Look Who’s Typing Now!

We have letters to send, papers to publish, and novels to compose. Yet as we grow older, these once simple tasks may become difficult. Fortunately, with the aid of technology and a willingness to learn, anyone- no matter what their disability- can speak their mind. The function of assistive technology is to help us performContinue…

Taking a Closer Look at Closed-Circuit Televisions

More than twenty million Americans over the age of forty have visual impairments. Many of these impairments result from diseases like macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, while others result from health-related problems like diabetes. While visual impairments vary from blurred vision to complete loss of vision, most people with visual impairments do not have totalContinue…

Computer Recycling Programs

We live in a society where computers are, in one way or another, involved in just about every aspect of our lives. Computers in private residences are becoming more and more common. But like all other electronic devices, computers are costly. Persons with disabilities, however, can still affordably obtain a computer for their own personalContinue…

Safety in the Bathroom Products to Assist with Bathing Benches & Lifts

Table of Contents: Introduction Transfer Bench Padded transfer Bench Tub Trolley Inside-Tub Lift Outside-Tub Lift Hydro-Cushion lift Floor-mounted Bathchair Lift Tub-mounted bathchair lift Hoyer Lift Powered lift INTRODUCTION More household accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room. In a series of publications entitled Safety in the Bathroom: Products to Assist with Bathing,Continue…

Devices for Memory Loss

Remembering daily events, activities, and routines is difficult for all of us at times. Some conditions associated with aging can result in memory loss ranging from forgetting to take medication at a designated time, to not being able to remember one’s own address or getting lost in one’s own neighborhood. Persons who have dementia withContinue…

Dressing Aids

You wake up, you get dressed: it’s a simple formula that most people have practiced for as long as they can remember. However, for older persons with arthritis or with limited mobility, the second part of the equation may be much more difficult than one might think. Painful finger joints make it hard to fastenContinue…

Environmental Control Units

Persons with long-term disabilities may feel somewhat restricted in terms of the amount of control they have over their living space. Fumbling with small switches to turn on light can become increasingly frustrating; small print on a thermostat may make it hard to adjust properly; getting up to open a door can be difficult ifContinue…

Rub a Dub Dub, Devices for the Tub: Bath Seats

More household accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. Hard porcelain surfaces and soapy water make bathrooms slippery places where falling can be dangerous. Older persons may have balance problems, or weak joints or muscles, which make bathing difficult. Many products exist to help make bathing easier and safer.Continue…

Get a Handle on Things with Reachers!

The versatility of¬†reachers¬†brings independence to many people in numerous situations. Because reachers extend the arm, they bring everything within easy reach, making them essential aids for persons with lower back problems or difficulty bending. Reachers eliminate the danger of balancing precariously on a stool to reach something on a high shelf. Back injuries and fallsContinue…

Book Holders and Page Turners

For many, reading is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend time. However, some older persons and persons with upper body impairments may find reading to be a strenuous activity rather than one of leisure. Holding a book open can put unnecessary strain on the hands, arms back, and shoulders. Turning the pages of aContinue…