Bed Rails for Seniors

Though most people may not want to admit it, bed rails are a common part of elderly life, and often, a necessary one. Whether you have suffered an injury due to a fall or have bodily aches and ailing bones, bed rails can dramatically increase the ease of getting in and out of bed, making life much easier.

Not only do they add ease to daily living, but help prevent accidents due to falling or even rolling out of bed when sleeping. Below is a list of some of the top bed rails out on the market today, each slightly different from the next. When viewing each one, keep in mind that unless your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side, it’s best to purchase two bed rails, one for each side, for maximum effectiveness and security.

Slantrail Reversible Bed Rail

slantrail-reversible-bed-railMade by Mobility Transfer, this unique white bed rail takes bed rails to a new level by being completely reversible, great for those who wish to change things up a bit. Due to its ability to change, you’ve essentially have two bed rails in one. The top of the rail slants to one side at a gradual angle so that it is easy to hold on to, also you can choose the height that works best for you when getting in and out of bed. It is made to fit any size bed and there are no tools needed for assembly.

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Essential Medical Supply Standard Hand Bed Rail

essential-medical-bed-railThis standard hand bed rail is loved by many as it is both easy to use and transport. When putting onto a bed, users will find a handy securing strap that attaches the rail to the bed frame itself, helping to keep it in place. It is also adjustable in height ranging from 17 inches to 21 inches, great for those who would like varying heights. It also has a 20 inch wide hand grip that is non-slip. If you’re traveling and want to take it with you, you’ll find that you can with ease as it fits in most large size suitcases which makes it easy to transport. This rail has a weight limit of 300 pounds.

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LumaRail Bed Assist Rail

lumarail-bed-railA Platinum Health product, the LumaRail is a bed rail with a few added features, giving you more bang for your buck. The rail itself is made to fit all bed sizes, even those low to the ground as it is floor and mattress supported and adjustable. It also has some handy extras including an anchor strap (which helps hold the bed rail in place) and a LED motion sensor nightlight. If you don’t wish to use the nightlight every night, or at all, you can simply turn it off with a switch. It is easy to clean and can be assembled without the help of tools.

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Stander Bed Rail Advantage

stander-bed-rail-advantageThis bed rail, though small in size, is a great rail for those who aren’t ready for a full setup just yet. It’s also great for travel as it is light weight, easy to fold up and can easily fix into suitcases and even some carryons. The Stander bed rail fits neatly in between your mattress and box spring and secures with a safety strap. The support handle is both non-slip and cushioned with a 4 pocket organizer pouch, great for storage of notebooks, keys and other small items. This rail will work on both home and hospital beds.

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Stander BedCane

stander-bedcaneMost bed rails include either a straight or angled line that you grab onto for assistance getting up and down, but not this one. Adding a little twist, the Stander BedCane is actually formed into a cane shape, which is easier for some to grab. Made to work with both home and hospital beds, this bed ‘cane’ fits neatly in between the mattress and box spring, and also folds down easily into a smaller shape that can then be transported. The height of the cane can be adjusted from 19 inches tall to 22 inches tall and has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. You’ll also find that it comes with a 4 pocket organizer that can be attached or detached.

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Medi-Cal Planning Workshop – Campbell

Medi-Cal Planning Workshop: Learn How To Protect Your Assets from Catastrophic Nursing Home Costs – CAMPBELL
Law Office of Roy W. Litherland
3425 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 240, Campbell, CA 95008

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Attend this FREE workshop and learn:
How NOT to become impoverished by Nursing Home Costs now averaging over $98,000/year!
Already in a Nursing Home? We can help!
The real look-back gifting rules are not what you think!
Preserve Medi-Cal eligibility and avoid loss of your family home!
How proper planning can Protect Your Assets!
Why traditional Living Trusts won’t help with Nursing Home Costs!
The difference between immediate need and long term planning.

This workshop is limited to 20 people and reservations are required.

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California Senior Legislature Senior Rally Day 2015 – Sacramento

California Senior Legislature Senior Rally Day 2015
Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PDT
West Steps of the State Capitol (10th Street side)
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senior Citizens and others concerned about senior issues are invited to participate in the 2015 Senior Rally Day at the State Capitol. The California Senior Legislature is hosting this event and inviting seniors from across the Golden State to encourage State lawmakers to “Make Senior Issues a Priority in 2015 and Beyond!”

