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Archive for October, 2011

Knueppel Employees Help Others Learn Their ABCD’s

Posted on: October 19th, 2011 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

There was a lot of pink around Knueppel HealthCare Services last week! By making donations to ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, KHS employees were able to dress in jeans and breast cancer awareness apparel. Scheduled to coincide with our semi-annual women’s health sale, all three locations –West Allis, Mequon and Racine– participated.

As a leader in providing women’s health and post-mastectomy products and an involved community member, KHS takes pride in supporting a local program that addresses the person behind the diagnosis.

ABCD is a unique program that uses one-to-one mentoring to give emotional support to those diagnosed with breast cancer, family members and friends. The volunteer mentors, all survivors themselves, serve participants as resources for the journey that is fighting and surviving breast cancer.

Cindy Ciardo, CEO of KHS, said “It’s part of our company vision to promote awareness and understanding of relevant healthcare issues. Many of our clients are survivors and we want them to know that we support them on their journey. Also, we are part of the community and we take that responsibility very seriously.”

KHS Fitters Get in the Spirit

ABCD was founded in 1999 by a group of women, led by local television news anchor Melodie Wilson, who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy.Wilson, known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of breast cancer research, succumbed to breast cancer in 2009. For program participants, being able to talk to someone who has already “been there,” gone through similar challenges, is particularly helpful. For more information or to get involved, visit their website at: http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org/

Interview with Terry Helland, Part II

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Interview with Terry Helland, Home Modifications Division consultant, Knueppel HealthCare Services PART II

BLOG: For people looking to make home modifications, what other typical changes can be done around the house?

HELLAND: People need access to the things they do everyday, like preparing meals: adding sliding or revolving shelves on cabinets in the kitchen can be a big help. In the bathroom we can outfit the shower area as a walk-in shower or tub. In the bedroom we can install a ceiling lift to assist with patient transfer between the bed and, say, the bathroom. For wheelchair users, replacing traditional door hinges with offset door hinges is a great way to add extra clearance through a doorway without having to do any major remodeling.

BLOG: How do I know if I need more extensive work done?

HELLAND: Well, that’s a determination we can come to together; we evaluate the unique circumstances for each individual situation. We evaluate you and your home with our comprehensive home safety checklist. If you are having trouble getting into and out of your home, we can install ramps or even platform lifts to make that easier. If you use a wheelchair and are having trouble navigating doorways, and the offset hinges aren’t enough, we can widen them. We have a full-color resource guide that we go through with customers which offers ideas for any rooms you might want to consider for modifications, and we often go through the entire home with them, making sure to do it right the first time. We assess stairways, the kitchen, doorways and windows, bathrooms, floors, hallways, lighting and even closets. Based on our conversations and the results of our pre-home modification checklist, we can come up with a solution to satisfy your needs for greater safety and independence.

BLOG: Tell us about your new showroom display.

HELLAND: We are very proud of our new simulated showroom display where we can give live demonstrations of the latest in home modification technology. We have two model rooms, really a bedroom-bathroom-stairway combination suite that has a ceiling lift system, a walk-in tub and several bath safety products and a stair lift. You really have to see it; it’s like a mini home on display. The ceiling lift takes the patient (in our model it’s a giant teddy bear) from the bed to the bathtub through a door with an automatic door opener. It’s nice to have this up and running so people can really see what it would look like in their home.

New Showroom Display of Hospital Bed and Ceiling Lift System

BLOG: Are there any other special products you provide?

HELLAND: Definitely. If you like to travel, or just get around town, and need to take your wheelchair or scooter with you, we install special interior vehicle lifts. For safer access to residences we also do a lot of work with ramps: portable, modular and threshold ramps. These are also on display and can almost instantly create better access and safer maneuvering for those who use wheelchairs. The last point I’d make is that – for the products going into the home – these are all good-looking, well-designed and well-crafted products so the consumer doesn’t have to sacrifice the looks for functionality. These are not your typical institutional products (think chrome); these are sleek, modern products that may even constitute an upgrade in how your modified home will look!

 BLOG: Any last words?

HELLAND: I think it is only natural to want to stay in your home for as long as you can; I hope we can make that true for anyone wishing to do so.