Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Winter Blahs:PALS Speak Out on How to Beat Them

The Greater Philadelphia asked some PALS for their tried and true tips:

How do you deal with Cabin Fever?
Here’s what they said

"Watch TV, movies, and read on my iPad"

"Stay connected to my family and friends through Facebook since I don't go out on very cold days"
"Savor the coziness of the wintertime burrowing in, with good books and movies!"

"Since I am in a wheelchair and can't sit on the floor anymore to play games with my grandchildren, they sit in my lap and we play games together on the iPad"

"Plan for visitors and spread them out so they‟re not all within the same few days of each other."

"Watching my cat go crazy watching outside things on TV and wanting to get them."

"Take a drive to the ocean and take a walk along the ocean."

"Play cards on the computer."

"Plan for travel to a warm place."

"Watch the travel channel."

"Read the newspaper."

"Organizing the photographs in albums, finally."

"Have "Tropics Night parties." Turn the heat up, play reggae, wear silly flower shirts and make
pina coladas."

"Play golf on the computer since it‟s my favorite sport."

"I love to watch Judge Judy and other court shows, and basketball (my wife hates them)."

"I watch the birds at the birdfeeders, bringing nature to me."

"I love to read."

"I love to listen to CD‟s, it changes my mood." 

"Take „Virtual‟ vacations, (steeping in a chosen country‟s culture for a few days- read about it, rent movies about it, make ethnic recipes or go out to eat at a restaurant of that cuisine)."

"Catch up on old movies."

"I bought full-spectrum light bulbs to try to ward off seasonal blues."

"Pray for an early spring!"

"Started a monthly poker game."

"The Soup Night Group (uniform consistency only!) - a twice-a-month dinner group taking turns cooking, with the neighbors, from November to March."
And finally…

Drink more hot chocolate!" - Theresa

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mobi-Chair: Wheelchair For The Beach!

Source: http://www.assistivetechnologyblog.com/2013/01/mobi-chair-wheelchair-for-beach.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AssistiveTechnologyBlog+%28Assistive+Technology+Blog%29

A man using mobi-chair in the water
How often do people in wheelchairs get to go to the beach and play in the water?

Deschamps, a New Jersey based family owned business, has created the Mobi-Chair, a high quality beach chair that provides people bound to wheelchair an easier way to access and navigate across the beach. The arm rests and wheels are made of floating materials that enable the chair to fully float in water.
mobi chair disassembled and fitted in the trunk of a car

The Mobi-Chair can be assembled or disassembled in 5 - 10 minutes without the use of any tools, and can easily fit into the back of the trunk of a vehicle. The aluminum frame and other materials are corrosion free and the fabric used for the chair is non allergenic, UV resistant, and ventilated for quick drying.

The Mobi-Chair may not necessarily be inexpensive as it will set you back by $2139. I could not find any information on whether insurance companies would cover costs for the chair or not.

See the video to see Mobi-Chair in action, and check out the website for more information!

Source: Disabled-World via Barrier Break

Website: Mobi-chair.com