Monthly Archives: October 2017

Don’t Let Your Mobility Aid Cause You to Have a Fall!

Falls are the number-one reason why senior citizens are hospitalized each year, with 29 million falls occurring in 2014 alone. Of those, the CDC found that 47,000 involved the use of a walker, rollator or cane. That’s why it’s so important to be sure you’re using your walking aid properly. Today, Choice Health Management is going to give you some tips on how to avoid a fall when using mobility aid:

  • Make sure that it’s the proper height. No matter which device you’re using, your arms shouldn’t be bent or raised in an uncomfortable way.
  • Place the device in front of you and step into it. This is true of both a cane and a walker, and it shouldn’t be placed so far in front that you have trouble stepping into it.
  • Use proper posture. If you are hunched or slouched over, this will make it easier for you to sustain a fall while using your mobility aid.
  • When getting up and down from a chair, put your mobility aid in front of you and push up. Trying to grasp it after you’ve stood up could cause you to fall.
  • Make sure your path is cleared of anything that could trip you up, such as rugs, cords and other clutter.

In addition to using your cane or walker properly, there are some other things you can do to prevent experiencing a fall, such as:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Finding out from your doctor if your medications will have side-effects such as making you dizzy, tired or weak.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly to make sure your prescriptions are still working as they should.
  • Revamp your home environment to make sure it’s safe. This includes installing bathroom safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs.

For more tips on how to avoid a fall, talk to the experts at Choice Health Management. We can demonstrate in person how to best use a walker, rollator or cane and help you avoid a costly trip to the emergency room!

 

5 Ways to be Proactive about Your Incontinence

Adult incontinence is not a common discussion around the dinner table. Fortunately, there are some valuable resources that can help you navigate many day-to-day tasks associated with incontinence. Choice Health Management offers these five tips to help make your days a little bit easier:

 

  • Understand how frequently you may need to change.

 

Most people need to change their disposable underwear every two to three hours. However, others release small amounts of urine throughout the day, instead of voiding all at once. If this is the case for you, underwear liners may be a better fit than disposable underwear.

 

  • Different sizes mean different absorbency.

 

A good rule of thumb is to go with the smallest size that fits you, as this is the best way to prevent leakage. The exception to this rule is when you need extra protection, as larger sizes typically provide more absorbency.

 

  • Take the outer shell into consideration.

 

Adult incontinence products are usually encased in a plastic or cloth-like outer shell. Plastic is more effective at masking odor and preventing leaks. However, it makes a crinkling noise while you move around or upon sitting. The cloth-like outer shell provides a much quieter alternative.

 

  • Superabsorbent is ideal for nighttime use.

 

Getting up to change in the middle of the night is disruptive, which is why you want to use disposable underwear that’s labeled as “superabsorbent” when you sleep. In general, it can hold twice the amount of urine that regular absorbency can, and it’s designed to pull the void away from the skin.

 

  • An underpad is a great backup in case of leakage.

 

Unfortunately, leaks do happen from time to time. That’s why it’s a good idea to use disposable underpads on beds, sofas, chairs and even car seats. They can soak up anything that might seep through, saving you from cleaning up your furniture.

At Choice Health Management, we know that living with incontinence is not easy. However, having the right products can make all the difference. By following these tips, you should hopefully make this condition a little easier to manage!