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Practical and Useful Holiday Gifts are Excellent Holiday Gifts

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

It might not be easy to disguise a shower chair in wrapping paper, but to some family members it would be a very welcome gift.

With the challenges of today’s economy weighing on all our pocketbooks, why not give a practical and useful gift that won’t just sit on a shelf. Knueppel HealthCare Services has numerous items that any needy loved one would truly appreciate.

 

  •  Personal care items and aids to daily living: Medical ID jewelry, Pill dispensers, Pedicure kits, Convalescent / Patient gowns, Reachers

 

  • Ways to beat the cold: Moist heat pads, Thermal warmers and supports for all the joints, Cold air masks

 

Playing Card Holder

  • For leisure activities: Book, pen and pencil holders and page turners, Magnifiers, Playing card holders, Lap trays, Easy-grip scissors, Pedal and pulley exercisers

 

 

  • For the kitchen and dining room: Jar grippers and bottle openers, No-slip matting and trays

 

Shower Chair

  • For the bathroom: Grab bars for safe bathing, Hand-held shower systems, Shower chairs, Transfer benches, Bath comfort pillows

 

Charles Dudley Warner wrote: “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.” KHS carries numerous items appropriate for your loved ones, any time of the year. But maybe, just maybe, the sight of that awkwardly wrapped shower chair under the tree this December will bring a smile to someone’s eyes.

 

Interview with Terry Helland, Part I

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Interview with Terry Helland, Home Modifications Division consultant, Knueppel HealthCare Services PART I

Terry Helland, C.E.A.C.

Terry Helland has worked in the rehabilitation and medical services industry for 26 years. He is credentialed as a Certified Environmental Access Consultant (C. E. A. C.).

BLOG: Terry, how long have you worked at KHS?

HELLAND: I have been with Knueppel’s since 2006. I previously managed the Rehab Department, but then two years ago took on our Home Modifications Division. It has been an exciting and challenging change, but I find all my past experience feeds into every recommendation I make to people and every job we do.

BLOG: What are “home modifications”?

HELLAND: “Home modifications” is a catch-all phrase that includes any changes made to a home environment that make it safer and easier to get around in. It’s really all about quality of life. Home modifications might include the installation of assistive equipment or any structural change that allows people to stay safe and independent in their homes as they age. They are primarily meant for people with disabilities and those wishing to “age in place,” as we say in the industry. 

 

New Home Modifications Display at our West Allis Location
 

BLOG: How does one go about deciding if a home modification is appropriate?

HELLAND: Well, let’s look at independence and safety. The first goals usually are to maintain the independence of the individual or couple and to prevent injuries. The Baby Boomer population is starting to reach retirement age and whether they want to admit it or not, they are going to need some help around the house. If someone is still living in their own home where they have raised their family and want to stay there as they are getting older, or age in place, they might need to make some modifications, make sure they are safe. They love their home, but can’t get around in it like they used to…or they realize there are areas that have become unsafe for them, that’s where we come in. We have a comprehensive home safety checklist that highlights all the potential safety risks in the home. Sometimes there are areas people may not have considered as unsafe.

 

BLOG: If someone just needs a little help, what are some economical ways to make things easier?

HELLAND: The first thing we would do would be to try to make the bathroom safer. If one in three adults 65 and older falls each year, and the bathroom is where the majority of falls take place, then let’s do something about it. Grab bars come in all shapes and sizes and are a great way to make people feel more secure as they use the bathtub, shower and toileting area. To make faucets easier to turn on and off we can install lever-operated faucets. Good bathmats and transfer benches make standing and transitioning safer. Even a tub bench can make taking a shower or bath safer and more accessible.

 

Stylish Options Abound for Bathroom Modifications