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Jessica, CA App mattress
Question Hi claire, I have a question about convalescent home APP mattresses .. My question is Can we add a pad on an APP matress besides the bed sheet on the matress and the resident using a diaper? Is it Right is it wrong or against any regulations?
Answer Yes you can use pads and diapers with APP mattress. You can actually purchase specific pads that are meant to me used in this capacity on air flow mattresses. You may order them in our estore at www.carepathways.com and will ship them in bulk to help save . . .
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mark, AZ bathroom support
Question I am taking care of my aunt who is confined to a wheel chair and is starting to have problems transferring from the chair to the toilet. Is there a medicare certified agency in Phoenix that can send someone to our home to assess the situation and offer so . . .
Answer I highly recommend getting a security pole as this is excellent device for managing for transfers. It is very versatile and can easily be set up next to a bed, chair, toilet, and shower. It is also very sturdy and provides great support to the user. You c . . .
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chris, CO lifting a heavy man off ground
Question my father has recently been falling alot, the problem is he weighs 360lbs.both my brother and myself are having to go and attempt to lift him to his feet. this is impossible for one person, same with two what do you suggest be the best way to help him up. . . .
Answer A hoyer lift might be a good option to assist with moving your father. Its a mechanical chair their is powered by hydraulic lit to move patients safely. . . .
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rita, PA caring for immoble mother
Question i care for my 85 yo mother who is totally immobile except for some movement in arms. she is on prednisone for an auto immune skin rash and has gained a great deal of weight which is making it hard for me to transfer her. how can i keep her weight down as . . .
Answer Hi Rita,
It is difficult to manage her weight as you know due to side effect of steroids causing huge appetite. Expect just offering frequent low calorie snacks like fruit and vegetables may help satisfy appetite between well balance meals. Also cons . . .
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barbara, IN butt wiper
Question is there such a thing as a butt wiper,if so where can you get on,i have arthritis and my hands are deformed and it`s hard for me to do my personal care. thanks.
Answer Yes there is an extention device to help with reaching and can contact us for purchasing it. . . .
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Eileen, FL bed wetting
Question Is there a product to help keep adult diapers on a man. My uncle had a stroke and removes all his clothes and wets the bed a few times a night. My aunt then has to change everything. there must be some way to keep the adult diapers on him. any suggestions . . .
Answer I wish there was such a product to be very honest as many caregivers experience this problem. You might be to cover diapers with pull-on reusable incontinent pants similar to childrens rubber pants that fit tight and difficult to remove or even snap in ba . . .
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Mary, TN Cushions/pads, etc for Geri Chairs
Question I recently purchased a Geri chair from CarePathways.com. My mother is a resident of a local nursing home and they told us they didn`t have a chair suitable for her, that being the reason we needed the Geri Chair. I purchased the best Geri chair you had (n . . .
Answer I will email you a pic of a geri chair pad if have not found one yet to consider. . . .
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michele, PA hospital bed mattresses
Question the nursing home where my mother lives has changed her mattress on her bed recently. her roommate told me she has fallen out of the bed 3 times last week. the old mattress dipped down in the middle and had high sides. the new mattress is flat and slippery . . .
Answer The simple fix would be to get a bedrail placed on side where she tends to slip out. . . .
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David, NV Sleep Apena/Oxygen Concentrator
Question I have a PX form my doctor to request a Oxygen Concentrator for my Sleep Apena, I have migrains in the moring due to lack of oxygen. I have been told Medicare will pay for this if requested by a doctor. Am I right in assuming this??
Answer Having the script does not necessararily guantee medicare payment so suggest contacting medicare directly to inquire what other medical necessity type of documents required to be sure. . . .
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lisa, KY personel
Question my uncle just passed away and my grandmother has lived with him for atleast the last 40 years.since we buried him she is moving into our home because i have been around and worked with the elderly ever since i was little because my other grandma ran a boa . . .
Answer I think most items that she needs will come to light after she moves in and she is very lucky to have your concern. Some things to think about are a raised or elevated toilet seat, a bath chair and maybe tub bars or grab bars in bathroon and a bedrail to . . .
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