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Are Lymphedema and Venous Edema the Same?

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If you’ve ever experienced swelling in your legs or arms, after a quick google search, you may have wondered whether you were suffering from venous edema or lymphedema. Both are very different conditions with different names and treatment methods, but there similar presentation can make for a confused patient. Many people ask the question, are lymphedema and venous edema the same thing and that’s why we thought we’d break down he facts. This will look at the similarities and differences of lymphedema and venous edema to help answer this question!

What is Lymphedema?

Millions of people have lymphedema. Lymphedema is a medical condition that causes swelling in one or more of an individual’s extremities. This swelling is caused by an impaired flow in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made of a specialized network of vessels that help collect excess lymph fluid from the body. After it has collected the excess lymph fluid it filters it through the lymph nodes. However if the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, then the body will react to the excess lymph fluid and swell.

What is Venous Edema?

Venous edema, also known as chronic venous insufficiency, is a disease of the veins that spreads to the lymphatics. This causes a chronic leakage of venous fluid into the tissues which then compromises lymphatic function. This condition causes your leg veins to not allow blood to travel back up to the heart. Venous edema can cause this blood that is not traveling towards the heart to flow backwards and collect or pool in the legs. Although venous edema can affect any part of your body, you may notice it more in your hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

What Causes Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. Lymphedema results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.

There are two types of Lymphedema, Primary and Secondary. Primary Lymphedema is caused by an anatomical abnormality which is a rare and inherited condition. Secondary Lymphedema is the result of damage or an obstruction to the lymph vessels and nodes.

What Causes Venous Edema?

There are several causes of venous edema. Some of these include being overweight, pregnant, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure, medication, previous leg injuries, as well as a family history of the issue. Venous edema can also be a sign of a larger issue such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or cirrhosis of the liver.

What are the Symptoms of Lymphedema?

There are several different symptoms of lymphedema, including:

  • Heaviness or pain in an arm or leg
  • Long lasting swelling in the arm, leg or breast following radiation or surgery
  • Decreased range of motion in the affected limb
  • Hardening and/or discoloration of the skin in the affected area

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from lymphedema it is important that you visit your doctor. They will provide you with the information that you need about help and next steps.

What are the Symptoms of Venous Edema?

There are several symptoms associated with venous edema, including:

  • Swelling in your legs or ankles
  • Tight feeling in your calves or itchy, painful legs
  • Pain when walking that stops when you rest
  • Brown-colored skin, often near the ankles
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg ulcers that are sometimes hard to treat
  • Having an uncomfortable feeling in your legs and an urge to move your legs (restless legs syndrome)
  • Painful leg cramps or muscle spasms (charley horse)

If you are experiencing any, or several, of these symptoms it is important to visit your doctor to see what is going on.

What is the difference between Lymphedema and Venous Edema?

Even though both lymphedema and venous edema are conditions that involve swelling, they have different causes and therefore need different treatment. This means that it is important that a doctor determines which you have so that the treatment method that best suits you is selected.

How Can I help my Lymphedema and Venous Edema?

There are many different methods to help ease the pain and effects of lymphedema and venous edema. Some of these include:

  • Avoid constrictive jewelry such as rings, watches, ankle bracelets, etc.
  • Have your blood pressure checked or blood drawn from the uninvolved limb
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent on the involved leg/arm
  • Move around periodically when traveling by air to promote circulation
  • Perform daily skin checks to avoid/treat any sign of infection
  • Avoid excessive intake of sodium or caffeine
  • Try to increase your water consumption
  • Use lotion to prevent skin from cracking, and keep your skin very clean
  • Wear loose clothing on the involved limb
  • Use an electric shaver for hair removal
  • Specialized gentle massage to reroute and move fluid

There are also several suggested methods for treating Lymphedema and Venous Edema, including:

  • Exercise programs
  • Compression bandages
  • Edema control garments
  • Wound and skin care
  • Adaptation of activities of daily living
  • Training on how to follow precautions and use life-long self-management techniques

If you are looking for a compression garment, visit the team at ADAPT Home Health Care today! We carry the following brands of compression therapy garments:

If you have a question about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

