Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!

Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!

 

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You can help stop this from happening!

 

Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year.

Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, but you can drastically reduce the chances of this happening to your loved one.

 

 

 

Why are Seniors at a High Risk of Falling?

 

Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people:

 

Lack of Physical Activity
Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased bone mass, loss of balance, and reduced flexibility.

 

Impaired Vision

This includes age-related vision diseases, as well as not wearing glasses that have been prescribed.  See Help For Low Vision


Medications

Sedatives, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs, plus taking multiple medications are all implicated in increasing risk of falling.

 

Diseases

Health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis cause weakness in the extremities, poor grip strength, balance disorders and cognitive impairment.

 

Surgeries

Hip replacements and other surgeries leave an elderly person weak, in pain and discomfort and less mobile than they were before the surgery.

 

Environmental Hazards

One third of all falls in the elderly population involve hazards at home. Factors include: poor lighting, loose carpets and lack of safety equipment.

However, falls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls can be prevented, by making the home safer and using products that help keep seniors more stable and less likely to fall.

 

 

Preventing Falls in an Elderly Person’s Home

 

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Caregivers can do several things to make the home safer for their senior mom or dad, and avoid those emergency room visits.

 

  • Install safety bars, grab bars or handrails in the shower or bath.

 

 

 

  • Install at least one stairway handrail that extends beyond the first and last steps.

 

  • Make sure stairs are sturdy with strong hand railings.

 

 

  • Make sure rugs, including those on stairs, are tacked to the floor.

 

  • Remove loose throw rugs.

 

  • Avoid clutter. Remove any furniture that is not needed. All remaining furniture should be stable and without sharp corners, to minimize the effects of a fall.

 

  • Change the location of furniture, so that your elderly parent can hold on to something as they move around the house.

 

  • Do not have electrical cords trailing across the floor. Have additional base plugs installed so long cords are not necessary.

 

  • Have your parent wear non-slip shoes or slippers, rather than walking around in stocking feet.

 

I like these slip resistant self adhesive shoe sole pads, which work on men or women’s shoes or slippers.

Slip Resistant Sole Adhesives

 

 

 

  • Keep frequently used items in easy-to-reach cabinets.

 

  • Keep the water heater thermostat set at 120 degrees F, or lower, to avoid scalding and burns.

 

  • Wipe up spills and remove broken glass immediately.

 

  • Use a grasping tool to get at out-of-reach items, rather than a chair or stepladder.

 

 

Unger Professional 36-Inch Nifty Nabber

 

 

 

Tools and Equipment to Increase Safety

 

 

Smart Bed and Chair Alarm with Sensor Pad, 1 Monitor
Smart Bed and Chair Alarm with Sensor Pad

Consider Monitors and Sensor Pads

 

Sensors work well for the bed, chair, or toilet. The pads electronically detect the absence of pressure, which in turn sends an electronic signal to the monitor setting off an alarm.

Used on a bed, the pressure pads can be under or on top of the mattress. They are very thin, so they do not disturb sleeping and are plugged into the monitor via a telephone type line. Chair and toilet sensors work in the same way.

 

Floor Pressure Sensor Mat by Vive - Includes Alarm & Non-Slip Pressure Sensor Pad - Best Long Term Monitor For Elderly, Seniors, or Bedridden - Medical Fall Alert System - 1 Year Warranty
Floor Pressure Sensor Mat

 

 

 

There are also pad monitors, like this Floor Pressure Sensor Mat, that detect and sound an alarm if a person steps on the pad (detects pressure).

This type of pad can be used beside the bed, in a hallway or in front of a chair while the person is seated.

 

 

 

 

Drive Medical Tri-Fold Bedside Mat

 

Lay Down Some Fall Mats

 

Fall mats are used in areas where a person could be injured from a fall on a hard floor such as the side of a bed, by a toilet or in front of a chair.

They are cushioned floor mats of various sizes 1-inch or 2-inches thick with beveled edges. They cushion the fall and prevent injuries.

 

 

 

 

Install Grab Bars

 

Grab bars provide extra stability and assistance during transfers. They are typically installed in areas where a senior may need something to hold on to for added balance. Bathrooms are a common location for grab bars, since they can help seniors sit down and get up from the toilet and enter and exit the bathtub or shower safely.

 

Further reading and examples:

All About Grab Bars and Hand Rails for Safety

 

 

Moen Transfer Bench

 

 

Use a Shower Chair and/or Transfer Bench

 

When getting in and out of the tub, transfer benches provide stability and help the caregiver get the elderly seniors in and out of the tub safely, without injuring the elderly person or the caregiver.

 

 

 

Tool-free Spa Bath Tub Bathtub Shower Chair Seat Bench with Back

 

 

When getting in and out of the tub, transfer benches provide stability and help the caregiver get the elderly seniors in and out of the tub safely, without injuring the elderly person or the caregiver.

 

Further reading:

Shower Chair and Bath Bench Buying Guide

 

 

 

Anti-Slip Mats

 

Gorilla Grip Bath/Shower Mat – Machine Washable

Install anti-slip mats on the bath tub or shower floor. The hard rubber material prevents the elderly person from slipping and provides stability.

This Gorilla Grip Bath and Shower Mat features excellent gripping and fits any size bathtub.

You can also throw in your washing machine!  Wash on cold with gentle detergent (no bleach), and air dry.

Note that while the Gorilla Grip mat features hundreds of suction cups, textured and tiled floors do not allow for the suction cup to properly adhere to your surface, so this mat is recommend for smooth surfaces only. 

 

Jobar Shower Mat – Adheres to Tiled and Textured Shower Floors

 

 

 

 

For showers, I recommend this Jobar Fast-Drying Bath/Shower Rug. 

It adheres really well to tile and textured shower flooring, and customers have washed it successfully in the washing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Medical Aluminum Rollator Walker Fold Up and Removable Back Support, Padded Seat, 8″ Casters

 

Canes and Walkers

 

Canes and walkers help seniors feel steady on their feet. Make sure the mobility device you choose is the correct height for your elderly parent, and has rubber tip or other traction on the bottom, for safety.

 

Further reading:

How to Choose the Right Walking Cane

Choosing the Right Medical Walker

 

 

 

 

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Sorel Women’s Tremblant Moc-266 Slipper

 

Socks, Shoes and Slippers

 

Wearing properly fitted, low-heeled, non-slip footwear for walking and transferring provides traction and is much safer than going barefoot or wearing normal socks.

 

 

 

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ACORN Men’s Moc Slipper

 

Many socks and shoes are available with non-skid treads on the bottom to reduce slipping accidents. These Unisex Hospital and Homecare Socks pictured above are a good choice.  You also can find a wide variety of non-slip socks on Amazon.

 

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For more safe shoe and slipper tips, read:  

Practical Shoes for the Elderly

Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet

 

 

Drive Medical Full Body Patient Lift Sling

 

 

Lift Slings and Patient Body Lifts

 

Lift slings are used in conjunction with several caregivers or a body lift to move an elderly person who is unable to move themselves from bed to a wheelchair or chair.

There are 3 common reasons that caregivers may need a lift: if the elderly parent is too heavy to be transferred without assistance; to prevent injury to the caregiver; and to prevent the elderly person from injury or falling. 

 

 

Invacare 9805P Personal Hydraulic Patient Body Lift
Invacare 9805P Personal Hydraulic Patient Body Lift

Further Reading:

Patient Lifts and Slings for Safety and Comfort

 

 

 

Recommended Reading:

How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris, 3rd Edition

How to Care for Aging Parents, a One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial Housing, and Emotional Issues, is considered “the bible of eldercare”.  It is a clear, comforting source of advice for those who care for an elderly parent, relative, or friend.

This book is in it’s third edition, and fully updated with the most recent medical findings and recommendations. 

Read reviews.

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided some practical ideas for preventing seniors falls.  I also recommend reading the posts linked below on the right lighting and practical shoes for the elderly.

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

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Shower Chair and Bath Bench Buying Guide

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Choosing the Right Personal Medical Alert System

Should You Install Bed Rails?

Patient Lifts and Slings for Safety and Comfort

Caregivers Can Reduce the Risks from Heavy Lifting

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How to Choose the Right Walking Cane

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Choose Green Cleaners For Better Health

 

 

Choose Green Cleaners For Better Health

 

 

We buy a myriad of cleaning products to clean and disinfect our homes, believing we’re creating a safer, more sanitary, and more comfortable living environment for ourselves and our families.

But did you know that some of the chemical ingredients commonly used in these household cleaning products have been linked to both short term issues like headaches and skin irritation, as well as longer term health problems including asthma and cancer?

Even if you don’t notice the impacts right away, remember that many of those cleaning products that go down the drain (e.g. toilet, sink and shower cleaners) end up back in our drinking water in trace amounts.

These chemicals may make household cleaning quicker and easier, but they are not good for our health or the health of the planet.

 

 

Household Cleaning Products May Do More Harm Than Good

 

In this age of super-consumption, marketers have trained us to seek out the brands that that deliver superlative benefits over the competitors…”the tightest ship in the shipping industry”, “the ultimate driving machine”, “the greatest show on earth”, “the best a man can get”.   We purchase these items thinking we are getting the most for our money, which will better our lives in some way. Sometimes more is not more. Consider household cleaning products.

 

“Industrial strength” is one marketing-infused brand attribute that suggests cleaning products will make our homes cleaner and that the job will be done faster, or cheaper, or all of the above. “Industrial strength” tells us the cleaning product is so strong that it really doesn’t belong in our homes. As consumers we are driven to want such products simply because we’re technically not supposed to have them! At least according to the marketers.

 

 

The truth is many ingredients in the common household cleaning products we’ve grown to trust are harmful to our health. As consumers why would we want such products around us, our families or our pets? The problem is, most consumers aren’t aware of the hidden dangers these popular cleaning products present to our health. Nor are they aware how pervasive these health threats are. 

 

 

Who Is At Risk?

 

Most products bear the warning “Keep Out of Reach of Children” in bold type on the label. As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. Consider though that the most common methods of exposure are through the skin and respiratory tract. Children are frequently in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor. Children, especially infants and toddlers, frequently put their fingers in their mouths and noses, increasing risks for exposure. 

When infants eat solid food, how common is it that the food is placed directly on a high chair tray that has just been wiped down with a household cleaner or dish detergent? Another factor is that, pound for pound, children’s exposure levels are higher than adults’ because, although the amount of chemicals in an exposure remains equal, children’s bodies are smaller so the concentration is stronger, essentially.  Also, their immune systems are still developing.  

 

Thus, children are probably the highest risk population for chemical exposures through cleaning products. For many of these same reasons, pets may also be at risk. Other populations with a pronounced risk are breast cancer victims, the elderly, asthma and allergy sufferers and those with compromised immune systems.

 

 

Repeated Exposure

 

You may be thinking that the diluted aspect of off-the-shelf cleaning products reduces or altogether eliminates the threat of getting sick from your floor polish, window cleaner or air freshener. However many of the toxins found in these products (and so many other cleaning products) are bioaccumulative, meaning the chemicals do not purge easily from the body and over time even mild exposures can add up to toxic levels. In fact, a medical study recently conducted in Iowa suggests a correlation between certain occupations and bladder cancer. One of those occupations was cleaning services. These products are used repeatedly and routinely in the home to maintain cleanliness, increasing the chances for bioaccumulation of chemicals in the body.

 

 

 

 

What’s Lurking Under YOUR Kitchen Sink?

 

Research points to the toxic effects of not only active but also inactive ingredients – hazards that can affect the central nervous system, reproductive systems and other vital bodily systems. 

Consumers often don’t have the time or know where to go to find important information about the products they use. To make matters worse, the information is often presented in highly scientific language that may be difficult to interpret. 

 

 

But there are a growing number of consumer-friendly resources that can help us sort through all of this information and understand what we need to know to make the best possible choices for our families with regard to household cleaners, disinfectants and polishes.

