5 Ways Busy Moms Can Sneak in a Workout

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by WilliamBros Blogger No Comments

It’s officially the New Year, which means it’s time to start making good on your resolutions. If you’re like most busy moms, though, carving out the time to exercise is easier said than done. Today, Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy would like to offer you these five tips for busy moms to sneak in a workout:

  • Take the stairs

Stair-climbing is a quick and easy way to burn calories. Whether you choose to take the stairs at the parking garage, at the office or when you run errands, choosing this option over the elevator is a quick and easy way to get your steps in for the day.

  • In between commercials

Keep a small set of weights in the living room next to the couch. Instead of getting up to grab a snack during a commercial break, do a few reps. Since most commercials run about 30 seconds, you can use them to time yourself. Do one type of exercise for the span of two commercials for 1-minute sessions.

  • With each meal

Sometimes, trying to do it all at once can be intimidating. Instead, split your exercises into different segments. For example, you could do your squats with breakfast, upper body exercises at lunch and the treadmill after dinner. By associating them with activities you already do routinely each day (eating) you will be more likely to stick with your exercise regimen.

  • During work.

Even if all you do is take a short walk over your lunch break, even that is better than sitting still all day! On days when it’s just too chilly, try walking around your place of work, especially if it’s a larger building. You can keep a small set of weights by your desk and do arm crunches while reading reports or talking on the phone.

  • Hit the gym while Williams Bros. delivers

Eliminating one more errand might just free up enough time for you to hit the gym. By utilizing Williams Bros. Pharmacy’s delivery service, you can skip a trip to pick up your medication and go to the gym instead.

At Williams Bros. Heath Care Pharmacy, we care about compliance, and not just when it comes to your medication! Staying compliant with diet and exercise goals is important when it comes to being a healthier you. See our wide range of pharmacy services for more ways we can make your life easier.

A Look Back—Williams Bros. Gives Back to the Community

Posted on: December 29th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy has been here since 1899. As such, we consider the communities we do business in to be an extension of our own family. That’s why we made a concerted effort in 2017 to give back charitably to local organizations. Here’s a look back at a few of them:

Caring for Cody

Our New Albany location helped support a Pekin, Indiana family whose 2-year-old son, Cody, has a rare medical condition. The family has sold nearly everything in an effort to care for their toddler. We raised money through a series of benefits to help take care of their clinical and daily needs. One of our retired vehicles that was going to auction was also donated to the family, since they could no longer afford the repairs on their old car and had to give it up.

Relay for Life.

Several Williams Brothers locations raised money for Relay for Life. The first one took place in April on behalf of the Backyard Bloomers. While our goal was $500, we raised $1,016.94.

Over the summer, our Loogootee location raised $800 for the Daviess-Martin Country Relay for Life event, while the Washington location raised $1,200. The money from the Washington location went for Team Andrea, which was formed by the friends and family of Andrea Boes, who was just 29 years old when she lost her fight to brain cancer in 2009.

Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

The Loogootee location raised $1,275.68 for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association on behalf of Brittany Walker. Brittany is a local teen who received a life-saving liver transplant in September. After a $500 match, the total amount came to $1,775.68!

Decorated Pumpkins.

Our Olney location painted pumpkins and invited people to vote money on their favorite one. All the proceeds went to the Richland County Senior Center.

 

At Williams Bros., we truly believe that life’s biggest rewards come from when you give back. We look forward to everything that 2018 will bring, and the lives we will be able to touch with future fundraisers!

Life Hacks to Save Time for Busy Moms This Holiday Season

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Yikes! It’s December already. If you’re like many busy moms, the holiday season is one of the most hectic times of the year. Before you panic, Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy would like to offer the following life hacks to help you stay on top of everything and keep your sanity:

  1. Pie Freezing

How many times have you been at a function where someone is selling pies to raise money? One of our favorite tricks is to wait until the end, when the pies are discounted, and buy up several. You can then freeze them and break them out whenever you need to bring a food item to an event.

  1. Streamline Gift-Wrapping

Have you ever gotten the labels mixed up on your kids’ presents, prompting confusion, tears or jealousy? Ditch the labels and instead just assign one wrapping paper to each child. It will make it easier for them to pick their present out from under the tree, and save you one more step in the gift-wrapping process.

  1. Small-Town Groceries

Crowded aisles, long lines… grocery stores can be overwhelming this time of year! However, if you happen to drive past a small town every day, or you’re visiting one for social reasons, swing by their local grocery store to pick up your food items. They tend to be much less hectic than the supermarkets in bigger cities.

  1. Online Shopping

Let’s face it, getting time away from the kids to shop for Christmas can be tough. Luckily, many major retailers offer online shopping that often includes free shipping to either your home or to your local outlet. If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial and receive free shipping all through the holiday season!

  1. Get your prescriptions delivered

The last thing you probably have time for is stopping by the pharmacy. That’s why Williams Bros. offers home delivery. We save you from making that one more trip, allowing you to focus on what really matters.

At Williams Bros., we understand how stressful this time of year can be for moms. That’s why we offer a wide range of services meant to make your life easier. Our retail pharmacy includes not only delivery, but also refill plans, a mobile app and text alerts!

4 Things Your Pharmacist Wished You Knew

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

At Williams Bros. Healthcare Pharmacy, we’re dedicated to helping each of our customers get the most out of their visit. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of four things our pharmacists want you to know before you walk in the door:

  1. We’re also doctors.

 

We’re required to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (also known as a PharmD) in order to receive a license to practice as a pharmacist. You can think of us as doctors who specialize in how different medications interact in the body. Sometimes, your family doctor (or GP) will prescribe something that shouldn’t be taken with another drug. Because we studied medication so closely, we’ll often be able to catch this before your regular doctor does.

 

  1. We can save you time and money.

 

If you have conditions such as a sore throat, cold, flu or hay fever, we can often recommend over-the-counter medication that can save you a visit to your GP. However, for symptoms that are severe or last too long, we recommend you go to your doctor.

 

  1. By the same token, we don’t diagnose diseases

 

While we can recommend over-the-counter medication for certain symptoms, we can’t diagnose what’s wrong. Although we are doctors, our area of expertise is how chemicals interact in your body. If you want to get to the bottom of what ails you, your GP is your best bet!

 

  1. There are different laws with different drugs.

 

Certain medications are considered “controlled substances” under federal law. So, even though you may have several prescriptions left, you may have to wait a full month before you order the next round of pills. If making that next visit to our pharmacy isn’t possible, we offer a delivery service that can bring your drugs right to your door.

If you have any other questions about how your friendly neighborhood Williams Bros. Pharmacy can make your life easier, check out our list of retail pharmacy services. We can provide everything from custom compliance packaging to refill plans to text alerts.

 

3 Ways to Make Caregiver’s Lives Easier

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy is dedicated to making sure your loved one can age in-home safely. Because of that, we encounter family caregivers on a regular basis. Since November is National Family Caregiver Month, we’re going to share with you three ways to make your day-to-day life easier:

No more stepping in and out of the shower:

Having to help your loved one in and out of the bath every day can put a strain on your muscles and your time. Williams Bros. Safe Home Solutions offers curbless, barrier-free showers that can make daily bathing routines that much easier. We even offer shower chairs in case your loved one is unable to stand on their own.

Don’t break your back getting them in and out of bed:

If you have to transfer mom and dad from their bed to their wheelchair, you’ve probably had a few near-misses where you nearly dropped them. In fact, that may have already happened. Luckily, we have an answer for you! Our Safe Home Solutions experts can install a ceiling track lift. This device allows you to place your parent in a sling, and then an attached motor will lift them from their bed to the wheelchair. In some instances, we can even have the track connecting the bedroom and the bathroom, making it unnecessary to move them to the wheelchair at all.

Look for the little things:

Sometimes, being able to take care of smaller tasks on their own can boost your loved one’s morale—as well as yours. Our Aids to Daily Living include products such as reachers, dressing aids and lift chairs, all of which can help your loved one be a little more independent.

 

If there are caregiver issues you’re facing that weren’t mentioned above, stop by one of our showrooms to see the other solutions we offer. We can even send someone to your residence to perform a FREE home safety assessment.

5 Ways to Decrease Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Around 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year.  This October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and together we all need to do our part. Throughout this month, Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy would like to spread the word by highlighting five ways to decrease your risk of developing this condition:

  1. Know Your Family History – Approximately 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary. This percentage isn’t huge, but it is high enough to pay attention to.  If you do have breast cancer in your family history, consult a geneticist.  You can then determine if you carry the genetic variation, BRCA2, that makes you more prone to developing breast cancer.
  2. Know your body – Dense breasts make your cancer risk approximately six times higher. Become familiar with how dense your breast tissue is and look for changes as you age.  While there is nothing you can do to decrease the density of your breast, you can ask to have an additional MRI or ultrasound screening during your next scheduled mammogram.
  3. Stay fit –Experts recommends keeping your exercise to at least 150 minutes per week, which is 30 minutes per days for 5 days per week. This activity can help to boost your immune system and keep your body fighting off unwanted invaders.
  4. Eat right – Studies have shown that women who had high carotenoid levels in their blood system had a 19 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Aim to get more carotenoids in your system by eating additional fruits and vegetables.  Foods such as leafy greens, red peppers, and carrots are a few examples of foods high in carotenoids.
  5. Detect early – If found early, your prognosis is drastically improved. You have a 90 percent survival rate if found early and confined only to the breast.  How do you detect early?  Know your breast tissue, know your family history, and get screenings more often and earlier if you think you are at a higher risk for breast cancer.

There are many tips available to reduce breast cancer risk including breast-feeding, minimizing hormone therapy and reducing exposure to radiation.  At Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy, we want to support you in your fight against breast cancer.  Please share these tips throughout October and continue to educate your friends and family on Breast Cancer Awareness.

How to Properly Handle Your Medication

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Do you know how to properly handle your medication? There’s more to it than just following your doctor’s instructions. Today, Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy would like to share four things you shouldn’t do when it comes to handling your prescriptions:

  1. Don’t store medication in the bathroom.

Moisture in the bathroom after a long, hot shower can actually damage the pills or capsules you keep in there. The temperature changes can cause your medications to weaken or spoil before their expiration date. Keeping your prescriptions in your nightstand or kitchen cabinet away from the stove is a better option.

 

  1. Don’t flush your pills.

Many medications don’t break down completely in water, leaving traces connected with drinking water. Some pharmacies allow you to take your medications to them to dispose of. You can also throw your medications away in the trash after mixing them with dirt or kitty litter, then put it in a sealable bag to throw away. Furthermore, be sure to scratch off your medicine packaging information before tossing the container.

 

  1. Never share your prescriptions.

Your doctor only prescribed you, and you alone, that prescription. You may think that it is safe to give to someone else with the same symptoms, but even after you look up more about it online, problems can still arise. That person may be allergic to a medication ingredient within the pill or be taking another prescription that could interact with your medication.

 

  1. Less can really be more.

When applying gels, creams, or ointments, be sure no to go too crazy. Certain medications can cause swelling, peeling, or a rash to form. Always be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist how much you should apply. If an issue arises when you are applying the correct dosage, be sure to contact a professional.

 

We hope that you can take some of these ideas and use them to stay safer with your prescriptions. We offer a wide variety of therapies, home medical equipment, and pharmacy options to help you lead a healthier, happier lifestyle. Contact us today with questions about what we can do for you!

6 Ways You Can Avoid the Flu This Season

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting vaccinated, but that’s not the only way! The professionals at Williams Bros. have compiled their favorite good health habits you can do in order to stay away from the sniffles.

  1. Protect Your Paws

This seems redundant, but you can never wash your hands too many times. It’s important to use soap and warm water for the length of the time it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. This will ensure you are germ free!

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

When you touch your face, you are allowing an all-access pass to your immune system for germs. By avoiding touching your nose, mouth, and eyes, you will limit your chance of catching something from surfaces that you touch.

