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:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For Wheelchair Users

Are you looking for a Christmas Gift Idea For a Wheelchair User for Christmas 2015? Here are four unique ideas for Christmas Gifts for for the wheelchair user in your life:


Wheelchair Tire Covers

Wheelchairs tires get dirty and muddy. They can get covered with gum and animal droppings. What do wheelchair users do when they bring the wheelchair inside? Usually, they mess up the floors. Now wheelchair users can put on their Wheelchair Tire Covers, called "Wheelchair Slippers" and "Wheelchair Socks". Wheelchair tire covers are machine washable and will keep the floors clean and safe from damage. Wheelchair Tire Covers made great Christmas gift ideas, because most wheelchair users do not know that they exist.  For more information about Wheelchair Tire Covers visit RehaDesign.com

Or watch this brief (1 minute) video:



Wheelchair Push Rim Covers

Wheelchair Push Rims (or wheelchair hand rims) are the rings on the wheels that the wheelchair user pushes in order to move the wheelchair. Wheelchair Pushrims are freezing cold in the winter and burning hot in the summer. They can also cause abrasions and blisters on the hand. They get scratched and ugly. But most importantly, wheelchair pushrims are slick metal and hard to grab onto.

Ultra-Grrrip Pushrim covers go on easily, in just seconds. They have a rubbery texture that is easy to grip and they come in a large variety of colors (red, blue, green, pink, purple, yellow and black), so they make the wheelchair look great. Ultra-Grrrip Pushrim Covers are available on Amazon.  Find out more about Ultra-Grrrip Wheelchair Pushrim Covers by watching the brief the video below:

Wheelchair Lights

wUnderGlow Wheelchair Lights are the first lights designed for manual wheelchairs. They clip on in seconds and come off just as easily. Use them for night time visibility and fun. Watch the brief video below and see the fun lighting effects!

See more at wUnderGlow.com



Adult Footed Pajamas
Many people with disabilities are extremely sensitive to the cold. Winters can be particularly difficult for many disabled people. Adult footed pajamas are probably the warmest pajamas on the market because they cover the wearer from head to foot. Kajamaz adult footed pajamas are made in Europe and feature a specially designed backflap which makes it easier to use the toilet. 

See more at Kajamaz.com


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

La solution pour les pneus sales des fauteuils roulants

Les roues de votre fauteuil roulant salissent-elles votre tapis ? Les pneus de votre fauteuil roulant laissent-ils des marques noires sur le sol ? Ne laissez pas votre fauteuil roulant endommager votre sol et vos tapis. Maintenant il existe une solution : Les RehaDesign Wheelchair Tire Covers couvrent les roues des fauteuils roulants manuels et empêchent celles-ci de transférer des marques de saleté ou traces sur le plancher ou les tapis. Regardez la vidéo ci-dessous.


* RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers : Couvre les roues arrière des fauteuils roulants manuels
* RehaDesign Wheelchair Socks : Couvre les pneus avant pivotants des fauteuils roulants manuels.
* RehaDesign Mud Eaters : Housse pour roues arrière de fauteuil roulant, résistante à l'eau, pour roues humides ou boueuses, ou pour une utilisation dans les piscines et les spas.

Les Wheelchair Slippers et Wheelchair Socks sont fabriqués dans un joli tissu doux, avec une doublure spéciale à l'intérieur pour éviter tout glissement Ces housses de pneu pour chaise roulante sont lavables en machine et se placent facilement en quelques secondes comme vous pouvez le voir sur la vidéo.  

Démonstration des Wheelchair Slippers
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Démonstration des Wheelchair Socks


Les housses de chaises roulantes Mud Eaters sont fabriquées en néoprène résistant. Toutes les housses RehaDesign pour chaises roulantes sont disponibles à l’achat sur le site RehaDesign.com.

Monday, October 19, 2015

How Can Businesses Protect Floors and Carpets From Wheelchair Tires?

In 2013 Lexi Haas, a young girl in a wheelchair was turned away from a museum because employees were concerned that her wheelchair wheels would soil the carpet. The family was extremely upset and wrote a story on Facebook about what happened. Lexi's story went viral and hit the national media. It became a PR nightmare for the museum.

Just 3 months earlier, Amal Mohamed was refused entry to a Fabco shoe store for exactly the same reason: an employee was worried that her wheelchair tires would soil the carpet. Amal's story did not get the same press coverage as Lexi's. But she did win a $10,000 settlement from Fabco.

The American with Disabilities Act guarantees access to wheelchair users. Failure to provide access may result in huge fines, not to mention bad press. This is a big problem for many small businesses such as museums, stores, spas, hospitals and many other businesses. Floors and carpeting are expensive. But access to wheelchair users can not be denied.

What can businesses do to protect their property from dirty wheelchair tires without breaking Federal laws? The answer to this question is in this 45 second video:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Obama and Clinton Talk Christmas

Did you ever need help coming up with a gift idea for your wife? Everyone does. In this video, Barak Obama calls Bill Clinton for advice. Obama needs help with a Christmas gift idea for Michelle. What advice does Clinton offer his buddy Barak? Can Clinton help? Watch this fun little video clip and find out: