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Valerie Paxton

Valerie Paxton
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Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton

Back-to-School is hectic and stressful for parents and kids alike. If you can identify with any of the 6 situations below, I guarantee you that these solutions will reduce your stress and make your kids’ lives a little easier too.

Don’t Jack the Back, Mac

What kid wants to walk around with a messed up spine when they’re 10 years old? As a parent, you’ll have one less thing to worry about if you get them an Airpack Ergonomic Back-Saving Backpack.  They’re cool, trendy, ergonomic AND healthy. Plus they have compartments, zippers, hidey holes, bells and whistles galore.

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Airpacks backpacks patented design redistributes weight from the shoulders to the hips and lower back, thereby lightening the effective weight of the pack by 50%. Stress on the body is reduced by a whopping 80% because the design promotes a more upright standing position. Airpacks come in small, medium and large and are sized to fit by height (or torso length). Great for students of all ages.

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Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock w/ Bed Shaker

Stop Missin’ the Bus, Gus

Having a hard time waking them up? Fear not. Get ‘em out of bed with a Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker!  There’s even a Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock to wake up your sleeping beauty.  And boys who love skulls will love being shaken awake by their Skull Alarm Clock with Bone Crusher Bed Vibrator.

You can set these clocks to do all kinds of things – loud or not so much. I have the Portable Vibrating Travel Alarm that gently vibrates my pillow so I wake up feeling calm.  No noise – but I could add noise if I wanted. There’s something up for everyone. Go for the Sonic Bomb, Soccer Mom!

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DRI Sleeper Alarm System

Quit Wettin’ the Bed, Fred

The start of a new school year is stressful for everyone, but even more so for families with bed wetters. Besides the lack of sleep and overall frustration you’re ALL feeling, your child is also likely dealing with significant emotional and social issues associated with bed wetting.

If you are tired of the stress (and mess), try a bedwetting alarm as a training tool. 

Bed wetting alarms detect moisture and awaken the child when just a drop or two of urine hits the sensor pad.  They are worn in the child’s undergarments.  Check out the unisex DRI Sleeper Alarm System.  There is also a Nite Train’r for Males and a Nite Train’r for Females.

Crissy, an Allegro customer from Fullerton, CA says, “Our six year old son never had dry nights, even as a preschooler. He is a very sound sleeper, but after two nights he began waking up to the alarm…he has had three dry nights during the third week of use.”

Don’t wait until you’re at the end of your rope. Hopefully a bedwetting alarm will quickly let you remove bedwetting from the list of stressors in the morning rush to school.

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Pediasure - Nutritional Drink - 8 oz Ready-to-Drink Bottles

No more Starvin’, Marvin

It’s no secret that kids don’t always eat right. At least when they are home, you can do a better job of monitoring it. Once they’re off to school it’s anyone’s bet. If you know, or suspect, or have been told that little Suzy is not getting enough calories, there is a simple answer. Supplement their meals with balanced shakes, juice drinks or puddings. We have a complete selection of Child Nutrition products – our most popular being Pediasure, Boost Kid Essentials, and Boost Pudding.

These products cover picky eaters, skinny kids, special needs, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, reduced appetite, super-active, low-weight, chronic illnesses, short-term illnesses, malnutrition – pretty much everything. There’s no reason for you to worry about Junior getting enough to eat.  Kids love this stuff.

Jensen Emergency Kit

Be Ready, Mama Betty

School time means toting kids around. Sometimes toting other people’s kids around. Even if you’re not driving with kids, we all need to pay attention to this. Are you prepared for an emergency? Here is a checklist of things you need in your car in case you’re stranded or in an accident:

  • Emergency First Aid Auto Kit
  • Handybar 3 in 1 Car Aid
  • Jensen Emergency Kit
  • Emergency Rescue Blanket
  • Jug of water
  • A list of emergency phone numbers
  • Energy Bars
  • Cold Weather Mask
  • Shop all Emergency Preparation

    Don’t dilly dally. Order them now. It’s easy. And when you need a rescue blanket or a side window breaker, you’ll be glad to have it.  It could save your life or your child’s life.

    IsaGel No-rinse Instant Hand Sanitizing Gel

    Don’t Sneeze Up the Goo, Sue

    Make sure you have plenty of hand sanitizers to squirt on those little germy fingers, and surface disinfectants for your counters, bannisters, keyboards, etc. 

