Incontinence Management in Assisted Living Facilities

Incontinence Management in Assisted Living Facilities

 

 

 

Advice for Family Members for Managing Incontinence Supplies for Their Loved in Assisted Living or Continuing Care

 

A growing number of family caregivers are managing incontinence and incontinence supplies for loved ones in Assisted Living or Continuing Care Communities.  Here are some recommendations on how to manage your loved one’s supplies as efficiently as possible:

 

Get to know the caregivers and care manager for your loved one in the facility.

They should be able to share how the facility helps the resident manage incontinence, and take into consideration skin health, and budgetary limits on how much will be spent on incontinence supplies per month.

Some of the factors that affect your loved one’s incontinence are:

  • how many times the resident is being changed
  • when and if leaks occur
  • how the facility caregivers are helping the resident to manage incontinence overnight
  • what medications are affecting the resident’s incontinence
  • mobility concerns (lack of mobility obviously can affect the ability of a loved one to get to the bathroom in a timely fashion)

 

 

More changes per day means diapers, briefs and/or underwear don’t have to be super absorbent.

Super absorbent products (30 oz + of void capacity) are very popular in aging at home environments – these super absorbent products cost more on a per piece basis, but equate to less changes per day.

In an Assisted Living environment, its not uncommon to see caregivers administering up to six to eight changes per day; with a higher frequency of changes, it is not necessary to purchase super absorbent products when “value” selections will stretch your dollars much further.

 

 

Use booster pads for overnight use and for male “leakers.

A booster pad is simply an additional layer of absorption material that works inside of a traditional pull-up or diaper. Booster pads can add an additional 8 – 14 oz of absorption material and transform a value diaper into a super absorbent diaper for overnight use – and the caregivers should know to only use booster pads for nighttime use.

A Booster Pad can be wrapped around the tip of a male’s penis to deflect a void back into the diaper – an effective tactic for dealing with Male side-sleepers who are prone to leaking.

 

 

Don’t use mass market brands that advertise on television.

To stretch the family’s hard-earned dollar and for the assisted living caregivers who must use the supplies provided, there are a number of higher quality products that will better serve all involved, and that will cost less. Simply put, mass market brands put their dollars into advertising and shelf space – not into the absorbency or quality of their products, leaving caregivers and residents frustrated with their poor performance.  

NorthShore Care Supply specializes in incontinence products, and has an excellent selection of competitively priced high quality options. 

You can also find plenty of choices among Amazon’s incontinence supplies.

For more information on choosing the right incontinence supplies, see my earlier posts:

 

 

Write your incontinence directives on a piece of poster board, and tape it to where the incontinence supplies are stored.

This dovetails with getting to know your loved one’s caregivers, as mentioned above, and ensures that your directives are plainly communicated for any new staff or nighttime staff.

 

 

Speak up if you notice that some of your loved one’s incontinence supplies are missing.

Sometimes staff within assisted living facilities will “borrow” supplies from an adjacent resident room – rather than walking down the hall to a supplies closet. If this becomes the standard operating procedure, then you are subsidizing your loved one’s neighbors. That is why it is so important to speak to the caregivers and put out written instructions. So, if you notice your supplies are “shrinking,” say something!

 

 

Keep track of how much incontinence supplies are being used on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

For a resident with full-time incontinence that requires six changes per day (each change entails a new diaper/underwear + wipes + gloves), the cost can easily exceed $200 – $300 per month. A resident who has light incontinence and/or only nighttime incontinence can budget their monthly expenditure to under $100 per month.

 

 

Set up an auto-reorder of incontinence products when possible.

Once you understand how the assisted living caregivers are applying the incontinence products you are purchasing for your loved one, and you are keeping track of order/usage per month, set-up auto reordering – it will be easier for all involved.

 

 

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

-Laurie

 

 

Incontinence Care Products at Northshore Care!

 

 

 

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How to Find and Shop for Practical Shoes for the Elderly

Shoes and Slippers For Swollen Feet

Ideas to Keep Your Dementia Patient Busy and Happy

Would Your Loved One Benefit from Weighted Blanket Therapy?

 

Anytime Gifts That Seniors Will Actually Use

Anytime Gifts That Seniors Will Actually Use

 

 

 

Coming up with gift ideas for grandparents or elderly parents can be a real headache for many people. Most grandparents have more stuff than they could possibly ever use.

There is nothing they need and very little they want. So, what do you give someone who has almost everything, and their house is already full of family photos, albums, personalized mugs, slippers and bath oils?

Here are some gift giving suggestions to get you started. Those gift ideas are perfect for any occasion.

Independence is a thing that seniors – and everyone, for that matter – really tend to value very highly. Maintaining independence promotes a sense of achievement that for many older people generates a great sense of self-worth and well-being.

The key to maintaining a senior’s independence is to keep them safe and one of the basic areas of safety is their home. This makes assistive devices very good gift ideas.

 

 

 

For the Bathroom 

 

 

For seniors who have difficulty bending or limited mobility due to an injury, the bathroom is probably the most dangerous room of the house. Bathroom accessories, like bathtub grips, can provide a sense of security when using the shower and would be really appreciated. Make sure to offer to help install these handles for them.

There are several types of grips you can get, but probably some of the best ones are those that lock over the side of the bathtub. Unlike other grab bars that use suction cups for attachment, the ones that clamp into the bathtub wall will not slip out of position.

 

 

 

Example: This Medline Bathtub Bar locks to the side of the tub

 

 

 

For the Kitchen

 

While the kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the house,” it can be a very dangerous place for our aging loved–ones. While cooking fires happen to all people of all ages, older adults have a higher risk of injury from these, in part, due to the fact that their responses and physical abilities diminish as they grow older. In fact, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people over the age of 65 have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population.

Cooktops and ranges are most frequently implicated in kitchen accidents. Elderly people are more likely to forget to turn burners off after removing pans, leave food unattended on the burner or lose track of cooking times. Others that have arthritis or Parkinson’s disease can easily spill food and ignite a fire.

This makes an induction cooktop another practical gift idea for seniors who say they don’t want anything. The elderly or disabled will really appreciate the safety factor of induction cooking since there are no open flames and nothing will catch on fire. With induction cooking there is no direct heating of the cooktop surface.

Only the pot gets hot, so spilled food will never burn. This also makes it very easy to clean. Another big plus – these cooktops cook faster than gas and electric cooktops, which saves energy and money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Organizing Medications

 

An inexpensive way to help an older person remain healthy and independent is to support them in taking their medication every day. Managing medications can be a challenge for many old people, especially when certain prescriptions must be taken at specific times during the day. This task can be even more daunting for people with multiple diseases who often end up taking multiple medications at the same time. The more drugs they use, the more likely they are not to remember to take them.

One gift that can help simplify medication management, giving peace of mind and maximizing independence, is a pill organizer. They come in a variety of styles, from daily to monthly storage options, and variety of sizes.

Ask your elderly parents or find out how many pills they need to take and look for an organizer that has compartments big enough for them. Also, find a pill organizer that is easy to open, because many older people struggle with so-called “child proof” tops.

The MedCenter 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System is a great option, because you need to set it up for them only once a month. It can also be combined with a reminder system, to make sure your older parents are taking their pills on time. The reminder system is a talking alarm clock that is easy to read even with impaired eyesight and easy to hear even with hearing problems. It also gives people, whose memories may not be what they used to be, useful reminders of what date and day of the week is.

