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.

Ways to Drink More Water

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

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During the summer months, it is especially important to drink water to avoid dehydration. Living in Colorado means we experience beautiful weather during the summer, which is ideal for hiking. RCC Med wants to remind you to always keep drinking water in mind this July. Today’s blog will focus on ways for you to drink more water each day because sometimes, you may get sick of drinking water.

Ways to drink more water:

Set a goal each day– How much water can you drink today? If you are just starting out with an attempt to drink more water, start small and gradually increase your intake. Set a goal the first day to drink 32 ounces of water and work your way up. It’s better to set a realistic goal then to fail with a goal that is unattainable.

Get a water bottle you will enjoy using– Head to the store and find a fun water bottle you are willing to use each day to meet your water drinking goal. Whether you believe a colored water bottle would be better, or glass or clear, whatever works to get you drinking more water.

Get a water tracking app on your smart phone- If you own a smart phone, consider getting a water tracking application to make keeping track of your water intake easier. Some applications include WaterLogged, which has a visual of a water bottle being filled as you note how much water you’re drinking.

Infuse your water– Let’s face it, sometimes drinking glass after glass of plain water gets boring. You can add flavor to your water by slicing a few lemons or cucumbers and putting them in your water. Depending on what you like, almost any fruits and some veggies can be added to your water so you’re more willing to drink it.

RCC Med hopes these tips help you drink more water during the dog days of summer.

Seasonal Favorites- June’s Fresh Picks

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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June brings many seasonal favorites to the area. The farmers market, fresh produce and gardens are all reminders of the summer months ahead. RCC Med brings you relevant health information to your life and in today’s blog, we are going to talk about seasonal favorites like cherries, cucumbers and other delectable fresh foods.

Cherries- These small morsels of sweetness are best consumed in the summer months, specifically June. Filled with antioxidants and powers to help with recovery from exercise, these low calorie fruits are the best for snacking or dessert after a meal.

Cucumbers- Made up of 95% water, cucumbers could be considered the most refreshing and cooling of them all. The hydration power is ideal for the warmer months of the year, especially since June is the start of cucumber season. Cucumbers can easily be grown in your garden or picked up at the local farmer’s market for a small price.

Papaya- Although this fruit can be found year round, its peak season kicks off in early June when the fruit is the freshest. Papaya is unique because one medium sized papaya has about 70% of your daily recommendation of vitamins A and C. If you’re looking for a good source of fiber and potassium, try this tropical fruit as a delightful snack option. All yellow and orange produce contain skin and immunity benefits.

Grapes- Just like cherries, grapes are perfectly tiny yet sweet and sour. Depending on your preference of grape, they can satisfy any craving. Pop a few onto your salad at dinner or bring them along for the day as a snack. The health benefits of grapes are endless.

RCC Med hopes you get a chance to explore the season’s freshest produce. Contact us today to learn about our products and services.

Finally Summer- Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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The summer season is filled with days spent outdoors and laying by the pool. RCC Med wants you to have a great and safe summer in Colorado so we are bringing you safety tips to keep in mind. Whether you’re hiking, in the backyard or at the park, be sure to always consider your safety first.

Safety tips to keep in mind-

Bug safety– The beautiful summer weather also brings pesky bugs to be aware of. It is best to think about bug safety before you head outdoors. For example, consider using unscented hairsprays, lotion and avoid perfume. The sweeter you smell, the more likely bugs will be there to bug you. When leaving wooded areas, check for ticks and other small insects that could potentially harm you.

Heat safety– The temperature will continue to rise as the summer moves along. The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated and seek shade when able. Heat related illnesses become more relevant in the summer months, meaning prevention is the best thing you can do to stop the heat illnesses before they strike.

Sun safety– Similar to heat safety, protecting yourself from the sun is just as important. Skin cancer cases are on the rise, so lather up with sunscreen before heading outdoors. Even if it doesn’t seem sunny outside, you can still catch the sun’s rays through clouds. Use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen daily and when you plan to be in an area where you are exposed to more sun, up the SPF in your sunscreen. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face.

RCC Med wants you to enjoy the summer, but stay safe with these tips. Contact us to learn more about our products.