Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:00:00 PM America/Denver

Seniors are often worried about beginning an exercise program. Common fears are increased pain in the joints, heart attack, stroke, and breathing difficulties. Those with Parkinson’s Disease have a greater challenge due to muscle stiffness, tremors, and balance problems.

But there is hope, and a great deal of help, for seniors who want a more active and healthy lifestyle. Simple walking can benefit the body in many ways. After consulting with a physician, most seniors can take up walking or even reclined stationary biking and reap numerous rewards.

Over time, exercise inhibits joint malformation and actually reduces joint pain, in those with problems such as osteoarthritis. Exercise can help with back pain and improve posture. Muscles are better able to flex and move through everyday functions with regular exercise as well.

For those who struggle with large motor skills like walking, exercising on a reclined stationary bike will actually help improve the individual’s ability to walk. For those who experience muscle cramping and stiffness, regular exercise will serve to loosen and relax those tight muscles.

Stress is a common problem for everyone, including seniors. Stress, the fight or flight response, prepares the body for intense physical activity (to run or fight). If no physical activity is performed in or following intense stress, it can cause health problems. Exercise serves to repair the damage stress does to the body and mind and generally leaves an individual with increased energy and a more positive mood.

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FAQ on Senior Exercise

Monday, December 12, 2011 5:00:00 PM America/Denver

Seniors wanting to start a physical exercise program generally have questions regarding what exercise will do for them and why and how they should do it. After a physician has cleared an older patient to start an exercise program, it is important to clarify some common questions before starting.

#1) I walk my dog and do projects around the house. Does that count for exercise?
*Physical activity includes anything that gets your muscles moving. But exercise is actually an intentional form of physical activity that keeps your heart rate up to a healthy training level for a set period, such as half an hour.

#2) What conditions would I need to look into with my doctor before exercising?
*Any symptoms that are new or that your doctor is not aware of should be brought to his/her attention. Any form of chest pain, heart palpitations, or significant shortness of breath should also be examined. Most individuals, except for those suffering from the most delicate heart conditions and other major health problems, can benefit from exercise. Studies even show that those with diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and heart disease experience improved health and better symptom management with regular exercise.

#3) Will exercise make any difference at my age? What’s the point of starting now?
*It’s never too late to start a healthier lifestyle. Exercise is one of the best indicators of quality of life in the senior years. Exercise can help with depression, fatigue, and improve cardiovascular fitness (heart and lung health). Exercise helps provide the strength, endurance, and flexibility needed for everyday activities and for doing the things you want to do in life.

#4) How can I start an exercise program safely? Using the advice of your physician, you should start at a low and comfortable level. If you are able to walk, walk at a level you are comfortable with for 20 or 30 minutes. If you can only use a stationary bike or swim, again start at a level you are comfortable with and slowly, incrementally build up your duration and intensity. Using some very light weights, like 1 or 2 pound weights, can help improve bone density and muscle strength. Even light exercise has its rewards.

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5 Myths about Exercising For Seniors

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 5:14:47 PM America/Denver

There are many pervasive myths about exercise, especially when it comes to exercise for seniors. Many seniors worry about starting an exercise routine because of some of these mistaken beliefs that are pervasive in our society. Clearing up these myths is an important first step to beginning a new healthier lifestyle.

Myth #1- If seniors exercise, they will expend what little energy they have and struggle with fatigue. *What is true is that initially starting an exercise program may be a little tiring, but once the body adjusts, daily energy levels will go up.  Plus, if you start at the appropriate pace for your level of fitness, you will be far less likely to wear yourself out.

Myth #2- Seniors who exercise will die sooner of heart, bone, and lung problems. The extra exertion will wear out their bodies sooner. *The truth is that those seniors who exercise on a regular basis actually tend to live longer, improving heart, lung, and bone health.

Myth #3- Seniors who exercise are more likely to die of a fall. *Statistically, those who exercise are actually less likely to die of a fall because exercise improves coordination and balance at the same time that it strengthens bones.

Myth #4- Being unable to walk means someone can’t exercise. *The truth is that there is exercise for virtually everyone who isn’t completely paralyzed. Swimming with floatation is an option for many who have lost the use of one or more limbs. Exercising on a reclining stationary bike or even with an arm cycler can work for other seniors with certain limitations. Mobility aids are available that make various exercise habits possible again.

Myth #5- I want to lose weight, but seniors can’t lose weight. *Have you ever watched the show “The Biggest Loser?” They often bring on people in their 60s who are morbidly obese and when they start exercising, they lose weight. The truth is, the calories you eat need to go somewhere and if you exercise, you’ll burn off more of them than you do when you live a sedentary lifestyle. So, talk to your doctor and get moving! You’ll be glad you did.

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Four Types of Exercise for Seniors

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 4:55:55 PM America/Denver

Seniors gain so many benefits from exercise, that it seems a great waste when a senior chooses not to exercise. Exercising on a regular basis will lead to greater health, energy, longevity and an overall higher quality of life. But not all exercise is created equal.

There are four different types of exercise that seniors need to be aware of and actively participate in. A well-rounded exercise program that includes all four forms of exercise will maximize the health benefits each senior can obtain from their exercise time.

#1) The first, and arguably most important, form of exercise is endurance exercise. Specifically, exercise that requires cardiovascular endurance (the heart and lungs have to work harder over a length of time) is recommended for all seniors who have their physician’s approval. Even those seniors with conditions like diabetes and heart disease are able to increase heart and lung health and function, not to mention overall energy and vitality, by doing cardiovascular endurance exercise. Examples are walking, swimming, hiking, and cycling.

#2) One of the most common health complaints of seniors is muscle cramping and stiffness. Flexibility exercise addresses this problem and improves an individual’s ability to stretch and move throughout the day. A good stretching routine before and after an endurance workout is highly recommended, in order to help avoid injury, prevent muscle cramps, and increase flexibility.

#3) At least twice a week, it is helpful to add a balance routine, like Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Yoga has the added benefit of being both a balance exercise and a flexibility exercise. Seniors can prevent falls and trips by doing exercises that push the limits of both stationary (holding a pose) and dynamic (in motion) balance.

#4) Also twice per week, experts recommend strength training. Many seniors think they are too old for using weights. But even starting with lighter weights and moving up can greatly benefit the strength of both muscle tissue and bones. Strength training can help prevent bone breaks and other injuries. Including strength training in a balanced exercise program with endurance, balance, and flexibility exercise will offer seniors the most health gains and the highest quality of life.

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Wheelchair Safety

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:20:55 AM America/Denver

Wheelchairs are made to assist those who are in a more vulnerable position than some. But that doesn’t mean that wheelchairs are fool-proof. They have their weaknesses. It is of the utmost importance, for anyone using a wheelchair, whether for temporary or permanent disability, to understand some cardinal safety rules for using a wheelchair.

#1) Don’t put heavy things on the back of the chair, as it can cause you to tip over backwards. Wheelchairs are balanced to prevent tipping over, but not if the weight from front to back is thrown off.

#2) For the same reason, do not pull hard to open doors or pull something loose, in a wheelchair, or it may suddenly release and send you over backwards.

#3) On a power wheelchair, do not take off the anti-tip wheels. The motor’s torque, in case of hitting an object, can tip you over.

#4) It is best to keep children from playing with both manual and power wheelchairs. They can break things or hurt themselves.

#5) And make sure you turn the power off on your power wheelchair anytime you transfer, if you’re using a wheelchair lift, or you’re near a cliff or ledge.

#6) Street safety tip: Put a brightly colored flag on your wheelchair whenever crossing the street.

#7) Use reflectors and/or flashing lights for riding at night.

#8) Watch out for steep roads, you could tip over or lose control.

#9) If you use a power wheelchair for an outside stroll, watch out for signs of rain as wheelchairs are not meant to be waterproof. The motor and electronics are vulnerable to water damage.

#10) The most important safety tip for wheelchairs is to keep them in good repair. Proper maintenance can prevent problems and even accidents and falls. If unsure about how to maintain your wheelchair, spend some time reviewing the operating manual for the wheelchair. Following these safety tips can prevent unnecessary falls and injuries.

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Wheelchair Materials

Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:20:17 AM America/Denver

The early models of wheelchairs were made of iron and heavy wood. These wheelchairs were far from portable and were very difficult to work with. Today’s wheelchairs are made with sophisticated materials discovered through scientific study and technological advancements.

There are several considerations in the manufacture of the wheelchair. Cost is important for insurance coverage, durability is a necessity for long-term use, function determines how well the wheelchair can navigate everyday obstacles, comfort is vital for patients sitting in a wheelchair for hours at a time, a smooth ride is important, and aesthetics is a final consideration.

Most manual wheelchairs are constructed of aluminum or steel. Aluminum is lighter weight and steel is more durable. Ultralight chairs and performance chairs are typically made of more scientifically advanced materials like titanium, advanced composites, and high-performance aluminum.

Typical steels used include chromium-molybdenum alloy steel, chromium-nickel-molybdenum alloy steel (the only difference being the nickel), and mild steel. In aluminum, the most common is SAE 6061, an aircraft grade aluminum. Ultralight wheelchairs and sports wheelchairs are often made of this aluminum.

When titanium is the material of choice, typically used for performance sports chairs, it increases the cost of the finished product because it is so difficult to work with, as a metal. It requires welding with special gases (TIG welding), which very few welders can do. Only an exceptionally skilled machinist can manufacture such a chair, using special tools and a strong knowledge of working with titanium.

Finally, advanced composites like fiberglass, Kevlar, and carbon fiber allow for curves in the design, minimizing failure-prone joints. These materials stem from aerospace technology. Composites also make for a smoother ride and more ergonomically correct seat. Whatever the material used, it is most important to match form with function, to meet the specific needs of the recipient of the wheelchair.

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The Future of Wheelchair Technology

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:19:29 AM America/Denver

Wheelchair technology has come a long way over the last few centuries. Early wheelchairs were ungainly, unseemly, and uncomfortable. But, today’s wheelchairs come in a variety of styles and purposes. From sport wheelchairs to motorized wheelchairs, disabled individuals have options for lifestyle differences and personal preferences.

But many say that the wheelchair industry has ceased to grow, over the last couple decades. While engineers occasionally put out a new and improved wheelchair model, it is rare that new designs make it to mass production. Medicare and other large insurance companies are preventing new technologies by refusing to pay for new and improved models. Obviously, they prefer the cheap, out-of-date technology.

One example of an incredible new wheelchair technology that never reached the market was Segway’s iBot wheelchair. iBot was a new technology that permitted wheelchair-bound individuals to climb stairs and be brought to a standing position. Two major obstacles were that doctors considered it unnecessary and the price was $26,000 per iBot. Johnson and Johnson, the iBot manufacturers, ceased marketing.

Segway has its answer to the problems faced by the iBot. GM is working with them to produce the new PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) vehicle. This new technology uses chargeable lithium batteries for power. The two wheels are self-balanced and operated by gyroscopes and a “fly-by-wire” system. The PUMA can currently run 35 miles on a single charge, while the company works to extend that to 50 miles.

The user will receive digital information on such things as parking places, charging stations, and shops and restaurants. As amazing as the PUMA is, other developments in the works for future wheelchairs are hovercraft enabled chairs and thought controlled chairs, for quadriplegics. Believe it or not, this technology is not that far off. Who knows where the future will take wheelchair technology, but for now, the PUMA will provide a higher quality of life for the disabled than they have heretofore been able to achieve.

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History of the Wheelchair

Monday, November 7, 2011 8:19:01 AM America/Denver

The wheel was invented around 6,000 years ago. The chair has been around for about the same length of time. Realistically, one can only conjecture when the first wheelchair was ever invented. The oldest evidence currently known is the carved stone image of a wheelchair, from AD 525 in China.

Unfortunately, there exists little evidence for many centuries following that. In 1595, however, we do know that the Spanish King, Phillip II, had an artist sketch him in a chair that had small wheels at the bottom of each leg. The chair had a raised platform for his legs and a backrest he could adjust for his comfort.

King Phillip had to rely on a courtier to push his chair around. It wasn’t until 1655 when Stephen Farfler, a watchmaker who was paraplegic, managed to create the first known self-propelled chair. His chair was built on a three-wheel chassis, with handles attached to the front wheel that he rotated to move forward.

In 1783, John Dawson, a man working in Bath, England, saw an opportunity in the masses of disabled individuals travelling to drink and bathe in the famed water. He created a “Bath” chair which, like Farfler’s chair, had three wheels and a handle the individual could use to steer the chair. However, these were not self-propelled chairs. So the individual had to either be pushed by a friend or pulled by a donkey or pony.

Throughout the next century, improvements were made to the wheelchair, one of which being the development of the two-wheel chair that individuals could control themselves by pushing the wheels by hand. Unfortunately, their hands used to get mighty dirty, until 1881, when the push rim was added: a smaller second rim attached to each wheel.

In 1916, the first motorized wheelchair was invented by British engineers. And in 1932, Harry Jennings of Los Angeles developed a folding wheelchair for his friend Herbert Everest. Together, the two men recognized the mass-appeal of the invention and started a company to market the forerunner of today’s portable wheelchair.

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Iron Lung

Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:20:29 AM America/Denver

The iron lung was first used for the treatment of polio patients, in 1928. Rows of these ungainly machines lined hospital wards for the victims of a disease almost never seen in the United States anymore. References to this other-worldly image have been inspiration to sci-fi books and movies ever since.

The iron lung was, until recently, the length of a car and the weight of about two cars. The concept is simple but ingenious, for the time of its invention. A sort of bellows at the end of the iron lung pulls air in and out of the chamber, where all but the patient’s head is cocooned by the capsule of the machine.

The iron lung pulls air out of the chamber, to cause the patient’s lungs to inhale. Like a vacuum or a straw, the suction creates negative air pressure. Thus the patient’s lungs inhale involuntarily.

Then, the air is released back out of the chamber. The patient’s lungs will naturally exhale as pressure is normalized. Not at all uncomfortable, this in and out air pressure gently causes a paralyzed patient to continue to breath, when he or she cannot breath without aid.

John Prestwich, the longest recipient of treatment by iron lung stated, “This machine is like a comfortable friend, not a prison.” Paralyzed from the chin down by an attack of polio, in 1955, he has been inside the chamber of a giant iron lung ever since.

Today, there is a much smaller version of the iron lung. It is like a large chest brace that is placed only around the upper torso of the patient. The iron lung has benefited many paralyzed patients who would otherwise be unable to breathe.

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DME and Medicare

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:13:44 AM America/Denver

For those patients with Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, there are options available for receiving help with durable medical equipment (DME). Patients who live in their homes or in a long-term care facility can apply. However, patients in a hospital or nursing home will not qualify, as the facility is responsible, in those cases, to provide DME for its patients.

In order to benefit from Medicare coverage for DME, a prescribing doctor, physician’s assistant, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner must first fill out a form for the use of DME by the patient in his or her home.

This form is called a Certificate of Medical Necessity. Not unlike a prescription for a drug at the pharmacy, the Certificate of Medical Necessity is an order by the treating practitioner for a medical equipment supplier to provide the medical supplies needed to the patient.

If your current Medicare Advantage plan does not provide sufficient coverage for the DME you need, you can contact the Medicare Advantage Plan and ask for Utilization Management. You may be able to revert to Original Medicare or transfer to another Medicare Advantage Plan that better suits your needs.

In addition, it is important to ensure that the selected medical supplier is approved by Medicare. To do this, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or go online to and select the option “Find Suppliers of Medical Equipment in Your Area.” This list of providers has been approved by Medicare and will have supplier numbers assigned by Medicare, for billing purposes. Medicare will only pay claims made through approved providers.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:38:10 AM America/Denver

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) is performed by using a machine to help someone with sleep apnea to breathe more easily through the night. It creates more air pressure in the throat and airway, to prevent the collapsing of the airway when the patient breathes in.