 

 

 

Help With Groceries

 

An interesting gift option for elderly people who have everything is a voice-activated grocery and errand list organizer. Sometimes people forget things, like what they wanted to buy from the store, end up with a diet that resembles the worst of hospital food – microwave meals and frozen foods. An organizer like that can be very helpful.

The Smart Shopper Grocery List Organizer is a device that records your items, sorts them into separate categories and then prints a paper list that you take with you to the store. A person simply has to press a button and say what they need to purchase.

The sorting option can be very useful for seniors, because everything they need from each area in the grocery store will be grouped together and they won’t need to aimlessly wander the isles to find an item. Another handy feature is its magnetic back, which allows to keep the organizer on the fridge door.

The device has almost 2500 items in its database, but there are not all just grocery items. There are many errand items such as: Gas Station, Pay Bills, Dentist, FedEx, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Cooked Meals

 

Home-cooked meals are so appreciated by older people who live alone or in an assisted living facility. Prepare several of their favorite meals and freeze them in portions so they can take them out easily and only have to re-heat them. If your grandparents live relatively close to you, you can make a gift certificate inviting them for one dinner a month at your home for a year. Offer to pick them up and drive them home, too!

Have some disposable take-out containers on hand, so they don’t have to worry about washing or returning your casserole dishes.

 

 

 

Better Sleep

 

Quality sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being. In fact, sleep is as essential as food, and creating healthy sleeping patterns is just as important as eating right. Unfortunately, some of the most common problems the older generation experience are insomnia and sleep issues. An awesome gift that can help them deal with sleep disorders is a Sleep Sound Machine. Those machines play calming nature sounds that help people fall asleep faster, relax, or just block out distracting noises.

Since audio quality is very important part of masking distracting sounds, it is better to get a sleep machine with really good speakers. One such machine is Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine. In fact, Sleep+Sounds has all of the features you could possibly want in a sound machine – 30 rich and immersive non-repeating sound environments, adaptive Sound listens to your environment and responds instantly by adjusting audio volume, front panel lighting automatically dims for distraction-free rest, and a sleep timer.

This machine is also tiny and light, meaning that seniors can take it with them whenever they visit family or go on holidays.

 

 

 

For Mood and Well-Being

 

Older people, and those who are homebound or bed-ridden, sometimes don’t get outside enough and don’t get exposed to enough natural light, which can disrupt their sleep-wake cycle. If you are looking for a good, useful gift for an elderly parent or grandparent like that, consider getting them a light therapy lamp, such as the SunTouchPlus Lamp from Nature Bright.

These lamps mimic the brightness of the sun, stimulating the body’s production of vitamin D, and thus, boosting mood and well-being. In a way, they work like antidepressants, but without the side effects of the medications. They can also help those who suffer from winter blues, which makes them great gifts for Christmas, too.

When you look for a light therapy lamp, you need to make sure it emits 10,000 lux of light. “Lux” is a measurement of the intensity of light and 10,000 lux is the optimum light level that best mimics natural outdoor light. This means that it can be used for shorter time periods than a lamp that is not as bright. For comparison, the light on a typical, overcast day can be between 1,000 and 2,000 lux and on a very bright, sunny day – between 32,000 and 100,000 lux.

If you find a product that offers intensities higher than 10,000 lux, you should know that intensities higher than 10,000 lux have not been studied for safety or efficacy.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Food Delivery

 

All of us would like to have our parents and grandparents around as long as we possibly can, so a healthy food delivery is another excellent gift choice. Sign your grandparents or elderly parents up for a food delivery membership, for example, and every month they will receive a package of the best orchard-fresh fruit of each season. It will not only make you happy to know that they will have something healthy to eat delivered every month, but you will be amazed how much your grandmother or grandfather will love this gift idea. Depending on their tastes, you can also sign them up for a cheese club, coffee or tea club of the month.

 

Examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, this is neat …   Old Time Candy Company sells nostalgic candy from eras past: you can select the decade you grew up in and purchase the candy you remember having as a kid!  It’s a real trip!

 

 

Candy you ate as a kid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Journals

 

Grandparents love to be sentimental and brag about their kids and grandkids, and when a holiday comes around, they often get overloaded with framed family photos and albums. Although seniors love receiving these photos, they probably have enough already and will enjoy getting a different sentimental gift.

A nice way to express your love for them is to show interest in their life’s journey. Give them a memory journal, for example. A memory journal is a book that contains all kind of memory-jogging questions about person’s life, and makes it easy for a senior to write his or her life story by answering those questions right in the book. This is a great way for them to record their life stories and pass them to the next generations.

 

 

Some good memory journals that will make fantastic gifts are:

 

Story of My Life

Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember

Grandma Tell Me Your Story

Grandfather Remembers

 

 

 

 

Shopping Cart with Seat

 

Whether they are making a trip to the corner store, the farmers market, carrying stuff to friends’ house or waiting in line at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, a senior will appreciate the convenience of a carrying cart with a built-in seat.

 

Such a cart would also be a very nice gift idea for anyone who lives in a crowded urban area and uses public transportation when grocery shopping or enjoys going to local street fairs or other events where seating is limited.

There are many carts on the market.  This Trolly Dolly Stair-Climbing Foldable Handcart with Built-in Seat is a nice choice;  its rubber wheels have a large arc triangular support, and its a sturdy cart made or steel pipe.  The seat can support 300 lbs, and it has a non-slip hands and waterproof, odor-free fabric.

 

Folds Easily into a Compact Design

 

Strong, Comfortable Seat – 300 lb Capacity

 

Handy Step For Reaching High Items

 

 

 

Massage Pillow

 

Elderly people often suffer from a variety of age-related diseases such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease. As a result, they have poor circulation and limited physical capability. Massage can help them relieve muscle pain, joint stiffness, poor blood circulation and even mental stress.

If your elderly parents or grandparents suffer from back aches and neck pains, then a massage pillow would be an amazing gift for them.

One massage pillow worth considering is the Etekcity Shiatsu Massager. This pillow reliefs pain using Shiatsu massage technique. Shiatsu (meaning “finger pressure”) is a form of massage that originated in Japan and applies gentle but firm pressure with the thumbs, hands, knees and elbows to different points on the body.

The pillow uses 4 rotating balls to provide deep-kneading motion, and heating elements to relax the muscles even further. The rotating balls do a pretty good job of simulating the kneading fingers of a professional massage therapist.

Because of its compact size, the Etekcity Shiatsu Massager pillow can apply concentrated pressure to specific areas of the body like the neck, shoulders, lower back, feet, calves etc., which are problematic areas for many people. Another excellent aspect of this massage pillow is its portability. It can be used almost anywhere – on different types of chairs, sofas and car seats.

 

 

 

Hobby Baskets

 

Many older people have hobbies they love. Do a little snooping to find out what the senior on your gift list enjoys making. You might find a gift idea or two.

If grandma likes crafts, put together a nice gift basket with a hot glue gun, scissors, glue sticks, and other crafting supplies that she can use in different projects.

You can do the same for your grandpa and his favorite hobbies. 

 

If they are not really able to enjoy active hobbies anymore (like fishing or golfing), get them a subscription to a related magazine so they can read about them.

 

Some Magazine Ideas:

 

 

 

 

 

Encouraging grandparents to take up new hobbies, or revisit old ones, can improve their quality of life.

 

 

For Gardening

 

For those seniors who still have access to a vegetable or flower garden, yard or patio, useful gardening accessories can make fantastic gifts.

 

Some Ideas:

 

Garden kneelers can prevent knee-pain while weeding.

