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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)
Aids to Daily Living (ADLs) or Daily Living Aids are assistive products and gadgets that promote a more independent lifestyle for those with physical limitations.
Many ADLs are adaptive in nature, allowing the user to do something they might not have been able to otherwise, such as stand up from a chair, work the TV remote, cook a meal, open a jar, drive a car, hear the doorbell or button a shirt. Some Daily Living Aids are created simply to make your life easier.
I like to tell folks that if they have lost some independence or are no longer able to manage tasks that they used to – short term or long, there is probably a Daily Living Aid to help!
Allegro has a massive selection of Daily Living Aids to help assist Around the House, Around the Office, in Communication, Vision Aids, Hearing Assists, Dressing Aids, Eating Aids, Medication Aids, Lifting Aids and much more. Below is a list of our most popular Aids to Daily Living. Can they help restore your independence?
Most Popular Daily Living Aids
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AZ-1 Portable Automotive Hand Control System
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Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System
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UpEasy Lifting Cushion – UpLift Seat Assist
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Security Pole and Curved Grab Bar
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Big Lamp Switch
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Aluminum Reacher with Magnetic Tip
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Deluxe Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid
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Deluxe Height Adjustable Overbed Table Non-Tilt
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Combination Button Aid/Zipper Pull
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We hope that these Daily Living Aids will help you live a more independent and fulfilling life! Thanks, as always, for your support. We appreciate your business.
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Travel, especially during the holidays, should be fun and exciting. Certainly no time to be stressed about safety, getting into and out of cars, on and off airplanes. And let’s face it, the more comfortable you are during your journey and at your destination, the better.
But if you are elderly, disabled or traveling with small children, the magic of travel can be oh-so unmagical without proper prep. This year, let Allegro help you relieve a bit of your travel stress with our travel aids – designed for safety, convenience and comfort for everyone from babies to seniors.
Travel Aids for Safety, Convenience and Comfort
Transporation Comfort and Safety – Be safe and confident on the road with your Emergency First Aid Kit Auto Kit, Heated Blanket, Car Caddie and Handybar – to name a few. And how about a Car Bed for the baby? Or a Travel Pillow for you?
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Home Comfort and Safety – The comforts of home – in travel size! Take a folding bath bench, bed rail, portable grab bars, and bath mitt with you! Traveling with an infant? Don’t forget the Complete Nursery Care Kit.
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Travel Seating, Cushions and Mattresses – Your backside will thank you all the way to grandma’s house with the ever-popular Coccyx Cushion. And when you get there, how about unrolling your own Foam Eggcrate Mattress Overlay on top of that lumpy fold out bed? Ahhhhh…
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Travel Exercise and Fitness – Might as well just thank me now because you’ll be glad you had these go-anywhere Travel Weights, FitBALL Balance Disk and Travel Xertube Travel Kit on your holiday travels. Take some time to de-stress and work off that punkin’ pie with these great travel exercise products. We even have a handy travel yoga kit. No excuses!
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Recreation– Going on a campout, adventure trip or a long car ride? Don’t leave home without your All-terrain Baby Jogger, Portable Hot Tub, TRIKKE Roadster, Disposable Washcloths and TravelJohn Disposable Urinal.
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Travel Wheelchairs & Scooters – Just about anyone can go pretty much anywhere with one of these travel mobility scooters or lightweight transport wheelchairs. Don’t let a disability, weakness or injury confine you unnecessarily. Get going! Your independence is waiting for you.
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Diabetes Travel Aids – If you manage your diabetes with insulin, take a look at this these portable insulin cases for travel. You’ll also want to stock up on sterile insulin syringes (don’t forget the Safe-Clip). And for long distance travel, or even at home, you’d be smart to consider a Portable Leg Massager.
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Don’t Forget these Travel Goodies!
Travel Toiletries & OTC Medications
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Portable Shopping Carts
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Bon Voyage and safe travels this holiday season to all of our Allegro customers! We appreciate your business.
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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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
There are a lot of reasons you could become stranded on the road – running out of gas, a dead battery, a flat tire, getting stuck in the mud or snow, bad weather, losing your keys or mechanical failures to name a few.
If you do get stranded remember to stay calm, use your head and you’ll be fine. Rule of thumb – stay in your car and call for help.
Here are some tips on what to do in different circumstances:
If You’re Standed on an Interstate or Highway:
- Try to pull off to the shoulder or completely off the road.
- Use your cell phone to call the police or your vehicle’s roadside assistance and tell them you’re stranded.
- If it is nice out and traffic is light enough that you can safely exit the vehicle, get out and raise your hood and tie your emergency flag to a radio antenna or door handle (or hang it out the window). Put on your flashers and wait until help arrives. Some say you should wait outside and away from the car in case another vehicle strikes your car. I’m not so sure about that rule but I guess it depends on the situation.
- If you can’t get cell coverage, or you have no phone, assess whether to walk for help. There might be an emergency phone down the road or a gas station within walking distance but use extreme caution if walking near a busy roadway. Don’t attempt to cross a busy, multi-lane highway. If help is far away or the road is too busy, you should stay near your car.
