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Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Currently, 200,000 Americans under 65 have early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. Every year on September 21, 2021, we commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day. We observe World Alzheimer’s day every year to bring awareness and educate people about this debilitating disease. By celebrating the day, it brings awareness to the disease, so we can highlight the issues that people with dementia are encountering. It is a chance for people to show how to overcome these issues while helping those with dementia. 

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes brain cells to degenerate and die. It is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that affects daily life. The cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, and currently, there is no cure for it. It accounts for over 60% of dementia cases, and the numbers are steadily increasing.  

Each year for World Alzheimer’s Day, there is a theme to help start discussions about the disease. This year the theme of the 2021 campaign is Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s, and it is all about the power of knowledge. The campaign goal is to shine a light on the warning signs of dementia and the importance of a timely diagnosis. In honor of this day, we have compiled a list of warning signs of dementia. If your loved one exhibits any of these signs, we urge you to quickly seek the attention of a medical professional to get a timely diagnosis. The signs are taken directly from the CDC website, and they are as follows:

What are the warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life: forgetting events, repeating yourself, or relying on more aids to help you remember (like sticky notes or reminders). 

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems:  having trouble paying bills or cooking recipes you have used for years. 

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: having problems cooking, driving places, using a cell phone, or shopping. 

4. Confusion with time or place:  having trouble understanding an event that is happening later or losing track of dates. 

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relations: having more difficulty balancing or judging distance, tripping over things at home, or spilling or dropping things more often. 

6. Recent problems with words in speaking or writing: having trouble following or joining a conversation or struggling to find a word you are looking for (saying “that thing on your wrist that tells time “Instead of “watch”). 

7. Misplacing objects and losing the ability to retrace steps: placing car keys in the washer or dryer or not being able to retrace steps to find something. 

8. Decreased or poor judgment: being a fraud victim, not managing money well, paying less attention to hygiene, or having trouble taking care of a pet. 

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities: not wanting to go to church or other activities as you usually do, not being able to follow football games or keep up with what is happening. 

10. Changes in mood and personality: getting easily upset in ordinary situations or being fearful or suspicious. 

If these warning signs are present for you or your loved one, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention. By being able to identify the warning signs and learning more about the disease, you or your loved ones can reach out for help and get the support you need. 

A typical closet design can be frustrating if you have limited mobility. A custom closet layout will help your mornings be more convenient and help with your mental health. You will be able to get the most from your space and quickly get to those hard-to-reach items. Here are five steps to get you started on achieving an accessible closet. 

1. Change Out the Doors 

The very first step you will want to take is investing in sliding doors for your closet. A traditional swinging door can make it harder to navigate in and out of space. Also, make sure the knobs to push the sliding door open are low enough that you can reach them comfortably. 

2. Hang Two Closet Rods 

When using two closet rods (an upper and lower one), with the lower rod 30″ off the ground, the lower rod placement will be easier if you’re in a wheelchair; this can help reach items without causing strain. For the special occasion garments, they can go on the top rod. When you need your special occasion garments, you can use a pull-down closet rod, which will conveniently bring your clothes down to you. 

3. For Dressers, Think Deep 

Dressers are great for storage space, especially if the dressers are deep rather than narrow. If you’re in a wheelchair the size and placement of drawers matters.  If the drawers are deep the user can store more with less hassle. It is recommended that dressers sit at a height of 33” off the ground to get the most ideal leverage.  

4. Incorporate a Lazy Susan into your Closet 

Yes, the same Lazy Susan one might see in a kitchen. A Lazy Susan is helpful because of its rotation. You will no longer have to reach deep into your closet to achieve your favorite bag. A Lazy Susan is perfect for accessories or even shoes. 

5. Look into Slide Out Storage Features 

When you have limited mobility, slide-out storage features should be a feature of your accessible closet design. Even a laundry hamper would work perfectly. As you need to dispose of dirty clothes, pull the hamper out, throw in the clothes and push the hamper back into its original storage area. Of course, this will also help when it is time to wash your clothes. Just unhook the hamper from its sliding rod, and you are ready to start washing. 

