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  • Brightening the Lives of Senior Citizens

    Brightening the Lives of Senior CitizensOne issue that is often neglected when it comes to senior citizens and their health is depression and anxiety. Life as a senior can be difficult. Many seniors often lose people they love frequently, end up having to change their day-to-day routines drastically, and often struggle from frequent physical health issues.

    Oftentimes, senior citizens are prone to loneliness that can lead to depression. They start to feel extreme anxiety about things like finances and retirement accounts, and worry about making it to the grocery store and pharmacy safely. All of the stresses and anxiety that go along with significant life changes, like retirement, can take a toll.

    For this reason, taking a few minutes to brighten the day of a senior citizen, whether it be a neighbor or a family member, is so important.

    Even just stopping in for a few minutes to chat about the weather and the latest news can make a huge difference in their day.

    If you live in a community where lots of senior citizens live, take advantage of the spring weather and arrange walks or picnics in your neighborhood with people that seem lonely or defeated. Seniors really just appreciate company, and it’s good for them to get outside.

    If you have a loved one that often spends time alone, focus on how you might be able to brighten their day that won’t take much effort from you. Something as simple as bringing a friendly pet for a visit, cooking a favorite meal, or sharing old stories can brighten a senior’s day.

    Thinking of ways to brighten a senior citizen’s day is simple; the important part of the equation is your follow through. If you’re not able to visit on a regular basis, call on your family and neighbors to share the responsibility. You don’t want to give your elderly loved ones the sense that they have lost their independence by checking in on them constantly, but a quick daily visit or phone call can keep them feeling positive.

    To learn about products that might help improve the lives of senior citizens in your life, click here to shop all of BEK Medical’s products.

  • Providing Seniors with a Safe Space

    When a senior citizen moves into an assisted living community or downsizes to a smaller space, it is a major adjustment for both them and their loved one. If a senior citizen lived independently in their own home for decades, moving can be extremely difficult.

    It is important for loved ones to help senior citizens embrace these transitions, and an easy way to do so, is to help them make sure their new home is as safe for them as possible.

    Focus on BathrProviding Seniors with a Safe Spaceoom

    The bathroom is one place that senior citizens often fall. The bathroom floor is often wet from the shower or sink and it can easily get slippery. It is vital that you ensure that the bathroom is as senior-friendly as possible. Consider installing grab bars, shower mats, shower transport chairs, and so forth. We have a wide variety of bathroom safety products available. Although it is impossible to absolutely prevent bathroom falls, you can protect seniors from them.

    Use Plenty of Lights

    Many senior citizens have a hard time seeing, especially in the dark. It is important to provide senior citizens with plenty of light sources so they can safely maneuver around their new home. It will take them time to get comfortable with their new surroundings which can make it difficult for them to get around it here and there. Purchase some decorative night lights and place one in each. You should also make sure that each room has a light switch or lamp right near the entrance so seniors don’t need to walk through the room in order to see.

    Shop for Safety

    Many common furnishings that we might put in our home are not fitting for a senior citizen’s home. For example, a square coffee table can be extremely dangerous for seniors. Encourage your loved one to purchase round tables instead. If a senior falls, a table with a sharp edge can bruise them or even cut them if they fall hard enough.  You should also make sure that all of your loved one’s belongings are stored somewhere that they can easily reach. It is dangerous for them to climb up on a stool or chair.

    At BEK Medical, we believe that everyone deserves the ability to live a healthy, active lifestyle at any age, and our full selection of home medical equipment makes that possible.

  • Healthy Foods Seniors Should Avoid

    Maintaining a healthy diet is importHealthy Foods Seniors Should Avoidant for everyone, but it’s especially important for senior citizens as they age. We often hear about the foods that seniors should be eating, but there are also a lot of foods for seniors to avoid, and not all of them are junk food. Below, we’ve compiled a list of healthy foods that senior should avoid.

    Soft Cheese

    Soft cheeses, such as Brie and blue cheese, are usually sold unpasteurized at the store which means that soft cheeses could contain unsafe bacteria. While that isn’t a huge threat for younger people, older people that have poor immune systems or sensitive stomachs could have a hard time fighting off bacteria. If you need some cheese here and there stick with hard cheeses such as cheddar.

