Friday, 26 October 2018

Going Home Alone After Surgery


Going under the knife is never fun. The sooner a person is able to return home to complete the recovery, the faster it will be .Being in a comfortable familiar environment, surrounded by the things that make you happy is proven to offer the mental and physical benefits that speed up recovery. Recovery is a slow, measured process and care needs to be taken not to do anything that could affect how it progresses. 

If you live with your family, there will be people around you to care of you and help you get back on your feet. However, more and more people are today what are called “Solo Adults.” That is a person who lives independently and is often happier if not surrounded by people all the time. If you are one of these, or know someone like that, there is nothing wrong and you, or they, are not a hermit. You just like your privacy. It is only when you return home after surgery that problem arises.

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Home Alone

When your surgery was planned your doctor would have asked you about your home life and will take into account that you live alone when scheduling your return home. There are some things you can do that could help the doctor advance the date of your return. These include:

  • If you will need a nurse, health aide, physical therapist or other support during your recovery, make arrangements for this before you go to the hospital.
  • Rearrange the house so that you don’t have to climb stairs. Sleep in a downstairs bedroom. If there isn’t one, create a place to sleep.
  • After some procedures, special equipment may have to be used. If you will need crutches or a wheelchair, oxygen tanks, elevated toilet or shower seats and so on, have them all in place before you go to the hospital.
  • Arrange for friends and loved ones to visit you regularly. No matter how much you value your independence, being alone and stuck at home while recovering can be depressing. They will also be able to help you with the unexpected and things you have not prepared for in advance.
  • Ensure that your pantry and kitchen are well stocked so you don’t have to go shopping. Ask the doctor about post-operative diet restrictions and include this in your shopping list.
Getting Home

The operation is over, and your home is ready for you. Now the question arises of how you get there. Doctors often advise against car travel during the recovery period. That rules out having a friend take you home or calling for a taxi. Public transport is obviously out. You can’t use an ambulance because going home after an operation is not a medical emergency. The safest and most convenient way to return home is to use Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). NEMT companies have specially equipped vehicles and trained drivers to transport those recovering from an operation to their homes or any other place they may need to go. Once you are back home, NEMT will be available to transport you wherever you may need to travel to until such time as you are able to resume driving or using public transport. Contact an NEMT company to find out more and make your transport arrangement before you go in for your operation.


Monday, 24 September 2018

Transportation Hurdles Faced By The Elderly

Everyone slows down and develops physical frailties as they age. This does not mean that the elderly lose interest in travel, physical activities, socializing and entertainment outside the home. In fact, these activities and the mental stimulus that they provide are an important factor in helping seniors remain mentally alert and agile. The problem that many of the elderly face is that their physical limitations often affect their ability to travel. Travel, in this context, does not mean long-distance journeys; it means being able to move around town to get to places and people of interest. According to a 2011 report published by the National Caregivers Library, there are 8.4 million seniors in this country who are dependent on others for their transportation. There are a number of reasons for this:

      ·  Driving: Cars and roads are designed for use by younger fit drivers. Slowing reflexes, diminished eyesight and loss of energy/stamina all make it not just difficult but also unsafe for seniors to drive themselves.

      · Taxis: Getting a taxi when it is needed is often a problem. Add to this the difficulty that some seniors have in entering and exiting cars means taxis are often not a viable form of transport. Add to this is the discomfort that the physically impaired may feel when sitting in a regular car seat and the problems increase manifold.

      ·  Buses and Subways: Climbing on to a bus can be impossible for the elderly and if they do get on board, moving down the aisle to find a seat and then sitting on a hard bench can be next to impossible. The same problem arises with subways with the added issue of getting in and out of the station.

      · Steps and Ramps: Walking, even for short distances, can be dangerous because of the existence of steps and ramps that seniors may have trouble negotiating. A fall could have very serious consequences.

