Product Peeks Spring 2013

Article Highlights:
  • Easy-on underwear
  • Manual wheelchair travel case
  • Fortissimo (voice-activated, hands-free telephone)
  • Liftkar PT (stair lift)
  • Kickstart Walking System (wearable leg device)
  • Bottom Buddy (toilet tissue aide)
by Quest Staff on April 1, 2013 - 9:15am

Quest Vol. 20, No. 2

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Easy-on underwear

Claspies feature clasps on the side for easy changing, allowing you to put on panties while sitting, lying down or standing (no need to balance). Styled to feel and look just like normal underwear, Claspies let you change your underwear without having to remove pants or shoes! Price: $15 for one or $25 for two. (Quest readers should use promo code “QUEST” for free shipping.) Ai Change LLC, (408) 429-2866.

 

Claspies, Easy-on underwear

Manual wheelchair travel bag

Troy Technologies’ new suitcase Wheelchair Travel Bag fits most nonpowered wheelchairs, making it easier to bring them on airplanes, trains and cars. The bag features a durable polyester fabric with padded walls and stay-in-place straps to help the chairs arrive safely; zippered expansion pockets provide extra space. Heavy-duty roller wheels and a telescoping handle enable easy maneuvering, carrying and loading/unloading. Price: $199. TroyTechnologies, (877) 928-8770.

 

Manual wheelchair travel bag

Voice-activated, hands-free telephone

The Fortissimo from Clarity, a division of Plantronics, allows users to answer the phone and have a conversation from anywhere in the room. It is equipped with  one of the loudest speakerphones available, talking caller ID and a remote pendant. Fortissimo also lets users keep up with social media via its Vocalyst voice service, which allows posting on Facebook and Twitter, emailing, listening to voicemails and news feeds, and checking the weather simply by speaking commands to the device. Fortissimo offers multiple adaptations for hands-free control, including a puff switch and pillow switch. Customer service is very easy: Technicians can remotely make needed adjustments and updates to a user’s Fortissimo. Price: $550. Clarity, (800) 426-3738.

Toilet tissue aide

Stair lift

The Liftkar PT is a battery-powered, portable, attendant-operated stair climber designed to transport people up and down stairs. The device requires no modifications to the home and works with any stair configuration, whether curved, angled or straight. Liftkar works with manual, transport, children’s and sports wheelchairs, but cannot transport power chairs. Liftkar will fit into an RV, chartered jet, or the aisles of airplanes. Lightweight and easy to disassemble into three parts. Maximum lifting weight is 352 pounds. Pricing starts at $7,600. Mobility Lifter, (630) 891-2817.

Stair lift

Kickstart Walking System

The Kickstart Walking System is a custom-fitted wearable leg device that provides stability and helps users to lift and swing the leg naturally with each step, using a spring-based system free of electronics. Designed to be worn in daily life to improve mobility, Kickstart is particularly useful for those who have weakness in the hip flexor muscles that work to lift the knee up for a step. Users must have moderate strength and stability in the knee, quad and core muscles to effectively use the Kickstart system. The system is available through an orthotist. Price: $7,800 per leg. For more information or to find a trial session hosted at a clinic near you, contact Cadence Biomedical at (877) 484-7513.

Kickstart Walking System

Toilet tissue aide

The Bottom Buddy provides independence on the toilet to people with limited range of motion or limited reach. The soft, flexible head has three tulip-petal sections that securely grip toilet paper or wet wipes, completely covering the rounded head. Once personal hygiene is complete, a press of the button on the back of the handle releases the soiled tissue into the toilet bowl. No touching, no mess. Price: $40. Hygien’ease Technologies, (570) 842-7832.

Toilet tissue aide
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