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Top 4 Portable Travel Oxygen Devices

By Hulet Smith, OT

Here are the top 5 travel oxygen devices, which can be hand-carried, usually in an over-the-shoulder bag. Read on to find out what features to look for when choosing a travel oxygen device and how to pick the right one for you.  


Buyer's Guide to EMG Systems for Physical Therapy & Rehab

By Megan Smith, PT

EMG systems are used in a range of settings from physical therapy to athletics, but how to choose the right one? We put our collective 40 years of medical experience to the test to put together this comprehensive guide. Read on to learn everything there is to know about EMG!


What Supplies Do You Need for a Colostomy? Know Your Options

By Mike Price, OT

Ostomy is a life-saving surgery, but for new ostomates, navigating the many options for pouches, barriers, and deodorizers can be overwhelming. That's why we put together this helpful guide. Everything you need to know about picking a pouch system, skin barrier, deodorizer, and everything else you may need is all here in one convenient place. Read more to get started!


Transfer Belts & Vests: How to Choose the Best

By Mike Price, OT

Patient transfers are a regular part of every day for caregivers. But injuries from improper lifting techniques are the most common way that both patients and caregivers are hurt. Garments like gait belts and transfer vests are the perfect solution for comfortable and easy transfers. Read on to learn more about them and which ones we recommend!


8 Best Brace Brands of 2019 & How to Choose

By Megan Smith, PT

Braces are possibly the most ubiquitous medical device, being used for prevention to recovery in a range of needs. But, not all braces are created equal, and with the wide variety of brands, styles, and options to choose from, selecting the perfect option can be a huge challenge. That's why we've laid out some of the best brands of 2019 to give you a great place to start. Read on to learn who made the cut.


The Ultimate Sports Medicine Buying Guide

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

Sports medicine is a varied field, full of a wide range of patients and practitioners. Because of this, choosing the right tools for your needs can be a challenge. That's why we've laid out this ultimate buying guide - to answer all your questions and show you all the best solutions.


How to Choose the Best Tools for an Inclusive, Engaging School

By Hulet Smith, OT

Education is an important aspect of every child's development, but the traditional model hasn't always been very inclusive of individual needs. We've laid out this helpful buying guide to make it super simple to consider all the different aspects of creating an inclusive classroom at your school. Read on to find out what we recommend!


How to Choose the Best Hospital Bed: 4 Experts Share Their Insights

By Mike Price, OT

Hospital beds are perfect for both temporary and long-term rest and healing. But with the wide variety of options on the market, it can be challenging to feel confident you're picking the right one. That's why we reached out to industry experts to get their best tips on how to choose a hospital bed. Read more to learn what they had to say!


Caring for Veterans: What Do I Need To Get Started?

By Mike Price, OT

Veterans are some of the most well-loved people in our communities, but they face a lot of challenging medical conditions that can make many facets of life difficult, especially as they age. We've put together some of the most important tips and products to help you care for veterans. Read on to learn everything you need to know to get started.


Aging in Place: How to Get Your Home Ready

By Mike Price, OT

With more and more people deciding to age at home, there are more people looking for information on the best ways to adapt their homes for safe and comfortable living. The best thing you can do is plan ahead, so we walk you through some of the most important considerations and the tools you can use to address them. Read on to learn more!


Low Bed, Ultra-Low Bed, or Floor Bed: How to Choose

By Hulet Smith, OT

Trying to find the best low bed? A valuable tool for fall prevention and injury reduction, these beds are not all created equal. To help you understand the differences and some of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping, we've put together a buying guide that will guide you through the process. Read on to learn everything you need to know about low beds!


Special Needs Support + Active Engagement = Contoured Positioning Chairs

By Hulet Smith, OT

Proper posture support, eye-level engagement, and comfortable kid-friendly design can be an elusive combination to find in a seating system. Thankfully, many manufacturers on the market today are coming out with versatile contoured seating systems to promote all of these factors and more. Read on to learn more about these innovative tools and how they can help your child.


Walking Canes: How to Choose the Best One for You

By Megan Smith, PT

For millions of people, canes are the perfect way to walk more safely. But with all the different shapes, sizes, and styles, how do you know if you're choosing the right one for your needs? We'll lay out everything you need to know plus recommend some of the best canes from our catalog to make the whole experience totally effortless.


On the Field or At Home: Soft Shell Headgear is the Best Protection

By Megan Smith, PT

Looking for a better solution for protecting your child from head trauma? Whether you need a helmet for sports or for home use, soft-shell protective headgear has come a long way in protection, comfort, and style. Check out the rest of our buying guide now to learn all about it!


