Sep 28

This year’s Medtrade Expo in Atlanta, Georgia will be held from October 25 to October 27, 2011.

Medtrade is the largest home medical equipment tradeshow in the US and provides an opportunity to review new products, network with industry manufacturers, and learn about the latest trends and practices that will help you better serve your patients.

Medtrade 2011

One of the highlights of the show is The Medtrade Accessible Home in partnership with Accessible Home Improvement of America and Nationwide Homes. The Accessible Home features the newest, most advanced home healthcare products and showcases them just like patients would use them in their own home.

Shower Body Dryer

Tornado Body Dryer

Accessible Construction is proud to be representing the Tornado Shower Body Dryer in this year’s Medtrade Accessible Home. The shower body dryer allows for hands-free drying which is ideal for people with balance problems, arthritis, need privacy from a caregiver or just like to have the latest gadget.

New for 2011 is the Retail Design Center which will display Homecare Products, and Home Modification Ideas, as well as Retail Design Ideas and Opportunities. The Retail Design Center offers solutions for your clients but also retail opportunities for new business.

Shower Dam and Weighted Shower Curtains

Shower Dam and Weighted Shower Curtains

We will have a collapsible Shower Dam and Weighted Shower Curtains on display in the Retail Design Center, which provide the ideal solution for keeping water in the shower and off the bathroom floor.

Offset Hinges

Offset Hinges

We will also have residential and commercial Offset Hinges on display that allow you to widen doorways by up to two inches just by replacing door hinges. What used to take a half-day of construction can now be done easily at a fraction of the cost.

If you’ll be in Atlanta this year for Medtrade, make sure you spend some time at the Medtrade Accessible Home and the Retail Design Center.

Medtrade 2011
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Building B, Halls 1-3
Atlanta, GA 30313
www.Medtrade.com

Sep 21

One common fear for seniors and people with disabilities is getting burned by water that is too hot while taking a shower or running water in the sink. This is especially true for people with dementia or that have lost the feeling in their hands.

These LED lighting shower and faucet lights just might help save somebody from water burns. While we don’t sell these, we’ve seen them before and think they’re a great idea. You can get these at ThinkGeek and the price is pretty good.

LED Water Lights Prevent Burns

On the left is a lighted shower head and on the right is a lighted sink faucet. The lights are LEDs and change color depending on the temperature of the water. A blue light signifies the water is cold but if the water reaches a temperature of 89 degrees F (32 degrees C) the light changes to red.

Not only do these look great and add a touch of fun to taking a shower or doing the dishes, they’re fully functional and might keep a loved one from getting burned by hot water.

To find out more or purchase an LED lighted showerhead or faucet, visit ThinkGeek.

LED Showerhead Light

LED Sink Faucet Light

If you’re only concerned about water that is too hot and don’t need the colored lights for a visual aid, we have an anti-scald shower valve on our website.

Sep 14

The Remodeling Show will be held at Lakeside Center at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from October 13 to October 15, 2011.

Remodeling Show 2011

If you’ve never been, the Remodeling Show features the latest products and offers a chance for home builders and remodelers a chance to speak with manufacturers’ technical experts and other remodeling professionals. It is the only national event serving residential remodeling experts.

You can get more information about the show on their website at: www.RemodelingShow.com

We’re very excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Remodeling Show. If you’re in Chicago, visit Accessible Construction in Booth #644.

We will have select accessible bathroom products on hand and discuss how a Collapsible Water Retainer for a shower threshold keeps water in the shower and off the bathroom floor.

Shower Threshold

We’ll have an example of Weighted Shower Curtains and you can see how they work with a water dam for keeping floors dry.

Weighted Shower Curtains

We’ll also have a Toilevator that raises an existing toilet 3.5 inches instead of buying a whole new toilet. Perfect for remodelers.

Toilevator

One of the most popular modifications for accessible home remodelers is widening doorways to create more entrance space or to accommodate wheelchairs.