At Next Day Access, our goal is to help anyone with limited mobility feel comfortable and safe at home. With one call, we can do an in-home evaluation to help you identify any area in your home where modifications can help you stay longer in your home. Contact us today for all your accessibility and mobility needs.  

Recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Health, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. A time to help raise awareness and educate those around us about how we can help those who may be struggling. A recent study showed that suicide occurs every 16 minutes. It is the 10th leading cause of death among all ages. It is important to continue to raise awareness about mental health and share resources on suicide prevention. In observation of this month, here is a list of questions that could help you take action if you think someone is suicidal. The following questions came directly from the “I’ve Got You Project” (ivegotyouproject.com) and are adapted from The Mayo Clinic. 

  • Do you feel hopeless? 
  • Do you think about dying? 
  • Are you thinking about hurting yourself? 
  • Are you thinking about suicide? 
  • Have you ever thought about suicide before or tried to hurt yourself before? 
  • Are you wanting to give up? 
  • Have you thought about how or when you would do it? 
  • Have you been drinking or using any drugs? 
  • Do you have access to weapons or other means that can be used to hurt yourself? 

If your friend or loved one answered yes to any of these questions and showing signs of suicidal behavior, take action by offering resources to show that they are not alone. Here are some further guidelines from The Mayo Clinic on what to do if you think someone is suicidal. 

  • Encourage the person to call a suicide hotline number. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. 
  • Encourage the person to seek treatment. A suicidal or severely depressed person may not have the energy or motivation to find help. If the person does not want to consult a doctor or mental health provider, suggest finding help from a support group, crisis center, faith community, teacher, or other trusted person. You can offer support and advice — but remember that it is not your job to substitute for a mental health provider. 
  • Offer to help the person take steps to get assistance and support. For example, you can research treatment options, make phone calls, and review. 

It’s important to spread awareness and educate ourselves and others about mental health and suicide prevention. We encourage our readers who feel hopeless or depressed to call the National Suicide hotline if negative feelings arise.   

Getting back to a routine after an injury or illness is not an easy task. Once you are home from the hospital, you may notice that you might need some help adjusting to your everyday routine.  Recently at Next Day Access, we had a man seek our services after falling from a tree. Fortunately, the man will make a full recovery, but as he recovers, he cannot do the simple tasks he once did. His injuries affected his lower back and ribs, causing his core muscles to become weak. He came to Next Day Access and rented a lift chair since getting in and out of a chair was difficult with his temporary disability. Now, with the push of a button, the chair helps him stand. However, because he is expected to make a full recovery, it is unlikely that he will need the chair for a long time. Renting was the best solution for his needs. Here are three reasons why may rental be better for you.

Opportunity to Try it Out 

When renting a product, if it does not work for you, then you can return it. It is understandable and common for people to not like a product. That’s why renting can be a great solution for you. Having the opportunity to test out your mobility equipment means your needs will be better met.  

Your Injury is Temporary 

Accessibility and mobility costs vary and sometimes the need for a solution can be temporary. As the story above illustrated, if an injury is temporary, then rental may be your best solution. Renting can be arranged for weekly, monthly or even for a long-term basis depending on your needs. However, if your doctor believes the side effects of the injury could come and go you might want to consider a long-term solution. At Next Day Access, we can go over the benefits of either solution to help you determine whether you should rent or buy the accessibility and mobility solutions.

You are Traveling 

You can rent a variety of our products. Say you fly in for a vacation at the beach for a family trip and need a wheelchair ramp. You can rent a ramp of any style and customization and have it installed by your local Next Day Access. Whatever your needs may be, Next Day Access has you covered.  

We are here when you need us, whether it be for a short-term or long-term solution. Next-Day Access offers rentals for a variety of equipment and needs. Contact us today.  

Designing a home that is inviting, safe and comfortable is essential for well-being. Of all places, your home should be a haven. For people depending on a wheelchair, unnecessary barriers and limited space can be very frustrating. Fortunately, you can make your home more accessible with these three tips for designing an accessible home.  

