Being disabled in today’s society hasn’t been easier with a transfer aid. There are countless options for transferring a loved one or yourself in those hard to get at places. Transfer aids are used for many different activities such as getting into a car, using the restroom, taking a bath, and moving into a chair. If a person is able to bear some of their own weight for a short amount of time, there are various products to assist in transferring between two locations 1. Transfer boards are meant to bear the full weight of the person and are designed to be smooth for easy motion 2. As with any medical equipment, careful professional assessment to the individual situation is recommended to ensure that the most proper choice is made.
The first types of transfer aids are wooden boards which are commonly used to move oneself to and from a wheelchair to another chair or bed. These wooden boards are the most common because they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Typically made of multiply wood, these boards have been fabricated with smooth surface to provide a quick and effortless transfer. Each of the ends have a tapered effect so you can slide the boards under oneself with ease and the slim ends ensure a comfortable movement on and off the board. AllegroMedical.com offers these types of transfer boards from trusted brands such as Drive Medical, Mabis, Invacare, Beasy Boards, Sammons Preston and more!
“This product works great transferring my quadriplegic husband from bed to wheelchair. It certainly saves some stress on my back.” Anon from Harrisburg, PA
The next type of transfer boards are the modified glide transfer boards. These boards serve the same function as the wooden boards but have some new technology built in. The board has a glide system that makes the movement effortless by moving along the friction less surface. These boards have been designed so that no lifting is required which reduces the physical strain on the patient and caregiver. These modified transfer boards also come in different shapes to remedy those hard transfer situations. A benefit of having the curved board is when one is transferring from a wheelchair because the arm is not removable and the wheel can be an obstacle.
The last type of short distance transfer aids are the custom transfer aids. These custom products are generally seen in the restroom and used for moving into the shower or toilet. With adjustable legs you can match it to your restroom needs by raising or lowering its height to meet your tub, chair, and toilet. These aids are self standing and more of a semi-permanent fixture since one will need it every visit to the restroom. Having a built in back makes using the shower easy as well. No need to struggle in the restroom anymore! There are hybrids of these which feature the rotating glide as seen earlier along with the smooth surface for effortless transferring.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of mobility transfer aids and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are having troubles with your mobility rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your mobility and transferring needs.
Originally popular in Europe and Asia, Bidets have been making a splash here in the United States over the past decade. With more and more people traveling and moving, people are bringing their customs and familiar traditions with them to their new residence. Originally invented in France, the bidet was used to wash ones feet 1. Since then it has evolved into much more, giving users a clean hygienic alternative to using toilet paper.
People use bidets because they are conservative with toilet paper or it’s in their culture to use it. For disabled persons, a bidet is a fantastic way to clean your genitalia and buttocks without strenuous reaching. This is gaining popularity with senior citizens, the disabled, and those with impaired motor functions who are unable to control bodily functions 2. They are now able to use the washroom alone again. The bidet will take all of the uncomfortable washing away by utilizing a spray nozzle from your washroom water source or having a fixed attachment on the toilet. This device isn’t just for the needy, but for people who want to remain healthy and feel truly clean as well 3.
The Ultimate Solution Comfortseat was installed for my 88 year-old step-mother. She has a part-time caretaker, but the Ultimate Solution Comfortseat has greatly improved her ability to remain mostly independent. - by Mama’s girl from Sequim, WA
Bidets come in different styles. The first is an EZ attachment that hooks directly onto your toilet utilizing thesame seat and water supply. These usually only require access to your cold waterline and use a battery for its electric functionality. This style is perfect for older homes with little to no access to the plumbing and electric. These are designed for the average home owner to install themselves saving on hiring a plumber. Features include a single burst of natural water, timer on how long of a burst, and water pressure control.
