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Mobility & More

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)



The countdown to summer has begun.


With Summer comes large family gatherings, graduations, weddings, and family reunions.


If you have an older adult (or someone with physical or mobility needs) flying in for your Colorado event how do you accommodate them?

Having the right equipment ready for your guests can make all the difference in their visit being a true vacation, rather than a challenging time away from their home.


Mobility and More, located in Loveland, Colorado is a local, family owned medical equipment store.


They have been serving Northern Colorado since 2004. Mobility and More has a full line of equipment ranging from canes, reachers and walkers to lift chairs, wheelchairs, scooters and hospital beds.A majority of the items they carry in their store are available for short and long-term rentals!


In addition to medical equipment for the home, Mobility and More also sells and installs ramps, stair gliders, and auto modifications.

They also do repairs of equipment, and will even do house calls. Now that’s service!


If you are looking for medical equipment for someone living in Northern Colorado, or someone who is coming for a visit, we would encourage you to contact Mobility and More first.


As soon as you walk in the door and are greeted, you will feel as if you are part of their family!


They are located at 493 N Denver Ave in Loveland. Check them out at: www.mymobility.biz.


Rightsizing into Senior Living

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


By Danita Nixon, Senior Living Advisors of Colorado


There comes a time in many older adults’ lives, when they realize that their current living situation no longer serves them. They find that:


• They want to be free of the burden of maintaining their current home (yardwork, shoveling snow, routine maintenance, etc.) so they can spend their time on activities they enjoy.


• Their home no longer accommodates their physical needs (steps, a bathtub and not a walk-in shower, etc.). Senior communities are built to accommodate the physical needs of older adults.


• They want to be more active and spend time with others their age. For some, being home alone leaves them feeling lonely and isolated. Rightsizing into senior living with all the activities available can make a huge difference in the quality of life for an older adult.


The best time for an older adult to rightsize into senior living, is when they are healthy enough to do so. Making this decision earlier rather than later gives them more control, more choices, and more time to make the transition.


Five Steps to Exploring if Rightsizing is right for you:


1. Contact a local advisor to help you explore your options. Most Senior Living Advisors offer their services free of charge.

2. Your advisor will help you determine your options based on your needs, desires, and budget.

3. Go with your advisor to check out the communities to see what they offer.

4. Determine if you are ready to rightsize into senior living.

5. If you are ready, your advisor will help you take the steps necessary to put the resources in place to make the move possible. If you are not ready, you at least know what options are out there for you.


While rightsizing into senior living can be a big move for an older adult, it can also be a move that will assist them in going from surviving to thriving!


PT..OT..What?

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT)?


We met recently with Occupational Therapist Kayla Bach, from Northern Colorado Therapy Services who was able to shed some light on the subject. She summarized, “Both PT and OT provide essential rehabilitative services to clients, and promote health, independence, and quality of life. The difference lies in each discipline’s unique approach to achieving that goal”.


Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on physical rehabilitation from injuries or disease, with the goal being restoration of mobility and strength. A PT may treat a patient through exercises, manual therapy, or other various techniques. They specialize in evaluating movement dysfunctions and will work with their clients to improve specific movement of their body, such as knees, hips, or shoulders. They are skilled in treating injuries by directly addressing tissues and structures that are causing the pain or problem. Additionally, PT’s work with their clients to prevent additional injuries, avoid surgery, and reduce long-term reliance on medications.


Example, an older adult needed to have their arthritic hip replaced. PT is focusing on the client’s strength and range of motion in their leg, as well as teaching the client how to walk again.


Occupational Therapy (OT) looks at how injuries, diseases, and disabilities are affecting a client’s ability to fully engage in their daily activities. It tends to focus more on daily life skills and participation in meaningful activities, such as self-care, work, leisure, and community involvement. They may use functional tasks as well as exercises to address their client’s deficits. An OT may make recommendations for their client to modify their physical environment or use adaptive equipment such as a shower chair or raised toilet seat to perform tasks more safely and independently. OT is unique in that is uses a holistic approach to treat the whole person, and considers unique personal factors such as roles/identity, responsibilities, and environment.


Example, an older adult with Parkinson’s disease is having difficulty getting out of bed at night to use the bathroom. The OT is addressing the client’s movement problems through targeted exercises as well as practicing the task in a real-life setting to determine a more effective strategy.