- Don’t risk your life to change your tire on a busy road. You’re better off ruining your tire and rim driving to a nearby gas station.
If You’re Stranded in a Blizzard
- Stay inside your car so you don’t get lost or frostbitten.
- Put on your emergency hazard lights, call for help and wait until it arrives. If you can’t get cell service, you’ll most likely get help from a police officer patrolling the area.
- Put your emergency flag out on the antenna or window, or a bright colored piece of cloth.
- Run your heater for about 10 minutes per hour or every half hour if it is really, really cold.
- Remove the snow from your tailpipe occasionaly to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and crack a window if you have an old rusty car with a leaky exhaust system. It’s a good idea to keep one window cracked open anyway, so the freezing wind and wet snow don’t seal the vehicle.
- Clear heater vents – the grill under the windshield.
- Try not to sleep if the engine is running and you are alone.
- Move around every once in a while to keep the circulation going.
- To avoid frostbite, keep your skin covered when you get out of the car to clear the tailpipe and vents.
- When the storm passes, write “HELP” in large letters in the snow outside your car.
Hedge your bet against mechanical failures by Winterizing Your Car.
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If You’re Stranded in a Flood:
- Stay in your car (unless it is sinking) and wait for help.
- Open your car windows in case you need to climb out.
- Use your cell phone to call for help, turn on your hazard lights and hang a cloth or emergency flag out the window.
- If you have to get out of your car because it is sinking and the area is flooded, swim to a tree or something sturdy that you can hold onto.
Once you’ve taken the Steps to Winterize your Car, it is unlikely that you’ll experience a breakdown due to mechanical failure, but you never know what else might leave you stuck in your car. Millions of motorists are stranded each year because of bad weather, accidents, flat tires, getting stuck in the mud or snow, losing their keys and other unfortunate situations.
With a few basic items, though, you can not only survive, but be safe and comfortable while you wait to be rescued.
Basic Emergency Items
- Triple A (AAA) or other roadside assistance subscription & card
- Snowbrush and Ice Scraper
- Bag of Sand or kitty litter to help with traction on snow and ice
- Shovel for scraping snow away from the tires
- Winter clothes including a complete change of clothes, a scarf, hat, extra gloves and boots
- Duct Tape to fix a broken windshield, hold things together, pick up glass shards, mend hoses, serve as a gas cap, and a million other things
- Emergency Sign or brightly colored cloth to signal for help
- Bottled water to drink (or to use in cars that overheat or need battery water)
- And last but not least, a good book
Don’t go out in bad weather unless absolutely necessary and please know the weather report before you go out! A Winter Storm Watch means that winter storms are in your area. A Winter Storm Warnings means that storms are heading your way. A Blizzard Warning means all hell is about to break loose… er, i mean, strong winds and dangerous wind chills are expected.
Get your Emergency Car Kit together now. Be safe!
Here’s What to Do if You’re Stranded in your Car.
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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Thanks for buying all of your medical supplies and safety products from AllegroMedical.com. We appreciate your business a whole bunch.
Have a happy and safe holiday.
Holiday cheer can become a holiday nightmare if you are ill-prepared for the needs of your overnight guests.
For example, activities that we may take for granted – going up and down stairs, using the toilet, showering, getting in and out of bed, opening doors, etc. – can be difficult for older guests. The addition of a few simple, temporary items placed strategically throughout your home will ensure a safe and comfortable Christmas for everyone.
- Removable Suction Cup Grab Bars on the wall by the tub and toilet. If you get anything at all for the bathroom, I highly recommend that you get a couple of these. Instant ‘peace-of-mind’.
- Check the towel bar and soap dish in the shower to make sure they are secure.
- Pathlighter Safety Cane – A special cane that lights the way on stairways and walkways. Perfect for outings on cold winter nights.
- Smoke Alarms – Make sure you have them, and make sure they work. Sometimes you just need new batteries.
- A sturdy chair in the bedroom for dressing.
- A telephone in the bedroom that can be reached from the floor in case of a fall. How about an Amplified Telephone?
- Door Knob Extenders – Quickly and inexpensively convert regular door knobs into lever action handles. Arthritis sufferers will thank you.
- Non-skid backing on rugs – We don’t carry it, but it’s a good idea to get some.
- Water heater thromostat – Set it at 120 degrees F or lower to prevent accidental scalding.
- EZ Access Threshold Ramps – These are the most popular. Great for wheelchairs and walker users. Also for high indoor/outdoor entry-way thresholds.
- Light your outside steps and walkways.
- Check your handrails to ensure they are securely fastened.
- Travel Wheelchair – For events that require extra walking, this super lightweight wheelchair folds up and stores in the trunk or closet.
You see, it really doesn’t take much to make your home safe and secure for your elderly or special needs guests. Order today!
Here’s wishing you and all of your guests a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy holiday.
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