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The “Common Cold” of Aging: Depression – Nazareth House – San Rafael

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Nazareth House – San Rafael
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:30 pm

Depression as we age is common but it is not inevitable. How is depression in our older years different and what triggers it? What are the signs and that you or loved one is depressed? Learn what to watch for and what resources and help are available.

Nancy Rhine is a licensed therapist and credentialed professional gerontologist. HerdiningRoom recent career has focused on helping middle aged and older adults and their families navigate the territory of older life. Nancy received her Master’s Degree from Dominican University and has a private practice in Marin County.

Please Nazareth House!
Seminars are free and last about 1 hour each. They will be held in our auditorium at 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Refreshments will be served. Please call to reserve your space. Contact Lynetta Matteo at 415-479-8282 ext 12.

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Risk, Recognize, Run: Strokes and Heart Attacks – Nazareth House- San Rafael

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Nazareth House – San Rafael
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:30 pm

Brain and heart damage can happen within minutes from a stroke or heart attack. Do you know your risk for experiencing a stroke or heart attack? What lifestyle modifications you can make to potentially reduce your risk? Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of these often deadly events? Learn what actions you should take if you experience or observe the signs.

Chris McCarthy is Stroke Program Coordinator for the Novato Community Hospital. The diningRoomhospital is a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center. Chris has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years, who launched her career as a nursing assistant at Nazareth House!!

 

 

Please join Nazareth House!
Seminars are free and last about 1 hour each. They will be held in our auditorium at 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Refreshments will be served. Please call to reserve your space. Contact Lynetta Matteo at 415-479-8282 ext 12.

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Don’t Get Scammed! – Nazareth House – San Rafael

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Nazareth House
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

The scammers are everywhere: on the phone, in your mail, on the internet and at your front door. Many specifically target seniors. Come hear about the current trends in consumer fraud in Marin County and across California. Learn how to recognize, avoid, and report the scammers!

David E. Ball has worked as Consumer Services Coordinator of the Marin County District diningRoomAttorney’s Office since 1985. He is co-founder and past President of the California Consumer Affairs Association (CCAA). David holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He writes a weekly Consumer Tips column for the Marin Independent Journal.

 

Please Join Nazareth House!
Seminars are free and last about 1 hour each. They will be held in our auditorium at 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Refreshments will be served. Please call to reserve your space. Contact Lynetta Matteo at 415-479-8282 ext 12.

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2015 SENIOR HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR – San Francisco

2015 SENIOR HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR

californiaPublicOn Lok Lifeways 30th Street Center
225 30th Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94131
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015
9:00am – 12noon

Welcoming Speaker: San Francisco Supervisor Scott WeineronLok

FREE ADMISSION! CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST! RAFFLE PRIZES!

FREE…
HEARING SCREENING • BLOOD PRESSURE CaliforniaPhones
CHECKS PHONES FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY

EXHIBITORS
PG&E • 211 • CTAP • CPUC
AMERICAN RED CROSS
CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES
and many more!

PANELISTS
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
FDA, SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO MEDI-CAL

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT,
CONTACT DANIEL FRIAS-VIDAL AT 415-999-0671 OR dfriasvidal@onlok.org

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Walkers For Seniors

As we get older, it’s important to take care of our joints and muscles with both exercise and support. One way to achieve both at the same time is with a walker. Walkers help to both stabilize balance while protecting sensitive joints as well as allow for safer exercise.  With that said, there is a large variety of walkers on the market today, each slightly different from the other. To help you make the right decision for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular walkers in today’s market. The walkers below are categorized in three sections- 4 wheels, 3 wheels and 2 wheels.

4 Wheel Walkers

Hugo Elite Rollator Walker ($99.99)

Fitted with a seat, backrest and saddle bag, this walker really is of elite status. The seat is
adjustable with a 2 inch height difference and is great for times of rest during walks or HugoEliteerrands. The seat also comes with a storage area right underneath and a conveniently placed saddle bag that faces outward on the front of the walker. The handle bars are purposely placed at an angle to help your hands rest at a natural degree rather than straight down in an awkward pose. Easy assembly helps you to set up your new walker quickly while also allowing you to fold it up for simple storage or to load into the car. Designed to support weight up to 300 pounds and made to help those with balance issues. Each walker comes with 4 extra large 8 inch wheels adding even more stability.

