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The ‘smart’ wheelchair of the Future?


Coming soon… the smart wheelchair, as recently demonstrated at this year’s CTIA wireless industry conference in Las Vegas, NV. Built by Permobil, this wheelchair has cellular connectivity for an endless array of use. It demonstrates the concept while embracing the notion that one day virtually every product will be online or communicate with us in one way or fashion.

While it’s just the beginning, one day this chair may have the ability to send diagnostics, alerts in-case of an accident, and even track the chairs whereabouts, but the endless function doesn’t just stop there. Permobil expects big things to come, as the potential for this advanced technology is staggering. Permobil expects a version of their wheelchair, integrating this technology, will be available in 2016.

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Man’s Best Friend Can Do His Own Laundry And Yours Too

Man’s best friend has moved another notch up the list, and if you don’t have a dog, you just might after reading this. This just in! Company in the UK has designed a washing machine that can be operated by dog. That’s right; Fido can now do his own laundry and yours too!

The “Woof to Wash” is the new creation from UK laundry specialist, JTM Service and Miele Professional, but before you get to excited, it wasn’t designed for lazy people to exploit their pooch into doing the choirs. Yet, a good thought… HMMMMM

This innovative design and concept was actually designed to help those with physical challenges; more particularly, those who currently benefit from use of a service dog in their daily lives. The team came up with the design after seeing how mainstream design keeps developing complex digital controls that are never friendly toward the disabled user. They thought there must be something they can do, and that they did; introducing “Woof to Wash”, the revolutionary washing machine that can be operated by Fido.
Here is how it works. Just as these dogs endure rigorous training in learning assistance behaviors, they too learn the steps of operating the machine. Seems simple enough; after all, these dogs are very smart, trained professionals with a PhD. (enter your own acronym here).

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Amazing Animals for Amazing People

First, the dog unlocks the door by pushing a paw against a specially designed footpad which unlocks the door. Then the dog opens the door by pulling on the specially designed handle; opening the front-load washer.
Second, the dog loads the clothes into the washer, by mouth. Being gentle of course…
Third, the dog closes the door and barks as he trots away, so proud of his accomplishment. By the way, the bark signals the washer to begin its wash cycle; no buttons to push, or dials to turn.
Now I know what you’re thinking, how does the dog pour in the detergent? Well, in short they don’t. There is a bottle of detergent above the machine and it automatically prefills the machine prior to use, and again after each use. After all, they don’t have opposable thumbs; yet…, but give them time.
Note to self: Train Fido to fold the laundry.
Seriously, this invention has great potential. Making yet another task that many take for granted, easier and more manageable for those with a physical challenge to accomplish. For that, we salute all those special companions and their trainers for their hard work and dedication; and of course those inventors and designers for thinking outside the box.
If you would like to learn more about this new invention, click here.

Which Cushion is the Best fit for Your Wheelchair?

When it comes to choosing comfort for your wheelchair, one of the most important factors is the cushion. Sure, when you’ve just been using a wheelchair, the cushions may not be a priority on the list of concerns. However, the type of cushion you choose can be the deciding factor in a comfortable chair versus a chair that will wreak havoc on your back, so choose your cushions wisely.

Here are the three most common types of cushions used today. Which one is best for you!

Foam Cushions
Just like mattresses, there are now wheelchair cushions that are equipped with memory foam. These types of foams can adapt to any shape and provides an even level of support. Another benefit of using foam cushions is that they are, for the most part, relatively inexpensive. You should note, however, that foam cushions tend to wear down faster than some other materials.
Gel Cushions
These cushions are typically comprised of pouches that are filled with gel and attached to a foam base. The purpose of gel cushions is to help with the support of any muscles that have atrophied or are on the verge of atrophy. Gel cushions are widely known for their amazing ability to redistribute pressure along varying areas of the body.

One of the downsides to gel cushions is that they tend to be rather heavy. From time to time, the gel can also separate, leaving you with nothing more than a flat cushion that doesn’t serve its purpose at all. They are also not known for softening any sort of impact.

