Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Travel Accessories & Equipment for the Mobility Impaired That Won’t Break the Bank

One of the biggest perks of retiring is finally having enough time to do the things you love, and for many, that means traveling. However, you may fear that you no longer have the mobility or the budget to travel. If you’ve been hit with the travel bug later in life, your mobility and budget don’t necessarily have to stand in the way of your adventuring. This predicament can easily be solved with the right mobility equipment. We have compiled a list of geriatrics products that can help you make traveling both comfortable and easy. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for adventure. With the right mobility equipment, you can comfortably travel to your favorite destinations and continue to venture out.

From fundamental mobility equipment such as portable electric wheelchairs down to the accessories that are convenient, such as our disposable wipes, our products will make traveling a breeze. Here are nine products that can make traveling an enjoyable and easy experience.

  1. Orthopedic Footwear: The quality of your footwear is fundamental to establishing comfort during your trip. Investing in comfortable shoes, compression socks and inserts an important first step in making your experience as comfortable as possible. If you will be sightseeing, odds are you may be walking a lot, even if you opt for a bus tour of the city. There isn’t anything that can supplement having the right footwear for your trip.
  2. Folding Cane Seat - In addition to comfortable footwear, you will also need to take enough breaks in between each tour and hike. A folding cane seat is a lightweight,multi-use piece of equipment that will provide you with a place to rest whenever there isn’t any seating available. You may become fatigued in the middle of your walking tour and think you can’t make it to the end. Just unfold your cane and rest while your guide explains away. Don’t cut your tour short; this versatile walking cane will provide you with support while you walk and while you rest. Plus, at only $29, this product is a steal!
  3. Folding Walkers: Investing in a lightweight walker that is especially for traveling can make a world of difference. These walkers are light, easy to carry and easy to maneuver. You can also find various accessories for your walker, such as additional support and hanging pouches. Even if you don’t normally need additional modifications for your walker, you want to maximize comfort during your trip. Traveling often includes being active for longer periods of time than you are used to. Therefore, you want to stay comfortable for as long as possible in order to avoid fatigue, which can end your venturing sooner than anticipated.
  4. Rolling Walker Replacement Parts & Accessories: In addition to purchasing the right walker, you want to make sure your equipment is in optimal condition before leaving. The last thing you want is for your wonky wheel to finally give out while you are abroad. You can find a large selection of replacement parts for Invacare, Dolomite, Nova, Lumex products and more.
  5. Trionic Outdoor Walkers: The Trionic Veloped walker is perfect for the avid traveler and nature seeker who enjoys the outdoors. If you prefer to be more active but you require additional support, this enhanced walker is ideal for you. Designed specifically for the outdoors, these versatile and durable walkers are made to withstand grass, curbs, snow and even cobblestones, which will help while you’re on those unstable European walkways.
  6. Lightweight Transport Chairs: Your wheelchair should never be the reason you don’t travel. You can find a large selection of lightweight and easy-to-transport foldable wheelchairs. There is also a number of wheelchair accessories you can add to your chair to make it more comfortable if you need some added cushion or practicality. You also want to be conscientious of public transportation if that is how you plan on getting around. You may need to make proper transportation arrangements ahead of time to ensure you are able to get around and bring along your wheelchair or walker.
  7. Portable Oxygen Tanks: This one is especially important if you are traveling by plane and are prone to dizziness or shortness of breath caused by a lack of oxygen. The altitude of the plane will limit your oxygen availability, which may require you to use a supplemental source of oxygen.
  8. Skin Protection Creams: If you are traveling to sunny or arid areas, make sure you have the right cream suited to your skin condition. You’ll need to find the right cream for you if you are prone to dry or itchy skin, especially in sunny and warm regions.
  9. Disposable Wipes: These are a lifesaver for anyone traveling! You can find a variety of disposable wipes that are perfect for cleanliness during your trip, especially in airports. Airplanes, buses, taxis and hotel door handles all carry high amounts of germs. Disposable wipes will keep you clean when you don’t have toilet paper or soap available. Many are even infused with Aloe and Vitamin E to nourish your skin and prevent irritation.

