Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dealing with Your Diabetes Diagnosis

The Invacare TRUEread™ Blood Glucose Monitor with Biosensor technology delivers outstanding performance at an affordable price. Results in only 10 seconds. Easy, two-step operation. Approved for alternate site forearm or fingertip testing. Capillary-action requires only 1 microliter of blood for more comfortable testing. Features 200 test memory, date and time and automatic coding with code chip. Data uploading capability. Contents include: TRUEread™ Blood Glucose Monitor with 3V battery installed, 10 TRUEread™ test strips, code chip, check strip, lancing device, clear cap for lancing device for alternate site use, 10 sterile lancets, owner's booklet, quick reference guide, self-test log book, compact carrying case and TRUEcontrol™ glucose control solution. 5-year warranty.

Total Price: To view this product click here


Friday, August 27, 2010

Wheelchair and Scooter Friendly Homes: Simple Changes You can Make Yourself

If you’ve recently begun using a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around, you might be feeling a great mix of emotions.  One of the most common feelings can be frustration caused by challenges you’re likely to face in a home that was not designed or decorated for someone using a mobility device.  The good news is that, when it comes to making your home easier to navigate with a wheelchair or scooter, many of the changes that make the most difference are easily performed without major work or cost.

Here are 5 simple home-modifications that cost little or nothing to perform:

1. Remove loose carpets and rugs.  Especially if you have hardwood or tile floors, loose floor coverings can be a frustrating obstacle for wheelchairs and scooters.  Removing them obviously doesn’t cost anything, and it can make a big difference in your ability to easily navigate your home.  Alternatively, an adhesive backing can be used to hold rugs in place.

2.  Move furniture to accommodate your mobility device.  This seems obvious, but many people don’t know just how much room is needed for their mobility device.  As a general rule, arrange furniture to allow at least a 32-inch path and 5-foot turning radius.  Some furniture might need to be removed altogether to accommodate this.

3.  Tie strings to your door handles.  To allow a wheelchair or scooter user to more easily pull a door closed while passing through doorways, add a 36-inch string to each door handle in your home.  This comes with little to no cost, and it makes a big difference.  If you don’t want plain ugly strings hanging from your doors, you can always use colored yarn or decorative ribbon!

4.  Raise your tables and desks.  To bring some tables and desks to above knee level, it might be necessary to place furniture coasters or blocks of wood under their legs.  Again, let your creativity take over with this project to avoid big, ugly wooden blocks under your tables.  Whatever you use, just be sure the table or desk is sturdy and can’t easily be knocked off its footings when you’re done.

5.  Spruce up your device!  One thing that can be challenging to get used to when first using a mobility device is the difficulty in carrying items and maneuvering at the same time.  To help with this, equip your wheelchair or scooter with accessories to help carry everything from books and clothes, to drinks and medical necessities.

One last tip: While it doesn’t have to do with accessibility, it is important that you install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and make sure the batteries are checked frequently.  As it might take a little longer to get out of your home in an emergency, it is critical that you have early warning in these cases.

So, there you go! Some changes that will make a huge difference in your ability to get around your home in a wheelchair or scooter, that won’t break the bank or cause a lot of disruption.  As always, if you have questions about equipment you have purchased or are considering, contact All Time Medical, and we’ll be happy to help any way we can.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Great Gift Ideas!

Corp Pain Relief Mask with Massaging :

 ErgoBeads™ spread a gentle, soothing weight with massaging effects around the eyes; feels naturally cool or freeze to enhance effectiveness. Ideal for the relief of migraines or other headaches, sinus pain, tired, puffy, or dry eyes or post surgery; conforms to the face and eyes, blocking out light. Breathable cotton Lycra® material with head strap; hand wash in cold water and air dry.

Winnie Lite Supreme Aluminum 3 Wheel Rollator:

 The Drive Medical Winnie Lite Supreme Aluminum 3 Wheel Rollator is an outstanding 3 wheel rollator, enabling you to get around much easier and safer than traditional step walkers.

