Category Archives: Home Maintenance

Cosy Is A Smart Heating & Home Control System Coming Out Of Cambridge, U.K.

Environmental control can be most helpful to people with disabilities and their caregivers.


When Google shelled out $3.2 billion for Nest, it poured a fresh wave of attention and interest into smart home automation systems — even though it’s not entirely clear whether Google swooped on Nest more as an acqui-hire (of Tony Fadell and his team) than a desire to further feather its connected home credentials.

Whatever Google’s intentions for Nest, it’s unlikely to focus early effort pushing connected home hardware into markets far from Mountain View. And that’s giving a bit of breathing space to European Nest alternatives.

There’s German startup Tado, for instance, which last September raised $2.6 million. And soon there will likely also be Cosy: a smart home control system being developed in Cambridge, U.K. — aiming to ship product next month.

The initial Cosy system will include the inevitable mobile app to allow the users to control the connected hardware and access the Cosy cloud…

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Independent Living Products

Search words: adaptive techology, independent living

Assistive Devices/Products for Independent Living
Transfer Lifts/devices
Adapted Special Needs Clothing
Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Exercise Devices/Equipment
Medical Supplies
Medical Equipment Classifieds
Reading Aids
Toys for Differently Abled Kids
Other Products/Services

Assistive Devices/Products

Ablephone – hands-free phone
Access to Recreation – Independent living products
Achievable Conceptsy – Adapted Recreation and Sporting Equipment offers a wide selection of assistive daily living aids
Adaptive Technologies & Research – The Adapt-A-Grip System
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
Bright Start Therapeutics – dedicated to developing better therapeutic solutions for special needs children
Cane Candle – cane/walker accessory
CARE4U – Aids for Daily Living
Comfort House products that make life easier, arthritis and independent living aids
Dining with Dignity – Utensils for the Disabled
Discount Medical Supplies is a physician operated medical equipment and supply company,
Dragonfly Toys – Aids for daily living
Dynamic Living – Solutions for Easier Living
Extensions For Independence – mouthstick devices
Grab Bars – Bathroom Handrails – Bathtub Handles
Independent For Life – e-Store – Walkers, Rollators, Canes and Crutches
LogicMark 30911 Guardian Alert 911 Emergency Contact Base & Pendant
North Coast Medical – Functional Solutions for Independent Living
Parentgiving – Home Care Products
Petite Baubles Boutique – custom medical id alert bracelets for baby’s,kids, teens and adults.
R.D. Equipment, Inc. – Tub Slide Shower Chair, Electric Leg Bag Emptier
Sammons Preston – Products for Personal independence
Seabridge Bathing Walk-in Bathtubs
Technical Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
WestCanProducts – aids to daily living products.

Transfer Lifts/Devices

Accessible Designs, Inc. – anti-slip transfer boards, more
Liko – patient lifts, overhead lift systems
Med-Lift & Mobility – power lift/power recline chairs
MobilityPro – Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Lift Chairs and Accessories
RAND-SCOT – EasyPivot Transfer Machines
UPlift Seat Assist
Waverley Glen – Patient Lifts, Ceiling Lifts, Lift Slings, Floor Lifts, Safe Patient Handling Products, Mechanical Lifts

Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Advanced Hearing Aid Center
SoundBytes – the hearing enhancement rescource company
Exercise Devices/Equipment

Access to Recreation – cycles, exercisers
Endorphin Corporation – Fitness & Rehabilitation Products
Flexiciser – Fitness for the Mobility Challenged
Therapeutic Alliances Inc
Uppertone Unassisted Muscle Strenghtening System For Quads
Wheelchair Gym – a unique wheelchair accessible hydraulic resistance movement therapy machine
Bed/Comfort Products

Aquila Corp – Wheelchair Cushion Manufacturer
Invacare Standard Products Group
Progressive Medical – Air mattresses, Foam Mattresses, and Miscellaneous products.
Turnsoft® – automatic turning mattress heals “Decubitus”
SenTech Medical Systems, Inc. – Thera-Turn Family Of Products
The EASE – Active Massage Wheelchair Cushion
Hygiene Assistance

Freedom Industries unique line of leg bag release systems
SelfWipe® Bathroom Toilet Aid
Urological/Incontinence Supplies

