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A Buying Guide For Finding The Right Mobility Chair

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Whether you’re settling down with a good book, curling up with your pet, or simply relaxing after a long day - a comfortable chair can go a long way to making your home a better place to be. 

This is something many of us take for granted, but for people who struggle with mobility issues, getting in and out of a chair can make life difficult. That’s why mobility lift chairs (and getting the right one for you) is so important. 

To help you find the perfect mobility lift chair, we have put together this handy guide. 

The Essentials of Looking After A Wheelchair or Electric Scooter

We are proud to offer a variety of mobility helpers to make life easier and more accessible. Whether you’re looking for a wheelchair or an electric scooter, we offer something for everyone. 

This a guide into basic care and maintenance of these particular vehicles, so that you can extend its life and usability. 

Choosing the Right Aids for Daily Living

Living independently and being able to rely on yourself is something that can sometimes be a challenge. Particularly now during the Coronavirus pandemic, when many of us are finding ourselves isolated, away from our usual support system of friends and family.

Adjusting to life in isolation can be a stressful experience and having the right equipment will certainly help make the change easier to deal with.

Having access to the right aids also helps relieve a lot of stress and makes it easier to gain independence in the best of times. 

We offer a lot of items that can help with performing household tasks that might otherwise be a struggle. Read more about some daily items that might be useful to have around the house. 

How To Look After Your Wellbeing During A Period Of Self-Isolation

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For the most vulnerable in society the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just presented a health risk - the self-isolation it’s required has also taken its toll on their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

That’s why we’ve created this post, with a guide to some of the activities, practices, and general advice you can follow to help lift your spirits if you’re in a period of extended isolation.

Coronavirus Advice For Caregivers And Wheelchair Users

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Nothing is more important to us than our community of valued clients. And having worked to provide aids and equipment to people with a variety of conditions and disabilities, we’re aware of how hard this current climate is for our customers.

With that in mind, here’s our advice as to some of the best practices and guidance for our customers to navigate accessibility issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

No matter what you do—it’s essential to check with professional medical advice first, and this can be found by consulting your doctor or visiting the official government website

A Guide To Buying A Pediatric Wheelchair

Pediatric Wheelchair

For any child, mobility and independence are hugely vital, both physically and emotionally—something that remains true even if they need assistance with mobility. This is what makes pediatric wheelchairs a vital resource, and an important decision for any parent.

To help, we’ve compiled this guide for what to look for when buying a pediatric wheelchair. 

How Home Care Beds Can Improve Your Quality Of Life

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When it comes to caregiving and improving quality of life—the presence of a home care bed is a vital step. These beds are essential to providing accessibility and comfort for patients with a wide variety of needs. Here we detail how a home care bed can improve quality of life, and what to consider before purchasing. 

How To Find The Right Walker

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Finding the right walker for you can have a truly transformative effect on your life — opening up new possibilities and vastly improving your ease of access across both your home and when getting around. But, it’s vitally important you find the right walker for your needs. With that in mind, here’s our comprehensive guide to finding the right walker for you. 

A Guide To Bath And Shower Safety

When it comes to ensuring that a property is accessible and safe for people with a wide range of mobility needs it’s important to consider every room. In particular, you need to consider the unique challenges and concerns associated with it. For the bathroom, everything is centered around the bath or shower. Getting in and out of the bath or shower is one of the biggest challenges for anyone with mobility issues — and providing comfortable and accessible solutions is vital. 

Why Is Bath and Shower Safety Important? First and foremost — being able to bathe in comfort is a necessity for everyone. This makes bath and shower safety one of the first things that must be taken care of if you or someone living at your property has mobility needs. But beyond that, there are a few key areas that reinforce just how important bath and shower safety is. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy An Electric Scooter

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Electric scooters have the potential to transform lives—providing mobility, stability, and a newfound sense of freedom that lets people live their lives to the fullest every day. And, with the latest advancements in mobility technology now available there’s never been a better time to buy an electric scooter! Still need convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should buy an electric scooter:

How To Ensure Your Home Is Wheelchair Accessible

Living room with hardwood floors

For most properties, ensuring comfortable wheelchair accessibility will require a degree of renovation and customization — therefore it’s vital that you take the time to check that your property has the right measures put in place to make it accessible to people, no matter what their mobility needs.

It can be hard to figure out where to start, and what needs to be done. That’s why we’ve compiled this short guide telling you what you need to know in order to ensure that your home is wheelchair accessible. We provide a variety of tools and equipment to help ensure that a home is as accessible as possible. 

Our Guide To Skin Breakdown Prevention

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For anyone who spends a significant amount of time in a bed or wheelchair, skin breakdown can be a serious problem. Once the onset of skin breakdown has started it can escalate, and spread, quickly - this makes preventative measure vitally important. Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, there are a range of measures that can be taken to help prevent skin breakdown. Should you need treatment a prompt and decisive response can help to prevent the spread and escalation while offering relief from the symptoms of skin breakdown. 

Aids To Daily Living

There are aids designed to ensure your daily life is safer and easier for you, all while allowing you to maintain your independence. Concern over whether or not they will be able to carry on living in their own home is usually one of the first things we hear from our customers. This is often complicated by the change in mobility and needs that comes with aging.

Thankfully, there are a wide variety of products that are made specifically for these circumstances, and we can help you find exactly what you need in order to make your daily routine easier.

Knee & Hip Surgery Checklist

A-P X-ray of a complete hip replacement. Photo credit the American National Institutes of Health on Wikimedia.

