5 Signs of Hidden Depression You Should Never Ignore and 5 Ways to Help

By Kat Gal 

Your friend seems fine.

She is social and appears to be cheerful all the time. Her life is in order. She rarely even complains.

There is no way she’s depressed.

The truth is, though… depression shows up differently for everyone.

Not everyone dealing with depression shows it in public. Not everyone struggling sits in the corner, cries all the time or acts withdrawn either.

There are people who have hidden depression and because they hide it so well, it can sometimes be very difficult to support them in getting better and finding happiness again.

But support is crucial and I want to show you how to spot a friend or loved one who may need you during this time… even if they aren’t openly asking for it.

5 Things To Look For With Hidden Depression

1. They may be irritated or angry a lot.

Anger and irritation are two common signs of depression. When you think of depression, you usually think of sadness, helplessness, apathy and melancholia. When someone is angry or irritated, you may mistake it for a bad mood or bad temper. However, anger and irritation are often a way to express depression, especially in men.

2. They may withdraw.

When someone is dealing with depression, it’s common for them to lose all interest in anything, especially in the activities they once loved doing. They may become more withdrawn, sleep in late and call into work more often, etc. Becoming withdrawn can be one of the biggest signs that someone is suffering.

3. They may become flakey and unreliable.

People dealing with depression may make plans with you when they feel up to it or feel pressure to do so, but then they may not follow through with it, cancel or not show up at all. You may consider this rude. If they do this several times in a row, you may even consider cutting ties with them. But be aware, someone who suddenly begins flaking out on you could be secretly depressed.

4. They may be exhausted, have trouble sleeping or sleep too much.

Dealing with depression is difficult and tiring. Everything becomes way too hard, even sleeping and/or staying awake. People with depression may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or may be tired even when they’ve slept all day long. They may be coping with depression by sleeping far too much. Sleep problems and unusual sleep patterns can often be a warning sign of deeper issues.

5. They may suddenly gain or lose a noticeable amount of weight.

There can be many reasons for weight loss and weight gain. People often lose weight because they’ve started eating better and exercising. They may gain weight because of indulging during the holidays, having less time to exercise or having a few too many brownies. A variety of illnesses and health conditions can also cause weight loss or weight gain.

Be careful trying to associate someone’s weight loss or weight gain with depression (or eating disorders) right away. Just keep in mind that not eating enough or eating too much can be a coping mechanism as well. Look for other signs of depression along with the weight fluctuation. If there is no other explanation – an improved diet, more or less exercise, or a medical condition, etc. – it may be a sign of depression.

What Can You Do If Someone You Know May Be Dealing With Hidden Depression?

  • Talk to them. Don’t interrogate them, but be there for them. Genuinely express interest in their lives and well-being.
  • Offer support. Do so by listening and trying to understand, without judgement. Also offer non-emotional support, like cooking a healthy meal or helping them around the house or with their pets of children.
  • Be patient. Depression is difficult. Healing is a difficult journey too. It takes time and may be full of ups and downs.
  • Believe in them. Don’t give up on them, even if they seem to have given up on themselves. Tell them you believe in them and that you believe they can heal.
  • Love them. Tell them that you love them unconditionally. Love them through words and actions.
  • Become vulnerable. You don’t have to do this alone; you are not alone. Just sharing your story can be liberating. This is a great way to begin healing and allowing those that love and care for you to help.
  • Eat better. When you are dealing with depression, sometimes the last thing you want to do is to eat healthy (or eat at all). But an unhealthy diet can lead to further depression. Focus on organic, plant-based whole foods: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Your gut influences your brain, so take care of your gut flora and consider adding in a quality probiotic.
  • Move your body. Stretch, walk, do yoga, run, dance or anything you’d like. You don’t have to do too much, but try to move at least a few minutes – preferably 20-30 minutes each day.
  • Be in nature. Connecting with nature is healing. Walk barefoot in the grass. Hug a tree. Watch the sunset. Go for a hike. Swim in a lake. Play with animals.
  • Journal. Journaling is an excellent way to express your emotions, recognize patterns, let go of limiting beliefs and just ‘let it all out.’
  • Do some art. Art is another way to express your emotions, deal with negative feelings and create happiness. You don’t have to be an artist and you don’t have to show your work to anyone. Draw, paint, take photos, make some sculptures, knit, crochet, do some craft work, make a picture album, or color in an adult coloring book.
  • Do something that makes you happy. For now, it doesn’t have to be profound. If watching your favorite show puts a smile on your face, do that. It is important to start somewhere and that looks different for everyone.
  • Start practicing self-love. Do some mirror-work by looking into your own eyes in the mirror and talking positively to yourself. Practice affirmations. Practice smiling.
  • Get professional help. There is no shame in seeking professional support. A psychologist, therapist, counselor or a life coach can help you find answers and find happiness in life.

