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  • How Aids for Daily Living Can Help Make Life Easier

    Are you or a loved one in need of aids for daily living in Philadelphia or the surrounding areas? At AbleMart, all of our products are meant to increase overall independence and help make life easier for those who have a disability, the elderly and their care givers. Here are just a few of our favorite aids for daily living and what they can do to help you or your loved one.

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    Around the House Products
    These aids for daily living help with many of the most common of activities. From lounging to ironing, reading or playing cards, our over 40 around the house products are here to help. Even the smallest of items can help someone complete tasks they may not otherwise be able to do. We carry a wide selection of around the house aids for daily living from foot lifters, organizers, reading lights, bed lounges, iron shields, free-hand paper holders and more!

    Bathroom Products
    Our goal is to make life easier for every single one of our customers. Having the ability to access and move around the bathroom is an important part of independent living. So, that’s why many of our aids for daily living deal with this very aspect of everyday life. When you shop our site you will find many items for the bathroom from shower chairs and commode chairs, scrub brushes, transfer benches, toothbrush holders and more.

    Kitchen & Dining Products
    Cooking and baking is not only an essential activity to daily life, it can also be one of the most enjoyable. But, when you have mobility issues, these activities can become less pleasurable. At AbleMart, we sell aids for daily living specifically designed to be more easily squeezed and utilized, making cooking a fun and fantastic experience again. From utensils to tongs, beverage openers, garlic presses, measuring cups, aprons and more, our kitchen and dining products are sure to make meal time that much easier. Other aids for daily living like lid grabbers can help you or your loved one open jar lids, the list goes on and on!

    Gardening Products
    Gardening can be such a pleasurable relief of daily stresses and there is no need to stop tending the garden if you or a loved one is having mobility issues. That’s why we sell a variety of gardening tools and aids for daily living like tools that have ergonomic handles that make tending to plants flowers and trees much easier. From shovels, snips for floral cutting, weeders, long reach tools and more, you are sure to find something to cultivate your loved one’s joy of gardening.

    Are you interested in aids for daily living in Philadelphia and surrounding areas? If so, call AbleMart at 1-844-346-2253 or you can Contact Us.

  • May Independent Living Products Save the Days

    As we all age getting around in every possible way becomes a little bit more difficult. The situation varies from person to person—old nagging injuries can wreak havoc on a hip for one person while the general degradation of our bodies can serve as a means needing a walker for another.

    In light of the differences faced by individuals, there are some general guidelines that can be applied across the board in the unending effort to help a loved one live a more independent life as they age. Independent living products go a long way in preventing the accidental fall, the inadvertent burn of an oven-prepped food item, or difficulty in cutting construction paper for crafty moments with the grandkids. So, how does one get the ball rolling when it comes to helping out a loved one in need of such products? Take a look at some of the tips below to get things moving in helping your aged loved ones get around free of worry.

    Meet with your particular loved one in need, inviting anyone else who is involved in their care or general oversight. Clearly state the expectations and intent, make sure that all are on the same page, identifying the general concerns that are easy to spot. Do not hold back but be forward in the approach, illustrating the wants and needs, and making sure all voices are heard.

    Once a general outline is set up, look at your loved one's home to assess current and future needs. Many independent living products such as shower and toilet seats, grab bars, no-slip mats and rugs do indeed make life easier and do as they are expected. If you want to know the full gamut of what is out there, you may browse our bounty of independent living products or even track down any number of governmental organizations and/or private companies that can help here as well. There are occupational therapists also that can pay a visit to recommend independent living products and other ways to make your loved one's home safer and easier to navigate.

    Implement the plan for everyday use. Make part of the plan activities that match the mood and/or general interests of your loved ones as detailed per time of day. If your loved one likes to sleep in and stay up late, set up activities that involve getting outside to enjoy hobbies or cooking. AbleMart carries plenty of independent living products that can make these activities easier and more enjoyable.

    The overall scope of the plan needs to consist also of making sure that your loved one's practical needs are met. If they are unable to drive legally, what options are out there as far as transportation goes? What is your loved one capable of domestically? Any chores or housekeeping tasks that they can handle without difficulty? We also carry several independent living products that can make transportation and household tasks easier.

    If you would like to learn more about our independent living products, browse our selection, call us toll-free at 844-346-2253 or you can Contact Us.

  • May Kitchen Safety Bring Holiday Cheer

    The kitchen is filled with myriad ways to potentially injure yourself, if you find yourself having difficulty getting around in general. With the holidays rapidly approaching, there are a number of steps that can be taken (or products that can be pursued) to make life easier, boosting kitchen safety in your Allentown area home. It may be within your interest to look into adding some products that will help enhance the lives of loved ones in need, as well as make some adjustments. So, if you have mobility issues or you just need some extra help around the house, there are plenty of assistive devices and products available from AbleMart that will give you the added help you seek to make life easier. Take a look at some of the tips that will help improve kitchen safety in your home this holiday season, below.

    Be mindful of the potential that throw rugs can cause someone with ambulatory issues. A throw rug without some sort of slip guard underneath it offers huge potential for slipping. Non-slip pads can make the difference between injury or none. They are worth the investment, even for those not experiencing issues in getting around. If kids will be in the home around the holidays, they too, in more rambunctious moments can go flying with a loose-laid rug.

