About Stabilized Steps
Stephanie Gomez is a former banking executive who now serves as CEO of Stabilized Steps. Her business partner, inventor and co-founder Eryk Hardwick, a residential contractor by trade, came up with the idea to help a client that could not go to the beach due to mobility and balance issues. Hardwick partnered up with Stephanie in 2016 to create Stabilized Steps and give people who have trouble getting around back their independence and freedom to move forward!
"We are thrilled to be behind Stabilized Steps because there are so many great products in the market, but very few that are truly life changing!" says Gomez.
Millions Affected by Mobility Issues
The US Census reports 22 million Americans, and with Baby Boomers aging many more each day, have a mobility disability.
The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports over 1 million total hip and total knee replacement procedures performed each year in the United States.
Aging In Place
90% of seniors would prefer to stay in their home even if they begin to need help with their activities of daily living (ADLs).
of falls happen inside the home
Falls are the leading cause of injury and death for seniors.
Approximately 1 of 3 seniors fall annually.
- 60% of falls happen in the senior’s home and 70% of those falls happen in the bathroom.
- 30% happen in public places
- 10% happen in health care facilities
“A fall can be Catastrophic & the fear of falling is Paralyzing!
Our Goal is to help our customers Physically and also Mentally”
– Stephanie Gomez, President & CEO
Millions of Americans have trouble keeping their balance, preventing them from fully enjoying life. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Mobility issues affect people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – as well as their caregivers and family. The US Census reports 22 million Americans, and with Baby Boomers aging many more each day, have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. This can be due to age, chronic illness (such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis), combat and sports injuries, or any number of mobility problems.
Although walkers do address this issue, they lack stability indoors, limiting their independence and curtailing activities that are necessary for daily living; such as safely getting up and down from a sitting position (like from a chair without arm rests, the bed, the toilet, among others). Although, there are products currently available in the market that allow for these activities, they are stationary products which do not allow the user to take the devices where needed, such as public spaces, they friend’s house, vacations, etc. These products may include a toilet safety rails, grab bars for the bathroom, bed rails, among other.
Moreover, current walkers do not give the ability to get up from the ground or bend down to pick up something from the floor without the walker tipping over (which is very dangerous). Currently Orthopedic Nurses and Physical Therapist direct their patients not to bend down to pick up anything from the ground because of the risk of falling, which is the reason why there are products such as reachers or grabbers. However, after speaking with hundreds of orthopedic nurses, they confirmed that most patients don’t listen and still bend down using their unstable walkers which can cause a dangerous fall.
Lastly many people still have trouble navigating uneven terrain such as sand, snow, grass, gravel and mud. Due to this fear of falling outdoors, they exclude themselves form the extraordinary benefits that come from enjoying the outdoors which translates into healthy living. Healthy living manifests itself in lower weight, less disease, and positive outlook, as highlighted in the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders Study.
Our solution is a patented device that attaches to the bottom of medical walkers allowing the walkers to be significantly more stable indoors and out in various terrain such as sand, grass, gravel, mud, snow, and all the way into calm ocean waters. Our Stabilizers are giving those with mobility issues their independence and freedom to move forward!
Given that there are so many standard fold up walkers already in the market, we decided not to invent an entire new walker but rather create a device that could easily be attached to existing walkers.
Our product comes fully assembled and ready to attach to a walker. NO TOOLS ARE REQUIRED.
It includes one set of Stabilizers that fit most walkers with 1” diameter legs. Two pairs of extension legs with attachment hardware and rubber pads.
- Our custom Stabilizers design provides flexibility and strength, while keeping the Stabilizers lightweight. It was tested to withstand more than 500lbs with many different fall and stress scenarios. Our product was designed and tested with the same technology that Ford Motors develops their cars by former Ford Motors engineers.
- The rounded edges protect furniture and users. Its elongated shape increases stability and helps prevent forward, backwards, and side to side falls.
- It is fully adjustable to fit the different sizes of walkers and the desired walker height. The same product can be used on a junior walker or a bariatric walker.
- The custom-molded nylon pads on the bottom allow for better traction.
- It has a custom-fabricated drainage system that prevents suction on wet or muddy terrain.
- The product folds with walker allowing for easy storage in the trunk of the car.
- Together the pair only add 3.53lbs to the weight of the walker
- Currently they are only offered in the color gray.
To Be Stable & Prevent Falls
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is this product covered by Medicare?
Our Stabilizers are not yet covered by Medicare.
Will the Stabilizers work with my walker?
The Stabilizers will fit most brands of walkers with 1” diameter legs. If your Stabilizers unit does not fit your walker once you receive it, we will gladly refund your purchase and cover shipping.
What if it doesn’t fit my walker after buying it?
Contact us via email and we will arrange the return of the product. We will even pay for the return shipping fee.
Is it safe to use in wet or icy conditions?
The Stabilizers are ideal for uneven surfaces such as sand, gravel, grass, mud, snow, and all the way into calm ocean waters. We do ask you to please watch out for water or oil on the floor as these will make the floor very slippery. When using in ice make sure to have proper shoes that have a good grip.
Can the product be used indoors after it was used outdoors?
The Stabilizers can be used both indoors and outdoors. however, we do recommend to keep it either indoors or outdoors, as it is really hard to remove beach sand from pretty much anything you take to the beach.
What is included with the purchase?
Product includes one pair of Stabilizers and two pair of extension legs with attachment hardware.
What kind of guarantee do you have?
Your Stabilizers product has been carefully built with the highest standards. Our staff has confidence in the parts used to build this product, thereby offering a Lifetime Warranty for any defects that may be found. If a defect with the product is found when first received, we will replace or repair the product. Please see warranty page for more details.
Was this product tested?
The Stabilizers were tested via CAE tools as part of the product life cycle for the validation of the operational performance and the manufacturing feasibility of the proposed design. These tool allows our engineers to evaluate in a virtual way the physical behavior of the product on a millimeter scale in terms of stress, deformation, vibration, temperature, pressure, velocity, etc.
The product was tested to withstand more than 500 lbs.
Is there a discount for bulk purchases?
Yes! Please contact us via email for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Still have a question…
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