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Our NEW Durable Medical Equipment Counter

We take personal growth and development pretty seriously at Chambers’ Apothecary. Throughout 2017, we invested heavily in ourselves to ensure that we can continue exceeding our customers’ expectations throughout 2018 and into 2019.

So, why are we still talking about our goals and resolutions in February?

Because this is when most people begin to abandon their New Year’s resolutions. This is the dangerous period where enough time has passed that we start to lose our motivation, but it’s still too recent for our resolution to have become a habit.

We are sticking to our resolutions, and we hope that you are as well. Here is an update on our progress so far.

For our first stop, Nancy Mazariegos, our Durable Medical Equipment Specialist and Certified Mastectomy Fitter, gives us a closer look at one of the ways we are currently improving our DME offerings, as well as some of the goals we set for ourselves as we head towards next year.

Our New Durable Medical Equipment Counter

  • What’s New?

At Chambers’ Apothecary, we have always offered an extensive selection of Durable Medical Equipment as well as expert consultations. However, having a dedicated counter for DME has changed the dynamic of how we are able to service our patients. This is important because the process for filling a prescription for Durable Medical Equipment is very different than filling a prescription on the pharmacy side. When you are at the DME counter, you know that you are consulting with experienced DME professionals. Whether it’s making sure that a brace is properly fitted or navigating insurance coverage, the counter allows for a better consultation, which allows for better results.

  • What Should I Expect?

The new counter is surrounded by a trove of durable medical equipment, parts and accessories including bathroom safety items, medical-grade bracing, compression socks, mastectomy prosthetics, off-the-shelf wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and more. It’s not just a counter, it’s a DME department. The right product – properly fitted – can make all the difference in the world to someone who needs it. The DME counter allows us to give patients individual attention and really look into their policies and educate them without being distracted by the hustle-and-bustle of the pharmacy counter.

  • What Does the Future Hold?

In 2018, Chambers’ Apothecary will begin offering CPAP and BiPAP equipment. They will require a prescription and documentation, and then a respiratory therapist will develop a specific plan based on your needs. After that, we’ll fit you with a mask and any other products you might need. We will also have a mask exchange program that allows you to try masks out for 30 days to make sure you find one that works for you. Because, again, it comes down to the right equipment and the right fit. And sometimes that takes time.

Nancy Mazariegos, CDME, CMF
Chambers’ Apothecary
278 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Chambers’ Apothecary 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

During the winter months, we encourage our customers to visit us for all of their winter-weather health needs – cold and flu treatments, vaccinations, and new feet or skis for walkers and canes – but regardless of what brings you in to see us, we encourage you to browse our Holiday Gift Guide for ideas for everyone on your list.

As an added bonus, Salt Lamps, Diffusers and Essential Oils are 20% off during the month of December, and upstairs in our Wellness Center, 30-Minute Sauna Packages are 15% off! If you’re having trouble deciding, gift certificates are always available.

1. Diffusers

We offer a wide selection of diffusers that can be used at home or at work. They come in designs that fit any aesthetic from Himalayan salt lamps to Zen-minimalism. Our diffusers typically cover an area up 1,000 feet, which makes them just as suitable to in-home meditation rooms as they are to larger living areas like living rooms and bedrooms. Plus, some – like Lulu and Jax – are made specifically for children’s playrooms. Diffusers can often come with additional features such as soothing lights that create a serene ambiance and pre-set run times to help make diffuser sessions part of your routine.

2. Essential Oils

A diffuser is only as good as the oils you put in it, so we offer oils from doTERRA, Ancient Apothecary and our own Chambers’ Apothecary line. We offer a Diffuser Blend Booklet to help new and experienced essential oils users create the perfect blend whether they are seeking “Focus” or “Peace and Calm.” The Diffuser Blend Booklet also includes special seasonal blends like “Winter Wonderland” and – our favorite – “Deck the Halls” (2 Drops Frankincense, 2 Drops Myrrh, 2 Drops Orange and 2 drops Cedarwood). They’re great to buy and use to get you and your guests in a festive mood, and they also make great gifts!

3. Engel Coolers and Tumblers

Winter in Franklin County generally means spending a lot of time outdoors in the cold and snow, so whether you are planning a week-long expedition into the woods or just scraping ice off of your windshield, Engel makes a cooler or tumbler for you. The coolers – like the ENG80-C – feature “Roto-Molded Construction” and are “IGBC certified bear resistant containers” so they can handle any situation. The spill and slip-proof tumblers are vacuum insulated to keep hot chocolates hot and frosty beverages frosty.

4. Melissa & Doug Toys

Our selection of Melissa & Doug toys and activity books make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for creative kids. Not only do the sticker books and marker sets engage their minds, but they also keep the kids busy on long car rides during holiday travels to see friends and family. And not to worry – the kits that feature press-on sand and glitter are mess free!

5. Greeting Cards

We carry a large selection of greeting cards, so when you stop in to pick up a prescription, you can also pick up some Christmas cards. We always carry cards for birthdays, friendship, encouragement, get-well-soon and other occasions. While you’re here, pick up a “Congratulations!” card for yourself because between the diffusers, the coolers, the toys and picking up your prescription, you just completed your holiday to-do list!

Chambers’ Wellness Center is Now Fully Operational

Today is the official opening of Chambers’ Wellness Center, located on the second floor of Chambers’ Apothecary in downtown Chambersburg! With the completion of our upstairs renovations, Chambers’ Wellness Center is a complimentary facility to Chambers’ Apothecary, and it is a logical step towards bringing patients to optimal health using natural and holistic approaches.

