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  • What’s the Difference Between Vertical and Inclined Platform Lifts?

    What’s the Difference Between Vertical and Inclined Platform Lifts?If you use a wheelchair on a regular basis and have trouble getting up and down the different levels in your home, you will likely need to use a platform lift. Platform lifts are designed to help people in wheelchairs maneuver between different floors with ease. But when you go to purchase a platform lift, you will have two options—a vertical platform lift or an inclined platform lift. It’s a good idea to learn about the differences between them before buying one.

    A vertical platform lift works just like an elevator

    You roll your wheelchair into it, turn it on, and then it takes you up or down before stopping and allowing you to get off. It will make it simple to get from one floor to the next, and vertical platform lifts can be set up to take a person anywhere from a few feet up to 20 feet up. It all depends on the way your home is built.

    An inclined platform lift works a lot like your average stair lift

    Rather than going directly up or down, it will allow you to roll your wheelchair into place and then it will carry you up or down a flight of stairs while moving slowly along the side of the steps. Inclined platform lifts will come in handy anytime you have a lot of steps in your home, and many businesses will also install them for those with wheelchairs.

    Vertical and inclined platform lifts can both get the job done for you. But depending on how your home is designed, you might find that one works better than the other. BEK Medical has different platform lifts in stock and can show you your options. Call us at 915-599-1129 today to begin the process of purchasing a platform lift for you and your wheelchair.

  • How to Manage Arthritis in the Winter

    How to Manage Arthritis in the WinterIf you have arthritis, then you know how difficult it can be to manage it once the wintertime rolls around. Studies have suggested that it’s the sudden change in temperature that often takes place in the winter, not the cold itself that makes arthritis so hard to deal with during the colder months. But whatever the reason, successfully managing arthritis in the winter can feel like a chore. Here are some tips for dealing with your arthritis this winter.

    Be careful putting on cold weather gear

    In the winter, people have a tendency to layer up with heavy shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, gloves, and more. This can be tough for those who suffer from arthritis since putting a bunch of heavy clothes on and then taking them off can prove to be unbearable. So rather than layering up with a couple of heavy clothing items, opt to use a few thin layers that will serve the same purpose and keep you warm without flaring up your arthritis.

    Be diligent about exercising—after warming up properly, of course

    When the weather starts to get cold, many older Americans stop going outside and getting the exercise they need. This is not good. While the winter weather will present challenges to everyone, including those with arthritis, you should still make it a point to get out and walk or stay active in other ways. Just make sure you warm up before doing so and drink enough water. Moderate exercise will be good for you as it will help you maintain your weight and avoid putting additional stress on your joints. And if you are able to get some sun in the process, the vitamin D from it will prove to be good for you, too.

    Be proactive about staying safe

    Wintertime will bring lots of hazards for people. From icy sidewalks to snowy front porches, you should steer clear of any surface that could present a problem for you. You should also try and find someone who can clear snow for you rather than trying to do it yourself. Shoveling could lead to your arthritis getting significantly worse in the winter.

    By following these tips, you should be able to effectively manage your arthritis this winter. BEK Medical can also provide you with products that will help you do it. Call us at 915-599-1129 today to find out about the products we have in stock that would benefit those suffering from arthritis.

  • Laughter Has Long-Term Health Benefits

    Laughter Has Long-Term Health BenefitsYou’ve heard it before – laughter is the best medicine. But have you stopped and thought about what that might actually mean, especially for seniors? When we care for seniors, we often think of medications, doctor’s appointments and nurse visits, but joy and humor are also essential to elders’ well-being.

    Laughter is linked to lower rates of depression, helps seniors feel less isolated and strengthens bonds between seniors and their caregivers. It has many other mental health benefits, including:

    • Inspiring a positive outlook: For seniors faced with chronic health issues and other concerns, laughter helps them see the bright side of things and the humor in any situation.
    • Enhancing memory: It’s important for seniors to stay mentally alert as they age, and cracking jokes can help.
    • Reducing stress: Laughter provides an emotional release that diffuses stressful situations.

    The benefits of laughter aren’t limited to mental health, however. Laughter has a number of physical health benefits for seniors as well:

    • It boosts the immune system: Mental and physical health are interlinked, and laughter bolsters the immune system by reducing stress hormones.
    • It helps with pain management: Laughter floods the body with endorphins, nature’s own pain relievers.
    • It can even help with diabetes management: Studies show that laughter can lessen glucose levels in the blood.

    Now that you’ve got the senior in your life laughing, it’s time to think about the equipment they need to stay healthy and safe. BEK Medical offers a variety of equipment that helps seniors stay well. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more.

