Aids to Daily Living
Aids to daily living cover a broad range of offerings that make
as perfect a fit for providers’ retail strategies as they do for
patients’ lifestyles. ADLs define products that are designed to
make life easier for homecare patients, but aren’t always covered by
Medicare/Medicaid or private payer insurance, and sometimes aren’t
even medical in nature. They simply make life easier.
With funding on the decline, ADLs represent a key cash sales
category for providers. ADLs are an easy entry point to cash
sales, since they are often relatively simple devices that don’t
require the same level of expertise as other types of DME. ADLs
and similar products ensure providers maintain a steady cash
flow, rather than waiting on reimbursement, and they don’t
require the effort and resources required simply to ensure billing
goes through, either.
In addition to the patients, their families should be considered
as potential buyers, as well. Baby boomers with disposable cash
who are caring for their parents are a case in point. The demand
for ADLs will most likely grow as the baby boomer population of
76 million cares for older parents and continues to enter retirement
Clamp-On Fishing Pole Holder
Maddak's Clamp-on Fishing Pole Holder for Wheelchairs puts a fishing pole within reach for wheelchair users and makes it possible to maneuver the pole with the use of only one hand. The pole slides into and out of the holder for easy manipulation. The holder attaches using a plastic clamp with a large, easy-to-tighten knob. The adjustable device fits any tubing from 7/8 to 11/8 inches in diameter and also can be used on lawn chairs and beach chairs.
Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline's lightweight Platinum Reacher provides greater independence and convenience. The device weighs only 14 ounces and is designed with a full handgrip, allowing the use of all fingers for greater grip strength. Plus, non-slip rubber tabs over composite jaws latch onto items more securely.
Easy GRIP-IN Mugs
The 16-ounce Easy GRIP-IN™ mugs feature an internal handle. The mugs make it easier to comfortably and securely handle drinks. The design is suited for people who have difficulties gripping beverage containers due to rehabilitation treatment, severe arthritis and other medical conditions.
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Avenue Innovations Inc.
The Handybar® from Avenue Innovations is a portable support handle that helps users move in and out of their vehicles. The universal fit works on both driver and passenger side doors. The handle locks into the existing door striker plate — the rugged U-shape latch that is designed to withstand side-impact collisions. The Handybar also is equipped with an array of life-saving tools, including a seatbelt cutter and side window breaker.
Avenue Innovations Inc.
SOS Alert Products
SOS Alert Products developed the SOS Data Tag software, an ICE dog tag, the ICE TagAlert bracelet, the LifeBand dog tag and LifeBand silicone bracelet for users with pre-existing medical conditions or allergies. The SOS DataTags contain a flash memory computer chip to store medical records. The ICE dog tags feature a water-, heat- and shock-resistant compartment that keeps identification and emergency contacts safe. The ICE tag alert bands provide a permanent writing surface to list emergency contacts and medical conditions.
The Foot Flush, a foot-shaped pedal, allows users to flush with their foot to avoid touching the toilet handle. The product is suited for those with back problems, seniors, users with limited mobility and children. The retro-fit foot pedal is designed for standard toilets and is easy to install.
The 73817 series Wear Ease® shoe fastener kit by Maddak converts regular laces into simple-to-use, hook-and-loop closures for easier fastening and unfastening. The product is suited for those with temporary or permanent injuries to the back, hands or joints, as well as people with cognitive impairments. D-rings facilitate closing and opening of the straps and can be manipulated with notched shoehorns or dressing sticks.
The Ergowriter from Maddak Inc. alleviates the pain of writing associated with osteoarthritis and other hand afflictions. The Ergowriter comfortably and correctly places the thumb in the optimal position to reduce the amount of stress placed on the wrist. A pen with blue ink is included, but the device can be used with most standard pens and pencils.
MaxiSwing Golf and Tennis Grip Straps
The MaxiSwing Golf and Tennis Grip Straps from MaxiSwing Products allow athletes with arthritis and other hand disabilities to lightly, but firmly hold rackets or clubs without pain. The grip straps help improve velocity and accuracy in both sports. The tennis grip strap is legal to use for tennis games, and the golf grip strap can be used in non-tournament play. The weatherproof straps, made from a composite, attach to clubs or rackets with a Velcro strap.
The C.Y.Strap, a back-care-friendly dressing aid, helps people pull on and retrieve underpants, trousers and socks without bending and with the use of only one hand. The ergonomically designed device requires minimal strength and pressure to use. The user fastens the dressing aid to the front waistband of a garment or entry portion of a sock, lowers the device to step feet level into the garment and then pulls on the garment.