May is National Mobility Awareness Month

May is National Mobility Awareness Month

National Mobility Awareness Month is an annual celebration each May in the United States and Canada. The awareness month encourages people with disabilities to embody the spirit of Life Moving Forward by raising awareness of the mobility solutions available in your community.

Millions of Americans are affected

According to the census bureau, about 56.7 million people reported some type of disability in 2010.  Of these individuals, approximately 30.6 million had difficulty walking or climbing stairs or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or a walker.  In addition, roughly 9.4 million noninstitutionalized adults had difficulty with at least one activity of daily living.  These activities included getting around inside the home, bathing, dressing and eating.  Furthermore, approximately 5 million of them required some type of assistance with their daily activities.  These numbers are only expected to rise.

There are numerous reasons one might experience limited mobility including issues such as arthritis, stroke, pulmonary or neurological diseases, injury or trauma as well as many others.   Regardless of the cause, everyone seeks the same solution of how to keep moving.  Fortunately, New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. focuses on improving the lives of those with disabilities because they deserve to live, and their disability shouldn’t be a sentence.

 

GETTING AROUND

There are many assistive devices available to help and a host of solutions to fit the unique needs of each individual.

Canes:  A cane may be sufficient for individuals requiring just a little extra support with walking.  However, a quad cane provides added support with a larger and steadier base, but is also somewhat bulkier than a traditional cane.

Walkers: A walker works well for someone who depends more on the equipment for safety.  Both hands are utilized with a walker to offer more balance.  Wheels are optional and allow the walker to glide along rather than lifting the walker to progress forward.

Rollators:  A rollator is a walker with four wheels, a seat and handbrakes.  This piece can be utilized instead of a walker with wheels, but the seat is a great feature allowing the user a place to sit and rest when needed.  Most rollators come with some sort of basket for personal items.

Wheelchairs:  Wheelchairs are available in many different models with many different features; however, a standard wheelchair is similar to what you will see in retail stores, hospitals, etc. for public use. Generally the standard type of wheelchair is available in different widths and weight capacities to allow for the body habitus, but there isn’t a lot of adjustability beyond that.  These wheelchairs usually weigh somewhere around 40 pounds and can be burdensome to maneuver as well as transport.  However, these are typically the least costly.  They are a nice option for the individual who is not in the wheelchair all day long but rather uses it occasionally.  Of course, if the standard wheelchair is not for you, there are other possibilities such as transport wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs and ultra-lightweight wheelchairs.

Power Mobility Scooters:  If walking aids and manual wheelchairs are not sufficient to get you around, then the next step is a power mobility scooter.  Scooters are generally available in 3- or 4-wheel models.  They are operated utilizing both hands on a tiller to control steering as well as speed.  Scooters typically require a larger area to maneuver and many times are not the best option inside one’s home.  For this reason, most individuals choose such an item for outdoor use.  A nice feature of a scooter, though, is that many of them can be taken apart and transported in a vehicle much easier than a power wheelchair.

Power wheelchairs:  A power wheelchair is usually the best option for someone unable to propel themselves in a manual wheelchair throughout the home but who has the ability and cognition to operate a power wheelchair. One hand is utilized to control the speed and steering through the joystick.  The joystick can be mounted on the left or right side to better suit the operator’s needs.  Power wheelchairs will turn in a much tighter radius than a scooter, which makes it the better choice for most in-home users due to tight operating spaces.  However, this equipment is much heavier than a scooter and does not come apart to transport in one’s vehicle as easily.  As in manual wheelchairs, there are many models available ranging from basic to custom.

 

 SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT:

The vast majority of us know there are assistive devices available to help people safely ambulate such as canes and walkers.  Most people are also aware that there are wheelchairs, scooters and power wheelchairs for those that are no longer able to walk or can only walk for very short distances.  These are all items that are fairly accessible as long as you don’t need anything “special”.  However, many do not realize that there are often times when the “standard” equipment isn’t enough as these items are not a “one-size-fits-all item”.  What then?

New Visions Medical Equipment can provide you with whatever equipment it is you need, whether it is standard or custom.  The possibilities are endless, but our mission is to provide you with a device that will offer you the maximum comfort level and allow you the greatest amount of independence.

