Scooter and Power Chair Accessories

Accessories make great mobility scooters and power chairs even better

We think Pride Mobility mobility scooters and power chairs come pretty well stacked with all the standard features most riders should need. But what good is a great product if you can’t customize it, right!?

That’s why, after finding the right mobility scooter to fit your body shape and lifestyle,  you have a dazzling array of add-ons to choose from to make your mobility experience just a bit more personal.

Since we supply our own accessories, exclusively manufactured for our products, you can be sure your cup holder, lap belt or rear basket will fit and work seamlessly with your Pride Mobility scooter or power chair.

We can break down our accessories into four categories (and let’s be honest – sorting accessories into categories is nearly as fun as putting them onto your scooter): adaptive, storage, convenience and safety. Let’s get started!

Adaptive accessories

You’ll find adaptive accessories primarily in our lineup of power wheelchairs. That’s because riders who spend most of their time seated in a mobility device more often choose power chairs for their comfort and controls. Power chair riders are also more likely to require other assistive technology.

Swing Away Leg Rests

Each Pride power wheelchair comes standard with a flip-up footplate. For a vast group of users, standard footplates work perfectly fine. But some may prefer the ease of use and positioning options in swing away leg rests.

Heel Loops

For riders who need a little extra help keeping their feet firmly planted on their foot rests, heel loops support their feet while still allowing them to flip up their foot rests when it’s time to disembark or climb aboard. 

Swing Away Joystick

A swing away joystick has two benefits. First, the typical fixed joystick extends beyond the typical armrest and therefore stands to bump into corners and furniture. Second, Not everyone has the same range of motion with their hands. An adjustable joystick lets the rider position their primary control mechanism where it’s easiest to use.

Storage accessories

This is the fun part. We know you’ve got a few things you just need to have within arm’s reach all the time, and we’ve got just the right storage accessories to customize your ride as you see fit.

Rear Basket

For the nomadic rider – grab an extra storage basket if you typically use your mobility scooter or power chair to go shopping. Pride scooters come standard with a front basket, but if you’ve got a full day of shopping planned, or need to pack a picnic lunch for an afternoon out with the grandkids, you might want a little extra storage space.

Saddle Bag

Keep your little essentials always close in a handy saddle bag. Dual pockets hang on either side of your Pride mobility scooter or power chair’s armrest. They’re perfect for a book, keys, newspaper and cell phone.

Cup Holder

An appropriate shout-out on account of today being National Beverage Day. Here’s the kind of cup holder you would expect from Pride. It flips up when not in use. Its strong clamp arms hold a variety of cup sizes firmly in place while you ride. Don’t settle for second rate, especially if you plan to use it to hold, you know, liquid. Get the real deal!

Cane and Walker Holders

Few riders stay exclusively seated in their mobility scooter or power chair. If you’re likely to get up and move every once in a while, but still need a little extra support when you do, keep your cane or walker firmly affixed to your ride while you go. That way it’ll be handy next time you need to step off.

Convenience accessories

Convenience accessories help you squeeze the most utility out of your mobility scooter or power chair.

USB Charger Plug

Many Pride scooters come standard with built in USB device chargers. For those that don’t, of course we’ve got the perfect fix. A USB to XLR plug connects to your scooter or power wheelchair’s battery charging port, and turns virtually any Pride scooter into a mobile charging station. Even if you typically charge up before heading out, you might want to keep one of these handy anyway just in case a friend isn’t so well prepared.

Battery Pack

Proper battery management ensures your battery is always ready to go, but luck favors the prepared. If you want an extra layer of assurance that your mobility scooter will always have the juice you need to keep going, keep an extra battery pack on standby. They’re available in 12 amp and 18 amp configurations.

Cell Phone Holder

Your mobility scooter or power chair transforms into a command center with your smartphone secured in front of you. Take phone calls, video chat with the grandkids, or even watch a movie handsfree with your phone planted right where you need it.

Safety accessories

While not nearly as exciting to talk about as phone holders and big baskets, these accessories ensure you’re safe and seen while riding.

Lap Belt

A practical addition for power wheelchair riders who need extra help keeping their balance or may otherwise be at risk of falling.

