Wherever there’s a large crowd, a mobility scooter can often be seen providing assistance to those in need of a little help with their mobility. Go to just about any shopping mall, amusement park, or high school sporting event and a Pride Mobility Scooter can almost always be found in the crowd. Fortunately, there are a lot of different options available to match the physical size, travel lifestyle, and budget for everyone needing to use one of these great mobility devices.
Editor’s note: This past summer, we received dozens of entries to our In Motion Newsletter “Be There” contest. The following was written by Melissa Campbell of Palo Cedro, CA about her sister Marcella. This inspiring story was chosen as one of our three Be There winners announced in September.
My sister is paralyzed, ever since a day in February, 2012. She became a mother that same day. The car accident forever changed her, but she is still my sister. She is now in a wheelchair and we all have had to adapt to the new normal. Yet, for all the changes, she is still the girl I will always call my best friend.
Over the past few weeks our general manager Dean Pells and his team in Albany have been very busy! Earlier this month they hosted a group of almost 40 students from Sage College who are studying Occupational Therapy for a training session. They also attended and sponsored a dinner recognizing the best personal assistants in the Albany area.
Sage College has been visiting MobilityWorks for nearly 20 years. These future Occupational Therapists get a chance to see first hand how the equipment and vehicles can change the lives of people with mobility challenges. They also get to hear from local Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, many of whom are occupational therapists themselves. Bill LaChapelle, one of MobilityWorks most experienced Certified Mobility Consultants, led the class that these students actually earned credits for. Bill showed them everything from lowered floor accessible minivans to to wheelchair securement. There was also a heavy focus on funding requirements and how Medicaid and 3rd party funding works.
For anyone with limited mobility, one of the biggest challenges can be getting in and out of that comfortable family room recliner. The solution to this, is the power lift chair which will actually raise and lower to reduce pain and stress on the muscles. Lift chairs offer all the comfort and style of a traditional recliner and come equipped with an electric motor located in the base of the chair. The mechanism is not visible and is controlled with a simple remote. Once safely in the chair, the occupant uses the remote to adjust the chair to a comfortable angle. Power lift chairs can achieve all the positions of typical recliners and come in a variety of fabrics, colors, and styles.
Earlier this year when RideAway joined forces with MobilityWorks, we ended up with two locations in Norristown, PA. The two showrooms in the Philadelphia metro area were within one mile of each other. In order to more efficiently serve our clients, we’ve made the decision to close one these locations. The former Ride-Away store at 2460 General Armistead Avenue in Norristown will remain open until October 15, 2016. Moving forward the only location in Norristown, PA will be at 925 S Trooper Rd.