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Growing home health-care company benefits from Illinois SBDC

Adaptive Equipment and Caregiving Corner, a client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, works to assist seniors who struggle every day to remain as independent as possible.

Owners Cindy Hardin-Weiss and Christina Hardin-Weiss have worked with the Illinois SBDC since March 2020, and call it “the lighthouse amid the storm of navigating as a business owner.”

Since its 2015 establishment, the O’Fallon, Ill., business, which calls itself AECorner, has aimed to be a trusted resource for individuals looking for information regarding adaptive equipment and how to use it safely to enhance seniors’ ability to age in place.

Led by Cindy (physical therapy) and Christina (speech therapy), the company is increasing its services and client base. AECorner has become well known on platforms like YouTube with an Adaptive Equipment and Caregiving Corner channel. It actively engages and assists clients with informational videos, offering advice mainly on mobility options and cognition/swallowing difficulties.

“We are here to enhance continuity of care from healthcare facility to home, increase client and caregiver safety during daily care, and improve and maintain the client’s optimal level of functional independence,” Christina Hardin-Weiss said. “We are focused on providing a safe environment and enhancing seniors’ quality of life through skilled mobility training and caregiver education. We do so by addressing the issues and concerns of our patients while encouraging them to pursue what is meaningful to them.”

“Christina and Cindy are working hard to build a brand, help people live their best lives and share resources,” said SBDC Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May. “The SBDC and I are honored to be a small part of their business journey and share this fantastic story of perseverance about Adaptive Equipment Corner.”

The entire Adaptive Equipment Corner team held a ribbon cutting in November.

Contact AE Corner at (618) 206-8401. For more information, visit adaptiveequipmentcorner.com

PHOTO: Adaptive Equipment and Caregiving Corner (AE Corner) owners (L-R) Cindy Hardin-Weiss and Christina Hardin-Weiss.

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