Power wheelchairs can provide clients with independent mobility. However, determining how a client can physically drive the chair can be challenging. A little ingenuity, thinking outside of the box, an alternative drive control, and the proper mounting system can change someone's life. For this blog post I reached out to my Sunrise Medical colleague and industry veteran Robert Norton to provide his insight on selecting the ideal mini proportional joystick.
Posted to on 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments
Imagine yourself making plans to take a road trip to a new destination. While you've never been to the exact location, you have a basic understanding of what to expect and a few simple goals in mind for what you would like to accomplish. In preparation for the trip, you do your due diligence by updating your GPS app on your smartphone, envisioning an overview of the trip, researching the destination, checking over your vehicle, and packing all the essentials.
Posted to on 6/29/2017 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments
In our industry we spend a great deal of time training clinicians, suppliers, end users, and caregivers on the importance of proper positioning when clients are seated in their wheelchairs. While proper seating is vital, it's important that we consider what happens when clients are not seated in their customized seating systems. Longtime friend of Sunrise Medical and Occupational Therapist Tamara Kittelson-Aldred provides fantastic insight on 24-hour postural care.
Posted to on 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM | 1 comments
As a clinician who worked full-time for over 12 years at a pediatric hospital before I joined the Sunrise Medical family, I have known for many years that the name Zippie is synonymous for the highest quality of pediatric wheeled mobility equipment. A great deal of work goes into the development of new products, enhancing current products, and managing the Zippie line of strollers and wheelchairs. Associate Product Manager Christy Clover-Nalley, has the role at Sunrise Medical US of managing all of the pediatric folding, rigid, and tilt-in-space wheelchairs and strollers. Christy's passion for the children and caregivers who use the products she helps to manage is evident to each person she encounters.
Posted to on 12/21/2016 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is credited with saying "A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope within yourself." I am incredibly thankful for the mentors I have had in my life who have been a resource, an inspiration, and most importantly a beacon of hope in times when I desperately needed it. There is tremendous value in surrounding yourself with a community of people who can serve as mentors to you, are on your same level, and you can pour into as a mentor.
Posted to on 12/1/2016 10:15:31 AM | 0 comments
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.