Accessibility Tips for Attending Summer Events

The crack of the bat. The roar of the engines. The smack of the snare drum. 

Those are just some of the familiar sounds associated with summer fun. Now that temperatures are rising across the country and spring is on its way out, the time has come to get outside and enjoy baseball games, auto races, and concerts, among many other exciting outdoor activities. 

You may be apprehensive about purchasing tickets to such an event if you require the use of a mobility scooter or power wheelchair. And you may be wondering if your needs can be accommodated. But there’s good news – you don’t have to worry at all! 

If you have an impairment that requires mobility assistance, you can still enjoy all the summer has to offer when out at an event. It’s important to understand the general accommodations available at venues that host these events, and once you do, you’ll realize that navigating your way through the stadium is as routine as a 6-4-3 double play. 

Baseball: America’s pastime 

Long rooted in American culture, baseball has maintained popularity through centuries of tradition. The fact is, no matter where you live in the continental United States, you’re just a short drive away from professional baseball of some kind. 

While there are only 30 Major League clubs, each organization is stocked with a deep minor league system, and these teams are spread out across the country. And while the minors serve as important pipelines to develop talent for Major League clubs, they’re also a prime source of family entertainment on a warm summer night. 

Each baseball stadium, Major and minor, has its own characteristics and accommodations for accessibility, but all of them have general guidelines to ensure a fun night out with family and friends. 

As an example, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the home of the Phillies, was built in 2004. The Phillies’ access guide for guests with disabilities states that the stadium was “designed to be universally accessible and comfortable for our guests with disabilities” with the help of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultant. Some general guidelines include: 

  • Parking: Designated handicapped parking areas 
  • Restrooms: 14 family restrooms scattered throughout the park, all accessible by power wheelchair or mobility scooter 
  • Elevators: Several specific elevators for guests with disabilities, in addition to ramps to access every of the stadium 
  • Seating: Wheelchair and companion seating is located throughout the park 
  • Water fountains: Twenty water stations throughout the park, each containing one standard and one wheelchair accessible fountain 

There are many other accommodations offered by Citizens Bank Park to ensure you’ll have everything you need to enjoy the game. And remember, even though every stadium has its own unique characteristics, these accessibility guidelines are universal throughout the Majors, so no matter where you live, you’re not far away from enjoying America’s pastime! 

NASCAR: Coming to a track near you 

Between now and the beginning of November, the NASCAR Cup Series will be running events 22 of the next 23 weeks. That’s a packed schedule! The circuit will be touring the country as drivers compete to become NASCAR’s next Cup Champion. In addition, the Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series will be on the road as well, giving racing fans plenty of options to attend events this summer (and in the fall). 

Just like baseball stadiums, auto racing venues contain their own accessibility guidelines to ensure that fans who require the assistance of a power wheelchair or mobility scooter can enjoy the thrill of the sights and sounds as dozens of stock cars go whizzing by at speeds of up to 200 mph. 

Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania hosts a weekend each summer in which all the national NASCAR series make their way to town. In the span of three days, you could enjoy four events, along with all the practice and qualifying sessions for each of those races, and all the off-track festivities and entertainment on the infield and throughout the complex. 

Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, the raceway has protocols in place to make sure all fans can enjoy the events equally. 

“We know our fans our passionate about the sport. We know they like to get outside and enjoy good times with their families,” says Ricky Durst, Senior Director, Marketing & Analytics for Pocono Raceway. “Anything we can do to make that easier, to make that more enjoyable, we’re going to try to accomplish.” 

Durst says that includes a full bank of disability parking spaces located directly in front of the main entrance, known as Gate 11 at the Raceway. Golf carts with the capacity to transport electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters are provided to shuttle fans around the facility. 

There are three seating areas available for those with disabilities as well. Durst says they conform to ADA regulations with ramp access. Family members of those with disabilities are also permitted to sit in these areas. 

Pocono Raceway is a 2.5-mile track, which means the infield is a huge area that contains RV parking and recreational activities. That includes an inclusive, wheelchair-accessible playground that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. 

For fans that may still be apprehensive about attending, Durst says to come and see for yourself. 

“When you look at a grandstand full of people here at Pocono Raceway or another NASCAR track, it’s a cross-section of America,” Durst said. “They’re all here for the same reason, to enjoy the sport. Whatever we can do to get everyone in here and have a good time, that’s our goal.” 

And Durst adds: “Everything is on one level, all on an asphalt surface. It’s conducive to being accessible. You’re not climbing steps. Not only is the race going to be accessible, but the concessions, the bathrooms, the entertainment will be equally accessible as well.” 

Check online before you go 

Durst says that all guidelines and protocols for accommodating fans with accessibility needs are located on Pocono Raceway’s website

Although this blog only covers two examples, facilities across the country adhere to ADA regulations. If you’re interested in attending an event but are unsure of what accommodations will be in place once you arrive, check the venue’s website ahead of time, where all relevant information would be posted. 

Rest assured, you’ll be able to relax and unwind this summer, no matter what sport you’ll be watching or what concert you’ll be attending. It’s getting warm outside now, but these summer months will be gone before you know it, so get out and enjoy it all while you can!  

Power Lift Chairs Are for Everyone

Power Lift Chairs Are for Everyone 

Whether you’re looking for increased mobility support at home or considering adding a new piece to your furniture collection, lift chairs might be right for you.  