This walker is equipped with 7.5” wheels, designed to provide stability and great maneuverability on almost any surface. The Drive Medical Winnie Lite Supreme Aluminum 3 Wheel Rollator also features height adjustable, ergonomic handles, adjustable brakes, tote bag and an optional wire basket.

 Standers Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar:

The Standers Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar is two products in one. No need for wall mounts, can be installed in virtually any area of the room.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Respiratory Supplies:

·       The Probasics Portable Suction Machine Model #7000 is listed at a price of $214.00 and saving you a total of $185.00. It offers a reliability and high performance powerful suction. It has a mini-suction cup feet for stability and an easy grip handle that protects the gauge and control valve.

·       The Omron Compair XLT Compressor Nebulizer is listed at a total price of $58.00 and savings are $31.75. It is efficient alternative for patients that have been experiencing asthma or other respiratory conditions. It has a compact design and an interesting handy carrying case that allows the patient the ability to carry it anywhere. It also has a compact sporty design and the patented pump design for powerful and quiet performance.

·       The Probasics Buddy the Dog Pediatric Compressor Nebulizers  is a total of $49.99 and a saving of $28.01. It is such an awesome idea for your child suffering from asthma and it is also quiet to use. It can dispense all types of medication quickly and effectively. Buddy the Dog comes complete with a disposable nebulizer with a mouthpiece and a pediatric aerosol mask.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Walk In Bath Tub Sale!

The walk-in-bath tub M3053 is the most accessible and most comfortable walk-in bathtub on the market today with features that will allow you to enjoy the pleasures of independent bathing again.

This walk-in tub specializes in accessibility and security for safe transfers in and out of the bath tub by offering standard features such as a safety grab bar and an ADA compliant 17" high seat to assist in entering and exiting from the bath, thereby providing a complete and safe bathing experience for the elderly and the mobility impaired.

This bath tub is designed to fit perfectly into your existing shower stall or previous bath tub, and is designed around your convenience and comfort for you to be able to bath without any assistance.

The 30x53 Tub is constructed of the highest grade fiberglass composites with a gel coat finish for beauty and durability. The 30x53 is perfect for retro fitting an existing bath tub. It comes with a stainless steel frame for long lasting strength and adjustable feet for easy installation and leveling.

This magnificent walk-in bath tub will bring back the pleasure of a peaceful bath once again.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


·       The Odyssey Full Size 4 Wheel Scooter is offered at $1,799.00 and you save a total of $386.00. The Odyssey Full Size 4 wheel Scooter is designed for indoor and outdoor activity. It features a finger pull throttle and also a headlight. The colors that are available are blue and red. It also includes a large carry basket and a standard anti tipper. The maximum speed is also 6MPH and the weight is 350 lbs. It also includes the free bag with this purchase. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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·       Sunfire Plus Power Base Wheelchair is currently offered at $1,530.00. It’s saving you a total of $3,670.00! This wheelchair also offers a free bag with the purchase as well. Some great features of this product would be the compact rear wheel drive, programmable PG controller with an adjustable joystick mount and also a 4 AMP, fan cooled, on board chargers.  Specifications would include the speed at a 6mph and the range is up to 20 miles! You will also be noticed with the red exterior color

Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair is offered the lowest price on the web, which is a total of $106.00. The buyer is saving a total of $108.00 and is receiving awesome features when purchasing this wheelchair. It has a Blue Powder coated frame and a black cross brace.  The tires are rubber mounted and provides durability and low maintenance. It comes with push to lock brakes and the weight capacity is only 250 lbs