The ADAPT Home Health Care Difference

When you select ADAPT Home Health Care as your home health care store, you select quality. We value each and every one of our customers and work hard to ensure that they receive the best care and the right item for them. We have two locations in Mississauga and one in Brampton to better serve those in the Greater Toronto Area. Our staff is filled with industry experts who work tirelessly to ensure that all our customers are completely satisfied with their purchase. All of our home health care specialists and registered pharmacists are all specially trained as certified compression therapy fitters. Please call us today to book your fitting appointment with one of them today

If you suffer from lymphedema or venous edema, contact the team at ADAPT Home Health Care! We have 3 locations across the Greater Toronto Area to serve you better! Our staff will be there to assist you in finding the right home health care product for you and to answer any and all of your questions!

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

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Are you hosting a holiday party this holiday season for your loved ones? It is important to ensure that your home is safe for family members of all ages, including your aging loved ones. We’ve developed a list of steps that you can take and home health care items that you can purchase to prepare your home for the holidays!

Declutter the Area

It is important to declutter the area that your family will be travelling through and in. The more items that you have in the space the more chance that there is for someone to bump into something or trip and fall. Clearing an area can be a simple and easy way to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season!

Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms can be a dangerous place for anyone. That is why it is important to ensure that it is a safe space. There are several different bathroom safety products that can transform your bathroom. There are many different items that you can install or place in your bathroom to ensure that your guests are safe during their visit to your house over the holiday season.

Grab Bars

Grab bars are an add-on that you can place in your shower to provide extra support to the user. These bars are available in a suction cup form that are easy to install and remove after they are no longer needed. They are also available in multiple sizes and in a steel or white powder coat that can be permanently installed with services available upon request.

Shower Head Extensions

Shower Head Extensions make showering much easier for those with mobility issues. If you have a shower chair in the shower, this extension on the shower head will allow the individual bathing to point the water where they would like it without having to adjust the chair or the pressure of the water.

Tub Mats

Tub Mats are a simple addition to any bathtub. These mats stick to the slippery bottom of the tub and prevent all users from stepping into the tub and falling. The surface is smooth on the feet but also provides the support that is needed to ensure safety!

Tub Rails

Looking for something a little more helpful than a tub mat? Tub Rails are a great addition to your bathroom to ensure user safety. These rails allow for the person using the bathtub to easily get in and out of the tub without slipping and falling.

Versaframes (Toilet Safety Frames)

Versaframes, also known as Toilet Safety Frames, are a great way to provide your guests with added safety and comfort in your bathroom. These devices are secured to the toilet and add rails and hand grips to the side of the toilet so that the individual can ease themselves into a sitting position and assist themselves when standing back up. The added arm support can really help with sitting and standing issues!

Raised Toilet Seats

Raised Toilet Seats are a simple but appreciated addition to a bathroom. Most standard toilet seats are low which can be a pain for those who have a hard time sitting and standing. The added height of the seat can greatly improve the users experience.

Bath Seats

Bath Seats are a simple and cost effective solution for those with mobility issues. Standing in a shower or climbing in and out of a bathtub can be quite the challenge for some people. A bath seat allows the user to comfortably and safely sit in the shower so that they can rest and enjoy.

Bath Lifts

If your aging loved one visits often and suffers from mobility issues, a bath lift may be a smart purchase. Bath lifts assist individuals in getting in and out of the tub, preventing them from encountering any safety issues while bathing.

Long Term Stays

If your family is planning to stay for an extended period of time, it may be a good idea to add some larger mobility aids into your home. This will help put your mind at ease and make your aging loved one feel more at home while they are staying with you!

Lift Chairs

A lift chair is a type of chair that has a remote control on it. This remote can be used to lift the chair to standing position which allows the user to sit and stand with ease. This remote also controls the reclining feature on the chair to provide added comfort for the user.

Hospital Beds

If your family is staying for a long period of time and suffers from mobility issues a hospital bed may be a worthwhile purchase. Hospital beds make it easy for the individual to get in and out of the bed as well as lift the head and feet of the bed to provide extra comfort.

Transport Chairs

Transport chairs are a type of wheelchair that can allow your loved one to move around your home with ease. These chairs are easily stored and folded so that they can be stored or they can be put in the trunk of a car. This means that you can bring your aging loved one to the store with you to shop for the main family dinner course!

