“Purchased the pole for my 92 year old father. Placed by bed to help in and out. [It] works very well. [J]ust purchased another for by the toilet and a recline lever extender. [V]ery pleased with construction and ease of installation and use.” – Clarence

“The security pole & grab bar is an excellent idea. It can be installed anywhere without having to do any modification in your house. I installed it near the toilet in the bathroom so my daughter could pass from the wheelchair to the toilet by herself. She is still [too weak] to do it without help but we hope she will be able to to it in the future. Anyway, it gives her a sense of security that she can hold on the grab bar if in danger of falling. I definitely recommend this product.” – Manuel

“It is so much easier to get in and out of bed as this was a real problem before I purchased this. It also helps when I have to reach for something at the night table. I feel safe.” – Irene

“I purchased this for my elderly father [who] recently had fusion back surgery and also has Parkinson’s. He was having a very difficult time getting in and out of bed. [With] fusion surgery there is no bending [or] twisting. He is now able to get in and now out of bed without the help of my mother. Thank you for this product. He has his independence back!” – Duwaine

“I purchased this product for my husband for our bathroom. I have [a] small bathroom and the Stander Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar has assisted my husband with both standing from the toilet and getting in and out of the shower. It’s a great product. I feel secure knowing my husband is safe in the bathroom.” – Linda

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What sets Stander apart from the rest?
Our mobility aids are beautifully designed, extremely convenient, and safer to use than traditional mobility aids. In fact, we have some of the most convenient mobility aids on the market. Including…


EZ Fold-N-Go Walker

Most lightweight and portable walker in the world for easy traveling

 

Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar
This 2-in-1 grab bar that can be placed anywhere in the home (next to the toilet, bathtub, couch, or bed) for extra support, and doesn’t require drilling holes in the floor or ceiling because it’s tension mounted (no professional installation)

EZ Adjust Bed Rail
Usually people don’t like the idea of a bed rail on their bed because they feel like it’s intrusive. It’s not as intrusive as a full size bed rail. It’s the only bed rail on the market that extends in length for fall protection at night. And, it can fold down when not in use for easy bed making.

 


Assist-A-Tray
Couch-side handle helps you stand, and it comes with a convenient swivel tray so you can eat, surf the web, or simply keep handy items close by.

 


Metro Car Handle Plus
The most effective mobility aid to help you sit & stand from your car.

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Perhaps Stress Awareness Day is actually kind of a funny holiday. I mean, if you’re stressed, you’re probably pretty aware of it, right? But maybe you’re not aware of how to best handle stress. Here are some stress-relieving tips to help you and your family.

1. Do your best and stop feeling guilty
Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or both, life can get pretty stressful. Here’s a secret: nobody is a perfect parent and nobody is a perfect caregiver. Do your best and then let the guilt go. Nobody expects you to be perfect.


2. RELAX
Focus on one thing at a time, let yourself take a minute for some deep breaths, focus on the positive, be grateful for what you have, get a hug from a loved one, stretch or dance it out. When a problem arises, you don’t have to solve it right away. Take a minute to allow your cortisol (stress hormone) levels to balance out.

3. Make a list
Not only will this help you prioritize the tasks that are stressing you out, but list-writing engages a different part of your brain. When you write a list, your brain focuses on organizing and problem-solving in a way that actually lessens anxiety.

4. Take a break
Just because you’re the caregiver, the mom, the dad, etc. doesn’t mean you have to do everything. Sometimes, you need a break. Turn to your spouse, your siblings, your parents and ask them to help you out for a day. Take a mini vacation, go to Target by yourself, do something that takes away your responsibilities for a day and let yourself let go.

5.  Exercise
Working up some endorphins will help you to relieve your stress and it can also provide an activity for you to do with your family. Simple exercise videos can be found all over youtube. Here’s an exercise video that seniors can do while sitting down. This could be easily adapted for children to participate as well.

