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Spring is Here! Preventing Injury While You Work and Play

Posted on April 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

Spring is here!

Spring has sprung! Now that warm weather has arrived, many of us are itching to get outside and get busy on the projects and outdoor activities we haven’t been able to enjoy all winter. But before you tackle spring full force, here are a few tips for staying comfortable and preventing injury from your friends at the Electric Scooter Store.

  1. Try doing some light warm-up stretches before starting any physical activity.  Stretching is a great way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may have become a bit underused during the winter.
  2. Eat a light meal before you start. Nothing big or heavy that may weigh you down – just enough to give your body fuel.
  3. Stay hydrated. Keep water close by as you work. Dry muscles are sore muscles – and that goes for your brain too. Save the alcohol and caffeinated drinks for after you’re finished working.
  4. Schedule several short days of working or doing activities, instead of one big day. Tackle just one project, or play only a few holes of golf the first time out. You have all spring and summer to be active.
  5. Take breaks. A few short breaks will keep your body energized and your spirits high!
  6. If you’re doing some spring cleaning, go easy on the chemicals. People with or without respiratory problems can be harmed by breathing in too many strong cleaning products such as bleach, cleaners, bug sprays, etc. Read the directions carefully and use fans or open windows for ventilation.

Have a blast as you get out into the warm spring sunshine! And, speaking of spring, if we can be of any assistance with the spring cleaning and maintenance of your mobility scooters, or any other products, just let us know! The experts from the Electric Scooter Store are standing by at 1-855-92-SCOOT.

 

 

Six Benefits of Mobility Scooters

Posted on April 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

6 benefits of mobility scooters

Are you considering the purchase of a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one? Here at the Electric Scooter Store, we often have the privilege of seeing our equipment change lives and open doors! Electric scooters can help their users regain independence, stay comfortable, and more! In fact, we’ve gathered a list of six benefits that come from using this great equipment.

Mobility scooters can …

 

  1. Help seniors stay independent: It may be due to a fall, injury, stroke, or other condition, but it is common for older folks to need help moving from room to room without assistance. A mobility scooter can do this, keeping seniors more active and independent.

 

  1. Prevent falls: Falls are a scary thing. In addition to causing injuries like broken bones and bruises, falls can lead to head and neck injuries if the fallen person tries to move or get up without additional assistance. Mobility scooters make it possible to get around easily, indoors and out, without the risk of falling or suffering from fall-related injuries.

 

  1. Lessen the chance of hospital stays: By safely getting seniors from point A to point B, mobility scooters can help the elderly avoid extended hospital visits. No one’s idea of a good time is hanging out in a hospital bed, hooked up to dozens of bleeping machines and spending time away from home. With a scooter, you can avoid injuries and save money on costly hospital stays.

 

  1. Help speed up healing: If you or a loved one are recovering from an illness or injury, you know how hard it is to get rest and stay put for weeks or even months at a time. With a mobility scooter, owners don’t have to worry about overdoing it after surgery, yet they can still get around the house or yard without feeling trapped in one place.

 

  1. Make shopping easier: Big box stores and shopping malls can be a real challenge for older adults with mobility problems. Scooters make it possible to go shopping with family and friends without risking fatigue, exhaustion, or falls.

 

  1. Help make life easier for caregivers: While caregivers are glad to help out in whatever ways they can, sometimes the challenges of caregiving can be overwhelming. With a mobility scooter, older adults are able to be more independent and active, taking care of more of their daily tasks and chores than they would ever be able to do without a scooter.

 

Mobility scooters are a great solution for meeting your mobility needs, or the needs of a loved one! If you’re interested in learning more about mobility scooters, the Electric Scooter Store has a fantastic selection and a knowledgeable, caring staff who would love to serve you. Check out our online catalog or give us a call at 1-855-92-SCOOT today.

 

March is Red Cross Month!

Posted on March 25th, 2015 in Blood Donation, Red Cross by ElectricScooterBlogger |

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March is Red Cross Month                          

 

This month is Red Cross Month, and The Electric Scooter store is celebrating the work of this great organization on our blog!

The American Red Cross exists to prevent and relieve suffering, both in the USA and around the world. They complete their mission through disaster aid, military family support, blood supply, health and safety training, and international efforts. Each year, they reach over 100 million people across the globe through humanitarian aid, and they educate over 9 million through their health and safety training.

They also respond to approximately 70,000 domestic disasters each year, providing shelter, food, health, and mental health services to those affected. And, in perhaps their most well-known service area, they help to provide more than 40 percent of America’s blood supply, working with nearly 4 million donors each year.

Their stats are impressive: approximately 5.6 million blood donations are collected each year from roughly 3.3 million donors. More than 8 million transfusable blood products are distributed each year to patients at approximately 2,700 locations.

