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    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!

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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!


    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. :)