Andrea ~ December 22nd, 2011
In a recent post, I whined about the holidays and the pressures and stress they created. This time I am feeling a different stress, one of anticipation.
Thanksgiving always sounds the starting gun for a hectic time at Dynamic Living and in my household. I have prepared for my immediate family and have that pressure under control, but we never know how the holidays will affect our business. You would think than Dynamic-Living.com and AdaptMy.com were insulated from holiday pressures, since folks need universally designed products year round so they can be more independent regardless of life’s curve balls. Funny thing about that.
I think that 2 emotional things happen at Thanksgiving and the Holidays. The first is that some customers are trying to please aging relatives, giving them aids to make their lives easier. The Big Calendar LED Clock and the Tek Pal are two popular items, for example, that help scratch the itch of memory loss. There are Big Button Remotes and Earring Converters that make great stocking stuffers while assisting with vision and lower dexterity.
What we really notice, however, is the result of that trip home, or to visit at the assisted living center. Family members notice that everything is not as safe as it could be and Mom/Auntie is not as stable on her feet as before, Dad/Uncle is having a wicked time getting out of the recliner, the neighbor is alone and could use an alert pager if something happens. It makes our lives less complicated if we know our friends and relatives are comfortable and safe.
And then there is one more factor. Everyone is online more at the holidays, shopping, gossiping and browsing for bargains. It’s a good time to also pick up that off-set hinge or wall guard you’ve been wanting to install so that Aunt Mabel’s walker doesn’t destroy your house as she struggles getting by in small places.
So we are anticipating your calls and orders. We’ve upgraded our systems, stocked our shelves and strengthened our smile muscles. We’re ready, are you?