Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[INFOGRAPHIC] 59% OF Seniors Have Purchased Online in Last 3 Months

Senior e-commerce use is booming. Consider these statistics:
  • 59% of online seniors have made an online purchase in the past three months
  • Seniors, 50+, spend over $7 billion annually
  • Adults 50+ account for 80% of all online luxury travel spending.
But why are seniors using the internet to shop?

Here's what our customers tell us at JRS Medical:
  1. It's convenient. I can shop from home, anytime, day or night.
  2. The prices are better than in local stores.
  3. I get a wider selection of products to choose from.
  4. It's shipped to my house quickly and for free.

Silver Surfers: Internet Usage Among Older Generations

The Internet isn’t just for tweens and young socialites. In fact, a large population of Internet users are 50 and older, utilizing the Web for social media, shopping and even education. Let’s take a look at why the stereotype of the not-so-tech-savvy Baby Boomer is more than faulty.

Stats and Facts

Senior Internet use (2000-2012)
The number of adults 50+ who use the Internet has grown significantly in the past 12 years.
  • Percentage of Twitter users over 50 - Almost 1 in 5
  • Percentage of Americans 65+ who use the Internet - 53%
  • Of that 53%, 70% use it on a typical day.
  • Average amount of time Baby Boomers 47-65 spent on the Internet in 2012 - 27 hours per week
  • Percentage of seniors (65+) who own a desktop computer - 48%
  • Percentage of adults 50-64 who own a desktop computer - 63%

A Closer Look: Senior Social Media Use

Though the average age of the social media user is fairly young, a large percentage of social media profiles belong to adults 55 and over.
  • Adults 55+ who engage in social networking to communicate - 27.4 million
  • Online seniors who use social media - 1 in 3 (This is a big difference from 2009, where only 13% of online seniors were using social media.)
  • Percentage of online seniors who have a Facebook account - 49%
  • Percentage of Twitter users 50 and older - 18%

A Closer Look: Seniors Shopping Online

Maybe it’s because they have the most money of any age group, or maybe it’s because they like the convenience; whatever the reason, adults 50 and older constitute a majority of the online consumer population.
  • Percentage of online seniors who have made an online purchase in the past three months - 59%
  • Average annual amount spent online by adults aged 50+ - $7 billion
  • Adults 50+ account for 80% of all online luxury travel spending.
SOURCE: http://www.accredited-online-college.org/internet-usage/

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10 Overlooked Holiday Cleaning Projects

Holiday Cleaning Ideas

Pull out the broom and mop because its time to do some holiday cleaning. Wash the windows, sweep the floors, clean the carpets, declutter and organize the house from top to bottom. All done! Right?

Often times, its cleaning the small and unseen areas that can make the biggest difference. Forgotten closets, broken items and routine maintenance should be added to your list. We've put together a list of overlooked projects that can help you live in a clean, well organized and safer home.

10 Overlooked Holiday Cleaning Projects

Here are some spring cleaning ideas you may have overlooked:
  1. Give it away, recycle it or throw it away. The easiest way to clean and organize your home is to get rid of the clutter.
  2. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  3. Do one room a day until you're done. Holiday cleaning is a great opportunity to begin a new cleaning habit.
  4. Clean out your medicine cabinet. Throw away any expired medications.
  5. Check the inspection dates on your fire extinguishers.
  6. Make small repairs to items as you clean.
  7. Have the air conditioner checked and cleaned before it get's too hot.
  8. Pack up unneeded winter clothes.
  9. Clean your window dressings. Wash or dry clean the curtains and clean your blinds and shades.
  10. Reward yourself for a job well done!

Share your holiday cleaning ideas with us!

We'd love to hear them! Check out our Cleaning and Organizing board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Photo by Bob Jagendorf 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Introducing the HealBug Knee Walker

Have you suffered an injury below the knee? It's possible you've had a foot surgery, a below the knee amputation, gout, diabetic ulcers or wounds, a foot sprain, or fracture. Then more than likely, you'll be looking for a knee walker. A knee walker (sometimes called a knee scooter) is a crutch-replacement mobility device to help you safely move around in your house or city. The HealBug Knee Walker is the premier knee walker for your needs.