When is customized equipment necessary?

Any full-time wheelchair user, whether manual or power, would most likely benefit from some customized features to ensure proper fit as well as have accessories incorporated that will offer the greatest level of independence.  What does customization really mean?  In reality, it means a wheelchair built specially for you and your needs with things such as armrests that can be adjusted in height for user comfort and possibly aid in transfers, a proper seat width and depth to accommodate your body habitus, a proper seat cushion to prevent skin breakdown, a back cushion to provide optimal positioning, added lateral supports for better trunk support, or whatever it is you need to help you live life to the fullest.  The combinations are endless and these are just a few of the options available.  So if you spend much time in a wheelchair and it is not meeting your needs, a custom wheelchair might be your answer.

 

ADDITIONAL MOBILITY SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME

Of course, if you have restricted mobility, a device to get you from place to place may not be the only beneficial piece of equipment for you.  Following are some of the countless options available.

Lift chairs:  An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who may need help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility. And because lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs–but possess a safety mechanism that can allow them to raise or lower the chair in order to easily stand up or sit down–they provide a friendly way of regaining independence. Typically, those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves.  Lift chairs come in many sizes, models and colors to fit your home décor.

Stairlifts:  There’s no place that makes you more comfortable and secure than home. Stairs shouldn’t become an obstacle to that contentment. Stairlifts make it easy to once again enjoy your entire home. Whether you need a stairlift to reach an upstairs bedroom or downstairs laundry, a stairlift is a fast, easy solution.

Patient Lifts:  Patient lifts are designed to lift and transfer patients who are unable to do so on their own from one place to another using a sling. These medical devices are very beneficial in reducing risk of injury to patients and caregivers when properly used.  Lift types vary from portable hydraulic or electric to stationary ceiling lifts.

Automatic Door openers: If you’re struggling to get through doorways due to your limited mobility, it’s important to understand all the advantages that come with installing automatic door openers. Automatic door openers do come in multiple models and designs, but for the most part, they’re incredibly simple to use and maintain. They typically operate using either motion sensor technology or with a simple remote control or button.  Ultimately, approximately 6.8 million Americans use assistive devices to aid their mobility, and automatic door openers are just one device that makes lives easier every single day.

 

 BATHROOM MOBILITY

We all use the bathroom every day and most of us take this activity for granted and never stop to consider what risks this might present us with.  Statistics show the bathroom can be the most dangerous room in the home.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms each year because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom.  About 14 percent of these injuries result in hospitalization and roughly two-thirds of the injuries occur while bathing or showering.  Although the shower or bathtub may propose the biggest risk, there are many other safety concerns in the bathroom.  Many older adults have problems getting on and off the toilet, and this also leads to frequent falls.  There are many precautions we can take to avoid a mishap, but unfortunately many individuals don’t take these steps until it is too late.

 BATHROOM MOBILITY SOLUTIONS

Grab Bars:  Beyond helping to prevent a dangerous fall, grab bars can improve your stability in the bathroom. They can help you safely enter and exit the shower as well as the toilet and provide support for individuals who are not steady on their feet.

Elevated toilet seats:  It may not seem like much but a raised toilet seat is a huge quality of life investment for many individuals.  We able-bodied individuals take our mobility for granted.  Raised seats return independence for those less mobile.

Shower chairs:  Using a shower or bath chair helps to increase safety by decreasing the chance of you falling by providing a secure area in a slippery shower or bath. Shower Chairs and Bath chairs are especially useful for those that are in wheelchairs, the elderly, or anyone who finds excessive movement painful or difficult.

Barrier free showers:  For those who prefer to spend their 15 minutes of relaxation in a shower, a barrier free shower is a great alternative to a walk-in tub. The low barrier shower has an open side that is level to the floor, which eliminates the obstacle of stepping over a high shower wall and easily allows wheelchair accessibility.

Walk-in tubs:  When living a comfortable, stress free life is most important, it is essential to enhance the home with a walk-in tub. The stress relief from a walk-in tub will help strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, improve metabolism, manage diabetes and improve heart health.

