Caregivers: Let us Help You
March 9th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Allegro is celebrating ‘Patient Safety Week’, the week of March 9th, with an eye towards safety products for everyone, including patients. Besides making your life easier, many of these simple products will help avoid slip-n-falls, accidents and household injuries or even death.
Caregivers, we know that you’re exhausted most of the time and your job is difficult no matter what the situation. Here are some products that will relieve some of the stress, improve the independence of your patient, resident or loved one and make everyone’s environment safer.
Gait & Transfer Belts - A gait belt is a safety device that goes around someone’s waist and aids the caregiver in moving the person from one place to another, like from a chair to the bed. It can also be used to help hold a weak person up while they walk. The belt, when used right, reduces strain on the caregivers back and keeps the patient from falling over. How do you use a gait belt? The belt goes outside the person’s clothing with the buckle in front. Thread the belt through the buckle and lock it in place. Make sure it fits snuggly, but with room for your fingers under it. Always bend your knees and keep your back straight when helping to lift or move someone. Don’t twist. Lift with your arms and legs, not your back.
Transfer Devices – These safety boards and discs come in all shapes, forms and price ranges. Essentially, a transfer device helps someone slide from one place to another or, pivot to one position or another. They are great for transfering someone from a chair to the tub or commode, or in and out of bed, or in and out of the car, etc. There are also Patient Turners and Boosters to painlessly and easily move them in bed.
Post-Surgery – Recover safely and comfortably with products designed to accomodate your special needs. We also have safety products for bedridden and post- knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries.
Bathroom Assists – I can’t guess how many injuries and fatalities could be avoided if the bathrooms had been equipped with a few simple products! Choose from a variety of shower chairs & bath benches, toilet safety frames, bath mats and grab bars to get your bathroom up to snuff in one fell swoop. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered where to find those non-slip strips to stick on the bottom of your bathtub, they are called bath safety treads.
Mobility Items – If they can walk, but they’re weak or unstable you may consider a cane, rollator, standard walker or wheeled walker. For knee surgeries and other special situations, check out our selection of specialty walkers and pediatric walkers.
Transport Wheelchairs – an easy and safe way to get from here to there, especially during travel and outings.
Syringe Disposal – Get all of your Sharps containers at Allegro for safe containment, transport and disposal of needles, lancets & syringes.
Bed Rails – No more worry about falling out of bed! Great for kids or the elderly.
Child Safety – Let us help you keep your kids safe in the home, car and when you’re out and about. We have unique safety gizmos that even you parents-of-the-year probably haven’t imagined.
Personal Protection – For everyone’s sake, keep the germs and other critters at bay.
Take care! -v