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    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 24.6 inches wide in the regular width (it is also available in wide), 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?  

    Any questions or comments? Here is how to reach me - CONTACT 

     

     

    How to Measure for a Walker or Rollator

    how to measure for a walker

    You've decided a walker is the best way to stay active in your life. Congratulations! It is very important to choose the proper size for your walker when ordering or adjust it to the right size when it is received. Having a friend or family member to help you measure is ideal.

    1. Start by standing up straight with your shoes on.
    2. Allow your hands to hang naturally at your sides.
    3. Measure from the crease in your wrist to the floor.
    4. This length should be your handle height.
    5. If possible, choose a walker that adjusts at least one inch higher and lower than your actual measurement so you can adjust it as necessary.

    The Escape Rollator is adjustable and also comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate users from 4'7" to 6'" providing for the perfect fit.

     

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    Now that you have a walker fitted just for you, get out there and enjoy life.

    Deciding between a walker and a rollator? This article will help you learn the difference and decide what is best for you. 

     

     

    6 Gifts for Those Who Love to Travel

    6 gift ideas for those who like to travel

    One of the great benefits of getting older is having more time to travel. But being older can make travel a little more difficult. The right product can make all the difference. Why don't you give them the thing they didn't know they needed to make that trip a little easier? 6 of my favorites. 

    • The Ez Fold N Go Rollator-  Weighing in at only 14 pounds and folding up 3 x smaller than the typical rollator, the Ez Fold N Go Rollator is the perfect mobility product to take on the road. It even gives you a place to rest.
    • A Folding Travel Cane - A cane you can easily take with you. These folding canes can easily be put in a tote when wandering about or in a suitcase for the journey. In classic, modern and even pretty styles.
         

    • Metro Car Handle - Taking a road trip? Or maybe renting an unfamiliar car? Make it easy to get in and out on your own with the metro car handle. Works on any car without causing any damage. It is like having a stable armrest to push up from. Portable and perfect for the job.

       

               

       

      • Buckingham Compact EasywipeA difficult problem with an easy solution. Getting clean after using the bathroom can be hard for a lot of reasons. The compact Easywipe can help. And it folds to half its size to fit in its discreet travel case. Don't let toileting difficulty keep you stuck in your home. 

      • Bedside Econorail - A bed rail you can take on the road. You never know how high or low the bed is going to be at your destination. Make sure you can easily get in and out with a bed rail you've brought with in its travel case. 

      Give a gift that will help travel stay enjoyable and safe. And send pictures!