 

MOBILITY SOLUTIONS OUTSIDE THE HOME

Ramps:  Wheelchair ramps enable physically disabled as well as elderly people to enjoy complete freedom, as they allow users to move in and around the home safely and freely. It is a cost-effective and practical solution to enhance mobility. By installing a ramp, scooter and wheelchair users can access steps, doorways, sliding glass doors, showers or even raised landings easily.  The type of ramp most useful for you will depend on the application it is being used for and whether you are needing something portable or permanent.  New Visions can help you choose a ramp depending upon the structure of your home.  In order to comply with the handicap accessibility law, you will need one foot of ramp for every one inch of rise.

Vehicle lifts:  You’ve got places to go!  Scooter and power wheelchair lifts make it simple to take a mobility device with you.  Transport your scooter or wheelchair inside or outside your vehicle.  These lifts make it easy to keep you on the road.

 

 OUR FAMILY CARES ABOUT YOU

It’s challenging to make sure you or your loved one has whatever is needed to ensure quality of life.  New Visions medical Equipment was established in 1998 to meet our daughter’s needs and help her live life to the fullest.  It’s been exciting and rewarding to help others accomplish the same.

New Visions is a nationally accredited HME company serving all ages and abilities with custom rehab solutions.  Our team offers a personal approach to truly finding the best solution for recuperation or for living an independent lifestyle.

Our company is a provider of all the different types of equipment mentioned above as well as much more.  If you know of anyone needing any type of assistive device, please contact our office at 419-678-4979.

power scooter

Ask Sarah: How do I choose an appropriate scooter?

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOBILITY DEVICE

A mobility device can allow you so much freedom but is an investment that should be made wisely.  All the possible options on the market can be overwhelming and you want to ensure you take some time to research them carefully and really ascertain you’re getting the equipment that makes the most sense for you.  First, you will need to determine whether a power mobility scooter or a power wheelchair will serve your needs best.  Some important things to consider in determining this are your lifestyle, physical limitations, and what you plan to use the device for.

What is the difference between a power mobility scooter and a power wheelchair?

Many people do not know the difference between a power mobility scooter and a power wheelchair.  Hopefully this article will provide you with some insight on this.  One of the biggest differences in these devices is the way it is controlled.  A scooter is operated with a tiller mechanism and requires adequate strength and dexterity of both hands to maneuver it safely; whereas a power wheelchair is controlled with one hand through a joystick and has many more options available.  A power wheelchair is also easier to maneuver in tight spaces such as hallways and bathrooms due to having a much tighter turning radius.

Is a scooter right for me?

If you have any concerns with trunk control, balance, skin breakdown, swelling in your legs, inadequate use of both hands or any other limitations requiring adaptations, a power wheelchair may be the better option for you as it can be customized to meet your needs much better.  Special seating systems with positioning pads, skin protection cushions as well as elevating leg rests are among some of the options that are not available on mobility scooters but can be added to a power wheelchair.

Furthermore, if you intend to use the device inside your home, a power wheelchair may be the better choice due to the ability to make tighter turns.  However, if you have an open floor plan with wide doorways, a scooter may work as well.

If you simply need something to assist you in walking but have good body control and enough room to maneuver it, you may be a good candidate for a mobility scooter.

SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER IN CHOOSING THE APPROPRIATE SCOOTER

What do you intend to use the equipment for?

If you anticipate using the scooter inside your home and/or when you are out running errands, shopping, or traveling, a compact scooter may be your best option.  These are often called “travel scooters” and have many nice features including the ability to be taken apart very quickly and easily for transporting in your vehicle.  Most models are available in a 3-wheel or 4-wheel version.

If you do not plan to transport your scooter but rather intend to use it out in the yard or on uneven terrain, you may benefit from a larger scooter with bigger tires and more ground clearance.  The larger scooters usually do not come apart as nicely and are harder to transport unless you have some type of vehicle lift or trailer to load them.

