Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Top 10 Reasons a Seat Lift Chair might be good for you or someone you know:

  1. Do you need help getting seated into, and standing up out of, a chair now? You definitely will benefit from a seat lift chair. You will safely gain your independence and the person who’s been helping you will no longer be at risk of injuring him or herself.
  2. If you have unsteady balance a seat lift chair does the raising and lowering for you - safely. No more struggling to get your balance as you stand up and no more plopping down, without control, unsafely into a chair.
  3. If you have muscle weakness or general weakness a seat lift chair allows you to sit down or stand up safely and effortlessly. There’s no need to waste your strength!
  4. Do you spend a lot of time sitting? You could be at risk for pressure sores which can become a major health issue. With a seat lift chair you can change position with a touch of a button. Changing position and shifting weight frequently can help prevent pressure sores.
  5. Do you have swelling in your feet or legs? A seat lift chair can elevate your feet and legs and is a simple way to help reduce swelling.
  6. Does your back hurt? Multi-positioning seat lift chairs adjust in many ways to help you find a position that’s comfortable and - there are heat and massage options!
  7. Do you sometimes sleep in a chair on a sofa? An infinite position seat lift chair can help you find the perfect sleeping position.
  8. Has your doctor directed you to sleep with your head and chest elevated for medical reasons? A seat lift chair is a comfortable and easy way to do this - much easier than trying to position pillows that keep shifting during the night.
  9. Are you having surgery that will require you to elevate and keep weight off of your knees, feet or legs? A lift chair rental is the perfect solution. Don’t struggle needlessly! Help yourself with a speedy recovery.
  10. Are you staying in your chair and not getting up and moving around because it’s just too difficult? A lift chair can improve the quality of your life dramatically!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Moving in with Family: Issues to Consider
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Too often, the decision to move into a family member’s home is made when a crisis develops or as a last resort. Sudden illness or injury strikes and the family is left without a plan for long-term care for their loved one. Experts suggest that all families discuss the possibility of the need for long-term care, and the possibility of family members living together as a solution to the daily care situation. The following are some items to discuss with all members of the family before making such a move.
Is the home “elder friendly”? It is necessary to review the setup of the home, in terms of stairs, additional bedrooms, bathrooms and general safety issues. If home modifications are needed, they should be completed prior to the move.   Find accessibility help at AvenueMedical.com
How much care will the relative require? Daytime supervision, medication management, meal preparation and entertainment are just a few examples of important issues to consider. Assess the level of assistance needed now and in the foreseeable future. If the relative is in poor health, who will be in charge of providing the care? Will other family members share in the caregiving duties? Establish basic rules and a care routine to help prevent conflicts and caregiver burnout.
How do family members get along with each other? How are conflicts dealt with? All families have their share of problems and each family handles them differently. The loss of independence is difficult for anyone and reactions or behavior change is to be expected. It is important to be able to talk about how everyone is feeling and encourage the relative to continue with a life of their own. Communication skills, including active listening, are necessary in handling and resolving conflicts successfully.
How will the change in household expenses be handled? An increase in family size usually means an increase in family expenses. Will the relative contribute? Are there other family members who can help with financial support?
What is expected of the relative? What responsibilities will they have for care of the home? If there is a separate apartment, will everyone dine together? What about family outings – will the relative always be included?
Avoid the feeling that the situation is permanent.
Start with a limited “trial period,” then review the situation.
Once the move has been made to live together, it is very important for all family members to have continual open and honest communication with each other on all matters. Don’t hold in your feelings – both positive and negative feelings need to be shared.
If the health condition of the relative changes, and additional care is needed, it is crucial for the family to review the daily plan. If the situation requires help outside the family, there are a number of alternatives that the family and the relative can explore together. Make sure that the relative is included in decision making, if they are able. Some other options for care include: daily home health aide or homemaker care, which would also provide respite relief for family caregivers, home based community care programs, friends and neighbors, church outreach programs and dividing the care responsibilities among the family by rotating care, with the relative going to others’ homes, or by allowing other relatives to come into the home to provide the daily care.
Families who maintain open and honest communication and are willing to share in the financial and caregiver responsibilities for a needy relative can successfully reside together in the same home. Support can and should be a two-way street. Where better to get the daily support that we all need than from our family!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This information and much more can be found at: https://www.goredforwomen.org/

Life’s Simple 7

by the Go Red For Women Editors
Do you know there are seven easy ways to help control your risk for heart disease? Manage your heart risk by understanding “Life’s Simple 7.”

