Take a quick peek at the products below -- from a stuffed bear to baby wear, to a shoelace-securing system and easy on/off boxer shorts. You just may find something that will make things easier, increase your independence or simply brighten your day.
This 14-inch bear provides comfort and his vest, adorned with a disease-specific emblem, helps him act as an easy conversation starter. $25; $6 for additional jackets. Better Bear, (330) 723-4321, or www.betterbearllc.com.
Newborn and toddler items of 100 percent cotton feature whimsical designs. The creator, Sandee Lefcoe, has Bethlem myopathy. $12 and up. Chloe & Luke Designs, (757) 651-0877,
(757) 484-0829 or www.bigbrotherlilsister.etsy.com.
E-Z Pull Door Closer
This lightweight acrylic door closer works on interior or exterior doors and most residential-style door handles. It installs without tools and blends in with the decor when not in use. $15. E-Z Pull Door Closer, (941) 456-0815, or www.e-zpulldoor.com.
Lauren’s Hope medical jewelry
Be safe and fashionable at the same time with unique medical alert jewelry available in numerous styles for both children and adults. Especially important for those who can’t speak, or who may be at risk when anesthesia is used. Prices vary. Use coupon code MDAORG for a 10 percent discount. Lauren’s Hope, (800) 360-8680, or www.laurenshope.com.
Trouble tying shoelaces? This shoelace-locking system installs in minutes with a screwdriver and a pair of scissors, and doesn’t require modifications to shoes. A cleat holds laces tight, releases for shoe removal. Ten colors. $10. Layton Industries, (888) 755-6946, or www.sklox.com.
GEM AMKAR wheelchair ready electric cars
These small, battery-powered commuter cars offer conversions for wheelchairs, including removable seating, hand controls, emergency brake, folding wheelchair ramp with wireless remote, and a wheelchair tie-down system. Starts at $16,900. Mobility Independent Transportation Systems, (800) 868-6641, or www.wheelchair-van.com.
Support a tracheostomy tube at the correct angle with this ventilator tubing stabilizer, which eliminates pulling, irritation and injury. Washable and reusable, collar included. $29.95 for two. Tarpaw, (877) 619-2433, or www.trach-aide.com.
Attractive headboard/footboard sets turn mechanical hospital beds into stylish furniture. Available in five finishes. $495; matching nightstand, $395; three-piece set, $750. TenderCare Beds, (877) 407-4440, or www.tendercarebeds.com.
These unisex boxer shorts allow easy access for health care providers and caregivers while preserving the comfort and dignity of the wearer. The shorts are constructed of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester, to be machine washable. They feature a 2-inch waistband in the back and drawstring in the front, and heavy-duty snaps down the sides. Available in blue. Priced at $30. For information: Snappypantz, (913) 991-8001, or www.snappypantz.com.
The Random Tandem connects two wheelchairs, two strollers, or one of each, making it easy for one person to push two. The device attaches easily; no tools are needed. Just tighten the knobs and clamp one frame to another. Clamp disks are made of high-impact PVC II to make secure connections without damaging your equipment. Retail price is $148. For information: Troy Technologies, (800) 840-1665, or www.troytechnologies.net.
Stay-Put wheelchair cushions
The Stay-Put selection of wheelchair cushions are designed to remain on a wheelchair at all times, including when it is folded for storage or transport. Available with AliMed's premier wheelchair cushions including foam, T-Foam, Gel, Sit-Straight, and AeroCell models to provide a comfortable and stable seating surface. Prices start at $96. For information: AliMed, (800) 225-2610, or www.alimed.com.
This personal hygiene device helps users with limited mobility be more independent in the bathroom. The Wand is sanitary and portable, and comes in three pieces: a 9-inch curved head, 14-inch handle and a 6-inch extension. An additional extension can be added to make the total length 25 inches. With activation of a button-slide mechanism, the Wand can grasp toilet tissue, a razor, sponge or ointment applicator, and its plastic construction makes it durable and simple to clean. Retail price is $50. For information: Freedom Innovations, (866) 931-0886, or www.freedomwand.com.