    Raw Eggs

    Many sources say that we should eat raw eggs in moderation and other sources are against it.  However, senior citizens should absolutely avoid eating raw eggs. Similar to the soft cheeses mentioned above, raw eggs often carry bacteria called salmonella, which can have pretty serious health risks for senior citizens.

     “Low” Fat Foods

    We’ve typically believe that low-fat foods are better for us, but eating just low fat foods might mean we cut all healthy fats out of our diet.  Items such as yogurt and milk are often better for us when they are full-fat. Plus, foods like nuts, fish, and olive oil are high in healthy fats that are good for the heart.

    Oysters, Mussels, and Clams

    As you age, it is important to avoid uncooked seafood such as mussels, clams, and oysters. If a senior citizen eats a bad oyster, they will not be able to recover as quickly as a younger person would. Seniors might experience severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration which can lead to serious health conditions.

    Looking for more advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a senior citizen? Check out BEK Medical’s blog.

  • Getting Outside this Spring with Your Senior

    Spring is getting closer and temperatures will soon be warm enough for us to venture outside. While we are all itching to get out of the house, our senior citizen loved ones are as well. We’ve compiled a list of several outdoor outings that are ideal for the senior loved one in your life.Getting Outside this Spring with Your Senior

    Taking a Drive

    Many senior citizens no longer drive and that freedom to hit the wide open road is one of the hardest things to let go of as we age. For many seniors, a simple spring drive will lift their spirits and help them get some fresh air. If your senior has mobility issues and walking is a struggle for them, a drive is also a great alternative to get them out. Drive them to a favorite town landmark, a popular garden, or a favorite restaurant.

    Get in the Garden

    Gardening can offer huge health benefits to seniors, and with gardening being a primarily spring activity, it’s a great way to get seniors up and moving. Gardening is a form of moderate exercise and does require a bit of endurance. Gardening also can impact mental health, lowering stress and anxiety levels, which many seniors experience. Help your loved one plant a garden outside that they can continue to care for throughout warmer months, giving them a reason to get outside daily.

    Plan a Picnic

    Picnics are a timeless activity. They have been a great “go-to” activity for couples, friends, and families for years. Consider planning a picnic for your senior loved one. Get your senior to help you plan the menu, make the guest list, and pick out the location. A picnic can be a low-impact, quiet activity for a senior. It is a great way for them to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and some finger foods.

    Shop the Markets

    If your senior loved one loves a little bustle, consider taking them to a local farmer’s markets this spring. Many cities and towns have farmer’s markets (or general markets) where fruits, vegetables, crafts, and other local goodies are sold. Many seniors are unable to shop for themselves and they’ll certainly appreciate being able to browse around a market while sipping on some fresh lemonade.

    For more advice on how to care for your aging loved one, visit BEK Medical’s blog.

  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

    With the weather warming up, it is time to start thinking about your spring cleaning projects. Many senior citizens have physical limitations that don’t allow thBEK Medicalem to clean how they’d like to. For other seniors, they just don’t have the energy that they used to and cleaning is a tiring task.

    Regardless, there are simple ways for senior citizens to conquer their spring cleaning list safely and effectively.

    Here is some spring cleaning tips to help the senior community this season.

    Make a List

    Plan out what spring cleaning projects you would like to do ahead of time. Without a plan, the thought of cleaning can feel overwhelming. Get organized and make a list of things that you know you’re capable of doing. Prioritizing will help the process go off without a hitch.

    Ask for Help

    Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for assistance. Recruit someone to do some of the tougher jobs for you and to keep you on track. It is also good to have someone around. Cleaning requires a lot of moving around and it’s good to have someone around incase an accident occurs.

    Little Rewards

    You don’t have to do all of your spring cleaning at one time. Consider doing little jobs, such as making donation bags, recycling old documents, and cleaning surfaces and reward yourself when they are done. Enjoy your favorite cup of tea or a walk outside when you’re finished.

    Consider Projects

    Spring cleaning can also provide you with an opportunity to evaluate your living space and make sure things are suited towards your specific needs. If you need a ramp installed, for instance, spring is a good time to do so.

    BEK Medical believes everyone deserves the ability to live a healthy, active lifestyle at any age, and with our full selection of home medical equipment, we can make that possible for you and your patients.

