The Most Dangerous Room in your House

Most people have no idea that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house for seniors with over 80% of falls happening in the bathroom. Unfortunately, most people do not realize you can accommodate your entire bathroom for a little more than $100. With the addition of a bath seat, hand-held shower, and grab bar, this severely reduces the risk of falls in a slippery shower or bath tub. In addition, a raised toilet seat or toilet safety frame, can make it easier to get up from a seated position while in the bathroom. At Howard’s new Yakima location, we have a mock bathroom where you can see what a mobility friendly bathroom looks like today and what your options are including our new battery operated bath tub lift. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions and we would be free to do a free in-home assessment on what we might recommend might make your home more mobility friendly.

Yakima 3 Wheeled Scooters

Continuing our helpful tips relating to your medical supply needs. Just click the play button below…

      1. 3 Wheeled Scooters for Mobility

How to remain in your home independently

One of the biggest fears for those getting older is being forced to leave your home because you can no longer get around in it or you fall while in it. For those who are unstable on their feet, a cane is the most widely used assistive device in the United States. It can hold up to 25% of a person’s weight and may prevent falls. They are also very affordable and all insurances cover them. The walker is the next step up from a cane. Walkers were originally designed to be a rehab device but today they have added features such as wheels, seats, brakes, and convenient accessories such as baskets, trays, cup holders, and bags. As someone gets weaker, we strongly recommend using either a can or walker before a loved one has a fall and has to spend time in a nursing home. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions and we would be free to do a free in-home assessment on what we might recommend might make your home more mobility friendly.

Yakima Emphysema Supplies

Number 2 of our helpful tips relating to your medical supply needs. Just click the play button below…

      1. Yakima Emphysema Supplies and portable oxygen concentrators

The Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

Number 2 of our helpful tips relating to your medical supply needs. Just click the play button below…

      1. The Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

What medical supplies do Medicare and Medicaid Cover

Number 1 of our helpful tips relating to your medical supply needs. Just click the play button below…

      1. What Medical Supplies do Medicare and Medicaid cover?

What are the Differences Between a Power Wheelchair and Scooter? Part 2

Last week we talked about why someone might want to get a three-wheeled mobility systems, also called a scooter. The next step up from a scooter is a power wheelchair. The downside to power wheelchairs over scooters is they are heavier and look like a piece of medical equipment. On the other side, power wheelchairs have a much tighter turning radius so they are great for in-home use because they can turn on a dime. They also have the ability to change cushions and backs and can meet the long-term needs of patients unlike the scooter if they have an illness that will progress. Last, power wheelchairs are usually almost always covered for in-home use if prescribed by a doctor and physical or occupational therapist so they tend to be a more affordable option for those on a tight budget. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions and we would be free to bring both a scooter and power wheelchair out to your house for a free mobility assessment.

What are the Differences Between a Power Wheelchair and Scooter? Part 1

I get the question often about the differences between a power wheelchair and a scooter. Usually, three-wheeled mobility systems, also called scooters have becoming increasingly popular for those that can walk short distances but do not have the stamina to walk longer distances. This is why the scooter is a great option for people going on vacation, cruises, or to their church functions. Scooters also disassemble with the heaviest part weighing only 30 pounds for the travel variety so they can be taken almost anywhere. We usually don’t recommend scooters for indoor use because their turning radius is longer than a power wheelchair but this also makes the scooter more comfortable when it travels outside. Unfortunately, most insurances will not cover a scooter if it is primarily being used for outdoor use which is why Howard’s has some scooters for less than $1000 or has an option to rent, or rent-to-own the devices. We will talk next week on why you might want a power wheelchair instead of a scooter. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions.