Category Archives: Comments & Ramblings

Truly Awful Wheelchair Ramps

I came across this today and was staggered by the lack of knowledge the creators of these ramps have shown. I suspect they never expected anyone to use them and even if one was able to I doubt they’d survive most of them.

Now we know why building and accessibility codes are needed in most places.

My Team Triumph Canada

myTEAM TRIUMPH CANADA

myTEAM TRIUMPH CANADA

On Saturday I visited the Toronto Abilities Expo at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga. This show was a three day public show to for manufacturers and dealers in the home health care industry to display their products to the public.

In addition to the product displays, there were many booths occupied by organisations whose purpose was solely to provide services to people with disabilities. One of these organizations is My Team Triumph Canada.

This organization teams up people with disabilities with able bodied helpers in order to allow them to participate in sporting events such as runs, marathons, triathlons, etc., that they normally wouldn’t be able to participate in. This organization is completely donor funded and provides it’s services at no cost to the participant. For more information on this services please visit: www.mttcanada.org/

Black Friday Sale at FDM

FDM Black Friday Sale!

FDM Black Friday Sale!

As you may or may not know the Mobilitybasics.ca website is supported by our advertisers. These companies make it possible for our visitors to get all kinds of information relevant to disabilities and home medical equipment for free and without any requirement to sign up for newsletters or provide any personal information.

So, when one of our advertisers has something they want to promote I’m happy to oblige and help them any way I can. This helps them, me and our visitors.

You may have thought that Black Friday was next Friday, and for most of the world it is, but Factory Direct Medical has started their Black Friday Sale today. Until they run out of stock you can get their best Mobility Scooters for 25% off and their most expensive and least expensive Lift Chairs for 20% off and their Lightweight Aluminum Wheelchairs for 25% off.

If you are interested in any of these products I’d suggest you visit their web site and see what you can get before they run out of stock.

Happy Black Friday, sort of,

Dave

13 month Old Wheelchair User

Okay, this is a little bit different from the normal stuff I post about but thought my visitors might be interested in it.

There is an article in the Toronto Star today about a little girl who uses a home made wheelchair built by her parents. The young girl is paralyzed below the arms by a tumor on her spine and there was no expectation she’d be able to even pull herself around on the floor for two or three years. Apparently it didn’t take long before she figured out that by pushing and pulling on the wheels she could move around their house independently.

Her mom went online looking for wheelchairs for toddlers and found a design that they could make at home for about $100.00 using an off the shelf toddler seat, a cutting board, a couple of small bike wheels and a couple of casters.

For more information and pictures you can visit The Star’s website.

Virtual Health Care

Virtual Healthcare

Virtual Health Care

I received an email the other day from our friends at Home Healthcare Solutions in Ireland that contained an Infographic they have created on Virtual Health Care and asked me to share with our visitors.

I can see the value and many of the benefits of Virtual Health Care and agree wholeheartedly that we can use technology to increase productivity in the healthcare field and save time and money for patients.

This infographic, which can be seen in full on their blog or can be downloaded here as a .pdf, discusses the monetary and time savings that can be achieved by doing medicine in a new way.

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Re-Animating Limbs

This is a little different but I thought it was worth sharing with visitors. I came across this article in the CBC.ca website about a man who suffers from quadriplegia and can now, with the help of a computer and other hardware, move his hand in a controlled manner. It’s not a cure or a fix for paralysis but it is a step towards a solution.

As I understand it, a person with spinal cord injury will often be able to send a signal from their brain to make a movement and the limb, that they want to move, will be able to accept the signal but the problem is, the signal stops at the location of the spinal injury. Right now they’ve connected this fellow’s brain to a computer so that when he sends the signal to move the computer processes the signal and sends it, using wires, to sensors on the person’s arm. When the arm receives the signal it moves.

So basically, what they have done is created a new route from the brain to the arm muscles to enable movement. The eventual goal is to create a new biological route for the brain signals to take to reach the muscles that bypass the injury.

It’s not as simple as it might seem. The person has to train themselves to think about the movement consciously and has to be connected to a computer to make it work but it seems to be a step to figuring out how to get the signals from the brain and to the muscles in cases where the pathway has been cut by an injury.

This is not, and as far as I know, will never be an option for those who suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia due to disease and it’s not something that will provide a solution to people who suffer from these conditions in the near future.

For more information see the CBC story at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/quadriplegia-hand-wrist-movements-1.3533731

 

Lever drive wheelchair for all terrains

Willgo Wheelchair

Willgo Wheelchair

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.

xmastreeSeasons Greetings from MobilityBasics.ca

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors and advertisers and safe and happy holiday season!

In the new year I’m planning to continue to add new content to the site in an effort to make our website the best source of home medical equipment information on the web.

Thank you,

Dave Stewart

 

ADP Ostomy Grant Increase

Pouches

Coloplast Urostomy & Ostomy Pouches

I received a letter today from the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding an increase in the grant amounts paid to Ontario residents who live with an ostomy on a permanent basis.

What’s an Ostomy?
An ostomy, for those who do not know, is an opening on the outside of the body from the large or small intestine or urinary bladder. People have ostomies because of injury or disease to the normal path for elimination has been damaged beyond repair. I’ve had a ileostomy, an ostomy connected to the small intestine, for over 20 years so I’m writing from personal experience.

What is the ADP Program?
A little background on the ADP Program. ADP was created in the 1980s by the Ontario Ministry of Health to aid people financially who require medical devices, supplies and equipment for medical reasons. Initially the ADP Program paid 75% of the cost for these products for all Ontario citizens and the 100% for those on social services. So what would happen was a user would purchase the supplies they needed from an approved vendor and pay their portion and the vendor would bill the ADP portion for their portion. Continue reading

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