Air Cushions
These cushions support the body on a literal bed of air. This helps to spread pressure evenly by air as it is shifted out to surrounding balloons. These cushions provide support similar to a gel cushion, but without the risk of thinning out or separating.
There aren’t many downsides to air cushions, although they can be a little less stable for individuals who are constantly on the go.

Transportation for the Disabled – Top This!

Most of us don’t have to think too hard about getting from point A to point B. We just get up and go. We drive, we take a bus, we take an airplane. The disabled get up and go too, but their transportation from A to B can require some planning.

Sometimes transportation for a disabled person begins with just getting into their car. Some can use their upper body strength when they transfer into their car, and then lift their chair and toss it into the backseat. But many people just don’t have the upper body strength to do this with their manual chair. In this case, a BraunAbility Chair Topper might be a good option for your car. It’s designed for the person who might not have the muscle strength necessary to load a chair every time they transfer. It automatically folds and stores a folding wheelchair inside a weather-resistant car-top compartment. Before you invest in a new car, call your local to Superior Van & Mobility to find out if a BraunAbility Chair Topper is a good to solution for you and your mobility needs.

 

Reclaim Your Independence with a Wheelchair Van

Many people with disabilities are discovering the multiple benefits of owning a handicap accessible van. First and foremost, a wheelchair van offers disabled individuals a much stronger sense of freedom. Getting into and out of a vehicle can be a considerable challenge for people with limited mobility. A van that is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp system simplifies this process so that entering and exiting a vehicle can be done safely and with a greater sense of ease.

Without the proper mobility equipment installed, traveling is not nearly as safe for disabled people. With equipment such as wheelchair locking devices, driving aids, transfer seats and other features, you can rest assured that getting from point A to point B will be much safer for everyone in the wheelchair accessible van.

Disabled individuals who travel to work, school, meet with friends, or to simply run daily errands will benefit from driving aids, such as hand controls and pedal extensions. Leaving your home at your leisure is a convenience that everyone should have. A properly-equipped wheelchair van allows people with physical handicaps to operate the vehicle safely and in comfort. Today’s lift and ramp systems can be controlled with a push of a button allowing disabled drivers to enter or exit the vehicle without outside assistance.

Disabled passengers will also find that their independence is restored when they no longer have to depend on others to get into or out of a vehicle. After maneuvering their wheelchair or scooter up a ramp or onto a lift platform, they can then enter or exit the vehicle by pushing the appropriate button. The ease in which modern lift and ramp systems can be operated allows most people with disabilities to reduce their dependence on others, which is another significant step in the direction toward freedom and independence.

Superior Van and Mobility Receives Top Honor Based On Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Superior Van and Mobility has received 6 BraunAbility Customer 1st Awards for exceptional customer surveys.

The Braun Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and wheelchair lifts, recently awarded Superior Van and Mobility with 6 Customer 1st Awards. The award winners are chosen based on exceptional customer survey results throughout 2011.

Superior Van & Mobility was established in 1976 and is owned and operated by Sam and Kathy Cook. They have offices in Louisville and Lexington (KY), Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville (IN), and Knoxville (TN) and specialize in the sales and service of wheelchair and scooter vehicle lifts, lowered floor ramp wheelchair van conversions, full size van lifts, and specialty driving equipment. Part of the reason for Superior’s longevity and success is its commitment to customer satisfaction. Owner Sam Cook, “We don’t just want to sell you a handicap accessible van. We want to offer you a solution that meets all your needs.”

For more information about Superior Van and Mobility, visit http://www.SuperiorVan.com

About The Braun Corporation: The Braun Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans, ramps, and wheelchair lifts and enables people with physical disabilities to regain mobility and lead active and independent lives. The Indiana-based company was founded by Ralph Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at a young age and unable to walk by age 15. Ralph was motivated by his disability to invent the world’s first electric scooter (the Tri-Wheeler) and wheelchair lift (the Lift-A-Way) in his parents’ garage. Word spread and demand for the product increased, resulting in the birth of Save-A-Step Manufacturing, which ultimately became The Braun Corporation. The company, via the BraunAbility brand, offers the most diverse model lineup in the industry, including the most popular minivan models from Dodge/Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota. For more information about the Braun Corporation or our outstanding line of wheelchair vans and wheelchair lifts, please visit http://www.braunability.com.