Hi! My name is Susan Seeger and I am a Stroke Survivor. I had my Stroke when I was 20 years old and it left the right side of my body paralyzed. My doctors told me that I would be bed-ridden the rest of my life. For me that was no diagnosis so I pushed myself every day. I had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and live in today’s society with one side of my body fully functional and one side weak with hardly any movement. I spent 5 years trying to get back as much mobility from my right side as I could. After 5 years of hard work and exercise I still had weakness in my right arm and unable to use my right hand at all. Today, I am able to walk but with a limp in my right leg and it’s difficult to use my hand but I do have some use of my arm. Lend-A-Hand has changed my life in so many ways. I have always wanted to play a sport but there are not a lot of choices out there especially after a stroke. I gave it much thought and decided that maybe I could learn how to play golf one handed, and so I asked Mike Duncan if he could teach me to play. That’s how Lend-A-Hand started. And then we found out that I could use it to sweep my floor, shovel snow, and even rake leaves using BOTH arms!! This product allows me to get more mobility back in my right arm. At first I thought it would be used for one activity and now I am finding out that I can use it for other activities as well!! Lend-A-Hand is universal, meaning I can use it on either arm and it can be used for multiple chores and activities. This device has given me my life back. I feel like a whole person again instead of feeling like I only have one good side left. I am grateful to have this product and I know it can help other people with physical challenges. Sue SeegerLake City, MN
My occupational therapist told us about Lend-A-Hand when we asked her for help so that I could have more independent use of my hands. I have Rett Syndrome and lost purposeful use of my hands at the age of 18 months. I used the Lend-A-Hand for my first fishing trip and was able to hold the fishing pole independently. As you can see from the attached photo, I was happy and laughing catching my first fish with the use of Lend-A-Hand to help support the fishing pole. I was relieved that I was able to do it; because I had my doubts. So many things were brought into my life to increase my independence and so few worked. Elizabeth Kadow Age 30
Mike Duncan delivered my Lend-A-Hand several months ago and it has been very helpful. I have limited use of my right arm and with the Lend-A-Hand I am able to rake leaves, shovel snow, sweep, and even hold a frying pan. When I use it on my left arm, I am able to play golf! I am very happy with my Lend-A-Hand and look forward to discovering new uses for it. Kay SmabyAustin, MN
My name is Pat Swanson. August 21st, 2003 I broke my left wrist. After the first 4 surgeries my doctor told me that among other things I would probably never golf again. After 6 more surgeries, I was watching the local sports. Sue Seeger was on demonstrating Lend-A-Hand. Immediately I thought I WILL be able to golf again! I see the possibilities that after I recover from the latest surgery, that I will be able to use Lend-A-Hand around the house and gardening. Just the thought that I can be part of the social activity of golf, makes me believe that no matter where this journey takes me there will be a positive outcome. Getting the Lend-A- Hand is one of the best things I have done for myself. Thank You Sue Seeger and Mike Duncan for sharing this with the rest of Us. Pat SwansonAlbert Lea, MN
The new version of the Lend-A-Hand took care of the same great functions, but with more comfort, stability and ease. Besides better quality padding for comfort, the New Fastening Straps over the top of the sleeve probably doubled the versatility of Lend-A-Hand. The extra straps allow for many more sizes of objects to fit, but more importantly it secures them much better, and with more ease. Now you could probably stick a wrench in there and crank on a bolt. Neil Schalk Mankato, MN Neil Schalk, a Wisconsin native, is a Minnesota State University/Mankato, MN student whose hands were severely injured in the fall of 2004 when a roadside explosive tore through his Humvee near Fallujah, Iraq. More than a dozen surgeries were performed on his hands in the ensuing years. On his right hand, two fingers are missing; his left, though intact, has no feeling and little functionality. To this day, pieces of shrapnel will periodically work their way to the surface of his skin.
