Winter Funerals

Funerals are very personal ceremonies whether they are for a close relative, a friend, or yourself. I recently went to an important one myself. You’d think mobility access would be taken for granted in situations like this, even in winter. Nope. Despite the fact most New England funeral homes are made over Victorian homes that originally included several porches and stairs, access is not something that has been overlooked. I’ve always seen street level entrances or ramps suitable for electric wheel chairs or mobility scooters as needed. Parking lots are generally clear of snow and well-marked. I did find the interior to be a bit crowded, particularly with both a power wheelchair and a mobility scooter arriving at the same [...]

5 Tasty Low Carb Recipes

January is the time that people begin to watch what they eat and recover from the heavy meals of the holidays. Try eating a low carb diet and pairing it with an active lifestyle as it can really help you shed some pounds.  Here are some of my favorite recipes that I've found across the web. Side Dish: “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree This recipe substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes to make for a low carbohydrate mashed “potatoes” recipe. The smart substitution makes the side contain only 148 calories and 4 grams of net carbs. Check out the recipe here. Appetizer/Entrée: Slow Cooked Chili Mac This slow-cooked pasta favorite takes about 5 hours to make, but it tastes incredible and packs about 18 carbs in [...]

How To Clean and Disinfect Your Mobility Scooter

So I was on the way back from the gym, using a shortcut on my mobility scooter that took me through an unused parking lot. Before I realized what I was dealing with, I’d run over a couple of cigar-shaped pieces of goose droppings. It brought to mind rubber gloves and cleaners. Not my favorite subject, but something I have to deal with on a regular basis now, especially with all the viruses associated with winter. So, how do you go about sanitizing a mobility scooter? How often do you need to do it, and how do you make sure it is germ-free? With all the time I spend on my scooter, the times I have ridden it to the dinner table to eat and the times I haven't quite made it to the bathroom, I never once gave it a thought about how [...]

How to Set Realistic New Years Resolutions

The New Year is a time to reflect and set goals for the next twelve months. This is a great time to look back and evaluate big decisions and determine whether they were bad judgments or stellar decisions, deserving of a pat on the back. So if you haven't already, take about a couple hours this week, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, and get your notebook out from the drawer. Focus your thoughts and get on track to improve your life for the next year. The first step is to create an annual self-evaluation chart with three columns. The first column will include “Major, Important Decisions” you made in your life this past year. This may take some time to deliberate, because the beginning of the year may be pretty fuzzy. Title the second [...]

Tips for Planning Your Wheelchair-Accessible Retreat

Ready for some winter rest and relaxation? Winters can be brutal in some parts of the US, and it can definitely be a great time to escape to the sunny Caribbean or warm countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether it’s the beaches of Mexico or the Tropics of Africa, traveling abroad may be the exact reprieve you need to escape from the real world and embark on an adventure or even relax without worry. However as you may know, travelling isn’t always friendly for those confined to wheelchairs, especially in countries with different laws in place for the disabled. While regulations generally make airports easily accessible, it can sometimes be difficult when travelling abroad. A great resource I came across was WheelchairTraveling.com, [...]

When Working Out is an Exercise in Patience

Getting around in the winter is a little more challenging than during the rest of the year, and I am beginning to learn what this means for the mobility challenged. I recently joined the ranks of "gym rats" in hopes of getting more exercise. Besides losing weight and building strength, my real desire is to increase my flexibility and getting some movement into my all-but-petrified legs. I have a gym located exactly one mile from my condo. It is a mile I can travel safely on my mobility scooter and because my three-wheel Pride Go-Go Elite can adroitly get in and around fitness equipment for easy transfer from my mobility scooter. But now I am finding the real trick is keeping myself warm for the one mile trip. I need to negotiate [...]

A Special Holiday for Everyone!

The holiday season is a time for reflection and showing thankfulness and generosity. As my daughter anxiously waits for the prolific Christmas morning, I remind her that the holidays are truly more about giving than receiving. That philosophy is a little difficult for a five year old to wrap her mind around, but we adults know that is for certain.  If you have a disability or care for a person with a disability, you know that medical bills and purchasing healthcare and mobility supplies often take up the entire budget and then some. Whether you are interested in giving or need assistance, there are some resources out there for you and your loved ones. The Salvation Army has been our country’s charitable staple since 1885! I encourage [...]

Adaptive Cooking

Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the important things in life, like food and family! I fondly remember enjoying big Thanksgiving lunches as a child with my extended family on the farm. Thanksgiving traditions tend to evolve throughout the years, but I do miss those days as a child with no worries but an overfull belly. I do not consider myself a cook, but I know that cooking can be both therapeutic and offer a feeling of accomplishment when you relish in that first taste of your creation. Cooking can become difficult as we age and lose motor function. Thank goodness there are products out there that can keep the cooking alive! Disabled Hands is a great resource that directs you to manufacturers of adaptive cookware and utensils. Check [...]