Patient Lifts

Patient Lift

If a person with a disability needs help being transferred, one solution is a lift.  This type of lift is often called a Hoyer lift, which was a brand name, but has become a synonym for this style of lift.

Woman lifted in a sling - her bottom exposed             U style sling laid out flat
Close up↑                                 Sling Laid Out↑

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Case Study – Denise Salinas

A Case Study – Denise Salinas

In this issue we will highlight one of our recent success stories.

Here is a little background on our client, Denise Salinas.  Ms. Salinas had polio as a child, which has left her legs weakened.  She is able to walk limited distances with the assistance of a walker.  Ms. Salinas has a background as an occupational therapist, and works as a medical coder.

The main issue that was preventing Ms. Salinas from working was a recent onset of seizures.  Ms. Salinas began to have seizures which made it difficult to have a 9-5 job.  The seizures were unpredictable, and she would need to take a few days off after a seizure.  So, Ms. Salinas began to do medical coding from home.
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Tub Access

Tub Access

In this issue we will discuss products and techniques to help with tub access.

In a previous article we discussed ways to use the bathroom without having to touch any of the fixtures, click here to read that article.

For those that have difficulty getting into the tub for bathing, there are a number of solutions that you can consider.

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Environmental Control – How to control just about anything with the push of a button.

Picture of Red button with the word "PUSH"
In a previous newsletter we discussed options for automating door opening, but in this article, we will go more in depth on how to control items in your environment.

To read the article on door opening, click here.

For people with disabilities, some very simple actions that we take for granted can be difficult or impossible, such as turning lights on/off, changing the channel on the TV, operating the telephone, and more.  Did you know that there is a whole industry of devices to help give people access to items in their environment?  This article will focus mainly on environmental control.  Look for a future article to focus on telephone access.

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Wheelchair vs. Scooter – What’s the Difference?

Picture of consumer style power wheelchair.Picture of a basic scooter

In this issue I wanted to discuss power wheelchair and scooters.  People often use the terms power wheelchair and scooter interchangeably.  Both of the devices have their pros and cons.  I wanted to take this opportunity to get the story straight.

DISCLAIMER:  The purpose of this article is to provide a GENERAL, BASIC introduction to this topic.  I will not be discussing all of the possibilities of these devices.  If you have specific questions, contact us to discuss your situation in detail.
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Abilities Expo Houston 2011 Highlights

Houston Abilities Expo 2011

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Houston Abilities Expo 2011

For those of you who came out to the Abilities Expo for our presentation – “Simple Home Modifications for Everyone” – THANK YOU!  We had a great turn out, and a great response to the information we presented.  If you would like a copy of the presentation, click here.

The Abilities Expo is a great showcase for all sorts of resources/products for people with disabilities.  I have been to many of these shows, and there were are all the usual suspects – Modified Vehicles, Wheelchair Companies, and Nonprofits that help people with disabilities.  But, I wanted to take this opportunity to showcase some of the products that I thought were new/remarkable.  If you saw something at the show that you thought was interesting – go to the comments section for this post and let us know.

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Reading Without A Book

Reading Without A Book
Person Reading Book Outside
If you ever wanted to know how to access reading material in alternate forms – this is the article for you!  This article focuses on those with physical disabilities, but many of the options would be helpful for anyone who cannot access standard printed material.

Here in central Texas we have had an extremely hot and dry summer.  We still have August and probably the better part of September until we will get some relief.  A great way to beat the heat is to stay indoors and catch up on your reading.

For people with physical disabilities, the simple act of curling up with a good book or magazine can be difficult or impossible.  But, thanks to technology, there are many options to maintain your ability to access reading material.
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