Rearview Mirror

If you have difficulty turning to see what’s behind you or even hearing loss, a rearview mirror may be an essential part of your rider safety plan. For others, a quick peak in the mirror is a super convenient way to stay alert and aware.

Safety Flag

It’s like putting a goofy smiley face on your car antenna – you always know where it is in the parking lot . Make sure your friends and loved ones can spot you in a crowd with a safety flag conveniently giving away your position.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Show mom you care with a gift from Pride Mobility

Your mom has dealt with a challenge or two in her life; afterall, she raised you. This Mother’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you with the gift of freedom. Pride Mobility devices can expand mom’s world, whether that means cruising outside or simply moving easier in the house. Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide has ideas for all kinds of moms. Give mom something special that she can use every day. She deserves it.

Jazzy Passport

If you’re looking to give mom the world this Mother’s Day, start with a Jazzy Passport. Picture mom deftly navigating her kitchen, rolling into a restaurant or folding up her new power chair in an airport. Her destination? The options become limitless.

The Jazzy Passport has a 24.25-inch turning radius  and a maximum speed of 3.6 mph, allowing mom to traverse both tight spaces and wide open areas. Mom can explore new places or old favorites with up to 11 miles of battery life.

When it’s time to travel, the Jazzy Passport folds up for storage in a car trunk, an airplane or any other mode of transportation mom wants to adventure on. In a few steps, the Passport folds into a 31″ x 23.5″ x 16″ package that — depending on battery size — weighs about 60 pounds. Upon arrival, the chair returns to its full size, giving mom the green light to go wherever she wants.

If the Passport doesn’t meet mom’s needs, don’t fret. Take a look at all the Jazzy Power Chair options available here.

Go-Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel

For a mom on the move, the Go-Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel is the ultimate option for stability and versatility. Picture mom on her new scooter, seated comfortably, moving confidently. The Go-Go Elite Traveller has a 17” x 17” ergonomic seat mounted on a broad deck. The seat swivels, making it easy for mom to pull up to the table. This feature also makes getting off the scooter safe and seamless. 

Mom can really go places with this gift. The Go-Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel can go up to 12 miles on one charge and has a maximum speed of 4 mph. When it’s time for a change of scenery, use Pride Mobility’s exclusive feather-touch, one-hand disassembly for simple stowing.

The Go-Go Elite Traveller also comes in a 3-Wheel version, which has the same seat, speed and battery capacity, but breaks down into lighter pieces. Pride Mobility has a full line of mobility scooters you can see here.

Infinity Collection power recliner

For many, there’s no better feeling at the end of the day than plopping down in your favorite chair. You can give mom that feeling every day with an Infinity Collection Model-LC525. With its independently-controlled footrest and backrest, the Infinity Collection offers limitless configurations. Mom can lounge completely in the Trendelenburg position, with her legs lifted above her torso. Then, after a rejuvenating rest, she can use the hand remote to move the chair into a standing position.

While the power recliner is incredibly functional, it also has the form to fit mom’s aesthetic. The Infinity Collection comes in five different fabric types and a wide range of colors. There are also show-stopping add-ons like warming and massage features.

Our full line of lift chair options is available here.

Lithium battery backup

Now that mom has a Pride Mobility chair or scooter, it’s worth making sure your gift never runs out of juice. The rechargeable lithium battery provides power and the peace of mind that mom will get where she’s going. We offer lithium battery backup for all of the products on this list.

Take this show on the road

Mom’s new scooter or power wheelchair makes moving around the house, the store or the neighborhood a breeze. It can also take her to places she never expected thanks to our stowaway backup batteries. The FAA permits lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less to be checked. Mom can also bring the battery in the cabin as long as it stays in the device.

No power no problem

Imagine mom has settled into her new Pride Power Lift Recliner to read your doting Mother’s Day card. She’s fully reclined, reflecting on your kind words and marveling at your thoughtfulness when the lights go out. For a quick moment, she thinks she’s stuck. No worries, mom. The backup battery takes her from reclining to standing with no electricity needed.

International Dance Day

Start a dance revolution from your mobility scooter

Brush off your sprinkler!

No, it’s not time to water the lawn. It’s time to break out some beloved, accessible moves for International Dance Day.

(Oh, and keep reading for a dance tutorial that relies heavily on the goofy, arm-pumping move known as “the sprinkler.”)

