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Steering Clear of Illness While on Vacation

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 in Better Sleep, Elderly, Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Illnesses can ruin a vacation, enjoy your family time by staying healthy.

Illnesses can ruin a vacation, enjoy your family time by staying healthy.

The summertime is a great time to travel across the country or around the world, whichever you choose, it is best to stay healthy. Many families choose to travel during the summer for various reasons like the kids are out of school, warm weather, and visiting relatives. Winter is not the only time you could catch an illness while traveling anywhere, so Medical Department Store wants you to be cautious so your vacation is not ruined by a virus or infection. From the common cold to the troubles of dealing with diarrhea, always being aware of what is around you can help make your vacation time enjoyable and worry free throughout the entire time. Steering clear of illness while on vacation can give you optimal time for fun and adventure.

Steering Clear of Illness While on Vacation:

  1. Always wash your hands. This may seem obvious, but so many people overlook doing so before eating or stopping to get a snack at a convenience store. Whenever you stop on a road trip, make it a practice to have everyone wash their hands and carry hand sanitizer for after.
  2. Get lots of rest. Sometimes, vacation seems to wear you out more than it gives you relaxation. Getting a good amount of shut eye can keep your immune system working properly, so it can fight off germs and viruses.
  3. Pack medications just in case. If the common cold hits you while on vacation, you can save a bit of time and money by not having to run to the store if you bring the cold meds with you. If you feel a cold coming on, you can prepare yourself by taking preventative medications.
  4. When it comes to food and water wherever you’re going, be cautious. Avoiding cold meat trays at the hotel and buffets on your vacation can save you the worries of dealing with diarrhea and food poisoning.

Whether you are staying in the Florida area for the summer hitting the beach or plan to venture out of the state, Medical Department Store encourages you to steer clear of illnesses and have fun.

National Peach Month Recipes with the Medical Department Store

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 in Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Peach Month is upon us and so are delicious recipes.

Peach Month is upon us and so are delicious recipes.

August is National Peach Month, which means it is time to sink your teeth into a juicy peach. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A, B, and C, all while only having 40 calories in a medium sized peach. This delicious and low calorie fruit is great for snacking or baking into recipes. Summer is the perfect time to cook with peaches because they are currently in season and freshly picked. When picking out peaches look for firm and fuzzy skins without blemishes. Whether you’re looking for a yummy peach dessert or a sweet and savory dinner dish, Medical Department Store is going to show you how to get creative with a few great national peach month recipes.

Peach and Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large peaches, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • A bunch of basil, leaves plucked and stalks chopped
  • 9 oz. penne pasta

Directions: Heat oven to 390 degrees. In a lightly oiled baking dish, stir together tomatoes, peaches, onions, garlic, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Roast uncovered for 40 minutes, stirring at least twice during cooking, until ingredients have softened and thickened. Stir in chickpeas, balsamic vinegar and basil stalks after 30 minutes. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Mix pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Serve.

Peach Wontons

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ripe peaches, peeled and sliced/diced (about 8 peaches)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Wonton wrappers (1 12 oz. pack should do it.)
  • Canola or vegetable oil, enough for about 1″ of oil in your pan
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions: Slice up the peach and toss in a large bowl with flour and brown sugar. Lay out the wonton wrappers, drop about a tablespoon of sliced/diced peaches and a tad bit of peach juice in the center of each wonton wrapper. Using your finger or pastry brush, wet the outside edge of the wonton wrapper. Fold one corner of the wrapper over to the other corner, and gently press down to seal edges. Make sure to seal edges thoroughly to avoid the oil splattering. Add an additional fold, if you’d like by dabbing the corners with water and folding them up to meet in the middle. Heat 1″ of canola or vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat to 375°F. Carefully slide wontons into oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes, turning as they fry. When they reach a lovely golden brown, remove from oil to a paper towel lined pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let cool ever so slightly and enjoy! Makes about 50-55 wontons.

Now that your mouth is watering, go ahead and make dinner with a delightful peach dessert. Here at Medical Department Store, we have plans to make both of these!

Recommit to Your Health in 5 Steps

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 in Elderly, Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |

Recommit to your health this summer with our easy tips.

Your health is a fragile thing and should be treated as such. The habits you do day to day can benefit or harm your health. As you age the habits you had at a young age can start to catch up to you. Being healthy isn’t about restricting diets or running marathons; it is about living a balanced and positive life. Balance comes from what you put into your body and what you do with it. Through food and exercise you can shape your health and life. The Medical Department Store has products to ensure your safety and health.

