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The 2010 Winter Olympics start on February 12th and we are sure to see plenty of spills and thrills. And though slips and falls are commonplace in the arena or on the slopes, they shouldn’t happen at home.
It surprised me to learn that more than 1 million people in the U.S. experience a significant slip, trip or fall each year. And an average of 17,000 of them die because of it.
According to the National Safety Council, 70% of slips and falls occur on level ground, by everyday people like you and me.
The risks of falling increase as we age. Annually, about 30% of those age 65 and older fall at least once, and 15% fall twice. Many falls result in broken bones or death. Of course there are risk groups among children as well. Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, while toddlers are more likely to fall from windows.
The good news is that most falls are preventable. What are you doing to prevent falls in and around your home?
Slip and Fall Prevention Products
Standers and Standing Aids
Mobility Scooters for Indoors and Outdoors
Toilet Safety Frames
Raised Toilet Seats
Balance and Core Strength
Baby Gates and Railnets
Children’s Bed Rails
Don’t let slips and falls happen to your or your loved ones! Take stock and put together your Fall Prevention Plan today.
Is your home safe for holiday guests? If little Ian and grandpa Ray are visiting for a few days, or even just for Christmas dinner, there are simple precautions you can take to avoid the trauma of a holiday accident in your home.
Prepare the house with these safety items to ensure your holiday memories are shiny and bright. Think about who’s coming over and then go room by room, ‘guest-proofing’ your home. Order today. Peace of mind is priceless.
Toilet Safety Frames – Choose from a variety of value-priced toilet frames that make getting on and off the commode a breeze. And if there’s a chance your guest might not make to the bathroom, Allegro Product Manager Daver suggests you consider a bedside commode. Need to raise the toilet seat higher for easier use? Check out some of these options for simple & safe raised toilet seats.
Suction Cup Grab Bars – These life-saving grab bars install in seconds and are removable. Non-marring. No drilling. Reposition to the ideal location for each user.
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Bamboo Bath Seat and Shower Chair – This lovely bench fits in your bath or shower and looks great! You might just want to use it yourself after your guests leave (great for shaving the legs in the shower, ladies). Or, how about a folding shower chair to use and then put away for next time? As long as you’re at it, really impress them and throw in a Long-Handled Bath Sponge and Hand-Held Shower.
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No-Skid Bath and Shower Mats – Considered an absolute MUST for guest safety, regardless of age. For a more permanent solution, try the Bath Safety Treads.
Tip: Check your towel racks and soap dish in the shower to make sure they are secure.
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Dim ‘N Bright Auto Sensor Night Light – Automatically turns on in the dark and off in the light. Dimmer dial for multiple levels of brightness. For the kids get the auto-sensing Soothing Stars Nighlightwith an enclosd bulb.
Removable Bedrail – Allegro’s most economical bedrail and perfect to pull out of the closet when you have elderly overnight guests. For the kids, we have a variety of childrens bedrails to keep them from falling out of the bed. I like the Sesame Street one the best.
Non-Skid Slipper Socks – What a nice touch for your guests, especially if you have non-carpeted floors. Wear them all winter long.
Sonic Boom Alarm with Extra Large Display – A welcome to those with hearing or vision problems.
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Ice-Away Snow and Ice Melt Mat – Keep your property safe all winter long with this convenient, efficient and reliable solution to ice at your doorstep. 36″ x 32″. Keeps up with the snow as fast as it falls.
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Read Cold Weather Gear to Warm you Inside and Out
Doorknob Extenders and Grippers – Guests with limited hand function, i.e. arthritic hands, will thank you when they can get in and out with ease.
Easy Access Threshold Ramps – Gives wheelchair and walker users smooth access to the house.
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Aluminum Transport Wheelchair – Make trips to the mall a little easier on great aunt Beulah with this economical lightweight folding wheelchair. Back folds down for storage and transport.
Safety Gates and Railnets – Keep pets out and kids in with these nifty security gates. Remember to gate off the stairs to prevent tumbles!
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The Allegro family wishes you, your friends and your families a super safe holiday season! Thank you for your business and your referrals. We appreciate it more than you know. Looking for great holiday gifts? Check out our Gift Ideas.
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.
As always, thanks for being an AllegroMedical.com customer. We appreciate you business and your referrals. Please remember us for all your medical supply needs.
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
Out of town guests for the holidays? Face it, the last thing you need to worry about while entertaining is your niece sticking her barrette in the light socket, or the neighbor’s kid falling down the stairs or your boss’s little cutie pulling the bookshelf over on top of herself. Ahhhh….
Do yourself a favor this season and make your house ready for the pint-sized guests. There are so many great products to make your life easier when hosting (or raising) kids in your home.
Take a look at these lifesavers…
Outlet Plugs – Fit in any standard outlet and stops all barrettes and little fingers. Shocking…, but true. Along the same lines, you may consider a Power Strip Cover for your home office.
Adjustable “Keep Out of my Stuff” Straps – 24 of these might not be enough. Keeps little fingers from opening appliances, doors, diaries, boxes, everything!
Easy-Fit Plastic Gate – Keep ’em in, Keep ’em out. No hardware required. Super easy to install. Here’s one with a few more gizmos: Lift & Lock Security Gate.
Furniture Wall Straps – Use these super sturdy, easy to install canvas straps to secure your bureaus, book cases, shelf units, china cabinets and armoires to the wall. Please use these on ALL of your tall furniture! Kids have been severely injured, or worse, by pulling furniture over on top of themselves.
Medical Emergency Magnetic Memo Board for Children – Would you know what to do if a child in your home needed emergency medical attention? This could save a life. First aid and step-by-step instructions for CPR & choking. Makes a great gift for new moms.
Dim N’ Bright Auto Sensor Night Light – Set the level of brightness. Light the bedroom, hallway AND bathroom. That way, all of your guests – dim and bright alike – can navigate to the toitee safely. We also carry the Soothing Stars Nighlights.
3-in-1 Potty ‘N Step Stool – It’s the potty that turns into a step (and then late at night it transforms into an evil robot bent on world domination – but don’t tell the kids)… Anyway, they say it’s real comfortable. Pack of 2.
Railnet – This is mesh netting that keeps little people and animals from poking through railings. We sell it in a pack of 6, which means you get 60 feet of it, but you can use it on all of your railings, balconies and banisters – indoors and out.
Furniture Corner Cushions – Edge guards for sharp cornered tables, chairs and low shelves. Totally and completely required in a house with kids. We’ve all seen the ‘coffee table corner in the eye trick’ and it ain’t pretty. 24 in each order.
Tub Spout Cover – Avoid bonks to the bean with this soft inflatable tub spout cover. And get the water temperature just right with a Bath Pal Thermometer. For the wee ones spring for a Safety Infant Bathtub with built-in water temperature strip.
****Bonus Tip. Mom’s, Dads, Grandma’s, Grandpa’s, listen up. Our Easy Up Kneeler and Seat does double duty as a gardening stool AND a “save your knees while giving the kids a bath” stool! I’ve seen it in action and it’s totally awesome. Makes a great gift.
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Have a happy and safe holiday.