you will get you may need post surgery aids or devices, such as crutches, braces, a walker or wheelchair. Often some of these are provided by the hospital or recovery clinic. Sometimes people decide it’s beneficial for them to get their own aids up front. Hit the link for an overview.

  • Any crutches, braces, or other post-surgery aids.

 

Toiletries

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Soap and shampoo are provided by the hospital but it can be nice to bring your own . Just by having a little bit of your own trusted products with their familiar scents can make you feel more comfortable.

Tip: pack the things you will use most in one toiletry bag and place it on your tray table so it’s always within easy reach.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo,
  • Conditioner, leave-in hair conditioner
  • Body wash, face wash
  • Bar soap
  • Moisturizer/ lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads, etc)
  • Razors, shaving lubricant
  • Toilet paper – often better than what’s available at the hospital
  • Powder, foot powder
  • Tissues
  • Sanitary pads
  • Makeup – if you are feeling a bit more energetic you may feel like showering and putting makeup on to get ready for visitors
  • Nail clippers

 

Personal Care Items

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Here are the most basic needs when it comes to personal care.

  • Hair ties, clips and barrettes
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Lip balm – the air is often very dry in hospitals so packing a lip balm will be a must for many women
  • Mirror – in case you are still bedridden but want to check yourself for visitors or that hot doctor
  • Saline nasal spray – a dry nose may not only irritate but some people tend to get sick as a result
  • Throat lozenges – another great throat soother.
  • Antiseptic wipes – besides asking physicians and nurses to wash their hands another way of being proactive is wiping down surfaces such as the telephone and the TV remote control.

 

Clothes

If you have stayed overnight in a hospital before you probably know that hospital gowns aren’t the most comfortable garments. Packing some of your own comfortable clothing will help you get through. Items that you may want to pack include:

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  • Gown – hospital style

Womens Hospital Gowns Soft Cotton Knit Adaptive Pattern - Open Back - Back Snap Night Gown Men’s Tie Flannel Adaptive Hospital Gown

You can find these hospital gowns (which open at the back) at Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing and Footwear.

  • Comfortable clothing such as sweat pants, comfy bra, loose shirts
  • T-shirt
  • Bathrobe or shawl

Womens Bed Jacket Cape - Bed Fleece Shawl - Ladies Bed Jackets For Hospitals Womens Cozy Lap Robes Wrap Fleece Shawl Cape - Warm Poncho

Available at at Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing and Footwear.

  • Fresh change of clothes / clean underwear
  • Slippers for showering or when putting on shoes is difficult or impossible

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  • Comfortable shoes that are easy to put on
  • Socks with grips

 

Getting Around

When you are able to get up and walk around you will be glad to have packed the following items:

  • Cash and change – bring a small amount of cash which will allow you to purchase snacks, a newspaper or other things from the vending machine or hospital restaurant.
  • Slippers / Crocs – for walking the halls

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  • A cap or hat – for walking the halls without having to fix your hair

 

Comfort

  • Earplugs/eyeshades – sleeping well and taking naps contribute greatly to your recovery. Hospital lights and sounds may bother you so bringing something to cover your eyes and plug your ears during rest or sleep will help reduce stress and improve resting time.
  • Relaxation Tools – a hot pack ( e.g. home made, a sock filled with beans or rice) can bring you instant pain or discomfort relief – you can easily warm it up in the hospital’s microwave. Other suggestions include: back massager, stress reliever squeeze ball, soothing sounds or music on iPod or CD, aromatherapy candles/oils (in case you are in a single room), massage oil or lotion.
  • Warm socks to wear under the non-skid socks provided by the hospital
  • Your own pillow, blanket or a stuffed animal can give you a soothing feeling in an environment of sickness, sterility and grief.
  • Photos of beloved ones. Surgery and the recovery process afterwards with all its physical and emotional strains can be very demanding. Looking at a photo of your spouse or children may comfort you at the harder moments.
  • Your own favorite snack. We all know that food comforts. Bring some crackers, beef jerky, liquorice, granola bars, fresh fruit, crackers, instant soup or whatever you fancy. Many hospitals will allow you to use their fridge to keep fruit chilled and have a microwave available to warm up food.
  • A white-noise machine in your room can help draw out the common noise in hospitals. Telemetry alarms, doors, telephones, and staff voices are much less of a nuisance with the help of such a device thus providing you with the rest you need so much right now.

 

Entertainment

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Hospital stays can be pretty boring especially if you are confined to bed all day long. Some entertainment to pass time and keep your mind off of your condition and recovery can be of huge importance.

  • Books or magazines
  • Sudoku or crossword puzzles
  • Chess or checkers board and pieces
  • Cell phone
  • iPod, CD player or radio
  • Portable DVD player
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Something to write in, such as a diary or journal
  • Knitting or crochet necessities
  • Glasses if you wear them

Many hospitals ban the use of cell phones, laptops and other electronics. Cell phone use in particular is often prohibited since it may interfere with electronic patient monitoring equipment.

Check the hospital’s policy about electronic items before you pack your bag. Bringing a prepaid phone card will help you stay in close contact with family members and friends during your hospital stay.

 

Nutrition Supplements

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Chances are you have consulted your medical team about the non-prescription supplements you have been taking. You probably know which vitamins and minerals you are allowed to take after the surgery. Packing these can give your recovery a head start.

  • a multi vitamin and mineral supplement
  • Probiotics – known to promote healing, reduce the harsh side effects of antibiotics, and diminish chances on hospital acquired infections (HAI).

 

Leave at Home

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Most hospitals will let you know during the admission process that they are not responsible for loss or theft of personal belongings throughout your hospitalization. Therefore it is recommended to leave valuable items at home.

  • expensive watches
  • expensive sunglasses
  • credit cards
  • jewelry
  • other valuables

Please share your suggestions on what to add to this list in the comments sections below.

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Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet

Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet


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My mom’s very first sign of liver cirrhosis was edema –

fluid buildup in the ankles, feet and legs.

 

 

 

 

As I discussed in my post on cirrhosis of the liver, my mom suffered with swollen feet, ankles and legs from early on in her disease process.

In fact, swollen feet (edema) is extremely common among many diseases, including heart and kidney disease.  It can also be caused venous insufficiency (poor circulation), blood clots, and many different kinds of medication.  If you are reading this and you or a loved one has developed chronic edema, please make sure this addressed by a physician.

 

As my mom’s feet and ankles became more swollen, she was unable to wear most of her shoes. 

She had a pair of favorite slippers, which she wore every day at home; they were big, loose slippers, but they offered no stability and could easily come off.  She also wore a pair of running shoes, which she wore tied very loosely when she went out. 

It was difficult for her to bend and move, so my dad helped her put on and tie up her shoes whenever she needed to leave the house.  My dad has a sore back, so this was an additional strain.  Eventually, the laces of the running shoes could not be tied at all, and it very uncomfortable for Mom to squeeze her swollen feet into them, even with the laces spread open.

When she was admitted to the hospital, she was offered long socks with grips; but they only had one size, and were not meant for  legs and feet which were so swollen and sore.  It was almost impossible for my dad to put them on her, and they were just too tight.  The hospital also offered her some disposable adjustable slippers, but they were so flimsy and difficult to adjust that they were completely useless.

Mom could not stand to wear the hospital grip socks or the flimsy disposable slippers, so she wore her old big slippers from home most of the time. 

They were not really safe because they did not fit properly and offered no support, but it was all she had. The slippers were more of a hindrance than anything as she shuffled to the bathroom and around the ward with her walker. I can remember family members commenting and asking if she was okay walking in those, but no one had any immediate better solutions.

 

 

 

Specialized Footwear for Swollen Feet

 

In my research of products to help make life easier when suffering with symptoms of serious illness, I came across  specialized footwear for people who have edema or who have difficulty doing up laces due to other issues such as painful joints.

I wish I had thought to investigate these products when my mom needed them, but there was so much going on, and so many other immediate needs, that it just never occurred to me.  I see now in hindsight, that special slippers and shoes would have really made a difference for both my parents at that time.

If your loved one can’t fit into their regular shoes, or has difficulty tying laces (or has to ask someone else to help them with their shoes all the time), it would be a good idea to look at some footwear designed for this purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes and Slippers with VELCRO® Strap Brand Closures

 

There are special shoes and slippers with VELCRO® strap brand closures that can help make swollen feet feel better.

These shoes and slipper can be put on easily and adjusted to the foot width to accommodate swelling.

Many of them also have non-slip or non-skid soles to help prevent accidental falls and injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend considering purchasing a pair of slippers and a couple pair of shoes that will fit, support and be easily adjusted.  It may seem like a small thing, but I know from personal experience that it can make a big difference, in comfort and mobility for the patient and the convenience and peace of mind for the caregiver.

These slippers and shoes are available in a wide selection, in both women’s and men’s styles.

 

 

Socks for Swollen Feet and Non-Slip Socks

 

 

  
  Also, if the task of putting on a sock is a chore, or it is impossible to find any that feel comfortable, consider a wider fitting non-constrictive hospital-style sock with grips.  These socks can be put on with relative ease and offer traction for patients who need sip prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

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