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  • The Importance of Sleep + Sleep Tips

    Sleep is important for everyone regardless of how old you are. But as we age, we often experience changes in our sleeping patterns, such as getting tired earlier and waking up earlier, or even not getting as much deep sleep.

    The Importance of Sleep

    Contrary to popular belief, sleep is not a time when the body and mind shut down but are quite active in ways that help us to gain strength, restore energy, grow, and recharge. During sleep, short-term memories are transformed into long-term memory. This means sleep is vital for overall memory and adequate amounts of sleep can help reduce memory-loss related diseases.

    Why is sleep so important

    The amount f sleep we need is based on a few different factors but generally comes down to age. Different age range needs a certain number of hours of sleep in order to be fully rested.

    According to the CDC, the breakdown is as follows:

    • Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours
    • Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours
    • Toddler (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
    • Preschool (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
    • School age (6–12 years): 9–12 hours
    • Teen (13–18 years): 8–10 hours
    • Adult (18–60 years): 7-plus hours
    • Adult (61–64 years): 7–9 hours
    • Adult (65+ years): 7–8 hours

    Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of issues that escalate, the longer you experience it.

    Here are some of the short-term effects of sleep deprivation:

    • Irritability
    • Confusion
    • Inability to retain short-term memories
    • Impaired judgment
    • Higher risk of accidents

    Long-term effects include:

    • Dementia
    • Increasingly worse insomnia
    • Depression & anxiety
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension

    Get moving

    Exercise can go a long way to help you maintain a healthy sleep schedule. A study that compared 53 physically active older women to 48 women who didn't exercise showed that the exercisers slept an average of 50 minutes more each night than the sedentary group. The physically active women also rated their sleep quality at 8.3 out of 10 compared to the non-exercisers who rated their sleep satisfaction at only 5.8. Brisk walks and exercise classes for older adults are great options to help you achieve quality sleep. But make sure not to exercise too close to bedtime and reserve that time for light stretching.

    Find the right routine

    Following certain daily routines can make falling asleep and staying asleep easier. Limit napping to no more than 30 minutes at a time, and only nap in the early afternoon. Have light evening meals, and limit liquid intake before bed to avoid middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Make sure your evening routine is a relaxing one that allows you to unwind and avoid unpleasant tasks that might cause stress right before bed. Try to establish a routine that you stick to every day, even on your off days ( from work/school). A great way to help aid in a restful sleep is to take a warm bath about an hour to two hours before going to bed. The heat from the warm bath causes your blood to circulate and increases body temperature. This helps aid in starting your natural circadian process and improves sleep overall. Check out our bath safety products here.

    The Importance of Sleep

    Keep work out of the bedroom

    If you tend to work on your laptop or do homework in the bed, this can be the reason for your restless nights. Continuing to work in the space that is designated for rest and relaxation confuses your mind and body. This can also make you associate the stress you experience from work and school with your bed. If possible, try to avoid doing stressful activities like this close to your bedtime.

    When it comes to comfort supplies you may need to help with your daily and sleep routines, BEK Medical can help. We offer a full selection of supplies and equipment, including compression stockings, incontinence supplies, and mobility products. Visit us in person at our Dallas and El Paso locations, or check out our online store today!

  • National Bath Safety Month

    According to the New York Times the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that each year, approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom. January is National Bath Safety Month, which is a great time to make your bathroom safer to avoid injury.


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    Slippery floors, hard surfaces, loose rugs, hot water, and slick showers are some of the main danger zones in the bathroom. For small children and the elderly, great caution should be taken to ensure maximum safety.

    There are a few accessories, that can help create a safer bathroom by preventing dangerous falls.

    Take advantage of these specially designed items to ensure that the bathroom remains a safe place:

    Shower safety

    Bath chairs are great for elderly individuals who will have a hard time standing for long periods of time. Benches help to prevent slips, falls, and ensure comfort. Stools are available to fit both small and larger showers.  Many people begin feeling dizzy in the shower due to the hot water, a bench is a great way to provide stability, and make showering a bit safer. The perfect accessory for the bath bench is a  universal bather pouch. This pouch is designed to hold a variety of items like soap, brushes, washcloths, and other bath essentials. This convenient pouch can be attached directly to the bath chair. The mesh pockets keep items secure and prevent them from slipping or rolling away while bathing.

    Grab bars can also be installed in any shower or tub. They are great for senior citizens to sturdy themselves as they sit or stand. Parents of young children can also take advantage of grab bars as added support when bathing children. Many parents use the bars for balance as they lean over the tub or even something as simple as hanging up the tubby toys to dry. You can also have these installed by the toilet. Because the toilet is a low seat, it can cause difficulty for those who have trouble standing from low points. An easily installable grab bar can help make it easier to stand and prevent a potential fall.

    Handheld showerheads allow both the young and the old to bathe all over while sitting. Those who feel dizzy in the shower will find these showerheads especially useful.  Parents can use them to bathe infants and toddlers without running the risk of getting water in their child’s eyes.

     Additional bathroom safety tips

    Pediatricians recommend that parents always accompany children under the age of four when they are in the bathroom. Be sure to use slip-resistant mats around (and in) the tub. Again, grab bars are beneficial for small children to be able to hold onto as they get in and out of the tub. Always test the temperature of the water and beware of sharp edges such as the faucet.

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    Bath Step

    Make getting into the bathtub easier and safer with a bath step. This is great for those who have trouble lifting their legs higher, and good for smaller children that need assistance getting into the bath. This step paired with a bath grab bar will help make accessing the bathtub a breeze!

    BEK Medical is your main source for all sorts of bathroom safety products. BEK Medical is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our customers. In addition to bath safety products, we also offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equipment, maternity products, and more! Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to try our products in person! Visit BEK Medical’s blog for more health and wellness tips!


  • Keeping Your Baby Warm This Winter

    It is no secret that many of us experience cold winters with dropping temperatures and blowing snow.
    As temperatures change, our wardrobe does too. Dressing a baby for winter months can be very stressful and you constantly might find yourself wondering if they are too hot or too cold. These helpful hints will help you dress your baby the best you can for those bitterly cold months.

    Layers Matter

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    By dressing your baby in layers, it can be easier to ensure that your baby is warm enough without overdoing it.  Layering a cotton onesie with a one-piece fleece will help balance their temperature and make it much easier to get them comfortable when they get inside. When you get them inside, you can peel a few of the layers back to adjust to inside temperatures. If they seem to be too cold, you can always add another blanket on. Make sure you keep their mouth and nose clear of blankets if you drape a blanket over them.

    Winter Accessories

    Accessories for winter are not just fashion statements; they are practical and necessary to keep babies warm. A winter hat is the first thing you should put on your baby before heading outside. The hat should cover both ears and go under the chin to prevent it from falling off. Mittens are also important for babies. Although they may fall off pretty easily, it is worth the effort to try and keep their hands warm. A great way to keep your baby warm is to use the Top of Form

    Sterile Foil Baby Bunting. This single-use baby thermal wrap is perfect for quickly warming your baby up. It can help keep them insulated by circulating their body heat.  Bottom of Form

    Baby’s Bedtime

    Blankets are not safe for babies to sleep with because they can get tangled in them or completely covered by them. For their safety, it is best if you do not put anything in the crib with your baby. Many mothers feel paranoid that their baby is not warm enough, but they are better off being cool than too warm. They will sleep better if they are comfortable but not if they are hot. Check on your baby to make sure they aren’t sweating in bed, and layer just as you would if you were going outside.

    Toe Touch

    The toes of your baby can be a big indicator of their temperature. By touching the bottom of their toes, you’ll be able to determine if they are too warm or too cold. Their toes should feel on the cooler side and their belly should feel warm. If both the toes and the belly are warm, they are dressed too warm. If the belly is very cool, they are not dressed warm enough.

    Car Seat Safety

    It is very dangerous for a baby to wear their winter coat or snowsuit while strapped into their car seat. You should take these off of your baby before you strap them in. The harnesses of the car seat will be too loose. If the car is cold, layer some blankets over the cars eat once your baby is buckled in.

    The most important thing you can do to keep your baby warm in the winter months is to make sure they are not exposed to subzero temperatures for an extended period of time and to layer their clothing.

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    By following the tips above, mothers will be able to ensure their baby is dressed appropriately for cold days and cozy nights. BEK Medical supplies medical equipment for those of all ages. Check out our maternity page to find essentials for your new bundle of joy and products to use throughout your pregnancy!

  • Healthy Lifestyle Eating Tips

    It’s no secret that a healthy diet has many benefits, and your food choices play a role in everything from losing weight to preventing diseases. But did you know that your diet can even affect your mental health? A recent London-based study found that eating diets rich in greens, whole grains, and other natural foods could reduce future cognitive impairment by up to 35%, proving that watching what you eat is good for your brain too!

    Here are some of the best foods for a healthy mind:

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    Leafy greens

    Leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and kale are full chock-full of healthy nutrients. Studies show that spinach, in particular, can help prevent dementia, especially in women. This helps to keep your brain young and agile as you age.

