Featured products: Hands-free meal carrier ** Washable boxer shorts ** Shower chair ** Back support system ** Communication device ** Exterior stair lift ** Accessible playground center ** Wheelchair seat insert ** Turning vehicle transfer seat.
This hands-free way to carry meals, drinks or other personal items features a built-in drink holder and can hold up to 20 pounds. When not in use, it can be folded against the chest and out of the way. Waterproof nylon mesh makes it lightweight and durable, and snap-buckle fasteners on neck and waist straps ensure a comfortable fit. The retail price is $40. For information: The CrutchBuddy.com, (619) 488-7243, or www.thecrutchbuddy.com.
These washable, reusable boxer shorts look like any other pair, but contain a highly-absorbent pad sewn into the crotch area from front to back. Fluid is wicked away from the skin by the outside layer of the soft pad, and contained in the pant by a layer of waterproof protection. A pocket accommodates a second pad if needed for additional protection. Choose from a variety of patterns and colors for girls and boys, women and men. Sized from youth small through adult X-large. Retail price ranges from $16 to $20. For information: Exceptional Care Solutions, (877) 536-4141, or www.exceptionalcaresolutions.com.
Premium Shower Chair
This shower chair features support handles with rubber grips for easy sitting and standing, reinforced mesh seat and ergonomic back for comfort, and innovative leg design for stability. The handheld shower holder and basket organizer keep bathing necessities within easy reach. The chair height adjusts from 15 inches to 21 inches, holds up to 400 pounds, and sits on anti-slip rubber feet. The retail price is $136. For information: Moen, (800) 882-0116, or homecare.moen.com.
Retroback Back Support System
This simple yet functional back support system provides comfort, supports posture and reduces lower back fatigue without compromising seat depth. With its unique clip-on/clip-off design, the Retroback can be affixed onto existing sling upholstery without tools or hardware, and is easily removed when folding or storing the wheelchair. The removable, water-resistant cover is made of a flexible, durable, washable fabric. Models are available to fit wheelchairs with back heights of 16 inches to 18 inches, and chair widths from 15 inches to 20 inches. The system weighs only 3 pounds; its weight limit is 300 pounds. The suggested retail price is $320. For information: The ROHO Group, (800) 851-3449, or www.therohogroup.com.
This eyegaze system is comprised of two parts: the Vmax speech-generating device and the EyeMax accessory. With it, users can access their Vmax with a blink, or by dwelling on a particular area of the screen. The system accommodates use with one or both eyes, as well as users who wear contacts or glasses, and features structured page layout and a host of access methods including touch enter and exit, visual and auditory scanning, joystick, audio touch, mouse pause, Morse code and switch access. The retail price for the Vmax begins at $8,245; for the EyeMax accessory, $7,000. For information: DynaVox, (866) 396-2869, or www.dynavoxtech.com.
Outdoor Electra-Ride Elite
This exterior stair lift is designed to help users navigate outside stairs year-round. An offset swivel seat makes entry and exit easy and safe, and two 12-volt batteries powered by a small battery charger enable it to provide uninterrupted performance even in the event of electrical power failure. The Electra-Ride’s seat cushions are made from exterior marine-grade vinyl, and powder-coat outdoor paint protects all aluminum and steel surfaces. A weather-resistant cover system is included, and the cover, seat, arms and footrest all flip out of the way to allow use of outside stairs by others. The lift can handle up to 400 pounds. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $5,500. For information: Bruno Independent Living Aids, (262) 567-4990, or www.bruno.com.
Expanded Playground Set with Accessible Transfer Station
This ADA-compliant playground center makes playtime fun for children of varying abilities. It features two slides, a fantasy play wall with built-in ball game, a ship’s wheel, a play telescope, and a rattle wheel. Shallow steps enhance accessibility to upper-deck activities. Holds up to 10 children ages 2 years to 5 years. Installation is required. The retail price is $5,300. For information: FlagHouse, (800) 793-7900, or www.flaghouse.com.
Reducer Seat Insert
This seat insert reduces the width of a wheelchair seat by up to 2 inches, providing proper positioning in oversized wheelchairs. The latex-free cushion has a ribbed design to promote airflow, is water resistant and lightweight, and folds flat for storage. It can be trimmed with scissors to accommodate shoulder straps or other positioning features. Retail price is $139. For information: Troy Technologies, (800) 840-1665, or www.troytechnologies.net.
Compact Lift-Up Seat
This seat makes entering and exiting select Toyota and Lexus vehicles easy for people weighing up to 330 pounds, eliminating the climbing and twisting normally required to enter a high vehicle. Easy, one-button operation is available to the user or driver, and the seat may be stopped at any point for ideal transfer height. Upholstery options allow users to match their vehicle’s original seats. No structural modifications are necessary for installation. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $8,000 (installed). For information: Bruno Independent Living Aids, (262) 567-4990, or www.bruno.com.