Many people have preconceived notions about lift chairs, and while the lift chairs of the past might have been bulky or unstylish, we’ve entered a “golden age” of mobility innovations. Today’s power lift chairs are more aesthetically pleasing, compact and powerful than ever before.  

In this guide, we’re breaking down the basics of the power lift chair: what lift chairs are, who might need one and the benefits of adding one to your home. We’ll also explore product recommendations for lift chair shoppers so you can make the right choice for you.  

What Is a Power Lift Chair? 

A power lift chair is similar to a recliner or an upholstered rocking chair. However, lift chairs perform two crucial functions: they help people stand up from a sitting position and vice versa.1 

A typical lift chair might feature: 

  • A motorized mechanism (more on this below) 
  • Rocking functions 
  • Reclining functions, like adjustable: 
  • Footrests 
  • Headrests 
  • Armrests 
  • Backrests 
  • Additional luxury features, like: 
  • A heated seat 
  • Massage functions 
  • USB chargers 
  • Seat pockets 
  • Cupholders 

But the power life chair’s most important feature is the motorized lift. The motorized lift raises the seat of the chair up and angles the whole chair forward, providing additional support as the user moves to a standing position. 

They can also operate in reverse: while standing, a person can lean on the recliner as it slowly moves down into a sitting position. A power lift chair can be a game-changer for people with mobility challenges, giving them additional safety and freedom while relaxing at home.  

Who Might Need a Lift Chair? 

While anyone can use one, lift chairs are primarily designed for people with mobility challenges. You can use a power lift chair to: 

  • Stand from a seated position, or sit from a standing position 
  • Recline into a comfortable position while reading or watching TV 
  • Sleep comfortably 
  • Easily transition from the chair to another mobility device, like a: 
  • Walker 
  • Mobility scooter 
  • Manual or power wheelchair 

So, if you or a loved one live alone, a lift chair can provide additional freedom and safety. For instance, if you sit down in your chair and realize that you left your water cup or reading glasses in another room, a power lift chair makes it easy to safely and comfortably stand back up.  

Lift chairs are also excellent tools for people who are: 

  • Recovering from major surgeries 
  • Healing from major injuries 
  • Living with chronic pain 

What Are the Benefits of a Power Lift Chair? 

Some benefits of a power lift chair include: 

  • Enhanced mobility functions – While a traditional recliner might offer the comfort you’re looking for, it won’t make it easier to stand up or sit down. This is where lift chairs shine: they provide powerful, stable support for people with mobility challenges.  
  • Increased comfort – If you’re considering replacing a standard, straight-back upholstered chair with a power lift chair, you simply won’t believe how comfortable the latter can be. While each chair has its own slate of reclining functions, some chairs can lay completely flat or even stimulate the feeling of floating.2  
  • Luxury functionality – Instead of purchasing a separate heating pad, massage chair or side table, you could choose a lift chair that offers a heated seat, massage functions and storage options (like seat pockets or armrest storage). Some models even offer USB charging ports for added convenience.  
  • Ease of transition to another mobility device – If you or a loved one have trouble transitioning from the couch to a walker or wheelchair, a power lift chair could help ease the transition, reducing the pressure on your knees, hips and arms as you move to a separate device.  

Power Lift Chair Recommendations 

Among the nearly countless options on the market, some power lift chairs stand out from the competition with superior functionality, comfort and features: 

  • VivaLift! UltraThe VivaLift! Ultra is the cream of the crop in lift chair technology. Its combination of superior lift and tilt functions and luxury features (like heated cushions, gentle massage functions and infinite-position reclining) make it the perfect addition to any living space.  
  • VivaLift! Radiance – If you’re looking to melt away stress, the VivaLift! Radiance is for you. Featuring three heating pads (in the lumbar, shoulder and seat cushions), this power lift chair is one of the most comfortable on the market today. Hidden storage and cupholders, a USB charger and a wired ergonomic remote provide additional touches of luxury.  
  • LC105The LC105 lift chair combines sleek functionality with superior comfort. Offering three-position reclining, tilt and lift functionality and stylish fabrics, the LC105 is an excellent choice for users seeking simplicity.  

Pride Mobility: The Gold Standard in Mobility Products 

Despite what you may have heard, power lift chairs are truly for everyone. People with mobility challenges, temporary injuries and chronic pain (and people who use other mobility devices like wheelchairs or scooters) can all benefit from the functions and comfort a lift chair can provide.  

At Pride Mobility, we’re proud to offer a collection of power lift chairs that enhance everyday life, prioritize comfort and integrate today’s most innovative mobility technologies. Plus, our chairs are stylish: our space-efficient designs and attractive fabrics complement any suite of existing furniture.  

Try out a Pride Mobility power lift chair for yourself by finding a dealer near you.  

Accessible Gardening

Accessible Gardening 

If you use a power wheelchair, mobility scooter or another tool for movement support, gardening can still be an accessible hobby. In fact, gardening is highly adaptable. Options like hydroponic gardens and railing planters make it easier than ever to grow flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables without needing to sit on the ground. 

If you’re ready to flex your green thumb, this guide is for you. Below, we explore five ideas for accessible gardening and backyard farming to help you grow vivid flowers or tasty food. And, if you’re a city-slicker, you don’t even need a backyard space for some of these accessibility-inspired gardening tips.  

