Monday, April 11, 2016

Wheelchair Push Rim Covers - Improve Grip, Help Protect Hands and Style Your Chair

Many wheelchair users experience problems when pushing their wheelchair.  For many people, especially those with hand mobility limitations, the push rims can be too slick even when using wheelchair gloves. In addition, many find that the push rims can get extremely cold in the winter or hot in the summer. Others can find that constant impact against the hand rims can cause discomfort or outright pain.

The solution to all these issues is putting special covers on the push rims - wheelchair push rim covers. Push Rim Covers can be made from silicone, rubber, or PVC. RehaDesign Push rim covers are made from with a special material which feels rubbery to the touch and dramatically increases the grip on the pushrims. Push Rim Covers fit on the push rim like second skin. They are very easy to put on the rims and those who do not have hand mobility limitations can do it without assistance.

Having RehaDesign push rim covers on the wheels dramatically improves the grip and traction when going uphill or downhill. Some people prefer to use push rim covers in combination with wheelchair gloves, such as RehaDesign Ultra Grrrip Wheelchair gloves when rolling the wheelchair outside to provide more protection to the hands and prevent "burning" when stopping the wheelchair at high speed. Yet many find that the push rim covers can be used without gloves.
Many people find that pushing wheelchair on carpeted surface can require additional effort and can be very tiring. Push rim covers help with this as well.

It is also a great solution for the times when you don't want to use wheelchair gloves, for example when you are at home. In addition, a lot of people find that having push rim covers protects their hands from cold or hot push rims in various weather.

Finally push rim covers are a great way to cover up any scratches you have on your push rims and make them look like new! It is also a fast and inexpensive way to style up your chair! RehaDesign Push Rim Covers come in six bright colors to brighten up your wheels and your mood. Choose between: red, purple, green, blue, yellow, and pink.

Watch this video review of RehaDesign Ultra Grrrip Push Rim Covers

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Monday, April 4, 2016

How To Choose A Manual Wheelchair

This is an amazingly well done video about how to choose a manual wheelchair. What seems to be missing is pros and cons of folding versus rigid frame wheelchair. Rigid wheelchairs are usually lighter and perform better, because folding wheelchairs have more parts which add weight and the possibility of vibration and movement. But many people prefer the convenience of folding chairs and not having to take the wheels off to put it in the car trunk. Due to convenience, folding wheelchairs are more frequently purchased. But long term wheelchair users generally prefer rigid wheelchairs. For other options, watch this video:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wheelchair Accessible Escalator??

Am I the only one who has never heard of a wheelchair accessible escalator?? Sometimes technology takes me by surprise. Is this wheelchair accessible escalator only available in Japan? This is pretty cool:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Camera Operator: Great Job For A Wheelchair User

Stanely Kubrick used a specially modified wheelchair to shoot The Shining and Clockwork Orange, as can be read in this article. Apparently, the wheelchair enables a very steady shot when filming moving objects, like the little boy riding his big wheel tricycle in The Shining. This video shows Bangkok through the lens of a wheelchair mounted camera and camera operators who were trained in a four hour workshop. Not bad results:

BANGKOK in MOTION [English text] from Jimmie Wing on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What Do Asian Wheelchair Users Do About Dirty Wheelchair Tires?

Jenny Hones is a Japanese American blogger writing about Asian culture, lifestyle and interior design. One of her posts entitled "The Asian Custom of Removing Shoes at the Door" attracted my attention. In that post Jenny explained the history of the custom and why it applied long ago and why it is still followed today.

I wrote to Jenny and asked her how that custom applied to Asian wheelchair users. Since the wheels of a wheelchair user are like feet, I asked Jenny what do Asian wheelchair users do when entering the house? Jenny said that she did not know.  But she told me that she was working on an interior design at Asian nursing home and she would ask. I told Jenny about RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Socks.  As I suspected, no one at the Nursing home had any idea about what kind of solutions were available for wheelchair users and they had never heard of RehaDesign Slippers and Socks.

