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
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- Combines a high-end, streamlined look
with the clinical benefits associated with
walking more inside the rollator frame.
- Features include a curb climber or integrated
“pedal” that makes it easier to
- Includes a unique x-brace and folding
mechanism, which allows the rollator to
be folded easily and with one hand for
MEDQUIP Introduces Its Latest Offering in Suction Therapy
MEDQUIP’s AIRIAL MQ1000 Series
suction units are designed for inpatient
and outpatient care requirements.
Units come complete with collection
jar, bacteria filter and tubing. The
suction unit features vacuum
specifications for most homecare
suction applications, durable pistontype
compressor and easy-to-read
gauge. Choose from the A/C unit
(MQ1000) or D/C unit (MQ1100).
- Standard features include padded pushhandle
back, padded fold-back locking
arms, adjustable swing-away footrests,
total-lock casters, adjustable seat height,
seamless padded urethane commode
seat and removable connector bridge.
- The patent pending tilt-in-space system,
with side mounted hand-crank and
adjustable headrest assembly, is caregiver
and user friendly.
- The center of gravity design and side
mounted hand-crank mechanism makes
it possible for a 125-lb. caregiver to easily
tilt or un-tilt a 300-lb. user or for an independent
user to tilt, adjust tilt angle or
Celluar accessory allows monitoring of patients without landlines
Philips' telehealth cellular accessory allows transmission
of data and survey responses from a patient's home to the company's
secure server via a cellular network when there is no phone line or DSL is
available. As a growing number of people in the U.S. are discontinuing the
use of landline phones, and relying only on cell phones in their homes, the
accessory can help providers closely monitor a patient's condition between
home health visits.
Steady Scale helps patients stand unassisted
Philips’ Steady Scale is designed to respond to the
needs of patients who require assistance
standing on their own. The scale allows wireless,
automatic capture and transmission of
weight measurements up to 440 lbs. It includes
integrated handle bars for patients
to steady themselves, enabling an accurate
weight capture for patients who would
otherwise be unable to stand unassisted.
Also included are easy-to-use buttons and
multilingual audio prompts to help ensure
Wheelchair accessory provides bathroom aid
The PUMP, a power wheelchair accessory from BIOTX Ltd., enables a person with a spinal cord injury to use a bathroom or public restroom without assistance. It attaches to the outlet of the leg bag and directs the flow of urine out through the tip of a flexible wand. A switch activated by the user turns the pumping unit on and off, and a 12-volt lithium polymer battery powers the device for up to five days with an overnight charge.
See 4 Safety Mobility Light
"Intelligent" light provides hand-free illumination
NEPA Partners' See 4 Safety Mobility Light provides automatic, hands-free illumination for users of walkers, canes and rollators. The light turns on when in motion and when it senses a low level light environment. The "intelligent" light turns off after 30 seconds if there is no motion or when it senses a well-lit environment. The patented, hands-free, automatic illumination is the only personal visual aid that knows when to turn itself "on" and "off".
Rainy Day Solutions
Umbrella holders keeps hands free
Rainy Day Solutions’ Brella Bag works well for anyone that uses an umbrella and needs their hands free at the same time, including the disabled and those who use a scooter or wheelchair for mobility. The lightweight and comfortable umbrella holder features adjustable straps and also has room to store many other items in the additional zipper pouch.
Briggs Medical Service Company
Thermometer family pack prevents germ spread
30-Second Slim Thermometer Family Pack
Briggs’ 30-Second Slim Thermometer Family Pack is designed in four bright colors so each member in the family can have their own designated thermometer to prevent the spread of germs. Features include a fever alarm that sounds if the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a peak temperature that sounds when the reading is complete and a memory recall of last reading. The family pack includes a storage case, longlife battery, and probe covers.
Adaptive clothing ideal for those with limited mobility
Cooper Martin manufactures stylish and functional adaptive clothing for people with limited mobility and those struggling with one of the activities of daily living – dressing. The clothing is not unlike everyday favorites, but functional. The adaptive clothing is beneficial for those who have short-term limited mobility (from orthopedic surgery, accident or injury) and long-term disability (such as elderly, disabled, wheelchair, disease, accident, injury or caretaker).