Medical Supplies for Caregivers: What they should know

medical-supps-caregiversOne of the duties that a caregiver has to tackle is understanding how to use medical supplies and equipment and how to deal with the providers of such products.  There are countless online medical supplies stores that will deliver products fast an easy and caregiver love this. However once they get the product, they must become experts in how to use it or it will be an added stress to the complicated task of being a caregiver.

Practitioner will always try to recommend a good medical supply company.  It has to be a reliable one that will deliver the item in a timely fashion at a very low cost.  Even if the doctor recommends a particular store, it is necessary for the caregiver to follow up with them, double check all the information they where provide with and get the guarantee that they have the exact product they are looking for and how long it will take for them to get it.  Warranty is something else the caregiver must keep in mind in case the event they need to apply for it.

Once the product is received, understanding the product from A to Z is necessary.  An oxygen concentrator for example, which happens to be one of the most popular home medical supplies products, bring s an electric concentrator, some tubing, the tanks and more.  Having the basic knowledge of what will be delivered and how everything pieces together is crucial.  Asking questions like "Is my patient allergic to any of the components of this product?"  is also one more important point that a caregiver must keep in mind.  There is never too little a caregiver can ask about a product.


Caregivers have authority over decisions and situations surrounding the patient.  With this authority comes great responsibility of course.  When renting medical devices the company owner of the machine will have the responsibility to do regular checks to ensure the equipment is running perfectly.  When the items are purchased, it is up to the caregiver to make sure everything is functioning correctly and contacting the necessary people to provide maintenance and how often. Wheelchairs for example might not need a checkup  too often, but oxygen units, air compressors and feeding pumps may need regular checkups to ensure the proper function.

When having an entire room in the household that can be used by the patient or loved one being cared for, it can be truly beneficial to hire a professional that can turn that space into a room where all the medical supplies can be organized and nicely arranged.  Design consultant can come up with great ideas for storage and functionality of the room without making it loose the "home" look.

Caregivers know that the first and most important thing to consider is the comfort of the loved one they are caring for.  Having the knowledge on how to use all the different home medical supplies will serve to enhance the comfort a caregiver can provide with confidence.