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Being a caregiver can be an overwhelming task at times. As a caregiver, you spend much of your day nurturing and sometimes it can be difficult if you’re not receiving nurturing in return. Here are some quotes we discovered on Pinterest that we really love. We hope these will remind you that what you’re doing really does make a difference – even on the days when it gets hard.

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“Worry about yourself!”

Sometimes being “independent” is seen as a stubborn thing. It’s pretty cute how much the little girl in this video wants to take care of herself. As a parent, wouldn’t you want to make sure she was buckled into her seat correctly? Maybe the best way to allow little August to be independent is to give her the right tools and knowledge to let her safely buckle herself in.

As caregivers, we worry about those in our care. We want them to feel independent and “worry about themselves” to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, that requires a little assistance to help them gain the knowledge and tools that will allow them to be independent. Driving a car is a skill that helps anyone to feel independent, regardless of age and ability. Our automobile products promote stress-free traveling by making it easy to get in and out of the car.

Mobility isn’t just needed in a vehicle, living independently includes mobility in your living space. Our EZ Fold & Go Walker is a favorite solution for around-the-home mobility. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and allows the user to walk through doorways and tight spaces with ease.

Helping the one you care for have the knowledge and tools to be independent is important to us and we know it’s important to you. What are some of your concerns in helping the one you care for be independent? Leave us your questions in the comments!

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Jan leads by example. She wants everyone who she works with or comes in contact with to live an abundant life.  She is a major advocate of dreaming big; to her anything is possible.  She is on the front lines everyday with her teammates, making things happen.  When we go to a tradeshow, Jan is always spearheading the way, setting up the booth. Most CEO’s wait until the show is setup before arriving but not Jan; she isn’t afraid to do the dirty work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan lives by the philosophy that having a good company culture where employees love coming to work is vitally important. Her employees are paid abundant salaries, and given bonuses based on the growth of the company. This empowers the employees at Stander to work hard, but more importantly take ownership in their role with the company.

 

 

Everyone at Stander has nothing but respect for Jan Miller, please consider her for this prestigious award, no one deserves it more than her.

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WALKERS AND HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT ONE

For those who lack mobility or fear falling, a walker is often the first and most important mobility aid purchase. For those who are losing mobility or who lack balance, walkers provide a wide and solid base that facilitates walking and minimizes the risk of falling. In our experience, caregivers will face two important challenges as they help their loved one transition to life with a walker or rollator.

The first challenge

Unfortunately, first time walker users can be hesitant and even upset at the thought that they may need the assistance of a walker to move around. To these individuals, a walker or rollator can signify a loss of independence and can even be embarrassing.  Convincing your loved one that he or she needs the assistance of a walker or rollator can be a huge hurdle.

Be patient, let them know you only want what is best for them…and give them one of these:

 

My sweet land lady, Iva Lou, is almost 93 years old. She has been alone in her home for more than 30 years. Iva Lou is a very independent person that takes a great deal of pride in the fact that she is self-sufficient even at her age. When I first met Iva Lou she used a cane to help her balance as she moved around the house. It was apparent that despite the help of the cane, walking had become a challenging burden for Iva Lou. I quickly suggested to Iva Lou that she use a walker to help her move around the house.  While not excited by the thought of using a walker, Iva Lou reluctantly agreed and allowed me to bring her a walker. This was a small step that has allowed Iva Lou to regain her confidence and sense of safety at home.

The second challenge

Walkers and rollators come in all different sizes, shapes, designs, and colors. Some have 2 wheels, some have no wheels, and some come with 4 wheels. There are hundreds of brands, models, and price points that make finding the right walker a challenge for any caregiver. Finding the right walker or rollator can be intimidating and frustrating for caregivers.

 

Factors to consider when buying a walker are:

Size: Will this fit my loved one comfortably and will it fit through hallways and doorways. Most walkers and rollators are wide and have limited adjustments

Weight: Will my loved one be able to pack this around?