The ADAPT Home Health Care Difference

If you’re looking to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe this holiday season and in daily life, visit the experts at ADAPT Home Health Care. Our team of experts will help assist you and determine which items and steps are right for you and your loved ones! Call us or visit us today to start preparing for the holiday season.

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What to look for in a Wheelchair

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Are you in the market for a wheelchair? Whether it’s your first wheelchair or your fourth, there is a lot of information to consider before making your purchase. A wheelchair is a long-term investment so it is important that you consider all the options that are available. When you become informed about the options that are out there you can make an educated decision on what type of wheelchair you are going to purchase.

Individual

Your wheelchair has to be designed to work for you. That’s why it is important to consider an individual’s age, gender, current mobility, as well as strength. It is also important to know how the wheelchair is going to be used. If the wheelchair is just going to be used around the house then you would be looking for a different wheelchair that would be used on sidewalks and pavement. When you consider all of these factors you will have a better idea of what kind of wheelchair will work best for you and your life.

Wheels

Wheelchairs come with the option of many different wheels. These different wheels are designed for different individuals and for different types of mobility needs. If you plan to use the wheelchair around the house on hardwood you would opt for a different type of wheel than if you planned to use the wheelchair to play basketball on a concrete court.

Seat

The comfort level of the seat is an important part of choosing a wheelchair. If you are going to be sitting in it for several hours a day, the cushion on the seat must be plush and comfortable to ensure the user isn’t in any pain. Take your time to test out multiple options and ask questions so that you are sure this is the right wheelchair for you!

If you’re on the hunt for a wheelchair in the Greater Toronto Area, contact ADAPT Home Health Care today! We have two locations in Mississauga and one in Brampton to better assist you in finding the perfect wheelchair for you. Our team will help to evaluate your current situation, listen to your wants and needs, and find you the perfect wheelchair to fit your life and provide you with the ease of mobility that you desire!

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Home Health Care Products: What are They?

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Mobility is a large part of our independence. As we age, we often lose elements of our mobility which can make us feel trapped or limited in our homes and in our everyday lives. There are many different solutions to this problem however. There are many different types of home health care products available at your local Adapt Home Health Care store that can help increase your comfort and mobility in your home and in your everyday life. This blog will discuss some of the many items that you can purchase, or rent, in order to live your life to its full potential!

 Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are an excellent way to improve your mobility around your home and outside of your home. There are different types of wheelchairs that you can purchase, depending on the purpose you need them to serve.

 Manual Wheelchairs

Manual Wheelchairs are typically used for short distance travelling or for individuals who do not need to permanently use the chair. These chairs are controlled by the user turning the back wheels with their hands and manually propelling themselves forward. There are different types of manual wheelchairs including standard and transport. Transport wheelchairs are used to transport people from room to room or a car to a doctors appointment. These chairs are typically lighter and can be conveniently folded and stored. This however means that they are less padded and comfortable for the user and therefore only meant to be used for short and quick trips.

There are many different types of wheelchairs. That is why it is important to speak to an expert at ADAPT Home Health Care before purchasing yours!

 Transport Chairs

Transport chairs are different from wheelchairs because they have 4 small wheels instead of 2 small wheels and 2 large wheels. These chairs are designed for a caregiver to push the individual in from one location to another, which is where it gets its name from. Although these chairs are not made to be sat in for long periods of time, they are still padded with arm rests to insure the user is comfortable!

 Walkers

Walkers are a great way to increase the mobility that you have in your home and outside. These devices give you the support you need to walk independently and confidently around the house or your local store. Many of them are lightweight, durable, and conveniently fold up so that they can be stored in a closet or in the trunk of a car on drives!

 Rollators

Rollators are similar to walker’s but instead of four posts touching the ground, they have wheels. This makes it easier for the user to apply weight onto the hand grips and push the device forward. Instead of having to lift the unit up and place it forward, the user can simply glide the device forward and follow behind it. Rollators are a better option for those who suffer from severe issues walking.

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Hospital Beds

Hospital beds are a great option for individuals who have trouble getting in and out of bed or require sleeping positions that cannot easily be achieved on a normal mattress. There are many different types of hospital beds available depending on what the individual requires. Some are power operated, others are manual, and some have lift features. If you’re considering purchasing a hospital bed for you or a loved one, contact one of our team members today to find out which one best suits you!