Have you ever donated blood or considered donating? If you’ve never donated, now is a great time to consider joining the cause. We’ve learned a lot about blood needs this month and would love to share some information with you:

Facts about blood donation

  • Every two seconds, someone needs blood. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed daily.
  • 1 pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured, or made in a lab. It can only come from generous donors.
  • Type O-negative blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always needed but often in short supply.
  • Blood donation is a simple process- the actual donation takes just 10-12 minutes. The entire appointment typically lasts about 75 minutes, with the rest of the time going to registration, the completion of a medical history and mini physical, and refreshments after the donation.

 

If you have donated or regularly donate blood, thank you! Your support of The Red Cross is appreciated! If you’ve not yet donated, Red Cross Month is a great time to consider doing so. You can find a local blood drive by visiting the Red Cross Blood Drive search page.

The Electric Scooter Store is proud to support and encourage involvement in the work of this wonderful organization! And, as always, please do let us know if we can be of any assistance in your mobility or medical home equipment needs. Our experts are just a phone call away, at 1-855-92-SCOOT.

 

The importance of good nutrition when living with COPD

Posted on March 11th, 2015 in COPD, Diet, Fitness, Health by ElectricScooterBlogger |

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The importance of good nutrition when living with COPD 

 

March is National Nutrition Month! Here at The Electric Scooter Store, we know that many of our customers are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and so we’re here today to explore something that isn’t often talked about: the link between living well with COPD and having good nutrition. In honor of National Nutrition Month, read on for some great tips!

 

Just like gasoline fuels our cars, food fuels our bodies, and so what we choose to eat impacts the energy that we have and the way that we feel. When people are living with COPD, their diet can even affect their breathing efficiency and comfort, and so their nutritional choices are especially important. But the rest of us can benefit from these tips, as well:

 

Tip #1: Include high-fiber foods in your diet. Fiber helps to move food along the digestive tract and control blood glucose levels, which can both affect your energy level. Some high-fiber foods to include:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Legumes, which include dried peas, peanuts, alfalfa, and beans
  • Whole-grain foods, such as rolled oats, whole-wheat bread, brown rice pasta, and barley

 

Tip #2: Avoid overeating, and limit foods that have been linked with gas or bloating. Both feelings can make breathing uncomfortable. Limit your intake of:

  • Carbonated beverages, such as soda and sparkling water
  • Fried, greasy, or very spicy foods
  • Some produce, such as apples, avocados, melons, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, and soybeans.

 

Tip #3: Control the sodium (salt) in your diet. High sodium levels can cause the body to retain too much water, which can make breathing difficult and uncomfortable. To reduce your sodium levels:

  • Remove the salt shaker from your table, and don’t add salt to foods when cooking. Instead, try flavoring foods with herbs, spices, or salt-free seasoning blends.
  • Check food labels! Avoid foods that have more than 300 mg of sodium per serving.
  • Ask your doctor before using salt substitutes. Often, they contain ingredients that can be just as harmful as salt.

These tips are intended to provide information, but they are not meant to take the place of a doctor-supervised eating plan. Please talk with your doctor and/or nutritionist to create food guidelines specific to your condition and situation.

 

 

The Electric Scooter Store cares about your health, and we’re excited to share this information with you. As always, if we can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to give our experts a call at 1-855-92-SCOOT.

 

Senior Independence Month – Celebrating Seniors’ Wellbeing!

Posted on February 25th, 2015 in Accessibility, Falls, Health, Injury Prevention, Limited Mobility, Mobility aid, Mobility Scooters, Senior Citizens by ElectricScooterBlogger |

 

Celebrating senior independence and wellness!

Celebrating senior independence and wellness!

The Electric Scooter Store is celebrating Senior Independence Month, and we want to inspire you to take some time this month to encourage and reach out to the seniors in your life! It’s also a great time to do routine checks around seniors’ homes, making sure that they are comfortable and that risks for slips and falls are minimized. Not sure where to start? Take a look at the tips we’ve gathered for you:

Improve your grip: Simple grab bars and handrails can make a major difference around showers, bathtubs, toilets, beds, and doorways. Use these in conjunction with non-slip mats in slick areas, or double-sided tape under rugs. In the bathroom, consider installing grip-aids such as removable toilet seats with arms, clamp-on tub rails, and portable bath steps to add security and confidence.

Clear your clutter: Make sure that floors and walkways are clear of clutter and trash, which can cause slips and falls. Create organization for items that are used often, and return items to their places regularly. Keeping walkways clear is especially important in the homes of seniors who use walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility equipment.

