Frontier Home Medical:
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Crafted especially for healthcare professionals, here you’ll find articles and case studies, along with Frontier’s blog. We believe through open communication, we can serve our patient population together for optimal health outcomes.

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That’s A Diabetic Shoe

When your patients see our line of diabetic shoes, their first response is often, “Those look a lot different than what my grandparents wore. I’d wear those!” Stylish & Well Constructed Yes, they are indeed stylish and comfortable! Plus, there are shoes for every occasion. So, whether your patient wants casual, athletic, work boots, around-the-house… Read More

Incontinence: Helping Patients Feel in Control

Studies show that fewer than half of those who experience incontinence voice their symptoms to their healthcare provider without first being asked. In the healthcare community, we can help patients to address concerns about incontinence. WHAT ARE THE ROADBLOCKS? For many, talking about incontinence unleashes a floodgate of fears like “I’m getting old,” “The next… Read More

Promoting Home Safety

We understand the importance of keeping loved ones home safe and sound – during the holidays and throughout the year. The prevalence of falls due to lack of bathroom and household safety is astounding. One-fourth of Americans fall each year. Using products that promote independence and safety can greatly impact patients and loved ones. We… Read More

Diabetic Patients & the Power of Foot Care

We all know that patients with diabetes have an increased risk of having foot problems. This includes developing ulcers and other types of damage due to blood sugar levels affecting the nerves and vessels that go to the feet. Wearing specially designed shoes can help reduce that risk and promote healthy circulation. AVOIDING FOOT COMPLICATION… Read More

AffloVest® Fitting Guide

The AffloVest® comes in 7 different sizes, from XXS to XXL(18″ to 65+”). It is fit using two measurements. Measure the patient with arms at his or her side and in a standing position, if possible. Measure around the largest part of the chest and abdomen, while the patient breathes normally. Use the larger of… Read More

Incontinence 101

Identifying the type of bladder leakage is the first step to treating it. The sooner it is recognized, the sooner it can be addressed and improve quality of life. There are six basic types of urinary incontinence: stress, overflow, urge, functional, reflex and mixed. Stress This is the involuntary loss of small amounts of urine… Read More

Powerful Outcomes: Assigning Proper Mobility

Patient outcomes are the highest priority to find the best mobility solutions. As a full durable medical equipment provider, our team can address any mobility situation that comes our patient’s way. THE PROGRESSION OF ASSISTIVE MOBILITY To start, there are mobility aids such as canes and walkers to assist in the patient’s daily living activities… Read More

CSA 101

When it comes to any medical condition, knowledge is the essential element of empowerment. Our patients have lives beyond their medical concerns. Great advice, emotional support and superior products and service are what they need to live life fully. Causes for Central Sleep Apnea include: Cheyne-Stokes Breathing Most commonly associated with heart failure and strokes…. Read More

Health & Good Sleep

At Frontier Home Medical, we place considerable value on sleep therapy because of the profound effects we know that it can have on patients’ health. When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, atrial fibrillation (AFib), diabetes, depression, memory loss and motor vehicle accidents due to falling asleep at… Read More

NIV & Significant Outcomes

As a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years, 17 of those years being in-home care, I have personally set up many severe patients on Non-Invasive Ventilation; and what I see is the amazing positive impact on the patients’ quality of life. PATIENT IMPACT Let me tell you about the first woman whom I set… Read More

Wellness from the Ground Up

Just like a home needs a solid foundation, so does our body. Properly fitted shoes not only provide comfort but, most importantly, protection. With therapeutic shoes offered by Frontier Home Medical, your patients will benefit from keeping ulcers from forming and prevent foot strains and calluses. FOOT CARE FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS Each year, diabetic patients… Read More

Supporting Independence

At our formation, the concept of HOME was at the center of what Frontier set out to be. So much so that it was included in our very name—Frontier Home Medical. Home is where we go for comfort, relaxation and contentment. No matter our age, we all strive for and enjoy independence. The importance of… Read More

“Hey Doc, Why do I get so many Infections in my Lungs?” Solutions When a Patient Struggles to Breathe

For healthcare providers, it must be frustrating when you feel like you are running out of solutions for a patient who is having issues breathing. Airway clearance is the cornerstone of therapy aimed at minimizing the effects of airway obstruction, infection and inflammation. THE IMPACT OF HFCWO AffloVest® is a portable High Frequency Chest Wall… Read More

HST vs. PSG

Home sleep testing, or an HST, is a less expensive and more convenient method for the patient who is approved by most insurance companies. The testing equipment simply consists of a chest belt, finger probe and nasal cannula, making it more comfortable and less obtrusive—plus, the patient can complete the test in the comfort of… Read More

Breath-by-Breath Care

OUR NON-INVASIVE VENTILATION PROGRAM At Frontier Home Medical, our NIV program is built to be just that – a comprehensive therapy program. We provide equipment and expertise, but we go beyond that. Frontier focuses heavily on educating patients on respiratory impairment, therapy compliance and how home ventilation can improve our patients’ quality of life. Our… Read More

