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25 Tools Every Occupational Therapist Should Know How to Use

By Hulet Smith, OT

If you’re an occupational therapy student, you may already be overwhelmed by the sheer number of varied medical and rehabilitative equipment you have at your disposal. Yet it is exactly because of that extensive variety that all of your clients’ needs can be met. The best OTs are aware of the assistive technology choices available to them and their clients, and utilize Activity Analysis, ensuring the right choice for the specific, unique need, every time.


The Top Occupational Therapy Specialty for 2020

By Mike Price, OT

As an occupational therapy student or graduate, it’s important to know about the many different specialties you can find the certification for, with the geriatric specialty as one of the fastest-growing fields. Read on to see why we think so! 


7 Products for Hip Replacement Recovery Success

By Mike Price, OT

If you are facing a hip replacement surgery, you will want to pre-plan for a successful and speedy recovery. After your initial hospital recovery, you will want to be independent and pain-free as soon as possible. With these carefully selected products, you can set up a home recovery environment that is adapted to your needs and protects your hip replacement while you recover.


The Problem with Dizziness: How to Get Rid of It

By Hulet Smith, OT

The problem with diagnosing a vestibular syndrome is that the symptoms vary and are subjective from patient to patient. So healthcare providers have to look at the duration of the symptoms and what triggers them to begin to understand underlying causes. Then they can guide their patients to treatment.


6 Exercises to Improve Balance & Stability

By Megan Smith, PT

The chances of falling as you age increase due to loss of balance. Balance therapy exercise is an important foundation for well being for the aging population. Read more to learn how the snowball effect of balance loss while aging can result in mobility loss and even death. Prevention is key. Download the free balance exercise chart we provide in this article, and you can do just that.


10 Stroke Recovery Exercises For Your Whole Body

By Sara McEvoy, PT/DPT

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, so it is wise for everyone to be familiar with the signs of stroke and recovery methods. According to doctors and researchers, physical exercise is one of the most essential components for recovery from a stroke. Learn these ten helpful exercises to rehabilitate from common losses of function caused by a stroke. 


Why Am I Dizzy? Top 5 Causes of Dizziness & What To Do

By Hulet Smith, OT

Dizziness affects 1 in 5 adults in their lifetime, but it's still a relatively misunderstood condition. What causes it? What does it actually mean to feel dizzy? We'll break down these questions and more to help you get the answers you need to feel better now.


7 Easy Tips to Treat & Protect Diabetic Skin at Home

By Mike Price, OT

People with diabetes face unique challenges when it comes to skin care, and for someone new to diabetes or who is already struggling with these problems, it can feel difficult to navigate. We've outlined some of our best tips to keep diabetic skin clean, moisturized, and healthy. Read on to find out more!


6 Great Ways to Work Out from a Wheelchair

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

Exercise is an important part of daily life in order to maintain a healthy body and mind, but for people in wheelchairs, finding accessible solutions to daily exercise can be a challenge. We outline a range of equipment-free wheelchair exercise modifications, as well as 6 assistive tools to really ramp up your workout game. Read on to learn more!


8 Great Hand & Finger Exercises to Relieve Arthritis

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

Arthritis pain affects roughly 54 million Americans, but what can you do to keep your hands healthy and mobile? We give the inside scoop on hand therapy exercises straight from the therapist that you can do at home with no equipment needed.


5 Experts Weigh in on How to Choose the Best Special Needs Stroller

By Hulet Smith, OT

Special needs strollers are a great way to keep kids active and engaged with their families, allowing them to explore the world and participate in family outings. To help you choose the best special needs stroller for your child, we reached out to some of the foremost industry experts to get their best tips. Read on to learn what they had to say.


4 Tips to Build an Accessible Space for Special Needs

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

For children with special needs, accessibility ensures that they're able to engage and interact with their peers and communities, helping keep them happy and healthy. Here are our four best tips on how to make spaces more accessible for people with special needs!


Better Outcome Measurement Tools for Physical Therapy

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

Outcome measurements are a major part of every physical and rehabilitative therapist's daily life, but getting an accurate, objective measurement of function is a challenge, especially when your patient is using a walker. Read on to learn more about how the healthcare system is changing and what you can do to keep your practice up to date.


5 Expert Tips To Help You Choose the Right Patient Lift

By Mike Price, OT

Patient lifts are the old reliable of safe patient handling, but there are so many on the market - how do you choose the right one? We reached out to some industry experts to get their best tips on how to select a patient lift. Read on to find out what they recommended.