Transportation for the Elderly and Infirm

The elderly often do not talk about the problems they face because they do not want to be a burden to others and because they feel there is no solution and they have to live with it. A loved one may be suffering in silence. The dangers that these issues pose is often overlooked – the loss of mobility and freedom may cause physical, mental and emotional degeneration that can have a serious impact on the quality of life of the elderly. If you have an elderly loved one who is unable to travel because of the issues outlined here, there is a solution. It is called Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). Companies that offer this service have specially designed vehicles to cater for the needs of the elderly and infirm and drivers trained in the transportation and care of these passengers. From doorstep pickup to a safe trip and, if required, standby service for the return home, the elderly can once again have the freedom that is such an important part of life and happiness.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Seniors Should Not Be Prisoners in Their Homes

One of the truest of all old adages is that “No man is an island.” We think of youth as a time when friendships are formed and “best friends” are created. In adult life relationships become deeper and often stronger – both personally and professionally. When it comes to old age, we tend to think of the elderly as being those who have had their fill of social life and who want to relax at home, read, watch TV or play board games, with the occasional solitary walk thrown in. The fact is that the need for company, support and love is not something that decreases as we age. The truth is that an active social life is important for seniors, perhaps more than those who are younger.


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Why Remaining Socially Engaged Is Important

Healthy relationships play an important part in making us who we are and molding the way our lives turn out. Although their physically active years may be behind them, the importance of social activities remains for seniors. Social interaction keeps them fit – mentally, emotionally and physically. Interaction with social groups helps to prevent cognitive decline in the form of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The interaction with others also helps to promote physical and mental alertness that plays an important part in enhancing the quality of life. The more they socialize, the happier the elderly are and the better their all-round wellbeing. The list of problems that even a partial lack of socialization can cause is large. Among the most common are:

  •   Real or perceived mental decline
  •   Emotional distress in the form of temper tantrums, destructive tendencies and so on.
  •   Depression and loss of interest in activities
  •   Gradual loss of interest in interaction with others

One of the biggest problems that the elderly face in their social activities is that of transport. Driving can be difficult, if not impossible, for many seniors. The use of public transport like taxis and buses can also be a problem even if they are physically fit. Transportation can be a major hassle, even if accompanied by a caregiver. Being taken around by family members or other loved ones may work in some cases, but over time the logistical problems grow and become overwhelming. Additionally, many elderly people do not like the idea of being dependent on any for travel or being beholden to them. The younger folk have other demands on their time and being able to drive the elderly around can have a major negative impact on their lives.

The Ideal Transport Solution

That is where Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) comes into the picture. These services provide transportation specifically for the sick and elderly. They have special vehicles that are easy to enter and exit, even if in a wheelchair. The drivers are trained in the special requirements of transporting those who are unable to travel on their own. The best of them offer doorstep pickup and drop off as well as event standby, so there is no risk of being stranded on the way home after going for a social or entertainment event. If you have an elderly loved one who is confined to home because of transportation difficulties, start them on NEMT and reopen the world for them.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Transportation Safety for Wheelchair Users

Having access to vehicular transportation is not a luxury – it is a necessity. From work to social events, education, shopping and all the other activities that are a part of normal life, transportation plays a key role in providing access. Transport can often be a problem for those with disabilities. It is a major and persistent issue for those who are wheelchair users. This is not a random subjective statement. The Bureau of Transpiration statistics has stated this in its 2002 report and the findings have been confirmed by the National Council of Disability in its 2005 study.

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Some wheelchair users may be able to transition from the chairs to a vehicle seat, but the process is often difficult and painful. If the transition is not possible, then the wheelchair must also become a motor vehicle seat so that the person may be transported to where he or she wishes to go. While there are vans and other vehicles that can be modified to carry people in wheelchairs, there are often serious safety issues. As numerous accident studies have shown over the years, the motor vehicles seat is a critical component in protecting occupants of a vehicle when an accident occurs. It is for this reason that wheelchairs that double as motor vehicle seats must be designed to ensure safety while the user is traveling in a motor vehicle.

Wheelchairs Used As Vehicle Seats

The design imperatives include:
               
                  ·   The capability to be securely positioned in the vehicle so as to provide the user with the same           degree of protection available to the occupant of a normal seat if an accident should occur.
                  
\              ·    The facility for correctly anchored belt restrains to ensure the occupant is not thrown from the wheelchair.
                 