Lend-A-Hand arrived Tuesday, I love the new improvements!! As you can see from the pictures, your invention gave our girls their very first fishing opportunity. Their smiles tell it all. God bless you for caring about folks like our Didi and Katie. I gave the LAH brochure you sent to a women from Birmingham, a professional copy editor/proofreader. She is forwarding your information and website to her daughter, an RN in the Mobile/Pascagoula area who specializes in stroke prevention as well as working with stroke survivors. Hope this will spark some interest for your business. Lend-A-Hand deserves to be enjoyed by many people who can be helped with this unique technology. I watched the video and enjoyed being able to observe Sue, because, on T.V. it all flashed by so quickly. I didn’t realize that she was using the lend- a-hand on her good arm to execute the golf swing. Yet in other situations it was on her affected arm. We are excited to experiment using different positions with our Katie, to see what works best. We will send you photos. Your teaching video was very clear and helpful. It was nice to put your face to your name and voice. It is inspiring to know someone so committed to lending a hand to those in need. We will wait expectantly and pray God’s blessing on you and your wonderful work. Susan & David LaRoccaJemison, Alabama
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“I have found Lend-A-Hand helps patients who have some upper arm movement, but little wrist or hand use,” shares Kathy Barrett, Occupational Therapist with Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Wabasha. “My patients have used it for housework, yard work, and some leisure activities like fishing and gardening. The design enables patients to put it on with ease, and its versatility allows them to use it for many activities of daily living.” Jenny Schlagenhaft Director of Community Relations/CommunicationsSaint Elizabeth's Medical Center
Eric has used this for gardening and washing the car so far. He gets tired easily because he is using muscles he has not used for a long time. I will send you updates. I will also send you some photos by email. This NEW All Inclusive Lend-A- Hand is more helpful than the first Original version. Carol A McHuronPresidentPacific Resources EducationPrograms, Inc (PREP)San Francisco, CA
I love my “Lend- A- Hand” because it is likeyou have two hands, when you only have one
Even Par, I thought you would like to see your product in our catalog. I'm convinced that when we go back to printing a paper catalog we will sell hundreds. Your product is on both page 44 & page 49. For 20 years the Don's Solutions section of our catalog has been by far the most popular section of the catalog in terms of numbers of sales. As I have been researching adaptive equipment for nearly 40 years I have become known as an expert in finding the best adaptive equipment most useful to people with disabilities especially for those with paralysis. Don KrebsAccess to Recreation, Inc.
Hello! Even Par Enterprises, Inc., I just got back from Haiti Tuesday! It was such an amazing time. We were actually not allowed to take picture of the patients. However, I had a couple people VERY interested in the product and I know that one Haitian will be contacting you to order one. He is not yet ready to use it, but can get there. It was very cool to see how motivated he was to see something like it. I left brochures and may mail some more down. I taught the PT and OTs how to use and educated them on what it could mean specifically for Haitians as well - to kind of generalize to their culture. I really think that it will change lives there - a lot of people make their living sweeping the streets because of all of trash. The brooms fit perfectly in there (the Lend-A-Hand) - and I think this will save a lot of families! I really, really, really appreciate it and believe that your product has and will continue to feed families and give hope to many people there with amputations, strokes, and other needs. If there is anything else you need from me, I would be more than happy to give. Thanks again, Natalie Fischer, MOT OTR/L Courage Center St. Croix·Pediatrics, Stillwater, MN
New Product Review at The Wright Stuff, Inc. ArthritisSupplies.com Product Name: All Inclusive Lend-a-Hand Headline: Lend-A-Hand Name: Bruce LynnLocation: Brookings, OR Review: I have hemiparesis on my right side due to a stroke. My right hand is completely non-functional. I just got Lend-a-hand and it has allowed me to be able to rake the lawn and trim the hedges in my yard! I hope to be able to play miniature golf and fish soon! Rating: 5
Mike, (Even Par Enterprises, Inc.) Following are a few pictures from the recent VA fishing event we attended. The last picture is of Fred trying out the Lend-a-Hand. He went on to catch his first fish since his injury 1.5 years ago. Due to his C-4 level of injury, the VA had been unable to find anything to get him back in the fishing game. The RT at the VA asked us to come out to assist Fred and others in finding adaptive fishing equipment that would work for them. Due to the lack of support in his wrists, we were able to use the Lend-a-Hand with the fishing pole inserted to support the wrist and get him back fishing. Steve and Karen