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8 Tips to Using a CPAP During Allergy Season

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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For most people, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” means that it’s time for fun outdoor activities with friends and family. But for those who suffer from both seasonal allergies and sleep apnea, the first sign of spring can mean restless nights, nasal congestion, and near-impossible CPAP therapy.

Thankfully, MedServ Equipment Corp has come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your CPAP during the changing seasons.

 

  1. Keep your CPAP equipment clean at all times.

 

It’s extremely important to regularly clean and sanitize your CPAP supplies to limit bacterial growth that can occur from even the smallest pockets of moisture.

 

  1. Switch to hypoallergenic filters.

 

Prevent the smallest particles from entering your airways and causing an increase in your seasonal allergy symptoms by using disposable hypoallergenic filters.

 

  1. Use a full-face CPAP mask during allergy season.

 

When your nose is clogged, your mouth will do most of the breathing. Because of that, a nasal CPAP mask is not the most optimal option during this time. Try switching to a full-faced CPAP mask to receive the complete benefits of using a CPAP machine.

 

  1. Wash your pillowcases regularly.

 

Invisible dust particles and other allergens that land on your pillowcases can increase your seasonal allergy symptoms. Regularly wash your pillowcases and consider purchasing hypoallergenic pillowcases to decrease your allergy symptoms.

 

  1. Transfer your plants outdoors.

 

Remove plants from your sleeping area as they often harbor mildew which can make your allergies worse at night.

 

  1. Quit smoking.

 

Sleep apnea, seasonal allergies, and smoking is a very dangerous combination. Dramatically improve your overall health and get the restful sleep you deserve by putting down the pipe or cigarette.

 

  1. Close your windows and doors.

 

With warmer weather comes increased pollen counts. To keep pollen out of your home while reducing seasonal allergy symptoms, keep your windows and doors closed at all times.

 

  1. Consult with your physician about using decongestants.

If you have followed all of the suggestions above but are still struggling with nasal congestion

caused by seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter decongestants or prescribed allergy medications to help manage your symptoms.

 

The above recommendations are just a few suggestions that MedServ Equipment Corp has to offer. If you’re still struggling with the effects of seasonal allergies this spring, contact us for more information on how to best use your CPAP during allergy season.

What Irish Fairy Tales Can Tell You about Buying HME Products

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and icons of Irish culture are popping everywhere. Whether or not your family originates from the Emerald Isle, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this fun-filled festivity.

At MedServ Equipment Corp., we especially love Irish folklore. A number of their fairy tales can actually teach us about the dos and don’ts of purchasing home medical equipment, such as:

The Children of Lir

In this story, a jealous stepmother uses magic to turn her stepchildren into swans. They wander the earth for 900 years in this form. Finally, they are turned back into humans, but they have lost their youth and are now old men and women.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Old age can sneak up on you faster than you realize! You may be as graceful as a swan throughout your youth, but advanced age can take its toll on your ability to balance and be sure on your feet. That’s why we carry a number of products to keep you safe in your home, such as bath safety bars, raised toilet seats as well as canes, walkers and rollators.

 

The Harp of Dagda: This magical harp had different strings that could control its listeners. When one string was plucked it would make someone fall asleep. When another was plucked, it would make someone weep.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Sleep apnea is not unlike the Harp of Dagda! One of its many side-effects is depression. Luckily, at MedServ Equipment Corp we can help you strike the right “chord” to get a good night’s sleep. By starting CPAP therapy, you can avoid the effects of the wrong note and enjoy the benefits of being fully rested.

 

The Field of Boliauns: In this tale, a man captures a leprechaun and commands him to show where he’s hid his gold. The leprechaun shows where it was buried in a field, but the man then realizes he needs to get a shovel in order to dig it up. To mark the spot so he could find it later, the man ties his a handkerchief on a nearby plant and tells the leprechaun not to move it. The leprechaun obeys, but instead of moving it he ties hundreds of handkerchiefs on plants all over the field, making it impossible for the man to rediscover where the gold was buried.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: The HME field is filled with hundreds of providers, but not all of them are golden. In order to get the right equipment, you need a reliable guide, and not a leprechaun-like trickster. MedServ Equipment Corp is the sort of reliable guide you need when making your home medical equipment purchase.

 

Whether you plan to celebrate Irish culture or not, we hope you keep us in mind the next time you have an HME need. We not only carry the items mentioned above, but we also have an online catalog complete with everything you need!

3 Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Older Relatives

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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More and more Americans are opting to age in-home. For many seniors, this means living out their retirement years in the house where they raised their family. Others, however, opt to move in with their children, especially when their health may not be the best.

If you have an older relative coming to join your household, Medserv Equipment Corp.  is here to help. Today we’re sharing three solutions to make your home safer before your elderly loved ones arrive:

  • Install a stair lift.

