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Welcome to Medical Mobility Solutions, the official blog of ACG Medical Supply in Rowlett, Texas. We hope that you enjoy our stories and feel free to share them with your friends and family!

Choosing a Wheelchair Ramp

August 5th, 2016

If you use a wheelchair, you may have come across a threshold that you need to overcome with a ramp. Maybe you have a step leading up to your door or a drop off from one part of the house to another. A quick and easy solution to this problem is using a wheelchair ramp. There are three main types of ramps: portable, modular, and permanent.

Portable ramps are put in place for use and taken up and removed after use. Some of them can also be folded up for easier transport.

Permanent and modular ramps are made to be installed. In some areas of the country, they must follow building codes and height/slope regulations. These can also be built with or without rails. Some larger ramps will also require a landing at the end. The staff here at ACG can come out to your house to give you a free estimate on a permanent or modular ramp to suit your needs. Our techs can build, install or repair your current ramp.

The first step in choosing a ramp is to measure the height of the obstacle you are trying to overcome. You will need 1 foot of ramp for every 1 inch of height for a proper slope of the ramp. For example, if you have a step that is 3 inches high, you will need a 3 foot ramp. Also, what is the average height you will need to overcome, so you can choose the correct length ramp? If you are needing a portable ramp, will it need to fold to fit in the trunk of your car?  Another thing to consider is how wide you need the ramp to be. Most ramps are 31 inches wide on average.

ACG Medical Supply carries a wide variety of ramps. They will be on sale for 10% off for the month of August! Come by and view or selection, call for a free estimate, or visit our website.

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ACG Supports Families of Fallen Dallas Officers

July 22nd, 2016

ACG Medical Supply is a family owned, small business. We give back to the local community whenever we can. The tragic events of the Dallas police shooting on July 7th touched our hearts. ACG wants to help the families of the officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. You can help us in our efforts by just purchasing items that you would normally buy.

We are having a #BackTheBlue day here at ACG. On August 15 we will be donating 10% of all sales for the day to the Assist the Officer Foundation for Dallas and the Line of Duty Fund at The Dallas Foundation. These are the only two charities that are recognized and supported by the Dallas police department. The Line of Duty Fund at The Dallas Foundation are working closely with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority to distribute 100% of the donations received to the officers and families affected by the shootings in Dallas on July 7th. You can support the families knowing that the money is going where it needs to.

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The staff will all be wearing blue to show our support. Wear your blue as well to show you’re with us in supporting the boys in blue!

How to Put on Compression Socks

June 28th, 2016

Compression socks are designed to treat venous disorders such as edema and thrombosis. They increase circulations to prevent blood clots, varicose veins, venous ulcers, and tired or achy legs as well. ACG Medical Supply carries a large variety of compression garments to choose from. Some of the higher level compression socks can be difficult to put on, but there’s a technique to help get them on easier. Our staff can take your measurements to assure you get a proper fitting garment and teach you how to wear them here in the store.

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How to put on compression socks:

  1. Reach into the garment and grab the heel.
  2. While holding the heel, pull the sock inside out just to the heel, forming a pocket.
  3. Place the heel of the sock towards the floor, and pull the sock on your foot as far up to the heel as you can.
  4. Turn the rest of the sock right side out and up over your heel. The hardest part is getting the sock over your heel.
  5. Once you’ve done that, you want to ladder the sock back and forth up your leg to ensure a proper fit and compression. The garment should land about two finger lengths below your knee.
  6. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.

* If you are still having trouble getting your socks on, you can also try using a stocking donner. This allows you to put the sock on to the donner and slide it up your leg.

How to put on Compression socks with a donner:

  1. Face the donner with the opening away from you.
  2. Pull the top part of the sock over the donner and slide it up to the heel of the garment.
  3. Put your foot into the sock and pull up on the handles of the donner.
  4. You may need to finish laddering the sock up your leg. The sock should land about two finger lengths below your knee cap.

 

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If you would like to see a demonstration, you can watch our YouTube video through the link below.

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* For best results, you want to put your compression garments on when you first wake up in the morning, and take them off when you are home relaxing in the evening.

National Safety Month at ACG

May 31st, 2016

June is National Safety Month. Here at ACG, we recognize the importance that safety plays in keeping healthy. Whether you’re at home, at work, or behind the wheel of a car, there are steps you can take to avoid accidents or injuries.

Today we are focusing on keeping safe at home. The number one cause of accidental injury related death in America is due to poisoning. These can be caused by gases, chemicals, or drug overdoses. The good news is that there are ways to prevent accidents from occurring. Make sure you have all medications, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and even batteries out of the reach of children. The poison control center receives over 2.2 million poison related calls every year. It’s a good idea to leave a list of all emergency numbers you may need next to the phone. Another thing you can do remain safe is to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. If you have little ones, make sure to child proof your house.

The third leading cause of accidental death, following poisoning and car accidents, is falling. It is also the number one cause of death for people over the age of 71. There are millions of injuries from falls every year. One out of every five falls results in a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. There are several products on the market to help prevent falls. Some of the most popular products are grab bars. Here at ACG we are offering 10% off all of our grab bars in recognition of National Safety Month to help prevent accents and keep you safe.