Let’s get growing! 

Ideas for Accessible Gardens and Backyard Farms 

What could gardening look like for a wheelchair, walker or scooter user? Let’s explore a few fresh ideas.  

Number 1: Raised Beds 

While you’ve likely heard of raised beds (garden plots elevated on cinder blocks, wood platforms or simply large dirt piles), there are countless creative and affordable ways to make them more accessible for today’s gardeners. Consider: 

  • Adding raised beds to a porch area – If you have challenges traversing grassy or loamy surfaces, why not add a raised bed to a hard surface like your porch or driveway? Consider adding a draining pan that directs water away from the porch if you have a wood deck.  
  • Ditching new wood – If you’re interested in building a raised bed out of wood, you might balk at today’s lumber prices.1 Instead, search for free pallets (commonly found outside of grocery, home improvement or big box stores) or find an architectural salvage in your area.  
  • Repurposing a card table – While we’ll talk about more table-based solutions below, you can raise your bed to waist height (or above) by repurposing a card table into a raised bed platform. Simply drill drainage holes, add a vertical frame to the tabletop and start planting.  

Number 2: Indoor Gardens 

If you live in a cold climate or an urban area, you may have fewer outdoor options for gardening. Not to worry — you can actually grow flowers, vegetables and more from the comfort of your living room!  

If you live in a small apartment, stick to plants that thrive in pots, like: 

  • Geraniums2 
  • Carrots3 
  • Microgreens 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Herbs 

If you have a little more space, consider using larger containers for:3 

  • Potatoes 
  • Radishes 
  • Hot peppers 
  • A Meyer lemon tree (if you have ample sunlight) 

Number 3: Hydroponic Gardens 

In hydroponic gardens, plants grow in a water and nutrient solution instead of in soil.4 While the startup costs can be slightly higher than growing plants in soil, hydroponic gardening can be an accessible, space-saving alternative to traditional gardening.  

Since hydroponic gardens are container-based, you can place them on: 

  • Tables 
  • Shelves 
  • Your kitchen counter 
  • Dressers 

oponic hobby offers room to grow.  

If you’re interested in growing your own vegetables, you should strongly consider hydroponic gardening. Hydroponically-grown vegetables: 

  • Grow faster 
  • Offer higher yields 
  • Are less susceptible to insect infestation 
  • Require less water than soil-grown vegetables 

Hydroponic gardeners don’t have to contend with weeds, either.  

While hydroponic gardens can be simple, you could also develop more complex setups or nutrient formulas with time. Simply put, a hydr

Number 4: Railing Planters 

If you have a balcony or porch railing, railing planters provide an accessible gardening opportunity. Instead of sitting on the ground, railing planters are designed to hang on one or both sides of a horizontal rail.  

Since railing planters are generally shallow, consider growing plants that don’t need to put down deep roots, like:5 

  • Petunias 
  • Begonias 
  • Impatients 
  • Herbs 
  • Leafy greens 
  • Peas 
  • Strawberries 

If you’re enlivening a small outdoor space like a porch or balcony, other items might enhance your experience while you’re maintaining your plants or enjoying outdoor time. Consider adding a wind chime or a bird feeder (either a traditional seed feeder or a hummingbird feeder) alongside your rail planter for increased visual appeal.  

Number 5: Table-Based Gardening 

While the options above are well-established gardening methods, don’t be afraid to get creative! Ultimately, you could adapt many of the techniques above for simple table gardening. 

You can grow a table indoors or outdoors, and they’re typically the right height to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you start a table garden: 

  • Choosing the right table – For built-in drainage, consider repurposing a patio table with a mesh metal top or a picnic table with slats.  
  • Treating your table – Before exposing your gardening table to tons of water, dirt and plant matter, consider treating it with a coating to help extend its lifespan. Coat metal tables in a rust-proof solution or cover a wood table with a few coats of polyurethane.  
  • Placement – Depending on what you’re growing, you might need to place your table in the shade or bright sunlight. Since it’ll be difficult to move once it’s in place, make sure you choose a prime location before adding planters and supplies.  

Pride Mobility: Celebrating Active Lifestyles 

Gardening is a highly adaptable hobby, making it accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Whether you get started with raised bed gardening or turn a table into an elevated garden, there are countless ways to add vibrant flowers or tasty fruits, vegetables and herbs to your space.  

At Pride Mobility, we’re proud to make products that encourage (and celebrate) active lifestyles. Our Baja Mobility line offers two mobility scooters for today’s adventurers: the Baja Wrangler 2 and the Baja Raptor 2. Whether you’re a trailblazer or an urban explorer, Baja Mobility products are your ticket to adventure.  

Find a Pride Mobility dealer near you to experience today’s most exciting mobility innovations in person.  

Meet the i-Go™ – Pride Mobility’s Newest Folding Mobility Scooter

Pride Mobility continues to set the standard for performance and innovation with its newest folding mobility scooter: the iGo.  

Whether you’re a globetrotter or a champion errand-runner, the iGo has the maneuverability and portability you need to take the world by storm. This compact, lightweight scooter is as towable as a suitcase, making it the perfect everyday mobility companion.  