 

For starters, the three essential categories into which most of the hazardous ingredients in household cleaning products fall are:

 

  • Carcinogens– Carcinogens cause cancer and/or promote cancer’s growth.

 

  • Endocrine disruptors – Endocrine disruptors mimic human hormones, confusing the body with false signals.  Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to numerous health concerns including reproductive, developmental, growth and behavior problems. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to reduced fertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual problems, challenged immune systems, abnormal prostate size, ADHD, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.

 

  • Neurotoxins – Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect

 

 

 Look At Product Labels

 

It can be cumbersome and time-consuming to research all of the ingredients in the cleaning products under the kitchen sink.  In general however, product warning labels can be a useful first line of defense. 

Cleaning products are required by law to include label warnings if harmful ingredients are included. 

 

From safest to most dangerous, the warning signals are:

 

Signal Word Toxicity if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin*
Caution One ounce to a pint may be harmful or fatal
Warning One teaspoon to one ounce may be harmful or fatal
Danger One taste to one teaspoon is fatal

 *for a 180-pound male

 

Even products with a cautionary label, it should be pointed out, may present health risks if used improperly or with repeated exposures over time. Good ventilation and skin barriers are very important when using any over-the-counter cleaning product. 

 

 

 

Chemical Groups to Watch Out For

 

We are exposed to countless chemical ingredients in daily life that may be harmful to our health – too numerous to outline here.  

 

 

You should know of some general categories of chemicals that should be avoided, however:

 

 

 Pesticides. One of the most counter-intuitive health threats is that of products that disinfect. Common sense tells us that killing household germs protects our health. However disinfectants are pesticides, and the ingredients in pesticides often include carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Pesticides are fat-soluble, making them difficult to eliminate from the body once ingested. Pesticides, including disinfectants, may also include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs).

 

APEs. APEs act as surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of liquids and help cleaning solutions spread more easily over the surface to be cleaned and penetrate solids.  APEs are found in detergents, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners and laundry cleansers.  They are also found in many self-care items including spermicides, sanitary towels and disposable diapers.  APEs are endocrine disruptors.

 

 

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly known as a preservative. Many people do not know that it is also a germicide, bactericide and fungicide, among other functions. Formaldehyde is found in household cleaners and disinfectants. It is also present in nail polish and other personal care products. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.

 

 

Organochlorines. Organochlorines result from the combination of hydrogen and carbon. Some types are highly deadly, such as DDT. OCs are bioaccumulative and also highly persistent in the environment. OCs are present in pesticides, detergents, de-greasers and bleaches. OCs are also present in drycleaning fluids. OCs are carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

 

Styrene. Styrene is a naturally occurring substance derived from the styrax tree. Styrene is most commonly used in the manufacture of numerous plastics including plastic food wrap, insulated cups, carpet backing and PVC piping. Styrene is also found in floor waxes and polishes and metal cleaners. Styrene is a known carcinogen as well as an endocrine disruptor. Exposure may affect the central nervous system, liver and reproductive system.

 

 Phthalates. Phthalates are most commonly used in the manufacture of plastics. Phthalates are also used as carriers for perfumes and air fresheners and as skin penetration enhancers for products such as moisturizers. These chemicals are classified as inert and as such no product-labeling requirements exist for phthalates. They are endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens. Phthalates are known to cause hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disorders, birth defects and reproductive problems. 

 

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases suspending themselves in the air. VOCs include an array of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects, and are present in perfumes, air fresheners, disinfectants and deodorizers. VOCs commonly include propane, butane, ethanol, phthalates and/or formaldehyde. These compounds pose a variety of human health hazards and collectively are thought to be reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, liver toxins and carcinogens.

 

 

The Worst Offenders:

 

Over the past few years there has been a push for greater transparency in ingredient labeling on household cleaning products. Yet, many of the most toxic chemicals are still commonly used in conventional household cleaners. A few of the worst offenders to watch out for on ingredient labels include:

 

  • Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, Methanol, and Ethylbenzene are chemicals commonly used in disinfectants, tub and tile cleaners, and toilet cleaners. These compounds have been linked to nerve system damage, memory loss, reproductive system damage, and an increased risk of several types of cancer.
  • Bleach is a common ingredient in cleaning products, and many people buy them, believing it is necessary to get household items their absolute cleanest and whitest. But bleach is one of the most potentially dangerous and reactive substances around! When mixed with ammonia and acids it forms toxic gases that are highly irritating to the eyes and lungs.
  • Formaldehyde is used in air fresheners, antibacterial detergents, and carpet cleaners, and is a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, in humans.
  • Fragrance is a general term that can mask the presence of allergens and known hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates.

 

 

2-butoxyethanol

 

 

To demonstrate an idea of how pervasive these substances can be under your kitchen sink, 2-butoxyethanol is a good example.

Although the signal word for this chemical is “Danger!”, it is found in no less than 108 household cleaning products as well as countless auto, hobby/craft and exterior home maintenance products, according to Household Products Database from the National Library of Medicine.

 

Synonyms for this chemical include butoxyethanol; butyl cellosolve; ethanol, 2-butoxy-; ethylene glycol mono-n-butyl ether (EGBE); ethylene glycol monobutyl ether; monobutyl ethylene glycol ether; n-Butoxyethanol. This chemical is an organic solvent, and a raw material used in the production of phthalates.

 

According to the Material Safety Data Sheet from one leading trigger spray cleaner degreaser, exposure to this chemical is reportedly associated with chronic blood and bone marrow damage. It affects the central nervous system, blood and blood-forming organs, kidneys, liver and lymphoid system. It is an eye and skin irritant. 

Exposure is generally through the lungs, skin, and mouth with 75% of total exposure attributable to the skin. Even vapors from this chemical can be absorbed by the skin. Under existing EPA guidelines, this chemical is considered a neurotoxin and a possible human carcinogen and has been found to cause cancer in animal testing. Symptoms of exposure to 2-butoxyethanol include central nervous depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and prominent headache. 

 

To avoid unnecessary exposure to this chemical, use rubber gloves when cleaning with products containing 2-butoxyethanol, ventilate the work area well and/or mask the mouth and nose appropriately. More favorably, avoid products containing this ingredient. 

It is important to stress that even products that may be perceived as healthy because their names include the words “green”, “citrus”, “lemon” or “orange” may contain this ingredient. The best advice is to read the ingredient label rather than trust the product name or marketing language.

 

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Another harmful ingredient to watch out for is monoethanolamine, also known as MEA.

Other synonyms for this chemical are Ethanolamine; Ethanol, 2-amino-; 2-Aminoethanol; 2-Hydroxyethanamine.

 

This chemical is a surfactant and an emulsifier and can be found in nearly 50 household cleaning products including floor cleaners, tile and grout cleaners, degreasers, stainless steel cleaners and laundry detergents.

Additionally, this is found in 100 personal care products listed in the Household Products Database, especially consumer hair coloring products. MEA is also an antihistamine found in several popular over the counter drugs, the sedating powers of which are stronger than many barbiturates. 

As a cleansing ingredient, MEA is highly corrosive to the skin, potentially even causing bleeding to the exposed area. Inhalation may cause asthma attacks or damage the respiratory tract or lungs. MEA is potentially a neurotoxin. 

Repeated exposure to MEA can damage the liver and kidneys and has proven toxic in animal lab tests. One leading global chemical company admits the body of available research is insufficient to fully determine the health risks for humans.

 

 

Symptoms of Exposure

 

Symptoms of exposure to these types of substances include headache, backache, stiff joints, nausea, diarrhea, asthma or allergy attacks, dizziness, memory loss, stuttering, premature puberty, low sperm count, reduced motor skills, sudden mood swings, dyslexia, ADHD, anti-social behavior/autism and birth defects, among others.


 

Making Healthier Choices In Your Home

 

It is truly amazing that all these harmful ingredients are present in products that are supposed to improve our quality of life. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, household cleaners are the only household products for which manufacturers are NOT required to list all ingredients. 

Certain ingredients (such as fragrances) are considered trade secrets and government regulations are designed to protect proprietary information. Without full disclosure, consumers can unknowingly submit themselves and their families to unhealthy exposures to these chemicals.

 

The safest course of action a consumer can take is to inform him or herself. Here are some suggestions:

 

  • Read product labels. Don’t use products with a signal word stronger than “Caution”. 
  • Research the chemicals listed on product labels through the Household Products Database, the Cosmetics Database, Toxnet and Scorecard (see inset for web addresses). 
  • Avoid products with fragrances. A clean home should smell like nothing at all.
  • Use homemade cleaning solutions made from good, old-fashioned common ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, lemon juice and borax.
  • Find and purchase cleaning solutions that bear the Green Seal logo. Green Seal certifies cleaning products to be effective at cleaning yet safer for human health and the environment
  • Interview cleaning services and hire one that is Green Clean Certified.

 

Taking a greener approach to cleaning can help you and your loved ones feel better physically. But you’ll probably also feel better mentally, knowing you are creating a safer environment for yourself, your family and your pets.

 

Useful Research Links:

 

         scorecard.org

         toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

         householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov

         cosmeticsdatabase.com

         checnet.org/healtheHouse/chemicals

         lowimpactliving.com

         heathyhouseinstitute.com

         greencleancertified.com

         greenseal.org

 

Although it may feel overwhelming to scan the ingredient label of every cleaning product you bring into your home, in the end, it’s not much different than reading food or cosmetics ingredient labels. The products we use on a regular basis, whether in or on our bodies or in our homes, can have a profound impact on our health.

Probably the easiest way to ensure your home cleaning products are safe is to look for natural products from trusted brands. There are a handful of brands committed to ingredient integrity, environmental sustainability, and developing cruelty-free products.

 

 

Keeping It Simple – Natural Cleaning Product Recommendations:

 

 

Seventh Generation is probably the most popular and widely available natural cleaning brand on the market. The company is committed to reducing the environmental impact of production, ensuring product safety, and enhancing sustainability. Their products are safe for people, pets, and the environment, and the company fully discloses all ingredients.

The company makes a popular line of general household cleaners, including All Purpose Cleaner, Glass and Surface Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, Tub and Tile Cleaner, and Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

For those with fragrance sensitivities, look for several of these products in unscented, or “free and clear” varieties.

They also make a line of disinfecting cleaners, including Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes, Multi-Surface Cleaner, and Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, and a line of specialty cleaners for Wood, Stainless Steel, and Granite and Stone.

 

 

 

Mrs. Meyer’s

Their Clean Day Counter Top Spray is available in  Honeysuckle, Geranium, Lavender, and Lemon Verbena scents.

All Purpose Cleaner – look for it in scents like Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Basil, and more.

Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub is tough on dirt and grime, but won’t scratch delicate surfaces.

Use it on bathroom tile, appliances, and even for pots and pans!

Lemon Verbena is the most popular scent, but the surface scrub also comes in Geranium, Lavender, and Honeysuckle.

 

 

 

Method produces several types of natural cleaners, each made with biodegradable, non-toxic, and naturally-derived substances.

Their packages are 100% recycled and recyclable, and their products are never tested on animals!

 

 

 

 

This is one company that is highly committed to sustainable production practices and ingredient integrity.

Look for their All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Wood Floor Cleaner, Furniture “Wood for Good” Polish, and Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

These cleaners come in pleasant fragrances like mint, almond, and citrus – no harsh fumes or artificial fragrances here!

 

 

 

 

 

BabyGanics is another great brand offering an extensive line of natural cleaners and bath/body care products.

The line was designed exclusively to be safe for the most sensitive populations, including pregnant women, infants, young children, and even pets.

All the company’s products are either fragrance free or naturally and delicately scented, with no toxic fumes or harsh residues.

 

Try their Multi Purpose Cleaner, All Purpose Surface Wipes, Toy and Highchair Cleaner, and Tub and Tile Cleaner.

