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As adults age, once simple tasks like sitting, standing, and walking can become more challenging, leading to a reduction in physical activity. Older adults should participate in safe and effective moderate physical activities to achieve an improved quality of life. Sadly, one-third of adults over the age of 50 lack physical activity in their daily lives. 1 Older adults living a sedentary lifestyle have reduced strength and balance which increases risk of falling2. Senior adults, age 65 and older, are at high risk for falls with one out of three seniors falling each year.3 Daily living aids are helpful tools that will keep you safe and moving independently. AllegroMedical.com presents five daily living aids to help you increase physical activity safely.
Movement from a sitting to standing position is an important skill that facilitates independence. Without the ability to perform this basic skill elderly people are at risk for institutionalization due to limitations in performing daily living activities. 4
Using a seat assist such as a lifting cushion to move from a sit to stand position eliminates the need for standing assistance from caregivers. This assistive device removes the possibility of inflicting pain or harm to the individual requiring assistance which can occur during manual assist to stand.5 The UPEASY lifting cushion provides users with a gentle and stable automatic boost when leaning forward preparing for a sit-to-stand movement.
“Recent knee surgery has made rising from seated position difficult. Using the uplift seat assist has made a significant difference. I will likely use the seat assist throughout my recovery and beyond. ” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer Lameduck from Aptos, CA
Since lifting cushions are designed for use only on your chair or sofa a security pole and curve grab bar is another independent living aid that assists with movement from a sitting to standing position. Tension mounted security poles don’t require permanent installation making them a great option for individual changing needs. Simply grasp the curved grab bar to climb up to a standing position.
“Bought this for my mom. She is recovering from a broken hip. We use it in the bathroom to help her with her transfer to a bath bench. It is also used to assist rising from the toilet. I have to be honest, I automatically reach for it , too. I am 61 &; need to protect my back. I care for an 84 year old mom &; a disabled 16 year old daughter. This pole is incredibly sturdy, stable &; easy to install. I can’t find any cons. The price was great.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer Barb the Builder from DHS, CA
Seniors with sit-to-stand movement issues are less inclined to drive due to the difficulty of exiting the vehicle into a standing position. Losing driving ability for many aging adults decreases independence and fosters a sedentary life style. Leverage support exiting a vehicle by inserting a heavy duty steel Handy Bar into the side door locking mechanism and stand with confidence.
Grab bars are essential daily living aids that provide assistance and added safety for sitting and standing. Suction cup grab bars install without tools or holes and are completely portable. These grab bars are like having an extra hand to help provide support for standing up from the commode, bathtub, or any place extra balance support is needed.
“My father refused to allow us to drill ‘holes’ and screws into the fiberglass shower. These were perfect for our use. I liked the ability to adjust and move them to where they worked best for him. I did have to lean hard onto one wall to get the best suction and securement due to a small wave within the wall. I wish there was something similar to these for dry wall surface walls by the commode. Another area he will not allow us to drill holes into.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer, Vicster from Danville, Ky
Elderly adults with unstable gait who have experienced falls tend to diminish physical activity such as walking out of fear of falling again. This lack of activity promotes physical weakness and makes the individuals more susceptible to falling. 3
Walking aids such as rollators are safe and effective in helping individuals with unstable gait. 6 Rollators are walkers for indoor or outdoor use with typically four wheels, a seat, and hand brakes and are for people with limited upper body strength. The convenience of the seat allows users experiencing fatigue to rest for a few minutes while walking.
“I am 63 years old. I fell down a flight of stairs and have severe damage to my spine and partial paralysis of my right leg. I was using a standard walker but when I saw this beauty on your web site, I knew that it would work better for me. Standing in line at the market, etc. is just intolerably painful for me. This little beauty helps keep me more independent and able to function. Thank you for offering this little lady.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer IrishTeaCup from Sunland, CA
Don’t lose your independence. If you have difficulty sitting, standing, or walking, seek the guidance of a physician to see what aids are right for you. Return to AllegroMedical.com for all of your solutions for maintaining an active and self-reliant lifestyle.
