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Further Expansions Underway at Colours Wheelchairs – by Dr. Gene Emmer

No Comments 02 February 2010

Colours ‘N Motion, a leading U.S. manufacturer of innovative and lightweight wheelchairs, announced that it has relocated its operations to a larger facility in Corona, California. This announcement has come only weeks after the announcement of expanded sales operations in Europe.

John Box, President of Colours ‘N Motion, said: “Colours new production site in Corona is more that twice the size of our previous facility in Anaheim and will enable us to enhance our operations”.

In December, Colours announced that it had selected Med Services Europe B.V. to build up its European distribution network. Med Services Europe will be responsible for locating, selecting and managing a distribution network in Western and Eastern Europe. European distributors of quality medical products interested in representing Colours Wheelchairs in their market are encouraged to contact Dr. Emmer, President of Med Services Europe, directly.

About Colours ‘N Motion
Colours is considered a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. At 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) the custom-designed Zephyr (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_zephyr.htm) is one of the lightest wheelchairs on the market. The Boing! (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_boing.htm) is the first wheelchair on the market with four-wheel independent suspension. Colours is disabled owned and operated. For more information: www.ColoursWheelchair.com

About Med Services Europe
Med Services Europe B.V. is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and specializes in Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ area of focus is Europe.

For more information: www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +31648566707 (in Amsterdam)

Dr Gene Emmer is President of Med Services Europe. Med Services Europe conducts Business Development for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Industry.

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Dome City Developments: Wheelchair / Walker Delivery Eases Disabled Hurricane Evacuees’ Frustrations – Rotary Command Center’s North Texas Connection – by Nan Wagoner

No Comments 01 February 2010

The truck full of wheelchairs, walkers, canes and scooters that rolled into Dome City late Saturday afternoon brought with it hope of restored personal dignity to hurricane evacuees burdened with impaired mobility from injuries, disease or age. The overwhelming response to a call from Dome City’s Rotary Incident Command Center (IC) to a Bellaire Rotarian came from . . . North Texas. The ‘North Texas connection’ was activated when Bellaire Rotarian Nan Wagoner ran into trouble finding enough wheelchairs and walkers in Houston to meet Dome City’s evacuee needs and produced 38 wheelchairs, several electric scooters, nearly 150 walkers and footed canes, and other mobility devices for the victims. Houston / Dome City, Texas (PRWEB) September 14, 2005 — The truck full of wheelchairs, walkers, canes and scooters that rolled into Dome City late Saturday afternoon brought with it hope of restored personal dignity to hurricane evacuees burdened with impaired mobility from injuries, disease, or age. The overwhelming response to a call from Dome City’s Rotary Incident Command Center (IC) to a Bellaire Rotarian came from . . . North Texas. Houston Assistant Fire Chief Rick Flanagan was on hand to personally thank Pete and Sherill Berre of Wichita Falls, who drove nine hours to deliver the targeted items to the Dome’s Distribution Center in a borrowed truck. The load of wheelchairs and walkers were donated by churches and individuals in Wichita Falls, Vernon, Chillicothe, Quanah and surrounding North Texas communities. More than 3500 South Texas Rotarians provide our district with direct connections to hometowns all over the world who want to help victims of this disaster,” said Rotary IC head Suzi Howe. “In this case, because we needed mobility aids and cases of disposable gloves quickly our Bellaire Southwest club reached 500 miles north to volunteers and donors who responded in a truly amazing way,” she added. The ‘North Texas connection’ was activated when Bellaire Rotarian Nan Wagoner ran into trouble finding enough wheelchairs and walkers in Houston to meet Dome City’s evacuee needs. “I grew up in North Texas, and after Katrina hit, many long-time friends called and emailed asking how they could help us with the evacuees,” Wagoner explained. “This seemed like an excellent opportunity not only to tap into an additional relief-supply-source quickly but to give my hometown region a personal way to contribute,” she said. Berre recalled that he initially hoped that as many as five or six wheelchairs would be donated by his church. But after Wagoner contacted others from her high school graduating class who contacted area radio stations, more and more offers kept rolling in. “I couldn’t believe we ended up with 38 wheelchairs, several electric scooters, nearly 150 walkers and footed canes, and even some potty seats for the victims,” Berre said. “At least 30 people were delivering things to my house all day Friday before the drive down,” he added. Rotary internal command chief Howe was relieved she could cut red tape with the direct response from North Texas. “With our shrinking footprint as evacuees are moved out of Reliant Center, I’m glad we got these onsite in time,” she said. Houston Rotarians will man the Reliant Center IC through the expected closing of the shelter on Friday, September 16, by which time officials anticipate that most evacuees will have been transferred to less temporary shelter. President of Space Center Rotary, IC leader Howe is no stranger to producing concrete results. She was recently honored as Rotary District 5890s Assistant Governor of the Year for her work with the “Children of the Dump” in Nicaragua, and as President of Space Center Rotary she mobilized members to build park benches throughout the Clear Lake community. She serves as President of the Montessori Administrators Network for the Houston area, heads League City’s South Shore Montessori School, and as past president and current Foundation member of Armand Bayou Nature Center saw the center through hard times by bringing together community leaders to sustain the center. She will serve as this region’s Rotary District Governor in 2006-2007. Wagoner, managing counsel for Wagoner Burgert LLP law offices, recently chaired the Gulfton Immunization Initiative and in June was named Rotarian of the Year by Bellaire Southwest Rotarians. Bellaire Southwest and Space Center Rotary are two of 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries that provide humanitarian services and promote goodwill around the globe. More information may be found for Bellaire Southwest Rotary at www.bellairesw.org, for Space Center Rotary at www.spacecenterrotary.org, and for the Rotary International organization at www.rotary.org. For more information or to request photos electronically that accompany news release, contact F. Nan Wagoner, e-mail protected from spam bots, or at 713-668-5680.

