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Caring for Our Family Caregivers

By Renee Mercer

11/3/2014 1:00 PM

November is National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) – a time to celebrate and acknowledge caregivers and all that they do for their loved ones. More than 65 million people spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. For many caregivers, caregiving is a 24/7 journey.

Caregivers provide comfort and reassurance and promote independence while ensuring safety. They are there to protect loved ones from developing pressure sores and diaper rashes. Caregivers ensure proper diet, encourage regular exercise, and maintain personal hygiene.

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Best Tips to Prepare Children for Nighttime Potty Training

By Renee Mercer

6/2/2014 2:00 PM

Nighttime potty training can be one of the most difficult milestones for both the child and the parent to accomplish. Before you start training your child, make sure that he/she is already potty trained during the day. Here are some tips to follow to help your little one reach dry nights:

  1. Drink water throughout the day. Constipation and dehydration can cause irritation in the bladder. Make sure your child is well-hydrated throughout the day. Avoid drinking soda, juice or milk at night – water is the best option.
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7 Unexpected Situations When Caring for Elderly Parents and What to Do About Them

By Renee Mercer

4/28/2014 2:00 PM

Caring for elderly parents isn’t easy. It takes time, money, and emotional energy. In addition to all that, there are common situations caregivers face which they often don’t see coming. By being aware of these potential issues, you’ll be better able to handle them if they occur in your life.

  1. Your parents likely won't get better.

    Generally, optimism is a great thing. But it can also lead to frustration and disappointment when things don’t work out the way you thought they should. This is often the case with elder care.

    Children start caring for their parents because their parents are in poor health. This can be physical health, mental health or both. Even if they don’t say it out loud, many caregivers believe that by looking after their parents they’ll be able to help them make slow but steady improvements back to good health.Read More

Under Pressure: Bedsores and How to Prevent Them

By Renee Mercer

3/19/2014 1:00 PM

Med Air Variable Pressure Pump and Pad System

Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores) are localized areas of damaged tissue caused by staying in one position for too long. They tend to form in areas where bones and skin are close together, such as the hips, elbows, ankles, and back, and present a constant threat to individuals who are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or go about their days without significantly changing their position.

If left untreated, pressure sores can become infected – a prospect that is made all the more dangerous for the elderly, who may already have compromised immune systems.Read More

Caregiver Tips: How to Give a Bed Bath

By Renee Mercer

2/24/2014 1:00 PM

A person who is bedridden requires extensive care, attention, and most importantly, respect. Caregivers must work together to ensure that patients retain their dignity and self-worth, and nowhere is this more applicable than in the case of personal hygiene.

Everyone has a right to take care of themselves, and as the caretaker, it is your responsibility to ensure that the patient’s personal hygiene routine is followed to their satisfaction and with minimal fuss. If you or someone you know is the caretaker for a bedridden person, a bed bath is a great way to ensure that the patient is clean and content. Here are some general guidelines to follow:Read More

Simple Tips on How to Treat Burns

By Renee Mercer

2/19/2014 1:00 PM

What if you could fix second-degree burns with a spray can? What if I told you it’s been going on for years?

It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Doctors recently saved the life of 21-year old Tiara Del Rio by using a “skin spray” that allowed new tissue to grow. After a gas leak explosion in her Phoenix, AZ home, Del Rio suffered first-and-second burns to over 60% of her body and had to be placed into a medically-induced coma. Her family discovered ReCell, a spray-on medicine produced in Australia that treats second-degree burns with a solution derived from the burn victim’s skin cells.Read More

What Causes Snoring?

