This attendant-operated stair climber works on angled, straight and curved stairs of many types (wood, metal, concrete or carpeted). The LIFTKAR model PT-U (pictured) attaches to a manual wheelchair and is compatible with most standard, transport, sport or pediatric models. Another model (the PT-S) features a built-in seat and does not require a wheelchair. Both models disassemble into three parts that can be easily stored in a car; the heaviest piece is 41 lbs. These stair climbers are battery operated, feature three climbing speeds, and have brake wheels that automatically lock upon reaching the step edge.
Inspired by Drive
Available in three colors and two sizes, the Miko Tilt-in-Space mobility base is a positioning support system designed for children with limited mobility. The base provides tilt-in-space pressure relief that shifts pressure away from posterior locations; Quick-Lok reversible seat positioning to allow the seat to be moved from a forward to a backward position; adjustable postural support for added comfort; adjustable and removable armrests; and transit brackets for safe transport. Optional accessories include all-terrain rear wheel, oxygen tank holder, canopy, molded tray and Poziform belts and harnesses. Seating system sold separately.
IRIS is an acronym for Intelligent Rotation in Space. Created by Sunrise Medical in 2006, Rotation-in-Space or Tilt-in-Space helps to facilitate respiration, feeding, pressure relief and visual alignment for the wheelchair user. The Quickie IRIS Manual Tilt Wheelchair features up to 55° of Intelligent Rotation in Space Technology, the broadest range of positioning and caregiver options, numerous adjustments, and it’s one of the lightest and strongest tilt-in-space wheelchairs available today. Intelligent Rotation in Space technology means the seat frame rotates around the user’s center of gravity. The IRIS is available in adult or pediatric models.
The Invacare ProSPIN X4 Ultralight Manual Wheelchair combines the look, feel and performance of a rigid wheelchair with the portability and convenience of a folding chair. This modern take on a convenient folding frame features a side frame that minimizes connections for a stronger frame, multiple seat-to-floor heights, and wheel locks that can switch from push-to-lock to pull-to-lock. A heavy-duty option means the ProSPIN X4 can accommodate consumers weighing up to 350 lbs.
Here’s a premier entry-level, court-based wheelchair tough enough to be used across a wide range of sports and activities, including basketball, tennis and lacrosse. The Multisport is ideal for individual use or by multiple athletes at schools, clubs or community sports programs. These durable chairs utilize two sport mini caster wheels at the front and one sport anti-tip wheel in the rear to provide good maneuverability on multiple court surfaces. The chairs use common wheel and bearing sizes and have also been designed so that parts are easy to replace or repair.
This in-wheel suspension for manual wheelchairs absorbs impact shocks and vibrations while also providing rigidity and stability to minimize the pain and fatigue often associated with daily wheelchair use and propulsion. The three arms inside the wheel absorb shocks from any direction, and the arms automatically compress when encountering bumps or uneven terrain. SoftWheel remains rigid over flat terrain, but offers cushioning on bumpy pavement or offroad, thus absorbing shock that would otherwise be felt by the wheelchair user. Choose from Acrobat M (Magnesium) or Acrobat A (Aluminum) in 24" and 25" sizes.
BOSS HD Equalizer Bariatric Tilt System for Power Chairs
Offering a full range of tilt while also maintaining an environmentally practical low seat-to-floor height isn’t easy — but PaceSaver’s BOSS HD Equalizer system does just that. It provides 0° to 50° of weight-shifting tilt while managing to keep the seat-to-floor height at 17.5" to enable power chair users to optimally access various daily environments. The BOSS HD also offers 3" of center-of-gravity balance adjustment. The seat adjusts to 30" wide and 26" deep, and the sculptured back adjusts in angle, depth, height and back gap. Available options include elevating legrests or heavy-duty elevating legrests; swing-away and center column extra-wide/long footrest; thigh/hip/elbow supports; swing-away joystick mount; tie-down anchor points; and oxygen tank, among others.
Available in manual or hybrid-electric models, the QUICKIE Attitude hand bike is an add-on for QUICKIE Q7 NextGen, 7R, 7RS, 5R, QRi, GT, GP and Q2 Lite Fixed Front & Non Hemi. It has a four-point docking mechanism that allows the hand bike to lock so its user is ready to go in seconds. Starting at 32 lbs., Attitude is lightweight and easily maneuverable. The manual option comes with either the standard 30-speed gearing or optional 8-speed integral hub. Choose a thumb gear shifter or grip shifter for those with limited dexterity. To reduce fatigue, the powered motor can be engaged going into hill climbs or whenever a power boost is needed.