1. Open Up the Space  

When you need to create more space in your home, it is simple; less is more. Try to see the space from the perspective of everyone who needs to use it. Look over your room for any unnecessary boundaries or clutter areas. Does your sofa really need to block the hallway? Do you need a side table beside the couch? For a wheelchair to make a smooth U-turn, it needs about 78 inches of turn-around space. A minimum of 32 inches between each piece of furniture and the pathways can allow for easy movement. Keep that in mind when planning your furniture layout. Carry the open floor plan idea throughout the house. Do you need an island in the kitchen that will create a narrow pathway?  Most of all, remember décor options are limitless, if they are pleasing to the eye and practical for the safety and convenience of all who use the space.

2. Think About the Flooring 

Making your home accessible can be overwhelming. That’s why we recommend starting from the bottom up. Remove mats or rugs that could get snagged in a wheelchair. Consider hardwood floors or laminate tile floors are ideal as they help wheelchairs roll easily. If you cannot have a flat surface throughout the home, look into threshold ramps that make navigating oversteps much easier for wheelchair users. 

3. Find the Right Furniture 

For seating and storage, consider sofas with an attached chaise lounge, so you have plenty of room for pillows and therapeutic assists. Furniture that serves dual purposes is practical. For example, a coffee table that lifts or an ottoman with a storage compartment is perfect for functionality. You can also get lift chairs that function like any other chair but support people with limited mobility. Lift chairs can help with getting in and out of the chair. Make sure that each piece of furniture is sturdy. Shelves or bookcases that could tip easily are dangerous. Look for pieces that are well built with a good center of gravity to avoid injury.  

At Next Day Access, we specialize in accessibility and mobility equipment for the home. From wheelchair ramps to grab bars, we have a variety of products to make your home comfortable and safe for you. Contact us today to schedule an in-home consultation. 

Dementia can be a frightening and overwhelming diagnosis. Fortunately, there is the technology that can help patients that live with the disease. These devices can assist caregivers and help your loved one feel safer and more secure. The devices ease anxiety and can help establish routines. We have compiled a list of cell phone applications designed to promote independence for individuals with dementia. Listed below are applications that can make memory loss more manageable and help caregivers ensure their loved one is safe. 

Talking Mat 

Staying connected with a loved one that requires memory care is essential to their safety and quality of life. Phones are not always easy for individuals with dementia to navigate. Now there are applications on cell phones that can help. Talking Mat is an app that allows caregivers to communicate their needs and preferences through pictures. It works by using unique, specially designed picture communication symbols. 

Greymatters: Reaching beyond Dementia 

This app is perfect for reminiscing. It is an online scrapbook of sorts. You can put family pictures on the app and add voice narration to help evoke memories. You can set it up in storybook format or as a memory card game. It also has a section for pop-culture references, so your loved one can see some of their favorite artists.

MindMate 

Founded by 3 former caregivers, MindMate is a popular app for aging loved ones. It is an all-in-one app to help keep the mind and body healthy. It has mental and physical workouts, recipes, games to stimulate the brain, and lots more. The app also offers other tools such as music playlists. Music can help with memory loss and evoke emotions. MindMate is a great app for caregivers to communicate with their loved ones or patients.  

There are many more apps specifically designed as memory aids. By harnessing the power of technology, apps can help people struggling with memory loss connect with loved ones and feel more comfortable. At Next Day Access, our goal is to help our customers feel comfortable and safe at home. We offer a wide variety of home modifications and mobility equipment to assist aging loved ones. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation. 

Gardening is a popular hobby that many people can enjoy. It is a healthy, safe, and comfortable physical and mental activity. However, as you get older, this hobby can become difficult because of limited mobility. Luckily though, there are many ways you can still enjoy gardening. Accessible gardening tools can help you avoid causing strain to your body. Here are some suggestions on accessible tools and some tips on better gardening practices for limited mobility.

