Better Life Mobility announces new advancements in mobility equipment for people with disabilities
Americas, July 29 2011
San Diego: Not all mobility equipment is the same. Today, there are so many options when it comes to choosing high quality mobility equipment that not only fits the wheelchair user’s physical needs, but also their desired lifestyle. Mobility technology advances every year; if disabled people haven’t had a chance to check out the upgrades available to them, they might be missing out. The best part, they don’t need to do all the research and figure out what maintenance or upgrades they need by themselves. Building a relationship with Better Life Mobility Centers will provide a partner in keeping them and their equipment up-to-date and working efficiently. Hereʼs a checklist of just a few of the items people should ask Better Life Mobility about. Your Mobility Lifestyle Checklist Wheelchair Options;
Sports wheelchair: Is the wheelchair user athletic? Sports wheelchairs will satisfy their active side by allowing them to explore on the court, in the gym, and even on the dance floor. Beach and all-terrain wheelchair: Beach wheelchairs can get people around on sandy or wet surfaces. All-terrain wheelchairs are designed to navigate those unpaved paths and rocky trails wheelchair user’s had their eye on. Self-propelled manual wheelchair: If people have or want to build upper-body strength and they like the close connection between them and their chair, a manual chair may work for them. Theyʼll move around by pushing in the handrims on the two large wheels on either side of them. Manual wheelchairs can be customized to work with only one arm or with their feet. Hybrid power-assist manual wheelchair: This wheelchair is just like a manual, but it has battery-operated power that senses when people need a little help, up a hill, for example, or over bumpy terrain. Power wheelchair: A power wheelchair — also called a motorized wheelchair or electric wheelchair — does all the work for wheelchair users. They control the speed and direction with a control panel, usually a “joystick,” which can be customized to best serve their abilities. Some chairs can maneuver in tight spaces, and some canʼt. Be sure to match the chair with the environment. Caregiver assisted manual wheelchair: In this type of chair, a companion will push them from behind. Narrow versions are available to transfer people from one place to another. Wheelchairs Sized to Fit Wheelchairs have a variety of options that help people feel confident and comfortable. Tall, short, large, or small, people should feel like their wheelchair is a natural fit for them. They should also feel like it is built to last — a sturdy, well-built wheelchair will offer more years of comfort and safety. Take a seat: Does the wheelchair feel like itʼs the right height, width, depth, and incline for their body type? Rest their feet: Do their legs and feet feel secure and comfortable on the footrests? Lean back: Is their back well-supported and comfortable?
Take charge: Are they able to easily maneuver and control the wheelchair while they are on the move? Get it custom: Will the chair handle any customizations they want or need? Remember, the light-weight, customizable, comfortable, easy-to-use wheelchairs may cost a little more, but when it comes to living a life without limitations, they should focus on the long-term needs. Be sure to ask Better Life Mobility Centers about offsetting costs with disability benefits, government funds, or other ways to get what they really want. Fitting the Wheelchair to their Van Be sure that the wheelchair they choose fits the disability van they drive.Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans are all popular choices that handle wheelchair conversions well. Full-size vans have even more room and customization and luxury options.
Itʼs very important that a person’s wheelchair or scooter, wheelchair van, and wheelchair lift all fit together nicely. Better Life can help ensure they have the right equipment and they know how to use it. Some lifts include: strong platform lifts (VMI) for large vans, cost-effective wheelchair lifts (Fiorella F500) for smaller vans, slide-away lifts (Ricon), light-weight lifts (Curb- Sider®, compact hydrolic lifts (Reliant), outside-of-car lifts (Out-Sider® Meridian), unoccupied wheelchair lifts (Joey™) and commercial lifts with handrails and safety belts (Ricon S-Series).
ABOUT BETTER LIFE MOBILITY
A family-owned business, Better Life Mobility is a leading California-based retailer of full size vans, minivans, trucks and luxury vehicles as well as scooters, wheelchairs, lifts and ramps for the mobility market. Founded in 1997 in Riverside, California, the family-owned company has since expanded to include stores in San Diego and Las Vegas. Today, the company continues to grow based on two philosophies: 1.) that people, not profit, are the key to success and 2.) that people with disabilities deserve a better life, a life without limitations.
For more information, call Mo Abusham at (619) 474-4072 or visit http://www.betterlifemobility.com.