 

Example: Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat with Bonus Tool Pouch

 

 

 

 

Ergonomic gardening tools, including clippers, are easier for older hands to use.

Example: UKOKE Ergonomic Garden Tool Set for Men and Women

 

 

 

Comfortable gardening gloves and gardening clogs can extend the time spent in the garden.

Meadow Design (5)

These attractive Meadow Design Gardening Clogs by Backdoor Shoes have an extra comfortable arch support.

 

 

Lightweight hoses are easier to coil up and put away.

 

 

Plant markers and packs of seeds are always appreciated!

 

 

And speaking of seeds, this White Mountain Garden Seeds Puzzle is a stunning vintage montage.  It 1,000 extra large pieces; a puzzle lover who gardens would surely enjoy it!

 

This White Mountain Garden Seeds Puzzle is gorgeous! It includes 1,000 extra large pieces.

 

 

If your parents or grandparents are retired farmers, who always obsess over the weather because it dominates their livelihood, or if they’re simply weather buffs, they will probably be happy to receive something useful, like a remote rain gauge, as a gift. It is a handy unit that can help them with their garden irrigation needs without getting wet or simply help them stay on top of the local weather situation.

 

A very cool gift for the weather buff – This Ambient Weather WIFI Observer Solar-Powered Wireless WiFi Remote Monitoring Weather Station also has Solar Radiation and UV indicators.

 

 

Even a very simple gift, such as boot jack (or boot remover), can be really useful for gardeners, farmers and those who live in rural areas. The elderly will find this little gadget handy for slipping off their boots or shoes before entering the house.

 

 

For Watching TV

 

Watching television and movies can be such a pleasure as we get older. For older people who live with others, however, it can be difficult to negotiate a volume that works for everyone. An excellent gift that will allow people with hearing loss to listen at their own volume without disturbing anyone else is a TV listening device.

 

 

There are a number of TV listening devices on the market that can help an elderly person hear the TV better, but the best options available today are the wireless radio frequency systems. There are others that use infrared technology instead of radio frequency, but they have a drawback that can be very annoying. An infrared signal is “line of sight,” which means a person needs to be in front of the transmitter, with nothing in the way, in order to hear the TV properly. If they turn their head to the side, to look out of the window, for example, they will lose the audio for a second. In comparison, a radio frequency signal can transmit through walls or obstructions.

The Unisar TV listening devices are some of the best options, because they use wireless radio frequency digital technology (mono or stereo), which means that a person can walk into another room and will still be able to hear the TV. Another useful feature that a senior would appreciate in these devices is the built-in microphone that amplifies the sounds around you, thus, allowing them to also hear conversations in the room.

 

 

 

Brain Training Games

 

Brain-training games are great gifts for elderly people. Just as everyone can benefit from exercising their body, brain training can help seniors improve their memory, awareness, reasoning, and other cognitive skills. Whether these games delay dementia is still unclear, but constant brain challenges are certainly better than just watching TV.

 

Some Examples:

 

Brain Games® #1: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day (Brain Games (Numbered))

Brain Games® #1: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day

 

 

 

Home Satellite Radio

 

 

A nice gift idea for an older couple that lives in the suburbs, or in an isolated rural community, is a home satellite radio and SiriusXM subscription. They usually don’t have as many choices, in terms of radio channels, as people living in big cities. With a home satellite radio they can enjoy tons of channels with, sports, news, talk radio, or their favorite music, especially if they spend a lot of time at home.

 

 

 

Other Inexpensive and Useful Gifts

Some people may feel that gift vouchers are impersonal, but older generations welcome them with open arms. They are useful and most importantly, they are clutter-free gifts. If you have grandparents or elderly parents who are on a fixed income, get them pre-paid cards for their favorite restaurant or for the grocery store.

Do a little snooping to find out what your elderly relative enjoys and uses the most. Many businesses that you may not expect to do in fact offer gift certificates, including:

  • Veterinarians
  • Pharmacies
  • Hair salons
  • Pet food stores

 

 

Some Examples:

 

 

 

 

When All Else Fails

 

battery charger

grocery delivery

prescription pick-up

paying a utility, newspaper or cable bill

breakfast or lunch in a restaurant

take their car for a wash and wax

pay someone to do their yard work

pay someone to clean their house

 

 

Some Easy-to-Arrange Ideas:

You will find some  great service gift ideas from Amazon Home Services.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

 

Are Genetic Testing Services Worth It?

Are Genetic Testing Services Worth It?

 

 

Thinking about using a DNA sample to look at your heritage

—and predict your future?

 

 

Only a few short years ago, services like Ancestry.com and 23andMe that allow you to submit a saliva or tissue sample to find out where your ancestors came from was the stuff of science fiction.  The thought of sending a genetic simple to a company like Ancestry.com and receiving a detailed report on your genetic background—including a very detailed discussion of what part of the globe your forebears hailed from.

Yet today, Ancestry DNA and 23andMe have advanced these concepts to a point where they are both scientifically possible and economically feasible. Depending on what you are trying to do, and depending on the service you choose, it is possible to begin delving into your genetic background for as little as a few hundred dollars. Those wishing for a much more detailed look at their genes can anticipate paying upwards of $2,000; however, most people do not need the level of detail that such a and analysis would bring, and are able to achieve their goals for less than $200.

This is the world of genetic mapping: the practice of using a DNA sample to look at your heritage—and predict your future. If you are considering using a genetic mapping service, here is some more information that you may find to be useful.

 

How Does Genetic Mapping Work?

 

Of course, the number of laboratories and companies offering genetic mapping services is almost limitless and growing by the day. As technology continues to advance, making genetic mapping more feasible, more and more companies are offering this service—in one form or another—available to the public.

Ancestry.com, just as other services do, will request that you provide a sample of your DNA. This is usually done by placing saliva in a tube, then sealing it and mailing it to the lab. Other DNA samples that are commonly requested include a cotton swab of the cheek and gums or a small blood sample. Regardless of the specific type of sample, the process is essentially the same: a home collection kit is mailed to the consumer, who then collects the sample and returns it through the mail. This process is convenient, fast, and simple.

Once the genetic mapping company obtains the sample, it runs one or more of a number of tests on it. The results of the tests are then compiled into a report and sent back to the consumer. Reports can be as specific as testing for a few identified conditions, or as general as a lengthy list of various conditions and diseases, along with the consumer’s propensity for developing each.

In the case of genetic mapping that is used for other purposes—such as discovering one’s ethnic background—the reports may contain information setting out the consumer’s genetic makeup and ethnic background by percentage (for example, 62% Eastern European, 17% Southeast Asian, and 11% Northern African).

 

 

 

Why Would You Want to Map Your Genes?

 

Family Tree Testing Kit

 

Of course, there can be any number of reasons for using such a service, depending on what it is that the consumer is interested in. These services can be a valuable part of one’s preventive healthcare strategy, or can simply be an interesting source of information.

 

WalkInLab.com

 

In the case of genetic mapping reports that pertain to medical conditions or disease susceptibility, many people find them to be helpful in order to alert them to specific areas of concern. By identifying those diseases or conditions to which they are more likely to be susceptible, the genetic mapping process allows them to take preventive steps and enact rigorous monitoring procedures in order to minimize the likelihood that they will actually develop the conditions or diseases.

In the case of genetic mapping that is used to uncover one’s heritage, consumers who are seeking to find their roots may find the tests to be a valuable part of their efforts. Additionally, they can be used to assist in narrowing down a search for relatives, particularly in cases where someone was adopted at birth and is seeking to reconnect to his or her blood relations.

