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Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton

Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap Being confined to bed can be tough on both the patient and the caregiver.  The good news is that there are bedridden aids that make daily care much easier on everyone.

Whether it’s a long-term illness,  short-term bed rest or post-surgery recovery – we recommend these essential products for the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Best Products for

Bed or Chair Confinement

Bedpads and UnderpadsMachine washable and dry-able, reusable bed pads 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.

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No-Rinse Cleansing Products – These products will clean all your parts with no rinsing required.  A must for any lengthy bed stay. You’ll be squeaky clean head to toe, without the mess of bed baths.

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

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UpEasy Lifting Cushion - UpLift Seat Assist Seat Assists and Lift Chairs – When standing is too hard on your own, these uplifting cushions and chairs will help you onto your feet and save energy for both you and your caregiver.

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Bed Wedge - 3 size/angle options available Pillows & Bed Wedges – Elevate your upper body or legs to whatever position is best for your recovery, better sleep or comfort.

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

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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’.

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Transfer Boards and Discs – 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.

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

I remember my mom and dad dumping buckets of water into the big humidifier in our living room each winter in Nebraska. I loved the warm moist mist that steamed from it, making the hot dry air pumped out by the furnace a little easier to breathe. I never really thought about it until I moved out of the house and started missing that “moist air feeling” in my own home. I’ve had a humidifier ever since.

The air in your house in the winter, no matter how temperate the climate, can get very dry. It happens right about when the heater starts clicking on. That’s when the humidifier comes out.  Experts say that you should keep the indoor relative humidity (water vapor in the air) at between 35% and 55%. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels.  It works like a thermometer.

Why Do You Need a Humidifier?

* Your Health:   Low humidity dries your skin, causes nasal situations and makes your eyes itchy.  Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms (check with your doc first).  The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other medical organizations, recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections.   Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.

* Lower Utility Costs: You will feel warmer at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter.

* Your Furniture, Art and Instruments: Dry air can ruin your wood floors, wood furniture, piano, guitar and artwork.

Your Electronics:  Dry air causes static electricity.  Sometimes funny, sometimes just a pain, but these “zaps” can wipe out computers and electronics.

What kind of humidifer do you need?  Read Humidifier Types & Tips.

If you have a portable humidifer, are you keeping it clean or Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?

If you are caring for someone with incontinence issues, we understand how difficult it can be to know which adult incontinence products to choose for each situation.   This buyers guide, provided by our friends at TENA, can be used by caregivers to understand each type of adult incontinence product and how they work best.

Caregivers Guide to Incontinence Products

 

Pull Up Briefs – Protective Underwear

Description:  Protective underwear are full fitted briefs that pull on and take the place of regular undergarments.

Best for:

  • People unable to manage their own incontinence
  • People who are ambulatory or able to bear weight
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence

Not so good for: Changing in bed

Pad Inserts – Pads & Shields

Description: Pads are designed to fit inside regular underwear to absorb accidental leakage.  May have adhesive strip to adhere to undergarment.

Best for: Added absorbency inside regular undergarments or inside pull up briefs.  This limits embarrassment when accidents occur.

Not so good for:

  • Complete bladder incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence

Belted Undergarments

Description: Sized between a pad insert and a full brief, these are designed to replace regular undergarments.  An elastic band with buttons or other type of attachment device connects to button holes in the brief.

Best for:

  • Occasional accidents
  • Changing in bed
  • Frequent changes without having to remove all clothing

Not so good for:

  • Bowel incontinence
  • Quick changes

Taped Pads – Adult Diapers

Description: Looks much like a diaper, also known as Adult Briefs.  Tape tabs adhere on each side to secure the garment around the individual.

Best for:

  • Use instead of regular undergarments
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Changing in bed

Not so good for: Changing when standing

Overnight Pads and Adult Nigthtime Diapers:

Description:  These may be in the form of fitted brief or taped brief, but have added absorbency to reduce changes and leakage through the night.  Most are also designed to wick moisture away from the skin to prevent skin breakdown.

