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    Giving a Cane as A Gift.

    giving a cane as a gift

    You want to take your friend or family member out for errands or some fun but walking has become more of a chore. Whether it is fatigue, pain or fear of falling, many avoid going out when walking becomes harder. 

    Want to make things easier? Think about giving the gift of a cane. 

    Don't balk at this idea! Hear me out. When someone needs a cane and they don't use one, one of two things happen. Either they risk falling or they stop going out. Both are bad for physical and mental health. Giving them a cane they love might be just the hump they needed to get over to take control of this part of their life.

    But choosing the right cane is important. Some tips. 

    Make Sure the Cane is the Right Size

    The top of the cane should line up with their wrist crease. When they hold the cane their elbow should be at about a 15-degree angle. Walking with the cane should be comfortable in that position.  An adjustable cane might be the best option as you can adjust it as soon as it is opened and they can start walking with their cane right away. 

    Pick A Cane They Will Love

    An ugly cane will get left behind. Pick a cane that fits the users style and it will be far more likely to be used. You don't buy shoes or a sweater you think are ugly- why would you buy an ugly cane?

    Make Sure They Know How to Walk with a Cane

    Knowing how to use a cane when walking is imperative. 

    1. Hold the cane in the hand on your “good side” so that when you lean on it, you are taking weight off the side that hurts the most.
    2. Move the cane and the bad leg together at the same time. So, when you take a step with your bad leg, move the cane forward in sync. Don’t stretch it out--move it the same distance as your average step. 

    When stepping onto a level surface, have your bad leg take the first step while you use the cane to steady yourself as needed. When going up stairs, remember the saying “up with the good” to put your good leg up the step first. When going down stairs, remember the saying “down with the bad” to put your bad leg down the step first. 

    Soon walking with a cane will come without thinking. 

    While it may seem like an interesting choice, a cane might just be the perfect gift. 
    Check out Ease Living's cane selection here. 

     

    What Does mmHg Stand For?

    What Does mmhg stand for
    Did you know socks can be good for your legs? When you have varicose veins or other circulation issues, compression socks can help improve your blood flow and prevent further damage. They can also help you stay active and relieve leg pain caused by conditions like restless leg syndrome or swollen feet.

    When it comes to compression socks, the term mmHg is used to measure how well they can increase blood flow and improve circulation.

    What is mmHg?

    mmHg stands for millimeters of mercury, and it’s a measurement of pressure. You’ve likely heard of it when it comes to blood pressure, but mmHg is also used to measure the pressure inside a fluid, like the fluid inside your blood vessels. The higher the pressure inside the fluid, the more likely your blood will flow quickly.

    What should I look for when shopping for compression socks?

    Compression socks are designed to help increase blood flow, but you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing the right pair. It’s important to know what mmHg you’re wearing, as they have different uses.

    When you’re shopping for compression socks, you’ll want to look for the mmHg number. You can typically find this number on the packaging or the tag of the sock.  

    Unless prescribed by your physician, anything over 30 mmHg is a little too much and may cause issues with your circulation.

    And most importantly, pick cute compression socks you will love to wear! Your legs will Thank You.



    Written with ❤️  by  Copysmith & Alison 

    The Best Narrow Walker for Small Spaces

    narrow walkers for doorways

    Most people take home a walker from the hospital or medical supply store then don’t use it. It doesn’t fit through the doorways in their home or in to their bathroom. It is too big to use in stores and restaurants and just gets in the way. A walker doesn’t do any good sitting in the closet. What you’re after is a narrow walker that works everywhere you want to go. No need to remove door frames in your home or leave your walker at the entrance of a restaurant while holding furniture to get to your seat. I’ve searched to find the best narrow walkers that work everywhere you need them. Check out these options. 

