They say dog is a man’s best friend, but since I’ve had my disability, I’ve found my best friends are the disabled ones. There’s nothing like having a friend who knows exactly where you’re coming from and the road you’re on. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this immediately. I avoided anyone in a wheelchair, in fact. I felt like I didn’t belong to that “group” of people. Little did I know that such a great thing was before me, if I would only give it a chance.
We’ve been hearing from many paralyzed veterans lately who are either unaware of the equipment they are entitled to or are being unfairly denied equipment they deserve. Veterans, if you’re reading this, please fight for what you deserve.
DeMarlon Pollard is a T4-5 paraplegic who got an EasyStand several years ago, prescribed by his therapist, and paid for by his VA Hospital. Now he can’t imagine life without it. “As a veteran who was fortunate enough to have a stander prescribed for me by my therapist, I could not imagine life without my EasyStand. Having a stander at home has greatly increased my quality of life.” Read more
Are you a PT, OT, or paraprofessional working at a school? Or maybe you are a special ed teacher or buyer? Even if you are the principal or the janitor, you may be interested in what I am about to tell you. This is not a secret or new information. In fact, we have been trying to help connect the school personnel to local rehab suppliers for over a decade. Read more
EasyStand and Permobil will be joining forces to present a workshop for therapists and complex rehab suppliers at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville TN on March 3rd. The Symposium alternates between Canada and the United States every year, and is regarded as the leading continuing education event for the complex rehab industry. Amy (Meyer) Morgan, PT, ATP and I, will be talking about the importance of standing for children and adults to improve health, independence and quality of life for individuals that use wheelchairs. This works well, because Permobil is the leading provider of wheelchairs that have a standing capability and EasyStand is the leading manufacturer of standing frames for people that need more features, positioning and require longer standing time to build endurance. Read more
A group of therapists from one of the Twin Cities’ pediatric specialty hospitals with satellite clinics serving the larger metro area recently organized a meet and greet for the school and pediatric clinical therapists in the community. It was nice to see the faces of the caring professionals whose reports I have been reading and who I have exchanged phone calls and emails with. While we talked about a variety of topics, the recurring theme was the essentialness of communication between therapists and the children and families we serve. Read more
Stander use is beneficial for promoting good posture and skeletal alignment as well as decreasing spasticity. Orthotic intervention is also frequently done with these same objectives in mind. Because even the best standers are not able to provide the full trunk and distal extremity support some individuals may require, orthotics are a valuable and often essential adjunct to supported standing programs. Bony alignment develops as a result of the forces placed upon the body, so achieving a desirable standing position is especially important for growing children and adolescents.
If you are beginning a standing program with a child and are unsure whether lower extremity orthotics are necessary, I recommend placing the child in the stander in his or her bare feet. If foot pronation or supination is significant and intrinsic muscle motion is minimal or absent, discussing a referral for consultation with an orthotist with the child’s physician is likely in order. In the case of progressive neurological disorders a child may initially maintain a desirable position, but should be re-checked on occasion. Read more
Often the elderly are overlooked for a standing program, but it can greatly improve their quality of life. People who live in long-term care centers, developmental centers, or nursing homes can benefit from an ongoing standing program. Read more
My weekly yoga class meets in one of the biggest physical rehab places in Minnesota. It seems that everyone with a disability who even lives remotely close to it has gone there at least once in their life. That’s because they do it all – sports, rehab, classes, stuff for kids. You name it, they have it. And I was a live-in resident (I lived there for 8 months while learning independent living skills) back in 1998. Read more
October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, so we thought we would share the story of our little friend who has Spina Bifida. Meet “Incredible Ian” a little boy who we met recently at a photo shoot in White Bear Lake, MN. He has been standing since he was two, and he currently uses an EasyStand Bantam pediatric stander. Ian’s Physical Therapist has recommended that Ian stand each day, and Ian’s mom makes sure that happens by integrating it into the day’s typical activities. Ian stands while his mom is preparing a meal, or while playing with his favorite superhero action figures. Read more