Times Publishing Columnist Article February 2009

Cane & Able, Inc.
David E Farrer

Today, let us talk about mobility devices. Canes would be a good start for an entity such as Cane & Able. Today’s market for canes demands that canes be light and height adjustable. A simple push of a knob into a different hole can adapt one cane to fit most people. Today’s market for canes also demands that they have the option of folding for easy storage while not in use. This shift in consumer demand serves as a metaphor for the way that society views challenges and disabilities. As a society we do not accept the bare minimum in serving individuals with challenges with barebones products but rather with sophisticated, decorative, unique products that showcase our individuality. Today’s rollators, which are walkers with four wheels and a cushioned seat, backrest and a basket, come in different colors to express our fashion and our positive outlook on life. Red seems to be the color of choice. It represents a vibrant expression from the user.

Transport wheelchairs are designed for a caretaker to push the user. They are foldable and lightweight for storage and portability, respectively. They weigh approximately fifteen pounds. Manual wheelchairs are designed for the user to self propel and can also be pushed by a caretaker. If you rent or purchase a manual wheelchair, make certain that it is equipped with anti-tippers in the rear. Scooters have become extremely popular. The latest trend is to purchase a travel scooter, which disassembles into several different parts for easy lifting into and out of a vehicle. The heavier scooters and power wheelchairs demand a vehicle lift, which can be installed on the exterior rear or in some cases, interior of the vehicle.

Next month we will continue our discussion of mobility products.