I came across this TED video these morning and thought our visitors might be interested in seeing it.
It’s a short talk about how a fellow from MIT in the US came up with a design for an all terrain wheelchair that can be inexpensively manufactured and will meet the needs of people who live in places like Africa, India and other third world areas. The video is a bit old but interesting anyway.
The Willgo Wheelchair pictured is not what the video is about but the principle of using levers to propel a wheelchair is similar. The Willgo has been in the new and unique products section of my site since August of 2012.
I’ve now updated the Savaria and Bruno products in the Stair lift section of the Mobility Basics website. The discontinued models have been marked as discontinued and the replacements and new products have been added for these companies.
I leave the discontinued products online for those who may need information about them. My feeling is that people considering purchasing used products will find the information helpful in making their decision.
Most manufacturers quickly remove all information on discontinued products from their websites completely ignoring the used equipment market. This makes it difficult for anyone wanting to buy a used unit lacking in information on features and specifications the units they are considering.
The latest updated information can be found in the stair lift section of Mobilitybasics.ca
As part of the update to the Stair Lift section of the Mobility Basics website I’ve been updating the products presented. The first product I looked at was the Acorn Superglide. Acorn has discontinued this model and replaced it with three models, the Straight, Curved and Outdoor stair lifts.
I have left the information on the Superglide online for anyone looking for information on that model plus added the new information on the three newer Acorn models.
I’ve just merged the content from our sister web site Stairlift.ca with the content of the stairlift section of the Mobility Basics site. Because I had stairlift information on two different sites it meant that visitors would have to visit two different sites to in order to see all the information. Now, with all the stairlift.ca information transferred over to the main mobilitybasics.ca site our visitors can access everything in one place.
The Stairlift.ca has now been shut down and people either going directly to the site or finding the site through the search engines will be automaticaly redirected to the same content on the Mobility Basics site.
After a bit of a pause in adding new content to the site I’ve just finished adding a section on a new line of lift chairs created by =one of our advertisers.
The Planet line of lift chairs are broken down into 4 sections based on the features each group shares. Among some of the features that make this line of chairs unique are casters to enable easier moving of the chairs, cup holders and trays on two models for the convenience of the user, genuine leather upholstery, vertical elevation and removable arms for transfers to and from beds and incontinent proof upholstery.
I received a letter today from the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding an increase in the grant amounts paid to Ontario residents who live with an ostomy on a permanent basis.
What’s an Ostomy?
An ostomy, for those who do not know, is an opening on the outside of the body from the large or small intestine or urinary bladder. People have ostomies because of injury or disease to the normal path for elimination has been damaged beyond repair. I’ve had a ileostomy, an ostomy connected to the small intestine, for over 20 years so I’m writing from personal experience.
What is the ADP Program?
A little background on the ADP Program. ADP was created in the 1980s by the Ontario Ministry of Health to aid people financially who require medical devices, supplies and equipment for medical reasons. Initially the ADP Program paid 75% of the cost for these products for all Ontario citizens and the 100% for those on social services. So what would happen was a user would purchase the supplies they needed from an approved vendor and pay their portion and the vendor would bill the ADP portion for their portion. Continue reading →
This morning I received an email from Michael Leavy who is with Home Healthcare Adaptations in Ireland. They have created a “Story Map” that shows various cities around the world and provides some accessibility transport and visitor attraction information that people with mobility issues might find interesting and helpful.
As you make your way through the map you’ll find information specific to specific cities. I’m not sure if this is just the beginning or a completed project but if you are interested you can check it out at: Wheelchair Friendly Cities of the World
With the addition of Adaptive Clothes as a new advertiser I realised that this is an area that many of my visitors would probably be interested in and put together a short article with information on the different types of products available for those have trouble getting dressed independently.
Adaptive clothing has a variety of properties that make getting dressed much easier for those who have to dress while sitting or lying down and/or are limited in dexterity or range of motion.
I’d like to welcome Adaptive Clothes as a new advertiser on the Mobility Basics website. Dressing can be a frustrating and difficult process for people who have physical limitations and the clothing designers of today are more interested in style than accessibility.
Adaptive Clothes is a brand new Canadian Online Retailer of clothes designed for wheelchair users and those who have difficulty in dressing themselves due to illness or injury. They are currently in a growth stage adding new products from the top manufacturers of clothing and accessories that are adaptive in nature and make dressing easier.
You can access their website through their ads throughout the site in the right column or go directly to adaptiveclothes.com.