In this guide, we’re exploring everything you need to know about the iGo folding mobility scooter, including its folding capabilities, its impressive specs, its color variations and its optional accessories. We’re excited to share a snapshot of our best mobility scooter yet.  

iGo Portability 

Above all, the iGo folding mobility scooter is ultra-portable. What could that mean for your work travels, vacations and everyday adventures? Let’s explore the iGo’s portability in more detail.  

Folding and Stowing the iGo 

Feather-touch disassembly quickly separates the iGo base into two pieces, each weighing just over 30 pounds. Once it’s separated and the seat back is removed, this folding mobility scooter is less than 12 inches high — so it can fit under the bed in a cruise ship cabin, for instance.  

Users can also easily stow their folded iGo: 

  • In the luggage compartment of a long-range bus 
  • In front of their seat on a train 
  • Under their desk at work 
  • In the trunk of a taxi or Uber 
  • In the closet of a hotel room 

Simply put, the iGo’s space-efficient folding capabilities set it apart from the competition. Storing it is as simple as using it.  

Traveling with Your Mobility Scooter 

If you typically use a larger, less portable mobility scooter at home, the logistics of traveling with your primary scooter might keep you from taking your dream vacation.  

With the iGo, your travel fantasies can become reality. This is the mobility scooter for today’s traveler. Not only is it simple to fold and stow the iGo while you’re not using it, but it also offers other features that make it an exceptional travel companion, including: 

  • The USB charging port can recharge your smartphone while you’re exploring 
  • The perforated rear rubber tires provide peace of mind during long excursions 
  • The LED headlight is perfect for sightseeing trips after dark 
  • The iGo is also lightweight — both pieces of the iGo base weigh just over 30 pounds apiece (including battery weight). Plus, each piece is on wheels, making them easy to roll through the train station, the airport or even the office.  
  • You can even roll the iGo to the spot where you want to deploy it before unfolding. No need to navigate tight spaces after hopping into the seat.  

iGo Specs 

In addition to peak portability, the iGo also offers: 

  • Built-in under-seat storage 
  • An angle-adjustable, telescoping tiller 
  • A lit console 
  • A brushless motor 
  • An emergency brake 
  • Three-wheel design for optimal maneuverability 
  • A spring-loaded lithium-ion battery 
  • Spacious foot and passthrough room 

Essentially, you’re treated to a combination of luxury features (like the cushioned seat and USB port), portability (it offers lightweight and compact disassembly) and mobility innovation (the scooter’s regenerative braking and telescoping tiller).  

This makes the iGo the perfect scooter for the person with an active lifestyle who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for convenience.  

iGo Color Options 

The iGo is available in four stylish, matte finishes: 

  • Black 
  • White 
  • Iceberg Blue 
  • Sugar Plum Pink 

While the tiller, wheels and seat cushion are black, the user’s color of choice will adorn the floor deck and seat back.  

If you frequently travel for business and you’re looking for a sleek aesthetic that will complement any business ensemble, a black or white scooter might be an ideal choice. If you favor bold colors, the blue and pink hues are sure to help you stand out from the crowd whether you’re waiting in line at a tiki bar or exploring a new city.  

iGo Accessories 

Standard accessories on the iGo include: 

  • Seat hooks for hanging bags or purses 
  • Under-seat storage 
  • A removable seat cushion 
  • A USB charging port 

But users can also add extra Pride Mobility-compatible accessories like: 

  • A rearview mirror 
  • Front and rear baskets 
  • A cell phone holder 
  • A cup holder 
  • A saddlebag 
  • A weather cover 
  • Armed services patches 

Keep in mind, if you add some of these accessories, they could impact the portability profile of your iGo scooter. Ask a Pride Mobility dealer about your accessories options.  

Experience the Capabilities of the iGo Folding Mobility Scooter from Pride Mobility 

The iGo folding mobility scooter represents the height of portability and innovation in mobility technologies, allowing you to live the life you want and enjoy the activities you love, no matter your mobility needs.  

At Pride Mobility, we strive to design all of our products with the user in mind. That’s why our mobility scooters and power lift chairs are built by people who actually use them. 

Explore our entire line of mobility scooters on our website, or visit a Pride Mobility dealer near you to see our products in person.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April may be Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, but scientists and researchers around the world work tirelessly on developing new treatments—and potential cures—year-round.

This month, Pride Mobility is shining a light on Parkinson’s Disease. People living with Parkinson’s can experience long-term impacts on their mobility (like impaired balance and changes in posture) as the disease progresses, and this guide is designed to increase awareness of these challenges and shed light on the organizations supporting research efforts.[1]

If you’re looking to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease or find a non-profit organization to support this month, this is the guide for you.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a lifelong condition that primarily impacts the nervous system. People living with Parkinson’s typically experience four major symptoms:

  1. Tremors – Shaking is often one of the first noticeable symptoms of Parkinson’s, and tremors typically begin in the hands, feet, or jaw.
  1. Rigidity – Muscle stiffness and resistance to movement can make basic mobility difficult for people living with Parkinson’s. Rigidity can also lead to chronic aches.
  1. Bradykinesia – Bradykinesia describes the slowing down of automatic movements (like facial expression) and can increase the difficulty of everyday tasks like bathing and getting dressed.
  1. Posture changes – Balance challenges and changes in posture can impair mobility and increase fall risks for people living with Parkinson’s.

