Jun 27

You may have seen one at the hospital or rehab facility and thought it was funny looking…and very hospital-ish. It is. But a Goose Neck Faucet Spout with Winged Handles is very practical in the home, as well as a medical facility.

Goose Neck Faucet Spout with Winged Handles

The separate hot and cold knobs on the sink are “winged” handles, so they can be pushed and pulled instead of turning. While great for people who suffer from arthritis, they are extremely functional as they can be turned on and off with a finger or elbow. This suits people with difficulty turning knobs or when hands are full holding other items.

The goose-neck spout has a high clearance and offers more space below than a standard faucet, making it easier to fill water bottles and inflatable bathing sinks for the bedroom.

It’s also ideal for cleaning urinal bottles in the bathroom and other items. Believe it or not, many people do these things in the kitchen sink because most bathroom fixtures don’t have as much clearance as in the kitchen. Why not keep everything in the bathroom where it belongs?

Because the bathroom becomes a central space for people with disabilities, installing grab bars and safety items is the first priority for making a bathroom more accessible. Don’t overlook accessories that make the bathroom more functional too. Items like Goose Neck Faucets with Winged Handles aid caregivers and the people they care for while making life just a little bit easier.

We usually try to use accessories for the home that are elegant and functional while staying away from items that scream “institutional” or look like they belong in a hospital. This is one of our exceptions because they perform so well.

The universal design and accessibility industry has a come a long way in the past decade with great looking, functional items for the bathroom. Many of today’s grab bars don’t even look like grab bars because they blend in as dual-purpose items. We hope that somebody will come up with faucet and handle options that are more elegant and functional as well in the near future.

For now, we’re relying on the winged handles and goose neck faucet to provide great functionality for the bathroom. You or your contractor can order these on our website at:
www.AccessibleConstruction.com/services/bathrooms/20

Jun 20

This is one of the best videos we’ve seen that explains what Alzheimer’s Disease is, and how it spreads throughout the brain.

What is Alzheimer's Disease

As the video illustrates, Alzheimer’s begins when Plaques and Tangles form in the Hippocampus and kill brain cells. As the disease progresses, it spreads to other parts of the brain, first to the language center and finally to all other areas until breathing is compromised.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, it is important to understand the disease and how it may control a person’s thoughts and emotions, as well as physical well-being.

One in ten people over the age of 65 will get Alzheimer’s Disease. While many live for eight to ten years after being diagnosed, at some point they will need monitoring, a caregiver, and some form of mobility equipment to carry on with their daily lives.

Thanks to AboutALZ for this very interesting and informative “pocket film.” To find out more, visit: www.AboutALZ.org.

Jun 13

This came to us in an email and we found it both funny and enlightening.

A C-130 was slowly lumbering along when a young, cocky fighter jet flashed by.

The jet jockey decided to show off.

The fighter pilot told the C-130 pilot, “watch this!” and quickly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep, fast climb.

Fighter Jet

He then finished his maneuver with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The fighter pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, “That was impressive, but watch this!”

The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on the radio and said, “What did you think of that?”

C-130 Airplane

Puzzled, the fighter pilot asked, “What the heck did you do?”

The C-130 pilot chuckled. “I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, used the bathroom, and then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.”

When you are young and foolish – speed and flash may seem a good thing.

When you get older and smarter – comfort and dull is not such a bad thing.

Older folks understand this – it’s called S.O.S. – Slower, Older and Smarter.

Jun 5

For people with Parkinson’s Disease, one of the most telling signals of the disease is their gait, or shuffling movement of the feet when they walk. Instead of walking heel to toe, many times they don’t lift their feet at all. They sometimes shuffle their feet on the ground or stride with the toe first.

As the disease progresses, this gait shuffling becomes more pronounced and eventually they may become susceptible to falls or “freezing of gait” symptoms, also known as FOG.

Freezing of gait episodes are closely related to falls and both can be debilitating. Medication can help decrease the chances of episodes or the severity of episodes, but as things progress, medication can only do so much.

When freezing episodes occur, the patient has trouble starting to walk and may stand in the same spot for a minute or two. The brain wants to walk but the feet don’t move. There are a variety of stimuli that may trigger gait freezing such as small spaces or stressful situations, but there are ways other than medication that can also reduce freezing and minimize falls.

One of the most effective prevention techniques we’ve found is with the use of a Parkinson walker that uses a laser beam near the feet. The laser provides a visual cue to the brain to walk.

Parkinson Walker with Laser beam to prevent gait freezing

Not only does the laser aid in reducing freezing of gait episodes, it is a very stable walker with features designed specifically for Parkinson’s. The automatic braking and reversible handle and brake combination make this an attractive walker for a person with Parkinson’s Disease.

While it may be impossible to eliminate freezing of gait completely, it is possible to reduce the tendency to freeze or fall with the right equipment, and ensure safer daily routines.

We have more information and a video about the Parkinson Walker on our website at:
AccessibleConstruction.com/services/walkers/parkinson-walker

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