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When you are aging or have a chronic illness or disability, managing all doctor's appointments, and monitoring all the details of your health care can be overwhelming. Let the tips and products in this section make managing your healthcare easier.

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Use sticky notes, (like Post-it® Notes) as reminders for EVERYTHING
  Use sticky notes, (like Post-it® Notes) as reminders for EVERYTHING

Keep your balance when loading the dishwasher
  If you have a tendency to lose your balance...

Record health care changes in binder
  When several family members are caring for a loved one...

Independent Living Centers provide help and resources
  If you need help finding resources or developing disability living skills, your local ILC...

Bladder and Bowel Problems
  Read how Shelley overcame bowel problems and "survived" her colonoscopy despite severe mobility issu..

Getting more rest during your hospital stay
  Many times it is difficult to get the rest you need while you are in the hospital. Try these two tip..

12 Principles for Living Well with a Chronic Illness or Disability
   Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares her strategies for taking care of you while making the most of life..

Give liquid vitamins or medication when in the bathtub
  Give liquid vitamins or medications when the person is in the bathtub. Then if...

Make swallowing medications easier
  If you, or someone you love, have trouble swallowing, ask your doctor if...

In an emergency, use pantyhose as a tourniquet or sling
  Pantyhose can serve many uses in an emergency -- a pressure bandage to stop bleeding, a support wra

Replace childproof prescription bottle tops
  Have trouble opening prescription medicine? Try this.

Keep a nylon stocking in your first aid kit
  Keep an old, clean nylon stocking or pair of pantyhose in your first aid kit to act as an emergency

Ask for devices that will make hospital stay more comfortable
  236 When you are in the hospital, there are several devices that may make your stay more comforta

Difference between an occupational therapist (OT) and a physical therapist (PT)
  Recently, a friend needed rehabilitation after surgery and was unclear about the difference between

Keep urinary tract infections in check with premoistened towelettes
  Anatomy makes females prone to urinary tract infections. One way to keep infections in check

Enteric-coated or time release pills/capsules deliver medication slowly
  Enteric-coated or time release pills/capsules deliver medication into your bloodstream slowly, exte

Support a patient's head with a travel pillow
  To support the head of those with weak necks or little control over neck muscles...

Transport testing & therapy materials with small pieces in a craft or tackle box
  Transport testing materials, therapy products, and items with small pieces in a container like a

Relax with seed filled eye pillow
  If you have to have an MRI or other test that will have you anxious or lying down for a long time,

Keep track of medications with easy-to-use alarm/dispenser system
  The MedGlider� System is an electronic timer that reminds you when to take your medication. Three a

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