As always, consult your doctor to see if the activities you have planned for your trip are right for you, and make sure to keep your medical records or a health card on you as an additional precaution. Investing in health insurance if you are traveling abroad is also a good idea, especially if you will be traveling for extended periods of time. With the right precautions in place and the right mobility equipment, your trip will be seamless so you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the sights.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Planning for Big Ticket Items

Investing in the right mobility equipment can make a world of difference in your daily life. There’s nothing like having a high-quality power chair or scooter with appropriate seating and features to make your life a thousand times easier. Once you reach a certain point in your life, even the smallest of tasks can seem like a hassle. It is important that you invest in the mobility equipment that is best suited for both your lifestyle and your needs. These items are a necessity to go about your daily life, but they can also be expensive.

Start Small: Your purchase may seem more manageable if you divide its price into a monthly, weekly or daily savings plan. Saving just $5 a day or $35 a week can help you save $150 a month, which eventually turns into $1,800 a year. If you receive your income biweekly, you can opt to have a certain amount automatically withdrawn from your checking account, which will help you buy the item you want in no time.

Finance Options: This may not be your first option or initially your most desired one, but it is definitely the most convenient and works for a lot of people on fixed incomes. At PHC Online, we understand that sometimes money can be tight, which is why we offer a couple of different practical financing options for our customers. We offer 12- to 24-month payment plans for larger items ranging in the $300-$5,00 price range. Although you may prefer to purchase an item outright, this is a luxury you may not be able to afford. Visa and Mastercard can be paid over time. Our monthly payment plans let you place your order for convenient and practical mobility equipment today.

Cut Down Temporarily: We hardly notice $5 spent here and there, but if you spend the same amount consistently, it can really add up. When was the last time you spent that on a latte, or an appetizer at your favorite restaurant? Cut out the little things that you can live without for a moment; your future self will thank you for making a small sacrifice.

Reduce Your Bills: Find ways to save a few dollars here and there by calling your cable, internet and insurance providers to see if you can get a better rate. Who knows, you might be able to save an extra $20-$50, which you can now send directly to your savings each month.

Place It on a Credit Card: It seems like the obvious thing to do, but don’t place your big-ticket item on one of your current cards; instead, apply for a new one. Many credit cards don’t charge interest to new customers in the first six months or offer double the points or cash back when you spend a certain amount in the first three months. Use your credit card to pay some bills and then pay it off. This will help you get enough reward money or points to use toward your purchase.

Don’t let a price tag prevent you from purchasing the mobility or respiratory equipment you need to carry on with your daily tasks. If all else fails and you find yourself unable to save money and need a replacement wheelchair or respiratory tool, our finance options for big-ticket items may be the most convenient choice for you. At PHC Online, we have plenty of options that can make your life a whole lot easier now.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gifting on a Budget

As the holiday season approaches, some may find themselves strapped for cash since
they’re living on a limited income or dealing with medical bills and medical expenses.
While social norms stress the importance of gifts, you can remain budget-conscious while
giving quality presents. Don’t let the holiday season stress you out - we’re here to help.
Here are some of our favorite ways to gift on a budget.

1. Make a List

Don’t approach the holiday season blindly. Think ahead. Make a list of all the friends and
family that you plan to shop for this holiday season. Write down their interests so you’re
not searching for a gift idea blindly. Having a general idea of what they like or what’s
important to them can make gifting easier.

2. Capitalize on Sales and Discounts
There are hundreds of sales happening all season long, starting early or starting late.
Most of the time, you can find gifts at a discounted price, especially with last-minute sales a few days before Christmas. Don’t feel the need to settle, and our next point will tell you why.

