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
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
I’ve just updated the turning seat section of Mobilitybasics.ca with information on a couple of products from a Canadian company, Adapt Solutions.
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
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
I’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:
Q’Straint Strap System
A new page has been added to the vehicle equipment section that provides some general information about both strap type and docking device type tie down systems.
Tie downs are necessary to protect wheelchair users and passengers in van while driving.
For more information about vehicle ties downs visit: Vehicle Tie Down Systems
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Dave & Elaine Stewart
I’ve just finished a page on the variety of types of driving controls available for those who have physical limitations that make driving difficult, or impossible, in conventionally equipped vehicles.
Products covered include:
- Hand controls – Allow people without the use of their legs to drive
- Spinner knobs – Used in conjunction with hand controls for one handed steering
- Left foot gas pedals – Allows people who do not have the use of their right feet to drive
- Pedal extenders – Allow anyone who has difficulty reaching the gas & brake pedals to drive
- Pedal guards – prevent accidental contact with the pedals by drivers using hand controls
- Turn signal extensions – Allow people who can’t reach the signal switch options for positioning
- Parking brake extensions – Make reaching and using parking brakes easier
- Gear shift extenders – Make reaching and using gear shifts easier
More information on driving controls
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.
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
I’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.