The Whill- Not a Wheelchair but a Personal Electronic Vehicle

The WHILL – Not a Wheelchair but a Personal Electronic Vehicle

The Whill- Not a Wheelchair but a Personal Electronic Vehicle

WHILLIt’s no surprise that the Whill CI received top accolades from TIME magazine as one of the top 50 inventions of 2018. It doesn’t look like your average wheelchair. The sleek low profile design of the Whill takes the focus off the wheelchair and places it back on the person as it should be. The almost no-show vehicle not only makes the user come first in looks, but gives them unprecedented accessibility and service.

Those who already use a Whill are reporting how much it has changed their lives. It can maneuver in much tighter areas and turn on a much smaller radius than any other mobility vehicle. The Whill fits the user to a T and has greater response than ever before. It allows the user to move more naturally through more varying situations by themselves. Here are a few of the incredible features of the Whill CI:

WHILL

  • Responds equally well in outdoor adventures or indoor activities
  • Incorporates a short wheelbase with a narrow frame, making you the center of attention instead of your “wheelchair.”
  • Responsive controls allow the user to move in tight quarters and smooth natural movements.
  • Navigates close quarters with a 45% smaller turning radius than tiller-controlled devices.
  • Can go up to 5 MPH with a 10 Mile Range before needing charging.
  • The Whill offers superb Stability & Durability.
  • Travel unhindered over rough terrain with a 2.25” ground clearance.
  • Climbs over obstacles up to 2” in height with its two powerful motors and large front omni-wheels.
  • It even disassembles in three easy steps to fit compact enough to fit in a trunk.

 

The Whill CI can take you more places, is easier to transport, responds better in more situations. In short, The Whill CI is the next generation mobility device that looks less like a wheelchair and grants you better access to life than ever before. Learn more from your Accessibility Professional.

Unique Bath Safety Products

Unique Bath Safety Products that Keep You from Modifying your Bathroom

Unique Bath Safety Products

If you or a loved one have mobility issues, the bathroom can be the most challenging and dangerous room in your home. Don’t automatically think you must completely restructure your whole bathroom to make it accessible and safe. There are some amazing Bath Safety products that can make your existing bathroom functional without taking out a Remodeling loan. Perhaps your mobility challenge is due to aging, stroke, heart issues, traumatic injury or some progressive disease. These products can make your life easier and help make your bath area safer and more accessible. They each offer more privacy and independent use.

SAFEWAY Step® Walk-In Tub & Tub Door 

This unique process can be installed in one day. It cuts an opening into almost any material your current tub is made of and an water tight door is installed so you can safely walk in to your existing tub.

Barrier Free Walk-In Shower Systems 

Curbless shower systems eliminate barriers to allow safe and easy shower access. This is a great choice for wheelchair or walker users so they have no curb to go over.

Nuprodx Sliding Shower Chair 

multiCHAIR 6000RS

An ergonomic bathing transfer system that improves access to showers without difficult transfers or expensive bathroom renovation. An elongated track allows the user seated in the chair to slide over the tub, or over a toilet, providing safe and supported access.

Nuprodx Sliding Bathtub System

multiCHAIR 5000

A full selection of slider systems for every need, whether it’s a senior looking for an easier, safer way into the tub, or for a person with a high-level disability requiring a full-feature tilt-in-space.

Orca F Bath Lift 

Orca F Bath Lift

A battery powered bath seat with a non-slip, textured surface that will lower and raise you again in your tub.

Tilt Toilet Incline Lift 

TILT Toilet Incline Lift

Offers both dignified and independent bathroom use, which combines the functionality of a heavy duty commode and a lift chair into one easy-to-use solution that lifts to a standing position.

Ask your Accessibility professional to help determine how one or more of these unique bath safety products can make your life easier and safer while saving you from the huge expense of renovating your whole bathroom.

How to transfer from your wheelchair

How to Transfer In and Out of Your Wheelchair

How to transfer from your wheelchair

Now that you have your wheelchair, you may be asking, “What is the best way to transfer in and out of my manual or power wheelchair?” Your wheelchair may be doing a great job getting you around, but there may be some issues with getting into or out of it. Those transfers can be tricky or even dangerous for you and your caregiver. Most falls and injuries occur when trying to transfer.

