Archives for December 2015

How to Tell if a Loved One Needs Mobility Assistance

It can certainly be a challenge to see a loved one age and become in need of mobility assistance, especially if that loved one is one or both of your parents. It is an emotional time when you realize that the people you always counted on now need you to take care of them. It can be even harder when once normal daily activities are neglected because your loved one can no longer move the way he or she once did. There are a few important things to look out for when assessing whether or not your family member or friend needs assistance with mobility. Here a just a few.

Trouble Getting Up From A Seated Position

If your loved one cannot get up from a chair to move to another area of the house, get to the bathroom, or leave the house in a safe manner, it may be time to think about a lift chair.  This chair comes in a variety of styles and commonly resembles a recliner chair, to fit in with any home décor. The use of a remote attached to the chair will enable the person seated in it to control how the chair moves forward and up to allow them to stand more easily.

Unexplained Bruising

All of us occasionally bump into something, develop a mark or bruise and later do not know how it got there, but if your loved one has increased bruises from losing balance or falling, a cane, walker, or rollator (a walker with wheels on the two front legs) may be something to look in to for him or her. Maybe they don’t need much help, just a little something to lean on.

Trouble Walking

Due to many conditions a person can develop because of age or accidents, there are a variety of mobility devices that can help. Depending on the situation, either a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or scooter may be what your family member needs.

Aeroflow Healthcare can help in any of these situations. With caring and knowledgeable staff members in the mobility department who are ready to help, your loved one can be fitted for just the right mobility device. If there is interest in any of our mobility devices, feel free to fill out this form to see if you or your loved one qualifies through insurance. Once that is done, you can either wait for a representative to call you, or you can call 888-345-1780 and speak with a representative in the mobility department. Help is just a call away!

Preventing Weak Ankles for a Healthier Life

Unless there is a painful or restricting issue, we don’t put a lot of thought into our ankles. However, when you think about it, we cannot stand, walk, run, dance or get very far without them. Keeping your ankles in healthy condition not only keeps you moving, it can keep you healthy because of that movement. We all know how important exercise is to overall health and with good strong ankles and legs, we can do a wider variety of exercises, including the one they say is best for you consistently, and that is walking. Much research has been done to show that even walking for just 20 minutes every day not only benefits your waistline, but your heart, your blood sugar levels and improves sleep. Below are some helpful tips and advice to prevent weak ankles from harming your overall health.

Strong Ankles Help Prevent Falls

Another very important idea behind keeping your ankles healthy is to prevent falls. Approximately one-third of people over 65 suffer falls at least once a year. This leads to medical examinations, physical therapy, financial strain and pain that may become chronic. As well as injuring the ankles, these falls can injure the shoulders, hips or head, depending on how the fall occurs. Even fear of falling sometimes reduces the amount of walking someone will do, and that will not help improve overall health! So, how can we prevent this? Don’t neglect your ankles.

Strength and Conditioning Exercises 

Here are some exercises that may increase the strength of the ankles, and therefore, reduce the chances of falling, and ALL of them can be done in the comfort of your own home.

  • Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Flex your foot so that your toes are pointing toward you, then point them away from you.
  • Sitting on a chair, lift your heels up while keeping your toes on the floor. Hold for a few seconds, then lower and repeat.
  • From a seated position, loop a resistance band around the top of your foot then, keeping your leg straight; pull the ends of the band toward you to flex your ankle and foot. Hold and repeat.
  • Place a towel on the floor in front of you. While sitting in a chair, use only your toes to scrunch the towel and lift it up. Switch feet and repeat.

Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

Is your home cleared of clutter and well lit? These are two more ways to help your ankles. If you can see where you are going in your home and do not have to jump over items that should not be on the floor, you will have a safer environment for your ankles and reduce falls. How about your footwear? Make sure you wear supportive shoes that can be easily secured, and with ankle support, like hiking boots, you are giving your ankles extra support. Simply put, taking care of yourself includes taking care of your ankles. If not, you really may not even realize they are there until you are hurt.

Improve Your Ankle Strength Today

If you do find yourself in ankle pain or in need of an ankle brace, Aeroflow Healthcare can help you get a medical brace to provide comfort and support while your body heals. View a sampling of our selection of ankle and knee braces here and fill out our Qualify Through Insurance Form or call an Aeroflow Healthcare representative at 844-6886-5539 to get started today.

Give the Gift of Mobility for the Holidays

As we age, the number of people we know with mobility challenges increases. Anyone can suffer from the pain of injuries and can benefit from a device that will enable them to get around more like they used to. You may have a mother or grandmother who needs assistance walking. Your father or grandfather may have severe back pain from years of working in a dangerous job or living with arthritis. At Aeroflow Healthcare, our mobility division is focused on just this, helping people get around with less pain and restriction. With the Holidays in the air, why not consider helping someone you know by improving their mobility?

