Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Compression Therapy: The Basics

Medical Advancements occur everyday and create many new therapies for wound care that offer both pain relieve and more rapid healing. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association compression therapy is one of the most common tools used to help patients suffering from ulcerations of the leg.  Additionally, it has significant benefits for patients with conditions such as lymphedema.
Compression therapy can be administered using a variety of tools. Compression socks, bandages and wraps are among the most common and the most cost effective. However,
motorized compression sleeves with a pump system can also be administered in more severe cases (most commonly in a hospital setting).  
How does it work?
Compression therapy helps to reduce the buildup of fluid under the skin to help bring down swelling and increase blood flow. The pressure allows the veins to expand which assists the wounded area in maintaining a steady blood flow. This aids in speeding up the healing process while preventing infection. And, because compression therapy plays a significant role in the reduction of swelling (which can limit the skin’s oxygenation abilities), wounds can heal weeks or even months quicker than without the therapy. Additionally, if compression continues after the area is healed, it has been shown to reduce the risk of the reoccurrence of ulcerations.
Benefits of compression therapy.
Rapid healing is one of the key benefits of this therapy, but it also helps to minimize the pain and discomfort that is associated with swelling. This leads to better sleep and increased mobility.
Compression TherapyCompression therapy is ideal for individuals who sit for extended periods of time or lead a moderately sedentary lifestyle. It also is good for people who suffer from varicose veins or post–thrombotic syndrome. Conversely, individuals who have the following conditions, should not use compression therapy unless recommended by a doctor.
At Westside Medical Supply we offer customers a wide range of compression therapy products to help with wound care as well as other conditions that cause edema. Contact us today to discuss your needs. We can help you determine what therapies your insurance carrier will cover.  As with all medical conditions, it is important to see the advice of your doctor before any type of therapy or treatment.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tips to Understand Your 2017 Insurance Benefits

Over the past several years, health insurance has become increasingly complicated. Understanding your benefits before you choose a plan is crucial and could save you unwanted and expensive surprises down the road.  Here are several tips to help you understand your health coverage.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses – Knowing how much your health insurance costs out of your own finances is paramount to choosing a plan that meets your needs. Out-of-pocket expenses can range from as little as $1,000 for an individual plan to upwards of $11,000 for an entire family. Once the out-of-pocket maximum is met, your insurance provider should pay for any additional medical care covered under your plan.

Understanding coverage – Knowing how your coverage works is crucial in understanding the anticipated amount of your out-of-pocket expenses. Most plans include a deductible, coinsurance percentage, co-payment and out-of-pocket maximum.   

  • Deductible – The total amount you must pay before co-insurance kicks in.
  • Coinsurance – Shared costs between you and the insurance company.
  • Co-payment – A fixed cost paid each time you visit the doctor (Normally this does not count towards the deductible.)
  • Out-of-pocket maximum – The most you will pay for medical expenses before the insurance company covers 100 percent.

How to choose a plan – There are many variables to consider when selecting a health insurance plan. Some important factors to consider might include:

  • Type of coverage – Do you want basic coverage or a comprehensive plan?
  • Physician – If you already have a family doctor make sure they are covered under your new plan.
  • Travel – If you are on the road a lot understand what is covered if you are out of your network.
  • Services covered – Make sure the plan you are using covers all medical needs of you and your family.
  • HSA friendly – Will your health plan work with a Health Savings Account?
  • Prescriptions – Are prescription medications covered under the plan?

At Westside Medical Supply we know that health plans can be very confusing and contain a lot of fine print. If you have questions about your insurance plan, please contact our team. We are happy to sit down and help you understand your level of coverage and how it impacts your current medical needs. It is our privilege to help our customers realize the best quality of life with medical supplies that give them the freedom they desire. 
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Best Mobility Equipment for Accident Recovery