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Determining the Best Wheelchair Power for you – by RuLoterina

No Comments 30 January 2010

Do you need a wheelchair, but you are not sure what type is ideal for your body? Or you might be having doubts on buying manually operated wheelchairs. This page can help you decide.

Like the automobile, the wheelchair was developed to meet the different needs of different users. Modern wheelchairs have different styles and models. Each has different purpose and permits a lot of adjustments. Wheelchairs were changed according to foot support positioning, arm support adjustment, joystick positioning and upholstery placement. These are called powered wheelchairs or power wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs are divided into two main categories: scooters and powered wheelchairs. The two differ on the way they are steered. A conventional powered wheelchair has an electronic control, such as a joystick, that causes different amounts of power to go to each of the rear wheels to control both speed and direction. A scooter only has handlebars at the end of a tiller that is attached to the front wheel which is used to mechanically turn the wheelchair. Scooters require more arm movement and hand function than powered wheelchairs.

You can identify scooters by its seat that is mounted on a pedestal attached to the floor of the scooter. It usually has three or four wheels. Most four-wheeled scooters have front wheels that are connected together. So when the tiller is turn left and right, the front wheels turn left and right together. The tiller controls the movement, but it is the lever attached to the handlebars that controls the speed.

Powered wheelchairs have three different drive wheel types. The front-wheel drive chairs are built with large front drive wheels and casters in the rear. The mid-wheel drive chairs have larger wheels on the rear and casters on the front. The rear-wheel drive chairs are designed in such a way that the main drive wheel is centered under the user’s center of mass. Others are called specially powered wheelchairs, such as stair climbing powered wheelchair that are designed for off-road use.

A powered wheelchair has base that contains the motor, battery and wheels. The seating system is mounted on top of the base. Wheelchair of this sort usually has four wheels and is controlled by input switches.

There are also wheelchairs that can be folded and are specially designed for use in traveling. Traveling with wheelchair requires a personal vehicle that is modified to contain the wheelchair. These wheelchairs have batteries that are housed in separate boxes that are easy to remove.

If you are still not satisfied with power mobility that your powered wheelchair offers, there are other options available. There are add-on power systems which convert manual wheelchair frame into a power mobility device, and power-assist wheels that are considered transitional products between manual mobility and power mobility.

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Determining the Best Wheelchair Power for you – by Ruby Lorena

No Comments 27 January 2010

Do you need a wheelchair, but you are not sure what type is ideal for your body? Or you might be having doubts on buying manually operated wheelchairs. This page can help you decide.

Like the automobile, the wheelchair was developed to meet the different needs of different users. Modern wheelchairs have different styles and models. Each has different purpose and permits a lot of adjustments. Wheelchairs were changed according to foot support positioning, arm support adjustment, joystick positioning and upholstery placement. These are called powered wheelchairs or power wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs are divided into two main categories: scooters and powered wheelchairs. The two differ on the way they are steered. A conventional powered wheelchair has an electronic control, such as a joystick, that causes different amounts of power to go to each of the rear wheels to control both speed and direction. A scooter only has handlebars at the end of a tiller that is attached to the front wheel which is used to mechanically turn the wheelchair. Scooters require more arm movement and hand function than powered wheelchairs.

