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There is no doubt that work can be stressful at times, and when you add urinary incontinence into the mix, that stress is multiplied significantly.  Coping with urinary incontinence in the workplace is not desirable, but the fact is that urinary incontinence is much more common than most people realize, affecting millions of people’s work performance every day.

Urinary incontinence happens to all sorts of people of any age, although it is more likely to occur to women.  Over a third of women are affected by urinary incontinence in the workplace1 which shows just how common this issue really is.  Thankfully, these days there are treatments and products that make discretion quite possible.  If you or a loved one are experiencing urinary incontinence at work, there are some steps that you can take to reduce embarrassment and discomfort.

The first step should be to have a candid discussion with any manager or supervisor to make sure that they are aware the condition.  Explain to them that the frequent bathroom breaks are in fact necessary and related to a medical condition.  It may help if you have a note from a physician, but most supervisors are likely to be sympathetic.  Although telling someone about incontinence issues can be difficult, in the long run, it will help to keep incontinence from affecting your work performance.

Next, you are going to want to make sure that you have the right supplies to manage the condition.  You should have multiple pairs of disposable undergarments available, which will protect your clothing and furniture from embarrassing stains and will allow you to clean up after an accident with ease and privacy.  Today’s disposable undergarments can be worn under clothing undetectably with no bunching or sounds when you walk or move.

In addition to using disposable undergarments, you may want to have absorbent incontinence pads on hand.  These are most commonly used under bed sheets, but they can also be used on car seats, in the office, or anywhere else where you need an extra layer of protection.  There are disposable options that can be easily rolled up and discarded, or you can use washable pads as well.

Incontinence issues in the workplace can be difficult and frustrating, but taking these simple steps will help to keep things under control.  Be sure to take frequent trips to the bathroom to keep your bladder empty, and avoid physical exertion whenever possible, as physical stress can cause accidents.

At AllegroMedical.com you can find the quality incontinence products that you require, at prices that you can afford.  For more than 15 years Allegro Medical has been committed to providing their customers with a vast inventory of medical supplies and equipment, including incontinence supplies that will help to keep your workday running smoothly.  Being proactive and taking steps to manage incontinence is the first step.

 

1 http://www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk/category/incontinence-pads-2

 

Other Source(s):

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-incontinence/DS00404/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

*** From: Patricia F. ***

I am a 52 years “young” woman who has rheumatoid arthritis(RA) and neurofibromatosis(NF). I am someone most would call very physically disabled because I need help with doing many things. My health problems started when I was 24 and needed surgery to remove a benign tumor (NF) from the base of my spine. Within a few months after the surgery my life of chronic pain began. It wasn’t long before I had to stop working and start seeing many different doctors in order to figure-out the right type of pain management for me. That took another 2-3 years total, during which time I had a brain aneurysm. Fortunately the outcome of that surgery was all positive; I had no complications what-so-ever.

By age 35 I was having problems with swelling, pain and stiffness primarily in my hands and feet. My family doctor referred me to a rheumatologist but it took almost 2 years for me to be diagnosed conclusively with RA. By then my hands had already started to change due to joint damage. Also, for some reason the doctors couldn’t explain, my body did not respond well to medications traditionally used to treat RA pain or those used to help fight the progression of damage to the joints. So my RA advanced rather quickly resulting in joint replacement surgeries in both hands and my cervical spine.

Now that I’ve given some of the highlights of my complicated health history I’ll try to summarize what I’ve learned along the way. First, disease does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about the age, color, education, faith or income of it’s victims. That being said, for all those so fortunate to be in good health, please consider giving some of your time to help someone who is sick or disabled. I understand that it’s not so easy these days because most people lead such busy lives it seems. But I’m a believer of when you bless others (especially with your time), and do so with sincerity, that blessing comes back to you.

For those who are sick or disabled and fortunate enough to have people in your life that truly do care about you and care for you, show appreciation to them instead of taking it for granted, being stubborn, prideful or simply not trying to get along. It’s hard to be around people who constantly act that way and I don’t believe anyone truly wants to be alone all of the time.

I must admit that it took awhile for me to adjust to all of the changes life had for me. I’ve been through all of the different emotions you can imagine. Today, thanks to a loving and patient support system of family and friends- especially my husband, I’m not only still here but enjoy my life and am very thankful for it. There was a time when I honestly couldn’t say that but as my faith grew so did my understanding and perspective.

Huge life lesson  . . .  as bad as you may think your situation is there are others out there who have it so much worse. So instead of continuing to think about what you don’t have or can’t do concentrate on what you do have and be thankful. It can change your life!

