Monday, March 19, 2018

5 Tips for Traveling with Disabilities

The sun is up! With spring being only a couple of days away, finally the cold and long winter days are about to be over. That also means that traveling season is about to take its peak. If you are planning to travel, foreign or domestic, then you probably know how hectic preparing for your trip can be - especially if you have a disability.

Here are 5 tips for traveling with disabilities that will make your life better:

Do your research. Before booking your plane ticket or accommodations for your trip, make sure you spend some time researching about your destination and where you will be spending most of the time. For example, find out if your hotel or lodging provides special needs equipment, such as wheelchairs, mobility scooters, crutches, etc. If you are traveling abroad, then make sure you research information about the foreign country’s policy on medication, service animals, and more. It might also be a good idea to locate and map out hospitals and doctors nearest to where you will be.

Plan Ahead. After conducting sufficient research, make sure you buy all the necessary items and plan for your trip accordingly. For example, if you use an electric scooter and are traveling out of the country, then make sure you pack the appropriate travel adapters for all of your plugs. If you are taking your own medical equipment, plan the logistics of how you will be carrying it to your destination way ahead of time so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. If you know that you are going to be engaging in a lot of tourist activities, make sure to plan your day accordingly (including train routes or subway stations) and determine if they are wheelchair or scooter friendly.

Have a second plan. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Don’t worry about packing too much when it comes to caring for your medical needs. If you can, make sure you pack an extra travel adapter or important tools for your wheelchair. In addition to that, always have a second plan in mind and travel with someone you trust and that will be able to know how to help you if something does go wrong.

Make use of resources. There are a lot of resources when it comes to finding information regarding traveling tips and particular destination information. Before you leave, make sure you visit the department of state’s traveling site to check your destination travel information and determine if there are any special notices or bans to several countries. Watching the news and learning about your destination’s current events and weather conditions prior to your trip is also a good idea. In addition to using official media outlets, you might also want to check out blog sites, mobile apps, transportation databases, hotlines, and other types of platforms to make sure you stay well informed all around.

Pack good. Every good traveler knows that traveling lightly is the best way to go. If you have a disability and are required to travel with medical equipment, organizing your items might help you travel a little lighter and determine which things you actually need to take with you on your trip. Making a list of only the items that you need can go along away in making sure that you pack only the necessary items.

Above all else, remember to have fun! We hope these five tips for traveling with disabilities are useful to you. We want to hear from you, let us know how you prepare for traveling in the comments below:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Best Date Ideas for Wheelchair Users

Is L-O-V-E really all that you can give on the most romantic day of the year? How about surprising that special someone with the most incredible date ever! As a wheelchair user, we know that it can be frustrating planning dates as not every place is comfortable or accessible for wheelchair users. Plus, if your date is not a wheelchair user, it can be even more challenging finding an activity that will be enjoyable yet comfortable for the both of you.

Here below we have listed the best date ideas for wheelchair users so that you can have the perfect Valentine’s Day with that special someone:

Coffee & Stroll. Picking up coffee and pastries from your favorite local spot and enjoying them over a beautiful day stroll- (or better yet, wheelchair roll) through a nice park could make a great date for Valentine’s Day! Not only will it give you the space and opportunity to actually learn more about your date but also help with a little bit of exercise!

Love a la Michelangelo. Invite your date to your city’s top art museum and admire some of the greatest art pieces in the world. Museum visits tend to be pretty long and this can be the perfect way to elongate the time spent with your date. Plus, a lot of times museums will feature special exhibits and shows that you won’t want to miss!

Vegas, Baby! Book a trip to the entertainment capital of the world- Las Vegas! Surprising your significant other with a trip to Vegas and spending time at different casinos could make one of the best Valentine’s date ever. Most casinos carry a wide variety of entertainment, from gambling to live music concerts to shows, therefore having a casino date night could be a lot of fun and comfortable for the both of you.

Kayak. If you’re an outdoors person and nature lover then kayaking could be one of the best date ideas for Valentine’s Day! Not only will it give you a chance to show off your skills but it could also be very romantic as you paddle on through beautiful scenery- maybe even take a bottle of wine with you!

Comedy club. There’s no better way to break the ice (especially if it is a first date) than with laughter! Booking seats at your nearest comedy club for you and your date on Valentine’s Day could be extremely fun and accessible place for wheelchair users (plus you will be able to determine whether they have a sense of humor or not).

