After a bit of a break I’ve begun adding some new content to the site.
Today I began providing information on specific power wheelchairs that people may be interested in. While it will be impossible to list every model of every make of power wheelchair I’m hoping I can provide a good cross section of chairs in each category that visitors can see to get a grasp of what’s available on the market.
I’ve started with two power chairs that I’ve classed as portable folding wheelchairs. These chairs look similar but have some different features and specifications that may make them appropriate, or not, for people interested in this type of wheelchair.
These first two chairs are chairs sold by my advertisers but this isn’t the reason they are listed and it doesn’t preclude my presenting other chairs from companies that don’t advertise here. I used them to begin because I’m most familiar with these companies. There will be more to come.
Yesterday I added a page with information on wheelchair cushion rigidizers to the seating section of the Mobility Basics website.
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.
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 “Website Encryption”
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. Continue reading “Website Compression”
Hand controls are devices installed in vehicles that allow those who are not able to use the gas and brake pedals the ability to drive. There are a variety of designs and styles that offer some variations in function to meet the needs of the individual user.
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.
Having short legs not only can make driving difficult it can also put the driver in danger of serious injury if they are involved in an accident. Many people are injured every year by air bags that deploy if they are sitting too close to the steering wheel. It is recommended that drivers should have less than 10″ from their chest to the steering wheel to avoid air bag injuries.
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’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. Continue reading “Turning Seats Update”
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.