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29 March, 2022

Successfully and Safely Aging in Place

Deciding whether or not to move an aging parent into a long-term or assisted care facility is certainly one of the most difficult decisions an adult child has to make. Thankfully, more and more options are becoming available to allow your parent to “age in place” – that is, keeping a parent or parents in their own comfortable and familiar home with the appropriate care, as-needed modifications, and any other necessary services.

More and more, our society is realizing both the social and the economic benefits of allowing aging parents to remain in their homes - and to age in place comfortably and peacefully.

The Advantages of Aging in Place

What are the advantages for your parents to age in place? Well, for those who can age at home – lots!

  • Aging in place allows aging parents to stay more independent, remain in a home they may have been in for many years, and stay put in the neighborhood and the community they know
  • According to the AARP, each and every year the cost of nursing home expenditures continues to rise. Aging in place solutions not only offer happier twilight years for your aging parents - it can also be a much smaller financial hardship for you!

Med Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad System         Comfortek Seating PLUS Armed Turn Roll Hand Release

To Age in Place or Not to Age in Place – That is the Question!

If you have a parent with an advanced cases of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or parents who require 24-hour care or supervision, aging in place is probably not the best option. However, for many aging parents, it is the ideal solution for both the parents and the adult children who are caring for them.

To be successful in assisting your parents to age in place, be sure to consider several things:

  • Depending on your parents’ mental and physical health, you may want to discuss obtaining power of attorney to help manage their resources as well as make medical decisions for them
  • In order to meet any of your parents’ medical needs, you may need to arrange for some in-home services such as a nurse who comes in from time to time to check on your aging parents, or an experienced home care provider who can be there for more extended periods of time to assist with day to day needs such as bathing and dressing, transportation services, or grocery shopping and cooking
  • The home your aging parent live in may need specific modifications or remodeling – anything from installing a walk-in shower, to adding safety rails along in various areas of the house, to putting in ramps - and the list goes on. Whatever is needed to make a safe haven for your aging parent.

 

Caregiver Paging System

 

Portable Wheelchair Ramp

 

Aging in Place: Trending for a New, Improved Future

So, what allows aging parents to be most successful at aging in place? The support of family! When family members are supportive of the idea of keeping mom or dad (or both) independent and at home for as long as possible, and can contribute readily to that goal, aging parents have the best success. And the best of their golden years!

Even if your aging parent has a serious disease or a chronic condition, it no longer means that he or she always needs to leave home and move to a facility or care environment. It does mean, however, that adequate planning and precautions must be taken. You will want to make sure your aging parent has access to the necessary health care. Family members can often provide a lot of the needed support, but there are also community options available.

Aging in place is a new and positive trend, one that will only grow as more and more of the population ages.

Our Maxiaids Team is Here to Support You and Your Family!
23 March, 2022

Sports Balls for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sports balls for the blind and visually impaired? YES!!!

From children to adults, specially made sports balls with sound devices within them help those who are blind or who suffer from low vision locate the flight and direction of the ball – and have fun while successfully playing a variety of outdoor sports.

This Spring and Summer, Get Out There and Play Ball!

Balls for sport and play for the blind and visually impaired have bells, directional bells, rattles or beeping sounds so the player can locate the moving (or non-moving) ball during play.

Some adaptive sports balls are of regulation size and material while other sports balls may be either larger or smaller than regulation size, and other types of balls may be made with foam rubber or soft, fuzzy materials.

Beeping Foam Football

    

The array of balls that incorporate an auditory cue during use include balls for soccer, basketball, football, rugby, cricket, softball and more!
 

Just like everyone, visually impaired folks also enjoy the thrill of victory while also enjoying exercise, activity, independence – and playing on a beautiful spring or summer day.

What’s more, by providing blind or visually impaired individuals with athletic opportunities, ball games also help to change the way society may think about the athletic abilities of vision impaired people, as well as other people with disabilities.

Reizen RockStar Rugby Ball with Bells

The Importance of Physical Education At a Young Age

Physical education is important for all children. Yet, quite often, children who are visually impaired do not experience the same chances or opportunities for physical education or recreational activity as sighted children in their early years.

Well - not anymore!

Today more than ever we are able to expose our young ones to as many recreational activities as soon as possible. This better prepares them for future inclusion and independence through enhanced development of social skills, motor skills, language skills, and physical fitness.

The inclusion of both sighted and visually impaired players, especially during the early years of childhood, in group activities will help assure that children will learn to interact with each other and value tolerance and acceptance. Blind or visually impaired children should be able to participate in most physical or recreational activities to help build their self-confidence by letting them try – and succeed!

 

16 March, 2022

Mobility Issues? You CAN Keep Moving!