Movies. While going to the movies might be a bit of a cliche, it can also be a very intimate experience. Envision watching a great film, while eating popcorn and sitting closely next to the person you like. Two tickets, please! Also, most theaters now have leather seats, making it one of the most comfortable, accessible and fun date ideas (especially for wheelchair users).

We hope that you find inspiration from our list above and that you have the best date this Valentine’s Day! Please let us know in the comments below if you have any other recommendations for great date spots for wheelchair users, we’d love to hear from you.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Here's What You Should Clean on Your Wheelchair

If you’re a wheelchair owner, then you know that from time to time, wheelchairs can get dirty- really dirty. When this happens, it’s incredibly easy for filth and bacteria to build up, which can then damage your medical device or cause smelly odors. This is why it’s important to regularly clean your wheelchair. The frequency to which you clean your wheelchair entirely depends on how often you use it. However, we recommend doing it every other day or so. Often times, just wiping down the seat might be helpful in preventing excessive buildup of dust or dirt.

In addition, you should also be closely monitoring your wheelchair for spills. Normally,
most spills on wheelchairs can be cleaned easily. However, not every spill is the same,
and some liquids can cause odors if they aren’t cleaned properly. For example, milk can
leave a nasty spill if you don’t clean it correctly. A good way to avoid spills from
happening in the first place, is by pushing your wheelchair under the table when you’re
eating or drinking.

Here below, we have listed wheelchair areas that accumulate the most dirt and that you
should definitely be cleaning:

Wheelchair Wheels

If you use your wheelchair outdoors, there’s no doubt that it’s going to get dirty. However, even if you use it indoors, it can still get dirty simply from regular use. Fortunately, your easy cleaning solution is going to be: bicycle tire cleaner. You can also purchase wheel covers for your wheelchair to use indoors. If your budget allows, we suggest you buy two wheelchairs- one for indoors and another one for outdoors. Also, wiping down your wheelchair's  wheels before going indoors may help prevent you from tracking dirt in your home. 

Wheelchair Cushion

If you use your wheelchair a lot, you’re going to notice your cushion getting stained,
filthy or smelly. Odors can easily build up from sweat and spills if the cushions aren’t
cleaned on a daily basis. An easy way to clean your wheelchair cushion is by pouring
vinegar and baking soda into a cleaning towel and wiping the surface of the cushion
with it. Try to avoid cleaning your wheelchair cushion with bleach because it can stain it.
We suggest cleaning your wheelchair’s cushion at the end of your day or when you’re
about to go to bed so that it can dry properly and be used the next day. We would also
suggest making an investment in waterproof cushions to absorb moisture and spills!

Brakes and Locks

Another easy place for dirt and debri to get stuck on is on your brakes and locks, which
can prevent them from working properly. If you have a wheelchair, the last thing you
want is to have problems with your brakes and locks! This is why we recommend
cleaning your wheelchair’s brakes and locks regularly. A good way to clean these is with
a basic cleaning solution, such as a multi-purpose cleaner that can be applied on all
types of surfaces. Please note that it’s important to check for this in order to avoid your
tires from staying sticky.

Lastly, another way to keep your wheelchair in great working condition is by checking
for any loose parts that might need replacement.We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your wheelchair shining and performing at its optimum! It’s crucial that your wheelchair gets cleaned on a regular basis. When left untouched, your wheelchair can deteriorate and even lead to a potential injury.

We would love to hear from you! Please let us know in the comments below if you have
any other tips you would like to share with us.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How to Decorate Wheelchairs and Scooters for the Holidays

Perhaps you’re headed to a holiday party, or maybe you’re just really in the spirit of the season, and you want to decorate your chair or scooter to fit a holiday theme. Luckily, there are tons of options for decorating your device, from the understated subtleties to the downright showstoppers. It’s easy to spread cheer from your chair. Read on to see our suggestions for creating a holiday masterpiece.

Deck the Chair with Boughs of Holly

Attach your favorite holiday greenery to your chair. We suggest holly, poinsettias, garland, or whatever else puts you in the Christmas mood. Use fake flowers for convenience, or if you want to enjoy the true texture and smell of holiday plants, attach a plastic florist’s water tube to your wheelchair hand grip or arm frame and place the plant inside. You can find these water tubes online, at craft stores or at a florist shop. If you’re feeling lucky, maybe use a few coat hangers to fashion a stand for some mistletoe.

Light Up the Night

Nothing says holiday cheer like Christmas lights. Grab some battery operated lights online, at your local Walmart, or at any hardware store and wrap them around your chair to create a glowing masterpiece. Customize the color scheme to your liking and consider adding some blinking lights that will really dazzle. You can even light up your wheels with specially-made LED lights for wheelchairs, available online and at major superstores (Be careful using regular Christmas lights around wheels – these can tangle and cause a real headache).  

