Toothbrush pillow, oral care aid, now on loan to Alabama Assistive Technology Resource (STAR)

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MONTGOMERY, AL, USA, Aug 17, 2022 / — Alabama Assistive Technology Resource (STAR) lending library of assistive technology tools, devices and services for people with physical or neurological disabilities, is growing slightly.

The latest addition to the device demo is the Toothbrush Pillow, a small HSA & FSA countertop medical device that balances a toothbrush in a horizontal position with bristles facing upwards to aid and assist physically or neurologically disabled individuals to apply toothpaste. Like all of the many devices and services available from Alabama’s Assistive Technology Resource (STAR), the Toothbrush Pillow can be tried out by the user before committing to use.

The mission of Alabama Assistive Technology Resources (STAR) is to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology for Alabamians of all ages and disabilities through a variety of activities, comprehensive programs and services available statewide.

Assistive technology plays a vital role in helping Alabamians with disabilities be more independent, productive, and included in social, educational, professional, and community life. Assistive technology enables people to perform many tasks that would be difficult or impossible due to functional limitations caused by a disability. It also enables people with disabilities to access goods and services with an ease of access equivalent to that of their non-disabled peers.

Alabama’s Assistive Technology Resource (STAR) now has the toothbrush pillow through the AT Short-Term Loan and AT Demonstration programs. This opportunity is for a person to interact with an AT device, learn about the different features and compare with other similar devices. An AT device demo allows a person to make an informed decision as to whether the device is the right one.

According 4% of adults in Alabama have an independent living disability, 15% a mobility disability, and 9% an independent living disability. Independent living is described as serious difficulty running errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office and self-care is difficulty dressing or bathing.

STAR Assistive Technology Act programs are federally funded by the Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (HHS/ACL). STAR is administered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) whose mission is to enable all Alabamians with disabilities to reach their maximum potential.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) defines assistive technology (AT) as any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system used to augment, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities.

The tiny toothbrush pillow, like thousands of other devices designed to help the disabled and elderly, is available at 37 of 56 assistive technology locations in all 50 states, four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

About the toothbrush pillow

The device is currently used by people with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, autism and upper limb amputees. Occupational therapists provide the toothbrush cushion and teach clients about proper oral care. The device creates opportunities for people with daily oral care when dealing with extraordinary medical issues in the absence of doctors. Very economical, easy to use and can be used independently. The intellectual property behind TBP is owned by American businessman Anthem Pleasant.

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