The Live Oak Update

January Is National Bath Safety Month

29 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

January is national bath safety month and Griswold Home Care made an informative infographic showing the hidden dangers of bathrooms for seniors. 

The infographic also shows each of the most common causes of senior injury and how to help prevent accidents:


Griswold Home Care Bath Safety Inforgraphic


For this and other solutions for Bathroom Safety try our Bathroom focused sections:

Tub or Shower Aids, Benches, Seats, Aids, and Toilet 

Mangar Bath Cushion: Unmatched Cost & Independence

28 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Late last year we featured Humane Lift by Live Oak's Mangar Bathing Cushion as an affordable and convenient alternative to a walk-in bathtub. 

The innovative inflatable bathing cushion's affordability and portability continues to offer an unmatched level of independence at home and traveling. 

In contrast walk-in bathtub's offer high costs and an inconvenient installation process.

Angie's List recently featured a few more issues with walk-in bathtubs: 

  • You Have to Enter the Walk-In Tub and Shut its Door Before Turning on the Water

Filling up the entire walk-in bathtub with water can take a long time.

With the lengthy filling time plus finding the right water temperature is crucial.  If you cannot find the right temperature, the start to your bath can become a lengthy and chilly process.

  • Waiting for the Walk-in Bathtub to Drain can Take a Long Time

Not only will the beginning of your bath be chilly and time consuming. But, by the end of your "relaxing" bath you will have to wait patiently for all of the water to leave the walk-in bathtub. 

  • Updated Water Heater 

With the walk-in tub's increased size many homes will need new, powerful hot water heaters in order to properly use the tub.

If your home requires a new hot water heater in addition to the walk-in tub itself, you could be looking at a very expensive project. 

  • A Walk-In Bathtub is Permanent

When sharing a bathroom or hosting relatives, the Mangar Inflatable Bath Cushion offers you an easy option.  

After use simply deflate and store the cushion out of the other's way. Turning any hotel, resort, or relative's bathtub into a safe environment. 

Most of the of the walk-in bathtub manufacturers have dealt with the above problems. They have developed additional features such as: fast-filling faucets, fast-moving drains, and temperature controls. But, these additional features will of course come at an additional cost. 

Avoid all of the headaches and long, cold waits with the portable inflating Mangar Bathing Cushion:

Use your existing bath tub for a cushioned natural bathing experience.

Please let us know if you have any further questions about how the Mangar Bathing Cushion can increase your independence. 

Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

28 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Jim MiIller at Savvy Senior recently received a question from a reader about transportation options for her elderly mother who will soon be giving up driving.

In his Huffington Post article Miller gives an overview of some of the available options: 

  • Family & Friends 
  • Local Transportation Programs
  • Demand Response Services
  • Taxi or Car Service
  • Private Program Services
  • Mass Transit
  • Hire Someone
  • The Rides in Sight national toll-free call center at 855-607-4337 
  • The Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116), which will direct you to her area agency on aging for assistance.


Falls On The Rise

27 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

A US News & World Report article recently highlighted the rising problem of senior's fall rates. Robert Predit's article discusses a recent study by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Cigolle found that the "number of older adults with at least one self-reported fall in the past two years rose from about 28 percent in 1998 to about 36 percent in 2010"

Although, this rising problem has led to an increase in programs and efforts to prevent potential falls. 

Dr. Matthew Hepinstall works at the Center for Joint Preservation & Reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, he specializes in treating the aftermath of Senior's falls.

Dr. Hepinstall said that there are many ways to help prevent falls in the home, including:

  • elimination of throw-rugs,
  • keeping the path to the bathroom well-lit at night,
  • avoiding medications that cause light-headedness or disorientation,
  • maintaining good nutrition and hydration,
  • engaging in exercise programs that boost muscle mass and balance.

Live Oak's Humane Lift line of transferring, positioning, and lifting solutions strive to help with fall prevention and fall response. 

Elk and Camel Lifts Featured on MedicCast

26 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Late last year MedicCast TV featured the Mangar line of inflatable floor lifts at the EMS World Convention. 

The episode featured both the Safety and Risk Management Officer and the Chief Operating Officer of the Richmond, Virginia Ambulance Authority.

Rob Lawrence, the Chief Operating Officer of the Authority, has placed the Mangar line of patient lifts into half of their ambulance fleet and soon plans on expanding to their entire fleet. 

Lawrence had recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the English County of Suffolk as part of the East of England Ambulance Service.  

Their he had extensive first hand experience with the Mangar emergency lift cushions. In Suffolk County and most of the UK Mangar Lifts (Camel or Elk) are placed into every ambulance. 

Lawrence continues highlighting the benefits, not only to the caregiver' s muscoskeletal health, but protecting the dignity of the patient. One of the first patients they responded to in Richmond had been surprised by how dignified it was not to be pulled, ripped or pushed to stand. The next week, the woman later came in and cut a $10,000 check donation. 

The Safety and Risk Management Officer continued discussing the direct correlation between the reduction in caregiver's injuries and the reduction of healthcare costs for your organization or company over all. 

