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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Mobility scooters offer the ability to travel great distances that are not usually within walking distance. They can help you move around your home, neighbourhood and inside stores. However they can be dangerous if not used safely.
Follow these tips before you head out so you can get safely from home to your destination.

Read the instruction manual upon purchase so you know the safety features and controls on your new scooter. Read the tips that are given for navigating bumps, curves and uneven ground. Some heavy duty scooters are designed for rough terrain. Learning to drive your scooter in a safe area such as a parking lot or driveway is always recommended to learn how your scooter manoeuvers in all weather. Having confidence will make it a safer experience for you and others around you.

Some basic scooter tips include:
• Use sidewalks whenever possible. If no sidewalks exist, travel on the far left side of the road facing traffic.
• Cross at pedestrian crosswalks. Check for traffic before crossing.
• Make “eye contact “with motorists or pedestrians before crossing to make sure they are stopping.
• Obey all traffic control signs and devices.
• Slow down when travelling around pedestrians and avoid travelling too closely.
• Keep to the right on sidewalks and avoid honking your horn.
• Drive your scooter straight at a ramp. Most scooters have anti tip wheels to keep them from tipping when doing angled manoeuvres.
• Your scooter should have a safety flag, reflectors and lights in the front and back so you can be seen at all times.
• Wearing a reflective safety vest is also a good idea and is essential if you have to travel at night.
• Carry a cell phone and have your emergency contact information taped onto your scooter so it is easy to find.

For more information on scooters please visit or call one of our four Boggio Family of Pharmacies Home Health Care locations. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you with any questions you might have in purchasing your new scooter this season.

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There are many common issues that pharmacy staff run into when trying to fill prescriptions that may delay your trip to the pharmacy, or even force you to come back for a second trip. At the Boggio Family of Pharmacies, we want to make your trip as quick and simple as possible. Here is a list of tips and tricks!

 

  1. Keep the pharmacy updated on all of your personal information. Often times a prescription that has been sent to us from a doctors office cannot be filled because we are missing information. For example, if we receive a prescription for “John Doe” we may have several patients with that name on file and if your patient record is not up to date, we may not be able to fill the prescription until you come into the store. All personal information is kept completely confidential and will never be shared. Some important pieces of information to keep up to date at the pharmacy include:

◦      Phone numbers, including mobile or work numbers that are appropriate to contact you at

◦      Address, especially when items are requested to be delivered

◦      Allergies and medical conditions. This will ensure that the pharmacists can properly evaluate the appropriateness of any new or existing medications.

◦      Drug coverage information. Did you receive a new insurance card from your employer? Confirming that this information is up to date can save yourself time when you come to pick up your medications.

  1. Always check if your prescription has repeats before you completely run out of medication. It may take us several days to hear back from doctors offices for repeats, especially if the office is closed, or if you come in on a weekend. Knowing how many repeats you have on a medication, and ensuring that the pharmacy has additional repeats on file before you run out can save you time and frustration. Under the pharmacists discretion certain chronic medications can be extended for short durations, but they must still attempt to contact the doctor for a prescription before they can do this. Narcotics, controlled substances and targeted substances cannot be extended under any circumstance due to the nature of this medication. For these medications, it is extremely important to be aware of how many repeats you have on file.
  2. Know if your medication has a dispensing interval. Some medications (not limited to but often narcotics and controlled substances fit into this category) are prescribed by the doctor with an interval between the dates that the medication can be filled. For example, if the doctor asks for the medication to be filled with a 30 day interval, the pharmacy has an obligation to dispense that medication every 30 days. You can save yourself a lot of headache by knowing what day your prescription is ok to be filled. Some private and government drug plans have intervals as well. Each plan can be a little bit different so ask one of our dispensary team members how this may affect you.

 

By using these tips and tricks, we feel that you should experience a much smoother trip to the pharmacy. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to call or stop by one of our four Boggio Family of Pharmacies locations today!

With the summer finally in full swing, we can expect to be spending a lot more time outside enjoying the warm weather. Many of us may not think about it, but with the combination of warmer temperatures and increased activity, our bodies are losing more water than usual. If we do not replace the fluids that are lost, we are putting ourselves at risk of dehydration. Everyone has experienced minor dehydration. The common feeling of being thirsty is the body’s way of letting us know that it is becoming dehydrated and needs the lost fluids to be replaced. This signal should not be ignored, so when you feel thirsty, it’s time to get a drink of water. The problem arises when the person does not have close access to water or if they become dehydrated very quickly from too much heat exposure or exercise. At this point the symptoms of dehydration are more serious and may include weakness, dizziness, fainting, decreased urination, or deeply yellow-coloured urine. A person with any of these symptoms may require medical attention.

Fortunately, there are some very simple steps that you can take to prevent dehydration. Always bring extra water with you – especially for outdoor events or if working outside. Wear light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing as it will keep you cooler on hot, sunny days. Try to avoid exercise and exposure during high heat index days or at least limit time spent in the heat by finding a shaded area to cool down. Limit alcohol consumption, because alcohol increases water loss leading to dehydration. Many people may reach for an alcoholic beverage when they feel thirsty, but this is not a good choice as it will not replace the fluids that your body needs and it may impair your ability to sense the warning signs of dehydration.

It is important for everyone to keep hydrated, but it is especially important to ensure that children and elderly people are getting enough fluids. It may be difficult to get children to drink lots of water throughout the day, so providing them with snacks of fruits and vegetables that have high water content will help to replace those lost fluids. Some of the most hydrating foods include cucumber, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe. Older people may have difficulty getting around, they may be disabled or have trouble swallowing which can increase the risk of becoming dehydrated. Ensuring that they stay hydrated is extremely important as they may not sense the warning signs or simply may not communicate it with anyone.

Warmer weather and sunny days are ideal for outdoor events and activities, but please keep in mind our tips for staying cool and hydrated this summer season!