    Whole grains

    Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, and whole wheat are healthy alternatives to processed white flour. Eating whole grains will help keep insulin levels regulated and your body properly fueled.


    Nuts can be a great go-to snack with added health benefits. Almonds and walnuts, in particular, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is a healthy fat that may help fight inflammation in the brain.


    Full of nutrients and generally lower in sugar, berries are the perfect guilt-free sweet! When it comes to mental health, studies show that eating blueberries can minimize stroke-related brain damage, improve memory, and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


    Everyone has heard the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. This is actually quite true. The flavonoid in apples have been known to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent heart attack, suppress asthma, and help heal acid reflux.

    Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant. It contains flavonoids that have been proven to have antihistamine, antimicrobial, memory- and mood-enhancing properties. Cocoa powder is one of the richest sources for flavonoids. This is a great excuse to have a cup of hot chocolate!

    Red Wine

    Red wine is also another great source of flavonoids. Red wine helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has also been linked to reducing the risk of cancer, fighting inflammation, and preventing strokes. If you do not drink wine, you can get these health benefits from drinking grape juice instead!

    Coffee or Tea  

    Most people start their day with one of these beverages, so it helps that they are beneficial to your health. Coffee has been shown to improve memory and reduce your risk of dementia. Black and green tea contain powerful antioxidants that help boost brain function, decrease anxiety, burn fat, and improve physical performance.

    Making the right diet choices is a great first step for a Closet Organizing Tips for 2020 healthy lifestyle. When it comes to medical equipment you may need, BEK Home Medical Equipment can help with our full selection of supplies and equipment, including compression stockings, incontinence supplies, and mobility products. Visit us in person at our Dallas and El Paso locations, or check out our online store today!

  • New Years Resolutions For 2020

    As the new decade approaches, you may be inclined to make some improvements to your lifestyle. It is never too late to start a new habit to change your life.

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    Make Time for Friends and Family

    Especially if you are living alone, it is important to get out of the house and socialize with friends and family regularly. Not only will these excursions – whether they are to play with the grandkids or catch up with a friend over lunch – keep you active, but they will also provide you with a sense of community and comfort. There is nothing better than spending time with those you care about most, so make it a priority to spend at least one day a week with all your closest friends and family members. It may not be possible to physically go visit them all, but a phone call in the evening or an email to catch up can work just as well!

    Learn Something New

    This year take some time for yourself to explore an activity you have always been interested in. Take a class, join a club or head to the library to learn all you can about gardening before planting some vegetables this spring. Staying mentally and physically active is an important part of healthy aging.

    Get Active

    Consider the new year a clean slate when it comes to getting into shape. Instead of heading back to the gym to do some activities you don’t really enjoy, consider joining a class this season. Whether you enjoy yoga, swimming or biking there are plenty of options to choose from to make exercising fun. You can even go for a walk around your neighborhood each morning as a start.

    Read More

    Reading is an excellent mental stimulation for your brain which helps improve memory, strengthen analytical skills, reduce stress, and expand vocabulary. Most people will admit that they don’t read as often as they should. This new year, pledge to read more books by starting off with an hour a day. This is a relatively short amount of time but if you commit to it, you will have read significantly more books than you did this year.

    Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been  

    Traveling is a great way to learn about other cultures and meet new people. This year make it a goal to visit at least one place you have never been to.

    Sticking to your New Year’s resolution can be tough, so don’t be hard on yourself if you slack for a bit. Just get started again and enjoy whatever resolution you choo85448873 - woman driving a van and enjoying road trip. laughing young female having fun on her vacation.se to make.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to providing home medical supplies that help encourage healthy lifestyles.  View our shop for a wide variety of equipment designed to make your life easier!

    Be sure to check our blog for healthy lifestyle tips!

    Happy New Year from BEK Medical! We hope you have a safe and happy new year!

  • Benefits of Adult Day Care Services


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    Adult daycare often has a negative stigma associated with it. Many caregivers don’t want to enroll their loved one into adult daycare. They feel that it is degrading to their loved one. However, adult daycare comes with tremendous benefits for caregivers and senior citizens. On a long-term basis, it can be much more beneficial to a senior citizen compared to sitting at home waiting for a caregiver to return.

    What Is Adult Day Care?

    Adult daycare provides senior citizens with an opportunity to participate in an assortment of activities such as exercise, entertainment, art, outings, and more. The programs often focus on social interaction, medical care, and Alzheimer’s care. Adult daycares typically operate during normal business hours. They help senior citizens keep busy through activities and socialization while maintaining a safe environment.

