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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!”

Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar

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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Volunteering is such a great way to spend your free time. Serving others helps to reduce stress, which keeps you healthy and mentally active as well. It also promotes personal growth and can help improve your self-esteem. You can learn, give back to the community, and make a real difference. You might even make new friends! All in all, volunteering is great all around and a perfect opportunity for seniors who are retired and have a bit more free time on their hands.

There are many ways to volunteer in your local community that require limited mobility and movement. There are also plenty of online volunteering opportunities that you could sign up for and do from the comfort of your own home! Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Reach out to a local school district. There are often opportunities for English tutors, classroom aides, and more.
  • Help out at the local thrift store.
  • Be a foster grandparent. Sign up here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps
  • Volunteer at the library! Even if there aren’t current volunteer opportunities available at your library, the library staff are often well-connected with the rest of the community and can help you find other opportunities.
  • Be a tax volunteer. Many communities offer free income tax filing services to members of the community who make less than a certain amount annually. Sharpen your accounting/math skills and sign up here: https://www.research.net/r/vitatcesignup
  • Be an online mentor for at-risk youth. Learn more here: http://icouldbe.org/
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It’s important to know what to do in case of a fire, and especially important for those with limited mobility. Senior adults age 65 and older are twice as likely to be injured or killed by fires compared to the rest of the population. Today, we’re talking about some simple tips to increase fire safety for older adults and individuals with limited mobility.

While in the kitchen – Don’t leave your food unattended on the stove, stay away from long/loose sleeves and aprons that could get caught on fire, clean your stove and toaster regularly to avoid crumb and grease buildup, use pot holders instead of towels to move hot pans and dishes, and never use your oven to heat your home.

Speaking of heating your home – Unplug your electrical appliances and heaters when they’re not in use, avoid hanging your clothes by a heater to dry them, if you’re using a portable heater – turn it off before you fall asleep, keep curtains and furniture away from heat sources.

Be prepared – have an escape route planned and keep that route clear of clutter, rugs, and other things you could easily trip on in a rush to leave your home, keep canes/walkers near your bed at night so they’re easily accessible in an emergency, and install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and check them regularly.

 

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