 

 

 

 

Other Natural Cleaning Alternatives

 

Sometimes the purest, simplest, most effective, and most cost effective cleaners are items you probably already have already the house:

  • Lemon juice and vinegar are great for cleaning windows and cutting through grease, and vinegar is also useful for preventing mold formation.
  • Ordinary table salt (or sea salt) is great for scrubbing and scouring tough dirt and grime, and for helping to disinfect high traffic areas.

 

 

  • Baking soda is indispensable for natural household cleaning! It scrubs and scours, cleanses, deodorizes, and even helps unclog drains when mixed with vinegar.

 

 

 

 

 

Did I miss your favorite natural cleaner? Or perhaps you have a great cleaning tip to share. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

 

Recommended: 

The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier

 

 

 

 

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Managing Dementia Related Incontinence

 

Managing Dementia Related Incontinence

 

Dementia is a devastating disease that affects approximately 24 million people worldwide; its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, affects more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease slowly robs individuals of their memory, cognitive functioning, and eventually renders the person almost completely dependent upon others for their daily care. Though the causes are not completely understood, caregivers feel the strain of the disease daily as they help those affected with dementia to navigate the simplest of tasks such as getting dressed or eating meals.

 

 

 

Urinary and fecal incontinence can also be present in those who are affected with dementia. Though this loss in bodily functioning may be inevitable, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing to the patient and the caregiver.

 

 

Incontinence can be caused by a variety of issues, and it may help to understand some of those causes to help the household cope with it.

The National Association for Continence (nafc.org) relates that most people wait an average of seven years before seeking treatment. This delay in seeking help often exacerbates an already stressful situation for both patients and caregivers.

In its simplest form, urinary incontinence is when someone does not have complete control over when he or she urinates. It may appear due to several reasons, and to make certain which one it is, the patient should be examined by a physician as soon as possible.

 

Stress Incontinence

Women who have had a baby or two may understand this type of incontinence the best. A forceful sneeze or cough may cause urine leakage since the muscles in the pelvic region can be loosened by childbirth. Normally Kegel exercises (tightening and releasing the pelvic muscles several times per day) can provide some strengthening, although it may not work for all women.

 

Urge Incontinence 

The urge to urinate may develop suddenly, resulting in urine leakage. Many people who have this type of incontinence are not given ample warning to get to the bathroom in time before leakage occurs. It is fairly common in the elderly, although it can be a sign of a bladder or kidney infection. If an infection is causing the incontinence, antibiotics can generally clear up the condition within a short period of time.

 

Overflow Incontinence

This type of incontinence is more common in men than women and results from an overfull bladder that does not empty effectively. It results in urine leaking on almost a continual basis. A blockage in the urinary tract system is generally the cause, like an enlarged prostate or other obstruction. A physical exam is a must for this type of incontinence in order to accurately diagnose and treat the condition.

 

Functional Incontinence 

In this type of incontinence loss of bladder control is caused by other conditions. For example, the person who is arthritic and does not move well may develop incontinence due to their inability to get to the bathroom in time. As dementia develops over time, this type of incontinence may be more prevalent and possibly more frustrating to treat since the cause is a symptom of the underlying disease and not easily attributed to an infection or other issue.

 

Bowel Incontinence

This type of incontinence causes a great deal of distress for many persons with dementia and their caregivers. Bowel incontinence can be partial when only a small amount of liquid waste leaks before toileting. Complete incontinence results when the person is unable to control any aspect of the bowel movement.

 

 

 

Dementia Related Incontinence

 

A person with dementia is more likely to have accidents, problems with the toilet or incontinence than a person of the same age who doesn’t have dementia.

 

 

 

 

 

The reasons for this can include:

 

  • not being able to react quickly enough to the sensation of needing to use the toilet
  • failing to get to the toilet in time – for example, because of mobility problems
  • not being able to tell someone that they need to go to the toilet because of problems communicating
  • not being able to find, recognize, or use the toilet. If someone becomes confused about their surroundings, they may urinate in an inappropriate place (such as a wastepaper basket) because they have mistaken it for a toilet
  • not understanding a prompt from someone to use the toilet
  • not being able to, or forgetting how to, perform the activities of using the toilet, such as undoing clothing and personal hygiene
  • not letting others help with going to the toilet, perhaps due to embarrassment or not understanding an offer of help
  • not making any attempt to find the toilet – this could be due to depression or lack of motivation, or because the person is distracted
  • embarrassment after an accident, which the person unsuccessfully tries to deal with. This may lead to wet or soiled clothes or feces being put out of sight. For example, they may be wrapped up and put at the back of a drawer to be dealt with later, only to be forgotten about.

 

For some people, incontinence develops because messages between the brain and the bladder or bowel don’t work properly. This may mean people don’t recognize that they have a full bladder or bowel, or have the control needed to empty them. However, this is not a common cause of toilet problems and incontinence in people with dementia. It usually only occurs when the person’s dementia is more advanced.

 

 

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Things to Try

 

If you can find a reason for the accidents, it becomes easier to find an approach that will help prevent them in the future. If, despite your best efforts, you are not able to determine a specific reason, try the following strategies:

 

 

 

 

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Around the house

 

  • Make the toilet easy to find. Clearly mark the path on walls and/or floors; ensure that there are no obstacles; label bathroom doors with words or pictures or both. Use nightlights in dark areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Colored masking tape around the perimeter of a toilet or colored water may prevent accidental misses due to perceptual or visual losses.
  • See if the mirrors in the bathroom are a problem: she may feel like someone else is in the room.
  • Remove any obstacles in the way in the bathroom, for example, plants or wastepaper baskets, so he can get straight to the toilet.
  • Leave the door open to the bathroom when not in use.

 

 

What the caregiver can do

 

  • Watch for visible cues that the person needs to use the bathroom. For example, the person may get restless, make unusual sounds or faces, or pace around the room.
  • Give her simple instructions.
  • Give reminders to go to the toilet regularly, e.g., every two hours, in the morning upon getting out of bed, at bedtime or before going out.
  • Choose easy-to-remove clothing, such as Velcro closings or elastic waists.
  • Direct him to the front of the toilet before removing clothes.
  • For men, try putting a decal inside the toilet bowl to have something to “aim at.”
  • Give a cue to get started, such as running water or certain words. Try to ensure that the bladder is completely emptied.
  • Leave her alone if she prefers, but stay nearby. You can tell her that you are “just outside the door if she needs anything.”
  • If staying seated is a problem, distract him with favorite items to look at or hold.
  • If incontinence during the night is a problem, make sure she doesn’t drink too much just before going to bed. But do not withhold fluids during the day.
  • Make sure he uses the toilet before going to bed.

 

 

For safety’s sake

 

If Accidents Continue

Once you’ve determined that there are no medical or medication problems causing the accidents, some of the above ideas might keep her dry and clean. If accidents continue to occur, products such as disposable underwear, incontinence pads, panty liners (for women) or protective bedding might be helpful. These may be useful at certain times or in specific situations. Use them only if necessary. Even when wearing pads, take him to the bathroom on a regular basis.

 

 

Hygiene

Incontinence can lead to skin irritation and make him feel uncomfortable. If clothing becomes wet or soiled, help him to change right away, wash with mild soap and warm water and dry afterward. Then provide dry clothes.

 

Day to Day

In the event of an accident, it is important not to get angry or draw attention to what has happened. This can cause embarrassment or more upset. Cleaning up after a parent or spouse is not pleasant.

 

Remember that accidents are caused by the disease; they are not his fault. He may be as distressed as you. Try to maintain his dignity with encouragement. Remain calm. It is important to remember that you are doing the best you can.

 

 

Seeking Treatment

 

In order to understand why someone has developed incontinence, a medical exam is definitely in order. Since there may be special complications due to dementia, it is best to start with the patient’s primary physician since he or she is most familiar with the patient and their health history. He may order a visit to a urologist, a specialist in urinary conditions for men and women. It is important to remember, however, that a urologist is a surgeon and may not focus on non-surgical solutions, like the ones that will be discussed later.

 

When visiting the doctor, bring a description of how incontinence is affecting the patient’s life, including an overview of their daily routine. Some doctors recommend keeping a continence diary to provide a four or five day “snapshot” of what is happening at home. Be prepared to answer questions like the ones suggested by the National Association for Continence.

 

The questions below are only a few from their suggestions.

 

  • How much water does the patient drink every day?
  • What foods is the patient eating?
  • Does the patient have any control over urination?
  • Is the problem better or worse during the daytime or at night?
  • Is it linked to a physical condition (inability to move quickly, for example)?
  • When did the incontinence first appear?
  • Is the patient upset by their incontinence?
  • How many episodes does the patient have and in what time period?
  • Does the patient understand the signal or urge to urinate or are they unaware of the need?
  • Is there a burning or painful sensation when the patient needs to urinate?

 

 

Treatment Options

 

If the incontinence is due to an underlying medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection or a bowel obstruction, treatment can range from antibiotics to surgical intervention. The decision, of course, will be based on the severity of the condition and the best course of action for the patient. It is important to remember that incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying issue that has developed with the patient.

 

If a medical condition is readily ruled out, the doctor may move on to other options like medications that treat the bladder’s urge to urinate or the frequency with which the bladder sends the “alarm” to the body that urination is about to occur. These medications are generally anticholinergics and have the effect of reducing frequent urges to urinate when the patient is unable to make it to a toilet fast enough. These urges may be made worse by the dementia since the signal that urination is about to occur may be misunderstood or misinterpreted by the patient.

 

Recently, however, researchers with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine uncovered a serious problem with older anticholinergic medications and medicines that are used to lessen the mental decline in cognitive functioning in some dementia patients. In many patients, the anticholinergic medications that treat incontinence interfere or counteract the medications that are also treating dementia. In other words, patients with dementia may experience a more rapid decline in mental functioning while taking anticholinergic medications. For these patients, treating the incontinence with medication is worse than finding alternative solutions for working with the issue. There are newer anticholinergic medications that were developed since the study’s original test results in 2003 and 2004 which may or may not have this effect. This is perhaps the best reason to discuss any medications that a dementia patient takes with their primary doctor before starting a new treatment course.

 

There are other non-medication or surgical methods that can be used to treat incontinence at home. Adaptive clothing may be able to help if functional incontinence is an issue.

 

Replacing hard-to-manipulate buttons and snaps with Velcro and zippers may be a quick fix if it appears that the patient is aware of the incontinence and wants to correct it without too much intervention on the part of the caregiver. This approach gives the patient more control over their environment and encourages independence. It also affords the patient the most privacy which is often a serious source of angst for many patients.

 

There are also incontinence products for all ages and sizes that may be helpful, although the patient may have difficulty understanding their use and disposal. Communicating the need for these products may be a challenge, and the caregiver may need to explain their use more than one time in order for the patient to understand.

 

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Other methods may be home modifications or adding a portable toilet chair (commode) to the room(s) where the patient spends most of his or her time.

 

This method is relatively easy to implement, although it may need some additional explanation since patients with dementia wonder why the caregiver is altering the living situation or the layout of a particular room. Any approach that changes the daily routine of a dementia patient drastically should be undertaken thoughtfully and with as much input from the patient as possible.

 

 

The doctor may also recommend changes in diet, both fluid and foods, that can help treat incontinence. If bowel movements are not regular or consistent, then changing foods in the diet may make a significant improvement within a relatively short period of time. The patient may or may not resist such changes, especially if he or she has developed a resistance or affinity to particular foods due to dementia. It is important to discuss dietary changes with a physician or dietician so the patient is still eating balanced meals and snacks. Fluid intake should also be closely monitored.

Caregivers of dementia patients should understand that incontinence may be an inevitable part of the overall cognitive decline. As a person loses awareness of their surroundings, lifestyle, and loved ones, it is not surprising that loss of bodily functioning will also occur. It may be a tremendous source of frustration for both the caregiver and the patient.

