Quickie Xtender Propulsion Assist Wheels

Quickie Xtender Propulsion Assist Wheels

Quickie Xtender Propulsion Assist Wheels

I’ve added a new product page to the website’s wheelchair section on the Xtender power assist wheels for manual Quickie wheelchairs. The Xtenders are options for Quickie wheelchairs only and can be added to compatible models at the time of purchase or as an add-on later.

The Xtenders are similar in theory to the Alber e-Motion wheels I added yesterday but have some specific differences. For one, they only are compatible with select Quickie Wheelchairs. Two, they are available in two models depending on the needs of the user. Three, they can be ordered with either Lithium or Nickel batteries. Four, the wheels actually communicate with each other to provide controlled tracking.

Click here for more information on the Xtender Power Assist wheels.

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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Level Entry Systems

Safepath EntryLevel™ Wheelchair Ramps

Safepath EntryLevel™ Wheelchair Ramps

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’ve put together a short article on these level entry systems at https://mobilitybasics.ca/wheelchair-ramps/entry-ramps for those who would like more information.

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.

Stair Lift Updates

Bruno Eleite Outdoor Curved

Bruno Elite Outdoor Curved

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

Acorn Stairlifts Update

Acorn Curved Stairlift

Acorn Curved Stairlift

As part of the update to the Stair Lift section of the Mobility Basics website I’ve been updating the products presented. The first product I looked at was the Acorn Superglide. Acorn has discontinued this model and replaced it with three models, the Straight, Curved and Outdoor stair lifts.

I have left the information on the Superglide online for anyone looking for information on that model plus added the new information on the three newer Acorn models.

Information on stair lifts can be found at: https://mobilitybasics.ca/stair-lift/

New Stair Lift Content

Bruno Stairlift

Bruno Stairlift

I’ve just merged the content from our sister web site Stairlift.ca with the content of the stairlift section of the Mobility Basics site. Because I had stairlift information on two different sites it meant that visitors would have to visit two different sites to in order to see all the information. Now, with all the stairlift.ca information transferred over to the main mobilitybasics.ca site our visitors can access everything in one place.

The Stairlift.ca has now been shut down and people either going directly to the site or finding the site through the search engines will be automaticaly redirected to the same content on the Mobility Basics site.

Anyone looking for stairlift information can access our stair lift section here:  https://mobilitybasics.ca/stair-lift/