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  • Spending Time With Your Grandchildren

    According to research published in the journal, Evolution and Human Behavior, seniors that are actively engaged in their grandchildren’s lives tend to live longer than those who are not. Watching your grandchildren can provide a sense of purpose and boost self-esteem by providing care for another. Whether you spend the day at the park or go for ice cream, there are many options for spending time with your grandchildren. Here are a few fun activities to enjoy:Why You Should Watch Your Grandchildren

    Go for a walk- This is a great activity to encourage exercise and connect with nature. Remember to always wear sunscreen when going out in the sun and to re-apply if you are outside for an extended period of time. If you are a senior concerned with mobility issues, BEK Medical, has a variety of products that will aid in your everyday needs to get around.

    Make a lemonade stand- This will not only help your grandchild learn early entrepreneurship, but it is a perfect activity for a nice summer day that does not require copious amounts of physical labor. Simply set up a table and allow your grandchild to make a sign with a poster board and marker. You can make the lemonade fresh, or simply use your favorite store-bought brand. Before setting-up the stand be sure to comply with your local permit laws regarding vending. The fastest way to find out what is required, is to call your local health department.

    Go for a bike ride- Riding a bike is a healthy-low impact form of exercise, perfect for a summer afternoon. When riding with your grandchildren be sure that they remain next to you or if they do ride ahead of you, that they remain within 6 feet of your bike. Bike riding is also a great way to improve cognitive ability and increase brain function. Here is a list of great bikes for people over the age of 60.  If you are concerned with balance, opt for a tricycle. Tricycle’s are great for providing balance and support.

    Why You Should Watch Your Grandchildren Read a book- Reading can take you places you never imagined. If your grandchildren are still developing speaking skills, reading to them will help encourage literacy and help them understand how to pronounce and enunciate words. Older children can also benefit from reading aloud- it encourages them to read on their own, introduces them to new words, and provides understanding of other cultures.

    There are a variety of activities that you may enjoy with your grandchildren. Although time with grandchildren can be beneficial to your health, it is important to set boundaries with their parents. If your children have busy schedules, they may want more support from you to watch their children. Be sure not to over extend yourself as this can cause stress which will have the opposite effect.

    Be sure to check BEK Medical’s blog for different tips regarding lifestyle tips and suggestions for seniors. Visit our Shop Now tab for a wide selection of products designed to encourage safety, mobility, personal care, and more!

  • Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

     

    With less than two wSummer Safety for Seniorseeks away from Summer’s official start, warmer weather, backyard barbecues, and dips in the pool are just around the corner. This is a great time to relax and enjoy the sun, but it is important to make safety a priority especially as the temperatures increase.  Sunshine, as beautiful as it may be, brings with it a few conditions that can greatly impact healthy living.  The American Geriatric Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging (FHIA) reports that most of the 200 American fatalities occur during the summer months, many of whom are over the age of 50.

    FHIA warns that temperatures in the low 90s can be very dangerous to seniors and offers seniors and their caregivers a wide variety of hot weather safety tips.

    Recommendations include:

    • Turn on the air conditioner or go to an air-conditioned place—senior center, mall, movie theater, or library, for example.
    • Stay indoors during excessive heat, and when outside, avoid the sun as much as possible, wear hats and sunglasses, and use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
    • Avoid strenuous activity
    • Take cool showers, baths, or sponge baths

    If you have elderly family, it is important to check on them often. Family and professional caregivers can make a special effort to help ensure that seniors are drinking adequate amounts of water. This includes keeping a variety of hydrating beverages on hand like water, Gatorade, milk, or tea.

    Use the urine test to confirm whether you or a loved one is drinking enough. Light yellow urine is usually a sign that liquid consumption is adequate, while darker urine may signal that more liquid is needed.