Celebrities like Marisa Hamamoto of Infinite Flow Dance have helped to shift public opinions about inclusion in dance through her Los Angeles studio over the last few years.

And crews like the Rollettes, bursting with attitude and excitement, show just how much fun you can have dancing with a wheelchair.

But you don’t need an international social media audience or even a ton of skill to get groovy. You  just need a little courage, and some ideas for getting started.

We hope these easy-to-follow video tutorials for seated dancing help you with ideas. The courage part? That’s up to you.

Move With Color

Move With Color dance instructor Nathan Short has almost 140,000 YouTube subscribers of his straightforward dance tutorials. Most of his videos are for typically abled beginner dancers, but he has a ton of fun with a few seated videos. The moves are simple. Go get your groove on!

Try Tutting

Finger dancing – sometimes called “Tutting” because its rigid, angular movements kind of resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics – gained popularity in the ’90s. It’s pretty complicated, but if your grandkids use TikTok (don’t worry, we don’t understand it either), there’s a good chance they’re familiar with this tricky dancing that only requires the use of your arms and hands. Give it a shot! Then go show your grandkids. You might just be the next viral internet sensation.

‘Got this feeling in my body’

Finally, get moving with UK YouTuber Sit Down AJ and one of the greatest feel-good songs of this century, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Spoiler alert: AJ loves the sprinkler.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Five tips to maintain your mobility with Parkinson’s

At Pride Mobility, we often hear about how our mobility devices, like scooters and power wheelchairs, give people with Parkinson’s disease independence. Our products help people to keep on living full and fulfilled lives.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease with no cure, but there are plenty of ways to slow symptom progression and keep moving. For those with advanced symptoms, a power wheelchair or mobility scooter might be the only option. We’re proud of our work designing powerful mobility devices for people with Parkinson’s.

However, if we’re honest, we’d much rather see people with Parkinson’s moving about on their own. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so to recognize and support those living with the disease, we turned to leading organizations including the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for some advice on how to maintain mobility.

1. Talk to your physical therapist

A logical start: have early and regular conversations with your physical therapist about how to maintain mobility with Parkinson’s. Together, you can settle on a safe and effective exercise program based on your current ability.

A good therapist can help you craft realistic goals and routines, encourage you when you feel overwhelmed and modify the plan as needed.

2. Get moving

A body in motion … well, you can probably finish the rest. It’s true! Experts say the best way to maintain mobility amid Parkinson’s is to keep moving to the best of your ability.

Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable. Every challenge could be an opportunity to learn how to adapt. There’s growth and victory in even the smallest achievements.

3. Find a buddy group

Your therapist may help you hook up with an exercise class geared toward people with neurological disease. Group settings offer camaraderie and encouragement. Similarly abled companions can talk about shared experiences and support each other in ways no one else can.

In addition, find a friend or family member who will be your regular movement buddy. Parkinson’s can leave you feeling isolated, which in turn can make symptoms worse. A routine, especially one built around a shared activity, can strengthen your sense of social connectedness and wellbeing.

Just remember: it’s reciprocal. If you want support and a sense of belonging from others, make sure you’re ready to offer it back to them!

4. Find a mobility assistance device that suits you

Parkinson’s patients often experience “freezing,” when they suddenly and momentarily lose motor functions. When that happens, you might need to rely on a cane or walker in order to prevent falling.

The Parkinson’s Foundation recommends a straight cane or walking stick as opposed to one with a multiple-point base. Tripod or quad canes provide less stability because not all feet touch the ground at the same time, according to the foundation.

If you need more stability, for example from a walker, choose one with swivel casters and hand brakes for easier maneuvering. Those without wheels can throw you off balance because they require repeated lifting, the foundation says.

5. Choose the right mobility scooter or power wheelchair

If you have a high level of mobility, a scooter can give you the independence to experience long days on the go, for example at family gatherings, sightseeing or going to the grandkids’ soccer games.

The Parkinson’s Foundation suggests first talking with your therapist, then considering options like a reclining backrest to make position changes easier. Accessories like a cane holder allow you to grab your walking aid easily before hopping off. 

For those with less mobility, a powered wheelchair might be a better option. They provide more comfort and support for those who plan to spend most of their time seated.

