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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Stroke
    the brain bursts flooding the surrounding tissue with blood This type of stroke is often associated with high blood pressure Warning Signs of a Stroke Sudden weakness or numbness of the face arm and leg of one side of the body Loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding speech Dimness or loss of vision particularly only in one eye Unexplained dizziness unsteadiness or sudden falls especially along with any of the previous symptoms One or more of these warning signs indicates a need to seek medical treatment immediately TIAs transient ischemic attacks About 10 of strokes are preceded by these temporary brain attacks They can occur days weeks or even months before a major stroke TIAs result when a blood clot temporarily clogs an artery and part of the brain doesn t get the supply of blood it needs The symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time usually a few minutes to several hours These symptoms are similar to the stroke symptoms However they are temporary lasting 24 hours or less TIAs are warning signs of a stroke They should not be ignored Risk Factors of a Stroke The following risk factors cannot be changed Increasing Age The older the person gets the greater the risk of stroke Being Male Men are at higher risk of a stroke Race African Americans are at higher risk than Anglo Americans Diabetes Mellitus Diabetics have a higher risk of stroke A Prior Stroke Someone who has already had a brain attack is at higher risk for having another one Heredity People who have a family history of brain attacks are at higher risk themselves of stroke Asymptomatic Carotid Bruit A bruit is an abnormal sound that is heard with the aid of a stethoscope It indicates that atherosclerosis hardening of the arteries is present in the carotid artery The following risk factors can be modified with medical treatment High Blood Pressure This is the most important modifiable risk factor for stroke Heart Disease Clots that form in the heart can break away and lead to brain attack TIAs Proper medical treatment of TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke occurring High Red Blood Cell Count Too many red blood cells thicken the blood and make clots more likely Blood thinners or removing blood can treat this factor The following risk factors can be modified with lifestyle changes Cigarette Smoking Smoking increases blood pressure reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood thickens the blood and makes clots more likely to form Elevated Blood Cholesterol and Lipids High blood cholesterol increases the buildup of fats in artery walls increasing the risk of heart disease Physical Inactivity and Obesity Being inactive obese or both can increase blood pressure and make the accumulation of cholesterol in artery walls more likely Drinking Too Much Alcohol More than two drinks per day elevates blood pressure Binge drinking can lead to a brain attack Certain Kinds of Drug Abuse Intravenous drug abuse carries a

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - CPAP Therapy
    CPAP is a treatment and not a cure all symptoms may return after only one night of not using your machine It is also important to keep note of any new symptoms you are experiencing when you first begin CPAP therapy There are usually simple changes that can be made to alleviate any discomfort Also if any symptoms that you experienced prior to therapy re emerge at any point after beginning CPAP you should contact the CPAP office changes to your pressure may need to be made All of our devices come with a 3 year manufacturer s warranty If at any time you feel your CPAP system may be malfunctioning contact the CPAP office as soon as possible Do not try to fix the unit yourself Lastly do not hesitate to contact your nearest MEDichair store at any time We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your CPAP treatment CPAP Cleaning and Care Each night prior to using your CPAP wash your face to remove excess facial oil which may build up on your mask and affect the seal Cleaning Instructions Wash in warm water and mild detergent Rinse well in clean water Allow to air dry out of sunlight DETERGENT Mild pure soaps that are hypoallergenic or environmentally friendly should be used Never use oils bleach or chlorine moisturizing or anti bacterial soaps These products will damage your equipment Mask Clean mask daily to provide a quality seal and maximum benefit Humidifier Drain any leftover water after use Do not leave water in chamber longer than one week Refill with distilled water before next use Clean water chamber weekly Tubing Coarse Filter Grey Clean tubing coarse filter weekly Headgear Clean headgear weekly DO NOT bleach or machine wash dry Fine Filter White Colour of

