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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Loved That Cruise!
    United Kingdom About Us Inside Pride Mobility Products Corp Our Company About Us Company Timeline Careers Our Community Community Outreach Pride Volunteers Press Releases Press Release Archive Contact Us America Pride Mobility Products Corp Corporate Headquarters USA 182 Susquehanna Avenue Exeter PA 18643 Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Resource Center Power Chair Articles Scooter Articles Loved that Cruise Tweet Loved That Cruise By Darryl Sigel My wife Carolyn who has a spinal cord injury and I along with her parents took a seven day cruise from Miami to St Martin St John St Thomas and Norwegian Cruise Line s NCL private island in the Bahamas on the SS Norway The Norway is a huge ship She is 1 066 feet long and weighs 76 000 tons There are nine elevators and 10 handicap rooms We only saw our own cabin and didn t have a chance to view the other handicap cabins But by cruise ship standards ours was one huge cabin Both the doorway to the cabin and the doorway to the bathroom were 31 This cabin even had two bunk beds so it really was a cabin built for four people The Norway is sectioned off by six stair towers One in the forward section another midship and one in the aft section The Norway even has a wheelchair accessible bathroom in the common area located on the pool deck You must use the tenders to go on shore except in Miami The Norway carries two tenders Each tender can hold 450 passengers and six to eight wheelchairs

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Maintaining Mobility
    is that many people are not aware of all the different types of wheelchairs that are available because they end up purchasing one at their local drugstore which has a limited supply or a relative lends them one Mann says This is unfortunate since it may be set at the wrong height or is too heavy Poorly fitting chairs can cause bruises pressure ulcers poor posture and other problems Laura Gitlin PhD director of community and home care research division of the College of Health Professions Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia concurs that assistive equipment should not be purchased for an elderly patient without consultation from an occupational or physical therapist It is easier to make recommendations about equipment and safety concerns but when it comes to making the actual choice of a particular piece of adaptive equipment a rehab professional is necessary Gitlin says There are just too many variables between a patient s diagnosis and individualized needs Matching the right piece of equipment to a person s needs requires skilled intervention and an interdisciplinary approach Scooters Three wheeled mobility systems also known as scooters are becoming increasingly popular among the elderly Scooters are useful for individuals who can walk short distances but need help for long distances Most scooters have rear wheel drive and front wheel steering According to Mann even though scooters have been around for a long time they have undergone some of the biggest improvements The power of the batteries and the speed at which they recharge are the most important changes we have seen with this technology Mann says Specifically power seats flip back arms adjustable bases gear drive systems that provide 40 miles to a charge and attractive colors are enhancements found in today s scooters Many elderly patients like scooters since they provide a very comfortable ride because they absorb shock Most can achieve speeds of up to four miles per hour Scooters are steered with a handlebar steering wheel joystick or push button controls Some scooters disassemble easily for transportation in the trunk of a vehicle The elderly particularly need to pay attention to how heavy a scooters is if they or someone else will have to lift it in and out of a car Mann says The best gauge is to determine if you can lift the largest heaviest part when the chair is disassembled Important Considerations Regardless of what type of assistive equipment an elderly patient needs rehab professionals stress that there are a number of social and psychological issues that must be addressed to ensure that the equipment meets its objectives When a PT or OT first meets an elderly patient in the rehab environment in many instances that represents the first time that individual has experienced an acute change in his health and functional status Gitlin says Whether it is a hip fracture stroke or chronic condition the rehab professional needs to be sensitive to the fact that the change in this patient s health has great significance

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - The Keeper of the House
    I don t need to use an extension cord Bob Rockhold a quad from Lake Castaic Calif has another idea I saw a guy vacuuming a hospital floor with a backpack type canister He reports I m actually considering trying one I wonder if it can be switched from suction to blower to make like Rocket Man Options Walt Dudley who has multiple sclerosis and lives in Dickinson N D says a short handled carpet sweeper is easy to use from a wheelchair For sweeping patios says LaMarche nothing beats a leafblower Don t try this indoors Odd Jobs Hulley says that Star picks up each of his four morning papers as it s delivered outside at ungodly hours What s more he says Star folds the papers sort of after they re read and puts them in a basket for disposal If you can t get a housekeeper get a service dog Pet Care Luis Mendez who has multiple sclerosis and lives in Hoboken N J brushes his cats outdoors on his 14th floor balcony No mess no fuss no word on what his 13th floor neighbors think Since cats can climb says Jean Lunt who also has multiple sclerosis and lives in Hanover Park Ill you should put their dishes and food where you can reach them And McLaughlin has found two key resources a vet and a pet groomer who make housecalls Cooking Heat is not your friend Binny Clark a para from New Boston N H likes pots with long sturdy handles so he can keep hot liquids at arm s length A spill in your lap would dampen your ardor he says Almost everybody has a cutting board for preparing food and transporting hot dishes Keep everything where you are going to use it advises Lunt Simple as it is this just may be the best advice I was given I keep all cooking items extremely organized and insist that anyone else who uses the kitchen keep the order says McLaughlin Microwave is the name of the game admits Dudley and Domino s over Pizza Hut anytime Washing Dishes Load everything into a dishwasher Contrive to be gone when it needs to be emptied If there are more dirty dishes on top of the dishwasher than clean ones within your strategy has failed In my opinion the easiest dishwashers to use from a wheelchair have the utensil rack attached to the door This configuration permits sliding dishes into the bottom rack without opening the door all the way Don t want to deal with a dishwasher Wash the dishes after every meal and store them on a rack next to the sink Use plastic plates if weight is a concern paper plates if you re that desperate for convenience Garbage Disposal Always use a trash can liner When it s full put it on your lap About five percent of the time it will rupture Pick up the trash again Change your clothes Clean the