Communicating the incontinence issues early with the patient’s healthcare team can help reduce some of the frustration that the household may have with the issue. Even though it can be an uncomfortable subject, it is important that the full needs of the patient be addressed. The sooner incontinence is addressed, the quicker the patient and the caregiver can begin to work with options that may reduce the frustration or embarrassment that is involved.

 

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, there are two terrific books available on Amazon which I think you’ll find extremely helpful:  Surviving Alzheimer’s by Paula Spencer Scott and The 36-Hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins.

 

Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers by [Scott, Paula Spencer]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Space Heaters – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

 

Space Heaters – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

 

When the weather outside is frightful, a fire certainly would be delightful — but not everyone is lucky enough to have a fireplace. Instead, a space heater can offer a supplemental heat source in your home or office. It’s important to note that space heaters aren’t recommended as your only heat source, but they can be a great way to increase a room’s temperature a few degrees or provide warmth in a drafty space without overheating the entire home. Some owners say they also use portable heaters to lower utility bills, but this depends on many factors, like your fuel costs, insulation, how often your space heater is used and more.

 

 

 

 

Space heaters are useful for warming individual rooms or small areas. While they aren’t a good replacement for central heating, they can help raise the temperature a few degrees in a cold or drafty room, and can even lower your heating bill by a few dollars in some situations.

Chosen wisely and used properly, space heaters are also safe. In this, report I present the best performing space heaters as identified by expert reviews and user feedback, as well as what you need to be aware of to find the perfect space heater for your not-so-perfectly warm space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note that this report covers electric space heaters intended for use inside the home.

You can also find space heaters fueled by kerosene, natural gas and other combustible fuels. However, those are generally not recommended for use inside the home unless some type of venting to the outside is provided, and many states have banned unvented kerosene heaters for indoor use.

 

 

 

 

Scroll down for full reviews on the 7 best space heaters

 


 

 

 

Things You Need to Know About Home Space Heaters

 

 

 

 

What Every Good Space Heater Has

 

  • The right heat for the job. In most cases, the best heater will be one that heats up fast and distributes the heat quickly, using a fan — meaning a convection heater with fan such as a ceramic space heater or a forced air heater. Oil-filled radiators take a different approach; they are slow to warm and most lack a fan, but they retain their heat long after they are turned off making them a good choice for sleeping areas (where normally having an operating space heater is not advisable, experts say). Infrared heaters are best for quick heat, and many include a fan so they can cover a large space. However I recommend you ignore some manufacturer claims and keep expectations reasonable.

 

  • Easy-to-use temperature settings. Nearly all owners agree they need some control over heat output; the best heaters give you the option to set either a specific temperature (i.e. in degrees Fahrenheit) or a relative temperature (i.e. high, medium, low), which helps save energy.

 

  • Safety features: Most experts agree that the best space heaters include adequate safety features. Tip-over sensors are advisable, and an overheat cut-off is essential. Other things to look for in a space heater is a case that stays cool to the touch, heat exhausts that don’t become excessively hot, and nice, tight grills that keep the curious fingers of little ones away from heated elements.

 

 

 

Will a Space Heater Work For You?

 

In reading user reviews, one of the most-often cited disappointments is that one space heater or another failed to heat a space adequately. However, that’s often the result of unrealistic expectations — or inflated marketing claims — rather than a failure of the appliance.

Space heaters are designed for spot heating or supplemental heating for a small to standard-sized room. Seamus Bellamy at TheSweethome.com points out that the largest electric space heater you can buy for use in the U.S. tops out at 1,500 watts, which is sufficient to heat up no more than a room of 150 square feet (10 by 15 feet) or less.

A fan can help spread that heat out in that space faster and more completely, but can’t help a space heater cover a larger area. Performance can also be affected by external factors such as inadequate insulation or drafty windows or doors. Most of the heaters covered in this report are rated at 1,500 watts, though some also have lower-power settings for smaller rooms.

 

 

Does Noise Matter to You?

 

Reports indicate that most modern space heater are very good or excellent when it comes to keeping noise-levels reasonable, and that includes models with the most powerful fans. Still, if you will be using the space heater in an area where quiet is important, look for models that have the best feedback regarding noise.

 

 

Do You Need Consistent Heat?

 

Many owners rely on a space heater to deliver consistent heat, oftentimes while sleeping at night. However, experts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly recommend that you never go to sleep with a space heater still operating.

For bedrooms, that makes oil-filled radiator space heaters a better choice; they are slower to warm up than other types of space heaters, but they retain heat much longer — hours after they are turned off. Models with timers that turn the heater on and off at preset intervals (such as in the morning or at bedtime) provide added convenience.

 

 

Do You Care What the Heater Looks Like?

 

If a space heater is used only occasionally or in private areas of the home (or office), appearance might not matter much. For some, though, an unattractive heater isn’t ideal. For aesthetes, design may be worth a higher price.


 

Types of Space Heaters

 

There are two basic types of electric space heaters: radiant and convection. Convection heaters — like convection ovens — move hot air around to create warmth. A fan blows air across internal heating elements and out into the room. This makes convection units especially effective for warming entire rooms or many people.

 

Ceramic space heaters are the most popular type of convection space heater. Electricity flowing through wires heats a ceramic element, which in turn heats the air. Almost all ceramic heaters include a fan to distribute the warmed air most effectively.

Some forced air heaters use a non-ceramic heating element to warm the air, and then use a larger, more powerful fan to spread that warmed air over a large area. Their fans can also pull double-duty to help cool rooms in the warmer months.

 

Convection also comes into play when liquid moves across a heating element. That’s why, while it might seem counter-intuitive, oil-filled radiator style space heaters are considered to be convection heaters, even though they lack a fan.

Oil filled radiators are slow to warm up, but they keep giving off heat long after they are turned off, making them a good choice for sleeping areas. Some radiator-style heaters use mica panels instead of heated oil to produce heat. These warm up faster than oil-filled designs, are lighter, and are flat enough to mount on a wall. However, they also cool down quickly, losing one of the key advantages of oil-filled radiators.

 

Radiant heaters, on the other hand, warm people or objects, not the air around them. The heat from these heaters doesn’t circulate well and can’t be used to warm a whole room, but for fast heat for a short time, they’re more efficient than convection heaters. Traditional radiant space heaters are a bit more “old-school” than convection heaters and seem to be falling out of vogue. However, infrared space heaters with quartz elements still have a place where the primary goal is heating a person or a smaller area, and some can do a lot more.

 

 

Finding the Best Space Heaters

 

To find the best space heaters, this report considered professional tests, expert reviews and user feedback. ConsumerReports.org has the most comprehensive coverage. Though not completely up-to-date, most of the space heaters covered there remain either current or available at retail.

TheSweethome.com’s coverage is a little more limited, but it looks at popular and well-reviewed space heaters, then tests to find a couple of top choices. I also rely heavily on user reviews, looking at feedback posted at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Walmart.com and elsewhere. These reviews provide an up-to-date snapshot of how space heaters perform, and touch on long-term factors, such as the reliability of a specific model, that are beyond the scope of most expert testing.

Using this feedback, I consider performance, safety and reliability to name the very best space heaters, along with some choices that could be worth considering for some buyers.

 

 

Important: Staying Safe With Space Heaters


Every winter, we hear of at least some space-heater related accidents, sometimes with tragic results. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and based on statistics compiled from 2007 to 2011, one-third of home heating fires and four-fifths of home heating fire deaths involve space heaters. However, when selected wisely and used correctly, space heaters can be quite safe to use.

This report only covers portable electric space heaters, which, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are the only type of unvented heater that’s safe for use inside the home. Combustion space heaters work by burning fuel, be it kerosene, gas, wood, etc., which results in having the byproducts of combustion, including carbon monoxide, enter your home if they are not effectively vented to the outside. According to the DOE, most states have banned the use of kerosene heaters in the home, and some states have banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters. Vented combustion heaters are safer, but since those are designed to be used in a permanent location next to an exterior wall (to allow for a vent to the outside), they are not exactly portable.

However, while there’s no carbon monoxide risk, electric space heaters still can be a safety hazard if used improperly. The best space heaters are designed to minimize those risks.

 

Things to look for include a tip-over sensor and switch that will turn the heater off if it is accidentally knocked over. Many heaters have tight grates to keep small fingers from reaching the heating element. Some have sensors that will turn the heater off if it detects an “object” (such as an infant or pet) sitting too close to it for too long. Many also have cabinets that stay cool to the touch. Only buy a space heater that carries UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or similar certification, indicating that it meets current safety standards.

 

Buying a safe space heater is only half the battle, using it safely is the other half. I found a number of solid, easy-to-follow recommendations from a number of authorities. Those include the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the NFPA, the DOE and others.

 

Finding the right place to put your space heater is the first step:

Space heaters should be located on a level, hard and nonflammable surface — a ceramic tile floor is ideal. Don’t put a space heater on a piece of furniture. Keep it well away from the normal paths of foot traffic in your home to prevent it from being accidentally knocked over. Keep combustible materials at least three feet away in all directions. Typical combustibles found in your home include draperies, rugs and bedding. Except in cases where a space heater is designed for bathroom or outdoor use, do not use it in damp areas.

Space heaters should only be used under the direct supervision of a responsible adult. Children and pets should be kept away. Turn off the space heater every time you leave the area. Don’t go to bed with the space heater on, and don’t use it if there’s a person sleeping in the room.

 

There are electrical considerations as well: Avoid the use of an extension cord if at all possible. If an extension cord is absolutely needed, use the shortest length that works and choose a cord designed for high current draw (14-gauge or heavier wire). That said, “Always check and follow any manufacturer’s instructions pertaining to the use of extension cords,” the DOE advises.

Check the condition of the space heater’s cord on a regular basis. Look for tell-tale signs of a hazardous cord, including fraying or burnt or otherwise damaged insulation. If the cord doesn’t check out 100 percent, do not use the space heater.

 

 

The 7 Best Space Heaters

 

 

Best Ceramic Space Heater

 

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

 

The diminutive Lasko 754200 delivers big-time performance, warming up a small room or office in no time flat. Value is appreciated by owners and experts, and helps the Lasko 754200 edge out other, pricier and more feature-rich ceramic space heaters in reviews. The lack of a tip-over sensor is a concern, but this space heater has other crucial safety features including an overheat cut-off and a case that stays cool to the touch.

Pros
  • Heats well
  • Small
  • Good value
Cons
  • Lacks a tip-over sensor
  • Some say it is loud

 

For a small, inexpensive space heater, the Lasko 754200 often exceeds the expectations of experts and users. It heats quickly and effectively, and its 1,500 watt rating puts it at the top in terms of heat output among all electric space heaters — though its small size makes it better for a bedroom or an office rather than a large family room. Some owners say it’s a bit loud, but experts and other owners say it’s no louder than any other space heater equipped with an effective fan — a plus for better heat distribution. The lack of a tip-over sensor is a major omission, but that’s offset by other effective safety features.

 

Performance

Packs heat for a petite unit. For a heater of this size and price, the Lasko 754200 ceramic space heater is very effective, according to reviewers. The heater puts out a good deal of heat, and its powerful fan circulates the warm air quickly. Testing at TheSweethome.com put it in first place among tested space heaters of all types in heating an 11- by 13-foot room in the least amount of time. We see some durability complaints, but these are in line with what we see with almost all space heaters of all types.

 

Ease of Use

Not advanced, but straightforward controls. Though the Lasko 754200 has an effective thermostat, it doesn’t offer the digital display, remote control, or timer of some pricier models — which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. Owners say they find the two knobs (one for temperature, one for fan) to be very intuitive and simple to use. The heater is also lightweight and easy to move. A long cord (six feet) makes placement without resorting to an extension cord easier.

 

Safety

No tip-over switch. A tip-over switch is often recommended for safer operation of space heaters, and the lack of one on the Lasko 754200 is a concern, but one that doesn’t bother experts and many owners it seems. There is an overheat sensor that will cut-off operation if the heater’s temperature exceeds a safe level. Reviews indicate that the case stays relatively cool during operation.