Occupational Therapy can often assist with the following needs:


Balance

Posture and movement

Coordination

Fall prevention

Energy conservation

Independence with self-care and home management tasks

Driving safety

Home safety evaluations

Continence training

Range of motion

Sensation

Memory

Problem solving

Fatigue management

Mobility in the home and community

Handwriting legibility


Occupational Therapy assists older adults in remaining independent and in their home for as long as possible. If you have an older adult in your life who is struggling with doing things for themselves, you might want to look into OT for them.


If you are in the Northern Colorado area, contact Northern Colorado Therapy Services for a consultation at 970-658-0688. They will meet with you at home or in the office, and they accept both Medicare and BCBS. Check out their website at: http://www.nocotherapy.com/

CAREGIVER

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Definition of caregiver

One that gives physical or emotional care and support.


A majority of individuals who are caring for an older adult do NOT identify themselves as caregivers. They simply see themselves as fulfilling their role as a friend, neighbor, child, spouse, sibling, relative, or in-law.


The challenge with this is, that those who are supporting others (caregiving), need to make sure that they are taking care of themselves as well. Being a caregiver can seriously affect ones’ health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.


When looking at the family caregivers who have reached out for support from the Office on Aging Caregiver Program, it becomes clear why “caregiver burnout” is not an unusual occurrence.


70% of caregivers are providing 24/7 care.


67% of caregivers are caring for those with dementia.


48% have been caretaking for 5+ years.


42% of caregivers are 70 years or older.


Many caregivers fall into multiple categories listed above, increasing the stress on the caregiver.

The good news is, that there is support available. One of the best places to start looking for support is at your local Area Agency on Aging.


In Larimer County, CO, that person is Lynette McGowan, Caregiver Support Program Coordinator. She is a passionate advocate for older adults

and their caregivers. She has spent thirteen years in this role, and prior to that, served as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Some of the amazing

resources she has for Larimer County caregivers are:


• Respite Vouchers - Money provided to assist with the cost of getting respite (a break from caregiving)

• Free Classes for Caregivers, providing valuable tools, support, and strategies

• Free Counseling for Caregivers (provided through CSU)

• Information on Caregiver Support Groups


If you are giving physical or emotional support to an older adult in your life, we encourage you this holiday season to give yourself the gift of

support. You truly do not have to go through this alone.


For more information on services in Larimer County, contact Lynette at 970-498-7758 or email her at [email protected]


Outside of Larimer County, you can google “Area Agency on Aging” to find an office near you.

Using Technology to Help Older Adults Safely "Age in Place"

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Many older adults want to "age in place", staying in their homes until the end of their lives. One of the biggest challenges for aging in place is safety.


The commercial "I've fallen and I can't get up" has played over and over like a bad song that you can't get out of your head. The commercial hasn't changed in twenty-one years, but the safety device market most certainly has.


Home devices now include Medical Alert Systems, Medication Adherence Devices, Seizure Alert/Monitoring, and Wandering Prevention Devices.


While safety devices are easy to purchase online, the biggest challenge is making sure you've selected the right device, and that it gets set up properly. A safety device that is not properly set up is completely useless.


Interesting devices currently on the market include:


Fall Detector – A Safety device that automatically calls the monitoring company when it detects a fall. It doesn't wait for the wearer to push a button.


Wandering Detector - A GPS watch-like device that the individual wears and if they wander, their contact person is able to find their location and the direction they are walking through a Maps web portal.


Seizure Detector - A device that detects (and records) seizures, notifying the contact list when one occurs.


Medication Reminder- A device that dispenses medication on a set schedule.


The owner of Caring Solutions, Melanie Keech, has been serving Northern Colorado Older Adults for over thirteen years. She is passionate about helping older adults age in place safely, by matching them with the right products and systems to assist them in doing so.


For more information check out: Http://www.Caringsolutionsllc.com


Did you know...that some medical safety devices are covered by Medicare.

Call Caring Solutions at 970-206-9595 for more information

The "Viewing" at Good Health Will

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Senior Living Solutions - Community Relationship Director, Mark Nixon, is seen here safely viewing the eclipse with the staff of GoodHEALTHWill.  


Good Health Will is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that accepts donations of durable medical equipment and healthcare supplies, and provides them via its public warehouses.


Anyone may visit their sites to purchase low cost medical supplies or equipment.

For those in need, their no-questions/no-application Pay It Forward Fund is available to all Colorado and Wyoming residents.


Check them out at http://www.goodhealthwill.org