 Bathroom Safety Products

The bathroom can quickly become a hazardous place as we age. Since these rooms are typically constructed with tile and feature showers that create steam, the floors and walls can become wet and very slippery. There are many different items available to ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe in the bathroom. Some of these include:

  • Grab Bars

  • Tub Rails

  • Versframes

  • Transfer Benches

  • Bath Lifts

  • Tub Mats

There are several other items available in our stores or on our website to help improve the safety of your bathroom!

 Lift Chairs

Transitioning from the sitting position to the standing position can be a difficult task. That’s why lift chairs were created! These power chairs can be adjusted from the sitting to the standing position, with the push of a button. That means no more aches, pains, and struggles to sit down or stand up! Some of these chairs also have the option to recline and even elevate the feet above the heart for those with circulation issues. You can also find versions with heated seats for muscle tension and others with massage components built in!

 Compression Garments

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important, especially as we age. An important part of staying healthy is reducing our risk of heart attacks and strokes. One way to reduce this risk is to equip ourselves with the proper home health care products. This includes finding the proper compression therapy garments for those who need them. If you suffer from tired and swollen legs, are pregnant, constantly on your feet, or an athlete, compression garments may be an ideal product for you! There are a wide selection of styles and types to choose from and a knowledgeable staff member at ADAPT Home Health Care can help you select the right one for you!

 Lymphedema Garments

Similar to compression garments, Lymphedema garments compress the area they are placed on. The difference is in the design and purpose of the garment. ADAPT Home Health Care is also ADP approved, which means that individuals seeking Lymphedema Garments can qualify for government assistance!

If you are looking to purchase home health care products to improve the everyday life of you or a loved one, contact the team at Adapt Home Health Care today! Our knowledgeable and friendly team will help assist you in finding the perfect product for your needs. We also have 2 locations in Mississauga and one in Brampton to better serve you. Call us today! Gore: 905.794.5003 | Truscott: 905.822.1615 | Woodland: 905.279.5353 | [email protected] or visit our website http://www.adapthomehealthcare.com/ to learn more about us and our products!

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The Importance of Lymphedema Garments and Proper Circulation

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Living a healthy life is extremely important. There are many things that you can do to improve your health. Keeping your blood circulation properly functioning is a large part of maintaining a healthy life. This blog will look at the importance of blood circulation and how to ensure you are living your healthiest life!

 What is Blood Circulation?

Blood circulation moves oxygenated blood away from the heart and pumps it throughout the body. Then the deoxygenated blood pumps back through the body and towards the heart. This provides all the bodies organs and tissues with oxygenated blood to keep them properly functioning. This means that blood circulation is critical in almost every part of the body and keeping it functioning.

 The Importance of Proper Circulation

Proper circulation is an important part of keeping your body happy and healthy. When your body is properly circulating oxygenated blood the body is able to keep a stable temperature, maintain a good pH balance, transport necessary nutrients, and remove waste! This means that proper blood circulation is a large part of keeping the entire human body happy and healthy. By transporting red blood cells throughout the body, proper blood circulation allows our organs to have the proper energy that allows us to complete even simple day-to-day tasks. This additional energy can also help give us the energy we need to workout, which is another great way to increase blood circulation! Increased blood flow is important because it benefits our organs. Better blood flow is good for muscles, the heart, and the arteries.

What are the Benefits of Good Blood Circulation

There are many benefits to good blood circulation, including:

  • Blood flow and circulation increases to certain areas of your body which helps promote cell growth and organ function.
  • Your skin benefits from an increase in blood circulation. Healthy skin is more capable of fighting off bacteria and infection that it may come in contact with.
  • When your heart is working at its full potential, your heart rate lowers, heart muscles relax and your blood pressure flows evenly and smoothly.

These are only some of the many benefits to having and maintaining a good blood flow and proper circulation

 What are the Symptoms of Poor Circulation?