    Shop all Cold/Flu Season

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    Have a safe and happy school season.  And thanks for being an Allegro Medical customer. We appreciate your business.

    Are you taking care of your skin? No matter what your skin condition or skin type, there is likely a product that will make it smoother, softer, cleaner or will reduce the pain, itch, bumps, scales, redness, swelling – you name it.   

    What is causing your skin problems?  Things like illness, disease, aging, nutrition, weather, hydration, stress and environment can no doubt reek havoc on even the most pampered skin.  The good news is that there is help.

    Types of Skin Care and Bath Wash Products

    Critic-Aid Clear AF - Antifungal Moisture Barrier Barrier Products - Barrier ointments are used primarily for incontinence care to prevent or treat diaper dermatitis (diaper rash) or other skin irritations that occur when moisture is trapped next to the skin.

    Shop all Incontinence Skin Care

    Shop all Incontinence Wipes and Washcloths

     

    Aloe Vesta 3-n-1 Cleansing Foam Body Cleansers - No need for water with these body washes, wipes and foams.  You can cleanse your skin and even wash your hair with the no-rinse products made especially for those who are bedridden or otherwise unable to bathe.  Great for caregivers!  Also ideal for campers, trekkers or people on the go.

     

    Elta Creme - The Melting Moisturizer - Jar 16 oz Skin Creams - Skin cream is by definition thicker than a skin lotion, made to lubricate and penetrate – essentially “melt” into the skin.  Creams are usually used to help heal dry skin, burns, sunburns, fungus.  Creams are sometimes thought of as more restorative than preventative.

     

    Diabet-X Cream - 4 oz TubeDiabetic Skin Care - Good skin care for diabetics starts with infection prevention in the form of daily skin care and skin inspection.  Skin must be kept moist to prevent cracking and potential infection of desensitized skin. There are a variety of skin products made specifically for diabetic skin therapy.

    Shop by Condition: Diabetes

    Shop Diabetes Skin Care

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    Prevail Disposable Washcloths, Jumbo Tub - 12" x 8" Handy Wipes and Moist WashCloths - For a all-over no-rinse bath, a personal hygiene cleanse or a quick way to cool down and freshen up, moist wipes are an easy, convenient way to get clean.

    Shop Incontinence Wipes and Washcloths

     

    Lubriderm Skin Therapy Lotion Skin Lotion - Lotions are generally formulated to moisturize the skin to prevent dryness.  You should use a daily moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated.  Choose from name brand and medical lotions.

     

    Aloe Vesta 3-n-1 Protective Ointment Ointments -Ointments are usually thick petroleum based protective creams, sometimes with zinc oxide or antifungals.  They are used for everthing from wound care to make removal to diaper care to hand cream. 

    See all OTC Ointments, Lotions, Creams & Powders

     For skin help with certain skin conditions please read Healing Relief for Common Skin Problems

    wheelchair access ramps

    Choosing the right length access ramp is pretty easy once you have the formulas.  All you need is a tape measure, a calculator or the handy Ramp Slope Chart (see below) and a keen understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish and you’ll be able to buy a ramp with the right amount of incline.  You don’t want the ramp to be too steep, right?  In fact, the length of the ramp is at least as critical as the width when it comes to safety, but takes some thought and a little planning.

    Once you have the length calculated, you can choose the proper width and type of ramp – depending on how and where it will be used.  What a relief to know you will be able to get your mobility scooter into the van; assist an elderly or disabled person up the porch steps; or roll your wheelchair down a terraced walkway with the greatest of ease and safety.

    Our buddies at Prairie View Industries (PVI Ramps) shared their ramp slope formulas, ramp slope chart and measurement instructions so we could help you calculate your optimal ramp length.   Thanks PVI!

    How Long Should My Ramp Be?

    To determine your ramp length you first need to determine the rise.  The rise is the vertical measurement between the ground and where the top of the ramp is going to sit.

    Ramp Rise Illustration

    Note: If your rise is more than 24″ (2 feet) please contact a local dealer about a modular system.

