With a booming population of seniors
increasingly requiring customized accessibility solutions, the home access
market has seen growth in demand for lifts and ramps that allow wheelchair
users to continue living independently.
For HME businesses, this means that opportunities to enter and expand
this market are nearly endless. Many companies have entered this sector by
offering simple, useful products that are related to their original expertise.
Once patients know a company for selling bath safety products or durable
threshold ramps, they will be more trusting when the HME business expands
its services to kitchen and stair solutions.
As patients desire products that fit the unique needs of their residences
and vehicles, providers are also finding success in making complicated
processes appear simple to the end-user. Partnering with
construction contractors, HME businesses rightly view complex home
remodels and customizations as both daunting and lucrative, particularly
when companies are able to find other funding sources for patients.
Because the majority of home access products are not funded, companies
have found success in directing their patients to seek grants from the
Department of Veterans Affairs, state Medicaid programs or local accessibility
associations providing grants to patients and their families. Once HME
companies become familiar with the funding landscape, they are able to
focus on the most important part of their role: ensuring comfort, safety and
independence for patients.
To learn more about some of the most popular home access products
on the market today, take a peek at the sampling of ramps, lifts and design
services collected below.
Flexible patient transfer lift fits into small spaces
With its articulating arm and pivoting stanchion, the ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift rotates 360-degrees to provide all-around flexibility. Designed to be used with a patient’s preferred ancillary medical equipment, the ORBIT features a non-obtrusive design allowing the unit to be placed in small bedrooms and bathrooms. Minimal assembly required and can be installed floor-to-ceiling or floor-to-wall. Models available to accommodate ceiling heights of 8 ft. to 12 ft. and for reach of 4 ft. and 5 ft. in all directions.
Harmar Mobility LLC
Harmar unveils Pinnacle SL300 stair lift
The Pinnacle SL300 straight stair lift joins Harmar’s SL600 and SL600HD models, known for packing in premium features, but at a more compelling price point. Features offered by the SL300 include no needed maintenance, compact dimensions, lengthy operation during power outages and the automatic/mechanical folding rail option. Weighing in at a 300 lbs. lifting capacity, the SL300 includes a simplified chassis, oversized footrest and compact seat. A patented Nylon polymer gear with helical work drive featuring six points of contact for maximum stability and a smooth ride.
American Permalight Inc.
Foam Guards Add Protection in Impact-Prone Areas
- Permalight cushioned foam guards provide additional
visibility and protection indoors or outdoors.
- The guards easily attach to walls, corners and
protrusions in impact-prone areas — such as
corners, hallways and spaces where wheelchair
training and practice take place.
- Made of durable, recyclable polyurethane foam
with strong adhesive backing, the corner and wall
guards come in 15 shapes, and in white, black/yellow, or black to protect the environment and the
people in it.
Reacher, Grabber Handy for Indoor, Outdoor Use
The PikStik ProGrab provides a versatile reacher
and grabber, featuring strong, angled, polycarbonate
jaws and magnetic precision tips. It’s
built for quality with a rustproof aluminum
shaft and welded assemblies for both indoor
and outdoor use. The ProGrab lifts up to 5
pounds and is available in 36 in. and 48
in. lengths. The ProGrab is a convenient
tool for clients to have in every room of
the house use.
Aqua Creek Products
Scout 2 Pool Lift
Pool Lift Features Higher Weight Capacity
- The Scout 2 pool and spa lift features an adjustable
seat pole, updated base and upgraded electronics
to accommodate a higher consumer weight
capacity of 375 lbs.
- The lift also now allows up to 25 in. of wall clearance
on a 16 in.-wide profile when used with the
- The lift offers 360-degree rotation to provide a
versatile, easy-to-use solution that complies with
Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
EZ-Step Mobility Inc.
Cane Improves Stair Accessibility
With stability similar to that of a quad cane,
the Portable EZ-Step increases stairway access
for people who have difficulty ascending
or descending stairs. The four-point base
is made from ABS plastic measuring 3.5 in.
high, 9 in. wide and 9.25 in. long, and weighs 2
pounds. An offset, ergonomic handle includes
a contoured, soft rubber handgrip, and the
cane’s height is adjustable from 31 in.
to 40 in. with detent button.
VGM Group Inc.
Live At Home Pro
Need to Streamline Home Access Assessments? There’s an App for That
- Accessible Home Improvement of America
(AHIA)’s new mobile app, Live At Home Pro,
provides a new tool to streamline on-site home
- The HIPAA-compliant app directs users through
up to 16 assessment categories. Home access
professionals can take photos and insert recommendations,
generate cohesive proposals with
pricing and seamlessly integrate the assessment
with office workflow.
Standing, Transition Aid Helps Patients Take Control of Their Transitions
The U-stand Frame is a specially designed, lightweight, and easy-to-use mobility assistive device that helps users safely transition from a sitting position on the edge of a bed, to a standing position with little or no help from clinicians or caregivers. The U-stand Frame allows the timing and speed of sit to stand transfers to be controlled by the user in a “hands-off” approach for the caregiver, thus minimizing risk of injury to users, clinicians and others. Once “loaded” in place, the U-stand Frame can be used to perform multiple sit to stand transfers for the purposes of building functional capacity and independence back into patients or residents.
Door Opener Offers Easy Entryway Access
Home and auto access company EZ-ACCESS has unveiled the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener to increase accessibility for interior and exterior doorways. The opener installs without modification to door or jambs and plugs into a regular 115 vac wall outlet. The CONCIERGE can be opened manually from either side and will automatically close after a door set hold-open time (0-30 seconds) is selected. A variety of controls are available, including a wall-mounted push plate, a digital keypad, a variety of wireless remotes, and a control with specialty sip and puff functionality. Safety features include an automatic load-sensor in instances when the door encounters an obstruction and a thermally-protected drive motor.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Flip A Grip
Folding Handle Helps Prevent Falls
The Flip A Grip Doorway Assist Handle aims to help clients who have difficulty negotiating doorways or other areas of the home where they run a risk of tripping and falling, but where there is not enough space for a large grab bar. The Flip A Grip can be installed inside or outside for doorways, hallways, bathrooms, stairwells and other areas of the residence. And the Flip A Grip folds out of the way when not needed and glows in the dark for extra visibility at night. The handle is made of materials that will last in interior or exterior applications.