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Switching to a Power Chair
    going backwards Even caregivers family or friends struggle with stigma issues Some family members or friends need to be needed Others may not understand the necessity or wisdom of conserving energy and function in order to preserve quality of life They may need to hear that equipment changes such as power chairs can save shoulder muscles and joints thus making more things possible in life It s Not Always Obvious Sometimes fatigue and pain can get in the way too slowly or gradually to notice People may eliminate errands in order to avoid the car transfers or they may skip certain chores at home They don t have the energy to do the things they want or need to do like playing with their kids or stretching each night Quality of life becomes the issue Power chairs allow people to do more things with less pain less fatigue and more mobility resulting in more independence It s for Real New research is indicating that over half of long term SCI survivors are making equipment changes to preserve their mobility their function their independence or to preserve the well being of their caregivers and attendants In a study of 279 British SCI survivors all of whom had been injured at least 20 years 59 reported having made changes in durable medical equipment new wheelchairs cushions hoists and lifts to ease transfers Almost 25 listed fatigue and or weakness as the cause for change The same number listed medical problems Others cited stiffness pain other injuries or their age In this British research group over 31 of all those interviewed reported shoulder pain Forty seven percent had experienced postural changes while 54 were dealing with fatigue The changes come because SCI is not the static condition we once thought it was Forty percent of the 180 000 spinal cord injury survivors in the United States already are over 45 one in four has lived with injury for over 20 years Some feel that the changes of aging come sooner to people who have spinal cord injuries Findings from the British study where functional declines appeared in subjects in their late forties and early fifties certainly support the belief of accelerated aging When Is It Time to Change A personal inventory can be helpful in determining if a switch to a power chair is worth thinking about do you find yourself avoiding going certain places places you used to go or want to go but don t because it s just too hard or simply not worth it do you have persistent shoulder pain when wheeling do you find yourself using more energy wheeling and not doing those things you want to do like working going out entertaining or playing do you have noticeably less fatigue and pain on days when you don t wheel much Roadblocks to Change But power chairs are big and bulky Most don t jump curbs They do cost a lot of money They are a hassle to

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Profiles In Motion - Jean Snyder
    L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Profiles in Motion Jean Snyder Tweet Pride Profiles in Motion Jean Snyder Jean Snyder a 62 year old medical transcriptionist from Fort Wayne Indiana was never much of an outdoors woman let alone a hiker but that all changed in the beginning of April when she went on a trip with daughter Michelle and her family to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee The day my daughter planned to go hiking I thought I was just going to hang out in the hotel room or go shopping but boy was I wrong said Jean To her surprise she completed a 2 6 mile hike of the Smoky Mountains in her Jazzy Power Chair Two paved trails to the side of the main trail used mostly for strollers and wheelchairs made it possible for Jean to successfully complete the hike It was my first time ever doing something like this No way would I have gone up and down a mountain in a manual wheelchair Jean said The weather was perfect and the waterfalls when we reached the top were gorgeous I never would have attempted this without my Jazzy and now I love nature Throughout the duration of the hike Jean was also very impressed with the battery life of her Jazzy After we finished the hike my battery still had one green light left and when I plugged it in back at the hotel before we went for dinner it didn t take long at all to charge up said Jean Jean started using a manual wheelchair six years ago but after three years she began having a lot of pain in her hands and shoulders The pain in her hands worsened from her Rheumatoid Arthritis and Jean was informed she would need surgery to reduce the pain in order to be independent again in her manual chair Jean relies greatly on her hands as a medical transcriptionist and after previous surgeries on her back Jean knew she needed another option My Jazzy saved me from another surgery and my hands don t bother me anymore It has been a godsend and I appreciate it so much Jean said I have gained so much independence mental freedom and peace of mind Jean has served as a long time member of the United Methodist Women s group and her church choir Her Jazzy has permitted her to remain actively involved in activities at her church which is important to Jean since that s where many of her friends are My friends at church love my chair The men joke around and say they are going to put chains on the back of it to pull cars out of ditches laughed Jean Also since my church built a wheelchair accessible ramp to the side of the altar it is easier for me to get up there when I sing in the choir When Jean is not

