How Smart Technology Can Help Mom and Dad Age In Place

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger No Comments

Most of us want to stay at home while we age, but that can get more difficult and unsafe as time goes on.  However, thanks to technology, aging adults will be able to stay in their homes much longer.  Williams Bros. lists these new technologies that will help your parents stay independent and safe within their own home.

Alexa: She allows your loved ones to not have to move around as much.  This technology relies on auditory interaction instead of visual input.  For example, instead of trying to find keys on a keyboard, just ask Alexa to compile a grocery list for you and she’ll input all the items you tell her.  She’ll send text messages from your phone, too!

PERS: Personal Emergency Response Systems are the necklaces such as Life Alert and other devices that you have on you in case of a fall or emergency where you can’t call someone for help or move.  They have become extremely popular and have saved many lives.

MyMeds: This app helps you keep track of your medication by sending you reminders of when it’s time to take them.  New prescriptions will also transfer to your MyMeds profile.

Care4today: This talks you through the journey you will face after surgery.  It will show a patient what they need to know about rehabilitation, upcoming sessions, goals, and progress.  There are tips from self-service patient resources along with healthy meals you can try out.

Instant Heart Rate: This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.  The detailed analytics help you get in tune with each heartbeat.  This app is great because it gives you deep insight into your fitness and how hard your heart works.

PT Pal Pro: This app offers an easy yet practical way for physical therapists to ensure their patients do their exercises and do them well.  Therapists can send the exercise list directly to their patient’s phone, and they can then see detailed instructions and videos on how to do the exercises.

Reminder Rosie: Not only is this a good reminder for medications, but it also tells older adults when their appointments or day-to-day tasks are.  This helps seniors maintain healthy routines.

Evermind:  This app is helpful not only to seniors, but to their caregivers and family too.  It looks for signals of activity and well-being by monitoring when common household appliances, such as coffee makers, televisions, and bedside lamps are switched on and off to signal that your loved one is still okay without having to check in constantly.

As technology continues to evolve and grow, we will be able to be independent longer within our own homes.  Having apps and devices that make home safer will give you some peace of mind about your aging loved ones.  If you have any questions about medical equipment or medications for your loved one, contact us today!

Keeping Loneliness at Bay for the Senior Aging in Place

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

One of the biggest problems for older Americans is a growing sense of loneliness or isolation.  They face their children moving away or long-term friends relocating to warmer climates or dying.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that approximately 28% of senior citizens live alone.  Williams Bros. offers these strategies to help keep loneliness at bay for seniors aging in place.

Visit Senior Centers

Senior centers often provide classes, outings, and social functions for everyone to go to.  It also allows you to talk to and connect with other senior citizens.

Volunteer

This is a great way to get out into the community and meet other people while also giving back.  Not only will you be able to socialize, but you will be feeling incredibly thankful for all that you have after helping others in need.

Start a New Hobby

Hobbies can make you feel motivated and happy.  You can set goals, look forward to the next step, and learn new things!  Things such as puzzles or adult coloring books are great for your brain function.  You could also learn to play an instrument or get a pen pal.

Adopt a Pet

If you are able to care for a pet, then this is a great way to combat loneliness.  Pets love you unconditionally and bring joy into your life.  Caring for a pet can give you a new meaning and purpose in life.

Write a Memoir

Writing about the past helps improve brain function and enhance emotional health.  Thinking back to the good old days will bring back happy memories to make you feel less withdrawn.  If you can’t write them down, speak to others.  Simply talking to yourself or others about all of your accomplishments will make you feel proud of all aspects of your life.

Home-Visitation Services

Be sure to ask about community transportation or home visiting services for the elderly if your mobility isn’t well.  This will be a good way to be brought out of your home to meet others and do different activities.  Being homebound is hard, so any type of service offered to take you out and about is definitely worth it!

We hope that these tips help you or your loved one feel happier and healthier.  Contact us today with any questions you have.  If they have trouble getting around, Williams Bros. has resources such as mobility aids to help them get out, so they can continue to enjoy life!

Fall Prevention Measures for Senior Citizens

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Falls among senior citizens are so high that research indicated that every 11 seconds, a senior citizen is sent to the hospital due to injuries caused by a fall. Falls in senior citizens over the age of 65 are the number one cause of hip fractures, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries.

With the proper preventative measures, your risk of suffering an injury caused by a fall is dramatically reduced. Williams Brothers Pharmacy has come up with the following tips to dramatically reduce your risk of injury caused by falls at home.

1)            Modify your home, room by room – Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers a variety of home solutions and daily living aids to prevent senior citizen falls while gaining independence in the home.