When Parkinson’s changes, change your strategy

There’s an unfortunate truth about Parkinson’s. Patients are likely to require more help moving around as time goes on. A 2018 study, published by the National Institutes of Health, found that over three years, patients with Parkinson’s increased their use of mobility devices or required more advanced devices.

A five-fold share of them felt that they had unmet mobility needs at the end of three years than at the beginning.

That’s why it’s important to prioritize your mobility during conversations with your doctor, therapist and caregivers. The more you discuss it, the better chance you have at devising plans that help you achieve your goals.

Volunteer Recognition Day

Go Volunteer! Ways to give back from aboard your mobility device

When kindness is your currency, you can own the world.

We all have the chance to give back, no matter our ability. Likewise, few of us can say we’ve never been on the receiving end of a volunteer’s good will.

So today, on Volunteer Recognition Day, take a moment to show a little gratitude for the people who have helped you free of charge. If you feel inspired to pay it forward in a bigger way, we have some ideas to help you get started.

Just because you rely on a mobility scooter or power chair to get around, don’t think that precludes you from volunteering. Nonprofit groups and charities offer plenty of ways to help just as long as you have extra compassion and a willingness to work.

Maybe it’s time to brush up on your administrative skills. You might find you have a knack for leading big initiatives. If that’s not your style, try helping a single person who just needs to see that someone cares.

No, you won’t be getting paid, not in cash anyway. Volunteering brings rewards you can’t put a price on.

How can I make a difference from my scooter or power chair?

Time to reframe how we talk about volunteering. It’s not always picking up trash in your neighborhood or building homes with Habitat for Humanity.

In fact, volunteers with disabilities can bring more to the table because they’re used to finding creative ways to get things done efficiently.

That’s not to say a trash clean-up or local Habitat project can’t use you. Think about running the volunteer check-in table or coordinating with vendors to make sure materials reach the job site on time.

How do I find volunteer opportunities?

If you’ve never volunteered before, consider a local chapter of a national organization. These groups are more likely to have a strong support system for bringing up new volunteers. They’re also more likely to have facilities or

For example, try the Big Brothers Big Sisters or United Way in your neighborhood. United Ways, which often rely on their own volunteer networks, also support other nonprofits through grantmaking and collaboration. So hanging out in those circles could expose you to other opportunities where you might really shine.

Many organizations use www.volunteermatch.org to seek volunteers and post open spots. The website is easy to use. Simply plug in your zip code and it spits out a list of what’s currently available.

If you have any inclination for volunteering, volunteermatch.org will get the ideas turning.

In Northeast Pennsylvania, a relatively small metro where Pride Mobility is headquartered, for example, the local historical society is looking for a collections volunteer to inventory items. A local business mentorship nonprofit is seeking a bilingual mentor. A foundation that helps disadvantaged kids learn instruments needs volunteer music teachers.

All of those things potentially can be done from a seated position, without ever leaving your mobility scooter or power chair.

I’m tech-savvy. Can I volunteer virtually?

It’s the 21st Century, and accordingly, if you know your way around a keyboard, you can give back through virtual volunteer programs.

DoSomething.org offers a great list of virtual volunteer opportunities including transcription projects at the Smithsonian, translation initiatives through Translators Without Borders and even crisis intervention programs through Crisis Text Line.

These organizations and agencies offer free training in exchange for a time commitment, usually a few hours each week.

If you’re looking for the ultimate volunteer-from-home assignment, this might be your ticket. They’re opportunities to be part of massive networks of people doing interesting things that span borders and eras, without ever leaving your dining room table.

How can I do the most good?

Any well-intentioned nonprofit or agency should seek out differently abled volunteers, and welcome them when they sign up. People who use mobility devices bring fresh perspective and context to conversations, especially when it comes to planning events and new initiatives.

You, as someone with mobility challenges, bring a viewpoint that perhaps no one else in the room will have. Just your presence there creates awareness that could be the difference between a successful campaign that includes a wider audience, or one that just continues the status quo.

International Day for Monuments

The best destinations you never knew were accessible

Visiting a monument or statue for the first time is about more than just the destination. It’s about the journey, exploring a new place and spending time with the people you care about.

We put together a list of some of our favorite spots to visit in the U.S. that you might not have known offer great accessibility for people who use mobility scooters and power chairs. Because it’s the International Day for Monuments, we added a few extras from around the world that also happen to accommodate mobility devices.