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Find about more about staying safe at the National Safety Month website.

For more information on child safety, visit the website of Safe Kids Worldwide.

For more information on preventing falls, visit the website of  Fall Prevention Centers of America.

 

 

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

May 25th, 2016

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May 25 is National Senior Health and Fitness Day! Today, over 100,000 seniors will participate in over 1,000 events all over America. The common goal of all of these events is to keep older adults healthy and fit. Whether or not there is an event in your area, there are still some things you can do to try and stay healthy.

What we are focusing on today is exercise.  There are four types of exercise that doctors recommend.

  • Endurance- Some of these include walking, running, dancing, and yard work.
  • Flexibility- These activities include yoga and stretching.
  • Balance- Standing on one foot, heel-to-toe walking, and Tai Chi fall into this category.
  • Strength- Things like lifting weights, body weight exercises, and resistance band therapy fall under strength exercises.

Another activity that falls into multiple categories is swimming. Not only is it a full body work out, it has shown to have health benefits for many medical conditions. Researchers believe that swimming lowers your risk of falling by building strong core muscles and coordinating movement between the upper and lower extremities. The muscles used during swimming promote good balance control as well. Another condition that is lessened with swimming is arthritis. The buoyancy of the water supports the body’s weight. This, in turn, reduces stress on the joints and reduces pain. Other benefits include improved cardiovascular health and increased range of motion.

Are you getting enough exercise? The CDC recommends that adults aged 65 and older get in an average of 2.5 endurance style exercise or 1.25 hours of intense aerobic activity a week. They also recommend two or more days of strength training per week, focusing on all of the different core groups of muscles. For more options on physical activity from the CDC, you can visit their in the older adults section of the physical activity section on their website here.

It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before you start any new exercise regime, especially if you have certain health conditions or have been inactive for a long period of time. Some of the questions you can ask your doctor are:

  1. Do I need to avoid any specific types of exercise?
  2. Do any of my health conditions affect the ability to exercise?
  3. What are the best types of exercise that I can do if I have certain conditions?

For more information on events for this day, you can visit the website of  National Senior Health & Fitness Day. If you need help finding more specific exercises that are safe for you to do, visit The National Institute for Aging over at their site Go4Life.

 

 

Senior Week of Wellness

May 21st, 2016

ACG Medical Supply has recently learned of a beneficial upcoming event.  Heartis Senior Care will be hosting an open house for the Memory Care community at their Eagle Mountain facility. They will be featuring classes as well as a Dementia Live experience. It will allow you to experience first-hand what it may be like to have dementia.

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Tuesday May 31–Friday June 3, 2016

Gone is the belief that growing older means inevitable and irreversible physical decline.

As we age, it’s important to stay healthy and happy for as long as we can. Today’s seniors are living longer than ever before, thanks in part to modern medicine and the fact that they know the importance of an active lifestyle.

RSVP Required at 817-236-6116

3141 Dalhart Dr. (off Boat Club Rd) Ft Worth, Tx

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Schedule: Classes daily – 10 am – 12 :00 pm – (break for complimentary lunch) – 1 pm – 2 pm

Tues., May 31st:

10 am – Osteo Arthritis – Ellen Hedger, RN – Bridgeway Home Health

11 am – Spinal Arthritis – Dr. Teddrick Dunson

1 pm – Inflammation and Arthritis – Laura Westbrooks – Real Time Pain Relief

Wed., June 1st

10 am – Vision Impairments – Dr. Wm. Aston – Eagle Ranch Vision Source

11 am – Audio Impairments – Shannen Simpson – Connect Hearing

1 pm – Falls – Causes and Prevention –  Jamie Berg, MPT

Thurs., June 2nd

10 am – Stroke Prevention – Texas Health Alliance – Becca Roberts, RN

11 am – High Blood Pressure – Texas Health Alliance – Becca Roberts, RN

1 pm – Lymphatic System – Diana Martin, LMT, MMP, LMTI

Fri., June 3rd

10 am – Diabetes – Highs, Lows, Footcare –  Janice Gable, LVN – Renew Home Health

11 am – Exercise – Joyce Spikes – YMCA

1 pm – Nutrition – Cheryl Williams – Nutrition expert

* Door prizes will be drawn daily for attendees!!! *

* For more information on Heartis, visit their website.

Living With Arthritis

May 13th, 2016

Did you know that arthritis is not a single disease? In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions! It’s most commonly known as joint inflammation, affecting people of all age, race, and gender. Arthritis is leading cause of disability in America, with more than 50 million people diagnosed.

The different types of arthritis are degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, and metabolic. Of these, the two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.

