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A Touch of Independence: Live at Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care Conference with Carolyn Barnes, Scrunch Cloth

At the 2023 Positive Approach to Care conference, I had the opportunity to interview Carolyn Barnes with Scrunch Cloth.

Have you wondered how a simple change in our daily routine items can significantly enhance the quality of life for many? Today we explore an innovation that makes the seemingly mundane tasks of daily living safer, easier, and more inclusive. We're diving into a product that's redefining personal care for individuals across a spectrum of needs.

My guest today is Carolyn Barnes, a seasoned Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant with a passion for empowering individuals through effective, personalized care. Carolyn's expertise in adaptive equipment along her with father, inventor Paul Barnes, has led to the creation of a revolutionary product that stands out in simplicity and functionality: the Scrunch Cloth. Unlike any ordinary washcloth, Scrunch Cloth's design is a testament to the power of thoughtful innovation in enhancing daily life for those with physical, mental, or visual disabilities, as well as their caregivers.

Today, we explore the journey behind Scrunch Cloth, from its inception to becoming an indispensable tool in rehabilitation and maintenance therapies. We talk about its unique "No Grip, No Drop" design, how it assists individuals dealing with conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and more, and the impact it has on fostering independence and dignity. Join us as we unfold the story of Scrunch Cloth, a simple yet transformative solution for daily living.

This episode is powered by Seni, which provides support and products for those caring for their loved ones.

Listen to our episode HERE.

About Scrunch Cloth

Paul Barnes is an innovative, inquisitive, experienced multi-disciplined person making the activities of daily living (ADL) easier and safer for all.

Carolyn Barnes is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant dedicated to providing effective personalized care to promote empowerment and support a fulfilling life. 

About Teepa Snow:

She is one of the world's leaders in dementia education and advocacy. Teepa founded Positive Approach to Care and its reach includes 30 countries worldwide. Teepa's ability to connect with others, provide practical tools for families and support for others has been life giving to many including myself. There is a wealth of knowledge that you need to explore at to continue learning more about her incredible work.


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