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
Developed to aid healthcare professionals in the deep manipulation of soft tissues, The Original Body Stick and The Travel Stick allow users to self-perform treatment of muscle pain and trigger points. Ideal for use all over the body, the Stick can be used to improve strength, flexibility and endurance, prevent muscle injuries, accelerate recovery and disperses the effects of lactic acid. Both products fit easily in luggage.
Put a Lid on it
The Ableware Covered Spoon features a lid that covers about 2/3 of the spoon to help keep food in place and minimize spills. Designed for children and adults with tremors, limited coordination and/or upper extremity weakness, the product is suitable for liquids, soups and small foods such as corn, rice and peas. The spoon disassembles easily for easy cleaning and is top-rack dishwasher safe.
The Exergen TemporalScanner thermometer features a silver ion self-disinfecting antimicrobial head. This imbedded silver destroys bacteria, E. coli, mold, mildew and fungi naturally and safely. The non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology takes an accurate temperature in under two seconds with a gentle stroke across the forehead. Software also provides arterial heat balance. This process determines temperature by accurately measuring the balance between the tissues warming from arterial blood and tissues cooling (warming) caused by heat loss (gain) to the environment.(800) 422-3006
Redware Tableware helps Alzheimer’s patients distinguish their food from the plate, helping to increase their food intake. A study out of Boston University suggests the weight loss that 40% of Alzheimer’s patients experience is due in part to the inability to differentiate color contrasts. People with Alzheimer’s are not able to make a distinction between light colored food and drink on or in typically light colored tableware. When using tableware that offered a high contrast to the food and drink, researchers noticed that the study participants increased their food intake and began to gain weight.
UBend-It™ bendable utensils from Maddak targets users with upper extremity weakness or reduced range of motion. The stainless-steel utensils feature a twist in the shaft that allows it to be easily hand-bent to the left or right at any angle comfortable to the user. Angling the utensil also helps to reduce wrist strain. The built-up handle is contoured and textured, making it easy to hold and comfortable to use for people with arthritis or any other hand limitation. A tab on the end can be used to attach a wrist strap.(973) 628-7600
Convenient and maneuverable
- Large-capacity storage bag
Power Access Corp.
PA 2300 Residential Door Opener
- Easy installation on inside and outside doors
- Automatic or manual door operation
- Solid-state circuitry with integrated safety
The ABLEWARE Mboss™ sock and stocking aid with ridges makes putting on socks easier for those who have difficulty bending or lifting their legs. While flexible, the device also is rigid enough to stay open after the sock or stocking has been loaded, allowing the foot easy entrance. Once the foot and heel are inside, three fingers gently bend to accommodate their contours. The smooth inner surface allows the foot to glide effortlessly into the sock while the outer embossed ridges hold the sock firmly in place. (973) 628-7600
Oralflo Pill Swallowing
Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup™
Designed for all ages
The Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup™ targets those who have pill swallowing difficulties. The cup alleviates the discomfort and anxiety associated with pill-taking. The design assists the natural swallowing reflex and prevents pills from sticking in your throat or to the cup. The product also eliminates the need to cut and crush pills so they can be swallowed whole. (888) 843-1631
Bend Aids™ Hip Kits
The Bend Aids™ Hip Kits from Maddak are suitable for those recovering from hip, knee or back surgery. The kits include assistive devices for independent dressing and bathing. The deluxe kit includes a 22 ?” long Scrubbies round sponge, a 24” long Raptor Reacher™, a 19 ?” long T-handle shoehorn, a deluxe flexible sock and stocking aid with 29” straps, a 24” dressing stick and two pairs of elastic shoelaces. The economy kit includes all of the above except the shoelaces and dressing stick.(973) 628-7600