Three-wheel versus 4-wheel scooters:

Generally 3-wheel models are the lightest and most compact, offering the best maneuverability.  They typically have a tighter turning radius than the 4-wheel model and make navigating in crowds, stores and your home easier.  The 3-wheel version offers more leg room for the rider allowing them to stretch out their legs.  Comfort level may be one of the biggest influences in opting for the 3-wheel version.

A 4-wheel scooter may offer a little more stability but still can be tipped over if not careful on uneven terrain.  The turning radius isn’t quite as sharp but isn’t a factor in wide open areas.  Because of the fender covering the tires, the 4-wheel models don’t offer as much leg room which may be a big determining factor, especially for someone with long legs.

If you need your scooter to get around inside your home, your top priority should be ensuring you have enough room to make turns and get down narrow hallways or into bathrooms.  In this case, a smaller 3-wheel scooter with a shorter wheel base may be your best option but you may need to consider going to a power wheelchair as your turning radius will be much better.  Of course this will depend on the layout of your home.

What size scooter will I need?

Prior to making your model selection, you will need to establish the maximum weight of the user as well as any additional items that will need to be carried on the device such as oxygen tanks.  You should select a model with a weight capacity equal to or greater than the anticipated load.  If you are close to the weight capacity, you may wish to consider the next weight capacity range.  Try to be as accurate as possible with this as overloading a scooter may affect the overall performance especially on inclines and may possibly void the manufacturer’s warranty.  This may narrow your selection down some.

Scooters are available in many different sizes with varying weight capacities.  Your body build will likely play a factor in which piece of equipment is most comfortable for you.  If at all possible, we suggest you physically sit on the scooter to ensure it fits you well.  Some things to pay attention to are comfort of the seat and that the seat width provides adequate room for you as well as the overall size of the scooter feels good to you.  On many models the armrests can be adjusted in or out to your desired position.   We find that often times petite individuals feel more comfortable on a smaller device whereas a tall person may desire more leg room offered by a larger one, but this varies with each individual.

What size tires and how much ground clearance do I need?

If you intend to use your scooter in your yard or on uneven terrain, you will want to consider the size of the tires as well as the amount of ground clearance the scooter has.  In this type of application, larger tires and more ground clearance will give you the best performance.  Many times you will need to consider a larger scooter to get the ground clearance and tire size you desire.

If you plan to mainly use your scooter on flat paved surfaces, a smaller tire with less ground clearance will perform well for you and oftentimes will be less costly.  Again, the smaller varieties usually transport much easier than the larger versions.

How far can I travel on my scooter?

A common question is how far a scooter can travel on a single battery charge.  This will depend on the scooter itself, the size of the batteries, the age of the batteries, the weight load being carried as well as the terrain being traveled.  Check with your dealer on the average operating range for the particular scooter model you are considering.  Typically larger batteries will allow further range of travel and will perform better on steep inclines.

What are some features I should consider for my scooter?

Lights:  Many scooters have lights in front as well as in the rear.  These are helpful if you plan to ride your scooter in poorly lit areas.  They typically are not bright enough for you to see well enough at night but rather helps others see you better.

Shocks:  Some models are equipped with a suspension system.  These scooters provide a much smoother ride especially on uneven surfaces.

Battery size:  Scooters with larger batteries typically have more power and can travel greater distances on a single battery charge.

Tires:  Pneumatic tires will periodically need air added, whereas solid rubber tires are pretty much maintenance free.  Tire size is important when traveling on uneven terrain and unpaved surfaces.

Transportability:  Many “travel scooters” break down into several pieces making them easier to handle as well as fit into your vehicle.  This is an important feature if you plan to load/unload your scooter often and have limited space to store it in your vehicle.

Accessories Available:  Options for your scooter will vary from model to model but may include things such as oxygen holder, crutch holder, walker holder, rear basket, front, basket, safety flags, power elevating seat, cell phone holder, cup holder as well as many others.

How will I store and transport the scooter?

If you will carry your mobility scooter in your vehicle, you need to consider how much space you’ll need and the strength required to assemble and dis-assemble it.  Large-sized scooters usually cannot be disassembled and require a vehicle lift or ramp to transport.  New Visions Medical Equipment is certified in installing vehicles lifts as well as a provider of ramps.  Some of our customers have multiple scooters and other mobility devices to get them around.  This is ideal if you can afford it.