Always remember that there is HOPE. Help, love and guidance is out there, even when it doesn’t feel like it is. Don’t give up on yourself and most importantly, don’t give up on those you love.

We’re all in this together – no matter what.

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7 Signs Your Aging Parent May Need Home Care

7 Signs Your Aging Parent May Need Home Care

Most seniors today report that they would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. But as people get older, a number of age-related conditions can make living at home increasingly difficult.

If you’ve noticed that your aging parent isn’t able to take care of themselves or their homes the way they used to, and suspect that an assisted living community or care home wouldn’t be a good fit for them, it may be time to consider in-home care. Today there are a number of different home care options that can help your parents keep on top of routines and stay happy and healthy, while remaining in their home.

When you give your parent a hug, you may notice that they feel thinner and frailer than before. Or maybe you’ve spotted bruises on their body. These types of physical symptoms may be signs that your parent needs some extra help at home. Significant weight loss can be a sign that your aging parent is struggling to prepare meals for themselves, or that they have trouble getting around the kitchen or possibly remembering how to cook properly (a sign of dementia).

Bruises tend to be evidence of falls or other accidents, although your parent may be reluctant to admit that this is happening. An in-home caregiver can help ensure that your parent is getting the proper nutrition and can help them prevent falls.

2. Decreased Mobility

Trouble walking and moving around can make it tough to complete routine activities of daily living, making in-home care a much-needed help. Mobility issues can have far-reaching effects – making it tough to get around the house (especially if stairs are involved), shower, or go out to buy groceries or for other errands and social visits. This can lead to a host of other problems, from malnutrition to social isolation. Home caregivers can help your parent get where they need to go, on grocery shopping trips and other errands, and provide valuable companionship.

3. Decline in Hygiene and Grooming

One of the biggest indicators that your aging parent needs in-home help is a noticeable decline in hygiene and grooming. This may include infrequent bathing, a strong smell of urine or a general unkempt appearance. Typically hygiene and grooming habits decline when a person is no longer able to keep up with these routines, either physically or due to cognitive decline.

It can be hard for adult children to intervene when it comes to toileting, bathing and other intimate activities of daily living. Even if this isn’t an issue for your family, there will likely come times when you or another family caregiver will need a break. In these cases, personal care assistants can help make sure your parent is able to continue their normal grooming and hygiene habits.

4. Forgetfulness

We all forget things sometimes – the name of that book you read, whatever it is you walked into the room to get. But increasing incidents of forgetfulness over time – especially when it comes to important to-dos like taking medication or paying bills – may indicate that home care help is needed. If your parent’s memory issues are interfering with their everyday activities, it’s a good indication that they should see a physician about their memory problems, as these may be signs of cognitive decline. Working with an in-home care assistant, you can help ensure that your parent stays on top of their normal activities, despite any cognitive decline.

5. Trouble Staying on Top of Finances

If you notice that your parent has a pile of unopened financial statements or warnings about unpaid bills, this can be a major sign that it’s time for home care. Suddenly applying for multiple new credit cards or signing up for pricey memberships or subscriptions can also be red flags.

Trouble handling finances when they were able to do so previously and poor judgment are both common early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Although in-home caregivers should not be given access to your parent’s financial information (if needed, your parent should instead designate a trusted family member or other loved one), they can still help remind your mom or dad to stay organized and pay bills.

6. A Dirty, Cluttered Home

Difficulty keeping up with housework is a common indication that an elderly person needs in-home assistance. They may be unable to perform these tasks the way they did before due to mobility issues, cognitive decline, or even depression.

