Accessible front porch solutions from Vital Mobility

Now that the weather is warming up, individuals who experience limited mobility will find it beneficial to spend more time outdoors– both for their physical and emotional well-being. However, for many, the mere act of leaving their home while seated on a wheelchair, power wheelchair or electric scooter can prove almost impossible if their front porches have steps leading down to the road.

The team at Vital Mobility works with families and individuals looking to find the perfect solution to make their homes’ front entries accessible. Two of the solutions we offer, and would like to explore today, are accessibility ramps and porch lifts.

Aluminum ramp

Accessibility ramps are generally made of durable aluminum and come in portable and fixed configurations. Portable aluminum ramps generally come in 2″ to 6″ lengths and are perfect for temporary use as they can be folded and carried in a pouch until your next destination. They are convenient for occasional use when leaving your home or traveling around. However, because of their non-permanent nature, they require a caregiver to set them up every time they must be relocated.

A ramp option that on the other hand, provides much independence to the user, is the fixed wheelchair ramp. These ramps can be custom-made to the size and shape of your front lawn. Perfect for wheelchair users or individuals who use a walker or rollator walker, fixed ramps are a great budget-friendly choice for many. They are usually built with handrails to ensure the safety of the user and to assist him or her in making their way up or down the ramp.

bruno porch liftIf you are short on front-lawn real estate but still require an accessible front entrance, you may want to consider the very practical porch lift. This free-standing, elevator-like device occupies minimal space and with the simple touch of a button, it can take you from street level to porch level in just a few seconds. Because of its mechanized nature, porch lifts are naturally a pricier option than setting up a ramp at home, but they are a preferred choice if a person doesn’t have the upper body strength and dexterity to navigate a built-in ramp. Also known as vertical platform lifts, these devices can also be installed inside your home or in your backyard ir order to help you access your deck.

Vital Mobility offers custom made accessibility ramps, Drive medical portable ramps and Bruno and Savaria porch lifts to help you make the best out of the warm weather season. Visit our website today to reach us and learn more!

 

 

Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Vital Mobility

With the holidays right around the corner you might need to shop for an elderly or mobility-impaired family member or friend. There’s many gifting options available in the market that can significantly contribute to their everyday living. The team at Vital Mobility wants to make holiday shopping easy for you, so we compiled a list of our Top 5 gift ideas to make the process a lot easier. (SCROLL DOWN TO GALLERY FOR PHOTOS)

  1. The NITRO Rollator: Few mobility devices look as beautiful as the Nitro rollator walker by Drive Medical. With sleek European styling and and a variety of attractive colours to choose from, the Nitro combines the best in looks and functionality. Four large flat-free tires ensure great traction in most terrains and its generous seating area and backrest give you the comfort you need when taking a break from your walk. The rollator comes equipped with a roomy basket to help you during shopping trips and concealed break wires to prevent damage and tripping.
  2.  Pride LC 525 Zero-Gravity Lift Chair: With the cold winter days just ahead of us, your loved one will
    find comfort in this revolutionary lift chair. Part of the manufacturer’s “Specialty Collection”, the LC 525 offers an infinite-position hand control that allows for the largest range of motion in the industry– from a sitting position to a 180-degree sleeping position, the chair’s two-motor mechanism provides the ultimate in versatility. Think of your loved one choosing to sit with their legs resting in a horizontal position as they read their favourite book or finding relief from congestion by choosing a sleeping position that elevates their head while angling down their legs (Trendelenburg position)- these positions are only possible with an infinite position lift chair. These features, added to the super-soft fabric selections included with this chaise lounger, make it a great gift choice this holiday season.
  3. Ventura DLX Scooter: Not too large and not too small, the Ventura deluxe scooter is just the right size to fit in your garage but is roomy and has enough range to take you on all your adventures in 2016 (up to 35 kms). The 4-wheel midsize scooter comes equipped with a comfortable captain’s seat (with cushioned back and head support) that can swivel and slide down for easy access. The Ventura also includes a full-lighting package with turn signals, parking blinkers and a headlight as well as readview mirrors for added safety. With intuitive controls that make it easy to use and your choice of interchangeable blue or red face-plates, this scooter offers great value for your money that doesn’t compromise on quality nor style!
  4. Lightweight Aluminum Transport Chair: These economical transport chairs are the perfect addition to the lives of individuals who find it challenging to walk unassisted. Whether a loved one needs a transport chair to be tak
    en to the doctor’s office, on a trip to the mall or around the neighbourhood, our lightweight aluminum transport chairs offer unparalleled convenience. You can easily fold them and store them in the trunk of your car, a closet at home or even under a bed! Not only will your loved one benefit from this handy mobility aid but they’ll be able to choose among a selection of attractive colours to brighten up their winter (red, blue or black!).
  5. EmbraceAIRPlus Back Support: If you suffer from back or neck problems, the prospect of driving your car or sitting on a chair to do your work may present an ergonomic nightmare. In comes the Canadian-made EmbraceAIR Plus back support, allowing you to decide just how much support you need for your back. An internal air bolster can be positioned up or down to give you the proper level of lumbar support. Afterwards, squeeze the attached air bulb to inflate the cushion until you find the perfect position for your spine– you can modify the angle of your back up to 18 degrees! (Call 647-430-7176 for pricing and more info!)

Looking for other products or need more info about the devices we listed above? Visit www.vitalmobility.ca or call us at 647-430-7176 today!

The Knee Walker: A great alternative to crutches!

Many individuals who have undergone foot or ankle surgery will often be advised to get a pair of crutches in order to get around with more ease. At Vital Mobility, we of course offer crutches! But there is yet another product that’s quickly gaining popularity in the mobility market and that can help you get around faster and with more ease!

Crutches can be hard to handle. In order to use them correctly, individuals must have plenty of upper body strength. The knee walker, however, requires a lot less effort. The device resembles a scooter– but instead of having a surface to step on, it has a foam-molded cushion onto which to rest the upper part of your lower leg. When using the knee walker, your foot and ankle hang off the device — eliminating all pressure on those affected areas. The walker is easy to steer with its T-bar handle and comes with brakes.

knee scooter by drive medical
Drive Medical Knee Scooter

Say, for example, that you want to be able to prepare dinner by your kitchen counter but your ankle is broken. You can’t place it steadily on the ground because it hurts. Instead of shuffling your crutches around in order to maintain balance while chopping up some vegetables, you approach the counter with your knee walker. After you turn on the brakes, you’re able to rest your leg comfortably and achieve perfect balance while doing your work. Getting around your home– from going to the bathroom to brush your teeth to running to answer the door– is easy with a knee walker! It’s compact size and tight turning radius makes it great for at-home use.

Knee walkers are also very convenient for individuals looking to remain active throughout their recovery. Going for a walk to the grocery store or enjoying the outdoors with your family is much easier when you can do it on wheels! It is up to the user to regulate the speed of the walker with their working leg. And transporting it in the back of your car is just as simple. The knee walker’s handle can fold back for easy storage.

A knee walker can make a huge difference for someone who’s recovering from surgery or injury– both physically and emotionally. Visit our website today to check out our purchase and rental options and don’t hesitate to reach the knowledgeable staff at Vital Mobility if you have any questions!