If your mobility challenge has limited you from standing and transferring from your bed, toilet, easy chair or vehicle, check out these incredible accessibility tools which make it easier and safer to move in and out of your wheelchair.

Ceiling Patient Lifts

Ceiling Lifts

Some patient lifts hang from the ceiling moving the patient via your sling-of-choice on permanently installed rail systems. There is even a greater selection of ceiling Patient Lifts which have free-standing frames that are not attached to the ceiling. The variety of frames can fit over beds to lift and swing the patient in and out of a wheelchair, toilet or a comfy chair.

Floor Patient Lifts

Floor Patient Lift

Explore the incredible choices of floor models which can be moved from place to place. The choice of sling can be used to lift the patient up out of bed and into a wheelchair. The entire frame which the sling hangs from can be moved from room to room to safely transfer the patient in a variety of settings.

Orbit Patient Lift

Orbit Patient Lift

One or several of these pole type lifts can be installed in needed places to transfer the patient from wheelchair to bed, dining room table, sofa, toilet or chair.  The inconspicuous pole takes up a very small amount of space. The arm that holds the patient in a sling swings in lots of positions and folds flat out of the way when not in use.

Molift Patient Lifts

Molift Patient Lift

Choose from a “dolly” style that slides under the Wheelchair or chair and helps the caregiver lift the patient from sit to standing or back again. There is also a transportable Molift model which aides in lifting the patient off the floor or bed into the wheelchair or chair.

As always, our AccessNSM accessibility professionals are standing by to help you find the correct patient Lift, along with the proper sling or belt to make transfers safer and easier for the patient and caregiver. We offer a no cost consultation to help you find the perfect solution for transferring in and out of your wheelchair with minimal assistance while preventing injuries. Contact us today.

How Will You Manage Your Hygiene And Bathing Needs?

How Will You Manage Your Hygiene And Bathing Needs?

How Will You Manage Your Hygiene And Bathing Needs?

Your wheelchair may be giving you freedom to move freely around your home and beyond, but one of the most critical areas of concern is how to make it easier and safer to take care of your personal hygiene needs or those of your loved one with limited mobility. The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house filled with high risk for injury when trying to transfer in a restrictive area. Your local AccessNSM professional can offer a no cost consultation to evaluate your bathroom and help you find the best products to meet your particular needs, space and mobility. Let us help you with anything from our complete line of grab bars, tilt toilets and entire bathroom systems. Here are a few of our innovative bathroom accessibility products that could offer the right solution for you.

Sliding Transfer Systems

Shower Sliding System

 

The intuitive modular-designed pieces of the Sliding Transfer Systems can transform your existing bathroom area for the most independent use. Even in the case of extreme limitations, the transfer systems save the caregiver from injury while assisting in transfers from tub, shower or commode. The systems slide over the tub or low barriers in shower stalls. These incredible systems are even light enough and easily breakdown for travel—when you are never sure what facilities might be like.

Patient Lifts

Patient Lifts

There are many models of overhead patient lifts which offer a lot of options to lift the person safely out of their chair and into the shower or over the commode. Some lifts are moved along permanently installed overhead tracks while others hang from free standing support systems. Some of the freestanding Patient lifts are portable and can be moved from one location to another. Most can be used with a variety of slings which grant a lot of flexibility of use.

Commode and Shower Chairs

WheelAble Shower Chair

A great solution at minimal cost is the Transportable Commode/Shower Chair which fits in narrow doorways. This simple bathroom wheelchair with extending arms that allows for easy side chair-to-chair transfer. It can roll over a toilet or into a shower. The WheelAble is perfect for travel, as well. It also has an optional commode bucket for a freestanding commode when needed.

Barrier Free Shower Systems

Walk-In Shower

We can install curbless shower systems in most any bathroom with no barriers to allow you to independently roll directly into the shower. You can update the look of your bathroom with your choice of tile or vinyl options while providing safe easy accessibility.

AccessNSM is committed to helping you find innovative solutions to help you access life to the fullest. Contact your nearest location to speak to your local accessibility professional.

How Will You Transfer Your Wheelchair Outside Your Home?

How Will You Transfer Your Wheelchair Outside Your Home?

How Will You Transfer Your Wheelchair Outside Your Home?

Are you searching for the best way to transport your wheelchair when you leave your home? One of the greatest freedoms for anyone who uses a wheelchair is to be able to leave their home and go where they want. You can equip your new or current vehicle to make it safe and simple to load and transport your mobility device. You need the assistance of an accessibility professional to help you determine the proper lift for your vehicle and unique mobility challenge. The model you need also depends on the weight of your wheelchair or scooter, and the weight load capacity of the Vehicle Lift. Here are a few available types of Vehicle Lifts which save back injuries and time:

Exterior Vehicle Lifts

Exterior Wheelchair Lift

The lifts that carry your wheelchair or scooter on the outside of your vehicle are helpful if you have a car as opposed to a larger vehicle, or if you need the space inside your vehicle for extra passengers or cargo. Select from Chariot or trailer type models that are pulled behind your vehicle or models which lift and hitch directly to the back of your vehicle.

Interior Vehicle Lifts

Interior Vehicle Lift

There are Hoist Vehicle Lifts which are installed inside your vehicle and swing out to lift your wheelchair or scooter and then swing it inside your van or SUV or Crossover. The Platform Interior Vehicle Lifts have a platform which is lowered out of the inside of your vehicle. The wheelchair is moved onto the platform and is then lifted inside. Most Interior Vehicle Lifts enable you to keep your second row seating in your vehicle. One of the benefits of having an interior Vehicle Lift is keeping it out of the weather when you transport it.

Pick up Vehicle Lift

Pick-Up Truck Vehicle Lift

There are some specialized lifts for your wheelchair to be lifted from the driver or passenger side up and into the bed of the pick up so you can go when you want.

Vehicle Ramps

Vehicle Wheelchair Ramp

Check out the variety of ramps which can be installed in your van to easily load and transport your wheelchair. You can also choose portable or foldable ramps which can easily be folded up and transported along with your wheelchair to be used at other places.

Transfer Seats for Vehicles

Valet Seat

Some other choices to make it easier to access your vehicle are the Transfer Seats which include a Stow-Away model that stows away under your Van, truck, SUV or Crossover and swings out and up to help you transfer easily and safely from your wheelchair to the vehicle seat. The Valet Transfer Seat actually replaces your vehicle seat and the touch of a button causes it to swivel out and down to grant easy and safe access. These transfer seats are used in conjunction with your choice of Vehicle Lift.

Your local AccessNSM professional is dedicated to helping you find the right solutions.

How Will You Get In and Out of Your Home in Your Wheelchair?

How Will You Get In and Out of Your Home in Your Wheelchair?

How Will You Get In and Out of Your Home in Your Wheelchair?

Just because you’re in a wheelchair does not mean you have to stay at home—even when there are steps involved. There are multiple accessibility tools to help you go safely in and out of your own residence as independently as possible. Ask your local AccessNSM professional to help you decide which solution is the best fit for your unique space and mobility limitation. There are some great choices to give you and your caregiver more freedom to go where you want when you want.

Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair Ramps are the most universally-used product to grant easy access in and out of your home. The highly rated National Ramps we carry are available in wood, heavy steel, or lifetime aluminum which offers different price ranges and benefits. All our ramps meet all ADA safety codes to give the safest slope, measurements, and anti-slip flooring. Our ramps are designed for function and beauty. The wood can be stained or painted. The steel and aluminum are available in choices of powder-coated colors to complement your exterior. There are small portable ramps to access a single step outside your home. Whether you need to rent a ramp for a short recovery or purchase for long-term use, our professionals can measure and install the perfect ramp to help you have the freedom to enter and exit your home easily and safely.

Vertical Platform Lifts

Platform Lifts

Perhaps you don’t have room for a ramp or you want a solution that is even easier to get you in and out of your home. Ask about our line of Vertical Platform Lifts also known as Wheelchair Elevators. Choose from open or enclosed platforms which lift the person in a wheelchair or scooter (and their caregiver, if needed) up and down to give you easy access to your home at the touch of a button. Most require very little, if no, changes to your structure since they are self-contained. These elevators are available for indoor or outdoor use.

Incline Platform Lifts

Incline Platfrom Lift for Stairs

There are also platforms designed to carry a person seated in a wheelchair up and down a rail system installed along your exterior or interior stairs to help you get safely in and out of your home with any kind of elevation change.

Door Openers

Door Opener

Another great tool for granting easy access is an automatic door opener which can be installed on exterior or interior doors. The control can be mounted on the wheelchair or a nearby wall. The door opens long enough to let the wheelchair pass safely through then closes.

4 Essential Questions for a New Wheelchair User

Contact your local AccessNSM professional who is dedicated to helping your find answers to all your mobility questions.

We are honored to deliver thousands of new wheelchairs a year to people across the country at National Seating & Mobility. It’s important to us that you gain the most accessibility possible with your wheelchair. This could be the first wheelchair you or your loved one has, or perhaps you just updated to a more innovative model. Either way, there are four critical questions you should ask to ensure you get the optimal mobility from your new manual or powered wheelchair.

1. How will you get in and out of your home?

Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp

Stairs or changes in elevation are the biggest obstacle in your own home. There are some amazing solutions for both indoor and outdoor stairs. Wheelchair Ramps are one of the most widely used solutions. We have Ramps available in wood, heavy duty steel and lifetime aluminum. Wheelchair lifts are another solution. The Vertical Wheelchair Lifts are like small elevators. Inclined Platform Lifts carry a person in a wheelchair up and downstairs on a rail system. We even have simple solutions like threshold ramps for slight steps or rough thresholds, as well as Automatic Door Openers. Learn more about these possible ways to make it easier to get in and out of your home in a wheelchair.

2. How will you transfer in and out of your wheelchair?

Patient Lift

It is important to make it safe and easy to get in and out of your wheelchair. Having the correct Patient Lift can give you more independence, make the transfer less stressful and time-consuming, and prevent serious injury to both the user and caregiver. There is a great selection of portable, overhead, bariatric, and hygiene lifts. Ask one of our accessibility professionals to help you find the perfect Patient Lift for your unique situation.

3. How will you manage your hygiene and bathing needs?

Grab Bars

Most bathrooms are not designed with wheelchairs in mind. There are a host of solutions for making the smallest but most important room of your home safer, easier to use and more accessible without taking out a loan. One of our experienced professionals can consult with you to see if one of our many styles of Grab Bars, Overhead Lifts, Patient Lifts or Sliding Transfer Systems might be just the answer you need to safeguard against falls and lifting injuries while offering greater independence and privacy in the bathroom.

4. How to transport your wheelchair to activities outside your home?

Vehicle Lift

Don’t limit your life to your home just because you use a wheelchair. There are lots of models of Vehicle lifts designed to make it as simple as pushing a button to lift and load your wheelchair in your new or existing van, SUV, car, or truck. Models are available to transport your wheelchair inside or outside your vehicle. We even have valet seating that lifts you up into the vehicle.

Contact your local AccessNSM professional who is dedicated to helping your find answers to all your mobility questions.

Interior Vehicle Lifts

4 Types of Interior Vehicle Lifts

Interior Vehicle Lifts

If loading and unloading your wheelchair or power scooter is a huge issue, we have a great solution. You can save your back, have more independence and easily load and transport your mobility device. There are some amazing models of Interior Vehicle Lifts crafted with ease of accessibility in mind. They do the lifting and storing inside your vehicle. Keep your device out of the weather. Let the powered lift do the hard work. It makes it simple to run errands, go on road trips, or go wherever you want when you want. That’s real accessibility!  Check out these four styles of Interior Vehicle Lifts that are controlled by the touch of a button:

Compact Lifter

Lifter by Bruno for Mobility Scooters

This compact Lifter makes it easy to lift and store your manual or power wheelchair or scooter. The arm swings out to grab the device and store it folded down in a trunk of a car or hatchback. There are also compact lifts for trucks, vans and SUVs.

Big Lifter

Big Lift Scooter Lift Bruno

Count on Bruno’s Big-Lifter for affordable reliability. Press a button and the hoist-style lift raises your scooter or powerchair. Since you manually rotate and guide your mobility device into your vehicle, a caregiver is often needed to guide it, and you’re ready to go. Works well with hatchbacks, trucks, SUVs, Vans and mini vans.

Curb Sider

Curb Sider by Bruno

One of the most popular and versatile fully powered interior lifts, the Curb-Sider,  raises and rotates your mobility device inside an SUV, crossover, or van with ease. The Curb-Sider is one of the most highly sought after solutions for pickup trucks. With its compact design, the Curb-Sider takes only a small corner of your cargo area to keep maximum seating and storage. Fold down the lift head when your mobility device is not present, and the Curb-Sider is even sleeker, allowing for good rear visibility.