Maybe our list of favorite destinations will give you some ideas when you’re planning your next trip. This summer travel season still comes with some pandemic-related health and safety concerns. So our list includes only outdoor spots, where you can easily keep your distance from other people if you wish.

Denali National Park

No kidding. Six million acres of rugged Alaskan wilderness and the nation’s tallest mountain peak don’t exactly evoke images of accessibility. But don’t count it out. Admittedly, it’s is not a national monument. However, Denali, with a peak about four miles above sea level, seemed monumental enough to lead with it here. Denali National Park offers plenty of options for those who rely on a scooter or power wheelchair to get around. For starters, many of its tours happen in lift-equipped buses, so you can load your scooter on board and journey deep into the park. The National Parks Service touts the McKinley Station Trail as one of the most accessible trails in the park with 1.6 miles of hard packed gravel and dirt near the Riley Creek camping area.

Riley Creek includes several wheelchair accessible camping spots and accessible facilities. Riley Creek’s popular sled dog demonstrations won’t be happening in 2021, according to the NPS, but visitors still may visit the kennels and speak with the rangers who care for the sled dogs.

Mount Rushmore

Photos of Mount Rushmore National Memorial can be misleading. The viewing area, amphitheater and even the trail up to the faces feel more like a theme park than a rocky mountainside hiking destination. There’s even a multi-tier parking garage right outside the memorial gates, equipped with an elevator and a drop-off spot at the top.

Rushmore’s Avenue of the Flags, the Presidential Trail (which gets you pretty close to the four presidents), the Lincoln Borglum Visitors Center and the amphitheater all are designed with scooters and power chairs in mind. They’re spacious with lots of room to move around freely.

It even has several full-service restaurants right in the park and close to the main attractions, though some pandemic-related restrictions may still be in effect this year, so check first.

Gettysburg

You can experience the Civil War’s pivotal moments from aboard a mobility scooter or power chair almost entirely unhindered. Gettysburg National Military Park boasts a jaw-dropping number of historical artifacts and exhibits across about 6,000 acres.

The visitors center and expansive museum, with about 300,000 objects and artifacts and 700,000 archival materials, is fully accessible. Dozens of miles of paved roads take you to specific sites where park rangers and paved walkways accommodate anyone who relies on a mobility device.

About half of the Cemetery Ridge Trail is flat over paved ground. Focal points like David Wills House and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s estate feature mostly accessible exhibits. To see the Eisenhower home’s second floor, you’ll have to climb stairs.

International destinations

Ff the travel bug has a good bite on you, and you’re feeling particularly adventurous this year, you might find yourself boarding a flight for some faraway place. These breathtaking sites abroad offer access to those who use mobility devices

Please note: we wanted to give you some ideas about what might be possible. You and your travel buddies should do your own research and plan well enough ahead to make sure the sight-seeing conditions are not too rigorous.

Great Wall of China

It’s visible from space, and also from aboard your mobility scooter. Two sections of the wall accommodate mobility device users – the Badaling wall and the Mutianyu wall. It’s worth noting that travel sites say the Badaling wall, with an elevator, offers the easiest access. Some guides warn that the Mutianyu wall, though generally less crowded, is more difficult to navigate with some steep and bumpy parts.

The Acropolis

Subject to weather conditions, accessibility gear like elevators help those who use power chairs and mobility scooters take in the ancient beauty of the Parthenon temple and other sights. Travel guides praise Athens for its accessibility, though one in particular advises those using wheelchairs to hit the Acropolis in the morning, before the crowds arrive and the weather heats up.

Stonehenge

Like Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge photos often don’t reveal just how accessible the place is. In fact, per UK accessibility laws, the mysterious and ancient monument has a paved path leading up to it from fully accessible facilities. Visitors have a bit of a hike up from the parking lot and visitors center, but the path is paved and smooth – sounds like the perfect afternoon outing for you and your mobility scooter or power wheelchair.

National Pet Month

April is National Pet Month! Pets have become a part of our family and culture for years. From fur-babies, fur families, grand-puppies, feline-friendships, snake-sisters, bunny brothers, house hamsters and everything in between. Emotional and support animals have been crucial in the disability community and a great addition to most families.

