Do you have a SCARY cast, sling or boot? This is one of our most popular posts…repurposed for your 2023 Halloween Costume Ideas!
After many years of dealing with my daughter’s 20 broken bones, I can truly say that it’s never fun having a broken bone or injury – especially during fun and active times like Halloween. What I have learned is how to either conceal, cover or incorporate a cast or boot into a Halloween costume. Following are my top 7 Halloween costume ideas with some AMAZING photographs from customers: Continue reading →
If your loved one is suffering from an injury and you want to make them feel better on Valentine’s Day, give a gift that shows you truly care, take a look at these gift ideas and choose one or more.
Idea #1: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Everyone knows you’re supposed to give your love chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but since your true love is going through the recovery process, he or she really needs to eat a healthful diet. You can give them a treat and some nutrients at the same time with chocolate-covered strawberries. Shari’s Berries is a fantastic source for delicious goodies, delivered quick and easily.
If your loved one enjoys looking fashionable or is just tired of the sight of their cast and wants to keep it clean and scratch-free, consider one or more CastCoverz! products to help put a smile back on their face during recovery, from orthopedic cast covers, crutches, and crutch covers, to walking boot covers and waterproof cast protectors. At CastCoverz!, we’ve got your injured loved one covered!
Idea #3: Love Letter
It doesn’t matter whether your love is injured or not, telling them exactly how you feel and what you love about them will be something that will never get old.
Idea #4: Flowers
These aren’t your ordinary die-in-a-week flowers. These flowers can last up to a year and are a beautiful statement piece for any table. They come in Valentine’s Day heart shaped boxes, as well. Venus et Fleur flowers will be sure to make your loved one swoon this Valentine’s Day.
Idea #5: An Alternative to Crutches
If you’ve noticed your loved one is struggling with crutches, the nicest thing you can do for them is offer another solution. Here are some items to consider from KneeRover®, a Seated Scooter and Steerable Knee Scooter. Take a look at all of the options and see which would fit their lifestyle and needs the best.
Idea#6: Comfort Items
The recovery process is going to feel long no matter how long it actually is. Look into some comfort items that can make it as easy as possible for your loved one. Things like a shower stool or waterproof cast protector to make bathing easier. The CastCooler® is also very helpful in raising your loved one’s level of comfort.
Idea#7: Kind Gestures
Valentine’s Day is really all about showing your love. When your loved one is injured, all you really need to do is care for them to make them feel special and loved. Cook some fresh meals to put in the freezer so they’ll be ready whenever needed. Offer to do the shopping and arrange the kid’s carpool. Any worries you can take off their plate and add to yours is a bonus!
Idea #8: Candles
Reminding your loved one how much you love them by giving them a scent you’ve picked out will bring them back to you every time they smell it. These Homesick Candles last for hours, and will be sure to put a smile on their face for Valentine’s Day.
When your loved one is injured, you might have to get more creative about gift giving on Valentine’s Day. But with these ideas, you can’t go wrong!
With the weather heating up, the excitement of summer vacation becomes evident in schools & daycares everywhere! Staying safe for summer continues to be a top priority, especially when statistics show playground injuries escalate in the month prior to and after summer! It seems that the anticipation of summer or returning to school increases the odds of accidental injury occurring during playtime. In fact:
* 40% of all injuries occur at the beginning and the end of every school year
* 70% occur on public playgrounds
* 70% of those injuries are severe and involve falls to the surface?
* that severe injury includes concussions, stitches, fractures and even worse?
CRAZY, right?! Who knew the changing of seasons could have such a large impact on the number of childhood injuries, especially in a playground setting. Perhaps it’s the influx of excitement or the increased time playing outside in sunny weather; there are many common factors that attribute to the increase in injuries. However, in many cases, these startling accidents can be prevented. Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your little ones stay safe for summer:
Responsible Supervision – Close supervision by a responsible adult may be the most important factor in preventing injury. Adults should keep a watchful eye on children while they are at play to help prevent accidents or even playground scuffles that can lead to an accident.
Age-Appropriate Areas – When visiting a playground, look around to make sure it has a separate, age-appropriate area for children 5 and under. This will prevent little ones from getting injuries from accidents or collisions with older children.
Avoid Hazards – Being aware includes looking for hazards, such as broken playground equipment and dangerous surfaces. In addition, make sure the grounds are as free of any debris (i.e. litter, glass) as much as possible. This can help prevent children from tripping and falling to the ground or causing other injuries like cuts.
Impact Absorbing Surfaces – There are surfaces specifically designed to help absorb impact in case of an accident. These are the best surfaces for children to play on. Look for playgrounds that have rubber mats or shredded rubber, artificial turf, or even mulch. There are a variety of substances, but the point is to avoid having children at play on non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as concrete or gravel.
Check Clothing – During the fall and winter months, we often dress our children in layers. This could include hoodies, sweatshirts, or other items that have drawstrings around the neck. To help avoid having children getting these strings caught on playground equipment, parents should remove hood and neck drawstrings from outerwear.
Remove Bike Helmets – Sometimes parents feel it’s best for children to play while wearing bike helmets to protect their heads in case of an accidental fall. This actually could impede your child’s play for numerous reasons and lead to serious injury. Therefore, it is recommended that bike helmets be removed before children use playground equipment.
Encourage Proper Behavior – One of the best ways to prevent playground injuries is to teach children proper playground behavior (such as no pushing, shoving, or crowding). Teaching children how to play properly and be respectful of others on playground equipment can help prevent many injuries and scuffles that could lead to injury.
Being safe is the farthest thing from a child’s mind. It is the parents’, educators’, and playground supervisors’ job to alert our children about the potential dangers of school playgrounds. It all starts with these few tips. To help ensure that your child’s teacher and care-providers are informed,use this handy tip sheet provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.
For additional tips on the prevention of broken bones and other “Feel Better, Heal Better” topics, spend a little time on our blog.
Already Injured? We’ve Got You Covered
Maybe you’ve stumbled across our website because your child has already experienced misfortune on the playground! As you can imagine, a child in any type of cast or orthopedic device faces a number of discomforts; casts scratching on skin or Fido, snagging clothing or furniture, not being able to play in water without waterproof protection, boots getting dirty from constant wear & tear? CastCoverz! offers a number of colorful solutions to brighten your child’s injury, helping your little one feel better & heal better.
Now that the weather is cooling, don’t get caught with your walking boot “knee-deep” in the slush or snow. CastCoverz! BootGuardzXtreme! are weatherproof, water-repellant covers for your orthopedic walking boot, protecting your boot, boot liner, and toes from the rain, snow, and slush. Two years in the making, one year in the testing, BootGuardzXtreme! protects your orthopedic walking boot, boot liner, and toes from EXTREME wind, rain and snow with our made-in-the-USA weather-resistant material. Drawstring closure and tread (sole) of the boot are left exposed for proper footing and safety.
If you’re wearing a leg cast, slip on one of our Slickerz! before you go out in the storm. Think of it as a pull-on rain boot! Our full-foot, closed-toe design, and weatherproof fabric will keep your leg cast and toes clean and dry. Not for immersion in water. A drawstring cord gives an added measure of security from rain and snow going down your leg or cast.