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Second Home is a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati that takes in and recycles general equipment including wheelchairs, standers, lifts, hospital beds, and walkers, in addition to unopened supplies such as formula, catheters, incontinence supplies, tracheostomy and gastrostomy tubes. The cost to a family in need is based upon their ability to pay with many receiving the items for free. Donations are picked up on Mondays and Tuesdays by calling 859-322-8595.
Keeping children safe is a challenge for parents and caregivers. Fortunately, there are specially designed alarms that provide a warning when a child wanders away.
In the hospital setting, oximeters and other life saving medical equipment, are monitored by staff at a central nursing station. At home, this responsibility falls to the parent or caregiver. We strongly urge you to use portable baby monitors, such as those made by Fisher Price and Graco, that can be worn or carried to provide additional backup. The baby monitor will enable you to hear the other monitors and/or equipment alarms if they should happen to go off. You will be able to hear the warning alarms even if you have to momentarily leave the room or fall asleep. Some models also have a video screen and camera. It is extremely important to not mute or turn down alarms on equipment. While these monitors are convenient, they are not meant to replace direct observation.
Movement monitors can alert a family member or caregiver to an individual who, during sleep, may experience certain types of movements or seizures.
Medicaid and private insurance companies are increasingly recognizing medically necessary forms of durable medical equipment. Unfortunately, there is often not a clear answer on who should pay, and obtaining funding usually requires patience and creativity.
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