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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

Alber Power Assist Wheels

e-Motion Power Add-On Wheels

e-Motion Power Add-On Wheels

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.

Click here to get more information on the Alber e-Motion Wheels.

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

 

Medical Equipment Glossary

glossary imageWhen people first get involved in researching and buying home medical equipment they will begin hearing words, terms and phrases that they probably have never heard before.

For this reason I’ve created a glossary page in the article section of the Mobility Basics website.

Some of the terms will refer to anatomy, some to equipment, some to services and some to other aspects of the home health care industry. The list is quite long and may be missing some terms or phrases that should be included. I will probably add to it as time goes by and I’m open to suggestions.

If you are in need of the glossary you can visit it at: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/medical-glossary

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

 

Planet Lift Chairs from EZee Life

Mercury Lift chair

Mercury Lift Chair from EZee Life

After a bit of a pause in adding new content to the site I’ve just finished adding a section on a new line of lift chairs created by =one of our advertisers.

The Planet line of lift chairs are broken down into 4 sections based on the features each group shares. Among some of the features that make this line of chairs unique are casters to enable easier moving of the chairs, cup holders and trays on two models for the convenience of the user, genuine leather upholstery, vertical elevation and removable arms for transfers to and from beds and incontinent proof upholstery.

Click here to visit the section on the Planet Lift chairs.

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

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.