Patricia F

Share your story with the Allegro community, just email it to me at craigsdesk@allegromedical.com

Elderly incontinent patients in nursing homes are vulnerable to urinary tract infections (UTIs) and skin conditions.  The federal government and states have guidelines in place to ensure patients receive quality consistent personal care.  Government regulations require facilities to provide residents with a personal care routine that includes clean and dry skin from urine and feces.1   Facilities typically change a patient’s adult brief or adult diaper approximately every two hours to ensure compliance with personal care guidelines.  These frequent changes force facilities to consider cost over quality and comfort when selecting adult diapers or protective underwear.  Adult diapers have improved in absorbency and quality over the years.  Specialty fibers that are highly absorbent and unique cores that incorporate quick wick technology to pull moisture away from the body help foster healthy skin.  High quality incontinence products typically have a higher price tag.    Whether you are a caregiver in a nursing home, hospice facility or home setting AllegroMedical.com offers you value branded diapers to meet your patients’ incontinence needs.

 

StayDry Breathable Adult Briefs

Staydry Breathable Briefs made by McKesson are for heavy urinary incontinence and offer users comfort and superior leakage protection at an economical price by incorporating Sophisticated Sectioning System technology (S3).

  • Quick drying absorbent core pulls fluid into Blue StayDry Strip™ for improved skin health and odor control
  • Fecal target area locks up loose stool
  • Soft, ventilated panels allow skin to breath and heat to escape

McKesson’s Staydry Breathable Adult Diaper is well respected in the homecare community with a price per diaper of $.35-$.56 from AllegroMedical.com.

 

Tranquility ATN All-Through-the-Night Disposable Adult Diapers

Tranquility ATN (All-Through-the-Night) Disposable Adult Diapers provide maximum absorbency holding over 32 ounces of fluid.   According to the manufacturer at the core of the Tranquility ATN brief is the “Peach Mat Construction” which neutralizes urine and inhibits bacterial growth which helps to reduce UTI’s in incontinence patients.2 This patented construction promotes skin dryness and odor control all while providing uninterrupted sleep for your patients without jeopardizing skin health.  Tranquility ATN is a trusted premium adult brief with a price per diaper of $.73-$1.19 from AllegroMedical.com.

Fifty percent of nursing home residents in the U.S. are living with some form of  incontinence.  Urinary and fecal incontinence care in the elderly contributes to a significant portion of nursing home care dollars spent annually.3  Balancing your budget and skin health of residents is challenging.  AllegroMedical.com has been assisting homecare facilities with affordable quality medical supplies like incontinence products since 1997.

 

1    http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/NHRegs_by_State/California/CA%20Complete%20Regs.pdf

2   http://www.tranquilityproducts.com/medical_professionals/index.htm

3    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2492984/

 

 

 

 

If you or a loved one is in a wheelchair, you understand the need for storage on the go.  Having a safe, secure, and handy place to keep your keys, wallet, and other personal belongings is not just a matter of convenience but necessity.  Fortunately, a number of solutions and products are available that can be stylish as well as practical.

Allegro Medical has a large variety of ways for you to store your belongings.  Check out the Mobility Style Bag.  It can hang on the back or the side of your chair.

 

Mobility Style Bag

 

It is fully lined with plenty of pockets inside as well as four pockets on the outside.  It has a key ring inside to secure your car and house keys and is available in nine colors.

 

 

Another favorite is the Seat Pouch.  It goes right under your seat and between your legs for convenience and safety. This straps right onto your leg rests and is big enough to carry a large wallet and cell phone.Seat Pouch

 

Quickie BackPack

The Quickie Backpack can carry a large amount of your stuff and fits on the back of most chairs.

 

 

 

 

We also have specialized bags like the Oxygen Cylinder Holder, that fit right on

O2 Holder

the back of the chair and safely carries your oxygen with you.

 

Beverage Holder

 

Don’t forget your beverage!  The Ableware Wheelchair Cup Holder clamps onto any wheelchair and will hold a glass, can, or bottle.

 

 

Since 1997, Allegro Medical has provided home health and wellness supplies, equipment, and aids for daily living at reasonable prices. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all your wheelchair accessories and medical supplies.