 

If you have a ranch-style house, you may think this tip doesn’t apply. But did you know that also stair lifts are also available outside the home? If you have a significant number of steps leading up to your house, they may pose a potential hazard to your aging relative, especially if their mobility is impaired. It could prevent them from experiencing a fall, especially if they are carrying something up the stairs.

 

  • Use ramps.

Stair lifts aren’t the only option for those with limited mobility. We also offer modular ramps which can easily be installed outside of your home. If your older relative uses a rollator or a wheelchair, this device can make your home much safer and easily accessible. We also offer smaller threshold ramps that can be utilized at entrances and elevated doorways.

  • Equip your bathroom with safety products.

 

Bathrooms are one of the most common places for people to experience injuries. To prevent this from happening, install grab bars around and in the tub. This will give your elderly relative something to grasp onto as they get in and out of the bath, giving you the peace of mind that they are safe while living in your home.

Medserv Equipment Corp  values the health and well-being of your loved ones. We know how life can sometimes take unexpected turns, which is why we’re here for you every step of the way. Browse our online catalog for all our accessibility products, or see us today for more suggestions on how to make your home safer.

 

Top 5 Myths About Heart Health

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Did you know cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? To help spread awareness of this and many other heart health facts, the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. Medserv Equipment Corp.  would like to offer our support towards fighting this disease, by debunking these top five myths concerning cardiovascular health:

Myth 1: High blood pressure is normal as you age.

While hypertension may be common among senior citizens, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Arteries become stiff with age, which prompts the heart to pump harder, causing higher blood pressure. There are various treatments available to help bring down to a healthier level, if necessary. Talk to your doctor about what your options are.

Myth 2: You exercise less if you have heart disease.

According to Harvard Health, exercising less is actually counter-productive, as limited movement can lead to blood clots. An active lifestyle helps strengthen heart muscles and improve blood circulation. Consult your doctor before you begin a new or intensive exercise regimen.

Myth 3: My medication makes me invincible to heart disease.

Medicine that helps with diabetes and high cholesterol can cut back on the effects of certain diseases, but if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, you could decrease the effectiveness of those important medications.

Myth 4: I’ve already done extensive damage by smoking, it’s too late to quit.

Within a year of ceasing cigarettes, your chance of having a heart attack are reduced by 50 percent. Ten years after you stop smoking, it will be as if you never smoked at all. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you smoked or how much you smoked in a day—you can always make the change to diminish your chances of heart disease.

Myth 5: Cutting out fat will help me fight heart disease.

Some fat is bad for you, and lessened when possible. Saturated fats, trans fat and partially hydrogenated fats are all examples of undesirable additives. Other fats, however, are beneficial for the body, such as omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish.

 

At Medserv Equipment Corp, we encourage all our customers to pay close attention to their heart health! We carry a number of items that can improve your cardiovascular care, including light exercise equipment and CPAP supplies.

6 Reasons Why Your CPAP Mask is Leaking

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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A leaky CPAP mask is a prevalent complaint among those living with sleep apnea. If you lose air pressure, hear strange noises from your CPAP mask, feel stuffed up or experience disrupted sleep, chances are you have a CPAP mask that’s not holding air like it should.

Caresource is here to help. We’ll explain the top six reasons CPAP masks malfunction, and what you can do about them.

  1. Your CPAP pressure is too high.

When you first received your CPAP machine, chances are your doctor or respiratory therapist helped configure your pressure settings. These settings may have been based on your personal sleep study. However, if the pressure amount is causing problems now, you should speak to your doctor about changing it.

  1. You toss and turn at night.

 

Movement during sleep can cause your CPAP mask to become loose and shift on your face, breaking the seal and causing a leak. Often, this can be remedied by adjusting the straps. We also carry CPAP masks specifically designed to help active sleepers.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is needs cleaning.

 

When dust and oils build up on your CPAP mask, they can cause the mask’s seal to break. We recommend wiping your CPAP mask down daily with a damp cloth or a CPAP mask wipe. It’s best to supplement this by submerging it once a week in warm, soapy water.

 

  1. You need to be re-fitted.

 

CPAP masks are like shoes—you need to be fitted for the right match as you age. See us today for a CPAP mask sizing, or check out the wide variety of CPAP masks in our online catalog.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask doesn’t mirror your sleep.

 

There’s no right or wrong way to sleep, but your position can affect how your CPAP mask fits. For example, if you breathe with your mouth open, a nasal CPAP mask is not going to be good for you. Instead, you’ll want to use a full-faced mask. However, if you’re a side-sleeper, then a CPAP nasal mask would offer better comfort and capabilities for you.

 

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is outdated.

