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Self-Care for Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month

Reposted from NMEDA

Take Care to Give Care—this is the overarching theme for this year’s National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers typically have quite a bit on their plate and this November, we’re reminding these dedicated professionals and family members of the importance of taking time to take care of themselves, too. Here are a few ways caregivers can tend to their own needs, in turn helping them take even better care of those that count on them.

Take Regular Breaks

Breaks have been shown to improve productivity and our ability to focus on the task at hand. In caregiving, this can mean a life-saving difference. Caregivers should make it a priority to schedule breaks throughout the day to not only allow their bodies to rest, but also give their minds a reprieve. This will help them get back to work refreshed, recharged and ready to take on the rest of the day.

Get Moving

Staying active is incredibly important, not just for our bodies but for our mental wellbeing as well. For caregivers especially, a regular exercise routine can help improve strength, stamina and ability to provide a high level of care. Whether it’s a walk, run, yoga or whatever other form of exercise, be sure to get moving every single day. Strapped for time? Go for a short walk during your breaks and take care of two important needs in one go.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Food is fuel, we all know that. Yet, how often do we find ourselves grabbing fast food or another less than nutritious option as a quick meal solution? This way of eating is not only unhealthy but also not sustainable, and not nourishing your body in the proper way is sure to lead to negative effects down the road. For caregivers with busy schedules, meal planning is a great way to ensure you always have healthy, nutritious options available throughout the day.

Enjoy Your Social Life

Whether caregivers are caring for a family member, loved one or patient, their selfless nature can often mean their own social lives may be affected. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Caregivers should make time to enjoy outings and activities with friends, significant others and family members. Being in the company of those closest to them, and this sometimes includes the person who they are caring for, can turn a challenging day into a positive, rewarding experience.

Do you have any other tips for caregivers of persons with disabilities? Be sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our Quality Assurance Program mobility equipment dealers.

Article reposted with permission by NMEDA

“Self-Care for Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month” Web blog post. NMEDA Blog. NMEDA, Web. 15 November, 2016.

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Scottsdale Grand Opening

Performance Mobility in Scottsdale, Arizona announces the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.  The Grand Opening is an event that the Performance Mobility team is eagerly anticipating.  Customers are raving about the beautiful state of the art showroom.  You now have a chance to join us in a celebration of the newest location!  The friendly Arizona team will all be on hand at the Big Grand Opening! There will be an amazing lunch served plus big door prizes and fun.  The Scottsdale location is at 14885 North 83rd Place, Suite 105.  The Arizona team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time at the newest location.  The Mayor of Scottsdale will be joining the celebration for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  There will also be a delightful lunch served, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets.  The event is being held from 10 AM to 2 PM.

You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans.  There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts.  Another wheelchair accessible vehicle at the Scottsdale store is the BraunAbility MXV.  The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle!  The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer.  It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles  have been designed with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive!

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible!  The Performance Mobility team hopes to see you on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

Scottsdale Arizona Grand Opening

Scottsdale, Arizona Grand Opening

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Oktoberfest at Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah

Performance Mobility Oktoberfest

Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah announces Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. The Third Annual Customer Oktoberfest is an event the Performance Mobility team eagerly anticipates every year. There will be local vendors joining the Oktoberfest event. The Sandy location is at 9082 South 300 West from 11am to 2pm. The Utah team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time and appreciation for their loyalty and business. There will be a delightful lunch including bratwurst, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets! You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans. The Ram Promaster is a larger vehicle that offers multiple seating configurations with a lift installed in the back. There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts. Another wheelchair accessible vehicle at the Utah store is the BraunAbility MXV. The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle! The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer. It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles have been designed from the ground up with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive!

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible! The Performance Mobility team hopes to see you on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

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SFF and Performance Mobility make a dream come true

SFF and Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah have teamed up to make a family’s dream come true. If you would like to be present at the give away and win a week vacation at Sunriver Oregon, sign up on the website, www.steelmanfamilyfoundation.org

The event will be held SEPT.30, FRIDAY, 6pm at Performance Mobility, 9082 300 West, Sandy, Utah.

Another Giving Event for The Steelman Family Foundation

The Steelman Family Foundation’s mission is to bring respite and support to families touched by Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. We are dedicated to providing transportation or means to allow families to be together, to participate in community or recreational experiences as a united family. SFF raises funds to benefit cerebral palsy research, to provide wheelchair accessible transportation, education, activities, and support groups.

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Portland Customer Appreciation Day

Performance Mobility Customer Appreciation Day Denver, CO

Performance Mobility in Portland, OR announces Customer Appreciation on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Annual Customer Appreciation Day is an event the Performance Mobility team eagerly anticipates every year! The Oregon team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time and appreciation for their loyalty and business. There will be a delightful lunch including BBQ, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets! Complimentary valet parking will be offered to our guests. You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans. There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts. The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle! The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer. It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles have been designed from the ground up with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive! Join us at 4347 NW Yeon Ave, Portland, OR 97210 at the Portland West location.

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible! Please come in on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 so that the Performance Mobility staff can show appreciation for our amazing customers!
About Performance Mobility: Performance Mobility provides sales, service and rental of wheelchair accessible vans, scooter and wheelchair lifts, hand controls and other adaptive driving equipment. Performance Mobility is committed to serving the community with exceptional customer service and the highest quality, safest products available for transporting individuals with limited mobility. Performance Mobility serves Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.

