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Products to Help Those with Reduced Mobility Maintain Independence while Bathing

  • Aug - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

As people age, we naturally lose some of our mobility. Joints are stiffer and less limber. Muscles are weaker and have less endurance. Even our organs, like our hearts and lungs, may be operating less efficiently, leading to an inability to stand or balance for prolonged periods. As this happens, many people have to give up some of their independence, relying on the help of others for daily tasks. But giving up your independence while bathing can be extremely difficult to do. If you’re struggling with bathing yourself but want to maintain your independence, privacy, and dignity, keep reading to learn about a few products that can help you do so.

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Is Aging in Place the Right Option for Your Loved One?

  • Jul - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

Aging in place is an excellent option to allow senior citizens to maintain independence and spend the later years of their life in the comfort of their own home. But how do you know if it’s the right option for your senior loved one? Aging in place has its pros and cons, and it’s certainly not the best choice for everyone. Keep reading to learn a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether or not aging in place is the right choice for your family member.

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What Is Decubitus and How Can You Prevent It?

  • Jun - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

Decubitus is the medical term for bedsores or pressure ulcer, and they’re a common problem among patients who are bed ridden. If you or a loved one must remain in bed or even in a wheelchair for prolonged periods of time due to a medical condition, it’s extremely important that you take steps to prevent decubitus from occurring. Keep reading to learn more about this condition, its potential complications, and how you can prevent it.

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How an Oxygen Concentrator in Santa Fe Springs Could Give You Your Freedom Back

  • May - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

When you find out you need medical oxygen to treat a condition, you might feel like you’ve lost your freedom. You’ll no longer be able to participate in many activities without needing oxygen, and you’ll need to haul around a bulky tank of air everywhere you go. While that might have been true a decade or two ago, there’s another option now. They’re called oxygen concentrators, and they can give patients who need medical oxygen a newfound freedom. Here’s how an oxygen concentrator in Santa Fe could change your life for the better.

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Why Shortness of Breath Is Not Always a Good Indicator That You Need Oxygen

  • Apr - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

In the wake of COVID-19, the use of supplemental oxygen has become a concern for more than just the elderly or those with chronic illnesses. In fact, it is possible to say that there is a tendency to overuse oxygen therapy at home due to the fear of low O2 levels during a COVID infection. But whether we’re talking about COVID or any other respiratory illness, it’s important to understand when oxygen is actually needed and when it’s not. While many people believe that a feeling of breathlessness is a good indicator that you need oxygen, that’s not always the case. Keep reading to find out why, and what measurements you should actually be using to determine when supplemental oxygen is necessary—for yourself, or a loved one you care for.

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How Seasonal Allergies Can Impact Your Respiratory Health

  • Mar - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

For many people, allergies are a regular nuisance that you will deal with every single year. However, just because they’re common doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously. Not only can severe seasonal allergies have a genuine impact on your quality of life every day, but they can also have impacts on your overall respiratory health. Here’s what you need to know about how allergies affect your lungs, and what you can do to minimize those effects.

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How Better Sleep Can Lead to Better Health

  • Feb - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

Most Americans today are severely sleep deprived, but too few people recognize how that lack of sleep can impact your overall health. The effects extend beyond simply feeling groggy (and perhaps a bit grumpy). Insufficient sleep can have widespread effects on all of your body’s systems and lead to poor health. Keep reading to learn how getting a better night’s sleep can lead to better overall health.

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Improving Your Respiratory Health for 2022

  • Jan - 01 - 2022
  • Elixair Medical

The New Year is a time to look at ways you can improve yourself and live a better life. For many people, it’s common to make health-related resolutions at this time of year. If you have respiratory issues, you might think that such resolutions are beyond your reach, but that’s simply not true. Your resolution doesn’t have to be about starting an intense new workout regimen or running a marathon by the end of the year; instead, you can set the resolution to improve your respiratory health in 2022. Here are a few tips to help you do just that, so you can breathe a little easier this year.

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Winter Health Tips for Patients with Respiratory Conditions

  • Dec - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

Winter is a time when many people deal with respiratory illnesses. This is typically a minor issue for most people, but for those with respiratory conditions like COPD, minor respiratory illnesses can become a serious problem and even lead to hospitalization. It’s especially important during this time of year that those with respiratory conditions protect and preserve their health. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

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Tips for Holiday Travel with a Wheelchair

  • Nov - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

Holiday travel can be stressful for anyone. But if you or one of your traveling companions requires a wheelchair, traveling can get even more complicated. A wheelchair makes getting around an airport more difficult, requires extra security checks, and can make it very hard to get on and off an airplane. If you’re planning to travel during this holiday season, and you or someone you’re traveling with requires a wheelchair, keep reading to get a few helpful travel tips.

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Common Health Conditions Associated with Central Sleep Apnea

  • Oct - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

Sleep apnea is a condition that plagues millions of Americans. However, the majority of sleep apnea patients have a type known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. What many don’t know is that there’s another kind of sleep apnea that is much less common; it’s called central sleep apnea, and it’s often associated with other medical conditions. Keep reading to learn more about central sleep apnea and the health conditions that can often lead to it.

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OSA and CSA: The 2 Types of Sleep Apnea and How They Differ

  • Sep - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

If you’re constantly feeling drowsy despite a full night’s rest, or your partner’s noted that you snore loudly and occasionally stop breathing when you sleep, you might have sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder that impacts an estimated 12% of the population, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. But what many don’t realize is that there’s more than one type of sleep apnea out there. Keep reading to learn more about OSA and CSA, and how these two types of sleep apnea differ.