Although there is no definitive diet for diabetes, there are certain foods that should be avoided and other super-foods that can be sought out that will help the body to work more efficiently, while also keeping blood sugar levels in check.  A person with diabetes does not necessarily need to feel restricted in what they eat, although it is certainly a good idea to maintain healthy eating habits.1

 

When it comes to monitoring and maintaining blood sugar levels, it is important to consider carbohydrates most prominently.  Out of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, it is the carbs that will play the most important role, although the others should not be ignored.  Remember that every single person is different, so it may be worth speaking to a dietician or other healthcare provider.  These are some general rules of thumb that will help you to maintain a healthier lifestyle that will help you to manage diabetes better.

 

A person with diabetes should strive to maintain the ABCs of diabetes.  A stands for the A1c test which measures the average blood sugar levels over a quarter of a year.  This helps to provide an accurate generalization of how well the diabetes is being managed, and also provides insight as to what changes should be made.  B stands for the blood pressure, and C for cholesterol.2  By taking steps to keep these three aspects of health at their appropriate levels, a person can often keep symptoms at bay.

 

A person with diabetes will usually not have any exceptional dietary restrictions, although it is certainly important to speak to a doctor about eating habits.  Some people may have dietary restrictions, but there are no specific diets for diabetes.3 For this reason, it is usually most appropriate to simply strive for a healthy diet the same as anyone without diabetes would.

 

Some basic tips for maintaining a diet that promotes healthy living with diabetes are to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and to avoid starchy vegetables, sticking with veggies like carrots, broccoli, spinach, and other greens.  Eat lean meats whenever possible and try to incorporate fish into the meal plan 2-3 times a week.  Vegetarians can get protein by eating beans, nuts, tofu, tempeh, seitan, quinoa, and even just by taking protein supplements.4

 

Of course, when it comes to healthy eating, it is not just about what you eat; it is about what you don’t eat.  Avoid sweetened drinks whenever possible, in favor of water, unsweetened tea, coffee, or calorie-free diet soft drinks when necessary.  Avoid solid fats whenever possible.  Using liquid oils for cooking is ideal for avoiding trans fats and saturated fats which can worsen diabetes.5 In general, eating unprocessed, low-fat, and low-sugar foods can make a difference.

 

Although coping with diabetes can have its share of struggles, it is still possible to enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.  Eating balanced, healthy meals is one of the simplest ways to achieve overall wellness.

 

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your diabetic supplies and other home health and wellness products.

 

(1) – http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/diabetes-diet-healthy-diet-basics

(2) – http://ndep.nih.gov/i-have-diabetes/KnowYourABCs.aspx

(3) – http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/expert-qa/dietary-restrictions/

(4) – http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm

(5) – http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices.html

Urinary incontinence is a relatively common issue that affects people of all ages on a regular basis.  There are plenty of products that help to keep this issue private and discreet, but it can still cause disruptions in a person’s day-to-day life.  Urinary incontinence is almost always the symptom of an underlying issue, so it is very important that those who have frequent accidents seek out medical evaluation.

 

While it may not always be possible to stop incontinence altogether, there are steps that can be taken that will help to reduce the frequency and severity of it.  Knowing the most common triggers of urinary incontinence can help you to make lifestyle changes that may help.  You should never take drastic steps before speaking to a healthcare professional, but knowing what can cause urinary incontinence may help you to get some sort of grasp on why this is happening.

 

Before panicking about an accident, keep in mind that urinary incontinence can be caused by everyday habits, not just because of a disease.1  Whenever health is of concern, it is important to remain calm until a professional diagnosis has been made.  Stress can cause or worsen many common health problems, so avoiding it is essential.2

 

There are certain foods, drinks, and medications that can cause incontinence, or make it occur more frequently.  Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and other diuretics is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep incontinence to a minimum.  Not only do these beverages increase the need to urinate, they can also aggravate the bladder.3

 

There are some drugs and medications that have been linked to incontinence as well.  If you have recently started a new prescription, this could be a very common cause of urinary incontinence.  Some common drugs that have caused urinary problems in the past are high blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, and sleeping pills.4

 

There are other medical conditions that can cause incontinence such as a urinary tract infection.  This is an easily treatable problem and is actually quite common.  Incontinence can also be caused by natural aging such as prostate issues in men, childbirth in women, neurological disorders, bladder problems, and more.5  The bottom line is that every single person should seek an individual evaluation as there is usually no way to fully determine what is causing incontinence without visiting a professional.

 

Although there is a vast range of causes and triggers of urinary incontinence, there are also a large variety of products that help people to cope with it on a daily basis.  Whether temporary or permanent, nobody wants to experience embarrassing accidents and can take preemptive measures which include buying adult undergarments, bed pads, and other protective accessories.