The MedicCast TV Episode is fantastic example of the dependability and quality of the Mangar Humane Lift collection of Elk and Camel emergency floor lift cushions. 

Check out the MedicCast Episode Below:

For more information on the financial and physical benefits of the Mangar line, be sure to visit our Humane Lift Collection of professional grade solutions. 


Help Raise Alzheimer's National Awareness

26 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The newly formed WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Network has dedicated itself to raising national awareness for Alzheimer's. The disease which affects one in eight people over age 65, does not have a unifying national campaign.

The WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Network hopes to change that with its new "Shadowbox Memory Project". 

The Project featured leader's pictures and mementos honoring their loved ones affected by Alzheimer's disease in a display of "shadow boxes" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. 

The WomenAgainstAlzheimer's Network hopes to expand the Shadowbox Memory Project in the future, similar to the Aids quilt.  

Please tell them what you think about their idea and provide valuable input with this quick 2 minute survey:

Quick 2 Minute WomenAgainstAlzheimer's Shadowbox Memory Project Survey Here

Here is a one of the moving shadowboxes:

Shadwobox Memory Project  

The writer Loretta Woodward Veney made this touching shadowbox in honor of her Mother, Doris Perritt Woodward, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. 

Evolving Terms for Senior Care

24 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Internet Search Engine's (Google, Bing, Yahoo) are the leading resources for senior care and related topics.

From Google searches in 2014 the changing lexicon of the senior care consumer base is becoming specialized. 

The term nursing home as a catch-all term is quickly being replaced by much more descriptive terms such as: skilled nursing, memory care, or senior housing. 

For an overview and analysis of the changing terminology senior care can be found at A Place for Mom's Senior Living Blog.

3 Senior Mealtime Challenges

23 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Home Instead, Inc. produced a new study called Craving Companionship. 

Craving Companionship sought to study the mealtime preferences and habits of the 40 percent of seniors age 75 and over who live by themselves. 

Of the seniors living alone, two of every five seniors showed at least four signs of poor nutrition. 

The study continues to discuss the top 3 obstacles facing seniors who live alone and tools to help overcome those obstacles. 

1. Loneliness

Lack of companionship at mealtime has physical and emotional ramifications, from the type and regularity of meals to the quality of the mealtime experience as a whole.

The Craving Companionship Program, created because of this study, is made to encourage families to revive the family meal tradition for the benefit of their senior loved ones. The Craving Companionship Program also provides ways for bringing social connectivity to mealtime. The program's website also offers tips and resources for you to share with seniors and their families

2. Convenience Eating

Eating and living alone can cause a senior to rely on "convenience foods". 

Replacing "convenience foods" with both healthy and convenient food can help seniors make better choices. 

Easy to make foods like, eggs, frozen vegetables, and oatmeal are affordable options. 

The Nutrition for Seniors Workbook provides seniors and their families with a list of 12 essential foods for a healthy diet, as well as other tips to help seniors eat well. 

3. Irregular Meals

 For a lot of Seniors who live alone, eating alone means eating less or sometimes nothing at all. 

Seniors in the study reported that meals eaten by themselves often: 

lack in nutritional value, shorter in length and even have a less pleasant taste than meals shared with other people. 

When encouraging families to eat meals with their seniors, consider directing them to these helpful mealtime conversation starters to lengthen and enrich the shared mealtime experience.

We hope that this study and the resources offered will help with you or your loved one's nutrition.

Live Oak also has dining help and resources available to overcome these dining problems. 


Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Smart Phone App

22 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The great people have developed a convenient and free iPhone and Android App: 

Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion

Available at the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

"The Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion is a pocket guide to help get you through all the dementia care situations you likely never dreamed you’d have to face.

The App's Features include:

25 topic categories containing close to 500 searchable pieces of advice from experts and other caregivers regarding:

Behaviors and situations

Emotional support

Helpful resources

Ask a Question” submission form if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for

Functionality to share advice from your own experience for the benefit of other caregivers

A built-in rating system for users to provide feedback on each tip so caregivers benefit from others’ insight and evaluation of the advice

24-hour caregiving assistance available via a toll-free phone number or email submission

Access to free Alzheimer’s and other dementias caregiver resources and training materials

Ability to access all of the solutions and tips without Internet connectivity"

Overall this is a smart phone app designed for caregivers

CaregiverStress Blog: Medication Mismanagement Problem

21 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The CaregiverStress Blog discussed the alarming problem of Senior's medication mismanagement.

"The statistics on medication mismanagement are scary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 700,000 emergency department visits for adverse drug events in U.S. for adults aged 65 years or older.  Up to 23% of nursing home admissions are due to the senior’s inability to manage their prescriptions on their own. And another startling statistic: 58% of all seniors make an error of some kind when taking their medication. Of those seniors, 26% of the errors are potentially serious."

Their post also includes a caregiver's real story highlighting the danger of medication mismanagement. 

Live Oak has a number of Medication and Routine Management systems available in our Caregiving Aids Section.

We offer the full line of MedReady Medication Management systems and the voice activated Reminder Rosie

Please give us a call at 888-940-0605 or send us an email at to see how Live Oak can help with you or your loved one's medication management . 

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