Some signs that your parent is struggling to keep up with the housework may include dust, dirt or grime in areas that used to be clean, excessive clutter or piles of dirty dishes or laundry. Many in-home caregivers provide housekeeping assistance such as cleaning countertops and appliances, sweeping the floor, running the dishwasher and doing laundry.

7. Loss of Interest in Activities and Hobbies

Have you noticed that your parent no longer seems to enjoy many of the hobbies they once enjoyed? Maybe their previously well-tended backyard garden has been neglected, or their weekly card game with friends has gone by the wayside. You might notice that your mom or dad has even given up more sedentary activities such as knitting, reading or watching a favorite TV show.

Losing interest in hobbies and activities can be a sign of numerous underlying problems, notably depression. While an in-home caregiver won’t be able to solve these medical or mental health issues, they can help ensure that your parent adheres to treatment plans, and can provide much-needed help so that your mom or dad is still able enjoy favorite pastimes.

Senior citizens should be getting these vaccinations

Senior citizens should be getting these vaccinations

Vaccine recommendations for senior citizens by U.S. government

The U.S. government has an on-going campaign encouraging senior citizens to get a set of vaccinations recommended by the National Vaccine Program office. Following are the vaccines you need and how to learn more about them.

You may need one or more of these vaccines, even if you received vaccines as a child or as a younger adult.

Ask your doctor which ones are right for you.

Vaccines recommended for older adults can prevent:

Want to learn more about the vaccines you need? Use the Adult Immunization Vaccine Finder to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based on your age, health status, location and other factors.

You can also review the Adult Immunization Schedule  to see which vaccines you may need.

Don’t forget if you are traveling, you may need additional vaccines. See the travelers’ health page.

Talk to your healthcare professional about making sure you have all the vaccines you need to protect your health.

More Information:

·         U.S. Government Site on Vaccinations

·         National Vaccine Program Office

Supporting Family Caregivers After a Loved One’s Stroke

 

Professional in-home care helps family help their loved one.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Although stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in America, more people today are surviving a stroke than ever before. Many of these survivors will make a full recovery, usually with the help of stroke rehabilitation. Others will be left with permanent disabilities that include paralysis or weakness, emotional changes, and problems with thinking, speaking and understanding speech.

During the recovery process, and as they are living with any long-term effects of their stroke, survivors often need a great deal of assistance and support for the best outcome and quality of life. Recovery can be lengthy. Patients need help managing their rehabilitation regimen and medications. They often need assistance with personal care and eating. Their home may be in immediate need of modifications to accommodate their reduced abilities and to prevent falls.

Family caregivers can become quickly overburdened as they support their loved one’s care.

It begins at the hospital. Stroke patients may have trouble understanding, much less remembering, information about their condition, care recommendations, and instructions on how to take medications. Dr. Paul Wright of Northwell Health explained, “In the past, you’d have one doctor come into your hospital room and that would be your physician. But over the years, we’ve started developing specialties and subspecialties, and now there are 10 or 15 physicians who show up.” This can be very confusing, and often, a patient’s family must step in to communicate with the medical team.

Next, a stroke patient may be discharged to a rehabilitation center for recovery. But the role of family doesn’t end at that point. Though their loved one is receiving professional care and supervision at the facility, families are still an important part of the care team. They visit their loved one; help navigate medical bills, Medicare and other insurance; work with staff to arrange for medical equipment at home; and schedule follow-up appointments.

Coming home after a stroke

When a stroke patient comes home, the real work begins. Many patients wish to return home as soon as possible, to recover in familiar surroundings while receiving continued treatment at an outpatient rehabilitation center. Yet their care needs may still be great, and living independently and safely requires some help! They most likely can’t drive. Their home may need to be adapted for one-story living if it has stairs and other obstacles. They may be unable to prepare meals or dress without help. The paperwork alone can be overwhelming. This is when the workload of family members really grows. Said Dr. James Burke of the University of Michigan, “Stroke survivors need a caregiver to spend the equivalent of half of a full-time job each week to help them.” His research revealed that “more than half of elderly stroke survivors receive help from a caregiver, requiring 22.3 hours of assistance per week on average. That’s nearly double what elderly patients who have not had a stroke require, at an average of 11.8 hours of help.”

Providing this care can take a toll on spouses, children and other family caregivers, so much so that they raise their own risk of depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, diabetes—and, as might be expected, stroke. Their careers can suffer, along with their financial well-being.