  • Add grab bars in every room of your home for assistance when shifting between the sitting and standing position
  • If you have steps in your home, invest in a high-quality stair lift to avoid falls on steps
  • Invest in walk-in tubs or showers along with hand-held shower heads and benches
  • Install ramps both inside and outside for easy access

2)            Invest in daily living aids – Maintain your independence while making life easier with the wide selection of daily living aids available at Williams Brothers Pharmacy.

  • Adjustable bed canes and bed rails
  • Lift chairs to help you stand up and sit down with ease
  • Grip tools for hard-to-reach items
  • Sock and clothing aids for daily dressing
  • Security poles with curved bars that reach from floor to ceiling

3)            Eliminate potential fall factors in the bathroom – It has been estimated that one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer from injuries caused by fall factors in the bathroom this year. Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers incredible products along with expert advice in the prevention of falls in the bathroom.

  • Non-slip bath mats
  • Transfer benches
  • Dual tub grips
  • Toilet safety frames and raised toilet seats
  • Safeway Step bathroom conversions

4)            Take the guesswork out of taking your medications – The custom compliance packaging service offered at Williams Brothers Pharmacy makes it easy to remember which medications you need to take and at what time. Combining the wrong prescriptions can increase your risk of dizziness and falls, resulting in a potential trip to the hospital.

Williams Brothers Pharmacy is committed to your safety and your health. To learn more about all of the fall prevention and prescription services that Williams Brothers Pharmacy has to offer, call to speak to one of our experts or stop in and visit us today.

 

Big City Service, Local Touch – What Our Retail Pharmacy Means For You

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

With so many different pharmacies to choose from these days, it can be hard to decide which one you can trust to handle your prescription medications. At Williams Brothers Pharmacy, you get all the retail pharmacy services that the major pharmacy chains offer with the familiar local touch you can trust.

To better serve you, Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers a variety of personalized retail pharmacy services, including:

 

  1. Custom Compliance Packaging – Do you struggle with remembering to take your medications? Williams Brothers Pharmacy has a solution for you with Custom Compliance Packaging. Williams Brothers will sort out your medications by date, time and dosage, fills your custom prescription order once per month, then delivers your Custom Compliance Packaging order right to your front door.

 

  1. Several Pharmacy Locations – You don’t have to travel far to get your prescription when you choose Williams Brothers Pharmacy as your preferred retail pharmacy. With 10 locations in Indiana and one retail pharmacy located in Illinois, you can expect exceptional small town service just minutes from your home.

 

  1. On-The-Go Prescription Refills – With the easy-to-use mobile prescription app offered by Williams Brothers Pharmacy, you can refill your prescription on your Android or Apple device in just 4 easy steps.
  • Download the Mobile Rx App in your Google Play store for Android or App Store for iPhone
  • Choose the Express Refills option or Scan a Prescription within the app
  • Sign up with a username and password to create a patient profile for continued easy access
  • Once your patient profile is set up, your preferred Williams Brothers Pharmacy will appear, showing you the address, phone number, and business hours of the Williams Brothers retail pharmacy where your prescriptions will be filled

 

  1. Online Prescription Refill Requests – From your desktop, input your name and prescription information to request an online refill request for your medications. You also have the option of picking up your prescriptions in-store, having your prescriptions mailed to your home, or you can choose to have your prescriptions delivered right to your front door.

Now is the time to switch to the easy and convenient retail pharmacy services that your local Williams Brothers Pharmacy has to offer. Get in touch with one of our friendly staff members to get started on your new prescription request or visit a Williams Brothers Pharmacy near you to speak to a knowledgeable team member today.

Picking out the Right Stair Lift

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to choosing a stair lift, all of which can quickly become overwhelming. Williams Bros. offers some suggestions to help you pick out the right one.

Dimensions

There are many measurements that need to be taken in order to determine the right fit for you.  The first measurement should be the length of the track from the bottom to the top of the stairs.  The second thing to measure is the height, width, and tread of the steps.  Make sure to have two people take dimensions and double check their work.

Stair Lift Size

The size of the stair lift needs to be taken into consideration, especially if there are other individuals accessing the stairs by foot.  They will need the room to be able to get up and down the stairs with plenty of space.  The folding Harmar SL600 Pinnacle Premium Stair Lift takes up just 11” of staircase room from the wall when installed, and is perfect for making the stairwell less compact.  It is the slimmest and most light-weight stair lift on the market.