Hugo Portable Rollator Walker ($92.88)

This portable walker is specially made to be both easy to carry and easy to store, whether itHogo Portable be in the back of your car or in a house closet. With 4 extra large 8 inch wheels, you’ll be able to move around knowing that you have increased stability and security both indoors and out. Made to handle up to 300 pounds, this model is also suited for those who may have compromised balance with it’s adjustable handle bars and a built in seat along with a backrest. The handlebars rest at a slight angle, helping to give your hands a more relaxed and natural stance. You’ll also find that this allows for easier access to the brakes placed under the handle bars. Assembly is tool free, helping you to set up the walker as quickly as possible.

3 Wheel Walkers

Walker 3 Wheel Trio Rollar Walker ($99.86)

With adjustable handles and 7.5 inch wheels, this 3 wheeled walker is great for those whoNew walker 3
plan to use their walker on a regular basis. Due to its compact design, you could easily take this walker with you on errands and maneuver nicely through tight aisles. This walker also comes with a large storage bag that drops from the center of the walker and faces toward you, allowing for you to easily place everyday items such keys and a cell phone within reach.

Duro-Med DMI 3-Wheel Folding Aluminum Rollartor Walker ($68.94)

Colored in royal blue and black, this walker is great for those who are looking for one that Duro Med DMI 3will easily compact to fit in small spaces or the back of a car. It also has a easy to carry as it only weighs 15 pounds, which is great for when you’re taking it out of the car before running an errand. It’s also compact in design, allowing for easier movement through crowded places and narrow sidewalks. For those who like to turn quickly, you’ll find that the front wheel swivels. There is also a basket attached to the front with a tray, allowing you to place items on top.

2 Wheel Walkers

Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Folding Walker ($40.45)

A silver, 2 wheeled walker, this particular model is great for those who don’t feel the needduro med 2 button for all wheels just yet. Each of the two front wheels come in at 5 inches and are non-swivel, meaning that you won’t be able to make any turns without lifting the entire walker to one side or the other. What this walker can do however, is allow the user to adjust the walker height via adjustable legs that go from 32 inches to 38 inches in 1 inch increments. This is great if you wish to work on your posture during walks. This model can handle weight up to 250 pounds.

Just as with a new pair of shoes, a new walker may need to be broken in a bit. The best way to do this is around your home or just down the street. That way if any complications arise, you’ll have easier access to be be able to fix them rather quickly.

At SearchSeniorLiving.com, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right community, product or service!  For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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CMSA 25th Annual Conference & Expo – Florida

CMSA 25th Annual Conference & Expo

The Case Management Society of America  will host their 25th Annual Conference and Expo June 23 – 26, 2015 in Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819

The mission of CMSA is to offer integrated care management by promoting excellence inevents-pict05 education, research, and practice. The organization’s Annual Conference provides a self-directed, facilitated learning environment through classroom sessions, poster displays, exhibits, symposia, and networking opportunities. Incorporating new advances in science and addressing new needs within health care is constantly changing.

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Clinical Webinar – Implementing Accessibility and Safety for the Long Term Care in the Home

Clinical Webinar – Implementing Accessibility and Safety for the Long Term Care in the Home

Date/Time:
March 24, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm EASTERN
3:00pm – 4:30pm CENTRAL
2:00pm – 3:30pm MOUNTAIN
1:00pm – 2:30pm PACIFIC

Upon conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
learn how to enhance your care management practice through collaboration with occupational therapists and builders who specialize in home modifications
Increase awareness of aging in place concepts by learning about the latest research on healthy homes and communities
Identify barriers in the home that can inhibit occupational performance or decrease safety, and the solutions for them

Presenter
Carolyn Sithong
Home for Life Design, LLC.
Orlando, FL

Carolyn has thirteen years of experience as a clinical, educational, and community-based occupational therapist with award winning practices. She is specially certified in the area of environmental modifications (SCEM) by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Homebuilders. Carolyn was awarded “CAPS Designee of the Year” for her role in advocacy and leadership. She is a 2001 graduate of St. Francis University’s Occupational Therapy Program, where she was recently awarded the “Outstanding Young Alumna” award for 2013. She has spear headed Florida aging in place initiatives and home modification programming for local, state, and national organizations that support healthy and appropriate environments for the aging community. She has served the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Orlando Senior Resource Alliance, Florida AARP, National Rebuilding Together, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, with her expertise in the home modification area. She advocates for and teaches evidence-based practices related to home modifications to professionals inside and outside of the healthcare field and trains and oversees occupational therapists in the delivery of community programming as managing partner at Home for Life Design, LLC.

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