 

Noise

Noisy fan. We did see some complaints about fan noise, though not very many more than we see with other space heaters equipped with a reasonably powerful fan. TheSweethome.com tests the Lasko and says that its noise level is the equivalent of a refrigerator compressor running at a distance of six feet away. Seamus Bellamy adds that this is about in the middle of the pack among the space heaters the site has recently tested.

 

Best Oscillating Ceramic Space Heater

 

Lasko 6462 Full Circle Ceramic Heater with Remote

 

The Lasko 6462 is packed with features, including oscillation, which some experts hold is most effective in uniformly distributing heat. Controls are simple and intuitive, and a remote control lets you operate this space heater from your easy chair. The 6462 has a tower design, making tip-over a concern in light of the lack of a tip-over sensor, but other safety features, including overheat cut off, are present and accounted for.

Pros
  • Effective heat distribution
  • Oscillation to heat a space more uniformly
  • Lots of features
Cons
  • Not the best value
  • Thermostat might be inaccurate
  • No tip over sensor

 

The Lasko 6462 delivers ample features and ample performance, earning it respect from users and some expert reviewers. The oscillating unit covers a full 360 degrees, or can be set to swing over a smaller arc if it’s set against the wall or in a corner. This ceramic space heater is as feature packed as any, with digital controls and readouts and a remote control. Safety is good, but would be better if there were also a tip-over sensor.

 

Performance

A circle of heat. While a fan is important to spread out the heat in a room, oscillation distributes that heat out more evenly  — and the Lasko 6462 has both. This ceramic space heater is billed as being able to swing its heat over a full 360 degree circle, and the sweep can also be adjusted for maximum effectiveness when placed near a wall (180 degrees) or in a corner (90 degrees). The 1,500 watt maximum heat setting is the highest you can get with an electric space heater, though some other space heaters are judged to be a little more effective in heating a whole room or a nearby person in expert tests. Users seem plenty pleased, however. Reliability and durability are factors that typically pull down user ratings, but we spotted fewer complaints on that regard with the Lasko 6462 than with some competing space heaters.

 

Ease of Use

No sweat. The Lasko 6462 has digital controls on the unit and comes with a functional remote control. Some users say that the touch controls could be a bit better, but with the remote, you don’t ever need to actually touch them. Others welcome the fact that the remote is not a must to set up and use the heater — especially since many remotes sometimes go missing at the most inconvenient times. Testing reveals that the digital thermostat might not be accurate — and we saw a handful of user reviews that say the same thing — but most owners either don’t see the same problem, or consider it to be too inconsequential to comment on it.

 

Safety

No tip-over sensor. This is a tower heater, a type more prone to accidental tip-over than other types. That’s why we consider the lack of a tip-over sensor to be disappointing. However, the Lasko 6462 is otherwise well covered on the safety front. There’s an overheat cut-off that will turn the heater off if it becomes dangerously hot. In one professional test the surface is found to be cool to the touch when the heater is operating.

 

Noise

Powerful, yet quiet. Users report that the fan on the Lasko 6462 is pretty powerful. That’s why it’s notable to see relatively few complaints when it comes to fan noise. One expert test rates the 6462 excellent when it comes to keeping noise highly in check.

 

 

 

Best Decorative Ceramic Space Heater

Crane Mini Fireplace Heater, White

 

 

No one will confuse the Crane Mini Fireplace Heater with a real fireplace, not even if they squint real hard, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t impart a nice aesthetic anyway. Users appreciate the warm glow that the mini ceramic fireplace gives off. Some like that you can use the fireplace effect without also bringing up the heat. Aesthetics aside, it’s an impressive performer heating-wise according to tests and user reviews.

 

 

 

 

Best Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heater

 

 

DeLonghi EW7507EB Oil Filled Radiator Heater Black 1500W

 

If you want heat that lasts, even hours after the space heater is turned off, the DeLonghi EW7507EB oil-filled radiator is your best bet. It’s a great choice for a bedroom, where experts recommend against having an operating space heater while you sleep. The dual-event 24-hour timer will let you warm things up well before bedtime and again before  your alarm goes off in the morning. The design keeps the sides cool, and a remote control adds convenience.

Pros
  • Efficient
  • Quiet
  • Programmable timer
  • Long lasting heat
Cons
  • Slow to heat
  • No battery back up

 

The DeLonghi EW7507EB oil-filled radiator heats a room by electrically warming an internal supply of oil. The results closely mimic those of a traditional hot water radiator. That means that the DeLonghi doesn’t give off much heat at first, but given time, it can warm a large room with ease, according to experts and owners. Also, like a traditional radiator, the heat lasts a good long while after the electricity is turned-off, making it ideal for use in a bedroom, where experts suggest going to sleep with an operating space heater isn’t such a hot idea.

 

Performance

Slow starts, but exceptional staying power. Experts recommend oil-filled, radiator-style heaters for well-insulated rooms where the heater will be on for long periods. Like similar models, the DeLonghi EW7507EB oil-filled radiator takes quite a while to initially heat up, but it then provides steady, warm heat, even long after the power is turned off — and enough of it to earn at least one expert recommendation as a good space heater for larger spaces. Still, if you want spot heating or fast heating, a ceramic space heater like the Lasko 754200 is a better, more economical choice.

 

 

Ease of Use

Digital controls a plus … and a minus. The DeLonghi EW7507EB features an all-digital control system. Most reviewers find it easy to use, but some bypass the extra features and programming capabilities and just use the manual controls.

For others, the dual event 24-hour timer lets you raise and lower temperatures in up to two cycles of up to eight hours each over a day. That means, for example, you can set the radiator to turn on and get the room toasty before you awake, then turn off later in the morning, only to repeat the cycle before you turn in for the night.

There’s also a remote control for added convenience, but what’s not convenient is that the heater’s LCD display is judged hard to read by some. The timer also lacks  a battery backup — unplug the heater or lose power and you’ll need to reprogram the timer. Like all oil-filled radiators, the DeLonghi EW7507EB takes a while to warm up a room — one reason that the timer is such a nice plus. There are three output levels (700, 800 and 1,500 watts) so you can scale the heat output to the size of the room.

 

 

Safety

Stays cool to the touch. Touching a standard radiator when it’s hot is not a pleasant experience. However, the DeLonghi EW7507EB oil-filled space heater features a design that directs heat upwards, out of reach of children and pets, keeping its sides cool to the touch. There’s no tip-over sensor — but toppling this weighty radiator is something that’s unlikely to happen by accident. There is an overheat cut-off for added safety, and the remote control means you never have to touch the radiator at all to set or adjust it.

Oil-filled radiators sometimes draw complaints over operating odors, but the majority of user reviews that comment on the EW7507EB’s odor either marvel that it’s not an issue, or say that smells that can be detected when new are banished forever after a few hours of use.

 

 

Noise

A silent operator. Unlike other types of space heaters, oil-filled radiators lack a fan so they are among the quietest whole-room space heaters you can buy. Professional testers and owners agree, the DeLonghi EW7507EB is very quiet. We did see a few comments that noted a clicking sound when the heater cycled on or off, but most did not find it objectionable.

 

 

Best Forced Air Space Heater

 

Vornado AVH2 Whole Room Vortex Heater, Automatic Climate Control

The Vornado AVH2 is a forced-air space heater that can warm large or small rooms, and it does a good job at spot warming — when you want to warm an individual person rather than a larger space. It lacks much in the way of extras, but it’s judged to be easy to use. It’s also relatively safe around kids and pets with a cool case and exhaust outlet during operation. It can double as a cool-air fan in warmer months.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Designer Space Heater

 

 

Dyson AM09 Fan Heater, Iron/Blue

 

 

 

If style is more important than price, no space heater makes more of a statement than the Dyson AM09.

Reviews reveal that it’s also among the most effective space heaters for the cold months, and an outstanding fan for the cool ones. The bladeless design and cool case are pluses if young ones are around. But look elsewhere if value is a concern as you can find space heaters that are nearly as good for hundreds less.

 

 

 

Best Infrared Space Heater

 

 

Honeywell HZ-980 MyEnergySmart Infared Whole Room Heater

 

Most space heaters work by heating up the air, but infrared space heaters like the Honeywell HZ-980 work by heating up people and objects in the room. Many infrared heaters are cheap, lower power affairs, but the HZ-980 is quite different.

With a rated power of 1,500 watts, and aided by a powerful fan, this Honeywell infrared heater is judged by reviewers to do a great job of heating up a person, and a very good job in heating up a standard room.

 

Pros
  • Efficient
  • Great spot heating
  • Good safety features
Cons
  • Large
  • Plain aesthetics
  • Pricey

 

Plain and unassuming in its black plastic case, the Honeywell HZ-980 quietly racks up some of the better reviews among larger infrared space heaters. It’s feature packed, including digital controls and readouts, an energy usage indicator, a limited but useful timer, and a remote control.

 

Performance

Have reasonable expectations. Some competing infrared space heaters are victims of their own marketing, promising better energy efficiency and heating performance than they can reasonably deliver under most circumstances.

The Honeywell HZ-980 (made under license by Kaz), largely avoids most of that. Instead, testing reveals it to be a competent space heater that does a great job in spot heating, and a very good one in heating up even a reasonably large room. The manufacturer claims that the HZ-980 saves 35 percent in energy costs compared to a standard 1,500-watt heater, but that has not been independently verified. However, there is a built-in energy use meter for owners to monitor consumption for themselves.

 

Ease of Use

Digital simplicity. The clean, digital controls on the Honeywell HZ-980 are judged to be very good when it comes to ease of use, and we saw no notable user complaints in that regard. There’s a top-mounted control panel with digital readouts as well as a remote control. There’s also a built-in 8-hour timer, but it is adjustable only in one-hour increments — adequate but certainly not very flexible.

 

Safety

Strong safety features. The Honeywell HZ-980 is equipped with most of the safety features experts recommend. Those include a four-way tip-over sensor and overheat protection. The case stays relatively cool to the touch, but one expert testing organization comments that the area right around the heat exhaust can get a little toasty. Mommy blogger Cindi Riley notes the same thing, but adds that things don’t get hot enough to cause serious worry of a child being burned.

 

Noise

In the ear of the beholder. One independent testing organization rates the Honeywell HZ-980‘s noise levels to be excellent. Most of the limited user reviews we spotted agree, or are silent themselves on the issue.

 

 

 

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Incontinence Protection Products for Home, Car and Bed

 

Incontinence Protection Products for Home, Car and Bed

(Leaks Happen!)

 

 

Example: Furniture Fresh Luxury Furniture Protector

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incontinence Protection for Furniture, Car and Bed Makes Cleanup So Much Easier

 

When your older adult is incontinent, your furniture is likely to get soiled even if they always wear incontinence briefs – leaks happen.

Nobody wants to deal with that kind of intense cleanup or have to worry about odors that get stuck deep inside of unwashable cushions.

Depend Seat Protectors for Incontinence Protection, 12 Count (Pack of 2)
Depend Seat Protectors
Of course, it’s not reasonable to get a new couch or recliner chair every time it gets too stained or smelly. The best thing to do is invest in protective pads to prevent damage to chairs, couches, and even car seats.

For example, I found pads and covers that are discreet, stylish, comfortable to sit on, and make cleanup much easier – just toss in the wash. And, covering furniture with these pads is far less expensive than replacing it. As a bonus, these pads and covers also protect furniture from beverage and food spills.  Read on for lots of practical suggestions:

 

 

 

Start With Basic Protection

 

The first thing to do for anything that’s upholstered is to spray on a fabric protector like Scotch Gard Fabric Protector.

 

Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector, 10-Ounce, 2-Pack

 

 

 

Next, keep these stylish and discreet disposable pads on hand.

 

 
They’re easy to throw on any unprotected surfaces in case your older adult wants to sit somewhere different. Or, use them as a top layer to reduce the need to wash cloth pads and covers.