1 http://www.cdc.gov/aging/han/health-promotion.htm (10 Strategies…Active Aging)
Potty humor aside, bathroom business is serious business no matter who you are. And for those with mobility or other health issues, trips to the bathroom require actual planning. Believe me, there are products to help. AllegroMedical.com has the best priced, highest rated, selection of bathroom assists around.
Bath assists can help you safely navigate the tub, sit down in the shower, get on and off the commode, manage your hygiene or assist in your bowel program. Generally, bath assist products are designed to help you do your business safely and within your means, with limited or no help from others.
If you can’t get to the bathroom, no fear. We have portable commodes, rinse-free shampoo and cleansing products, plus inflatable tubs and sinks. A caregivers dream! Take a look (and pardon the potty humor) . . .
Best Bathroom Assists
Magic Bullet Suppository – Prepare for a short evacuation! This water based laxative stimulant works fast – usually within 15 minutes.
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Toilevator Toilet Riser, 500 lb Capacity – Gives new meaning to the term throne. This king of toilet risers – this hip-pampering, knee-saving gem of a product – raises your existing toilet a full 3.5″ off the ground, as if to meet you. As it should. Dignified, stable and cost effective.
Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – 3″ – An alternative to raising your toilet off the ground, this hinged toilet seat incorporates the riser into the existing toilet seat. Handy for men when Number 1 calls, they simply raise the hinged elevated seat instead of completely removing it. All it needs is a automatic lid lowering mechanism, right ladies?
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Invacare Shower Chair – 400 lb Capacity – Stability, comfort and tool-less assembly in seconds. It has everything – adjustable height, rubber tipped legs, deep contoured seats and an ergonomic backrest. Let’s face it though, the best part is that you can sit down in the shower.
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Bath + Safe Adjustable Transfer Bench – Slide on over, ‘lil trucker. This bath transfer bench provides easy access to the tub/shower for those who have difficulty getting in and out. Decked out with height adjustable legs, removable back and arm, built-in hand held shower holder and suction feet, you’re all set.
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Suction Rail – Heavy Duty Suction, 19 3/4″ – Stability is within reach wherever and whenever you need it with this heavy-duty, non-marring, portable suction cup grab bar. Installs in seconds, with no drilling. Reposition as needed. Red light/Green light indicator lets you know when it is secured to the wall. Get one!
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Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap – Wash and condition your hair without ever getting wet? The Comfort Bath Cap is the first complete, one-step rinse-free hair care system in a microwavable cap (one time use). Remarkable invention.
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All-In-One Steel Commode – Instead of going to the toilet, let the toilet come to you. This bedside commode features a large 16″ wide-snap on seat with a lid and a greater seat opening depth. And with the backrest removed, it becomes a toilet safety frame or raised toilet seat.
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Swash 1000 High-Tech Bidet Toilet Seat – Seriously, folks, this is great for everyone. Believe me, I’ve tried it. The ultimate in bathroom comfort and hygiene, the Swash 1000 high-tech toilet accessory washes and dries your nether regions in style, with warm water, no less. The perfect gift.
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Carex Toilet Safety Frame – It fits around your toilet, helping to stabilize your comings and goings. Adjusts both in width and height. Weight capacity of 300 lbs.
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The Freedom Wand- This portable toileting aid grasps toilet tissue (self-wiping aid), a razor, loofah or an oitment applicator and lets you reach places you have trouble reaching otherwise. Great for those with limited mobility!
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Raised toilet seats are divine inventions for those who have trouble bending to sit on a standard toilet seat. These elevated devices are routinely prescribed for short term use upon hospital discharge, usually to accommodate fractures or post-hip replacements and knee surgeries. Elderly individuals and those with chronic arthritis, hip pain, knee pain, back pain or mobility issues may require a more permanent solution to maintain independence in the bathroom.
Sizes, prices and safety mechanisms vary considerably so you need to know your options.
Optimal Seat Height: Raised toilet seats sit atop the stool and typically add between 2 inches and 6 inches in height. The higher the seat, the less flexion is required in your hips and knees, making it easier to sit down and stand up. If your toilet seat is too high, however, you will feel unstable. The ideal height is one where your feet are flat on the floor.
