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What Should You Look for in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle?

  — May 08, 2018

When considering a wheelchair accessible vehicle, it’s important to understand what that really means. This isn’t just a car or truck that’s large enough to accommodate a portable wheelchair, it’s a vehicle designed to improve the quality of life for those who require mobility assistance.

Why Buy a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle?

Everyone deserves the opportunity and freedom to travel and to enjoy the world at their own pace. For those who use a wheelchair on a regular basis, this can be difficult due to transportation needs.

A wheelchair accessible vehicle allows everyone access to a reliable method of travel. They come equipped with a number of features designed to make loading, unloading, and even the operation of the vehicle accessible for disabled persons.

What Features Should You Look For?

The primary features to look for in a wheelchair accessible vehicle can include (but aren’t limited to):

  • An electronic lift
  • Rear-entry Functionality
  • Side-entry with electronically operated ramps
  • Electronically customizable seating
  • Lighted ramps for nighttime access
  • Unobstructed space large enough to accommodate full-sized wheelchairs

The sky’s the limit for many of these features, and new technology is being adapted to make these vehicles more accessible for everyone.

What Questions Should You Ask?

It’s important to ask about financing options and to see what might be covered by external providers. Always ask about the adaptability of the vehicle, and make sure that the purchase is one that will continue to benefit you for years to come. This ensures value and helps you to get the most use out of your investment.

Improving the Quality of Life

The goal of a wheelchair accessible vehicle is to improve the quality of life for those who have disabilities. When choosing a vehicle, make sure that it fulfills those criteria for you and for those who may be using it in the future.

Stair Lifts

  — June 11, 2018

There are many reasons why people purchase a Stair Lift from G and J Enterprises. It’s very common for people to experience mobility issues as they age; if you’re someone who experiences mobility issues, then you’re not alone if you’re wondering how a Stair Lift could better your life, if it would enhance your mobility and create a more accessible environment in your home. But you might wonder when a Stair Lift becomes a necessity. The answer is that it’s up to you and to your family, and that there is no one set time at which it becomes absolutely necessary. Here are just a few of the many reasons why people might decide to enhance their life with a Stair Lift from G and J Enterprises. 

The most obvious reason why people choose a Stair Lift is that they cannot physically walk up or down stairs. When you can no longer access entire floors of your own home because of your decreased mobility, it may be time to consider a Stair Lift. 

Another common reason is pain and discomfort. And remember that the pain is likely a sign of a condition for which climbing stairs likely exacerbates. If you have joint damage or knee, hip, and leg issues, a Stair Lift might help to alleviate some of the pain associated with daily mobility. 

The most common reason, and probably one of the best, is that people begin to feel trapped within their own home. When a person feels trapped because it may be unsafe for them to climb or descend a set of stairs, when they feel as if they can no longer access entire spaces within their home, it is a sign that it may be time to get some assistance. A person should be able to feel free within his or her home; a person shouldn’t have to avoid certain tasks within their home because they have mobility issues. 

If you have any questions about Stair Lifts, or how G and J Enterprises can assist you with your mobility issues, then make sure to call today.

Walk-In Bathtubs: Do You Really Need One?

  — July 10, 2018

A walk-in tub may seem like a needless luxury. Why would you replace an appliance when the one already works just fine? But there are a few good reasons, beyond mere comfort and aesthetics (although walk-in tubs do promote both), as to why a walk-in style bathtub may be a absolute necessity for some. 

Safety: 

A walk-in bathtub no doubt makes bathing safer for anyone. There are safety features built into a walk-in bathtub—features such as doors that can lower the risk of accidents. Doors allow easier access to the bathtub; you don’t need to step up to get into the tub. If you have balance issues getting into and out of the tub, the door feature on a walk-in tub makes bathing much safer. There are also seats and hand-held showers built into walk-in tubs. If you have mobility issues, consider how much safer it could be not to have to navigate the slippery shower floor (walk-in bathtubs also are designed with a non-slippery shower floor to limit the likelihood of an accident). Pain and discomfort oftentimes accompany mobility issues, and if someone can easily step into (instead of climb into) a bathtub, it increases that person’s quality of life. 

Dignity and Self-Reliance 

If you or someone you love has mobility problems, the walk-in tub ensures that they can retain their dignity—hopefully, the walk-in tub allows a person with mobility issues to continue to shower alone—but also these types of tubs limit the hazards involved in daily life, increasing that person’s self-reliance. 

Most walk-in tubs also come with therapeutic settings, and hydrotherapy-type jets can provide numerous health benefits. Water jets help to soothe aching, and ease certain pains. Hydrotherapy can improve blood circulation, reducing pain and swelling caused by conditions such as arthritis; the improved circulation also improves immunity and the promotion of an overall healthier body. 

If you have any questions about how the walk-in bathtubs at G and J Enterprises can help to improve the quality of life for you or someone that you love, then call today.

Mobility and Autonomy: How to Achieve Both with Power Seats

  — August 04, 2018

For the handicapped who are still capable of driving, it’s important that the climb into or out from their vehicle is not overly difficult, or even, in some case, impossible. If you or someone you love has trouble getting into or out from their vehicle because of a handicap or a physical disability, then G and J Enterprises has the solution of installed Power Seats. A Power Seat enables someone the ease of aided transfer into or out from a vehicle. The seats are made to meet a variety of disabilities, including transfer from a wheelchair. Basically, if you can safely operate a vehicle with your handicap then there should be no reason why you shouldn’t have the autonomy to be able to use that vehicle for life’s everyday scenarios. Don’t let the physical challenge of getting into a vehicle stop you from living the life you want. If you simply need a little more mobility to get into or out from a vehicle, then a powered transfer assist seat may be the right choice for you. 

Power seats can be installed on any vehicle. The Glide and Go option, which is a transfer seat that requires no structural modifications at all to your present vehicle (a great option for those who simply need a bit more help maneuvering themselves). The installation of the Glide and Go seat doesn’t even require a single hole be drilled into the body or the frame of the vehicle. It has a bolt-on design that makes it simple to install, and it provides an operation that is just as simple to use: you unfold the safety arm, press a button, and you are risen assisted into your seat. 

The Easy Reach Power Seat model is a powered lift chair meant for vans that are wheelchair capable. Its operation is straight-forward in that it uses the van’s front seat as the lift seat, bringing the seat down outside the van to an easy transfer height. It’s a compact lift, so it also makes available the rest of the seats within the van, so there’s still room for everyone. 

If you have any questions as to how G and J Enterprises can help you achieve full autonomy with a Power Lift Seat, then call today.

What If Disability Harassment Were Treated Like Sexual Harassment?

  — April 04, 2018

In recent days, dozens of women have gone public with allegations of sexual harassment by powerful men in Hollywood and news networks. Increasingly, companies are exercising a zero-tolerance policy and firing male directors, actors, and anchors, as was the case with NBC in last week’s firing of Matt Lauer. The whole thing got us thinking: what would happen if claims of disability harassment and disability discrimination were treated as severely as sexual harassment is now being treated?

But first…

What is the difference between disability harassment and disability discrimination?

disability harassment and discrimination in the classroomDisability harassment is defined as a range of negative behaviors including, but not limited to, abusive jokes, crude name-calling, threats, and sexual and physical assault. Harassment of any kind fosters a hostile environment that severely restricts a disabled adult or child’s ability to perform or function. This letter from the United States Department of Education outlines what disability harassment might look like in a classroom setting.

  • A school administrator repeatedly denies a student with a disability access to lunch, field trips, assemblies, and extracurricular activities as punishment for taking time off from school for reasons related to the student’s disability.
  • Several students continually remark out loud to other students during class that a student with dyslexia is “retarded” or “deaf and dumb” and does not belong in the class; as a result, the harassed student has difficulty doing work in class and her grades decline.
  • A student repeatedly places classroom furniture or other objects in the path of classmates who use wheelchairs, impeding the classmates’ ability to enter the classroom.

Disability discrimination is separated into indirect and direct discrimination. An example of direct discrimination is a business refusing a person entry because they are blind and require assistance by a service dog. Indirect discrimination would be that same business not having an entrance ramp so that someone in a wheelchair is unable to access the building.

Discrimination and harassment stories are all over the internet. Here’s an example from The Guardian that was published this week.


Click here to read more.

Article courtesy of BraunAbility