This year, we had to hijack National Pet Month with our neighbors’ dogs for reasons we’ll share in this blog. From left to right: Leland, Teddy and Ace get really excited when we come over and I try to make as much room for all three boys on my lap every time!

What is National Pet Month?

National Pet Month is back, and it is even better than ever, attracting thousands of animal lovers to celebrate the value of pet ownership. Every year National Pet Month brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, businesses, and schools to promote good pet ownership, raise funds for good causes and to have fun!

Emotional vs Service Animals

A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button.

Emotional support animals are considered pets instead of service animals under the new rules that went into effect on December 2020. The federal government gave its final approval on a set of rules that clamp down on the types of service animals allowed on U.S. flights, reserving the designation for dogs and freeing airlines from having to accommodate a variety of emotional support animals. This decision was currently under intense debate at the posting of this blog.

Remembering Taz and Tweety

As a child, I had the privilege of caring for many pets, from rabbits (Fluffy, Snow and Night), to my beloved chihuahua (Muffin) and even a stray cat who I just called Kitty. They taught me a lot about responsibility and emotional intelligence, long before it was called that.

As a young adult and active student, I didn’t think that I could properly care for pets. Shortly after I moved into my first place, there was a random break-in that shook me at my core. The interior decorator that I was working with offered to earmark a puppy from her Chow litter. Three months later, I brought home my new best friend. His name was Taz and he was just a black ball of fur that I took everywhere with me until he got too big to hide. He was an incredible partner and protector.

A year later, I brought home Tweety, a beautiful Sun Conure bird who had an incredible command of the English language. They didn’t get along at first but later looked forward to being in each other’s company. Ironically, our first child was allergic to most animals with fur, dander and the mucous that causes him to flare up.

Yvette Pegues in her Jazzy Air 2 with her pup during National Pet Month

Nevertheless, we had a hamster named Nugget and two goldfish named Darwin and Prince. They kept our kids happy. We visit the zoo and other pet families as safely as we can because we believe that, every boy needs a dog or pet as a rite-of-passage!

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There’s an App for That: PQ-365

Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab have launched PQ-365, a new one-stop app for wherever you go, whenever you need it. PQ-365 includes everything Pride and Quantum-related, designed for providers and clinicians. The free, easy-to-use app helps busy professionals stay up to date with the latest information from Pride and Quantum and access all our content in one quick and convenient place.

The app has a ton of cool features, with the newest ones as follows:

  • A serial number and order search
  • The serial number is shown in the order tracking information
  • Links are created to part numbers in the serial number lookup for a description of each part
  • A voice search
  • An image share option
  • The ability to zoom in on product images
  • Illustrated Parts Breakdowns (password protected)
  • Coaching feature – Created for coaching app users on new functionality like sharing an image

Other features include a quick-search option, 360-degree product views, fillable order forms, push notifications, consumer testimonials, news, events, specifications sheets, brochures, owner’s manuals, basic operating instructions and more. After an initial tutorial option upon opening the app for the first time, the user is required to select either the U.S. or Canada to view country-specific content. Additionally, password-protected installation instructions and technical videos are available (passwords can be obtained by emailing marketing@pridemobility.com). Providers and clinicians can also directly access the Pride Learning Management System via the app for online CEU courses.

“We are excited to add Pride content into our Quantum Clinician app to create the new PQ-365 app,” said Kate Pencek, Senior Director of IT & Enterprise Architecture. “We want PQ-365 to be a central repository for both Pride and Quantum, from order forms to technical service videos. While it is simple and user-friendly, the app meets today’s technological demands while providing a great user experience. Our goal is to continuously improve the app to meet the needs of our providers and clinicians.”

Rhonda Perko, Vice President of Marketing, says there was a clear need to have an app for Pride Mobility as well.

“The company received fantastic feedback on the Quantum Clinician app, so naturally we added Pride as a next step,” Perko said. “Having an app is yet another way for our providers and clinicians to undergo immersive brand experiences. From a sales representative wanting to show a consumer product color options, to a clinician who wants to fill out on order form on a cell phone, PQ-365 is a one-stop resource that can be used by all mobility products professionals.”