Features of the HealBug Knee Walker

It's Steerable

The adjustable steering handlebars make it possible to turn tight corners. A small turn radius makes it easy to move around in your home, at the game or at work. The handlebars have a built-in height adjustment option for a perfect fit every time.

It Has Brakes

The brakes are conveniently located on the handlebars for easy stopping. The brake system on the Healbug Knee Walker is like the one found on a bicycle. To brake, simply pull the lever with your fingers toward your body.

It Has A Basket

The black mesh basket on the front of the HealBug Knee Walker is perfect for holding items you need while on the go. Store your phone, keys, drink or other small items as you move safely to your destination.

It Has A Comfortable Knee Pad

The HealBug has a comfortable and durable knee pad for you to rest your leg. Like the handlebars, it's height adjustable for the perfect fit.

It Comes In 2 Colors

The HealBug comes in Sporty Red or Royal Blue.

Price $179 - Free Shipping

All orders placed at JRSMedical.com come with free shipping. That means the price you see on the screen is the price you'll pay. No hidden fees or charges. That's what JRS Medical stands for - Just Real Simple Medical.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tips to Help Make Caregiving a Little Easier

Caregiver tips from JRSMedical.comOne of the most stressful unpaid jobs in the world is being a caregiver to a loved one.  This job can take a personal toll not only on you and your mental and physical wellbeing, but it can also do unfortunate damage to the relationship you have with the person you are caring for and others around you.  That is why it is so important to remember these tips to help make caregiving a little easier on you.

  1. Do research.  The old cliché that “knowledge is power” definitely comes into play here.  Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disease so that you can assist them in any way possible.  Speak to his or her physician to find out the best way to assist them in this process.  But also research about social and community services in your area.  There are many programs set up to provide assistance to individuals in this situation and it makes sense to take advantage of these.
  2. Take time for yourself.  Too often, caregivers feel as if they are spending every waking moment with their loved one taking care of his or her needs to the neglect of their own.  That is why it is so important to schedule some regular “me time” when you can do something you love like exercise, read, crochet, or just get out and shop.  Finding a hobby is essential to keeping a balance on your mental wellbeing. 
  3. Stock up on supplies.  One of the best ways to make caregiving easier is to keep a good quantity of supplies of hand to help take care of a loved one.  One excellent way to do this is with a reputable online medical supply store that is knowledgeable and well stocked in the supplies you need.  Other things to look for in a supply company include free shipping and a phone number where you can ask questions of a live operator.
  4. Be attentive.  Many times, it may be hard for your loved one to communicate his or her needs to you.  They may either not be able to physically speak the words or they may be too embarrassed to speak with you about what they need.  That is why it is so important to be attentive to non-verbal cues from them.  Remember that they are human and try to avoid the natural frustration that you may feel because of this lack of communication.  Try to put yourself in their shoes and think about how you might respond in a similar situation.
  5. Be personable.  Even though this is a loved one you are dealing with, it is often times easy to see the task of caregiving as a job or duty.  Remember why you care for this person and show that care in other ways.  Give them hugs.  Do things to show them that you care in other, non-medical ways.  This will show them that they are still your loved one and not just a patient.
Being a caregiver is often a thankless task.  But it is also an incredibly important one.  By paying attention to these tips, you will avoid the burnout that is so common and have a healthy relationship with your loved one.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monitoring Your Health for Long Term Success

 It goes without saying that regular and routine checkups and visits to your doctor are of the utmost importance, particularly if you have a chronic illness or impairment.  However, it is also often important to monitor your health while you are at home so that you can spot any changes to your health before they become an issue.  As such, there are several products that you can purchase which will help you with monitoring your health so that you can maintain during the times between your routine health screenings.

·         Scales—Perhaps the most obvious health item (along with a thermometer that everyone needs to keep in stock) that many people have in their home is a scale.  This does not necessarily have to be just for those individuals who are dieting.  Scales help you monitor your body’s weight that is also important if you have chronic diseases that can cause rapid or drastic weight loss.

·         Blood pressure products—The next most commonly purchased item is blood pressure products.  These are important to monitor your blood pressure if you are dealing with high blood pressure or if your doctor has recently put you on medication to control your blood pressure.  Often, it may take some time to get the dosage of these medications just right, so it is important to monitor your blood pressure until you have done so and even after.

·         Cholesterol tests—Home cholesterol tests have become more common and very popular in the last few years.  If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, changing your diet is important.  But these tests will help you to monitor your cholesterol to see if your changes are having a positive impact on your health.

