March 5, 2019 | 3.5 min read

Park It! Seat Cushions And Your Health

Post written by: Kyle Romano

When somebody mentions a seat cushion to you, what are the first thoughts that run through your mind? I imagine that most people think of comfort, right? While comfort is important, wheelchair users and their physicians need to consider much more. Let’s explore the importance of choosing the proper seat cushion.

February 7, 2019 | 6.3 min read

Healthy Habits for Power Chair Users

Post written by: Mary Carol Peterson and Kyle Romano

2019 is the year to save time and money, to look great, and to reduce stress! Think of your equipment as a lifeline. When making appointments for social, work, or school-related functions, nobody wants to get stranded because of a flat tire or a breakdown. What can you do to prevent it?

January 24, 2019 | 3 min read

Introducing Our 2019 Healthy Habits Series

Post written by: Mary Carol Peterson

Starting in January, we will be covering ways to reduce stress in 2019, by establishing some habits to keep you healthy! In our first, few blogs, we will discuss the importance of maintaining your equipment. This step can really help to save time and money, while drastically reducing stress! Then, we will feature exercise options, skin safety, and the importance of hydration and eating, all in that order! Stay tuned!

January 16, 2019 | 3 min read

Smart Home, Practical Home

Post written by: Kyle Romano

The Google Home and the Amazon Echo have become staples of the modern house, and can be even more integral to the functionality of Smart Home technology. For people with disabilities, it can be extremely powerful to control the home environment through either voice control or the touch of a button. As a quad-amputee and a power wheelchair user, I’ve taken full advantage of this technology. Let me tell you how some of these devices work and how they’ve helped me become more independent.

December 27, 2018 | 3 min read

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the decision is made, the equipment will be ordered. This entire process could take between 3-6 months.
  4. 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.

December 18, 2018 | 5.9 min read

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!