Add Stickers & Patches

Sticker sheets made especially for the holidays are everywhere at this time of year and make a super cheap option for decorating your chair. Stickers work great for decorating the spokes of your wheels, side guards or frame and come in tons of styles, from glitter to scratch & sniff to three-dimensional. If stickers aren’t your thing, sewing or ironing a patch on to the back of your chair is an easy and inexpensive way to add some holiday flair. CafePress has a huge selection of holiday patches to choose from and even make customizable patches with your choice of text and design.

Santa…is that you?

If you’re feeling bold, crafty, and want to show up to your next event decked out in holiday cheer, become Saint Nick yourself and transform your chair into Santa’s sleigh. Find a box that is large enough to cover your chair and outline a sleigh shape on either side. Cut out these shapes and paint (we recommend red spray paint) red. Let it dry, then add a gold trim around the edges and personalize it to look like Santa’s ride. Attach to both sides of the sleigh (and make sure the cardboard doesn’t drag along the ground or against the wheels) and voila! You’ve got St. Nick’s ride to cruise around in for the night. Keep in mind that with some design tweaks, this technique can also be used to make Elsa’s sleigh for Frozen fans. This process will take a few hours and some work, but overall it’s a simple process that will produce a breathtaking result. Check out Pinterest for photos and design ideas!

While those are just a few of our favorite ways to decorate your wheelchair or scooter for the holidays, the possibilities are truly endless. Got an idea we didn’t mention? Post it in the comments and show us how you let your creativity shine this holiday season! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Techiest Wheelchairs: Five Wheelchairs of the Future

Wheelchairs have been around for a long time. Since their invention, they have been a great help to those with limited mobility. However, as our world has become more connected and technologically savvy, it seems like the basic formula for a wheelchair hasn’t really changed. If we live in the 21st century, the most connected time humans have ever lived in, shouldn’t we have wheelchairs that match? Below are some of our picks for what we think are the wheelchairs of the future. 

Customizable Wheelchairs 

In today’s world, we can customize almost everything, from how our mobile phones look to what toppings go on our burrito bowls. However, in the future, customization is not (and should not) be limited to cell phones and take out food. There are many companies around today that will customize a wheelchair to your liking. For some, customization just means a pop of color or a fun stick-on design, for others, it means turning your wheelchair into a full-blown crime fighting, terrain conquering, flame throwing chariot like some of these amazing wheelchairs

Off-roading Wheelchairs

If you love taking the road less traveled, you’re going to love this wheelchair made for taking on the rough terrain of off-roading. This wheelchair was engineered to be functional as a regular everyday mobility aid, but can also take on whatever you put it through whether in the elements or on the trail. Beyond the cool factor of being built like a tank, these chairs are a very practical solution for wheelchair users who still enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities that might take you off the beaten path. With all the access it gives you to such a wide range of activities outside of the everyday, its clear to see why a wheelchair like this belongs in the 21st century. 

All Wheel Drive Wheelchairs 

Wouldn’t it be great if wheelchairs had a slightly larger range of motion beyond just forwards and backwards. Well, with this concept wheelchair out of Japan, you’ll be able to go forwards, backwards, side to side, as well as any direction in between. Obviously this wheelchair looks super cool and techy, but at a practical level, this wheelchair makes the user even more independent in how they move, not needing any outside help to re-orient or change direction. For that, we think this wheelchair is pretty cool. 

Parenting Wheelchair 

Raising kids is hard, and it can be even harder when you have limited mobility. Getting your kids out of the house and active when you have a wheelchair can be a daunting task that can leave both and your kids exhausted. However, with this concept tandem wheelchair, you and your baby can enjoy the outdoors together without fear of losing control of your chair or their stroller. This chair may not have any wiring or fun buttons, but it does make parenting a whole lot easier, and for that we think this wheelchair is definitely a wheelchair of the future. 

The Wheelchair to End All Wheelchairs 

Wheelchairs are a great aid to mobility, but what if there was a wheelchair out there that could literally get rid of the need to own a wheelchair. Well, now there is. This transforming wheelchair takes mobility to entirely new level by letting the user transform the wheelchair from seated to upright standing. We can’t even imagine what it must be like to use this amazing piece of technology, especially if you’ve been using traditional wheelchairs for a while that don’t allow you to be upright during use. Not only does this allow greater mobility, but being able to stand up allows for a greater range of tasks that can be completed, as this chair can also be operated hands-free. 

