Category Archives: Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility Story Map

Accessibility World MapThis 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

Adaptive Clothing Article

Adaptive Clothing Image

Adaptive Clothing

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.

For more information about adaptive clothing please visit: Adaptive Clothing Article

Welcome to our new advertisier Adaptive Clothes

Adaptive Clothes LogoI’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.

Winter safety for wheelchair and scooter users

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

MPD 4220 Hand Controls

MPD 4220 Hand Controls

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.

I have just finished posting an article in the vehicle equipment section of Mobility Basics on hand controls. For more information please visit http://mobilitybasics.ca/vehicle-equipment/vehicle-hand-controls

Pedal Extenders

MPD Pedal Extensions

MPD Pedal Extensions

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 have just finished posting a short article in the vehicle equipment section of Mobility Basics on pedal extenders. For more information please visit http://mobilitybasics.ca/vehicle-equipment/pedal-extenders

Turning Seats Update

I’ve just updated the turning seat section of Mobilitybasics.ca with information on a couple of products from a Canadian company, Adapt Solutions.


XL-Base

XL-Base

XL-Base


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.

This turning seat system can be mounted in either the front or mid passenger position of most of todays popular minivans.
Click here for more information on the XL-Base


XL-Seat

XL-Seat

XL-Seat


The second product is the XL-Seat which is a transfer device that aids wheelchair users in accessing and exiting the front seats of vans, pickup trucks, SUVs and some crossovers.

The XL-Set folds up between the seat and the door when not in use and the transfer board part of it is removable for easier access by people who don’t need a transfer device.

The XL-Seat is mounted using existing the vehicle seat mounting system and does not damage or modify the vehicle in any permanent way.

Click here for more information on the XL-Seat

Van Conversion Information

Silver-Rear-Entry-FocusI’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.

Click this link to view the Van Conversion page:
       mobilitybasics.ca/vehicle-equipment/van-conversions

Turning Seats

Vehicle Turning Seats

Vehicle Turning Seats


After a bit of a hiatus from adding new content to the Mobility Basics website I’ve added a new section about turning seats for vehicles

Turning seats aid a user accessing a vehicle by turning out of the vehicle and in some cases lowering down to make accessing higher vehicles easier.

The turning seat section of the mobility Basics website is part of a larger project I’m working on that will, in the end, provide a lot of information about vehicle products and adaptations.

Evacuscape Rescue Chair

Evacuscape Rescue Chair ImageI’ve added the Evacuscape Evacuation Chair to the New and Unique Products section of the MobilityBasics.ca website.

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.