Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mud Eaters : Water Resistant Wheelchair Tire Covers

We have been selling Wheelchair Slippers for many years. They continue to be one of our best selling products. We get many positive emails from customers telling us how nice they are and how they help to keep the house clean. Then about a year ago, a customer asked us if we made water resistant Wheelchair Tire Covers for a swimming pool? We started investigating the issue and asking around. It seemed that many customers were interested in a wheelchair tire cover that would stand up to water. We were told that Wheelchair Slippers do a great job keeping dirt and marks from transferring to the floors and carpets. But what about mud?

That got our creative minds thinking. It took about a year and a half of trial and error (and believe me, there was a lot of error) until we hit on just the right material. We tested different types of materials until we hit on one that worked best. In the end we created our newest wheelchair tire covers from non-porous neoprene. It is a type of neoprene which is stretchable so it can be pulled over the wheels and then holds on tightly and will not come off. These covers are tough and durable and yet they look nice too. We even had them tested by a Spanish company which has wheelchair accessible swimming pools. This company tested our covers for several months in chlorinated water and sent them back to us for inspection. The chlorine did not visibly damage or change the properties of the neoprene.

With the right material in hand, it was a matter of finding a way of joining the ends together so that water does not leak from there either. With the right material and the right design, RehaDesign Mud Eaters were born!

So, if you are using your wheelchair in a wet or muddy environment, or if you would like to take your wheelchair into a wet area such as a swimming pool, you would probably be interested to learn about RehaDesign Mud Eaters.

Sadly, a few months ago, we read an article about a young girl in Georgia named Lexi Haas. Lexi was rejected from entering a museum because her wheelchair would "get the carpet dirty". That decision caused the museum a great deal of embarrassment from the negative publicity it generated. It also cost the staff member her job. What a pity for everyone involved. The solution is now obvious, but how can we tell the museums and swimming pools of the world about Mud Eaters? Any suggestions?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wheelchair Pushrim Covers

Would you like to improve your grip on the wheelchair pushrims? Are you thinking about an alternative to wheelchair gloves? Why not consider wheelchair push rim covers? Watch this video to see how easy it is to put Ultra-Grrrip Wheelchair Push Rim covers on your wheel chair:
Ultra-Grrrip push rim covers not only improve your grip on the wheelchair pushrims, these rim covers make pushing your wheelchair more comfortable too. With Ultra-Grrrip wheelchair pushrim covers you may not need to wear wheelchair gloves. Ultra-grrrip pushrim covers come in red and black colors and improve the look of your wheelchair. These push rim covers are made in sizes for children and adult wheelchairs. Read more about RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Rim Covers.

Friday, December 21, 2012

TSA Detains 12 Year Old Wheelchair User

I get the need for airport security, I really do. I am pleased that they are screening the bad guys and keeping them off the airplanes. But frankly, this is no excuse for abusing a 12 year old wheelchair user for nearly an hour: What is particularly annoying is that this sick little girl was isolated from her mother and left in a fairly stressful situation. This is not the way to handle cases like this and I do hope that TSA can work to improve its terrible public image.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nursing Home Abuse

How is the nursing home treating your mother or father? Watch what these children learned after installing a so-called "Nanny Cam" to monitor their care of their loved one. This may be hard to watch:

Bottom line: Do NOT trust every nursing home to have the best interest of your loved one at heart. If you see bruises or scratches or notice things missing from their room, be suspicious.

Senate Kills Disabilities Treaty

Even though a bipartisan group lobbied for the passage of a UN Disability Treaty, the US Senate failed to pass it. The treaty required a 2/3 majority to pass, but got only 61 votes, five short of the votes needed for passage. Proponents said that which has been signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, say that the treaty would help to bring the rest of the world up to US levels of support for people with disabilities. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole visited in his wheelchair to encourage republican support. But even he could not muster the support necessary. All 38 votes against ratifying the treaty were cast by republicans as can be seen in the official vote count from the US senate website. Only 8 republican senators, including John McCain, voted in favor of ratifying the treaty.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Ideas For An Active Wheelchair User