Some of these wheelchairs might still need a little work before they are ready for practical everyday use, but seeing them does give a lot of hope to where wheelchair technology is going.  Fortunately, with our selection of wheelchairs, you can make the future now and reclaim your mobility. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ways You Can Live an Active Life with Limited Mobility

Living a life of limited mobility can be a challenge and a daily struggle. Sometimes it can feel like a battle just to get out of the house and experience the world because of how much work it takes to get out. Nobody really seems to understand what it is like. However, we are here to tell you that you can absolutely live a happy and healthy active life even with limited mobility. With these small tips, you are sure to be living your best and most enjoyable life, full of great friends and new experiences. 


You are probably aware that there are plenty of exercises for people with limited mobility. But I’m sure you’ve wondered how these exercises are beneficial towards helping you actually get out of the house and experience the world. While exercise and athletic activities have countless benefits for your health, they also play a huge role in your mood. Exercise has been known to increase the release of feel good chemicals in your brain that lead to feeling like you have more energy and a better mood. The better your mood is throughout the day, the happier you are likely to be and the more likely you are to feel up to getting our and experiencing the world.


Another great mood booster, giving yourself some sort of creative outlet is another great way you can live a happy and active life outside of the house with limited mobility. While it is great to take up some sort of craft or creative outlet at home, you should try turning this into a communal experience. Many places throughout the country from community centers to craft stores offer classes on how you can get better at your craft and groups that meet to do their craft together. While taking up a creative outlet is a great way to improve your mood, working on this craft outside of the house is a great way to make new friends who also enjoy this craft.

Electric Wheelchairs and Other Mobility Aids

While improving your overall morale is a great way to gather up the motivation to get out and experience the world, at the end of the day it all comes down to having the right equipment to make sure you can actually leave the house. Fortunately, there are so many options available in the form of electric wheelchairs and other mobility aids to make sure that leaving your home to get out and experience the world is as simple and easy as possible. Even better, almost every building and public space these days has been built with universal design in mind, meaning that these places are accessible to everybody, regardless of mobility.

As you can see from the tips above, having limited mobility is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to live an active and happy life. Those of us with limited mobility may face a few extra challenged in our day to day lives, but these are just things that we get to overcome and triumph over at the end of the day. Additionally, we are always here to help you achieve your mobility goals.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Product Spotlight: Invacare 3-Position Deluxe Geri-Chair Recliner

Invacare Deluxe 3-position wheelchair recliner
If you require a wheelchair to get around, you understand the importance of independence and self-reliance. However, you also understand how uncomfortable a conventional wheelchair can be. Because wheelchairs have such a limited range of configurations for comfort, a sore back or stiff nick is an unfortunate yet all too common experience for users. No wheelchair should sacrifice your comfort and enjoyment for ease of mobility.
Enter Invacare with their new three-position recliner, The Deluxe Geri-Chair.

Benefits of the Invacare Deluxe Recliner
More than a simple wheelchair, this product has been specifically designed with the comfort and independence of the user in mind. The ergonomically designed soft seating supports your back and relieves the discomfort associated with sitting upright in a wheelchair for an extended period of time. Further, the three available configurations—sitting, elevated leg, and full recline—are easy to attain for the user without requiring any outside help. Gone are the days of having to ask a friend or loved one to assist you in getting comfortable in your chair.

Along with comfort, Invacare has also taken every step to ensure the safety of the user as well as the longevity of the device itself. Whether it is the fire retardant materials used to build the chair, the rust resistant metal, or the woven padding to reduce the chance of bottoming out, this chair is an investment in both your comfort and safety. Paired with a three year warranty for the chair and a one year warranty for the upholstery and gas cylinders, this is also sure to be an investment that will last for many years to come.

Unlike many conventional wheelchairs, the Invacare recliner is semi-customizable! This chair is available in three different colors—Blueridge, Jade, and Rosewood. Whether you prefer blues, greens or reds, Invacare provides a way for you to show off your personal style with your mobility device.

So whether you are looking to replace your day-to-day wheelchair or are simply looking for a more comfortable seated experience at home, Invacare is here to address your mobility needs. Because at the end of the day, we all know that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey, and if your wheelchair prevents you from fully enjoying the independence of that journey, then it isn’t really worth the trouble.

Have you used the Invacare Deluxe Geri-Chair Recliner? Tell us how you liked it in the comments!