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Disabilities and Mobility Assistance

Disabilities can make people dependent on others to assist them with the most basic physical activities. However, during the summer especially, people may want to become more mobile.

With the invention of disability products, your disabled loved ones can go out and enjoy the summer with greater ease. Some essential summer supplies for disabled people are wheelchairs, leisure aids and other mobility products. 

 

Invacare MVP Wheelchair

MVP is the premier folding chair in the manual wheelchair line.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are one of the most basic pieces of disability equipment, providing both seating and mobility benefits. Reclining chairs even provided back support while the user rests. Other types of wheelchairs are:

  • Tilt (tilts the user while keeping the hips in position)

  • Bariatric (for people with significant amount of weight)

  • Pediatric (for children)

Wheelchairs can be both mechanical and automated.

Mobility Scooters

Mobility ScootersMobility scooters allow disabled people to carry on with activities like shopping, meeting friends, and walking the dog. They are usually cheaper than automated wheelchairs, and can simply be charged at home.

Moreover, scooters require less physical strength than regular wheelchairs, and they have swiveling seats to assist the user when getting off the machine. Most importantly, these scooters are easy to use and only go up to 4 mph to avoid serious accidents.

Leisure Aids

Leisure AidsFinally, we have leisure aids that can go along with other disability products or other furniture in the house to help those with mobility problems. For instance, you have the car caddie that provides the necessary support to get out of a vehicle. Along similar lines there is the couch cane that helps disabled people get up from a sofa, particularly those who have low physical strength.

These were just a few supplies for disabled people available in the market today which provide them physical support and also give them a sense of independence.

Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 20 Years of Making a Difference

Living with Disabilities in the Family

July 26th, 2010, marked the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Act was brought into law under the presidency of George H.W. Bush and it was intended to be a way to ensure that individuals with disabilities with protected against discrimination based on their conditions. This was a ground-breaking civil rights law designed to protect against disability discrimination in areas such as access to public spaces and employment.

Over the past 20 years, one of the biggest areas the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have helped equal the playing field is in terms of employment. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act employers are required to make all “reasonable accommodations” necessary for employees to perform the essential parts of the job.  Examples of such accommodations include providing a wheelchair ramp at the entrance of the workplace, additional breaks from work to take medication, or the provision of specialized computer software that makes it possible for a visually impaired person to hear the text rather than read it.  These accommodations are sanctioned as extensions of other provisions that forbid the refusal to hire someone based on disability, for example.  Essentially, the ADA was designed to help (among other things) ensure that employment decisions are based on the applicant’s ability, not on any disabilities they may have.

Telescopic Reacher

The ADA, although it created new protections in terms of employment for persons with disabilities, also gave rise to employers taking a too-narrow viewpoint of what constitutes a “disability” and, therefore, who could be protected under the Act.  In response to that, Congress in 2008 passed amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act that clearly outlined that the focus ought to be on avoiding illegal discrimination, not on the courts determining whether a victim was disabled under the law.

Drive Medical Silver Sport 2 Wheelchair

When the government instituted the Americans with Disabilities Act, they were sending a clear message about the value they placed on the importance of including a diverse population in all aspects of American life as well as the work place. In the two decades that have passed since the Act was passed, the legislation has made ground-breaking changes not only in employment, but also in the provision of government services, business life, access to public areas, transportation and others areas, creating new opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The foundation of the ADA was formed as a result of community involvement on the part of disability rights advocates who linked arms with the existing civil rights movements to speak out in a strong united voice.  The Act blurred political divides:  It was introduced by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin, supported by both sides of the aisle, and signed into law by Republican president George H.W. Bush.

Foot Stool with Handle

The 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a celebration of the Act’s core principles of creating a climate of access, inclusion and equality.  These principles have extended into every corner of American life, making it easier for persons with disabilities to enjoy the same opportunities of their able-bodied counterparts.

To help persons with disabilities lead full and active lives, there are many online sources, such as Vitality Medical, that provide a wide variety of assisted-living products. Vitality Medical carries everything from telescopic reachers that help you get things from hard to reach places, foot stools with handles to safely reach elevated items, wagon cart to move small items like groceries and laundry, to wheelchairs that are lightweight and sturdy. Shop online at Vitality Medical today!

What is Invacare?

Invacare Medical Supplies for the Home & Family

Invacare Medical Supply is the leading manufacturer of home medical supplies and equipment. Invacare has helped people for 125 years. With global distribution, Invacare is a leader in home medical products and long term care medical products. Best-known for their mobility products and medical respiratory products, they provide the following medical equipment and supplies listed by category with links to more information:

Bariatric Products

Invacare Tracer Wheelchair

  1. Hospital Bed
  2. Manual Wheelchairs
  3. Transport Wheelchairs
  4. Canes

Beds and Bed-Related Products

Invacare Bed Rail

  1. Bed Rails
  2. Home Care Hospital Beds
  3. Mattress Overlays
  4. Hospital Bed Sheets
  5. Mattresses
  6. Overbed Tables
  7. Traction Equipment
  8. Trapeze Equipment
  9. Support Pillows

Mobility

Invacare Pronto M91

  1. Folding Cane
  2. Scooters
  3. Rollator Walkers

Respiratory

Invacare SOLO2 Transportable Oxygen Concentrator

  1. Nebulizer
  2. Oxygen Therapy
  3. Sleep Therapy
  4. Pulse Oximeter
  5. Oxygen Cylinders
  6. Oxygen Tubing

Self-Care and Patient Aids

Invacare Careguard Shower Chair

  1. Bath Safety
  2. Commodes
  3. Commode Chair
  4. Shower Chair
  5. Shower Bench

Most Invacare Products are carried by Vitality Medical and can be found in their online catalog. Go to the Vitality Medical website and look for the product you want. If you don’t find it, contact Vitality Medical toll-free at 800-397-5899 and they will track it down for you. You can order online and your product will be delivered to your door.