Quikiks can help vulnerable people get into proper securely fastening footwear as easily as those hazardous bedroom slippers.
December 30, 2017
Hands-Free LLC, a company based in New York City, devoted to improving the quality-of-life of people with disabilities, won the “Best Caregiving Innovation” Contest for their Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes at this Fall’s Annual National Caregiving Conference, held from November 10th – 11th, 2017.
Now in its second year, the 2017 National Caregiving Conference (NCC17), organized by Caregiving.com, is a place where past, present and future caregivers from all over the country and from various disciplines come together to share their knowledge and experiences of their caregiving journeys for the benefit of all. The two day event is filled with seminars, talks and workshops from leading experts in diverse caregiving fields as well as vendors exhibiting related products and services.
Hands-Free LLC’s Founder and CEO, Steven Kaufman said, “It was a privilege to exhibit Quikiks at NCC17 and to meet people from all walks of life and industries who are so passionate about caregiving. It was a moving experience to hear many of the caregiving stories and very gratifying that Quikiks were recognized as being beneficial to so many.”
Using their patented Step-in-Go Technology, Quikiks are the first fully supportive, securely fastening hands-free operable footwear for people lacking the physical or cognitive ability to use traditional fasteners such as laces, buckles or even hook-and-loop straps. The hinged rear portion of Quikiks tilts back allowing the wearer to easily slide their foot in. As they step down, the back rotates closed and it fastens with a magnet. To get out, simply strike the heel on the floor and the back opens up allowing the foot to come out. The Step-in-Go Hands-Free mechanism allows people with severe arthritis or reduced motor skills, those with chronic back pain or bracing, post-op patients partially incapacitated due to back, hip, arm or hand surgery, those struggling with conditions from autism to obesity, post-stroke victims, pregnant women and others, to enhance their quality-of-life and independence by being able to put on their own shoes. The inconspicuously embedded hands-free mechanism also provides its wearers with a great deal of foot support and Quikiks will not inadvertently slip off the feet like flip-flops, slippers or clog-like shoes. Quikiks are available in a variety of styles that have the look and feel of a typical comfort shoe.
Attendees at NCC17 were able to vote for their favorite caregiving innovation from the three finalists in the contest that were represented there. Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes came out on top for the benefits they offer not only to the wearers, but to their caregivers -for saving them the time and effort in putting on their loved one’s shoes and even more importantly, by providing them with the peace of mind knowing that their loved one can independently put on good supportive footwear when they are not around, which will make them safer.
Kaufman notes that, “Falls are the most frequent cause of fatal injury to older adults, and non-fatal falls, which happen to 30% of the people over age 65 every year, often result in injuries that can greatly limit mobility and reduce quality-of-life and independence. Our shoes, with their exceptional support and stability, as well as their totally hands-free operation can help.” He adds, “Studies have shown that wearing non-securing footwear like bedroom slippers, flip-flops, or not wearing any footwear at all can increase the risk of having a slip and fall accident by up to 1000%. Quikiks can help vulnerable people get into proper securely fastening footwear as easily as those hazardous bedroom slippers.”
Following the conference, Kaufman was interviewed by Caregiving.com’s founder, Denise Brown, for her podcast, to talk about the development of Quikiks and his own caregiving journey that inspired their creation.
About Hands-Free LLC
Originally conceiveds in 2007 by a dad whose son was in a scoliosis brace that prevented him from putting his own shoes on, Hands-Free LLC produces their own brand of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes with their patented Step-in-Go Technology.
Hands-Free LLC’s primary mission is to better the quality-of-life and increase the independence of those that use their products by making tasks easier and less painful. Ten percent of the company’s profits go to agencies that serve people with disabilities.
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Denise Brown began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through her blog, she shares words of comfort and offers coping strategies and tips. She also writes opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. She has written several caregiving books, including “The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey,” “Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers” and “After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again.”
SOURCE: Hands-Free LLC
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