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    How Ease Living is Different

    how ease living is different

    There are thousands of medical supply stores. From websites to traditional brick and mortar stores and small departments in large chain stores, many are trying to sell items for "aging in place." Most of these stores were started and are run by people with a business background. Some that I have met that come from the retail or restaurant industries, not from healthcare.

    Ease Living was founded by an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists work with people that are having trouble with safety and independence because of aging, illness or injury. I have used these products. I have used them with actual people who need them. I did not pick them out of a catalog because they had the splashiest print or from a company at a trade show that gave me a free pen and a chance to win an Ipad. Our products were chosen because they work. They are solutions. And just as important, they are beautiful. The influence of design and independence dignity can never be overlooked.

    Most websites that sell home medical equipment are huge mega malls. The sites are difficult to navigate and are cluttered. There are thousands of products in too many confusing categories. Your safety and independence is too important to rely on these catch all sites for trial and error products. Ease Living curates our products to offer only the best solutions. We will not carry every cane, walker or tub bench that is out there because many are ugly and not safe. We only sell the best. Products that are tested by therapists for their utility. You will not find any products that make unrealistic claims and empty promises, only products that work. At Ease Living we only sell solutions that allow you to live Your Life Your Way.

    All the best,

    Alison-Founder of Ease Living

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    Why Should You Wear Non-Binding Socks?

    patterned diabetic socks
    Have you ever taken off your socks at the end of the day only to have a ring indented around your calf for the next few hours? This isn't good for your legs for so many reasons. Decreased circulation can lead to leg pain and decreased sensation in your feet. If you suffer from leg swelling, tight socks can make it worse as the blood vessels are constricted by the tight elastic making it harder for blood to flow. 
    Diabetic? Non binding socks are essential. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to both the circulatory and nervous systems leading to a higher risk of foot injuries and infection. The nerve damage, known as neuropathy, can decrease awareness that an injury from a cut or rubbing socks or shoes has occurred which makes infection more likely. Allowing for circulation helps to prevent these wounds from occurring and allows for better healing if they do occur. 
    Ease Living's Solution? Our Non-Binding Socks for Men and WomenThe non-elasticized honeycomb top keeps your socks up while not leaving behind any indents while the 80% cotton, 20% nylon keeps your feet comfortable and dry. And the best part? They don't only come in in boring beige and black - they come in colors and patterns. Available in sizes for men or women in 3 packs in an array of choices. See some of the options below.
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    You do have options when it comes to socks for healthy legs.

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    8 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors and Those Who Love Them

    8 winter safety tips for seniors

    This winter has been crazy here in Michigan! A ton of snow and freezing cold temperatures. Ice, snow and cold temperatures can be a challenge for everyone - especially seniors. 

    Here are 8 helpful tips from our resident occupational therapist to help stay safe and happy this winter.

    1. Watch Out for Ice - Everyone needs to do all they can to avoid falls but ice and snow make it easier to slip and fall. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. Stick to cleared sidewalks and parking lots to better avoid slippery spots. Use devices like a cane or walker as needed and always use hand rails when they are available. And never be afraid to ask for help! 

    2. Stay Warm - Seniors can be more susceptible to hypothermia due to decreasing sensitivity to touch and temperature. Don't let indoor temperatures get too low by safely heating your house - be careful with fire places and space heaters. Dress in loose layers when leaving the house and be sure to cover your head and wear gloves. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.

    3. Fight Depression and Keep Your Spirits High - Between the bad weather and the constant darkness, seniors can be very isolated during the winter months. Schedule outings with friends and family to keep yourself active. If the weather gets too crazy, call someone up for an uplifting conversation about all the things you will do in the spring. 
    4. Check the Car - Make sure your car is in good repair- especially the tires and the brakes to handle the snowy roads. Recognize that reflexes may not be as fast as they used to be so be extra cautious when the roads are slippery. It is always a good idea to have a charged cell phone, a blanket or 2 and a bottle of water in the car in case you do get stuck and have to wait for help to get back on the road. 
    5. Be Prepared for Emergencies - Winter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights, battery-powered radio, warm blankets and a supply of non-perishable foods don't need to be cooked. If the power does go out, put on warm clothes and keep moving. Never bring a grill or outdoor fire pit in to the house for warmth. This winter weather checklist from the CDC will help you make sure you have everything you may need.
    6. Eat a Varied Diet - It is easier to eat healthy in the summer with all the colorful produce available. It can take a bit more effort in the winter. Be especially careful of vitamin D deficiency which is especially common in colder climates. Eat foods rich in vitamin D or ask your doctor about a supplement. 

    7. Be Careful with Indoor Heating - Make sure your carbon monoxide detector works and has good batteries. Many indoor heating methods like fireplaces, gas heaters and lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if in poor repair or not used properly. Also be careful with space heaters which can lead to fires if they tip over or are placed to close to blankets and curtains. 

    8. Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help! - Your friends and family love you and want to help! They would rather see you safe and happy then to have something bad happen. Hire a professional to clear snow. Arrange rides to the grocery store and doctor's appointments. Utilize delivery services and senior transportation that may be available in your community. 

    Spring time is coming! With these safety tips you will be healthy and ready to go when it (finally) arrives. 

     

    The Perfect Travel Product for Safe Mobility

    the rollz2 walker and wheelchair in one

    Want to get out and see the world?. Don't stop exploring just because you have a bit of trouble walking. In a new place, you might be unsure how much walking will be required or how many places there will be to rest. You don't have to choose between bringing a walker and a wheelchair on a trip. You can have it all with the Rollz2 or Rollz Motion Performance from Ease Living. 

    The Rollz products are both a rolling walker and a transport chair in one. When you feel like walking, your Rollz functions as a comfortable rollator with adjustable handles and easy to use hand brakes. When you need a break, simply lock the brakes and sit on comfortable seat for a rest. Need someone else to give you a ride? Turn your Rollz into a transport chair with foot rests and a comfortable seat. The conversion is so easy and literally takes less than a minute. This video shows how it is done:

    When it is time to get back in the car or on the plane, your Rollz easily folds for storage. It even stands when folded so it is easy to manage.

    The Rollz Motion Performance is a new addition to the Ease Living Fleet. Same features as the standard Rollz with the addition of pneumatic tires, a bit more padding on the arm rests and height adjustable foot rests- all features perfect for bumpier terrain. 

    All the needed accessories for your Rollz including a travel bag and cup holder are also available to make it the most useful travel product you own. 

    Bonus- you will turn heads.

     

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    Heart Health Tips from Ease Living

    heart health tips


    It’s never too late to take care of your ticker! We wanted to share a handful of tips to help you keep your heart healthy!


    Eat a colorful and varied diet. Eating the same thing every day takes away some of the decision-making and food preparation, but to get the most out of your food, you should be eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables along with different sources of protein (think fish). Moderation is key, so keep processed foods and desserts to a minimum while enjoying whatever is in season.


    Stop smoking! We shouldn’t have to say this, but we will because it will make such a huge difference in the short and long-term. Need help? Here are some resources: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm or you can talk to your doctor. We’re sure he or she will be happy to help you kick the habit!


    Get some exercise. Even 30 minutes of walking a day, five days a week will improve your cardiovascular health. You don’t even have to do all 30 minutes at the same time! 15 minutes in the morning and again in the evening will do it. In fact, even if you can’t fit in 30 minutes, ANY time you spend moving is better than nothing. Don’t think of exercise as something hard or intense—depending on your needs and abilities, a walk around your block or a few minutes on a treadmill will go a long way.


    Manage stress. Easier said than done, right? It’s possible, though! Exercise helps, but getting enough sleep and finding a good stress relieving activity are all ways to manage everyday stress. It can also help to get involved in some sort of group activity (club, exercise group) or even making sure you have someone to talk to when you feel overwhelmed. This is especially important if you are in a caregiving role, you’ll need support!


    As always, talk to your doctor about your particular risk factors (family history!) and steps you can take to keep your heart healthy!