Step 1

Examine your current diet. Make sure you are eating enough fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains to sustain energy throughout the day. You should always eat a big breakfast, medium lunch, and a smaller dinner with healthy snacks in between. When you feed your body with empty calories from processed or sugar-packed food, you are restricting it from the nutrients it needs.

Step 2

Exercise benefits all bodily systems. It promotes blood flow, strengthens muscles, releases endorphins, and clears the mind. An individual should exercise at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes. A brisk walk can get blood pumping and allow fresh oxygen into the lungs. Find an activity you enjoy and invite family and friends to join!

 Step 3

Sleep allows the brain to process information and can improve memory, increase creativity, and sharpen focus. It can help you maintain a healthy weight and decrease inflammation. Make time in your life to achieve a good night’s sleep.

Step 4

Attitude is everything. Develop a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle and think of everything you do as an investment to your future. By beginning new habits today, you are likely to improve your health in the future. Simple ways to increase your happiness are creating a gratitude list, laughing, and spending time outdoors. If you find yourself struggling to be happy, consider expressing your thoughts by journaling or seeking professional health.

Step 5

The final step to committing to a healthy lifestyle is taking preventative measures to avoid accidents and injuries. The Medical Department Store offers walking aids, first aid care, and daily living aids to ensure your safety.

We hope you take these steps and incorporate them into your life. You deserve to have a healthy body, mind, and relationships. The Medical Department Store encourages you to have a happy and healthy summer!

5 Ways to Have a Better Trip to the Park during National Parks and Recreation Month

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 in Safety, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |

Make the most out of your family’s trip to the park.

There is no better time to plan a trip to the park than National Parks and Recreation Month! Pack a picnic, Frisbee, side walk chalk, and bubbles for a fun-filled day. Create memories with your family and friends this July! A trip to the park can be more difficult for someone confined to a mobility aid. While mobility aids are beneficial to everyday life, they require extra thought and consideration when leaving the home. The Medical Department Store offers an abundance of walking aids and products to ease your or a loved one’s life. Listed here are 5 considerations to make before going to the park. We wish you a safe and fun-filled summer and we are giving you ways to have a better trip to the park with the family.

  1. If you plan to pack a pick a picnic for the park, consider Sure Handle Bendable Utensils. These are specially designed to bend right or left or at any angle at the base of the metal shaft. The large round handle is soft and stabilizes the hand from slipping forward. They are dishwasher safe and durable for long lasting use.
  2. While outdoors, it is always good to be prepared for any accidents that may occur. We offer an abundance of wound care products to pack along for the ride. Wound cleanser, bandages, and dressing kits are all available to ensure your safety.
  3. If you plan to take your mobility scooter away from home, pack extra charged batteries.
  4. Sitting in a wheelchair for a long time can become uncomfortable. With one of our many wheelchair cushions you will find it easier to be in your chair.
  5. It is possible and encouraged to get exercise when using a cane or walker. To track the amount of steps you take, use a pedometer! You may surprise yourself with how many steps you are actually taking. Challenge yourself every day to walk a little further.

This summer we encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors. No matter what your physical condition, we hope you are able to make accommodations with products listed here and found online at the Medical Department Store!

Airhawk Cushions: Made to Perform

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 in Airhawk Cushion by MDSBlogger |
Motorcycle cushions

Airhawk cushions can be used in many ways to make you more comfortable. These cushions are perfect motorcycle seat covers to make long rides completely comfortable.

The unsurpassed comfort of Airhawk cushions are not only for wheelchairs; also motorcycles, vehicles, and sports activities. While cruising on the motorcycle on a summer’s day, your last mile will feel like the first because you are no longer worried about trying to stay comfortable.

The patented Airhawk system in each innovatively designed cushion promotes consistent blood flow longer than the competitors’ products. Memory foam, gel, and other products do not compare to the Airhawk design.

The Medical Department Store knows that sitting for a long time, whether in a wheelchair or on a motorcycle, can get hot and painful. Want to know the best part about the Airhawk cushions? You eliminate the hot seat factor. Open mesh panels let air flow into the cushion, in turn reducing heat buildup.

Interconnected air cells evenly distribute weight and pressure across the entire motorcycle seat. This not only makes your ride smoother, it can now be more enjoyable because you will want to ride more. These interconnected air cells also work as shock absorbers and reduce vibrations caused by the motorcycle.

The Airhawk cushions are made to be affordable, portable, and there is a sizing chart to see which cushion size will work for your motorcycle’s brand and shape. If you are still unsure why you should buy an Airhawk cushion from the Medical Department Store, we can give you a few more reasons.

