WE ARE ABOUT INNOVATION

Our journey began in 2018, talking to clients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, where Roundtable volunteers shared common challenges and provided key insights into product development.

“Ware·ologie” empowers people with disabilities to lead more independent lives. Our company launched with the flagship  Buttons 2 Button magnetic adaptors to make buttoning and unbuttoning easy.  We offer a variety of hard”ware” to help save time and reduce dependency on caregivers with stylish, assistive aids to enable self-care and restore confidence.

THE PROBLEM

Whether suffering from a chronic illness, such as arthritis, or recovering from a stroke or surgery, the fact is 1 out of 6 people cannot care for themselves independently. Members of our Ware•ologie team understand first hand the physical and emotional impact on individuals and family caregivers.  Carrying out personal tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating, is a constant challenge. As you can imagine, losing the ability to care for oneself is frustrating and often humiliating.  

 In 2020, our team discovered the devastating impact of isolation requirements on individuals post-surgery. An estimated 283 million Americans undergo surgery annually. Lack of access to vital rehabilitation creates delays in recovery and often leads to compound health issues. This is a massive problem for senior living facilities, in- and out-patient rehabilitation centers and in-home therapy.

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THE SOLUTION

Collaborating with end-users, caregivers and clinicians, over the years, our Ware•ologie team has identified numerous unmet needs for people living with physical challenges. Through a user-experience development process and by partnering with world-class engineers, we are able to bring to market exceptional performing products.

In response to the need for a mobile therapeutic device to safely help people stand and practice walking, Ware•ologie has developed the patent pending Portable PT Parallel Bars. Now therapists can administer vital PT anywhere, even bedside. The system setups and takes down in minutes empowering teams to deliver therapy.

This development is made possible by the VHA Innovators Network (iNet) new Greenhouse Initiative.  Selected as 1 of 13 companies (out of 90 applications) Ware•ologie will gain valuable input by clinicians and Veterans at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond Virginia during the summer of 2021. 

The Portable PT Parallel Bars will be available by the end of 2021. Our company’s mission is to restore valuable time and empower people the freedom to focus on more important things in life. We now offer a variety of products and personal-care kits to restore independence, help people age in place and regain dignity. 

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Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan volunteers and Wayne State University design students during a focus group.

We have tried the buttons with several patients and really like them. However, with our patients with hemiplegia, we found that the buttons all got stuck together when using hemi dressing strategies. Instead of putting a magnet on each button, we found that only putting them on a few buttons at the top of the shirt worked better. It made it easier to thread the shirt over the affected limb and head but kept the buttons from sticking together.

Carlie Daniels
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

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