Incontinence Products: Which One is Right For You?

By Hulet Smith, OT

Struggling with incontinence? It may feel embarrassing, but incontinence is fairly common. And, with the advances in protective technology, there are better products available than ever before to help you address incontinence of all types. To help you navigate the choices, we've laid out all the need-to-know information, so come check it out now!


Patient Lift Buying Guide: How To Choose The Best

By Mike Price, OT

Patient lifts are a huge part of many caregivers' lives, but if you're new to the caregiving world, you may not know how to choose the right lift for your loved one. We know how important this purchase is, so we've gathered all of our expertise in one place to make it easy for you to choose the right lift for your needs. Learn more now!


How to Choose the Best Oxygen Concentrator for You

By Hulet Smith, OT

Oxygen concentrators are an all-time favorite provider of oxygen therapy, but how do you choose the right one? With the long-time use of these devices, there are more on the market than ever, each with their own unique features. We lay out some of the most important considerations and then recommend some of our favorite models. Learn more now, for a totally easy shopping experience!


5 Expert Tips to Help You Choose the Best Special Needs Seating

By Hulet Smith, OT

Special needs seating can be complex, but we're here to help. We've gathered the number one tip from some of the leading experts in the special needs seating and positioning industry to help you choose the very best solution for your child.


Pediatric Walker Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best

By Hulet Smith, OT

Looking for answers on how to choose the right walker for your child? We're here to guide you through all the information you need to know to make an informed decision about what's best for your child's unique needs. Read more for all our best tips!


How to Choose a Bedrail or Handle for Safe Bed Mobility

By Mike Price, OT

Not as spry as you once were? Looking for a little added help getting in and out of bed? Bed support handles and rails are the best solution for safe and comfortable bed mobility, helping you better reposition yourself and get in and out of bed. We guide you through the various types and features and then recommend some of the best from our catalog to help you choose the perfect support for your needs.


Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Walking Cast Boot

By Megan Smith, PT

Walking casts are a great boon to anyone suffering from an injury or condition that affects the foot, ankle, or lower leg. But, did you know that you don't have to settle for that boring standard boot model? There are a range of different designs that provide versatile comfort and support to improve your recovery experience, and we're here to help you choose the perfect one for your needs!


The Ultimate Wheelchair Ramp Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best

By Mike Price, OT

There are a lot of variables that go into trying to choose a wheelchair ramp. The process can seem overwhelming sometimes. To help streamline the shopping process, we've put together this comprehensive buying guide with tips from industry experts to help you make the best choice for your individual needs.


Daily Living Aids: What Are They & How Can They Help?

By Mike Price, OT

Daily tasks shouldn't have to be hard, but due to a range of circumstances, the tasks we all take for granted can become looming challenges. We've laid out some of the most common difficulties people have in daily life and the tools you can use to make them easy, recommending some of the best in our catalog to make even the shopping process totally effortless.


Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best CPAP Machine

By Mike Price, OT

CPAPs are as diverse as the people who use them. This is great for you, but can also make it challenging to know how to choose the right one! That's why we've written this guide - we've included all of the most important design features, options, and information you need to know in order to make the buying process totally effortless.


How to Choose a Hospital Bed for Home Care

By Hulet Smith, OT

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of hospital beds out there? Looking for the right bed for your home, but not sure where to start? We've compiled all the information you need to know in easy one place, so that you can confidently choose the best hospital bed for your needs. 


Safety Beds: What Are They and Who Needs One?

By Hulet Smith, OT

Special needs children deserve a sleeping surface with their needs in mind. Safety beds are the best way to keep your children safe and comfortable so everyone can get a good night's sleep. Whether your child is a climber or struggles with sensory overload, there's a bed designed to accommodate their unique needs.


Geri Chair Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right One

By Mike Price, OT

Stuck in bed? Looking for a tool that helps you or your loved one recover better? Geri chairs are a great solution for any environment where medical patients need better positioning options. These chairs offer upright support and positioning, helping to promote independence and engagement in patients, improving feelings of wellbeing and facilitating healing and recovery.


How to Choose the Best TENS and EMS Units

By Megan Smith, PT

Looking for pain relief in all the wrong places? TENS and EMS units are a great drug-free option for pain management and recovery, but choosing the right one for your needs can seem complex with all the choices available on the market. We help you navigate the trip by walking you through the differences, features, and best models in our catalog.


