LED Shoe Sanitizing Station Reduces Cross Contamination

Makitso, a manufacturer and distributor of portable display systems, releases its Hanz Trax Pro to help reduce the cross contamination of pathogens spread by the soles of people’s shoes.

Stepping on to the Hanz Trax Pro exposes shoe soles to UVC light for up to eight seconds. UVC light is germicidal, therefore it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens like COVID-19, destroying their ability to multiply and cause disease.

Placing the Hanz Trax Pro at entry points to disinfected environments can reduce the introduction of new contaminates spread by the soles of people’s shoes. Studies show that pathogens on floors are frequently contacted by objects that are subsequently touched by hands and then spread to other surfaces.

Ralph Canaphany, chief engineer at Makitso, said, “This technology will not only help our trade show industry get restarted, but as hotels, small businesses, and office spaces reopen, the shoe sanitizing station provides another layer of confidence and safety to the people interacting within those spaces.”
For more information: Visit www.makitsodisplays.com.

Chairs Provide Seating Flexibility, Convenient Storage for Senior Living Spaces

H Contract, Martinsville, Va., a supplier of upholstered seating and case goods for the senior living market, is making its debut in the stacking chair category.

The addition to the product line further expands the company’s position as one of the largest full-service resources of contract-grade case goods, accent pieces, and made-to-order upholstery styles for a variety of senior living spaces.

Similar in function to widely used metal stacking chairs, the H Contract product line was designed with wood frames, offering more of a residential look and feel. Providing a wide variety of seating flexibility for many areas within senior living facilities, such as dining rooms and activity rooms, the stacking functionality provides facilities with convenient storage and easy access to additional seating in a small footprint.

The two new styles include the Carley and Cassidy stack chairs. The new chairs are manufactured to the same commercial-grade standards as the existing H Contract dining chair assortment.

For more information: Visit hcontractfurniture.com.

Shoe Allows Opportunity to Tap Dance Seated

Dancing can be therapeutic at any age. But for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other degenerative diseases and reduced cognitive function, dancing is in fact therapy.

It was with this in mind that Active for Life Fitness founder Melissa Renner, a Cleveland, Ohio-based fitness practitioner, created and launched a patent-pending tap shoe cover designed specifically for seniors and people with special needs.

The tap shoe cover is made of silicon rubber and with the help of a zipper fits over a regular or orthopedic shoe. Two metal tap disks on the bottom allow dancers to audibly tap dance while seated. Renner also created a patent-pending hand tap for people that are paralyzed or unable to use their feet to tap dance. The hand tap is a mitt without a thumb hole that slips over a hand and allows an individual to participate in the seated dance classes.

Because of safety protocols due to COVID-19, Renner pivoted to add virtual classes to keep seniors and people with special needs active and engaged during the pandemic. Prior to COVID-19, Renner and her Active for Life Fitness team were teaching classes in 40 facilities.

“Exercise is a mood booster at any age but is so important right now for those experiencing depression from the isolation this pandemic has caused,” said Renner.

For more information: Visit www.activeforlifefitness.com.

HealthPRO Heritage Welcomes Therapy Specialists, Expanding West Coast Presence

HealthPRO Heritage is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of California-based Therapy Specialists.

Based in San Diego, Therapy Specialists has served the California market for 45 years, expanding consistently since being founded by industry pioneer and Occupational Therapist Susan Harris in 1976. The company provides therapy services ranging from pediatrics, aquatics, and women’s health specialties in outpatient clinic settings, pediatrics, to home health, senior rehab, PACE, and memory care in senior living facilities.

“Therapy Specialists’ longstanding history of exceptional therapy services and customer care in California aligns well with our cultural foundation of clinical innovation, integrity, and strategic customer solutions,” said John Heller, chief executive officer of HealthPRO Heritage.

“We are excited to partner with a strong, viable, and forward-thinking company like HealthPRO Heritage,” said Lisa Rodriguez, Therapy Specialists president.  “We will quickly benefit from their clinical programming and reimbursement expertise, marketplace strategy, and compliance—bringing even more value to the hundreds of lives we touch every day.”

For more information: Visit www.healthpro-heritage.com.​