Patients with sleep apnea suffer from the frightening problem of the airway closing off when they are asleep. The patient’s partner will notice the breathing stops and may even see the patient’s muscles moving as though the body is attempting to take air in, but it does not happen until the patient stirs.

When the patient finally breathes in, it may be very loud. The patient, at times, will wake with a start, gasping for air. It is a very unpleasant condition that, obviously, leads to poor quality sleep.

The CPAP machine sits to the side of the patient’s bed. The patient will wear a mask that either covers the nose and mouth or, more commonly, just the nose (called nasal CPAP or NCPAP). Some machines maintain constant pressure, while others adjust air pressure for breathing in and out.

While the CPAP machine feels, at first, very awkward and uncomfortable, the patients who persevere in getting used to it reap significant rewards. Daytime sleepiness drops significantly, blood pressure goes down both during the night and even in the daytime, and CPAP recipients are less likely to suffer serious heart problems.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 9:13:42 AM America/Denver

A urinary catheter is a system involving a tube and a collection bag to allow urine to flow from the bladder into the bag. This is helpful for patients who cannot tell when they need to go to the bathroom, cannot empty the bladder, or are unable to get themselves to the bathroom.

Urinary incontinence is a condition in which the patient cannot control urination, whether that is leakage or emptying without the ability to stop it. Urinary retention is another condition in which patients are unable, for whatever reason, to empty the bladder voluntarily.

Catheters are available in different materials, sizes, and types. Materials include rubber, latex, and silicone. This is because patients may have an allergy to one of the materials, such as latex. The shapes of catheters include straight, funnel end, and coude tip.

The smallest possible catheter will be used for the patient’s comfort. But, when urine leaks around the catheter, or when there is blood or sediment in the urine, a larger catheter will usually be required.

Intermittent (short-term) catheters are placed when the patient needs to empty the bladder and then removed after the flow of urine stops. This is done to help prevent damage to the bladder or kidneys, including infections, due to incomplete emptying of the bladder.

Condom catheters are external catheters that are usually used for elderly men. A condom-like device is placed over the penis, rather than a tube injected into the penis. It has to be sized correctly for the patient and changed every day.

Finally, indwelling urethral catheters are left in place. This could be for a short period or a long time, depending on the patient’s condition and needs. Most such catheters are placed through the urethra. But in some special cases, the catheter is placed surgically through a small hole in the abdomen. A balloon is inflated at the inside end of the tube to keep the catheter in place. When there is no longer a need for the catheter, the balloon will be deflated in order to remove the tube.

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A Survival Guide to the First Week of Nursing

Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:15:57 AM America/Denver

Breastfeeding is a wonderful option for a new mom. However, the first week of nursing can be quite intense. Mom’s have to figure out how to get baby to latch on, the right position to hold baby, how long to nurse, whether to nurse on just one side or both, why her nipples are so sore, etc.

If you want to survive the first week of nursing, my top recommendation would be to take advantage of the hospital staff while you are still in the hospital. Get it figured out the first few days you are there. It will be so much harder to figure out on your own.

Secondly, realize that your baby is learning just like you are. While babies are born with natural inclinations towards nursing, they still have to figure out what to suck on, how wide to open their mouths. Be patient with your baby and realize this is their first time figuring breastfeeding out too.

You can also ask other women in your life for help. If you feel uncomfortable talking to a lactation specialist who is a stranger, perhaps try asking other mom’s who have nursed what they did that worked. You may be surprised to learn that they went through the same issues that you will go through your first bit of nursing.

Nursing for me wasn’t that rough the first few days. My nipples were a little tender, but that was to be expected since they were getting a lot more stimulation than normal. My milk supply came in the day after I got home from the hospital when my son was three days old, and on day four and five I was pretty miserable. My breasts were huge, swollen, sore, hard, and very engorged. My advice? Nurse your baby and wake him up. And if he doesn’t eat enough to help you, pump a little to relieve some discomfort. Don’t pump until your empty or you will still have the same issue of engorgement the next time.

Soon your body will figure out how much milk to produce, and things will get better. But staying engorged can cause problems, such as clogged milk ducks, infections and even mastitis. If you are in constant pain and aren’t getting relief through nursing, contact your doctor.

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Top 5 Pumping Tips For the Breast Feeding Mom

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:15:21 AM America/Denver

Pumping breast milk can be very rewarding and convenient. However, it does take a little effort in order to have time and the milk supply to do it. Here are some breast pumping tips for mothers who pump.

1. Set up a time to pump. It can be hard to fit in time to pump, especially with a baby who wakes up every few hours to nurse. Find a time when baby sleeps, when you are relaxed, and when you can pump easily. If the time you decide on doesn’t work, don’t sweat it. Try a different time.

2. Start pumping early on, before you actually “need” the supply of milk. You never know when you might need a bottle for baby. This can also help you continue to build up a strong milk supply.

3. Pump when your milk supply is higher. For some people this is in the morning, while others this is during the night. Get to know your body and figure out a time when you can fit in an extra moment to pump and still have enough milk for the next feeding.

4. Try feeding baby on one side and then pumping on the other. This can help get the flow started easier while pumping, and you don’t have to sneak in a time to pump. Just pump during a regular feeding time.

5. Get the right piece of equipment. If you’re pumping a lot, invest in a good pump that will handle the workload. There are a lot of great choices for both electric and manual breast pumps. Choose a pump that you feel comfortable with, and ask friends and relatives which ones they like.

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How Can You Know If Your Newborn Baby Is Getting Enough To Eat?

Friday, September 23, 2011 9:14:28 AM America/Denver

Breastfeeding has a lot of great benefits, but it can’t easily be measured the same way that a bottle can. With a bottle you know exactly how many ounces are in it, and how many ounces your baby eats. This is something that can’t be done with a breastfed baby.

So how can you know whether your newborn baby is getting enough breast milk? How can you make sure you are producing enough milk for your baby? While nursing your baby consider the following items.

1. How much are they eating? Are they latching on and sucking pretty regularly for at least ten to fifteen minutes at a time on each breast? When you pull baby off the breast are they satisfied? Or do they still cry? Check to make sure baby is swallowing regularly for a good amount of time. Some baby’s nurse quicker than others, depending on how fast your milk lets down.

2. How often is your baby eating? In the first few months baby should nurse at least eight times every day, though it will more likely be ten to twelve times a day. Breastfed babies usually nurse every few hours, though they can go for longer stretches at night or every once in a while.

3. How full do your breasts feel? Can you notice a difference in how full your breasts feel before and after feedings? You should feel firmer before feeding your baby, and softer after. If you have a longer stretch in between feedings do you have fuller, engorged breasts? These are signs you have a healthy amount of milk production.

4. Is your baby still having wet and dirty diapers after each feeding? Dirty diapers are a good sign that baby is taking in a good amount of milk. Look for any indicators that he is not getting enough such as infrequent wet and dirt diapers, or dark, concentrated urine instead of pale, mild scented urine.

5. Is he gaining weight? If your baby is gaining a healthy amount of weight he is probably getting enough. If he has a hard time gaining weight, or his weight drops dramatically, this could be an indicator that he needs to eat more.

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Breastfeeding: Ways Dad Can Help out

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:09:10 AM America/Denver

Breastfeeding can make a dad feel left out the first part of a baby’s life. In the beginning, a baby spends quite a bit of time nursing every few hours. This can be hard on some father’s who feel like they are missing out on the experience. There are, however, ways that a father can still be involved with breastfeeding and the baby’s life, even if they aren’t the ones nursing the baby.

1. Burp the baby. It can be the mom’s job to nurse the baby and provide the milk, but dad’s can help the mom out by burping the baby. This allows dad a chance to be close to the baby, and give mom a small break as well.

2. Take your turn getting the baby during the night. Dads don’t technically need to get out of bed in the middle of the night to get their hungry baby, but he can still bring the baby in to the mom to nurse. Sometimes baby’s don’t like to fall back asleep immediately either, so dad’s can give mom’s a break by taking the baby after baby is fed and rocking baby back to sleep.

3. Give support. Breastfeeding can be a heavy challenge for some moms. Sometimes the best thing a dad can do is lend support to a mom’s decision to breastfeed, even when a bottle seems like an easier choice.

4. Have some skin-to-skin time with your baby. Skin-to-skin time with infants is a wonderful way for baby’s to bond with their father. Take off your shirt, put baby in just a diaper, and cuddle up together under a warm blanket. This can give your baby a chance to learn the dad’s smell as well as the mom’s, and help with the bonding process.

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Taking Tips From Your Newborn With Breastfeeding

Friday, September 16, 2011 9:05:27 AM America/Denver

Breastfeeding is something that not only a mother has to learn, but something that a baby has to learn as well. Both mother and baby have to work at being successful at nursing. With out effort on both parties, breastfeeding would not be a very enjoyable or rewarding venture.

Babies, luckily, are generally born with good nursing instincts. When you consider that babies have been fed by an umbilichal chord before they were born, it is quite remarkable that they are born with the instinct to suck and nurse. Babies are born with natural instincts when nursing is involved.

That is why many lactation specialists and medical professionals recommend following the baby’s lead. If a baby is hungry, there are signs that he shows. Baby will start to squirm, moving or bobbing his head against you. Generally this means turning his head towards you and sometimes he will start to suck, whether that is a breast or an arm.

Babies can also be stimulated with the breast and nipple. They have an amazing sense of smell. They know where mom is, and know where the milk is. If you want to get a good latch, position baby and tickle their nose or mouth with the nipple. This naturally makes them want to open their mouth wider, and you can get a much better latch this way.

It should be pointed out, however, that not all infants catch on to breastfeeding right away. Look for your baby’s hungry cues and work together to have an enjoyable breastfeeding experience. Time and effort can really make nursing a rewarding opportunity for a mom to bond with her baby.

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Easy Ways to Relieve Breastfeeding Pain

Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:03:00 AM America/Denver

Pain should not be a regular part of breastfeeding. While it is normal to have some pain or discomfort with breastfeeding, it should not be continual pain before, during, or after nursing. If you have continual pain, or feel feverish in any way, contact your doctor immediately.

Nipple Soreness: Some people feel nipple soreness more than others. Nipples will likely be sorer at the beginning of breastfeeding because they are not use to as much stimulation. The best remedy is time. It will take time for your nipples to get used to nursing.

Bleeding, Cracked Nipples: If you have sore, bloody, cracked nipples check to make sure your baby is latched on correctly. A bad latch or bad positioning can cause cracked nipples, as can thrush or dry nipples. Ease the pain by using nipple ointment and let your nipples air-dry, and use safe pain medicine such as Tylenol, Motrin, or ibuprofen.

Milk Letdown: Sometimes milk letdown can be very painful for some women. This pain usually is pain that goes away within a few minutes of time. Many women describe this pain as pins and needles. Applying pressure to the breasts, such as giving yourself a big hug, can sometimes lessen the pain. While you can’t always do this easily in public, it can help ease the pain of milk-let down. Another thing to consider is counting to ten or twenty and knowing that the discomfort will go away soon.

Shooting Pain in Breast: Milk letdown can cause shooting pain in the breast. A good way to know whether the pain is caused by milk letdown or not is how long the pain lasts. If the pain is constant and never fades or disappears, then it is most likely an infection, such as mastitis or thrush. It is important to treat yourself aggressively for either of these infections. Call your doctor immediately to get help with the problem.

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Tips For Making Breastfeeding Easier

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:02:17 AM America/Denver

When I was a first time mom I remember looking at my girlfriend’s and thinking “how do they do it?”. They nursed their sweet babies with out any grimace or pain, and seemed to have everything under control with breastfeeding. I, on the other hand, had a much rougher experience.

Breastfeeding has never come naturally to me, even after nursing three of my children. There are some things that I noticed drastically make a difference with breastfeeding. Here are some great tips for making breastfeeding easier.

Position the baby and your nipple correctly. One of the reasons nursing can hurt so much is because the baby is sucking on your nipple, not the area around the nipple. You can also make sure that baby’s tongue is positioned right by using your pinky to carefully lift his lips while he is nursing. If you can feel the tongue under the nipple he is positioned right.

Keep to a schedule. It can be hard to remember whether you think the baby is hungry or not if you don’t have a pattern or a way of doing things. Babies have their own eating and sleeping schedules, so find something that works for you and stick to it. This can help you from feeling like all you do is nurse your baby all day, because you know when the baby is most likely crying because he’s hungry or tired.

Use nipple cream to keep nipples from cracking. Split or blistered nipples are very painful. Avoid dry nipples that are prone to cracking by using a nipple cream on them after every feeding.

Give it some time. Nursing can be uncomfortable the first few weeks, but it does get better. Don’t give up.

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Breastfeeding For the First Time

Monday, September 12, 2011 9:01:25 AM America/Denver

If you have never breastfed before there are quite a few ways that you can prepare yourself for a smoother transition. Breastfeeding takes some practice and skill, so the more familiar you are with what to do, the better your experience might be. Here are some things to know before you start breastfeeding.

1. Don’t introduce the binky or the bottle until you have nursing under control. Babies can easily become confused when they are given the option of a breast and a bottle. While every baby is different, the general consensus is if you want to solely breastfeed your baby, wait to introduce the bottle or the pacifier until your baby has figured out how to nurse on the breast.

2. Remember what you eat is what your baby eats. It is very important to watch your diet while you are nursing to make sure that you are eating and drinking things that are safe for your baby. You should still avoid things that you avoided in pregnancy, such as alcohol, large amounts of caffeine, herbs, and prescription drugs.

3. Nurse your baby soon after she is born. If your baby does not need any immediate attention, nursing your baby in the delivery room is a wonderful time to start the breastfeeding journey. Your baby will be more alert and willing to put forth the effort to nurse, and you will also have medical personnel, such as lactation specialists or nurses, there to help you.

4. Your milk supply takes a few days to come in. The first few days of your baby’s life your body is producing tiny amounts of colostrum, a special milk that is meant to keep your baby safe from sickness and infections. Your milk supply usually doesn’t come in until around day 3 or 4, so don’t worry if your breasts don’t feel very full. They usually won’t feel that way until your milk supply comes all the way in.

5. There are a lot of great books that can give you detailed information and tips about breastfeeding, such as the ones found on Take a trip to your bookstore or library and read up on the subject. You can even bring the books with you to the hospital if you want some extra assurance.

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Born with breastfeeding instincts?

Friday, September 9, 2011 8:59:31 AM America/Denver

While babies are born with breastfeeding instincts, that doesn’t mean they always know what to do. In many cases, newborns have to be taught how to breastfeed correctly. New mothers also need to be taught how to breastfeed, and what to do to improve their experience.

For the most part, babies instinctively know how to suck correctly. However, there are a few babies who position their tongue in such a way as to impair proper latching on. These babies need to be taught how to position their tongue so that breastfeeding can continue without so much stress on the mother’s nipple.

Babies also need to be encouraged to open their mouths wide enough to accommodate the nipple and most of the surrounding tissue. Often babies get frustrated, and so do new mothers, when they don’t latch on correctly. If the baby isn’t positioned correctly, the milk won’t flow freely, and the mother’s nipple will become very sore.

While breastfeeding is a very natural part of our human experience, after centuries of bottle feeding, some of the natural rhythms of breastfeeding have been forgotten. In years past, and in other cultures, girls learned about breastfeeding by watching their mothers, aunts and sisters nurse their babies. When it was their turn to nurse their own baby, they had a built in support group to go to for advice.

Today’s typical 21st century mothers haven’t had as many experiences with other breast feeding mothers. It is very helpful to establish a network or support group you can go to for answers to any problems you may encounter. Even if you don’t have any problems, it’s nice to have someone to assure you that you are doing it right.