  • How to Care for Seniors With Mobility Problems

    How to Care for Seniors With Mobility Problems As we age, most of us will experience the physical instability caused by weakening muscles and joint problems as well as neurological conditions. But did you know that accidents resulting from these issues, especially falls, is the fifth leading cause of death for the elderly? If you’re caring for a senior with mobility problems, here are a few things you can do to keep them safe.

    Healthy lifestyle

    Encourage the senior that you care for to be active. Simple, low-impact exercises like short walks and yoga will help improve flexibility and strengthen muscle. A healthy diet will also help seniors maintain muscle mass and get around easier. Make sure their sources of protein are easy on their digestive system, such as eggs, beans, and fish.

    Professional opinion

    Have a medical professional such as a physical or occupational therapist evaluate your senior’s mobility to know exactly what his or her issues are and to better prevent accidents. If you can, have the professional visit the senior’s home so they can advise on how to make the living space as safe and accessible for the senior as possible.

    Assist devices

    Sometimes the best way to manage mobility issues is using assist devices. Things like stair lifts, ramps and handrails, and automatic door openers are great tools to help your senior remain mobile and independent.

    Here at BEK Medical, we believe that 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 the senior you care for. Shop our online store or contact us today!

  • Ask Yourself These Questions Before Becoming a Caregiver

    Ask Yourself These Questions Before Becoming a Caregiver As parents’ age, their children often take on the role of a caregiver. Depending on the aging parents’ needs, it may be difficult and time consuming to provide them with the care they need. Before you consider taking on this responsibility, ask yourself these essential questions:

    Are you qualified?

    Being cared for by a family member may be a comforting idea to a senior, but many of us aren’t qualified to sufficiently meet their needs. Professional caregivers often have medical knowledge that can enhance and even improve the quality of an elderly person's life, especially if the person has a chronic illness.

    What personal changes will I need to make?

    Caregiving can be a fulltime job, so you may have to be willing to put things like your social life and downtime on the back burner. Even time with your spouse and/or children may have to take a back seat at times to sufficiently attend to the needs of your aging parent.

    What financial changes will I need to make?

    If your parent needs constant care, this may require you to decrease your working hours, so consider if that’s something you can afford. Your parent may also need certain home medical equipment to be functional and comfortable in your home, so decide what they would need and research those costs upfront.

    If there is a senior living in your home, BEK Medical has everything they need to help them live comfortably and independently. Browse our online store or contact us today for more information!

  • Why is Dental Health Important for Seniors?

    Dental health is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for seniors. Seniors can be forced to deal with a range of dental health issues, including everything from dry mouth to gum disease, so it’s essential for them to take good care of their teeth and to get the proper dental care.Why is Dental Health Important for Seniors?

    Check out a few of the problems seniors may face if they don’t make dental health a priority.

    Heart disease

    Some studies have shown that there is a definitive link between gum disease and heart disease. So if seniors want to reduce their chances of dealing with heart disease, they need to prevent gum disease at all costs. Gum disease is caused by plaque that builds up in and around the teeth, and it can cause people to lose their teeth. It can also lead to issues in other parts of the body, like the heart, and lead to more serious problems overall.

    Pneumonia

    Seniors who don’t brush their teeth often enough might be more susceptible to catching pneumonia. They will breathe in more bacteria, which will end up in their lungs and, at times, cause conditions like pneumonia to set in. By simply caring for their teeth, they can cut down on bacteria and prevent pneumonia and other illnesses.

    Stomatitis

    Many seniors are forced to wear dentures, and unfortunately, they don’t always properly care for them. This can lead to a buildup of fungus underneath the dentures, which can cause an inflammation of the tissue and a condition called stomatitis. This can be very painful for people and cause a lot of discomfort in their mouths. Seniors should always make sure dentures fit properly and clean them accordingly.

    BEK Medical understands the unique health challenges that many seniors face. We offer a variety of products that will make life easier on seniors. Check out what we have in stock and call us at 915-599-1129 today to place an order.

  • Relaxation Techniques for Seniors

    Stress can affect anyone at any age, and it can have many negative side effects. For seniors especially, the effects of stress can take a toll both physically and mentally. Thankfully, there are many helpful relaxation techniques for the elderly.Relaxation Techniques for Seniors

    Gentle exercise

    Low-impact, non-strenuous exercise like yoga, tai chi and Pilates are perfect for helping seniors relax. These types of exercise regimens focus on stretching and strengthening muscles as well as different breathing techniques, all of which can help calm the mind and body.

    Meditation

    One of the best ways to destress is to change your focus so you don’t obsess over the things that bother you. Meditation is a great way to achieve this mental clarity. Try focusing on something calm, like the sound of the ocean, or thinking positive thoughts like “I will feel better.”  Playing soothing music can also help drown out the worries and white noise in your mind as you focus on finding peace through meditation.