    1. Escape Rollator Walker – I love the Escape! Not only does it provide all the features of a premium rollator, it can also be used when folded at a width of only 11 inches. Most walkers do not stand when folded and thus cannot be used to maneuver through small spaces. This is not true with the Escape. With a simple lift of the release handle, the 25 inch wide Escape folds to 11 inches and stands on its large 8 inch wheels. This allows the walker to be used for support in small spaces and through doorways. The Escape is also available in 3 heights making it the perfect fit for those 4’7” to 6’7” - a true custom fit!  Looking for something a bit more economical? The Escape Mini is a slightly pared down version of the Escape with many of the same benefits. It is also 25 inches wide when open but weighs only 15 lbs (compared to 16.2 for the Escape). The handles are height adjustable but it doesn’t come in 3 height options like the Escape. It also has cable brakes, but for many folks these aren’t big issues. 
    2. Nitro Rollator Walker - At 23 inches wide, this is the narrowest walker in Ease's fleet. Also in 3 sizes for the perfect height. It comes with a convenient storage bag and a comfortable seat. The brake wires are all enclosed so they won't catch on handles and door knobs as you go aout your day. And you know what else? It looks great too. In 3 colors. Also available HERE in a Deluxe version if you're looking for something with a little more pizzazz. 
    3. Carbon Ultralight Rollator Walker - At 24.2 inches wide in the compact width (it is also available in regular and wide widths), the Ultralight weighs only 10.6 pounds. It has seat and a storage back with other accessories available. And it is pretty slick looking too.
    4. EZ Fold N Go Walker – This walker is perfect for you if you need a little help with stability but don’t want to be tied down to something big and heavy. The Fold & Go Walker is the world’s most lightweight and portable walker. It weighs less than 8 lbs and folds down 4x smaller than a typical walker. When open, it is 25 inches wide. The small base and 6” swivel casters make it easy to maneuver through tight spaces. Used by many as a secondary walker for travel, the EZ Fold N Go Walker can even be stored in the overhead bin of an airplane. It features a simple but functional design that makes it both durable (able to support up to 400 lbs) and extremely affordable.
    5. EZ Fold N Go Rollator - This is the world's most portable rollator. This walker with a seat is height adjustable, folds 3X smaller than the average rollator and is 27.5" wide when opened. And it only weighs 14 pounds! 

    Most standard interior doors are 28-32 inches wide with exterior doors being even wider. If you live an an older home, the doors may be narrower. It is always best to measure to be sure.

    Don’t rip apart your house or risk a fall. These narrow walkers will allow you to go through doorways and small spaces at home and on the road. Whether you’re looking for a narrow walker as a more mobile complement to a larger walker, or you need something that will work anywhere, consider the above three choices. When it comes to walkers, bigger isn’t always better! 

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    Does Medicare Cover Compression and Diabetic Socks?

    does medicare cover compression or diabetic socks

     

    Did your doctor tell you that you should wear compression or diabetic socks? What is this all about?

    Compression socks are often prescribed for varicose veins and leg swelling. They are also great for preventing that tired and achy feeling you experience when you're on your feet all day. Compression hosiery is also recommended after surgery if you must stay in bed for a long time.

    Just like compression socks, diabetic socks are specially designed to provide comfort and protection for the special needs of those with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to circulation problems, especially in the legs. Socks that don’t dig in to the legs and impair circulation are so helpful for preventing foot ulcers and for comfort.

    Since your doctor prescribed these socks and said they are important for your health, they must be covered by Medicare right?

    Nope. Medicare and most medical insurance plans do not cover compression or diabetic socks. Even with a prescription from your doctor they are a non-covered service.

    There is one exception. If graduated compression stockings are specifically prescribed for treatment of open venous stasis ulcers, they might be covered as they may be seen as wound dressings. But there are certain conditions to meet. Medicare will only cover the cost of gradient compression stockings that are worn below the knee and deliver compression greater than 30 mmHg and less than 50 mmHg. The coverage doesn't apply to compression socks prescribed for treatment of circulation issues, varicose veins, or to prevent ulcers.

    Always contact the insurance company to confirm whether or not you have coverage before making your purchase.

    Given this, why not buy compression and diabetic socks you like instead of the ones presented to you at the medical supply store or corner drug store? At Ease Living we sell socks that would be at home on the runway and that would make your doctor smile. Click here to see the collections of compression and diabetic socks you will want to wear.

     

    What Does mmHg Mean on Compression Socks?

    what does mmhg mean on compression socks

    When shopping for compression socks you may have noticed the mmHg on the label. What does this mean? MmHg stands for millimeters of mercury and it indicates the level of pressure or compression. Our socks provide graduated compression so the pressure is listed as a range. The higher number in the range is the amount of pressure at the foot while the lower number is amount at the top of the sock.

    So which range is right for you?

    If you are experiencing swelling in your legs it is important to discuss the issue with your physician to understand the underlying cause.

    With so many stylish options available, why wouldn't you try compression for the health and comfort of your legs?  

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