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Denver Customer Appreciation Day

Performance Mobility Customer Appreciation Day Denver, CO

Performance Mobility in Denver, CO announces Customer Appreciation on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm. The Annual Customer Appreciation Day is an event the Performance Mobility team eagerly anticipates every year! The Denver team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time and appreciation for their loyalty and business. There will be a delightful lunch including BBQ, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets! Complimentary valet parking will be offered to our guests. You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans. There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts. The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle! The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer. It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles have been designed from the ground up with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive!

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible! Please come in on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 so that the Performance Mobility staff can show appreciation for our amazing customers!

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Eugene Customer Appreciation Day

Performance Mobility Customer Appreciation Day Eugene, OR

Performance Mobility in Eugene, Oregon announces its Annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm. Kathy, Piper and Seth are excited to have this opportunity to show current and new customers a great time and appreciation for their loyalty and business. There will be a delicious lunch of BBQ and beverages, a drawing for door prizes and big discounts on vehicles! Come check out the new 2016 Toyota Sienna, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Chrysler/Dodge wheelchair accessible mini-vans. These handicap vehicles have been designed from the ground up with wheelchair users and service providers in mind.

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible! We hope to see you on August 27th, 2016 so that the Performance Mobility staff can show our appreciation for our amazing customers!

About Performance Mobility: Performance Mobility provides sales, service and rental of wheelchair accessible vans, scooter and wheelchair lifts, hand controls and other adaptive driving equipment. Performance Mobility is committed to serving the community with exceptional customer service and the highest quality, safest products available for transporting individuals with limited mobility. Performance Mobility serves Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington states.

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Customer Appreciation Day

Performance Mobility Customer Appreciation Day

Performance Mobility is having the Annual Customer Appreciation Day in Colorado Springs on August 20th, 2016 from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Colorado Springs team will be on hand to greet our customers and show our appreciation. There will be a delicious lunch and raffle prizes given away every 30 minutes. We will have representatives from VMI here to show the VMI wheelchair vans and answer any of your questions! The new Ford Explorer BraunAbility MXV is here. Come see the first wheelchair accessible SUV that personifies action and independence. It is built on the Ford Explorer with the BraunAbility Power Infloor conversion.

Be sure you don’t leave without seeing the new 2016 Toyota, Honda, Dodge and Chrysler wheelchair accessible mini-vans. There are many models available to see. We have brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles in stock and as always, a great variety of used converted wheelchair accessible mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. Performance Mobility has many products to offer that will assist our disabled customer’s everyday life to make it as easy as possible!

Please come see us on Saturday, August 20th from 11 am to 2 pm so the Performance Mobility staff can show our appreciation to our amazing customers.

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MS Awareness Expo

Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern California

The Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado provides programs, services and resources to people with MS to help them improve their quality of life.  The organization is a local non-profit that helps people in the Southern Colorado community.  The MS Alliance of Southern Colorado has an amazing team of people that are helping the Southern Colorado community.   The MS Alliance of Southern Colorado is having its annual MS Awareness Expo.  The expo is being held on August 13th from 10 am to 3 pm.  You can come have any questions answered about MS and other disabilities.  There will be food, activities, and resources available.  Performance Mobility is excited to be an exhibitor at this event.  The team will be bringing a wheelchair accessible vehicle and have a booth for you to visit.  The MS Awareness Expo is at Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy building on 855 Citadel Drive East.  We hope to see you there!

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Tips on Camping for Those with Disabilities

Reposted from NMEDA

If you’re an outdoor kind of person, don’t let a disability stop you from enjoying Mother Nature, discovering travel in a whole new light or vacationing inexpensively.

The best way to get your toes wet in the camping phenomenon is to join a camping club. The dues are generally very low. It’s a great way to meet others with a similar interest (camping), attend a rally, get info on the best sites and loads of advice on how-to and where-to and when-to.

Choose from among the many club types: general ones, perhaps in your local area; or niche-specific vehicles (make of vehicle); singles; military vets; motorcycle campers; Baby Boomers and many more.

Handicapped Travel Clubs

You can also join a national travel and/or discount club, but one in particular caters to those with disabilities. Handicapped Travel Club “focuses on helping handicapped persons and their families discover travel in a whole new light.”

Also visit www.rv-camping.org for extensive lists of just about everything you should need for general RV camping anywhere.

Where do campers go? To start, there are 391 areas in the National Parks System covering more than 84 million acres. These areas consist of National Parks, National Seashores, National Forests, historical and military areas, as well as scenic and recreational trails and waterways.

Handicap Accessible Campgrounds

Yellowstone National Park welcomes RV camping, traditional tent or vehicle camping, and backwoods camping. With a little planning and preparation, those with disabilities can participate in almost all camping activities. What each campground considers “accessible” varies, so you should call before your trip so you can prepare properly. Visit www.nps.gov for more information and a list of other parks to visit.

Even with the high price of gas, camping is usually less expensive than an airplane ticket and hotel. And they don’t do body searches to get into a campground!

Plus, campers are very typically friendly so it could be a great way to make new friends.

This mobility safety update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? Contact a NMEDA dealer in your local area. Your local NMEDA member is a mobility equipment and accessibility expert!

Article reposted with permission by NMEDA

“Tips on Camping for Those with Disabilities” Web blog post. NMEDA Blog. NMEDA, Web. 23 March, 2011.

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