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Daily Living Aids
    in general retail stores As the Home Medical Equipment Specialists though most MEDIchair stores stock a generous supply of ADLs or we can order them in for you Let s see which ADLs can solve the challenges listed above Putting on your shoes Use elastic laces rather than regular shoe laces Double knot the elastic laces so they stay in place And purchase a long handled shoehorn to use with your elastic laces These two items will make putting your shoes on a breeze Opening doors Arthritis is a very common condition as we age And this can make opening a door or using a key very problematic Rubber doorknob grips added to your door knob will provide you with the solution Key turners are grasped with a full hand and provides added leverage for turning keys Getting in and out of your vehicle We see this as a very common problem amongst our clients If it s taking you a lot of effort and time to do this know you do not need to suffer any longer A Handy Bar portable support handle provides optimal leverage A swivel transfer disc is like a lazy susan for humans place this on your vehicle seat before sitting down and it makes turning your body easier If you have very limited leg strength a leg lifter will allow you to lift your legs independently as you enter and exit your vehicle Reaching and picking up items Very commonly after surgery clients come in to buy a reacher because their rehabilitation requires them not to bend at the knees or the hips A reacher is a great device to grab something high or low or in a tight space Are you grabbing heavy or large items Do you have arthritis or are recovering

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Healthy Feet and Legs
    Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Healthy Feet and Legs The foot is a complex structure designed to support your entire body weight Each foot has 26 bones 33 joints and over 100 tendons muscles and ligaments Caring for your feet is so important to prevent foot problems especially individuals with Diabetes Daily Footcare Wash your feet in warm water using a mild soap Soaking can dry out the skin Dry your feet well especially between the toes Check your feet for blisters redness warm areas cuts or abnormal nails Cut toenails straight across following the nail s natural curve File toenail edges smooth using file in one direction Reduce thickened skin callous with a foot file Apply foot lotion cream to add moisture to your feet product with Urea is best Wear well fitting socks No elastic tops holes or seams Cotton wool to absorb perspiration Wear well fitting shoes no pressure areas roomy toe box leather or stretchable material low heel Exercise to improve circulation Elevate your feet when you are sitting Compression Compression is measured in mmHg which stands for millimeters of mercury and the standard unit of measurement for all compression garments Compression stockings provide gradient compression to prevent pooling of blood in the veins Gradient compression means the greatest amount of pressure is at the ankle and decreases as it moves up the leg Your leg veins are constantly working against gravity to pump blood back to your heart Compression stockings are designed to help your veins work against gravity without restricting blood flow Compression therapy is an ideal treatment option for a wide range of health issues Compression Stocking Level Guide

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Home Accessibility
    Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Home Accessibility Helping to make your life barrier free is the most satisfying reason we do what we do We provide hundreds of ways to give you access to all areas of your home or business from the front porch to the back door and all levels in between We also have qualified technicians capable of delivering installing and maintaining your home healthcare equipment so they provide years of quality service Contact your nearest MEDIchair store and let us show you how you can remove barriers to help you live a happier more productive life Small threshold ramps aid in navigating doorways and flooring transitions Portable ramps range from 2 to 10 in length to address height barriers of 1 to 2 Semi permanent modular ramp systems can be arranged to accommodate virtually any height and space requirement and include handrails for safety All ramps are available in many sizes and configurations A slope of no more than 12 1 is necessary for safe use Inclined Platform Lift Inclined platform lifts IPL are designed to transport an individual in a mobility device such as a wheelchair or scooter up and down a staircase Platform is large enough to accommodate most users Platform folds up out of the way when not in use Many models allow a regular fold down seat to be installed on the platform allowing safe usage by those needing staircase assistance Residential Elevators Residential elevators are similar to those seen in commercial settings but they have been adapted for residential use Fully and semi enclosed models are available depending on application and styles and features are available to suit any home décor Can be configured to allow access to any number of levels Requires some degree of home modification Stair

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - House Calls
    may prompt a decision in the case of a scooter as to whether it should be a three wheel smaller turn radius or a four wheel model superior stability for outdoors Will the equipment navigate narrow thresholds and ramps to provide access to the living space In the case of steeper inclines do stabilizers need to be added to ensure client safety Is the equipment set to the right height to provide ease of transfer for the client to sitting surfaces Do adjustments need to be made on the floor to seat height of the wheelchair for smooth access to toileting desks work surfaces or beds Is the weight of the mobility product right for both self propulsion and caregiver needs within the home environment In the case of a wheelchair will the client be dining at a regular table and if so do the arms of the wheelchair allow the client to sit close to the table or does the wheelchair need to be equipped with desktop arms or a functional tray Preventing Accidents in the Bathroom The bathroom can be a dangerous area for both able bodied people as well as those with disabilities or restricted mobility A home inspection ensures the selection and installation of bathroom safety equipment that is ideally suited to the client s living space Here are a few checkpoints that will be considered during an in home assessment Are grab bars needed Can they be connected to wall studs for safe installation and still provide the client with proper functionality Does the bathroom have enough space around the toilet to install toilet safety frames What is the current height of the toilet and does it need to be raised with the installation of a toilet elevating device or the addition of a raised toilet seat to assist the client in transfer Which bath stool will safely fit into the width of the base of the tub Additionally it can be determined if there is a need for and space available to accommodate a shower transfer bench Can a handheld shower be installed for the customer to use while sitting on a shower stool or a shower transfer bench Should the bathtub have anti slip strips installed to help prevent a sudden fall Is a bath lift required to lower and raise the patient in and out of the bathtub Determining the use of either a water powered or low voltage power system to operate the lift will be dependent upon the ease of access to a water supply Ensuring Bedroom Comfort and Safety Like the bathroom the bedroom is a high usage area in the home Again a home assessment inspection is critical to ensuring optimum safety and comfort for each client s unique needs There are many areas that a trained healthcare professional can be of assistance to caregiver and client Does the customer suffer from vertigo If so should a bed rail be installed Should a floor to ceiling pole be

