When it comes to both independence and safety, the bathroom is the most challenging room in a home for those with mobility limitations.
From slippery surfaces, to the need to step up and over, to varying fixture heights, the balance and dexterity to maneuver independently in a bathroom can waiver from harrowing to dangerous. Fortunately, bath safety has become a major industry unto itself, making products that range from as simple as a portable grab bar to as extensive as a roll-in shower.
Sometimes a Little Means a Lot
For many who need a little assistance, there are a host of inexpensive, of-the-shelf items that dramatically increase safety and independence. A raised commode seat helps with transfers; a bath bench makes transfers and bathing much safer; and, grab bars, of course, are a helping hand wherever needed. These are all wonderfully inexpensive, readily-available solutions for added safety and maintained independence.
When it comes to freedom, many find it on the open road, behind the wheel of one’s favorite car.
Physical disability doesn’t change that, where from adaptive operation to transporting a mobility product, hitting the open road is wonderfully possible – with the right enabled driving equipment, that is.
Lets talk about enabled driving.
You may have heard the term, ”hand controls.” However, a more apt term is, ”vehicle controls,” where a vast array of enabled driving technologies allow vehicle operation among a wide range of physical needs. For example, pedal extensions allow those of a short stature to drive, moving the pedals closer. Hand controls allow those without the use of their legs to drive using their arms, where a lever system allows pedal operation. And, electronic controls can go as far as eliminating use of the pedals and steering wheel altogether, replacing it with a joystick-type control for those with very limited upper-body use and strength. Of course, there are a lot of variations in-between, where adaptive solutions are seemingly limitless.
Stay in touch with your wild side with Drive Medicals’ motorcycle-inspired Maverick scooter.
The powerful Maverick scooter sets no boundaries as it travels up to 35 miles on powerful 1300 watt motors, and a top speed of 9.5 miles per hour.
Enjoy the benefits of the supportive and sport high back captain’s seat that swivels for easy access, reclines for comfort as you kick back and cruise the neighborhood. The padded armrests are angle adjustable for your driving pleasure. The Maverick scooter sports three 19.5 inch air filled tires on 5-spoke chrome wheels. The front forks and rear heavy duty suspension give the smoothest ride. With performance that beats most mobility scooters, the Maverick is rated to climb up to a 10 degree slope, and the ground clearance is a healthy 5 inches.
The Maverick scooter comes loaded with all the bells and whistles you’d expect on a machine that looks like this. Sporting a digital LED array, the dashboard offers real-time feedback. The old-school single headlamp incorporates bright turn-signals and a glare reducing front windscreen in the sleek front fairing, . The Maverick is controlled differently than other mobility scooters, with the throttle on the right hand grip and the brake lever on the left hand grip, much like a motorcycle. Safety features include a seat belt, rear view mirror and hazard lights.
The raked silhouette and handlebar risers make the Maverick a real head-turner! This full sized ride has a weight capacity of 400 lbs. and an overall length of 65 inches. Trick this ride and make it your own- available accessories include a locking rear trunk, side bags and beverage holder. If you were Born-to-be-Wild, then the Drive Medical Maverick will surely suit your style!
When it comes time to get around town – big city or small – when using a mobility product, it’s often the ”getting around” part that’s difficult for those who don’t drive. After all, if you use a wheelchair or scooter, calling a cab isn’t that simple. So, from old standbys to cutting-edge transit, what are the current accessible transportation options available?
Fixed-Route Public Transit
Although not the hippest mode of transportation, fixed-route public buses and trains still provide reliable accessible transportation. Since the 1980s, and ultimately the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all are required to be accessible. This means buses have lifts (or ramps) and trains and their stations are accessible. What’s more, routine riders with disabilities and seniors can get discount cards, making public transit phenomenally affordable. Yes, public transit has historically had service issues, such as a bus with a broken lift or a train station with an out-of-order elevator. However, overall in today’s age, public transit proves a remarkably reliable and affordable way to get around town.
Began in the 1970s in larger cities and solidified by the ADA, paratransit is federally-mandated transportation for those with disabilities nationwide. Typically run at the county level, paratransit are the smaller, accessible vans you’ll see in addition to fixed-route buses. Paratransit is an on-demand service that provides door-to-door service (though some services may limit the types of occasions and times they’re used – for example, medical appointments, but not social engagements). Most, however, are a very flexible and extremely convenient way to get around town. To use paratransit, you must register, then rides cost on average $2.50 per one-way trip. Some paratransits require 24-hour notice to book a ride, while others are on call. Each paratransit system is a little different in policies, so check with your local paratransit for its protocols.