By Renee Mercer

2/12/2014 1:00 PM

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis. While men and overweight individuals are more likely to develop a snoring problem compared to the rest of the population, this frustrating condition can affect just about everyone. So what’s to blame? While a definitive culprit has yet to be found, researchers hypothesize that several factors contribute to snoring. Here are the main offenders:Read More

Using Exercise to Manage Diabetes

By Renee Mercer

12/30/2013 1:00 PM

Diabetes is affecting more and more people in the United States – as portion sizes become bigger, foods become more sugary, and people become less active. If you’re 65 or older, there’s a 60 percent chance that you either have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Luckily, there are now many ways to treat diabetes, from insulin pumps, to skin creams, to special low-sugar meals. There are many other ways to combat or prevent diabetes, and some of them are as easy as stepping outside.Read More

How to Maintain Good Sleep Posture

By Renee Mercer

12/4/2013 1:00 PM

Briggs Stress Ease Pillow

“There’s nothing you can’t cure with a good night’s sleep.” While this saying may not apply to all cases, there’s more than a little truth to it.

Sleep is a vital component in maintaining both physical and mental health. But as beneficial as it can be, under certain circumstances, sleep can create or aggravate existing health complications such as back pain, poor blood circulation, or bedsores. In avoiding the side effects of poor sleep, posture is key. No, this doesn’t mean keeping your back straight and your chin up while lying in bed, but it may mean making some changes to your sleeping position:

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Caring for Your Skin with Diabetes

By Renee Mercer

11/20/2013 1:00 PM

Diabetes isn’t always caused by a lack of insulin. It can also come from the patient’s body being insensitive to insulin, which means it has the ability to affect every part of the body. This includes the skin, with skin conditions like itching, infections, and allergic reactions affecting up to one third of people with diabetes. But don’t worry, most of these skin conditions are easy to prevent and treat. Here are some things you can do to keep your skin healthy:

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  • Annika Garvey

    Annika Garvey

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Expertise: Exercise & Fitness

    Annika Garvey is a certified personal trainer, cycling instructor and Pilates teacher. She focuses on personal health and wellness, as opposed to trying to achieve an ideal physique.

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  • Bryan Mercer

    Bryan Mercer

    Registered Pharmacist

    Expertise: Aging in Place, Mobility

    A pharmacist since 1979, Bryan offers tips on how to safely and comfortably age in place, and how mobility aids can help people maintain their independence.

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  • Chelsea Wardach

    Chelsea Wardach

    Staff Writer

    Expertise: Respiratory

    Chelsea provides tips on how people with respiratory issues, such as asthma, sleep apnea and allergies, can use nebulizers and oximeters to breathe better.

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  • Maggie Bridges

    Maggie Bridges

    Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: Geriatric & Pediatric Care

    Maggie is an occupational therapist who enjoys her work with geriatric and pediatric populations.

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  • Mary Hulme

    Mary Hulme

    Geriatric Social Worker

    Expertise: Alzheimer's/Dementia

    With over 18 years of exeperience as a licensed geriatric social worker, Mary Hulme offers practical solutions for elderly adults and their families.

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  • Nancy Pham

    Nancy Pham

    Staff Writer

    Expertise: Incontinence

    Nancy aims to help men and women with urinary incontinence better manage their bladder problems through absorbent products and behavorial treatments.

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  • Renee Mercer

    Renee Mercer

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

    Expertise: Bedwetting, Incontinence

    As a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Renee Mercer has over 20 years of experience treating children with bedwetting (enuresis) and incontinence issues.

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  • Roscoe Nelson

    Dr. Roscoe Nelson

    Board Certified Urologist

    Expertise: Incontinence, Prostate Cancer

    Dr. Nelson has practiced urology in Arizona since 1999 and is a partner of Arizona State Urology. His goal is to provide personalized, state-of-the-art care for all patients.

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  • Sheena Quizon Gregg

    Sheena Quizon Gregg

    Registered Dietitian

    Expertise: Diabetes, Obesity

    Sheena is a registered dietitian at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama. She offers tips on how to practice healthy eating habits at a low cost.

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Annika Garvey

Annika Garvey

Certified Personal Trainer

Expertise: Exercise & Fitness

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Short Bio: Annika Garvey is a certified personal trainer, cycling instructor and Pilates teacher. Her main focus is on personal health and wellness, as opposed to trying to achieve an ideal physique.

