Medical Equipment and Supplies

  • Expert Advice on Aging in Place

    Is your house elder friendly? An occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist explains how improving the safety, accessibility and functionality of your residence now can safeguard your future at home.

  • A Primer on Oxygen Therapy for Seniors

    Some diseases and age-related health conditions can reduce lung function and require a senior to use supplemental oxygen. Learn how to pay for oxygen therapy, ensure your loved one is using the right equipment and follow safety precautions.

  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

  • A Complete Guide to Durable Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies

    Sometimes the need for aids is immediately apparent, for example, in the case of a broken hip. Other times the need appears gradually. Be alert to the potential need for an assistive device, as seniors commonly try to downplay changes in their abilities.

  • Lowering My Blood Pressure without Pills

    My blood pressure has been a challenge these past few years... sometimes too low, sometimes too high. I'm trying to take fewer meds and supplements, so here are a few "natural" things I'm doing to keep my blood pressure in check.

  • Treating Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP Machine

    People struggling with sleep apnea are often prescribed a CPAP machine to mitigate their symptoms. However, these devices do have downsides. Discover how to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine.

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  • 6 Tech Tools I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    There have been countless advancements in the use of elder care technology to extend seniors’ independence and help ease the burden on family caregivers. A veteran caregiver shares her thoughts on technology’s growing role in caregiving.

  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Travel Tips to Help Seniors Get Through Airport Security Screening

    When traveling with a mobility aid, artificial joint, pacemaker, oxygen concentrator or liquid medications, use these insights from a TSA spokesperson to get through security checkpoints quickly and easily.

  • Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

    For seniors who are living with hearing loss, devices like hearing aids can facilitate communication, boost their confidence and desire to socialize, and increase overall quality of life. Unfortunately, hearing aids are often paid for out of pocket.

  • Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Current treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cannot repair the damage to the lungs. However, they can slow further damage and improve COPD symptoms.

  • Patient Lifts for Home Use Help Caregivers Transfer Seniors Safely

    Family caregivers often struggle to reposition and transfer elders with very limited mobility, thereby endangering their own health and that of their loved ones. Patient lift assist devices help prevent falls and injuries and may be covered by Medicare.

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  • 9 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Special Senior in Your Life

    Need a nice holiday gift for the senior who needs a little bit of extra care? Find suggestions for good gifts to give an aging loved one that is helpful as well as thoughtful.

  • Report Calls for More Scrutiny of Medical Devices

    After a series of recalls and an alarming rise in adverse events, a new report is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to replace its 35-year old clearance process for medical devices, such as pacemakers, heart valves and artificial joints.

  • A walker won't fit in our small bathroom. What can we do?

    My bathroom is very small and there is no room for my husband to maneuver his walker when the door is opened into the room. Any suggestions?

  • Arthritis Top Tips: Orthopedic Supplies for Improving Mobility and Minimizing Pain

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ suggestions for devices to help a senior get around safely with as little discomfort as possible.

  • The Quest to Find the Perfect Shoe for Arthritis

    Arthritis can complicate the simplest of tasks--even shoe shopping. Discover the truth behind common arthritis myths and learn what to look for when shopping for a comfortable shoe.

  • 5 Tips For Choosing a Wheelchair Van

    Minivans with adaptations that enable wheelchair users to easily get in and out can be very beneficial for seniors and their caregivers.

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  • What Medical Expenses Can Be Written off on Taxes?

    Even if you can’t claim your care recipient as a dependent, you may still be able to write off some of their health care costs and further reduce your tax bill.

  • How to Buy a Hearing Aid

    With hundreds of different options available, buying a hearing aid can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself before meeting with an audiologist to ensure that the device you select is a perfect fit for your lifestyle.

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