3. Research and Price Compare
Various places can sell the same thing, so use your resources. Do your research on
sales and price discounts. Look into store policies - some places will price match their competitors so you can get an even better deal on items you’re searching for.

4. Make a Gift

Sometimes the best gifts are handmade. If you’re an older family member living off a
limited income, share photos and stories with your family. Gift something that will keep on
giving: your knowledge and experience. Imagine this - your granddaughter loves to sew,
and lucky for her, you grew up sewing. Write her a personalized and sentimental book
and fill it with old photos of garments you’ve sewn. Talk about tips and tricks you’ve
learned to perfect a stitch or attach sleeves. This idea can be applied to various subjects
such as cooking and gardening. The possibilities here are endless. If telling a story is too
time consuming, share or create a photo album as a gift to your family of the important
moments in your life. Pass down your memories, share your wisdom, and enrich
your connection to your family.

5. Sometimes Less Is More
You shouldn’t feel the burden of trying to give gifts during the holiday. Think small but
think quality. Have grandkids or your own kids you need to get presents for? Don’t
worry! Put together a small goodie basket of their favorite things. For example, if you know your grandkids love to roast s’mores, put together a gift basket of graham
crackers, marshmallows and mini chocolate bars - this will cost you around $5. Maybe
they like to draw too? Add in a small sketch pad and some crayons, which you can always find at craft stores for a decent price, and they usually offer coupons with a
nice percentage off. For your grown children, offer a handmade coupon to watch their
kids and put together a basket of movie snacks, a bag of popcorn and a giftcard to
the movies for $10 or so. Complete the present with a thoughtful letter saying you want to help watch the kids so they can spend quality time together and have a date night - they’ll love the thoughtfulness of your gift. They get a date night, and you get quality time with your grandkids; it’s a win-win.

6. Stick to a budget
Don’t break the bank. Stick to what you can afford. Your friends and family won’t love you
any less because you can’t afford the $200 shoes they want. It’s truly the thought that
counts. Remember that when the holidays are over, you need to be able to sustain a living,
so stick to what you can afford and don’t be afraid to give small but meaningful presents
this holiday season.

The holiday season is about more than just gift giving, and it’s not a competition to see
who can spend the most money to prove how much they love their friends and family.
Trust what you know about the people nearest and dearest to your heart, give them
thoughtful, quality, handmade gifts at a price you can afford that doesn’t break the
bank and blow your budget.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Traveling on a Budget During the Holidays

One of the major perks of retirement is finally having the time and flexibility to travel. But with the holidays approaching, traveling can get expensive. Long layovers can save you money but are exhausting, especially when you’re older and hostels or cheap hotels just aren’t an option for you anymore. You might feel like you can no longer do the same things you used to do to save yourself some money, but it is actually the exact opposite. Traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive when you’re older. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your money while being mindful of any accommodations you might need. First, let’s talk about preserving your wallet.

THE major perk of traveling when you are older is that you can finally take advantage of senior discounts. Airlines, hotels, car rentals, cruises and even tour agencies all offer discounts exclusively for senior citizens. Even if the booking site doesn’t mention senior discounts on the page, call anyway to ask. Often the senior discount is offered to anyone 50+, which gives you plenty of time to use your discount. And don’t forget that the senior discount may not be the best possible discount you can obtain. If you are 50+, there are certain memberships that you can purchase that offer greater discounts exclusively for you.

An AARP membership is well worth the $16 per year, and you can often obtain a higher discount through this membership than by requesting a senior citizen discount. Plus, AARP offers discounts on plenty of items such as groceries, shopping, health, wellness, restaurants and more. You can use your AARP member benefits for your trip so that the trip preparation and dining doesn’t cost you a pretty penny.

Your senior discount isn’t the only savings you can take advantage of. You can also use travel sites and travel points to find the best possible deal to save even more money. There are plenty of travel sites like Kayak and Expedia that will do the work for you if you prefer not to browse through every single airline, hotel and car rental site individually to find the best deals. These sites often offer discounts when you book all three services through them.

