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Archive for November, 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Removing Barriers

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

KHS recognizes and celebrates December 3rd as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a UN-sponsored, annual observance to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.


The main theme for 2012 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and
accessible society for all.” The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities.


Accessible Cabinets

According to the United Nations, over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority,” often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society.


Barriers can take a variety of forms:

  • physical environments
  • information and communications technology
  • barriers resulting from legislation or policy
  • societal attitudes
  • discrimination


The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.


Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all.


Accessible Kitchen Area

Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights. The UN and its agencies are seeking to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development. State Parties are to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility.


The commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 provides an opportunity to address widespread exclusion by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.


How KHS helps remove physical barriers

Although KHS has been helping remove physical barriers for decades, the introduction of our Home Modifications division has allowed us to create unique spaces designed specifically for each individual and his or her needs.


Our West Allis Showroom Display

At KHS, our goal is to help seniors and people living with physical challenges remain independent by providing home medical equipment and adapting their homes and vehicles to allow for safe access and maneuverability. With home modifications and specialty equipment, we can help people to continue to live in their own homes, perform everyday tasks with little or no assistance and stay in the familiar surroundings in which they feel comfortable and safe.


Ceiling Lift

Home Modifications

To help persons with disabilities live independently we offer the following services:

  • Installing grab bars, handrails, and door lever handles
  • Installing portable, modular, permanent and threshold ramps
  • Installing stair, ceiling or platform lifts
  • Enlarging doorways and installing off-set hinges to allow wheelchair passage
  • Modifying kitchens for easier meal preparation
  • Step-in tubs, portable showers, bath lifts, and bathroom modifications for safe bathing and showering


Mobility Shower

Stair Lifts help alleviate the feelings of frustration and dependency on others when climbing stairs unassisted is too difficult, painful or impossible.


Curved Rail Stairlift

Platform Lifts provide a durable, reliable and affordable solution for individuals and caregivers using a powerchair or scooter who need assisted access to a porch or deck.


Platform Lift

Ramps allow safe, easy access in and out of your home and vehicle giving you freedom to get around and remain independent. Versatile ramp designs help make barriers restricting independence and accessibility a thing of the past.


Modular Ramp

  • Threshold Ramps ease small transitions and doorway bumps creating a pathway over small elevation changes: doorways, sliding glass doors and raised landings.
  • Portable Single- and Multi-Fold Wheelchair Ramps are a durable yet inexpensive alternative when a permanent ramp is not feasible or available.
  • Modular Ramps are used when the portable style is not adequate for the equipment or location of use, are much larger in scale and can accommodate the higher rises and physical elements of a home or facility that impede access.
  • Custom-built Ramps are site specific, custom-measured and built to order.
  • Vehicle lifts easily lift, store, and allow transportation of your unoccupied wheelchair, scooter, or powerchair.

KHS Salutes All Our Veterans

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

As the nation commemorates Veterans Day 2012, KHS would like to thank our nation’s service­men and women for their sacrifices.  Currently, there are more than 22 million Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces that have reintegrated back into our society. It is quite likely that each of us has a parent, grandparent, sibling or neighbor who is a Veteran or still serving.


We Salute Our Veterans

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki writes: “Twenty-two million living Americans today have distinguished themselves by their service in uniform. Their devotion and sacrifice have been the bedrock of our sovereignty as a Nation, our values as a people, our security as a democracy, and our offer of hope to those in other lands, who dream our dreams of ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’


“We celebrate their contributions, take pride in their achievements, and as their national advocates, care, nurture, and protect them as well as they protected all of us. I extend my thanks and admiration to our Nation’s Veterans on this, their special day of recognition.”

A Day in the Life of Diabetes: KHS Salutes American Diabetes Month

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Statistics like those are what inspire this year’s American Diabetes Month campaign by the American Diabetes Association (ADA): a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens.


KHS supports the ADA’s vision and promotes raising awareness of this ever-growing disease. American Diabetes Month’s programs are designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. The ADA has launched a socially-focused initiative for American Diabetes Month to demonstrate the increasing impact diabetes has on our families and communities nationwide.


The 2012 campaign encompasses a host of online and offline program elements, including a call to action for individuals to take a public stand, via the ADA’s social media channels, to support the movement to Stop Diabetes. The ADA hopes to shine a new light on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each and every day, highlighting the Association and corporations focused on stopping this insidious disease.


During American Diabetes Month 2012, the ADA encourages Americans to share “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” by uploading a personal image on their Facebook page to show what the daily life of diabetes means to them or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives.


Prevalence and Effects

• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.

• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.


Cost of Diabetes

• The ADA estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

• Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).

• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.


Learn how you can share your personal image and story during American Diabetes Month by visiting the ADA at facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation, stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.  (Above information from the ADA.)


Dr. Comfort Socks

At KHS, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional regarding caring for your diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. We are doing our part by providing numerous preventative products crucial to ongoing foot care for the diabetic patient, including skin therapy creams, comfortable socks designed especially for diabetic feet and custom comfort footwear.


Dr. Comfort Shoes

In addition to the specialized footwear by Dr. Comfort (extra width and depth shoes with heat-molded or custom inserts), we offer socks with superior breathablilty, non-binding, and seamless contours; anti-microbial odor control; and ball and heel padding to protect feet. KHS will work together with you to be part of the solution!