Author Archives: Dave

Re-Animating Limbs

This is a little different but I thought it was worth sharing with visitors. I came across this article in the CBC.ca website about a man who suffers from quadriplegia and can now, with the help of a computer and other hardware, move his hand in a controlled manner. It’s not a cure or a fix for paralysis but it is a step towards a solution.

As I understand it, a person with spinal cord injury will often be able to send a signal from their brain to make a movement and the limb, that they want to move, will be able to accept the signal but the problem is, the signal stops at the location of the spinal injury. Right now they’ve connected this fellow’s brain to a computer so that when he sends the signal to move the computer processes the signal and sends it, using wires, to sensors on the person’s arm. When the arm receives the signal it moves.

So basically, what they have done is created a new route from the brain to the arm muscles to enable movement. The eventual goal is to create a new biological route for the brain signals to take to reach the muscles that bypass the injury.

It’s not as simple as it might seem. The person has to train themselves to think about the movement consciously and has to be connected to a computer to make it work but it seems to be a step to figuring out how to get the signals from the brain and to the muscles in cases where the pathway has been cut by an injury.

This is not, and as far as I know, will never be an option for those who suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia due to disease and it’s not something that will provide a solution to people who suffer from these conditions in the near future.

For more information see the CBC story at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/quadriplegia-hand-wrist-movements-1.3533731

 

Medical Equipment Glossary

glossary imageWhen people first get involved in researching and buying home medical equipment they will begin hearing words, terms and phrases that they probably have never heard before.

For this reason I’ve created a glossary page in the article section of the Mobility Basics website.

Some of the terms will refer to anatomy, some to equipment, some to services and some to other aspects of the home health care industry. The list is quite long and may be missing some terms or phrases that should be included. I will probably add to it as time goes by and I’m open to suggestions.

If you are in need of the glossary you can visit it at: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/medical-glossary

Lever drive wheelchair for all terrains

Willgo Wheelchair

Willgo Wheelchair

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.

Stair Lift Updates

Bruno Eleite Outdoor Curved

Bruno Elite Outdoor Curved

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

Acorn Stairlifts Update

Acorn Curved Stairlift

Acorn Curved Stairlift

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.

Information on stair lifts can be found at: https://mobilitybasics.ca/stair-lift/

New Stair Lift Content

Bruno Stairlift

Bruno Stairlift

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.

Anyone looking for stairlift information can access our stair lift section here:  https://mobilitybasics.ca/stair-lift/

xmastreeSeasons Greetings from MobilityBasics.ca

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors and advertisers and safe and happy holiday season!

In the new year I’m planning to continue to add new content to the site in an effort to make our website the best source of home medical equipment information on the web.

Thank you,

Dave Stewart

 

Planet Lift Chairs from EZee Life

Mercury Lift chair

Mercury Lift Chair from EZee Life

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.

Click here to visit the section on the Planet Lift chairs.

ADP Ostomy Grant Increase

Pouches

Coloplast Urostomy & Ostomy Pouches

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

Wheelchair Accessibility Story Map

Accessibility World MapThis 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