What Are Personal Care Items?

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Personal care items are a common way that online medical suppliers categorize supplies that serve as personal aids. They are typically home medical supplies, that is, medical supplies that any consumer can order and use in their home, as opposed to only available to hospitals and medical offices.

Here are some examples of the many possibilities that medical supply retailers use to organize this category.

For examples, I've used links to Express Medical Supply, Inc. so that you can follow them quickly to a single online store where you can look up pricing, sizes, delivery schedules, and more details. I encourage you to comparison shop when you find the item you need.

Some Personal Care Items for a Doctor's Office

Doctor's offices would order personal care items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes (to examine your eyes), thermometers, digital wrist blood pressure monitors, and syringe supplies.

Some of these supplies overlap into personal care items that a consumer can order for their own home for their own use, such a digital wrist blood pressure monitors and thermometers.

Personal Care Items for Home Use

Here are some "over the counter" supplies that you can expect to find categorized under "Personal Care" medical supplies.

  • bandages and wraps so that you can keep your wounds clean and protected
  • Protective padded shoes. These help some people with diabetes, edema, swollen feet and ankles, corns and bunions.
  • Bulb irrigation syringes (these are the plastic syringes used typically for irrigating the ear, for example)
  • Abdominal binder/support. These are braces that wrap the midsection to help support weakened abdominal muscles. Usually made of a stretchable elastic material with velcro closures.
  • Pill holders, pill organizers, used for keeping medications separated by dosage, time, and day
  • Button aid/zipper puller. These are small handles used as an aid to daily living, to help one get dressed when loss of hand dexterity makes it too difficult to zipper or button clothing.
  • Pill crushers and splitters. Crushers are used to aid in swallowing pills that have become too large for some people. Pill splitters are used to divide dosage strength. It's important to know that certain medications won't work or lose most of their effectiveness when crushed or split. You can look this information up in the Merck Manual or the Physician's Desk Reference, which are available to anyone for purchase. (You could probably find a copy in your local library. Just check the reference stacks.
  • Magnifiers and magnifying glasses to aid in reading print that has become too small for the eyes to see clearly.
  • Long handled shoe horns. These are like regular shoe horns, but with handles long enough to be used without the need for bending down to the foot. For some people, that becomes a risky bend and can lead to a loss of balance and a fall. Long handled shoe horns are another example of daily living aids.
  • Support harnesses to be worn under your clothing to help correct your posture.
  • Various types and shapes of foot pads to give you the exact support you need.
  • Lumbar and sacral back supports. These are harnesses that wrap the midsection similar to the abdominal binder/support wraps. The lumbar and sacral back supports are designed slightly different to provide more support to the back, and less so for the abdominals.
  • Dentaswab disposable oral care swabs. These individually wrapped swabs are useful for cleaning the mouth when toothbrushing is not possible. This kind of oral hygiene is important for defending against harmful mouth bacteria that can lead to serious conditions in people with weakened immune systems.

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