Where do I buy a scooter and what brand is best?

There are many different scooters on the market and some manufacturers are better than others.  One critical thing to consider when purchasing a scooter is if there are parts readily available for it and where I can get them.  Many scooter companies come and go and it is very difficult to obtain parts for scooters from the ones that are no longer in business.

Many individuals consider purchasing equipment online.  Oftentimes this is not the best plan as you have no one to service the scooter after the sale.  This is a big problem for many and is a very important factor to consider.  We suggest you buy from a reputable dealer and manufacturer that has been in business for a period of time.  New Visions Medical Equipment keeps a variety of scooters in stock for you to try as well as services every piece of equipment we sell.

Who will service the scooter? 

This should be a big factor in determining where to purchase your scooter.  We often get calls from individuals who cannot find anyone to service their equipment after the sale.  New Visions Medical Equipment stands behind all manufacturer’s warranties and services everything we sell.  Part availability is a huge concern for many scooter models so you will want to carefully consider what you are buying and ensure this will not be a problem for you.

What are my options if I am not able to load my scooter myself to transport it?

For someone unable to physically load their scooter by themselves, the best option is probably a power operated vehicle lift as a ramp is not very user friendly for this type of individual and can sometimes take just as much as effort as loading the scooter itself, especially if it is a ‘travel scooter”.  However, for the right individual, a ramp is an option and is usually quite a bit less expensive.

How do I choose a vehicle lift for my scooter?

Just like scooter models, there are different types of lifts on the market to help with loading your scooter so you can transport it.  These are a great purchase for someone not physically able to assemble and dis-assemble a scooter but who still wishes to maintain their independence.  You will need to ensure the lift you are considering is compatible with your vehicle as well as the scooter you plan to transport.  Many power operated lifts are made for specific vehicles in addition to specific scooters and are not a one-size-fits-all item.

Vehicle lifts that are power operated are very easy to use and make transporting so much simpler.  Before selecting a lift, you will need to determine the make, model and year of the vehicle you wish the lift to be installed with as well as the make and model of the scooter.  You will also need to decide if you will haul your scooter inside your vehicle or behind your vehicle.  When hauling a scooter on the outside of your vehicle, you will need some way to keep it dry as scooters do not hold up well when exposed to any type of moisture, perhaps a scooter cover.  Once you have established this information, your lift choices will be narrowed down significantly.

Where can I get a power operated vehicle lift installed for my scooter?

 New Visions Medical Equipment is certified in installing vehicle lifts and can accommodate most people’s needs and wishes.

If you need any further help choosing a power mobility scooter, power wheelchair, or vehicle lift, visit us at: 

New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc.

4108 State Route 118

Coldwater, OH  45828

419-678-4979

How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.

 

blue lift chair

 

 

 

Ask Sarah: Do I qualify for home modifications?

Do I qualify for home modifications?

Ohio Medicaid recipients may be eligible for home modification services as approved by their case manager through the waiver program.  Programs such as Passport, Ohio Homecare Program (Carestar) and the Department of Developmental Disabilities have active programs to meet the accessibility needs of their consumers.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. works with each of these programs providing exceptional services in the installation of ADA ramps, portable ramps, stairlifts, ceiling lifts, bathroom modifications including but not limited to roll in and walk in showers.  Our expert contractors can handle the most problematic needs of the consumer.  We are also available for Private pay clients who want the professionalism required to maintain the integrity of their home.  Call us for a free consultation and estimate.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc is located in Coldwater, Ohio and services a wide area in Midwest Ohio, Including but not limited to Mercer, Darke, Auglaize, Van Wert, Allen, Shelby counties.

Accessibility Never Looked So Good!

When you think of bathroom adaptability & accessibility, do you envision beautiful ceramic, stone, or glass tile?

You should!

We are launching a new Designer Shower display at Homan Interior’s new Showroom so you can see for yourself how beautiful an accessible bathroom can be!

With our Designer Series showers, tub/shower combinations, and shower pans, you can count on the quality, peace-of-mind and worry-free maintenance for which Bestbath® is known, while enjoying a customized look that will add a “wow factor” to your project.

