Advocacy: It’s never been more important

Funding for complex rehab technology equipment in the US is in jeopardy. It’s important for lawmakers to understand just how critical this equipment is to preserve and enhance health and independence. ADA requirements may be loosened… certainly issues for everyone to be monitoring.

How to get up to speed? One website to get an overview of the issues is that of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology.

It’s all about educating those for whom disability issues are a foreign language about the importance of these issues to the disability community. Ride Designs team members were among those who went to Capitol Hill in late April to advocate for complex rehab technology. Earlier this year, we hosted Colorado Senator Michael Bennet at our facility for Small Business Week. The Senator, shown here discussing wheelchair seating with veteran Andrew Kinard, seems open to learning more about both our products and the issues they are meant to resolve.

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You don’t need to travel to Washington to be involved… check out these resources:

• An interesting podcast with panelists speaking about their advocacy efforts has been posted online by United on Wheels.

• The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which focuses on spinal cord injury advocacy, urges “Lend your voice to our initiatives and you can make a real difference for people living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers.”

• Your member of congress is leaving, now what? Mobility Management outlines some ideas about how to how to keep CRT discussions going amid changes in D.C here.

• Visit “Protect My Mobility” regularly to get the latest updates on pending legislation.

Corbac available through year-end only

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Ride Corbac Back Support, side-view.

We are sorry to announce that due to increased manufacturing costs and decreased reimbursement, Ride will discontinue the manufacturing and sale of the Corbac Back Support, effective January 1, 2019.

Orders placed by the end of business on December 31, 2018 will be fulfilled. Limited Warranty for this product will remain effective for 24 months from the date of delivery to the original purchaser.

Please contact Ride Designs Customer Service with any questions.

Click here to learn how you can help protect access to quality complex rehab technology.

Why you should come to Colorado for the Ride Custom Certification Course…

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This course is designed specifically for clinicians and suppliers who want to take their seating skills to the next level.

We’re often asked if we will have a certification course outside of Denver. While this is an option that is continually being discussed, we believe traveling to Colorado is still the very best option for getting the most out of the Ride Custom Certification Course.

“Most practical, clearly explained and in-depth seating workshop I have participated in, in my nine years in the industry. Love the culture of the company.”

The two-day course will provide you with the best information available on custom seating — course content ranges from dynamic lecture session to hands on workshop sessions.

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We stress working as a team to get the best outcome, from clinicians, to ATPs, techs and the clients themselves. Ride takes the same approach to our seating courses — our lineup of presenters and hands-on facilitators are among the best in the industry. We offer our stellar seating experts in presentations from Tom Hetzel, PT, Ride Designs CEO, and in hands-on guidance from founder and president, Joe Bieganek.

Part of what makes the class unique is that you’ll get to interact and work with a significant number of people on the Ride Designs team. You’ll tour the Aspen Seating Clinic and the Ride manufacturing facility for a better understanding of how the product line has evolved, been produced, and tested.

“Excellent opportunity to tour the production facility and now truly appreciate the technology, training and time that goes into the creation of the Ride cushions. Appreciated the review of the evidence to support technology and help bolster my clinical justification.”

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The course begins with an in-depth lecture on seating theory. We discuss why Ride’s seating strategy is based on science developed by prosthetists and orthotists. We consider the benefits of pressure and shear, yes, you read that right, benefits of pressure and shear. There’ll be discussions on the research relevant to Ride products. We’ll also discuss early and late seating strategies/interventions, based on different postural tendencies along with handling unique body postures. These sessions will reveal the differences between Ride Designs and the other players in the seating industry.

The orthotic and prosthetic approach to seating is quite different from the philosophy of every other seating company. Our goal is to arm you with the best tools for successful outcomes with custom seating. Every Certification class provides individualized attention and hands-on experience with actual wheelchair users who are dealing with real-life seating challenges.

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“Finally, a seating course for experienced clinicians with amazing supportive research, wonderful educators and an abundance of take home knowledge. I’m excited to share with our rehab team!”

You’ll also get to network with a group of cool people from the industry in a relaxed setting. (Did we mention the food?!) You’ll gain CEUs and be certified to work with our custom products… perhaps you can even tack a couple of days onto your trip to spend some time exploring Colorado! Pick a date and plan a trip — registration is open here!

[And yes, the quotes above are actual verbatim comments from attendee evaluations.]

Moving Forward: New sizes available

Announcing new Forward Cushion sizes: 14 x 18”, 15 x 15”, 15 x 17”, and 17 x 17” — all now available at standard prices.

The Forward Cushion offers mild to moderate skin protection with an emphasis on comfort and prevention of sliding. The cushion works well for the growing and developing child; in support of people with stroke, brain injury, or incomplete SCI; and the elderly.

Miracle: seating system returned

Seating industry veteran Joan Padgitt, PT, ATP has long been associated with Ride Designs — originally working in sales and education capacities, and more recently as a consulting clinician in our specialized on-site Aspen Seating Clinic.

This spring Joan suddenly became the patient. She sustained multiple localized intracerebral hemorrhages on May 10, 2017.  Joan was hospitalized in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit for 21 days with cerebral edema, brain compression and acute respiratory failure with tracheostomy and ventilator placement. Her condition was quite dire.

Eventually,  Joan was discharged to a long-term acute care hospital. She specified her own wheelchair seating, including a Java Cushion and Java Back. Next she was transferred to an acute rehabilitation facility — for a total of 47 days in the hospital.

Now mobilizing with a cane,  Joan explains:

“Hello colleagues!  First of all, if this is first time you are learning about my medical event, I want you to know that I’m doing okay. Initially, I was making exponential improvements and now, instead of daily improvements, I’m seeing small weekly gains in my recovery.  I’m in awe of my colleagues near and far who offered prayers and words of support in my recovery.

I’ve been discharged from all my outpatient therapies and continue my rehabilitation program everyday. I have had a lot of insights from this experience and have been invited to present an inservice to the ICU team who took care of me. I’m not yet back to work, but am working hard toward that goal.

Here I am returning the wheelchair and seating system loaned to me by Ride Designs… how often does that happen in our industry?  I want to thank all those involved in the acquisition of the equipment loaned to me during my short stint as a wheelchair user, including Cindy Duff, PT, ATP/SMS at Denver Health, Leslie McLachlan, MSPT/ATP at Tilite, Sunrise Medical, and Ryan Crosby, ATP/SMS at Ride Designs.”

While Joan still has a long way to go in her recovery,  she is positive and determined… and we are actively cheering her on. To learn more about Joan’s story, including how to help, click here You can also contact Joan directly and wish her well via email at jepadgitt(insert “at” symbol)comcast.net.