Hip replacement and knee replacement surgery are some of the most common surgeries performed in Canada. While recovery times vary for everyone, the majority of patients take from 6 to 8 weeks to recover fully.

During that time period, you'll need a few things to help keep you mobile, safe, and supported. We've put together a list of some of the most common equipment needed by those recovering from hip and knee surgeries. For the most part, both kinds of surgeries require the same items, with only a few exceptions.

Battery Care For Wheelchairs & Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooter users at the Australia Zoo. Photo credit @Phasmatisnox on Wikimedia.

When people are first introduced to their medical equipment, the proper daily use and care of your wheelchair or mobility scooter is something that's often overlooked. There are some very specific steps to follow, especially with new batteries, in order to optimize your battery's life.

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you are getting the most your of your mobility scooter's or electric wheelchair's battery.

Working With Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists review the Activities of Daily Living Simulation Suite at the University of Salford. Photo credit @salforduniversity on Flickr.

One of the most common things we hear from our customers is, "I just don’t even know where to start!"

Disability can be very overwhelming for yourself and loved ones. You want to live in your own home for as long as possible, but you also want to be safe and secure. Occupational therapists are there to make that happen for you.

An occupational therapist is trained to assess your abilities, disabilities, home and environment, and your personal specific needs. And don't worry, this can all be done free of charge!

Get Started With Urban Poling

A couple using Nordic walking poles on a city sidewalk. Photo credit Tsippendale on Pixabay.

More and more doctors, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists are starting to prescribe and recommend walking poles! Studies show that using walking poles is not only good for physical recovery, but also good for balance, confidence, and your overall health.

Island Mediquip carries poles from Urban Poling, a Canadian-owned and -operated company dedicated to not only providing quality poles, but also educating people on how to use them to optimize their health. Urban Poling offers two varieties of walking poles, both offering different health benefits.

How To Choose A Mobility Scooter

Shoprider 778 EL Cobra Scooter

Motorized mobility scooters are a great way to keep your independence and continue to have an active, fulfilling life. Whether you had to give up your drivers license for medical reasons, or simply decided that you don't want to drive your car much anymore, scooters are a great option for getting around. They give you the freedom to head out for coffee with friends, get the groceries, hit the golf course, or enjoy some of the beautiful scenery around us.

Buying a scooter may seem like an easy, straightforward purchase, but there are a few things to take into consideration when looking at the many options that are available to you.

Residential Stair Lifts

Handicare Curved 2000 Stairlift

Our homes are our sanctuaries. We spend a majority of our lives working for them and making them a place of comfort and security. So when we get older and our mobility starts to decline, the thought that we may have to leave our home is often very scary. It is one of the most difficult decisions to make for a lot of people. While your head might understand that by staying in your home you're putting yourself at risk every time you need to use the stairs, the idea and feeling of leaving a place of comfort is overwhelming.

Thankfully, there's an option that can help keep you safe while still living in the home you love: Stairlifts.

Hospital Beds For Home Care

Rotec Multi-Position Homecare Bed

Purchasing an adjustable hospital bed can be a great way to make it possible for your loved one to continue living at home instead of moving into a facility. The versatility of a home care bed can make it easier for nurses to properly and safely care for your family member, while keeping your loved one as comfortable as possible, regardless of whether they're sleeping or sitting.

Home-use hospital beds, also known as home care beds, universal beds, medical beds, or nursing beds, come in a few different styles that suit different users. Learn more about them.

MS Society of Canada: Support With More Than Money!

The MS Society of Canada was founded in 1948 to provide support and services to those suffering from multiple sclerosis. They also raise funding for MS cure and prevention research. Communities all across Canada come together once a year for the MS Walk, MS Bike, and MS Golf, as well as I Challenge MS and Women Against MS, raising awareness of the disease and collecting donations to help and support those affected by it. Their website is also a great way to send in a monetary donation at any time of the year.

But did you know that financial donations aren’t the only way you can help?

How To Choose A Walker

Piper Rollator

We often have customers come into our store looking to purchase a walker for a loved one. While this in itself is wonderful, we can't help choose the right walker for your loved one without having them test it in person. Here are only a few of the things we need to take into consideration when helping you choose a walker that is both safe and comfortable:

Wishes for Wheels by Motion Concepts

Red Dot-winning medical equipment manufacturer Motion Composites has launched a program called Wishes for Wheels, where they give away one free manual wheelchair every quarter this year! The program is open to residents of Canada and the US, and you do not need to meet any financial qualifications or submit any proof of income to participate — you can apply no matter what your financial means are. Learn more!

Registered Disability Savings Plan

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The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a federal tax-deferred savings program. The plan helps parents of disabled dependents increase their savings for long-term financial security, but is highly under-utilized, primarily because most branch-level financial institutions don't have enough information about it.

This is very unfortunate, as the money in an RDSP can really add up if it is used to its full potential. Learn more about the details here.

Lift Chairs – Not One Size Fits All

It's a common misconception that picking a lift chair is just as easy as picking a new sofa: You choose a style, a color that you like, and you're done.

Not so fast!

Although style and color are important features of your lift chair, there are many other equally important aspects to take into consideration — after all, your health and comfort is at stake! So we've decided to break down the main features you should be taking a look at when choosing a lift chair.

Grab Bar Installations – Not Always So Easy, But Well Worth It

It may be well worth your time to consider installing grab bar in your bathroom area for safety and security when entering or exiting showers or getting up off a toilet.  Many options are available, however grab bars that are permanently secured into the wall will always allow for the most stable solution.