    Beware of Heat Illnesses

    Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body cannot cool itself. Symptoms include:

    • ThirstSummer Safety for Seniors
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Poor coordination
    • Nausea
    • Sweating

    If this is the case, rest in a cool place, drink plenty of fluids and take a cool shower or sponge bath. This condition can turn into heatstroke, so if the symptoms continue, seek medical attention right away. Heat stroke is life threatening and requires emergency medical help. After calling 911, get the individual to a cool place. Signs of heat stroke include fainting, body temperature above 104° F, confusion, irritableness, staggering, dry, flushed skin, strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse, not sweating, acting delirious or being in a coma. Stay safe, healthy and hydrated this summer!

    Remember to check our blog frequently for health tips and information. 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!

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  • Gaining Mobility with Assistive Devices

    Gaining Mobility with Assitive Devices

    Summer is here and now is a great time to regain your mobility and independence. There are a few different options for mobility equipment. Mobility devices like wheelchairs, canes, and walkers are good investments for seniors who feel unsteady on their feet. Appropriate use of these devices can help to prevent falls, improve posture, and provide stability. Learn more about your options, then schedule a visit with your doctor to decide which choice is right for you.

     

    Wheelchairs

    The most common assistive device for mobility, wheelchairs assist people with disabilities and injuries. Wheelchairs can help take the pressure off injured knees and provide a safer mode of transportation for people with limited mobility. According to the World Health Organization, only a small percentage of people who need wheelchairs have proper access to them.

    Canes

     

    Typically made of wood or metal, canes are a great option for seniors who are looking to improve their balance. A cane can support up to 25 percent of an individual’s weight and helps those who are suffering from arthritis or are recovering from a foot or leg injury.  Depending on the amount of support you need, triple and quad-footed options provide more stability than regular canes. Remember to be sure that your can is adjusted correctly for your height. While wearing regular walking shoes, stand upright with your elbows at your side, and have someone else measure  the distance between your wrist and the floor. This measurement is the height your cane should be adjusted to.

     

    Walkers

    Gaining Mobility with Assitive Devices

    The best support for seniors who are at risk for a fall because of an unsteady gait, severe arthritis problems or weakness in the hips, there are a few types of walkers to consider. Those with two and four wheels are the most popular since they are easy to move. One important feature to look for when purchasing a wheeled walker is a hand-controlled break. This will allow you to lock the wheels in place while in a stationary position to prevent your walker from rolling away. Standard walkers are the most stable option available but, can be difficult for some seniors to lift and move.

    Talk to your doctor or physical therapist when looking for an assistive device to make sure you are choosing the best option for your lifestyle. Get help determining what size cane or walker with Health in Aging and consider an adjustable cane or walker. Whether you are looking for a wheelchairwalker or cane, visit BEK Medical to find the best option available.

  • All About the UPWalker Walking Aid

    Mobility Products Dallas TXAre you a senior citizen or rehab patient who needs some help getting around from day to day? Do you have a neurological, cardiovascular or pulmonary disorder? Do you suffer from pain, instability and poor posture from using a traditional walker or rollator?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, the UPWalker Upright Walker might be the mobility aid for you!

    This revolutionary product can help you get back on your feet and regain your independence. The UPWalker enables users to maintain good posture walking in a safe, secure and upright position. Using it can reduce pain in your leg joints, back and wrists.

    Its features include:

    • Adjustable-height armrests
    • Padded sit-to-stand handles
    • A comfortable seat
    • Lockable brakes
    • Multi-terrain wheels

    The UPWalker supports a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. It can be used both indoors or outdoors, and it comes fully assembled in a graphite gray color. This mobility aid is a cinch to transport: the lightweight aluminum frame, which weighs just 23 lbs., folds for easy travel.

    The UPWalker comes in three different sizes and is shipped with standard accessories including a backrest support, a beverage holder and a personal item bag that attaches to the walker’s handgrip tubes.

    The UPWalker Upright Walker is available now from BEK Medical. We also offer a wide variety of walkers, canes and other mobility products to help you get around. Browse our selection online or contact us today to find out more!