Wheels: Does my loved one need a walker with or without wheels?

Appearance: Will my loved one be satisfied with the way the walker looks in public or around the house?

 

Stander’s Solution

Finding a balance between stability, portability, and affordability can be an all but impossible task. Luckily, Stander Inc. from Logan, Utah has re-invented the walker to include the highest degree of stability and convenience in a lightweight, foldable, and attractive walker.

 

The EZ Fold N’ Go Walker by Stander weighs less than 8 lbs. and folds up 4x smaller than your average medical grade walker. This unique patented folding design makes it easy to store in the car, shopping cart, or under the table at the restaurant. Despite the lightweight frame and ability to fold, the EZ Fold N’ Go Walker supports up to 400 lbs! Its height adjustable frame accommodates users from 4’10”- 6’8”.  The EZ Fold N’ Go walker comes with 6” swivel wheels to help you walk smoothly over any surface. Best of all, the EZ Fold N’ Go Walker comes in three attractive colors to match your loved ones personality and style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After giving Iva Lou her Regal Rose EZ Fold N’ Go Walker she couldn’t believe she had gone this long without one.  Iva Lou loves the fact that that this walker is so lightweight and easy to take with her in her car and at the grocery store. She also loves the fact that her girlfriends are now jealous of her sleek new walker that makes their bulky rollators seem frumpy and out of date.

 

 

 

 

The EZ Fold N’ Go Walker offers an all in one solution for those caregivers who are having hard time deciding which walker is right for their loved one.  Because of its attractive design, the EZ Fold N’ Go Walker can also aid caregivers in convincing their loved ones to give walkers a shot. In every way the EZ Fold N’ Go Walker is the perfect solution for the great walker dilemma.

 

 

 

 

 

-Written by Kyle Johnson

 

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Mrs. Clea has always been a strong and independent woman. For over 25 years she has lived alone in her home. Mrs. Clea, now 90 years old, has had exceptional health that has allowed her to maintain her lifestyle and independence much longer than most seniors. Up until this year she has continued to work every day at her son’s business, maintain her beautiful gardens, and even drive her precious 4×4 jeep wrangler.

One fall can change everything when you are 90. Late last year, Mrs. Clea experienced her first fall in her bathroom. Since that day nothing has been the same for her. Her knees, hips, and joints are in a constant state of pain. She can no longer do the things she once loved.

According to Mrs. Clea’s son David, The most painful part of the whole ordeal may have been getting Grandma to start using mobility products in her home.

“We quickly realized that mom was now in serious need of products that would help her move around the house. One particular area of struggle was getting in and out of her favorite chair. Because she spent so much time in that chair, it was imperative that we found something that could ease that transition for her, without making her feel like she was in a hospital.”

 

Does this story sound familiar? That’s because the same thing is happening to millions of seniors around the country. Losing mobility and independence is as inevitable as death and taxes. For some it happens gradually over time and for others, like Mrs. Clea, it happens in an instant. Finding products that help your loved ones get around are a dime a dozen. Finding a product that your loved ones will use…..well that’s another story. Luckily for David, he found a product that was effective, attractive, convenient, and most of all didn’t look like it belonged in a hospital.

The Assist-A-Tray by Stander is a couch side standing aid that can be placed next to almost any couch, chair, recliner or even a lift chair. Its handle can be used to help your loved one out of their sitting position, or help them balance as they sit down. The Assist-A-Tray also has a bamboo tray that can be pivoted 360 degrees and used for a dinner table, laptop tray, or book table. The product was designed with neutral brown and black colors to blend in with your furniture and décor.

Mrs. Clea started using the Assist-A-Tray a few months after her fall. She uses it to get out of her favorite chair, eat her meals, and read her much loved books. When she is not using the tray she simply swings it out of the way and uses the handle to boost herself out of her chair. It has become an essential part of her day to day life. It has been a huge help in allowing her to re-gain the independence she had for the previous 25 years.

