INNOVATION & GADGETS

Pants Up Easy: Designed for those with SCI & Mobility Issues

Spina Bifida (SB)

Marsha Christy

Pants Up Easy: A product designed as an accessory for those confined to a wheelchair

Pants Up Easy was invented by Douglas Pearson, for his close friend Paul Degroot, a wheelchair user with paraplegia as a result of a spinal cord injury. Douglas noticed that Paul spent long periods of time in the restroom. When asked why, Paul explained the difficulty and problems associated with dressing before and after using the toilet. Once on the toilet it was extremely painful and problematic to simply pull his pants up and down. Paul would wiggle back and forth, tugging and pulling on his pants to get them down and then repeat the process to pull them back up again.

Pants Up Easy Has changed the lives of Many

Paul had the same struggle while dressing in his wheelchair, usually needing to lay on his bed to pull his pants on. Douglas immediately began to design a product to assist his paralyzed friend to be able to independently pull his pants up and down. The results of that effort are the 3 individual products in the Pants Up Easy line Wall Mount, which is permanently installed to any wall Toilet Model. It’s freestanding and placed behind any toilet (no installation required). The wheelchair model is freestanding and assists in the dressing process while in the wheelchair. These products have truly changed the lives and the many others that use them on a daily basis; Spinal cord injury victims, police injured in the line of duty, individuals with a loss of mobility,  firemen injured in the line of duty, individuals with the loss of the use of their legs, elderly with limited mobility, wounded veterans, paraplegics, those afflicted with debilitating disease like MLS.

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