    PVI recommends not to exceed a 2:12 slope (9.5° ramp incline) on most applications.  The slope relates to how steep the ramp is, in degrees of incline.  Some ramps may need to meet the ADA’s 1:12  (4.8°) more gradual slope requirements, as specified by your state.

    To find a 2:12 slope, take the total rise in inches (vertical measurement between the ground and the top of the step or landing) and divide it by 2.  The result is the number of feet of ramp length you need for that rise.

    Example: Say you have a 12″ rise.  Divide 12 by 2 and you get 6.  So a 12 inch rise requires a 6 foot ramp, using the 2:12 ratio.

    1:12 slope (used by the ADA) would require 1 foot length of ramp for every inch of vertical rise.

    Slope Recommendations based on Use of Ramp:

    • 1:12 SLOPE (4.8°) – Gradual, gentle incline, longest ramp.  Calculated as 1 foot length of ramp for every 1 inch of total vertical rise (the rise divided by 1).  A 5 inch rise requires a 5 foot ramp, a 12 inch rise requires a 12 foot ramp and so on.  The ADA recommends this slope for long home ramps as well as commercial ramps.  Note:  This 1:12 slope works for most strong, unassisted manual wheelchair users, although PVI always recommends assistance.

     

    • 2:12 SLOPE (9.5°) – Steeper incline, shorter ramp.  Calculate length of ramp in feet by dividing total rise by 2 (6″ of ramp length for every 1″ of rise). A 2:12 slope is the maximum acceptable grade (incline) for portable ramps used by occupied chairs and scooters, with a qualified assistant.

     

    • 3:12 SLOPE (14.5°) – Steepest incline.  Calculate the length of ramp by dividing the total rise by 3 (4 feet of ramp length for every 12 inches of rise).  This 3:12 ratio should be used only for loading and unloading unoccupied chairs and scooters – (in and out of a truck or van, for example).

     

    Ramp Slope Chart

    PVI Ramp Incline Chart

    Photo courtesy of PVI, Inc.

     

    Access Ramp Safety Guidelines

    1. Always have a qualified assistant present when using any portable ramp.
    2. Never exceed a slope greater than 2″ on 12″ (2:12 ratio) with an occupied chair or scooter.  Never exceed a slope greater than 3″ on 12″ (3:12 ratio) with an unoccupied chair or scooter.
    3. Always make sure that the top of the ramp is secured on a step or landing before using.  It may be necessary to anchor the top of the ramp to the landing surface with steel scurity pins provided.
    4. Make certain there is adequate head clearance prior to loading an occupied chair or scooter into a vehicle.
    5. Always follow manufacturer recommendations for your chair or scooter.
    6. Always use your lap belt.
    7. If your ramp comes with a safety DVD, watch it.  All PVI ramps include a DVD.
    8. If you need help, please call Allegro Medical at 800-861-3211.

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    The jury may still be out as to whether stretching actually prevents injuries and/or improves athletic performance but one thing is for sure – it feels good.  And for increasing flexibility, there’s nothing like a good stretch.

    Want to increase your flexibility?  Here are some products designed to help you  get your best stretch.

    Top 10 Most Popular Stretching and Flexibility Products

    ProStretch - UnilateralProStretch – Unilateral – The ProStretch PT100 stretches and conditions the lower leg muscles, tendons and ligaments of each leg individually.  Used by many professional athletes.

    ProStretch Double - Bilateral Stretching System Prostretch Double – This bilateral stretching system stretches both legs simultaneously.  Ideal for stretching and rehab of the ankle, Achilles tendon and calf muscles.  Includes instructional DVD.

    Add resistance while stretching with the ProStretch Complete Motion Enhancement System.

    Shop all ProStretch

    Fitter Multi-Slant Home Unit Fitter Multi-Slant Home Unit – This slant board easily adjusts to 3 different levels.  Ensures constant improvement as your lower extremity stretching flexibility increases.  Folds flat for easy storage.  Non-slip.

    Shop all Slant Boards

    Body Therapy Balls Body Therapy Balls – These compact balls are used to stretch and release tension in muscular tissue in the pelvic, hip, lower back, middle back, neck, chest and shoulder area.

    Shop all Exercise Balls and Rolls

    CoreStretch Back and Core Stretcher CoreStretch - This back and core stretcher is designed to stretch the back, shoulders, hips, hamstrings and shins.  Perform more than 10 different stretches with this versatile product!  Adjustable and easy to set up.