You can also elevate your toilet seat by raising the entire toilet from underneath. Allegro Medical sells a toilet seat riser that doesn’t change the look of your standard toilet but will raise it about 3.5″ off the ground.
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Most Popular Raised Toilet Seat
Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – 3″ – Perfect for the men in the house, this device raises the seat by 3 inches but also allows the ring to be lifted the same as your standard toilet seat. It barely changes the look of the toilet.
Use the following “Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide” to help decide which toilet seat is right for you or your loved one.
Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide
Short Term Use – Non-locking Raised Toilet Seats – For short recovery times, occasional use or some post-surgery, the raised toilet seats without locking devices work fine. They are portable and very easy to use.
Depending on the stability of the user, we recommend that these be used along with a Toilet Safety Frame since these elevated toilet seats are attached by reliable methods, but not clamped or bolted on for increased security.
Medium Term Use – Locking device - Special locking devices, front-clamps and brackets keep these raised toilet seats from shifting providing a secure, comfortable toileting experience. A fantastic alternative to permanent fixation.
Long Term Use – Bolt on Toilet Seat – Perfect for disabled, elderly or those with a chronic need for an elevated toilet seat. These raised toilet seats are super secure and have many helpful features to make getting on and off the toilet much easier.
Specialty Toilet Seats
Hip Replacements, Post Surgery, Leg, Hip and Knee Injuries and Fractures often require a unique, asymmetrical shaped toilet seat riser with one side “cut out” to allow one leg to remain in the prescribed position while sitting (knee should be lower than the new hip during hip replacement recovery).
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Bariatric, Heavy Duty, Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seats- Choose from styles that accomodate users up to 600 lbs.
Wheelchair Transfer Toilet Seats – Convert your toilet into an elevated wheelchair transfer seat. Bolts onto most standard toilets.
Please call an Allegro Customer Care agent at 800-861-3211 if you require further assistance in choosing the right raised toilet seat or see all Raised Toilet Seats for more ideas.
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Did you know that you can sit DOWN in the shower and UP in the tub without a remodel? Refreshing news to those with limited mobility, balance problems, weakness . . . or gals who just want to sit down and shave!
Seriously though, thousands of people every year are injured or killed by preventable falls in the home. What a way to go, right? Especially when you could have done something about it.
June is Home Safety Month – the perfect time to take stock and get what you need to make your home safe for seniors, kids, everyone.
Shower Chairs and Bath Seats – Make personal hygiene a whole lot easier. Allegro has more than 70 to choose from in everything from bamboo to teak. Our most popular is the Height Adjustable Shower Chair. It’s super sturdy and lasts forever. Bath benches can also be sat next to the tub when you are bathing the kids or the dog. Saves the ‘ol knees.
Toilet Safety Frames and Toilet Risers- Help get your tooshie on and off the toity a little easier.
Grab Bars – Stick ‘em pretty much anywhere you need to grab on to! These removable ‘suction cup’ grab bars are the most popular because you can move them around and travel with them. If you need permanent ones, we have those too.
Tub & Shower Treads – Install these self-adhering non-slip strips in seconds, and be safe for years to come. Or, how about an Extra Long Bath Mat?
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Around the House
Night lights – Get Dim ‘N Brights for your hallways, bedrooms, stairwells and bathrooms. And throw in some Soothing Stars Nightlights for the kids bedrooms and bathrooms.
Pathlighter Safety Cane – Comes with a built-in light that switches on at the top of the handle. Great for getting around places with poor lighting like hallways, stairs, the theatre, the car on a dark night.
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Bed Canes and Bed Rails – These handy bed rails help you get up and stabilized before trotting off down the lane.
Fall Prevention for Children
Safety Gates – Gate off the top of the stairs to prevent tumbles, or close off access to dangerous areas in the house with these nifty security gates. There are tall gates, walk-thru’s, metal, wood – all kinds.
Balcony Guard/Rail Nets – Use these 10 foot nets both indoors and outside on all your fences, balconies and decks to keep kids and pets from getting caught in the rails.