How to Choose a Back Brace to Improve Posture & Reduce Pain

By Megan Smith, PT

Millions of people are affected by back pain every year, and choosing a brace to relieve some of that pain seems like a good idea, but where do you even start? We walk you through the forms and features of back braces, so you can ditch back pain for good and get back to the activities you love.


7 Best Transfer Aids & How to Use Them

By Mike Price, OT

Looking to make sure your loved ones are as safe as possible as they move from place to place? Transfer devices are the best way to accomplish this, but the wide variety can make it difficult to choose the best solution for your unique needs. Luckily, Rehabmart is here to help, laying out the most common types of devices, what they're used for, and how to use them safely.


What is a Raised Toilet Seat & How to Choose One

By Mike Price, OT

Are you or someone you love having trouble sitting and standing from the toilet? Raised toilet seats are a great way to make toileting safe, comfortable, and easy without compromising your independence or the look of your toilet! Check out Rehabmart's best tips for choosing a raised toilet seat, as well as the variety of design features available for customizable comfort.


6 Amazing Reasons to Choose an Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp

By Mike Price, OT

Looking for a better way to choose a wheelchair ramp for your home? Look no further! Rehabmart is here to walk you through the most important considerations, and help you to find the right solution for your needs. Choosing between a wooden or aluminum modular ramp can seem challenging, but it doesn't have to be. With our know-how and superior catalog of products, we're the best resource for high-quality information and products.


Compression Therapy Garments: Levels of Pressure & How to Choose

By Mike Price, OT

Compression is a great way to relieve pain, improve circulation, and keep joints warm and mobile. Ideal for anyone from athletes to the elderly, compression garments and bandages are available in all kinds of designs to support any limb or body area and provide compression at every level. 


How to Choose the Best Home Gym Equipment

By Megan Smith, PT

Want to get fit, but hate going to the gym? Rehabmart offers a comprehensive selection of home gym equipment, and outlines all the most important facts and features so that you can make the best choice in home exercise tools that align with your unique needs.


How to Choose a Shower Gurney: Best Options for your Loved Ones

By Hulet Smith, OT

Need help bathing patients with limited mobility? Shower gurneys are the answer. Versatile, waterproof designs and durable construction maintain longevity while a range of features and accessories ensure that there's a perfect gurney out there for every patient's needs. Whether in a large hospital or a private home, shower gurneys can provide a great way to keep patients and caregivers safe and comfortable.


Oxygen Tanks vs Oxygen Concentrators: 5 Tips to Help You Choose

By Hulet Smith, OT

Trying to navigate the confusing world of oxygen delivery systems and feeling lost? Rehabmart is here to help, laying out the most important facts and features to help you choose the best device for your needs whether that be a traditional oxygen concentrator, a portable oxygen concentrator, or an oxygen cylinder.


What is a Bedside Commode & How Do I Use One?

By Mike Price, OT

Trouble going to the bathroom alone? Bedside commodes are an ideal solution for safe and easy toileting that still allows you to maintain your dignity. Rehabmart is here to walk you through our catalog and help you make an informed decision on the perfect commode chair to meet your unique needs.


The Caregiver's Ultimate Guide to Wheelchair Cushions

By Mike Price, OT

The Caregiving community has come a long way since the days of the manual sling seat wheelchair. Even so, a growing number of Americans who rely on a wheelchair are suffering a variety of painful conditions - all of which stem from spending most of the day sitting down.  A body at rest lacks the ability to self-adjust and promote blood flow to important areas. Left still for too long,...

How to Choose the Best Foam Wheelchair Cushion

By Hulet Smith, OT

Foam wheelchair cushions make it possible to sit comfortably for long periods, and help users maintain a balanced, proper seated position that doesn’t cause strain on muscles or joints. If you are searching for the perfect foam wheelchair cushion, search no further - we're here to help you make the best and most educated choice! 


How to Choose the Best ROHO/Air Wheelchair Cushion

By Megan Smith, PT

Each ROHO/Air cushion implements the same general air cell format, but different designs do so in different ways. To make the selection process easy and stress-free, this article will guide you through the most important features and benefits when purchasing your ROHO/Air wheelchair cushion!


How to Choose the Best Gel Wheelchair Cushion

By Hulet Smith, OT

With gel wheelchair cushions, the user’s skin protection is given the highest priority, and many Caregivers and patients alike consider gel to be the best way to prevent as well as heal delicate, damaged skin. Read on for important things to consider when choosing the best gel wheelchair cushion!


The Caregiver's Ultimate Guide to Fall Prevention

By Megan Smith, PT

No matter your Caregiving goal - be it preventing a fall, knowing what to do in the event of a fall, or understanding how to help your loved one heal after a falling episode - Caregiver University is here with the ultimate resources and tools to lend you a helping hand.


