How do you use a Hoyer lift?

As much as seniors remain young and cheerful in their hearts, their mobility and flexibility diminish with time. After a certain age, seniors will have to put in more effort to move from one place to another or perform simple house chores. Unfortunately, there will come a time when our parents and grandparents won’t be able to move by themselves anymore, and this is when you need to step in.

After surgeries or in the latest stages of life your relatives or close friends will require your help to move from one place to another. And, since carrying them by yourself could seem close to impossible, we suggest you look for alternatives.

 

What is a Hoyer lift?

The Hoyer Lift is a device that is used to lift people and transport them from one point to another using pneumatic or electronic leverage. The product contains different parts that, put together, allow you to operate it without a hassle.

Among the most important parts of the Hoyer Lift you will find a locking wheel and a remote control to facilitate transportation and provide security.

 

How do you use the Hoyer lift?

The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the product and carefully read the instructions provided.

It may be hard learning how to use it in the beginning, so pay close attention to all the instructions.

You should start by identifying the base legs and the wheels. The wheels should fit tightly and be stable at all times to provide increased protection when moving the lifter. You should also avoid using the Hoyer lift on uneven floors or carpets.

After that, you need to make sure the carrying swing is placed below the individual you want to lift and carry. You can use the sling straps to secure the person. Depending on each model, you can handle the lifter with the hand pump or with the attached controls.

Why are Hoyer lifts useful?

These items are perfect for both private and public settings and can be used by caretakers or regular people. They are useful when trying to move people with mobility issues from one location to another without requiring the help of an additional person.

The Hoyer lifts will reduce the impact of transportation and will help people with low mobility enjoy a different setting. These products are useful when taking baths, changing patients or simply when they want to move from the bedroom to the living room.

They can also prevent injuries and unnecessary stress for patients. Besides, caretakers won’t suffer from back pains or sore muscles.

 

Why it’s important to stay hydrated

 

You hear it being said at least a couple of times a day – stay properly hydrated. However, this sentence is still treated lightly by most people who don’t have the time to count their water portions and exactly how much water they drink on a daily basis.

But are those 2 liters of water per day really enough to help you stay properly hydrated? And, most importantly, why is it important to be hydrated? There are many medical studies that have confirmed that our body requires between 1.5 and 3.5 liters of water per day to function properly, depending on our weight and how active we are during the day.

When you feel thirsty your body has already lost plenty of its water and is dehydrated, meaning that it might take longer until reaching the optimum level of hydration again. Thus, here are the most important reasons why you should drink plenty of water daily.

 

Skin problems

A lot of skin problems are caused or worsen by dehydration. And, since your skin should be your number one ally, it would be good to look after it as much as you can. The main skin problem that comes with constant dehydration is premature aging, meaning wrinkles.

It is known that people with dry or normal skins will get wrinkles faster, whereas people with oily or combination skin will live more years without a wrinkled skin. Moreover, with age, we tend to lose collagen, the enzyme that is known for providing skin’s elasticity and the youthful look. So, if you don’t want to require anti-wrinkle creams it would be best to drink plenty of water daily.

A proper skin hydration both on the inside and on the outside will also help you fight with a lot of other skin-related problems, from acne to dark circles, psoriasis, dermatitis, dilated pores, and others. Keep in mind that a clear skin often comes from your diet choices, and this includes the amount of water you drink daily.

 

Reduces fatigues and migraines

One of the many reasons your head hurts on a regular basis is the fact that your brain isn’t fully oxygenated and hydrated. This often applies to night owls who prefer working or studying late at night.

The brain gets to rest and oxygenate properly during the night, so working out late or trying to stay focused will require plenty of your brain’s internal resources. So, unless you nourish your brain accordingly, it won’t be able to keep up with the intellectual effort. As a result, you might experience exhaustion, tiredness, inability to concentrate, migraines, and even fatigues.

So, if you plan on working out until late, make sure to drink a few extra glasses of water.

 

4 great places to pitch a tent in America

 

As you could probably tell from the other post I wrote for the blog, I love camping and spend a lot of my spare time outdoors. I’ve also bought a pair of birding binoculars that I use now and again. I like to spend time in nature because it makes me feel at ease and helps me to forget about the stress I deal with in my daily life.

