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Rollators: a way to reclaim your mobility

Our independence is generally celebrated at every step of our lives; first steps, first bike, first car etc. But losing mobility is a definitive blow to a person’s morality because it takes away our independence. With rollators that freedom is within your grasp.

Rollators provide an easy way to get around and do the activities that were once thought as things of the past. This mobility device has four wheels and brakes for quicker movement and stopping capability. From getting around in the house or to participate in family gatherings, you have the choice to be a part of any event on your own terms. In a recent article in The Nation, a German care home teaches the residents, age range 80-100 years old, to use rollators as dance partners to enhance their mobility and life.

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Not only will a rollator provide freedom, but they also provide an easy way to carry your own belongings with a pouch located under the seat. Rollators come in a wide range of colors, a comfortable cushioned seat, and a padded backrest.  With the bicycle styled hand brakes, stopping quickly is possible and easy to achieve. Having a rollator will vastly improve your quality of life with the ease of mobility and wider array of activities available when you are more independent.

Diabetes Health Supplies provides a large selection of mobility devices as well as accessories and options to customize your rollator to suit your specific needs. Please feel free to contact us for more information on how to improve your mobility.

Rollator or Traditional Walker: Which is Right for You?

Walkers come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Even though they share some similarities, each type of walker is designed for a specific need and function. The following guide will help you find the walker with the right support and features.

Standard Walkers:

This type of walker offers the most support. Standard walkers are most appropriate for individuals who have a high risk of falling or who are recovering from knee, hip, or other types of surgery. They are also the easiest to operate if you have limited hand dexterity. Basic models without wheels provide the most stability and work best on indoor surfaces. For individuals who do not need as much support, two wheels can be added to the front to make the walker easier to maneuver.

Rollator Walkers:

Rollator walkers are extremely popular but may not be appropriate for everyone. Rollators have wheels on all four legs and typically come with a seat and a basket. This type of walker is best for people who just need a little extra help getting around but who are still relatively stable on their feet. Rollators offer the best mobility, which makes them perfect for someone who likes to be out and about. The seat provides a convenient resting place, and the basket is perfect for shopping or carrying items from room to room. To safely use a rollator walker, you need to have sufficient hand strength and quick enough reflexes to operate the breaks when needed.

Diabetes Health Supplies is proud to offer a wide range of walkers and mobility aids to help you enjoy the fullest life possible. Contact us for more information and assistance in choosing the right mobility aid for your needs.

Wheelchairs Don’t Have to Get in Patients’ Way of Feeling Fabulous

According to assistive device related statistics provided by the National Institutes of Health, upwards of two million people in our country will use wheelchairs this year. For many, it will be a temporary setback but others must learn to remain seated in them for the rest of their lives. As such, they’ll undoubtedly have questions, including how to maintain their hygiene, and we have the answers:

One wheelchair accessory that may help disabled individuals feel fabulous is a shampoo tray with straps. The portable trays are perfect for those times when dry shampooing is no longer a desirable option. Often used by at-home caregivers and certified nursing assistants, they’re meant to support the patient’s head during shampooing. Support is frequently needed especially if patients are using high-backed wheelchairs that refuse to go into any sort of comfortable, recline position.

In addition, the tray’s sloped design diverts water, soap, conditioners, colored rinses and stray hairs towards the sink drain as opposed to the patient’s backside. However, if you plan on using it with peroxide, bleach or dye-laden products be sure to thoroughly cleanse the plastic tray after each use. Otherwise, the chemicals are likely to degrade the plastic over time and increase its porosity, which could lead to permanent staining.

Under normal use it will resist stains and other surface damage. As for the 54-inch long straps, they’re generally resist stains too. But if they do become soiled, feel free to clean them using a mild dish detergent and perhaps a soft or hard-bristled bottle brush to get into any small grooves. Afterward, dry the tray and allow the accompanying strap to air dry for 24 to 36 hours at the most.  The straps, by the way, make it easy for caregivers to hang the tray up to dry using a well-placed, bathrobe or towel hook for support.

For more important information on today’s disability aids and best wheelchair offerings, please contact us.

Shopping for Rollators? Look for These Helpful Features!

Although limited mobility is not a condition that plagues aging members of our society exclusively, a person who is suffering from the effects of arthritis, weakness, osteoarthritis, a spinal cord injury, or back, hip, and leg trauma, may greatly benefit from the sense of independence that a walking aid can give them. Many options are available to today’s consumer. A rollator’s size and style are important, however, once these aspects are decided upon, don’t forget the following features:

Seat

When shopping for a rollator, whether for yourself or a loved one, the inclusion of a seat is a must! Whether you are concerned about getting winded while on a lengthy stroll across a parking lot, or worried about getting light-headed from standing too long, a rollator with a seat not only provides a handy place to rest, but also can contribute to a user’s peace of mind.

Brakes

Those who have never had to rely on walking aids for added stability may not realize the importance of a dependable brake. A common type of brake is the hand brake, which is similar to the break mechanism on a bicycle. Both hands must squeeze these brakes in order to maintain stability. A more natural system devised to keep your rollator from moving out from under your weight is known as a push-down brake. As the name implies, leaning heavily on your rollator will engage the brakes. This system may be ideal for those whose stride is uneven.