 

The seals on CPAP masks wear out over time, which in turn can prompt leakage. Expect to change your CPAP mask once every three months for a leak-free experience.

If you are still experiencing CPAP mask air leaks after trying the suggestions above, give Caresource a call to discuss the different options for your sleep apnea treatment.

5 Things to Ask Before Buying a Hospital Bed

Posted on: February 12th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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As a caregiver, you’re faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis. Having to figure out what kind of hospital bed to buy is just another task on the to-do list. When browsing your options, we recommend asking the following questions:

  • Do I need a raised or lowered hospital bed?

 

A raised hospital bed can make it easier for you to approach your loved one, while a lowered hospital bed enables users to get in and out without additional assistance. If the person you’re caring for isn’t able to move around on their own, a raised bed may be a better option.

 

  • How long will your loved one need to use a hospital bed?

Is your loved one recovering from an injury, surgery or other illness? In that case, they will likely need a hospital bed for a temporary length of time, so a standard hospital bed may work best. However, if the user will requires long term or intensive care, then an extended-care bed could be a better option. These beds are built to last longer and have additional comforts and amenities.

  • How much weight will the hospital bed need to bear?

 

A good rule of thumb is to use a bed frame that can handle 20 to 25 percent more than the actual weight of the user. Make sure that you also factor in anything else that will be sitting on top of the frame, including blankets, liners and the mattress itself.

 

  • How long will your loved one occupy the hospital bed each day?

 

If they are spending less than 15 hours a day abed, then it’s best to go with a standard, manual hospital bed. However, if they plan to use it for longer periods of time, a full electric bed may be best. These beds can help you change positions easily, reducing your loved one’s chances of developing bed sores.

 

  • What is the user’s mobility level?

 

Knowing this will help you decide what amenities to look for in a hospital bed. Take into consideration whether your loved one is able to get in and out of bed on their own, is able to sit up on their own, or is completely immobile.

At Caresource, we want to make sure that your loved one receives the best care possible. That’s why we carry a number of items in our online catalog that can make their lives—and yours—a little bit easier.

6 Reasons Why Your CPAP Mask is Leaking

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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A leaky CPAP mask is a prevalent complaint among those living with sleep apnea. If you lose air pressure, hear strange noises from your CPAP mask, feel stuffed up or experience disrupted sleep, chances are you have a CPAP mask that’s not holding air like it should.

Medserv Equipment Corp is here to help. We’ll explain the top six reasons CPAP masks malfunction, and what you can do about them.

  1. Your CPAP pressure is too high.

When you first received your CPAP machine, chances are your doctor or respiratory therapist helped configure your pressure settings. These settings may have been based on your personal sleep study. However, if the pressure amount is causing problems now, you should speak to your doctor about changing it.

  1. You toss and turn at night.

 

Movement during sleep can cause your CPAP mask to become loose and shift on your face, breaking the seal and causing a leak. Often, this can be remedied by adjusting the straps. We also carry CPAP masks specifically designed to help active sleepers.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is needs cleaning.

 

When dust and oils build up on your CPAP mask, they can cause the mask’s seal to break. We recommend wiping your CPAP mask down daily with a damp cloth or a CPAP mask wipe. It’s best to supplement this by submerging it once a week in warm, soapy water.

 

  1. You need to be re-fitted.

 

CPAP masks are like shoes—you need to be fitted for the right match as you age. See us today for a CPAP mask sizing, or check out the wide variety of CPAP masks in our online catalog.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask doesn’t mirror your sleep.

 

There’s no right or wrong way to sleep, but your position can affect how your CPAP mask fits. For example, if you breathe with your mouth open, a nasal CPAP mask is not going to be good for you. Instead, you’ll want to use a full-faced mask. However, if you’re a side-sleeper, then a CPAP nasal mask would offer better comfort and capabilities for you.

 

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is outdated.

 

The seals on CPAP masks wear out over time, which in turn can prompt leakage. Expect to change your CPAP mask once every three months for a leak-free experience.

If you are still experiencing CPAP mask air leaks after trying the suggestions above, give Medserv Equipment Corp a call to discuss the different options for your sleep apnea treatment.

Yes, We Have Items That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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If you’re dreading the holiday crowds at the malls and big box stores, we’d like to offer an alternative—shopping at your local HME! While we may not be the first place you think of when it comes to holiday gifts, we actually carry a number of items that can delight your loved ones during this festive season:

  1. Lift chairs

 

If your loved one has been having an increasingly difficult time getting up and down from the sofa, a lift chair could be just the ticket! These handy powered pieces of furniture will lift your relative up into a standing position, so they don’t have to struggle out of a seated position. In addition to being comfortable, lift chairs can also allow your loved one to age safely in-home.