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Will Long-Term Care Insurance Cover My Medical Equipment for In-Home Care?

  • Aug - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

Long-term care insurance can provide for many of your medical expenses if you should require professional care later in life. But will it cover the cost of medical equipment that you use at home to treat a medical condition? This article will answer that question, as well as providing more information about what long-term care insurance covers, and other types of insurance that might cover at-home medical equipment.

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How Aging in Place Improves Quality of Life for Many Seniors

  • Jul - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

If you have a senior family member who struggles with their own care, you’re likely considering having that dreaded discussion with them—the possibility of having them live at a care facility instead of at home. For many families, this is the first thing that comes to mind when it becomes clear that an elderly loved one is struggling. But in reality, moving your family member to a care facility may not actually be what’s best for them. Aging in place, in the comfort of their own home, can improve quality of life for many senior citizens, provided they have a safe environment and the necessary support to do so. Here are just a few ways aging in place can improve your loved one’s quality of life.

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4 Essential Bathroom Safety Products for Those with Limited Mobility

  • Jun - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

As people age, some degree of mobility loss is expected. For some people, this might mean they can no longer participate in the same level of athletic activities. For others, it can mean being able to get around their home or attend to daily necessities without assistance. For these latter individuals, mobility loss in the bathroom can be especially discouraging, but the following 4 products can help you to regain a certain level of independence in the bathroom again.

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Can In-Home Respiratory Care Help COVID Long-Haulers?

  • May - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

The world is over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. And though circumstances have calmed somewhat over the last several months, there’s at least one group of people who are still feeling the impact of COVID-19 on their daily lives. They call themselves “long-haulers,” and for these individuals, the novel coronavirus has had long-lasting impacts on their health. While doctors are still finding ways to help these patients (with some relief being found in vaccination), many have turned to in-home respiratory care to assist with their symptoms. Can these treatments help? Keep reading to learn more.

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Understanding Incontinence: Causes, Complications, and Products to Help

  • Apr - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

Incontinence can be a difficult thing to face, but it’s a much more common issue for senior citizens than you might think. Understanding that you’re not alone in this difficulty, and knowing how to continue to live a full, happy life can make a huge difference in how you face your own struggles with incontinence. This article will discuss some of the common causes of incontinence, possible complications, and products that can help you to continue living life to its fullest.

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Lymphedema: Symptoms, Causes, and Products that Can Help

  • Mar - 01 - 2021

Lymphedema is a condition in which a patient’s arm or leg swells significantly due to removal of or damage to the lymph nodes. This condition can significantly inhibit a patient’s range of motion and cause pain or discomfort, as well as putting you at risk of other complications. What causes lymphedema, and what can you do to more effectively treat this condition? Keep reading to learn what you need to know about lymphedema.

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What Type of Wheelchair Is Best for Your Needs?

  • Feb - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

For those unable to move freely on their own, a wheelchair is an essential mobility device. But wheelchairs are not all made the same. In fact, there are probably far more types of wheelchairs than you might think. At Elixair Medical, we offer a wide variety of different kinds of wheelchairs so that you can find the type that best serves your needs. But how do you know what type that is? This article will give you some help in choosing what might work best for you.

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Home Improvements and Modifications for Aging in Place

  • Jan - 05 - 2021
  • Julia Weaver

Now more than ever before, we’re seeing more adults choosing to live at home as they grow in years, or what is known as aging in place. Living at home helps aging adults maintain their lifestyle for as long as possible, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted care center.

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What Information Do You Need from Your Doctor for a Medicare Order?

  • Jan - 01 - 2021
  • Elixair Medical

At Elixair Medical, we carry a wide variety of personal medical equipment that is essential for the care of numerous conditions—from mobility aids to oxygen therapy and more, our products are key to improving quality of life for many patients. Because of how essential these products are to their overall health and well-being, many of our patients are able to have the cost of this equipment covered (in full or in part) by Medicare. However, it’s important that you get the right documents from your doctor to ensure that the expense will be covered. Keep reading to learn more about what you need before we can dispense a Medicare order.

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The Best Products for Preventing Bedsores

  • Dec - 17 - 2020
  • Elixair Medical

Decubitus, better known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, is a common but potentially serious condition for those with reduced mobility. Whether the patient relies on a wheelchair every day or is entirely unable to leave their bed, both of these situations can lead to the development of these sores. And, if left untreated, pressure ulcers can lead to severe skin damage, open wounds, and even infections and the death of skin cells. Fortunately, there are many products on the market that can help with both preventing these pressure injuries. Keep reading to learn what they are.

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6 Reasons to Try Oxygen Therapy

  • Oct - 15 - 2020
  • Elixair Medical

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is used to describe a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it more difficult for you to breathe. The most common conditions included in the COPD group are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Damage to the lungs from COPD is irreversible, and it’s important that you find ways to deal with the many symptoms of COPD so that you can continue to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Oxygen therapy is just one treatment option that can significantly improve your COPD symptoms, particularly in regards to shortness of breath. Keep reading to learn 6 reasons that you should give it a try.

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Aging in Place—Because There’s No Place Like Home

  • Aug - 10 - 2020
  • Elixair Medical

When an elderly family member begins to struggle to care for themselves, or if they experience an accident in their home, many people seem to believe that the next necessary step is a nursing home or other care facility. But in recent years, as personal medical equipment and mobility devices have become more affordable and more accessible, aging in place has become a more viable option for many.

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