5 Ways to Avoid the Flu This Season

Posted on: September 9th, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the CDC recommends that receiving the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent coming down with influenza, not all people are able or comfortable having it done. Today, RCC Med is here with five ways that you can protect yourself from the virus this year:

  1. Wash Your Hands

This is perhaps the most crucial, if not most overlooked preventative measure you can take to protect yourself from germs. A good rule of thumb is to rub the soap in your hands for about the same amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song under warm water.

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

By touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, bacteria has a chance to make its way into your body much faster. Germs are most commonly spread by touching something that has been contaminated and then bringing those germs up to your face.

  1. Disinfect Surfaces

Clean surfaces and objects with disinfectants in order to keep away from the germs. By keeping a clean environment, you will be less likely to touch something contaminated and become sick.

  1. Cover Coughs & Sneezes

To avoid spreading the flu, be sure to cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. By coughing into your arm, you are taking the preventative measure to not spread the flu by having germs on your hands.

  1. Avoid Contact

If someone is sick or looking sluggish, try to stay away from them and objects they touch. By keeping out of coughing range, you will minimize your exposure to germs and have a better chance of staying healthy.

These tips are simple but crucial in aiding your health, so you can be at your best this flu season. By taking precaution and spreading these simple tips around, you can help others stay healthy and away from the flu bug!

4 Tips to Use Your Walker Properly

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobility aids such as walkers and rollators are meant to aid those whose range of motion has been limited due to health conditions such as arthritis. While they’re meant to offer stability and balance, it’s not uncommon for people to use them improperly, which can lead to great discomfort.

Today, RCC Medical is here to help. Here are the four tips on how to properly use your walker:

 

  • Height should be ideal.

 

Your walker shouldn’t be so low that you have to stoop over it, nor should it be so high that you have to reach up in order to grasp it. The ideal height should allow your elbows to be bent in a position that is natural and comfortable.

 

  • Walking patterns.

 

When using a walker, you should push it slightly in front of you, and then step into it. Often, people tend to push it too far ahead of them, which causes them to take uncomfortably long steps. Another mistake walker users make is looking down at their feet as they walk. Your eyes should always be in front of you.

 

  • Sitting down.

 

The proper way to sit down with a walker is to position yourself in front of the chair. Let the back of your legs touch the chair so you know you’re close enough to sit. Shift your weight to your stronger leg, and slide your weaker leg forward. Then change your grasp from the walker to the arms of the chair.

 

  • Standing up.

 

Place the walker in front of you and scoot forward in the chair. Use the arms of the chair to push yourself up. Then switch your grasp to the walker’s handles.

 

Getting the right walker for you and making sure it’s adjusted properly are two key components to ensuring that you use your walker correctly. The experts at RCC Medica can help make sure that your equipment suits your needs. Stop in or call us today for assistance!

 

4 Tips for the New Oxygen User

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your doctor recently prescribed you oxygen therapy, you probably have dozens of questions about the ins and outs of using it. That’s why RCC Medical is here to offer a few basic facts and tips on how to get the most out of your oxygen concentrator:

  • They get hot.

 

Make sure you don’t locate them near the thermostat, as this can interfere with the temperature read-out and lead to your home not being properly heated or cooled. Oxygen concentrators also tend to make your air conditioning work harder in the summer. Luckily, though, there is a tax deduction that you can take that offsets the cost of running your oxygen equipment.

 

  • You don’t have to use an unpleasant cannula and tubing.

 

The cannula and tubing vary in thickness, stiffness, length and color. Which ones you use are up to your own comfort level. Some people don’t like how certain brands or types smell. Since it will be in your nose all day, make sure you use one that is objectionable to your olfactory sensors.

 

  • Lubricate your nostrils.

 

It’s easy for your nostrils to become dry and cracked, which can lead to bleeding. Make sure you use a water-based lubricant to prevent dryness and irritation.

 

  • Humidity is important.

 

For you to be totally comfortable in your oxygen therapy, it is important that your air is humidified. Often, the tubes coming out of the tank are then connected to a humidifier bottle, which is then connected to your nose. Be sure that the bottle is connected properly and not cross-threaded, as this can cause the oxygen to leak before it travels up the connecting tube to you.

