Illuminating the Issue
We are seeking new assistive devices and other products that can help occupational therapists maximize safety and independence for seniors living at home. This innovation search coincides with April’s Occupational Therapy Month.
- There are more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in our history.
- Our nation’s 65-and-older population increased 15.1% from 2000-2010, compared with 9.7% for the entire population.
- The senior population is expected to grow by nearly 80% in the next 25 years.
According to AARP research, most seniors want to remain in their own homes as they age, called “aging in place,” rather than move to a retirement/assisted living community or in with a relative. Aging in place comes with challenges, specifically safety given that falls are the main cause of accidental death among seniors.
Occupational therapists are instrumental in helping people live safely in their home environments and incorporating assistive devices and other tools to maximize their independence.
Some examples of products that assist seniors with daily tasks at home include:
* Kitchen: kitchen trolley, perching stool with back support, kettle tipper, stabilized cutting board
* Bathroom: shower stool, grab bar, transfer bath bench
* Bedroom: button hook, dressing stick, sock aid, long-handled shoe horn, long-handled reacher
Do you have a BRIGHT new idea to assist seniors who want to age in place? We want to hear it!
Your submission should be unique so that it’s protectable, although having an existing patent is not necessary. Tell us the highlights, but don’t forget the details. Simply fill out our confidential and secure online submission form. Upload images, sketches and video if possible, since this helps our evaluation team to better envision your idea. Please limit any videos to two minutes or less.
Innovators may submit ideas confidentially and securely until the search concludes on June 9, 2014.
Our product development and medical review experts will review all submissions. The best and brightest may be designed, developed and licensed by Edison Nation Medical. Licensed ideas will receive a $2,500 minimum advance on 20 years percentage of sales or buyout. We split the licensing royalties 50/50 with inventors on successfully licensed products.
Edison Nation Medical runs Idea Searches to match your inventions with the needs of the world’s largest brands.
Simply tell your invention’s story through our secure Innovation Search system. Our team reviews each idea and narrows the submissions down to the finalists, which are presented to the search sponsor.
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