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 “ADP Ostomy Grant Increase”
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.
I’ve just added a new article in the website power wheelchair section on the Jazzy® Elite ES portable Power Wheelchair. The Elite ES is different than many other portable power wheelchairs in that it is a front wheel drive design that has a very small turning radius for exceptional maneuverability indoors or in tight areas.
While most portable power wheelchairs are designed to fold for loading into vehicles and for easy storage the Elite ES can be dis-assembled into 4 pieces with the heaviest piece weighing about 48 pounds.
I’ve just added a short article on the Alberta Aids to Daily Living program for those interested. The program is only available to residents of Alberta who have a long term (six months or more) medical need for equipment and medical supplies.
In many ways it is similar to the Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) but it caps the user contribution to $500.00 per year, in some categories of equipment, the user may get a used piece of equipment instead of new and amny bathrooom aids are included.
Yesterday I published a page on the Pride Mobility Go-Go travel scooters and today I have added a similar page that presents information on their full size scooters.
These full size scooters are available in 7 models and are primarily designed for outdoor and longer distance use. They are larger scooters and many have features such as headlights, turn signals, suspension, longer travel range on a charge and more power.
I’ve just posted a page with information on the Go-Go mobility scooters from Pride Mobility. There are 7 models of the Go-Go scooters with most models offering both a 3 wheeled and 4 wheeled version.
These are small scooters often referred to as portable or travel scooters that are intended to be easy to dis-assemble or fold up to fit into vehicles so they can be transported to the venue where they will be used.
These are not scooters that one would purchase to travel long distances or spend a lot of time on rough terrains.
I seem to be on a roll today. I’ve just added the EZee Travel scooter from EZee Life to the scooter section of the Mobility Basics website for those who want specific information on specific products.
The EZee travel is a portable, lightweight, folding, rear wheel drive mobility scooter that has a weight capacity of 250 pounds.
This scooter is designed to be loaded into a vehicle and taken to places where extended periods of walking may be encountered. Its light weight (59 lb) and small size allows it to fit into most vehicle types.
I’ve just added another mobility scooter profile to the site’s scooter section for those who want to see some specific information on specific products.
The EZee Classic scooter is a front wheel drive portable scooter designed to be lightweight, easily foldable and taken apart for easy loading into and out of vehicles. This scooter is ideal for those who want to be able to a take their scooter with them to a mall, park or other venue where there may be a lot of walking involved.
The Easy Classic’s best feature is that their small size and light weight allows most people to disassemble and fold it to fit into vehicles without the need of a lift of some sort.