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    A Checklist When Visiting Older Parents or Friends

    7 things to look for when visiting aging parents and friends 

    Visiting family and friends over the holidays is a great time to also check on their well being without being obtrusive. Some things, like obvious confusion or falls, are obvious. There are also more subtle signs that there may be an issue. 

    A 7 item checklist:

         1. Take a look in the refrigerator and cabinets. Are they bare or well stocked? Is food outdated? These signs may indicate a decrease in appetite or trouble getting to the store. 

         2. Is the person clean and wearing clean clothes? Ignoring personal hygiene might be a sign of depression, dementia or difficulty performing household tasks.

         3. Is there an unexpected weight loss? This can also indicate depression, poor eating habits or trouble obtaining or preparing food.

         4. Has the cable or phone been cut off or do you see mail that hasn't been dealt with? Unpaid bills could indicate forgetfulness or confusion. A financial check up and assistance with finances may be in order. 

         5. Does the person seem confused or lost in a familiar situation? This may indicate the onset of confusion that can be unsafe.

         6. Are appointments and activities being kept? Missing a weekly card game or doctor's appointments may be a sign of forgetfulness, depression or trouble with transportation.

         7.  Are basic details being forgotten? Is the thread of a conversation easily lost? These may be the initial signs of dementia or indicate an infection or other medical issue. 

    It is important to remember that memory loss and occasional disorientation can be a normal part of aging. It is when the memory loss affects one’s ability to function that it is no longer normal.

    There are so many options available to assist people if they begin having problems when they are aging. Reach out to a geriatric care manager, a geriatrician or primary care doctor and to community resources when help is needed.


    Happy Holidays from Ease Living!

    The Best Gifts For Older Friends & Family

    best gifts for older friends

    It can be hard to know what to buy some of the older people in your life who have everything or don't get out as much as they used to. The right tools can make it easier and fun to be out in the world. Ease Living was featured in Forbes as a great place to buy gifts for people with disabilities. These are also great ideas for those getting a little older. Read more about it here. Below is a list of our favorite gift giving items for this season:


    • Getting out of the car can be a problem when strength, pain or balance are compromised. The Metro Car Handle Plus  provides a stable surface to push off, like an arm rest. Perfect for every day use or for that weekend hot rod!The Best Gifts For Older Friends & Family


    • The health benefits of wearing compression socks have moved outside the medical arena to sports and general comfort. Whatever purpose, our many colors and designs will have you covered in style. Some of our socks have even been featured in the New York Times Fashion Section for their comfort and style! Ease Living sells styles for men and for women. See all of the choices here

    The Best Gifts For Older Friends & Family


    Browse our full selection for more great gift ideas for those you know who are looking for a little extra style with their independence.




    Doing Things Differently.

    when you have to do things differently

    So I took a chunk out of my finger slicing vegetables. Specifically the ring finger on my dominant right hand. Happens to tons of people every day and it will be fine. But here is the thing, it hurts and I have to wear a large bandage to keep it covered. And it is a pain. I have to do things like put in my contacts and brush my hair differently. Doing dishes requires a bit more maneuvering and putting something in my pocket is out of the question. I can still do everything I need to do and it doesn't really effect my daily life except in little annoying ways.

    It is good for something like this to happen to someone like me, an occupational therapist who sells home medical equipment. Why? I am often thrilled to present an independence solution to someone who presents with a problem. Having trouble putting on your socks? Look at this fabulous device that will help you! Can't get to the bathroom? Look at this commode! The recipient is often not as excited as I am. People want to do things the way they always have and the way they like to do it. Intellectually they might know that devices provide the most independence and safety and they do accept that - begrudgingly. Now I get it. They say it takes 3 weeks to make a new habit or change the way we do things. My minor problem will not last that long but many of my customers and patients are facing life long conditions. Consider my level of empathy increased!

    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.


                 How To Measure For A Walker Or Rollator   How To Measure For A Walker Or Rollator


    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. 



    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. 

    But you don't need a doctor's order for compression socks. Over the counter compression socks like those sold at Ease Living have countless uses. Many wear compression socks for travel. 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!