Featuring custom recessed panels for inlaid tile accents and available with a range of barrier-free and residential curbed options, the Designer Series provides an elegant look for traditional installations or for universal design and other accessible applications.

Bestbath’s Designer Series single- and multi-piece showers and tub combos offer custom molded recesses on the side and/or back walls. These panels can be filled with a limitless array of decorative styles, such as colorful glass or ceramic, providing a custom design that lets you carry backsplash tile work onto your shower walls and/or floor.

Multi-piece units feature our patented interlocking system technology for smooth installation and a tight seal, preventing leaks or water damage.

Stop by Homan Interior’s new Showroom Grand Opening Open House to check out our Designer Shower Display! Located at 195 Schwieterman Drive in New Bremen. Open House will be held Friday, March 31 from 12-6, Saturday, April 1 from 8-2 and Sunday, April 2 from 11-3.  Homan Interiors is a custom cabinetry business who has been in business for 20 years. Stop by to see their beautiful work and how they can transform your dreams into a reality!

Buzzaround XLS Scooter

Scooters have arrived for Spring!

It’s that time of year again! The sun is out, temperatures are rising and flowers are starting to pop up from the ground.  Spring is here! One of the best things about spring is being able to enjoy it outdoors.  If you are one of many American’s who struggle with their mobility, spring may not seem as enjoyable as it used to.  Just because your mobility may not be as good as it once was, doesn’t mean you should sit on the sidelines.  Get outdoors this spring with a new scooter!

There is a new scooter in town this year, and it definitely will help you enjoy life again! That new scooter is the one and only Buzzaround XLS scooter from Golden Technologies.  The Buzzaround XLS comes in both 3 and 4-wheel models and features:

  • 300 lb. weight capacity

  • Ultra Bright LED headlight standard

  • Charging port below the control panel

  • 3 inch ground clearance

  • Red and Blue Shroud panels included FREE

  • Disassembles quickly and easily for transport

  • NEW Comfort Spring Suspension for a smoother ride

This scooter is the best travel scooter on the market!  You can even take the battery pack out of the scooter and charge just the battery pack, making it convenient for keeping your scooter in your vehicle for traveling.

So don’t stay cooped up indoors this spring.  Enjoy it outside on a brand new scooter! We have both the 3 and the 4-wheeled models in-stock.  Stop by and give one a test drive today!  We will even show you how quickly they can come apart!

For anyone who purchases a new scooter during the month of March, we will enter your name into a drawing to win 4 FREE Dayton Dragons baseball tickets!  P.s. They are handicap seats too!

Fifth Third Field

Ask Sarah: I need to be able to get down the stairs, but my arthritis is too bad. Do you have a solution?

Dear Sarah,

I have been having trouble lately with my arthritis in my knees.  It’s so bad that I can’t get down my basement steps anymore without extreme pain.  I need to have access to my basement because my laundry room is down there.  What if I need to get down the stairs quickly due to a storm? I just don’t know what to do.  Do you have any solutions?

Thanks in advance,

Jean, Sidney, OH

 

Hi Jean,

I am sorry to hear that your arthritis is causing you so much pain! I understand your need and concern to be able to get down into your basement.  If you are unable to relocate your washer and dryer, or would rather just keep them down the basement, then a simple solution would be to have a stairlift installed.  By installing a stairlift, you would be able to safely and quickly access your basement while remaining seated- no more painful knees! Having a stairlift installed is easier and more affordable than you might think! In the past few years they have designed more economical models, making them more affordable for everyone.  Installing one only take a few hours and doesn’t take up too much space on your stairway so you can still walk up and down the stairs if you want too.  You can even put your laundry basket on the seat of the stairlift and send your laundry up and down so you don’t have to worry about carrying a basket and navigating the stairs at the same time! The stairlift runs on battery, so if there would be a power outage due to a storm, you can still access your basement safely.

If you would like a free estimate on a stairlift, please give us a call! 419-678-4979. I hope you find some relief soon!