Sometimes, using a genetic mapping service is simply a way to help build a connection with someone else. For example, if you spend a lot of time with an elderly friend or relative, you may find that obtaining a genetic map of each person’s background gives you both something to talk about and explore together.

Other people simply want to be alerted as to any potential anomalies in their genetic makeup. For example, they may want to know if they have a certain gene mutation that would cause them to be more likely to fall prey to a certain fate—even if they have no blood relatives with a similar condition.

Whatever the specific reason for using a genetic mapping service, given the ease with which a genetic report may be obtained, along with the relatively lower cost of doing so, many people choose to obtain at least a cursory report on their overall genetic picture. Sometimes they do it for no other reason than because it is interesting and fun to do so.

A simple Internet search of genetic mapping services will return pages of results. With so many companies offering genetic mapping, it can be challenging to determine which one best suits your needs. As with so many other things, the answer is that it depends on what you are looking for.

 

 

Ancestry DNA

Many have used Ancestry.com to trace their ancestors and to utilize the rich hints that can make building a family tree much easier. But now, AncestryDNA also offers genetic tracking by using a “microarray-based autosomal DNA testing” matching a person’s entire genome from over 700,000 locations.  

The result will include information about your ethnicity across 26 regions/ethnicities and will identify potential relatives through DNA matching to others who have taken the AncestryDNA test.  It will disclose if you are partially Native American but the results cannot be used as a substitute for legal documentation.

 

 

 

23andMe

 

A company similar to Ancestry.com that combines both the ancestry and health concern tests is 23andMe. This business offers a basic test and a test with a more detailed report.

Similar to many of the other tests, it starts with a saliva sample.

Using the 23andme test provides consumers with a detailed report that provides a breakdown of their ethnicity by percentage, and can help them to determine their lineage going back as far as 1000 years. Those who opt-in are afforded the opportunity to connect with other people who share their DNA, making it possible to find blood relatives. This last option can be particularly useful to people who have been adopted and who are searching to discover their roots.

On the health risks screening front, 23andMe offers a test that screens consumers for a genetic propensity towards a number of potential conditions. These may be conditions that the consumers are more susceptible to, or it may be conditions for which consumers are carriers—meaning that they themselves don’t suffer from the condition, but they have the potential to produce offspring who would, under certain circumstances.

Other tests offered by this company include health and well-being issues (such as lactose intolerance—something that is not dangerous in and of itself, but can impact one’s well-being), genetic traits (such as the likelihood of developing male pattern baldness), and more.

 

Other Genetic Mapping Services

 

MyHeritageDNA

 

 

MyHeritageDNA provides two fascinating types of results:

Ethnicity Estimate: A percentage breakdown of your ancestral background, showing your ancestors’ origins from among 42 ethnicities, including Irish, Italian, North African, Japanese, East Asian, and many others. MyHeritage has the largest pool of supported ethnicities in the industry.

DNA Matching: This powerful feature uses your DNA to help you find new relatives from all around the world. Your matches, from both your mother’s and father’s side, will include information about your shared genetic sequences, and identify your estimated relationship.

 

 

 

 

GPS Origins

 

 

GPS Origins boasts the most complete DNA Ancestry results, with a new ancestral tracking technique that can pinpoint your ancestry down to the nearest town or village!  GPS Origins analyzes 800,000 genetic markers, 862 reference populations and 36 gene pools.

 

 

 

Colors BRCA Test

 

 

The Colors BRCA Test allows women to test their genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer, by testing the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

These tests are physician ordered, and Colors will connect you with an independent physician who can order the testing on your behalf, if appropriate.

Your test result includes access to professional genetic counselors can help explain how your results may impact you. 

You can then take your clinical grade report to your healthcare provide, who can help you make a plan that reduces your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  I noticed that the Colors BRCA Test has particularly positive reviews from nearly every user.

While this test is probably of more interest to women, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations can impact certain male cancer risks as well:

Things You Should Consider About Genetic Testing

 

Of course, as with any new technology, there are considerations with genetic mapping that many people may not have encountered before. By being aware of these issues, you can go into your genetic mapping with your eyes open.

First, genetic mapping is not always 100% accurate. There exists the potential that a certain test will return a false positive—or a false negative—for a given condition. As such, you should not panic if your genetic mapping report suggests a high likelihood of developing a certain condition or contracting a certain disease. Instead, you should take it with a grain of salt and use the genetic mapping report as a basis from which to investigate further.

Another thing of which you should be aware is that some experts have criticized the validity of many of the genetic mapping tests in use today. While it is certainly possible to evaluate a given individual’s genes and use them to form a relatively accurate picture of his or her potential for developing certain conditions, the fact of the matter is that some of the tests in use simply do not have the accuracy and reliability of other, more expensive, tests.

Another thing to consider is the potential for the information gained from these tests to fall into the wrong hands. Given the current political climate in our country, it is impossible to determine if genetic mapping test results might one day be used by insurance companies to deny coverage—or charge higher premiums—to people who have been determined to be more likely to develop certain conditions. While some naysayers may say that this is an invasion of privacy and illegal, the unfortunate reality of our country is that laws frequently change to make the once-unthinkable a reality.

For this reason, if you are considering a genetic mapping test in order to discover whether you may be likely to develop certain conditions or diseases, you may wish to do it anonymously or pay attention to the privacy policies of the company selected. Ancestry.com devotes a significant amount of website space to discussing privacy.  Some genetic mapping companies will allow you to purchase the kit and submit it under a random number instead of using your name. By taking steps to prevent your identity from being associated with any one genetic mapping report, you can help protect against the eventuality that the information in the report might one day be used against you.

Finally, one last consideration is that genetic mapping tests—at least insofar as they are used to provide health condition information—frequently lacked any actionable information. For example, they may tell you that you’re more likely to develop a certain condition, but they may not be able to give you any advice as to what you could do about the situation.

While some conditions, such as adult-onset diabetes, can be proactively addressed through things such as a good diet and plenty of exercise, other conditions are simply out of your control. As such, discovering that you have a tendency to develop a certain condition could end up bringing an increased level of stress in your life as you grapple to deal with something over which you have absolutely no control.

Because of this, some people have opted to engage in all the preventive actions they can—such as eating well and exercising regularly—and forgo taking any genetic mapping test. Ultimately, whether knowing that one has a likelihood of developing a certain condition about which there is nothing he or she can do is something that would cause him or her undue duress or not is a choice that every person must make for himself or herself.

This is an interesting, but really complicated, look at the differences (and similarities!) between the Autosomal DNA Testing services.  The largest variation seems to be in the SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) which are the places in the genome where people differ.  For 1 out of every 1000, there is no difference.  Most of these SNPs don’t do very much, but some of them confer a risk of disease which can be very important.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Although there are some very significant considerations to keep in mind, most people find that genetic mapping tests are something that they feel are worthwhile. They can be fun and a great conversation started and a hobby of sorts especially if it is followed with building a family tree such as you can do through Ancestry.  Having the knowledge that you are or are not likely to develop certain conditions can help you in a number of ways, from making smart food choices to engaging in proactive estate planning.  But those considerations can be secondary when considering how much fun it is to know where your ancestors came from and whether it matches up with what you have been told your whole life. Understanding your ethnic and genetic background, and knowing where your ancestors come from is something that many people find both fascinating and worthwhile.

Overall, genetic mapping is a wonderful way to quickly and easily find out more about yourself, your loved ones, and the world in which you live.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided some practical, empowering information. 

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

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Do You Need a Shower Wheelchair?

Do You Need a Shower Wheelchair?

 

 

 

A shower wheelchair is designed for elderly who use a wheelchair as their primary means of moving around and have an accessible shower.

Maybe your aging parent or elderly loved one is using a wheelchair and is having difficulty transferring onto a shower bench or seat in the shower.

Maybe there isn’t enough room to safely complete the transfer – whether they can’t get their wheelchair at the right angle or there isn’t anything to grab on to.

This type of wheelchair can be a great solution as it is easier to use than a shower bench or seat in the shower.

Elderly can undress in the bedroom, transfer into the shower wheelchair, cover themselves with a towel and roll into the bathroom to shower.

 

Overview of Shower Wheelchairs

 

A shower wheelchair is basically a waterproof wheelchair designed to get wet.

Instead of having to transfer onto a shower chair or bench in the bathroom, the elderly can transfer into the shower wheelchair in another room and roll to the bathroom.

This opens up the option of using a transfer pole or lift to transfer into the shower chair in another room, which makes it safer and easier than trying to transfer onto a chair/bench in the bathroom.

 

Who Should Use a Shower Wheelchair?

 

Elderly that will benefit from using one will already use a wheelchair as their primary method of mobility and have an accessible shower.

Many models can also be used as a rolling commode so the elderly can also use it to roll over a toilet to go to the bathroom.

 

Do You Need a Commode Opening?

A commode opening is a cut out space in the seat that can be used to relieve yourself or wash your entire body while showering. Shower chairs are sold with solid seats or with the commode opening. Some even have seat plugs available so you can switch back and forth as needed.

 

Pros:

  • The seat cut out makes it easier to wash personal areas without having to stand
  • Incontinence poses less of an issue
  • The chair can double as a commode and is easily rolled over the toilet or the integrated pan can be used.

 

Cons:

  • Requires good sitting posture to avoid falling into opening
  • Can make some people self-conscience
  • Less comfortable than a full seat

 

 

Example:  This Enshey Shower Commode Mobile Chair  is a multi-use 3-in-1 commode/shower chair.  It can be used anywhere as a standalone commode thanks to the included pail. It can also be used directly over a toilet for safer toileting or as a safe and comfortable shower chair. It weighs only 22 pounds and supports up to 330 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Features of a Shower Wheelchair

 

A good shower wheelchair will be:

 

Waterproof to ensure durability and that it dries quickly

 

Rust proof,  ensuring long term durability

 

Lightweight, portable and easy to use

 

Compactespecially important for small showers

 

 

Other Good Features: 

 

A commode option (see above)

This makes it possible to use the shower wheelchair as a portable rolling commode

 

Flip up or removable foot rests 

These allow for safer transfers

 

If your elderly parent has poor upper body and trunk strength (difficulty maintaining an upright position in sitting), they will also likely need the tilt option.

 

Shower Wheelchair Accessories

 

There are a few accessories available:

 

A padded waterproof cushion for comfort and to protect skin

 

A commode design to allow for personal care

 

A head rest (used primarily for models with tilt/recline)

 

Tilt Example:  EZee Life Tilt Shower Commode Wheelchair with Headrest

 

 

Waterproof calf support for elderly that need additional lower leg support

 

Finding the Right Fit for Your Shower Wheelchair

 

Fit is not as important as a light weight wheelchair as the senior will not be in it for as long. However, you want to get the best possible fit so that it’s comfortable and easy to use.

 

There are three basic measurements used in fitting:

  • Hip width – This is used to determine the width of the seat
  • Thigh length – This is used to determine the depth of the seat
  • Knee to ground height – This is used to determine the seat height and leg rest length
  • Back height – To determine back rest height

 

How to measure:

  1. Have the senior sit in a kitchen chair
  2. Measure hip width at widest part
  3. Measure from back of knee to lower back/bottom (keep measuring tape parallel to floor)
  4. Measure from back of knee to floor (have them wear their regular shoes)
  5. Measure from lower back/bottom to base of neck

 

Also, be sure to check the weight limit of the chair.  Larger seniors will require a bariatric shower chair.

 

Example:  This EZee Life Bariatric Shower Commode Wheelchair has a 22″ wide seat, large 5″ castor wheels, and can accommodate up to 425 lbs.

 

 

Using Your Shower Wheelchair

 

They are similar to using a regular light weight wheelchair.

Remember to put the brakes on when transferring in/out of the chair and when showering.

 

Example:  This aluminum shower chair from Healthline Products has a padded seat, locking wheels, a commode pail and cover and a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Example:  This NOVA Medical Products shower commode has a comfortable padded seat and a weight capacity of 250 lbs.  There are some terrific reviews of this chair on Amazon.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Bathroom wheelchairs (also known as shower wheelchairs) are designed to make hygiene maintenance easier for those who find it difficult or impossible to make it to the lavatory. These chairs typically feature an opening in the seat — to allow users to toilet themselves. 

Because the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, especially for those with limited mobility, its certainly worth thinking about purchasing a  shower commode chair for anyone with mobility issues.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Right Medical Alert System

Choosing the Right Medical Alert System

 

 

 

Caregivers’ worries never end, especially when their loved ones are living alone in their own homes. Falls, stroke, heart attack and other medical emergencies are the biggest concerns for seniors’ safety. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans age 65 and over fall each year. Research from the National Institute on Aging shows that 60 percent of these falls occur in their homes, where most seniors wish to remain as they age.

 

Seniors want to maintain their independence, but family members often worry since they cannot be present around the clock to ensure their loved ones’ safety. This dilemma prompted the creation of medical alert systems that are capable of instantly summoning help in the event of an emergency.
 
 

 

There are many types of these devices on the market, and they go by a few different names, such as personal emergency response systems, medical alert devices or medical emergency response systems. They all typically work in a similar way, and all function to help ensure a senior’s safety and provide peace of mind for their family members.

 

How Medical Alert Systems Work

 

Most systems have three basic components: a small radio transmitter (a help button carried or worn by the user); a console or base station connected to the user’s telephone line; and an emergency response center that monitors calls.

 

 

When the help button is pressed, the console automatically dials the central monitoring center and connects the user with an operator. Most consoles feature a two-way speaker, so the operator and the senior can hear one another.

Some systems can dial out even if the phone is in use or off the hook. This is called “seizing the line.” In addition to dialing the monitoring center, once notified, the operator may also contact family, friends or neighbors that the senior has listed as emergency contacts.

“A medical alert system provides peace of mind for both the caregiver and the senior,” says Ken Gross, President of Medical Alert, by Connect America, a leader in the medical alarm industry since 1977. “The senior simply presses a button and help is on the way.”

These systems can vary widely, though, so it is important to carefully compare different companies, products and service packages.

 

 

 

 

Important Considerations of an Emergency Response System

 

To help you shop for an emergency response system, Gross suggests considering the following factors:

 

 

Pricing and Contract Terms

Medical alert companies assess fees differently. Some offer monthly, semiannual or annual payment plans for monitoring services, and some also charge for necessary equipment like the base unit and the wearable transmitters.

Ask about minimum obligations for the service. Some require a 30-day, 90-day or even 36-month minimum contract in order to provide services. In the same vein, inquire about activation fees, cancellation fees if you need to end the contract early, and whether monitoring costs are locked in or will increase. Keep an eye out for additional fees, and be sure to obtain an itemized written quote when inquiring about prices.

 

 

Features

Along with pricing, it is crucial to ensure that an emergency alert system is a good fit for a senior’s unique medical conditions. What is the main objective for the system? For example, if a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, they may wander and get lost. A system that provides GPS monitoring services would be especially beneficial in case they go missing. For a senior who is prone to falls, a system that offers automatic fall detection technology in its wearable transmitters would be ideal. These special call buttons have motion-sensing capabilities to determine if the wearer has fallen and contact help automatically even if the wearer cannot.

A number of additional features have been added to these systems over the years, including fitness trackers, medication reminders, daily check-in calls, home security features and more.

Remember, additional “bells and whistles” typically mean higher costs, so steering clear of unnecessary features is equally as important as ensuring you get the ones you want.

 

 

Experience and Reputation

How long has the company been in business? Do they have a good reputation? Search online for customer reviews of systems you are considering, and try to find feedback from real users with similar medical conditions and concerns. If consumers report the same complaint again and again, it is likely an issue that should factor into your decision.

 

 

Range and Portability

 

What is the range of the system? Does the senior need more than one base unit for adequate coverage of their home, and will that increase the cost? Can the system be used when the elder is working in their yard or away from home? These are important considerations for seniors who lead active lifestyles and those who live in more than one place during the year.

Some companies offer plans with nationwide cellular coverage or base units that can be moved from home to home. “These setups allow seniors to take the system with them when they travel, and it will work in all 50 states. It’s great for snowbirds,” Gross says. Just remember to update your current home location with the response center, otherwise they may send help to the wrong home address.

 

 

Ease of Use

 

Be sure to research the actual equipment included in the system. Look at the dimensions of the base unit and wearable transmitters and the different buttons on each. Is the emergency button large and easy for the senior to see and press? Are there any complicated instructions, buttons on the console or other features that might be troublesome for the elder to operate? Are the wearable devices comfortable? Do they need to be charged?

Ask if the company you are considering offers a trial period for their system so that you can ensure it is the right fit. You want a product that the senior is willing to wear every day and able to use with ease.

This is especially important for users who have poor eyesight, limited dexterity or other impairments that may complicate using these devices properly. A system that is uncomfortable or difficult to use is not going to be effective.

 

Waterproofing

 

“Most accidents happen in the bathroom,” Gross points out. A waterproof wearable button can be worn in the bath or shower. This will ensure that a senior can summon help if they slip and fall while bathing.

 

 

Trained Operators

Determining the quality of the monitoring service is also very important. Ask about the training that monitoring center staff members receive and look for a company that has its own in-house center located in the United States to handle incoming calls. When that button is pressed, every second counts. You want a qualified response team to assist the user and contact the proper emergency personnel.

 

 

Hours of Operation

Make sure the monitoring center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for both emergency monitoring and customer service. What happens if there are problems using the system or questions arise about the service?

 

 

Contact Options

Some systems have options for connecting users with various contacts depending on the nature of their call. In emergencies, of course the operator will summon the proper authorities, but some systems allow users to program family members and friends as contacts for non-urgent situations. This keeps seniors connected with a comprehensive support system, regardless of what kind of help they may need.

 

 

Testing

The company you choose should test the system on a regular basis to ensure it is functioning properly. Ask what procedures the center uses and how frequently these tests are conducted. “Medical Alert systems receive a silent signal from the home on a weekly basis to ensure that the customer’s system is connected and functioning,” Gross explains. Make sure the system includes repair and replacement services as well.

 

 

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I like the medical response system from Life Link Response;  its a simple system which offers good value.  It has all of the important features without the monthly expense of a contract – which costs hundreds of dollars annually! For someone who only needs monitoring in and around the home, this system will provide security without any extra or ongoing charges.

 

 

You can set this Life Link System up easily yourself in about 3 minutes:  you just plug in the AC power plug, plug in the telephone plug and program the system with your help message and 3 phone numbers of family or friends to call (or program 9-1-1 as one of the numbers). 

 

How it Works

1.   Anytime you need help, press the wireless help button or the help button on the main unit

2.   The Life Link System will dial the 1st programmed phone number

3.   When you receive the call and hear the message, press 5 to accept the call or 9 to reject the call

4.   If you reject the call, the system will hang up and call the next programmed phone number, if no answer it will continue to call the next number and cycle until someone answers.

5.   If you press 5 to accept the call, the system will open up the 2-way voice. You will be able to talk through your phone direct the person needing help and they will talk and listen through the main system base.

6.   If they are unable to get to or speak to you at the system base, you can send the paramedics if needed or attend to help them if its not urgent.

 

 

The tips above will help you compare providers and products before making a purchase. Obtaining the right medical alert system is crucial for your loved one’s security and knowing that help is only a push of a button away can give the entire family invaluable peace of mind.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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-Laurie

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

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An OverBed Table System Improves Quality of Life

An OverBed Table System Improves Quality of Life

 

 

 

So many times after our loved ones return home from the hospital, it becomes obvious how inconvenient and dangerous our homes can be when we care for them. 

An overbed table is a terrific convenience both for people who must or who simply like to spend long amounts of time in bed.
An overbed table provides more support, stability and surface room than a bed tray and can be adjusted to accommodate the height of your bed’s mattress with a base that slides under your bed along the floor for a close fit.

A hospital overbed table is made specifically for use with a hospital style bed, but it’s important to measure the model you’re considering and your bed, checking clearance under the frame—many overbed table styles may fit even a hospital bed.

The features most important to you depend on the types of activities you want to accomplish in bed. An overbed desk tray table with a flat surface is great for writing, eating or playing cards, to name just a few activities. Reading is often easier with a tilt table—the tilt top overbed table surface enables you to angle your newspaper or book at the best level for your comfort. Some overbed tables offer part fixed and part tilting surfaces.

The finishes, colors and textures now available in overbed table designs means your choice of overbed table can have more of the look of a piece of furniture than a medical accessory.

 

 

 

Choosing an Overbed Table

 

 

These are some of the most popular features available to help you narrow down your selection:

 

  • An easy to clean top that’s roomy enough for the activities you’d like to engage in.
  • Adjustable table height to accommodate the height of your mattress. Some overbed tables can be adjusted for use while you’re sitting in a chair, including a wheelchair, as well as in bed.
  • The adjustment mechanism should be easily to use and lock into place.
  • An adjustable pivot and tilt arm allows you to position the work surface to the height, angle and tilt best for your task, providing you with more versatility.
  • With overbed tables that offer tilt positions, you might want to look for a style with a lip along the lower edge for holding your book, newspaper or a pad and pen.
  • Take note of the weight limit that the tabletop surface can handle—usually between 40 and 50 pounds. Standard overbed tables are not meant to provide support when getting up and down.
  • Standard C-shaped or U-shaped bases have about 24″ of space between the legs to slide under chairs as well as your bed. Wheel casters offer for easy maneuverability over all floor surfaces. Locking casters on the base of the overbed table mean that the table will stay put once you position it.

 

 

Recommended Overbed Table

 

There are many choices of overbed tables, and I found one in particular that I really like:

 

 

 

 

The atHand Overbed Table System is a very modern and feature-rich version of an overbed table.

Usually in a hospital or a nursing home you’ll see standard overbed tables, but they’re very basic; they’re meant just as a place for the food tray or maybe some personal items, and they very easily get cluttered.  Also, with the standard overbed table, you’re still left needing other things that the table doesn’t help with.