Get a lift: Getting in and out of living room chairs can be uncomfortable for some and may even lead to slips and falls. A lift chair, which mechanically rises to a standing position and gently lowers to a seated position, can be a perfect solution for a senior seeking more comfort in this area. Many lift chairs also recline!

The Electric Scooter Store carriers a variety of products that can help the seniors in your life stay safe and comfortable at home. Check out our online catalog for great products to help increase independence, and if we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-92-SCOOT.

Time to explore! Travel tips for those with limited mobility.

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 in Accessibility, Limited Mobility, Senior Citizens, Travel, wheel chair by ElectricScooterBlogger |
Tips to help you have a fun, successful trip!

Tips to help you have a fun, successful trip!

Is 2015 your year to explore your bucket list destinations? Travel with limited mobility can pose some unique challenges, but if you take time to plan ahead and do some research, you can have a successful and fun trip! The Electric Scooter Store has gathered some ideas to help you and your travelmates have an adventure to remember.

Check out portable mobility options: Do you use a walker or scooter at home and feel unsure of how to make comfortable accommodations on the go? There are many great, travel-friendly mobility options out there, such as foldable rollators and compact scooters that can be disassembled and stowed. Our BuzzAround Lite by Golden is a great option for a scooter that can be taken apart and transported easily. Check it out!

Start planning early: If you’d like to travel by airplane, book your flights ahead of time, and speak directly with the airline to ensure that your mobility needs will be recorded and met. If you would like to use a wheelchair at the airport, be sure to reserve one at this time. If you will be using your own wheelchair, check with the airline to see how it will be transported. Foldable chairs can often be stored onboard, while manual wheelchairs that do not fold must usually be checked for transport in the cargo hold.

Leave extra time: When booking, check layover lengths to be sure that you will have enough time to comfortably board and exit the aircraft and find your connecting gate. Ninety minutes is a suggested minimum for those with limited mobility, but a longer time might be advisable if immigration checkpoints will be involved. On your departure day, arrive at the airport one hour earlier than the airline advises.

If this is your year to have an adventure, your friends at the Electric Scooter Store are here to help! If we can be of any assistance as your prepare supplies for your journey, please give us a call at 1-855-92-SCOOT. Happy travels!

Bathroom safety – What can you do about it?

Posted on January 25th, 2015 in Falls, Injury Prevention by ElectricScooterBlogger |

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As far as health of an elderly loved one is concerned, falls are a serious issue.  There are many places that you could begin your safety improvement efforts, but the most “bang” for your buck would be to start in the bathroom.  There are a range of products that can assist with mobility and stability to improve safety and hopefully prevent future accidents.

Mobility:

A lot of accidents happen in and en-route to and from the bathroom.  While there are a lot of products out there that can assist with mobility, a rollator is one of the industry preferred solutions.  This contemporary walker solution has four wheels rather than just feet to make it easier to maneuver around the house.  It also comes with a seat and a basket, which are particularly handy and help to carry things when you’re on the move.

Stability:

We have a more stable base when seated than we do standing.  There are a lot of risks of falls in the bathroom ranging from tripping on rugs, to slipping in the shower.  One way to avoid slipping in the shower is to get a shower seat. Made from durable plastic, these seats will hold up in the “elements” while not molding and helping to give you more stability in the shower.

Another way to help improve stability is with a bathtub bar.  Easy to install, this bar holds up to 250 pounds and fits most standard bathtubs. It is great for assisting you in getting in and out of the tub without slipping.

These are just a few examples of the many products available that can help make your bathroom safer.  For a full list of our products, visit our online catalog, or give us a call at 1-855-92-SCOOT (1-855-921-8662).  Let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we, at the Electric Scooter Store, can do for you.

 

 

Home Safety – Don’t overlook it

Posted on January 7th, 2015 in Accessibility, Falls, Injury Prevention by ElectricScooterBlogger |

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When it comes to our health and our bodies, the only true guarantee we have, is that as we get older it starts to wear down.  As our bodies start to wear down, our mobility tends to go with it, and seemingly routine tasks start to become a little more difficult.  Mobility and accessibility have an increased focus within the home medical equipment industry.

This month, we are bringing you a two-part series on home and bathroom safety.  Part-one, today, will focus on the dangers of falls and some ways to prevent them.

Here are some statistics that may surprise you:

 

  1. 55 percent of all falls take place inside the home.
    After retirement, people spend more time at home, and therefore there are more opportunities for an accident. Tripping while walking, slippery bathroom floors, door frames, etc.  are all statistically more likely than falls on slippery sidewalks and stairs.
  2. Falls account for 25 percent of all hospital admissions, and 40 percent of all nursing home admissions.