Basket

With both hands operating your rollator, a basket can be your most helpful asset. From purses to library books, a great basket can help you carry items from point A to point B. Some people prefer baskets that are fully enclosed to provide a measure of privacy. Others find it simpler to use a “see-through” wire mesh basket.

 

If you, or someone you love is in the market for a rollator to assist them in daily activities, take your time, explore your options, and learn about the importance of investing in a high-quality rollator. Have questions about a particular design or feature? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to answer your questions.

Rollators May Help Get Ailing Individuals on the Move and Back Outside

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Do you have difficulty walking and standing for long periods of time? Before those problems cropped up was the great outdoors on your list of favorite places to be? If so, investing in a rollator may help you get back on your feet and outside enjoying the wide open spaces. You may ask, “What the heck are they?” In short, they’re a special form of rolling walker that may be used indoors or out. Plus, they traditionally come outfitted with seats and backrests. Customized rollators with built-in foot rests and storage areas are often available too.

When choosing from the various models of rollators on the market today, it’s important to keep a few key things in mind. The most important one is your physical makeup. Ideally the rollator should be strong and have enough padding to accommodate your weight and hip width comfortably. It should also be tall enough to allow you to use it without having to hunch over, reach up or otherwise contort your body in an unnatural walking or standing position. But that isn’t all that should be taken into consideration.

Rollators vary in design and not all of them are best for outdoor or indoor use. Consequently, it’s best to look at the rollators’ wheels, overall size, weight and portability then select one that matches your living environment. Take people that have to walk across the grass or gravel to reach their doorsteps for examples. They’ll need a rollator with large wheels and the stability needed to handle uneven terrain.

Of course lifestyle and health factors should also come into play when purchasing a rollator for home or office use. For example, if you like to walk to the corner store now and again to buy some snacks, select a rollator with built-in storage that’s big enough to hold your routine purchases. On the other hand, if you are prone to episodes of edema, a rollator with adjustable footrests may be more apropos.

To learn more about rollators and how they may help you get back to doing the things that you love with ease, please contact us today. At Diabetes Health Supplies, we currently have several different rollators in stock, including those with some of the features we mentioned previously, and we’d love to help you find the right one.

Knee Walkers May Help Diabetic Seniors Recover from Foot Surgery

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Osteomyelitis and other complications frequently cause elderly diabetics to need foot surgery, which could lead to a series of new problems. For example, there are some diabetics that do not have the physical strength, balance or general coordination needed to safely use a pair of crutches. So undergoing foot surgery could literally leave them completely immobile during the long recovery period typically associated with such operations. Thankfully, there are other pieces of durable medical equipment that may prevent that from happening. Among the most popular are knee walkers.

Knee walkers share some similarities with rollators, traditional walkers and wheelchairs. For instance, they feature wheels, handlebars and rubber grips. The big difference is that they are designed to support one leg and foot. The other leg and foot must be used to manually power the walker. Rollators and traditional walkers, on the other hand, are meant to be used with two feet. And wheelchairs, as most people know, are well suited for people who can’t use their feet at all.

Like their counterparts, knee walkers come in an array of styles and sizes. Let’s take four-wheeled knee walkers as examples. They tend to be very stable and are capable of making wide turns with ease. Three-wheeled knee walkers are typically less stable but have tight turn radiuses, which make them ideal for use in very confined places. Other design elements that are important to consider when selecting knee walkers for post-surgery use are its wheel size, weigh capacity, amount of leg support padding, steering system, breaking system and portability.

It’s also important to note that knee walker manufacturers also tend to make a wide variety of accessories to go with their products. The list includes, but isn’t limited to storage units, replacement parts and washable slip covers for the padded areas. To learn more about knee walkers and how they may be customized to aid diabetics during their recovery periods, please contact us today

Manual Wheelchairs for Less: An Introduction for First-Time Consumers

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When it comes time to buy a manual wheelchair, most Americans are surprised by all the various options available. As such, they often have difficulty choosing between standard and transport models. So, to make the manual wheelchair buying process easier, we wanted to highlight the major differences between the two most common types. Let’s look at standard wheelchairs first:

Standard wheelchairs are frequently divided up into subcategories, like lightweight, high-back, bariatric and reclining. Nonetheless, the wheelchairs share some commonalities, the most important one being wheel size. The ones used to manufacture standard wheelchairs are typically huge, which offers users distinct advantages over their small-wheeled cousins. For example, they tend to offer optimal stability and negotiate rough terrain with ease. Plus, they are well-designed for people who have the arm strength and desire to remain independent but that’s not all. Thanks to a wide range of accessories, the wheelchairs can be personalized rather easily too.

Of course this brings us to the small-wheeled transport chairs. If they don’t offer as much stability on outdoor terrain as their big-wheeled relatives, why would someone want them? Simply put, they are affordable, compact, lightweight and designed to accommodate a wide variety of body types. Plus, the smaller wheels help keep at-risk patients under a caregiver’s control. Understandably, that makes them ideal for places where ailing visitors or residents need to share wheelchairs. The list of examples includes dementia centers, day care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers.

With that said, buyers that want to foster independence and freedom should stick to the standard wheelchairs. Those that deal with a wide range of people on a regular basis and worry about cost should consider purchasing transport chairs instead. At Diabetes Health Supplies, we have both types of chairs in stock and prices start as low as $74. To learn more about them and find a wheelchair that’s the perfect fit, please contact us today.