    DEX II Decompression and Extension Machine DEX II Decompression and Extension Machine – The DEX II from Teeter Hang Ups is a forward-rotating, user controlled inversion machine.  Ideal for back extension exercises.  Traction handles allow for stretching and increased decompression to help relieve back pain.

    Shop all Teeter Hang Ups inversion systems

    Stretch-Rite Stretch-Rite – Six progressive color-coded handgrips provide controlled stretching for improved flexibility and range of motion.  Move to the next handgrip position as stretching improves.  Completely portable.

    Shop all Cando products

    Lynx Portable Back Stretcher Lynx Portable Back Stretcher – A compact, portable solution for stretching, relaxing and decompressing your spine and joints.  Folds for storage.  Includes a nylon travel bag.  5 yr warranty.

    Stretch to Win Stretch to Win – This stretching manual contains a comprehensive flexibility training system written from a sports medicine point of view.  Perfect for the professional athlete, therapist or training.  Complete with stretching principles, anatomy and physiology.  250 pages with illustrations.

    Shop all Exercise Books and DVDs

    Overdoor Exercise Pulley Set Overdoor Exercise Pulley Set – Strengthen, stretch your upper body and increase your range of motion with this portable exercise pulley set.  Hangs over most any door.

    HAPPY STRETCHING!  And thanks for being an Allegro customer.  We appreciate your business.

    Diminished mobility, temporary or otherwise, can be a real show stopper when it comes to your independence.  The reality is, you don’t need to miss another minute of your life because of mobility issues.  Just ask any of the millions of wheelchair, mobility scooter, walker and cane users worldwide. 

    With the large range of mobility products available today, it would be a shame for anyone capable of using them to sit idly by. Let Allegro help you take control of your life, reduce your pain, improve your safety and lessen your dependence on others with a mobility device.

    Which Mobility Equipment is Best for You?

    Canes

    Elite Cane SeatCanes – Canes are most often used to improve your balance as you walk, or to compensate for an injury or disability.  No longer whittled out of any old tree branch, walking canes have come a long way in their engineering, usability and comfort.    

    Your cane should be long enough that you don’t have to bend down to use it (save your back!).  You’ll want your elbow to bend at a comfortable angle. Measure from the floor to the crease in your wrist when your arm is hanging straight down from your side.  That is the optimal height for the top of the cane. 

    Stock up on rubber tips so you’ll always have replacements on hand.  Check the cane’s weight capacity to ensure it can support your weight.  Choose from Standard C Canes (min support, best if used for balance), Specialty Canes, 4-legged Quad Canes (weight bearing) and Hemi Walkers (max support) depending on your stability.  Remember when walking with a cane, you hold the cane in the hand opposite of your injured  or weak foot.  It is used as a counter-balance, not a foot replacement.

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    Walkers

    Guardian Envoy 480 Deluxe Rolling Walker Walkers – If you are ambulatory, but you have poor balance or are at risk for falling you are a good candidate for a walker. If you are extremely wobbly, you will want to consider a Standard Walker (no wheels) because of their stability, but keep in mind that they are not as easy to push forward as a two-wheeled walker or a 4-wheeled rollator.

    2-Wheeled Walkers let you put weight on the walker as you move.  The two back legs have no wheels so the walker won’t roll away while you’re stepping forward, but the wheeled front legs allow you to easily move the walker forward.  Brilliant.

    If balance isn’t a concern, you’ll move along more quickly with a 4-wheeled walker also called a Rollator.  My 96-year old grandmother loves her rollator because it has hand brakes, a seat and a basket . . . and it looks snazzy.  Make a fashion statement, dontate to a great charity and support breast cancer awareness by choosing a pink rollator!

    Knee Walkers are for those with foot/ankle injuries or surgeries.  A great substitute for crutches, a knee walker lets you get around without putting any weight on your foot.  We recommend the ones with turning wheels (steerable).

    Check the Specialty Walkers category if you’re looking for a child’s gait trainer, a bariatric walker, hemi walker, transport chair/rollator combos and specialty parts.

