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KHS Recognizes National Mobility Awareness Month

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Here at KHS we strive to keep our clients as mobile as possible. Our evaluations, products and services are aimed at keeping mobility a reality, despite the many challenges our clients may face. At KHS our Rehab Techs are certified by the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) and credentialed by the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA.)

We work closely with therapists, physicians and healthcare professionals to provide complex specialty equipment to physically-challenged individuals with significant structural deformities and neuromuscular disorders.

Mobility Matters

Mobility Matters

Our Rehab Techs specialize in providing mobility systems, custom seating and positioning systems, ambulatory aids, environmental controls and products for daily living for children, adults and seniors who are living with severe physical challenges. We have years of experience evaluating physically-challenged individuals with the following conditions:

• ALS
• Birth Defects
• Cerebral Palsy
• Developmental Delay
• Down Syndrome
• Mobility Difficulties
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
• Respiratory Disorders
• Spina Bifida
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Stroke
• Traumatic Brain Injury

As far as mobility outside the home and in the community, we share with you the following information from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) which is celebrating the 2013 National Mobility Awareness Month campaign. This movement educates seniors, veterans, caregivers, and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options available to them to live an active and mobile lifestyle and by raising awareness of the mobility solutions available in your community.

Mobility Solutions
Very few people with disabilities require identical vehicle modifications. After you receive your assessment from your physician, physical therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS), locate a mobility equipment dealer that can provide modifications and adaptive equipment to get you on the road to independence.

A CDRS we have worked with in the past is Paul Schmidt who can be reached through: http://www.adaptivedrivingspecialists.com/

Minivans have economical gas mileage, are easy to park and permit quick transfers in and out of the driver seat. There are also a variety of minivan manufacturers and models to choose from.
• Side entry minivans are typically for people in wheelchairs who intend on being the primary driver.
• Rear entry vehicles are more commonly used for caregivers of a person with a disability.
• Full-size vans

Trucks and specialty vehicles are available for people with disabilities who would prefer a different mode of transportation. Typically, power lifts will hoist and store wheelchairs in the bed of the truck from either the side door or tailgate. Specialty vehicles such as motorcycles, sedans and convertibles are also available for adapting.

Hand Controls can compensate for decreasing strength and range of motion in the driver’s hands and legs, especially for seniors and those with progressive muscle weakness. Driver evaluators and occupational therapists often recommend a variety of control option and devices.

There are many types of steering aids available that only require the drivers to use minimal effort for steering or are designed specifically for quadriplegics:
• Steering column extensions
• Foot steering controls
• Horizontal steering columns
• Low effort steering One-hand drive control systems
• Steering spinners

There are a variety of ramps available and your NMEDA dealer can help identify which type is right for you. There are fold up ramps that fold in half and stow upright and in-floor ramps that slide in a hidden area underneath the vehicle floor. Typically fold-up ramps tend to be less expensive but the in-floor ramps are nicer as they store out of the way. Some additional styles of ramps include:
• Basic ramps
• Roll-up ramps
• Channel or track wheelchair ramps

Vehicle mount for van

Wheelchair lifts for your accessible vehicle are available with a variety of features such as whisper-quiet operation and remote controls, depending on what you need and what you can afford. Although their automation makes them more convenient than ramps, they are more expensive. Other features include:
• Automatic or electric roll stops
• Bridging mechanisms
• Standard hand-held control, on-lift controls and remote controls

Did you know…
• People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States
• One in five elderly have mobility issues
• There are mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers and driver rehabilitation specialists in your community dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities
• Automotive mobility solutions are available for people with disabilities enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles

National Mobility Awareness Month is dedicated to showing the world how people with disabilities can live active, mobile lifestyles.

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