    Assist devices

    A major source of stress for many seniors is the physical discomfort of moving around. Even getting up and down can be a challenge for seniors dealing with mobility issues. Using assist equipment such as a lift chair relieves stress on both the body and mind as it gently lifts you from a seated position and places you squarely on your feet without any strain or unnecessary effort on your part. With a lift chair, you won’t feel stressed about falling or hurting yourself in any way. And with added comfort options like massage and heat, seniors are sure to feel relaxed when they sit in it!

    Here at BEK Home Medical Equipment, we offer a wide selection of lift chairs to meet all your needs. With over 500 combinations of upholstery and heat and massage options, you can customize your lift chair just the way you want!

  • Advantages of Lift Chairs

    If a loved one is struggling with everyday tasks and mobility, assist equipment like lift chairs can come in handy. But what are the benefits of lift chairs?Advantages of Lift Chairs

    Safety

    A lift chair gently lifts you from a seated position and places you squarely on your feet without any strain or unnecessary effort on your part, which is great for preventing falls and accidents. Lift chairs are also better for caregivers so they won’t have to worry about trying to physically lift their patients.

    Increased independence

    No one wants to depend on others to do seemingly simple tasks like answer the phone or go to the bathroom.  A lift chair enables seniors to get around without needing help from someone else, which goes a long way in increasing a senior’s sense of independence.

    Improved mobility

    The less you move around, the more your mobility deteriorates. When seniors are confined to a chair or a bed, they are likely to experience a decrease in muscle mass, balance, coordination, and proper circulation.  Using a lift chair will make it easy for seniors to be more active and maintain their strength.

    Greater comfort

    Lift chairs are more spacious than regular chairs, making them more comfortable to sit in. This added comfort will make seniors feel better both physically and also mentally. When they are feeling good, they will be more motivated to move around and keep up with their strength.

    Less strain on joints

    Lift chairs make it easy on the body, which is especially helpful if you’ve had a joint replaced. A lift chair won’t place added on weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips or irritate the  wrists, elbows and shoulders like pushing up from a regular chair will.

    BEK Medical offers wide selection of lift chairs to meet all your needs. Shop our online store today to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved one!

  • Importance of Mobility Safety

    As you get older, it can become increasingly difficult to stand up and get out of a chair. Seniors lose a lot of the strength they used to have in their hip muscles and knee extensors, and as a result, simply standing up isn’t as easy as it used to be. Because of this, there are many people who get into the habit of trying to use objects to help them stand. They will latch onto these objects and utilize them to pull themselves up.Importance of Mobility Safety

    While this method of standing can be effective, it can also be extremely dangerous if you try to do it using the wrong item. If the item falls over or isn’t able to withstand your weight, it could put you and your health in jeopardy. Additionally, using items to pull yourself up will make you weaker over time since you will be reducing the amount of time you spend using certain muscles. This is why you should learn how to stand up from a chair safely.

    To do this, you should begin by moving your bottom down to the edge of your seat. You should then put both of your feet on the ground and make sure they are flat. From there, you should put your hands on the armrests of your chair or on the edge of the chair if there are no armrests available. You should then learn forward and position your nose over your toes while pushing your arms down and removing your weight from the chair. As you do this, you should also start to straighten your legs before letting go of the chair and straightening your legs all the way. By following these steps, you will stand safely.

    If you aren’t able to do any part of this process, you should consider obtaining a lift chair that will help you get up and stand easily.

    Lift chairs are an excellent option for those who have trouble standing, and BEK Medical has plenty of them in stock! Call us at 915-599-1129 today to find out how a lift chair can benefit you and make you more independent.

  • Part-Time Job Opportunities for Seniors

    The realities of today’s culture and economy are changing the way people handle retirement. Whether you need supplemental income or are just looking to stay active, there are many great part-time job options for seniors.

    ConsultantPart-Time Job Opportunities for Seniors

    With many years of experience under your belt, companies will value your expertise. Consider staying on at your old company on a consulting basis, or reaching out to other businesses in your industry. Whichever you choose, consulting will allow you a flexible schedule and the opportunity to continue doing what you know best.

    Tutor

    If you’re a retired teacher or have an expertise in an academic field, tutoring is a great option. Helping students raise their grades, prepare for the SATs and learn tough subjects can be a rewarding way to spend your time. And you can take on as many or as few students as you like to create exactly the type of experience you’re hoping for.

    Healthcare and Wellness

    As the senior population continues to grow, the fields of healthcare, fitness and wellness grow to meet their health needs. And there are many jobs available at hospitals and clinics that don’t necessarily require a specific degree or certification, such as administration and maintenance. For positions that do, such as nurse’s aide or medical assistant, you can often get your certification from your local community college.

    Here at BEK Home Medical Equipment, we believe that 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. Shop our online store or contact us today!

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