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AGING IN PLACE OR ASSISTED LIVING? WHY MORE SENIORS ARE CHOOSING TO STAY AT HOME

AUGUST  27, 2021

While assisted living facilities have always played an important role for aging adults in America, more and more seniors have been choosing to “age in place at home.” The decision to age in place at home can be made easier when understanding how home-living can benefit aging adults. Overall, seniors who choose to stay at home longer enjoy a sense of freedom and relaxation that cannot be provided anywhere else. They also enjoy improved health outcomes on average. While the benefits are many, here are four main reasons seniors prefer aging in place at home.

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THE ONLINE SHOPPING GUIDE FOR HOME SAFETY SOLUTIONS

JUNE  24, 2021

Shopping online for DME is not unlike shopping for anything else. You want to do your research, find the best available product, and purchase it at the best possible price. And just like shopping for anything else, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with the myriad of options and information (or lack of information) that is available. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of what to look for when you’re shopping for DME on the world wide web.

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fall prevention ideas: uses for the security pole and curve grab bar

MAY 11, 2021

When speaking of elderly fall prevention, there are few tools as versatile as the Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar from Stander. The Security Pole has been a go-to solution for fall prevention of Occupational Therapists (OT’s) and Home Modification Specialists for almost 20 years because of its simple design and adaptable use. Because the possible uses for the unique transfer pole are endless, we’re here to discuss some of our favorite ways the Security Pole can be used for home fall prevention.

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR SENIORS

APRIL 27, 2021

For much of our lives as we grew up our mother’s were our caretakers. They cooked our meals, cleaned our homes, mended our injuries, and provided us with emotional support. With the passage of time, many of us have found ourselves in a reversal of roles as a child now caring for an aging mother or grandmother. As another spring blossoms, our thoughts turn to our mother’s and all they have done for us. As a caregiver, however, it can be difficult to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift that accurately portrays how we feel. 

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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SHOPPING FOR A BED RAIL

APRIL 14, 2021

Bed rails come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for various purposes. Such a large range of options can make it difficult to pinpoint the bed rail most effective for your situation. When looking to rent or purchase a bed rail for yourself or for a loved one, it is important to have a basic understanding of how bed rails work. Here’s five of the most important questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a bed rail.

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5 SOLUTIONS EVERY NEW CAREGIVER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Although it may seem lonely at times, being a caregiver doesn’t mean being alone. There is a myriad of resources to connect you with caretakers who have experience and are ready to answer questions. There are also thousands of mobility and safety solutions that exist to make life easier. However, it can be overwhelming sifting through the options that are available and deciding what is best for your loved one. For that reason we have compiled five of our favorite solutions that every new caregiver should know about.

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“I NEED HELP. MY MOM KEEPS FALLING IN THE BATHROOM AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.”

by Emilia Bourland, OTR, ECHM
JANUARY 19, 2021

This is how the vast majority of conversations with my clients begin. A family caregiver, totally exhausted, exasperated, and frightened calls for help when they feel they have nowhere else to turn. It’s an all too common problem, and often, a serious injury has already happened, or is imminent. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope. On the contrary, there are simple solutions to many of the most common safety issues people face in the bathroom.

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR AGING HOLIDAY VISITORS

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Many of us travel over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house, but what happens when grandma and grandpa visit your home for the holidays? If you are the child of an older adult it is likely that you have taken every precaution to help prevent falls in your parent’s home. Such precautions should also be implemented into your own home in preparation for parental visits.

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5 NEW EURO-STYLE ROLLATORS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Earlier this year, Stander announced a new partnership with Trust Care, a Swedish manufacturer, to become their exclusive distributor in North America. Trust Care, along with Stander, focuses on modernizing traditional mobility aids to meet the needs of a rising generation who place a higher emphasis on technology and design.

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FALL PREVENTION: 4 IDEAS TO PREVENT FALLS AT HOME

OCTOBER 13, 2020

Complete home modifications can be beneficial, but they are not always necessary. In many cases, less-expensive assistive devices can provide equal assistance while allowing your home to stay just the way it is. Here are our favorite assistive devices for each room in your home that can save you money and peace of mind.

