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  • Spring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    With the weather warming up, it is time to start thinking about your spring cleaning projects. This is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the new season. As the weather starts to warm up, it is time to pack away the bulky clothes and do away with unused household items.  Many senior citizens have physical limitations that don’t allow them 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 are some spring-cleaning tips to help the senior community this season:

    Make a ListSpring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    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.

    Here is a sample list to try:

    • Clean kitchen- cabinets, refrigerator, and floors.
    • Vacuum carpets or mop floors
    • Bathroom- Clean vanity and cabinets, replace shower curtains and shower rugs.
    • Bedrooms- Change sheets, clean under the bed, clean windowsills and dust ceiling fan.

    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. Things, like moping the floors, dusting the ceiling fans, and cleaning air vents, are jobs that can be delegated to a helpful hand. It is also good to have someone around. Cleaning requires a lot of moving around and it’s good to have someone around in case an accident occurs.

    Organize Medicine Cabinet

    It is best to clean your medicine cabinet periodically to remove old expired prescriptions. If you have been using your toothbrush from over three months it is time to replace it with a new one.

    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.

    Try A Yard Sale

    If you have accumulated a collection of items you no longer need or use, you may want to try to host a garage sale. Yard sales are a great way to declutter your home and earn some quick cash. Have some friends or your children help set up and collect payment from customers.

    Safety Checks

    Once you have successfully cleaned your home, you can check for any areas in your home that may compromise your safety. Spring cleaning can also provide you with an opportunity to evaluate your living space and make sure things are suited to your specific needs. If you need a ramp installed, for instance, spring is a good time to do so.Spring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    With these tips,  we hope you can kick off-spring with a neat house and better cleaning habits.

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  • Preparing Elders for Colder Weather

     

    Preparing Elders for Colder Weather

    As the weather changes for a large majority of the country, cold weather is just a few short months away. Cold rain showers, heavy wet snow, and below freezing temperatures are inconvenient for all of us but these extreme weather conditions can have a major impact on senior citizens. Cold weather can cause major issues for elderly adults including injuries, infections,

    and inconvenience.

    Winter Safety  

    Injuries are a major issue that senior citizens face as the months grow colder. Many older people that still live in their homes might go outside and attempt to shovel their sidewalks when the snow starts to fall. Although it might not appear to be, shoveling is a very physical task. It is proven to cause heart and back issues which many s

    eniors already struggle with. If a senior suffers from arthritis pain, shoveling can aggravate that pain as well. Seniors should consider hiring a plow service or asking a trusted neighbor with a snow blower to take care of their driveway.

    Fall Risk

    It is accurate that falls are something that senior citizens are at risk for all year round. From tripping over a sidewalk to a fold in an area rug, it is easy for seniors to fall at any point wh

    ich typically can cause injuries from broken bones or a severe sprain. Winter months make trips outside extremely dangerous for seniors and falls increase in the colder months. Sidewalks and driveways are coated with layers of snow and ice which are often difficult to see. If seniors fall outside in the winter, the fall can also be detrimental if frozen snow or ice is un

    derneath the individual when they land. Everyone should put down salt or sand on sidewalks and entrances outside of their home whenever possible in the winter months when it is icy outside.

    Seasonal Depression

    Many of us also get the “winter blues” but for seniors, those blues can become very serious. Depression often times rises in winter months because the days

    are dark and cold. For seniors, physical pain can increase in the winter, making all of their symptoms worse which can feel defeating. Many senior citizens also get out less in the winter, making their ability to socialize minimal. Socialization improves mood and in the winter months with social interactions limited, this can also contribute to a poor mental state for seniors. Seniors should do what they can to reach out to loved ones, even if it’s just on the phone. Get outside when possible if the sun peeks out, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Get involved in a group of some sort that does “pick-ups” for different erra

    nds trips or outings. There are also many different at-home activities seniors can engage in to help beat seasonal depression.

    Here are a few:

    Preparing Elders for Colder Weather

    • Puzzles
    • Scrapbooking
    • Playing board games
    • Playing cards
    • Knitting or Crocheting

    Winter weather poses as tremendous a challenge for seniors and these topics just skim the surface.  Seniors and their loved ones should take whatever precautions they can to prepare for the winter months to ensure that these issues are managed.

    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! Remember to check our blog frequently for healthy lifestyle tips!

  • 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.

  • Preparing for Your Parents to Live With You

    How to prepare for your parents to move in At some point in your life, there may come a time when one or both of your parents need to live with you. Maybe one of them is sick and needs constant care and attention from you. Or maybe they’re simply on the older side and can’t get around as well as they used to, thus necessitating a move to your home. Whatever the case, you should prepare for the situation accordingly before they move in. Check out a few steps to take below.

    Discuss how them moving in with you will impact everyone

    Chances are, you spent a lot of your life living with one or both of your parents. So you might think it’ll be easy to pick up right where you left off. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You’re older, they’re older and you might have kids. This isn’t going to be anything like it was when you were younger and living under your parents’ roof. It’s important to realize that and to speak directly with your parents about their expectations of living with you so there aren’t any surprises later.

    Think about where your parents will stay

    Ideally, you would have a wing in your home where your parents could live and be comfortable. But not everyone has access to that kind of setup, so you might have to rearrange your home to ensure your parents can live and get around comfortably. You should keep in mind that something as simple as a few steps could make life impossible for them. Talk to them about their mobility and what they need from you to make their lives as normal and simple as possible. You may have to senior proof your home to make it safe.

    Obtain the medical supplies your parents will need

    Speaking of senior proofing, there may be different products your parents will need to go about their business in your home. This could include everything from wheelchairs to special beds and chairs. A company like BEK Medical can set you up with the items you and your parents will need to coexist in your home.

    If your parents are planning on moving into your home soon, don’t wait until the last minute to track down the things they’ll need. Call BEK Medical at 915-599-1129 today to order our home care products.

  • 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!

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