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Archive for May, 2013

KHS Fighting for Seniors

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Our CEO Cindy Ciardo traveled to DC last week with 250 other representatives of the home healthcare sector to fight for seniors. The National Competitive Bidding Program, set to be implemented in the Milwaukee area on July 1st, will negatively affect seniors by limiting their choices and resulting in inferior products being made available to them. The impact will even leave many beneficiaries without access to needed medical supplies.  


John Teevan, Home Care Medical Cindy Ciardo Randy Lutz, ThedaCare at Home Jim Spellman, Home Care Medical

(l. to r.) John Teevan, Home Care Medical
Cindy Ciardo, KHS
Randy Lutz, ThedaCare at Home
Jim Spellman, Home Care Medical

Cindy was able to make the case with almost all of the WI legislative delegation: “At KHS, we understand the need to lower prices and keep costs down, but we still want to provide the most appropriate product for the client’s needs – not the least expensive one dropped-shipped to the client’s home with no instructions…and that is why we support the Market Pricing Program.” 


The Market Pricing Program is detailed in a bill (H.R. 1717) that is currently in the House. It provides for a fair system to keep costs down but ensure seniors the quality care and products they deserve, and the ability to get those products from the provider of their choice.


“Please help us preserve the quality and integrity of the Medicare DME program so our seniors will not have to go without or receive low-quality product that doesn’t last or fully meet their needs,” added Cindy in a plea to lawmakers.


And we ask you join us in this fight for seniors. Additional information on H.R. 1717 and how you can support seniors can be found at: http://action.aahomecare.org/9244/stop-medicare-bidding-program-home-medical-equipment/

Thank you!

Disc Disease Solutions Provides Support and Relief

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

I decided to wear a Disc Disease Solutions (DDS) lumbar traction belt while writing this blog. My initial reaction is that I feel incredible support for my lower back and better posture. Having been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (DDD) several years back, it is nice to have the extra support; it feels like the rest of my muscles and bones are now helping support my lower back.

The DDS 500

DDS is currently used by over 2 million people daily who have a history of bulging and/or herniated discs and general back and neck pain. To be able to perform simple daily tasks such as driving or walking pain-free is something we should not take for granted; having the capability to go far beyond that and ski, bowl and truly enjoy other leisure activities is an entirely humbling experience altogether. Has DDS improved your life? Let us know if it has.

A unique and patented air traction design sets DDS apart from all other ambulatory supports.  DDS is thin, lightweight and easy to use; it offers a high degree of mobility, alleviating as well as preventing back and neck pain. Many physicians and patients have used DDS Technology with great success by preventing injuries, treating pain and speeding up the recovery process. DDS decompression belts can significantly improve daily standards of living.



DDS is a revolutionary approach to in-home treatment, pre- and post-surgery, for lower back and neck pain due to spinal diseases and injuries. It features a unique air pocket expansion system that helps combine effective treatment and relief by reducing pressure within the vertebrae. This technology is referred to as ambulatory spinal-air decompression.

Some advantages to using DDS technology:

  • Pain relief for patients with Herniated and Bulging Discs, Muscle Spasms, Sciatica, Spondylolysis and Spinal Stenosis.
  • Facilitates healing by reducing load off the spine
  • Prevents re-herniation
  • Reduces the amount of pain for patients, thus reducing pain medication
  • Four strategically placed medical magnets assist with pain management
  • Helps maintain proper posture
  • Very lightweight and comfortable allowing a full range of motions


The process is simple: by increasing the intervertebral disc space, pressure applied on the nerve root is relieved, thereby, eliminating pain while assisting active-rehabilitation. DDS will speed up your recovery and help you enjoy the daily activities that were once too difficult.


Features of the DDS system:
• Relaxes muscle spasms, muscle cramps, strain and pain
• Decreases axial loading
• Increases disc height
• Helps maintain proper posture (improper posture places the upper body weight on the discs causing back pain)

• Advanced tubeless air cell design for narrow fit: can be worn discreetly under clothing
• Very lightweight and comfortable
• Made of 100% highly durable cotton
• Waterproof – moisture-proof resistant material for machine washing
• Simple to use


Here at KHS we are proud to offer the DDS belt and will be happy to answer any questions you have about the DDS at (414) 777-5146. Just ask for Kate.