 

 

Protect  Your Chairs

 

 

For wheelchairs, car seats or other chairs, add a waterproof pad to the seat. Buy two to double up or get a few to keep on all of your senior’s favorite seats.

 

Here are some options – all washable, reusable, and waterproof

 

 

 

 

 

Protect recliners, stuffed chairs, sofas, and couches

 

It can be tricky to find covers that fit your chair or sofa exactly and are 100% waterproof, so it’s a good idea to use pads on top of the cover for extra protection.

 

Here are a few options for covering your recliner and sofa:

 

  •  GPD water resistant cover for recliners or stuffed chairs
  •   Serta Ultra Suede Waterproof Sofa Protector
  •  GPD Heavyweight Luxury waterproof sofa cover

 

 

Protect car seats

Infina Waterproof Car Seat Cover - Durable Neoprene Protector, Pet Protection - CrossFit, Yoga, Running, Beach, Gym, Fitness, Athletes - 100% Money Back Guarantee (Gray)

 

It’s equally important to protect car seats from accidents and leaks so you don’t have to worry about driving your older adult somewhere.

You could always use a chair pad to protect the car seat, but in case you need heavy duty protection, try one of these with a chair pad as an extra layer on top:

 

  • Seat Saver waterproof universal car front seat cover
  •  Infina waterproof neoprene front seat cover
  •  Amzdeal waterproof front seat cover

 

 

 

Incontinence Pads for Beds

 

If your older adult is incontinent, you probably spend a good amount of time cleaning up after accidents even if they wear adult diapers. Plus, you’re forced to deal with unpleasant lingering odors.

Preparation makes incontinence cleanup so much easier!  Save time and money and prevent a smelly house by prepping the bed with expert layering tips and highly-rated protective products that really work. After all, replacing a soiled mattress is expensive!

 

 

Protecting The Bed

 

Multiple layers are the key! One waterproof mattress protector and a leak-proof pad can’t always do the job by themselves. Plus, once urine gets into the mattress or pillows, it’s difficult to get out and will smell. That’s why it’s best to prevent them from getting wet in the first place.

If your mattress is already a little bit soiled, clean and deodorize it with a diluted vinegar spray or a urine neutralizing product before wrapping it up.

You’ll need to wrap the mattress in multiple layers to keep it from getting soiled. Of course, some of the outer layers will get wet, but at least those will be easily washable.

 

 

Layers for the mattress, in this order:

 

  1.  Start with a zippered, vinyl, waterproof cover on the mattress like by Aller Zip.

 

 

2.  Then use a waterproof mattress cover like this one on top of the zippered cover.

 

Optional: Put on two layers of the waterproof mattress cover in step 2.

 

 

3.  Next, put on a regular fitted sheet, followed by one or two layers of a waterproof absorbent pad like this one on top of the fitted sheet. Your older adult will sleep on top of this pad.

 

 

 

Tip:  Instead of a thick comforter, try layers of thinner blankets and large, heavy towels;  these are easier to wash than a thick comforter and the goal is to fit all the soiled bedding and pads into one load of laundry.

 

 

 

Layers for Pillows

 

4.  Put a waterproof cover like this one on the pillow. Use two layers of covers if your older adult is likely to get their pillow wet.

 

 

 

5.  Last, put on a regular pillowcase.

 

 

For more information on personal incontinence products, see:

How To Buy Adult Diapers

Top Adult Diaper Products Reviewed

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

With incontinence, there will always be leaks and accidents. But if you prepare your older adult’s bed with good protection products and this layering technique, you’ll make cleanup easier and protect the mattress.

 

 

 

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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Review of the 2016 Ring Video Doorbell Pro

2016 Ring Video Doorbell Pro Review

 

 

 

The front door of your home is a place that usually isn’t secured the way it should be. Package theft, burglary, and other malicious crimes are on the rise, but so is the smart technology that keeps us safe and secure.

Video doorbells have been around for a few years, but none have been as refined and feature-rich as the new Ring Pro.

As featured in Time Magazine, Fast Company, and even the popular television show Shark Tank, Ring has been making a name for themselves as the best video doorbell available. But the original Ring Video Doorbell left a bit on the table in terms of desired features, specifications, and details.

Today I’ll be looking over their improvement, the Ring Pro, how it differs from the original, it’s specific features, and what’s better about it.

 

Size and Shape

From first glance, you’ll likely immediately notice that the Ring Pro appears much smaller in size.

Measuring 4.5″ x 1.85″ x .8″, the Pro is slightly shorter and a bit skinnier than the original. Although the original is still quite small and discreet looking, it measures 4.98″ x 2.43″ x .87″.

I think that the design of the Pro is much more appealing than the original, simply because it’s more rectangular and looks more similar to a standard doorbell, rather than a video camera.

 

1080p HD Resolution

Offering an improvement upon the original 720p resolution, the Ring Pro delivers an extra boost of clarity with full high definition in 1080p. It’s designed to give you a better view of the details so that you can have a clearer and more vibrant image.

Too often, you’ll hear about a criminal that was caught on camera, but the camera that recorded them was outdated and didn’t provide enough clarity to make a good description of the perpetrator. By offering 1080p resolution, you should have no issues determining a clear description of anyone or anything that occurs.

 

Interchangeable Faceplates

One of the favorite aesthetic features regarding the Ring Pro is that it gives you the option to freely change the color of the faceplate whenever you’d like. Rather than coming with a solid color that can’t be changed, you’re given the freedom to change the to the faceplate that match the decor or color scheme of your home.

 

Ring Pro Faceplates

 

This means that you won’t need to decide on a specific color and be stuck with that option forever. Best of all, four different faceplates of various colors are included.

 

Connection

One of the most notable and important differences between the original Ring and the new Ring Pro is how it connects to your home.

The Pro requires an existing hardwired doorbell so that it can be powered and functional without the use of a battery. Because of this, there obviously won’t be an included rechargeable battery like the Original. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. If your front door doesn’t currently have a doorbell, you won’t be able to integrate the Pro. But with the Pro, you won’t need to hassle with batteries – ever.

 

Ring Pro

 

Wifi Connection

Since 1080p videos require a bit more bandwidth than your standard 720p video quality, Ring made a smart move by incorporating Dual Band WiFi into the new Pro version. With dual band WiFi, you aren’t restricted to the 2.4 Ghz channel – you can also take advantage of the 5 Ghz channel, offering better transfer speeds and improved latency with less load time.

It connects to your home WiFi network and is then available to view and interact with on virtually any device using the Ring App – free from iTunes or Google Play.

 

Motion Detection

Rather than selecting a variety of different motion zones like you had to do with the original, the Ring Pro allows you to create your very own custom shaped zones.

While you’re looking on screen at the view that the camera has, you can easily draw a variety of shapes to create your own specific zones, rather than pre-selected zones that don’t give as much flexibility. However, each zone can’t be adjusted for it’s own sensitivity so that you’re only alerted about what matters most.

 

Ring Pro Motion Zones

 

Motion detection is a great feature to have, but if not implemented correctly, it can become a nuisance. For instance, the original Ring video doorbell gives you the freedom to adjust how sensitive the motion detection is. Everything from the wind blowing to a bird flying by could potentially set it off. Unfortunately, although you can create custom zones for the Ring Pro, it doesn’t let you adjust the sensitivity of each zone like the original Ring does.

 

Night Vision

Having the ability to see in the middle of the night is a real luxury, especially considering that low-light and dark settings are quite common for front porches. With a variety of infrared LEDs built into the Ring Pro, you’re given full-freedom to see clearly in the dark.

 

Ring Pro Night Vision

 

Although the original version had this same night vision capability, it’s noteworthy to include as a quite useful feature for the Pro.

 

Field of View

To my surprise, the Ring Pro actually has a slightly smaller field of view than the original Ring Video Doorbell. Likely because of it’s smaller size, the Pro boasts a 160 degree field of view, whereas the original has a 180 degree field of view. Although this is a slight downgrade, it still offers enough view for most applications.

 

Ring Pro

 

Cloud Video Recording

Recording to the cloud with the Ring Pro is not required, but it surely expands the amount of security and freedom that it brings to the table. With cloud recording, you’re given the ability to view and download up to six months of activity at a time.

You can access your video clips and keep the important events and sift through the ones that you’d like to delete. Although it does cost $3 a month or $30 per year, this is a nice feature to have, especially if you’d like to share your clips with friends, neighbors, or even Law enforcement.

 

Ring Cloud Recording

 

While the cloud recording is definitely a nice feature, I think it’d be nice if you could configure the Ring Pro to save footage onto your own hardware. For example, instead of having footage sent to a cloud server, if there was an option to save to an SD card, network attached storage, or your own FTP server, it would be a nice addition. The only way to save and access recordings is through the $3 a month or $30 per year subscription.

 

Two Way Audio

Through the App, you can speak through to whomever’s at the door, and they’ll be able to communicate back to you.

With a small integrated microphone and speaker, verbally speaking is easy and clear. They’ve even integrated some advanced noise-cancellation technology that filters out all of the unwanted background noises and gives you clear communication without distortion.

 

Ring Pro

 

Final Thoughts

Offering several improvements over it’s predecessor, the new Ring Pro Video Doorbell has become a game-changer in the home security market.

By delivering full 1080p high definition clarity, advanced, fully-customizable motion detection, and an assortment of other advanced features, it has  become one of the most desired home security products for 2016.

To top it off, everything you need is included – a screwdriver, 4 faceplates, optional wiring and connectors, a drill bit, pro power kit, screws, anchors, and an informative quick setup guide. Best of all, each Ring Pro is backed by a one year warranty on parts, and they even give you lifetime purchase protection to assure that your investment was well worth it.

 

Ring Pro Q and A

 

What are the key features of Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

  • 1080p HD Video
  • Advanced motion detection
  • Lifetime purchase protection
  • Works with iOS, Android, and Windows 10
  • Wi-Fi Connected
  • Interchangeable faceplates
  • Requires connection to a wired doorbell

 

 

How much does Ring Video Doorbell Pro cost?

$249

 

Where can I order Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

Visit Amazon to order Ring Video Doorbell Pro today!

 

What are the dimensions of Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches, 11.43 x 4.7 x 2.03 cm.

 

Does Ring Doorbell Pro operate on battery power?

No, Ring Doorbell Pro is designed to be powered by doorbell wires only. 

 

What is the operating temperature range for Ring Doorbell Pro?

Ring Doorbell Pro operates between -5°F and 120°F.  (-20.5°C and 48.5°C)

 

Will I be able to use two Ring Pros on one power circuit?

Note:  A transformer can power only one Ring Pro only. If you have more than one Ring Pro it must be installed on a different transformer / power circuit.

 

Which doorbells is Ring Doorbell Pro compatible with?

Ring Doorbell Pro is compatible with most mechanical or digital (electronic) doorbell kits that use transformers between 16 and 24 volts AC.  DC transformers or transformers below 16 volts AC are not supported.

 

What’s the difference between Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell Pro both offer the same great experience.  You can see and talk to people at your front door whether you are at home or anywhere in the world.  Advanced motion detection sends you alerts when people are moving around in front of your door, helping prevent crime in our neighborhoods.  

 

Here are key differences that will help you decide which Ring Video Doorbell is right for you:

 

  Ring Video Doorbell Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Power options Rechargeable battery power or hardwire to existing doorbell kit Hardwire to existing doorbell kit only
Battery Life 6-12 months n/a
Compatible Doorbell Transformers 8-24 VAC, DC not compatible 16-24 VAC, DC not compatible
Field of View 180 degrees horizontal 140 degrees vertical 160 degrees horizontal100 degrees vertical
Video Resolution HD 720P HD 1080P
Finishes Available in 4 finishes Comes with 4 interchangeable different color faceplates.
Compatible Networks 2.4 gHz 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 or 5 gHz 802.11 b/g/n
Advanced Motion Detection 5 selectable zones and customizable sensitivity scale Customizable motion detection zones
Live View Available Hardwired only, yes Yes
Size 4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 inches 12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm 4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches 11.43 x 4.7 x 2.03 cm
Mounting screws 4 2
Security screws 2 1
Best for Everyone Users with a wired doorbell kit, professional installers

 

Ring Video Doorbell Pro includes four faceplates with the colors Satin Black, Satin Nickel, Dark Bronze, and Satin White.  The faceplate can be changed at any time.