Remember, your oxygen concentrator is a lifeline, not a leash. It supplies you with the air your body needs to survive. For more tips and tricks on how to best use your oxygen therapy, see one of the experts at RCC Medical today!

Picking Out the Right Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Posted on: April 9th, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re a wheelchair user planning a trip or a warehouse worker needing to move supplies, portable wheelchair ramps have a variety of uses. Making sure you pick out the right one can have significant impact on the health and safety of the user. Before you purchase a portable wheelchair ramp, make sure you ask the following questions:

 

  • Is it made of slip-resistant material?

 

This is especially important if the ramp will be exposed to the elements, where it will get wet in the rain or the snow.  Having the proper traction can ensure that the wheelchair has enough grip to safely transport the user to the next level, no matter what the weather does.

 

  • What is height threshold?

Different surfaces will need different height thresholds, and this is important to consider when picking out your portable ramp. If it’s too high or too low, you will put the user’s safety at risk. Some examples of different surfaces include steps that lead into the home, doors with raised lids, vehicle entrances and the steps between a garage and house.

 

  • How much space am I working with?

 

Ideally, your portable wheelchair ramp will leave enough room for the user to get on, off, reverse and turn. Measure the width of the wheels and the width of the opening to calculate the space you will need.

 

  • What is the weight capacity?

 

Before you move that dolly full of heavy goods over the portable wheelchair ramp, make sure it’s rated to handle that weight capacity. The same is true if a bariatric patient plans to use the ramp. Too much weight can wear down the ramp over time and cause serious safety issues.

 

No matter what your mobility needs are, RCC Med is here for you. We carry a wide variety of ramps and other home medical equipment in our online catalog. Stop by or call us today with any questions.

Walk This Way! Proper Cane Use

Posted on: April 2nd, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While a cane may seem like a simple and straightforward device to use, many people struggle with it at first. Some even decide to just move around less, rather than having to undergo the hassle of learning to use one.

RCC Med is here to help. Today, we would like to offer you the basics of how to walk with a cane:

  • Use the cane on the sound side of your body.

 

Many people start off using the cane on the weaker leg, but this is actually the opposite of how it should be used. Instead, use the cane on the stronger leg, pulling the weaker leg behind you.

 

  • Your elbow should be at the 5:00 position.

 

A cane that is too high or too low can cause discomfort and hinder your ability to use it properly. You don’t want it so low that your hand is pointing directly down, but you don’t want it so high that your hand is pointing in front of you. If you think of your body like a clock, you would want your upper arm tilted as if it’s at the 12 position, and your lower arm tilted as if it’s at the 5 position. That height is just right to hold a cane.

 

  • Point at yourself with your thumb.

 

The most efficient way to hold your cane is to have your thumb pointing towards your body, and the back of your hand facing away from it. This hand position will allow you to maintain the best balance.

 

  • Use stairs with handrails, if you can.

 

When using the stairs, make sure you place one hand on the rails (if they have them). Start by placing your sound leg on the first step, then put your cane on the same step next to your leg. Then, leaning on both the rail and the cane, pull your weak leg up the step.

 

It will take you some time to learn how to use a cane, but it’s a skill anyone can master. Hopefully, these tips have helped you take the right steps towards greater mobility. If you’re ready to start using a cane, see RCC Med today!

Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Older Relatives

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, RCC Medical 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.

RCC Med 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.

What Irish Fairy Tales Can Tell You about Buying HME Products

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 RCC Med, 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 RCC Med 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. RCC Med 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!

Celiac Disease: Going Out to Eat with a Gluten Disorder

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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If you or someone you know has a gluten disorder, such as celiac disease, you know how complicating and frustrating it can seem getting food from a grocery store or local market. What do you do if you want to go out to eat instead of staying at home?  Today, RCC Medical Supply in Greeley will discuss ways of looking for gluten-free restaurants and what you can order.

