Aid for Parkinson’s disease products, toothbrush pillow featured at Minnesota Assistive Technology Program

Minnesota (NN) State Flag in Anthem Pleasant's Toothbrush Pillow Press Release

SAINT PAUL, MN, USA, Nov. 4, 2022 / — Minnesota’s System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) Lending Library of assistive technology tools, devices, and services for people with physical or neurological impairments, is getting bigger a bit.

The latest addition to the device demo is the Toothbrush Pillow, a small HSA & FSA countertop medical device that balances a toothbrush in a horizontal position with bristles facing upwards to aid and assist physically or neurologically disabled individuals to apply toothpaste. Like all of the many devices and services available in Minnesota’s Technology for Results (STAR) system, the toothbrush pillow can be tried out by the user before committing to use.

A Technology for Results (STAR) System is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. STAR’s mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities access and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The Minnesota STAR program is federally funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Community Life Administration, pursuant to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (PL 108-364) .

Minnesota Assistive Technology Resource (STAR) now has the Toothbrush Pillow through AT Demo Programs. This opportunity is for a person to interact with an AT device, learn about the different features and compare with other similar devices. An AT device demo allows a person to make an informed decision as to whether the device is the right one.

According to, 2% of Minnesota adults have an independent living disability, 8% a motor disability, and 5% an independent living disability. Independent living is described as serious difficulty running errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office and self-care is difficulty dressing or bathing.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) defines assistive technology (AT) as any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system used to augment, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities.

The Little Toothbrush Pillow, like thousands of other devices designed to help the disabled and elderly, is available at 46 of 56 assistive technology locations in all 50 states, four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

About the toothbrush pillow

The device is currently used by people with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, autism and upper limb amputees. Occupational therapists provide the toothbrush cushion and teach clients about proper oral care. The device creates opportunities for people with daily oral care when dealing with extraordinary medical issues in the absence of doctors. Very economical, easy to use and can be used independently. The intellectual property behind TBP is owned by American businessman Anthem Pleasant.

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Ryan H. Bowman