4 Life-Changing Tips To Help You Care for Your Aging Parent

By Mike Price, OT

If your parent is aging, you may have some concerns about how to keep them safe into their senior years. Thankfully, there are a variety of great ways to help make sure that your loved one can remain both independent and safe in their own homes. Click here to learn how!


Wheelchair Ramps and ADA Guidelines: Everything You Need to Know

By Phillip McMullen II, MD, PhD

ADA Specifications are the best way to maintain a safe and accessible wheelchair ramp. But all those guidelines can be confusing. We dove in and brought you the most important things you need to know about ADA guidelines and the specs you should follow. Read more to find out what they are!


6 Easy Accessibility Modifications That Will Blow Your Mind

By Mike Price, OT

Looking for a better way to perform some of your daily tasks? Feeling frustrated that you can't move and operate things the way you used to? Rehabmart offers a full range of tools designed to make daily activities easy so you can maintain your independence and your comfort.


Safe Lifting Practices: 8 Tips to Make Patient Lifting Easy

By Phillip McMullen II, MD, PhD

Patient lifts are a huge boon to both professional and family caregivers alike, but are you using yours safely? We'll help walk you through some of the best tips to ensure that every transfer is smooth, effortless, and totally safe. Find out more now!


Is Your Threshold Ramp Really ADA-Compliant? How to Know For Sure

By Mike Price, OT

Threshold ramps are an important safety tool for people with limited mobility, but is your threshold ramp really ADA compliant? Because of the unique design of threshold ramps, they're not as tightly regulated as more permanent models, so many ramps labeled ADA-compliant may not actually be. Read on to learn more about how to know for sure.


How to Recognize Depression in Your Elderly Parent: 6 Tips

By Mike Price, OT

Depression is a pervasive disease that affects people of all ages, but older adults may be more difficult to diagnose with depression due to the unique presentation of the symptoms. To learn how to recognize the signs of depression in your elderly loved one, check out our top six tips now!


8 Fantastic Tips to Fall-Proof Your Home

By Mike Price, OT

A safe, easily traversible home is just around the corner with these eight amazing tips. Read more now for the best fall prevention advice that you can do with little to no cost!


13 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Universally Visitable

By Johanna Galyen, RN

Want to make your home wheelchair accessible but don't know where to start? We're here to offer our 13 best tips to easily modify your home without having to go through an expensive remodel. Check them out now!


8 Life-Changing Tools to Prevent Falls & Improve Confidence

By Hulet Smith, OT

Scared of falling? You don't have to be. Falling is not just a normal part of aging, and with the right tools and safety precautions, you can be confident in moving around your home again. Check out our recommendations now for a better way to fall-proof your home.


6 Best Ways to Adapt Your Toilet for Better Safety & Comfort

By Mike Price, OT

Trouble with toileting? Using the bathroom can become a daily headache due to a variety of factors that make access uncomfortable or even impossible. Check out our best tips for how to fix this problem with inexpensive tools and effective modifications.


What is an AFO? 5 Tips to Help You Choose

By Megan Smith, PT

AFOs are designed to provide an effective solution for foot and ankle protection through the healing process. These sleek, supportive devices can be a great tool for recovery, but where do you start? Check out these helpful tips to guide you through the process!


3 Simple Tips to Make You Sleep Great All Night Long

By Sonia Story

Tired of miracle cures for sleeplessness? We're here to offer you science-based techniques for better relaxation, deeper sleep, and a better night's rest. Each of these helpful tips is great for people of all ages, backed by user testimonials, and requires no fancy equipment or supplements so they're totally free and easy. You've got nothing to lose!


11 Great Recovery Tips for When You Come Home From the Hospital

By Mike Price, OT

Headed home from the hospital soon, or worried about your recovery process? We're laid out some of the best tips, tricks, and tools to make the whole process safer, easier, and more comfortable for both yourself and your loved ones. 


Types of Wheelchairs & 7 Tips to Help You Choose the Best

By Mike Price, OT

Overwhelmed with the wide variety of wheelchairs available on the market? We'll help you narrow it down by laying out the different types of wheelchairs, and then walking you through our top 7 best tips to help you choose the right one for your specific needs.


7 Amazing Tips to Help Improve Your Child's Posture

By Megan Smith, PT

Trouble with your child's posture? Whether due to a medical condition or just bad habits, poor posture can lead to a host of other problems including pain, poor concentration, and even respiratory and digestive complications. Luckily, improving your child's posture is completely possible, and we've compiled some of the best tips to help you help them!