We previously opened our Salt Cave to the public as part of a “soft” opening throughout the month of September, and we have gradually expanded our offerings as the construction was completed. Our services now include Ionic Footbaths, an Infrared Sauna, Massage Therapy, a Himalayan Salt Cave and a variety of Wellness Consultation Packages.

Let me give you a quick tour of what you will find when you schedule an appointment with Chambers’ Wellness Center.

1. Ionic Footbaths

Inside the first door on your right is our Ionic Footbath room. During a footbath session, an electrical current will pass through a set of plates in the bath emitting positive and negative ions to re-energize and detoxify the body. The water in the baths contains a special sea salt and has the mineral concentration of ocean water.

You will immediately experience the relaxation of the footbath, but it will continue detoxifying the body for up three days after the session. The footbath package can be enhanced to include a foot massage and essential oils.

2. Infrared Sauna

Our Infrared Sauna uses Near, Mid and Far Infrared wavelengths to penetrate deep into body tissues maximizing your detox session. While the process does use heat to trigger sweating (your body’s safe and natural detox method), it is a gentle, soothing heat that promotes relaxation.

In addition to being a soothing way to detox, Infrared Saunas offer other benefits including lower blood pressure, skin rejuvenation, cell health, weight loss, pain relief, improved circulation and wound healing. Sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes, and we offer light and sound therapy as an added option.

3. Massage Therapy

Across the hallway, we offer a variety of Massage Therapies including Lymphatic Massage and AromaTouch® Technique. Massage Therapy is a relaxing experience, but you might not be aware that it is also very beneficial for detoxifying the body, and it can help to relieve symptoms such as headaches, myalgia and fatigue.

Sessions can either be 30 or 60 minutes, and the Lymphatic Massage and AromaTouch Technique can be administered separately or in conjunction. Additionally, hot stones can be added on to complete the experience.

4. Himalayan Salt Cave

At the end of the hall is our Himalayan Salt Cave. Salt Caves are a powerful therapeutic healing health remedy for guests of all ages, and it is the equivalent of spending a day at the ocean breathing in the fresh air. Our Salt Cave experience includes 17,000 pounds of Himalayan salt, twinkling lights, soothing music and a radiant heat floor to help guests get the most of their experience.

We offer a variety of Salt Cave experiences including Yoga, Mommy & Me, Children’s Sessions, Massage Therapy and Guided Meditation Sessions. Sessions are 45 minutes long, and when the session is complete, guests can exit the cave and go about their day feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.

5. Consultations

One of the overriding missions of both Chambers’ Wellness Center and Chambers’ Apothecary is to educate the community so they can make their own health-based decisions. To achieve this requires us to develop our patients’ general wellness knowledge while providing them with a clear picture of their own health.

An Educational Consultation includes a general overview of nutrition, supplements and essential oils. An Advanced Consultation uses a detailed history to develop a program using nutrition, pH testing, Bach Flower remedies and essential oils. I also provide Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Consultations that include an education on the specific illness and a plan of action including nutrition, pH testing and nutraceuticals.

Appointments and Packages

We encourage guests of Chambers’ Wellness Center – whether they are individuals or a group – to contact us to schedule their appointments in advance for as many of our services as they wish. We offer packages that are contoured to our customers’ needs and specifications.

Randi Weist, ND, LMT, CNHP, CHS
Natural Health Specialist
Chambers’ Wellness Center
278 Lincoln way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 496 – 8553

Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is estimated to affect 26 million Americans, or eight percent of the population, with 5.7 million people estimated to be undiagnosed. Cases are projected to double – even triple – by 2050, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

Here are a few recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
  • 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.
  • 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.

Here are the guidelines set up by Medicare to cover certain supplies, if a beneficiary has Medicare Part B and has diabetes.

These supplies include:

  • Blood glucose self-testing equipment and supplies
  • Theapeutic shoes and inserts
  • Insulin pumps and the insulin used in them

Blood Glucose Self-Testing Equipment and Supplies

Blood glucose self-testing equipment and supplies are covered for all people with Medicare Part B who have diabetes.These include those who use insulin and those who do not. These supplies include:

  • Blood glucose monitors
  • Blood glucose test strips
  • Lancet devices and lancets
  • Glucose control solutions for checking the accuracy of testing equipment and test strips

Medicare Part B covers the same type of blood glucose testing supplies for people with diabetes whether or not they use insulin. However, the amount of supplies that are covered varies.

If the beneficiary:

  • Uses insulin, they may be able to get up to 100 test strips and lancets every month, and 1 lancet device every 6 months.
  • Does not use insulin, they may be able to get 100 test strips and lancets every 3 months, and 1 lancet device every 6 months.

Chambers’ Apothecary participates with Medicare Part B. There are certain guidelines we have to follow in order to get your diabetic supplies from us. Call if you have any questions or if you need assistance, we will be happy to help.

Message From Rob

Here we are almost to the end of the year and holiday season.  It is crazy to think that 2016 is almost already in the books.  We are moving forward with our new natural products and a revitalization of our front end store products.  We have Randi, our natural specialist, starting to do nutrition, herbal therapy, and vitamin supplementation appointments with those seeking extra help to get well.  Our flu vaccinations are still available for walk in patients or by setting up an appointment.  We also can provide other vaccination such as the pneumonia or shingles shot.

I wanted to thank everyone for their continued trust in letting us take care of all your medication needs.  We look forward to helping people live healthier, happier lives.  I want you to take advantage of our knowledge and feel free to ask questions or set up an appointment to have a full sit down conversation about medication, insurance, medical equipment, vaccinations, compounding, or supplements. We keep progressing to become more clinical and involved in your healthcare.  Thanks as always,

Dr Rob Norris, PharmD