The atHand Overbed Table System was designed to incorporate all of the things that people feel they need and would like close-by if they have limited mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

They did a lot of focus groups to find out what those items were, and that is why the table includes power and USB ports.

 

 

 

 

It also has integrated lighting that is adjustable in brightness as well as where you place it on the table.

 

 

 

 

The  atHand Table is height-adjustable, but it also angles in toward the user, so you can really get it up close to you if you’re writing or working on a laptop.

 

 

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In addition to all of those features, there are storage compartments, because that way you can still have all of your things, but they’re neatly organized and they’re not on the tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also some great optional accessories for the atHand Table, like a special cup holder that keeps the drink close by, but off the table. There is also a bin for tissues, which is something everybody has near their bedside, but the box takes up a lot of room on the tray table. You can also purchase  a trashcan because it helps with infection control to have the trash in a separate place, but, close by.

 

 

 

 

The other thing is it’s a very nice looking overbed table system. I have to tell you, it’s a lovely piece of work. I wouldn’t mind having this in my bedroom.

According to the company’s focus groups, something that came out loud and clear was, if I’m out of the hospital, I don’t want to be reminded of when I was in the hospital

That’s why they chose darker, richer colors because those are something that you’re not going to see in a facility. It does have a homier look.

 

 

 

 

For caregivers, the atHand Overbed Table System makes their life a lot easier; the power outlets in particular because older homes have fewer outlets and most of the time they’re going to be lower to the floor or behind furniture. There is one power cord that attaches to the wall, which then powers the table with four, 120-volt outlets, and four USB ports. 

 

 

I’ve heard stories of caregivers that have kind of pieced things like this together. They have a power strip looped over the headboard and a TV tray table next to the bed.

 Peace of mind is everything for family caregivers. I think that the biggest challenge, when you’re at work or away from your loved one, is they could fall out of bed reaching for something, or just have to make moves that aren’t appropriate for them.

Caregivers often feel bad that they can’t always be there for their loved one because they’re probably managing a career and children of their own, and don’t have as much time as they would like to be with their loved one.

So, if this product can help give the caregiver peace of mind, knowing that their loved one has everything they need to last them through the day, then that goes directly to the purpose that an overbed system should have.

And of course, for those in bed, it’s a terrific aid to independence, allowing them to do simple things without having to rely on a caregiver.

 

 

You can see this manufacturer really researched to try to come up with a way to fit everything within reach.

And you don’t have to actually be in a bed to use it, because the tray table angles toward the user.

 

 

 

You can use it next to a recliner, even if it’s one of the larger ones where the tray table may not fit underneath the chair.

 

 

 

 

If you have it alongside the chair and the tray table angled in, it still fits nice and close so you can use the tray table as a desk or for whatever you need.

 

 

 

Video: Demonstrating the AtHand Overbed System

 

 

 

The atHand Table is manufactured in the Cleveland area, but sells nationally on Amazon .

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

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MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

 

 

 

Why Use a Steam Inhaler?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion. Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

 

How Does MyPurMist Work?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

 

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion.

 

Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

MyPurMist has harnessed the natural, therapeutic power of steam in a handheld device that is easy to use.

MyPurMist reinvents steam therapy utilizing breakthrough patented “CFV” hospital technology, setting  a new standard for safety, convenience, speed, and ease of use. It provides fast natural relief for people suffering from sinus congestion, colds, or allergies.

Steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. This provides direct and maximum humidity where you need it (and nowhere else).

Additionally, MyPurMist has temperature controls that allow you to decide how warm you want your mist to be. The temperature range of MyPurMist is a comfortable 100-115F, which will not burn you even at the highest setting. The best way to see that there is enough steam is to turn on MyPurMist with the mask on and see if the mask clouds up within 2-3 seconds.

 

 

Who Does MyPurMist Help?

 

MyPurMist relieves the inflammation and congestion of your sinuses, alleviates mucous membrane dryness; and helps keep nasal passages moist and clean.

 

 

MyPurMist can provide symptomatic relief for:

 

  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Laryngitis
  • Nasal, sinus and chest congestion
  • Coughs
  • Parched throat
  • Lessening mucus production
  • Discomfort from sore throat
  • Headache pain

 

 

How to Use MyPurMist

 

Using the MyPurMist is very simple: you just add water to the little cup, turn it on, and when the steam starts coming out immediately, you put the mask to your face and breathe it in. It’s very easy.

The cup is pretty tiny – it’s practically a shot glass – but you may be surprised to see how much steam the MyPurMist puts out and for how long.

On one little shot of water, it runs for almost 30 minutes, and then stays on another 10 minutes to clean and dry itself out.

 

I’ve been doing steam therapy for over a year now, with a number of different products, and the first thing I noticed when I began breathing the steam was how efficient it is. By that I mean, you breathe in and you’re actually able to feel a lot of water vapor going into your lungs.

Interestingly, despite the amount of water, it’s not super hot like you get if you put your face too close to a different model of facial steamer. Reading the manual, I found out this is because it uses something called CVF, or Capillary Force Vaporizer, technology.

MyPurMist vaporizes the water without boiling it, so you don’t have to deal with hot steam burning your face. I will say that the face mask can get a little hot, but not unbearably so.

 

You can use MyPurMist as often, or as long, as you like since it is 100% natural.

A full water reservoir provides approximately 20-25 minutes of use. One idea is to use MyPurMist for 10-15 minutes just before sleeping for more restful sleep.

For most optimal results the manufacturer recommends using MyPurMist once in the morning and once before bed for 10-15 minutes each.

Try different durations to see what is most optimal for you. Generally speaking using MyPurMist more often will provide you the consistent benefits of humidification.

 

 

Getting Started With MyPurMist

 

For the First Use or After a Long Period of Storage (No water in the reservoir):

 

  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device.

 

For Subsequent Uses:

 

  • Pour MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water till the fill line

  • Turn on device right away
  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device

 

 

The MyPurMist device has two primary indicators of operation.

 

Red light:

The steady red light is an indicator for “water out” or when the timer has run a full cycle. However, at times a red light may come prematurely. In such cases the water level may need to be adjusted or the device needs to be reset. The flashing red light means you will have to wait 30 seconds for the unit to come back on (it’s cooling down). This is the top light.

 

Blue light:

The 4 blue lights are indicators of your selected temperature and that the unit is turned ON.

 

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water is available in convenient 12 oz. bottles.  MyPurMist uses only 1 oz. of water to generate approximately 25 minutes of very fine soothing steam so the cost of using MyPurFill is less than 10 cents per average daily use.

Distilled water is also appropriate to use in MyPurMist.  The manufacturer recommends using either MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water only.

Using any additives in the water reservoir, any other liquid or water with minerals (e.g. bottled, purified or boiled water) will damage the device and will void the warranty.

 

 

MyPurMist ScentPads

MyPurMist ScentPad Eucalyptus and Peppermint, 8 reservoirs - (Pack of 4)

You can also purchase MyPurMist ScentPads, which are designed to work with the MyPurMist steam to release soothing aromatic Eucalyptus and fresh Peppermint vapors for non-medicated comfort and a peaceful night’s rest.

Each MyPurMist ScentPad has 8 reservoirs of 100% natural essential oil that are uniquely designed to work with the steam from MyPurMist. 50% Eucalyptus, 50% Peppermint; Double distilled essential oils.

One reservoir may be used multiple times in the course of a day.

