Some people grow and have new adventures as they age and others seem to shrink and wither. Why is that? Things will change as you get older. Your attitude about the change and willingness to make accommodations as needed can make all the difference.
Because of health issues or the normal changes of aging, people may require mobility aids, assistive devices and home medical equipment. In my years as an occupational therapist, I’ve found that many people won’t use the equipment they need because it’s ugly or doesn’t work well. It makes people feel bad about themselves and then they don’t want to use it. Most of the available products are ugly. They look industrial and they are depressing. No one wants their home to feel like a hospital.
That silver walker with the tennis balls from the drug store might be functional but it is a lot more fun to use a sleek red carbon fiber walker that makes people ask questions.
Why does it matter? When people are unhappy about the mobility aids available to them, they end up not using the equipment. This can lead to injuries from falls if the products are needed for stability. Or it causes people to stop going out and about because they are embarrassed that they need this ugly device. They will often stop doing things they enjoy and start isolating which can begin a spiral down into depression and poor health. But get a product you love and the outcome can be very different.
An experience with my grandmother planted the seed for my business. She was in the early stages of dementia and my mother wanted to get her a clock that displayed the time and date to help her stay oriented. My mom searched all over but everything that she found was very industrial looking and unattractive.
She said she wished there was a website where people could find items they’d actually want to have and use, even if they had to spend a little bit more. This, and similar experiences with many of my patients as an occupational therapist, was the start of my journey into starting a store where I sell products curated from all around the world that not only work well but also look good.
It is so important to recognize that everyone experiences aging differently and has different needs. I want to help people that are in a phase of their life that might be challenging for them. And I want them to have fun, attractive equipment that meets their needs but still lets them enjoy life to the fullest- products that they love.
I love to see the light in people’s eyes when they realize that they can still have new adventures. Hopefully, I have something amazing and great looking to help you lead a safe, happy and fulfilling life.