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Modern medicine has done many wonderful things for our world and can be helpful in many ways. However, it’s important for everyone to be aware of their medicines, the possible side effects, and to notice anything that might go wrong. Here is some great advice from an article on Caregiver.com:

Older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers may encounter challenges when taking medications. Resolving these problems can lead to much better results from medicines. Consumers and caregivers must alert their doctors and pharmacists to any difficulties they have taking medications, including the following:

  • Memory: Difficulty remembering to take medications. The pharmacist can provide a variety of special pill boxes or other aids that re-mind a caregiver and senior to take medications. The devices range from low-tech, such as simple containers with compartments labeled for meals and bedtime, to high-tech, such as containers that beep when it’s time for a dose, or a special bottle cap that counts openings of a prescription bottle to tell if the day’s doses have been taken. For those with severe memory impairments, caregivers are key to the proper administration of all medicines. In addition, some aging-related service organizations offer medication reminder telephone calls for older persons with memory problems.
  • Vision: Difficulty reading labels on prescription labels and over-the-counter products. Pharmacists may be able to provide prescription labels in large print. Health care providers and caregivers can read the information on over-the-counter products for consumers with vision impairment. Magnifying glasses may also be helpful.
  • Hearing: Difficulty hearing instructions from health care professionals. Ask doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to speak louder and/or write down important information relevant to the safe use of medications. Caregivers can also be “the ears” for seniors with hearing impairments.
  • Dexterity: Difficulty opening bottles, inability to break tablets, problems handling medicines such as eye drops, inhalers for asthma and other lung disease, and insulin injections. These problems are common for people with arthritis and certain types of disabilities. Large, easy-open bottle tops are available for prescription medicines. If a prescription dose is one-half tablet, the pharmacist can split the tablets for you. Caregivers are key to assisting with the administration of eye drops, inhaled medications, injections, and other dosage forms that require fine motor skills. Again, pharmacies can provide instruction sheets on administration of medicines.
  • Swallowing: Difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules. Many prescription and over-the-counter products are available in a variety of dosage forms such as a liquid, skin patch, or suppository, greatly reducing difficulties associated with swallowing. Ask your pharmacist about alternative dosage forms.
  • Scheduling logistics: Scheduling many different medications throughout the day. One of the greatest challenges for older persons and caregivers is working medication schedules into daily routines. Special pill boxes and other aids, described above, can help. It’s essential that older people and caregivers devise a plan for medication administration that fits their daily schedule. For example, meal times or bedtimes can be used as cues for scheduling medication if mealtimes and bedtimes are regularly scheduled. Doctors and pharmacists can assist in developing a plan to best suit your daily schedule.
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We love to receive feedback from our customers. It’s always helpful to know how we can improve our products and we especially love stories of how our products have improved people’s lives and made it easier to be independent. Here are some of our favorite recent reviews:

THANK YOU !!
I ordered my husband a folding walker a few months ago. The front wheels were swivel and very wobbly and would throw him off balance. Stander sent stationary wheels, we put them on and he feels a lot safer.
Thank you Stander customer service.
The swivel wheels should removed from the market, they are too unstable. – Kim

I received my third security pole and curved grab bar today. They make my Dad’s life so much better!! – Greg

I just got the car caddie for a friends 92 old Mom. She gets around pretty good, but getting in and out of the car has always been an issue. Now with the car caddie she can get in and out of the car by herself. What a great idea! So simple, but works great! – Will

Which product have you tried and what do you love about it?

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Spring is a great time to clean your home. The idea of “Spring Cleaning” has become much of a tradition around the world. Having a clean home in the spring helps to get rid of the dust and dirt that can collect in the winter when mud is often tracked in and the windows stay sealed tight. Regardless of the time of year, cleaning your home can benefit a lot more than just the esthetics of the house. Cleaning is helpful for the mood, hygiene, and even the health of those living in the home.

