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New Online Game for Post-Stroke Mobility Challenges

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The National Stroke Association provides education and programs to patients, caregivers and the healthcare community.  For over 30 years they have been a trusted and free resource for families and friends of stroke survivors by increasing the awareness of life-saving stroke information. One of the most common myths about strokes is that they cannot be prevented, when actually up to 80% are preventable. The National Stroke Association does everything from publishing newsletters to sponsoring events, and most recently they created a new educational game for their website.

Mobility Missions is a game show-style trivia challenge featuring a robot host named Robby.  The four categories of questions the participant is required to answer are: physical condition, stroke facts, regaining mobility, and safety at home. After answering each question the player has the option to follow a link in order to learn more.  This game will help you gain a better understanding of post-stroke mobility challenges such as spasticity, paralysis, foot drop, as well as management and treatment options you can discuss with your doctor.

Click Here to check out the new game

Click Here for More Information on Strokes. Our Medical Matters Resource section provides helpful information on risk factors, treatment, research, and more.

 

9 Tips for Planning Ahead and Making Your Home More Wheelchair Accessible

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Your home should be a place of comfort and accessibility.

Use Federal and Local Resources to Fund Modifications

Are you planning to purchase a new accessible home or modify your existing one? For obvious reasons, ranch style houses are most often the easiest to retrofit for accessibility. If you need to remodel, check out sites like Disability.gov that can provide services and financial assistance for home modifications. Various programs can help with everything from roll-in showers to entry ramps. Additional resources provided by your state or local county government may also be available.

Clean up the Clutter

An organization system can go a long way to make your home more accessible. Keeping your home clutter-free increases available space for you to roll around in. Putting in lowered shelves and cabinets maximizes accessibility.

Open Floor Plan

Whether remodeling or searching for a new abode, the popular open floor plan allows you more space to roll around in. This type of floor plan also forces you to keep your house clutter-free, further maximizing accessibility.

Lowered lighting

Electrical controls, from light switches, thermostats and more, should be lowered and require little dexterity to operate. Also consider the lighting angle. You don’t want lights to shine in your face, but you don’t want lighting to point too high for you. Motion sensing and voice activated technology are other options to keep in mind.

Higher Sinks

A sink with open space underneath and no intrusive cabinet base allows wheelchair users to roll right up. Even if the sink does have a cabinet base, you may be able to remodel the center part. If you are installing cabinets in the bathroom, you want to take up as little floor space as possible.

Grab Bars

Grab bars installed near toilets in bathrooms can help people in wheelchairs use the restroom as independently as possible.

Roll-In Showers

A shower that lets a wheelchair user roll right in provides privacy for people with disabilities. Consider various options from a vacuum-sealed door, an open shower with no curb or a specialized lift.

Emergency Exit Plan

It’s always best to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your point of exit is easily accessible. Be sure that your alarms are ready, and consider audio and visual smoke detectors.

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You’ll want to make sure that there is plenty of room on the passenger side of the vehicle, particularly if a wheelchair van with a ramp or lift is being utilized. Flatter driveways are obviously going to be safer and easier. Remove any obstacles like planters that can interfere with wheelchair or scooter use. If the driveway isn’t wide enough, consider adding a concrete pad where exit and entry is the most convenient. If that can’t be done, then you may want to consider a rear entry wheelchair van.

When it comes to leaving your home and exploring your neighborhood, MobilityWorks has you covered with our large inventory of new and used accessible vehicles. We have vehicles to fit every budget, so check out all we offer today!

MobilityWorks Introduces New Brand to Improve Customer Experience

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MobilityWorks is proud to share with you our fresh new look.

MobilityWorks is pleased to announce a fresh new look for our customers. Since 1997, we have used our original branding and logo. Within the next few months, we will be rolling out an updated new look in our stores with new signs and more. You can experience this change online on our website and social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to help you connect with what matters with the same great customer service.

“We have very special customers and we are the leader in a very special industry,” MobilityWorks Vice President of Marketing Chris Paczak said. “At MobilityWorks, we do not empower our clients, we provide solution options to help them empower themselves.”