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    Wheelchairs

     

    Breezy Easy Care 3000 Lightweight Wheelchair Wheelchairs - Before choosing a wheelchair you must review your goals, lifestyle, current and future needs, living environment, how you will use the wheelchair, whether you will drive a car or transport the chair as a passenger.  This evaluation process will help you decide which type(s) of chair will work for you. 

    For passengers weighing more than 250 lbs, take a look at the manual Heavy Duty Wheelchairs as they are built to hold more weight than a Standard Weight Wheelchair.

    Lightweight Wheelchairs are easy to maneuver (reduces upper body stress) and to lift for transport.  The frames and components are made of aluminum or titanium so they are very strong, but light.  The only drawback may be the passenger weight capacity, so be sure to check.  Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs offer the ultimate freedom and are great for active paraplegic and quadriplegic users.

    Many active manual wheelchair users participate in sports using a Sports Chair, designed with cambered wheels and light, tough frames for ultimate contact and maneuverablility on the baskeball or tennis court.  If you’re up for the challenge, check out the racing wheelchairs as well.

    Transport chairs are a good choice for those who cannot roll themselves in a manual chair.  The transport wheelchairs have handles on the back allowing someone to push the passenger.  They are a wonderful solution for transporting someone out of the house, to the car, down the hall, around the zoo, through the airport, etc.  See all transport chairs, along with pool wheelchairs, transport/rollator combos, beach wheelchairs and travel chairs in Transport/Specialty Chairs.

    Power Wheelchairs may be the perfect solution for those who are completely incapable of rolling even a lightweight manual wheelchair.  They generally have a tight turning radius so they can get in and out of small spaces.  On the flip side, they are generally very heavy and difficult to transport. 

    Lift and transport your wheelchair (up to 100 lbs) on your trailer hitch with a Wheelchair Carrier.

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    Mobility Scooters

     

    Drive Phoenix 3 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter Mobility Scooters - For those with limited mobility, poor upper body strength but good manual dexterity, an electric mobility scooter (power scooter) is a fun alternative to a wheelchair.  They travel on battery power and have lots of options – which means they demand special consideration when purchasing.

    Choose from 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters or 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters, but first please read these helpful buyers guides:

    Mobility Scooter Buyers Guides

     

    Whether it is a cane, walker, manual wheelchair, power chair or mobility scooter, we wish you all the best in maintaining your independence and living life to the fullest. 

    Allegro has mobility experts ready to assist you in choosing your mobility equipment.  Please feel free to call our customer service department, toll free at 1-800-861-3211.

    Freshen up, cool off and beat the summer heat with these Top 10 cooling products from Allegro. 

    Top 10 COOL Products for Summer

     Cooling Pillows- Hot nights?  Get relief from night sweats and hot necks with cooling sensation Chillow pillows.  Year-round relief from hormonal sweats or just to cool off during the summer . . . you’ll get a great night’s sleep!  Highly recommended, these are among our most popular products.  We even have them for pets.  

     Shop all SoothSoft Cooling Products

    ReadyBath Premium Bathing Cloths- Value Priced! Freshen up in record time with these pre-moistened, no-rinse, single use, pH balanced washcloths.  They contain an antibacterial formula that helps kill germs and eliminate odors.   Perfect for bedridden patients, these wipe ‘n go cloths are also great for anyone who needs a quick ‘bath’ between showers.   Case of 24 packs, 8 cloths per pack. Also, check out the Prevail Premium Pop-up Cloths.

    Shop all Wipes/Washcloths

    Shop all ReadyBath Brand

    Freeze your mouse cushion!  One of the fastest ways to cool your body is to ice down your pulse points.   With a mouse cushion, you cool down while ergonomically supporting your wrist and forearm at the computer.  Brilliant! 

    Shop all Mouse Cushions and Pads

    Shop all Imak Brand

    Shop all products with ErgoBeads

    Cast CoolerCast Cooler and Cast Comfort Spray - Wrap the Cast Cooler around your breathable orthopedic cast once a day, connect a vacuum for 10 minutes and the moisture is removed, leaving you cool, dry and itch free.  Cast Comfort is a spray that is used under the cast, for immediate cooling and itch relief.  And don’t forget the cast protectors so you can cool off in the pool!

    Read 5 Best Cast Accessories for a COOL Cast

    Shop all Cast Accessories

    Water Exercise Equipment - Speaking of cooling off in the pool, how about doing your exercises in the water!  You can jog and dance and lift and have a great time, while listening to music on your Underwater MP3 Player.  And when you’re done, cool off on your Kool Float!

