A wheelchair user since 1985, Bob Vogel is an adventurer at heart and has written about experiences ranging from scuba diving to hang gliding. He works from his Loomis, Calif., home where he is on his greatest and most rewarding adventure yet, being a dad to his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, with the help of Schatzie, his German Shepherd service dog.
On Jan. 1, 2016 it will become much more difficult, and in some cases impossible, to get Medicare to pay for seating and positioning equipment including wheelchair cushions, wheelchair backs, controllers and other items deemed “accessories” that wheelchair users need. This is because of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule 1614-F, which […]
Q. I’m 62, in my 40th year as a T4 complete para, and my active life has taken its toll on my shoulders, especially my left one. An MRI shows severe cartilage wear, and the ball and socket are bone on bone, which causes excruciating pain from something as simple as brushing my teeth. It’s […]
Max Mobility announced that the highly anticipated MX2, the next generation of its SmartDrive power assist for manual wheelchairs, has received FDA approval. For those unfamiliar with the innovative propulsion unit, check out Mark Smith’s comprehensive column on the Smartdrive MX1, where he writes that “less is more” defines the SmartDrive. As people who have seen […]
Safe thrills from aerial gliding to ziplining.
Q. I’m 55, in my 30th year as a T6 para. I started exercising after a long layoff, overdid it and my right shoulder suddenly became very sore. I tried working through the pain, which made it worse. Transfers are painful and it hurts to push my chair or lift my arm above shoulder level. […]
We now have a variety of options to choose from, including oral medications, gels, transdermal patches and Botox. It is extremely important to find …
On March 24, Permobil announced its purchase of The ROHO Group, a global leader in wheelchair cushions, skin protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users. The acquisition marks the next important step in Permobil’s strategy to become a leading healthcare company, providing innovative advanced rehabilitation solutions for people with disabilities. Permobil will continue operations at […]
On March 22, Dave Sykes, 46, lifted off in his microlight aircraft from Rufforth Airfield near York, England, with the goal of being the first paraplegic to fly to the North Pole — a 5,000 mile flight. Sykes is doing the entire trip solo with no ground support. His wheelchair and survival gear are packed […]
I spent Sunday afternoon engaged in my most coveted chore: mowing my back yard, a small field wrapped around granite boulders, with my riding tractor mower. The trees, flowers, grass and weeds in my yard are in the midst of a springtime revival, sudden and exponential growth, and the grass was taking over my yard. […]
Para Kristi Hreuzewicz followed her sailing dream to a surprising life beyond her expectations.