“We set out to redefine our brand message to our customers, influencers, and industry to speak on behalf of our customers and people with mobility limitations everywhere,” Chris said. “Our journey started with a partner agency, Wyse.  Together, we researched a focus group of 20,000 wheelchairs users. The results of our research have positioned our brand with a persona of ‘Value and Emotion’. At MobilityWorks, we do not just sell products; we change people’s lives and enable them to ‘Connect with what Matters’.  BE THERE was our chosen tagline. The tagline speaks to breaking down barriers, removing obstacles, and living life by having transportation that ensures you will BE THERE! The soft color pallet translates into a very personal and caring approach we have with our customers. The new logo is one that speaks to ‘Motion’ and a modern feel that will resonate with people when they see it.”

“At MobilityWorks, our brand is built from the heart,” Chris said. “Our employees and facilities are designed to make your experience with us as comfortable and valuable as possible. We are not a car dealership. We do not have sales people. We have highly trained Certified Mobility Consultants that will sit down with you, in person, to make sure that we are providing specific solutions for your needs, your lifestyle and your budget. Without this consultation, selecting a vehicle just based on price or sight unseen, adds a great deal of stress and the risk of purchasing the wrong product.  We find our customers the perfect solutions so they can be there.

Paying it Forward—and Paying it Back—A Heartwarming Story!

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After working tirelessly for 12 hours to put out an intense fire; firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings of New Jersey stopped at a small café for breakfast.

The waitress at the cafe; Liz Woodward, overhead the firefighters talking about the grueling fire.

When it came time for the firefighters to leave; Liz gave them a note on their Guest Check, letting them know that their breakfast was her treat—as a show of appreciation for their courage and bravery.

The firefighters were touched by Liz’s compassion and generosity. To show his appreciation, Tim Young shared Liz’s note on Facebook—encouraging people to visit the café—and to tip Liz well!

The story would be touching enough even if it ended there—but it doesn’t.

The firefighters learned that Liz’s father, Steve, has been a quadriplegic for the last five years. Liz had set-up a donation page to help her father raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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Tim Young encouraged everyone he knew through Facebook to help out Liz in her efforts to raise money. Within just a few days, she had received donations of more than $70,000—far more than she had even initially requested.

Liz and her family could not be more grateful to the firemen, and to all those who contributed to her fundraiser.

Paying it forward—and paying it back. With kindness—much can be achieved!

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—Credit: www.boreddaddy.com for story content and photos.

Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom Now Part of the MobilityWorks Family

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East Coast and TX Showrooms Add 22 More Locations for People to Find the Right Accessible Van or Rental

MobilityWorks is growing once again with the merger of HASCO Medical, Inc.  They are the parent company of Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom accessible van dealerships.

With Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom’s sales, service and van rental centers, MobilityWorks will now have a combined 57 locations in 21 states. What this means to our clients is that they will have more locations to get service and rentals… and there will be a lot more options toward the selection of a vehicle. We will also be looking to learn and improve upon all of our operations for a better client experience at all of our stores.

“They are a great group of dedicated and experienced people with really good reputations for serving the client. We are glad to have Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom on our team” said Bill Koeblitz, President/CEO of MobilityWorks.

For more details on the merger, go to the PRWeb Press Release titled Merger Between MobilityWorks and HASCO Medical Completed.

Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom Locations

CT

East Hartford, Connecticut

FL

Bunnell, Florida

Clermont, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Largo, Florida

Miami, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Tampa, Florida

MA

North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Norwood, Massachusetts

MD

Beltsville, Maryland

Parkville, Maryland

ME

Gray, Maine

NH

Londonderry, New Hampshire

NY

Long Island City, New York (Commercial Sales)

PA

Norristown, Pennsylvania

TX

Waco, Texas

VA

Norfolk, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

VT

Essex Junction, Vermont

These showrooms will soon be added to the MobilityWorks Locations page. If you have any questions or need to contact one of these stores, please contact one of our Client Care Center representatives.