Not only are Airhawk Cushions top of the line, they are made to perform so you can enjoy every bit of cruising on your motorcycle. There are a variety of cushions for you to choose from that will fit within your budget. The Medical Department Store not only provides for your home medical needs, but everyday living products like motorcycle cushions.

Cast Covers: Don’t give up on Summertime Fun

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 in Cast Covers by MDSBlogger |
Protect cast

Medical Department Store has the covers you need to protect your cast this summer. With a cast cover, you can worry about your cast less and have more fun!

We know accidents happen and bones break at the most inconvenient times. Don’t fret because the Medical Department Store doesn’t want you to give up on summertime fun in Florida.

Cast covers are the perfect option for days where the kids want to go to the beach even with that broken arm or leg. These are ideal for swimming, bathing and any outdoor activity where you might get wet.

The kids will especially love cast covers from the Medical Department Store because it lets them play in water as if they are not wearing a cast. The purpose of these products is to seal for waterproof protection.

Imagine being on the local beach in Florida without having to worry about your child’s cast getting wet while they charge into the ocean. Cast covers will give you the peace of mind you are looking for while broken bones heal properly.

Feature cast cover products:

Dry Pro Pump Waterproof Cast Cover

This cast cover comes in various sizes for children and adults. This affordable covering is great for post-surgery hydrotherapy or for fun in the sun at the beach. The Dry Pro Pump Waterproof Cast Cover is great because you can see and feel the seal around the top. For the leg coverings, the bottom has a non-skid grip for the foot so slipping is not a worry.

XeroSox Waterproof Cast Cover

The XeroSox has a patented seal for optimal protection and defense against water getting onto the cast. It is made of high quality surgical latex and is perfect for wading in the water. This product features a built in pump that works as a seal and as a gauge for making sure the vacuum is intact.

Cast Comfort Spray

We all know the feeling of having an itch, but not being able to scratch it. This is especially hard with a cast over the itch and you cannot get in there to scratch it. This unique aerosol spray uses medical-grade alcohol to relieve the itch. Not only does this product stop the itch, it gets rid of embarrassing cast stench.

The Medical Department Store believes cast covers are the ideal solution for casts in the summer months for water activities. Don’t give up on summertime fun!

5 Tips for Older Americans Month

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 in Older Americans Month by MDSBlogger |

older americans

Each May, our nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions. This year’s theme is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” so Medical Department Store wants to provide older Americans with information that will allow them to continue to stay healthy and active.

This year the focus is to raise awareness on injury prevention. Medical Department Store wants you to consider these simple safety tips to prevent injury.

  • To lower the risk of falling or injury, have a doctor or physician review all medications to reduce the chance of dangerous side effects and drug interactions. Create a medication schedule or use a scheduler box to make sure you take no less or more than prescribed.
  • Maintain a diet with adequate dietary calcium and Vitamin D. Also, discuss physical activities that are appropriate for you. Regular exercise improves endurance, strength and balance.
  • Have your vision checked regularly. Sight plays a large role in preventing injuries at home, on the road and in the community.
  • Install handrails and grab bars wherever they are helpful, especially around stairs and in bathrooms. Also, ensure that there is enough lighting inside and outside of your home, especially around frequently used walkways. Nightlights are a great way to light up the bathroom at night.
  • Test smoke detectors regularly. Be sure to have a smoke alarm in or very near your cooking area. When cooking, wear snug-fitting or short-sleeve clothing and high-quality oven mitts that cover part of your arms to help reduce the chance of getting burned.

Medical Department Store wants a society where older adults can live safe, healthy and independent lives. Visit our online store or stop in to view our products that help prevent injury. Celebrate Older Americans Month this May and help older Americans live longer and healthier lives.

Celebrate Nurse’s Week

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 in Nurse's Week by MDSBlogger |

Nurse's week

The Medical Department Store is thrilled to celebrate nurses and all that they do for their patients during National Nurse’s Week, May 6-12.

Patients often recognize that a nurse is a health care professional with whom their families have the most contact, but some may not realize that nurses are leaders in improving the quality of care in our community.

Nurses have continuously been leading initiatives to increase access to care and improve outcomes by focusing on primary care, wellness, family care and providing information about health care providers.

If you’re looking to celebrate the nurses who have helped you care for medical problems with you or a loved one, check out these five inexpensive ways to honor the special nurses in your lives.

