HEALTH & WELL-BEING - BLOGS 1 -

We will be writing regular 'Health Blogs' on our website which might be of help to anyone who suffers or anyone who knows someone who is suffering with mobility problems or an illness and are not sure where to go to for information.

 

These blogs are aimed at helping you find help and advice on different types of health issues and helping you find appropriate places to go to for more information by linking other useful websites to each blog.

 

We would love to hear your comments or any issues you would like us to 'blog' about so please feel free to enter them in the comment boxes at the bottom of any of the 'blog' pages.

- ARTHRITIS -  

 

Suffering with Arthritis (Inflamation of the joints) can be a very painful, dehabilitating condition.  With an estimated 10 million sufferers in the UK who suffer with Arthritis knowing more about the condition is the first step n the right direction for many people in managing their life with Arthritis. Influencing factors of Arthritis are painful joints, immobility, fatique and loss of strength. Although there is no cure for most forms of Arthritis there is a lot you can do to minimise the effect it has on every day life. Taking care of joints with gentle exercise, healthy eating and adaptations to the home are just a few ideas.

At Helping Hands we can help with many practical household and  PRACTICAL AIDS  which can help in managing this condition and which in turn can help maintain your independence.

For more advice with this and any other query you may have pop along to our shop in Dawlish or browse our website in the comfort of your own home.

 

For information on Arthritis Care the following link may also be of help to you:

 

www.arthritiscare.org.uk

 - DIABETES -      

 

Do you suffer or know someone who suffers from Diabetes?

 

We maybe able to help you prevent unnecessary complications which can arise from this condition with simple foot care.

 

With great demand from our customers we now stock DIABETIC SOCKS which can help to relieve the pressure on your feet and calf  that ordinary socks are unable to achieve.


They are available in packs of 3 for £3.99 and a choice of colours. We also stock Memory Foam Insoles providing extra comfort for the wearer. Simply cut them to the size you require. These are available for £2.99 a pair.


Pop in and see us or check out our website for more details.

 

Alternatively, for advice and help with Diabetes click on the following link:

 

www.diabetes.org.uk

    - DEMENTIA -          

 

Dementia is a disorder that affects how the brain works and there can be a wide range of symptoms, for example, early symptoms of Alzeimers, the most common form of dementia, include minor memory problems and, as the condition progresses, disorientation, confusion and wandering.
There is currently no cure, but carers and care providers understand that creating a supportive, person centred environment can promote independence and significally improve the quality of life for people with dementia, especially in the early stages.

New, purpose designed care range products for the bathroom are now available to help the user distinguish and recognise their environment which helps eleviate anxiety and loss of dignity which in turn boosts both confidence and independence.
The new range available comes in a contrasting red colour and includes:
- Plastic GRAB RAILS with ribbed grip for safety and provides leverage and support. Available in 13" angled, 18" straight and 24" straight
- TOILETING AIDS which include Raised Toilet Seats and are available in 3 height sizes. 2", 4" and 6"
- BATH STEPS which have 2 height options depending on which way round it is used - 4" and 6" (Choose the height which is closest to the base of the bath, to prevent over-reaching).
The step provides a large standing area for both feet so the user can be steady before stepping over the side of the bath. A textured surface helps to reduce the risk of slipping. A carry handle makes it easy to move it around. Size 20.5"x13"x6"

 

For more help and advice simply visit www.dementiauk.org 

- CROHN'S DISEASE -     

 

Crohn's disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

Inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, but most commonly occurs in the small intestine or the large intestine (colon).

Common symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhoea
  • Unintended weight loss

People with Chrohn's disease can go long periods without symptoms or with very mild symptoms. This is known as remission. Remission can be followed by periods where symptoms can 'flare-up' and become troublesome.

The exact cause of Chrohn's disease is unknown. However, research suggest a combination of factors may be responsible which include:

  • Genetics
  • Immune system
  • Previous infection
  • Smoking
  • Environmental factors - More common in westernised countries such as Uk and least common in poorer parts of the world, ie Africa.

Chrohn's disease can affect people of all ages, including children. However, most cases first develope between the ages of 16 and 30.

A large number of cases also develop between the ages of 60 and 80.

It affects slightly more women than men, but in children more boys are affected than girls.

 

There is currently no cure for Chrohn's disease, so the aim of treatment is to stop the inflammatory process, relieve symptoms and avoid surgery wherever possible.

 

For more information on this disease click on the following link and enter Chrohn's disease in the search box.

 

www.nhs.uk  

- PRESSURE ULCERS -  

 

Pressure Ulcers are caused when an area of skin and the tissues below are damaged as a result of being placed under pressure which is sufficient to impair its blood supply. They can occur in a person confined to bed or a chair by an illness. They are also referred to as 'bed sores' or 'pressure sores'.

All patients are potentially at risk of developing a pressure ulcer although they can often be preventable.

Diet, hydration, medication, moisture, continence and posture when seated or lying down are all contributing factors.

Mobility can help eleviate risk areas but if this is not possible then consideration of a pressure cushion could help relieve pressure to affected areas.

 

PRESSURE CUSHIONS are a great intervention but to use one correctly, there are many factors to take in to consideration, for example the style/comfort of the cushion ie, Visco Elastic Foam, Gel, Air-Filled or Alternating Air. The risk level ie, basic, intermediate or critical levels. The correct cushion should not compromise even- weight distribution and supported posture ie, feet should remain flat on the floor, back and forearms supported and ankles, knees and hips should be at 90 degrees. The correct size of cushion is also important as it should not change ability to move or transfer from the seated surface. 

 

 

For more help and advice on Pressure Cushions contact us or pop in to our high street shop where we will be happy to help.

- INCONTINENCE - 

 

Incontinence - Loss of bladder or bowel control. 

 

More than 2.5 million people over 60 in the Uk have urinary incontinence and 6.5 million people of all ages have bowel problems so the condition is more common than you think!

It can be an embarrassing, difficult problem to talk about but there is a better chance of it being cured or managed successfully when it is diagosed early.

It can affect both men and women although more common in women.

The problem can cause skin irritation and hygiene problems and it can significantly affect day-to-day life and confidence.

 

We have a wide range of various CONTINENCE CARE underwear, PERSONAL AIDS and TOILETING AIDS to help you manage this condition. Contact us for more advice at Helping Hands, Dawlish or check out our website.

 

To download a Bladder and Bowel Problems Guide and for more help with this condition, simply click on the following link:

 

www.ageuk.org.uk  

- enter Incontinence in their search box.

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