Friday, June 10, 2016

Sometimes I Need Help Walking & That's Okay #NMAM16

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. All opinions are 100% mine.



When faced with the choice of being unable to walk or even move without the aid of something or someone, you very quickly suck up your pride, check your ego at the door, and graciously accept that help regardless of what form it might come in, especially when it comes down to being stuck inside for days, weeks, or even months at a time otherwise.

For those of you who understand exactly what I'm talking about, that concept is easier said than done; I know all too well.

Truth be told, even after being sick for so long, it's hard for me every time I have to go out in public with my walker or wheelchair. I'm a very independent person and not being able to BE independent, go where I want when I want just myself and my own two legs, is continually hard for me.


 



Of course it's not all about me! I may be the one having to use my walker and sit in the wheelchair to go certain places or do certain things but it falls on my family and friends to lug that oftentimes heavy equipment around. When you don't have a handicap accessible vehicle to help the process along things can quickly become tiresome, difficult, and frustrating.



I cannot tell you how many times we've had issues fitting my walker or wheelchair into the trunk of someone's car, their small backseat, the bed of a truck...When I was with my ex he constantly had to actually take apart my walker and fold it down just to fit it into the backseat of his car every time we had to go somewhere. It was ridiculous!

And don't even get me started on physically lifting these big hunks of metal into a vehicle.

I could have saved years of hassle if only I had known about a National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) dealer and their quality and assured mobility vehicles and vehicle modifications.


 
























With dealers located in both the US and Canada, NMEDA QAP accredited technicians work to make sure each vehicle provides safety and comfort for those individuals who truly need it. Not only that but they are there to offer expert assistance ranging from extensive in-person evaluations to specialized training of the equipment, 24-hour local emergency roadside services and more!

What in the world is QAP you ask?

It stands for Quality Assurance Program (QAP). All NMEDA mobility equipment dealers are required to be QAP accredited, ensuring their customers the highest standards in mobility equipment installations. This is how NMEDA can assure quality, safety, and electro-mechanical integrity of each product they make, deliver, and install.

NMEDA offers a wide range of mobility equipment including:
 
  • Wheelchair ramps 
  • Hand controls and steering aids
  • Transfer seats and seating solutions 
  • Wheelchair securement and tie downs 
  • Scooter lifts and special acceleration
  • Braking solutions for adaptive vehicles

 
Does you or someone you know suffer from physical ailments that cause them to need help when it comes to being mobile? If so find out how a National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (#NMEDA) dealer near you can help!
Does you or someone you know suffer from physical ailments that cause them to need help when it comes to being mobile? If so find out how a National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (#NMEDA) dealer near you can help!
Does you or someone you know suffer from physical ailments that cause them to need help when it comes to being mobile? If so find out how a National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (#NMEDA) dealer near you can help!



















Interested in getting more information or locating one of the NMEDA accredited dealerships in the US or Canada? Make sure to head to their website and plug in your information in their Find Dealers tool right on the front of their website.

I actually found out that I have 8 dealerships less than 50 miles away from where I live. I would have never known if not for this handy location tool!






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20 comments:

Pam said...

We actually looked into getting a specialized mobility vehicle for my father when he was suffering from COPD and DDD. He had trouble getting around and a specialized mobility vehicle would have made it so much easier on him.

Stacie said...

I have a family member with limited mobility who could use a vehicle like that. It's very difficult for her to get in and out of the van she has now.

Lindsey Paris said...

These solutions are so important. My friends' mom just had her van refitted to make it more useable for her, and she was surprised how close her dealer was, too.

Brandy Ellen said...

Being able to be independent matters a lot for self esteem and just being who we are. I love that this company has products available to suit everyone's needs. I don't know anyone right now who could benefit.

Marcie W. said...

This post comes at the perfect time, as my sister recently shattered a bone in her foot and instantly learned what it was like to live with mobility issues. We have quickly realized how non accessible most public places are and how essential quality mobility products must be.

Crystal said...

It's great to know that there are strides being made in mobility and great companies that make it possible. We don't currently have mobility concerns, but you never know what the future holds.

Sue Hull said...

Due to neuropathy and numb feet Im no longer able to drive.I wish I would have know all this before I got rid of my truck.Thanks for sharing this great info :)

Sue Hull said...

Due to neuropathy and numb feet Im no longer able to drive.I wish I would have know all this before I got rid of my truck.Thanks for sharing this great info :)

Nicole Escat said...

You are so lucky that there is a help like this and your family is very supportive. I know someone who actually need something like this.

Couponing in Central Florida! said...

I know how important being independent can be. I love that there are tools out to assist. And it looks like you have a great support system

- Mary

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have several family members who could benefit from a specialized mobility vehicle. It's great to know that there are helping hands a lot closer than we realized!

Beeb Ashcroft said...

Thank you for sharing your struggles. Sometimes it helps others to know that they are not alone. Your smile helps encourage and I am thankful you shared that as well :)

Aziel Morte said...

I have a friend that have a mobility and so glad that she had a supportive family

Ann B said...

It is so important that this kind of mobility is available. You need to be able to have your independence.

Toni | BoulderLocavore said...

I have had friends who require a specially equipped vehicle. I'm glad to learn there are official programs to support that type of need.

Liz Mays said...

Oh man, that would be such an amazing service and so helpful for people. Even though I only saw you when you were up and at 'em, I know you have those times when you can't be. xo friend

Kristin said...

This sounds like it can greatly make your life easier. I can easily see why too, such great features.

Christie C said...

This gives people such hope for independence! I love how a mobility device can give people such freedom to be able to get things done

Becca Wilson said...

I have a member in my family that actually recently had to have a foot amputated. I know that he could really benefit from something like this.

Ellen said...

My husband is disabled and uses a cane. I know there are times he'd benefit from this.