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Eagle Medical Equipment: Enhancing Independence for a Better Quality of Life

By Laurie Bailey

Having the proper medical supplies in your home can ensure an individual’s well-being, independence and stress-free daily living. Eagle Medical Equipment in Robinson Twp., McKees Rocks, has been providing a vast array of medical equipment to homes for over 11 years. From wheelchairs and walking assistance devices to back braces and bath safety items, supplies are delivered to the patient’s home ready for use.

“We are trained on how to use the equipment so that we can set it up in your home when it is delivered and show you how to use it,” said Shaista Hasan, owner.

And delivery and set-up according to the doctor’s prescription are free, she added.

Other services include diabetic shoe fittings.

Eagle Medical Equipment also supplies many Pittsburgh area nursing homes and other private rehabilitation facilities with equipment, such as lift chairs, bed rails and bed alarms.

Most equipment is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Highmark, UPMC  and Gateway and most private insurances.

What Is Durable Medical Equipment?
Restricted mobility and normal function can occur with several different illnesses and injuries, greatly limiting a patient’s quality of life. Durable medical equipment (DME) helps patients suffering from these afflictions live more independently with less reliance on a family member or caregiver.

Most homes are not equipped with even the simplest types of DME, like a ramp that connects two levels of a home. These items could open up a whole new world to someone who is wheel chair bound, for instance. Other types of durable medical equipment include hospital beds, breathing apparatus or prosthetics. The equipment provides additional permanent or temporary support and care to patients outside the hospital setting.

Durable medical equipment can be purchased by a healthcare supplier, like Eagle Medical Equipment. Some specialized equipment, such as a nebulizers, catheters and diabetic supplies or wound care products, must be prescribed by a heath care professional.

Not Your Grandmother’s Diabetic Shoes
One common side effect of diabetes is the loss of feeling in the extremities. This makes it more difficult to notice cuts and blisters on the foot that can lead to infections. It’s important that when recommended by a physician, diabetics wear shoes that relieve pressure, support joints, and absorb shock to prevent pain and injury.

But diabetics need not limit their footwear to the stodgy, unstylish shoes of years past. Eagle Medical Equipment is a supplier of over 50 styles of diabetic footwear for men and women for dress, casual, athletics and work.

Generally, diabetics require shoes that are slightly wider and deeper than mainstream brands to ensure there is no squeezing or extra movement from the fit. There also needs to be room for custom made insoles, or orthotics. Some women’s styles can even have a tapered, narrower look.

“When people come in they can’t even believe these are diabetic shoes,” said Shaista Hasan, owner of Eagle Medical Equipment, adding that she orders a variety of styles from Dr. Comfort, Aetrex, Anodyne, and more.

“We will go into the person’s home and take impressions of the foot,” said Hasan. Ms. Hasan said that the cost of one pair of shoes and three pairs of orthotics per year are covered by most insurances.

Eagle Medical Equipment is located at 5944 Steubenville Pike, (Robinson Twp), McKees Rocks, PA 15136.  
For more information, call (724) 218-1051.



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