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Golf with the Assistance of the Solo Rider

  — September 07, 2018

Golf is one of the most popular pastimes/sports/hobbies in the United States. Amazingly, twenty-nine million Americans participate in golf. But what happens when a person’s disability, their loss of stamina or reduced immobility, prevents them from enjoying the game of golf? The answer: The Solo Rider golf cart. The cart has, for over a decade, helped golfers who suffer the kind of disability that could prevent them from playing, to get out on the course comfortably. The golf cart has a unique design that can handle the various terrain of a golf course, but also, because the cart can move across the course with ample speed, the golfer can both be supported and comfortable and keep to a similar pace of play as he or she once had. 

Capabilities 

The Solo Rider golf cart is capable on both tees and greens; it can handle even the steep terrain of golf courses built on mountains. The cart can be operated with single handed controls, and the seat enables an easy entry and exit. When the seat swivels to allow a golfer access outside the cart, it then supports the golfer in an elevated hitting position. It’s amazing to think how many golfers are able to participate in the game they love because the technology of the Solo Rider golf cart has made it possible. 

And it’s not just seniors who benefit from the Solo Rider golf cart, but also those people who struggle with balance and stamina; any golfer who has mobility impairments. And it’s not just golfers: anyone who participate in outdoor recreational activities can use the Solo Rider to keep participating in the activities they love. Imagine touring the banks of a lake for a spot to fish, then stopping on the shore at a particularly attractive looking bay and having the Solo Rider support the fisherman as he makes a cast, nets a fish, etc. 

If you have any questions as to how technology such as the Solo Rider golf cart can help you or someone you care about to participate in the activities they love, then call G and J Enterprises today.

Mobility and Quality of Life

  — October 07, 2018

Did you know that the average life expectancy in the United States today, on average for both men and women, is seventy-eight years old? It’s true, and with the average age of retirement at sixty-five to sixty-nine years of age, that leaves a good amount of years between the two (statistical averages only) to travel and to do the kinds of hobbies we enjoy. But there are also potential problems for those seniors who begin to experience mobility issues—seniors who have joint aches and pains and other physical disabilities, even seniors who experience moderate arthritis can develop mobility issues. Seniors may begin to have trouble going out to go to the doctor, or even going about their own home. 

Mobility issues decrease a person’s quality of life. A man or woman with mobility issues is less likely to appreciate, enjoy, or even partake in social activities with friends and family. Even more serious are those who have lost the confidence for mobility within their own home. And the possible avoidance that often accompanies mobility discomfort and pain tends to be a reason for seniors to discontinue exercise, which, in turn, then increases the problems with mobility. 

For those who experience mobility issues, it may be best to allow certain modifications/assistance, so that seniors, especially those with disabilities, can continue to be mobile, continue to enjoy exercise and improve a quality of life. And if you have any questions about how G and J Enterprises can help you or a loved one improve quality of life, then call today.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

  — November 08, 2018

If you are ready to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle then there’s a few things you should know. You may feel overwhelmed, and this is a common feeling, although know that your needs are absolutely unique to you; everyone’s needs are going to be different, and there will be no universal setting that applies to everyone. The needs to most consider are the wheelchair size, and the size of the potential occupants; if you travel with family all the members should be taken into consideration. And G and J Enterprises offers numerous options for both new and pre-owned vehicles—both in stock and on special order. And you can also choose to upgrade the features of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, making the process even more customizable to you and your needs. 

What Entry Type Do You Need? 

There are two different types of wheelchair accessible vans: rear-entry and side-entry. When the vehicle is a side-entry, the wheelchair ramp will deploy from the side door. The side-entry vehicle allows the person in the wheelchair access to both the middle of the vehicle and the front seating areas. And this is an important choice to consider if the person in the wheelchair is planning to ride up front or operate the vehicle. Rear-entry vehicles don’t allow the wheelchair user access to the front of the vehicle, but in some instances this type of seating arrangement works fine, and it is even beneficial depending on the person’s needs. 

When it comes to time buy a wheelchair accessible van, make sure to take the time you need to find exactly what you want. Take the time to determine exactly the features you need before you buy. And the experienced professionals at G and J Enterprises are ready to help you make the decision. If you have any questions as to how G and J Enterprises can help you or your loved one purchase your very first wheelchair accessible vehicle, or to upgrade to something new and better suited to your own needs, then call today.

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 Problems with the Elderly

  — January 07, 2019

The body breaks down with age. And the breakdown eventually leads to mobility issues. the severity of mobility problems varies between people. The main issue for most is unsteadiness. Unsteadiness can happen while a person is walking, standing, or getting into or up from a chair. Mobility issues can arise because a person has muscle weakness, joint tenderness/soreness, bodily pain, soreness/stiffness, and even neurological disorders. Sometimes several of these symptoms can combine to seriously affect mobility. 