How does Ring Video Doorbell Pro mount to the wall?

Two screws mount Ring Video Doorbell Pro directly to the wall.  The mounting screws can be screwed straight into wood or vinyl.  For brick, concrete, or stucco, use the unit to mark the location of both holes, drill using the provided drill bit, insert the anchors, then secure the unit with screws to the anchors.  After installation, place the selected faceplate on top of the unit and secure with a security screw.

 

What comes in the box?

Everything needed to install Ring Video Doorbell Pro in minutes:

 

  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • Four interchangeable faceplates
  • Drill bit
  • Mounting screws and anchors
  • Security screw
  • Security screwdriver
  • Pro Power Kit
  • Wire Clips
  • Wire Harness
  • Install instruction guide 

What is a Pro Power Kit?

It’s a small item that gets wired to your doorbell to provide the necessary power for Ring Video Doorbell Pro to function.  The Pro Power Kit must be installed for proper operation of Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Does Ring Video Doorbell Pro use a diode for electronic (Digital) doorbell kits?

No.  A diode should not be used with Ring Video Doorbell Pro.  The Pro Power Kit, Wire Clips, and Wire Harness are required.  See instructions for installation and use.

What WiFi networks is Ring Video Doorbell Pro compatible with?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro is compatible with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi networks operating on 2.4 gHz or 5 gHz frequencies.  

 

Will Ring Video Doorbell Pro on a 5 gHz network work with my Ring Chime on a 2.4 gHz network?

Yes.  Ring Chime will only work on a 2.4 gHz network, however Ring Chime does not need to be on the same network as Ring Doorbell or Ring Doorbell Pro.  Ring Chime can work on a completely different network at a different location.  

What is the recommended upload Internet speed for Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

2 Mbps upload speed recommended for best streaming performance.

How do the customizable motion zones of Ring Video Doorbell Pro work?

Users draw boxes around the area they wish to monitor, then saving the setting. Additional custom zones can be created, then each enabled or disabled for total control of motion detection.

What is the warranty?

1 year parts and labor.  Lifetime purchase protection.  

What is the refund policy?

30 days no questions asked.  

What if someone steals my Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

We will provide one replacement unit for free!  Simply send us a copy of the police report and we’ll ship you one replacement Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Can I upgrade my Ring Video Doorbell to a Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

No.  Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a separate purchase.  

Do I have to have a Ring Video Doorbell to use Ring Video Doorbell Pro?

No.  

Is Ring Video Doorbell Pro compatible with Ring Chime?

Yes.

 

 

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Portable Air Conditioners – What to Consider

Top factors and features to consider in selecting a portable air conditioner

 

 

It’s that time of year again, the weathers starting to get warmer so it’s time to put away the heater and start thinking about how you’re going to cool down this summer.

Nothing saves money better than a portable air conditioner, and we’re here to help you pick out the right unit. They’re perfect for areas in apartments or offices because they are compact, easy to maneuver, convenient to use, and most importantly, energy-efficient.

They can be used in various spaces to make any room cooler, tolerable, and comfortable.

 

 

 

Deciding on Your BTU Requirements:

The power of your portable air conditioner is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU). The higher the BTU, the more cooling power your unit will have. The amount of BTUs needed to cool the room goes up with room size. Consider the square footage of the room you would like cooled, and decide on the right number of BTUs for perfect ventilation.

 

Here’s how to calculate your BTUs:

  • Step 1: Calculate the room’s square footage by multiplying its length by its width.
  • Step 2: Verify the size of the window opening for venting.
  • Step 3: Check the plug type and electrical requirements of your room.

 

Example: 

If your room measures 30 feet by 30 feet, your BTU will be 12,000:

20′ x 20′ = 400 square feet

400 square feet = at least 12,000 BTUs

As such, if your room measures 400 square feet, you will need a portable air conditioner that offers 12,000 BTUs of cooling.

 

Some exceptions may also apply, such as:

  • For second story homes or especially sunny areas, add the BTU amount by 10%
  • For shaded areas, reduce the BTUs by 10%
  • For each additional person over two persons in a room, add 600 BTUs
  • To cool a kitchen, add 4,000 BTUs  (there nothing more off putting when cooking than being to warm)

 

The following are general guidelines for the maximum room size and the coinciding BTU’s that are typically recommended for portable air conditioners (note that the figures in the chart are estimates based on average room conditions in a moderate climate).

  

 

Desired Features:

Other considerations when picking out a portable air conditioner include controls, noise level, or energy efficiency. All that matters is your preference and the area you need cooled.

 

Here’s a list of important features that you may want in your portable AC unit:

Portability: does the unit have sturdy and durable wheels to be pushed from room to room, or a handle to easily lift and place elsewhere.

Ventilation: All portable air conditioners are built to be vented to the outside and need to be placed within a few feet of a window or vent. Some units also have a hose system that vents the compressor separately to provide even more efficient cooling.

Airflow: With a fan, an AC unit is able to circulate air efficiently. Look for units that oscillate and have adjustable airflow for truly great air circulation.

Temperature: Features with timers or sleep modes are convenient. It won’t use more energy longer than you want the unit on.

Noise Level: If you’re going to be using the air conditioner in a bedroom, office, or children’s room, it’s important to pay special attention to the volume each portable air conditioner produces. Particularly if you want a good night’s sleep.

Controls: Some portable AC units either have a remote control or digital controls available. Remote controls are convenient because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own chair.  If you’re not so tech savvy, it’s best to opt for the simplest settings of digital.

Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER): EER is calculated by dividing your BTU by the wattage used to achieve this cooling. The higher an EER, the more efficient the unit is at cooling. High EER ACs will save you money because they use less electricity to keep you cool.


Recommended: If you are thinking about a portable air conditioner, I highly recommend looking at the  NewAir units.

NewAir is a premier provider of custom built and luxury home appliances. They have been in business since 2002, and are a renowned leader in air quality control, and ice, wine and beverage cooling and freezing systems.

NewAir has set standards for home appliance manufacturers all over the US by creating high quality and reliable products that offer unprecedented performance and value.  Their products are stylish, efficient and eco-friendly.

 

A Simple Comparison of NewAir AC Units:

Below are a selection comparing  NewAir’s best selling portable air conditioners to help you make a choice based on the key areas that are important in a portable air conditioner, as well as compare these units to other brands you may be considering:

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NewAir Models details and reviews: 10100E, 12000E, 12000H, 14100H

 

Informational Video of the 12000E and 120000H units:


Remember that portable air conditioner must be placed near a window. The condensed hot air must be vented out of the room with a hose to be slid into a window, and with the exhaust hose being fitted into the appropriate window space.

Air conditioners are useful in many different types of rooms and spaces thanks to their compact size and lack of installation.

 

 

Best Rooms for your Portable AC

 

Bedroom

Many portable air conditioners operate quietly, so you can have a peaceful nights sleep. If you share a room, then its even more beneficial, as the more people in a room, the warmer it is.

 

Office

When you’re sitting down all day, it’s easy to become uncomfortable and fidgety. Portable ACs are perfect to cool down any office because of their mobility, size, and low level noises.

 

Office

Most dorm rooms do not come with any central air or heating system. Sometimes not even a window. The size and no installation make it perfect to move-in with.

 

Living Room

It’s important to keep the air fresh, cool and and ventilating in the living room because that’s where more guests will relax. It will also save you a lot of money instead of a central AC unit with it’s energy efficiency.

 

Basement and Garage

Both areas can be difficult to work in when it’s suffering from warm, humid air. You’re going to need a cooling option and a portable air conditioner is a great alternative. Additionally, most portable air conditioners can also help to dehumidify the air.

 

Portable AC Maintenance

 

Portable Air Conditioners require less maintenance than any other alternative cooling system.

  • Your unit may collect a good amount of water in it’s bucket, which needs to be emptied periodically.
  • Other units have the ability to evaporate the moisture in which does not require any draining of water.
  • Most portable air conditioners can support the connection of a drain hose that allows water to be drained continuously, and there are even condensate pumps available which pump the water outside or into a drain pump located indoors.
  • The air filters eliminate airborne particles, and require bi-weekly or monthly cleaning or replacing in your portable AC.
  • If your portable air conditioner has a washable filter, slide the filter out, immerse it in warm water and detergent, rinse thoroughly, and let it dry before replacing it back into the unit.

 

After storing you portable air conditioner for the colder months, you will want to do some simple maintenance to get the unit ready for summer use:

 

Vacuum Out Dust and Debris

Before you plug your unit in, pop out the filter frames and remove the filters. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to clean out all the vents and louvers. Make sure you reach inside with the hose to suck up anything inside the air conditioner’s case. Unless you’ve kept it wrapped up in plastic, it will have some accumulated dust, and maybe the leavings of a few buggy friends who used your air conditioner for a winter home.

 

Cleaning the Coils

Clean condenser coils work more efficiently when free of dirt, grease and grime. If the coils in your unit look particularly grubby, you can clean them off with a store-bought coil-cleaning product, or a homemade acidic solution of vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water. Just spray it lightly onto the coils and let it sit a while to remove the dirt.

 

Clean or Replace the Filters

If you didn’t clean the filters before storing them, now is the time to do it. Most air conditioner filters are washable, so all you have to do is rinse them under warm water. Let them dry thoroughly before you put them back in the unit. Washing the filters is something you

should do every couple of weeks when you are using it regularly – dirty filters will impact air circulation, which means your AC won’t work as well.

If after you wash the filters, they still look dirty or worn, then it is time to replace them. Contact the manufacturer for fresh filters, to ensure your indoor air is clean and breathable.  Usually, filters need to be replaced about once a year.

The activated carbon filters might need to be replaced a little more frequently, depending on your circumstances. Since these filters are designed to remove odors from the air, if you have pets or do a lot of cooking then you might have to change them once a month or so to experience their full benefit.

 

Washing the Exterior

Washing the exterior of your portable air conditioner  is the easiest part of cleaning it. Just use a soft cloth and warm water. If necessary, you can use a mild cleanser – dish soap, for example – but avoid any cleansers that have abrasives in them, as it could scratch up the plastic casing and leaving it looking worse than when you started.

 

Once everything is cleaned and put back together, it’s time to take your air conditioner for a quick test drive. You can do this before you install the exhaust hose and window kit for the summer, just to make sure everything is operating correctly.  Basically, turn it on for 5 or 10 minutes and make sure it is blowing cold air.

 

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Keep Your Elder Safe in Hot Weather


Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

Here’s what you need to know about keeping your loved one staying safe and comfortable while enjoying the warm weather.

 

Elderly people (people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons:

  • Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
  • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
  • They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against problems. Hyperthermia is caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body.

Heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after prolonged exposure to the heat), heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are forms of hyperthermia … older adults are at risk for these conditions, and this risk can increase with the combination of higher temperature, individual lifestyle and general health.

Lifestyle factors can include not drinking enough fluids, living in housing without air conditioning, lack of mobility and access to transportation, overdressing, visiting overcrowded places and not understanding how to respond to hot weather conditions.

Older people, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, should stay indoors in cooler spaces on hot and humid days, especially when an air pollution alert is in effect.

People without air conditioners should go to places that do have air conditioning, such as senior centers, shopping malls, movie theaters and libraries.

Cooling centers, which may be set up by local public health agencies, religious groups and social service organizations in many communities, are another option.

See Portable Air Conditioners – What to Consider

 

Factors that increase the risk of hyperthermia may include:

 

  • Dehydration.
  • High blood pressure or other health conditions that require changes in diet. For example, people on salt-restricted diets may be at increased risk. However, salt pills should not be used without first consulting a doctor.
  • Heart, lung and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever.
  • Use of multiple medications. It is important, however, to continue to take prescribed medication and discuss possible problems with a physician.
  • Reduced sweating, caused by medications such as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers and certain heart and blood pressure drugs.
  • Alcohol use.