    Kitchen Safety in AllentownAre electrical cords or other items that get in the way in your path? Do any cords lie across a counter to create a potential fire hazard? If so, put these bits of cordage on lockdown—cover them, attach them to the wall, etc. On this end also, should flammable liquids be found in the kitchen, store them elsewhere, like in your garage or shed. These are all items that should be kept out of the reach of kids anyway, do the right thing here.

    If you store medications in your kitchen, think about moving them to your bathroom or bedroom. Holiday season here, should you be entertaining family, you will want to ensure that these medications are kept out of the reach of small children.

    Set up the equivalent of a night light in your kitchen. You may simply keep a light always on there or find any number of the many that are on the market today for this purpose. Motion sensor or overhead lights that kick on when you enter or turn off the standard kitchen light do indeed exist and can be a useful tool to enhance kitchen safety.

    The utensils and other kitchen items in your home are likely of a standard variety. Have you thought about going in a more ergonomic direction? Many kitchen safety products are out there that are designed for those with grip and/or mobility issues. Without skipping a beat, the kitchen experience can be greatly enhanced by ergonomic devices that can keep you baking and cooking by implementing the tools that will work with you, rather than serve as mere blunt instruments that you have to manipulate into action. AbleMart carries a wide variety of products that help with cutting, eating, preparing food and more. Performing kitchen tasks with the kids who may be present around the holidays will be enhanced in the form of ergonomic utensils, boosting for them also, the ability to let the tools do the work, rather than their tiny muscles.

    With just a few small changes and improvements, you can really enhance kitchen safety in your home, making it easier and even more fun to cook, bake and do other activities!

    If you would like more information about kitchen safety in your Allentown area home, call AbleMart at 1-844-346-2253, Browse Our Site or you can Contact Us.

  • Finding the Right Assisted Living Devices for Elderly People

    It is tough, getting old, they say. There may no tougher pill to swallow than that one in life. The gradual breakdown of our bodies leads to the unfortunate need for devices that will help us move around easier, safer and altogether freer. Here at Ablemart, we do just that by providing assisted living devices for elderly people in Harrisburg and beyond throughout the United States. Browse our store online. We are confident that we carry anything and everything that could possibly be needed help our loved ones live independently with less fear of falling and therefore injury.

    One set of assisted living devices for elderly people that we provide are walkers and like devices. These products can help eliminate an entire set of worries for you and loved ones. Our gait and our ability to ambulate without help diminishes as we age, many decades of wear and tear on our joints combine to often make things a little shaky. In such cases, obvious support is needed.

    A great deal of enhancement has occurred in the realms of the walker as time has passed. Going through a redesign not dissimilar to that of the stroller, the old and boxy walker calling for tennis balls at the base is no more as a sportier breed of walker with big rubber wheels has taken over. Rubber wheels are stationary in the back, with a front pair that hang loose and move in the direction your momentum takes them. The bells and whistles come in the form of a much more ergonomic design, better braking system and all-around better walker using experience.

    Walking is a very underappreciated form of exercise that basically allows a way for you to keep going, without major risk of overexerting yourself. The use of a walker from the Nordic Walker line provides the proper amount of resistance to allow for ease of movement as well as some level of exercise, as compared to normal walking without the aid of assisted living devices for elderly folks. Maintaining an ideal weight or just achieving a proper level of exercise as we age can easily be met by using one of these walkers. The advanced mobility that a walker of this sort offers ensures the ability to maneuver in and out of obstacles, even as they emerge out of nowhere—the walker will adjust to your movements.

    At AbleMart, we sell many assisted living devices for elderly people in Harrisburg and points beyond, allowing your loved one to live independently. Please Browse Our Site to see all we have to offer. If you have additional questions, feel free to give us a call at 844-346-2253 or you can Contact Us.

  • Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

    The content for this blog is taken from the National Fire Protection Association. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week with a focus on replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

    Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

    Smoke Alarm

    Safety Tips

    • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
    • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
    • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
    • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
    • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
    • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
    • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
    • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

    Plan your Escape

    • Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
    • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan. Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.
    • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
    • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole or mailbox, a safe distance in front of the home.
    • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
    • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
    • Learn more about home escape planning.

    Children and Smoke Alarms

    NFPA is aware of research indicating that sleeping children don't always awake when a smoke alarm activates. While this research is worrisome, we shouldn't allow them to obscure the fact that smoke alarms are highly effective at reducing fire deaths and injuries.

    NFPA reaffirms the value of the smoke alarms already available to protect people from home fire deaths and voice its concern about the number of U.S. households without these early warning devices. While 96 percent of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

    NFPA emphasizes the need to continue planning and practicing home fire escape plans and to make sure everyone in a home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm. NFPA suggests practicing the escape plan during which the smoke alarm is activated so all family members know its sound.

    Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will - and who won't - awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If someone doesn't wake up when the alarm sounds during a drill, the family should design an escape plan that assigns a grown-up who is easily awakened by the alarm to wake the sleepers, perhaps by yelling "FIRE," pounding on the wall or door, or blowing a whistle.

    AbleMart wants everyone to be safe in their home, specifically from the threat of a fire. If you would like more information about smoke alarms and how to keep your family safe, please visit the public education section of NFPA’s website. For information on other home safety products, you can Contact Us.

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