  • Preparing Senior Citizens for Travel

    Traveling can be exhausting, and as a senior citizen, it is a tremendousPreparing Senior Citizens for Travel challenge. If you are a senior citizen making a long distance trip, it is vital that you understand how to remain safe and healthy while traveling. Here are some hints on how to prepare for a long distance trip as a senior citizen.

    Visit Your Physician

    Before you make a long distance trip, it is vital that you visit your primary care physician ahead of time. You need to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel and what method you should be using. (For example, some senior citizens that have severe cardiac issues aren’t safe traveling by plane) Your physician should make sure that you have all of the necessary vaccines as well, to protect you against potential diseases.

    Prepare Your Medications

    The majority of senior citizens have a decent amount of medications that they should be taking daily. If you are planning on traveling, it is important to make sure that you have completed prescriptions so you don’t run out of pills during the trip. You should be taking your medications as directed, even when traveling. You should also bring a few extra doses of each medication in the event that you get delayed while traveling to prevent them from running out.

    Ask For Discounts

    Whether you are traveling by plane or train, both often offer senior citizen discounts on ticket rates. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of discounts that are meant for you. Not all airlines offer ticket discounts but many do so make sure you ask around and shop for the best rate possible before you purchase a ticket. Ask a trusted love one for help if you want to secure the cheapest ticket possible. Traveling can actually become more affordable as you age so it’s important to take advantage of that if possible.

    Secure Your Safety

    Senior citizens are often the main target of thefts in grocery stores, department stores, and home invasions. Sadly, the same is true when traveling. Seniors are at a risk for becoming an “easy target” of theft when traveling. If possible, avoid traveling at night when it is easy for people to approach you without being seen. You should also carry a reasonable amount of cash in your wallet (for food, souvenirs, or emergencies) and leave credit cards or debit cards secured in a safe within your hotel. In the event that you are robbed, you won’t have to cancel all of your bank accounts to avoid theft.

    For more senior citizen tips and hints, visit BEK Medical’s blog post.

  • Walking Safely As a Senior

    We have talked about how good it is for senior citizens to walk as a form of exerciWalking Safely As a Senior se, but it’s also important for seniors to do so safely.

    If you are going to make walking a habit, it is important that you walk safely and understand how to do so.

    Talk to your Primary Doctor

    Before you start exercising on a regular basis, it’s important to make sure you are healt

    hy enough to do so. Check with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy enough to start walking regularly and ask if they have suggestions to help get you started.

    Understand Your Limits

    Although walking might seem like a simple exercise, it is still exercise all the same. It is important to understand that you still need to gradually get used to walking. If you start feeling tired, make sure to take a break and recognize that you’ve reached your limit.

    Dress Your Best

    Before you start walking, make sure that you have appropriate clothing in order to do so. If it’s hot outside, make sure you wear cooler clothing. If it’s cold outside, make sure you wear warmer clothing. Purchase reliable sneakers that will help keep you steady and wear flexible clothing that isn’t too restrictive.

    Remain Hydrated

    If you are planning on walking around the block or around several, you should have water on hand. You should drink plenty of water before heading out, and you should keep drinking during and following your walk as well. Water will help keep you hydrated, preventing sore muscles, dizziness, and high temperatures.

    For more advice on caring for yourself as a senior citizen, visit BEK Medical’s blog.

  • Benefits of Pets for Senior Citizens

    There are many benefits to owning a pet as a senior citizen. From reduce stress and increased social interaction, many seniors would benefit from owning a pet.

    CompanionshipBenefits of Pets for Senior Citizens

    Many seniors live alone and many have experienced the loss of a spouse or close friends. As a result, many seniors are often left feeling lonely on a daily basis. If a senior citizen has a pet, especially a cat or dog, they will never feel alone at home. The overwhelming feeling of loneliness can result in depression and a pet can provide companionship to a senior to help reduce depression symptoms.

    Purpose of Life

    The majority of senior citizens spend a lot of their time doing very little. If they don’t volunteer or have a friend group that goes out, they might end up staying in most of the time. A pet prevents a senior from watching endless hours of TV or never getting out of bed in the morning. A pet will encourage them to wake up and get out of bed because they know that the pet needs their attention. A pet can help a senior citizen form a routine which can improve their purpose of life.