Best for:

  • Overnight use when getting up or changing is not possible
  • Use instead of regular undergarments for someone difficult to change or transfer
  • For someone who is bedridden

Not so good for: Someone who may get frustrated and pull the garment off and/or apart. (There may be little  absorbency balls in the garment that spread if the cloth is ripped.)

Bed Pads and Underpads

Reusable Chair and Bed Pads: Washable pads with a water repellent fabric on one side and absorption layers on the other side.

Best for:

  • Placing on seats and furniture to protect against leakage
  • Placing underneath a person in bed to protect mattress against leakage.
  • Use as a draw sheet to move someone in bed

Not so good for:

  • Use when leakage occurs frequently unless extras are readily available
  • Use when laundry is not able to be done frequently

Disposable Chair and Bed Underpads: Often referred to as Chux pads – these are designed with a plastic backing on one side and absorbency layers on the other side.

Best for:

  • Placing on car seats and furniture to protect against leakage
  • Placing underneath a person in bed to protect mattress against leaking

Not so good for:

  • The environment
  • Using as a draw sheet to move someone in bed

I hope this guide helps you avoid the overwhelming feeling of choosing the perfect incontinence product.  Please let us know if you would like us to carry a product that you don’t see.

Shop all incontinence products in our Incontinence Products Category or Incontinence Condition Category

foot careIt’s nearly time to get your toes out!  Anytime is a good time for proper foot care, but nothing screams HEALTHY louder than a pair of well-groomed feet sporting summer sandals. 

Pretty feet may be born, but they go south quickly without attention.  And even if you’re not the sandal type, you’ll feel better year-round if your feet are clean, smooth and pain-free. 

Routine pedicures are key.  A small investment in at-home pedicure products saves money and allows personal pampering on your schedule.  And don’t forget between-pedi care.  A nightly slathering of foot cream is both refreshing and therapeutic.  Get started on your path to beautiful feet today!  Gentlemen, this means you too. 

First, get comfy in a 100% Bamboo Robe and lay out your Terry or Waffle Weave Slippers.

At-Home Pedicure Products

Massaging Foot Jet Spa Conair Massaging Foot Jet Spa

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FungaSoapFungaSoap

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Dual Action Foot File – Prefer to file while you shower? Try the

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SpaSensials Hand & Foot Therapy Systems SpaSensials Hand & Foot Spa Treatments

Deep Healing Foot Cream

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Mentor Self-Cath Soft Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter

Urinary catheter users, we know how important it is that you find a catheter that suits you perfectly. That’s why we carry every major brand and type of catheter, plus the latest in urological supplies.

Allegro customers use words like fast, freedom, safe, lightweight, sterile, critical to preventing recurrent UTI’s, disposable, visible, smooth and durable to describe our #1 selling intermittent catheter for self-catheterization.

With reviews like that, it’s no wonder it’s so popular! 

Top 10 Catheters

Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter – Read Reviews

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Coloplast Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter Coloplast Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter – Read Reviews

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Coloplast Self-Cath Soft Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter Coloplast Self-Cath Soft Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter – Read Reviews

Shop all Soft Intermittent Catheters

WideBand Male External Catheters WideBand Male External Catheters – Read Reviews

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Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter - Female Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter – Female – Read Reviews

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UltraFlex Self-Adhering Male External Catheter UltraFlex Self-Adhering Male External Catheter – Read Reviews

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DOVER Rob-Nel Intermittent Catheters - 100% LATEX-FREE DOVER Rob-Nel Intermittent Catheter – 100% Latex-Free – Read Reviews

Shop all Dover Brand

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BARDIA Silicone-Coated Latex 2-way Foley Catheter with 5cc Balloon BARDIA Silicone-Coated Latex 2-Way Foley Catheter with 5cc Balloon – Read Reviews

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Shop all Bardia Brand Foley Catheters

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Freedom Clear LS External Catheter Freedom Clear LS External Catheter – Read Reviews

Shop all Freedom Clear Brand External Catheters

Shop all Mentor-Coloplast External Catheters

Hydrophilic Personal Intermittent Catheter Hydrophilic Personal Intermittent Catheter – Read Reviews

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Shop all Rochester Medical Intermittent Catheters

More Catheters and Urinary Supplies

Shop all AllegroMedical.com.  Thanks for being an Allegro Medical customer.  We appreciate your business!

p.s.  If you use a catheter that we don’t carry, please let us know by replying to this post.  Thank you!