How to Choose the Best Patient Safety Alarm

By Mike Price, OT

If you care for a loved one who presents any risk of injury, be it from wandering, falling, or other factors, a patient safety alarm is a device that can give you peace of mind. A safety alarm can function much like a child safety monitor, alerting you to any circumstance that presents a possible danger to your loved one!


How to Choose the Best Nebulizer

By Mike Price, OT

A nebulizer is a drug delivery device that uses compressed air to convert liquid medication into a breathable mist. Available in both electric and battery-operated versions, nebulizers are most commonly used to treat asthma. This How to Choose article will help readers determine which model is best for them! 


How to Choose the Best Cervical Traction Device

By Megan Smith, PT

Cervical traction is a process of gently stretching the tight muscles and soft tissues of the cervical area, separating compressed spinal vertebrae.

By immediately relieving pressure on the discs located between the vertebrae, pressure on the nerves is eased as well, relieving pain and reducing pressure-related headaches, joint ache, and spinal stiffness.


How to Choose the Best Rolling Walker (aka Rollator)

By Mike Price, OT

Rollators, often referred to as rolling walkers, are assistive medical devices that provide users with stability and comfort while ambulating independently. Rollators function in a similar fashion to standard walkers, but they make use of wheels to improve the mobility of the device and the user!


How to Choose the Best Pressure Relief Mattress

By Megan Smith, PT

Pressure relief mattresses are a necessary tool when caring for people who are confined to bed for extended periods of time. By helping prevent the formation of pressure ulcers and bedsores, pressure relief mattresses help distribute body weight evenly while promoting proper circulation! 


How to Choose the Best Playground Equipment

By Hulet Smith, OT

Playgrounds (and their associated equipment) offer children of all ages a chance to develop motor, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. This article will provide you with several features and considerations to help you make the best choice! 


How to Choose the Best Pediatric Activity Chair

By Mike Price, OT

Pediatric activity chairs are designed to help children with special needs sit with comfort. These chairs encourage proper positioning, bodily alignment, and assist in developing muscle strength - all while the child engages in daily activities. This How to Choose article will help you understand the features and benefits of a variety of chairs! 


How to Choose the Best Standing Lift

By Hulet Smith, OT

Buying a standing lift is the first step towards providing you or your loved one with safety, comfort, and support when transferring between sitting and standing. Rehabmart is here to help you through every step of the process of finding your ideal lift—from researching products to ordering one to your doorstep! 


How to Choose the Best Walker

By Hulet Smith, OT

Walkers are mobility aids, providing support to individuals who have difficulty walking or maintaining balance without assistance. In this How to Choose article, we'll help you navigate the process of selecting the best walker for you or your loved one!


How to Choose the Best Ceiling Patient Lift

By Mike Price, OT

A ceiling lift is a stationary patient lifting device. Mounted on a rail system and either permanently installed or freestanding, ceiling lifts help to transfer patients between a bed, toilet, or wheelchair. This How to Choose article will help you in the process of determining which ceiling lift is best for you or your loved one!


How to Choose the Best Treatment Table

By Hulet Smith, OT

Treatment tables are platform table surfaces specially designed for therapists to treat and tend to their patients. No matter your practice, there is a treatment table ideally created for you - and we are here to help you find it!


How to Choose the Best Patient Lift Sling

By Mike Price, OT

Patient lift slings go hand-in-hand with patient lifts. Wrapping around a patient’s body and securing to a lifting device, lift slings safely and gently support patients as they are transferred from one resting place to another.


How to Choose the Best Wheelchair

By Hulet Smith, OT

Wheelchairs are specially designed medical chairs outfitted with wheels, designed to aid individuals with limited mobility. Read on for Rehabmart's buying guide on how to select the best wheelchair model to meet you or your loved one's needs! 


How to Choose the Best Adult Changing Table

By Hulet Smith, OT

An adult changing table provides safer transfers, comfortable positioning, and a secure space for caregivers to aid weakened or disabled adults who may need assistance with incontinence problems or getting dressed. 


How to Choose the Best Protective Helmet

By Mike Price, OT

Protective helmets are a form of specially-designed medical equipment designed to significantly reduce the risk of head injuries, as well as protect a patient’s head following surgery. These devices are also useful for patients who suffer from seizures or those who display “head banging” behaviors, as protective helmets can prevent impact injury to the patient’s head and brain.


How to Choose the Best Hospital Bed Mattress

By Hulet Smith, OT

Hospital mattresses, also known as therapeutic or medical mattresses, are usually six inches thick and found in both clinical and in-home settings for the comfort and support of patients and loved ones. This How to Choose review will help you to narrow down the best features and benefits for you or your loved one's mattress purchase! 


How to Choose the Best Gait Trainer

By Mike Price, OT

Gait trainers are assistive wheeled devices designed to support individuals who have motor disabilities, and help them learn to walk. Balance, ambulation, strength, and endurance are all tangible benefits of gait training. Read on for help choosing the perfect gait trainer for you or your loved one!


How to Choose the Best Bedside Commode

By Mike Price, OT

Bedside commodes are freestanding toilet chairs not connected to a plumbing system. They are essential medical devices designed to help children and adults who are disabled, confined to bed, or unable to walk safely and swiftly to the bathroom.


How to Choose the Best Special Needs Stroller

By Hulet Smith, OT

Special needs strollers, or adaptive strollers, are modified transportation devices for children with limited mobility. Special needs strollers are operated by a caregiver, and allow the child to participate in social outings while requiring little to no operational exertion from the child.


How to Choose the Best Hoyer Lift

By Mike Price, OT

Hoyer Lifts are assistive medical devices which apply specially-designed slings and pads to safely lift a patient from a bed to a wheelchair, toilet, or stretcher. This How to Choose Article will help you determine the features to look for when choosing a Hoyer Lift for you or a loved one!


How to Choose the Best Patient Transfer Device

By Hulet Smith, OT

Patient transfer devices are assistive lifting devices which help keep both the patient and caregiver physically safe during relocation between places of rest. The careful selection of the right transfer aids can make the difference between daily struggle and a healthier, happier lifestyle for both you and the patient you care for!


How to Choose the Best Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

By Mike Price, OT

Choosing the right hyperbaric chamber for you is a process which takes time, research, and even a helping hand! Rehabmart is committed to making your journey into HBOT as simple and empowering as possible, with our article How to Choose the Best Hyperbaric Chamber!


How to Choose the Best Shower Chair

By Mike Price, OT

Shower chairs are assistive bathing devices which ensure the safety and comfort of those who have difficulty standing in the shower. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about selecting the perfect chair for you with this in-depth product guide!


How to Choose the Best Pediatric Stander

By Hulet Smith, OT

Pediatric standers, or standing frames, are assistive devices for children with limited mobility. 

Designed to support children who have little or no ability to maintain themselves in an upright position, standers enable children to spend a good portion of their day utilizing muscles which would otherwise atrophy. 


How to Choose the Best Adult Trike

By Mike Price, OT

Adult trikes are three-wheeled cycling devices, used for cardio activity and typically in place of a two-wheeled bike. Tricycles come in three designs: recumbent, semi-recumbent (also known as adaptive), and upright.  


How to Choose the Best Wheelchair Ramp

By Mike Price, OT

Wheelchair ramps are a form of gradually inclining assistive equipment which allow wheelchairs and other mobility devices to safely move over uneven ground. 


How to Choose the Best Pool Lift

By Mike Price, OT

Pool lifts are assistive aquatic access devices, designed for people with limited mobility or disabilities who otherwise would not have access to a pool or spa. Read on to learn more about how to choose the best pool lift for you or your loved one!


How to Choose the Best Power Bath Lift

By Mike Price, OT

Bath lifts provide an extremely safe way to take a bath in an existing tub, and eliminate the necessity to completely redo one’s bathroom. Bath lifts are also an intuitive, affordable way to ensure a risk-free bathing experience, and allow loved ones to experience comfort rather than physical strain.


The Caregiver's Guide to Choosing the Right Patient Lift

By Mike Price, OT

A patient lift is used to help caregivers transport patients who have limited mobility to and from a bed, wheelchair, shower or toilet. Patient lifts come in a few basic varieties and are used in hospitals, nursing homes and private residents alike for patients with varying degrees of mobility. We've assembled this guide to walk you through the questions you should be asking when it's time to research and choose a new patient lift for your unique needs. 


How to Choose The Best Tub Transfer Bench - A Buying Guide

By Mike Price, OT

Selecting the right bath bench for your situation can help you or your loved ones prevent life-threatening injuries due to falls in the bathroom - something that happens thousands of times a day across the world.

Bathing is a necessary part of everyone's life. However, it happens to be one of the most dangerous activities that someone with limited mobility (due to age or disability) has to complete on a regular basis. Choosing the right tub bench is a very important task.


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