Annika Garvey is a certified personal trainer, cycling instructor and Pilates teacher. Her main focus is on personal health and wellness as opposed to trying to achieve an ideal physique.


“Exercise should not be considered a chore, instead it should be thought of as a personal time where you get to do something for you – you should truly enjoy it and even look forward to it. You should also enjoy the benefits it brings and more often those will include a feeling of strength and inner tenacity rather than bulging muscles and a size 25 waist.”


Annika believes that being healthy starts with understanding what healthy is. Her feeling is that healthy is a combination of cardio, strength training, stretching, good nutrition focused on the individual.


“Not every body’s healthy is the same as the next person’s. You need to figure out what your healthy is and aim for it.”


When Annika is not at the gym or on a long walk, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids visiting museums, seeing shows or just hanging out.

Sheena Quizon Gregg

Sheena Quizon Gregg

Registered Dietitian

Expertise: Diabetes, Obesity

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Short Bio: Sheena is a registered dietitian at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama. She offers tip on how to practice healthy eating habits at a low-cost budget.

Website: A Filipino Foodie

Sheena Gregg, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama. She is the assistant director of nutrition, education and health services in the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, and provides medical nutrition therapy services in the Department of Family Medicine.


Prior to working at UA, Gregg was a clinical dietitian at Gadsden Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., and at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Gregg received both her BS and MS in Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management from the University of Alabama and completed university’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Additionally, she has Certificates of Training in both adult and childhood weight management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


During her undergraduate career, Gregg was recognized by the American Dietetic Association with the outstanding dietetics student award in a coordinated program in 2007 for the state of Alabama. Most recently she was awarded Outstanding Young Dietitian of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Dietetic Association in 2012. She currently serves as President of the Tuscaloosa Dietetic Association and Chair of the state of Alabama’s Obesity Task Force.

Nancy Pham

Nancy Pham

Staff Writer

Expertise: Incontinence

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Short Bio: Nancy aims to help men and women with urinary incontinence better manage their bladder problems through absorbent products and behavorial treatments.

Website: National Incontinence Blog

Nancy Pham is the editor and content creator for Just Home Medical. She focuses mainly on issues with urinary incontinence, including stress incontinence and urge incontinence.


Nancy earned her BA in journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park. She served as editor-in-chief for The PublicAsian, the campus’ student publication focusing on Asian Pacific American issues. She is a former intern at Elsevier/IMNG.


During her free time, Nancy enjoys freezing time through photography, exploring the outdoors and finding thrifted goods.

Renee Mercer

Renee Mercer

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Expertise: Bedwetting, Incontinence

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Short Bio: As a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Renee has over 20 years of experience treating children with bedwetting (enuresis) and incontinence issues.

Website: Bedwetting Store Blog

As a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Renee Mercer has more than 20 years of experience in treating children with nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting. She understands how frustrating bedwetting can be for children and their families, and hopes that she can help them overcome this issue with success and confidence.


Along with her husband, she opened the Bedwetting Store, now the leading store of bedwetting alarms and supplies. She is also the co-founder of Just Health Shops, a niche-based company with over 15 online shops, including Just Home Medical.


Renee received her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certificate at Medical College of VA, and earned her Master of Nursing (MN) degree at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).


When she’s not seeing patients with enuresis, Renee enjoys spin cycling and traveling the world with her husband.

Bryan Mercer

Bryan Mercer

Registered Pharmacist

Expertise: Aging in Place, Mobility

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Short Bio: A pharmacist since 1979, Bryan offers tips on how to safely and comfortably age in place, and how mobility aids, such as walkers and rollators, can help people maintain their independence.

Website: Just Walkers Blog

Bryan Mercer has been a pharmacist since 1979, having earned his degree at the University of Iowa. He is the founder and CEO of Just Health Shops, a niche-based company with over 15 online shops, including Just Home Medical.