Monday, November 16, 2009



Ask an Expert - Handcycles

Chris Peterson has been designing handcycles since 1990 for Top End. He has worked relentlessly through the years on improving them to be fast and competitive. Always pushing the envelope, Peterson was instrumental in helping competitive handcycling to grow and develop as a sport. The rules for handcycling do not exclude able-bodied individuals which gives Peterson a chance to personally test out his designs. Not to be left out, Peterson is a competitive handcylist and consistently finishes in the top 10 both in Europe and the USA.
  • How do I figure out which is the best handcycle for me?
    The first question to ask yourself is “Why do I want one? Is it for recreation or am I more serious and plan to race or go on long distance rides?” If recreation is your goal, the Excelerator and XLT are great models as they feature a low maintenance 7 speed hub with reverse hands-on braking. For racing, long distances or hilly terrain your best ride are the handcycles in the Top End Force Series or XLT PRO. 
  • What are the main differences between the Top End Force, Force G and XLT PRO?
    The Top End Force is an arm-powered, super-reclined, lay down, low to the ground, aerodynamic handycle that compares to what everyone in Europe is using. The XLT PRO offers a reclined position but a higher seat height than the Force. The Force G is primarily a trunk powered unit and best for those with great trunk control. 
  • I want to go the distance, possibly race. Which seating position should I choose?
    This really depends on your goals and your disability. There are three different positions: the recumbent position, the trunk powered position and the kneeling position. • The recumbent style is when you are reclined in a semi-lying position using mostly arm, shoulder and chest muscles. It is relaxed and very aerodynamic. This position is preferred by paraplegics (T10 level and above) and quadriplegics. • The trunk-powered position is a position where you sit up straighter utilizing a rocking motion that applies your whole upper body including your trunk. For this position you need good balance. • The third position is the kneeling or amputee position and this requires excellent balance. You sit flat or angled downhill and then lean forward to generate power.
  • How fast will I go?
    Speed depends on your seating position, fitness level and disability. Top speed of over 30 MPH are possible. I train with other riders, (even able bodied ones) plus use a cordless speedometer and heart rate monitor to help me get faster.
  • What crank width is best?
    Crank width is dependant on shoulder width and leg clearance requirements. A good rule of thumb would be to measure shoulder width and add a couple of inches.
  • How do I determine the best crank length and width?
    The crank length is not necessarily determined by the length of the cycler's arms. Most competitive racers in Force handcycles are using shorter (170mm - 185mm) and narrower (14" - 16") crank arms and spinning rather than muscling the gears. The crank height and back placement are positioned to make sure the cranks don't hit the legs or chest rather than the crank length being compromised for this situation. A strong cycler may want to have longer cranks to increase the leverage he/she is able to generate into the crank but the longer crank arms could wear down a newer or weaker cycler. Making smaller crank circles does not cause the cycler to exert as much energy. The crank width is more determined by the chest and leg widths. This is especially true with the Force G handcycle when the cycler's torso is used to crank and is sometimes positioned slightly over the crank assembly and the S cranks are used to clear the chest and legs. Generally speaking, it is best for a new handcycle owner to choose the standard lengths and widths listed on the order form. The crank arms are easily replaceable and after the cycler has used them for some time, he/she will be able to make a better decision about these dimensions.
  • What crank length should I choose?
    The cranks should complement your sitting position and body size. At the end of your peddle stroke your arms should be slightly bent and not fully extended. The more you move your body the longer the crank can be. Most people in the reclined position use crank lengths between 170-200 mm. Top End crank arms are designed so that they can be changed easily to try a different length.
To order call us at 1-866-406-3099. www.alltimemedical.com./handcycles

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Tip #9 - Beware of blood-pressure & pain reliever mix.

    Did you know that extended use of some over-the-counter (OTC)pain relievers like Advil may interfere with some high blood-pressure medications and even elevate blood-pressure?

    The pain relievers of concern belong to a group known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs, These drugs work by blocking the body's production of prostaglandins, substances which play a role in inflammation and fever.

    The problem is that by blocking prostaglandin production, NSAID pain relievers may prevent your blood-pressure medication from working properly. In addition, NSAIDs themselves may increase blood-pressure and can cause salt and water retention in the body.

    What can be done about it?
    Tylenol and other pain relievers that have acetaminophen as the active ingredient may be less problematic. Acetaminophen has not been shown to have any negative effects on blood-pressure medications. In any case, be sure to talk to your doctor before using any OTC pain reliever for more than 10 days. Be SMART about the medications you take and their effect on your body. To view the blood-pressure specific website of Tylenol Click Here.