                 ·     Possessing design features that reduce the possibility of errors while securing the wheelchair in the vehicle.

                 ·     Provision for the use of additional safety equipment, either from the wheelchair manufacturer or from another source, which does not interfere with the safety design of the wheelchair itself.


Practical Problems

Such wheelchairs are expensive and often difficult to locate. There could be other issues also such as the special needs of the user coming in the way of the safety features. Those who may be wheelchair users only for a limited time, those recovering from injury or surgery for example, may opt to limit their investment in the wheelchair and go in for a low-cost model that does not meet all the vehicle transport safety requirements. For all wheelchair users, irrespective of the reason, the safest and most convenient transport option is to use Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). A professional NEMT service will have specially equipped vehicle to transport wheelchair users, along with attendants, if required, to wherever they want to go. With easy ingress and egress and numerous safety features, these vehicles offer a safe and convenient mobility option. The drivers too have been specially trained in transporting people with mobility issues and will be able to provide the support that they need.

 Using an NEMT can open up access to essential medical and other services to wheelchair users and also provide a means of transportation for recreational and other travel needs. From doorstep service to event standby, a good NEMT will offer wheelchair users a great deal of safe freedom and mobility. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Living with a Wheelchair


Having a medical condition that necessitates using a wheelchair permanently can be a huge transition for anyone. The change can be very difficult both physically and psychologically. One of the first major emotions a person feels when using a wheelchair is depression because of the loss of mobility and the limitations on some activities. That is natural but remaining positive and focusing on what can be done with a wheelchair will provide light in the darkness and make a return to a normal life much easier and faster.


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Being Positive is Important

                   ·        There are various types and models of wheelchairs available – many designed for special applications like rugged outdoor use, sports and so on. Spend time to find the one that is right of right for you. If the budget permits, perhaps you could consider more than one so you are ready for activities that interest you and require special equipment.

                          ·         Join a wheelchair skills class. This is where you will learn that you can do so much and the limitations you face are far fewer than you had thought. Your doctor or physiotherapist may be able to recommend one to you.
                           
                          ·         Keep as many of your pre wheelchair interests and activities going as is possible. There may be some that are just no longer viable, but if so, look for other interests to replace them. Do not give up on who you are.
   
                          ·         Search for groups that organize outings, sports and other activities for wheelchair users. Meeting others facing the same issues as you will not just enable you to make new friends; it will show you that being negative is just a waste of time.

                      ·         Accept help when you need it. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. No one person, however fit, can do everything in life without any help.

                         ·         Do not allow yourself to become housebound. Go out as much as you can.Taxis may not be right for you. Even if you can drive a specially equipped vehicle, it may not always be the right option. Find a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation(NEMT) service near you that will be able to meet your transport needs. A professional company will have a range of vehicles to meet the demands of a range of wheelchair users. Entry, exit and a safe and comfortable trip will not be a problem. The drivers will be specially trained to provide you with any assistance you may need and will know the region well so they can take you to your destination by the shortest and most convenient route.Door to door service means that you will not require any other transport service. Event standby means that getting home will never be a problem. 24/7 service means you can go where you want, when you want.


Find the Right NEMT

Search online for NEMTs in your area and get in touch with them. Look for those that offer the kind of services and facilities mentioned above. A company that focusses only on Non-Emergency Medical Transport will be better than one that combines NEMT with other businesses as the focus and the kind of service you will receive will be diluted.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

How to Find the Right Medical Transportation Company

Life can be difficult for those with mobility issues, either caused by the after effects of surgery or illness or of a more permanent form. The ability to travel away from home and resume as much as possible of normal social and professional activities goes a long way towards building up the quality of life.Unfortunately, driving is often not an option and the use of public transport is not a practical or viable alternative, for a variety of reasons.This is why the availability of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) has become both so important and so widespread. NEMT, to put it simply, is a service that uses specially equipped and modified vehicles and trained drivers to transport those who are unable to use other forms of transport or for whom it may be unsafe. As the name says, the service is not meant for use in emergencies but for all kinds of other transportation such as doctor’s appointments, visiting friends, going to events etc. As anyone who uses NEMT knows, using the right NEMT company can make the difference between a safe and pleasant trip and an unsafe and bad one. Finding the right NEMT is a matter of know what to look for. Here are some questions which can help in identifying a good, professional NEMT with whom you can travel in safety and comfort.