 

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

 

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

 

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

You can follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
  • Rest.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities.

 

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Warm Weather Suggestion

On a hot summer’s day, a misting fan can be your loved one’s best friend, and provide insurance against heat risks. It works on the same principle of a humidifier, and its a great, inexpensive option for when and where you don’t have air conditioning.  Even in air-conditioned conditions, the misting fan helps to keep the moisture balance in the air, making it more comfortable and less irritating to the throat and eyes.

 

A misting fan blows a fine mist of water into the air and if the air isn’t humid, the mist evaporates, taking heat from the air with it. This allows the misting fan to work like an air cooler. In a dry climate, a misting fan can work very well outdoors.

I recommend the Designer Aire Indoor/Outdoor Misting Fan

 

 

  • Its beautiful styling to accent any indoor or outdoor living space
  • It is safe to leave outdoors: ETL “Wet Listed” safety rating with GFCI
  • The weight painted bases provide stability for windy conditions
  • The telescoping neck piece is height-adjustable

 

What You Can Do to Help Protect Elderly Relatives and Neighbors

If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat-related stress:

Visit older adults at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Encourage them to increase their fluid intake by drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of their activity level.

Warning: If their doctor generally limits the amount of fluid they drink or they are on water pills, they will need to ask their doctor how much they should drink while the weather is hot.

Take them to air-conditioned locations if they have transportation problems.

 

What You Can Do for Someone With Heat Stress

If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency.

Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person.

Do the following:

  • Get the person to a shady area.
  • Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
  • Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101°–102°F
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the person alcohol to drink.
  • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

 

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Dementia-Proof Cooking With Fire Avert

 

Fire Avert will automatically disconnect the power to your range or stove in the event that fire or smoke are detected.

Fire Avert is a revolutionary kitchen fire prevention device that can be installed in any home with no tools or professional assistance in less then 10 minutes.  

 

Fire Avert by Active Fire Prevention is a revolutionary fire prevention device created to stop home fires before they start.

 

Fire Avert was invented and designed by Firefighters as they continually went on kitchen fires.  With the help of firefighters and engineers, Fire Avert is the first Auto Safety Stove Shut-Off device that turns off the stove when your smoke alarm is activated.

 

Fire Avert helps protect your home from the leading cause of home fires in the united states –  unattended cooking – by automatically disconnecting power to your range or stove in the event that fire or smoke are detected.

 

Fire Avert activates in response to the audible signal of an existing smoke detector – a patented syncing feature syncs to the sound signature on your specific smoke detector, ensuring maximum reliability and minimizing false alarms.

Plug and play installation means that Fire Avert can be installed in less than 10 minutes in a few easy steps without tools or professional assistance.

Fire Avert works on electric stove and oven ranges. The Fire Avert will only plug into a 4 prong female outlet (NEMA 14-50R), typically found in all homes built after 1990. If you have the older 3 prong female outlet you will need to replace it with the standard 4 prong along with the power cord from the stove. Both these parts are easily switched out and can be found at most hardware stores.

Originally called the Active Alarm, the Fire Avert is a fire safety device

 

Fire Avert works best with outlets close to the floor and with the power cord running parallel to the floor. (Please note picture below). If your outlet is in a position where the Fire Avert does not fit due to orientation of the outlet, any trained person can simply rotate the outlet.

 

 

What does the Fire Avert do?

 

Fire Avert protects your home from kitchen fires day and night! The best way to prevent or stop a kitchen fire is by simply turning off the stove before there is any fire, and that is exactly what Fire Avert does.  

Fire Avert intelligently turns off the stove before there is any fire. Fire Avert is continually monitoring for the sound of your smoke alarm.  

When your smoke alarm sounds from food left on the stove (for longer than 30 sec.) Fire Avert will turn off the stove before there is any Fire.  This concept has been tested and proven by professionals around the country for being the best way to prevent or stop a kitchen fire.

Is the Fire Avert necessary?

 

Yes, the Fire Avert is a must for every home in the US.  In fact every 3.5 minutes a kitchen fire is reported.  Cooking on an electric stove is the #1 cause of home fires in the US, 500 people lose their lives every year from these fires and 5,000 people are severely  injured from these fires every year.  

The average cost of these fires for a home owner are over $6,000. Fire Avert will be the cheapest home owners insurance you will ever buy.

 

What if I accidentally set off my smoke alarm while cooking?

 

The Fire Avert has an intelligent 30 second delay that allows those of us who aren’t the best cooks to clear out the smoke before the Fire Avert cuts the power to the stove. The 30 seconds is plenty of time to clear out smoke or shut off the smoke alarm before the Fire Avert cuts the power supply to the stove.

How can I reset the Fire Avert?

 

The Fire Avert is simply reset by flipping the breaker in your electrical panel off and back on again.  Once the Fire Avert is installed you never again have to pull the stove out.  The Fire Avert is also maintenance free with no batteries.

Will kids toys or loud music trip the Fire Avert?

 

No, Fire Avert is smart enough to distinguish between kids screaming, loud music, kid toys, or any other sound.  Only the true sound of your smoke alarm will trip the Fire Avert.

Is the Fire Avert reusable?

 

Yes, the Fire Avert can be used over and over again.  You never have to recharge or refill it!

 

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Massage Chairs for Pain Relief

 

 

Massage Chairs for Pain Relief

 

 

 

Most healthcare providers are recognizing massage therapy as a legitimate aid for body pain and an effective adjunct to pain treatments.

 

 

A good massage can do wonders for relieving tension and back pain, but a therapeutic massage is not always convenient or available.

 

Most believe massage chairs are a luxury item. A massage chair is certainly not necessary for every day living, or for relieving back pain. However, for some, the benefits that a massage chair can bring certainly outweigh the price.

 

 

Fifty-four percent of healthcare providers say they will encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy to treat body pain, in addition to medical treatment.

 

A study on massage and pain conducted at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami in 2001 found that: “Massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. The massage therapy group also showed improved range of motion and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.” (International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.)

 

 

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research shows that massage therapy provides several important health benefits, including:

 

  • Massage improves blood circulation, which aids in recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity.
  • Massage relaxes muscles for an improved range of motion. The muscle relaxation also helps with insomnia.
  • Massage leads to increased endorphin levels. The increase of endorphin levels is actually one of the greatest benefits of massage therapy. Endorphins are the chemicals the body produces that make you feel good, which is very effective in managing chronic pain.

 

The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes massage therapy as an effective treatment for body pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).

 

 

Massage Therapy Can Reduce Muscle Pain

 

 

Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable process:

  • Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen
  • The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid
  • The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.

After the muscle is relaxed through massage therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen.

 

 

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy and Massage Chairs

 

 

A good hands-on massage can play a crucial role in alleviating body pain.

Similarly, a good massage chair is designed to provide some measure of pain relief and relaxation, however, without the need for person-to-person interaction.

 

Getting a massage in the privacy of home, along with convenience and time efficiency, are the major reasons why some are opting to go with a massage chair as a potential means to ease their back pain.

 

Comprehensive research has demonstrated that there are three central reasons why massage is beneficial:

 

  • Massage improves venous and lymphatic flow—manipulating muscles increases blood flow. Increasing blood flow facilitates the circulation and absorption of nutritional elements into the muscles and tissues. Increasing lymphatic circulation clears toxins out of these areas. Together, this revitalizes the massaged area.
  • Massage therapy decreases tension and improves flexibility – massaging helps loosen tight and strained muscles. Stretching and kneading problem areas allow muscles to relax as well.
  • Massage therapy increases endorphin levels – possibly the most beneficial aspect of massage. Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ chemicals that run through the body – increasing their levels induces positive results. Among other benefits, increasing endorphin levels has been correlated with quicker recovery, reduced pain, and reduced anxiety.

 

These benefits of massage work both physically and psychologically to help reduce common symptoms of body pain.

 

Through the study of the human body and analysis of feedback, many massage chair designs have been developed with the goal of achieving similar benefits.

 

See Top 10 Massage Chairs Reviewed

 

 

Potential Risks and Contraindications for Massage Therapy

 

In general, any type of massage is non-invasive and considered very low risk. While there aren’t specific contraindications or risks associated with use of massage chairs, in general any of the contraindications to general massage therapy should be followed when using a massage chair.

 

Contraindications for massage therapy include:

 

  • Infectious skin disease
  • A rash
  • An unhealed wound
  • Immediately after surgery
  • A tendency to form blood clots or if using blood thinners
  • Circulatory ailments such as phlebitis or varicose veins
  • Inflamed or infected injuries
  • Areas of bleeding or heavy tissue damage
  • At the sites of recent fractures, sprains, or bruises
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Osteoporosis (use caution)

 

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Main Components of Massage Chairs

 

Most massage chairs are designed to involve three main components intended to closely match these massage techniques:

 

  • Massage chair motors – these are the essential mechanical aspects of the massage chair. They power and move the nodes and rollers to the necessary areas, as well as allow the needed adjustments to the seat back.The massage chair has numerous preset patterns and programs used to massage the entire back. However, the motors, nodes, and rollers are meant to be modified through the control pad that accompanies all massage chairs. As the user specifies, the massage chair focuses on the top of the spine down through the lower back, with a tapping motion, rolling motion, or kneading motion.

 

  • Massage chair nodes and rollers – these vary in size and shape, designed to emulate fingers and hands. A massage chair with large rollers and nodes provides a more generalized approach at massaging, while massage chairs with smaller nodes and rollers provide the more detailed, point-specific massaging. They target specified areas of the user’s back and can move in a variety of ways, which are pre-programmed into the mechanics of the massage chair. Again, the user can adjust these nodes and rollers on the massage chair to best fit his or her needs.

 

  • Computer assisted adjustability of the massage chair – This is perhaps the most essential factor. Almost all massage chairs are designed to automatically adjust for the weight, height, and width of the selected user. By measuring the pressure on the seatback, the height of the protrusion of the rollers and nodes adjusts. In addition, by locating specific areas on the anatomy of the back, the massage chair makes the necessary adjustments for the height and width of the user. Selecting various inputs on the control pad can also refine these options.

 

Of course, a mechanical substitute can never reproduce the exact feeling of human touch. As years have gone by, designers have more closely approximated the necessary factors in a massage chair to provide its user with relief from back pain.

 

Although a higher price usually correlates with a higher quality, with massage chairs this is not always the case. Recently new lines of similar, if not better models have emerged at significantly lower prices than past models.

 

See Top 10 Massage Chairs Reviewed

 

Find a Comfortable Massage Chair

 

 

As with many comfort-related products in the market, the final decision should rest primarily on the opinions of the user. It is advisable to test the many different brands and styles of massage chairs that are available.

 

 

 

Guidelines for Choosing a Massage Chair

 

 

 

Here are some general guidelines to follow when searching for a massage chair:

 

Price range of massage chairs – as mentioned before, massage chairs are quite expensive. Price should always factor in with all of the above aspects for the final decision.

 

Presets and adjustability of massage chair

take time to experiment with the preset programs. Some massage chairs may have a preset that is specific to a problem area in the back. Other chairs may offer greater variability. A massage chair with a large range of adjustability may prove beneficial when purchasing a single chair for multiple users.

 

Accessories

certain massage chairs will come with a separate ottoman or a leg-rest that extends in and out of the chair. Some positions may be more comfortable for certain back conditions; for example, sitting in a reclining position with the legs elevated may be more comfortable for some people with spinal stenosis. Several chairs even have a leg-rest that has its own massage or vibration capabilities.

 

Again, as with any comfort related product, there is no absolute definition of what is good or bad. Of course, only through trying different types and styles will a person truly understand if a massage chair is beneficial or necessary at all.

 

 

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