PQ-365 is available for download via the Apple Store and Google Play. It replaces the Quantum Clinician app. Click here to check out a video of the new app. Those who already have the Quantum Clinician app installed will receive an app update to download the new version.

Accessible Spring Activities

You have probably looked outside and noticed that the weather is getting nicer and the days are getting longer; it’s spring! It’s also the perfect time of year to  get outside more and do some accessible spring activities for you and the whole family.

Accessible Hiking

A springtime activity that you may not think of right away as being accessible is hiking. Thankfully, there are many top-rated accessible hiking trails in the United States. You might wonder what makes these trails accessible. Many of them are paved or have surfaces that were created with mobility devices in mind. These trails are great for the whole family too and make it even better to walk your four-legged friends on without worrying about getting too muddy for the car ride home.

Accessible Gardening

One of the best and most convenient ways to get outside is to work on your home or community garden. Gardening can be so fulfilling in many ways. It allows you to do some light work and you also have the added benefit of seeing flowers bloom or even growing your own vegetable garden. 

Grilling

There is no better feeling than when you smell delicious food cooking while the sun is shining. Grilling is something you can do at a local park or right from the comfort of your own backyard, deck, or other outdoor spot. Nothing brings family and friends together like good food and great company.

Have a Picnic

You can have a picnic just about anywhere: at a park, at home, or in another public outdoor space. Take in some sights and sounds while enjoying a meal with someone you care about. Don’t forget to pack some water and stay hydrated!

Check out a Farmer’s Market

If you’re going on a picnic or grilling, you may need some ingredients. Another great activity to do in the spring is to go to a local farmer’s market. You can find some pretty unique and locally sourced items there. Sometimes, you can even find some foods, drinks, or snacks that you’ve never tried before.

Many farmers’ markets are also a great opportunity for you to check out some wares created by local artists. You might find some pottery, knit products, or even paintings to decorate your space or give as a gift.

Go to a Cafe

Many restaurants and cafes have adopted accommodating outdoor seating arrangements. The springtime might be the perfect time to get outside and have a nice lunch or coffee. The weather tends to be milder and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of your local town or city this way. 

Shop at a Nursery

In the spirit of gardening, another great place to shop is a nursery. If you want a bit of a shortcut when it comes to a garden, you can purchase some plants that have already been started and are growing or about to produce flowers, fruit, or vegetables. Depending on how early in the season you are, you can also look into seeds or seedlings and start from scratch.

Final Thoughts

As things begin to thaw out from winter’s icy grip, you’ll find yourself with a flurry of things to do. Staying active and spending time with loved ones  is easy when you explore accessible spring activities together.

Ovi James: A Passport to New Places

When it comes to her independence, Ovi James shoots for the moon. Ovi was born in Nigeria and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son.

Every story of triumph begins with a trial. Ovi’s journey back to mobility began with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, progressive weakness in her legs and extreme pain all over her body.

When she lost her ability to walk, she was working as an anti-money laundering investigator. Losing her ability to walk and a lack of support resulted in homelessness. That wasn’t the end for Ovi, however, who wanted to give her son a good life. It was just the beginning.

After trying to walk with a cane and realizing she needed more support, she rented a Jazzy® power wheelchair and saw an improvement in her quality of life.

“I was able to get things done,” Ovi explained.

Ovi then obtained a Jazzy® Passport to help her stay mobile. It’s perfect for when she is on the go.

“Having a Jazzy Passport has increased my level of independence. I am free to travel the world whereas prior to having this wheelchair I felt stuck, depressed, and misunderstood,” Ovi said. “With the Jazzy Passport being lightweight, I can put it in my car with the lift or my son’s assistance and, I go where I need to go.”

Ovi James is a very accomplished individual. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a graduate degree in financial fraud investigation. She also encourages multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia sufferers on social media. She educates people and raise awareness of invisible diseases, what people with them go through, and how they can be assisted.

Her inspiration for her work comes through other disabled warriors like her and her son, who she educates on disability rights and advocacy. She has also taught him how to cook, which he has put into practice when she is unable to walk. Because the effects of multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia are unpredictable, it can be a challenge to raise her son, but she’s proud of how strong and encouraging he is.

Want to learn more about Ovi and her story? She runs a YouTube channel where she shares her story and encourages others living similar lifestyles. Find her at www.youtube.com/c/ovijames!