The good travel cards usually require a high credit score, so why not take advantage of the fact that you have been perfecting this score for a while now? Most major airlines offer their own travel card to earn points that you can redeem through them or any allied airline if you plan to travel abroad. However, it may be best to obtain a travel card independent of the airline since your preferred airline may not always offer the best discounts. Here is a list of good travel cards, many of which include sign-up specials. The best way to accumulate travel points is by paying all of your major bills with your credit card, followed by a subsequent payment to your credit card from your bank account. It may be an extra step, but it will save you a lot of money in the end.

Buy your flights as early as possible. If you know your grandkids will more than likely be part of a cute dance recital for Christmas next year, you might want to try and book your flight already. The general rule of thumb is to book a flight four to six weeks in advance for the best possible pricing - that is, unless you are traveling for the holidays - so plan your trip as early as possible. 

This might not seem like your ideal situation. But if you are like most people traveling during the holidays, odds are you will head back home almost immediately after Christmas or Thanksgiving. So why not just head home a little earlier? Not only will you avoid all of the crowds and commotion at the airport, but you will also get significantly better pricing. If you prefer to travel early, you can also catch the first flight out and get to your loved ones just in time for the turkey dinner.

Planning ahead is the essential tip for any kind of travel. Make an item checklist and a tentative itinerary and call ahead. Especially if you require treatment of any sort, it is imperative that you make a checklist of all the items you will be needing and pack an essentials bag. If you plan on being a little more adventurous and taking a trip with your loved ones for the holidays, make an itinerary with enough scheduled rest breaks. This is especially important if your trip involves hiking, sightseeing or accompanying your loved ones to a theme park.

In addition to making sure you have enough rest breaks, you also want to make sure your travel destination has the accessibility you require. Make sure there are wheelchair accommodations, railings and elevators if you need them. Call in advance to make sure they can accommodate your specific condition even if the website says they do. There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere you’ve been looking forward to, only to find out the place is undergoing construction and cannot accommodate your needs at the moment.

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can even be cheaper to travel when you are older. If you plan ahead and take full advantage of all of your senior discounts, you can make the most out of your money. Allocate your funds in a smart way so you can travel often, and keep in mind that the more money you save on your trip, the more money you can spend on gifts for your loved ones.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Gifting Independence and Mobility

If you're considering what to buy a loved one for a holiday or birthday gift, resist the temptation
to go for the usual. Your friend or family member will appreciate a gift that promotes independence
and mobility more than anything you might buy at a mall or jewelry store. From shower seats
to pool lifts, Preferred Health Choice has everything that those with limited mobility could want
to enjoy more freedom and comfort. Increased independence can provide a big boost of
confidence — and even lighten the load for family, friends and professional caretakers.

Create Options With Scooters

Scooters allow seniors and others with mobility restrictions to live life to its fullest. Imagine gifting
someone you love with the ability to travel or experience the outdoors again. Your loved one can
take in the colors of autumn leaves, savor balmy summer nights, or be revitalized by the scent of
spring in the air. He or she can even indulge their inner speed demon with today's faster options
like this ZooMe-R4. They'll love whizzing around in an easy-to-maneuver model that reaches
surprisingly high speeds.

Limited mobility doesn't have to stop the golfer in your life. The Trionic Veloped Golf Walker is an
all-terrain walker with speed controls, a captain's seat, optional rear safety lighting, a removable
flashlight option and more. A scooter could be just what it takes to ramp up the fun factor in your
recipient's daily life.