Accidents and injuries during the winter months are very common. According United States Department of Transportation, 22 percent of all traffic accidents each year are weather related.  Additionally, the National Floor Safety Institute reports that falls account for more than eight million hospital visits each year. When accidents occur the rehabilitation process can take a great deal of time. At Westside Medical Supply we are here to help you through this process with a full line of mobility and orthotic devices for rental or purchase to support your recovery.
Crutches – Aluminum crutches are one of the most common mobility devices used after a slip fall injury. Typically made of lightweight aluminum, they are designed to transfer body weight from the legs to the upper body to take stress off of a leg, hip or foot injury.
Knee WalkerKnee Walker – This is an excellent alternative to crutches and can be particularly useful during the early stages of the recovery process. A knee walker is a wheeled device that allows the patient to move easily and more efficiently. The benefits of a knee walker are added maneuverability and less strain on the body.
Walkers – Walkers come in a variety of styles to meet the varying needs of patients during the recovery process. A standard walker offers the user support and stability as they are recovering. Rollator walkers are an excellent alternative for patients who are regaining strength and may need some additional wheeled assistance. One-hand side walkers are a logical next step for individuals who don’t require substantial support but still need some assistance.
Manual Wheelchairs – Traditional wheelchairs come in a variety of styles and designs and can support patients for both short-term recovery and long-term care. In addition, wheelchairs can be ordered in both standard and wide sizing to accommodate a variety of needs.
Power Wheelchairs – This is a great option for a patient who is facing a longer recovery process. Power wheelchairs allow patients to regain their strength while still maintaining their mobility. Like standard designs, power wheelchairs come in a variety of styles and options to meet varying patient requirements.

Equipment rental is an excellent option for individuals who are recovering for a fall or other accident. At Westside Medical Supply we offer rental packages for all our mobility equipment to help you get back on your feet quickly.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The U-Step II Walking Stabilizer: Improving mobility for those with Parkinson’s disease

For those with Parkinson’s disease, mobility is often a challenge. With a high risk for falls, not only does a person dealing with Parkinson’s disease worry about the physical repercussions of an injury, but difficulties with mobility impact independence, resulting in an overall quality of life concern. A walker helps provide greater stability and support for those at risk for falls due to the effects of Parkinson’s disease, such as freezing, retropulsion, muscle stiffening, and loss of balance.   

The U-Step II Walking Stabilizer is a walker that was designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s disease. It’s unique, patented design features a U-shaped base with a low center of gravity for maximum stability. The nature of the base allows the walker to move fluidly with you in any direction. In addition, the U-Step II features:
  • 29-inch turning radius, allowing you to navigate through tight areas and sharp turns throughout your home. This is a 40% sharper turning radius than the average rolling walker.
  • Walking StabilizerA brake systems that ensures the U-Step II moves only when you are stable and ready for it to move. Squeeze either the left or right brake to roll the walker when you are ready. The walker will not roll away when you are moving from a sitting or standing position.
  • A height-adjustable design that allows you a more upright, correct posture than traditional walkers.
  • Spring-loaded front wheels that transition between surfaces and heights, avoiding the need to pick up or lift the walker when going over cracks, curbs, carpets, and more.
  • 22-inch width, enabling you to move effortlessly through doorways, hallways, and other narrow spaces.
  • Adjustable resistance settings, for those who feel walkers roll too quickly for their comfort.
  • Easy transport, with compact foldability and one-step setup.
  • Optional basket to hold belongings beneath the cushioned seat.
  • Optional rear backup lock for those concerned with falling backwards.  
To see the U-Step II Walking Stabilizer in action, click here to watch a video!  
Westside Medical Supply of Rochester, New York, is your trusted source for home medical equipment, as well as hospital and home medical supplies. Our goal is to give you regained mobility and independence. The U-Step II Walking Stabilizer, as well as many other types of walkers, canes, stair lifts, lift chairs, and other types of mobility aids, are available for ordering through our company. For more information about our products, or to place an order, please visit http://www.wmsupply.com/ or call us at (585) 227-8750 today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Benefits of the OxyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

For many individuals with chronic pulmonary conditions, the use of oxygen is a critical part of getting through the day. In the past, carted oxygen tanks made it cumbersome for patients, reducing mobility and making the ability do everyday tasks very difficult.  Portable oxygen concentrators such as the OxyGo offer patients up to nine hours of oxygen use without requiring a power source. Here are a few other benefits of this type of device.

  • More independence – Portable oxygen concentrators such as the OxyGo allow you to utilize oxygen sources on your own terms. This means no waiting for a replacement tank or worrying that it will not arrive in time. This handy device provides an unlimited supply of oxygen wherever you go, promoting a more active lifestyle for the patient. The battery lasts up to nine hours and can be easily recharged at home or even in your car. Additionally, the handy carrying bag and small size make it easy to transport and eliminates the need for a cart.
  • Mobility – Having to drag an oxygen tank behind you can create many mobility issues. Simple tasks such as walking up a small flight of stairs can be impossible. The OxyGo is lightweight, compact and very portable. It makes taking part in normal daily activities a lot easier. And, because OxyGo is under five pounds, it is easy for seniors to carry wherever they go.
  • Consistent oxygen therapy – When you are unable to utilize an oxygen source per the requests of your physician you are compromising the health benefits received from consistent oxygen therapy. Because of its portability, the OxyGo allows patients to remain compliant with the doctor’s orders, allowing them to live heathier and happier lives.
  • Do More – The benefits of portable oxygen concentrators are seen most in the freedom they give you to do more. Walk, exercise, travel, visit with neighbors and enjoy a normal daily routine while meeting your health goals.

At Westside Medical Supply our goal is to give our customers the health supplies and equipment they need to live more fulfilling lives. Devices such as the OxyGo have revolutionized health care because of the freedom they offer.  If you are looking for a portable oxygen concentrator, this lightweight, long-lasting, easy-to-use device might be the freedom you have been looking for. Contact us for more information.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mobility Concerns for Individuals with Physical Impairments

Immobility can create a huge independence barrier for seniors and other individuals with physical impairments. Activities and places which used to be favorite things to do or visit do not happen anymore, leaving the individual feeling trapped and out of touch.  

But what if the mobility concerns are within your home? What if you are unable to move freely in your living space because you are not able to maneuver through areas that at one time were done without a second thought? Some areas of the home that cause the greatest mobility concerns include the following:

  • Home entrances – The front porch may be difficult to step up onto and steps leading into the garage or out the backyard can become close to impossible for individuals who have limited mobility.
  • Bathrooms – The bathroom is probably one of the most necessary areas in the home. If you struggle to walk, bend or step up and over things, simple toileting and bathing functions can become close to impossible.
  • Kitchen – The kitchen is another necessary part of the home. People with mobility limitations can find it hard to open cabinets, access counters or even maneuver through galley style kitchens or confined spaces.
  • Living room – Nothing beats kicking back in a soft comfortable chair to watch your favorite television program.  However, these seating areas can provide a big problem if you are unable to get back out of them. People with hip issues or a weak upper body may not have the strength necessary to get in and out of normal living room furniture.
  • Upper and lower levels – For the same reason home entrance points are problematic, homes with stairs, either leading to an upper level or basement can pose great difficult for individuals who struggle to move freely throughout a space.
  • Bedrooms – Elevated beds, pillow-top mattresses and even bedroom closets can be particularly troublesome if you have difficulty stepping up to elevated spaces or have limited range of motion.

At Westside Medical Supply, our goal is to help you live independently and comfortably. We have a wide variety of lift chairs, portable ramps and stair lifts to help with mobility related issues around the home. We are always happy to come to your home and provide an in-home assessment of your specific needs. Call Westside Medical Supply today at 585-227-8750 for your free in-home consultation.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Breastfeeding Awareness Month Gives Babies a Healthy Start

Giving baby a healthy start is the top priority for new parents. For many, this means breastfeeding their newborn. At Westside Medical Supply we support new moms in this effort and recognize the month of August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
Breastfeeding is good choice from an economic standpoint, saving families nearly $1,500 in the infant’s first year. And, healthy babies also mean less down time from work for parents, and reduced medical expenses for the child. According to the United States Surgeon General, “Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.” It also is beneficial in reducing the risk of the following illnesses and diseases:

  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Breast and Ovarian Cancer (in nursing mother)

The purpose of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is to increase understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding and help reduce the stigma that is often associated with a mother’s efforts to give their child the very best. Despite all the benefits for mother and child, there are still many obstacles that nursing mothers face, including:

  • Lack of support – Sometimes well-intentioned friends and family members offer input on the subject based on personal preferences, making new moms feel discouraged.
  • No networking opportunities – The inability to connect with other nursing mothers can leave a new mom feeling very alone.
  • Outdated information – Depending upon the health care provider, pregnant mothers may not receive all the facts to make an informed decision about breastfeeding.
  • Unsuccessful start - The inability for mothers to successfully start breastfeeding can create discouragement and even cause new mothers to give up.
  • No workplace support – Offering a private location to pump is great way for employers to meet the needs of nursing mothers. However, many companies do not provide these facilities and even frown upon pumping.

Westside Medical Supply is here to assist new moms who are considering breastfeeding by offering the latest equipment to quickly and discreetly express milk when they are unable to feed their infant directly from the breast. We have a complete supply of breast pumps including units for mothers who only need to pump occasionally as well as hospital grade equipment for working mothers or those who choose to feed their infant from the bottle. We provide breast pumps through mom's insurance which means that the breast pumps end up being FREE! Visit www.wmsupply.com to find the right pump for your needs!