Invacare Top End
Eliminator NRG Racing Wheelchair
The new Eliminator NRG Racing Wheelchair is the fastest, lightest, stiffest and most responsive ride in Top End’s line, and it’s designed for elite racers aiming for the top of the podium.
The chair’s carbon fiber main frame is designed to provide increased tensile and yield strength to produce a smooth ride with controlled handling. The 200-gram full carbon fork boasts an aerodynamic design that flows into the headtube for a clean, sleek appearance. Athletes can use the tailored and fitted hybrid cage to fine-tune their positioning and optimize their power transfer. And a new-and-improved racing compensator improves the chair’s turning radius, while the brake lever can be placed anywhere on the steering handle according to each racer’s individual preference.
Obi Dining System
Mealtimes are more than just sustenance; they’re also social and emotional gatherings that feed the soul.
The Obi robotic dining companion makes it possible for people with physical disabilities — particularly those affecting their upper extremities — to dine independently instead of having to be fed by companions.
The Obi system can be quickly set up by a caregiver to tailor the food delivery per the preferences of its user. Then the user controls the dining experience via two switches, one that accesses the food that the user has selected, and the other that delivers the food to the user.
Patented Obi features and functions include multi-directional food capturing, portion control, spoon wiping and repositioning, all intended to make the dining experience as efficient and effective as possible. The Obi weighs about 7 lbs., which makes it easily transportable, and its rechargeable battery can provide up to four hours of service on a single charge so that Obi can function outside the home as well as inside it. Obi’s base and arm can be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or a wet towel, and Obi’s spoon, plate and placemat can all be washed by hand or in a dishwasher.
Obi has been successfully funded by Veterans Affairs, Workers’ Compensation and other payors, and the Obi team can supply info on reimbursement from private insurers and Medicaid programs. Obi can also be purchased as a retail system.
Edge 3 with SRS Technology
Quantum Rehab’s new Edge 3 power wheelchair builds on the manufacturer’s Edge 2, but adds Smooth Ride Suspension (SRS) technology as well as standard fender lights, standard USB device charger and standard drive-wheel accents that correspond with new shroud color choices.
The SRS advancements are in response to consumers wanting a softer ride, which can facilitate the use of specialty driving controls and also reduce incidents of spasticity. The Edge 3’s options include iLevel power adjustable seating, and the ability to drive up to 4.5 mph with the seat elevated — helpful, for instance, when crossing busy streets. Quantum says other features, including the USB port and fender lights, are responses to consumer, provider and clinician input.
With mild to moderate skin protection and a design that emphasizes comfort and prevention of sliding, Ride Designs’ Forward wheelchair seat cushion can be a great intervention for growing kids, seniors or clients who have sustained a stroke, brain injury or incomplete spinal cord injury.
The Forward’s design surrounds the pelvis with supportive contours while reducing pressure around at-risk bony prominences. The result is improved postural control without compromising skin protection. The cushion is made to help keep hips level and positioned at the back of the chair, which can enhance the wheelchair user’s seated stability. Now the Forward cushion is available in four additional sizes — 14x18", 15x15", 15x17" and 17x17" — in response to industry demand.
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Tarta Original Back
The Tarta Original backrest was designed to be adaptable to the end user’s needs. Every single part of the Original can be customized to fit the individual, using minimal tools and via easy adjustments. Tarta Original is the most flexible backrest in the world: The central column gives freedom of movement and support to improve quality of life for the user. Comfortable, washable foam pads can be used in any combination, and with 12 different shapes to choose from, it’s unique to each individual’s needs. The Original is the winner of five international design contests, confirming the value of this revolutionary product.
Universal Elastic Strap
Made of strong, high-stretch Neoprene, this strap offers a unique, flexible solution for temporary positioning. Use on the chest, abdomen, lap or legs anytime extra support is needed, such as during work, play, therapy, fittings or transfers. The ultra-fine hook-and-loop attachment won’t snag clothes, and the easy-grab end tab with its large thumbhole is great for users with limited hand dexterity. It’s available in three widths and a 56" length that can be cut shorter without fraying. Codes as E0960 (chest) or E0995 (calves), but also is a popular cash purchase.
Grooved Mushroom Joystick Handle
The textured, rounded top of this new joystick is comfortable and secure for users grasping from above. Users grasping the joystick from the side will find its grooved shaft helpful and can tuck their fingers below the knob. Top and side grooves provide superior grip control, even for users with limited hand function. The joystick has an optimal height for gripping, but can be easily trimmed for those needing to use a palmar hand position or fingertip control. The springy, tough polyurethane is safe and easy to clean by hand or in a dishwasher.