 

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.

 

(1) – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-incontinence/DS00404/DSECTION=causes

(2) – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/SR00001

(3) – http://www.livestrong.com/article/525682-can-coffee-irritate-the-bladder/

(4) – http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/4-medications-that-cause-or-worsen-incontinence

(5) – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-incontinence/DS00404/DSECTION=causes

It takes a lot to run a successful home care business in today’s environment of shrinking reimbursements, rising product costs and  increased competition. You have to be an expert at patient care, finances, leadership, sales and marketing and much more just to keep pace. So much of any type of marketing nowadays, involves understanding online search and social media, which includes familiar names like Google, Yelp and Facebook. Many businesses make common mistakes when it comes to online marketing. Here are 5 simple tips to help grow your home care business online.

1) Put your phone number in a prominent place on your website – starting with your home page

Digital media specialists vSplash estimate that nearly half of small to medium size business websites fail to display their phone number on their website home page. Customers seeking information about your business may want to simply pick up the phone after finding your website and learn more about you, schedule an appointment or just see if someone picks up the phone. Along the same line, display an email address or “contact us” form. Also found by vSplash, 9 out of 10 websites failed to display an email address or contact form. While some customers may wish to reach out to your business over the phone, others will prefer a digital mode and would rather type out an email.

 

2) Increase your Google Page Rank to Show Up in Search Results

26% of local businesses do not show up in Google search results because their sites do not have a Google page rank. This means that Google is unaware that your website exists. Page rank is a ranking system developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergi Brinn. To increase your page rank, you need to convince other websites to link to your website. When another site links to your site, it passes some of its page rank to your website. The more popular the site linking to your website, the more page rank passed to your site. The first step in showing up in Google is getting other sites to link back to your site. Look for local resource websites for senior care; email them with your business information and ask them to link to your website. Or, host an event at your facility or someplace locally and submit a press release to the local news stations. Include a link to your website where you provide more information about the event. They will likely publish the information on their websites, linking back to your site to provide their audience more information. Voilà – you have just created back links to your site.

 

3) Stake your claim on Yelp.com

Yelp.com is an online resource that features business information and reviews and is used by millions each month. It’s likely that you already have a business listing on Yelp.com but in order to take advantage of their site you must “claim” your business. After some validation, you will be able to add additional information about your business making it more likely to show up in local search results on Google. According to Yelp, a business that claims it’s listing averages more than $8,000 in revenue per year over non-claimed businesses.

 

4) Facebook.com/your-business-here

Create a Facebook page for your home care business. With over 1 billion users, it’s highly likely that your potential customers use Facebook and may make their decision whether or not to use your services based on what they see on your Facebook page. Take the time to create a Facebook page for your business; add an “about us” page, your logo, contact information, a link to your website and a profile pic to represent your business. Once created, post something daily to keep your audience engaged

 

5) Blog, blog, blog

Create a blog for your business; share your experience and knowledge. Blogs are easy to create and make a great way to publish relevant and interesting information to engage your potential customers. Post informative, helpful information on a regular basis. Be creative and think of topics your audience would want to read. Think about family members considering options for home care vs. skilled nursing; or, senior care homes vs. home care. There are benefits to almost any scenario. Write in an objective way that supports your view. Here’s your first writing assignment: “3 Mistakes People Make Selecting a Homecare Company”.
While the battle ground may be smaller, the war rages on at a local level, to capture the interest and attention of potential home care customers. Armed with knowledge and the right tools, your business can rise above all others and thrive in even the most competitive markets.
Allegro Medical has been selling medical supplies and home health care products online since 1997. Although much has changed since then, many online marketing fundamentals have remained the same. Start with these 5 tips and you are building a solid base that will act as the foundation for more advanced online marketing techniques.
“More than One-Quarter of SMB Websites Cannot Be Found in Online Searches” vSplash’s SMB DigitalScape.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/vSplash/SMBDigitalScape/prweb10488495.htm

 

“Facebook Tops Billion-User Mark”. The Wall Street Journal (New York). October 4, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.

With summer in full swing, more people take advantage of the warm temperatures and increasing their physical activity. Whether running/walking, gardening, or even taking the family on a picnic, the last thing anyone needs are sore knees.

