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Excelerator XLT Handcycle
For stroke survivors who would like to ride a bike but can't due to problems with leg movement, the Invacare Top End Excelerator XLT Handcycle may be a good cycling alternative. This hand-operated cycle can be used for a ride around the block or for a competitive race. Priced at $2,395, the Excelerator XLT Handcycle comes with a 3-year warranty. For more information on this and other products sold by Invacare, visit http://www.invacare.com/ or call (800) 333-6900.
EZ-Shampoo Hair Washing Tray
The EZ-Shampoo Hair Washing Tray can make washing your hair a little easier for you and your caregiver. The washing tray rests comfortably on your shoulders and reduces awkward bending — which can be helpful for those with limited motion. The EZ-Shampoo Hair Washing Tray costs $21.95. For more information on, or to buy this product, visit http://www.1stseniorcare.com/ or call toll free (866) 822-7348.
After her stroke in 2003, Carol Froom suffered from spasticity, a condition that caused her hand to curl up. Her son Keith was taking care of her at the time and wasn't satisfied with the available splints on the market. So he designed the anti-spasticity Froomsplint out of high quality plastic to help people like his mom extend their hand out of the claw position. The Froomsplint is available in small, medium and large sizes and is also reversible for use on the right or left hand. More importantly, it can be applied or removed easily by stroke survivors and caregivers. Prices range from $69.95 to $105. For more information go to http://www.rkfroom.com/ or call toll free (866) 735-8314.
True Stories of Stroke Reversal
This book features inspiring stories of hope from ordinary people who didn't know much about stroke until they survived one. The proceeds from the book go to the St. Luke's Stroke Foundation, where each of the featured 15 patients received critical stroke reversal treatment that helped them return to their normal lives. National Stroke Association will receive $5 from each book sold if you order directly from National Stroke Association at (800) STROKES (800-787-6537). The price per book is $15 plus shipping. To read more about the book, visit http://www.911stroke.org/.
For those affected by or at risk for a stroke, an American Medical ID can communicate medical needs and help ensure proper and prompt medical care in case of an emergency. This customized medical identification jewelry is engraved with a brief description of vital medical facts. It comes in many styles and sells for as little as $21.95. And anyone who buys an ID can access American Medical ID's Online Medical Registry (OMR) free of charge for the rest of his or her life. The OMR, which can be accessed through a secure online connection or a 24-hour emergency telephone line, provides 24/7 unlimited access to a registered nurse for emergencies or ongoing health questions. To order your customized medical ID, go to http://www.identifyyourself.com/ or call (800) 363-5985.
Smart Floor Mat and Monitor
Statistics show that 40 percent of all stroke survivors suffer serious falls within the first year after the stroke. To help prevent these types of falls, SmartCareGiver created the Smart Floor Mat and Monitor. This mat can be placed bedside or at a door entry way, with the monitor attached to the headboard or wall. When the mat is stepped on, an alarm sounds to alert the caregiver of the patient's movement. The monitor is available wired or wireless and comes with a one-year guarantee. The price is $141.90. For more information or to buy this product, visit http://www.1stseniorcare.com/ or call toll free (866) 822-7348.
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