    Physical Activity

    A dog can be a great pet option for seniors that are still mobile and active. A dog is always willing to go for a walk or run around outside. A senior citizen that is still able to physically keep up with a dog would certainly benefit from one. Walking a dog on a regular basis would improve their own physical health and reduce their risk of heart disease. However, some cats also enjoy walking outside on a leash and are willing to do so.

    Sense of Security

    A dog can provide a senior citizen with protection and security. Unfortunately, senior citizens are often victims of robberies and barking dogs often scare thieves away. Even if the senior citizen has a very small dog, the sound of the dog barking alone will likely prevent a burglar from coming inside. Security is also “peace of mind” for many seniors and simply knowing that a dog is inside with them will help them to feel more secure.

    For more senior citizen news and hints, visit BEK Home Medical Equipment’s blog.

  • Deciding Between Walkers and Wheelchairs

    Whether it’s your first time usingDeciding Between Walkers and Wheelchairs a walker or a wheelchair, or you’ve been using a mobility aid for years, choosing the device that is right for you can be overwhelming.

    Seniors who have lost some of their mobility can turn to walkers or wheelchairs to help regain their independence. While walkers and wheelchairs both provide many benefits, each one is right for a certain type of person. Choosing the right device for the right person will depend on the individual’s specific situation and needs.

    Choosing a Walker

    The walker is a lightweight and stable mobility device which is a great option for seniors who can bear some weight but need help keeping their balance. Whether you’re on the mend from an illness or surgery, or you just struggle to walk safely, a walker can provide you with reliable support. These devices work best indoors and they can easily be collapsed for transport. Seniors who have more weight-bearing capabilities can use a roller walker, which provides wider mobility and the ability to use outdoors. Many walkers also come with a built in seat, allowing you to take a rest if you need to by sitting right on your walker. Some of them also have storage compartments which can help you store tissues, medications, or other small items within the seat as well.

    Choosing a Wheelchair

    For those without the ability to bear any weight or an extremely limited amount, wheelchairs are a good resource to help keep you stable and cared for. Wheelchairs provide comfortable and reliable support. They also come in a variety of sizes and weights, and they can also match different postures and needs. These devices are highly customizable to a person’s situation, and you can even add on a number of accessories. Wheelchairs offer wider turning mobility and are suitable for both indoors and outdoors. They have tires that can typically withstand different types of weather and terrain. For those with mobility deficiencies in their upper extremities or those dealing with other severe health issues, a motorized wheelchair may be the best option.

    For more information about walkers, wheelchairs and other home medical equipment, visit BEK Medical.

  • Why Rehab is Vital for Senior Citizens

    If a senior citizen is placed into a hospital after an illness or injury, the hospital will often suggest or demand that the senior gets transferred to a rehabilitation center (following the hospital visit) in order to get stronger and continue the recovery process.Why Rehab is Vital for Senior Citizens

    Many senior citizens often end up in a rehab center as a result of a broken hip, a joint replacement, a stroke, serious fall, malnutrition, etc.

    Rehabilitation centers are an important part of the recovery process after one of these events occurs.

    After being hospitalized, most seniors just want to return home. For many senior citizens, ending up in rehab is frustrating, discouraging, and disappointing. They often become depressed, especially within the first 48 hours, because they think that rehab is a negative and that is somewhere that you go to “give up.”

    However, rehab is the safest place for a senior citizen to be following a major health issue.

    A rehab center will help them regain their strength and their spirit, in order to get them well enough to return home or to a true senior care community. It is important for loved ones and caregivers to encourage senior citizens that rehab is a step in the right direction towards the recovery process and encourage the process as a “positive.” It is important to encourage them to not give up.

    A rehab center is similar to a hospital in the sense that it will provide constant care and supervision to make sure the patients are being cared for and monitored.

    The staff often consists of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and so forth. All of the staff members are focused on getting the senior citizen well enough to be discharged from rehab safely.

    Rehabilitation centers work with patients to ensure that their health improves enough to help them return to their maximum functional potential.

    If your rehab center is looking for medical equipment, visit BEK Home Medical Equipment.

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