The Live Oak Update

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Medication Management

10 October, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Throughout the treatment of Alzheimer’s or other dementia one may be prescribed a variety of medications. These powerful medications can be used for the symptoms of the disease itself as well as additional conditions. Care must be taken when one requires multiple medications at different points throughout the day. 

With the frequency and power of a patients prescribed medications, the organization and coordination of their care is essential. The Alzheimer’s Association (ALZ.org) has complied a list of safety tips to successfully coordinate and document pharmaceutical care to prevent any medication related problems. 

It is important to make sure that the doctor(s), pharmacist, and caregiver are all on the same page. The Alzheimer Association recommends keeping a log of current prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, and also all vitamin or herbal supplements. Be sure to include each respective dosages in the log as well. This log should be brought to each of a persons appointments ensure proper coordination between all parties.

This log will also allow you to double check any new prescriptions with the pharmacist or doctor for potential interactions with current medication. As well as record any side affects or allergies that have occurred in the patients medical history. 

Within this powerful log it is also important to record as much information as possible about each prescribed medicine. The Alzheimer Association recommends recording each medication’s name, purpose, dosage, frequency, and possible side effects. 

Once the proper dosage and frequency of the new medication is determined it is imperative to follow their instructions. Any change in this can lead to unforeseen side affects or interactions. 

All of the above information can be a priceless resource during one’s care.

Their are a number of online personal health records available to ensure that their medication records are available at any time:

Online Resources:

Mednotes- Personal Medication eRecords
2008 eHealthcare Leadership Award WInner

MyMedSchedule.com

If your online access is limited their are also templates available for physical logs that you can print and keep in your purse of wallet:

Free Printable Medical Forms.com: offers a wide variety of logs and trackers

Microsoft Excel Medication Log Template- Free Download

Microsoft Excel Medication Schedule Template- Free Download

For further information please visit the Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.org). The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 and provides an extensive international, national, and local resource for Alzheimer’s care and support, research, and advocacy. Please visit their website at Alz.org for further educational material. 

Also, the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA). The NIA has a Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center covering News, recent publications, and new clinical trials.

Affordable and Portable Bath Mobility

02 October, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

The peaceful solitude of your bath, the smell of an aromatic oil, and your favorite music in the background can be just the thing after a long day.

While unwinding, the warm water can also offer physical comfort for the symptoms of many conditions. Conditions such as arthritis, headaches, muscle tension, back pain and even some skin conditions.

Soaking in warm water relaxes tight soft tissues around your joints by increasing blood flow to your skin and outlying parts of the body.

The water’s heat can even help your body reduce pain by increasing the levels of certain hormones or endorphins in your body.

A pleasant bath has also been found to reduce one’s blood pressure and improve circulation. And it's no surprise that surrounding oneself in warm water can help to reduce stress.

Unfortunately, it is not easy for everyone to get in and out of the bath tub.

For those who find it difficult, the Mangar Bath Lift Cushion and Archimedes Bath Lift are a low cost option to practice the original form of hydrotherapy.

 

The Mangar Bath lift Cushion

Provides a portable, versatile, and fuss free option for all of your bathing needs.

Mangar Bathing Cushion with Air Flo MPCA030600The Bath Lift Cushion is lightweight and can be tucked away easily. This is especially important if you need to share the bath with others in your household. Once you have pressed the hand control’s button, you will slowly and gently be lowered into your bath.

Once you have come close to reaching full deflation, you can release all of the cushion’s air. This allows you to lie back and fully relax so that your entire body is covered with water, just like a normal bath!

But, you can also leave just a little bit of the cushion’s air in it for a comfortable back rest.

The Mangar Portable Air Powered Bath lift Cushion is the ideal solution if you still have reasonable upper body stability. But, If you’re upper body’s stability can be a challenge the Archimedes Bath Lift is the solution.

 

The Archimedes Bath Lift

The Archimedes Bath Lift provides stable back support while being lowered and raised from the bath.

Making it very easy and safe to relax and take the weight off of your joints.

The lightweight, battery powered lift chair provides the comfort of a high backrest and a long seat while still maximizing your leg room.

 

Affordable Alternatives to A Walk In Bath

Walk in baths can cost thousands of dollars as well as additional steep costs for their installation.

Even after the thousands of dollars you cannot remove the costly walk in bath and take it with you on a trip. The Bath Lift Cushion simply rolls into itself for easy storage or travel. While the Archimedes Bath Lift’s stabilizing suckers features a unique release system preventing your from having to release the 4 suckers one by one.

Also, a walk in bath prevents other members of the house hold or visiting family guests a traditional bath or in some cases use of the above head shower.

If you or someone in your care is facing difficulty getting in and out of the bath, look no further than our two affordable walk-in bath alternatives. We would be happy to help you choose the solution that is best for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-940-0605 or at info@BuyLiveOak.com

 

What is the Difference Between the Elk & Camel Lifts?

10 September, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Humane Lift by Live Oak proudly offers both of Mangar’s innovative portable emergency patient lifts.

Humane Lift’s Camel (Click Here) and Elk (Click Here) lifts are both low cost solutions allowing patients to preserve their independence and dignity. Each system includes an inflatable, professional grade cushion. With the cushion, the patient can be easily and safely lifted from the floor to an elevated sitting position.

This protects both the caregiver and the patient from injuries associated with manually lifting patients from the floor. The strain to both the caregiver’s and the patient’s back and arms can lead to further injury and costs. Also, offering an alternative to an expensive ambulance visit.

Both the Elk and the Camel feature the same battery powered compressor, the Airflo Plus. The AirFlo Plus connects to the same easy to use 4-way hand control. The 4-way hand control allows the operator control each of the system’s 4 independent cushions.

Even though both the Elk and Camel Lifts accomplish the same goal, each has unique features:

The primary difference between the two lifts is that the Elk requires the assistance of another caregiver.

Mangar Elk Lift

 

Without the additional backrest the Elk requires an operator or caregiver to stand behind the patient to ensure their stability.

With its platform design the the Elk lift is able to lift an astonishing 992 lbs. 

 

The Camel Lift system features an additional adjustable back support:

 

Mangar Camel Emergency Lift Cushion

This support creates a chair like support for the user as well as allowing the patient to use the system without a caregiver present. 

With its additional back support the Camel is able to lift a maximum weight of 705 lbs.

 

 

 

One of the major benefits of both systems is their portability.

Each cushion is designed to be easily transported and stored.

The Camel system comes with an additional bag to store the rolled up cushion and hand controls.

While the Elk cushion and controls can conveniently roll up in to its self.

Live Oak strongly recommends watching each of the system’s demonstration videos and reading their respective instruction manuals for further information. Also, email us at info@buyliveoak.com or 888-940-0605 for any further questions.

 

Welcome to Live Oak!

27 March, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Hello there! welcome to our new web site.

We hope you enjoy the new layout and features. We have made just a "few" changes and adjustments.

With this being Live Oak's opening blog post we wanted to let you know who we are and what you can expect in the future.

Live Oak was born out of a combination of industry leaders, Dynamic Living and AdaptMy.

We will be continuing the almost 18 years of providing exemplary customer service and the finest products.

All to help make you or your loved one's daily living easier, safer, and more comfortable.

As well as supplying a variety of useful tips, resources, and articles.

Please take a look around, tell us what you think about the new site!