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Profile on Ameda Purely Yours

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 8:58:05 AM America/Denver

Ameda’s mission is to help empower mothers to have successful breastfeeding experiences. Their goal is to provide products that make breastfeeding more comfortable and breast pumping easier. They know how important breastfeeding is to both mothers and babies.

The modern breast pump was created in 1942 by a Swedish engineer Einar Egnell. He began this work in 1939 when an obstetrician asked him to make a better breast pump. They had been using American breast pumps which were painful and didn’t express the milk very well.

After much trial and error, Egnell finally got a breakthrough and the Ameda SMB Electric Breast Pump was born. It was the first pump to be truly comfortable and effective. The pump suction and cycling parameters he used continue to be the standards by which breast pumps are judged.

Ameda breast pumps are designed to protect breast milk from bacteria and other impurities. Their proven airlock protection system keeps breast milk from entering the tubing. This is important for preventing molds and other germs from contaminating the milk.

Ameda breast pumps have several sizes of flanges so you can use the one that fits you the best. This is important you will have the most comfortable pumping experience. The size you need depends on how much of your nipple is drawn into the nipple tunnel.

Ameda’s breast pumps have independent suction controls. These controls allow the mother to tailor her pump settings to her own needs. This allows better flow and optimal comfort for the mothers that use them.

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Allergy Myth #10: Allergy Sufferers Develop a Tolerance to Medication

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:47:03 AM America/Denver

There are many people that worry that if one stays on a particular brand of allergy medication for long enough, the medication will begin to lose effectiveness. There is a process of tolerance, with some drugs, in which the body adapts to the presence of the drug, reducing or eliminating its effectiveness.

Some of the first-generation allergy medications, antihistamines in particular, did have this effect. An individual taking one of these older medications would begin to develop a tolerance and symptoms would increase over time.

However, this is not the case with today’s medications. Antihistamines on the market today will not generally cause tolerance. In fact, there are a few good explanations why some people seem to experience a decrease in the effectiveness of their antihistamine.

One reason is that sometimes pollen counts are higher. So, the person exposed may think that, as their symptoms have worsened, the medication must be less effective than it was. In reality, the medication is still working. It just can’t manage the additional load of allergens.

Another reason people think their allergy medications are losing effectiveness is that they have symptoms that go beyond the capacity of the drug to manage. Some antihistamines really only address the itching, the sneezing and a few other symptoms. But, swollen sinuses (a stuffy nose) are often not relieved by antihistamines.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms beyond the capacity of your favored brand of medication, don’t be afraid to try another brand instead. Different allergy medications work in different ways. So, you may get relief from Zyrtec that you just didn’t get with Claritin, or vice versa. Another option would be to see your allergist and discuss possible solutions, so you can have complete relief from your allergy symptoms.

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Allergy Myth #9: Flowers are a Principal Cause of Allergies

Friday, August 26, 2011 9:46:27 AM America/Denver

Have you seen those commercials for allergy medications, full of flowers sending pollens into the air, as the individual on the screen seems to struggle with the onslaught of flower pollens? They get the watery, red eyes, the sneezing, and the stuffiness as they try to get through the flower patch.

Is this commercial reflective of true allergy problems? Are seasonal sufferers dealing, in large part, with allergies to flowers? The answer is a resounding ‘no.’ Most seasonal allergies are caused by pollens that are germinated by wind travel. Trees, grasses, and bushes generally pollenate using the wind to carry the pollen. Tiny, tiny pollen particles are released into the air and carried by the breeze to the other plants nearby.

With flowers, their pollination process involves bees. Insects are the carriers of pollens, for flowers. The pollen, therefore, is different in flowers. It does not need to be airborne to get the job done. All flowers need to do is sit there and look pretty, and an insect will come take the pollen and carry it to the next flower over.

This should be good news for allergy sufferers who have told people not to get them any bouquets, because of their allergies. While you can probably be allergic to almost anything, most people and even most allergy sufferers are not allergic to flowers. So, next time you’re at the market, go test yourself and smell some flowers. You may be surprised to find that you are not allergic to flowers.

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Allergy Myth #8: Immunotherapy Doesn’t Work for Allergies

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:45:53 AM America/Denver

Immunotherapy is a form of treatment for allergies that involves injecting a tiny amount of a processed serum into the arm or arms. The processed serum is made up of the specific allergens that the patient tested positive for during initial allergy testing.

The serum is processed, so that rather than getting a full-blown reaction from an allergic individual, the serum will generally only cause some minor symptoms. One symptom is the arms will often get raised bumps or swelling around the site of injection.

Another symptom is mild fatigue. This can generally last into the evening after shots, so it is a good idea not to plan vigorous activity for the evening after getting shots. Finally, the injection sites can be very itchy. Cortisone cream will help relieve the itching on the arms.

There is the possibility, however slight, that an individual could experience a severe allergic reaction on any given day, to their allergy serum. This only happens in a very small percentage of people with a very small percentage of incidents.

That being said, allergy clinics and physicians take standard precautions to protect against such an event. Following allergy injections, the patient stays in the waiting room, with medical personnel right in the next room, for 30 minutes. If a severe reaction is going to occur, it would generally happen in that first 30 minutes.

Allergy shots take a total of 5 years for full effectiveness. Starting out, the shots need to be delivered three times per week. Then the patient gets backed down to twice, then once, until a few months into treatment, the patient is only coming once every three to four weeks.

It may seem like a lot of trouble to go to, especially for those who are skeptical about the effectiveness of allergy immunotherapy. However, scientific research has proven its level of effectiveness. 95% of bee-sting allergy sufferers are relieved of their deadly allergy by the end of treatment. And 85% of seasonal allergy sufferers have a significant improvement in their allergies after the five year treatment. The results are in; Allergy immunotherapy works.

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Allergy Myth #7: Your Allergies are All in Your Head

Friday, August 19, 2011 9:42:36 AM America/Denver

Many people believe that allergies are psychosomatic, meaning that they are symptoms developed by the psyche, or mind, of the person suffering from them. They believe that because a flower shouldn’t hurt you, your body should logically not be greatly sickened by it.

Allergies are, in fact, different between individuals, making it seem that some are “more dramatic” than others. But, in fact, it has far more to do with heredity than mentality.

Allergic genes are passed from generation to generation. If you have a parent with allergies, you are far more likely than someone whose parents do not have allergies to develop them yourself.

Allergies happen when the immune system, for whatever reason, identifies a generally non-harmful substance like animal dander or tree pollen as a threat. When this happens, the immune system flares up, causing inflammation, irritation, hives, swelling, and possibly even anaphylactic shock.

There are people throughout the United States who must carry epi-pens with them, wherever they go, because if exposed to a bee sting, peanut, or even dog saliva, they could have a fatal reaction. The epi-pen gives a little extra time for the emergency medical professionals to reach the scene before the person’s breathing or heart stops.

In spite of the obvious genetic and environmental components to allergies, however, it is true that stress can trigger allergic responses. In fact, fear of a reaction can trigger a reaction. Does this mean that the reaction is not real or that the allergy is not real? No. But it does mean that stress management can be helpful for those who suffer from allergies.

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Allergy Myth #6: Eating Local Honey can Cure Local Allergies

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 9:42:05 AM America/Denver

The myth that honey can cure allergies stems from a concept like that from the movie “The Princess Bride.” In this movie, the character, Westley, proclaims that he has slowly developed immunity to a poison called iocaine powder, by consuming it in slightly increasing amounts over a long period of time.

The idea is definitely appealing and not really that far-fetched. The body can develop immunity to certain things, when properly done, as in immunizations. In vaccinations for children, severely weakened disease-causing viruses are introduced to the body so that the body can identify and attack them, developing an antibody for each strain.

So, the myth is that if you consume local honey, made by bees from local pollens, on a regular basis, you will begin to develop immunity to these pollens. The problem is, the pollens that the bees make honey with are not the pollens that cause your allergies.

Additionally, the processing the bees perform changes the pollen drastically. If you add the processing of manufacture for human consumption, you are eating something far different from what the bees originally found on a flower.

Immunotherapy works only when done in a standardized, targeted format, ensuring that the appropriate allergens are delivered in the appropriate way. Bottom line: If you want immunotherapy for your allergies, see an allergist about immunotherapy treatment. It works. And that’s no myth.

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Allergy Myth #5: Allergies only Start in Childhood

Monday, August 15, 2011 9:41:31 AM America/Denver

It is true that many allergies develop in childhood. Most of the time, seasonal allergies and food allergies become a problem before adolescence. Yet, this is not always the case.

Stress, childbirth, and moving can lead to the development of new allergies in adults. Adults who have eaten bananas or avocados their whole lives may suddenly find their mouths itching and their stomachs hurting after eating these foods. They may even experience hives.

Seasonal allergies can make themselves known at any time in life. In fact, someone who is in their 30’s who was allergy tested just two years prior will need to be retested if immunotherapy is desired. That is because in this short of a time period, the adult’s allergies may have changed.

Pets are often thought to be a problem until you become “adjusted” to them. Many adults who are allergic to cats, for example, say that they are “used to” their own cat. However, the longer they are exposed to the irritation of the allergy-inducing pet dander, the more likely they are to suffer greater consequences down the road, like asthma.

Children often outgrow certain allergies like those to milk and eggs, developing the ability to consume these foods later in life. Most of the time, however, allergies that develop in childhood remain constant throughout life. But this does not mean that adults cannot develop allergies at any time. Regardless of when the symptoms develop, adults who are suffering from allergy symptoms should consult an allergist to see if they need pharmaceutical or immunotherapy treatment.

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Allergy Myth #4: Moving will End your Allergy Suffering

Friday, August 12, 2011 9:40:46 AM America/Denver

Some doctors have advised a move to an arid climate, for allergy sufferers. Many patients have found relief in doing so. But, does this mean that everyone with allergies will benefit from a move to Arizona or the beach? While moving to the beach would definitely be fun, it may not resolve your allergies.

First, it depends upon what types of allergies you have. If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, due to pollen, the move may not help you. This is because even deserts have allergy-causing pollens like that from sagebrush and cottonwood trees.

Neighborhoods are typically full of landscaping with other pollen-producing plants, grasses, and trees. In fact, many of the same plants may be found regardless of the region. And a move to a new region may start with initial relief and then lead to the same or increased allergy symptoms, as the immune system starts reacting to the local plant-life.

If you are allergic to dust mites, however, a more arid climate may be just the thing. Molds also have trouble growing in desert regions, as opposed to moist environments like Washington. So, remarkably, indoor allergies can improve with an appropriate move.

Most allergists recommend that rather than moving your family, livelihood, and lifestyle to another state, make your home environment work for you. Using air filters, dehumidifiers, allergen barriers, hardwood flooring, and any other means appropriate, you can reduce the allergens in your home significantly, making your home environment a place to escape your allergy symptoms.

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Allergy Myth #3: Eating Organic Foods will Prevent Food Allergies

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:40:05 AM America/Denver

Many people have concerns about the pesticides, chemical sprays, and genetic engineering involved in the growing of crops in the United States. Soy beans, wheat, apples, strawberries, green beans, and countless other varieties of crops are treated with all of these chemicals and scientific procedures.

These chemicals do alter the food and pesticides have been linked to cancer. But, the truth is that it is not usually anything like pesticides that cause an allergic reaction in a food allergic person.

Generally, allergies come from proteins. Bananas, for example, have a protein that causes food allergies in some people. When cooked, however, as in baby food, the banana protein, being very delicate, is mostly or completely destroyed, so even those allergic to bananas can generally eat foods containing cooked bananas.

The foods that most commonly cause allergies are natural foods. They will cause allergic reactions in those allergic to them whether they are organic or not. And eating organic foods from childhood will not prevent allergies from developing.

The most common allergies in the U.S. are peanuts, wheat, soybeans, tree nuts, milk, shellfish, and other fish. Even organic varieties can cause food allergies, in those susceptible to developing them. The best advice is to follow your pediatrician’s counsel as far as when to introduce certain foods to your growing child. As for adults who have food allergies, avoid all foods you have reacted to, both organic and non-organic varieties.

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Allergy Myth #2: Animal Fur Causes Allergies

Monday, August 8, 2011 9:34:43 AM America/Denver

If you have a family member with a pet allergy, you may be familiar with the common myth that it is cat or dog fur that causes the allergic reaction. If you tell a relative, for example, you can’t visit their home because of the cat, they may tell you, “Oh, we keep all the fur vacuumed up. It’s not a problem.”

A couch covered in animal hair will cause an allergic reaction in a pet-allergic person, but not because of the hair. It is the dander, or flakes of skin, that come off with or around the hair that causes the reaction.

Allergic reactions are generally reactions to proteins: food proteins, plant proteins, and animal protein. The pet dander is mainly invisible, residing in even the cleanest homes that contain pets.

In fact, urine and saliva contain some of the animal’s protein, so you may see pet allergic people’s eyes water, with a urine smell. Or, a child allergic to dogs may swell up after being licked by one.

It is often rumored that dogs that don’t shed won’t cause allergies. This is not the case. The truth is that they do send less dander into the air, because they are not regularly shedding skin (with the fur).

However, even non-shedding dogs shed skin cells, just like human beings. So anyone with a pet allergy that isn’t very mild, should avoid pets and especially should not keep one in their home.

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Allergy Myth #1: Children Will Outgrow all their Allergies

Friday, August 5, 2011 9:28:04 AM America/Denver

Children are ten times more likely to suffer from genuine food allergies, than adults. Their developing digestive and immune systems may not yet respond well to certain foods. Very young children can have allergic reactions to casein, the protein in milk, for example.

Casein is difficult to digest and somewhat foreign, as compared to the protein content of other foods. Milk allergies are generally outgrown, however, as children get older.

The same goes for eggs. Children are more likely to be allergic to eggs than adults and they typically outgrow the allergy, eventually. The egg protein, found mainly in the egg whites, is the culprit in this case.

However, when a child has a severe allergy to a food, especially allergies to peanuts, or other nuts, they are generally going to be allergic for life. And, these allergies tend to actually grow worse with each exposure.

A child who reacted with hives, to peanuts, could at any time develop a full anaphylactic reaction, with swelling of the face, tongue, and throat and difficulty breathing. Such allergies require treatment with an Epi-pen and emergency medical services.

Pollen, cat, dog, and other non-food allergies are also likely to be lifelong issues, for children. And, no, keeping a cat in the home will not get the child “used to it.” In fact, if a child allergic to cats has a cat in the home, he or she is more likely to develop further problems down the road like asthma, because of chronic environmental exposure to the allergen.

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Kimishige Ishizaka

Friday, July 29, 2011 3:16:57 PM America/Denver

Do you know who discovered the antibody class IgE?  It was Kimishige “Kimi” Ishizaka in 1966. His work was a major breakthrough in the understanding of allergy.

Born in Japan in 1925, Ishizaka received his medical training and PhD from the University of Tokyo. He headed the immunoserology division at the Japanese National Institute of Health. During this time he was also a research fellow Caltech from 1957-59.

In 1962 he moved to the United States and assumed the post of assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Colorado Medical School. He also served as chief of immunology of its associated Children’s Asthma Research Institute and Hospital. It was while living in Denver that he discovered IgE.

In 1970 Ishizaka went to John Hopkins University School of Medicine where he was O’Neill Professor of Medicine and Microbiology as well as Professor of Biology. He continued his work there until 1989, when some research funding was lost. At that point he moved to La Jolla, California.

Ishizaka was the first Scientific Director for the newly established La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. This was set up as a partnership between basic science and applied research that would improve understanding of the immune system. Dr. Ishizaka retired and returned to Japan in 1996.

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Robin Coombs

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:15:34 PM America/Denver

How did a Veterinarian end up being a famous immunologist? Robin Coombs was born in London in 1921, but was educated in South Africa. He returned to England to study veterinary medicine at Edinburg, where he graduated in 1943.

