Preventing Falls for Older Adults

Healthy LIving for Seniors

Under the Healthy Aging Advice for Seniors banner I’ve just added an article on How Older Adults Can Reduce the Risk of Falls.

The article outlines a list of things older people can do for themselves and things that their loved ones can do for them to help them prevent falls in the home and mitigate the effects of any falls that do happen.

This article is a guest submission by Christian Worstell, a health and lifestyle writer living in Raleigh, NC.

To read this article please visit: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/how-older-adults-can-reduce-the-risk-of-falls


Caster Loading Article

EZee Life CH1096 Aluminum Wheelchair

Caster load is the amount of weight that is supported by the wheelchair casters. Too much weight and the chair will be difficult to push, too little weight and the chair may tip over backwards.

I’ve just added a new article about caster loading, the causes and steps that can be taken to minimise the effects.

For those who are interested in reading this article it can be found at https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/caster-load-information

New article on Wheelchair & Scooter Batteries

Wheelchair and scooter batteries are designed to last for years with proper care and maintenance. They are the most common cause of service calls and can cause all kinds of weird symptoms if not working properly.

I’ve recently been helping a lady work out a battery issue with her scooter and felt that the information I’ve been giving her might be of benefit to the readers of MobilityBasics.ca

If you are interested in reading this article you can find it at: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/wheelchair-battery-info

Bedroom Design Article

I’ve just posted an article supplied by the Mattress Advisor with some good advice and tips on setting up and organizing a bedroom.

Although the article is about bedrooms specifically, many of the tip provided could apply to just about any area of a house.

For more information or tho read the article please visit: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/bedroom-design

New Article on Mobility Basics Website

Healthy LIving for Seniors
Healthy LIving for Seniors

I’ve just posted an article to our website provided by Karen Weeks of Elder Wellness that provides healthy aging advice for seniors.

The article provides information on maintaining and promoting physical and mental health as well as the importance and benefits of socializing in the golden years.

If you’re interested in reading this informative article please visit: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/healthy-aging

Aluminum Shower Commodes

155 Tilt Rehab Shower Commodde
155 Tilt Rehab Shower Commodde

I’ve just added two new pages to the site with information on the EZee Life Aluminum Rehab and the EZee Life Tilt Rehab Commodes. These commodes are available with a variety of options and se

veral seat widths to accommodate most  users.

The aluminum frames will not rust and will support weights up to 400 pounds depending on the model & size chosen.

These commodes have features found only on much more expensive commodes and are worth checking out for both residential and institutional use.

Anyone who may be interested in these commodes can find them at https://mobilitybasics.ca/bath-safety/180-aluminum-rehab-commode or https://mobilitybasics.ca/bath-safety/180-aluminum-rehab-commode

Doorway Widths for Wheelchairs

I was contacted last week from a lady wanting information about the width of a doorway that is needed for a wheelchair to pass through easily. Although this seems like it should have a simple answer, it doesn’t.

After writing a rather long and complicated response by email, I thought it should be a topic that I should go into with more depth on the website.

So, I’ve added a page in the Articles section of the Mobilitybasics.ca website about wheelchair and doorway widths for those who are interested.

To view this new article please visit: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/door-openings

Hip Supports and Seat Options

Knee Block

I’m currently in the progress of updating the accessories section of the wheelchair seating area of the website. The original seating accessories page had very few products mentioned and not much information about what is there.

Proper seating requires the best possible pelvis position and stability. The Hip Supports and Seat Options page has a number of products and information on how positioning and stability can be achieved using aftermarket products.

For information about these products please visit our Hip Supports and Seat Options page.

Rowheels Wheelchair Wheels

Rowheels Wheelchair Wheels

I’ve added a page to the wheelchair section of the site today with information on Rowheels replacement wheelchair wheels. I came across these wheels when researching different types of alternative drive systems for manual wheelchairs and thought this was something many people may be interested in.

These wheels provide benefits to the user in terms of more efficient wheeling, improved posture, reduced shoulder injury, strengthened back muscles and improved range of motion.

These wheels, as the name suggests, propel the wheelchair when the user turns the hand rims backwards. Like a rowing a rowboat, the user pulls backwards to propel the wheelchair forward. The difference is, of course, the wheelchair user will be facing the direction they are going.

There is a lot of data and studies to support the theory of pulling back to propel forward and when I think about how one propels a wheelchair it actually starts to make sense.

While pulling backward to propel forward may have many benefits, I’m not sure that these are wheels that a long term wheelchair user could easily change over to. I’m sure the learning curve experienced by user will vary greatly and new wheelchair users will probably have less issues with this departure from normal wheel chair propulsion.

For more information on the Rowheels wheelchair wheels please visit https://mobilitybasics.ca/wheelchairs/-row-wheels

 

 

Neater Uni-Chair

Neater Uni-Chair

I’ve recently been looking at propulsion aids for people who have limitations that make propelling a wheelchair difficult. The last few wheelchair devices I added to the site were to make propulsion easier by using motors. Today I’ve added a page on the Neater Uni-Chair.

The Neater Uni-Chair is designed to provide people who only have the use of one foot and one hand independent mobility in a manual wheelchair. The Uni-Chair uses a single handrim that propels both wheels through a specialized differential and a movable footplate that allows the user to steer the wheelchair with their foot.

This chair is manufactured in the UK but is available in North America through their US distributer.

Click here for more information on the Neater Uni-Chair