26 Feb Case Managers – March 2022
ASSISTIVE EQUIPMENT – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
First Things First
Before making a decision to start using assistive equipment for mobility, it is important to discuss it with your doctor who may refer you to either a physical therapist (PT) or an occupational therapist (OT) to ensure you are using the correct equipment for you.
It is also important to recognize that for example, the walker that the neighbor down the hall uses, may not be the walker that is best for you. There are several different types of walkers and they come in different sizes, number of wheels and features that may or may not benefit you.
What Can Go Wrong
Specifically with walkers, canes and wheelchairs, it is possible to have the wrong equipment or even be using the right equipment the wrong way.
Make It Work for You
Using assistive equipment incorrectly can cause a fall, physical pain or even an injury. Your doctor or therapist can show you the correct way to use your equipment to prevent these things from happening.
How to Get Equipment
In an ideal world, you would meet with your doctor who would either order and fit you with equipment or refer you to a therapist who would do the same. Sometimes it is not possible to get equipment immediately. In this case, a senior center or pharmacy may have equipment for you to borrow. Many items can also be bought at a pharmacy, store or ordered online.
Paying for Equipment
Depending on the item you need, if your doctor or therapist orders it for you, Medicare or insurance may pay for it. Keep in mind it is important to take good care of the equipment because there may be a limit to how many can be paid for in a certain period of time.
Other Assistive Items
Stay tuned for the April newsletter to learn about other assistive items that can allow you to live safer, more comfortable and in your home longer!
The first day of Spring will be here soon! I am ready for warm weather and longer days. Who isn’t right?! Snowboarders apparently! As long as there is snow, even manmade snow, they will go! If snow isn’t your thing, March is a great time to start planning for Spring and Summer. Hiking, working on my ancestry project, reading five books and enjoying the sunshine are on my list so far! Stay warm, it’s almost over!
Julie Larson, Lead Case Manager
Benefits for You
One of the wonderful benefits of the Verona Senior Center (as well as other senior centers in the area) is that we have a loan closet filled with assistive equipment available to you. Whether you’re headed to a wedding over the weekend and need a wheelchair to get around, or you think you would be best suited using a walker in your everyday life, we may have just what you need. Keep in mind it is best to work with your doctor to know exactly what would work best for you. Here are some of our commonly stocked items. Items are free to borrow and there is no time limit. For more information call 608-845-7471.
Getting in and out of the shower, as well as the act of showering itself can be dangerous if your balance isn’t the best. A wet and slippery floor can cause issues. Shower chairs and transfer benches can give you the ability to sit comfortably while you clean yourself, transfer safely and lessen the risk of a fall. This can also prove to be very helpful for caregivers while taking care of loved ones.
Some of the most popular and common items that we see here at the Senior Center are walkers and for good reason! They are one of the most commonly used walking aids and come in many different styles. We often have two-wheel walkers and four-wheel walkers with seats in stock. We currently have two Parkinson’s walkers as well.
Contrary to what one might believe, there are several different styles of wheelchairs for all different purposes. The most commonly recognized are manual wheelchairs that allow you to move yourself. Transport wheelchairs have smaller wheels and are used, as their name suggests, to transport someone, usually someone unable to move themselves. Currently we have high back reclining wheelchairs and an electric wheelchair available for use.
You’ve done it! You made it through a bitter cold January and February! Warmer temps are coming. As we transition into the Spring, I hope you find some time to get out and enjoy nature. As they say, April showers bring May flowers! I may be in the minority, but I love rainy days and thunderstorms as long as they don’t do any real damage of course! Don’t forget that we have numerous events going on here at the center weekly and would love to see you here if any spark your interest. Happy spring!
Drake Deno, Case Manager