The Latest Wheelchair Options

Modern wheelchairs are designed with comfort and maneuverability in mind. Semi-reclining seats,
adjustable arms and elevating leg rests are just some of the options designed to keep your giftee
comfortable all day long. Reclining wheelchairs with headrests provide neck and head support.
They improve circulation and provide an added degree of comfort, even after long periods of

The new generation of portable power wheelchairs allows for small turns and smooth transitions
from forward to reverse, ensuring a pleasant ride every time. Geriatric chairs like those used in
medical facilities are perfect for the home environment. They offer a good deal of extra support
with their generously portioned platforms. Lightweight wheelchairs simplify your loved one's
transportation needs and are available at budget-friendly prices. Heavy-duty models offer higher
weight capacities and a more comfortable experience for people of all heights.

Mobility Accessories

Preferred Health Choice offers accessories to enhance comfort while using wheelchairs and
scooters. Skin breakdown and poor spinal alignment can create major setbacks for those with
diabetes, cancer, aging skin, muscle atrophy and a number of other health issues. The pressure,
heat, friction and moisture that can result from long periods in a wheelchair or scooter are the
sources of skin breakdown.The accessories available here can relieve these ailments.

Therapeutic foam, gel and air wheelchair seat cushions allow for a more comfortable experience
and protect skin during extended periods of use. Wheelchair backrest supports make using a
scooter or wheelchair more comfortable. Wheelchair backs also provide spinal support and help
improve posture. Your friend or relative's well-being and comfort are two of the greatest gifts you
can give for birthdays or holidays.

Lift Chair Recliners

Many of us love our recliners, but power lift chairs make an excellent alternative for the mobility-
impaired. Your giftee will truly appreciate how easy it is to stand from a sitting position in these
riser recliner chairs. Being able to stand up pain-free after relaxing or watching TV makes this
a great choice for a holiday or birthday gift. Does your favorite couple have an upcoming
anniversary? Consider gifting them a pair of these delightful chairs for people with disabilities
or restricted mobility. We also offer parts and accessories for lift chairs.

Walkers and Other Walking Aids

Whether for convalescence or permanent use, Preferred Health Choice offers a wide range of
walking aids. Walkers are available for adults and children for gait training and other needs. Our
Uprise walker is ideal for those with limited range of motion in their hands. It folds with ease,
thanks to its single-release mechanism. The walker even simplifies bathroom trips by providing
stability when rising from a seated to standing position. From bariatric walkers to knee walkers,
our selection of walkers provides something for everyone.

Canes and Crutches

We have canes, cane seats and crutches to help move freely after falls, surgeries and other
medical incidents. Our cane sling seat provides a comfy place to rest when opened or a
dependable cane upon folding. And ergonomic forearm crutches absorb shock to the upper
body — no matter how fast the stride. Your gift recipient will appreciate access to sturdy
walking options when they need them most.

Bath Aids

Bathing presents unique challenges for those with restricted movement. Living alone makes
caring for oneself even more difficult, and those who live with family may be embarrassed to
ask for help. Keep your family member safe every day with toilet safety frames, bedside
commodes and raised toilet seats. Seat risers add several inches of height, making toilet use
safer and easier after surgery or for those with arthritis and other issues.

Since taking bathing and showering can present safety hazards, bathing aids are smart gift
choices for the elderly and mobility-challenged. Transfer benches make easy work of getting
into the tub. Shower chairs, swivel shower stools and handicap shower seats provide a safe,
comfortable bathing experience. Bariatric options are available with weight capacities of up to
500 pounds. Give loved ones more options for independence while easing your own worries
about bathroom slips and spills.

Whether your loved one is experiencing a temporary health setback; recovering from surgery
or an injury; or has long-term issues with movement, the gifts of independence and mobility
can be game-changers. If your goal is to enhance someone's comfort and well-being, you'll
find plenty of options with us. Wheelchairs with all the bells and whistles and accessories to
match are the perfect gifts for those with ongoing mobility problems. Scooters with the latest
high-tech features allow for much greater freedom of movement. Bath aids, lift chairs and
other devices enable your loved one to become more independent while helping you to worry
less. Shop Preferred Health Choice's inventory of the leading products for enhanced safety,
comfort and mobility today to find a gift they'll love.