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Discount Medical Supplies Online Store Announces New Department Dedicated to Wheelchairs and Scooters

No Comments 24 September 2010


New Scooters and Wheelchairs Department


Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) May 12, 2009

Providing discount medical supplies to thousands of customers has put TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com in touch with a challenge faced by many of their customers who are shopping for mobility aids: finding the right solution to meet their needs and budget. After extensive research and development, the company has introduced its response to this challenge, a new Wheelchairs & Scooters “department” that includes many features needed for easy shopping.

In addition to buying medical supplies online, customers can now shop this “store within a store” for a full line of power and manual wheelchairs, wheelchair accessories, and 3- and 4-wheel mobility scooters. Top brands represented include Drive Medical, Invacare, Golden Technologies, Zip’r, Shoprider Mobility, Nova Ortho-Med and ActiveCare Medical.

They’ll be able to use multiple features for better results while they enjoy the same substantial savings offered in the online store’s inventory of more than 25,000 home health care supplies.

Owner Meir Tsinman explains, “Our customer care experience told us that the best way to go was to offer an extensive line of wheelchairs and scooters, deep discounts, and an entire department focused on making these purchases easier.”

Whether a customer is shopping for high power wheelchairs, ultra lightweight wheelchairs or 3 wheel electric mobility scooters, they will find all of the information required to make the best purchase. Assistance comes with the following tools, available in purchasing many medical supplies online at TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com:


    Help Me Choose – Located in the price box, this provides a primer on the basics of manual, transport and power wheelchair measurements, types and optional features (armrest and footrest versions, for wheelchairs).
    How to Measure – Shoppers will find the precise measurements they can take to ensure the wheelchair they purchase will fit correctly.
    How to Select – For those who want to be as informed as possible before making a purchase, this feature provides everything from consumer tips to general product information.
    Compare Checked Items – This feature, available on all mobility products, allows customers to select and view all of their options at once for easier comparison, vital when making this type of purchase.
    Narrow Your Choices – Relevant filters, such as price, brand, speed, chair weight, seat width and more, let customers define a targeted range of wheelchairs and scooters from which to make a selection.

The new “Wheelchairs & Scooters” section and all other home health care products can be viewed at TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com.

About TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com:

Thousands shop discount medical supplies at TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com, providing more than 25,000 top brand supplies, including wheelchairs and scooters at competitive prices. MSD also offers a 110% Low Price Guarantee, ensuring that customers won’t find a better deal anywhere. With an MSD discount club, auto reordering, beneficial shipping, delivery, and return policies, informational and comparison features and more, TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com customer enjoys stress free, value-added shopping every time. Most items are delivered in three business days or less from the date shipped, though some items may take a week to arrive. TheMedicalSupplyDepot.com, driven to provide superior customer care, also encourages customers to submit product reviews and contact customer support for assistance.

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Roll Mobility Launches Proprietary Branded Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

No Comments 08 September 2010


RollMobility.com – The Mobility Store You Can Trust


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 18, 2010

Roll Mobility has announced the launch of its new line of proprietary branded wheelchairs and mobility aids at RollMobility.com. The online store offers a variety of private label products, including manual wheelchairs, transport wheelchairs, rollators, walkers, canes, and other safety and medical equipment for homecare and long-term care. Roll Mobility is also an authorized dealer for Drive Medical products.

Roll Mobility plans to continuously expand and enhance their product line in order to meet the needs and requests of its customers. Already, new products are in the works. According to sales and marketing manager John Ostman, Roll Mobility is currently developing a line of bathroom safety products, to be released in the fall of 2010.

With products backed by industry research, Roll Mobility is a trusted source for affordable and high quality medical equipment. Each product is carefully designed and selected for premium quality. All of Roll’s products conform to “Industry Best” standards, as the company’s co-founder, Tom McCullough, notes: “Our factory, being an FDA listed facility, provides us with a very high quality product for our customers.” Roll Mobility manages all quality control procedures in person in order to ensure the quality of their products.

This product development model is what helps keep RollMobility.com’s prices down, even as the cost of healthcare soars. “With the ongoing concern of healthcare costs, our product is designed to assist those who don’t otherwise have insurance,” McCullough says. Roll Mobility’s affordable prices and high quality products offer simple solutions for individuals with limited financial resources to purchase home medical equipment.