Along with these primary symptoms, people living with Parkinson’s might also experience additional issues like:

  • Depression and mood changes
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Changing speech and difficulty speaking
  • Urinary issues
  • Sleep disruption
  • Dementia, delusions, and other cognitive conditions
  • Hypotension (or a drop in blood pressure)
  • Fatigue and loss of energy

Since Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder, it can worsen with time. But the speed at which symptoms progress varies from person to person, so it can be difficult for people living with the disease to predict what their lives may look like in the future.

Parkinson’s Disease Research: A Quick Overview

While symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease have been described in both Eastern and Western ancient texts (like the Caraka Samhita of Ayurvedic Medicine and the Old Testament), the disease was first described as a neurological disorder by James Parkinson in 1817.[2] Fellow researchers later petitioned to name the disease after him.

While scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, pharmaceutical and surgical treatments have been developed throughout the last few decades that can improve quality of life and help people living with the disease manage their symptoms. More recent discoveries in Parkinson’s research include the identification of possible genetic and environmental risk factors for developing the disease.

Luckily, further research is currently a priority for medical experts in the US. In 2021, the National Institutes of Health directed 254 million dollars to Parkinson’s Disease research, and numerous non-profit organizations are leading the charge on additional fundraising efforts.[3]

Organizations to Support During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

If you’re interested in supporting a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for Parkinson’s Disease research, the charities below are all excellent candidates.

[1] National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Parkinson’s Disease.

[2] Neuroscience Bulletin. Milestones of Parkinson’s Disease Research: 200 Years of History and Beyond.

[3] National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Focus on Parkinson’s Disease Research.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is one of the largest US-based organizations focused on improving the lives of people living with the disease. They primarily use their funding to:

  • Provide patient services and educational programs to people living with the disease and their families
  • Improve public awareness of the disease and encourage people to get engaged in conversations about Parkinson’s
  • Support research projects working on innovative treatments and potential cures

Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation is a community of caregivers, scientists, advocates, volunteers and donors focused on improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. While they offer support to Parkinson’s patients and their families, they’re also known for their notable fundraising efforts. They recently financially supported one of the largest clinical studies of Parkinson’s Disease, an ongoing project that tests for clinically relevant genetic markers.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

As one of the most well-known people living with Parkinson’s Disease, actor Michael J. Fox’s charitable organization seeks to:

  • Improve public knowledge about the lived experiences of Parkinson’s patients
  • Engage patients and their caretakers in research and education efforts
  • Develop an objective test to detect Parkinson’s Disease

The last bullet is a unique one: testing could help detect the disease earlier, which could facilitate earlier treatment and help patients prepare to live with the condition.

Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania

Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is a regional non-profit that provides support, services and education for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and their caretakers. The organization also raises funds to contribute to ongoing scientific research to discover the cause of the disease and develop cures.

Pride Mobility: Providing Access to an Active Lifestyle

While Parkinson’s Disease can create lifelong challenges for people living with the condition, the future is bright. With access to treatment and symptom management tools, people living with Parkinson’s can live long, fulfilling lives.

This April, you can get engaged in the conversation about Parkinson’s Disease by learning more about the condition, contributing to a non-profit organization that aims to better the lives of Parkinson’s patients, and advocating for additional research funding in your community and beyond.

At Pride Mobility, we’re proud to offer mobility products that support active lifestyles. Our electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and lift chairs are designed by a dedicated team of engineers, medical experts, and people who rely on mobility tools in their everyday lives. To learn more about our products and services, visit a Pride Mobility dealer near you.


American Parkinson Disease Association. April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Why Does That Matter?.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Parkinson’s Disease.

Neuroscience Bulletin. Milestones of Parkinson’s Disease Research: 200 Years of History and Beyond.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Focus on Parkinson’s Disease Research.


Parkinson’s Foundation. Vision & Mission.

Parkinson’s Foundation. PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Our Agenda.

Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania. Mission Statement.

The Top 5 Accessible Farming Ideas for Those with a Mobility Scooter

Farming can be a difficult and laborious task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Accessible farming is becoming more popular as people with limited mobility are finding creative ways to work their land. With the help of a mobility scooter, individuals can enjoy the outdoors and grow their own food. This blog post will explore five of the top accessible farming ideas for those with a mobility scooter. Read on to learn more about how you can make farming a part of your life even with limited mobility.

1) Indoor Gardens

An indoor garden is an ideal way to enjoy the benefits of gardening while maintaining accessibility for those with a mobility scooter. An indoor garden provides access to a wide variety of plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables without having to leave the comfort of your home. With proper planning, you can create an indoor garden that is easily accessible for those with a mobility scooter.

Indoor gardens can be customized in any way you choose, depending on the space you have available. You can set up shelves, hanging planters, and potted plants for easy reachability. With the right setup, an indoor garden can provide a great opportunity for those with limited mobility to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

When designing your indoor garden, make sure to include plenty of open space for maneuvering a mobility scooter around the plants. You may also want to consider adding ramps or pathways between planters to allow easier access. Another way to make your indoor garden more accessible is by including a chair or stool in the design. This will enable those with a mobility scooter to comfortably access their plants.

Overall, indoor gardens are a great way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening while still remaining accessible for those with a mobility scooter. With the right design and setup, an indoor garden can provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

2) Potted Plants

Growing plants in pots is an excellent way to bring the beauty of nature into your home while providing yourself with access to a variety of herbs, vegetables, and fruits. It’s also an incredibly accessible way to grow crops for those with a mobility scooter.

Benefits of Growing Potted Plants

Growing potted plants has several advantages: it can help you maximize space, provide a more efficient irrigation system, and enable you to bring some of your favorite plants indoors. Not to mention, the ability to customize the potting soil makes it easier to get the correct balance of nutrients for each individual plant.

Getting Started With Potted Plants

To get started growing plants in pots, first determine what kind of containers you will use. It is important to consider the type of soil you need for your plants. Also, think about the size and weight of the pot, as well as drainage holes for excess water.

Next, choose your plants based on their compatibility with the size of the pot and climate. You can also consider your own preferences and tastes when selecting your plants. Once you have chosen your plants, fill the pot with potting soil and place the plants in their respective pots.

Finally, water your plants and make sure they get enough sunlight and air circulation. You may also want to fertilize them periodically to ensure they receive all the nutrients they need to thrive.

By following these steps, you can easily start growing potted plants with a mobility scooter and enjoy the beauty and flavor of your favorite herbs, vegetables, and fruits!

3) Window Boxes

Window boxes are a great way for those with a mobility scooter to get involved in accessible farming. Window boxes are lightweight and easy to maneuver, making them ideal for those with limited mobility. The small size of the window box also makes it easy to place on a windowsill or balcony, making it a great option for those living in urban areas.

When growing in window boxes, it is important to use a lightweight soil mix and make sure there are adequate drainage holes. This will help ensure that the plants are not over watered and will prevent waterlogging. It is also important to pick plants that will thrive in containers and provide ample space between each plant.

The plants chosen for window boxes should receive ample sunlight, so it is important to select varieties that can tolerate full sun or partial shade. Varieties such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, squash, and herbs are all great options for those with a mobility scooter. These crops can easily be grown in a small space and provide a great harvest when cared for properly.

Once the plants are established in the window box, they will require regular watering, feeding, and weeding to remain healthy. With the right care and attention, these window boxes can produce a bountiful harvest!

5) Community Gardens

Community gardens are an excellent way to get involved in accessible farming and urban agriculture with a mobility scooter. Community gardens are shared plots of land, usually managed by a local community or organization. They offer an ideal setting for people with disabilities to grow plants, flowers, and even vegetables.

The best part about joining a community garden is that it takes much of the work out of starting your own garden. Most community gardens provide gardening tools, water, compost, and sometimes even help with planting. Many also have communal areas where members can share tips and ideas on how to make their gardens successful.

When joining a community garden with a mobility scooter, make sure to ask if they are wheelchair accessible. Many community gardens are able to accommodate those with mobility scooters and other forms of physical disabilities.

In addition to being able to use the gardening tools and resources provided by the garden, you will also be surrounded by like-minded individuals who can help you with your farming endeavors. Being part of a supportive community is an invaluable resource, and one that can truly enhance your gardening experience.

So if you’re looking for an accessible way to get involved in urban agriculture, consider joining a community garden that you can navigate with your  Baja™ Wrangler® 2 or Baja™ Raptor 2 mobility scooter. You’ll be able to benefit from all the resources offered by the garden, as well as having the support and camaraderie of fellow gardeners.

Accessible Date Night Ideas

Accessible Date Night Ideas 

From the twinkle of the night stars to the twinkle in your partner’s eyes, nothing beats a perfectly curated (and perfectly romantic) date night.  

If you or your partner is a power wheelchair user, accessibility is just as important as your connection. In addition to tasty food and a charming atmosphere, ramps, lifts and access areas should be at the top of your date night list.  

To help you dream up the ideal date night that meets each of your needs, we’ve compiled our top accessible date night ideas. 

Number 1: Experience the Arts 

Date night is an excellent opportunity to check out arts and entertainment options in your community. Consider taking your date to: 

  • The movie theater 
  • A stage play or musical 
  • A comedy show or improv troupe performance 
  • A live music or open mic event 
  • A magic show 

Whether you opt to see a big-time band or support homegrown entertainers, we recommend double-checking that venues are accessible or opting for wheelchair-accessible tickets when they’re available.  

Number 2: Go Stargazing 

Stargazing can be a fun, romantic experience. The best part? It’s free, and you can check out the stars year-round (as long as it’s not cloudy).  

Here are some tips for organizing the perfect stargazing date: 

  • Scout a Good Location – Do some research beforehand by searching online or consulting a local astronomy club to find the perfect location. Paved parking lots far enough away from most light pollution with limited tree cover are ideal for stargazing.  
  • Gather tools – You don’t need a fancy telescope for stargazing, but if you have one or can borrow one, this would be the perfect time to break it out. You can use binoculars to magnify your view or just use the naked eye.  
  • Set a goal – Whether you grab a constellation map and try to chart the stars yourself or wait patiently for the International Space Station (ISS) to cross the sky, come up with something specific you’d like to see or show your date. 

And perhaps the most important tip of all? Don’t forget snacks! 

Number 3: Enjoy the Comforts of Home 

If you’d rather opt for a cozy night in, there are certainly ways to make at-home date nights special: 

  • Host a movie night and stream your or your date’s favorite flicks. 
  • Marathon a favorite classic TV show or binge a few episodes of a show that’s currently airing. 
  • Make a homemade meal, grab takeout from your favorite restaurant or opt for good old-fashioned pizza delivery. 