 

 

Cleaning MyPurMist is Simple

 

The manufacturer suggests wiping down the outside of the product with a dry cloth before storing for longer periods of time. If the outside of your MyPurMist gets dirty, use a warm damp cloth dipped in soapy water to gently wipe the outside of the unit, but do not submerge the MyPurMist in water.

Be sure to drain all of the water out of your MyPurMist and wait until it has run through the automatic drying cycle before storing. This helps to prevent mold growth on the inside of the unit.

 

MyPurMist Replacement Masks for Adults and Children

 

To prevent germs from spreading, wipe masks down with warm soapy water and dry before storing. Everyone that uses MyPurMist have his or her own mask.

 

MyPurMist Adult Replacement Mask, 1 ea

 

Adult and Child MyPurMist  Additional/Replacement Masks are available at Amazon.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you are looking for the therapeutic effects of breathing steam, and want the convenience of something portable and handheld, I don’t think there is a better personal steam vaporizer than the MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Pros:

  • All natural relief for respiratory and nasal congestion
  • Lightweight, handheld, portable design lets you use it comfortably anywhere
  • Unique CVF technology delivers a lot of steam from a little water, without boiling or getting too hot
  • Face mask delivers steam directly to your mouth and nose
  • Self-cleaning
  • Safe for anyone to use several times a day

 

Cons

  • Needs to be plugged in, so not fully portable

 

 

 

Consumer Reviews of MyPurMist

 

For more opinions, there are over 1,120 consumer reviews on Amazon, and 240 answered questions.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

 

 

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis.

The effects of Parkinson’s disease also present an unpredictable course and caregivers must continually seek solutions and a positive direction for the care they provide.

 

Barbara’s Advice

 

Barbara has been caring for her husband for over 10 years.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and she has remained steadfast with his care at home.

Through the years, she has been creative in developing practical ideas that save time, require less energy and reduce stress.

Most importantly, employment of these concepts has enabled her to maintain the dignity and independence of her husband:

 

 

 

Start Planning in the Early Stages

 

In the early stages of her husband’s disease, Barbara made an appointment for occupational and physical therapy consultations along with a home environment assessment.

This decision helped her to begin planning for the physical care and necessary home modifications to support her husband’s needs.

She offers these additional ideas for caregivers to customize their caregiving procedures as needs arise:

 

 

Mobility Aids/Furniture:

 

Wheelchairs — consider two separate chairs; one to use for indoor mobility and at the kitchen table (can be locked in place), and one to use for outings to the mall or family gatherings.

 

 

 

 

Walker — the best investment has been a four-wheeled walker with balloon tires, hand brakes and a padded seat. It glides over the ground and uneven surfaces and was paid for by Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

 

 

 

Recliner — add a wooden base to the chair to raise the height six to 10 inches. This makes it easier for the care receiver to get in and out of the chair alone.

 

 

Electric or Power lift chairs are another option and may be partially paid for by Medicare.

 

 

 

Bathroom Safety:

 

Install grab bars in several wall locations and a safety handle on the edge of the bathtub. Be sure to drill the bars into a wall stud for maximum hold and safety.

 

 

 

Remove the toilet seat and place a commode frame with arm rests over the toilet or purchase an elevated toilet seat with raised arms.

 

 

For sanitary purposes, keep flushable wet wipes available for use after toileting. Wipes can also be used to clean bathroom fixtures.

 

 

 

Add a non-skid bath mat, a bath bench and a handheld shower head to allow the care receiver to assist with their own shower.

 

 

 

For grooming, use an electric razor and an electric toothbrush to encourage self-care.

 

 

 

 

 

Incontinence Products:

 

Use incontinent pads and adult briefs in layers as needed for full protection against wetting through.

 

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Clothes or Furniture:

 

Washable sheet protectors and chair pads can be used to save on constant laundering. For full protection, layer several pads on the bed or chair.

 

 

 

Floor Safety:

 

Use a Swiffer-type dry and wet mop on the floors for easier cleaning.

Do not use throw rugs, but if the floor surface is slippery, use a short-napped rug with a rubber backing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Safety:

Purchase a whistle and place it around the care receiver’s neck. This can be used to call for help, especially if the caregiver has a hearing deficit.

Place another whistle near the bed or toilet if needed.

 

 

 

 

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) like GreatCall can be rented monthly to summon help when the caregiver is out of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm systems can be installed at exit doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or falling.

Alarm systems can be installed at exit doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or falling.

 

 

Transfer or gait belts can be used to keep the care receiver secure in the chair when the caregiver has to leave the room.

It can also be used to assist in safely helping the care receiver out of bed or a chair.

 

 

 

 

Mealtime Options:

Canvas aprons can be purchased at craft stores. Cut the ties off and replace with elastic on the top to enable the care receiver to put it on without help. Vinyl or quilted bibs/aprons can also be purchased from medical supply companies. Place the bottom half of the apron underneath the plate for neater mealtimes.

Use cups or glasses with lids and straw holes to prevent spilling. A two-handled cup with a spouted lid can also be kept by the bedside.

 

 

 

If the care receiver has tremors, buy shallow soup bowls and edge guards for plates to keep the food contained.

Purchase utensils with weighted, built-up or angled handles to help hands remain steady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Ideas:

 

Car seats made of leather are easier to access and to clean.

Consider purchasing a swivel seat cushion to ease car transfers.

 

Pivot Disc

Some older adults can stand up from a wheelchair, but can’t turn around to sit in the car. This disc saves you from injuring your back or shoulders while helping them turn around.

With this pivot disc, your senior stands on the disc and you can slowly turn them so their back faces the car seat and they can sit down.

 

 

Purchase a handicapped vehicle parking permit  through the driver’s license bureau and have it authorized by the physician. Use the permit at any handicapped parking zone or at any meter in the city.

Pack a car tote bag. Include a package of wet wipes, bibs, a change of clothing, incontinent pads, plastic garbage bags, and water.

Eat in the car and park near a scenic area to enjoy the meal and the view if dining in a restaurant becomes too difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Solutions:

 

Consider the need for an electric hospital bed with a trapeze for movement and increased independence. This can be rented monthly through Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

Try nylon or silk pajamas for ease in turning in bed.  Use a bed guardrail for safety and support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing for Success:

 

Velcro Hush Puppy shoes are easier for the care receiver to put on and take off. Turn a lace-up shoe into a slip-on shoe with elastic shoelaces.

Purchase pull on boots with zippers for winter.

Use a long-handled shoe horn with a spring hinge.

The care receiver will have warmer feet and avoid falling by wearing slipper socks with rubber treads over regular socks. Thin stockings vs. cushioned sole socks are better on carpeted surfaces.

Sport pants and elastic waistbands ease dressing woes for the caregiver and care receiver.

 

 

 

 

Visual Cues:

 

Magnifying sheets, magnifying glasses, large wall clocks, talking watches and natural spectrum lamps help those with impaired vision and encourage independence.

Enriching Activities:

Review photo albums and old greeting cards.

Read the comics.

Listen to music and books on tape.

Enjoy walks in the park when able.

Create a memory box filled with past treasures or items that encourage reminiscence.

Display things around the home that bring joy such as family photos, children’s art work, and holiday decorations. This display also helps with time or seasonal orientation.

Consider attending a Parkinson’s disease support group together.

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

As one can see, revising care procedures and modifying your home can promote successful caregiving. In addition, these ideas will uphold the dignity and independence of the care receiver. Learn from others who have walked in your shoes and set your sails for a new direction in providing care for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Based on an article by Kristine Dwyer and Barbara Churchill

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

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