Maybe you are unaware of the wide array of products offered by Aeroflow Mobility. Here is a great place to get to know our mobility offerings. We provide devices from knee braces to automotive lifts and so many helpful items in between.   Have a look at our easily navigated mobility website and in doing so, you may well think of people in your life that can use some of these products.

For those who may suffer sports injuries, have arthritis or need support after surgery, you may like to see our selection of knee and back braces. The most popular back braces we offer are lightweight, built with moisture-deterring materials and made to stay cool while being worn. The Aspen Horizon 627 LO, for example, provides excellent support and pain relief, while having the lowest profile design of all Horizon products.

In the area of knee braces, the most popular item is the Delco Hinged Knee Brace, which provides a fully customizable experience. This brace features an open-wrap design that is easy to put on and wear for long periods of time.

Don’t forget, Aeroflow Healthcare offers a variety of other mobility items such as our power wheelchairs and scooters, items for bathroom assistance and safety, canes and walkers, hospital beds and ramps all designed with improved movement in mind. Think about your loved ones who have difficulty living they way they want to live, and consider improving their lives with a mobility device from Aeroflow Healthcare. The happiness you create will last long into the future.

If you or a loved one may be interested in receiving a mobility assistive device, please fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form or call a Patient Care Representative at 844-686-5539.

What Exactly Are Complex Rehab Wheelchairs?

The Equipment You Need From Experts Who Know

At Aeroflow Healthcare, we know a change in mobility status comes with many challenges, and we want to be your partner throughout this difficult process. We understand that no one person or body is the same, and therefor our wheelchair specialists will meet with you to identify exactly what combination of frame and accessories will give you the best seating position you need. Our goal is to give you the comfort and confidence to perform your activities of daily living and maintain your lifestyle.

Who Needs a Complex Rehab Chair?

Most users of complex power wheelchairs have significant mobility deficits due to traumatic injuries, progressive or degenerative neuromuscular diseases, or birth disorders. The appropriate complex power wheelchair can increase function, comfort, stability, and independence.

Individually Configured

Complex power wheelchairs come in a variety of types: front-wheel drive, mid-wheel drive, and
rear-wheel drive bases. They are adaptable for modification in many ways:

  • Width, depth, height, seat angles.
  • Specialty and custom seat and back cushions.
  • Positioning items such as headrests and side and hip supports.
  • Sophisticated powered tilt and/or recline functions.
  • Manual and power elevating legrests and foot platforms.
  • Specialty joystick controls.
  • Alternative drive controls including foot control, head control sip-n-puff.
  • Plus many more.

Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)

At Aeroflow, an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is involved in the evaluation process for all complex power wheelchairs. Our ATPs provide Complex Rehab Technology seating evaluations for people with significant postural or mobility defects. Many insurance companies require that a RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) certified ATP work with a customer and their clinician to qualify for coverage. At Aeroflow, all of our ATPs are RESNA certified and are trained and educated to select the most suitable product for each customer. During evaluations, ATPs consider a customer’s immediate and anticipated medical and functional needs, including functional mobility, positioning and pressure relief.

Aeroflow Healthcare Can Help You!

If you want a complex power wheelchair also known as a “group 3” power chair you have two options. You can purchase it out of pocket and have it shipped directly to the address of your choice. If this is what you prefer, an ATP will come to your home to do a seating evaluation.

Or, you can get your insurance to help pay for the complex rehab chair. While this option is sometimes slower, it is sure to save you money.

If you’re more interested in receiving a complex rehab power chair to enhance your mobility, please give us a call at 1-888-345-1780 (select option 2) and a mobility representative will take your demographic information. Aeroflow will walk you through each step of the process to make this as easy as possible. Please do not suffer with your mobility needs Aeroflow is here to help. Contact us today to get the process started! To learn more about Aeroflow Healthcare’s mobility equipment, click here.

Aeroflow Product Feature: Pride Go-Go ES 2 Power Scooter

At Aeroflow we provide power scooters and chairs that can be covered by your insurance, if you qualify and need it for primarily inside use. If your mobility is not limited enough for a power chair, the scooter may be the best option for you. A popular power scooter is the Go-Go ES 2 by Pride Mobility. The Go-Go is a well known brand that’s been manufactured for over 20 years. This experience has allowed Pride to master the scooter’s inside mobility while making it easily transportable due to its folding feature.

About The Product
The Go-Go ES 2 power scooter is compact and transportable. Known for its ease and convenience, it comes with a basket on the front of the tiller steering system and in an easy-to- maintain black color. Its turning radius is 31” and its overall weight is 58 lbs. When folded, the Go-Go is an economic 17” x 15” and the 2 10 AH batteries supply up to six miles of travel on a full charge. The scooter’s max speed is 4 mph and it comes with a 3 year limited warranty on the frame and a 1 year limited warranty on electronics and drive train. Please see below for a full list of specifications. If you’re interested in a power chair instead, click here.