Who says you have to hit the town to have a fantastic date night? Staying in can be intimate and fun.  

Number 4: Check Out a Museum Night 

Many museums host nighttime events to accommodate visitors whose schedules don’t permit daytime visits. For instance, more than ten museums in Washington DC host after-hours events regularly.1 

For your next date night, see if a local museum offers an evening event. Keep in mind that: 

  • We recommend calling ahead to ask about accessibility. 
  • Some evening events require advanced tickets. Order these ahead of time to secure your spot. 
  • Some events offer food and beverages while others don’t. Consider making dinner arrangements before or after your visit if needed.  

Number 5: Sign Up For a Class 

Taking a class in your area is an excellent way to get to know someone new or add something new to your typical date night docket. A community center near you may offer classes on: 

  • Cooking 
  • Arts and crafts, like pottery, painting, needlework or knitting 
  • Bridge, poker or bingo 

You can also run a class from home: find a YouTube video (or a few) to teach you and your date a new skill. For instance, you could grab some paint and canvases from the local craft store and paint along to a Bob Ross video.  

Number 6: Play an Online Video Game 

If you need a long-distance date night idea, consider picking up a copy of a collaborative, online video game. Some gamers’ favorites from the last few years include:2 

  • Animal Crossing New Horizons 
  • Absolver 
  • Phasmophobia 
  • Gang beasts 
  • Raft 
  • Stardew Valley 
  • Overcooked 2 
  • Terraria 

Many of the games above offer local co-op too: you can play the same game together in the same room, no internet connection needed.  

Getting Creative With Accessible Date Night Ideas 

If you want to brainstorm your own accessible date night ideas, remember to get creative, do as much research as you can to make sure your destination can accommodate power wheelchairs and ask your partner for their input. Maybe they have an out-of-this-world date idea for your next get-together! 

At Pride Mobility, we’re all about finding creative solutions that support your mobility needs, from daily activities to date night. Our power lift chairs, electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters are designed for and by the people who use them every day.  

Whether you or your partner use a wheelchair or mobility scooter to see the world, we hope your next date night is fun and adventurous! 

Meet the VivaLift!® Ultra 

Meet the VivaLift!® Ultra 

Today’s shoppers have nearly countless options to choose from while searching for the perfect power lift chair. But, when it comes to advanced functions, features and aesthetics, there’s simply no better choice than Pride Mobility’s VivaLift!® Ultra lift chair.  

There’s so much to love about the VivaLift!® Ultra: It comes in three size configurations (all of which optimize available space), offers True-Infinite positioning for maximum comfort and features various bells and whistles that support improved quality of life (like heat and massage).  

But these are just the tip of the iceberg.  

In this guide, we’re exploring everything the VivaLift!® Ultra has to offer those looking to maximize their mobility.  

Features You’ll Love 

The VivaLift!® Ultra achieves the primary purpose of power lift chairs: its motorized mechanism is designed to help you stand from a seated position, sit from a standing position or easily transfer to another mobility tool, like a power wheelchair, scooter or walker.  

But what else does this innovative lift chair have to offer? Let’s break down its key features. 

True-Infinite Positioning 

As you shop for lift chairs, you’ll encounter a variety of positioning options. 2-position, 3-position and zero-gravity are some of the most common.  

The VivaLift!® Ultra offers True-Infinite positioning, which: 

  • Allows users to customize the angles of the headrest, footrest and backrest to achieve truly infinite positioning combinations 
  • Gives users the opportunity to lay completely flat 
  • Provides extra comfort by giving users individual headrest and footrest control, even if users want to raise their feet above their heart level 

Small Space Compatibility 

If you’re looking for a power lift chair for your bedroom or a small living room space, the VivaLift!® Ultra is an excellent choice.  

The distance-from-wall measurement is a critical consideration for people with limited space. It describes the minimum allowable distance between the back of the backrest and the closest wall. The VivaLift!® Ultra comes in three sizes, but each one offers a relatively small distance-from-wall metric: 

  • The small size requires 15 inches of clearance 
  • The medium size also only needs 15 inches 
  • The large size needs 21.5 inches 

While the small and medium models feature some of the smallest distance-to-wall requirements on the market today, the large model is still quite efficient for its size class.  

Size Features 

As mentioned above, the VivaLift!® Ultra comes in three sizes, each with individual specifications. Here’s a table for comparison: 

Size Model Height Range Weight Capacity Chair Height Chair Width 
Small 5 foot 4 inches and below 400 pounds 41 inches 37 inches 
Medium 5 foot 5 inches to 6 foot 1 inch 400 pounds 43 inches 39 inches 
Large 5 foot 10 inches and taller 400 pounds 47 inches 39 inches 

Simply put, the VivaLift!® Ultra comes in sizes that are compatible with most users, from very petite to very tall.  

For users weighing more than 400 pounds, fortunately Pride Mobility offers a variety of higher-weight capacity power lift chairs.  

Design Elements 

The VivaLift!® Ultra is one of the most stylish power lift chairs on today’s market, and it would make an excellent addition to any living space. Plus, its modern design pairs well with a variety of existing furniture styles.  