    Benefits for Caregivers

    Adult day care serves as a tremendous help for caregivers and can reduce the stress that is often placed on them. If left at home alone, many seniors are prone to falls or could even be a wander risk. Caregivers do not need to be worried about their loved ones while they are being cared for and entertained at adult daycare. Many caregivers believe they will feel guilty if they enroll their loved one into an adult daycare program. However, it can actually reduce guilt. Caregivers will experience true peace of mind from adult daycare that they could not get when their loved one was at home alone.

    Benefits for Senior Citizens

    Senior citizens, especially those that struggle with cognitive impairments, find comfort in routine and structure. They will become used to getting up daily and going to participate in adult daycare activities. They will grow connected to the people that they meet there. Adult daycare can also help senior citizens gain a sense of independence knowing they have somewhere to be. Seniors will be able to socialize with others, helping their cognitive functions. They can be entertained by physical exercise, live entertainment, and art courses, things that cannot be provided at home, all while remaining safe.

    Consider These Factors

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    When choosing an adult daycare for your loved one, it is important that you choose the right one for you and for them. Ask the staff questions so you feel comfortable with your final decision. Ask about the cost, the services, and the hours they are open to understand if these things all work for you. Talk to your loved one about what courses or programs they’d be interested in and narrow it down to the places that offer those. You should also consider if transportation is provided and the protocol for emergency situations.

    If you are a caregiver that is exhausted physically and mentally, constantly trying to make sure your loved one is safe and accounted for, consider an adult day care program to ease some of that stress. This will not only help you, but also help your loved one get better care and For more advice on how to care for your senior loved ones, check out our other blog posts.

  • Medical Products for Mobility

    With so many options for mobility products, it can become overwhelming to find the best option for you. From a walker, wheelchair, cane, or crutch, the choices can seem endless.

    Seniors who have lost some of their mobility can turn to mobility products to help regain their independence. While these mobility products 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 Cane

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    A Cane is a compact mobility device that can help provide aid in walking especially for those with an injured foot, ankle, hip or knee. You may need a cane if you have trouble walking freely, difficulty walking up and down the stairs, issues with balance while walking, or feel pain while walking. Canes provide a stable assist to help you remain upright while walking. There are many options for canes depending on what style works best for you. Folding canes are a compact design that is ideal for a traveler. Quad canes offer increased stability because of the four prongs which allow the can to stand upright by itself.

    Choosing a Crutch

    Crutches are a lightweight mobility option designed for people recovering from an injury. Crutches are more of a temporary mobility option as they are not suited for long-term use. You can use a single crutch, a pair of crutches, or a forearm crutch. If you are recovering from a foot, ankle, or knee injury. Crutches can help take the pressure and weight off the injured body part. As the injury heals, you can switch to using one crutch by placing it under your arm on the opposite side of the injured leg. A forearm crutch is similar to using one crutch, but it has a unique design. This can be helpful for people with a small injury, that need a lightweight mobility product that has a sleeker look.

    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 be 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

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    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.

  • Holiday Season Traveling Tips for Seniors

    As the holiday season kicks into full swing, many people are beginning to travel out of town to visit relatives or 92226686 - checking trip details. full length of serious senior wife and husband are standing with suitcases at international airport and looking at flight tickets with concentration. copy space in left sidetake a winter vacation. Traveling can be exhausting, and as a senior citizen, it is a tremendous 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 a few helpful tips  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. You should also make sure you have an adequate supply of any medications you are currently taking. The last thing you want to do is run out of your heart meds on the second day of a weeklong vacation!

    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. If you are like most people, you probably tend to forget to take your medications on time or can’t remember whether you have taken it for the day or not. Eliminate your medication guesswork by investing in the easy-to-use pill turtle. This device securely holds pills and helps to maintain a daily medication regimen. You can load all your medications for the week and set a daily alarm to remind you to take your meds!


    Be sure to pack your essentials like medications, water, and other personal items in an easily accessible bag. If you are traveling by plane leave the items, you won’t need right away in your checked luggage. You can carry a small personal bag which can be placed in your lap or under your seat. This is perfect for medications, word puzzles, and other items you may need to use during your plane ride.

    Ask for Discounts

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    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 loved 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 risk of 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.

    With these helpful tips, you can ensure your safety and security as you travel this holiday season!

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

  • Christmas Gifts for Senior Citizens

    It can be hard to find the perfect gift for all of the people we care about during the holiday season. If you are shopping for a senior citizen, it can be difficult to find something that they don’t already have.