Crib Tents – Prevent toddlers from climbing up and over the rail. Also keep little legs and arms from getting stuck between the slats. Crib tents also discourage pets and bugs from bothering sleeping babies. Nice!
If you’re counting, that was the 10th Way to Prevent Falls at Home. But as usual I can’t leave you without a bonus product . . . so here it is:
Bedrails for Kids – Especially helpful when transitioning wee ones from the crib to the ‘big bed’. Adds a feeling of security while keeping them from falling over the edge. For more protection, check out the Double Bedrail.
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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.
See more safety and general care products in our Patient Care, Personal Care, Daily Living Aids, Children/Pediatric and Maternity Care categories.
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Arthritis sufferers, MS patients, bedridden or recuperating patients, if you have difficulty moving about doing everyday tasks, why not get some help? Our bathroom assistance products can make life just a little easier for patients and caregivers while helping to maintain privacy and dignity.
Showering and shampooing for immobile patients doesn’t have to be painful or dangerous. Allegro’s list of bathing assistance products can make bathing easier, and safer. Many nurses prefer waterless bathing with cleansing cloths over sponge bathing for bed ridden patients; for increased patient satisfaction and convenience. Get your patient or loved one clean and happy with less discomfort. And, avoid water in the bed altogether with rinse-free shampoo. Cleans and conditions the hair – completely waterless! For patients who prefer water, shampoo basins with comfortable neck rests make a refreshing shampoo a breeze!
Avoid potential danger and discomfort in the shower and have a seat! Shower benches come with suction feet and comfortable seats that are removable for cleaning. Bring the shower head down to you, with a massaging hand held shower head.
Allegro has a great selection of shower sponges, loofahs and scrubbers with long and curved handles for those hard-to-reach places. And they are easy to grip!
Bath Transfer Benches
Get in and out of the tub fearlessly with a transfer bench. The bench extends over the tub wall for entry, and provides a comfortable seat for showering with just a slide over. Many benches need no tools for assembly.
Commodes and Commode Accessories
For bedside care, the right commode can help patients feel more comfortable. Choose from standard chairs, rolling chairs, extra wide and heavy duty commodes. Drop arm commodes make transfers in and out of bed easier. The backrest on some commodes can be removed, creating a toilet safety frame, for ease of movement on and off the toilet. Wall mounted arm supports for the bathroom can give that added bit of support near the toilet. If a whole frame is more than you need, an arm support may be just right. Save money on commode necessities such as pails pail liners, and splashguards at Allegro.
In the Bathroom
Need a lift? Safety grab bars for the tub, shower, toilet and even near a stairwell can provide the support you need for safely living life. Install in minutes on any wall. And for help getting out of bed or standing try a floor to ceiling, sturdy pole you can put anywhere!
Avoid installations but add the security of grab bars with a toilet safety frame. Fits right around the toilet without obstructing, and allows the user to safely raise and lower himself onto the toilet.
For an easier time sitting on and getting up from the toilet, elevate it! Toilet elevators fit right underneath the toilet and raise it just a few inches. Your guests won’t even notice! Or, raised toilet seats can lessen the drop to the toilet seat by as much as five inches. Choose from many different styles and heights.
Toilet transfer seats make it easier without added height for those who have difficulty lowering to and rising from the toilet, or those confined to a wheelchair.
If showering has become difficult due to standing time, or if it simply feels unsafe, a shower chair offers a perfect solution. Select from many types, such as plastic folding shower chairs with sturdy feet. They are inexpensive and can easily be stored right next to the tub. Other shower chairs come with or without arms, backs, padded seats and even built-in commodes.
Cleansing Systems and Bidets
For help cleaning up after going to the bathroom due to hemorrhoids, post surgery, after having a baby, or when wiping becomes a difficult task, a cleansing system or bidet is the perfect solution. Choose a handheld system for portability and versatility. Other systems fit right into the toilet and act as a bidet, using water and water pressure to get the user fresh and clean.
For personalized bowel management Allegro features professional grade suppositories and oral laxatives, enemas and stimulators. And for those with limited movement and range of motion, wipe handles with long reaches help to maintain independence and privacy.