Duocal Powder - 400g Proper nutrition isn’t always easy to maintain, even if you are eatin’ your greens.  But it is more important than you might imagine when it comes to feeling energized and focused. 

Kids and adults alike – especially those with dietary restrictions, illness, disease, high stress or activity levels or just plain busy lives – often need to supplement or completely rely on nutritional drinks to fulfill their daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, protein and calories.

Allegro has long been a source of the most popular dietary supplements for adult and child nutrition.  Can we help you or your loved ones and patients maintain healthy nutrition?

Most Popular Dietary Supplements

Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink

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MET-Rx ProteinPlus Protein Bars - Chocolate Fudge MET-Rx ProteinPlus Protein Bars – Chocolate Fudge

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Carnation Instant Breakfast - Lactose Free Plus Carnation Instant Breakfast – Lactose Free Plus

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Nutren 2.0 Nutren 2.0

Shop all Nutren Dietary Supplements

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Pregestimil Lipil Powdered Infant Formula - 1 lb Can Pregestimil Lipil Powdered Infant Formula

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TwoCal HN - 8 oz cans TwoCal HN

Shop all Abbott Nutrition

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UltraMet Original - Low-Carbohydrate Meal Replacement UtraMet Original – Low Carb Meal Replacement

Shop all Champion Nutrition

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Designer Whey Protein Supplement Designer Whey Protein Supplement

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Mass Cycle - Extreme Bulking Agent Mass Cycle – Extreme Bulking Agent

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Only One - Probiotic Multivitamin Tablets Only One – Probiotic Multivitamin Tabs

Shop all New Chapter Organics

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Designer Whey The Biggest Loser Protein Powder Designer Whey – The Biggest Loser Protein Powder

Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner

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Scandishake Scandishake 600 Calorie Weight Gainer

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Simply Thick Honey Beverage Thickener - 4oz Packets Simply Thick Honey Beverage Thickener

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Measuring your progress is the best way to stay on track whether you’re reducing body fat, tracking your cholesterol, testing your eyesight or monitoring your heart rate.  AllegroMedical.com has a fantastic selection of the latest diagnostic products for home or professional use.

Ekho TWO Pedometer Have you ever wanted to know how many steps you take during the day? Clip a pedometer to your belt loop and find out!  It’s a great motivator, especially if you get one that tells you how many calories you burned. Following a low-carb regimen? Keep your fat metabolism in check with ketone test strips.

 CholesTrak Home Cholesterol Test Kits Shop all  Home Test Kits including drug tests, blood alcohol tests and cholesterol checks.  Diabetics, find all of your Glucose Meters and Test Strips in our Diabetic Supplies category.

Some of the neatest gadgets on the market are the body fat analyzers and body composition scales. You just hold them, or stand on them and they send a harmless beam through you to see how much fat you have in there. Some of them even calculate your water and muscle percentages too. 

Shop all  Body Fat Analyzers and Scales

In addition to the wide selection of blood pressure monitors and thermometers to track your health, we also have some cool techno ways to monitor your heart rate during exercise… I wear one to make sure I’m staying within a good heart rate zone while I’m hiking or doing cardio.

Ekho FiT-9 Women's Heart Rate Monitor  Shop all Heart Rate Monitors

Professionals, check out our great deals on diagnostic tools such as:

And if you’re wondering what else you can possibly monitor, shop All Diagnostic Products.  Happy shopping!

GenuTrain Knee Brace We’re here to support you!  After all, support for your body parts can be just as important as any other type, especially when you are in pain. 

Allegro is well-known for its great prices and wide selection of pain reducing orthotic splints, braces, slings and supports.  We’ve helped support thousands of customers suffering from sprains, sports injuries, post-surgery, fibromyalgia, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, golf elbow, knee pain, back pain – you name it.