Product Information
• Model: Go-Go ES 2
• Model Number: S81
• Front Tires: 2 x 7.5″ Solid
• Rear Tires: 3″ x 7.5″ Solid
• Maximum Speed: Up to 4 mph
• Ground Clearance: 1.5″ at mid-frame
• Turning Radius: 31″
• Overall Length: 36.75″
• Overall Width of Base: 19.5″
• Seat-to-Ground Height Range: 19″-20″
• Seat Type: Compact, Foldable (17″ x 15″)
• Weight: 58.4 lbs.
• Seat-to-Deck Height Range: 16.25″ – 17.25″
• Battery Weight: 6 lbs. each
• Battery Requirements: (2)10AH
• Maximum Range Per Charge: Up to 6 miles
• Battery Charger: Off-board, 1.5A
• Maximum Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
• Standard Body Colors: Black
• Weight of Heaviest Piece: 41.4 lbs. (Scooter base)
• Medicare Code Coverage: K0800 – Group 1 Standard
• Warranty:
o 3-Year limited on frame;
o 1-Year limited on Electronics;
o 1-Year limited on Drive train

How To Get The Go-Go ES 2
If you want to purchase the Go-Go ES 2, you have two options. You can purchase it out of pocket and have it shipped directly to the address of your choice. If this is what you prefer to do, please see our website here. Follow the instructions on how to purchase and if you have any questions, give us a call at 1-888-345-1780, and select option 2 and one of our mobility sales representatives will help walk you through it. Or, you can get your insurance to help pay for the power scooter. While this option is slower, it is sure to save you money. If you’re more interested in this option, please give us a call at the number above and one of our mobility representatives will take your demographic information and instruct you to set up a mobility evaluation with your doctor. Once your appointment is scheduled, we will fax the doctor paperwork that must be completed at your appointment. From there, we will work to get the paperwork from your doctor to ensure that the paperwork abides by your insurance’s requirements, prior to submitting a claim. Once we have the correct paperwork, depending on what your insurance requires, we should be ready to order your scooter. Contact us today to get the process started!

Aeroflow’s Respiratory Services

Aeroflow’s Respiratory Services

Aeroflow has an entire supply of respiratory services to meet the needs of a variety of patients. Aeroflow’s mission statement is, “Ensuring quality care from the first breath of life to the last; we will be there every step of the way.” Aeroflow Healthcare is recognized as a premier provider of durable medical equipment (DME) and service in the Southeast, and continues to grow nationwide. We pride ourselves on offering quality equipment and the best in personal customer service. Patients and physicians nationwide are choosing Aeroflow as their provider for home oxygen, nebulizers, and even CPAP equipment and supplies.

Oxygen

Aeroflow have an entire supply of respiratory services to meet the needs of all patients in need. Oxygen therapy has many health benefits when used properly; most notably, oxygen is the only therapy that has been shown to significantly improve life expectancy in COPD patients with low oxygen levels. Long-term oxygen may also be needed in patients with: severe or chronic asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary vascular disease, chronic heart failure, chronic hypoxemia, interstitial lung disease, primary pulmonary hypertension, OSA and more. Aeroflow continually tests our oxygen against FDA standards to ensure patients receive only the highest quality, cleanest oxygen. Pairing this high-quality oxygen with quick delivery ensures treatment plans are successful.

Nebulizers

Aeroflow offers the latest in home nebulizer equipment, featuring better treatment times while maintaining efficient medication delivery. A nebulizer is your best choice when using a breathing machine to deliver respiratory medications for treating asthma, chronic bronchitis, and infection of the upper respiratory tract, COPD emphysema and allergies. Aeroflow Healthcare provides nebulizers that adjust to the patient’s breathing pattern, so you get just the right amount of medication to your lungs. A quality, long-lasting nebulizer can make a lasting impact on a patient’s wellness and treatment plan.

Trilogy Ventilator

The Trilogy ventilator by Philips Respironics is light, versatile, and easy to use. This machine offers portable volume and pressure support, with proven BiPAP technology, and therapy can be utilized either invasively or non-invasively. The use of Trilogy ensures a smooth, effective transition from the acute care setting to home and helps avoid hospital readmissions. An Aeroflow Respiratory Therapist will perform a patient assessment to determine appropriate follow up needed, provide onsite training and education in the hospital and at home, will design a follow up plan for each patient based on the level of critical care, compliance, and family cooperation, and offers live 24-hour customer support. Aeroflow will also provide clinical reporting to the patient’s physician with ventilator reports and clinical notes.

How to get Respiratory Systems through Aeroflow?

You may qualify for your oxygen or nebulizer at little-to-no cost to you through insurance.

To find out if you qualify for your equipment through insurance, simply complete Aeroflow Healthcare’s Qualify Through Insurance form. Once submitted, our Patient Care Representatives will work closely with your healthcare provider and insurance company to get your treatment options delivered to you.

If you do not want to use your insurance for respiratory services but your still in need of the products Aeroflow can have them delivered to your home. Aeroflow has created a user friendly patient pay site for you shop and choose all the healthcare equipment you need, please visit https://aeroflowinc.com/shop/respiratory to view all the respiratory products that are available for purchase.