The other style is the all in one seat bidet. These have the function to use both the hot and cold water supplies giving you a pleasant washroom experience. They have different spray patterns, pressure, temperature, and timers.All of these great functions are attached to the toilet seat out of the box and require little to no set up. Staying hygienic and clean is the point of bidets. In addition to these features, a bidet cleans itself and does not require the work from you.
Bidets have evolved over time and there are more permanent toilet fixtures but they can be costly to install and purchase. Allegro Medical has all of your affordable bidets to assist you with your washroom needs.
A sharps container is filled with used medical needles and any other sharp medical instruments such as IV catheters and surgical blades. This industry changing device was developed in 1979 by a UK company named Frontier Plastic Ltd. There was a need for a safe way to dispose of clinical sharps and thus, the first sharps container was marketed in 1980. Everyone is at risk without the proper disposal of sharps items including janitors, caregivers, children, and even pets. Used needles are dangerous because they can injure people, spread germs, and spread deadly diseases.
There are many general safety rules that everyone needs to abide by. You should never throw loose or used needles into the garbage, never flush used needles down the toilet, and never put needles in recycling containers. You should always use a specific container designed for the disposal of sharps and dispose of it properly.
Since they were first created, these containers have evolved into a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that all cater to your specific needs. Sharps containers are typically seen in medical centers in the United States as a red container with a biohazard symbol in the front in various sizes. Red has been the standardized color for United States while the color yellow is the common color in other countries. Our brands such as Invacare, Sharpsafety, Kendall, BD Becton, Medline, and Sharps Compliance all provide the different colors and sizes.
The last important fact about sharps is the physical disposal of the container. There are many approved facilities in your community that are permitted to accept and dispose of sharp containers properly. Some of these approved facilities are drop off collection sites, “special waste” pickup services, syringe exchange program, and “household hazardous waste” centers.
However, a new and convenient way to rid of your sharps is the sharps disposal by mail systems. The approved containers are compliant with federal, state, and municipal regulations. They come with everything you need to ship the container back to an approved location. They eliminate the need of unnecessary pickups by special services. There are no contracts and it is convenient to dispose when you are ready. This brings ease to ones who are unable to leave the house or only dispose of a few containers per year.
Underpads are a fantastic way to manage incontinence problems. Underpads are great to absorb leakages, reduce odors, prevent physical problems, and maintain dryness. Choosing the best underpad for yourself or a loved one among all the available options can be overwhelming, but having the proper knowledge will help you determine the right product. There are a variety of factors to consider before making your purchase: location, size, absorbency, and general use.
Underpads come in a variety of sizes to match the location where it will be placed such as the bed, chair, couch, or even car seat. The pad will need cover the surface area of the object along with the person who will be using it. If the user is tall or heavy, you will need a larger underpad than for a smaller user. For example, the sizes of Becks underpads range from 24” x 36” to 36” x 52” to match your perfect need. One very popular choice is our Invacare Reusable Chair Pads which is perfect for protecting your wheelchair seat.
In addition to the option of size, you can choose reusable or disposable underpads. Many people often find if they have an urge incontinence problem, also known as an overactive bladder, they are able to save lots of money with reusable pads. The reusable pads, made up of cotton and polyester, tend to consistently absorb large amounts of liquid after routine wash cycles. These reusable underpads have a vinyl backing which makes them waterproof. Unlike reusable pads, disposable pads are convenient for placing in temporary places or if you are constantly changing locations and need to dispose of them afterwards. People suffering from temporary incontinence also find disposable pads work well because they lose control suddenly, but control returns just as quickly.
When choosing your pad you will also need to consider absorbency. If there is a large liquid amount, you will need a high soaker underpad. Tena underpads are composed of 100% virgin fluff pulp which provides a great level of absorption and retention. Manufacturers offer various levels of absorbency by changing the amount of paper fluff or absorbent polymer to absorb the liquid. There are many different underpad brands including Tranquility, Becks, Attends, Tena, Sofnit, Reliamed, Wings, Prevail, Staydry, and more to meet your needs.
For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products. Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.