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Spotlight on Innovation for Mobility - Zeen Mobility Device


A live and interactive discussion with Hall-of Fame Inventor Garrett Brown and Petra Rose, DPT. Garrett created the first ever battery-free mobility device that silently and effortlessly lifts an individual to standing height and becomes a faster, safer way to get around. 

Questions Asked:

  • Has the Veterans Health Administration purchased this product yet?
  • Is a PT evaluation for the patient required to purchase? What about a doctor's prescription for insurance reimbursement?
  • Sorry if I missed it ... What's the shortest & tallest stature that this current version accomodates? I work with some folks with loooong legs.
  • Does Medicare pay for this chair?
  • Please confirm if you ship to Canada and/or internationally.
  • What is the cost?
  • Do rent out or let rehab facilities trail for a period of time to use as a therapeutic tool?
  • Possibly consider teaming up with BE Alink to advocate for funding of atypical, innovative products like yours.
  • Your website mentions discounts, what can be applied to reduce the cost?
  • How well does it work for someone with a broken hip? Please demonstrate walking with practically all of your weight on your hands.
  • What's the caster size? How does it handle curb cuts, thresholds?

Chat Transcript:

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12:04:41     From  Eve Hill : Hello, Eve Hill, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Customized Aging in CA & FL

12:04:56     From  Sid Blair : Hello all.

12:05:54     From  Courtney Nalty : Hey everyone! Courtney Nalty with Generational Support, a national caregiver consultant company. www.generationalsupport.com

12:07:25     From  Joan Green : Greetings! I’m Joan Green. Please reach out to me if you’d like to chat about ways to help boomers and older adults to benefit more form their personal tech. www. InnovativeSpeech.com. Registration for the next ElderTech Cohort will start soon. Joan@innovativespeech.com.

12:08:02     From  Rob Blatt   to   Hosts and panelists : Hello everyone.  Rob Blatt with envoyatHome, a digital caregiving service for caregivers. www.envoyathome.com.  rob@envoyathome.com

12:09:36     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : From Rob Blatt to All Panelists 12:08 PM

Hello everyone.  Rob Blatt with envoyatHome, a digital caregiving service for caregivers. www.envoyathome.com.  rob@envoyathome.com

12:09:47     From  Trista Windows   to   Hosts and panelists : Hello - Trista Windows COTA/L, CDRS - Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence

12:09:55     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : From Trista Windows to All Panelists 12:09 PM

Hello - Trista Windows COTA/L, CDRS - Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence

12:10:19     From  Melissa Bressler : Melissa Bressler, Outreach Manager at HandyPro of Washington DC and Occupational Therapist / Melissa@hadypro.com / 301-960-1060 / Home modification consultants improving independence and safety at home through home modification services and accessibility equipment (i.e. ramps, grab bars, walk-in showers, handrails, stairlifts, etc.)

12:10:23     From  Teri Beckman : My Mom has fallen twice in the last two months from using a walker improperly, basically sitting on it and being pushed or pushing herself while sitting backwards.  Incredibly dangerous! Not meant for that.  She alone has cost the healthcare industry probably a hundred thousand dollars in the last 2 months - 2 hospitalizations and now trying to get out of rehab.

12:10:41     From  Trista Windows   to   Hosts and panelists : We do driver evaluations and trainings across the spectrum of driving - we focus a lot on our positive aging population to determine fitness to drive and when it is time to retire from driving

12:10:55     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : From Trista Windows to All Panelists 12:10 PM

We do driver evaluations and trainings across the spectrum of driving - we focus a lot on our positive aging population to determine fitness to drive and when it is time to retire from driving

12:13:21     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Website https://gozeen.com/

12:14:06     From  Joe Sperling : For guidance and assistance in learning about options for paying for Long-Term Care, please reach out to me.  I'm Joe Sperling.  391-980-8869. joe@joesperlinginsurance.com.  Located in MD and licensed in many other states.  Over 30 years experience as an insurance professional.

12:15:17     From  Margot McWhirter : Pelvic stabilizer for positioning and function. :)

12:15:33     From  Nancy Napolitano : If they can remove the belt on their own it isn't a restraint

12:15:40     From  Courtney Nalty : Many facilities these days allow the POA to sign waivers regarding "restraints".

