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
Slim back brace provides varying levels of posture support
BackEmbrace is a stylish posture solution that works by retracting the shoulders into proper alignment. In addition to posture correction, the brace helps prevent hunching; alleviates tension and strain in the upper back, neck and shoulders; and provides varying levels of support with its split-strap system.
Safe-er-Grip Suction Cup Balance Assist Bar
Safe-er-Grip balance bar gets new chrome finish
- Available in new chrome finish and in lengths of 12 inches or 16 inches.
- Suction cup design requires no tools for installation and can be secured on any smooth, flat, non-porous surface for safer tub entries and exits.
- Flip-up tabs make it easy to attach, remove and relocate to different areas in the bathroom.
Arkray launches new swallowing aid
Assure Slide is a new swallowing aid from Arkray for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules. Assure Slide is a thick, smooth gel that helps tablets and capsules pass smoothly through the esophagus by moistening the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat cavity. The stomach breaks down substance immediately and has no effect on the absorption rate at the medication. Assure Slide comes in two options: Assure Slide Zero, which sugar-free and raspberry flavored, and Assure Slide Zero and Slide Forte, which is vanilla flavored and extremely thick for people with more acute swallowing difficulties.
Philips Releases new Portable Hand-Held Nebulizer
InnoSpire Go is a portable medical nebulizer for people with asthma and chromic obstructive pulmonary disease who need daily inhalation treatment. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to 30 treatments per charge, and it includes a Lite Touch mask for comfort while using the device. InnoSpire Go can be used with many commonly prescribed medications for respiratory disease.
Heel So Smooth
PediFix Heel gives relief to painful skin cracking
As many women age, they become more prone to cracked skin on the heels. Pedifix Heel So Smooth heel sleeves help relieve and soothe the discomfort that can result from cracking with its propriety Visco-GEL material that gradually releases vitamin E enriched mineral oil onto the skin as the user wears the sleeves. Because of the material’s long release, the sleeves are ideal for use while sleeping or resting. The sleeves are washable and reusable.
Life-saving device offers ease of use, peace of mind
LifeVac is non-invasive, non-powered, portable airway clearance device that is used in a choking emergency if standard. The device uses a patented one-way valve which prevents air from pushing the obstruction downward. This creates a one-way suction to remove the obstruction and clear the airway of the victim. The negative pressure generated by the force of the suction is three times greater than the highest recorded choke pressure.
Three-motor power recliner ups the comfort game
Golden Technologies’ new MaxiComfort takes power recliners to the next level by including three motors, a first for the industry, according to the company. Those motors enable the chair’s with Twilight cradle technology, which accomplishes a comfort level the company has dubbed “extreme Zero Gravity.” While the chairs might be big on technology, they are hand-made in Old Forge, Pa.
Lightweight, portable nebulizer offers therapy that fits in your pocket
Smaller than a smartphone, Convexity Scientific’s FLYP nebulizer might become a game-changer for treating pulmonary conditions such as asthma and COPD. The device uses an internal disk that vibrates at ultrasonic speed. When medication passes through the disk’s holes, it produces an inhalable aerosol mist, with the needed to dispense medication shortened to approximately seven minutes for most medications. Powered by a USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts 10 treatments between recharging.
Human Design Medical
Z1 Extended Life Battery
CPAP battery doubles the life of its predecessor
- New battery fits HDM’s Z1 PowerShell and holds twice the charge of the original Z1 Overnight Battery.
- The Lithium-Ion Battery Pack has a 99.4 Wh capacity and weights 15.5 oz (440g).
- For owners of the original PowerShell and battery, HDM is offering free factory upgrades to the PowerShell with the purchase of a new Extended Life Battery.
Bonafide Management Systems
Device helps track infections in the home
Bonafide will unveil its new Bac-Track at this year’s Medtrade Spring. The Bac-Track helps home healthcare providers measure and track Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and provides key analytics to measure product and protocol performance. It is the first system in the world to overlay contamination analytics with viewable floor plans. The cloud-based solution allows customers to determine infection risk in real time.