    Many seniors will express that they have everything they need, and that could likely be true. However, we have done a little bit of research and discovered some tips on how to holiday shop for the special senior citizen in your life.

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    Many senior citizens do not desire materialistic things. Many of them have everything they need and aren’t interested in more clothes, kitchenware, or picture frames. Many senior citizens just want to spend time with the people that they love.

     The gift of your time is the best gift you could give a senior citizen, hands down. Whether you go see a musical with them or do something as simple as treating them to a brunch, this gift is priceless for a senior. Spending time with you and other family members is something they will cherish much more than anything you could purchase from a store.

    Medical Necessities

    Many senior citizens need certain things that they have trouble getting for themselves. Many seniors aren’t able to online shop, get to the store, or look up information on how to acquire certain things. For instance, if a senior citizen has bad arthritis, getting them a walker, a wheelchair, or a good pair of sneakers can be a sensible gift that they might have trouble getting for themselves.

    Health care items can be expensive, but many seniors need them to simplify their daily life. Pay attention to your loved one and take note of some things that they might truly need. For instance, if your senior is gradually growing forgetful, consider purchasing them a coffee maker that has an automatic shutoff.

    Brain Games

    As we age it can become more difficult to recall things like dates, names, and events. A great gift for a senior that has trouble remembering things is a jigsaw puzzle or memory game that is both entertaining and also helps “exercise” their brain.

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    Christmas Gifts for Senior Citizens

    Many seniors feel “out of touch” when trying to connect with their children and grandchildren because of the vast development of technology. By gifting them a tablet or smartphone they will be able to better connect with you and other friends. The Apple iPad was voted the best overall tablet for seniors because of it’s simple setup and ease of use.

    Practical Services

    For many senior citizens, household chores become impossible as they age. From shoveling sidewalks to scrubbing dirty floors, many things slowly become out of reach for seniors to complete safely.

    Purchasing a special service can really benefit a senior citizen. For instance, consider purchasing a plow service if your senior lives in an area that gets significant snowfall. If you can’t afford to purchase a professional service such as that, make homemade coupons offering your services to a senior. Offer to sort through a closet, do their grocery shopping, or cook them a favorite meal.

    Shopping for your senior loved one can be simple by following the advice above. No matter what you give them this year, be sure to commit time to spending with them this year and the years to come. The most important thing is to share memories with each other.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our customers. We offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equipment, maternity products, and more!  . Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to try our products in person! Visit BEK Medical’s blog for more advice on caring for your elderly loved one.

  • Helping Seniors Through The Holiday Season

    How to Help the Seniors in Your Life Have a Healthy HolidayThe holiday season is a typically a time of great joy spent with family and friends. However, among the twinkling lights and the sweet treats, the holidays are often very stressful. If you care for a senior citizen, you are familiar with the difficulties of the holiday season.

    The following tips will make your senior loved one’s enter the holiday season with ease:

    Encourage Holiday Health

    It can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season. For seniors, diet is especially vital to their overall health. Consider preparing something simple for them, such as a light salad or soup, if the main meal is too rich. If the senior has diet restrictions, such as a low sodium diet, have plenty of fruits and vegetables available. Encourage seniors not to indulge too much in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol does not mix well with medications and many seniors are on several.

    Designate a Safe Space

    Chaos quickly becomes unmanageable for senior citizens. They love being with their family but the noise and craziness of it all can be exhausting. Make sure you designate a space for them to go if they need a break from the crowd. Having a place ready for them to nap or read is ideal. A quiet space is such a comfort for a senior when they are being pulled out of their usual routine. Especially if the senior traveled to get to you, it is important to have a place for them to rest. Let them participate in activities at their leisure.

    Adjust Traditions

    For many families, the senior family member is the one that has hosted holiday dinners for decades. However, there does come a point where preparing a holiday meal is too much for a senior. If your senior typically hosts the meal, ask the younger generation of family members if they are willing to. If they don’t have the room or means to host, gather a group that is willing to help the senior family member prepare. Many seniors pride themselves on hosting the holiday meal. If they want to continue to host, insist that they allow some helping hands in the kitchen.

    Caring for seniors during the holiday season can be a bit of a challenge. Routines are disrupted and many seniors struggle with that. The best thing you can do is ensure your senior loved one that you are there to make them as comfortable as possible through the holiday season.

    Spend Quality Time

    The holiday season is a great time for family and friends to connect, but it should not be the only time you see each other. Many seniors suffer from isolation which can negatively impact their overall health. Be sure to commit time to regularly visit them.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to helping others lead a healthy lifestyle. Check out our blog for updated lifestyle tips! Shop our medical products here!

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