Want to get out and see the world?. Don't stop exploring just because you have a bit of trouble walking. In a new place, you might be unsure how much walking will be required or how many places there will be to rest. And don't choose between bringing a walker and a wheelchair on a trip. You can have it all with the Rollz2 from Ease Living.
The Rollz2 is both a rolling walker and a transport chair in one. When you feel like walking, the Rollz2 functions as a comfortable rollator with adjustable handles and easy to use hand brakes. When fatigue sets in simply lock the brakes and sit on comfortable seat for a rest. When you want someone else to do the moving, turn the Rollz2 into a transport chair with foot rests and a comfortable seat. The conversion is so easy and literally takes less than a minute. This video shows how it is done:
When it is time to get back in the car or on the plane, the Rollz2 easily folds for storage. It even stands when folded so it is easy to manage.
Whether it’s a day trip to the beach, a longer distance drive to see grandchildren, or the chance of a lifetime cruise, travel is one of the markers of a full life. When our mobility becomes limited with age or illness, one of the first changes is the limits made to traveling. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! With planning and the right devices, travel is not only possible, it can be enjoyable.
Technology has made travel more accessible than ever. Use these tips to make your next trip fulfilling and fun!
Plan, plan, then plan some more. Whether it’s to a niece's for a family reunion or to a resort for a week of fun, comb the itinerary for all travel, connections, lodging, and meal questions. If you use a wheelchair, cane, or walker, find out about stairs, elevators, distances, and cars. There’s no such thing as too much planning, and with the internet, there’s no reason to not know the ins and outs of every airport, hotel, and leg of your trip. When helping a loved one make these plans, keep everything organized and easy for them to glance at times, dates, and other necessary information.
Pack lightly, but be prepared. Depending on your method of travel (car, train, plane) there will be different restrictions on suitcases, medication, wheelchairs and more. That’s when our #1 tip comes into play. Don’t be taken by surprise and protect yourself when going through airport security. Bring a variety of clothes that can be layered—no matter where you go or how you travel, the weather is unpredictable! Be sure to have prescriptions, spare batteries, and other necessaries with you. Carry these items on the plane if you are traveling by air, luggage gets lost or delayed all the time.
Keep an open mind about a new assistive device. It may be time for a cane or rollator to help make traveling easier and more fun. Compression socks or gloves can ease the discomfort of flying or driving to new destinations. Use a car handle to make it easier to get in and out of the car. Don’t let changes in your body or health limit your travel.
At Ease Living, we want you to be able to live your life to the fullest and do all the things you enjoy—even if you have to change things up bit. Take a look around our shop to find quality devices that will help you travel the way you want to!
Millions of people will hit the road this summer. Whether it be a visit to family or a getaway for relaxation or adventure, there is no reason to let physical limitations restrict your travel. In addition to making sure your car is properly serviced and ready for the trip, here are more tips for traveling by car:
Check your cellular provider’s coverage map to assure your phone will work along your journey and at your destination. Make sure you have a car and a wall charger.
Pack extra water and snacks in case of a delay. If you will be traveling in warm weather, having plenty of fluids available is crucial. Many medications need to be taken with food so make sure there is a snack handy at pill time.
Keep medication in an easy to reach spot to help ensure you stay on schedule.
Bring a copy of medication and any other important medical records just in case.
The Metro Car Handle make it easy to get out of the car by providing something to push on- like the solid armrest of a chair. As an occupational therapist, I get nervous when I see people grabbing on to the door to help themselves up. The door moves and could land you right back in the seat or on the ground!
Wear layers and plan for changes. The weather can change in a heartbeat here in the Midwest with summer storms. Allow for layers that can be put on or taken off and pack something for rain.
Allow extra time. Summer is construction season in many states. It may take you longer to get to your destination than you anticipate. Take the stress out of travel and allow extra time.
Plan for flexibility. Strict time tables and rushing around can cause unnecessary stress. Travel affects everyone differently so allow time for breaks if you or a travel companion starts to feel fatigued. Falls, illness and disorientation are common when elderly people get too tired.
With these tips your summer journey will be fun and safe for everyone.