We all like to think we can take care of ourselves, and most of us are correct.  However, as we get older that becomes less of a sure thing.  This leaves the transition from independent living to a facility of some sort (i.e. assisted living, nursing home, etc.), which can be a tough one for people.

 

  1. Falls result in more than 2.4 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 772,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.
    This is a serious issue, but the good news is there are ways to proactively minimize the risk of these falls.
  2. Treatment for hip fractures typically includes surgery and hospitalization, usually for about one week, and is frequently followed by admission to a nursing home and extensive rehabilitation.
    Daily strengthening, mobility exercises and weekly physical therapy appointments are in your future for a minimum of six months if you are recovering from a hip fracture.

These statistics are serious and eye-opening, but do not include all falls because there are a number of falls that go unreported.  If you have elderly loved ones that live alone, be sure to educate yourself on fall prevention and the proper steps to take if a fall does happen.  Be sure to check out our product catalog at Electric Scooter Store for your mobility and bathroom safety related products.  Or call us at 1-855-92-SCOOT (1-855-927-2668).

 

*All stats are pulled from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC)

Looking back – A Year-In-Review

Posted on December 30th, 2014 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

review-blogAs 2014 is coming to a close, we are thankful for all of our valued customers that keep our business running strong.  As we close out the year we would like to take a look back at some of the things that made 2014 a good year before we look at what may make 2015 a great year.

Our blog has been a great source of information and education in 2014. Here is a rundown of what we considered to be the three best posts of the year, in no particular order.

  1. 5 Ways to Travel Easier With Your Wheelchair This Summer

One of our favorite articles that we wrote for you this year was this article on traveling with your wheel chair.  Some of the tips discussed in this article range from making sure your equipment is in good shape before you leave to making it is still in good shape after you get off of a flight.

  1. Creative Halloween Costumes for Wheelchair Users
    This was one of our favorite articles for a variety of reasons. The most important one, though, is it could give some of you an idea of how to brighten a child’s day.  Almost every kid yearns to go trick-or-treating and likes to dress-up.  We’ve found that kids that require a wheelchair for mobility sometime feel a bit left out because they have a harder time coming up with a costume or feel insecure about the wheel chair.  This article gives you some great ideas on how to dress-up the child and the wheel chair in a fun, theme-incorporated, way.
  2. Fast Facts About Caffeine
    Who doesn’t like reading about caffeine and coffee? We sure enjoyed writing about it.  This article gave some interesting tidbits on caffeine that you all may or may not have known before reading.  These factoids ranged from the amount of caffeine consumed yearly by Americans to what effect caffeine has on the body.

As we get closer to the New Year, we thank you for making 2014 a great year and look forward to serving you in 2015.  If you have any questions, or anything that we can help you with, feel free to call us at 1-800-865-0046.  Or visit us on the web at http://www.electricscooterstore.com/.  From all of us here at the Electric Scooter Store, have a safe and happy New Year.  See you next year!

 

Avoid Travel Pains – How Better Posture Can Make Your Holiday Travels More Enjoyable!

Posted on December 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

holiday-travel-blogWe are officially in the middle of the holiday season, and the season is full of food, family, friends, and fun.  However, with all of those things also, for most people, comes an increase in travel.  For people with mobility issues, travel can be somewhat of an inconvenience or just plain difficult.  There are a number of things that can be done to help ease the pain of traveling that range from ensuring proper posture in the car/on the plane, to bringing a specialized travel pillow with you on your journey.

Posture in the car:

How you sit can have a dramatic effect on your joints and muscles, especially in your lower back/hips.  While in the car on your journey, make sure that you are sitting up straight rather than slouching.  Slouching can cause your lower back muscles to support your weight versus your hips.  The solution to this would be to ensure that you are sitting with good posture in the car.  This can be done by making sure your bottom is all the way back as far as it goes into the seat.  Most cars have a lumbar support to help reduce the wear and tear of traveling, but if you are not seated properly, it can actually make things worse.  Another thing that can help would be a memory foam lumbar support pad.

Posture while you sleep:

Another thing that can typically throw off your system is sleeping on an unfamiliar surface.  A lot of individuals find it more difficult to sleep when they travel because they do not have their familiar mattress or pillows.  One way to avoid this is to travel with a memory foam travel pillow.  These pillows are effective at helping to keep your neck and head in better alignment while you sleep, and thus help to avoid some additional pains from the unfamiliar surface.

How ESS can help:

Here at Electric Scooter Store, we carry a wide range of products that can help aid in your daily life.  Like the products listed above, we have a range of other mobility related products and resources for you to choose from that you can search through in our online catalog.  Let us know what we can to do help.  From all of us here at The Electric Scooter Store, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!