    Read 5 Water Workouts – Low Impact, Big Results

    Shop all Exercise and Fitness

    Cool Mist Impeller HumidifierCool Mist Humidifiers – Create a refreshing, cool room in hot dry climates.  Combat summer cough and cold symptoms.

    Be safe! Check for mold and track humidity levels with this Mold Alert Thermometer.

    Shop all Humidifiers/Vaporizers

    Cool Stretch - Night SplintCool Stretch Night Splint - Plantar Fasciitis sufferers will have a cool, pain free night with this lightweight, comfortable night splint.

    Shop all Ankle/Foot Orthotics

    Shop by Condition: Foot Pain

    Shop by Condition: Ankle Pain

    Let’s face it.  Humans, even in the best of health, are odor challenged.  Throw in some incontinence or maybe an ostomy, a healing wound, a little flatulence, a bedridden loved one, body odor, a dirty dog, smelly kids, poor hygiene, bad breath, mold and mildew – and what do you have?  You have a whole lot of reasons to invest in some serious odor eliminators.  Move over Lysol .  .  .

    Allegro’s Most Popular Odor Eliminators

     

    Medi-Aire Biological Odor Eliminator - 8oz Spray BottleRoom Deodorizers - Super concentrated, these room sprays don’t mask foul odors – they chemically eliminate them.  Even the worst odors are gone in seconds.

    Remedy 4-in-1 Cleansing Lotion - 8 oz. Personal Hygiene Odor Control - Products to keep all your parts clean.  Caregivers, you’ll want to take a gander at these.

    Shop all Personal Hygiene

    Shop all Oral Care

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    Prevail Disposable Washcloths, Jumbo Tub - 12" x 8"Wipes and Washcloths - Disposable personal cleansing wipes and bathing cloths for bottoms and bits.  Amazing prices.

    Shop all Incontinence Supplies

     

    Ostomy Deodorants - Ostimates have no reason to worry about embarrassing odor with this line-up of internal and external deodorants. 

    Shop all Ostomy Supplies

     

     

    Aloe Vesta 3-n-1 Cleansing Foam 8 oz Skin Cleansers- Body wash, no-rinse bath products, incontinence sprays, perineal washes, skin conditioners - all here.

     

    Reusable Bed PadsBed Pads, Underpads and Mattress Protectors - Nothing saves beds, chairs or other furniture from stains and smells more than a pad or protector.  Disposable or Reusable/Washable - your choice.

    Ahhhhh…

    Thanks for being an Allegro customer.  We appreciate your business.  By the way, you smell GREAT!

    The two main types of disposable medical gloves are exam and surgical – each with a particular function.  Medical gloves are further designated by their material – nitrile, latex and vinyl.  To make selecting the right medical glove even more interesting they are also available in powdered, non-powdered, sterile, nonsterile, textured, coated . . .  Let’s break it down.

    Who Wears Medical Gloves?

    Caregivers, Healthcare Professionals, Surgeons, Lab Techs, Catheter Users, Ostimates, Dentists, Pharmacists, Rescue Workers, Police Officers, Manicurists, Chefs, Hair Stylists, Housekeepers, Pet Owners, Gardeners, Factory Workers, Moms, Mechanics, Teachers, Food Handlers and more.

    Exam Gloves vs. Surgical Gloves

    General purpose exam gloves are most commonly used by caregivers and healthcare workers to protect themselves from contamination during an examination or procedure.  Gloves can also used in the home to clean up household spills and pet messes, gardening or even when changing the oil in the car.  They are low cost and nice to have at hand when unsanitary situations arise.

    Surgeons and operating room nurses wear advanced surgical gloves that are more specifically sized and designed to allow better precision and sensitivity. 