The spring season can introduce many allergens from plants and trees and even pets. Dusting often can help keep the indoor allergens from getting out of control. While moving things around to dust, we also suggest taking the opportunity to de-clutter and organize. Maybe there are some books you can get rid of, a side table that can be donated to the thrift shop, and even clothes that aren’t used any longer. Having less clutter in your home can help clear your mind and is an important part of fall prevention.

Senior adults with limited mobility may need assistance with their spring cleaning. This can be a great activity for their family to help out with and a great opportunity for an act of service from neighbors and friends. You can help the home owner to feel independent and involved by including them in the cleaning – especially the de-cluttering part. They will want to be involved in those decisions and it can be a great opportunity to hear their stories and memories.

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Here at Stander, we have a product for every need – and mobility solutions for every part of your day! Some products overlap, of course. The EZ Fold-N-Go Walker is lightweight and portable so it can be used in any room of your home!

Breakfast:
Use any of our great bedrails to help you get up and on your feet and reach for your Fold-N-Go Walker next to the bed. Once you’ve made your way to the kitchen, the Fold-N-Go will help you get back and forth from the fridge to the stove to prepare yourself a healthy morning meal.

Shower:
We have great bathroom products that can help you feel secure in all of your bathroom needs. One of our top-sellers, the Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar, can be used anywhere in your home but is especially great in the bathroom.

Running Errands:
Of course, you’re going to want your EZ Fold-N-Go Walker again, and you’re also sure to love having a Metro Car Handle Plus to make getting in and out of your car silky smooth. The handle simply slides into the striker/door-latch for extra support while sitting or standing.

Time to relax:
When it’s time to take a break, you’ll find that you love our living room products. The Assist-a-tray offers help getting up and down and a tray that is perfect for sudoku, snacks, and whatever else you like near you while you kick back and relax. Our EZ Stand-N-Go can help you get in and out of your favorite chair or your favorite place on the couch. You’ll be amazed at how versatile our products can be!

We know there are so many other things you might do in your day and we want to support you through them all! Our products are designed to help you be independent and safe as you live your life. Which product do you think would help you out the most?

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The Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar makes it easy to stand from a couch, bed, or toilet. It’s tension mounted and can be easily set up anywhere in your home. The grab bar rotates 360 degrees, so you can use it in any position you need and easily move it out of the way when it’s not in use.

Cody says: “We had this installed in our bathroom. It is great because we didn’t have to install with screws, etc in tile or walls of the bathroom. We have a large tub and it definitely helps my handicapped wife get out of the tub. We had other items installed in the bath area but this is extremely beneficial.”

Laurie says: “I bought it for my elderly Mom who has balance issues. I bought two of them, one for her bathroom and one for her bedroom. Mom says they help her quite a bit to stand and hold onto something so she doesn’t fall. Thanks for inventing this item!”

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Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar

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Some have called the kitchen the “heart of the home”. It’s the place where family gathers, where meals are cooked, and often where memories are shared. It’s the easiest place to bring everyone together, but it’s not every day that the whole family is there to help out in the kitchen. Today, we’re sharing tips for how to help senior adults stay independent and nutritious when they’re on their own in the kitchen.

  • Prevent falls: Get rid of tablecloths that might be too long, clean up those old newspapers, and take out that recycling pile. Getting rid of things that are easy to trip on will help to prevent falls in the kitchen. Whether a walker is needed or not, it’s important to have a clear path throughout the kitchen.
  • Organize the cupboards: Put everything for daily use in easily accessible parts of the cupboards and fridge. Eliminating the need for a step stool will add an extra layer of fall prevention.
  • Say no to grease: Elderly skin is more susceptible to burns and skin irritations. Avoid frying and other cooking methods that involve high heats and can easily cause kitchen fires. Pro tip: make sure you keep a fire extinguisher close and in an easy-to-reach location.
  • Stock the fridge: Whatever is easiest to get to/cook will often be the easiest to eat. Help seniors in your care stock their fridge with simple, nutritious items that are easy to prepare. Seniors especially need fruits, veggies, fiber, grains, and protein. Try to help them plan easy meals that involve all of these valuable things.
  • Keep it clean: Help seniors in your care prevent falls and cross contamination by cleaning their kitchen often. Slippery floors can lead to a fall, slippery cutting boards can lead to food poisoning. Keeping everything clean will help simplify all of their activities in the kitchen.

