Ask Sarah: Portable Ramps for the Holidays

Dear Sarah,

My mom recently fell and broke her hip, which means she is now confined to a wheelchair, even over the upcoming holiday months. What are your suggestions for the best way to get her around (easily) this holiday season with her wheelchair? She doesn’t want to be a burden, but we also don’t want her to miss out on all of the quality time with her loved ones this holiday season.

Thanks in advance,

Holly in Columbus, Ohio

Hi Holly,

I completely empathize and understand your concern with wanting your mother around for the holidays. Yet, I also understand that lugging a wheelchair around can be a lot of work, especially when carrying presents, food, etc. for your holiday parties. It seems as if helping your mother get in and out of the location (whether it be a family or friend’s home, a hall rented for Christmas, etc.) will be your largest challenge. While you may be able to lift the wheelchair with your mother in it with the help of several strong helpers, the more simple option, and one which may come in handy in the future, is a portable ramp.

Because not all homes (and let’s be honest, most homes in general) are not built with a wheelchair in mind, it is nice to have a portable ramp that can be taken with you and used in any home environment to get you or your loved one safely inside without any hassle.

Some benefits of a portable ramp include:

  • Lightweight, yet strong
  • Can fold up and take with you anywhere
  • Versatile in size and shape
  • May have warranty options
  • Can be split into multiple sections
  • Easy to use and install

Not only can this ramp help your loved one get into their home, but it can also help them with getting in and out of vehicles, etc. At New Visions, we believe that the addition of a portable ramp could greatly help your mother achieve accessibility and safety without jeopardizing your time.

If you would like more information on our portable ramp selection, give us a call today at 419.678.4979 today or visit our products page!

Thanks!

Sarah at New Visions

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Ask Sarah: Mobility Rebates at Car Dealerships

Hi Sarah-

My mom has recently started using a wheelchair due to getting older and having a harder time getting around. Because I am an only child and my father passed away 5 years ago, I take her, by myself, to and from all doctor appointments, family parties, and any other events she may want to attend. The vehicle I currently drive has become a nuisance and I have considered either looking for a newer vehicle that is more user-friendly to my mother’s needs or updating my current vehicle if possible. I heard that some car dealerships offer mobility rebates for disabilities. Is this true? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your help!

Susan -Fairfield, OH

Hi Susan,

I can understand how it may be extremely challenging getting your mother in and out of your vehicle, especially as she is confined to a wheelchair most of the time. I have many clients who also experience this same problem.

Luckily, there are many original equipment manufacturers who offer rebate assistance (typically valued for up to $1000 reimbursement!) when you purchase accessibility products. Some common equipment manufacturers that offer rebates to customers include:

  • Toyota
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Lexus
  • Volvo
  • Acura
  • Hyundai
  • Honda
  • Nissan

The list of manufacturers who offer these rebates goes on and on. Not only does the addition of items such as interior lifts, exterior lifts, power lift gates and other accessibility features allow for easier maneuvering in and out of vehicles, but it can also offer seniors the independence and assistance they need to continue driving on their own.

For more information on how you can access and retrieve special discount offers from various manufacturers, you can visit the ride-away website, NMEDA website, or call us at 419.678.4979 for more information today!  We are offering 50% off of installation of a new vehicle lift until the end of August!

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I hope this information helps you make the decision on either purchasing or updating your current car.

Sarah at New Visions

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Intergenerational Vacations Can Be Fun!

You’ve decided it is time for a family vacation and you want to take everyone (including your mom and dad) on the trip. But how do you begin the planning to make it fun for your children and your parents? Here are some quick tips to make vacationing with your parents both fun and easy!

4 Tips for Family Fun on Vacation

 

  1. Remember there are laws that assist you.

When you are traveling, remember that the American Disabilities Act requires that you get assistance when you are traveling with parents or kids with special needs. This includes access to ALL facilities you travel to and free wheelchairs upon arrival to your destination. However, you can travel with your own mobility device and that is just as easy. Remember to follow all directions to keep your mobility device in top condition when traveling.

 

  1. Consider hiring a health care aid.

Depending on your budget, you can hire a health care specialist to help eliminate stress while you are vacationing. This is a great way to make sure you have extra hands and eyes on your aging parents so you can be attentive to their needs and make sure everyone is enjoying the vacation together.

 

  1. Trip insurance can be helpful.

Intergenerational trips can be a blast for everyone, but don’t get caught up in the anxiety that plans could change. Do your due diligence with research about trip insurance in case there is an emergency and the travel plans change. Also look at healthcare insurance for traveling. There are many options and your current plan might have travel insurance as well. Having proper insurance when you travel alleviates a lot of headaches and makes the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

 

  1. Communication makes the day fun!

The goal of a family trip is to make sure everyone enjoys the trip and each other. This means you need to communicate honestly with your parents about their limitations and what they feel comfortable doing. Having the conversation before the trip is best so no one is put on the spot or feels bad if they cannot participate in an activity.

 

Creating a trip this summer with your parents and kids can be a fun experience and create many long-lasting memories. With proper planning you can make sure mom and dad can get around and enjoy the tip with you and their grandchildren!

 

Are you looking for mobility devices to help make your intergenerational vacation more care free and easy? We can help! Give us a call at 419.678.4979 or stop in to New Visions Medical Equipment today!