 Battery or Electric-Powered

Both have pros and cons.  Battery-powered stair lifts allow users to continue to use the unit even during power outages, but the batteries do need to be replaced on a regular basis.  Electric stair lifts have a fairly constant power source except in the instance of an electrical outage.  Luckily, Williams Bros. offers two stair lifts that, even after a power outage, can be used multiple times.  The Harmar (mentioned above) can go up to 40 trips if the power goes out.  The SL350 Stair Lift has a battery back-up system that provides 15-20 trips if there is no power.

 

With these tips, you will feel comfortable picking out the right stair lift for yourself.  At Williams Bros., we want to make aging easy and help you with any questions or concerns.  Stop in your local Williams Bros. today. We’d like to get to know you better.

Bathtub Safety Basics

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

As we age, we need to become more cautious with our everyday activities to prevent accidents.  When it comes to the tub, your sense of balance, arthritis, and other aches and pains can be the perfect recipe for falling down.  Here at the Williams Bros., we offer some simple bath safety basics for those of us who aren’t so steady on our feet.

  1. Non-slip suction mats in the tub will help prevent stumbles. By having an entire mat put down, you will avoid slick spots caused when using non-stick adhesives because those don’t cover the entire floor.  You can also try using a simple spray on product in the tub that makes its surface more reliable.
  2. A non-skid bath mat on the floor beside the tub provides firm footing to avoid slipping and tripping. When getting out of the tub, you are more susceptible to losing your footing because you are wet.  With a non-skid bath mat, you won’t slip on the tile floor.
  3. Grab bars around the bathtub are a necessity for safety.Two types of grab bars usually are needed in the tub for someone who is aging.  For getting in and out of the tub from a standing position you will need a vertically placed U-bar attached to the side wall at the foot of the tub to allow safe entry and exit.  When you need to lower or raise your body to or from a seated position, a 12- to 15-inch bar can be placed at the foot end of the tub and a longer one along the back wall.

Diagonally placed grab bars shouldn’t be used because your hand could slide and make a fall more likely. Also, always remember that towel racks and soap holders do not work as grab bars because they are not designed to hold your weight.  If you grab onto one of those, you will be in more danger of injuring yourself.

  1. A variety of portable seats and chairs are an option if sitting on the bathtub floor is difficult. It allows for a safer, less tiring bathing experience and requires no installation!  These seats have rubber tips to prevent them from sliding, so you can feel sturdy.
  2. Replacing a shower head with a hand held one allows you to move the head to clean yourself rather than having to move yourself around, thus lowering your risk of a fall and putting less pressure on your aching hips. Instead of standing for the duration of your shower, you can sit on your shower chair and bathe comfortably without the worry of slips.

With these suggestions, you can make bathing a worry-free, safe environment.  By being more cautious as time goes on, you can continue to age in-home happily.  Contact us with any questions so that you can feel confident when living at home.

Stay Mobile in Your Home by Answering These 3 Questions

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

One of the major concerns of older Americans is staying mobile as they age. Falls and loss of balance can all play into a decreased sense of independence. That’s why Williams Brothers is offering you these 3 tips to stay mobile in your own home:

  1. How safely can I manage the stairs? The safest home for those needing mobility assistance features restrooms, bathrooms, and laundry facilities on one level. When these essentials are split between floors, a stair lift is crucial. At Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, we offer custom installation on any stair lift you buy from us.
  2. Do I have a caregiver? How much can they assist? Personal care from a loved one is invaluable for maintaining freedom and safety in, out, and around your home. If your caregiver is willing and able to maneuver your mobility device, installing an incline ramp to your home’s main entrance is the perfect solution. However, if you live independently or your caregiver can’t safely navigate your mobility device, a platform lift eliminates hassle and provides maximum assistance.
  3. How difficult is it navigating around the home? Sometimes, even homes with the smoothest flooring, widest hallways, and most navigable layouts can’t provide the mobility assistance you and your loved one need. Ceiling lifts provide the most comprehensive, manageable mobility if illness or age limits your freedom in the home. Transferring from room to room, in and out of the bathroom, and to and from bed has never been easier with a system designed for exceptional assistance.

The team at Williams Brothers wants to help you maintain your freedom, which is why we offer safe home solutions for aging in-place. Contact us today for more tips on how you can stay independent.