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Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and falls under the degenerative category. It’s also known as the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. A break down in the cartilage over time can occur causing pain, swelling, or stiffness in the joints. It generally comes on slowly and progresses over time, but it can be related to an injury as well. The most common areas affected by osteoarthritis are knees, spine, hips, hand, and fingers.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most popular form of arthritis and falls in the inflammatory category. It’s caused by an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the body’s joint tissue, causing inflammation in the joint lining. It can cause the joints to lose their shape, resulting in a loss of movement. The symptoms can be mild at times or occur in painful flare-ups. While doctor don’t know the cause of rheumatoid arthritis, they believe it can be genetic.

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Now you’ve been diagnosed, so what kinds of treatments are out there? While there’s nothing that can be done to reverse the cartilage loss, there are ways to reduce the symptoms and keep it from progressing. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan are essential to the treatment. If needed, your physician may suggest medication or surgery to help with the pain.

There are other products on the market that can also help. Here at ACG, we carry the Therall line of products. These unique supports that have a ceramic fiber infused into the fabric. What this does is take the body’s heat and infuses it back into your joints to increase circulation, soothe aching joints, and increasing mobility. They offer a lightweight compression in a variety of sizes for your wrist, hands, knees, ankle, elbow, and back. They are also on sale for the month of May in recognition of Arthritis Awareness Month. Some of the other products that can help with pain relief are TENS units, Biofreeze, and Sombra.

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For More information on arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation or Arthritis.com.

National Nurses Week at ACG

May 6th, 2016

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It’s National Nurses Week, and here at ACG Medical Supply we want to celebrate you! We know you work long, hard days spent mostly on your feet. We want to give you a break on the products you use everyday. Come in to ACG this week and you will receive 10% off of all diagnostic equipment. That means you save on stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, scissors, thermometers, pulse oximeters, pen lights, and more!

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PLUS, enter in our drawing for your chance to win a MDF Acoustica Stethascope! It is a lightweight diagnostic instrument that delivers accurate auscultation of heart, lung, and Korotkoff sounds with acoustic integrity and clarity. An ergonomic design ensures comfort for the nurse and patient, even during extended use. Precisely handcrafted from premium aluminum, the Acoustica Stethoscope is the ultimate in auditory diagnostics with unmatched performance and durability. It includes a lifetime warranty, a free parts for life program, and it’s latex free. Just come into ACG and drop your name and phone number into our drawing bucket. The winner will get their choice of a MDF Acoustica stethoscope from what we have on hand at the time of the drawing.

 

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For more information on National Nurse week, visit the American Nurse Association.

Arthritis Awareness Month at ACG

May 2nd, 2016

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month. We are observing this at ACG with a sale on all of our Therall Arthritis products. These lightweight orthotic supports provide a light compression to counter swelling and deep penetrating therapeutic heat to increase circulation. They are heat generated without the use of batteries or external power. A unique ceramic fiber within the material retains heat and slowly reflects it back into the body, producing long-lasting, soothing relief. These special items not only warm and soothe aching joints, but also help increase blood circulation and improve joint mobility. They come in a variety of sizes and are great for everyday use.

 

 

Foot Health Awareness Month

April 1st, 2016

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Your feet are a very important part of your body. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles working together for each step. The bones in your feet alone make up 25% of the bones in your entire body. Americans log an average of 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50! That’s a lot of work for your tootsies. Most people don’t think twice about the working of the foot until there’s something wrong. Three out of four Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime, with women being four times more likely to experience problems. Up to 70% of diabetics can experience nerve damage and pain in their feet. The best thing you can do to help your feet is to prevent problems from happening.

Here are some things you can do to improve your foot health.

  • Wear Proper Shoes- Ill fitting shoes can cause pain, bunions and blisters. High heels can also increase foot pressure by 75%. Make sure you’re wearing the proper shoe for your task.
  • Keep Toenails Trimmed- Use appropriate clippers and proper trimming techniques to prevent ingrown toenails and infections. Don’t clip your nails too short.
  • Keep Your Feet Dry- Always use a clean towel and thoroughly dry your feet. This can prevent blisters, foot odor, and athlete’s foot.
  • Use Sunscreen- Your feet can burn as well as the rest of your body. Don’t forget your feet when applying sunscreen.
  • Use Good Foot Hygiene- Thoroughly clean your feet with soapy water, paying good attention between your toes, and make sure to dry them well. Examine your feet each week for changes in skin coloration, blisters, redness, or scaling.
  • Know When to Consult a Doctor- Caring for minor problems at home is fine, but problems persist, consult with your doctor or a podiatrist.

 

The good news is that there are numerous products on the market to help with proper foot care. At ACG Medical Supply we carry everything from cleansers and moisturizers to shoe insoles to prevent problems, as well as pads, sleeves, and protectors for after an injury. We keep many items in stock and can also take special orders on anything we don’t have in the showroom.

This month, ACG Medical Supply is offering a 10% discount on our Diabetic Foot Wash and Deep Healing Foot Cream.

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For more information on foot care, visit the American Podiatric Medical Association or the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

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Welcome to Medical Mobility Solutions, the official blog of ACG Medical Supply in Rowlett, Texas. We hope that you enjoy our stories and feel free to share them with your friends and family!