Monthly Archives: January 2018

Safety Tips when using your Wheelchair

Safety Tips when using your WheelchairSafety should come first for any wheelchair user. It does not matter if you are a pro user or are still a learner, in both instances safety still comes first. Your safety will depend on how you handle your chair and above all how you maintain it.

Slipping

Most of wheelchair accidents are caused by slipping. To avoid slipping ensure that you always inspect your tires. Treat the tires of your wheelchair the same way you treat your car tires. Check your tires treat and replace if they are worn out. Monitor the chair levels and have them filled to the correct amount.

Learn the tricks

Using a wheelchair like a hobby, it gets better with time. A new user is more likely to get an accident as compared to an experienced rider. To stay safe in your chair make sure your caster wheels are facing straight forward when transferring in to your wheelchair.

Cuts and bruises

Wheelchair accidents are not limited to falls from tipping over only. You may sustain cuts or bruises from the edges of your hand rims while propelling the wheelchair. Inspect the edges of the rims for any rough, jagged edges. Protect your hands from the risk of cuts by wearing a protective glove. Continue reading

Increase Your Wheelchair use Independence – Find out How

Wheelchair use IndependenceIt is a fact that wheelchair users find themselves in this situation against their wish. The thought of having to depend on a wheelchair to move may be freaking you out. Depending on assistance to move from one destination to another may be freaking you out even more. Designers of wheelchairs have incorporated accessories and products that will enhance your independence and convenience while using your chair. After finally deciding on the wheelchair to buy, consider buying the following accessories they will make your world a lot more the same as before.

Lifting Devices

Getting up and sitting down is a natural thing for any individual, but not for most wheelchair users. The availability of lifting devices allows you to lift yourself without any assistance. An assist rail is one of the lifting devices that are helpful. It is usually placed on a couch; chair or recliners to enable you to sit and stand easily. There are several types available and all are designed to make it more convenient and easy for you.

Ramp

Most doorways will give you a hard time when riding your wheelchair. Investing in a ramp will guarantee your independence at climbing and descending steps at doorways. You will not have to worry about relying on assistance from a caretaker or even a kind stranger. Continue reading

Funding Resources By State – Alaska

The Rasmuson FoundationFunding Resources By State – Alaska
The amount of each grant will be up to $40,000. Although grants are awarded to the organization, they are to be used specifically for the individual taking the sabbatical to cover salary and expenses during the sabbatical. No distinction is made between large and small organizations.
301 West Northern Lights Blvd.
Suite 400
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 297-2700
(877) 366-2700 (toll-free within Alaska)
(907) 297-2770 FAX
rasmusonfdn@rasmuson.org

The Alaska Community Foundation
Grants will help support safe homes for women at risk, meals for seniors, shelter for homeless individuals, and support victims of sexual violence and assault.
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907.334.6700
info@alaskacf.org

Mat-Su Health Foundation
We concentrate our work in three main focus areas: Healthy Aging, Healthy Minds, and Healthy Foundations For Families.
950 E. Bogard Rd., Suite 218
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 352-2863
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TiLite TRA Rigid Titanium Wheelchair Product Review

TiLite TRA Rigid Titanium WheelchairAs the name suggests this is a rigid wheelchair built for comfort and performance. A combination of adjustability and its dual tube frame presents a wheelchair that you will find perfect for your mobility needs.

The chair’s frame is curved out of titanium; titanium is one of the  strongest metals that exist on the face of the earth, breaking or bending of this frame is therefore completely out of question. The guarantee of rigidity makes it one of your first choices of wheelchairs to settle for when considering buying a performer.

The TiLite is built for speed and accuracy. Precision has been given priority in the design of this wheelchair. This has been enhanced by the speed loader caster that enables you to adjust the load angle accurately yet fast enough.

The TiLite TRA Rigid Titanium Wheelchair has the following features:

  • Adjustable Rigid Chair
  • Vertical and Horizontal center of gravity adjustment
  • Adjustable camber tube with a standard clamp
  • Forks, Frog leg suspensions also available
  • Standard front frame angles, 70, 80 and 85 degrees
  • Rear wheels 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 inch spoke wheels
  • Adjustable caster angles, rear seat height, back rest, foot rest and camber tube heights.
  • Seat depths and widths are available in one inch increments from 12 to 20 inches.
  • Velcro upholstery adjustable and padded nylon sail clothe
  • Tension strap with adjustable upholstery is optional
  • Combines wheel locks of Uni-lock or under seat scissors lock
  • Rear wheel camber
  • Chair weight of less than 15 pound with wheels

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