  • Different Wheelchair Lift Options for Vehicles

    Vehicle LiftsIf you use a wheelchair, you may be considering a wheelchair lift to make it easier to get in and out of your car. However, choosing among the different options takes an understanding of the various products on the market and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Here’s our guide to different wheelchair lift options for vehicles:

    Outside liftse

    This type of lift is secured to the exterior of a vehicle and allows you to transport your wheelchair or mobility scooter without using any interior space in your car. This type of lift is also popular because it’s relatively easy to transfer from vehicle to vehicle. You can even operate it on your own if you’re able to stand for two to three minutes while the lift is in operation.

    Hybrid lifts

    This type of lift is mounted in the vehicle’s cargo area. It works best in SUVs and vans, because the entire lift will need to be housed within the vehicle. They’re especially convenient because they feature a drive-on platform. You can wheel yourself onto the lift, and the mechanical system will do the rest.

    Inside lifts/hoists

    Like hybrid lifts, inside lifts are mounted in a vehicle’s cargo area, but they swing outward to load the wheelchair. They’re a good choice for smaller SUVs, since they take up less space, but they can be more difficult to operate than other kinds of lifts.

    BEK Medical has the perfect wheelchair lift options for you

    We suggest the Pride Backpacker Plus by Pride Mobility. This lift system has a robust construction, sleek design, and a powerful weight capacity of 350 pounds. It is fully-powered for lifting and rotating for effortless loading of products, which can include travel and full-size mobility scooters and power wheelchairs.

    If you need some help getting around from day to day, BEK Medical offers a wide variety of walkers, canes and other helpful mobility products. Browse our selection online or contact us to learn more.

  • The Many Benefits of Lift Chairs

    Lift Chairs in El Paso and Dallas TXRecliners, La-Z-Boys, and grandparent chairs are just a few names for Americas most comfortable seating. Unfortunately, these chairs have a negative connotation associated with them as they are typically regarded as medical chairs. However, these lift chairs are so much more than that. They aren’t just your grandpas La- Z- Boy anymore. In fact, they are great for people of all ages and all phases of life.

    The different positions the lift chairs can adjust to will benefit you in more ways than one. When the you are positioned in the chair with your legs elevated above your heart, it promotes circulation. Lift chairs are great for anyone who needs to reduce swelling or just needs to rest their legs. They also promote healthy breathing and will help you sleep better.

    Lift chairs instantly take pressure off your back so if you’ve had a long day standing at work you can go home and rest your back in a lift chair. Promotes healthy breathing and help you sleep well during pregnancy.

    If you’re ready to benefit from lift chairs, look no further than BEK Medical.

    We offer a wide selection of lift chairs to meet all of your needs. Feel free to give us a call at 915-599-1129 or email us at info@bekmedical.com.

  • Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Mobility Scooter

    Mobility Scooters Mobility has turned into one of the biggest problems for many older Americans in recent years. There are millions and millions of people over the age of 65 who simply can’t get around like they used to. If you fall into this category, you might be thinking about purchasing a mobility scooter to make life a little bit easier on yourself. This is a great idea, but before you buy one, there are some questions you should carefully consider. Take a look at them below:

    Are you going to be able to control a mobility scooter safely?

    While mobility scooters are an excellent option for many seniors, they could potentially be unsafe for those who don’t have good hand dexterity. If you suffer from a condition like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, you might not be a good candidate for a mobility scooter. You could have trouble controlling it and put yourself and others in danger.

    How are you going to travel around with your mobility scooter?

    Although a mobility scooter can help you travel around, transporting your scooter to and from different locations can be a challenge for some people. If you decide to invest in one, try to find a scooter that will fit easily into most vehicles. You want something that’s as portable as possible, so you can bring it with you wherever you go.

    Will your insurance company cover the cost of a mobility scooter?

    Worried about the cost associated with buying a mobility scooter? Your health insurance provider could very well cover the cost of it for you. If you’ve tried other mobility aids like canes, walkers, and even wheelchairs in the past with no luck, your insurance company might be willing to pay for part or all of your mobility scooter. It never hurts to ask to see what you qualify for.

    Would you like to check out some of the best mobility scooters on the market today? BEK Medical has a large selection of mobility scooters in stock. Call us at 915-599-1129 to speak with someone about which scooter might be your best option!

