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6 Reasons to Install a Walk in Tub for Elderly

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A walk in tub is a great addition to any bathroom especially for the elderly. Many people have no idea that these kinds of bathtubs exist. The kinds that most people are familiar with are those that you climb into by putting one foot in and then the other.While regular tubs are fine for us […]

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iPhone vs Android vs Jitterbug: Which Make the Best Smartphones for Seniors?

best smartphones for seniors

Many elderly people will tell you that they expect much less from a smartphone than the typical teenager or even middle-aged adults. With concerns like limited dexterity, impaired vision and reduced hearing, many seniors find that using ordinary, entry-level “smartphones” is a very difficult task. Thankfully, smartphone manufacturers realize that more seniors are using smartphones. […]

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Guide to Gardening Tools for Seniors the Help Make the Job Easier

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Gardening is a great way to get some sunlight and physical exercise. It’s even been shown to relax people. Plus, the rush of feel good hormones from the activity is good for mood and overall well-being. A lot of seniors enjoy gardening. Not just the activity, but also the satisfaction of creating a beautiful garden. […]

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The Best Hobbies for Seniors for Physical and Mental Well-Being!

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When you retire and you have nothing to do all day, sooner or later, you will start feeling the emptiness of retirement. Maybe you even wish you could go back to work. In fact, some people start working in private institutions once they have retired from civil service. Some even go ahead and start their […]

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Games for Elderly People with Dementia

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As adults, we may tell ourselves that games are only for children. As we age, we tend to get caught up in the demands of life and leave playing for the young. But, games can have several important benefits for your body and brain. That’s why many games are perfect for seniors who have dementia. […]

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Finding the Best Gifts for Seniors

best gifts for seniors

It can be hard to buy gifts for anyone. But it’s even harder to buy gifts for seniors. It seems they may already have everything, may not want anything, or not really know what they want. Then they end up getting a box of chocolates or a tin of butter cookies. But it doesn’t have […]

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What are Arthritis Gloves and Do They Really Work?

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Arthritis can be a serious issue for a lot of seniors. It can affect almost any joint in the body, making it painful and hard to move. Most commonly, it affects seniors’ hands which can interfere with many of the chores of daily living. There is no cure for arthritis, though there are a number […]

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Ten Home Remedies for Arthritic Hands that Don’t Involve Drugs!

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In the US, arthritis is the single most common cause of disability. The annual cost in lost wages and medical expenses is estimated to be about $100 billion. Arthritis can be especially frustrating when it impacts the your hands, leaving you unable to do ordinary things for yourself. One way to take back some control […]

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Insurance Classifications for Manual Wheelchairs: HCPCS Codes and Differences

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Most people aren’t aware that the wheelchair your insurance company is buying for you has a very important code attached to it. These codes are from the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System which is called HCPCS for short. Most manual wheelchairs belong to special classifications. Each classification also has a code associated with it.Why are […]

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What is An Ultralightweight Manual Wheelchair?

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Ultralightweight manual chairs are chairs that are extremely light weight and easy to propel and maneuver.  These chairs are typically used by paraplegics with good upper body strength and who are independent in their mobility and most of their care.  These chairs come in folding and rigid styles.Ultralightweight manual wheelchairs are much more custom in […]

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Transport Wheelchairs: Advantages and Disadvantages

transport wheelchair advantages and disadvantages

Transport wheelchairs, also called transport chairs, are small, lightweight and easy to transport chairs that are intended to get a patient from point A to point B as easily as possible. There are some drawbacks to them though. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of transport wheelchairs below.Advantages of Transport WheelchairsTransport chairs have seera […]

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The Best Dogs for Elderly People: More than Just Good Companions for Seniors

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Are you in your golden years and considering getting a dog? You’re not alone! Dogs decrease loneliness and bring comfort and companionship, which is important for every age and they are known to provide certain health benefits. Some of the best dogs for the elderly are companion dogs. Certain qualities and breeds lend themselves to […]

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How to Become an ATP

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Earning an ATP certification is no easy process. It involves clinical study in a classroom setting plus significant hands on training working with patients in a clinical and home setting. To become an ATP, there are several criteria that have to be met before being allowed to set for an exam. Guide to Becoming an […]

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What Exactly is an ATP, Anyway?

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So, you have found this site and may be wondering “What is an ATP?” More importantly, you may also be wondering why you should consider my advice. This article explains a bit more about the special certification I hold that indicates my knowledge of products that help seniors and my experience providing these products in […]

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Does Medicare Cover Mobilty Scooters?

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At least once a day I get the question: Does Medicare cover mobility scooters? The short answer is Yes! Medicare does cover mobility scooters. Of course, there are a few caveats to this. And a lot of rules. And a few hoops to jump through too. Here are my tips for getting Medicare to cover your mobility scooter.

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The Medicare Mobility Face to Face: A Survival Guide

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A critical part of the documentation needed to get a wheelchair is the Medicare Face to Face Requirement. This is often the base document that Medicare uses to determine your need for a power mobility device or manual wheelchair. There are no real shortcuts or ways to side step this requirement either. It has to be done and it has to be done right.

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How to Clean a Wheelchair to Improve Equipment Life and Usability

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Wheelchairs can get messy. They’re in constant contact with the ground. That means that mud and debris can get caught in the spokes. And, because the people using them sometimes drop food, the upholstery often gets dirty. This means that they need to be cleaned both for your comfort and to avoid infections. Clumps of hair or dirt will cause permanent damage to the chair or prevent it from working properly. That’s why this you must clean your wheelchair regularly.

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Mobility Scooters: Advantages and Disadvantages

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One area I struggle with in my daily practice as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is when I get a request to provide an electric mobility scooter. Don’t get me wrong, they can be a wonderful help to someone who needs assistance getting around the house. They are particularly helpful outside for shopping and other outdoor events. In my experience providing scooters for nearly 4 years now, I have learned that there are a lot of misconceptions though about these mobility devices. So, here they are the advantages and disadvantages of a mobility scooter from a professional’s point of view. I am also including a few myths about scooters – ones that most people believe are true.

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The Simple, Short Guide to Stairlift Safety

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Stairlifts are tremendously useful and can prolong the time a senior is able to stay in their own home. When installed correctly, a stairlift is very safe for users and caregivers, but there are some safety guidelines you should be aware of if you have just had a new stairlift installed. Read on for a […]

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Best Fitness Trackers for Seniors and the Elderly: More Than Just Step Counters!

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A few weeks ago, I was discussing my blog with a physical therapist friend of mine. He works with geriatric patients at a rehab facility. Anyway, we got around to talking about how important it is for seniors to stay aware of what’s going on with their bodies. If they recognized small changes in their health, some diseases could be caught earlier. At one point, he jokingly mentioned that he wished there was a magic pill. One that once ingested, could monitor the health of the seniors on a 24/7 basis. That got me thinking. And gave me an idea for research and another article. In my research I learned more about fitness trackers. In some ways, these are the digital equivalent of that magic pill. But the best fitness trackers for seniors and the elderly can not be too complicated. If they are easy to use, they could be ideal for seniors to keep track of their health.

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