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.
I’ve added an article on the Canadian made SENSIMAT Pressure Management System for wheelchair users. This system does not directly manage pressures experienced by users but provides data that will enable the user to modify their habits and actions to minimize the risk of developing pressure sores.
This product has the potential to help wheelchair users to minimize and possibly prevent pressure sores developed by long periods of sitting in their wheelchairs.
The SENSIMAT can alert users when they should be shifting their weight, track and record pressures throughout the day and even allow medical professionals to access the data remotely to see how their patients are doing.
The Evacuscape rescue chair is a lightweight wheeled chair that caregivers and emergency workers can use to transport mobility impaired people down staircases in the case of an emergency where the elevators can not be used.
The use of an evacuation chair reduces the chances of injury for both the user and those assisting in their evacuation.
I’ve just added two new products from ConvertaStep to the New and Unique Products section of the website.
The first product is a Welcome Mat Ramp the lifts to create a threshold ramp when needed by wheelchair and scooter users. Its available in three sizes for thresholds up to 8″ high and can be purchased as a motorised version for those who aren’t able to lift the ramp.
The second product is the ConvertaStep Lift that is a simple little lift to allow people to access porches and decks up to 33″ high without the need of a huge ramp or expensive porch lift.
Paul Smith (1922 – 2007) was a sufferer of cerebral palsy who figured out that he could create amazing works of art using only ten of the symbol keys found on a standard typewriter.
Smith lived in the Rose Haven Nursing Center in Oregon from 1967 until 2007
where his work remains posted in the hallways of his old home with the people he considered his family for the latter half of his life.
Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Smith and his artistic talents. I just came across this video today and was blown away by the work Paul created throughout his life.
I live in a small village in South Central Ontario and things are pretty lax around here. Many people walk on the road instead of the sidewalks (not sure why).
In our village we have a group of about half a dozen scooter users and a couple of wheelchair users who think they are driving cars. In spite of sidewalks that are cut down to allow access for mobility product users these people always drive on the roads and to make matters worse they tend to drive on the right side with the traffic approaching them from the rear.
While things are pretty lax around here and vehicle drivers, for the most part, are pretty careful and drive at reasonable speeds, the Trans Canada Highway goes through the middle of town and is the most dangerous roadway in the area due to large trucks and trailers and people just trying to get through the village quickly and get back to highway speeds. And still these people drive on the road with their backs to traffic. Continue reading “Scooters, Wheelchairs and Roads”