When people begin to experience mobility problems they are in danger of having a fall. A fall, even a simple stumble, is dangerous for the elderly. A fall could result in a broken bone, pain, bruising, and an unfortunate loss of confidence in ability; someone who has experienced a fall could become pervasively worried or afraid of having another. And the injury from a fall could only make mobility problems worse. 

Injuries could also bring about new medical issues such as blood clots and other circulatory problems, loss of strength, ulcers, and even illness. Additional health problems can arise from a lack of mobility/confidence in mobility and include the development of certain illnesses. 

The number one way to help the elderly who have mobility issues is to five them confidence. Physical activity should be encouraged. Activity strengthens the bones and muscles; activity improve mood. And for those who have issues that can’t be alleviated by physical activity and confidence, G and J Enterprises is ready to help. G and J Enterprises offers numerous options for helping those with mobility problems. At G and J Enterprises you’ll find everything from wheelchair lifts and elevator service to wheelchair accessible vehicles. It doesn’t matter if the mobility issues are as simple as unsteadiness or as serious as handicapped, people shouldn’t have to endure a lesser quality of life because of a loss of mobility. Mobility is freedom, so don’t let mobility problems stand in the way. 

If you have any questions about how G and J Enterprises can help you or someone you love regain their mobility and confidence, then call today.

Pros and Cons of Walk-In Bathtubs: Who Benefits?

  — February 11, 2019

Did you know that bathtubs can be inherently dangerous? It’s unfortunate, but getting into and out from a bathtub, especially when the tub is wet, can pose certain dangers to seniors and others who may have difficulty with mobility. But that’s where a walk-in bathtub can be the perfect solution. Especially in cases where a person’s independence is at stake, or when someone has lost confidence in his or her mobile ability (Maybe loved ones are concerned).

It’s important for everyone to feel safe in their own home, so in cases of mobility issues the walk-in tub helps by including a simple door and other safety features. With a door, a person can both get into and out of the tub without having to navigate a step over the tub’s wall. When a tub uses a door, the door, when closed, seals to the tub appropriately, preventing the tub from leaking. 

Ella’s tubs, available at G and J Enterprises, help to keep people safe, but also allow everyone the ability to take a quality soak. The simple pleasure of a hot bath is invaluable. A bath is one of those pleasures to be enjoyed by everyone. The Ella’s Deluxe is a walk-in bathtub that is a dramatic upgrade to the standard bathtub. A person can bathe safer in an Ella’s Deluxe because, in addition to the included door, of the two stainless steel grab handles, low threshold step, and the anti-scald feature. The tub drains quickly, so you don’t have to wait long to exit the tub after a bath (Remember that a tub with a door will need to be drained before the door can be opened). 

If you have any questions about walk-in bathtubs, or how G and J enterprises can help you or a loved one—Remember that G and J Enterprises offers not only walk-in bathtubs, but also elevators and lifts, ramps, stair lifts, golf carts, and wheelchair accessible vehicles (to name a few)—then call the mobility experts at G and J Enterprises today.

Wheel Chair Users:

  — December 09, 2018

Did you know that it’s possible for a person in a wheelchair to operate a vehicle? It’s true. There are vehicles specially made for wheel chair users. There are a few mechanical ways it’s possible… 

A wheelchair user can operate a vehicle directly from the wheelchair. The wheelchair user, sitting in his or her chair, gets tied down with special wheel chair tie-downs. It’s also possible for a vehicle to be converted or custom built to allow a person in a chair to transfer into a driver’s seat. Sometimes custom wheelchair accessible vehicles are operated by simple and intuitive hand controls, however, in cases of severe immobility, there are much more complex mechanical methods. 

When you decide to purchase a new or used vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair user as driver (Either DFW—Drive from Wheelchair—or IT—Internal Transfer of Wheelchair User) there are a few logistical things to consider. The type of vehicle you need should accommodate both the user and the wheelchair. Headroom and interior room is often a consideration, especially in cases where the chair and user are large, tall, etc. Consider also how many passengers will be riding in the vehicle. What type of equipment will need to be transported. Will the vehicle be used to transport the week’s groceries? Will the vehicle be used to vacation? Where does the wheelchair user routinely drive? A large vehicle can be difficult to park in tight spaces; parking garages and other urban parking scenarios present certain challenges to both the parking of the vehicle and the maneuverability of the driver and his or her wheelchair. When it comes time to purchase a vehicle for a driver in a wheelchair consider all the options. 

And if you have any questions about a new vehicle, or how to outfit a current vehicle with hand controls—assuming that the vehicle in question will accommodate hand controls and a wheelchair—then call G and J Enterprises today. The friendly, professional staff at G and J Enterprises understands the potential needs of a driver in a wheelchair.

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.


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Article courtesy of BraunAbility