I’ve just added a new product page to the Mobility Basics website about the power add on wheels from Invacare. These wheels are battery driven and can be added to many different makes and models of wheelchairs the make propelling the chair easier for the user.
The wheels are operated by pushing on the handrims and can greatly increase the speed of the chair and the power of the user. The combined improvement in propelling the wheelchair leads to more independent use and much reduced fatigue.
The e-Motion wheels can be pushed as regular wheels are pushed and activated when needed for enhanced propulsion or kept activated all the time for constant assistance.
While having a level area to use at the top of a ramp when trying to access a building via its doorways seems like a no brainer, situations where the threshold rise is only 1, 2 or even 3 inches are often dealt with using a simple threshold ramp. In the USA the accessibility regulations now require that even for these low rises that there be a level area in front of the doorway of buildings.
It really does make sense that this level area be available regardless of the rise. Trying to manipulate a door and pass through it using a wheelchair is hard enough without having to deal with gravity pushing you back down the slope whether it’s a 30′ modular ramp or a 3 foot threshold ramp.
How to create these level areas are up to the building owner. They can pour concrete and create sloped access to the platform, they can create the platform out of wood and use threshold type ramps to access the platform, or they can purchase a level entry ramping system that is installed over the existing sidewalk or porch.
I came across this TED video these morning and thought our visitors might be interested in seeing it.
It’s a short talk about how a fellow from MIT in the US came up with a design for an all terrain wheelchair that can be inexpensively manufactured and will meet the needs of people who live in places like Africa, India and other third world areas. The video is a bit old but interesting anyway.
The Willgo Wheelchair pictured is not what the video is about but the principle of using levers to propel a wheelchair is similar. The Willgo has been in the new and unique products section of my site since August of 2012.
I’ve now updated the Savaria and Bruno products in the Stair lift section of the Mobility Basics website. The discontinued models have been marked as discontinued and the replacements and new products have been added for these companies.
I leave the discontinued products online for those who may need information about them. My feeling is that people considering purchasing used products will find the information helpful in making their decision.
Most manufacturers quickly remove all information on discontinued products from their websites completely ignoring the used equipment market. This makes it difficult for anyone wanting to buy a used unit lacking in information on features and specifications the units they are considering.
The latest updated information can be found in the stair lift section of Mobilitybasics.ca
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 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 →
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.