1. Get active

Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
What To Do
Start by learning the basics about fitness. Also, children need 60 minutes a day–every day–of physical activity, so find ways to workout with your kids to help ensure their heart health in addition to your own.

2. Control cholesterol

When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol is a waxy substance and our bodies use it to make cell membranes and some hormones, but when you have too much bad cholesterol (LDL), it combines with white blood cells and forms plaque in your veins and arteries. These blockages lead to heart disease and stroke.
What To Do

3. Eat better

Healthy foods are the fuel our bodies use to make new cells and create the energy we need to thrive and fight diseases. If you are frequently skipping out on veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy, fiber-rich whole grains, and lean meats including fish, your body is missing the basic building blocks for a healthy life.
What To Do
Want more ways to eat better? Try these tips:
  • Track what you eat with a food diary
  • Eat vegetables and fruits
  • Eat unrefined fiber-rich whole-grain foods
  • Eat fish twice a week
  • Cut back on added sugars and saturated fats

4. Manage blood pressure

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, means the blood running through your arteries flows with too much force and puts pressure on your arteries, stretching them past their healthy limit and causing microscopic tears. Our body then kicks into injury-healing mode to repair these tears with scar tissue. But unfortunately, the scar tissue traps plaque and white blood cells which can form into blockages, blood clots, and hardened, weakened arteries.
What To Do
To manage blood pressure, you should:

5. Lose weight

If you have too much fat — especially if a lot of it is at your waist — you’re at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. If you’re overweight or obese, you can reduce your risk for heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Even losing as few as five or ten pounds can produce a dramatic blood pressure reduction.
What To Do
Calculate your body mass index (BMI) to help you determine if you need to lose weight.

6. Reduce blood sugar

Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Your body makes a hormone called insulin that acts like a carrier to take your food energy into your cells. If your fasting blood sugar level is below 100, you are in the healthy range. If not, your results could indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Although diabetes is treatable and you can live a healthy life with this condition, even when glucose levels are under control it greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, most people with diabetes die from some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
What To Do
The following tips can all help reduce your blood sugar:
  • Reduce consumption of simple sugars that are found in soda, candy and sugary desserts
  • Get regular physical activity! Moderate intensity aerobic physical activity directly helps your body respond to insulin
  • Take medications or insulin if it is prescribed for you

7. Stop smoking

Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots. Like a line of tumbling dominoes, one risk creates another. Blood clots and hardened arteries increase your risks for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Smoking can also reduce your good cholesterol (HDL) and your lung capacity, making it harder to get the physical activity you need for better health.
What To Do
Whatever it takes for you to stop smoking, it is worth it! Visit the American Heart Association’s Quit Smokingwebsite for tools and resources.
Learn more about “Life’s Simple 7″ and take action with MyLifeCheck from the American Heart Association.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Aging-In-Space Specialist Certification

published in the Delaware State News, Thursday, December 18, 2015:

Samuel earns Aging-in-Place specialist designation

Adam Samuel
DOVER - Adam Samuel, owner of Avenue Medical, is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as an accessibility professional with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled homeowners or their visitors. 

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with AARP and Home Innovation Research Labs, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing residential remodeling industry - home modifications for aging-in-place.

Avenue Medical performs accessible modifications and installs accessibility equipment for residential and commercial clients such as: walk-in tubs, barrier-free showers, stair lifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, ramps, door widening and complete accessible renovations.

For more information about Avenue Medical, visit www.AvenueMedical.com or call 302-674-0907 / 800-541-8119. For additional information about the CAPS program, visit www.nahb.org/CAPS.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce 55+ Expo in Dover

1200 oranges, over 4000 visitors and George Burns all contributed to a fabulous event at Dover Downs on April 4, 2013. The 55+ Expo, an annual event hosted by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, brought together seniors, a variety of organizations and entertainment. It was a great day for  all. Avenue Medical handed out 1200 navel oranges to attendees, packaged with a coupon that said, "Orange you glad you found us? Avenue Medical has what you need to keep rolling along." Attendees loved the oranges and were thrilled to enter drawing for give aways of a seat lift chair, a pretty pink walker and a rollator.