 

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We are excited to be in progress on our new headquarters in Nibley, Utah! Our new building will consist of 6,000 square feet of office space for our team and 30,000 square feet of warehouse space for our signature home safety products. Our new headquarters will include a photography studio, an open office environment, a basketball court, and a kitchen.

This new building is in line with our overall company mission. In an interview with Herald Journal reporter, Kevin Opsahl, our Founder, Jan Miller, said “The whole purpose about the building is really to help create the dream for anyone growing older to live longer at home and be safe, and to make the load lighter for caretakers. And we’ll have fun while we’re doing it in a nice, new building.”

Nibley city is excited to have Stander joining their fast-growing city and we’re excited to be moving there this fall!

Read the Herald Journal article here: http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/standing-taller-home-safety-company-expanding-to-new-digs-in/article_b7f51038-c8f7-541f-b049-6ae6a3a7f75e.html

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We attended the ECRM trade show in February and were pleased to be awarded the “Best Room” award! Our setup included a living room and bedroom area that each displayed many of our products – installed as if they were ready for use in real life. Check out this video tour of our display!

 

See the article from Drugstorenews.come here: http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/stander-recognized-best-room-ecrms-home-health-care-epps-event

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Essie

“I founded Stander because I want you to be free, I want you to feel safe, and I want you to live life without restrictions…

That’s what I wanted for my Grandma Essie, and since then, our mission is to invent innovative mobility aids that you will love using! Because in the end, it’s the journey that matters, and to live a life without limits is the ultimate freedom…

So go and BE INDEPENDENT!” – Jan Miller

Jan’s Grandma Essie’s health started to decline shortly after her 90th birthday and she started to have issues with her mobility. Since Jan lived four hours away, Essie was faced with moving out of her home to be with family, or moving to a nursing home – an idea she hated. Jan was a school teacher at the time and decided to team up with her husband Troy (an engineer) to design a few products that would help Essie with her most difficult challenges: standing up from the couch and her bed.

It all started with the CouchCane and the BedCane, both developed specifically to help Essie remain independent in the comfort of her own home… and she did! Essie continued to live in her home 7 years longer than anyone expected.

Independence was something that was really important to Essie. She didn’t like the idea of using mobility aids (especially “hospital-like” chrome walkers) because she didn’t want to feel like she looked like she needed help or that she was dependent on a mobility aid. She was a strong, independent woman – so, in order to help Essie feel comfortable using mobility aids, Jan made the products look like a piece of furniture or an accessory that she could be proud of, which is something that has really set us apart as a company. We work to create innovative mobility aids that look like a “fashionable accessory” that you can be proud of.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Jan and Essie – two independent women who have created and inspired products that help many maintain their independence and safety.

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The Stander Cane’s sleek and sporty look combines style and functionality for maximum comfort while walking. The spring-loaded tip reduces impact on your wrists and the ergonomic handle fits the natural shape of your hand for maximum comfort. When you’re done, simply flip the cane upside-down to conveniently stand your cane when not in use.

Once you’ve discovered the new mobile-ability you can have with this great cane, take it out and have some fun! Here are some ideas for fun places to visit with your family and friends:

  • The local zoo or a park
  • The mall
  • A university campus – many have great landscaping and museums to enjoy
  • Summer festivals, art fairs, and local celebrations
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Stroll through your neighborhood

Where are your favorite places to visit and walk around?

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