Qualifying Medicare Patients for Therapeutic Shoes

For someone diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, Medicare may cover the cost of therapeutic shoes and custom inserts; however, specific criteria must be met in a face-to-face exam. First, only a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) can order diabetic-friendly footwear and inserts. If the face-to-face is completed by a Podiatrist, Physician’s Assistant… Read More

IF IT WERE YOUR PARENT… WHY CHOOSE FRONTIER HOME MEDICAL FOR OXYGEN NEEDS

Patients have many questions and concerns when choosing a home care company to provide them with oxygen.  WILL THE COMPANY MY PATIENTS CHOOSE KNOW THE EQUIPMENT THAT IS BEST FOR THEM?  At Frontier Home Medical, we know that each oxygen device has its own benefits and features. Understanding the patient’s prescription, lifestyle and usage needs… Read More

Pressure Ulcers Guidelines

Risk assessment and prevention of pressure ulcers: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians Authors: Amir Qaseem, Tanveer P Mir, Melissa Starkey, Thomas D Denberg Publisher: Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians Abstract: The American College of Physicians (ACP) developed this guideline to present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations based on the… Read More

Categorizing Incontinence

Incontinence: It takes a Team; Categorizing Incontinence Publication: Provider Magazine Author: Amy Mendoza Publisher: American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living “Vetter Health Services, headquartered in Elkhorn, Neb., takes a restorative approach to bowel and bladder retraining. When new residents walk in the door, staff assess them for incontinence and take it a step… Read More

NIV & COPD

Home Non-Invasive Ventilation Use Following Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Publication: Respiratory Medicine Study Authors: Matos, P; Kampelmacher, MJ; Esquinas, AM Publisher: Science Direct In 2011, 166 COPD patients were studied to evaluate the effectiveness of Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV). Half of the patients utilized the at-home therapy; the other… Read More

NIV & ALS

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Hypercapnia-Associated Symptoms in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Publication: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica Study Authors: Dorst, J; Behrendt, G; Ludolph, AC. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Country of Publication: Denmark “Objectives: During the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), progressive weakness of respiratory muscles leads to chronic hypercapnia which causes various symptoms like sleep disturbances, daytime… Read More

The Necessity of Seat Elevation for Power Wheelchairs

RESNA Position on the Application of Seat Elevation Devices for Power Wheelchair Users Authors: Schiappa, MS ATP; Piriano, PT ATP/SMS; Bernhardt, PT MPT ATP; Shea, MA OTR ATP; Maurer, PT MPT ATP; Rosen, PT MPT MSMS ATP/SMS; Lange, OTR/L ABDA ATP/SMS; Schmeler, PhD OTR/L ATP; Dicanno, MD Publisher: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of… Read More

Bronchiectasis in Primary Care

“Non-cystic fibrosis (CF) (bronchiectasis) is a common chronic lung condition, which occurs due to damage to the airways leading to persistent cough, sputum production and recurrent chest infections (Hill et al, 2018). This article focuses on the adult patient and describes the pathophysiology, aetiology, investigation, and management of bronchiectasis in the primary care setting. The… Read More

Tilt, Recline & Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs

RESNA Position on the Application of Tilt, Recline, and Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs Literature Update Authors: Dicianno, MD; Lieberman, MSOTR/L, ATP; Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP; Souza, PhD, PT; Cooper, MPT, ATP; Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS; Liu, PT, PhD; Jan, PT, PhD Publisher: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Tilt, recline, and elevating legrests are… Read More

Bronchiectasis: Signs & Symptoms

In order to raise awareness of bronchiectasis—and to support patients through diagnosis and care—we must first understand this disease state. What is Bronchiectasis? by Bryan Pearson, RRTFrontier Home Medical Clinical Representative The American Lung Association defines bronchiectasis as “A chronic condition where the walls of the bronchi are thickened from inflammation and infection. People with… Read More

Online DME Ordering

Are you tired of extra paperwork, addendums and difficult ordering criteria? Frontier Home Medical’s E-Prescribe portal, called Parachute, walks you through the ordering process and helps to build documentation needed to get patients the timely care they deserve. What can you prescribe in Frontier’s Parachute app? Oxygen CPAP & BiLevel Nebulizer Non-Invasive Ventilation High Frequency… Read More

Depression Treatment and OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be One Reason Depression Treatment Doesn’t Work Publication: Mental Health Weekly Digest Study Author: Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Publisher: NewsRX LLC According to recent findings, there may be a link between unsuccessful treatment… Read More

FHM Oxygen Modality Quick Reference

When patients need oxygen therapy, there are many choices available for healthcare professionals to prescribe. Download the Frontier Oxygen Modality worksheet to help navigate the world of oxygen devices. This chart identifies the following: Type of Device (in home, on-the-go, home fill oxygen) Power Source (wall outlet, car charger, battery-powered) Continuous Flow (functionality, settings, battery… Read More

Depression and OSA

The Correlation of Anxiety and Depression With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Authors: Fariborz Rezaeitalab , Fatemeh Moharrari , Soheila Saberi, Hadi Asadpour, Fariba Rezaeetalab Publisher: J Res Med Sci. 2014 Mar;19(3):205-10. Background: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated upper airway obstruction during sleep. While respiratory pauses followed by loud… Read More