  • Will Your Lift Chair Be Covered by Medicare?

    Will Your Lift Chair Be Covered by Medicare.If you have trouble standing from a seated position, your doctor may have recommended a lift chair. A lift chair can be a lifesaver for those of us with limited mobility, but they can be expensive.

    Will your lift chair be covered by Medicare?

    The short answer, from the Medicare website: while Medicare won’t typically pay the entire costs of a lift chair, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) or Medicare Part C (Medical Advantage) might cover the seat lift mechanism as DME, or durable medical equipment. Your doctor will need to determine that the seat lift is medically necessary and will help with your condition.

    Generally, Medicare coverage eligibility for your chair lift mechanism will include the following:

    • You have a condition that inhibits your mobility, like severe arthritis in your hip or knee or a neuromuscular disease like muscular dystrophy.
    • Because of this condition, you are unable to stand up on your own and would otherwise be confined to a bed or wheelchair.
    • Your doctor has determined that regular movement is medically necessary and has prescribed a lift chair as part of your treatment plan.
    • You are able to control the seat lift yourself and the equipment helps you sit or stand up without other help.

    Medicare typically won’t pay for recline functions or seat lifts that use a spring-release mechanism.

    If you’re having mobility issues, BEK Medical is here for you. We have a variety of mobility products and other offerings that will make your life easier and more comfortable. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more.

  • Seniors and Food Safety

    Foodborne Illness and SeniorsDid you know that adults age 65 and over are at a higher risk of hospitalization and even death from foodborne illnesses? Here’s what you need to know about seniors and food safety:

    Changes in seniors’ organs and body systems lead to greater risk of foodborne illnesses.

    For example, the gastrointestinal tract tends to hold onto food for a longer period of time, creating conditions in which bacteria can grow. Also, the stomach may not produce enough acid to get rid of these bacteria. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer exacerbate these circumstances, and weakened immune systems increase susceptibility to illness.

    How can seniors reduce their risk of foodborne illnesses?

    Set the fridge and freezer to the proper temperature

    Keep the fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at zero or below. Use a fridge thermometer to check temperatures. Always store perishable food in either the fridge or freezer.

    Avoid thawing food at room temperature

    Instead, take it straight from the freezer to thaw in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, you can use cold water or a microwave to defrost the food, but make sure to cook it immediately.

    Always wash your hands before handling food

    Also, make sure to wash any cutting boards, knives, or other utensils immediately after contact with raw meat, poultry or fish.

    Thoroughly cook all meat, poultry and fish

    Use a meat thermometer and keep your oven at 325 degrees or higher.

    Food safety is an important component of helping seniors live comfortable and healthfully. For the rest, check out the mobility aids, personal care products and more available from BEK Medical. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more and place your order today.

  • Four Ways to Prepare a Senior’s Home for Winter

    Senior Care As the autumn leaves drop along with the temperatures, it’s clear that winter is on its way. Is your senior loved one’s home ready for the change in season?

    Here are some ways to prepare a senior’s home for winter:

    Be prepared for emergencies

    When the roads are snowy and icy, it’s more difficult for seniors to get out and get the food and medications they need. During a snowstorm, it may be downright impossible. Stock your loved one’s home with nonperishable food, bottled water, extra medication, a first aid kit and a flashlight. Don’t forget to make sure plenty of warm clothing and blankets are on hand.

    Take care of home maintenance

    Before the season is in full swing, make sure to take care of some home maintenance essentials for your senior loved one. These include cleaning out gutters, shutting off water supply to any outdoor faucets and arranging for someone to come by regularly to remove snow and ice from driveways and walkways.

    Consider lighting

    Seniors are at risk of seasonal affective disorder during the winter months, when natural light is in scarce supply. Make sure your loved one’s home is well-lit and swap out dim bulbs for brighter ones.

    Stock up on home medical products

    Make seniors’ lives easier and more comfortable in winter (and year-round) with mobility aids, personal care products and more from BEK Medical. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more and place your order today.

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