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Profiles In Motion
    Community Community Outreach Pride Volunteers Press Releases Press Release Archive Contact Us America Pride Mobility Products Corp Corporate Headquarters USA 182 Susquehanna Avenue Exeter PA 18643 Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Profiles in Motion Flossy F Tweet Pride Profiles in Motion Flossy F Traveling the world by Go Go Flossy F was exploring the sights in Williamsburg Va when she had an idea Although Flossy loved her Go Go Travel Mobility Scooter she realized the cobblestone streets in the colonial town made things a bit bumpy Flossy approached Pride Mobility Products and challenged the company to create a Go Go with a smoother ride Thanks to Flossy the Go Go LX with CTS Suspension was born Flossy now uses this Go Go model to help her explore the globe My passion is traveling Flossy said There is no way I can travel and enjoy it without my Go Go because I can t stand to be a burden on anyone My Go Go allows me freedom and independence Flossy now retired was formerly a teacher and a guidance counselor in the Lake Lehman School District She founded the girls softball program in the district and coached the team for 25 years Flossy also coached a girls softball travel team in the 1980s which won a national championship Flossy travels often and has been to many places including France Ireland Germany England Italy Greece Spain Canada and much of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii I also have fun with my Go Go Flossy said My friends sometimes joke that

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Profiles In Motion - Alan Labonte
    Company Timeline Careers Our Community Community Outreach Pride Volunteers Press Releases Press Release Archive Contact Us America Pride Mobility Products Corp Corporate Headquarters USA 182 Susquehanna Avenue Exeter PA 18643 Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Profiles in Motion Alan Labonte Tweet Pride Profiles in Motion Alan Labonte To me the main thing is portability In promoting my new book my wife Lora and I have been doing a lot of traveling My Go Go scooter has helped me to speedily move down airline ramps onto commuter trains to taxicabs to hotel rooms and onto stages when making presentations Its compact size and low weight make it easy to move and store so that it s readily available for my next move Alan Labonte Alan really knows how to stay on the go and has been doing just that in promoting the sales of his new book A MILLION REASONS Why I Fought for the Rights of the Disabled while using his Go Go Elite Traveller Recently Alan s Go Go played an important role when he traveled to HBO Studio Productions in NYC to tape a televised book review for Christopher Close up I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily my scooter fit into the trunk of a New York taxicab I drove it right onto the Studio 2 set where one of the technical assistants moved it off camera after I was seated for the interview It was all very exciting Alan s book chronicles his life after being hired as the executive director of a prestigious Boston

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Profiles In Motion - Pat Messerly
    Support View Full Resource Center Downloads Order Forms Brochures Owners Manuals Specfication Sheets Basic Operating Instructions Product Warranty Warranty Registration Warranty Information Reimbursement Power Mobility Device Lift Chair Guide Articles Links Power Chair Articles Scooter Articles Product Safety Alerts Website Links Pride Owners Club VA Resource Center Profiles In Motion Meet Our Customers Jazzy Power Chairs Meet David Pahl View All Profiles Pride Mobility Scooters Meet Jase Leddy View All Profiles Go Go Travel Mobility Meet Michael Slotwinski View All Profiles International Australia Arabian Peninsula Canada China C ech Republika Deutschland España France Greece Italy Japan Latin America Lebanon Netherlands New Zealand Polska Switzerland United Kingdom About Us Inside Pride Mobility Products Corp Our Company About Us Company Timeline Careers Our Community Community Outreach Pride Volunteers Press Releases Press Release Archive Contact Us America Pride Mobility Products Corp Corporate Headquarters USA 182 Susquehanna Avenue Exeter PA 18643 Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Profiles in Motion Pat Messerly Tweet Pride Profiles in Motion Pat Messerly When Pat Messerly purchased her Go Go Elite Traveller to make it a bit easier for her and her husband Fred to travel she never thought shed use it as often as she does or that shed enjoy it as much Now you can often find Pat Fred and their feline companion Mr Grey out enjoying the scenic views of the outdoors along the trials of Pennsylvanias Rails to Trails program My husband and my little grey kitty cat Mr Grey go with me on our Rail Trails Pat explains Fred rides his fancy bike and

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