Not a terribly exciting piece of writing or relevant to many wheelchair users but for those who have upholstered sling seats on their wheelchairs that are prone to sagging a rigidizer is an inexpensive item that can greatly improve the user’s comfort and help reduce the chances of injury due to long term sitting with poor posture.
I read an article yesterday about a fairly young man found on the ground in his driveway between his wheelchair and his car. He was a fairly healthy man who played sports likely was in pretty good shape in spite of his inability to walk. It appears he spent the night there and the wind chill was approaching -40 degrees. He did not survive.
I guess there was a power failure in his neighbourhood and one neighbour speculated that he might have been trying to get in his car for warmth.
As far as I know no one has actually determined what occurred to put this fellow into the situation but it did remind me of warning I used to give my customers when I worked for a wheelchair dealer. Continue reading
This past week I’ve been working on making the MobilityBasics website an encrypted website. Although we do not collect any information from our visitors, do not sell any products and don’t have any payment gateways there are a few good reasons for encrypting the site for the peace of mind of our visitors.
Many websites these days are fully encrypting their sites in an effort to make the web more secure and Google will be rewarding them, in the future, by ranking them higher than non-encrypted sites. I believe full encryption is a good idea for all sites and haven’t waited for it to become the norm before encrypting Mobilitybasics.ca. It’s good for you and it’s good for me. Continue reading
I’ve recently been looking at ways that I can improve the site for my visitors and improve the quality of the site. Enabling website compression is the first of these updates.
MobilityBasics website is now being compressed using gzip. Gzip for those who don’t know, or possibly care, is a compression system used to compress files including web pages and graphics.
I’m no expert in this but as I understand it when you try to access the Mobilitybasics website now your device will be notified that the site is available in a compressed form. If your device is capable of accessing a compressed web page it will display the compressed version. If you device cannot access a compressed page the original uncompressed page will be displayed on your device.
They can be set up for right-handed or left-handed use but must only be installed in vehicles with automatic transmissions and power steering.
I have just finished posting an article in the vehicle equipment section of Mobility Basics on hand controls. For more information please visit http://mobilitybasics.ca/vehicle-equipment/vehicle-hand-controls
Pedal extenders allow drivers with shorter legs to sit further back from the steering wheel of their vehicle while still being able to reach the gas and brake pedals.
I have just finished posting a short article in the vehicle equipment section of Mobility Basics on pedal extenders. For more information please visit http://mobilitybasics.ca/vehicle-equipment/pedal-extenders
I’ve just updated the turning seat section of Mobilitybasics.ca with information on a couple of products from a Canadian company, Adapt Solutions.
The first product is for their XL-Base. The Xl-Base converts a conventional van seat into a turning seat that will turn and lower users out of the van and features a manual backup system in case of lose of power or malfunction.
The XL-Base reuses the original van seat and mounting holes so that no damage or modifications are done to the van that will affect the resale value of the van.
This turning seat system can be mounted in either the front or mid passenger position of most of todays popular minivans.
Click here for more information on the XL-Base
The second product is the XL-Seat which is a transfer device that aids wheelchair users in accessing and exiting the front seats of vans, pickup trucks, SUVs and some crossovers.
The XL-Set folds up between the seat and the door when not in use and the transfer board part of it is removable for easier access by people who don’t need a transfer device.
The XL-Seat is mounted using existing the vehicle seat mounting system and does not damage or modify the vehicle in any permanent way.
I’ve recently completed a page with information about van conversions on Mobility Basics. The page does not go into great detail about how conversions are done but gives some basic conversion information a brief description of some of the options available.
This is an addition to the new Vehicle section of the web site. Over the next few months this section of the web site will continue to grow with additional vehicle information and some pages devoted to some specific products available.
Click this link to view the Van Conversion page:
Tie downs are necessary to protect wheelchair users and passengers in van while driving.
For more information about vehicle ties downs visit: Vehicle Tie Down Systems