Coombs then worked at the Veterinary Research Center at Weybridge on the seriodiagnosis of glanders. This was a horse disease which was considered a possible biological warfare agent at the time. This work sparked his interest in immunology, particularly the complement dependent conglutination reaction.

Coombs, along with Arthur Mourant and Rob Race, developed the Coombs test. This test identifies certain types of anemia caused by antibodies produced against one’s own red blood cells. This test is important in cross-matching to prevent blood transfusion incompatibilities.

This test is also used to diagnose haemolytic disease of newborns where a mother with Rhesus negative blood carries a baby with Rhesus positive blood. This disease causes the destruction of the child’s red blood cells. The Coombs test was first published in the Lancet and British Journal of Experimental Pathology in 1945 and 1946.

Within a few years of its publishing, the Coombs test was adopted throughout the world. It still remains the “gold standard” today. The work done by Coombs had a huge impact on British immunology. His work with Phillip Gell gave us the famous Classification of Allergic Reactions adopted worldwide and known as the Gell-Coombs Classification. Robin Coombs passed away January 25, 2006.

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Philip Gell, Influential Pathologist

Monday, July 25, 2011 3:14:08 PM America/Denver

Are you familiar with the name of Philip Gell? If you are, then you know he was a very influential pathologist who influenced thinking on the cellular basis of immunity and the underlying mechanisms of allergic disorders. Some have said he was the most influential immunologist since World War II.

Philip George Houthem Gell was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 20, 1914.  He worked in the Emergency Public Health Laboratory Service from 1940-43, then was on the staff of the National Institute for Medical Research from 1943-48.  From 1948-1960 he was a Reader in the Department of Experimental Pathology at Birmingham University,  and then was a Professor of Immunological Pathology from 1960-1978, serving as the Head of the Department from 1968-78. He married Susan Gordon in 1941 and they had two children.

Gell was an outstanding experimental scientist. Under his guidance, Birmingham University became a leader in the field of immunological teaching and research.  Gell also promoted immunology at both the national and international arena.

The birth of immunology as a scientific discipline took place during the 1950’s and 60’s. During this period, Gell was able to influence thinking on specificity of immunological responses. He was particularly fascinated by the cellular basis of immunological reactions and how foreign proteins are recognized by cells of the immune system.

Gell’s own research involved collaboration with Andrew Kelus on the characterization of genetically distinct markers on antibody molecules.  Gell is also famous for the Gell and Coombs classification of the four types of immunological hypersensitivity. After his retirement in 1978 he worked for a couple years on the immune response to the herpes virus infection, then retired from laboratory work in 1980 and devoted himself to gardening and writing poetry. He passed away on May 3, 2001.

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Drug Allergies

Friday, July 22, 2011 3:10:47 PM America/Denver

A true drug allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a medication you are using. Most drug related symptoms aren’t true allergies, but are non-allergic drug reactions, or a drug intolerance. It is often difficult to know the difference, as symptoms are often similar.

Drug intolerance gives a milder, not allergic reaction than a true allergy does. Another cause for drug intolerance is the reaction caused from multiple medications taken together. A true drug allergy causes and allergic response in the body, and doesn’t happen the first time a drug is used.

Medications given often have other things in them besides the medication itself. If you have a reaction the first time a drug is used, it is possible that you are actually having a reaction to a dye or other ingredient in the medication, something you were previously exposed to elsewhere. Once you have had an allergic response to a drug, the next time it is taken the response will be increasingly severe.

Common triggers of drug allergies are painkillers, antibiotics and anti-seizure medications. Risk factors for drug allergies increase with frequent exposure to the drug, large doses of the drug, an injection of the drug, a family history of allergies, and allergies to certain foods such as eggs, soybeans or shellfish. If you have any drug allergies, it is important to keep track of what caused the reaction.

Symptoms for drug allergies include rashes (localized or general), hives, sensitivity to sunlight (an itchy scaly rash following sun exposure), and Erythema multiforme (red, raised, itchy patches on the skin sometimes looking like bull’s-eye targets and can occur with swelling of the face or tongue). Other symptoms can include muscle and joint aches, fever, and lymph node swelling. Allergic symptoms may not show up for days or even weeks.

Anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock) is a severe reaction that can be life threatening and needs to be treated in an emergency room. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, throat tightness, fainting or light-headedness (due to a decrease in blood pressure), rapid or irregular heartbeat, and/or swelling of the face, tongue, lips, throat, joints, hands or feet. If there are any of these symptoms, quickly seek medical assistance.

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Food Allergies

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:09:15 PM America/Denver

An allergy is when your body's immune system responds defensively to something that is not harmful to the body. In the case of food allergies, the defensive response is due to a protein in the food. Food intolerance is quite common, but a true food allergy is quite rare.

A true food allergy is an abnormal response to food triggered by a specific reaction in the immune system. Food intolerance is also an abnormal response to food, and the symptoms can resemble those of food allergy, but it is triggered by several different mechanisms that are distinct from the immunological reaction from a true food allergy.Food allergies are not common, but can be very serious.
Children often outgrow their food allergies. Adult usually do not. Only about 3% of adults have a food allergy while 6-8% of children have a clinically proven food allergy.

One of the most common food allergies is sensitivity to peanuts. Allergy to tree nuts such as pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts and almonds are also quite common. Egg allergies affect about one out of 50 children, but are usually outgrown by the age of five.

Milk is another common allergy causing food, but lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy. Other commom food allergies are from soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables, spices, food coloring and other chemical additives. If you wonder if you have a food allergy, talk to your doctor about ways to determine if it is a true allergy or not.

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Animal Allergies

Monday, July 18, 2011 3:04:20 PM America/Denver

Your friend's lovable cat jumps up on your lap, rubs against you, purring and wanting to be petted. Your eyes start to water, and you can feel a sneeze coming on. What is it about cats that affect you so?

Pets are the most common triggers for animal allergies. Most people think it's the fur that triggers the response, but actually it a protein in the saliva on the fur. Cats tend to lick themselves more than other animals, hence they tend to be the most common pet that causes an allergic reaction.

Guinea pigs, gerbils and other rodents have become increasingly popular as pets, and they can cause allergic reactions as well. In this case a protein in the urine that causes the allergy. Flakes of sking from an animal can also cause a reaction.

It may take as long as 2 years for an animal allergy to develop, and it can take as long as 6 months for it to subside after contact with the pet. Allergens can remain in carpeting and furniture for over a month. The allergens can also remain in the household air for months after the animal was removed.

If someone in your family suffers from an animal allergy, remove the pets from the home if possible. If they can't be removed, at least confine them and keep them out of bedrooms and areas with carpeting and upholstered furniture. Wash your hands after playing with the pet, and dust often with a damp cloth.

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Pollen Allergies

Friday, July 15, 2011 3:01:19 PM America/Denver

Do you have a seasonal allergy that is triggered by plants?  Every spring, summer and fall, trees, weeds and grasses release tiny particles of pollen. The pollen rides on currents of air, hoping to make contact to fertilize parts of other plants. Instead of hitting their target, many pollen particles enter into noses and throats triggering an allergic reaction.

Pollen is a widespread allergen, and is difficult to avoid. Those allergic to pets can stay away from the animal. Even staying away from plants doesn't help those allergic to pollen, as the particles float about freely on the air.

Most of the types of pollen that cause allergic reactions are produced by plain-looking plants such as trees, grasses and weeds, not by those with showy flowers. The small, light, dry pollen is perfect for wind transport, and some have been collected 400 miles out at sea and two miles up in the air. It does little good to try to get rid of the offending plant, as the pollen could be coming from many miles away, and single plant can generate a million grains of pollen a day!

There are a few things you can do to try limiting your exposure to pollen. Shower or bathe before bedtime in order to wash off pollen and other allergens that may be on your hair or skin. Keep your windows closed and use the air conditioner at home and in your car during the time of year you suffer from allergies.

Many local weather reports will give a pollen count that measures how much pollen is in the air. Pollen counts tend to be highest early in the morning on dry, breezy days. Pollen counts tend to be lowest during wet, chilly periods as the pollen would be heavier and fall to the ground. Doing your best to avoid the pollen will help alleviate your allergy symptoms.

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Dust Allergies

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2:57:42 PM America/Denver

We are surrounded by dust. No matter how well you clean your home, there is always going to be some dust tucked away somewhere. Vigorous cleaning stirs up a lot of dust, which can give a lot of grief to someone with a dust allergy.

Dust is made up of lots of different things including flakes of dead skin from humans, pet dander, little pieces of fabric and lint, bits of food, small pieces of insects, and living organisms such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores and little critters called dust mites. You can often see bits of dust floating in the air in a sunbeam. What is in your particular dust will depend on your surroundings.

Any of the components can be the cause of an allergy, but those tiny dust mite critters are the most likely culprit. You can't see them with the naked eye, they are much too small for that. They live off the dead skin shed by humans and pets. A scoop of dust weighing as much as a paper clip can contain 19,000 dust mites!

These little spider-like creatures create waste products, and the proteins found in the waste products are what cause the allergy. The other components of dust can also cause the same allergic symptoms. Dust allergies are the most common cause of year-round allergic rhinitis and asthma symptoms.

So how can we cut down on the dust and dust mites in our home? Start in the bedroom by covering the mattress, box springs and pillows with airtight, plastic dust-proof covers. Wash all bedding in hot water once a week, and don't use mattress pads unless you will wash them too.

Clean your hard floors with a damp mop or cloth to avoid stirring up dust (a damp dust mop can work well). Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter, or use a built in vacuum that takes the dust out of the house. Remove dust collectors from your home, and if you are the one with allergies, wear a dust mask while you clean. For severe allergies, your doctor can help with medications to alleviate the symptoms.

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Help For Hay Fever

Monday, July 11, 2011 2:56:10 PM America/Denver

Hay fever is the common term used to describe seasonal allergic rhinitis. This kind of allergy is caused by an allergic response to pollen or other microscopic substances found in the air at certain times of the year. Some people suffer from perennial (year round) allergies, as there is usually something floating around in the air.

In the spring, pollinating trees are largely responsible for causing hay fever. During the summer months, grasses and weeks produce the pollen causing the allergy. Fall hay fever is usually caused by weeds, especially ragweed. Mold can also cause allergic rhinitis as it reproduces spores from March through November.

Perennial allergic rhinitis is caused by dust mites, mold, animal dander, feathers and other irritants that are present throughout the year. These irritants can abound in pillows, carpeting, down pillows and comforters, upholstery and bedding. Often allergy sufferers are allergic to more than one culprit.

When you breathe in an allergen, your body thinks of it as an invader and releases a chemical known as histamine into the bloodstream. Histamine causes swelling and redness of the sinuses, nose and mucus membranes of the eyes; as well as triggering sneezing. It also causes increased congestion.

To find out what triggers your allergic reaction may take some detective work. Pinpointing the time of year you suffer most can help in many cases. Your doctor can help pinpoint what you are allergic to using a skin test, and can help you with medications or any other home medical eqpt needed to counteract the effects of the allergy.

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Alleviating Allergies

Friday, July 8, 2011 2:54:30 PM America/Denver

If someone living in your home is an allergy sufferer, you should do all you can to help alleviate their symptoms. Having an allergy safe home will make life more enjoyable for the one with the allergy, as well as the rest of the family. No one wants to be constantly suffering from watery eyes, itching or sneezing!

If you’re having trouble sleeping, it could be due to dust mites, mold spores, and pollen hanging out in your bed sheets. Wash your sheets at least once a week in hot water to see if this alleviates the problem, and make sure your detergent isn’t one that adds to the problem. Skip dryer sheets and use vinegar as a fabric softener in the rinse cycle instead.

Kitchens and bathrooms are especially susceptible to mold growth that can cause allergic reactions. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments, so do all you can to keep things clean and dry. Seal any cracks, and fix any leaks promptly. Clean your shower curtain or doors regularly, along with cleaning the sinks, toilet, tub and counters.  Avoid any foods that cause allergies.

Those allergic to animals should do their best to keep the animal outside if possible. If it must be inside, try to keep it in a specific area of the house that the allergic person doesn’t use as much. Keep the pet out of the bedroom, and for sure, never let the pet sleep on the bed.

Dust accumulations in carpets, furnishings, decorations and in the air can cause allergies to flare up. Use easy to clean furnishings, clean and dust regularly, and vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or better yet, a built-in vacuum that removes the dust from the house. For those suffering with allergies, one of the best pieces of home medical equipment could be keeping your air ducts clean!

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Best Ways to Take a Temperature

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:13:16 AM America/Denver

The best way to take a temperature, in my opinion, depends a lot on the patient. Parents who have tried taking temperatures in young, wiggly children will tell you the best way is the fastest. Of course, getting the most accurate measurement is also important. Make sure a thermometer is part of your home medical supplies. Read More
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Why Monitor My Blood Pressure?

Friday, June 24, 2011 11:11:02 AM America/Denver

Every time you step into a doctor’s office they measure your weight and take your blood pressure. Why is it so important to check your blood pressure regularly anyway? Should a blood pressure machine be part of my home medical supplies? Read More
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Finding Your Target Heart Rate

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:04:59 AM America/Denver

To know the effectiveness of your workouts, you can test yourself using your target heart rate zone (or THR). This can help you pace yourself so you burn calories without tiring yourself out too quickly. Finding your THR can be easily done using the following steps. Read More
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Watching Your Pulse

Monday, June 20, 2011 10:59:39 AM America/Denver

Your pulse is another name for your heart rate, or the number of times your heart beats each minute. Your pulse is lower when you are resting and higher when you exercise because your body needs more oxygen rich blood. Pulse rates will be different for each person, and you don’t need any special home medical supplies to take it. Read More
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Your Blood Glucose

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:42:24 AM America/Denver

Monitoring your blood glucose is the main tool you have to monitor your diabetes plan. This test will tell you the level of glucose in your blood at any specific time. You should keep a log of your results so you and your doctor can implement the right plan for your health. Having the right home medical supplies can help with this. Read More
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The New Forehead Thermometer

Monday, June 13, 2011 10:36:32 AM America/Denver

Temporal artery scanners are faster at detecting changes in temperature (such as when patients are given fever reducing medications) than rectal thermometers. While more and more hospitals and medical offices are switching to the temporal artery scanners, for most of us the higher price may not be worth it unless we are dealing with children or elderly who dislike having their temperature taken. Using forehead or oral thermometers is much easier than those of my childhood days, and both are now a standard item in any medical eqpt store. Read More
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Accessories For Your Power Wheelchair

Friday, June 10, 2011 10:32:50 AM America/Denver

Power chair accessories can greatly improve the comfort and convenience or your chair. Some accessories should be ordered at the time the chair is purchased; others can be added later. Check into the accessories available to see which would benefit your lifestyle the most. Read More
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Caring For Your Power Wheelchair

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:16:14 AM America/Denver

Depending on the users mobility ability, their power chair can be crucial for getting around. Power chairs are also rather costly, so it is beneficial to keep them in the best possible condition. Performing some simple maintenance will keep your chair in top running order, increase safety, and help your chair last longer. Read More
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Safety Tips for Power Wheelchairs

Monday, June 6, 2011 10:12:36 AM America/Denver

For those with difficulty getting around, a power wheelchair can be their most important piece of medical eqpt. For a smooth transition into using a power wheelchair, it’s good to familiarize yourself with a few basic safety precautions. You should start by familiarizing yourself with your new chair and all the features it has to offer. Read More
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Listening With a Stethoscope

Friday, June 3, 2011 10:10:09 AM America/Denver

Doctors and other health care practitioners use stethoscopes to amplify sounds coming from inside your body. These sounds help the doctor assess your lungs, heart, abdomen and major blood vessels. You can use this piece of medical eqpt on yourself to listen to your breathing sounds through your chest, or to listen to your heartbeat. Read More
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Testing Your Cholesterol Levels From Home