I suppose that this is what we should all do from time to time, to feel human again. Nowadays, social networking has become such a significant part of our lives that we forget to interact with other people how we used to a decade ago. There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly cut grass, seeing animals in their own habitat, and just listening to the woods hum on a beautiful spring morning. It’s like the earth is speaking to you.

I’ve put together a list of four amazing places where you can pitch a tent in the United States. If you’re all out of ideas, I suggest you check them out.

 

Denali National Park, Alaska

Not too many people are keen on the idea of going on vacation to Alaska, but I have to say that I’ve had some surprises with the region in the past. I love recreational fishing, for instance, and Alaska is jam-packed with plenty of opportunities in this sense.

This park has 6 million acres of open land. There are trails for hardcore hikers and beginners alike as some start right next to the visitor center. While some argue that the park might not be for the inexperienced, I believe you can avoid getting lost if you have the right equipment, mainly a hiking GPS.

There are 6 campgrounds you can choose from. The park is open year-round, but the entrance is not allowed on days when the weather is bad.

 

Yosemite National Park, California

It stands to reason that Americans should see two places in their country; the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. The latter is one of the most spectacular destinations. It has no roads, no electricity, and no structures whatsoever, so you will need to spend a night under the stars. Keep in mind that the trails are long, so you’ll have to hike for three to four hours at a time.

The park has thirteen campgrounds located in various areas. Because it is quite popular, it might be a good idea to make a reservation, especially if you plan to visit it from April to September.

Olympic National Park, Washington

If you’ve seen movies like Lord of the Rings and others of which the action takes place in the woods, you simply have to make some time and visit this park. It is one of the unique ecosystems in the world as it can give you the opportunity to set your eyes on anything from mountains to rainforests.

There are 16 campgrounds scattered across the Olympic National Park. You’ll need to pay from $15 to $22 per night.

 

Arches National Park, Utah

It costs just ten dollars per vehicle if you want to spend the night in this park. Aside from the money-related advantage, you’ll probably like the diversity of parks that you can visit in the area. Both the photo opportunities and the trails are breathtaking, so you’ll have loads of fun with your friends and family, or even alone if you like hiking by yourself.

 

 

 

Top Gadgets I Use When Going Camping

 

Camping is an excellent opportunity for getting away from it all and leaving behind the technology, and the constant stress of push notifications and social media interactions should be high on your list. However, as we are getting too used to being connected all the time, and since there are significant advantages to using technology, even in the wild, I prefer taking a few gadgets along with me on trips.

A particular type of case for my smartphone

I doubt there are many people today who leave their homes without their smartphones. While spending a few exciting days enjoying the great outdoors, your smartphone may not exactly be in the safest place, as you may drop it, damage it, and go back home with a new expense on your list.

What I do and I suggest others do too, is to get a rugged case for their smartphone. There are a few different types on the market right now, and I prefer those that do more than just protect your phone. The best models are those that come equipped with a solar panel on the back so you can recharge your phone even without access to an electrical outlet.

 

An emergency weather radio

You can never know everything there is to know about how the weather will evolve in the area you go camping. I recommend getting an emergency weather radio, to keep you posted on what is happening and on eventual alerts for the area.

I like my weather radio to be more of a jack-of-all-trades. A model that is powered by solar energy is preferable because it will not depend on access to a power grid. Also, a hand-crank model is even better, because it will never run out of power for as long as you can use your hands. Of course, the most important thing to keep in mind is that your radio should be able to broadcast NOAA alerts.

 

 

An RV GPS navigation system

No matter where you go, you have to know what the best routes to take are, and extra information on what you may find around never hurts. In my search for a great RV GPS navigation system, this article helped me, and I am now the proud owner of a model that aids me get around with ease. While I am willing to embark on an adventure when I go camping, I have no wish to turn my trip into a horror story, by getting lost in the wild.

Having a navigation system with me offers me the certainty that I will not get lost and that I will make the best out of my camping trips.