Getting older can be difficult, especially for seniors who have been used to living an active and independent lifestyle. Coming to terms with having to rely on physical assistance devices and medical supplies can be challenging, and a source of hurt pride for many. But the truth is, investing on some preventative medical supplies not only makes your daily living easier, but ensures that you are able to maintain your independence for a longer period of time. A walker may seem like a minor inconvenience, but a debilitating fall caused by loss of balance may be something that you never fully recover from.
Improve Your Quality of Life with These Helpful Medical Supplies
1. Diabetic Shoes – If you’re one of the 25% of seniors who have been diagnosed with diabetes (or the 50% who are pre-diabetic), don’t underestimate the importance of diabetic shoes. Peripheral neuropathy caused by nerve damage can make it difficult or impossible to feel the formation of ulcers and blisters on the feet, and due to the compromised immune system of most diabetics, these wounds can cause permanent damage to your feet if left untreated. Diabetic shoes provide comfort, support, and proper ventilation to reduce the chance of ulcers or infection caused by bacteria. Vienna Medical carries a wide selection of diabetic shoes for both men and women, so you don’t have to sacrifice your style OR the health of your feet.
2. Walkers and Canes – Walkers and canes are easy, inexpensive ways to protect yourself from unnecessary injury. Whether you have loss of balance due to age or disease, or find yourself stumbling due to failing eyesight, a walker or cane allows you to maintain your mobility while taking precautions against preventable falls. The old saying “An ounce of prevention…” really applies here – bone fractures caused by falls can be debilitating for seniors, and many falls are easily prevented with balance and mobility aids.
3. Bathroom Safety Tools – Protecting yourself from injury in the bathroom can be as easy as installing grab bars in your shower or bath and investing in a non-slip bathmat. Slippery floors and reduced balance are a dangerous combination, but the risk can be easily averted by taking the proper precautions. Raised toilet seats, or grab arms attached to your toilet can also make using the restroom easier for those with balance problems or weak knees.
There are many ways to protect yourself from unnecessary injury as you age. As tough as it is to hear (and even tougher to experience), our bodies require a little more upkeep the older we get. Investing in some preventative medical supplies to improve your daily quality of life can really make a difference and keep you healthier for a longer period of time. Vienna Medical offers all of the products listed above, and many more. If you have a specific illness or medical condition that would benefit from these or other medical supplies, contact our customer support representatives. We’re standing by to help you get set up with everything you need to maintain your independence.