13 Easy Ways To Make Daily Activities Simple with Arthritis

By Martin Jansen, OT

Looking for a better way to perform daily tasks with stiff, painful joints? Rehabmart is here to offer the best tips, tricks, and tools to help make every day and every task easier and more comfortable no matter what kind of arthritis or joint pain you're living with.


8 Amazing Tips & Tools for People Living with ALS

By Mike Price, OT

ALS can be a challenging disease to live with. Luckily there are so many tips and tools available to make living with ALS much simpler for both those who have it and their friends and family members. Whether you're newly diagnosed or in the late stages of ALS progression, there are so many ways to make ALS take a backseat to you living your life.


8 Easy Ways to Practice Great Hand Therapy at Home

By Megan Smith, PT

Stiff, painful hands making it difficult for you to get through the day? Starting or continuing hand therapy at home can be a great solution to help improve or maintain the strength and dexterity of your hands, wrists, and fingers. Check out our best tips for how to make hand therapy a habit and get on your way to less pain and more independence!


7 Best Tips to Make Recovering from a Hip Replacement Easy

By Hulet Smith, OT

Recovering from a hip replacement can be hard, but thankfully there are a few tips and tricks to make the whole process a lot easier. If you plan ahead and get all the right tools in place, then your recovery will be quick and easy, allowing you to get back to your life as soon as possible, and start living pain-free with your new hip!


7 Best Tips to Help Warm Your Joints & Fight Arthritis Pain

By Hulet Smith, OT

Feeling stiff, cold, and sore? A variety of conditions can contribute to swollen, painful muscles and joints, making cold weather difficult to endure. Thankfully, there are many ways to warm up and alleviate pain this winter, helping you get back to the activities you love. Check out our 7 best picks!


5 Tips to Make Cleaning Your CPAP Easy, Guaranteed

By Mike Price, OT

Dreading cleaning your CPAP device? Luckily for you, there are a wide variety of tips and tools to make this process so quick and easy, you won't have any trouble keeping up with your weekly cleaning. 


7 Things You Can Do to Prevent Neck Pain While Traveling

By Sara McEvoy, PT, DPT

Whether you’re going for work or for pleasure, traveling doesn’t have to be such a pain. The combination of tight quarters, poor posture, and travel-related stresses add up to an unpleasant experience that make it difficult for most people to enjoy the trip, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With our seven simple tips, you can escape the pain cycle and make traveling a breeze.


Clinical Seating Can Help: Early Mobilization and Faster Recovery

By Martina Tierney, OT

Just 10 days of bed rest in a hospital is the equivalent of 10 years of muscle aging for someone over the age of 80. But what other options are there? Clinical seating provides the perfect solution to promote healing and stimulate early mobilization for patients at all levels of mobility and recovery.


Adaptive Eating Utensils: Eat Independently Again

By Hulet Smith, OT

If you or your loved one is having difficulty with traditional eating utensils, there is a solution. Adaptive eating utensils combat an array of challenges and help users eat independently, but you may need assistance choosing. Rehabmart is here to help, guiding you through what you need to know to choose the best tools for your unique needs.


Improving Quality of Life for Someone Living with Alzheimer's Disease

By Mike Price, OT

As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease adversely affects memory and other cognitive abilities, causing a decline in these faculties that can be slow, fast, or seem to happen in bursts. Because so many individuals and families have been directly impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, there is an ever-increasing flow and supply of valuable knowledge to help you and your loved ones live better with this disease.


How to Live One-Handed After an Injury

By Martin Jansen, OT

There are many situations that could make it necessary to live one-handed, either temporarily or for an extended period of time. In this article, occupational therapist Martin Jansen teaches practical ways to remain independent while recovering or adapting to the effects of an injury with only one working arm. 


Understanding Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS): Caregiver Tips, Tricks, and Devices

By Megan Smith, PT

ALS is a condition that ultimately affects almost every aspect of a person’s functioning. What begins with the need for a walker could end up with the need for a respirator. In this article, we won’t attempt to give you a comprehensive guide to caretaking. Instead, we’d like to offer you some of the tips and devices we consider most useful when caring for a loved one with ALS - and caring for yourself in the process! 


6 Things to Look for When Evaluating If a Loved One is a Fall Risk

By Megan Smith, PT

There are many clear, well-documented patient risk factors that act as Caregiver red flags. If you know what they are, you can take steps to reduce or eliminate the risk of a fall, and keep your loved one safe! 


Worried About an ALS Diagnosis? Stop and Read This!