Discover the Many Mobility Aids Designed to Help You Enjoy Greater Freedom and Independence

People with mobility issues due to a disability, injury, or age don’t have to be “stuck.” Today, more than ever, mobility aids have improved and provide more independence, higher self-esteem, increased confidence, reduced pain, and a better quality of life.  

So, let’s get moving!  

Which Mobility Aid is Best for You?

The type of mobility aid you or your loved one requires depends upon the specific mobility issue.

Some folks need mobility aids all the time. Others, from time-to-time. Still others, while healing from an injury. Whichever the case, there are innovative mobility aids out there for everyone. And each one is designed to keep you on the move and enhance independence!

Types of Mobility Aids

Canes
Canes are for people who may be at risk of falling. Canes support the body’s weight and help transmit body load from the legs to the upper body. In the United States, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 adults over the age of 65 uses a cane.

Some of the most useful and common types of canes include:

  • White canes - These are designed specifically for assisting people who are visually impaired. White canes are longer and thinner than traditional canes and enable the user to detect objects in their path. The white color of the cane also lets other people know that the user is blind, or has low vision or another kind of visual impairment
    4-Section Aluminum Folding All Terrain Cane
  • Quad canes - Also known as support canes, quad canes are for folks who need balance and stability. Quad canes have four feet at the end of the cane, providing a wider base and safe stability
    Heavy Duty Quad Cane
  • Walking canes – Walking canes give support while standing and walking for those that may tire quickly while out and about. These canes also improve balance to help prevent falls and injury. Many people use canes for assistance after surgery, or when they have an injury

Crutches
Crutches help to transfer weight from the legs to the upper body. They can be used singly or in pairs. Crutches help keep a person upright and are often used by those with short-term injuries or with permanent disabilities.

Type of crutches include:

  • Axillary (underarm) crutches - These crutches are typically used by people with short-term injuries. One part of an axillary crutch is placed against the ribcage under the armpits, while the user holds onto the hand grip
  • Forearm crutches - This type of crutch involves placing the arm into a metal or plastic cuff and holding a hand grip. Forearm crutches are most commonly used by folks with long-term disabilities
Underarm Crutch Forearm Crutch

Walkers
Walkers, made of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user, are very secure walking aids. Walkers are used by nearly 5 percent of Americans over the age of 60.

Various type of walkers include:

  • Rollators - This common type of walker has a frame with four wheels, handlebars, and seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature
    Durable 4-Wheel Rollator with 7.5-in Casters
  • Posterior Walkers - Posterior walkers (also known as reverse walkers) are walking devices the person pulls from behind for improved posture and balance
    Drive Nimbo Posterior Walker
  • Knee walkers - Similar to a rollator, this walker allows the user to rest a knee on a padded cushion while propelling themselves forward with their stronger leg
    Steerable Knee Walker with Basket

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are used by people who should not put weight on their lower limbs or who are unable to walk. They can be more suitable than walkers for people with severe disabilities or when travel over greater distances is required.

Wheelchairs can be manually propelled by the user, pushed by someone else, or electrically powered. A wheelchair that can be propelled by neural impulses was designed in 2016.
Blue Streak Wheelchair with Arms and Footrests

Mobility Scooters
Similar to a wheelchair, these devices have a seat set on top of either 3, 4, or 5 wheels.

The user’s feet rest on foot plates, and there are handlebars or steering wheels to control direction.

Mobility scooters are beneficial for those without the upper body strength or flexibility to use a manual wheelchair. Many scooter users experience a positive impact on their lives and newfound independence.

Electric Senior Mobility Scooter

Who Benefits from Mobility Aids?

Anyone who has a mobility issue, either temporary or long-term, can benefit from mobility aids. The type of mobility aid used will depend on the needs of the individual.

Mobility aids may be beneficial for people with:

  • arthritis
  • cerebral palsy
  • developmental disabilities
  • difficulties maintaining balance
  • fractures or broken bones in the lower limbs
  • gout
  • heart or lung issues
  • injury to the legs, feet, or back
  • obesity
  • spina bifida
  • sprains and strains
  • walking impairment due to brain injury or stroke
  • visual impairment or blindness

Older adults, people who have had an amputation, and those recovering from surgery also benefit from the use of mobility aids.

07 March, 2022

The Importance of Home Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms tend to be narrower spaces with curved corners, rough edges and lots of moisture and water. That’s why home bathroom safety is very important – especially for senior citizens and those with mobility issues or other special needs.  

The bathroom has the distinction of being one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. The good news is that most accidents that occur in the bathroom can be prevented thanks to the many high quality, easy-to-install bathroom safety equipment products designed to keep you safe in your home bathroom!

Simplicity and Safety During Toileting

For many people, transitioning onto and off of the toilet can be difficult. To make toileting easier, and to provide more independence – and less fear of falling down – there are products specifally designed to improve toileting safety.

