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For yourself or a loved one confined to bed – whether it’s long-term or a short-term or post-surgery recovery – we recommend these products for the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Allegro’s Best Products for Bed Confinement

  Bedpads and Underpads -Machine washable and dry-able, reusable bedpads offer layers of protection against wetness from incontinence, spills or bed baths.  Allegro also offers a large selection of convenient disposable underpads to protect beds, chairs, floors and car seats.  Great for pets and kids, too.

 

No-Rinse Cleansing Products – These are must-have products for any lengthy bed stay.  You’ll be squeaky clean head to toe, without the mess of bed baths.  See all bathing systems and hygiene items.  Don’t forget the No-Rinse Shampoos!

 

 Bed Rope Ladder – Makes sitting up soooo much easier.  You just use the rungs to pull yourself up.

 

Pillows & Bed Wedges – Elevate your upper body or legs to whatever position is best for your recovery, better sleep or comfort.

 

EggCrate or Memory Foam Mattress Overlays – A cost effective way to reduce pressure and bed sores while increasing comfort. 

 

Over Bed Tables – Eat, work, use the computer, play cards, scrapbook – all from the comfort of your bed with a convenient table that fits perfectly around your bed.  We have tilt, pivot, split top, raised edge, and deluxe wood over bed tables to choose from.

 

Bed Rails – Position yourself while in bed or gain stability in getting in and out of bed.  Check out the longer rails if you’re trying to stay ‘in bed’.

 

Transfer Boards – Help pivot and transfer patients from the bed to a wheelchair or bedside commode.

 

Bedside Commodes – Comfortable bedside toilets with the features of the real thing – just more accessible.

See all Bed Accessories and Bed Pans

Shop our entire Bedridden Catalog of Products

Thank you for your business and a big Allegro smooch to anyone confined to their bed.  Get well soon.

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.

Take care!  -v

I’ve been nickle and dime-ing my bedroom for years, chasing an image of the perfect, snuggly sleeping chamber.  A dark shade here, a humidifier there, wave sounds, soothing colors… but a recent lower back problem pushed me to take a comprehensive look at the bed itself.   Needless to say, I have a new bed . . . and mattress. . . pillows . . . and, okay, well, pretty much everything.  Hey, don’t we spend, like, a third of our lives in bed?  So, anyway.

The way I see it, whether you’re prone to crappy sleep or ‘just okay’ sleep, we all can improve our odds by optimzing our beds for snoozing.   We also have lots of products for those who spend most or all of their time in bed.  Read on . . .

BED CHECKLIST FOR BETTER SLEEP

Get a bed that’s big enough.  You and your bedmates (pets included) need room to stretch and flop.   Can’t afford a new bed?  Put a Want Ad out to your local Freecycle group and get one for free!  I just used Freecycle to find a home for my King Simmons Beautyrest mattress.  It felt so good to give it directly to someone who really needed it.  Get and give.  Makes the world go around.

Your Mattress.  If you feel like you’re sleeping in a fluffy canoe, then your bed might be too soft.  On the other hand, if there is no give at all, your mattress is essentially flattening the normal curve of your spine and it is too firm.  Too soft, get a new mattress.  Too firm, add a topper.  

Here’s what I found when buying a new mattress:  Ignore the brands.  They try to confuse you with all these fancy names and crap and I’ve heard that Leggett and Platt makes all the innerds for the big name mattresses anyway.  Who wants to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress?  Don’t buy on price or you’ll get royally scammed.

Don’t get caught up in coil counts either, or stats.  It’s all sales voodoo.  Go for what feels comfortable to you.  I go for firm, but that’s because of my cranky back. 

Pillowtops are expensive, but alluring.  Before getting sucked in, remember that they are pretty much a massive rip-off because really they are just layers of foam sewn onto the top of your mattress.  Save yourself hundreds of dollars and re-create the effect with an egg-crate mattress  pad or memory foam overlay.  We sell a ton of them.  Note:  I love sleeping on memory foam and I even have a memory foam pillow, but when you first buy it, it smells horrible.  The odor goes away after a few nights though.  Trust me.  I nearly threw the dang stuff out.

Ignore mattress thickness.  Thick mattresses are not any better or worse than thin mattresses as long as you have innersprinig coils and the right comfort level for you.  You can get the same effect without the extra padding on top of the innerspring.  Besides, thick mattresses are heavy to carry, require special deep sheets and often times are so high that they hide your headboard. 

Box springs are also unnecessary except to raise the mattress.  Consider a platform bed frame or just put your mattress directly on the floor.  I’ve done both with great success.  In fact, I haven’t had a box spring since I don’t remember when.

Bottom line when mattress shopping:  Buy the cheapest most comfortable mattress you can find.  The rest is all marketing hype.

What about specialty beds?  If you like to read, relax or lounge in bed, or if you are bedridden, you will want to take a look at Allegro’s Flex-A-Bed line of adjustable beds and flexible mattresses.  They come in every size, they’re super affordable and they can be completely customized.

Or, on the cheap, you can fake an adjustable bed using an elevating leg rest and a bed wedge.  Brilliant!

If you are have trouble getting in and out of bed, or you are bedridden, incontinent, or elderly, here are some other products to consider:  Bed Rails, Bedpads, Mattress Covers, Pressure Reduction, Trapeze and Bedside Tables

For hospital beds, we carry specially designed hospital sheet sets and semi-fitted top sheets.

For everything, see our entire Beds or Shop by Category in Bedridden or Insomnia.

And finally, here’s a major topic that deserves equal but separate consideration:  Pillows!!  Read Why Your Pillow is Gross and How to Pick a New One.

Nighty night.  Sleep tight.  Don’t let the bedbugs bite. 

psssst…  (whisper)…. thanks for buying your stuff from AllegroMedical.com.

-v

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