12:17:34     From  Suzanne Saraniti : I have a son who has one leg shorter than the other.  He can't walk without crunches.  He is a registered nurse and is so exhausted by the end of the day.  He utilizes under arm crunches.  Would this product work for him?  Would the

12:17:57     From  Suzanne Saraniti : Chair work for him... Your thoughts

12:20:07     From  Margot McWhirter   to   Hosts and panelists : Is it possible to mute background noise? TY

12:20:10     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : There is a male voice in the background.

12:20:26     From  Glenna Crooks : This is a really good demo!

12:20:28     From  Dan Andersen   to   Hosts and panelists : Can you talk about how a person or caregiver can determine if this is appropriate for them? Are there guidelines based on ADL/IADL limitations or dependence?

12:20:55     From  Suzanne Saraniti : is this easy for someone to put into the car?

12:26:32     From  Teri Beckman : How much does it weigh?

12:27:48     From  Kim High : What is the cost and is it covered by insurance??

12:28:32     From  Trista Windows : We sell and install lifts that this may be compatible with to stow into a vehicle - if they are able to ambulate we have good solutions that they can operate the lift with a remote and just need to ambulate to the drivers or passenger side

12:28:42     From  Trista Windows : www.driverrehabcenter.com

12:30:00     From  Sid Blair   to   Hosts and panelists : My mother is 92 and has been prone to falls. How well does the Zeen work when someone loses their balance and falls forward with their full body weight?

12:30:08     From  Joe Sperling : Only thing that might make it cooler is if it can be designed to look like a motorcycle.

12:30:36     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : I missed the very beginning.  What is the name of this chair and where do we go to buy it?

12:32:15     From  Teri Beckman : Disappointing but not surprising in our sick care system!

12:35:29     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : Is it wide enough for people weighing 250 ibs?

12:39:34     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : At $6,000 for some hearing aids, the price is quite reasonable.

12:41:11     From  Margot McWhirter : Hear, hear Garrett!

12:45:31     From  Glenna Crooks : This would make it so much easier for people to "connect" well with the people in their networks. This is a gamechanger for social life.

12:45:41     From  Margot McWhirter : Or, comparing it to a power wheelchair with elevated seating features … this device is a bargain!

12:46:07     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : You can purchase or contact at https://gozeen.com/

12:46:20     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Petra Rose <petra@gozeen.com>

12:51:49     From  Gelareh Bassiry : This is amazing

12:52:12     From  Nancy Napolitano : A motor would be the cherry on the cake!

12:53:14     From  Laura Heinrich : Where is transcription access?

12:55:04     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : When you were on the platform and was about to go down, what would happen if you did not put your feet out in front in time?   In other words, would you fall forward?  I live in a city and there are curbs at each end of every blocks.  The curbs are much higher than your platform.

12:56:11     From  Nancy Napolitano : This has to be geared towards a cognitively intact person.

12:56:36     From  Margot McWhirter : The concern would be if someone got hung up on the belt - i.e., choking, strangulation. The saddle/pommel limits that - along with proper 'cinching'.

12:56:42     From  Nancy Napolitano : The VA would be a perfect use!

12:57:35     From  Margot McWhirter : Energy conservation principles apply here too, regardless of diagnosis

12:59:52     From  Margot McWhirter : Thanks for a great presentation and discussion! Looking forward to seeing these approved for sale in Canada - one way or the other. ;-)    Margot

13:01:14     From  Margot McWhirter : Walking rested vs walking exhausted is priceless!

13:01:27     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : Sounds terrific!

13:03:30     From  Margot McWhirter : Sorry, not my concerns

13:03:46     From  Margot McWhirter : Administrators, Directors of Care, etc.

13:03:47     From  Ravi Bala : Excellent product and presentation! Excellent job on the SteadyWalk product!

13:04:40     From  Marcy Silver : Great presentation! Thank you.

13:05:11     From  Courtney Nalty : This is fantastic! Thank you for creating this product. Bravo! I hope this starts a new wave of wheelchair and walker products.

13:06:20     From  Joe Sperling : Radio annouincer voice.


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