Category Archives: Comments & Ramblings

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

Website Encryption

PadlockThis past week I’ve been working on making the MobilityBasics website an encrypted website. Although we do not collect any information from our visitors, do not sell any products and don’t have any payment gateways there are a few good reasons for encrypting the site for the peace of mind of our visitors.

Many websites these days are fully encrypting their sites in an effort to make the web more secure and Google will be rewarding them, in the future, by ranking them higher than non-encrypted sites. I believe full encryption is a good idea for all sites and haven’t waited for it to become the norm before encrypting Mobilitybasics.ca. It’s good for you and it’s good for me. Continue reading

Website Compression

I’ve recently been looking at ways that I can improve the site for my visitors and improve the quality of the site. Enabling website compression is the first of these updates.

Gzip

MobilityBasics website is now being compressed using gzip. Gzip for those who don’t know, or possibly care, is a compression system used to compress files including web pages and graphics.

I’m no expert in this but as I understand it when you try to access the Mobilitybasics website now your device will be notified that the site is available in a compressed form. If your device is capable of accessing a compressed web page it will display the compressed version. If you device cannot access a compressed page the original uncompressed page will be displayed on your device.
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SENSIMAT Pressure Management System

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.

For more information about the SENSIMAT Pressure Management System see the article at: mobilitybasics.ca/sensimat-pressure-sensing-system

Disabled people and Food Banks

There is an interesting article today in the Toronto Star about the number of disabled people using food banks are up this year. Apparently, in the past 19 years the benefit amount for people on Ontario DIsability Support Program (ODSP) has increased $156.00 (about 17%) per month to $1086.00 with another $15.00 coming this October.

I don’t know about you but my cost of living has gone up much more than 17% since 1995. As near as I can figure from cost of living figures I can find it has gone up about 40% in that time period. Even a 40% increase would only amount to about $1,300 per month which isn’t much after paying rent, heat hydro and food.

The government treats people with disabilities the same way they treat other people receiving welfare benefits. They pay normal welfare recipients a subsistence amount to entice them to return to the workforce.

The government’s, both federal (CPP DIsability) and provincial (ODSP), seem to think that if they pay disabled people a low enough benefit they will somehow miraculously become well and be able to work at jobs that they can live on.

I guess the theory is that low benefits will weed out those who would collect disability benefits but are able to work but the problem is, those who truly can’t work starve and live in hovels.

The governments could police the programs better to make sure those collecting are deserving and pay them a benefit they could live on but that would require bigger budgets.

These days “taxpayers” would rather see disabled people hungry than pay a few more bucks a year in taxes because, in their eyes, there is nothing worse than paying taxes to support services that they don’t need personally.

What MobilityBasics is all About

Every week I get email from people looking for pricing or asking what is the point of the website. It seems I’ve confused a lot of people by providing information and advice without charging a fee or requiring visitors to provide their contact information. Anyone can visit the site and access all the information without cost or obligation.

For those who have never read the about me page I was a rehab consultant selling and servicing all kinds of home medical equipment to end users for over 20 years. Because most of my customers had no expectation of needing this type of equipment they had very little preparation for making purchase decisions. I created the Mobilitybasics.ca website (originally called Wheelchair.ca) so people could find out about the equipment and have the information needed make equipment decisions, or at least know what questions to ask.

All the equipment on the web site can be purchased in Canada, and probably the US. If a visitor finds a piece of equipment on the website that they think will be suitable for their needs they can go to their local vendors to get more information or make a purchase.

A secondary purpose of the MobilityBasics.ca website is to present products that purchasers may never know about because some dealers don’t know about them or don’t have accounts with the distributors/manufacturers. There could be a piece of equipment out there that will be perfect for a situation but the user ends up with something less perfect if no one knows what’s available.

The advertisements on the website provide the means by which I’m able to do everything for free for my visitors. Without the advertising I’d have to find a way to squeeze money from my visitors or shut down completely so feel free to thank them if you have any dealing with them.

So that’s the gist of what I’m doing. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you,

Dave Stewart