Are you gift shopping for an active wheelchair user? Someone who is in a wheelchair, but otherwise healthy, active and on the go? Would you like to find a gift which would enhance their active lifestyle? Here are a few gift ideas: * Wheelchair Gloves are an excellent gift idea for a wheelchair user who leads an active lifestyle. Wheelchair gloves not only improve grip on the pushrim, they help to protect the hands from damage and possible injury. * Wheelchair Umbrella: What does a wheelchair user do when it rains? They get wet, usually. While able bodied people carry an umbrella, active wheelchair users must use their hands to push the wheelchair. So, what is the alternative? The Brella Buddy Hands Free Umbrella Holder allows the wheelchair user to wear the umbrella on their body. The Square A Sol Umbrella works nicely with the Brella Buddy, because it is collapsible, easily stowed in the Brella Buddy and has an extra-long stem. * If your wheelchair user is out and about all day and all night, consider a gift of visibility. wUnderGlow Wheelchair Light and Wheels On Fire Wheelchair Reflectors help to make the wheelchair more visible at night. Still looking for gifts for your wheelchair user? Consider these wheelchair gift ideas.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas For A Young Wheelchair User

Are you shopping for a Christmas Gift Idea for a child who uses a wheelchair? Here are a few ideas which may help. Wheelchair Arm Rest Pets are a combination of armrest covers and plush toys (stuffed animals). These pets attach to any wheelchair armrests 12 inches (30.5cm) or less. They are available as rabbits, hippos, frogs, ducks and all kinds of other creatures, making the wheelchair a warmer, more friendly place to be. Turn any wheelchair into a petting zoo with Wheelchair Armrest Pets. Another cool gift for a child who uses a wheelchair is wUnderGlow, the fun wheelchair light makes the wheelchair user more visible at night, for improved night time safety. Or it can adds a bit of fun by giving a cool "underglow effect" to the wheelchair as seen in the video below:
In addition, there are a variety of wheelchair toys on the market, such as Doll named Beckie, who is essentially a Barbie Doll in a wheelchair. If none of those ideas work for you, check out these gift ideas for wheelchair users.

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Boy Started Stuttering

My little three year old boy started stuttering recently. I am not talking about an occasional stammer, I mean he sometimes repeats a word or syllable 10 or 20 times until the rest of the sentence finally comes exploding from his lips. I remember the moment, just a couple of weeks ago when it started, I looked at my wife and she looked back at me and we both had the same puzzled expression. Neither of us said much. First it was just a few words like You-You-You and then it got to be more and more noticeable. Some days he can barely make a sentence, some days it is hardly noticeable at all. But all of this started just two or three weeks ago.

We began to wonder if we did something that caused his stuttering. We questioned everything, from family related stress to traveling to a fever he recently had. Of course we searched online about toddlers who stammer and everything we read reassures us that stuttering in toddlers, particularly boys, is quite frequent and often goes away after a few months. Apparently stuttering in childhood often happens because the babies' language abilities are developing faster than the language center of their brains can handle. On the otherhand, I know that stuttering is something that the medical world knows next to nothing about. What causes stuttering? What is the best approach to stuttering? Will my baby stop stuttering? No one can answer these questions yet. So for now we do not know if this is a temporary thing or the beginning of a long journey.

We have discussed with his pediatrician and soon we will visit a specialist. But I suspect the final answer will be to watch and wait.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Swiss Scientists Teach Paralyzed Rats To Walk

Swiss Scientists used a mixture of devices, drugs, training and therapy to get paralyzed rats to walk and even run again.

What happened to the rats?

Ten rats were paralyzed at the beginning of the study. Their spinal cords were partially severed at two separate but neighboring sites.

What did the scientists use to get the rats to walk?

  • Serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine were injected into the spinal cord.
  • A set of electrodes supplied a continuous flow of electrical energy near the site of the break in the spinal cord to stimulate the regrowth of the neural cells. Another device supported the rats and taught the legs to move.
  • A training course was used as therapy.

What was the result?

Amazingly after 10 weeks, all ten walked again!

Read more about this study, or read about exoskeletons for wheelchair users.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Angel Faces : For Girls With Severe Facial Burns

 Although this blog is dedicated to wheelchairs and wheelchair users, sometimes I come across another disability issue that is so important, I feel compelled to help spread the word. Recently I stumbled upon an organization called "Angel Faces" which " is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with burn/trauma injuries".

The head of Angel Faces, Lesia Cartelli, was burnt on 50% of her face and body from a gas explosion at the age of nine. Lesia organizes retreats for young girls who have also been burned. The purpose of these retreats is to help girls, aged 11-19 to become more self-confident and improve their self-image. You can read more about Angel Faces in this article in  Washington Post or by watching an interview with Leisa:





Or by visiting the Angel Faces Website. You can also help Angel Faces achieve their goals without spending any money at all. Simply use Good Search and nominate Angel Faces as your beneficiary. For every Good Search you do, Angel Faces will receive 1 cent!