  1. Pen Power

This simple tip is a great way to keep you healthy! Take your own pen with you wherever you go. From work to the bank, grocery store, and so on, you are exposed to an immense amount of germs. By cutting back on touching other objects that aren’t yours, you’ll win the war against those pesky bugs.

  1. Disinfect

Clean all surfaces that many people are known to touch. This gives you a chance to kill germs before they can spread. You can also use hand sanitizer after being in a room that has not been disinfected in order to stay healthy.

  1. Drink Tea & Eat Protein

Drinking hot black or green tea with lemon and honey can boost your immune system because honey is antibacterial and lemon is known to thin mucus. Eating protein also helps strengthen your immune system, so be sure to get a healthy amount of fish, eggs, and yogurt in your diet!

  1. Watch Your Phone

Many people may not realize how many random surfaces they set their phone on. By keeping it in your purse or pocket or by cleaning it with a wipe, you are able to cut back on your germ interaction immensely.

Although these tips are simple, they will be instrumental in keeping you healthy this flu season! If you have any questions or concerns about what you can be doing to stay healthy, contact us today.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Your Pharmacy Visit

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

When going to your local pharmacy, there are many options you may not realize are being offered. That’s why the professionals at Williams Bros. wanted to let you know what you can do to get the most out of your pharmacy visit.

  1. Know Your Refill Options

Most pharmacies offer the traditional refill option that includes walk-in, drive-up, or calling to refill your prescription. However, at Williams Bros. we offer an auto refill. This lets you have a synchronized refill plan where you choose the day of each month to come pick it up.

 

  1. Taking the hassle out of kids’ medications

Williams Bros.’ Kids Korner has special offerings just for children! By signing up for Vitamin Club for Kids, you can get one FREE bottle of multivitamins. Another benefit that is offered is the custom-flavored medicine. This lets your child choose how they want their medicine to taste. This makes it less stressful the next time you need to give them a pill.

 

  1. Patient Assistance Programs

Times are tough and some people may not be able to afford everything that they need. That’s why Williams Bros. offers a program that provides free or low-cost medications. In the first quarter of 2016, we helped 220 patients save $30,747 across seven locations.

 

  1. Prep Your Meds

Tracking numerous prescriptions can be a hassle, so custom compliance packaging will make it safe and easy for you! It sorts your medication by the time and date that you need to take them.

 

  1. Delivery

Sometimes making the most out of your pharmacy visit may involve not having to visit at all. Williams Bros. offers prescription delivery for those who don’t have extra time to stop by.

We hope that these possibilities show you everything your local pharmacy is capable of doing for you. If you have any questions about the services we offer, contact us today – we’d be happy to help!

3 Ways a Lift Chair Can Help Your Parents Age In-Place

Posted on: September 1st, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

More senior than ever are choosing to age in-place. While this can have many benefits for their mental and emotional health, it could pose a few safety risks, especially if they have limited mobility. If you’ve visited your parents recently and have watched them struggle with moving around, you may already be well aware of the challenges they’re facing.

You may be able to help your parents out by purchasing them a lift chair. This piece of furniture has the appearance of an overstuffed recliner, but hidden beneath that fluff are mechanisms that allow it to move in a number of positions. One of those positions is tilting it forward, allowing a person with limited mobility to get in and out of a sitting position by themselves.

This tilting-forward position offers a number of benefits, including:

  1. Saving time.

If your parent is able to get in and out of their chair on their own, they won’t have to rely on you to help them up. This allows you to free up some of the time you’d otherwise spend monitoring them to make sure they don’t have an accidental fall.

  1. Increasing safety.

It’s more common than you realize for someone to suffer injury when helping an elderly relative rise or sit in a chair. Getting a person from a sitting or lying position can present serious challenges, as even a small misstep can lead to injury of either party.

  1. Giving back dignity.

It’s hard for many seniors to accept that they can’t do many of the things they’re used to doing on their own. A lift chair gives them back some of their independence, and thus restores some of their dignity.

In addition to the reasons listed above, a lift chair could mean less stress between the caretaker and parent. Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy has a wide variety to choose from, and we can help you pick out the one that best meets your parents’ needs.

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