The source of pain can be related to arthritis, tendinitis, a sprain, or even bursitis to name a few reasons. Luckily, there are steps to take at home to decrease the discomfort. A few of these include1

    1. Avoid any weight bearing activities that could heighten the pain.
    2. Apply ice! Ice helps to reduce any swelling or inflammation by restricting blood vessels. This directly decreases the amount of fluid flowing into the injured tissues.
    3. Elevate- Keeping the knee propped up on the couch or a stool can help bring swelling down.
    4. Warm up- especially if your knee pain is sports related. It is also important to avoid downhills or running down stairs which increases the amount of weight/pressure applied to the knee.
    5. Make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes that are not only comfortable but provide enough support.
    6. Wear a knee band or another similar strap for support.ColPac

 

AllegroMedical.com carries a variety of icepacks and knee supports as well. A quality inexpensive pack is the Black Polyurethane ColPac. These cold packs range anywhere from 6.5”x11” in size all the way up to 12.5” x 18.5”.

After chilling for two hours, these packs will stay cold for up to 30 minutes. Always remember to place a barrier between your skin and the cold pack to prevent a burn.

Kneed-It XM Magnetic Therapeutic Knee Band

 

If using ice or cold isn’t something you are too keen on, there are many soft goods available. One of the top selling knee bands is the Kneed-IT XM Magnetic Therapeutic Knee Band. With two strategically placed magnets, the support system works to gently absorb force at the knee. The magnets place subtle pressure along the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) soft tissues of the knee. One customer said “it is the most supportive knee brace I have ever worn” and would recommend it to a friend.

Be sure to check out all of Allegro Medical’s knee and cold therapy products.  Remember, it is important to follow up with your primary care physician to evaluate the source of pain. They may also be able to prescribe an exercise or physical therapy program to further reduce the pain.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your pain relief and other health and wellness supplies.

1“Knee Pain.” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 July 2013. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003187.htm>.

 

 

One of the top selling items on AllegroMedical.com is the Magic Bullet Suppository. Many similar products out on the market are oil based, but the Magic Bullet is a water soluble bisacodyl made from Polyethylene Glycol. This seemingly minor yet important change in the product makeup has a significant impact on bowel stimulation.  Anyone who has ever had to use laxatives, especially those with spinal cord injuries (SPI), knows that time is of the essence.

Magic Bullet.jpgHere is the science:  The oil in an oil-based laxative must melt before the bisacodyl can start working. In a water-based product, like the Magic Bullet, the laxative begins working within minutes. The medicine is activated by the body’s own moisture shortly after the product is inserted.

The chemical makeup of bisacodyl consists of 3 benzene rings with hydroxyl groups. Therefore, it has been suggested these rings allow a water soluble laxative to achieve quicker dispersion and greater potency of the medicine on moist mucosal membranes1.

When administered rectally in a water based solution, bisacodyl acts within three minutes to stimulate bowels. Oil based solutions often require an extended waiting period to begin working and can cause mucous irritation1.

In a clinical study comparing the oil based products to the water based product, the following findings were reported1:

  • In 26 discrete subjects, those with the water based product reported an average activation period between of 10-16 minutes while those with the oil based reported 37- 43 minutes.

Still not convinced? Check out our customer reviews. Most have been using the Magic Bullet for years, rave how fast it works, and would recommend this product to a friend.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your laxative, suppository, and other health and wellness supplies.

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The Drive Winnie Wagon is capable of toting 10 times as many hot dogs and fireworks for Independence Day rabble-rousers as large-pocket cargo pants.

Americans turn out in droves to consume close to 1 billion pounds of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, steak and more over the 4th of July holiday. While busy charring to perfection such culinary delights, another 25 million pounds of fireworks will be purchased and detonated by professionals as well as finger-risking DIYers.

“All this carting and toting puts a tremendous burden on the average rabble-rouser”, says Craig Hood, Founder of AllegroMedical.com. According to Hood, the average person can carry 10 times as many hot dogs and fireworks using a folding shopping cart as opposed to just using your hands or large-pocket cargo pants.

For a limited time, AllegroMedical.com is offering the Drive Winnie Wagon, an outstanding folding shopping cart, well suited for carrying anything from fireworks and hot dogs to laundry and aluminum cans, for $29.99, a discount of $30 off the suggested list price. This special price ends Monday, July 7th.

For more information on the Drive Winnie Wagon Folding Shopping Cart visit: AllegroMedical.com.

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Established in 1996, AllegroMedical.com was the first online medical supply superstore. Today, Allegro Medical offers discount prices on over 30,000 medical supplies, home healthcare products, incontinence products, wound care supplies, diabetic supplies and much more.

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and National Hot Dog & Sausage Council

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