Some design highlights include: 

  • The fully-padded, quilted chaise 
  • Four standard fabric options: 
  • Capriccio Smoke 
  • Capriccio Cappuccino 
  • Capriccio Dove 
  • Capriccio Slate 
  • A built-in, low-profile heat and massage remote on the inside of the armrest 

Bells and Whistles 

While the features above support functionality and appearance, the VivaLift! Ultra also showcases the peak of power lift chair technology. The additional features below don’t necessarily impact the lift functionality of the chair, but they do have the potential to make life just a little bit better.  

The VivaLift!® Ultra includes: 

  • A hidden cup holder that tucks into the armrest when it’s not in use 
  • A hidden wireless phone charger 
  • A wired, ergonomically-designed remote 
  • A lithium battery backup, so you can still use your chair during a power outage 
  • A gentle massage system with three intensity settings 
  • Three different heating pads in the shoulders, lumbar and seat 

The heated pads and a gentle massage can help soothe your everyday aches and pains and enhance your relaxation experience.  

Shop For The Vivalift!® Ultra At A Pride Mobility Dealer Near You 

Simply put, the VivaLift!® Ultra power lift chair is second to none. Featuring the best in positioning technology, multiple size-efficient models and mechanisms that support your quality of life, this power lift chair elevates your experience. 

Why is the VivaLift!® Ultra such an innovative, functional lift chair? Because it was designed for and by people just like you: users who rely on mobility technologies in their everyday lives. At Pride Mobility, we work with designers, scientists and medical professionals who understand today’s mobility challenges.  

To discover more about the VivaLift!® Ultra, and the rest of our power lift chair line, explore our catalog online or find a Pride Mobility dealer near you

How to Get the Most Out of Your Lift Chair

How to Get the Most Out of Your Lift Chair

Is there anything more enticing than a comfortable lift chair? As a matter of fact, there is: A lift chair that caters to your every need and lasts.

When you take the time to learn about, care for and make the most of your lift chair, you can enjoy comfort, versatility and durability we take pride in.

Here are a few tips for experiencing the benefits of owning a lift chair to the fullest.

Number 1: Care for the Fabric

A lift chair’s fabric is what makes your favorite seat look and feel so appealing. When you properly care for the upholstery, your comfy chair will last longer (and look better to boot).

One of the best ways to extend the life of your lift chair is to learn how to clean it. Because you’ll come in contact with the chair’s fabric every day, it won’t stay spotless forever.

Keeping a lift chair cleaning kit nearby can help you quickly handle an accident. Our Crypton cleaning kit comes with a brush, a bleach-free disinfectant cleaner and three different solutions for removing stains and odors. If you don’t have a manufacturer-approved cleaning kit handy, spot cleaning with mild soap and water will work in a pinch.

Finally, try to keep your lift chair out of direct sunlight. Over time, the sun’s rays can cause almost any fabric to fade[1]. Something as simple as closing your curtains while you’re out can keep your upholstery looking good as new.

Number 2: Customize and Accessorize Your Chair

To really make the most of your lift chair, take the time to personalize it.

Your quest for comfort starts with buying the perfect chair. For example, if you like extra leg support, you may want a power lift recliner with a footrest extension. Depending on your height, you’ll need a small, medium, or large chair to comfortably rest your calves on the footrest.

Maybe you prefer a chair with heat and massage functions. Or perhaps you like the freedom of an infinite position lift chair. By visiting a mobility device dealer, you can test several chairs and choose your favorite.

Once you’re satisfied with your base model, you can customize it with:

[1] Library of Congress. Why does ultraviolet light cause color to fade?

  • Additional pillows – For extra neck support, try a matching head pillow. For some lower back love, consider a lumbar pillow. For more back and arm support, use a bolster pillow. With additional cushions, you can customize the look and feel of your lift chair.
  • Non-skid leg levelers – If your lift chair sits on hardwood or tile, it may slowly migrate across the room. With non-skid leg levelers, you can keep your chair firmly in place and account for uneven flooring.

Number 3: Read Your Owner’s Manual

Every lift chair comes with a detailed product manual. While it may not be as exciting as your latest novel, we recommend reading the owner’s manual from cover to cover. This guide offers general advice for all lift chairs, but your manual will provide specific information about your exact model.

Owner’s manuals typically include essential details like:

  • Important safety information
  • A “how-to” guide for setting up your lift chair
  • Tips for using the chair
  • Care instructions
  • Troubleshooting steps

After you’ve glanced through your manual, be sure to keep it somewhere accessible — you never know when you’ll need to consult it! With that said, if you ever lose your owner’s manual, don’t fret: Manuals for all of our products are always available online.

Number 4: Note Your Serial Number

It’s rare for something to go wrong with your lift chair. However, if you ever need to schedule a maintenance appointment or order a replacement part, you’ll need to know your serial number.

On a Pride Mobility lift chair, your serial number is on the frame of your chair. It’s also in your owner’s manual. Our serial numbers begin with an “L” and are 14 characters long.

Once you locate your serial number, write it down. That way, if you ever need it, you won’t have to bend over to check the chair frame.

Make the Most of Your Lift Chair with Pride Mobility

To get the most out of your lift chair, you need to get the best chair. At Pride Mobility, we pride ourselves on designing stylish, comfortable, easy-to-use power lift chairs for everyone to enjoy. Your local Pride Mobility dealer can help you choose and customize your lift chair. Once your new favorite chair is in your home, you can follow our tips to keep it in tip-top shape and get every ounce of enjoyment out of it.