So, Jenny offered to help spread the word and she did as she promised by writing this wonderful article on her blog called "If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs??" It is a well written article. Thank you very much Jenny!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wheelchair Hand Rim Covers In All The Colors Of The Rainbow : Make Your Wheelchair Go From Bland to Beautiful

Are your wheelchair handrims scratched and ugly? Is it uncomfortable pushing against cold, hard aluminum wheelchair hand rims? Are you looking for a better grip when pushing on your wheelchair hand rims? Colorful Ultra-Grrrip Handrim Covers by RehaDesign will not only making pushing on your wheelchair handrims more comfortable and more efficient, they will also make your wheelchair go from bland to beautiful. RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Wheelchair HandRim covers go on easily in seconds as can be seen from the demonstration video below:
These hand rim covers are much more comfortable to the touch than hard, cold aluminum, which can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter. And the the traction is amazing! Paraplegics and people with no hand mobility issues will enjoy the increased performance offered by Ultra-Grrrip hand rim covers. People with hand mobility issues, like quadriplegics / tetraplegics should consider Groovy handrim covers. Groovy hand rim covers have treads in them, which dramatically increase the surface area of the cover.
Want to give your wheelchair bling? Select an eye-popping color for your covers, like purple or pink. Ultra-Grrrip Hand Rim Covers are available in six attractive colors plus black! With so many options you can personalize your wheelchair and make it perform better too!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols : FREE!

I enjoy listening to many Christmas Carols free courtesy of YouTube. So, I decided to put together a collection of my favorite. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do:

1. The first time I heard Callie & Colette sing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen I was stunned. I have heard this song hundreds of times. But it was never as beautiful as this. The way these sisters harmonize in this song, it is just magical:

2. The Drifter's version of White Christmas is my all time favorite. But this animation with Santa's and Rudolf's solos just bring a smile to my face.

3. Rascal Flatts' acapella version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" makes you feel the sadness of someone away from home for Christmas

4. My six year old loves this version of Jingle Bells. He has enjoyed it every year for the past three years and I am certain he will enjoy it many years to come

5. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

6. Elvis Presley- Blue Christmas is a classic

7. Celtic women O Holy Night

8 Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" Also known as Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire, is probably the first song I think of when I think of Christmas music.

9. Little Drummer Boy: Honestly, I have only heard this version this year. But it is now one of my favorites.

10 Jingle Bell Rock: Bobby Helms originally sang this song, but this is the best Youtube version I can find.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Wheelchair Users

Are you shopping for a Christmas Gift Idea for a wheelchair user?  Alison, the "Safety Mom" has put together some fun suggestions for unique Christmas Gifts for wheelchair users. In addition to being an expert on safety issues. Alison is the mom of a child with intellectual disabilities and the wife of a wheelchair user.  Alison has been featured on Good Morning America and Fox News.

A Beer Drinker Discovers That Wine Tasting Is Junk Science!

As a beer drinker, I have often been puzzled by wine aficionados. Prices can vary wildly and to me, often the more expensive the wine the worse it tastes. I mean, I like a nice glass of white wine from time to time. But I don't understand paying $50 in a restaurant for a bottle of the stuff. Generally, when given the opportunity, I prefer a nice, cold draft. To me, one glass of wine pretty much tastes like the next one. Some are better, some worse just like with beer. But I would not pay $50 for a bottle of beer, why would I pay $50 for a bottle of wine? But in many restaurants, that is the going price and many people are happy to pay it. It is something I have never really understood. I have always wondered if I was alone in thinking that wine is pretty much wine. Today, I came across this article published in The Guardian in 2013 reviewing the evidence that wine tasting is junk science. For example, a scientist "presented the same Bordeaux superior wine to 57 volunteers a week apart and in two different bottles – one for a table wine, the other for a grand cru. The tasters were fooled." Another example "People could tell the difference between wines under £5 and those above £10 only 53% of the time for whites and only 47% of the time for reds. Overall they would have been just as a successful flipping a coin to guess." So, if people enjoy more expensive wine as much as less expensive wine, why are they willing to pay more for wine? I think I will open up a nice cold amber brew and ponder that question.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wheelchair Users More Likely To Die in Collisions With Cars Than Other Pedestrians

A new study confirmed what is quite obvious to most wheelchair users, that is, that wheelchair users are significantly more likely to be hit and killed by a car than other pedestrians. In fact, "Pedestrians in wheelchairs were 36 percent more likely to die in these crashes than other people". The study did not conclude why, but the article points out that likely reasons are linked to * drivers being less likely to see wheelchair users * wheelchairs being lower to the ground than other pedestrians * drivers not yielding right of way * poor visibility A further interesting conclusion from the article is that "Men's risk was more than five times higher than the fatality odds for female wheelchair users". What can be done to improve nighttime safety for wheelchair users? Watch the video below: