ULTIMATE PATENTED RECLINE TECHNOLOGY
We love our partnership with Golden Technologies! Golden Technologies has perfected comfort! With the development of our exclusive, patented MaxiComfort® positioning technology, Golden delivers the most advanced lift and recline chair available anywhere in the world!
When you slip into a MaxiComfort chair, your body is transported into a blissful, relaxed state. These chairs offer optimal comfort positions that may promote health, wellness, and relaxation for both your body and your mind. Have a seat and discover for yourself why MaxiComfort lift and recline chairs are the world’s most comfortable.
The MaxiComfort system transfers you effortlessly and smoothly through multiple lift and recline positions. The most common are the TV Watching, Sleep, Zero-Gravity and Trendelenburg positions. MaxiComfort is the only seating system that gives you this many recline features and lifts you to the standing position, all at the touch of a button. Visit our showroom for a test lift/recline today!
Traveling outside the country this summer? If you have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance), your health care services and supplies are covered when you’re in the U.S. However, in general, Medicare won’t pay for health care services or supplies if you travel outside the U.S. (except in rare cases). See link to learn more. https://bit.ly/2JTcEjj
That doesn’t mean you have to travel abroad without coverage. Here are 3 ways you can get health coverage outside the U.S.
1. If you have a Medigap policy, check your policy to see if it includes coverage when traveling outside the U.S.
2. If you have another Medicare health plan (instead of Original Medicare), check with your plan to see if they offer coverage outside the U.S.
3. Purchase a travel insurance policy that includes health coverage.
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2MqlYcZ
Happy Traveling This Summer!
- Mobility & More
Get a 4-wheel scooter with a 3-wheel turning radius with the Jazzy® Zero Turn and Pride’s patented, intelligent-turning, iTurn Technology™. Navigate tight corners and small spaces effortlessly with a 38” turning radius. Illuminate your ride with bright LED lighting. Dual motors and CTS suspension ensure a smooth and comfortable drive.
The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to visit family and friends. The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year in the travel industry. This means you need your wheelchair to be prepared for busy airports, train stations and more. As a wheelchair user, you will want to make sure your wheelchair is working at its best before the holidays arrive.
1. Inspect and Clean - Whether you use your wheelchair on a daily basis or for travel purposes, it gets dirty. Clean your wheelchair with a damp soft cloth to remove dust, dirt, and sticky residue. Carefully inspect your wheelchair for any damage. Debris easily gets caught in the wheels. It is essential to clear out any dirt that can prevent your tires from working properly.
2. Repair or Replace Tires - Pneumatic tires are the most popular for wheelchairs. Other types of wheelchair tires include solid and flat-free. Your tires need to be in good condition. This means replacement or repair might be necessary. Keep in mind that your tires need to make it through the entire holiday season, especially when you travel. If your tires look a little worn now, chances are you will be pushing the limit at the end of the holiday season. Don’t take any chances. Get them replaced before the season begins.
3. Replace or Repair Seat and Backrest - The wheelchair seat and backrest provide you with comfort and support. A damaged or overly worn seat and backrest can cause the upholstery to become over-stretched causing injury, pain, poor performance and bad posture. If you suffer from these ailments you should replace or repair the upholstery on your wheelchair. A professional at Mobility & More or WSR Solutions can take care of this for you quickly and easily.
4. Replace the Batteries - Wheelchair batteries generally last up to 1 ½ to 2 years when recharged consistently and maintained properly. A common sign your wheelchair batteries need replacement is early depletion compared to the past normal usage. Batteries should be replaced in pairs before the holiday season. The last thing you want is to get stranded during a trip or have to cancel or delay meeting family and friends.
5. Test the Brakes - As a wheelchair user, you understand the importance of braking properly. If your wheelchair shows signs of hesitation when you are trying to stop, it’s time to get your brakes tested. Avoiding brake repair or replacement can create a dangerous situation.
6. Replace Leg Rests - The leg rests get frequent use and are prone to hitting into objects causing damage. Traveling during the holidays will require you to remove the leg rests on your wheelchair. They need to be easily removable and attachable. Some wheelchair users do a variety of DIY projects to prolong replacing leg rests. This is the perfect time of year to professionally replace or upgrade leg rests.
7. Repair Armrests - The armrests are often the first thing that gets worn out on the wheelchair. The constant use and contact with armrests can also cause skin irritation. Repair the armrests so they are functional and comfortable.
8. Check the Motor - Power wheelchairs are the most popular option for users. They are convenient and comfortable. It is essential for the motor to work properly at all times. If you notice your wheelchair isn’t as powerful as it was in the past, inspection is highly recommended.
9. Replace Front Caster Forks - The wheelchair front caster forks are vulnerable to heavy use. They are known to become worn out if not properly maintained. It is essential to replace the front caster forks to assure safety and maintain proper care of your wheelchair.
10. Replace Accessories - Wheelchair users purchase a variety of accessories to customize their wheelchair to suit their needs. The most common accessories are cup holders, cell phone holders, umbrella holders, and crutch, cane and oxygen attachments. These helpful accessories get worn due to frequent use. Inspect your accessories and replace any that are damaged or broken.
Preparation for the Holiday Season
Before you realize it the holiday season will arrive. It is recommended to take care of wheelchair maintenance and repairs immediately. Begin by carefully inspecting your chair and creating a list of all the necessary replacement and repairs needed. Number the list from the most important repair to the least important. Creating the list according to most-needed repairs will help you prioritize the repair schedule.
Consult with a Professional
Mobility & More and Wheelchair and Scooter Repair has certified technicians in all 50 states within America. Make an in-home appointment for a technician to inspect your chair. The friendly professional will provide you with a list of maintenance and repairs that are required for your wheelchair model. Most repairs can be completed on the spot. On occasion, you might need to wait for a specific replacement part to arrive.
If you notice your wheelchair has a lot of issues, you should take action immediately. Ignoring signs that your wheelchair requires maintenance can cause bigger problems later. Keep in mind that some businesses close for the holidays. If you happen to need emergency repairs on a holiday, you might be forced to wait until the next day or find an alternative mobility device.
Plan ahead and get the repairs completed before the holidays. Hesitating or avoiding getting your wheelchair repaired now can cause costly repairs later. Get started today by making an appointment with Mobility & More in the Charlotte, NC area or Wheelchair and Scooter Repair nationally.
Contact: Mobility & More at 704-821-7777 in Charlotte or Wheelchair and Scooter Repair for nationwide in-home repairs at 1-888-584-3095.
Cruising is one of the most popular ways people with disabilities prefer to travel. The cruise ship is a combination of things such as your hotel, transportation, dining room and activity source. Cruising is known as one of the most pleasant and affordable ways to travel. Traveling with a disability can be stressful and challenging at times, but taking a few steps such as preparing ahead of time and alerting the cruise line of your specific requirements will make your vacation go as smooth as possible.
Choosing a Wheelchair Accessible Cruise Ship
Most cruise ships are wheelchair accessible. However some cruise lines offer a variety of amenities that vary from one cruise line to another. Common amenities include wheelchair accessible staterooms, balconies, shared spaces, elevators, dining areas, special assistance coordinators, assisted ship transfers and tenders, pool lifts and accessible public restrooms throughout the ship.
The best wheelchair accessible cruise ships and for travelers with disabilities are:
American with Disabilities Act
American cruise ships and vessels that sail under foreign flags that dock in ports within the United States are required to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the ADA does not apply to foreign ports. This is why it is so important to plan ahead when traveling to foreign destinations.
Hire a Travel Agent
There are travel agents that specialize in planning vacations for people with disabilities. The travel agents are highly knowledgeable and familiar with the needs required for you to have an excellent vacation with as little obstacles as possible. They have the capability to arrange for medical equipment rentals, schedule accessible transportation, organize private shore excursions at destinations and more! If you are an experienced traveler and prefer to make your travel arrangements, make sure the details below are on your planning to do list.
When booking your stateroom on the cruise ship make sure you know the difference between accessible staterooms and modified staterooms. An accessible stateroom on most cruise ships generally were built and designed specifically to meet the needs of those with mobility issues. An accessible stateroom has a roll-in shower with a chair or bench and wide entry doors. A modified stateroom usually has low thresholds and a shower-only bathroom.
Tenders and Accessibility to Ports
First time cruise vacation travelers may not be familiar with tenders. Generally when a ship arrives at a port-of-call it is able to pull directly up to the dock and provide easy access to and from the pier for all passengers. However, there are times when the ship is unable to locate itself close to the pier. This could be due to a large amount of vessel traffic around the port-of-call, unusual weather and lack of space at the destination. When this happens, the cruise ship is forced to stay a distance away from the destination and tenders are provided for the passengers to exit and enter the port-of-call. These tenders are small boats that are not always wheelchair accessible. Boarding tenders have been proven to be difficult for wheelchair users. Often you get carried down a gangway to a platform and then placed onto the small tender boat. If the seas are rough or there are other factors that make it unsafe for you to be on the tender, you can be limited to staying on the ship and miss experiencing the port-of-call. The best way to avoid this stress is to choose cruise itineraries that have accessible ports-of-call. Learning these details is as easy as asking the cruise line directly or speaking to your travel agent.
Shore excursions are fun and exciting adventures you get to take once you reach a port-of-call. Sometimes they are included in the cost of your cruise vacation, while other times there is an additional fee. Shore excursions give you the opportunity to experience the land with guided tours so you use your time efficiently during your visit. When booking your shore excursion remember to inquire about accessibility. Depending on which destination you are visiting, a variety of obstacles such as steps, cobblestone streets, tough terrain and steep climbs upwards on a mountain can easily cause you to miss out on an adventure. Keep in mind that some historical attractions at port-of-calls around the world are in hard to reach places and they may not provide a safe way for you to approach the area. Inquiring if the shore excursion is wheelchair accessible will save you time and money.
Schedule Wheelchair Maintenance
Plan ahead of time to service your power wheelchair before going on your cruise vacation. After all, you will want your wheelchair or scooter to be in good condition and working order to prevent any issues arising on the cruise. The last thing you would want to happen is to have your chair breakdown with no means during your vacation to get it fixed. To prevent emergency breakdowns of your equipment contact Mobility & More or WSR to schedule service or repair. Mobility & More and WSR offers in-home nationwide power wheelchair and scooter maintenance and repair services and accepts Medicare, private insurance, worker’s compensation, credit cards, money orders and cash payment in all 50 states. Schedule your appointment and call 704-821-7777 to have a licensed technician come to your home and inspect your mobility equipment to make sure it is functioning properly and address any repair issues.
Once you have your cruise vacation planned, you can begin by personally checking your wheelchair/scooter to make sure the battery, joystick, wheels and tires are in good working condition. It is recommended to have a professional, certified repair company inspect your wheelchair or scooter to assure it is safe and in good working order.
Cruise lines offer the opportunity to travel to destinations around the globe. Don’t let obstacles keep you from enjoying your trip. Planning ahead and creating a vacation itinerary that is wheelchair accessible is essential to having a smooth trip and great experience. Always check with the specific cruise line of your choice to learn their specific requirements regarding wheelchair and medical equipment regulations.
Written by - WSR Services
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