A toilet surround assists with the support of people needing to sit down onto, and stand back up, from the toilet - safely.  

HealthCraft P.T. Rail

HealthCraft P.T. Rail

Special raised toilet seats reduce the need to bend or move when relocating to and from the toilet.

Elevated Toilet Seat with Removable Arms

Basic Elevated Toilet Seat (Open Front)

Safety in the bathroom should always be a leading priority, and these toileting aids provide inexpensive temporary or long-term solutions for you and your loved ones!

Improve Safety in the Bathtub and Shower

Grab bars and poles offer much-needed, safe support when getting in and out of the shower or tub, and also give important stability during bathing and showering. Grab bars and poles come in many different styles, shapes and sizes, and can be attached either permanently or semi-permanently. It is possible to put bars anywhere, in any height or position and is ideal in providing safe hand hold.

Grip Alert- Alert System and Suction Assist Bar

18in Knurled Chrome Grab Bar

To further reduce the danger of getting hurt during a shower, shower chairs can be used. Shower chairs - also known as tub chairs, shower seats, shower benches, and shower stools - are water resistant seats that fit inside a shower or tub to provide people who have difficulty standing in the shower a safe, sturdy seat for bathing comfort and confidence.

Bath Bench with Back and Arms

Corner Shower Seat

The use of non-slip mats in baths and showers also greatly helps in enhancing safety. Reduce the risks of slips and falls - and feel comfortable and confident in your own bathroom - with a high-quality non-slip mat outside as well as inside your tub or shower.

Non-Slip Hydro Rug - Shower Stall Bath Mat

Bathroom Products Designed for Your Everyday Comfort

Any bathroom modifications you can make that will keep you and your family safe and healthy and independent at home is important. If low vision is a concern, an item like the Extra Large Display Bath Scale is the perfect bathroom aid. Mobility issues, or pain? The FootMate Complete Foot Care System helps reaching feet so much safer and more comfortable!

Extra Large Display Bath Scale

FootMate Complete Foot Care System

If an issue should happen to occur in the bathroom, or if you or a family member are need of help, the Portable Waterproof Push Alert One-Touch Alert System is a grab bar and alert system all in one. 

Portable Waterproof Push Alert One-Touch Alert System

You CAN make your bathroom safer without completely renovating it! See more about home bathroom safety products and shopping guides, and stay safe and well at home.  

28 February, 2022

The Importance of Educational Toys and Games for Special Needs Children

Education is extremely important, but it’s all the more so when it comes to children with special needs and learning disorders. If your child struggles with focus, or has vision or hearing or mobility issues, you may have to work extra hard to make sure they are getting the same education as everyone else in their class. Fortunately, educational toys and games can help to fill in the gaps, as well as provide fun ways for your child to learn about things that they wouldn’t otherwise get exposure to.

Braille Alphabet Magnets 26 Upper Case Letter

Colors and Shapes Memory Match Braille Cards

Why Educational Toys Are Important

Educational toys are essential because in developing and improving a variety of necessary skills in special needs children. There are other benefits that children can get from using educational toys such as self-esteem building, critical thinking, creative expression, along with language development.

Play therapy with meaningful sensory toys naturally encourages exploratory learning. Sensory toys arouse interest, rivet attention, and make it possible to discover different textures, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.

Ruffs House Teaching Tactile Set

Poke A Dot What's Your Favorite Color

Beeping Easter Egg

Sensory Toys Broaden Potential for Children to Freely Engage Their Senses

When you’re looking to purchase educational toys or games, consider your child’s age, physical abilities, interests, and personality in order to choose just the right toy or game.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Age: Is your child old enough to play with certain types of toys and games? In most cases, you shouldn’t expect them to master these before they turn two years old.

Braille Uno Cards

  • Physical Abilities: What are your child’s physical disabilities? For example, if your child has trouble using their hands due to cerebral palsy, it might be a good idea to avoid puzzle-type games that involve fine motor skills. You may want to look for stuffed animals that encourage reaching.

Tactile Pyrimid

  • Interests and Personality: Two things to always keep in mind when shopping for that toy that will engage your child!
  • Also, keep in mind that in some cases physical differences may prevent your child from using certain toys properly. If they’re not able to correctly hold a pencil, or hear, or turn a page of a book, make sure you try any toy out with your child before buying it to ensure it will work for them—and provide valuable learning opportunities—before bringing it home.

Prop It 10 in 1 Portable Literary and Speech Easel

In Addition to Making Playtime Fun, Toys and Games Offer Children Ways to Gain Confidence and Develop New Skills

Knowing how to share, take turns, follow directions, get along with others and more are essential components of growing up. If possible, buy several different types of educational toys so your child has plenty of variety and sharing time during playtime!

GoTalk 4-Plus- Alternative Communication Aid