I and The American Lieutenant went to Naidex again this year where I spoke about the importance of a sense of style for people with disabilities. Here is a snippet of what I said and you can read the slides here……..
As well as speaking we also had a look to see if there was anything new we should report on. So here we go, The ‘D’ List, new things in the world of disability, from Naidex ’17.
1st Genny Mobility and Carbon Black were both there (click the links to read previous reviews). The Genny is a different style of mobility, based on a segway so you need core stability for this one, as even the able bodied American Lieutenant found out…..it took a bit of getting used to! It looks good with Italian and Swiss design influences and is selling well despite it’s price tag of £11,000+.
Carbon Black is called The Ferrarri of wheelchairs due to it’s styling and it too has a high price tag, starting around £7k. It’s designed to your requirements and they say it’s…….
“designed to be very minimal so you are seen before your chair. What of the Carbon Black that is seen is very high end, designed with quality, functionality and aesthetics at its heart”.
It really is one of the best styled wheelchairs but again it wouldn’t support everyone as a certain amount of core stability is needed.
2nd The Quickie Jive M2 Sedeo Ergo Electric Wheelchair, from Sunrise Medical, was on display and it definitely gives great support through it’s new SpiderTrac suspension and the Sedeo Ergo seating system that supports ‘complex seating & positioning’ needs. It also looked good in sleek black with a touch of neon.
The Puma 40 Sedeo Ergo was also on show which has the same seating system with a FWD drive base as opposed to the Quickie’s mid-wheel drive base.
Sunrise also had a new manual chair on show, made from ultra light carbon fibre but it was a ‘hush hush’ release so we weren’t told any further details. Obviously we’ll let you know more when it appears and maybe it’s a cheaper competitor to Carbon Black.
3rd The Blue Badge Company announced some new products to add to their range of Blue Badge wallets. They comment that,
“Whilst being practical, the colourful living aids will also help to make life that bit lighter and brighter. Blue Badge Co. products are available through its new website as well as in Argos, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Halfords, the Post Office and 150 WH Smiths stores nationwide”.
Disability has now become mainstream ‘high street’!??
4TH INDESmed is probably the most exciting new company we found, just because it’s a new way of designing canes, crutches and rollators. Based in Spain INDESmed have created
“a fusion of art, science and style’…talking our language!
They’ve developed an ‘ultralight, ergonomic carbon crutch’. It’s curved and the grip angle keeps the wrist in a more natural position. This crutch feels comfortable and strain on the wrist is considerably reduced. It also has a padded grip to prevent callouses…….oh and it looks trendy & stylish. Made in a variety of sizes according to your height it costs $240 for the carbon fibre version but there’s an equally good looking (but heavier) aluminium version at $60.
In addition to the crutches they also supply a carbon fibre cane with the same ergonomic oval frame that distributes weight evenly. It also has a tip that is made with a ‘high friction coefficient’ to improve grip and safety. Scientifically designed or not it looks good! It costs $180 for the carbon fibre version and $54 for the aluminium one….it makes me wish I could walk ??
Finally they’ve also designed a lightweight, adjustable height rollator that folds up. Simple and functional it’s less intrusive than other rollators, what more do you need?!
If you want to buy these rollators, crutches and canes or if you know of something we missed, just contact us. We think INDESmed definitely hit the highspot at this years Naidex; a much improved show and we’ll be back next year. That’s all for now we’ll be back soon and Happy Easter, try this if you’re bored