An offset hinge is expandable and swings away giving an extra two inches to the width of the doorway.

offset hinge

There is also a commercial heavy-duty expandable hinge for garage doors or the front door of the home. We’ll have both types of expandable hinges on display.

expandable hinge

If you’re at the show, stop by and introduce yourself. This is a great show to meet new people where we can all help each other learn about the latest products and ideas for our industry.

Sep 8

Transferring patients from one place to another can be one of the most physically demanding aspects for a caregiver and the person they care for. It is difficult, can cause discomfort, and sometimes results in injuries to one or both. Straining is the most common occurrence but falls can be almost as troublesome.

It’s important to use the legs and not the back when lifting and whenever possible, transfer to the patient’s strong side. Proper patient handling is half the battle but using transfer devices that aid in patient transfers can make things safer and better for everyone involved.

With that said, here are 7 Patient Transfer Devices that make life easier for caregivers and patients:

Gait Belt

Gait Belt
A transfer belt, or Gait Belt, helps prevent back injuries and offers safe areas to grab on to a patient. They have multiple handles and give the caregiver a supported area to hold instead of grabbing an arm. Gait belts are ideal for transferring to and from wheelchairs or beds.


Advantage Rail

Advantage Rail
Using a transfer pole support rail such as the Advantage Rail gives the patient a sturdy support to hold when getting up, sitting down, or moving between a wheelchair and other sitting area. It is like adding a four-foot high grab bar that is mounted to the floor, and can be placed in any room or area of the home. Advantage rails work great in the bathroom but can be just as helpful in the bedroom or frequently used living area. Patients that can help lift themselves ultimately lessen the strain on the caregiver.


Super Pole

Super Pole
Similar to the Advantage Rail, the Super Pole is a transfer support rail that extends from the floor to the ceiling and works especially well in the bedroom. It has several available attachment options like the Trapeze Bar and T-Bar support, and makes transferring to and from a bed much easier. Having a sturdy support to hold on to during transfers is important for both patients and caregivers.


Sliding Transfer Board

Sliding Transfer Board
The old-fashioned wooden wheelchair transfer board has been updated to the Sliding Transfer Board, or Beasy Board. It comes in three shapes and sizes and is ideally suited for transfers to and from a wheelchair. It has a swivel, sliding disc in the center of the board that aids in moving the patient from one seat to the other. It is made of durable plastic and offers none of the friction or splinters of the old style transfer boards.


Patient Lift

Portable Patient Lift
For patients who are less ambulatory, transfers can be very difficult and usually require more than one caregiver. A portable Patient Lift is sometimes the only way to transfer a patient from one place to another. It comes with a nylon sling that is placed underneath and electrically lifts the patient up. It can then be wheeled from one spot or room to another and then lowered at the touch of a button. Made from extra strong aircraft aluminum, it is lightweight and easy to maneuver. It also folds up for storing in the trunk of a car. The Portable Patient Lift is well-suited for taking on trips by car or plane when a lifting device is needed at your destination.


Ceiling Lift

Ceiling Lift
For patients who remain mostly in one spot in the home, an overhead Ceiling Lift might be a better option than a portable patient lift. They are usually placed in the bedroom or bathroom for raising and lowering in one spot. A ceiling track can also be installed that moves the patient in the sling from the bedroom to the bathroom and back. A ceiling lift greatly reduces the strain on everyone and offers a much better quality of life for non-ambulatory patients.


Transport Chair

Transport Chair
The final item is more of a transportation device than a transfer device, but a Transport Chair certainly makes life easier for patients and caregivers. Transport chairs work great for going to the doctor or making small trips. They work like a standard wheelchair but they’re lightweight and fold down for taking in a car. Our favorite model has foldable armrests and footrests that make transfers a breeze. There’s no reason to take a heavy, bulky wheelchair when a transport chair will do the job.

Moving patients from one place to another always involves some risk of injury but by taking advantage of the available patient transfer devices, it reduces the possibility of injury and increases the quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver.

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