Friday, May 27, 2011 2:43:25 PM America/Denver

There are a lot of advantages to having your own home medical supplies. For one thing, you don’t have to waste a lot of time traveling back and forth to your doctor’s office. Another advantage is the convenience and comfort that certain supplies can offer. Read More
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Things to Consider When Monitoring your Heart Rate

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:50:39 PM America/Denver

Home medical supplies don’t only describe larger medical accessories, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and breathing devices. They also encompass other medical items, such as heart rate monitors. Knowing your heart rate is important to know when exercising, and having a digital heart rate monitor can be very beneficial to have. Read More
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The Skin Caliper – A Nice Home Medical Supply Option For Measuring BMI

Monday, May 23, 2011 3:04:38 PM America/Denver

You can purchase a skin caliper as part of your home medical supplies to help you calculate and measure your BMI. Use the caliper to measure the extra skin a person has, pinching with the caliper midway between the base and the crest of the skinfold. There are different ways to measure your BMI count depending on your gender. Men and women are both measured differently. Read More
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Taking Your Blood Pressure Measurements From Home

Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:22:53 PM America/Denver

If you need to monitor your blood pressure you don’t have to take a trip to the doctor’s office to do so, thankfully. There are a lot of great home medical supplies available for blood pressure checks, and you can do it in the convenience of your own home. In special circumstances this can be a very nice option because your doctor might want you to check your pressure a few different times during the day, and having a home monitoring system keeps you from having to take multiple trips to the doctor. Read More
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Testing Your Blood Sugar At Home When You Have Diabetes

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:37:29 PM America/Denver

Blood sugar monitoring can be done at home with the right home medical supplies. The usual method of doing this is by pricking a finger with a lancet and then putting that drop of blood on a test strip. You then put that strip on a meter that monitors the blood sugar level. Meters are a great option because they provide the level results in around fifteen seconds and can even store the information for you to use at another date. Read More
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Understand the X-ray Dangers

Sunday, May 15, 2011 8:36:52 AM America/Denver

While x-ray machines are a valuable piece of medical eqpt, it is important to take the necessary precautions when using one. Effects from x-rays can appear immediately, or days later. Always wear protective gear when around an x-ray machine and try to avoid any unnecessary exposure to x-rays. Read More
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Using a Bedpan

Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:46:08 AM America/Denver

When a patient is unable to get up to use the restroom, the caregiver must care for the toileting needs quickly with a bedpan. This piece of medical eqpt helps the patient avoid constipation or the need to wear a diaper. Of course, it is helpful if the patient can at least help with the process. Read More
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MRI VS. CT Scan - What’s the Difference?

Monday, May 9, 2011 8:54:27 AM America/Denver

Both CT and MRI scanners are important medical eqpt. Both scans have their uses. Your doctor will know which is the right scan for you, depending on what you need. Read More
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The X-Ray Machine: The Modern Day Miracle

Friday, May 6, 2011 8:58:05 AM America/Denver

Medical eqpt and supplies have come a long way through out history. The x-ray machine is no exception. It started with humble origins in a small German laboratory, and now is in mainstream hospitals across the globe. This amazing discovery has helped millions of people receive proper medical help. Read More
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Adjusting to Life in a Wheelchair

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:05:01 AM America/Denver

The need for a wheelchair can happen in a few different ways. Sometimes it can happen quickly, with an illness or accident. Other times the need of a wheelchair happens gradually. No matter how it occurs, it can come as quite a shock to be told that a wheelchair needs to be used. Here are some tips for adjusting to the use of a wheelchair as medical eqpt. Read More
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Having the Right Home Medical Supplies In Case of Emergencies

Monday, April 18, 2011 9:40:08 AM America/Denver

It is important to be prepared for emergency situations in your home. Stock up on emergency home medical supplies so you won’t be caught off guard. The types of supplies that you stock up on can depend on the types scenarios that might be catered to your area, such as wild fires and flooding, etc. Read More
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Remembering Safety on the Trail

Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:01:51 AM America/Denver

Now that spring is here the weather will soon be warming up quite a bit. Hiking is a favorite pastime for many people during the spring and summer months. However, when you are hiking it is important to remember to bring along home medical supplies for the hiking journey. Read More
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Top Tips For Shopping Home Medical Supplies

Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:57:44 AM America/Denver

Purchasing home medical supplies is an important step for anyone who needs medical tools at home. These types of items can be anything from a wheelchair, to an adjustable bed, to a bathtub bar. All of these items make life easier, safer, and more convenient. Read More
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Packing For Emergency Situations

Friday, April 8, 2011 9:07:36 AM America/Denver

Start with home medical supplies. If you don’t have a first aid kit, this is the time to start. Put together medical supplies that range from cuts, burns, and other injuries. You can often find a list online of items to put together on your own, or you can purchase first aid kits already put together. Read More
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The Need For Blood Testing And What to Do About It

Friday, April 8, 2011 9:04:16 AM America/Denver

The use of medical eqpt has helped doctors and medical personnel for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Modern equipment today allows us to perform some pretty amazing things. One of the things that medical eqpt can help with is blood testing. Read More
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Lumbar Support Cushion with Massage

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 7:54:12 AM America/Denver

Lumbar Support Cushion with Massage gently supports the natural curvature of your lower back, preventing the tendency to slouch, enhancing overall posture. Vibrating, soothing massage added for extra comfort. Lightweight & Portable. Read More
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What Your Cholesterol Level Says About You

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:13:44 AM America/Denver

Medical eqpt is available to test your cholesterol levels. It is important to get your cholesterol tested every five years after the age of twenty to determine what level of risk you are at with heart disease. While other factors will come in to play with your risk with heart disease, cholesterol levels can put you at low or high risks depending on their readings. Read More
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Help Prevent Spider Veins During Pregnancy with Compression Stockings

Monday, March 21, 2011 2:37:17 PM America/Denver

All women fear them...painful and unsightly spider veins that occur as a result of pregnancies. Compression Stockings can help to prevent these veins. Read More
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The Legend of St. Patrick

Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:19:03 AM America/Denver

The Legend of St Patrick Celebrated on 17th March

Patrick was born in Britain in the year 387. His real name is Maewyn Succat. The name St. Patrick was given to him later in life by Pope Celestine. His parents, Calphurnius and Conchessa belonged to a high ranking Roman family. St. Patrick recorded most of the history of his life and his spiritual writings in the "Confessio" (Confession). St. Patrick also wrote letters to Coroticus. In this letter, he criticized a raid on Ireland conducted by Coroticus, a British chieftain. Several of Patrick's converts were killed during the raid. The letter also shows St.Patrick's resentment of the scornful attitude of British clergymen and nobility toward the Irish.

When he was 16, he was captured by pagan Irish raiders and sold into slavery to a chieftain named Meliuc in Antrim , Ireland. He spent his teen years and time alone as a shepard to tend to his master's sheep. During this time, his spirituality awakened and his belief in God became strong. He would pray many times in a day. After 6 years being in slavery, he had a dream that he would find a ship to take him to freedom. He escaped to follow his dream. He had to travel about 200 miles before he found a ship ready to set sail.

He managed to return to his family and home. Although Patrick was born a British, he considered himself an Irish because it was in Ireland that he discovered God. He had another vision. This vision would take him back to Ireland to preach the Gospel later. After his escape, he visited the St. Martin's monastry at Tours. He also visited the island sanctuary of Lerins. He placed himself under the guidance of a bishop named, St. Germain (Germanus). Patrick was promoted to priesthood later. He stayed in Britain for eighteen years. During those years, he was still haunted by memories of Ireland and would often speak of his experiences in Ireland with St. Germain. The Bishop, St. Germain recommended Patrick to the pope. Patrick requested to be sent to Ireland but was denied. Palladius was chosen instead. When Palladius died, Patrick was chosen to be sent to Ireland. He was called to Rome and made a Bishop by Pope Celestine in 432 before he went on his mission to Ireland. It was during that occasion that the name "Patercius" or "Patritius" was given to him. The name comes from two Latin words, "pater civium" meaning "the father of his people".

He suffered many trials as a missionary in Ireland. St. Patrick was imprisoned by the Druids but managed to escape. There are also many legends which talks about the miracles and magical fights between him and the Druids. One of which is when he was confronted by a chieftain named Dichu. Dichu drew his sword to kill Patrick but could not do so because his arm became rigid until he declared himself obedient to St. Patrick. Dichu was overwhelmed by the miracle that he made a gift of a large sabhall (barn). This was the first sanctuary dedicated by St. Patrick.

Another legend St. Patrick is most known for is driving the snakes from Ireland. Some tales tell that he stood on a hill and used a wooden staff to drive the snakes into the sea and banished them forever from Ireland. Another legend says that the snake resisted. St. Patrick then tricked it into entering a small box and cast it into the sea. It is true that Ireland has no snakes.

However, he managed to win favor with the local kings later. He spent the next 28 years traveling across the countryside to spread the word of God. He could do this easily as he was fluent with the Celtic language. He succeeded in converting almost the entire population of the island.

Legend has it that St. Patrick would use the shamrock to explain the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word "shamrock" comes from the Gaelic word "seamrog" (In irish, it means "summer plant") meaning "trefoil" (three leafed) or "little clover". In Arabia, it is called shamrakh. It was a sacred emblem in Iran and to the Persian triads. It is also a sacred plant among the Druids. Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. Many Irish people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick's Day. It is not the Irish national emblem. The harp has that honor. This explains the color green and shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day. Today, if you do not wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you will get pinched !!

St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on the 17 March, 461 A.D at the age of 76. He is believed to be buried in Downpatrick, County Down. This is why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the seventeenth of March. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737. The largest St. Patrick's Day parade is in New York City.

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CT and CAT Scan Devices Allow People a Pain-Free, Refined X-Ray Examination

Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:32:03 AM America/Denver

CT scan medical eqpt scans the area than uses a computer to compute the information from the scan. The scan issues cross-sectional slices, or pictures, of main components of the body. These main components are the blood vessels, bone and soft tissue of the body. Read More
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The More Rapid Their Convalescence

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:57:28 AM America/Denver

March 16
“The sooner patients can be removed from the depressing influence of general hospital life the more rapid their convalescence.”-Dr. Charlie Mayo, Mayo Clinic
Benefits of Home Care for Elderly

There are many benefits of having a loved one cared for in her own home instead of in a nursing care facility or group home. Most elderly are cared for at home by a primary caregiver such as a spouse, child or friend in combination with the assistance of a home care agency. Home care agencies can provide a wealth of services for older adults. Going through a licensed home care agency will assure that individuals are screened and qualified to enter the home and provide direct care.


One of the main reasons that many people seek out home care for their elderly loved ones or themselves is for convenience. Having a medical care team come out and care for the patient means the patient doesn't have to leave the home as frequently. This can be especially beneficial to homebound patients who may be wheelchair or walker bound, or unable to move at all. Having a home care staff visit is also a cost-saving alternative to placing the patient into a medical care facility---which can cost several thousands of dollars each month.

Personal Care

For the homebound elder, having proper hygienic care is important. It may have become harder to shower or bathe as the patient has gotten older. The home health aide can visit several times a week to make sure the patient is showered, groomed and dressed. Qualified certified aids may assist with dressing changes or emptying catheter bags. Registered wound care nurses may come out and perform wound and skin care.

Health Care

Health care is an added benefit to the elderly person receiving home care services. Qualified and licensed nurses will visit as needed to care for the patient's medical needs. These nurses work under the direct supervision of a medical director or primary physician to provide proper care. Some of their services may include taking vitals, inserting catheters, drawing blood, applying pain patches, administering medication and assessing overall patient health.

Respite Care

Many home care agencies both public and private generally offer respite care to their patients. Respite care is where a volunteer, nurse or home health aide sits with the patient while the primary caregiver is away or seeks rest or respite. Respite care can involve monitoring the patient, spending time with the patient or even spending the night with the patient so they are not left alone.


Housekeeping is an important benefit to utilizing home care services. A housekeeper is either hired directly by the elderly person or services are provided by a home health care agency. Some of these services may include making the bed, laundry, wiping down furniture, dusting, vacuuming and making sure the entry ways and thresholds are clear and safe for the patient to pass through. Some housekeepers may run errands or occasionally do outside yard work and repairs for the patient.
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Product Spotlight: Therabath Professional Paraffin Bath

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:32:59 PM America/Denver

How Does Paraffin Wax Heat Therapy Work?
Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity, meaning it is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin's heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. In technical terms, heat is transferred to the core of the affected area as paraffin goes through a phase change. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid. The heat that is given off is called the heat of fusion.
More simply, the heat that goes into melting the paraffin comes out when it solidifies into a comforting paraffin coating, thus transferring the heat into the affected limb. Another way to look at it is the paraffin is the medium that transfers heat from the Therabath to the painful area.
At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant. See more information on paraffin treatment hygiene.

Can moist heat therapy help my pain and stiffness? How about my dry weary skin?

Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat to relieve pain and stiffness. The warm paraffin also moisturizes for healthier looking, softer skin.
Therabath warm paraffin wax treatments are fast-acting, drug-free, and versatile, providing heat therapy for many different applications from arthritis joint pain relief to salon hand, foot, and facial services.
Therabath paraffin baths can be used in the home, office, hospital, medical spas, or clinic ...
  • to soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
  • to relax stiff muscles
  • in therapeutic massage for clients and for practioners' self-care
  • prior to therapeutic exercise
  • during physical and occupational therapy
  • to increase range of motion
  • to relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
  • for tired, overworked hands
  • for very dry skin
  • for salon manicures and pedicures
  • for paraffin facials
  • in spas
  • to warm cold hands, especially in winter
  • and more!
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X-Ray Machines Have Changed Medical History

Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:33:05 AM America/Denver

Medical eqpt is important, not only for the doctors who perform procedures, but for the patients as well. A great discovery that happened years ago was the x-ray machine. X-ray technology has come a long way from its humble origination. Read More
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Hypertension and The Advantages of Checking Blood Pressure From Home

Monday, March 7, 2011 10:53:53 AM America/Denver

Doing your blood pressure readings at home with your own medical eqpt avoids this type of situation. You won’t have the pressure on you and can take your own readings during normal day-to-day scenarios at your home. That way you can get a reading of how your pressure is normally, not in a stressful situation. Read More
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What to Do With Surplus Medical Supplies

Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:02:06 AM America/Denver

Doing a good deed is always a worthwhile venture. When you have a surplus of home medical supplies you don’t need to waste them. Instead, donate them so they can be used for a good cause. Read More
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Is It Worth It To Use Pre-Owned Medical Supplies?

Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:58:08 AM America/Denver

There is a debate going on now whether using refurbished medical equipment and home medical supplies should be an option. Refurbished items are items that once had a problem on them, were taken in and fixed. Whatever problem the item had should have been fixed. Read More
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How Technology Has Helped the Medical World

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:46:18 AM America/Denver

Many patients need extra care from home once they return home from the hospital. Sometimes this care is temporary, and other times this is permanent. Having the right types of tools and home medical equipment can really help with home care. Read More
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The Many Advantages of Owning Your Own Home Medical Supplies

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:08:50 AM America/Denver

Second, when you own home medical supplies you will be prepared. If you need to move around the home, the use of a walker, wheelchair or cane is there to help you. If your doctor wants to know your blood pressure, having the right equipment at home can save you a trip to a doctor’s office. Read More
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Home Medical Equipment and Tools Improve Patient’s Well Being

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:54:08 AM America/Denver

There are a lot of reasons to own home medical equipment. The main reasons are that home medical equipment can help with safety and comfort. Having the right tools around your home can really improve one’s well being. Read More
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Keep Individuals Safe By Having Safe Medical Equipment

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:15:58 AM America/Denver

Medical eqpt and tools are critical for the health of many individuals. They aid in monitoring and treating many types of medical issues. They also help with diagnosing problems that arise with a person’s health. Read More
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Lift Chair Advantages and Uses

Friday, February 11, 2011 1:48:09 PM America/Denver

There are many advantages of having and using a lift chair. Lift chairs are great options for individuals who need help getting in and out of chairs. Popular candidates are partially handicapped individuals and the elderly, though many others still take advantage of lift chair medical eqpt. Read More
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Online Shopping Tips For Medical Equipment

Friday, February 11, 2011 1:27:33 PM America/Denver

There are a few things you want to check with when you are online shopping for medical eqpt. There are a lot of different websites that you can check out. It’s important to remember a few of these tips while shopping. Read More
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The Importance of Medical Equipment Throughout History

Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:41:10 AM America/Denver

Medical eqpt has been around for centuries of time. Even during the most basic medical exam there has been equipment around to help with procedures and examining patients. The tools and medical eqpt has been a strong part of therapy, diagnosis, and monitoring. Read More
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The Need For Medical Equipment

Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:28:39 AM America/Denver

There are plenty of reasons to need medical eqpt. These reasons could be because of an emergency situation such as an accident or surgery. It could also be caused because of a more long-term situation. Read More
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The Advantages and Differences of Motorized Wheelchairs and Scooters

Friday, January 7, 2011 12:55:00 PM America/Denver

Motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters are wonderful aids when it comes to transportation. They both make it possible for independence and traveling possibilities that a person might not have otherwise. This article aims to compare the similarities and differences between these two popular mobility aids. Read More


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Wheelchair Basketball Allows Paralyzed Athletes a Sport to Compete In

Friday, January 7, 2011 10:43:21 AM America/Denver

Wheelchair basketball is a wonderful sport that handicapped individuals are able to play. Athletes that do not have full use of their arms or legs are able to compete with other people in similar situations as them. There is a real passion for the sport. Read More


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A Resource Guide to Answering Your Health Insurance Questions

Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:57:24 AM America/Denver

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A New Invention To Help Handicapped Patients At Their Doctor’s Exams

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 1:18:31 PM America/Denver recently interviewed Martin and his associates on the invention. According to them Willis Martin had become saddened by the fact that many of his handicapped patients had a really hard time climbing from their wheelchair on to a tall exam table. The exam table was too high for his patients, and the floor was unprofessional and too low for him as a doctor to examine them. Read More


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Happy New Year from your friends at Alpine!

Friday, December 31, 2010 1:28:56 PM America/Denver

A History of the New Year

The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

Early Roman Calendar: March 1st Rings in the New Year

The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months. September through December, our ninth through twelfth months, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months (septem is Latin for "seven," octo is "eight," novem is "nine," and decem is "ten."

January Joins the Calendar

The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. (In fact, the month of January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February.) The new year was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly elected Roman consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this new year date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.

Julian Calendar: January 1st Officially Instituted as the New Year

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the new year would occur with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1 became the consistently observed start of the new year.

Middle Ages: January 1st Abolished

In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered pagan and unchristian like, and in 567 the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year. At various times and in various places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25, the birth of Jesus; March 1; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter.

Gregorian Calendar: January 1st Restored

In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as new year's day. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire —and their American colonies— still celebrated the new year in March.

For more New Year's features see New Year's Traditions and Saying "Happy New Year!" Around the World.

Read more: A History of the New Year —
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Simple Home Security and Safety Tips For Seniors

Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:11:32 PM America/Denver

Senior citizens are a valuable part of our society. Reaching retirement and enjoying the later years can be a wonderful time for many people. There are, however, new security and safety concerns that must be considered. Whether you have an elderly parent that is coming to live with you, or you are helping an elderly person that you care about set up there home, there are certain issues that must be addressed. Most elderly people are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves, but there are still some concerns to deal with. Sadly, many senior citizens are the targets of crime because they are seen as vulnerable and unable to defend themselves. It is heartbreaking to think of your elderly parent or neighbor becoming a victim, but this has become a reality in many neighborhoods and communities. Aside from concerns with crime and home security, seniors also face many dangers around the house that those who are younger do not necessarily contend with. As we get older, even basic household objects become a danger, and that is why it is so important to take the time to make your home a safe place for an elderly guest, or to help an elderly parent or friend live independently. Here are some tips for making sure the elderly person that you love stays safe while at home: - Whether the senior is staying with you, or on their own, make sure there is a home alarm system installed. This is particularly important for seniors who are living alone, because as mentioned before, they often become targets for burglars or robberies. The alarm system does not have to be state of the art, but make sure it at least monitors all downstairs windows and doors. It is also important that it is not too complex of a system, because if it is too difficult for them to use, they will be much less inclined to set it. If it is not set, then it is basically useless, and this defeats the point of installing a home alarm. - In terms of safety around the house, prepare your home or your loved one's own environment by considering any possible dangers. Slippery surfaces should be covered by non-slippery mats or carpets, and all rugs should have tracking placed on the bottom. It is easy for seniors to slip and fall on non-secure surfaces, and this can result in broken bones or more serious injuries. - Aside from a home security system, you should also make sure that the home is equipped with a working smoke detector. Seniors cannot move quickly, and therefore they can quickly fall victim to a house fire. By installing a smoke detector, you can be sure they have fair warning if there is smoke in the house, and the fire department can be quickly alerted. - If your loved one has chosen to live independently, make sure you have contact with a trusted neighbor. A neighbor can keep an eye out for anything suspicious or that might cause concern, so it is a good idea to have a friendly relationship with at least one neighbor. -Levi Mortenson Read More
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Alpine joins a directory of oxygen providers on the web

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 4:37:33 PM America/Denver

Get listed: Directory of oxygen providers hits the web 'I can't even imagine being stuck somewhere and not being able to breathe properly. That would just freak me out.' By Liz Beaulieu Editor - 12.28.2010 OCEAN BEACH, Calif. – Bill Ray says he’s not sure why he thought of developing a website to help oxygen users find providers when they’re away from home. “I don’t know anyone who uses oxygen,” said Ray, who developed “I was having a conversation with a friend over dinner and drinks one night and all of a sudden it just popped into my head, ‘Bill, you need to build a website for people who are looking for oxygen.’ It was the strangest thing.” The website, which currently gets about 130 hits per day, lists oxygen providers across the country. It recognizes a person’s location and autofills his or her city, state and zip code, and lists providers within 20 miles. It uses Google map to show their proximity. While Ray’s main goal is to help people who use oxygen, he’s also trying to make the website a sustainable business. For $19.95, providers can become “prime listings,” meaning their name, addresses and phone numbers will float to the top of the list in their area. For $39.95, Ray will work with them to develop a video to go along with their contact information. He also sells banner ads. “This is the oxygen yellow pages is what it is,” Ray said. Along the way, one of Ray’s biggest supporters has been none other than Ron Richard, CEO of SeQual Technologies, which manufactures portable oxygen concentrators. The two met when they began playing in the same band in San Diego. SeQual gave Ray the names of thousands of providers who sell its POCs so he could plug them into his directory. The manufacturer also ships its POCs with information on Additionally, SeQual has a banner on the website. “With all of the changes going on with competitive bidding, the number of providers who are getting out of the oxygen business or contemplating getting out of it is increasing, and patients who are traveling are finding it harder and harder to find a provider, particularly with liquid oxygen,” Richard said. “This is a portal that makes it easier to connect patients to providers to either rent or purchase refills or tanks as they travel across the country.” While Ray’s not sure why he thought of developing the website, it might have something to do with a traumatic childhood event. “I almost drowned and I remember gasping for breath and right before passing out, thinking, I just want to breathe,” he said. “I can’t even imagine being stuck somewhere and not being able to breathe properly. That would just freak me out.” Read More
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Share your thoughts about competitive bidding with AAHomecare

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 4:28:41 PM America/Denver

Would you like to share you thoughts about competitive bidding? AAHomecare is giving you an avenue to do so. Read More
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Shopping Tips For a New Mattress

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 11:49:41 AM America/Denver

Bed Accessories: What type of bed accessories can you use with the bed? Some bed accessories, such as sheet holders, can be used with any style bed. Other accessories, such as bed tables, may need to be custom ordered in order to fit with your bed size and style. Read More
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Getting Comfortable With Bed Accessories

Monday, December 20, 2010 9:30:21 AM America/Denver

Bed accessories are very handy when you have to spend a lot of time in bed. Bed rest is often required for people who are recovering from surgery, illness, or even pregnancy. When you are on bed rest you want to be sure you have the right bed sheets. Read More
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Reasons to Care For Your Home Medical Supplies and Equipment

Monday, December 20, 2010 9:27:22 AM America/Denver

Home medical supplies consist of a lot of things around your home. It can be anything from your bedpan to your bathtub railing. All of these items need to be cleaned and cared for in order for them to be reliable. Read More
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Review of the Pride Classic Collection

Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:39:22 PM America/Denver

Pride’s Classic Collection, which used to be called the Casual Line, is made up of four different lift chairs. They are designed to offer functionality at an affordable rate, so these are usually the least expensive Pride Lift Chairs Available, starting at around $700. One of the unique features of the Classic Collection is the armrest design, which not only has a very interesting look, but also is angled slightly away from the seat, providing a very comfortable place to sit. Read More
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Up the Ramp You Go!

Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:46:21 AM America/Denver

Wheelchair ramps have been installed in most public areas. This does help make it easier for those needing to use them, but it can still be a challenge to wheel yourself up one. Here are some tips to help make navigating a ramp safer. Read More


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How to Use Home Health Care Equipment

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:52:27 PM America/Denver

Find out what health care equipment and supplies you need to assist your senior family member The specific needs of the person you're caring for will determine what home health care supplies you'll need, and your doctor can advise as to the proper invalid care equipment to obtain. It can range from hospital beds to bedpans, and from chairs to blood pressure monitors. Read More
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Donating Your Extra Medical Supplies

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:03:40 AM America/Denver

Owning your own home medical supplies can keep you more comfortable and safe at home. Home medical supplies are important to your way of life when you have a medical condition. If you have additional medical supplies donation is a suitable solution for you. Read More
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Mom's on the go - Planning your first day back

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:31:59 PM America/Denver

When you were pregnant, going back to work once your baby was born probably seemed like no big deal. Daycare lined up, bottles pumped and ready, put on your nice clothes and off you go, right? But now you have an actual baby at home, and it probably seems a lot more daunting. I remember being unsure if I’d actually even be able to get out the door on my first day back. Missing the baby is one thing, but for me, the biggest hurdle was getting organized. Read More
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Emergency Home Medical Supplies

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 8:42:21 AM America/Denver

Planning and organizing home medical supplies before the need arises will help any emergency go smoother. Emergency home medical supplies are an important part of any preparedness plan. Depending on what the emergency is, you may be able to ride it out at home, or you may need to evacuate, so store supplies for either scenario. Read More
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Online Holiday Discounts - For a limited time!

Friday, December 10, 2010 3:59:33 PM America/Denver

15% off walkers - Code: 15Walkers
Free Shipping on Maternity and Post-Maternity Care - Code: MaternityShipping
Contour CPAP Pillows 20% off - Code: 20Pillows
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Wheelchair Sport Options

Friday, December 10, 2010 8:21:09 AM America/Denver

There are also different sports that allow different chair models. Some teams only are allowed to use manual chairs, while other times they are allowed to use electric ones. Usually when electric models are used it will say so before the sports name, such as Electric Wheelchair Hockey. Read More


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Tips For Overseas Traveling With a Wheelchair

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 8:36:27 AM America/Denver

When you have to travel with a wheelchair it takes extra planning. You have to have advanced preparation for the types of airlines that accommodate you, as well as get seats that work. Thankfully the Americans With Disabilities Act has made airlines have to comply with certain handicap protocols. Read More


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Newsletter Sneak Peek

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:11:24 PM America/Denver

Sneak Peek: December issue of the Alpine Gazette VIP Newsletter. Spotlight: Asa Nielson, this year's B In Motion wheelchair recipient. To subscribe to the newsletter please email your name and address to: Read More
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Wheelchair Safety Tips

Monday, December 6, 2010 9:04:40 AM America/Denver

While wheelchairs are very helpful to those who need them, both the user and any assistants need to always be aware of safety issues. Wheelchairs, like any other small vehicle, can get into danger if not handled and maintained safely. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe. Read More


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Navigating Stairs in a Wheelchair

Monday, December 6, 2010 8:58:49 AM America/Denver

Even though public areas have become more wheelchair friendly, ramps are not always available. There may be many times when stairs will have to be used. Here are some tips for helping you navigate stairs when ramps or lifts are not available. Read More


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What Is and Isn't Covered By Medicare? You Might Be Surprised.

Friday, December 3, 2010 11:54:12 AM America/Denver

What Is and Isn't Covered By Medicare? You Might Be Surprised. The following list features some general categories of durable medical equipment and supplies, along with notations as to whether or not each item is covered by Medicare. This list is intended as a general reference only. Medicare regulations change often, so check with your local Medicare office for information on any specific equipment that you may need.

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Benefits to Having a Walk-in Bathtub

Friday, December 3, 2010 8:12:04 AM America/Denver

There are a lot of great things you can do to have your home be safer to live in. Some of these things are home medical supplies for people who are handicapped. Having a few good home medical supplies can really help with relaxation and comfort. Read More
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Certain Medical Conditions May Require You To Make Changes Around Your Home

Friday, December 3, 2010 8:07:19 AM America/Denver

The main thing you need to consider is the type of home medical supplies you have. What home medical supplies do you have that can help make life easier while in the bathroom? Since bathrooms are linked to a lot of accidents it is best to find home medical supplies, like shower mats, to help with safety. Read More
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Bruno Stow Away Installation

Monday, November 22, 2010 4:25:34 PM America/Denver

What better way to start a week than with a vehicle lift installation? See Alpine's installation quality on this Bruno Stow Away - what can we install for you? Read More
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Sleep Apnea Pillow for CPAP Users

Friday, November 19, 2010 9:42:23 AM America/Denver

Order your pillow today at Enter code 20Pillows at check out to receive a 20% discount on your pillow today!
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Holiday Travel Made Easy

Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:34:38 PM America/Denver

Holiday Travel Made Easy

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Ways to Get Rid of Those Awful Bath Mat Stains

Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:18:06 AM America/Denver

Having the right home medical supplies for your home can keep you or family members safe from harm. It is important to have the correct home medical supplies to use on a regular basis so you can be properly taken care of. One great option is a bath mat in your tub. Read More
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Today's Seniors Have Never Been More On The Go

Friday, November 12, 2010 11:30:11 AM America/Denver

Today's seniors have never been more on the go.

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Cleaning a Memory Foam Pillow

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:24:21 AM America/Denver

Somewhat new to the bed accessory line up, memory foam is very comfortable to sleep on. It is, however, very impractical if you will need to wash it often. It is one bed accessory you can't just throw it in the washer and let it air dry. Read More
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How to Clean Hospital Sheets

Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:22:26 AM America/Denver

When you have bed accessories such as hospital bed sheets it is important to keep them clean. Clean bed accessories stop bacteria from spreading. The key to keeping them clean is proper care. Read More
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Setting Up Bed Rails

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 8:22:52 AM America/Denver

There are many bed accessories that can help us get a better night's sleep. Having bed rails on their bed will help anyone prone to falling out of bed have a better night. These bed accessories can be useful for toddlers as well as many older people as well. Read More
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Getting a Wheelchair Through Narrow Passages

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 8:19:03 AM America/Denver

Anyone who has ever tried to get a wheelchair through a narrow doorway knows the importance of wider doors. About the only way to make it happen is to have the person get out of the chair, fold the chair so you can push it through the door, and then put it back the way it was. The user then has to be helped through the doorway and back into the chair. Read More


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Mobility Matters

Monday, November 8, 2010 4:41:41 PM America/Denver


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Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:23:25 AM America/Denver

Bathrooms in most houses are not made to fit a wheelchair. There are many things that need to be altered and remodeled in order to have a bathroom fully equipped to handle a wheelchair and the person in it. You may be surprised at how many changes actually take place in this type of remodel. Read More


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CMS Releases the Names of Winning Bidders

Friday, November 5, 2010 2:21:44 PM America/Denver

BALTIMORE - CMS took the next step in its competitive bidding program for DME today by releasing the names of the winning bidders.

