Stroke Smart Magazine
GEAR & GADGETS
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Style and Safety-Focused Products;
Increase Caregiver Control During
Maddak Inc. takes gait
belts one step further with the Slip-On Gait Belt Handle. The attachment slides
over a gait belt providing additional grab points for the caregiver. The result
is safer, easier walking and transfers for both the patient and caregiver. With
two vertical hand grips, the handle allows caregivers to use better body
mechanics and have a more secure hold. Use of the handle increases patient
stability and decreases stress on the caregiver’s back. The Slip-On Gait Belt
Handle fits gait belts up to two inches wide. It is made of durable, washable,
high quality nylon webbing.
Cooper Martin clothing
provides fashion and function, offering a long-overdue alternative to
tradi-tional adaptive clothing. The clothing design mixes elements of fine
tailoring, cutting-edge functionality and patent-pending technology. Cooper
Martin trousers get rid of the struggle with one of the most basic daily
tasks—getting dressed. The Cooper Martin Adaptive Trousers for both men and
women combine fine tailoring and discretely modified details. Trousers have a wide leg and longer rise,
pleats, hip pockets and Active Recovery Technology features including Active Zipper
Lock™, an integrated zipper system and ergonomic construction.
Myomo® Helps Brain Relearn
to Move Paralyzed Arm
System is a robotic arm brace developed at MIT to restore arm movement in
stroke survivors. The technology senses even very weak muscle signals
through the skin and robotically assists with movement. In essence, Myomo
is re-teaching the brain. Effects vary, but studies show improvement in
is the first wearable, portable robotic device to help stroke survivors relearn
how to move partially paralyzed arms using their own muscle signals. Myomo has
been used as a therapeutic device in rehabilitation clinics and hospitals since
Price: $4,750 and up
A Piece of Her Mind by Mona Gupton & Stacy Gupton
Mother and daughter team
Mona and Stacy Gupton always
did whatever it took to reach a goal. So when tragedy struck in 2003 and Stacy
suffered a massive stroke at the age of twenty-one, the family bond of love and
determination tightly held them throughout their journey to a place they
wondered if they would ever reach: acceptance.
writing debut is a personal account of this life-altering event from the
perspectives of the extremely strong women who lived it. Told she would never
have a normal life after her stroke, Stacy set out to prove everyone wrong with
the help of her amazing family.
Wellcore Mobile Personal Emergency
stroke survivors’ greatest worry – the loss of their independence. The Mobile
Personal Emergency Response System incorporates motion detection, advanced
pattern recognition, text-to-speech technology, GPS and Bluetooth – all in one.
The pager-sized device detects falls automatically and sends help in an
emergency, with or without pressing a button. Wellcore also monitors activity,
letting caregivers view progress via an online dashboard. The unit reminds the
wearer to put it on and it works anywhere, even outside the home, in
conjunction with a Wellcore-compatible cell phone.
Price: $199 plus $49/month
The product descriptions included in Gear & Gadgets are for informational purposes only. A product’s inclusion in StrokeSmart™ does not imply endorsement by National Stroke Association nor does it guarantee the reliability or safety of the products listed.