    Latex, Vinyl or Nitrile Exam Gloves

    Latex Powder-Free Exam GlovesLatex Gloves

    • Comfortable
    • Highly durable and flexible
    • Best fit
    • High tactile sensitivity to touch
    • Preferred by surgeons
    • Not recommended for those with latex allergies
    • Mid-range barrier protection

    Shop all Latex Gloves – Powder Free

    Shop all Latex Gloves – Powdered

    Vinyl Powder-Free Exam GlovesVinyl Gloves

    • Low cost, high value
    • Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
    • Standard barrier protection
    • Soft and comfortable
    • Latex-free
    • Less durable
    • Less tactile for sensitive work

    Shop all Vinyl Gloves – Powder Free

    Shop all Vinyl Gloves – Powdered

    Invacare Nitrile Powder-Free Exam GlovesNitrile Gloves

    • Protein-free, latex free
    • High barrier protection
    • Chemical resistant
    • Puncture resistant

    Shop all Nitrile Gloves

    Shop all Exam Gloves

    Shop all Surgical Gloves

    In a nutshell, you will be basing your glove decision on the task at hand, the level of protection you need, allergies and/or sensitivites, comfort, fit and cost. 

    A Word About Latex Allergies

    Healthcare workers and anyone with frequent exposure to latex are at the greatest risk for developing latex sensitivity and allergies.  Symptoms range from minor skin irritation or redness to respiratory problems.  Shock has been reported rare cases.  There is a big push by the healthcare industry to become latex-free to prevent further development of latex allergies.

    Powdered vs. UnPowdered Gloves

    Powder is used to lubricate the gloves, making them easier to put on your hands.  Cornstarch is used because it is non-irritating, however powder can impede healing if it gets into tissues so unpowdered gloves are the most popular choice among healthcare workers.  Special inner coatings on gloves have now replaced powder in many gloves, thus eliminating powder-related complications.

    Caregivers have one of the hardest, yet most noble jobs in the world.  And when it comes to caregiving aids, Allegro Medical understands that even the simplest ones can have a major impact on the comfort, safety and independence of care giver and patient alike.  

    In our 13 years in business Allegro has helped hundreds of thousands of caregivers with practical solutions to everyday struggles.  Let us help you.

    Caregivers, below is a list of our most popular products designed to make your life easier  – and your loved one safe and comfy. 

    Best  Caregiver Products

     

    Grayson Reusable BedpadsBed Pads and Underpads - Life and laundry just got a lot less complicated with these machine washable and dry-able, reusable bed pads.  Absorbent layers protect against moisture from incontinence, spills or bed baths.  Allegro also offers convenient disposable underpads to protect beds, chairs, floors and car seats.  Great for pets and kids, too.

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    Have you seen the new Tena Ultra Thin Pads? Amazing.

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    Alliance Hydraulic Patient Lift HE Alliance Hydraulic Patient Lift - Super affordable, stable and comfortable, Patient Lifts can be a caregivers dream. 

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    Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System - With its frictionless “no lift” technology, patients are easily transferred from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to automobile or bath bench, toilet, dining room chair, theatre seat . . . while reducing risk of injury to the lifter and the liftee.  Totally portable, this state-of-the-art Beasy Board can help get everyone around the house AND out of the house.

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    Ultimate Solution Comfortseat Ultimate Solution ComfortSeat - This ultimate personal hygiene device lets users care for themselves without assistance after going to the bathroom. Restores dignity to those who previously needed help from a caregiver. Replaces your existing toilet seat.  For travel, try the Portable Solution ComfortSeat Travel Bidet.

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    Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap - Complete, one-step hair care in a convenient, microwaveable cap.  No rinse, no mess.  Disposable, one time use.

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    Deluxe Ambulation Gait Belt Deluxe Ambulation Gait Belt - More secure and comfortable than a traditional gait belt.  Gait belts are a must for caregivers to assist in ambulation and transfers from bed to chair.

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    Waterproof Mealtime Protectors - Full-length Bib Waterproof Mealtime Protectors – Full-length Bib - This adult-size bib makes for easy cleanup at mealtime.

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    BedCane Bed Rail BedCane Bed Rail - Provides sturdy support when getting in and out of bed.  Fantastic help for the caregiver when transfering someone from a wheelchair to the bed.

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    Drive Phoenix 3 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter Phoenix 3-Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter – Sometimes a mobility scooter can be a caregiver’s best friend.  Independence for your loved one and a needed break for you.

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    Caregivers, we would love to hear from you.  Feel free to share you experiences and the products that have helped you.  You are our heroes!

    Take care and thanks for being part of the Allegro family of customers.

    Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, 2010.  Choose the perfect gift for your Dads, Uncles, Grandpas and Father-in-laws with these Father’s Day gift ideas.  Hard to buy for that special guy?  Fear not, dear shopper, for we have selected these Father’s Day Presents to suit all dads from young to senior, with varied abilities and special interests.  No ties this year! Yippee!

    Best Fathers Day Gift Ideas

     

    Vinturi Wine Aerator Vinturi Wine Aerator- All the rage in the wine world, these instant wine aerators serve as a portable decanter to “open up” your wine, one glass at a time.  Just pour the wine out of the bottle, through the Vinturi, into your wine glass.  An absolute must for all wine enthusiasts, especially wine loving dads.

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    Projection Clock w/ Temperature - Silver Projection Clock w/Temp  – Dad will know EXACTLY what time you came in last night with this handy projection clock.  He’ll also know the day, month and temperature outside.  Smart daddy.

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    FitBALL Power Golf Trainer Book and DVD FitBALL Power Golf Book and DVD - Help dad increase the distance, consistency and accuracy of his golf game while strengthening his core.  He’ll thank you!  And if you haven’t gotten him a Bionic Golf Glove yet, throw one of those in too.

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    Pro Fit Iron Gym Workout Bar Pro Fit Iron Gym Workout Bar - Transforms a doorway into a gym.   Dad will have a wicked strong upper body in no time with this multi-function home gym.  No tools required.  Does dad like to do push-ups?  Jack Zatorski’s Push Up Pro is just the ticket.  How about killer abs?  Check out the Ab Rocket Abdominal Trainer.

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    Snappy Spa Portable Hot TubSnappy Spa Portable Hot Tub - If pop has always wanted a whirlpool spa for his patio, cabin, RV park, back yard or deck – well… here you go.  No tools for assembly.  Thermostatically controlled heater and seating for 4 adults.  This economical Snappy Spa is very, very popular.

     

    Easi-Grip Gardening Set Easi-Grip Gardening Set - For dads who enjoy gardening, you can’t go wrong with a gift of ergonomic gardening tools.  Ideal for gardeners of every age.

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    GE Dect 6.0 Photo Phone w/ Photo CID GE Dect 6.0 Photo Phone - When you call dad, your picture will display on this digital photo frame with integrated telephone.  Sweeeet.  In the meantime it is a sleek multi-function phone with a digital slide show.  Color LCD, 7″ – accepts SD, xD and MS memory cards. 

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    SLIDE2PCSLIDE2PC – Give Dad the opportunity to convert his 35mm negatives to his PC with the touch of a button. 

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    SNAPP Mini Digital Camcorder/Camera SNAPP Mini Digital Camcorder/Camera -  Dad won’t miss a thing with this mini camcorder camera featuring super crisp video.  Software included will let him edit his videos and upload them to YouTube.

     

    Portable Internet Radio with FM Portable Internet Radio with FM - Whose father wouldn’t enjoy this FM radio that streams media over a wireless Internet connection?  No PC required.  Also streams stored audio files from your PC (except downloads from copy-protected iTunes selections).  See also the Internet Radio with iPod Dock.

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    TV Listener Infrared Stereo System TV Listener Infrared Stereo System - You can sleep, read or study while dad uses this infrared headset to watch TV.  Also  great for those with hearing loss so one family member can enjoy the television at a higher level than other people in the same room.  How about a system with two headsets?

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    Drive Phoenix 4 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter Phoenix 4-Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter - Dad can go just about anywhere with this battery-operated travel scooter.  4-piece design assembles and disassembles for transport.  15-mile range.  Free Shipping!

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    3-in-1 Shopping Cart, Folding Chair & Removable Bag 3-in-1 Shopping Cart - A shopping cart, folding chair and removable bag all in one.  This lightweight chair (10 lbs) supports up to 250 lbs and is great for outdoor events, the park or shopping.  Give your father a break and get him something to sit on, for heaven’s sake.

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    Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool - What a perfect name for a Father’s Day gift! This inexpensive brush cleans the grill with the power of STEAM.  Get one for all of your grill daddies.

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    Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift?  See our Gift Ideas Category: Gifts for Him.  Order Today for speedy delivery!

     Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, uncles and grandpas that make our lives so special.  Have a happy, healthy day.

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