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How to Transport A Powered Wheelchair

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:43:38 AM America/Denver

Power wheelchairs have made life easier for many who would otherwise be unable to move about. These vehicles have helped many regain their independence and mobility. Many stores have power chairs available for their patrons, but on other situations, you may need to take your own with you. Read More
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Making Your Home More Wheelchair Friendly

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:06:07 AM America/Denver

There may come a time when you have someone in your home that uses a wheelchair. Without totally remodeling your house, there are some simple things you can do to make your home more accessible. How long someone is expected to need the wheelchair may determine how extensive your changes are. Read More
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Ways Utah CPAP Machines Improve Lives

Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:04:23 AM America/Denver

Utah has the privilege of having advanced medical technology to help with sleep apnea. A Utah CPAP machine helps with this breathing problem. Utah CPAP machines give you constant oxygen while you sleep, so you don’t have to deal with gaps in breathing. Read More


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Provo Construction Update

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:16:11 AM America/Denver

Provo Update: The new Provo location in construction has expanded its footing...more updates to come.‌

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Monitoring Your Blood Pressure While on Bed Rest

Monday, October 25, 2010 9:18:59 AM America/Denver

There are many reasons to have a blood pressure monitoring system at home. Blood pressure kits make great Utah bed accessories for people who need to record how their blood pressure changes. Doctors are able to take this information down and help you with your prescriptions and health. Read More
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Fall Special: Contour CPAP Pillows 20% Off

Friday, October 22, 2010 9:43:03 AM America/Denver

Fall Special: Contour CPAP Pillows 20% Off

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Why Foam Wedge Pillows Will Work For You

Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:25:39 AM America/Denver

Are you recovering from an injury or surgery? A foam wedge pillow can help. This amazing Utah bed accessory will help you while you rest in bed. Read More
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Falls: Everyone's Worst Nightmare...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:47:46 AM America/Denver

Falls: everyone's worst nightmare... Are you worried about yourself or a family member falling in the home? Here are some easy tips to help prevent falls.

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How a Medical Alarm Can Be Useful For Bedridden Patients

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 9:08:15 AM America/Denver

There are many types of Utah bed accessories that can help a patient who either needs to remain in a hospital bed or their own bed for an extended period of time. These Utah bed accessories are there to give patients an added advantage so they can be comfortable and accommodated. Read More
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Home Hazard Prevention

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:40:12 AM America/Denver

A short video featuring a few simple home hazard prevention tips for you and your loved ones. Click "Read More" to watch.

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The Proper Way to Clean Your CPAP Machine

Monday, October 18, 2010 3:10:43 AM America/Denver

There are a number of reasons why a person would need a Utah CPAP mask. One common reason is because of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that many people suffer from throughout the State. Read More
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Alpine makes an appearance in Mississippi newspaper, the Sun Herald

Friday, October 15, 2010 10:25:49 AM America/Denver

CEO of Alpine, Jay Broadbent, referenced in a Mississippi newspaper; article written by the AA Homecare.

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Provo Update: The new Provo location in construction now has its floor...more updates to come.

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Bedpan Uses and Advantages

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:30:14 AM America/Denver

Bedpans are a great Utah bed accessory. Both bedpans and urinals are great Utah bed accessories that allow people to go to the bathroom while in the bed. Bedpans are used when a person is unable to move from the bed and is used for both fecal and urinary discharge, though urinals are usually better for urinating. Read More
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What's the hold up?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:27:25 AM America/Denver

CMS continues to delay naming bid winners.

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Don’t Let The Pain Get To You - Get Padding For Your Hospital Bed

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:41:17 AM America/Denver

When you are stuck to a hospital bed you often need Utah bed accessories to make life easier. Comfort is important. Having Utah bed accessories can really help with this. Read More
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Reasons Why You Should Purchase a Ring Pillow

Monday, October 11, 2010 3:11:56 AM America/Denver

Contoured foam ring pillows, or donut pillows, are great Utah bed accessories for patients to use. It gives relief while sitting or reclining, taking off a lot of pressure people may feel. A foam ring pillow has a lot of reasons why it is beneficial. Read More
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Hot off the press!

Thursday, October 7, 2010 7:22:53 AM America/Denver

Hot off the press! Alpine makes an appearance in the HME Newspaper, October 2010.

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Bedside Tables Are Great Bed Accessories

Thursday, October 7, 2010 3:23:58 AM America/Denver

Utah bed accessories are there to make life easier. Utah bed accessories make things a lot more manageable. There are a lot of different Utah bed accessories available to help with daily life. Read More
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Why the Fit is So Important for CPAP Masks

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 5:00:05 AM America/Denver

A continuous positive airway pressure mask, often abbreviated CPAP, is very important. If the mask does not fit correctly it can be quite a nuisance. The comfort of the mask is important because you will be wearing the mask often if you have need of it. Read More
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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 3:57:23 AM America/Denver

Alpine's Fall 2010 Newsletter to go out today. Are you on our If not, email to subscribe.‌ Read More
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Understanding your Medicare options has never been easier.

Monday, October 4, 2010 7:43:52 AM America/Denver

Understanding your Medicare options has never been easier!

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Pride Mobility

Friday, October 1, 2010 4:38:34 AM America/Denver

Manufacturer Spotlight: Pride Mobility
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Medicare FAQs

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:38:55 AM America/Denver

As a participating supplier in the Medicare Program, Alpine wants to help answer your frequently asked Medicare questions--please see attached link.

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Best Bath for Your Loved One

Monday, September 27, 2010 3:45:26 AM America/Denver

Over time bathtubs and showers become a hazard to our loved ones. Alpine offers a bathroom remodel solution through Best Bath that is sure to meet your or your loved one's needs. Please call Alpine today for your free in-home bathroom remodel consultation at:

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Wheelchair Operations at Airports

Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:34:58 AM America/Denver

Airports have tried to deal with stolen wheelchair issues. The reason the chairs are so easy to steal is because most airport chairs are the standard chairs, with generic appearance. It is as simple as folding up the chair and stowing it in their car’s trunk. Read More
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2010 Fall Home Show

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:29:19 AM America/Denver

The 2010 Fall Home Show is coming up; do you have your tickets?

"Come to the Home Show where you have the chance to shop, compare and save, plus get great new ideas--all under one roof." -Ty Pennington, Spokesperson for the Deseret News Fall Home Show.

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Have More Comfort With Handicapped Bathtubs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:57:25 AM America/Denver

Wheelchairs are very handy to help disabled people get around. There are many different models and styles of out there to fit with everyone’s tastes and likes. Just like everyone has different tastes with what type of wheelchair they would like to use, everyone also has different preferences with the type of bathtub they would like to use as well. Read More
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CPAP Re-supply...are your orders automated yet?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:21:29 AM America/Denver

Automating your CPAP supply is now easier than ever!

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Wheelchairs Throughout the Ages

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 3:31:56 AM America/Denver

We all know and love the wheelchairs that we have today. But how did they come to be? When were they first invented? Read More
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The Terrific Uses of Wheelchair Lifts

Friday, September 17, 2010 6:12:50 AM America/Denver

Wheelchair are amazing tools that help us be able to be mobile when we do not have the option. They are relieving options to people who have had physical injuries and can no longer walk easily. They are incredible options for paralyzed individuals who do not even have the option to ever walk on their own.

People who need the use of wheelchairs often need additional help to get to and from places. Ramps help individuals get in and out of buildings. Lifts can help you get in and out of cars.

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Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with sleep apnea?

Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:35:14 AM America/Denver

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Alpine is here to provide you with all of the help that you need to get started on your treatment.

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Using Wheelchairs To Keep Stay Happy and Comfortable

Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:13:16 AM America/Denver

It is not always a piece of cake to deal with wheelchairs. This is true regardless of the amount of time you use the wheelchair. It is important to do your own research and find out what the correct option is for you.

Right now there are many different accessories with the chairs. Some things, like safety belts, are there to keep you safe. Safety belts are good to help people who have little control of their body or people who frequently nap from falling out of their chair.

There are other things that can help you from tipping over. These devices are usually put on the back of the chair, though they can be located in other places. These help people who are a little more reckless from toppling over.


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Alpine is your source for up-to-date info on the Competitive Bidding process...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:46:42 AM America/Denver

Alpine is your source for up-to-date info on the Competitive Bidding process... Hearing on “Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment: Implications for Quality, Cost and Access”

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Wheelchair Ramp Requirements

Monday, September 13, 2010 5:25:38 AM America/Denver

Some homes may require a ramp for wheelchair use. Ramps are great for allowing users mobility and access to their homes, and even businesses. Ramps need to be installed safely, however, in order for them to be effective.

All the ramps that you install should conform to the Americans with Disability Act, or the ADA. These guidelines are easily found online. They can tell you which materials you can use, and add any additional requirements that may be needed.

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The 411 on Wheelchair Cushions

Friday, September 10, 2010 5:54:28 AM America/Denver

When searching for the perfect wheelchair it is important to find one with great cushioning. The cushion is what makes it comfortable for the user. With no cushioning, the chair would be very hard to ride in.

Wheelchairs are used a lot when transporting patients in to and out of hospitals. Pregnant women and new mothers need special cushioning because of the amount of pressure that they are feeling in their lower area. They are just one example of people who can really benefit from having a chair that has soft cushioning.

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What to Consider When Buying a Wheelchair Ramp

Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:23:16 AM America/Denver

There are many things to consider when you are buying a wheelchair ramp. First, ramps are very important if you want to be mobile. They allow you to get to and from homes, vehicles, and buildings.

Also, you want to find a ramp that will hold the proper amount of weight. You need to have a ramp that will hold your weight, your wheelchair's weight, and the weight of anyone who may be helping you. This means finding a ramp that can hold at least 500 pounds.

The materials also need to be strong enough to hold you. There are a few different types of materials that you can choose from. Be sure to find one that can deal with the pressure of all that weight.

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Have you recently been hospitalized? You have a choice.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:57:18 AM America/Denver

Have you or a loved one recently been hospitalized and would still like to work with Alpine instead of hospital HME internal referrals? Good news, you can.
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How to Properly Load a Wheelchair in to a Car or Van

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 3:50:07 AM America/Denver

Loading a wheelchair in a car is important if you ever want to travel a long distance away from your home. It allows you to have a greater chance of being mobile. It is important to know how to load the chair in the vehicle, however, and it will take some practice.

Manual models are a lot easier to load in to the back of cars. Many of them can be folded down and fit in the trunk of a car. Some manual chairs can't fit in cars, however, and need to be placed in vans or other specialized vehicles.

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We Bring Wellness Home

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 4:27:41 AM America/Denver

‎"Home is integral to one's health and well being...[and] seniors fear nursing homes more than death".

Read on to get a glimpse of the future of home health care and the cost-effective aspects of keeping Mom and Dad at home.
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The Dynamics of the Wheelchair

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3:55:04 AM America/Denver

Wheelchairs are wonderful tools to help people who are injured of physically disabled. They allow people to move around easily, when they otherwise would not be able to. They are available now to check out at many places, such as hotels, malls, theme parks, and airports.

There are a lot of different models to look for. They vary, depending on what they are needed for. They serve a lot of different functions and can work in different ways.

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Taking Care of Your Scooter’s Battery

Friday, September 3, 2010 4:43:38 AM America/Denver

When you own a mobility scooter, it is important to take proper care of the batteries. This allows you to keep the battery’s performance more effective. Bad batteries will make the power and speed go down.

If the batteries are not taken care of properly they will eventually need to be exchanged and replaced with a new unit. Replacing battery units can get quite expensive. It is more inexpensive, and time-consuming, to simply take steps to keep the scooter batteries well maintained.

You can take care of the batteries easily. It is important to get in a routine for keeping your batteries maintained. It won’t take a lot of effort.

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Compression Stockings for Runners/Athletes and Travelers

Monday, August 30, 2010 7:48:34 AM America/Denver

Did you know that compression stockings have a wide variety of applications? These stockings are now very popular amongst runners, athletes and travelers.

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Alpine Breaks New Ground

Friday, August 27, 2010 9:34:21 AM America/Denver

Forget about the gold shovels and hard hats, two year Best of State winner Alpine Home Medical Equipment announces the groundbreaking of their new Provo showroom and warehouse this upcoming Tuesday, August 24th, at 10:00 a.m. at 1481 North State Street in Provo. We welcome any to join Alpine Home Medical Equipment and Deputy Mayor Dixon Holmes for this exciting event.

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High School in a Wheelchair

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:40:41 AM America/Denver

High school is a place that many individuals find out who they are. It is a place of trail and error that causes growth in individuals. Many people often say that high school was great, but they would not do it again.

Every student wants to be accepted, but different and distinguished in his or her own way. There is great diversity in high school. There are so many different cultures, religious beliefs, and even disabilities.

One of the greatest differences to get over for some students is disability. It limits the student’s ability to participate in the many activities that are offered in high school. There are many accommodations that are offered in high school to help these students stay active and accepted.

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Accommodating Sports

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:36:16 AM America/Denver

Sports have always been around. Even ancient civilizations held their own sporting events. It is one thing that can be shared with every culture around the world.

Just as it is practiced around the world individuals like to observe it. There is always a crowd at sporting events. The crowd is made up of fans, friends, families, and supporters.

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Some Things are Better than Others

Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:30:46 AM America/Denver

The world today offers many comforts and conveniences for all kinds of diseases and disabilities. This is a great benefit to the individuals who are suffering and for their families. One of these comforts is the scooter.

The scooter is one of the greatest tools for disabled individuals. Some may argue that a wheelchair will suffice. There are times though when the scooter is more convenient to use.

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Famous Wheelchair Users

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 2:42:59 PM America/Denver

Wheelchairs and scooters allow disabled individuals to to be mobile. Wheelchairs have been used by some pretty prominent members in society. Here are a few of those famous people.

F.D. Roosevelt - Our 32nd President was paralyzed from the waist down. While he was careful to be seen in public walk using iron braces, he used a chair while he was in private. F.D. Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to be voted in to serve as President of the United States for more than two terms.

Christopher Reeve - Christopher Reeve is most famous for his role as the superhero Superman in the Superman series. In 1995 Christopher Reeve had an accident during an equestrian competition and became paralyzed. He had to use a chair ever since.

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Visiting a Theme Park in a Wheelchair

Friday, August 6, 2010 9:38:05 AM America/Denver

Just because you are in a wheelchair does not mean that you can't have fun with the rest of your family at a theme park. On the contrary, most amusement parks are very accommodating to those who are handicapped. If you are planning on taking an end of the summer retreat to an amusement park, here are some good tips.

Remember that you don't have to stand in those long lines. Most major theme parks, like Disneyland, allow you to go to the front of the line. This is a win-win solution because you don't have to maneuver your chair through the long, tight areas which can slow down the speed of the line, and you also have the perk of not having to wait in line.

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Wheelchair or Scooter?

