Sunday, April 29, 2012

10' Adjustable Telescoping Wheel Chair Track Loading Ramps

Product Features 
  • 10 Foot adjustable wheelchair ramp with a maximum 600 lb. capacity
  • Two tracks for each set of wheels on a wheelchair or power chair
  • Non-skid traction surface 
  • 2.5" Long attaching lip with a rubber pad 
  • Fits almost any flat surface including steps, porches, side doors on an SUV/minivan, curbs & more 
Product Description 
10 Foot adjustable wheelchair ramp with two tracks for each set of wheels on a wheelchair or power chair and have a non-skid traction surface to prevent wheels from spinning. The 2.5 inch long attaching lip has a rubber pad to prevent slipping of the track ramp and will fit on almost any flat surface including steps, porches, side doors on an SUV/minivan, curbs & more. Rated at a maximum 600 lb capacity.

I purchased the ramps so that I can roll my mother up into the back of my full size van. She lives in a nursing home and I try to pick her up a few times a month for a visit at our house. I have no problem loading her into the van and my son who is about 140 lbs. can easily push my mother who is between 140 - 170 lbs. up the ramps by himself. I love having my feet on solid ground between the ramps as I push her up and into the van. Once she is in I put a ratchet type strap through the wheelchair and use the mounting rods for the backseat to tie her wheelchair down to. I need to check the law to see if there is a regulation for wheelchair transportation in a private vehicle that I have to abide by. But for now this works very well for the five mile trip from the nursing home to our house. So a set of 10' ramps works very well for loading someone in a wheelchair into a full size van with a ratio of 1 pound for the person pushing to up to a 1.25 pounds for the person sitting in a wheelchair.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Medline Transport Wheelchair with Brakes

The most popular wheelchair on with 96 five-stars rating!!!

Product Features
  • The powder coated aluminum frame is lightweight, durable and is available in red and blue
  • The seat is made from a durable and lightweight nylon upholstery and a seatbelt is added for safety
  • Back composite wheels require virtually no maintenance and incorporate dual-seal precision bearings
  • Loop brakes are included for assistance stopping the chair
  • Padded armrests are standard

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Outstanding product, easy to get in and out of a car, folds and sets up quickly, and the brakes on the handles allow you to set the brakes without bending over to lock the wheels for entry or exit of the chair. With the brakes on the handle the chair can also be used as a walker. A transport chair is not a wheelchair, it allows someone to transport an individual between places.
  • Chair is high enough for my grandma to get in and out of easily
  • Brake handles are convenient for preventing slipping when my grandma needs to get out
  • Big rear wheels for smoother and more stable- ride. Bigger wheels also help us go over cracks on walkways and roads.

I bought the first one of this model transport chairs several years ago for my mother who couldn't walk for extended distances. Since she had back surgery and now uses it almost all the time around the house and places she goes. This model transport chair has proven to be rugged yet lightweight and easy to collapse and put in the trunk. No maintenance issues at all. When I took it to Mom, she was so excited and insisted on taking it for a test ride. She said she felt like she was free to go anywhere once again. A few days later we took her to a buffet. She was able to be taken up and down the isles of food to make her own choices. I highly recommend this chair. It is strong, well constructed for larger people and the open sides of the seat do not squeeze Mom's legs and hips when she sits in it. The price of this exact chair elsewhere, was much higher. Now I need to buy a new walker for her and will most likely get it from this company.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

How a wheelchair women can do the daily occupations

How biomedical advances assist in the daily occupations of a young woman with paraplegia. this video was created as part of a class presentation on biomedical technology but others would find it helpful.
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My name is Sean Lewis. I am 29 and have cerebral palsy. I am a motivational speaker and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this video. It was interesting to see you demonstrate how to use the hand controls. I myself am unable to drive but I have friends who would benefit from this technology. I think it is so inspiring that you are going into physical therapy. You will be offer something other therapists cannot........proof that with determination and hard work you can achieve your dreams! ---Seangodsman26
Thanks for d video.. Grt job :) Hey, my elder sister had met wid an accident and she is suffering thru traumatic paraplegia.. we would like to know from where did u get dis wheelchair? and wats ur diet? wats ur diet plan? we r from India and we don't have dis much facilities over here.. I would appreiciate if u help me wid wheelchair manufacturer's contact number so we can get dis wheelchair? Waiting for ur reply and hats off to ur courage dear.. god bless Pinki singh ---pinkisingh02
I'm in a wheelchair, but honestly, when I watched you on the internet, I was speechless, I do not know what say .I like what you're doing, I like what you teach others who are in the same condition as use a wheelchair to make the right transfers and other things that do not everything know. very good for you, I like what you do. Good luck! ---MrLLLeo

