Mobility Products and VA Benefits: How to Get Help
Post written by: Mary Carol Peterson
If you are a veteran and were injured during a conflict, or if you are getting older and have trouble getting around, you may be eligible for help from the Veteran’s Administration.
To get help for new equipment, here’s how it works:
- First, start by making an appointment with your primary care physician, at your local VA Center. He/she will refer you to a VA clinician, who will determine the kind of mobility device you qualify for. This decision is based on an evaluation of your mobility needs.
- After the equipment evaluation is complete, the clinician will research mobility products. He/she will then determine the most appropriate option for you. His/her choices will maximize your independence, and will be discussed with you. Many times, the clinician will work with a manufacturer’s representative, who has products that are available for you to try at a wheelchair clinic.
- Once the decision is made, the equipment will be ordered. This entire process could take between 3-6 months.
- After the equipment is received, you will recieve instructions on proper use of the equipment. Afterward, you’ll return to the VA for any additional, follow-up care. In the Tampa Bay Area, the VA will ask Custom Mobility to deliver the product to you. At this time, we’ll send one of our specialists, who will complete the delivery and demonstrate the set-up process.
Gifts That Keep On Giving
Post written by: Kyle Romano
One of the best aspects about the holidays, is that they bring us together. A perpetual season of giving, we take this time to show appreciation for our families, our friends, and our loved ones. Exchanging gifts is a unique experience, which has a certain magic to it. The presents, themselves, can serve multiple purposes. They can be functional, can be decorative, and can even be silly; however, picking out the perfect gift can be difficult. This concept applies to both able-bodied people, and people with disabilities. The needs of wheelchair users and people with disabilities may be different than your own. So, if you're fumbling around with a million ideas, and still haven't found that thoughtful gift, I'm here to help!
Experimenting With Wheelchairs and Positioning Systems
Post written by: Intern Muhammad Sarmad
Develop a cost-effective system that can keep track of how a wheelchair is being used, by showing the path and distance travelled. This quantitative data is valuable to show progress that is being made when learning to use a power wheelchair. This has other uses outside of industry as well.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding: From the Rider’s Perspective
Post written by:
Intern Bryanna Tanase
This blog is the first installment, in a three-part blog series, where I’ll describe the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. The main goal of this series is to raise awareness about horses, what they can do for people with disabilities, and, to encourage more people to participate in horseback riding. Many are unaware that riding is even an option. This installment in the series will focus on my emotional, physical, and sensory experiences, as a participant in a therapeutic riding program, at Quantum Leap Farm.
Combining Riding Perspectives
Post written by:
Interns Kailee Sylvester and Bryanna Tanase
When discussing therapeutic riding, or just therapy in general, it’s hard to talk about medical benefits without talking about mental and social benefits. Based on their experiences, people have different perspectives on disability. As a result, people focus on certain aspects of disability more than others. In this way, health professionals, or future health professionals, like myself, tend to focus on the numbers. We tend to favor this kind of data, because they are physical changes that we can see and record. We tend to favor this kind of data, because they are physical changes that we can see and record. On the other hand, the riders aren’t worried about a 2% increase in range of motion. These individuals are more interested in their new abilities, and how they change their: feelings, interactions, and perspectives. Disability isn’t something that can be viewed as purely medical, or purely mental. In reality, it is a bit of both.
Exploring the Stables: A Day at Quantum Leap Farm
Post written by:
Intern Kailee Sylvester
As a soon-to-be physical therapy student, I have always been interested in hippotherapy, which uses horses as a unique form of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Recently, I got the chance to visit Quantum Leap Farm, a therapeutic riding center in Odessa, FL. Here, people with disabilities, and of all ages, can come and reap the benefits that horseback riding has on the mind and the body. After watching my friend Bryanna, during her therapeutic riding session, I was able to interview the director and founder of the company, Edie Dopking. From her, I learned a bit more about this form of riding, and what it is all about.