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What to Ask

  • Check on safety – ask about the drivers’ qualifications. What are the procedures to deal with emergencies? Ask for references. A good NEMT company will not hesitate to give you the information you want.
  • Licensing – Is the company licensed and bonded? If not, it may not be professional or reliable.
  • The time factor – is the company known for being prompt and on time? Waiting for them to come can be a pain and if you get delayed you will miss an appointment for something that could be very important.
  • Specifics – ask about their experience in transporting people with your kind of medical issues. If they have only limited experience, are they willing to listen to you and accommodate your special needs?
  • Doorstep service – Is the service door to door? Will you be picked up from home (or wherever you are) and taken to the door of your destination?
  • Long and short distances – Your traveling may vary from short trips to longer ones. A single dependable company that will handle both is the best. Find out about any distance limitations on their services.
  • Are the drivers trained in the care and transportation of those with mobility issues? This is not the same as transporting people in a taxi or limo – drivers need special training to ensure passengers are safe.
  • Does the company have different types of vehicles so that they can give you one that is best suited for your needs?
  • Returning home from an event can be a problem. Is event standby available?
Of course, you should go to the company website to check out who and what they are. The more information provided the better. Look for references that will provide and insight into the experiences of other users. Don’t compromise on the NEMT service you use. Find and use the best – it is often much more economical than you may think.

Monday, 23 April 2018

New Wheelchair Technologies

Although wheelchairs offer a form of mobility to those who would otherwise be confined to a very limited area, their functionality is basic. Ask anyone who has been confined to a wheelchair for any length of time and you will be told that while it is useful, it is far from perfect. Only a wheelchair user will know the obstacles that have to be faced everyday. However, advances in technology have made new designs possible which in turn offer much greater comfort, mobility and flexibility of use.


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           ·         Carbon Fiber Wheelchairs: The use of carbon fiber has transformed the bicycle from a humdrum means of transport to a high tech piece of equipment that can be used for everything from daily transport to world class sports. The same now applies to wheelchairs. Carbon fiber wheelchairs are very tough, light and offer much cycle like features, including lights for night time use.
         
                 ·         Off Road Wheelchairs: Motorized, using tank like tracks and with precision controls, including joysticks, these offer wheelchair users the chance to enjoy the outdoors like never before. From beaches to snow cover hills, they are like ATVs and can go to places that an ordinary wheelchair cannot.

                 ·         Workout Wheelchairs: Made from high grade industrial materials and using special design features, these wheelchairs offer users the opportunity to work on their core, back, shoulders and arms to build up strength and stamina. Most offer a range of seating position options each of which enables strengthening of a specific part of the body when the wheelchair is being used. A seating position for normal use without placing stress on any one part of the body is also available. This can be selected for normal daily use.

                 ·         Power Assisted Wheelchairs: There are now power units available that can be attached to a normal wheelchair to provide the extra power needed to climb hills or cover long distances. These are wheeled, independently powered units that are attached to the front of the chair and controlled by handlebars like a cycle.

                 ·         Sports Wheelchairs: These have been around for some time and are a common sight in marathons and other sporting events. These are special chairs and are not suitable for daily use. Now, there are sports wheelchairs available that combine the best of both worlds. With some minor adjustment, which the user can do themselves, the chair can be converted from sporting use to normal indoor functionality.

           
There are Still Limitations

Even with the best of wheelchairs, traveling for any distance can be difficult, if not impossible. That means that motorized transport is needed. While some wheelchair users are able to drive themselves using specially adapted vehicles, other are dependent on public transport (if available) or friends to take them where they need to go. This can often be difficult or awkward. That is where Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) plays a role. NEMT provides special vehicles with trained drivers to transport wheelchair users and others with mobility problems to where they have to go. Reliable, reasonably priced and always available, an NEMT is an ideal way for those with mobility limitations to enjoy the freedom of movement that means so much to everyone.