 

 

 

Simple products like the Assist-A-Tray from Stander have made all the difference in Grandma Clea’s recovery from her fall. While she may not be able to do all of the things she once loved, she can now live comfortably, safely, and independently in her own home thanks to the Assist-A-Tray.

 

 

 

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The Problem

For seniors and those who lack mobility, falling is an all too common occurrence. These falls can have devastating impact for seniors regardless of when or where they occur. The dangers of falling have been well documented over the years. According to learnnottofall.com:

  • 1/3 of the population over the age of 65 will fall each year
  • Those who fall once are 2 to 3 times more likely to fall again
  • 55% of all falls take place inside the home
  • 47% of non-injured fallers cannot get up without assistance.

 

 

When you consider the fact that many falls go un-reported or un-noticed, these numbers are even more staggering.  Fall prevention has quickly become a top priority for caregivers and independent seniors across the nation.

The Current Solution

After a fall, caregivers and independent seniors face a difficult decision of modifying their home or moving to a safer environment.  Both options can be extremely expensive and time consuming. For those that choose to modify their homes, permanent wall mounted grab bars are the most common way to help seniors prevent falls. While these types of grab bars provide solid support for seniors, however they come with several downsides.

  1. Wall-mounted grab bars are confined to walls. They are only able to provide support if the person using it is in very close proximity to a wall.
  2. These grab bars generally require a permanent installation. That means drilling, screwing, and more often than not patching.
  3. Grab bars can quickly make a warm home feel like a hospital.

 

Seniors or those who are at risk of falling need support in the bathroom, in the living room, the bedroom or any room where they may be moving around.  They want their homes to be warm and inviting. After all there is a reason why most seniors don’t want to live in a care facility.  Mostly, seniors don’t want to spend their hard earned money on expensive modifications to their precious homes.

The New Solution

 

Given their lack of options in fall prevention safety products, seniors often feel like they must settle with unsightly and impractical grab bars.  Fortunately, there is a new solution from Stander Inc. Stander has created a one of a kind tension mounted grab bar that can be placed anywhere in the home. Unlike traditional grab bars, The Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar can be mounted in the middle of a room without any screws, drilling, or permanent installation. It can be placed next to the toilet, shower, couch, or bed. Its curved grab bar makes it easy to transfer from a sitting position to standing or getting out of the shower. The grab bar also rotates 360 degrees so that you can move it out of the way when not in use. Perhaps the most important feature of the Stander Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar is its look and feel. The steel grab bar has comes in both black and white and was designed to keep the home feeling like a home and not a hospital.

 

Fall prevention doesn’t have to mean home modification. The Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar provides the safety and assurance of a grab-bar anywhere in your home, and it does it with an attractive look that will blend into your home.  Before you spend thousands on home-modification projects, consider the Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar as your fall prevention go to product.

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The problem

Hundreds of thousands of elderly adults fall out of bed each year, and many seriously injure themselves. According to the CDC more than 1.6 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls.

 

 

Common solutions the Good and the Bad

Bed Bolsters

These are foam-padded body-sized pillows that you put on both sides of your bed to prevent rolling off during the night. The problem with these cuddly contraptions is they are not a sure bet to keep you from falling out of bed. Also, if you need extra support getting in or out of bed, these are too soft to add any real mobility support.

 

 

Cheap Medical Device Bed Rails

As you can see in the picture below, this is a classic example of a poorly constructed bed rail. It looks out of place in the home, does not add sufficient support, and worst of all is an entrapment hazard!

 

Stander’s Solution

 

The EZ Adjust Bed Rail

Stander Inc. has created a revolutionary product to prevent bedroom falls and restore mobility to people’s lives. The EZ Adjust Bed Rail extends in multiple lengths from 26” to 42”, providing complete fall protection.

See why Caregivers communities are supporting our bed rails, click the “Products” tab at the top of this page and then click on “Bedroom” to see our bed rails.

 

 

 

 

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