 

  1. Mobility Scooters

 

74 percent of mobility scooter users said that without their scooters, they would not make the same kinds of trips. If your loved one isn’t getting around like they used to, this gift could open their world back up. From vacations to simple trips to the grocery store, a scooter has a variety of uses for those with limited mobility.

 

  1. Aids to Daily Living

 

This section of our website is filled with all the things you never knew you needed! Try our reachers, which allow your loved one to grasp objects easily. We also offer accessories for their walkers. The stocking stuffer possibilities are endless!

 

  1. Compression Socks

While many people think compression socks just come in dull colors, this couldn’t be further from the truth! We carry compression socks in a wide variety of fun hues. If your loved one is on their feet all day, compression socks can offer relief to aching muscles. Conversely, if they’re frequently in a cramped or seated position, compression socks can help prevent blood clots.

 

The holidays don’t have to be as stressful. Stop by MedServ Equipment Corp. and let us help you pick out a gift that’s fun, affordable and practical for your loved one.

Navigating the Malls During the Holidays When You have Limited Mobility

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Holiday shopping can be hectic at the best of times, but if you have limited mobility, it can be worse. Crowded shopping malls make it difficult to navigate, and often distracted shoppers bump into, trip or otherwise jostle you. If you plan on venturing out to your area shopping center, reduce some of your frustration with these helpful tips from MedServ Equipment Corp:

  • Avoid peak hours.

 

If your schedule allows it, stick to shopping weekday mornings. While the best deals often occur on the weekends, the lines and crowds may not be worth the struggle.

 

  • The main mall elevators are not your only option.

From moms with strollers to mobility device users, mall elevators have a constant flow of traffic throughout the holiday season. Many large department stores have elevators in the back, which can help you avoid the wait times and crowds in the main area.

  • Plan your meals.

 

Choose a time and place to eat before you start shopping. By sticking to a schedule that includes rest and meals, you can conserve your energy throughout the day. Consider packing your own meal as well. This can help you avoid lines at a food vendor, and allows you the flexibility of eating somewhere other than the food court.

 

  • Research what you want to purchase.

Most people have a general idea of what they want to buy, but having your list written down beforehand can help save you time and energy. Go online and compare prices prior to shopping. This way you only have to go in-store for the selected deals you deem worthy.

 

  • Keep pace with pedestrians.

 

It can be tempting to speed around the mall in your device and finish your shopping as soon as possible, but this can be dangerous! Malls were designed for foot traffic, so the polite thing to do is to keep pace with the rest of the crowd. Even on quiet days, you never know when someone is going to suddenly step in front of your path.

By following these tips from MedServ Equipment Corp, you can cut back on your holiday shopping stress. If you need an assistive device, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We carry a number of mobility devices in our online catalog.

Home Accessibility Checklist

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

Home is where the heart is, but if you’re a wheelchair user, you’re probably already familiar with the fact that most American homes are not built with wheelchair users in mind. That’s why MedServ Equipment Corp. has put together this list of the most common home modifications that need to be done to make wheelchair users happy and comfortable:

Wheelchair Accessible Features Inside the House

  • General
    • Doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide.
    • Hallways need to be at least 36 inches wide.
    • It is best to go with tile or hardwood rather than carpet.
    • Outlets need to be at least 15 inches above the floor.
    • Thermostats and light switches should be no higher than 48 inches off of the ground.
    • Lower doorknobs for easy access.
    • Front loading washer and dryer.
  • Bedroom
    • Multi-level drawers and shelves for clothes
    • Mattress height the same height as the seat cushion of the wheelchair.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms
    • All bathtubs/showers should be replaced with walk-in showers.
    • Walk-in showers need to have a seat and hand-held shower head.
    • A taller toilet.
    • Grab bars in the walk-in shower and near the toilet.
    • Cabinets should not be placed under the sink so there is room for a wheelchair to slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the walk-in shower, toilet and sink.
  • Kitchen
    • Multi-level counter tops.
    • Side-by-side fridge in order to have easy access to the fridge and freezer.
    • A raised dishwasher.
    • Place the microwave on top of a counter.
    • Have front controls on the stove.
    • No cabinets under the sink so a wheelchair can slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the fridge, oven, sink, counters and kitchen table.

Wheelchair Accessible Features Outside the house

  • Sidewalks with mobility ramps to doorways.
  • Ramps should include handrails and curbs to prevent accidents.
  • Paved paths throughout yard for easy mobility.
  • Raised garden beds for gardening.
  • Vertical platform lifts for easy porch accessibility

With all of these great tips you are now able to build a new home or remodel the one you have to give you the accessibility you need in your wheelchair or scooter.  MedServ Equipment Corp. wants you to feel comfortable and be happy in your home. We can help you with some home modifications, including stairlift and modular ramp installation.