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    Compression Socks. The What and Why.

    why should you wear compression socks

    Compression garments have become quite trendy. In my neighborhood the weekend warriors and regular runners and bikers can often be seen sporting bright sleeves on their arms or legs. What is behind this trend? 

    The use of compression garments started in the medical industry where they were prescribed for edema (swelling) due to vein or heart conditions and pregnancy, varicose veins and overall fatigue. Athletes started to use them feeling they would help with efficiency, muscle fatigue and recovery. The jury is still out on their usefulness for athletes but their therapeutic use is universally supported. 

    So what are the best uses for compression socks? Many conditions requiring compression garments should be monitored by a physician. They will sometimes prescribe compression and the garments will be fit for the specific situation. This is usually the case for post surgical uses, lymphedema, severe varicose veins and other venous conditions. 

    Compression without medical intervention. Over the counter compression socks like those sold at Ease Living have countless uses. Our 8-15 mmHg compression knee highs provide very light compression. They can provide relief from tired aching legs and help control minor swelling. Most people say the stockings simply feel good. Our 15-20 mmHg compression knee highs are great for travel to prevent swelling during long flights and when standing or sitting for long periods of time on the job. They can also provide relief from minor swelling and the pain from varicose veins. This is the compression often recommended during pregnancy.

    Compression at Ease Living. Most compression garments are ugly. They are thick, oddly flesh colored,hot and uncomfortable. They are something we would never sell. Our knee high compression socks come in fun colorful patterns to match every outfit. Therapeutic and stylish- just like everything we carry at Ease Living. 

    We now have styles for men and women!

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    About the Products Chosen for Ease Living

    the best home medical supplies

    At Ease Living we do not carry thousands of products. Why? Because most of the lifestyle aids available for independence and safety are barely satisfactory much less exceptional. All the products we sell are screened and used by physical and occupational therapists with years of experience helping people achieve and maintain independence. Ease Living only sells items that therapists choose for their utility, ease of use and ability to increase safety. 

    Our products are beautiful as well as effective. Does anyone want to see hospital grade plastic and aseptic aluminum in their home? Of course not. The products included in Ease Living's inventory fall in to one of two categories. They either look elegant in the home or they make it easier to maintain personal style and grace. Of course we would never sacrifice safety for style.

    How do we find our products?

    Ease Living has attended trade shows in North America and in Europe to find the best products available to maintain independence and dignity. We also use our many industry contacts to find lessor known companies and are even working on producing our own solutions in categories where none of the available options meet Ease Living standards.  

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    All the Best!


    Why I Do What I Do


    why i am an occupational therapist

    I have been an occupational therapist for almost 20 years. For those who missed my previous post, this means that I work in a hospital to ensure that people will be able to take care of themselves when they go home after an illness or injury.
    In 2011 I left the world of hospital OT for a management position in a nursing home. While I learned a lot about insurance, medicare and medicaid, I also learned that management in that setting was not for me. I decided to move on and return to being a therapist working with patients in the hospital.
    On my first day back my first patient of the morning was a woman in her 60s who had undergone a hip replacement operation the afternoon prior. She was blessed to be in good health aside from the arthritis that caused her pain and began to limit her activities. As a long time therapist I have seen hundreds of patients after their hip replacements and know that with some diligence on the part of the patient (do your exercises!) the operation is usually successful and patients return back to their lives with more mobility and less pain than before. I also know that every patient is different and there is no cookie cutter approach.
    This woman was scared. She had not been out of bed since the operation the day before. There is no rest after surgery like in the old days! Taking our time, I helped her get to the edge of the bed, stand up then move to a chair next to the bed. She promptly burst in to tears! Was she in pain? Sick? I had no idea so of course I asked.
    “Ms X (patient privacy!)! Are you OK? Are you in pain?”
    A big smile came through her tears and she replied “I am just so happy that is over with and I am out of bed! That wasn't’t so bad.” She gave me a hug when I left the room and left the hospital a couple of days later.
    I was back. This is why I became an occupational therapist.




    What Is Occupational Therapy?

     What Is Occupational Therapy

    The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines occupational therapy like this:

    Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

    That is a mouthful. When I enter a patient’s room and introduce myself I tell them that my job is to make sure a person can do what they need to do to take care of themselves. This includes things like getting dressed, going to the bathroom, getting around the house and community and even doing their job. All of this can be hard after an illness or injury. As an OT practicing in a hospital in acute care- where people go when they are first admitted to the hospital or just had surgery, this is what I do. Occupational therapists also work with adults in nursing homes, out patient clinics and home health. Children receive OT in the home, hospitals, clinics and in school to help them perform to the best of their abilities in their roles. While many occupational therapists work with kids, I have always been partial to the older population. It just suits me better. :)

    Welcome to Ease Living!

    welcome to ease living

    Welcome to Ease Living where we help Rethink Aging by providing the most useful and beautiful products to help maintain independence and safety in the home and beyond.  This site has been a long time in the making and, as many thing are, has been a much larger undertaking than expected. It doesn't seem like it would be hard to find and gather products that help one maintain safety and independence but that look great too and don't make the home look like an institution. Well it has been a chore! Ease Living has combed the world to bring you our carefully curated products and will continue to add more all the time.

    Have a look around, join our mailing list and please forward any comments or suggestions to me.




    Founder of Ease Living