Make Mom and Dad Safer with These Four Tips

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

They say there’s no place like home, but if your parents are struggling with mobility, you may be worried about their safety. Luckily, Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy is here to help. With a few simple modifications, it’s perfectly feasible for mom and dad to age safely in-home:

  1. Add a home entry ramp. Freedom within the house is amplified when freedom to exit the house exists. An aluminum ramp creates a low-maintenance, highly effective solution for easing in and out of your home at will. Add railings, landing pads, and grip strips for extra accessibility.
  2. Install grab bars. With water underfoot, more critical home injuries take place in the bathroom than any other room in the house. Before a costly renovation, add well-placed grab bars to your bathroom and shower. Added grip around the walls, next to the toilet, and within the shower create a safer experience for you and your loved one.
  3. Go electronic. A wealth of technology can ease the burden of back-and-forth trips across a room. Program a universal remote to control everything from lighting to entertainment systems to heating and cooling functions. Opt for motion sensor lights and automatic doors for additional ease.
  4. Place a stair lift. Staircases can be hard on arthritic knees and hips, and can put mom and dad at risk for a fall. Luckily, modern stair lifts can be placed in just about any staircase. Whether they’re straight or curved, wide or narrow, Williams Brothers is sure to find a way to put one in mom and dad’s home.

 

While it’s not easy to see mom and dad get older, you can be proactive about helping them stay safe in the home. If you need additional tricks or products to help, contact Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy!

5 Ways to be Proactive about Your Incontinence

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Adult incontinence is not a common discussion around the dinner table. Fortunately, there are some valuable resources that can help you navigate many day-to-day tasks associated with incontinence. Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy offers these five tips to help make your days a little bit easier:

 

  • Understand how frequently you may need to change.

 

Most people need to change their disposable underwear every two to three hours. However, others release small amounts of urine throughout the day, instead of voiding all at once. If this is the case for you, underwear liners may be a better fit than disposable underwear.

 

  • Different sizes mean different absorbency.

 

A good rule of thumb is to go with the smallest size that fits you, as this is the best way to prevent leakage. The exception to this rule is when you need extra protection, as larger sizes typically provide more absorbency.

 

  • Take the outer shell into consideration.

 

Adult incontinence products are usually encased in a plastic or cloth-like outer shell. Plastic is more effective at masking odor and preventing leaks. However, it makes a crinkling noise while you move around or upon sitting. The cloth-like outer shell provides a much quieter alternative.

 

  • Superabsorbent is ideal for nighttime use.

 

Getting up to change in the middle of the night is disruptive, which is why you want to use disposable underwear that’s labeled as “superabsorbent” when you sleep. In general, it can hold twice the amount of urine that regular absorbency can, and it’s designed to pull the void away from the skin.

 

  • An underpad is a great backup in case of leakage.

 

Unfortunately, leaks do happen from time to time. That’s why it’s a good idea to use disposable underpads on beds, sofas, chairs and even car seats. They can soak up anything that might seep through, saving you from cleaning up your furniture.

At Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy, we know that living with incontinence is not easy. However, having the right products can make all the difference. Our team can assist in picking out the right products for you and your specific needs. Stop by today, or check out our online catalog for all our adult incontinence products.

Avoid These 4 Things When Picking Out Compression Garments

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Compression garments can help with a wide range of conditions, including lymphedema, pregnancy, deep vein thrombosis and soreness from exercise. There are a variety of compression fits, and choosing the right one can make all the difference in your treatment. Here are four things to avoid when picking out your compression garment:

  • Avoid guessing your compression garment class.

 

Some compression garments are more restrictive than others. The amount of pressure a garment exerts is divided into three different classes. The least amount of pressure is a Class 1, which is 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of Mercury), while the most pressure is Class 3, at 30-40 mmHg. Generally, Class 1 is recommended for athletes with aching legs, while Classes 2 and 3 are for more serious medical conditions. Consult your doctor or therapist before deciding which class will work best for you.

 

  • Avoid guessing your compression garment size.

 

Just like clothing sizes are different from brand to brand, so also compression garment sizes may differ from one manufacturer to another. Be sure to review their descriptive sizing by both length and width to find your ideal size. Take down your own measurements to see if they line up.

 

  • Don’t wear a compression garment that is uncomfortable.

 

Compression garments take time to get used to, but you should not be in discomfort while wearing one. This usually means the garment is not at the right class of pressure for you. Too much pressure in the wrong place will force the fluid to other parts of the body. Alert your doctor or therapist right away if you’re experiencing discomfort while wearing your compression garment.

 

  • Don’t wear an old compression garment.

With regular use and laundering, the average lifespan of a compression garment is around four to six months. Once you’ve reached that mark, the elastic will start to wear out, and your compression garment will no longer be effective. We recommend that you have several compression garments on-hand that you can cycle through, so you don’t have to replace them quite so often.

At Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy, we have a large selection of compression garments, and would love to help you find the best garment for you and your needs. Check out our collection in our online catalog, or stop by today!

 

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