For caregivers who are pressured by the stress of balancing work, kids, life, and caring for aging parents, Roll Mobility offers quick and easy access to mobility aids at the click of a mouse. Roll strives to keep their prices as low as possible—without sacrificing on quality—so that customers can purchase wheelchairs and mobility aids without the hassle of prescriptions or Medicare forms.

As an added service to their customers, Roll offers free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 states. All Roll products are backed by live customer support, a 100% Guarantee, and a Limited Lifetime Warranty. For more information about Roll Mobility products, visit their website at RollMobility.com.

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The Difference Between Mobility Scooters And Electric Wheelchairs

No Comments 29 August 2010

The Difference Between Mobility Scooters And Electric Wheelchairs

Living in a complicated, modern, technologically advanced and digitally revolutionised era, we have seen the more complex devices produced to the simplest of equipments improve in quality and functionality. From IPods to Mobile phones, through to stair lifts and electric wheelchairs we have certainly made things much easier for ourselves in terms of communication, entertainment and mobility. It is no surprise that those less physical able to move around independently have seen vast improvements in mobility devices and aids.


One of the more common and still modern mobility equipments is the mobility scooter, wheel chairs and electric scooter, which is not only a device for easy manoeuvring but also a good device for playing sports. Of course, you cannot play basketball or tennis with large mobility scooters; however, you can take part in many major sporting activities using a manual wheelchair. Top Paralympics athletes have shown impressive techniques to using a wheelchair when playing things like basketball, tennis and racing.


Mobility scooters should not be mistaken with electric wheelchairs, as they are two of different equipments. The only similarity is their ability to aid in manoeuvrability, however one is used more for internal use and the other is best used outside and for long distance travelling. These are not suitable for major sports and are only used for the sole purpose of migrating from one area to another.


Mobility scooters, although used only for moving and travelling long distances, are much slower and are good for people with weak upper body strength and physical disabilities in the legs. It is useful for people to use these for low key sporting activities such as golf, that require very little in mobility strength and is a light form of exercise. High impact sports is unsuitable mobility scooter users.


Wheelchair sports has grown to a massive scale, holding Paralympics sporting competitions and seeing wheelchair basketball champions begin to steal the limelight of world sports. The first wheelchair basketball game was founded in the USA of 1944, which was taken part by World War II veterans. This then spread across the globe with thousands of people taking part and spotting. This was also very quickly incorporated with the Paralympics, which was established at the same time by Ludwig Guttmann in England.


Wheelchair tennis was a sport that developed also in the USA and was founded around the late 1970s. This was not an easy development and required much more experimenting with optimising the wheelchair with playing tennis. The founder of wheelchair tennis was a young man named Brad Parks, who upon making a warm up jump on acrobatic skiing, injured himself and was made paraplegic.


Being a wheelchair user he experimented with playing tennis from his wheelchair upon hearing that athlete Jeff Minnenbraker had been playing tennis from a wheelchair. This sparked a strong interest for Parks and on his next rehabilitation session coincidently his therapist was Minnenbraker. They discussed playing tennis and this ensued with Minnenbraker providing Parks with tennis lessons. It became quickly obvious to Parks that a lightweight wheelchair was needed to play tennis and so they began developing design ideas.


Though this was a process, which took time, it soon gained much popularity and attracted fellow wheelchair users to take part. Eventually this became a global activity with the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis being founded in 1980. Since then this has become a popular sporting event, with competitions held every year. The International Wheelchair Tennis Federation was founded in 1989 with Brad Parks as the President of the project.


Sporting events such as these have made it possible for people with physical disabilities to feel more in control and independent.

Anna Stenning is an expert on mobility scooters, having helped people buy the right scooter and helped out in wheelchair sporting events.

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No Comments 24 November 2009

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Wheelchairs: The Trend from Functionality to Individuality – by Dr. Gene Emmer