You can identify scooters by its seat that is mounted on a pedestal attached to the floor of the scooter. It usually has three or four wheels. Most four-wheeled scooters have front wheels that are connected together. So when the tiller is turn left and right, the front wheels turn left and right together. The tiller controls the movement, but it is the lever attached to the handlebars that controls the speed.

Powered wheelchairs have three different drive wheel types. The front-wheel drive chairs are built with large front drive wheels and casters in the rear. The mid-wheel drive chairs have larger wheels on the rear and casters on the front. The rear-wheel drive chairs are designed in such a way that the main drive wheel is centered under the user’s center of mass. Others are called specially powered wheelchairs, such as stair climbing powered wheelchair that are designed for off-road use.

A powered wheelchair has base that contains the motor, battery and wheels. The seating system is mounted on top of the base. Wheelchair of this sort usually has four wheels and is controlled by input switches.

There are also wheelchairs that can be folded and are specially designed for use in traveling. Traveling with wheelchair requires a personal vehicle that is modified to contain the wheelchair. These wheelchairs have batteries that are housed in separate boxes that are easy to remove.

If you are still not satisfied with power mobility that your powered wheelchair offers, there are other options available. There are add-on power systems which convert manual wheelchair frame into a power mobility device, and power-assist wheels that are considered transitional products between manual mobility and power mobility.

Ruby Lorena

You may wonder why I write articles. Besides from the fact that it’s my job, I used to write short stories when I was younger. I think it would be helpful if I said I’m a big fan of Zach de la Rocha and Rage Against the Machine. This would explain my own views about a lot of things. Their songs were about national issues, politics and human rights. They support the American Indian Movement and Che Guevara, the face you see on t-shirts. Not that it concerns me. I only like their music and idealism.

I’m not an artist, I’m not a poet. I just love writing anything I want. I wasn’t born a genius, I just want to know and understand something I don’t. I like to find the difference between similar things. It’s like counting birthmarks on each identical twin.

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carmelo@wheelchairspower.com

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Custom Wheelchairs: Opening Up The World – by David Faulkner

No Comments 25 January 2010

Among the advances in modern medical care which have gone the furthest to improve the quality of life for those who were previously bedridden are the custom wheelchairs. Custom wheel chairs are designed on an individual basis, to address physical infirmities, enhance the physical capabilities, and suit the style and personal tastes of their users. Custom wheelchairs have made wheelchairs cool.

Custom wheelchairs are to standard wheel chairs what luxury ocean liners are to river barges. They offer much more than mere transport; they give their users exceptional comfort and ease-of-use. Custom wheelchairs can be adapted to meet the very specific needs of a patient; suppose someone who has lost use of both hands wanted to hold his or her newborn. Custom wheel chairs can be designed with the adjustments needed to make it possible.

Custom Adjustments
Arm amputees can have dual hand rims added to their custom wheelchairs so that they can propel themselves with a single arm. This one adjustment will free them from being dependent on assistance when they want to go somewhere.

The frames of custom wheelchairs can be designed to the physical specifications of their users; this makes them exceptionally comfortable because of the adequate support they offer to every part of the user’s body.

Custom wheelchairs can also be designed to cope with indoor or outdoor use, over a variety of terrain, providing exceptional stability and flexible maneuvering which simply does not exist in standard wheelchairs.

The custom wheelchair has made possible and entire range of athletic activities for the wheelchair-bound, and some wheelchair athletes are among the best-conditioned in the world. There are custom wheelchairs adapted for almost every imaginable sport including tennis, basketball, rugby, racing, waterskiing, and off-roading.

Custom Detailing
Custom wheelchairs not only add independence to their users’ lives; they can be a fashion statement. An enormous range of paint colors and designs; made-to-order upholsteries; patterned spoke guards and wheel spinners are all available to make a chair unique. When it’s finished, the user can add his or her personal touches, like zip-on frame covers.

The technological advances in therapeutic devices has seen some of its most profound benefits come through custom wheelchairs. With the increased public access not available to wheelchair users, and their amazing custom wheelchairs, disabled people have seen their mobility increase to the point that there are very few places where they cannot go, and are now more independent, and athletic, than ever!

The advancement of technology has greatly enhanced the lives of people in almost every possible way, more so in assistive therapy such as that of wheelchairs. With this new innovation coupled with the society’s accommodation to the needs of disabled people, these individuals will be able to live like any other normal person. By providing customized wheelchairs, they will be able to resolve majority of the mobility problems and become more independent on doing ordinary tasks with little or no assistance at all.

You can also find more information on Manual Wheelchair and Motorized Wheelchair. Wheelchairsreview.com is a comprehensive resource to know more about Wheel Chairs.

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