180 Medical – disposable medical supply company specializing in intermittent catheters
Comforthouse – Incontinence Products
Home Care Delivered – Incontinence Supplies – Incontinence Products Adult Briefs and Incontinence Products
Medical Supplies

A-MED Health Care Center – Medical supplies
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
ConvaQuip – Obese and Bariatric Patient Aids
Elite Medical – Crutches, Forearm Crutches, Guardian Crutches, Walk Easy Crutches
ME Medical Shop | Home Medical Supplies and Equipment
Medical Department Store – Portable Concentrators | durable medical equipment | Medical Supplies
Medical Goods, Inc. – Discount Medical Supplies Store
Medical Supplies – Discount Medical Supplies and Equipment at
Medical Equipment
Ocelco Medical Supply | Patient Aid Equipment and Parts – Medical Supplies Online
Portable Oxygen Concentrators – Portable and Home Oxygen Concentrators. Portables are FAA Approved for travel!
Posey Company – health care products
Medical Supplies at
WHYP Inc. – Medical Supplies for Persons With Disabilities
Medical Equipment Classifieds

Medical EquipNet
Project Mend – Medical Equipment Network for the disabled

Fanlight Production – educational healthcare videos
Walk This Way – a film by Chris Sheridan
WHEELCHAIR WORKOUT-with beginning Karate
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Seated Version for Wheelchair Use)
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Lupus/Sun Sensitive Version)
Wrist/Hand Pain Gentle Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Intermediate Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Advanced Exercises
RESIST-A-BAND Chair Fitness Video for Seniors and Rehabilitation with Resistance Exercises
Tantric Massage Video
Reading Aids

Artograph Projectors
Mons International, Inc. – magnifiers,visually impaired,low vision,blind
Telesensory – Personal Reading Systems and Computer Magnification Systems for Enlarging Text
The Magnifying Center – Aid for the visually impaired
The Reading Edge – The “Edge” in Reading Technology


Audiobooks Online – Ear Friendly Books
Brookes Publishing
AWE-Struck E-Books – Sci fi, new age, romance, instructional books, software.
Other (alphabetical)

A.D.D. WareHouse – Products for Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities
Alphabet Signs – ADA signs
AOK Medi Rescue Chair – Emergency Stair Chair used for quick and safe evacuation of people in multi-story buildings.
Different Roads to Learning – products for children with developmental delays
Disability Product Postcards – Free product information
Family friendly fun and special needs resources that enhance the quality and fun of family life with special needs.
Handi-Ramp – Provides ramps, lifts and support information to people with disabilities and to meet ADA requirements.
Brush-Away – In-Wall Toilet Brush Cabinet
QuadAntics – QuadAntics: Tees promoting integration w/ Humor – Drug Side Effects Information for Consumers
ShurLok Key Storage Lock Box
The Boulevard – a Disability and Healthcare site
The Mining Company – Deafness/Hard of Hearing
Toys for Special Children & Enabling Devices
Tumble Forms – positioning and mobility equipment.
Umbrella of the Capital District — provides support services for elderly and disabled live safely and independently in their own homes.
Van Duerr Industries – ADA Compliance Products

Dyson DC59 Review: A Portable Powerhouse To Help You Ditch Corded Vacuums Entirely

A good option for people that have diminished strength or are working from a wheelchair. Universal design!


People who haven’t used a Dyson often believe their reputation to be hype. How, after all, could one device designed for sucking up dirt so far exceed any other machine designed for the same task? There’s no operating system, no laundry list of features, no app market to consider, and so on. But while vacuums are simple in function, Dyson’s sophistication behind the scenes makes its machines somewhat magical, and the new DC59 (or DC62 in Canada, which explains the badging in the photos) Animal Digital Slim vacuum may just be the most magical of all.


  • 26-minute battery
  • 6-minute boost mode
  • Comes with 4 vacuum heads
  • 4.6 lbs
  • 0.12 gallon bin capacity
  • MSRP: $499.99
  • Product info page


  • Thrice the sucking power of any other handheld vacuum
  • 6 more minutes running time than its predecessor
  • 50% more power than DC44 in boost mode


  • Boost mode taxes battery quick

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