In general, I don’t need to directly operate my pump. I can bolus and instigate correction boluses from my iPhone. I do need to use the pump to load insulin cartridges and prime the pump.
I don’t have much Omnipod experience, so I’m unsure to what extent you’ll need to use the PDM. There’s currently a lot of Loop/Omnipod discussion on the Looped Facebook group. Maybe checking out that forum could better answer your accessibility interest.
@Laddie, I think it’s tough at this point to make a favorable economic case to switch to Omnipod with Loop when you’ll need to pay more for insulin, test strips, pump supplies, and CGM supplies. Maybe a limited trial run, however, would make sense so that you can acquire some first-hand experience. If you find a large enough quality of life boost, you may conclude the extra money worth it.