Sarah

New Visions Medical Equipment

Ask Sarah: How Can Dad Shower Independently Again?

Dear Sarah,

My father has recently had one of his legs amputated.  We are trying to help him as much as possible with the transition home and we need help in his bathroom.  How will he be able to independently shower again?

Thanks in advance,

Amanda, New Bremen, Ohio

 

Hi Amanda,

I am sure your father and your family is very overwhelmed by this change in his life.  Showering independently is one thing that nobody wants to give up, no matter the circumstances!

There are several ways that the bathroom can be adapted so that your father can still bath in the comfort of his own home.  Depending on his abilities, I would first consider using a transfer bench– it’s the most economical solution.  One side of the bench sits outside of the bathtub and the other half is on the inside.  Your father can sit on the outside and then slide himself over into the tub- all while remaining seated! It’s a safer option verses trying to climb in the tub while standing.  You can also install a hand-held shower to making showering from the seated position more comfortable as well.

There is also the option of a Safeway Step.  This is something that we can install into the existing bathtub.  The Safeway Step removes the barrier of the tub wall making it easier to get in and out of the shower.  You can place a shower chair inside the tub for your father to sit down while inside.  This option is nice if you don’t want the bulk of the transfer bench in the bathroom and if other people will be using the bathtub as well.  Just slide your shower curtain over the tub when finished and nobody will know you have made any changes to the bathtub!

If neither one of those two options sound feasible, then you can also look into replacing your fathers existing bathtub with a luxury barrier-free shower.  This option is the safest and (in my opinion) most beautiful way to accommodate your father’s accessibility needs.  By installing a barrier-free shower, your father will be able to safely and easily access his shower with nothing in his way!  A fold down seat, grab bars and hand held shower can all be installed in the shower to make his shower experience as safe as can be!

I hope this helps in the planning process to bring your father home!  We would be more than happy to come out to his home to assess his individual needs and to offer a free estimate to get his bathroom ready for him! Just give us a call at 419-678-4979!

Sarah

New Visions Medical Equipment

 

Help Us Combat Cuts to Medicare!

This week is a critical week and our last chance to protect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on medical equipment. Please read…

On January 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will expand a program called competitive bidding. The competitive bidding program expansion will slash reimbursement rates for important medical equipment such as oxygen, walkers, wheelchairs and complex rehab equipment (seat and back cushions, power recline and tilt systems, specialty drive controls, etc.)

This change will make it very difficult for millions of Americans to find the vital equipment they need or require people to pay out of pocket for their medical supplies.

COMBAT CUTS TO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Without assistance from Medicare, many beneficiaries will not be able to afford medical technologies they rely on for daily living.  Multiple bills have been introduced  in Congress mandating CMS stop the cuts and fix the program! We need your help to push these bills past the finish line. If you haven’t done so yet, PLEASE send messages to your legislators today.

Urge your legislators to preserve access to quality equipment and care. 

Message them here

Please note: In order for the bidding expansion to be, the bills must be passed and enacted by December 31, 2015.

 

3 Reasons a Lift Chair Would Make the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season (and how you can save BIG!)

Holiday season is right around the corner, and you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out what to get Mom or Dad for Christmas this year. It’s often difficult to find gifts that are not only enjoyable but functional as well. Before you fill their house with holiday candy, sweaters, and other items they may not necessarily need, make sure you consider the item that may make things easier on them (and you!) for years to come.

Lift Chairs: The Perfect Gift for Mom or Dad            

If you notice Mom or Dad has been struggling to get in and out of their chair lately, or has become seemingly weak when it comes to everyday activities, a lift chair may be the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season! Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

  • Independence
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Ease of mobility
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • More spacious than normal chairs

However, they also pose a multitude of benefits for caregivers as well, such as:

  • Saving time
  • Increasing safety
  • Avoiding Injury

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). Make life easier for both you and your aging loved one this holiday season, and give them something they’ll really appreciate! At New Visions, we offer lift chairs to fit the style and comfort needs of all individuals. Choose from a wide range of endless style options to help increase mobility and comfort for your loved one today!

P.S. This month only we are offering 10% off ALL lift chairs! Stop in today to try one out or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!