No Comments 24 November 2009

Wheelchairs have been around for hundreds of years, but early wheelchairs were intended only to help a disabled individual move from point A to point B. As society progressed and disabled individuals became more integrated, the role of the wheelchair began to change as well. Wheelchairs are now considered not only a means of transportation but also as a way to allow users to express their individuality. Users can find custom-made high quality ultra-light high-performance wheelchairs as well as accessories that enable them to individualize their look and style. The move from functionality to individuality is discussed in this article.
There were many attempts to connect furniture to wheels dating back to the time of Christ. But perhaps the first wheelchair was invented for King Phillip II of Spain. A drawing of the King dated 1595 shows him in a chair with wheels, armrests and footrests. However, he needed assistance to propel it and the chair resembled more a modern baby’s highchair than a wheelchair of today. In 1665 one of the first self-propelled vehicles was invented by Stephan Farfler. But it looked more like a present day hand-bike than a wheelchair as it was propelled by hand cranks attached to the front wheel. The modern wheelchair began to take shape in the late 19th century to early 20th century with the advent of push rims for self-propulsion and slings for seat and backrests. The 20th century saw a rapid development in wheelchairs, from the first motorized wheelchair, to the first folding wheelchair, to lightweight and sports wheelchairs.
The most recent two decades have seen the progress in the modern wheelchair accelerate. They are lighter and perform better than ever before. There are now many possibilities available to improve the ride, from suspension systems which help to remove vibrations and jolts, to ultra-light weight frames which enable better performance, to special designs for every individualized need and taste. The recent trend is towards customization. Customized wheelchairs are now being requested for many reasons:
– fitting special physical needs
– improving or providing special performance
– expressing style and image
Wheelchair for a triple amputee mother:
Customization of the wheelchair to fit some special needs of the user can include simple modifications of standard designs or creating an entirely unique design. Imagine a mother who is a triple amputee. How will she move herself and her baby? Special wheelchairs can now be designed to help her. For example a user with an amputated arm can use a special wheel which has dual handrims to allow both wheels to be controlled with one hand. The wheelchair can also be modified so that it stretched in front, allowing the child seat to be attached to the wheelchair in front of the mother. Other examples may include designing extra long or extra short wheelchairs for very tall or small users or reinforced wheelchairs for heavy users or specialized devices for users that have limited motor control or functions.
Customized wheelchairs are now being regularly designed to accommodate nearly every special need.
Individualizing wheelchairs for performance is often required for athletes or very active users. This can include creating special wheelchairs for dance with the ideal center of gravity which help the user to perform spins and complicated maneuvers with ease. Dancers with limited motor control can have special handles created which allow their able bodied partners to assist them in their turns or maneuvers. Tennis players can have special requirements like reverse tilt seating position where the back of the seat is higher than the front, in order to give increased power in the arm and body movements. Rugby players need specially designed wheelchairs that can take a very hard hit without damaging the wheelchair or the occupant.
Customization for performance is not only for athletes, it can also improve the comfort for everyday users. Frames can be custom designed to fit the individual’s body like a glove. Also, customized wheelchairs are lighter and usually perform better. Most mass produced wheelchairs are made by using adjustable brackets to hold the frame together so that a prefabricated wheelchair can be adjusted to fit different individual’s sizes and requirements. However, these brackets create weight. Customized wheelchairs are made to fit the individual that they are created for. Instead of using adjustable brackets, the wheelchair parts are welded together. This means that the wheelchair is not at all adjustable, so it must be designed correctly by an experienced professional. However, since welds are lighter than brackets, customized wheelchairs are considerably lighter. They also usually perform better since the energy from the push may be lost in small movement within the brackets.
Customization can also individualize the look and style. Wheelchairs can be painted with special colors or designs, upholstery can be made to order, lighted casters, funky spoke guards with individualized patterns and bling-bling wheels with rotating spinners give the wheelchair a very unique look. Accessories can be purchased to complete the look. Leather, zip-on, frame covers can give an elegant style and bags made from material to match the upholstery can complete the look.
Advances in assistive technology, such as the recent progress in wheelchair design make it easier for disabled individuals to integrate into society. But even with new technology, users would not be able to integrate without public access and funding to purchase the new technology. The best wheelchair in the world would not help a disabled person to move about if society did not provide ramps, special doors and other infrastructure to enable access to public spaces, transportation, sidewalks and roads. And while in some countries laws have been created and public funds have been set aside to help disabled people integrate, in many other countries access is not yet available and wheelchair users are left at home. In such countries wheelchair individualization is still a thing of the future. Assistive technology can improve the wheelchair but it takes a progressive society to improve the surrounding world.

Dr Gene Emmer is President of Med Services Europe GmbH, a Zurich, Switzerland registered company. In addition to RehaDesign Wheelchair Gloves (http://www.newdisability.com/gloves.htm) we represent Colours Wheelchairs in Europe and the Middle East. We are seeking distributors and dealers for our products. Dealers are encouraged to contact us for more information at www.NewDisability.com or www.MedServicesEurope.com or +41764249963.

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