Learn more at http://www.http://http://www.knueppels.com/blog/Catalog/Online-Catalog-Product.aspx?pid=18901 or at www.ddsbelt.com


Now that I am done with this blog I am supposed to take off the DDS. However, I might just have to do a little more “research” as it feels so good!

KHS Recognizes National Mobility Awareness Month

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Here at KHS we strive to keep our clients as mobile as possible. Our evaluations, products and services are aimed at keeping mobility a reality, despite the many challenges our clients may face. At KHS our Rehab Techs are certified by the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) and credentialed by the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA.)

We work closely with therapists, physicians and healthcare professionals to provide complex specialty equipment to physically-challenged individuals with significant structural deformities and neuromuscular disorders.

Mobility Matters

Mobility Matters

Our Rehab Techs specialize in providing mobility systems, custom seating and positioning systems, ambulatory aids, environmental controls and products for daily living for children, adults and seniors who are living with severe physical challenges. We have years of experience evaluating physically-challenged individuals with the following conditions:

• Birth Defects
• Cerebral Palsy
• Developmental Delay
• Down Syndrome
• Mobility Difficulties
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
• Respiratory Disorders
• Spina Bifida
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Stroke
• Traumatic Brain Injury

As far as mobility outside the home and in the community, we share with you the following information from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) which is celebrating the 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month campaign. This movement educates seniors, veterans, caregivers, and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options available to them to live an active and mobile lifestyle and by raising awareness of the mobility solutions available in your community.

Mobility Solutions
Very few people with disabilities require identical vehicle modifications. After you receive your assessment from your physician, physical therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS), locate a mobility equipment dealer that can provide modifications and adaptive equipment to get you on the road to independence.

A CDRS we have worked with in the past is Paul Schmidt who can be reached through: http://www.adaptivedrivingspecialists.com/

Minivans have economical gas mileage, are easy to park and permit quick transfers in and out of the driver seat. There are also a variety of minivan manufacturers and models to choose from.
• Side entry minivans are typically for people in wheelchairs who intend on being the primary driver.
• Rear entry vehicles are more commonly used for caregivers of a person with a disability.
• Full-size vans

Trucks and specialty vehicles are available for people with disabilities who would prefer a different mode of transportation. Typically, power lifts will hoist and store wheelchairs in the bed of the truck from either the side door or tailgate. Specialty vehicles such as motorcycles, sedans and convertibles are also available for adapting.

Hand Controls can compensate for decreasing strength and range of motion in the driver’s hands and legs, especially for seniors and those with progressive muscle weakness. Driver evaluators and occupational therapists often recommend a variety of control option and devices.

There are many types of steering aids available that only require the drivers to use minimal effort for steering or are designed specifically for quadriplegics:
• Steering column extensions
• Foot steering controls
• Horizontal steering columns
• Low effort steering One-hand drive control systems
• Steering spinners

There are a variety of ramps available and your NMEDA dealer can help identify which type is right for you. There are fold up ramps that fold in half and stow upright and in-floor ramps that slide in a hidden area underneath the vehicle floor. Typically fold-up ramps tend to be less expensive but the in-floor ramps are nicer as they store out of the way. Some additional styles of ramps include:
• Basic ramps
• Roll-up ramps
• Channel or track wheelchair ramps

Vehicle mount for van

Wheelchair lifts for your accessible vehicle are available with a variety of features such as whisper-quiet operation and remote controls, depending on what you need and what you can afford. Although their automation makes them more convenient than ramps, they are more expensive. Other features include:
• Automatic or electric roll stops
• Bridging mechanisms
• Standard hand-held control, on-lift controls and remote controls

Did you know…
• People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States
• One in five elderly have mobility issues
• There are mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers and driver rehabilitation specialists in your community dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities
• Automotive mobility solutions are available for people with disabilities enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles

National Mobility Awareness Month is dedicated to showing the world how people with disabilities can live active, mobile lifestyles.