 

We have all been to great restaurants with great food. But, have you been to a GREAT restaurant before? The Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training (GREAT) restaurants are a part of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. These two groups provide training to foodservice professionals to meet gluten-free needs of their customers and to serve gluten-free meals safely and confidently.

 

It will take time to research and try different foods to know what kind of tolerance you have towards certain foods, which will make it more challenging when eating out. Before you order, ask to see a gluten-free menu or tell the waiter about your condition.  Even though celiac disease isn’t an allergy, it may be easier to explain to the waiter that your gluten disorder is an allergy, so they can prepare your food accordingly. An example if you happen to order eggs at a larger, sit-down breakfast chain is they put pancake mix in with eggs to fluff them up.  Ask your waiter to make prepare your eggs with a fresh cracked egg only.

 

If you’re thinking about going out this weekend for something different try doing these things:

 

  • Call ahead to see if the restaurant offers a gluten-free menu.
  • When ordering, ask how the dish is prepared, if they’re any spices or mixes and if there any garnishes.
  • Is there a separate preparation area for gluten-free food, separate cookware or do they use a separate cooking or frying area?
  • Be proactive. If you feel your meal isn’t what you ordered, ask to speak to the manager.

 

RCC Medical Supply in Greeley, is your full-service home medical equipment provider.

Celiac Disease: Two Types of Gluten

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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The two types of gluten-related diseases are celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity disease. Over three million people across all races, ages and genders suffer from gluten-related diseases.  RCC Medical Supply in Greeley, your full-service home medical equipment provider,  will compare the two diseases and explain what to do in case of you or someone you know having celiac disease.

 

What is Celiac disease? Celiac disease is an increasingly common autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and the villi, or finger like strands, in your small intestine. This happens because your body isn’t getting enough nutrients from the food you take in. The gluten protein can be found in foods like wheat, barley or rye.

 

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is less severe than celiac disease and it causes minimal intestine damage and isn’t genetically based.

 

Celiac disease affects one in 133 Americans and can affect any person at any age.  NCGS affects around eighteen million Americans and it only affects adults. Although symptoms may vary from person to person, celiac and NCGS do share similar symptoms and some people who may not realize they have one of these diseases may not feel any symptoms at all.  Symptoms may include:

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Weight loss
  • Delayed growth
  • Depression
  • Anemia

 

Doctors or specialists may take a simple blood sample from you to test for celiac disease and sometimes may need to perform a small intestine biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, while NCGS doesn’t have any lab tests to diagnose it.

 

If either celiac disease or NCGS go untreated or undiagnosed, both can lead to further complications such as osteoporosis, infertility, thyroid disease or cancer. The end result and only treatment for either disease to eat a strict, 100% gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.

 

RCC Medical Supply in Greeley promotes that you, or someone you know, who may have a gluten disease to get tested.

Protect your Heart in the Heat

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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Your heart health is important all year round, but it is necessary to be extremely cautious of your heart health during the summer. The mix of high heat and a heart condition can lead to serious health problems including stroke, heat stroke and the potential for a heart attack. RCC Med is bringing you tips on how to protect your heart in the heat this July.

Protect your heart in the heat

Avoid overheating– Whether you have a heart condition or not, overheating is not good for your health. It can make you feel tired, distressed and you could potentially end up in the hospital. You can avoid overheating by seeking shade while outside, drinking plenty of water and avoid the outdoors when there is a heat advisory.

Take regular breaks– If you are out in the backyard, you can take breaks by going indoors when you are feeling fatigued. Know your limits when you’re outdoors so you don’t end up feeling ill. When you take breaks, take the time to drink plenty of water to prevent an ill feeling.

Lather on the sunscreen– Some medications can have a bad interaction with sunlight. If your medication interacts badly with sunlight, the pill bottle should note how severe it is. If you’re not sure, talk to your local pharmacist to see if your heart or blood pressure medication has a bad reaction when mixed with too much sunlight. You can stay on the safe side by always wearing at least 15 SPF sunscreen and reapplying every 2 hours. If you are swimming or sweating a lot, be sure to put sunscreen on about every hour.

RCC Med wants you to protect your heart in the heat this July. We hope you enjoy the dog days of summer without overheating. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.