Prior to starting his own business with his wife, Bryan served in the U.S. Army with the Medical Service Corps (MSC) and with several consulting firms.


In his spare time, Bryan enjoys scuba diving, skiing and traveling.

Chelsea Wardach

Chelsea Wardach

Staff Writer

Expertise: Respiratory

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Short Bio: Chelsea provides tips on how people with respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies, can breath better.

Chelsea Wardach is the Marketing Director at Just Health Shops. When she isn’t putting together the next email strategy, she is finding the latest and greatest products to bring to you! She loves attending medical trade shows and finding unique and useful items to make your life easier.


In her 5 years at Just Health Shops, Chelsea has learned more about medical conditions and products that she ever knew possible! Her primary areas of study have been respiratory, adaptive devices, and mobility equipment. Chelsea is a proud graduate of George Mason University.


In her free time, Chelsea enjoys traveling the world, especially via cruise ship. She also loves all things food related – shopping at local specialty food markets, trying new restaurants, and cooking gourmet meals with her husband.

Mary Hulme

Mary Hulme

Geriatrics Social Worker

Expertise: Alzheimer's/Dementia

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Short Bio: Mary Hulme is a licensed geriatric social worker who offers practical solutions for elderly adults and their families.

Website: Moonstone Geriatric

Mary Hulme was raised in San Francisco, CA and received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Upon her return to San Francisco, Mary earned a master's degree in Social Work with a special focus on Gerontology and Management Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Mary received her clinical license from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2004.


In 2010, Mary earned specialized certifications in Health Care and Gerontology from the National Association of Social Workers. She has been chair of the VISN Dementia Steering Committee and the Social Work Professional Standards Board, and remains active in numerous organizations throughout the Bay Area.


Mary has been working with the elderly for over 17 years and recently started her own business, Moonstone Geriatrics, which provides geriatric consultation to elder care facilities, clients and families throughout the Bay Area.

Dr. Roscoe Nelson

Dr. Roscoe Nelson

Board Certified Urologist

Expertise: Incontinence, Prostate Cancer

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Short Bio: Dr. Nelson has practiced urology in Arizona since 1999 and is a partner of Arizona State Urology. His goal is to provide personalized, state-of-the-art care for all patients.

Website: peedoc

Dr. Roscoe S. "Rocky" Nelson is a nationally recognized Board Certified Urologist. His practice encompasses all urologic conditions with a strong focus on prostate cancer, incontinence, kidney stones and male sexual health.


He has a special interests in integrating social media into his practice having been active on Twitter as @thepeedoc for many years. His website, peedoc.com is geared to make patients comfortable with difficult topics. His goal is to provide personalized, state-of-the-art care for all patients.


Dr. Nelson has practiced urology in Arizona since 1999 and is a partner in Arizona State Urology. About “PeeDoc” he said, “Yes, it's a funny name in a medical profession with serious conditions, however, by keeping things lighthearted, I can connect with more people; and by doing so, I’m able to help more people.”

Maggie Bridges

Maggie Bridges

Occupational Therapist

Expertise: Geriatric & Pediatric Care

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Short Bio: Maggie Bridges is an occupational therapist who thoroughly enjoys her work with geriatric and pediatric populations.

Maggie Bridges, MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist who enjoys her work with geriatric (older adults) and pediatric (children) populations.


She spends her mornings working with older adults at Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax, VA, and her afternoons working with children at Wings to Fly Therapy and Play Center in Chantilly, VA. She is trained to use various modalities to complement traditional occupational therapy interventions for the geriatric population.For the pediatric population, Maggie is certified in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and has special training in reflex integration, and visual, vestibular, and auditory treatment techniques.


She graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University- MCV with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology, summa cum laude, from George Mason University. When she is not with her clients, Maggie loves to be outside running, biking, or hiking with her dog.