Foot and Ankle Supports

 

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Shop by Condition: Ankle Pain, Foot Pain, Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis and Shin Splints

Back and Abdominal Supports

 

 Shop all Back/Abdominal and Hip Orthotics

Shop by Condition: Back Pain, Hip Replacement

Hand and Wrist Supports

 

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Shop all Wrist Braces

Shop by Condition:  Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel, Cerebral Palsy

Knee Braces

 

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Shop by Condition: Knee Pain, Knee Replacement

Elbow Supports

 

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Shop by Condition:  Tennis Elbow (Golfer’s Elbow)

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AllergiesThinking about moving to Arizona to avoid nasal allergies? Think again, my friend. Allergens are everywhere.  Pollen, dust, animal dander, mold – all seemingly harmless until your body mistakes them for something sinister, like bacteria or a virus.  Next thing you know, bam!  You’re a red-eyed sneeze monster. 

Many people have seasonal allergic reactions to airborne pollens, grass and weeds. If you’re really unlucky, you’re stuck managing year-round with indoor allergens like animal dander, dust mites and mold. 

You don’t have to suffer!  Most people with typical allergies manage with Over-the-Counter (OTC) medicine.  There are plenty of affordable generic allergy products, with the same active ingredients as the name brands.  They can reduce or eliminate the allergic response and help you get through the seasons with minimal discomfort.

Most Popular Allergy Relief Products

Geri-Dryl Allergy Liquid 16 oz - Compares to Benadryl Allergy Liquid Allergy Medications – Nip allergies in the bud with these allergy relief  tabs and liquids, name brand or super value generic brands – your choice.  For alcohol-free, sugar-free allergy congestion relief, try Expectorant Liquid Diabetic Tussin.

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Nasal Strips Nasal Strips – Open up those nasal passages so you can breath! Sleep better and perhaps even quiet those snores. 

Multi-Tech XJ-3000C HEPA & Ionic Air Purifier Air Purifiers – Indoor allergy sufferers rejoice! HEPA and Ionic Air Purifiers remove bacteria, mold, dust mites and other allergens from the air.  Some remove nearly 100% of all toxins. Eureka!

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Asthma? Check out our Breathing Therapy Products

SonicAire Cool Mist Humidifier and Air Purifier Humidifiers – Humidifiers are great in certain climates, for every day use.  They come in sizes small enough for your office, bedroom or entire house!  Some cool, some warm.  All great! Some of them have built-in ionizers that clean the air as well.

Read Do You Need a Humidifier?

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Read Humidifier Types and Tips

Allergy Control Bed Pillow - Standard Size Allergy Control Pillows – Hedge your bet against allergies with a hypoallergenic bed pillow.

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The Snore Wizard Snoring Treatments – Anti-snore devices can be an easy solution to endless nights of disruptive sleep, but not every product works for every person.  We see that by the individual reviews.  They either work or they don’t depending on how you sleep, your size, the size of your mouth, teeth… it goes on.  The alternatives to these low cost devices, however, can be even more daunting than trying them out.   

Shop by Condition: Allergies, Nasal

More Allergy Blog Posts:

Yo Sneezy! Stop Tromping through the Forest

Allergy Relief Begins at Home

Here’s to a sneeze-free allergy season! Thanks, as always, for doing business with Allegro Medical.  We appreciate you.

Tek Pal - Large Button TV Remote Control 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 AZ-1 Portable Automotive Hand Control System

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Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System

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UpEasy Lifting Cushion - UpLift Seat Assist UpEasy Lifting Cushion – UpLift Seat Assist

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Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar Security Pole and Curved Grab Bar

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Shop all Grab Bars

Big Lamp Switch Big Lamp Switch

Shop for Daily Living Aids for Around the House

Shop by Condition: Arthritis

Aluminum Reacher with Magnetic Tip Aluminum Reacher with Magnetic Tip

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Mealtime ProtectorMealtime Protector

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Deluxe Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid Deluxe Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid

Shop all Hip Replacement Surgery Aids

Deluxe Height Adjustable Overbed Table Non-Tilt Deluxe Height Adjustable Overbed Table Non-Tilt

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Combination Button Aid/Zipper Pull 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.

Shop Daily Living Aids anytime! Simply click on the Shop by Category tab on the home page of AllegroMedical.com

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