all you should know about wheelchair ramp

There are people everywhere who use wheelchairs or power scooters, either because their legs don't function properly or they have trouble standing for a long time. Wheelchair ramps are inclines found outside buildings and inside houses so people who use wheelchairs can get around. The slope of these ramps needs to be a certain ratio to be useful, and ramps can be portable or permanent. Laws protecting those with disabilities have had a huge impact on the increasing number of ramps being built.
With the passage of the American Disabilities Act and further passages of laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities, these signify that our society is more willing to accept people who are different. Wheelchair ramps can now be seen on many buildings and apartment complexes and are standard when new buildings are made. Before these laws, people who needed ramps to get around would have to fend for themselves. The addition of more of these means that government has realized its need to provide these services.
Three main types of wheelchair ramps are portable, modular and vehicle. Portable kinds fold up and can be used to climb small stairs or are sturdy and solid inclines that can be moved if necessary. Modular ramps are permanent and consist of aluminum-made inclines with handrails. These meet American standards for school or other office buildings. Vehicle ramps are for people in wheelchairs to exit and enter a vehicle and are installed on the side or back of a van or larger vehicle.
Time Frame
An important time for wheelchair ramps and rights for people that need them happened with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 in the U.S. Aside from prohibiting discrimination for people with disabilities, it also required that buildings and businesses provide accommodations for people who cannot walk, including wheelchair accessibility into the building or even access to public transportation like trains and buses. Due to this passage, stairs cannot be the only way to access a public structure.
The size of the ramp depends on what type of wheelchair or scooter the person drives--measurements are found in the manual. For businesses, the recommended ratio for size is 1:12. Every inch of incline needs one foot of ramp in this case. For the home, use a 2:12 ratio if the person is sitting in his chair, and a 3:12 slope can be used for an empty scooter if it can be driven up the ramp. When building, the easiest place to start is to measure the length of the stairs that need covering and go from there.
Wheelchair ramps are used in place of stairs for people who use wheelchairs or power scooters. Disabled people use these ramps to get out of cars, into buildings, down or up to the entrances of public places or into the street. Any place might have this assisted access if the only way to get to a building or structure is stairs. Often people who cannot walk build ramps up to their house or inside to help them get up the stairs.

How to find the Right Wheelchair

The good wheelchairs cost more than some automobiles, but competition has brought down the cost of basic manual models. It's an intensely personal choice, with many features to think about. Instructions
  1. Seek a physical therapist or nurse's advice on special features that would enhance your quality of life. 
  2. Check your insurance coverage. Medicare covers electric wheelchairs nowadays, but don't assume any insurer does. Factor in what you can spend out of your own pocket and decide what your budget is. Keep in mind that popular powered models go from $5,000 to nearly $30,000.
  3. Determine how you will control a motorized chair. For example, if you have C-7 tetraplegia, you may use a joystick as the input device, but the top of the joystick may need to be modified to accommodate for your lack of grip. 
  4. Decide what kind of back height and support you require. Criteria include head control, trunk control, upper extremity function and propulsion, as well as personal preference. Therapists generally recommend that people with little or no upper body strength need a chair that tilts back 45 degrees to avoid bedsores. A range of cushion options are available such as visco-elastic memory foam which provides unparalleled relief from seat pressure as well as great back support. Air cushions are equally effective for other people. Take a test drive before you decide. 
  5. Research different foot and leg supports, as well as armrests and attachments such as trays. The style you want or need might determine the specific wheelchair frame that you will order. For instance, a fixed tapered front-end cannot be ordered on a lightweight wheelchair frame. 
  6. Obtain measurements of potential environment obstacles, such as doorframes, hallways, and desk clearance, and compare these to the chair's overall width, overall length, turning radius and seat height from the floor. There's nothing worse than buying a new chair and finding out the hard way that it can't make the tight turn into your bedroom. 
  7. Compare weights. Manual chairs range from 4 to 30 lbs. (1.8 to 13.6 kg), so the strength of the wheelchair wrangler--be it you or an aide--is a big consideration. Motorized chairs can top out at 250 lbs. 
  8.  If you'll only need help getting around or are fatigued easily, give a scooter, or personal mobility vehicle, a test-drive. Three- and four-wheel models are available depending on mobility requirements and terrain. * 11 Look into a custom-made chair. Some models have a dozen different seat widths and even more colors.