Poor blood circulation can lead to many different issues with your health. Some of the symptoms that someone who is experiencing poor blood circulation may experience include:

  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • cold hands and feet
  • swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs
  • memory loss and difficulty concentrating
  • digestive issues
  • Fatigue
  • joint and muscle cramping
  • skin color changes
  • ulcers in the legs or feet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your doctor. There are many ways to improve blood circulation, but there may be an underlying medical issue that is causing your poor blood circulation. If this is the case, it is important that a doctor diagnosis’ you so that you can begin improving your health.

What Causes Poor Blood Circulation?

There are many different causes of poor blood circulation. Some of these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • A blood clot

These issues are very serious and you should contact your doctor if you think that you are suffering from any of the above listed issues.

Another cause of poor circulation is Lymphedema. This disease can lead to many other complications beyond poor circulation and it is therefore important to take the proper steps to keep your body happy and healthy.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a medical condition that causes swelling in one or more of an individual’s extremities. This swelling is caused by impaired flow in the lymphatic system. This specialized network of vessels helps collect excess lymph fluid from the body and filter it through the lymph nodes. However if it is not functioning properly, then the body will react to the excess lymph fluid and swell.

There are two types of Lymphedema, Primary and Secondary. Primary Lymphedema is caused by an anatomical abnormality which is a rare and inherited condition. Secondary Lymphedema is the result of damage or an obstruction to the lymph vessels and nodes.

 How to Improve Blood Circulation

There are several different ways to improve your blood circulation. Some of these things include:

  1. Quitting smoking cigarettes
  2. Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in a healthy range
  3. Exercising regularly
  4. Avoiding long periods of immobility
  5. Elevating your legs

Even introducing a few of these concepts into your daily routine will help with improving your blood circulation!

What is a Lymphedema Garment?

A Lymphedema garment is a garment that compresses the affected area and promotes the improved flow of lymph fluid.

There are several different brands of Lymphedema Garments. Some of these include:

  • Sigvaris
  • Medi
  • Truform
  • Jobst

If you are looking for a Lymphedema garment, visit one of our three locations today to have yours properly fitted by one of our certified compression therapy fitters!

The ADAPT Home Health Care Difference

At ADAPT Home Health Care, all of our home health care specialists and pharmacists are trained as certified compression therapy fitters. This means that we can provide you with the best option for helping you with your compression needs!

 

If you’re looking to purchase a Lymphedema garment and improve your life and health, ADAPT Home Health Care can help. Funding is available for lymphedema garments, we’re here to help! We have three locations, two in Mississauga and one in Brampton to assist you! Contact us today online or by phone at 1 905-822-1614!

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What is a Lift Chair and Why do I Need One?

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Have you been debating on whether or not you need a lift chair in your home? The team at Adapt Home Health Care hears several questions about lift chairs and when to know that you need one. That’s why we created this blog to show what a lift chair is and how to know if you need one! Read more ›

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Tips for Caring for Seniors With Mobility Issues

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As people get older, chronic conditions such as arthritis make moving around more difficult. Some seniors also have movement disorders or are recovering from issues, such as strokes, that impact mobility. A person’s sense of balance can also decrease with age, which increases the risk of falls. The following tips can help you care for a senior with mobility issues.

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How Mobility Increases Confidence for Seniors

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For seniors to be able to live at home as long as possible, functional mobility is essential. Each year, one in three seniors over the age of 65 experience a fall.

Functional mobility is one of the most important factors to helping seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. Each year, one-third of the population over age 65 experiences a fall. After a fall, seniors often suffer from decreased confidence and a decline in mobility.

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How Aging Impacts Physical Mobility

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Are you finding that you have more trouble bending or reaching now than you did a few years ago? Do you find that your legs are stiff, and walking is difficult first thing in the morning or after sitting for a while? Nearly 50% of seniors develop poor mobility at some point, mainly due to changes in the structures of joints, bones, and muscles. These parts are all interconnected and dependent on each other to work properly, which means that a problem with one part can lead to issues with others.

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Is it Time to Consider a Mobility Aid?

Is it Time to Consider a Mobility Aid

This can oftentimes be a touchy subject to bring up to an aging parent, a loved one or even oneself. The thought that you are getting older and can’t move like you used to can be a scary one. However, reduced mobility is an inevitability for many people, and a walker, rollator, or wheelchair can help make that transition much smoother. The use of a mobility aid can also promote healthy aging by allowing its user to continue to partake in meaningful social, cultural, and physical activities.

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