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Avera Medical Minute: Avera Living Well Center

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Steve Blaue (left) chats about scooters with Equipment Rehab Clinician Jerry Webber at the Avera Living Well Center. Steve Blaue (left) chats about scooters with Equipment Rehab Clinician Jerry Webber at the Avera Living Well Center.

The Avera Living Well Center in Sioux Falls is celebrating its one year anniversary this month.

From sleep apnea equipment to mastectomy bras to wheelchairs, plus anything else you may need to be well at home they have. We found one customer who looks no further than the corner of 33rd and Min.

 

When Steve Blaue needs a little tweak or tune up for his scooter, he heads straight to the Avera Living Well Center in Sioux Falls. The Pipestone, MN man was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the spring of 1991. As this awful disease progresses, so too have his visits to Avera's Home Medical Equipment stores.

 

Blaue says, "I have MS and its advanced now where I have a difficult time walking longer distances so I use my scooter more. I'm on my second scooter. I know all the equipment guys by name. Around the house, though, I have a 4 wheeled walker and I got that here too.

 

A year ago, Avera combined all its specialty equipment stores into one location. They revamped and remodeled the old HyVee Store on 33rd and Minnesota.

 

Store Manager Claire Antonson says, "It's fantastic. We are very lucky to have such a large building. We've been able to increase our product line. We have approximately 25 lift chairs of all different colors and sizes. We couldn't do that in our other stores. We've increased our rehab line too. We have more wheelchairs, scooters, power chairs and they can try them out in our show room. It's a one stop shop not for just what the doctor ordered, but anything your family needs for their health and safety.

 

We've heard from a lot of customers at the Avera Living Well Center about how they really appreciate all the space, in the parking lot and inside the building.

 

Blaue says, "The doors are all handicapped accessible, it's spacious, easy to get around in. Everything I would ever need is here."

 

And whatever Steve Blaue uses to get around in the years to come via 4 wheels, 3 or 2, he knows he will be coming to the Living Well Center well into the future.

 

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