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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

Enjoying the Outdoors with Walkers and Canes

The summer months mean spending more time traveling and spending more time outdoors, and for people with mobility issues, having a properly fitted walker or cane with the right accessories can make all the difference.

At Chambers’ Apothecary we carry a variety of durable medical equipment products from several manufacturers, but we are featuring our selection of Nova walkers, canes and accessories because of their commitment to quality, safety and personal customization.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of the outdoors this summer:

First, make sure that you are physically up to it.

If necessary, make sure that your doctor or physician has cleared you to exert yourself for the length of time that you plan on being out as well as the conditions that you will be exposed to. While you are out and about, be sure to watch for any signs of discomfort or dehydration. If you are going to be on your feet for extended periods of time, consider wearing compression socks to maintain proper circulation if your doctor advises it, and make sure they are measured and fitted properly; not too tight, not too loose.

Make sure that your walker is properly fitted.

The fit of a walker is generally determined by weight and height. You want the top of the handle of the walker to be right about where the hip ends, and you want to be able to stand up and not be leaning forward or tilted back. Walker sizes are primarily determined by the weight of the user. Anything less than 250 lbs. is generally considered to be regular, and then there are walkers for people over 300 and 500 lbs. The weight and height are the most important things to ensure patient safety. If they’re going to be in the house and they have stability, then they might be fine with a simple frame design, but if they don’t have that stability or they have difficulty stopping, you might consider using a combination of wheels and skis to get the right amount of support.

Perform routine maintenance.

It is also important to make sure that your equipment is properly maintained. Walkers and canes are in direct contact with the ground, and the wheels, caps and skis can be wearing down gradually without us even knowing it. Before heading out, examine your walker or cane. You should probably consider replacing your tires, skis or caps every 3-6 months depending on the surfaces you travel on. If you spend a lot of time on black top, you’re going to go through them a lot quicker than on hardwood or carpet. If the contact points are worn or cracked, consider replacing them. If you see metal poking through, it’s time to replace them. There are plenty of affordable tips and skis out there, so there is no excuse for tennis balls. Everybody has seen somebody using tennis balls to help them transition, but they wear down quickly and skis are a safer option. Plus, if you bring your walker in, we can change them out for you, so you don’t have to.

Keep everything you need within reach.

There is a wide variety of accessories that can be attached to your walker that can help to make your travels more enjoyable. Mobility bags and trays can be attached to either the front, side or back of your walker to ensure that water bottles, cell phones, medications or anything else you’ll be traveling with are within easy reach. Additionally, there are cup holders that can be connected to the frame of the walker to help make sure that you are properly hydrated when you are out and about.

Follow all of the safety instructions.

Most importantly, always take care to follow the “Safety Warning Instructions” that are included with your walker and its accessories. It was designed to support your weight – and the weight of your bags and trays – but only if it is distributed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Conclusion

When you’re buying something off the shelf, that’s when you want to upgrade and add features like padded seats, all-terrain wheels, soft-handled brakes – not the ones that you have to hold down with both hands – you want the ones that are easy to lock. A quality walker that is well-maintained and accessorized to your liking will enable you to travel farther, longer and better this summer.

During the month of August, Discount Club Members receive 20% off of their DME and Medical Supplies. If you’re not already a member, stop into Chambers’ Apothecary to find out more about our Discount Club Memberships.

Nancy Mazariegos
DME Specialist and Mastectomy Fitter
Chambers’ Apothecary
278 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717.263.0747