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Accessible New Year’s Resolutions Category: Healthy Living

There are a lot of things that are imperfect with your typical New Year’s resolution, with them often becoming either a stressful burden or a forgotten cliche.

However, there are ways of making this time-honoured tradition one you can approach with confidence and enthusiasm this year.

You can start by following this guide to implementing accessible New Year’s resolutions that will be suitable for everyone in 2021. 

Tips on Maintaining an Active Mind Category: Healthy Living

Getting older doesn’t mean slowing down — especially mentally — as it becomes ever more important to keep a sharp and active mind.

As we age, the volume of our brain shrinks and those synaptic connections diminish or disconnect. Or to put it simply, things like memory and concentration become harder to manage.

Thankfully, there’s a wealth of research out there when it comes to the best ways to keep your mind sharp as you age, and we’ve compiled some of our favourite strategies — a few of which have the added bonus of being fun as well!

Easy and Effective Exercises For Seniors Category: Healthy Living

As we get older, our lifestyle changes. Not just in terms of what we can and can’t do, but in terms of what we want to do. And as we round out 2020, that is even more true.

We know many seniors will be unable to get out and utilize their regular exercise clubs or activities, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice what you enjoy!

It just means it’s time to find some new exercise routines to build into your daily routine. Here are a few ways to keep healthy in-home. 

The Best Accessible Hiking Trails On Vancouver Island Category: Healthy Living

When it comes to the first thing people want to get out and do once they have their new mobility scooter — the answers are usually the same! People want to be able to explore the diversity and wonder of Vancouver Island’s many hikes and trails.

But it can be difficult to know beforehand which trails are easily accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Here’s a list of some of our favourite accessible hiking paths and trails on Vancouver Island.

How To Look After Your Wellbeing During A Period Of Self-Isolation Category: Healthy Living

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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 Category: Healthy Living

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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

Our Guide To Skin Breakdown Prevention Category: Healthy Living

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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 Category: Healthy 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.

Get Started With Urban Poling Category: Healthy Living

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.