Invest in a Raised Bed or Plant in Containers 

If you have trouble with bending down, then bring the garden up to a comfortable height. Raised garden beds bring the garden up to a comfortable height for the gardener. You will not have to bend and reach as much. Another good thing about raised beds is it doesn’t require much digging. If you decide to maintain multiple raised beds, you might consider creating wide, level pathways between them. The paths could be composed of pea gravel, pavers, or brick. The route will help with weed control and provide a flat, secure surface. 

Invest in a Rolling Work Seat 

Consider investing in a rolling work seat. A rolling work seat can help you move around the yard and avoid pain and injury from kneeling, squatting, or bending. The wheels are created to move effectively over rough terrain, and the height gets you closer to your garden while still supporting your body.

Look into Tools with Long Handles 

Edging the lawn is necessary when you are dealing with garden beds dug into the ground. Keeping the grass out of your garden can be challenging when bending over to use standard garden tools. Luckily, you can get edging sheers and pruners with an adjustable telescopic handle. You will find that telescopic handles are an essential part of adaptive gardening tools for wheelchair users. It might take time to become precise with these tools, but once you do, your yard and garden will flourish.  

At Next Day Access, we love to help our customers continue to enjoy their outdoor hobbies. While we do not specialize in accessible gardening tools, we specialize in many other accessibility products and mobility equipment. Contact us today if you or your loved one needs any help making their home safe and more comfortable. 

  

When you or your aging loved one decides to age in place, creating a safe and comfortable home is essential. As seniors age, their mobility decreases, and there is a higher risk of falling. The home must have home modifications in place to help prevent injuries. Here is a list of six simple yet effective home modifications.

Installing Grab Bars or Hand Rails

Installing grab bars or railings in high-risk slippery areas, like the bathroom, can provide better support. Grab bars are typically installed near the shower or tub area and near the toilet. However, grab bars or railings can also be installed along hallways and staircases. These home modifications can give seniors more support maneuvering around the home.  

Add Slip Resistant Mats to Tubs and Floors 

In addition to grab bars, adding slip resistant mats or even slip resistant stickers, depending on mobility, to tubs and bathroom floors can help prevent falling. This can be the simplest yet also efficient way to prevent falling.

Quick Tub Conversion Kits 

The quick tub conversion kit supplies you with everything you need to turn your existing bathtub into a step-in shower while still maintaining a fully functional bathtub. Stepping in and out of the bathtub can be a slip hazard for older adults.  

Threshold Ramps

A threshold ramp is a simple and safe way to help wheelchairs or other mobility devices to cross over rough surfaces. The slightly-inclined platforms makes it easy to cross over raised landings, doorways, or curbs.

Replace the Hardware on Door Handles and Cabinets  

Replacing round doorknobs with lever-style handles can help people with arthritis or grip issues easily open doors. Likewise, swapping out round kitchen cabinet doorknobs with lever-style handles or bar handles makes accessing kitchen items a breeze. Small knobs, like those commonly found on kitchen cabinets, can be hard to grasp for people that struggle with dexterity.  

Add More Light Fixtures 

There are many ways to bring more light into the home. You can put nightlights in the hallway, tap-lights under cabinets, or lamps on tables. This will aid your loved ones in seeing where they are going, which can help prevent any trips or falls. 

At Next Day Access, we offer solutions for home modifications. Our goal is to provide various solutions to help prepare a home for aging in place. Some of the additional services we provide include product installation services (for big or small jobs), in-home safety consultations, rental, and rent-to-own programs for non-custom products, as well as financing options. If you or a loved one is in need of our services or products, contact us today. 

According to a recent study, 90 percent of seniors over age 65 would prefer to age in place rather than move into a nursing home. These days aging in place is more doable than it has been in the past. More seniors are considering aging in place a real possibility.

An Abundance of Seniors 

The United States has seen unprecedented population growth among adults aged 65 and older. Studies show that Americans ages 65 and older will double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. The group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent. Overcrowding of nursing homes will be a significant problem in the future. Along with overcrowding, there are many other reasons people are choosing to invest in home modifications rather than relying on nursing homes.