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10 REASONS TO TRY THE SECURITY POLE AND CURVE GRAB BAR

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

As caregivers, there are no limits to what we will do to keep our aging loved ones safe and healthy. This includes finding the right safety devices and mobility aids to simplify tasks and enhance freedom. It can be difficult, however, shuffling through the myriad of categories of mobility and home medical equipment. Just like most things in life, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for home safety. Every person is unique; every home is different; and every situation has its own complexities. But that doesn’t mean an assistive device can’t be versatile, and we can’t speak of versatility without mention of the Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar.

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5 steps for fall prevention: a guide for caregivers

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

The risk of falling increases doubles once an initial fall occurs. Sadly, most of us don’t even think about preventing falls before until it’s too late and a fall has already occurred. 65% of older adults with long-term care needs rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance. You may be in this category, which means it’s your responsibility to assess risk and provide solutions to prevent your loved one from falling. The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. Knowing the common causes of falls and providing solutions can help your loved one stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WALKER OR ROLLATOR

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Becoming an expert on a subject such as walking aids is something no one gets excited to do. Gaining such expertise means succumbing to aging and a probable decline in mobility. But aging is something that happens to everyone and finding the right walking aid can be the difference between comfort and safety. Educating yourself on walking aids requires a solid understanding of what someone needs. 

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STANDER’S TOP 10 FOLLOWS FOR CAREGIVERS

JULY 30, 2020

For most, the art of caretaking is a learned trade. Being a caregiver may never stop be overwhelming, but the amount of up-front learning and research that is required is exceptionally remarkable. Fortunately, there is a substantial amount of resources available online for beginners, intermediates, and expert caretakers alike. We have compiled a list of 10 of our favorite resources online that you should be following if you’re not already.

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HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED AGING IN AMERICA

JULY 17, 2020

Nursing home and senior living communities have long been a popular option for aging adults. There are a wide range of living community options for adults, depending on the type of care and level of activity that is needed. However, care facilities have recently been in the news as being a hotbed for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to AARP, surveys indicate that nine out of 10 people prefer to stay and age in their own homes.

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Q&A: WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A PRIMARY CARETAKER TO AN AGING PARENT

JUNE 22, 2020

While in high school I watched my mom become the primary caregiver for an aging grandmother who had multiple serious health issues. I was able to sit down with her and ask real questions about what it is like to provide care to an aging parent. 

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FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR SENIORS

JUNE 16, 2020

Choosing a Father’s Day gift for an elderly dad or grandpa can be a difficult task. It can be hard to know where to begin, but with a little thought and planning you can find the perfect idea for your aging loved one.

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5 REASONS TO SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT RETAILER

JUNE 10, 2020

Whether providing self-care or caring for another, the task can be demanding of time, energy, and resources. Fortunately, there are dozens of Home Medical Equipment (HME) products and caretaking skills that can be obtained to alleviate these demands while increasing patient safety and independence. 

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5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE COMING HOME AFTER A FALL

JUNE 2, 2020

As much as we at Stander preach “fall prevention” we understand that for most, falling is not a question of if, but rather when. After a hospital stay or emergency room visit, returning home is often a scary and stressful experience for a caregiver. After a fall there will be new limitations and precautions that will need to be taken to ensure the safety and well being of the person who has fallen.

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PREVENTING DEHYDRATION IN OLDER ADULTS

MAY 22, 2020

Dehydration is a serious but often over-looked threat to the elderly. In fact, a recent study shows that 48% of older adults admitted into hospitals at emergency departments had signs of dehydration. As you care for an older adult, it is especially important to monitor their water intake and prevent them from suffering dehydration.

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SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE BEING A CAREGIVER

MAY 8, 2020

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly changed our way of life. As we attempt to regain any resemblance of normalcy, it is important to continue practicing safety precautions to keep our loved ones healthy. This includes evaluating how we look after the older adults we care for.

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A TRIBUTE TO OUR FEARLESS LEADER

MAY 8, 2020

Traversing this unprecedented worldwide pandemic has been nothing short of a nightmare for the leaders of our countries, businesses, healthcare organizations and so on. The chaos and uncertainty have brought me to reflection on the life and leadership our “Fearless Leader” that we lost much too soon two years ago. 

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