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April 2016

April 28, 2016

Are scooters allowed on airplanes? Let’s ask Mark!

Dear SpinLife,

We’re planning a family vacation for this summer, flying from Chicago to Florida, including my father-in-law who uses a power scooter. Are scooters allowed on airplanes, and if so, what do we need to know in advance to make the trip as practical as possible? -Michelle

Michelle,

The great news is that between advances in mobility technology and disability rights legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act, air travel has never been more accessible than today. However, to make it as comfortable as possible when traveling with a power mobility device – such as a scooter or power chair — there are protocols to understand. Therefore, let’s take a look at what you should know from booking tickets to landing when flying with a power mobility device.

Travel by air

Airlines allow you to take your scooter along when you travel

Individually speaking, consumers may prefer one airline over another, and that’s fine, as they all domestically adhere to the same power mobility device regulations (carriers based outside of the U.S. may vary). So, as a traveler with a disability, remember, you’re also a consumer, so shop to your preferences and budget. However, whether you book through a travel agent, online discount site or the airline directly, all airlines request that you promptly notify them that you’ll be traveling with a power mobility device, as well as let them know of any physical assistance you may need. For example, if you’re non-ambulatory, the airlines will provide transfer assistance from your power mobility device onto an “aisle chair” that will escort you to your seat. Continue Reading

April 25, 2016

Product Spotlight: The New LiteRider Mini Scooter

Compact travel scooter

Meet the new LiteRider Mini super-easy transportable travel scooter by Golden Technologies.

Spring is in full swing, leaving us ready to burst out of winter’s doldrums and celebrate the great outdoors again. That being said, if you are one of us who may need a little help when it comes to walking, Golden has come up with a great new option: the LiteRider Mini.

Like its big brother the LiteRider, the Mini sports tubular aluminum construction for lightweight strength that’s easy to handle and grip. Rubber grid floor mats replace the carpeting seen on many models, and makes cleaning a breeze. We love the fact that they have two storage baskets- one on the tiller, and a second basket under the seat, which is nice and secure. Speaking of the seat, they’ve upgraded the seat with an extra cushy seat overlay for your riding comfort.

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April 19, 2016

Reflecting on Earth Day

This weekend my granddaughter reminded me that it’s Earth Week, with Friday being Earth Day.  She said it so nonchalantly as if the holiday has always existed but it caused me to pause and reflect for a moment on the time before Earth Day and how far we’ve come.

SpinLife blog Earth from Space Earth Day 2016

Earth from Space

Almost 40 years ago the crew of Apollo 8 took a picture of earth as they orbited the moon in preparation for the first lunar landing mission. And for the first time, Earth was revealed as a blue jewel against the vastness of space and in contrast with the barren lunar surface.   Our planet suddenly became not just fields, forests, oceans and mountains:  It was a complete global entity.   And the greatest change in our sense of the world since Columbus sailed for the Indies and didn’t fall off the edge of the watery void.

At the same time, works such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth (1968) by R. Buckminster Fuller brought the need for conservation efforts to greater public attention than ever before.   President Nixon was persuaded to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which both consolidated several smaller agencies and strengthened the aspects of oversight and penalties for infractions.

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April 13, 2016

Phone Scamming: 3 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe

Avoid Phnoe Scammers

With the rise of Internet communication, we may not be as concerned as we should be to avoid phone scamming. Yet every year thousands of people lose money and sometimes even their identities through phone scamming.

Let’s take a look at some easily recognizable ways our security can be at risk, and then talk about three ways to protect ourselves.

First: Recognize the Scam:phone scamming

Being able to recognize a scam is the first and most important way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.  There are common phrases that should immediately give cause for caution.  If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  If you hear any of these, you are most likely being hooked by a crook.

  • You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
  • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
  • You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
  • This investment is low risk and Provides higher outcome than you’ll get anywhere else.

Scammers will use fast talk and pressure to get you to agree to hidden costs and charges. After recognizing these phrases or ones similar, it’s best to not continue the conversation and end the call.

 

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April 11, 2016

Product Spotlight: Meet the new NC-201 Lift Chair with wireless remote control

The newest innovation in lift chairs adds a wireless remote control.

The NC-201 Lift chair with wireless remote control comes equipped with both the easy to use wired hand control like the other Pride 3 position Lift Chairs, but adds a second convenience feature- a wireless remote control!

What would the benefits be to the user?

NC-201 Lift Chair with wireless remote controlWell, first of all, greater convenience. The small hand control is about the size of the remote on your car key, and is powered with a watch-type battery. It can be worn around your neck on the lanyard which is included, so it is not misplaced. When you are seated and want to change positions, there is that little remote right in your hand to do so. If you are reclined and the doorbell rings, just grab that remote to stand you up! No fishing around to find your hand control, your remote is right there with you.

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