May 5, 2016

How to Maximize Power Wheelchair Performance? Lets ask Mark!

Dear SpinLife,

My new Spinlife Power Wheelchair was just delivered. In getting used to it, do you have any recommendations and tips on how I can maximize power wheelchair performance? I live in Detroit and plan on using it a lot around town. Thanks. -Motoring in the Motor City


 

Maximize power wheelchair performance

Hello Motoring in the Motor City,

Congratulations on your first power chair. There’s no doubt it’s going to get you out and about, giving you the mobility you need and deserve.

I know it may sound a bit basic, but the first tip toward maximizing your power wheelchair performance is to read the owner’s manual. It illustrates all of the features, including vital ones, such as how to operate the hand control (joystick), use the free-wheel levers (for manual pushing in an emergency), adjust aspects like the seat height, footplate, and so on. Some users simply sit in a new power chair and go, but it’s vital to read the owner’s manual, learning all of the functions and features of your power chair.

Now that you’ve read the owner’s manual, and are an expert on your power chair, let’s turn you into a pro….

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May 2, 2016

Giving Mother the Gift of Go

Give mom the gift of Go

Make memories with your Mom

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I would like to encourage you all to make memories with your Mom. Keep her as healthy and happy as possible.  If her mobility is not what it used to be, don’t let that stop you.  Consider giving your Mother the GIFT OF GO this Mother’s Day.

I have wonderful memories of my mother. Having only lost her a year ago, many of those remembrances are glazed over with a bit of sadness. But there are many, many happy thoughts as well.

When she was young and strong her life was a gift to those around her. She was a nurse with a special gift to love and care for the elderly.  She was a mother that was involved in the lives of her children. She hosted youth events for our school clubs in our modest home. Barely fitting everyone in but making all feel welcome.  She and my Dad were youth leaders in our church and I believe they made eternal differences in many of those kids. She was a faithful wife. Always supportive of my Father and close to his side always.

A few years after my father passed she came to live with my family and me. We had almost ten enjoyable years together before her health began to fail.  As odd as it seems I can remember certain stages by what medical equipment we had for her.

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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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