Families can’t do it alone. They should take advantage of support resources in the community, which might include help from other family and friends, and from local senior support organizations. For help with hands-on care and all-around assistance, professional in-home care is a great way to support a patient’s recovery after stroke, while protecting families from stress overload.

Trained, professional caregivers provide:

  • Personal care assistance for clients who need help with bathing, dressing, shaving, going to the toilet, or transferring from bed to chair.
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation with ingredients and preparation methods that follow the healthcare provider’s recommendations, such as for soft foods.
  • Care coordination and transportation to healthcare appointments and rehabilitation sessions, such as physical, occupational and speech-language-swallowing therapy.
  • Prescription pickup and medication reminders. The caregiver can also be alert for the side effects of medications.
  • Laundry and housekeeping services, as well as the removal of hazards that could cause a fall.
  • Supervision for the client’s prescribed home exercise program.
  • Professionalism that preserves the client’s dignity and normalizes the relationship of client and family.
  • Companionship to brighten the client’s spirits, reduce depression and encourage a safe return to walking, independent eating and other activities as recommended by the healthcare provider.

In-home care supports a stroke survivor’s compliance with medical and rehabilitation goals to help ensure optimum recovery and independence, and to lower the risk of another stroke. Just as important, it protects the health and well-being of family caregivers.

Are my father’s seizures related to his Alzheimer’s?

James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.

Seizures are, unfortunately, fairly common in Alzheimer’s patients. Seizures can be thought of as small “short-circuits” in the electrical brain activity. They almost always start on the outer surface of the brain.

In Alzheimer’s, as the surface of the brain has some scarring, and is not working as well as it should, this short circuiting can occur. This would be somewhat similar to having small fires in the electrical system of an older house – the wiring is not in perfect order and a short circuit can occur. These seizures are usually well treated with gentle seizure medicines. I particularly like lamotrigine, as I have found that it has the least side effects in a patient with a dementing illness, but of course you should discuss this with your doctor.

As an additional issue, given that he is so young, it would probably be worth while to make sure that he has had a very thorough work-up before accepting Alzheimer’s as the diagnosis. I would err on the side of being overly cautious, and consider obtaining a second opinion from a Cognitive Specialist (Neurologist) at a nearby university.

Is Accepting Hospice Under Medicare “Choosing to Die”?

Hospice is a type of care that focuses on relieving pain and other suffering for patients nearing the end of life. To qualify for Medicare-covered hospice care, a patient’s treating physician must certify that the patient’s illness is likely to be terminal within six months. Once hospice care is begun, there’s no more medical treatment for the terminal illness itself.

Given this requirement of a prognosis of only six months to live, and the ending of treatment for the terminal disease, many people resist hospice because it seems like “choosing to die.” Many people also fear hospice because they believe that all medical care will end. For several reasons, though, neither one of these fears should stop someone from choosing hospice care.

In the first place, the decision to choose hospice isn’t final. If a patient’s condition stabilizes or improves, he or she can give up hospice and return to regular Medicare coverage. All it takes is to have a change of mind about giving up treatment, or a doctor’s advice to try a new treatment. Or for some reason the patient might not like hospice care and prefer to return to regular Medicare coverage. Patients don’t have to give Medicare or the hospice provider a reason — they can end hospice and return to regular Medicare coverage at any time.

Choosing hospice does not mean giving up treatment — and Medicare coverage — for all illnesses or conditions that a patient might have. If he or she has any medical problem other than the terminal illness itself, he or she can receive normal treatment for it and have it covered by Medicare Part B.

Also, hospice provides patients with specialized medical treatment for any symptom of the terminal disease. This care includes any drug needed to stay as comfortable as possible, provided directly by hospice, without having to go to the pharmacy, get a doctor’s prescription, or use other insurance coverage. The same is true for medical equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, or the like.

Invacare Continuing Care – Bed Rail Entrapment Awareness

Bed Rail Entrapment Awareness

Today there are about 2.5 million hospital and nursing home beds in use in the United States. Between 1985 and January 1, 2009, 803 incidents of individuals caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in beds with rails were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Of these reports, 480 people died, 138 had a nonfatal injury, and 185 were not injured because staff intervened. Most individuals were frail, elderly or confused.