  1. Hand out Lifesavers with a note, “You are a lifesaver.” Cheesy, but it will put a smile on their face!
  2. Create a care package with candies or gift cards.
  3. Post pictures of nurse teams in waiting rooms. Include their name and tell about one of their great qualities.
  4. Host a small open house with treats and beverages in a break room to thank nurses.
  5. Team up with a local elementary school or daycare to create art and thank-you notes for nurses.

Nurses are rapidly creating and expanding new job roles; such as nurse wellness coaches, care coordinator specialists or nurse navigators that help develop healthy lifestyle practices. A nurse’s commitment to continuing knowledge, clinical skill, and patience is combined with a sincere commitment to patients and compassion for their families. Wherever health care is provided, a nurse is likely to be there.

Medical Department Store encourages you to thank a nurse for all that they do in our communities. If you are in the market for home medical equipment, Medical Department Store has the products necessary to make a speedy recovery and make a nurse’s day easier.

Donate to Save a Life: Celebrate National Donate Life Month

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 in Heart Health, organ by MDSBlogger |

Donate to Save a Life: Celebrate National Donate Life Month

It is possible to save more than 20 people’s lives, just by becoming an organ donor. Medical Department Store appreciates your attention to this issue, and encourages you to consider you decision.

More than 120,000 men, women, and children are currently on the waiting list for organ transplants in the United States. This comprehensive list also includes the 67,000 multicultural patients and 2,000 pediatric patients who are waiting for the right match.

First, to debunk some common myths, anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age, race, or medical history. There is no cutoff age for donating organs. Doctors choose whether or not to use organs based on strict medical criteria so don’t count yourself out! Let your doctors decided whether your organs and tissues are suitable for donation.

Another common misconception is that people who have certain medical conditions are not able to donate their organs. Doctors may still be able to use certain organs and tissues for transplant. Don’t prematurely dismiss the contribution you could potentially make.

Some people believe that their families will be charged if they choose to donate their organs, adding additional bills their relatives must cover. This misconception is false. The family of the organ donor is never charged. Any tests doctors may perform to determine the suitability of organs is covered by the hospital, and the cost for organ removal is assigned to the family of the recipient.

Now that you have the facts, Medical Department Store encourages you to become an organ donor and make a difference in the lives of many potential recipients. If you identify with an ethnic minority, it is especially important that you consider becoming an organ donor. African-Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Hispanics have an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with a chronic condition that is more prevalent in minorities.

Celebrate National Pecan Month with Some Heart-Healthy Recipes

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |

Celebrate National Pecan Month with Some Heart-Healthy Recipes

If you think outside that oozy, gooey, goodness of pecan pie, you will find that pecans pack a punch in the nutrition category. Since Americans are snacking more often, the need for healthy and nutritious snacks is greater than ever.

The National Pecan Sheller’s Association found that a one-ounce serving of 12-20 pecan halves has a great nutritional value:

-Pecans have more antioxidants than any other variety of nut

-Pecans can reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol

-Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals

-Pecans are a natural source of protein and are sodium-free

A poll was conducted and found that 48% of adult (18-70 year olds) eating occurs between meals. This new type of culture suggests that a new type of “snacking culture” is emerging.

Pecans are packed with fiber which promotes good colon health. The fiber that is found in pecans helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system which increases the colon’s efficiency. This leads to benefits such as reduced risk of colitis, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids.

Pecans also boost heart health by reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, and can even prevent some cancers. The minerals found in pecans work with calcium to strengthen bones and teeth.

Not a fan of nuts straight from the shell? Throw them in your salad, yogurt, or casserole to gain the same benefits.

Need some ideas?  Check out this recipe for Herbed Pecan Snack Mix

5 c. cereal (any combination of rice or corn squares, crispy corn or rice cereal bites)

1 ½ c. pretzels

1 c. pecan halves

1/3 c. butter or margarine

1 T. dried parsley

1 t. dried thyme

½ t. celery salt

½ t. onion powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cereals, pretzels, and pecans in a 9×13 baking pan. In a bowl, stir melted butter and remaining ingredients together. Pour over cereal mixture, and toss gently until coated. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice. Spread in a large shallow pan or on foil to cool before serving.

Here’s another recipe that will get rave reviews.

Easy Cheesy Ball

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese

1 (1oz) package dry ranch dressing mix

2 ½ c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 ½ c. chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, mix softened cream cheese, dressing mix, and cheddar cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in chopped pecans. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

No matter how you crack it, pecans are full of rich heart-healthy benefits.  Medical Department Store encourages you to keep your bones and teeth healthy by adding pecans to your diet. If you are experiencing problems with mobility or daily living, contact Medical Department Store for a wide variety of medical equipment to help ease your problems.



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