Rising Cost of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities 

One of the many reasons people choose their loved ones to age-in-place is that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are expensive. The general cost of a semi-private room in most nursing homes in 2016 was $6,844 a month. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average household income in 2014 was $73,000. The cost of the semi-private rooms equals $82,000 a year. Usually, a senior is allowed to keep their home on Medicare. However, if Medicare pays for any nursing home fees, they will put a lien on their home. You cannot sell the home until the lien is paid in full.

Medicare Pace Program 

In some places Medicare Pace Program is available. The program can help cover the expenses of seniors aging in place if a nurse or caretaker is needed. To receive this aid, a doctor must declare the senior as homebound, according to Medicare definitions. If they do not meet the qualifications, hiring a caretaker from a health aid service company can be cheaper. Health aide services average around $20.50 an hour. For non-medical services, it runs about $20 an hour.

 Injured Seniors Study

The risk of seniors falling is huge. With home modifications, a senior living at home could save millions of dollars in hospital fees. Researchers Michael Eriksen and Gary Engelhardt found that 3 million Americans ages 65 and older are treated for falls annually, causing 800,000 hospitalizations. They found that the falls resulted in 300,000 hip fractures. The hospitalization cost is about $33,000 per stay. The annual cost is about $55 billion (about $170 per person in the US.) The researchers suggest an inexpensive fix: in-home modifications reduce the incidence of falls by 50%. 

Home Modifications at Next Day Access 

Next Day Access has a variety of home modification solutions to help seniors age in place safely and comfortably. We offer an in-home consultation at no cost to you. With a list of recommendations on solutions, we can help make your home a safer place. We also sell an assortment of other accessibility devices and mobility solutions. Contact us today to help you or your loved one age in place with peace of mind.

At Next Day Access, we care about the health of our customers. Currently, we offer an abundance of mobility and accessibility equipment. While we do not sell exercise equipment for wheelchair users, we do realize its importance. Thus, we wanted to share some exercise equipment for anyone with limited mobility. Fitness equipment for individuals with limited mobility helps them stay in shape, even with a spinal cord injury or paralysis. 

It is important to note that before you begin a daily exercise routine, you should first consult with your doctor or physical therapist to prevent injury. Success will take some time, commitment, and a personalized game plan. Injuries can happen in an instant. Some equipment or exercises might require a lift, transfer devices, or even a different type of wheelchair.  At Next Day Access, we have you covered with a wide selection of products.

Noonchi V2 All Chair Workout 

The Noonchi V2 All Chair Workout device is a simple but effective piece of exercise equipment. Everything you need is included to make most wheelchairs into a fitness chair. The device has a pillow with resistance bands attached. You can put the pillow under your legs, on the ground, behind your back, etc. The kit comes with a list of different exercises. The resistance bands allow you to work out a variety of muscle groups from various positions. 

Invictus Active Trainer 

This piece of equipment is very popular, for its portability and simplicity. It can also be stored easily. The Invictus Active Trainer is a weight-adjustable treadmill that simulates ‘road-like’ pushing. This can improve fitness, balance, and technique. It is a sure-fire way to elevate your heartbeat, which can aid in weight loss.  

FITNATION Core Lounge Ultra Workout Chair 

You will need transfer equipment for this exercise chair, but you are sure to find it worth it. At Next Day Access, we have a variety of transfer equipment you could choose from to help with this exercise. The chair works your entire core. It has comfortable handles that make it possible for you to bend and stretch at the waist, using the strength of your arms. Not only do your arms get a workout, but your abdominal muscles as well. The stretching involved is also beneficial. You can also customize the foot grip to ensure you are keeping proper form. Having the correct form will get you the best results from your workout.  

For additional ways to exercise from your wheelchair, check out some videos on YouTube. Staying fit is important for both physical and mental health. We hope you find this list helpful. If you need new and improved accessibility or mobility products or modifications to make your home safer and more comfortable, contact us today for an in-home consultation.