As the leading producer of bed systems and components (bed, mattress and rails) to the home and long-term care industries, Invacare strives to ensure individual safety. The importance of proper individual assessment, correct installation and the ongoing review and maintenance of the complete bed system should never be overlooked. With millions of bed systems in both home and long-term care environments, awareness of the potential for entrapment is vital.

In March of 2006 the Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration) published the Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment (FDA Guidelines).

As an active member of the HBSW, Invacare and its subsidiaries have strived to provide bed systems (rails, mattresses, and beds) that reduce the risk of entrapment. Specifically, reducing the possibility that a user could be caught, trapped or entangled in the space in or about the bed rail, mattress or medical bed frame. This could result in death or serious injury.

Since the release of the FDA Guidelines, Invacare and its subsidiaries have modified our bed systems to meet these guidelines when products are purchased new, unused and as a system with all Invacare components. Invacare beds, rails and mattresses are specifically designed and manufactured for use as a system. Beds, rails and mattresses designed by other manufacturers have not been tested by Invacare and are not recommended for use with Invacare products.

Entrapment Zones
In the 2006 guidance from the FDA, there are 7 zones identified where patients can become entrapped. Being aware of the 7 zones can help with assessing the individulas needs, educating the caregiver, and reducing the risk of entrapment.

Clinical Guidelines
Eliminating the rail greatly reduces the risk of bed entrapment. It is important for healthcare providers, caregivers, family members and individulas to know when rails are acceptable, and how to properly utilize rails when they are installed.

Resources
Invacare has compiled a list of educational websites to provide more information about entrapment, and how it can be prevented.

We Elderly Care Expanded Catalog.

We Elderly Care Home Medical Equipment is in process of expanding our product base.  We now have access to over 15,000 Home Health Care items.

Recent agreements with Invacare and Inogen along with continued partnerships with  Essential Medical Products, Complete Medical Supply, Dr Comfort (Compression Wear), and Tranquility (Incontinence Products) have enabled the company to expand our lines of quality medical equipment and supplies, while offering discount prices to the public.

Visit our website:  www.weelderlycare.com/catalog.htm to view current and new products.  Items are being added weekly!

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8 Red Flags That an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Needs a Break

By , Caring.com Author

 Stress and burnout are the most common problems for those who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. And, in turn, caregiver stress — the emotional strain of tending to a loved one — is one of the biggest reasons people with the disease enter nursing facilities.

Take stock of your stress level by asking yourself whether you’re experiencing any of the following emotional and physical symptoms. For an even better reality check, have your partner or other loved one answer the questions for you to see what someone close to you thinks.

There’s no formula for defining your stress level, but if your yes answers outnumber your no answers, or if just two or three of the categories seem to apply to you, consider taking steps to ease your situation.

  • Do you lose your temper easily?
  • Do you feel angry with your parent?
  • Do you feel irritable toward other family members or find yourself snapping at them?

One of the more obvious signs of caregiver stress is losing your cool easily. Frustration may particularly increase when obstacles or challenges come up, whether major or minor.

Emotional outbursts

  • Do you cry often or unexpectedly?
  • Do you experience feelings of despair?
  • Do you have dramatic mood swings?

It’s natural to grieve as your parent’s condition declines. It’s also normal to feel a complicated range of emotions about having to parent your parent. But if you’re increasingly emotional or feeling emotionally fragile, there may be something more going on.

Depression is a real risk for caregivers. Even if you’re not clinically depressed, emotional outbursts can be an unconscious outlet for feelings of being overwhelmed.

Next 3 Alzheimer’s Stress Indicators

Sleep problems

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?
  • Do you have trouble staying asleep?
  • Do you wake up tired?

Caregiving — especially full-time caregiving — requires tremendous physical effort, even in the disease’s early stages. But if your parent is sundowning, wanders, or has disrupted sleep, you lose opportunities to rest on top of the tiring work you do all day. Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep can also be caused by stress, anxiety, and depression.

Significant weight change

  • Have you recently gained weight?
  • Have you recently lost weight?

