It's just like I was saying the other day: elderly folks with medical conditions have social lives, too. And they have their pride. They also want med gadgets with zippy features and a cool look they can show off to friends and family. Hey, they're with it.
So it's a good thing people like diabetes industry entrepreneur Robert Oringer "get it." He's behind a company called HUGOAnywhere that's offering a whole new generation of "durable medical equipment" -- ultra-convenient, affordable, and designed with flair.
The HUGO Rolling Walker is a lightweight ergonomic model that includes a cushioned seat and tote saddle bag. It comes in "Pacific Blue" and "Titanium Silver."
The HUGO Transport Chair is made of 100% aluminum, weighs only 22 lbs (yet can carry 300), folds up like the best baby stroller, and sports handy storage pockets and two drink holders on the seat back.
The HUGO Folding Cane System looks like some kind of next-gen sports stick: it's also lightweight aluminum and folds up to a compact 11.5 x 5 inches, with a cool black pouch for storage. You can even choose from 19 different customized cane handles -- from blue Sedona Marble to the classic red La Jolla hook.
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"Our idea is to think different about medical supplies. Why should you have to go to a specialized medical supply store to get the equipment you need for daily life? Why can't you just go to Costco or Wal-Mart and buy it for your mom for $99? ... And forget waiting for MediCare to cover it!" Oringer says.
Actually, HUGO products are already on shelves at Wal-Mart, Kmart, SAM's Club and Costco. I hadn't meant to turn this post into a product plug... it's just that I sure wish I'd known about this stuff when my Grandpa was still alive. At 99, he was still embarrassed to leave the house with his gawky walker.