Thursday, August 5, 2010 10:20:33 AM America/Denver

It can be hard to decide whether you want to use an electric wheelchair or a medical scooter. The choice varies depending on your circumstances. This articles aims to tell you the differences between the two so you can find what will fit your needs best. Electric wheelchairs: Electric wheelchairs are powered by electricity. They can be very maneuverable, making it possible for you to move easily inside and outside. As long as the terrain is somewhat even, it is easy for you to be mobile. They are also very durable and stable. They are heavy, so there are limits to how they can be lifted. They do not fold, so they are not easily transported. But if you have the right vehicle, you can use four-point tie downs for the chair to make them safe when you travel in the car. Read More
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What Speed Should Your Wheelchair Be?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 5:36:04 PM America/Denver

There are different types of electric wheelchairs. One thing to consider when buying an electric model is the speed they go. If you are a first time buyer, it is important to think about this. You may not have considered the relevance that speed has to play with an electric model. But having too slow a speed can really get aggravating. And you also don't want to have a model that is too fast, or you have safety risks and concerns. The average speed for wheelchairs are 5 miles per hour. This is a great speed for moving around others. It is a good speed that is similar to a normal walking pace. Read More
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Exercises you can do in Your Wheelchair

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9:56:03 AM America/Denver

Wheelchair exercises are important to do. Everyone needs to exercise, even disabled people. It is important to have the right amount of exercise every day. A good place to start with your exercise goals is to find motivation to continue. A lot of people feel that a good motivating factor is to look at all the benefits that come through exercise. Wheelchair exercises are very beneficial because it increases your muscle strength and stamina, which allows you to be more independent and not so dependent on others. Read More
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How to Properly Use a Wheelchair

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9:39:15 AM America/Denver

There are better ways to help a person than simply grabbing the handles of their wheelchair and start walking. First off, you don't want to hurt them if they are pushing themselves. Secondly, it is a major invasion of privacy. A lot of people actually prefer pushing themselves. It allows them to be independent in a typical dependent situation. They can develop a lot of upper body strength from pushing themselves around. Even people with a lot of strength, however, can get tired. They may like to have some help getting around. But you should remember that you need to ask first and tread carefully. Read More
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Ways to Choose a Good Wheelchair

Friday, July 23, 2010 9:30:45 AM America/Denver

Just like picking out a couch for your living room, a paint color for your wall, or a car to put in your driveway, a wheelchair requires some thought. There are different features that should be considered when purchasing one. Here are a few factors to consider during your search. Read More
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Advancements in Shower Wheelchairs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:26:26 PM America/Denver

Being able to take a shower when you are dependent on a wheelchair is no easy task. A lot of people need the help of a caregiver to help them take their showers. In the past this meant the loss of privacy. However, now there are wheelchairs that can actually be taken inside the shower. This reduces the high need to have assistance from caregivers. Shower chairs allow people to have their independence back when bathing. Read More
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Flying When You Have a Wheelchair

Monday, July 19, 2010 1:41:26 PM America/Denver

When you are flying on an airplane for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming. Add to it the need for assistance with your wheelchair, and you may feel even worse. Thankfully today all major airlines have assistance available to you, so you don't have to feel nervous about the trip you are about to make. Read More
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Collapsible Electric Wheelchairs

Monday, July 12, 2010 11:19:31 AM America/Denver

Utah wheelchairs that can be collapsed, or folded, are easy to transport. They don't require time or effort to disassemble them. Even though it is electric it still folds like a manual, which is something that is new and nice to have.

Having the ability to fold and collapse makes it an easy item to store. It also allows it to be transported more easily. It is one of the easiest ways for a power wheelchair to fit in to a car.

A folding power Utah wheelchair can be disassembled by unplugged the chair's two battery cables. After that you can remove the battery case. With both removed, you can quickly fold the chair in to an x shape and collapse it.


Folding power chairs are used a lot. They can be used inside and outside. They are really nice options because they don't take up a lot of space in your home.

Because of how they are designed, they have a seat that is cushioned for rough terrain. They have a sling seating system that is supposed to reduce pressure and help with seat cushioning. It also makes transferring in and out of the chair easier.

Collapsible or folding power Utah wheelchair also have the look of a traditional Utah wheelchair. It doesn't require manual operation, though. This can be nice for people who don't have the upper body strength required to use a manual.

Folding electric chairs have a longer battery range than before. They also have better speed capacities than previous models. They are more lightweight than the more sturdy electric chairs. The speed really comes in handy when trying to get around.

There are other functions that make it nice. There are armrests that can be flipped up, for example, for you to put items in. There are also options of swing away or elevating leg rests, etc.

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What Kind of Ramp You Should Purchase

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:02:56 PM America/Denver

It is important to purchase the right type of ramp for your Utah wheelchair or scooter. First, decide what your needs are. Are you going to be using the ramp permanently? Or is a temporary ramp while you heal from an illness or injury?

There are very inexpensive short-term ramps that are available for use. However, even people recovering from injuries can take advantage of ramps that can also be used for long-term patients. There are plenty of modular ramps that are high quality ramps, but are portable for people who are dealing with temporary setbacks. Modular ramps can also be used by people in permanent situations where a permanent ramp would not work.

Modular ramps are nice because they are portable. They can be removed when a Utah wheelchair is no longer needed. But until that point they still provide a safe, sturdy way for a person to get in and out of their home or office.


There are several different types of portable ramps. There is a one-piece ramp that can be moved from one set of steps to another. Another type of ramp is called a suitcase ramps, which can be folded and are used a lot with vans or vehicles.

Permanent ramps can be designed for your home. They stay in place and are always there for you. You never have to set up the ramps or take them down.

Places that have a lot of stairs, or a tall stairwell, can use a ramp with a vertical platform lift. A lift is used to physically move the chair to the upper platform because a ramp can't be used. Stair lifts are convenient when you can't safely use a ramp with your Utah wheelchair.

Other things to factor in when deciding on a ramp is what size you will need. It is important to factor in the length and height of the ramp you will need. This will help you know whether you can safely use the ramp or not.

For example, if you have too steep a ramp this can obviously cause a safety issue. You will have a much higher chance of dealing with a serious tumble and injury. If your ramp meets the safety requirements, but you are still feeling a little uneasy about it, add safety features like edge guards or handrails to add extra protection.

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Wheelchairs: New and Pre-Owned

Thursday, July 8, 2010 10:42:05 AM America/Denver

When buying a Utah wheelchair there are a few things to consider. First, how often will it be used? Are you going to be using it permanently or just for a short amount of time?

Also, do you have any particular styles that you like? Some are lightweight, while others are more sturdy and heavy. Do you like manual or electronic chairs?

A lot of people like lightweight chairs. They are more reliable than the heavier counterparts, and allow people to move around easier. They allow people to need less assistance from family and friends, which makes them a lot more self sufficient.


You also have the option to buy a brand new Utah wheelchair or a used one. Brand new chairs have never been used before and you don't have to worry so much about hidden breakdowns. But pre-owned Utah wheelchairs can be bought at a fraction of the cost.

You can find pre-owned Utah wheelchairs at a few different places. You can sometimes find them in stores that sell new models. They may sell pre-owned ones, or ones that have been refurbished. Refurbished simply means they were used before, but taken in to get repaired. Now they are fixed, but can't be sold at the same price as newer models.

You can sometimes buy a refurbished model for a huge discount in price, ranging from hundreds of dollars. This can really help when you have a tight budget. Some refurbished models even have warranties, which are really nice to have.

Another place to search for pre-owned models is online. There are plenty of sites, such as eBay, which can offer your brand new models for a third of the normal asking price. You can find pre-owned ones in good condition that way too. Be careful to only buy from a seller that has been given good reviews because there is no guarantee that what you are buying is exactly accurate. Be careful of online scams that can happen.

Other sites, such as Craigslist, offer pre-owned models for cheap prices as well. It is similar to an online garage sale. Look and see if there are any listings for wheelchairs and see if any look like they would work for you.

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Wheelchair Uses

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:32:17 PM America/Denver

There are a lot of different Utah wheelchairs available for clients to use. They are a wonderful way for people to learn how to be mobile, even if they can't walk. They provide a great source of movement for those who are confined to not walking.

Disabled people are those who typically use them. Patients, or those recovering from surgery, also use them however. It makes it a lot easier for them to get around.

People love to be able to move on their own. It can be hard for some people to not be able to participate in their normal, daily routines. This is especially true for patients who have been athletes all their life.

Thankfully, people have done a lot to help disable people in Utah wheelchairs feel included in athletic events. There are now different races and games that are catered towards disabled people. People can now get a lot of satisfaction out of various events and races that are specifically for disabled patients.


Some sport events are now in effect. These sports events happen in many countries around the world. Because of these events, thousands of disabled people are able to participate in a variety of different sports and sport programs.

These tournaments can really boost morale. They are not only able to do something that they love, but they are doing it with people who are in similar circumstances that they are in. Everyone in the event is disabled and participating with a new spirit of life and achievement.

These events can be done in a variety of types of chairs. Manual Utah wheelchair are moved independently, or with the help of someone. They are made to be light weight, and are very handy in sport events.

Electronic Utah wheelchairs are another option. These are usually used indoors, rather than outdoors. They typically are not used for sporting events, but more for the home or office.

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Pain Relieving

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:27:30 PM America/Denver

Getting older can be hard. Our spirits and minds feel young, but our body age and have limits put on it. It is hard to acknowledge that we cannot do everything that we once could.

A mobile scooter or Utah wheelchair can help us do what we want to do. It can help us get around the home or at events. We can still be independent.

Pain is also something that happens, as we get older. There is emotional pain and physical pain. A mobile Utah wheelchair can help reduce or eliminate the pain.


One type of pain that mobile scooters can help with is arthritis pain. Arthritis affects the joints and makes it hard to use our limbs and get around. Mobile scooters allow us to get around at home and outside the home without having constant pain in the legs and hips.

Some individuals might suffer from joint pain that is not caused by arthritis. It hurts to move anything connected to a joint, which is almost everything. Mobile scooters limit our movement without sacrificing independence.

Knee pain is another common aging pain. Knee pain can prevent us from walking, going outside, or visiting with friends and family. The mobile Utah wheelchair helps because we do not have to use our knees to get around. We let the mobile scooter do the work for us.

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Some back pain comes and goes and other times it is always there. It can make it hard to get around.

A mobile scooter is great to help with back pain. The movement of walking can make back pain worse, but no one walks when they use a mobile scooter. The scooter does all the work for us while we sit and enjoy our independence without pain.

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Popular Wheelchair Sports

Friday, July 2, 2010 11:47:34 AM America/Denver

As time goes on, cultures have evolved. People now embrace differences and handicaps instead of fearing them. There are the Special Olympics and Paralympics within the Olympics for those that are handicapped mentally or physically.

Utah wheelchair or scooter sports have become very popular. These sports were invented because people became aware that disabled individuals had a right to play and participate in sports and competitions. The sports are slightly modified to accommodate for the handicaps.

There are several different types of Utah wheelchair sports. Some of them are racing, basketball, tennis, table tennis, baseball, football, hockey, bowling, and badminton. Some of these sports use a manual wheelchair and others use an electric wheelchair or mobile scooter.

The wheelchair used in these sports are different then ones that are used for medical purposes only. The wheels on the wheelchair or scooter are angled to give more stability. The chairs are also designed to go faster and be easily maneuvered.

The two most popular Utah wheelchair sports are basketball and tennis. Wheelchair basketball began in 1956. Wheelchair tennis started in the 1970s by Brad Parks.

In 1973 wheelchair basketball went International. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation began then and still oversees the sport today. This sport has a number classification system to ensure fairness.

Wheelchair basketball is patterned after regular basketball with a few exceptions. The rule for traveling is very different. Wheelchair basketball players are said to be traveling when a player has received the ball and touches his or her wheels more than two times. Players must shoot, bounce, or pass the ball before he or she can touch their wheels again.

Wheelchair tennis is much like regular tennis that is played with two or four people. Instead of running the players reach and go after balls with their wheelchairs. Players need easily maneuvered wheelchairs for this sport.

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Are Wheelchairs for Those Who Need Them, or for Tired Tourists?

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:40:55 PM America/Denver

There are many different kinds of mobility Utah wheelchairs on the market today. The purpose of their design is to help those who have problems getting around. They allow those who have difficulty walking the ability to get out and about.

There are many elderly who require mobility assistance to maintain their independence. Some younger people also have disabilities that require them to have assistance. Wheelchairs are commonly available in many stores to make shopping easier for those with disabilities.

For many, mobility assistance devices are truly necessary and are a great blessing in their lives. Without aid, these people would be housebound. Many elderly resist using mobility assistance until they can't get around any other way.

A shocking new craze is lazy tourists who rent mobility Utah wheelchairs . Apparently this is seen in Las Vegas. Young women wearing high heels, driving a powered wheelchair from one end of the casino to the other to save their tired feet.

Since a prescription isn't required to rent mobility devices, anyone who wants to can get one. I've heard engaged couples say they used a store's Utah wheelchairs to sit in while they selected the items to include in their gift registration at the stores. This may have saved their feet, but what about their pride?

After spending all day on my feet at Disneyland, I will admit my feet hurt. Even my teenage son was complaining of a sore leg from all the walking. He suggested we rent a wheel chair; I bought him an ACE bandage to wrap around his knee instead.

Now we can't always tell just by looking at someone whether they need assistance getting around or not. There are unseen ailments, or perhaps temporary ailments, that restrict someone's ability to get around sometimes. Someone who looks perfectly healthy may be recovering from an injury or surgery, so we can't judge someone on sight alone.

Should those without disabilities be allowed to use mobility devices intended for those who really need them? What happens when someone who really needs one can't get one because some lazy, otherwise healthy person is using it? Is this as bad as parking in handicapped parking spaces?

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Improving Your Life with Wheelchairs

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:52:40 AM America/Denver

Life can be so unexpected sometimes. Things happen to us that we do not plan or ever wish of happening. What ever the circumstance is, there are ways of support, help, and things to help improve it.

Getting older and accidents can take a toll on the body. You might find yourself not being able to do things that you once could. Technology has opened a way to help people get their lives and independence back.

One of many ways to get your independence back is a mobile Utah wheelchair. There are many different types and models of mobile scooters or wheelchairs. This allows you to choose the one that best fits your needs and wants.

Mobile scooters will allow you to attend more events. You will be able to go to parties, graduations, and other celebrations without feeling like you are burdening other individuals. You will be able to come and go as you please.

If you ever just want to get out of the house, then you can. So many possibilities will be reopened to you. You can go to the park or mall without having to worry about being in pain or sore from them.

Life always seems to happen really fast. With scooters you can be right in the midst of things. You will once again be able to be active in the things that you love doing.

Mobile wheelchairs will give you back your independence and choice. You can choose again what you want to attend and do. You will no longer need someone to be right there to help you along.

A quality lifestyle can be achieved when you use a mobile Utah wheelchair. There are light compact or heavy-duty mobile wheelchairs. Regardless of which style you choose, you will once again receive your independence back.

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Choices in Mobility

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:55:11 PM America/Denver

Age or accidents use to have the power to immobilize individuals, but not any more. This day and age has so many different possibilities because of technology. You can get anything from a prosthetic limb to a mobile Utah wheelchair.

Buying a mobile scooter or Utah wheelchair may seem stressful if you have no knowledge about them. It may feel like you are buying a new car for the first time in your life. Hopefully after reading this article you will have an idea of what to look for.

You will need to know where you will be using your mobile scooter. There are different types and models of mobile scooters. Some are built to be used more outside, where as some are more compact for indoor use.


If you plan on using it inside your home, you will want to check its maneuverability. You will want something that is easy to handle and is compact. Having a mobile scooter with a small turning radius is a good idea too.

You will be spending lots of time in this chair. Make sure that you will enjoy your time in it. Sit in the chair and feel it out. It is almost like a car, so take it for a test drive.

Some people enjoy the more heavy-duty scooters. These are great for outdoors and traveling around town. They are also a very durable mobile scooter.

You will want to get the best bang for your buck, so do the research. Take time to understand what you want and what is best for your circumstance. It is better to have patience now then have regret later.

Knowing the shipping and delivery options is important too. A Utah wheelchair can be very expensive to ship, so make sure you know your options. A mobile scooter is great because you get to be mobile while still keeping your independence.

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