October 14, 2016

Enabled Driving: Innovative Vehicle Modifications Make it Possible

Enabled driving

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.

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Vehicle Controls

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.

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October 11, 2016

Motorcycle style, scooter functionality – Meet the Maverick!

Maverick scooter

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.  maverick scooter

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.Maverick scooter

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!

October 7, 2016

Five Affordable and Accessible ways to get around town

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.

Paratransit

get around town on Paratransit

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.

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September 29, 2016

The Abilities Expo: Products, People, and Priceless Moments

Abilities expo

It’s called the Abilities Expo.

Imagine a place where all are seen as one. Age nor ethnicity nor physicality matter. Maybe this sounds like Utopia. However, it in fact exists, six times per year, no less.

Abilities expo

Catching up with old friends

Established in 1979 in Southern California, the Abilities Expo has evolved into the premier consumer and cultural event for those with disabilities across the U.S. Today, the Abilities Expo has six annual venues from coast to coast, each lasting three days. The upcoming expos for 2016 and 2017 include the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Toronto, Los Angeles, New York Metro, Chicago, Houston, and Boston. It may be a bit of a drive, but throughout the year, there’s a good chance that an Abilities Expo will be near you. And, you should go! Why?

 

For starters, the Abilities Expo, which has free admission, has every latest-greatest disability-related product you can imagine – and many you never knew existed. Not only can you browse every type of product – from wheelchairs to home access to accessible vehicles to sports, and on and on – but you can try them, too. It’s truly interactive. Many consumers go to see a specific product in person, only to be mesmerized by countless others.

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Our busy SpinLife Booth at the Expo

Next, the Abilities Expo is a fantastic opportunity to see and try emerging technologies.

For example, several years ago, among the first exoskeletons, enabling those with spinal cord injuries to walk, was shown at the Abilities Expos. It’s truly become a showcase for research projects and unreleased technologies that you won’t see anywhere else.

 

In keeping with a cutting-edge theme, the Abilities Expos also present workshops geared toward disability-related topics. They can range from advocacy to medical to sexuality, and so on. For those newly navigating the disability world, the one-hour workshops can prove extremely beneficial.

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September 27, 2016

Wall-Hugger Lift and Recline chairs. Do they really exist?

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Is there such a thing as a wall-hugger chair that also lifts and reclines? Over the last few years Lift-and-Recline chairs have become really popular for their comfort and convenience features. Relaxing in a comfortable recliner to nap, read or watch TV is a great American pastime, and if that recliner operates with an electric hand control it’s all the better! No more pushing and straining to recline the back, no more handle-on-the-side to pull up on to raise your feet – just push a button and there it goes. Not to mention getting up! Many people report that they just can’t get up and out of their recliners any more, and a lift chair is the perfect solution to that issue.

A common complaint with Lift-and-Recline chairs is that they take up way too much space because they have to be placed too far out in the room.

This really can be a problem, particularly for those people who live in smaller homes or apartments. Today I’d like to highlight three of our best-selling three position recline and lift chair models that are also “Wall-Huggers”.  They can be placed just 4 inches from the wall!

SpinLife is proud to offer the Serta Perfect Lift Chair line-up by Novo Home. These chairs are supportive, yet extremely welcoming, featuring the individually-wrapped coil springs that Serta is so well known for.  Incorporating a gel-infused memory foam layer makes these chairs soft and conforming to the body while keeping you cool and comfortable. The chair backs feature Pirelli webbing for resilient support and pressure relief.

We suggest you check out these three position “Wall-Hugger” models from Novo Home:

The Mystic: Available in a soft, high quality suede finish fabric called Palance Silt it is neutral in color, and soft to the touch. It’s heavily padded and super comfy!

Wall-hugger lift and recline chair

The Mystic Serta Perfect Lift Chair

Wall-hugger lift and recline chairs

Bristol in Steel

wall-hugger lift and recline chair

Bristol in Cordovan

  The Bristol , two colors in a tufted back style, the luxurious Dansby fabric comes in either Cordovan or Steel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Norwich for a more tailored bustle-back style in two plush, breathable polished suede fabrics in rich, brown Java.

Wall-Hugger Lift and Recline chairs

Norwich in Java

 

See these 3 position wall-hugger styles and more from Serta Perfect Lift Chair at SpinLife.com today.