·         Exercise monitors—Previously, the most common exercise monitor was the “step counter” which would count how many steps you walked in a given day.  Now, these monitors have gone high-tech counting steps, daily activity, calories burned, and even go so far as to map out sleep patterns to pinpoint if you are getting enough rest at night.

These are just a few of the most common types of home health monitors.  Taking care of your health isn’t just something that happens at the doctor’s office.  It is an ongoing process that you should be actively involved in.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Where is the Love for Caregivers?

Caregiver TipsUnfortunately, one of the most thankless careers that any human being can be thrust into is that of a caregiver for a loved one that is seriously ill.  There is no pay or benefits package from being a caregiver, only the love and thanks of the person you are providing for.  And if you are taking care of a family member you have not gotten along with in the past or who has a condition that makes them angry and irritable, it can seem like an even more thankless job.  But it is still possible to find the love and support for yourself if you are in this situation.  Here are some suggestions to help you deal with the stress to prevent resentment and irritability of your own.

·         Be honest about your emotions.  Many people who are serving as caregivers feel that they have to keep their emotions in check to prevent from hurting the feelings of those individuals they are caring for.  Although it is true that you don’t want to “go off” on someone you love who has a serious medical condition, it is still necessary to be honest about your emotions.  If you are becoming frustrated or angry, talk with your loved one in a positive way about the situation.  Also, have a way to vent your emotions in a healthy manner.

·         Find a hobby.  It may seem like you have no time for yourself or your interests, but it is of tantamount importance that you do not let your loved one’s disease swallow up your life as well so that you become a victim of it.  Find some time to set aside each week where you can pass off the care of your loved one to someone else you trust so that you can spend some time doing something you truly enjoy.  Many people might save particularly strenuous cleaning and maintenance activities for when their loved one is asleep or napping.  But this could also be a time to take your own break and do something simple like read a book or spend some time watching a favorite television program.  The idea is to show some love for yourself by doing something that you enjoy.

·         Take care of your body.  Ultimately, you will be no good as a caregiver if you are sick or worn out yourself.  That is why it is so important to love yourself by taking care of your body.  Exercise regularly and be sure to eat a good diet.  This will not only help that you can be in good condition to take care of your loved one, but it also will help you feel better about yourself in general.

These three tips are just a handful of ways that you can show some love for yourself to help maintain your sanity.  If you are feeling underappreciated and unloved, be sure to take care of yourself to help make you a better caregiver.  JRSmedical.com cares about caregivers and the important job they do.  We strive to make your buyingmedical supplies online experience as stress free and easy as possible.  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tips for Caring for Someone with Diabetes

You or someone you love may have been diagnosed with diabetes.  This can be a devastating diagnosis as there is often times a lot that needs to change in the life of someone who is newly diabetic.  In this blog, we will highlight some tips on how to get resources and help as you progress in the journey of diabetes care management as well as some suggestions on diabetes supplies that you may want to invest in. 

Perhaps the most important tip for caring for someone with diabetes is to make sure that the person regularly checks his or her blood sugar levels.  In order to do this, you will need lancets and lancet devices, diabetic testing strips, a blood glucose meter and a journal to record your sugar levels.  This latter piece is very important so that you can detect trends in your sugar levels (such as spikes during specific times of the day) that you can then adjust for when taking your insulin.

Speaking of insulin, this will become your life-line as a diabetic.  Taking your insulin regularly is key to staying healthy.  One of the things that you may want to invest in is a travel bag for your insulin products.  This bag would need to be insulated, so that your insulin doesn’t get exposed to extremes in temperature that can cause it to become unusable.

Another area of concern for patients with diabetes is the feet.  Diabetic patients have lessened or diminished feeling in their feet.  Because of this, they may not notice small cuts in the skin of the foot and the cuts can oftentimes become infected.  Because of this, routine podiatry care is a must.  Another good idea is to invest in diabetic shoes that protect the soles of the feet and aid in circulation, preventing many of the foot problems associated with diabetes.

These are three key areas that patients with diabetes need to focus on to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Diabetes does not have to be the dreaded diagnosis that it has been for so many decades.  Taking a positive outlook, investing in diabetic supplies, and taking care of yourself makes all the difference.