By Megan Smith, PT

A potential ALS diagnosis is a scary thing for you or a loved one. But the more you know, the better prepared you will be to deal with the news. This article is filled with the facts you need to better understand this life-changing condition. 


21 Fall Prevention Travel Tips You Haven't Heard About Yet

By Mike Price, OT

Does the fear of a fall or injury keep you or a family member from enjoying traveling to its fullest? Do crowded places like airports and shopping malls seem more like endurance tests than exciting outings? If anxiety about safety while traveling is preventing you or a loved one from participating in all life has to offer, consider these practical and helpful tips!


5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer for a Parent with Alzheimer's

By Hulet Smith, OT

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, you know that at some point it may become unsafe for them to continue living on their own. These helpful tips for adjusting to life with a parent can make the the transition a smooth one, and ensure your loved one remains safe and happy in their new home. 


A Caregiver's Guide to Coming Home from the Hospital with a Loved One

By Megan Smith, PT

Welcoming home a loved one after a stay in the hospital is a time of joy and relief. It's also a crucial moment to consider new safety and comfort needs for you and your family. For a smooth and healthy transition, understanding whether or not their home requires additional medical equipment to enhance your loved one's homecoming experience is an important step! 


A Caregiver's Guide to Preventing Falls in the Home

By Hulet Smith, OT

If you’re caring for a loved one who is less steady on their feet than they used to be, or if loss of balance is becoming a problem area for you, knowing how to prevent an unexpected falling episode while at home is a necessity. Here are the best simple, low-cost ways to steer clear of fall risks in your home. 


My Parent Doesn't Recognize Me Anymore: A Caregiver's Guide to Coping with Alzheimer's

By Mike Price, OT

When your parent has Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most difficult rites of passage comes on the day when the person you once knew - the one who raised you, the one you’ve depended on - no longer knows who you are.

As a son or daughter, you stand at the beginning of a new and challenging journey. We hope this article will help you to make sense of the changes, the challenges, and the unexpected moments of joy to be found in the days to come.


6 Ways to Care For a Loved One After a Fall

By Megan Smith, PT

By staying informed of possible outcomes of falling and knowing how to best prevent it, you can partner with your loved one to create a safe space for them to heal and ensure a fall is one event they never brush up against again! 


My Child Was Diagnosed with a Learning Disability - Now What?

By Megan Smith, PT

If you suspect your child or student has a learning disability, chances are you feel confused and overwhelmed. But fret not - we are here to help! Armed with insightful information, you’ll be more successful in advocating for your child or student, and for his or her’s unique needs in the classroom, at home, and in their day-to-day lives. 


Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Medicare Claim

By Megan Smith, PT

In Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Medicare Claim, you’ll find a walk-through of how to file a direct medical payment claim, as well as an extensive FAQ, broken down by individual questions and answers. 


6 Ways to Improve Bathroom Safety for a Loved One

By Mike Price, OT

The best time to think about the well-being of your loved ones is before an accident occurs. Because the risk of individuals falling increases dramatically with both age and after an initial falling episode, we’ve put together a list of preventative measures to limit danger in one high-traffic household area: the bathroom!


5 Easy Ways to Make a Low Vision Accessible Kitchen

By Mike Price, OT

Living with low vision? Cooking and preparing meals for yourself may seem like a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. We lay out some great tips and tricks to keep your independence in the kitchen. Read on to learn more!


How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout | Updated for 2019

By Hulet Smith, OT

Caregivers have one of the most demanding jobs around. Giving care to your loved one can be rewarding, frustrating, exhausting, thankless, and challenging. One of the biggest challenges is to take care of yourself too.


Foot Drop: Causes, Prevention and How You can Treat It

By Allison Clark, PT, PCS

The cause of foot drop can be from several different sources – neurological, muscular, a side effect from medication, or from a lack of movement. If you have an underlying condition, it may be impossible to fully prevent foot drop from occurring. But often you can improve the flexibility and strength in your leg, or use an orthosis or splint to help maintain your foot in a position that will allow you to walk and move safely.


Infographic: Bookmark these Patient Lift Techniques for Home Caregivers

By Mike Price, OT

Injuries caused by overexertion suffered by people in healthcare occupations are among the highest across all industries in the United States. In fact, healthcare and hospital workers, specifically, suffer overexertion injuries about twice as often as people working in other industries, while nursing home workers saw more than three times the average number of overexertion injuries.

Here’s an infographic to help further illustrate these and more patient lifting safety tips, as well as a few critical things you should know about patient lifts.


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