“Help is at hand” was the title to the recent New York Post article that featured a number of AllegroMedical.com’s innovative home medical products that make life easier for those with limited mobility. In my interview with the newspaper, I was challenged to highlight a handful of products that have dramatically enhanced the lives of people living with disabilities of physical challenges. Considering that we offer over 37,000 products on our website, and add thousands of new products each year, choosing the top 10 was not easy.
Our picks for the New York Post segment all stand out to me in 2 key ways:
1) Improvement of mobility
2) Increased Independence
Better mobility and enhanced independence leads to improved quality of life. In some of these products the genius seems so simple. These great products make so much sense, that when you look at them, you can’t help but say, “ I wish I thought of that!”
Take a look at the items we highlighted as most helpful for the New York Post and visit www.AllegroMedical.com to find countless other innovative health care products.
A design possibly inspired by Disneyland’s Tea Cups ride, this transfer bench allows the user to glide the expanse across the bathtub edge and then easily rotate into a comfortable position for showering. Also notable, this product manufactured by Maddak is made in the USA.
This product is the equivalent of having a friend in your living room to lend a hand whenever the need arises to get up from your favorite chair. A set of pistons store the energy captured when sitting down on the padded seat cushion. When it’s time to get up, the struts provide a boost to the seat helping you reach a standing position.
Like something out of a James Bond movie, this micro mobility scooter folds down into its own suite case, not much bigger than airplane carry-on bag. If 007 were ever issued a mobility scooter it would have to be the Luggie FreeRider.
Oxygen concentrators produce an endless supply of O2 for patients at home but are tethered to an electrical outlet. Portable oxygen tanks offer users mobility but only until the tanks run dry. The Inogen One G3 is the best of both worlds. It is a back pack sized oxygen concentrator that can continuously produce O2 for patients for up to 9 hours on a single charge of its double pack. If required, the unit can also be plugged into a car power source or standard wall outlet and run indefinitely.
Loss of dexterity from age, arthritis or other conditions can make something as simple as turning the deadbolt lock on your front door a challenge. The SimpliciKey is a motorized deadbolt lock that can be operated by a remote pendant with just 2 buttons; open and close.
These grab bars install without tools and provide a sturdy hand-hold in any bathroom shower. The innovative design allows the grab bars to be positioned in any number of ways to ensure safe entry and exit from the bath or shower. The design also incorporates a sensor mechanism that indicates the strength of the suction. If it does not have a good grip on the surface, it tells you.
The European company ABENA is making fast inroads into the US with their line of ultra-comfortable adult incontinence briefs. Made from Air Plus, their patented soft material, the Abri adult briefs are more comfortable than the standard adult pull-ups on the market. With the addition of stronger elastic in the waist and crotch, and layers of moisture trapping fabric, the Abri has more capacity than other products in the same class. From a recent survey of incontinence users done by Allegro Medical, we found that comfort was the biggest consideration when buying incontinence products followed closely by capacity. The Abri Premium Adult Briefs score high in both categories.
Monitoring your personal health is getting easier with the introduction of wireless health monitors by iHealth. This blood pressure monitor transmits information directly to your mobile device, allowing you to measure and track your systolic/diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave, and measurement time.
Like the iHealth blood pressure monitor, this Pulse Oximeter transmits vital information wirelessly to your mobile device, reporting on oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. Part of a family of 3 innovative wireless health monitors, the pulse oximeter makes it easy and quick to get readings and then email results to physicians and caregivers.
Wearable activity monitors are becoming more widely used and the iHealth Wireless Activity monitor is one of the latest to hit the market. It tracks walking, running, distance traveled and calories burned. It also tracks your sleep efficiency, or how restful you slumber, which has a direct impact on health.
Wireless technology in health devices and mobile apps will continue to emerge in 2014. Don’t be surprised if these products begin communicating with each other, creating an even smarter interconnected view of our total health picture.