Joey Lifts

Joey Lift by Bruno

The easiest interior Vehicle lift, the Joey, was designed for vans, Cross-overs and SUVs, you simply drive your device onto the platform, push the button and the lift retracts inside the cargo area. You are ready to go.

Contact one of our Accessibility professionals to see which type of Interior Vehicle Lift best suits your needs and vehicle. Learn more about the safety, warranties and capabilities of each type. See if you  are eligible for an auto manufacture rebate.

Advantages of Trifold and Single Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Advantages of Trifold and Single Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Advantages of Trifold and Single Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramps

The advantages of having a portable ramp are as many as the different applications you will use it for. It is definitely one of the most versatile accessibility products available. They fold out to give you safe access wherever you go. The ramps simply fold up suitcase style to offer easy transport and storage of the ramp. Take it with you wherever you go in your vehicle. You never know what situations you will get into where you need a ramp and one is not available (like a curb or inaccessible steps at a friend’s home, doctor visit, shopping, park, movie, church…) They can handle the heavy weight of a power scooter,  motorcycle or two people and a mobility device.

SUITCASE Graphite Fiber ramp

Single Fold Wheelchair Ramp

You need to consult your Accessibility professional to determine which size foldable handicap ramp you need, and which length is best for you. The trifold sections can be folded out three times for easy storage, or be easily split into two folded sections for lighter transport. The single fold ramps come in shorter lengths and require only one fold. The all have a suitcase style handle to carry them with. They are durable, have non-skid surfaces and can be semi-permanently staked into place or used for many other purposes such as listed:

  • To easily access wheelchairs or scooters in and out of vans or minivans.
  • Take them when riding in a non-equipped vehicle.
  • To make your home accessible when a friend or relative is visiting.
  • To take with you when visiting a family or friend’s home that is not accessible.
  • Many have used these portable ramps for access ramps for mowers, four wheelers and motorcycles into a shed or the back of a truck or trailer.
  • To grant access up/down a back porch or front entrance.
  • To give safe easy access into a lower garage.
  • To give temporary access anywhere you go.
Tri-Fold Wheelchair Ramp

Tri-Fold Wheelchair Ramp

Ask your Accessibility Professional to help you find the perfect size for your particular needs. Ask about the warranty. Find out how taking a portable ramp with you opens up your world to whatever situation that is before you.

Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

The United States has come a long way in making more places accessible for those with mobility challenges. People who depend on wheelchairs, power scooters, walkers, canes or who are unable to navigate stairs due to age or health are still finding many places they cannot access. Now you can take your accessibility with you wherever you go. There are a lot of foldable and portable ramps that you can keep stored in your vehicle so you are always ready to go even if there is not a handicap ramp in place. Maybe it is to go visit a friend or relative’s home that is not accessible—or a park, restaurant, office, shop—anywhere that does not have an accessibility ramp. Riding in a friend’s vehicle? Don’t let that stop you! Just bring your own ramp!

Single Fold Portable Ramps

SUITCASE Graphite Fiber ramp

These Single Fold ramps bridge the gap over steps, curbs and raised landings. The 5ft and 6ft ramps can also double as ramps to enter and exit most minivans. Simply unfold the hinged ramp. Position for maximum safety and support, or fold in half and carry like a suitcase. Take it with you for whenever you need it.

Tri-Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Trifold Wheelchair Ramp

The Tri-fold® Advantage Series ramp, with its unique 3-fold design, provides the length required for wheelchairs and scooters to easily access steps, vehicles and raised landings. They can be carried as a set, or quickly separated into two individual sections – making it even easier to use, carry and store. The Trifold Ramp is available in 5, 6,7, 8 and 10 ft lengths. Easy to store in your vehicle so you have it when you need it.

Threshold Scooter & Wheelchair Ramps

ThresholdRamp

Threshold ramps are a small lightweight, durable and modular ramp designed for doorways, sliding glass doors and raised landings. One can be used by itself or two can be combined to allow for passage over raised areas. These mobility ramps are both great for scooters and wheelchairs. They are small enough to move from door to door or take along with you on an errand or a road trip.

Contact one of our professional accessibility professionals to see which portable ramp will meet your needs!