For some people, stress can result in weight loss when they can’t seem to find time to eat adequately or nutritiously. Anxiety often lowers the appetite as well. For others, feeling stressed or guilty leads to weight gain from mindless or emotionally triggered eating, frequent snacking, or quick but unhealthy food choices. Changes in eating and sleeping habits can also indicate depression.

If your weight has changed by more than five or ten pounds since you began caring for your parent, your body may be sending you a signal that you need help.

Lethargy

  • Is it difficult to get motivated to accomplish things?
  • Do you feel sluggish even after a good night’s rest?
  • Is it hard to concentrate when you read or perform other mental tasks?
  • Do you feel bored?

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s involves constant vigilance and activity. So if you feel “off” instead of “on,” it’s hard to perform your duties adequately. It may be that you find parts of the caregiving puzzle more challenging than others — for example, managing your parent’s finances or other health concerns.

Sometimes the routines that people with Alzheimer’s thrive on can become stifling to a healthy adult child. Routines do help you and your parent get through the day more easily, but they can leave you feeling like you’re stuck in a monotonous rut.

More Signs of Caregiver Fatigue

Physical ailments

  • Do you get headaches often?
  • Have you had colds one after another?
  • Does your back or neck ache, or do you have other chronic pain?
  • Have you developed high blood pressure?

Mental and emotional stress can cause physical disorders. For example, stress can lead to headaches that are more frequent, more persistent, or stronger than you’re used to. Under stress, your body is in a constant state of alert, which can cause your body to produce excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol, which can have many effects. You’ll also lack the time or inclination to properly take care of yourself, setting the stage for more stress. Caregivers under stress may also find themselves suffering from high blood pressure or more frequent stomachaches, cold symptoms, muscle aches, or other health problems.

Social isolation

  • Do you sometimes go a whole day without seeing another adult aside from your parent?
  • Have you dropped out of your usual activities to care for your parent?
  • Can you remember the last time you had a whole day to yourself?
  • Do you feel like nobody understands?
  • Do you sometimes feel that other family members don’t care as much about your parent’s fate as you do?

Getting out can simply be hard if you’re responsible for providing care. You may feel you lack the time for your former pursuits. Your parent’s changes in behavior may also make you feel embarrassed or make going out in public too onerous to attempt. Whether intentionally or not, you may become withdrawn. Unfortunately, social isolation itself contributes to stress, whereas being with others and taking time for yourself are both replenishing.

Complaints from family

  • Have you been accused of being a “control freak”?
  • Have you been told you don’t spend enough time with your partner or children?
  • Are arguments with siblings over your parent’s care on the rise?

It’s a common caregiver temptation — and mistake — to take on the entire burden of care. It’s also easy to make ourselves think that we have everything under control or that things aren’t so bad. Denial is a powerful emotion. When you’re in the thick of things, it can be hard to see other ways of doing it. Listening to an outsider can be healthy, even if you don’t agree. What may sound like a criticism or complaint may have a nugget of truth that relates to your emotional well-being.

Alzheimer’s care can become all-consuming. It’s a bit like the frog who stays in the pot of water as the heat is turned up bit by bit; it doesn’t realize it’s in hot water until it’s too late. Every Alzheimer’s caregiver eventually needs assistance — usually sooner rather than later, and usually from a variety of sources.

If you need a hand, know that plenty of forms of help are available. You can make changes in your care routine, enlist the part-time efforts of friends and family, tap into community resources, and hire assistance as well. No Alzheimer’s caregiver can go it alone well. And they shouldn’t try — for their sake and their parent’s.

We Elderly Care to Sell Invacare Products

We Elderly Care, Inc. of Lake Wales, Florida is pleased to announce an agreement has been completed with Invacare to become a reseller of Invacare Products.

Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. Invacare employs over 5,000 associates and markets its products in 80 countries around the world. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVC.

Invacare Homecare products allow consumers to stay active in their homes and communities. Using rehab (wheelchairs, scooters, seating and positioning systems), respiratory (oxygen and aerosol therapy) and standard (bath safety, walkers, beds) products, consumers may remain where they prefer — in the home.

Invacare long-term care products serve the long-term care market with a total product offering that includes beds, furnishings, bathing, mobility, respiratory, dialysis chairs, patient-care, transfer and transport equipment. Expanding its reach into the service industry, the long-term care group offers a wide range of programs that focus on interior design, injury reduction and facility compliance.