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Beds
    acid reflux poor circulation and back and neck tension These beds also make it easy for people with spinal injuries and hip and back problems to sleep better because they beds contour the natural shape of the spine Adjustable beds are not just for people diagnosed with medical conditions They are also beneficial for pregnant women during the later stages of pregnancy as these beds make it easier for them get in and out of bed with ease Moreover adjustable beds are a great way to watch TV use a laptop or read in bed Do all adjustable beds offer the same features Adjustable beds offer a variety of features and control settings depending on your requirements While making your selection ask about the control features of your adjustable bed Some beds have a programmable remote control while others are pre programmed MEDIchair also offers adjustable beds with a variety of supplementary features such as massages night lights and timed muscle relaxation We also offer a Wall Hugger feature in some of our beds which gradually shifts the mattress towards the head of the bed As a result of this movement your proximity to your nightstand stays the same It is a relaxed movement and optimizes the available space For your adjustable bed to deliver maximum comfort you should be able to understand the control features of your bed You should also be able to use the control wand or remote control with relative ease since you will often be handling the controls while being in a reclined position The Medichair team will be able to guide and assist you in deciding on the type of controls and features that best address your needs Can I use any mattress my adjustable bed Since adjustable beds are flexible and can be

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Incontinence
    lot of distress Make sure to deal with any accidents quickly and calmly and then talk to your loved about finding a discreet product to help manage the situation If forgetfulness is part of the issue consider reminding him or her to use the bathroom throughout the day and start establishing a routine for bathroom visits and changings Family members who are fully or partially disabled will likely require help using the toilet which will be difficult for both parties to get used to at first Work together on a plan and listen to one another s suggestions and concerns Eventually you ll find a solution that suits you both and the embarrassment will disappear Choosing the right incontinence products see below can go a long way in preventing leakage and ensuring that your loved one s clothing and dignity are preserved Choosing the Right Incontinence Products There are a number of products available for people experiencing incontinence The right product for your loved one will depend on the nature of his or her condition Pads and liners are appropriate for people who are only starting to face these issues or whose incontinence is relatively mild in nature These products are available for day and night use and allow the user to discreetly manage the problem without major embarrassment Caregivers often prefer this product as well because it makes for easy changing i e you can dispose of the pad without having to replace the entire garment TENA is one of the leading manufacturers of pads for people who face more severe incontinence issues than regular drug store brands are able to provide for They offer products specifically tailored for both women and men It is important to make sure that your loved one uses snug fitting underwear so that the pad stays securely in place Washable mesh comfort pants can be worn with these products to ensure that they fit appropriately Pull on underwear products such as TENA Women Moderate Absorbency Underwear and TENA Men Underwear Super Plus are more suited for users with moderate to heavy bladder weakness Designed to look and feel like everyday underwear these products provide both discretion and protection for those who are incontinent but are still able to manage their own hygiene Caregivers may also choose to use this product with a person who is able to weight bear while changing Diaper style briefs while often viewed as a last resort option are likely going to be necessary for people who are fully incontinent and completely dependent on a caregiver for personal care Your loved one may be resistant to the idea of using a diaper because it is perceived to lack dignity but help him or her understand that avoiding the embarrassment of an accident is well worth the initial disconcertion Diapers offer better absorbency and fit than underwear style products due to their adjustability If you find that the diaper is not absorbing as it should look for a product that

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