6 Things Can You Do to Protect Disability Rights Today

By Alice Wong

This article originally appeared in Teen Vogue.  (https://www.teenvogue.com/story/disability-rights-how-to-help)

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In this op-ed, the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, Alice Wong, explains the danger of H.R. 620 and how you can help protect disability rights.

What does it mean to be an activist? I became an accidental activist because this world was never built for me. For me, as a disabled woman of color with a progressive neuromuscular disability, every breath is an act of resistance and activism.

I graduated from high school two years after the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990. It took me a long time understand the influence of this law on my sense of identity and pride as a disabled person. I no longer had to ask “nicely” for access or put up with discrimination. I had a law that represented my lived experience and my community. I could refer to the ADA and say that disability rights are civil and human rights.

Tomorrow, a bill will go for a vote in the House that will weaken the ADA and make it harder for disabled people to fully enjoy the world with their friends and family. The bill is called H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

For more than 27 years, businesses and public entities have been required to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. The ADA changed the opportunities disabled people have in every aspect of life.

Read the rest of the article here:  https://www.teenvogue.com/story/disability-rights-how-to-help

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Traxx Mobility is Lifting the Standard of Home Care Patient Transfer

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift for Home Care

The Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. It is a complete lift system and comes with the freestanding frame, 8 foot long overhead beam, rechargeable electric lift motor, four-point lift bar, remote control, battery charger and a universal sling, with 4 sizes to choose from.

The Titan 500 does not attach to the structure of the home and allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a loved one without the stress and strain of a floor-based lift. The only real maintenance required is keeping the batteries charged and maintaining a straight lift strap to avoid twists and folds.

Each piece of the system is designed to lift up to 500 pounds. We have several safety systems built in to the lift. These include a belt travel limiter to prevent the belt from completely unspooling, a safety stop switch to keep the belt from winding all the way up into the motor unit and an electric emergency down system.

The Titan 500 ships freight and arrives in a large carton. It is partially assembled and two adults can fully assemble the lift in about 30 minutes. We have a video demonstration of the lift in use, followed by an assembly video, on our website at www.traxxms.com.

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Titan 500 with 12 Foot Long Overhead Beam and King Bed

The Titan 500 is proudly U.S. made and was designed by a service-disabled veteran. We are located in Michigan and shipping is free within the continental U.S.  Options for the unit include a 10 or 12 foot overhead beam and a set of locking casters for the frame.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

Lifting The Standard Of Home Health Care

Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. The portable patient lift system allows a single caregiver to effortlessly transfer a patient without fear of injury. Proudly American Made, the Titan 500 ships directly to the customer partially assembled and is fully assembled by two adults in thirty minutes. Safe and simple to use, the Titan 500 is virtually maintenance free and reliable and durable.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is a complete lift package and includes everything you need to transfer a loved one for one low price. It even includes a universal sling, with four sizes to choose from.

The Titan 500 Lift Package includes the following:
  • The freestanding frame and overhead beam are made of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Heavy duty but lightweight, it is often used in automotive, aircraft and boat construction as well as SCUBA tanks and beverage cans.
  • The rechargeable electric motor is powered by a durable DC motor and two 12V sealed gel batteries. They hold their charge for a long time and allow for an average of 75 lifts per charge.
  • The system offers safety systems which include Emergency Stop and Electric Emergency Down. It also features a belt travel limit system which protects the belt from excessive wear or damage.
  • A four-point lift bar helps spread the sling straps out for a more comfortable lift experience for the patient. It provides for a more stable lift experience over smaller motors with two points.
  • A Universal Sling is included in the price and allows for transferring and toileting. They are machine washable and have extra padding along the shoulders and leg supports.
  • A simple, low voltage, one button remote control simplifies operation and is safe near water.
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Traxx Mobility Systems

For more information on the Titan 500, please visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel for video demonstrations and assembly instructions.

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Turnkey Caregiving Solution for Home Health Care Patient Transfers

The Titan 500 is a turnkey solution for caregiving in the home. Those living with disabilities or chronic disease can remain in their own house longer and avoid the nursing home. Family caregivers, with help from home health aides, can transfer their loved one from bed to wheelchair, or other assistive device like a shower chair or bedside commode.

 

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Titan 500 Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 comes complete with a freestanding frame, rechargeable electric motor, spreader bar, remote control and battery charger. The lift also includes a free universal sling as well as free freight shipping within the continental U.S. The Titan 500 arrives partially assembled and can be fully assembled by two adults in about 30 minutes.

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Patient Lift Ships Directly To Your Home

The Titan 500 utilizes an overhead lift technique to transfer patients in the home. An overhead lift protects both the patient and caregiver from injuries associated with floor-based lifts. Tip overs can leave patients injured while the physical strain of operating these floor-based lifts can prove dangerous to the caregivers wellbeing. The Titan 500 allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient in the home. Some of our customers can even operate their lifts without the help of a home health aide.

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Twelve Foot Titan 500 with King Bed

Our lift is designed to work in the home. Its working height is 88 inches high and fits in the standard bedroom. We offer three different lengths of overhead beam to work with any size bed, from single and hospitals beds up to King size. Our rechargeable electric motor is simple to operate and even easier to maintain. Simply charge the motor overnight once weekly with normal use. The handheld remote control allows the caregiver to lift and lower the patient with ease. The motor gently glides across the overhead beam with little effort by the caregiver.

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Rechargeable Electric Lift Motor & Freestanding Frame

The included four point universal sling is machine washable and comes in four different sizes. The universal sling can be used for transfers and toileting making it the standard choice for home care. The slings are very easy to apply and remove from the patient when in a wheelchair or other device. They are very supportive and padding around the shoulders and legs help make them more comfortable.

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Standard Eight Foot Lift with Hospital Bed

Our standard Titan 500 system includes an eight foot long overhead beam and retails for $3695, delivered. We also offer ten foot ($3850) and twelve foot ($3995) systems that work with Queen and King beds respectively. Locking casters can be added to the frame for an additional $200. The standard frame is fitted with furniture glides which will not scratch your floors.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and view our YouTube channel.

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Long Term Care in the Home

Modern Medical Devices Allow For Primary Care At Home

For those living with physical disabilities or chronic disease, the independence that home health care affords is priceless. Home health aides can supplement and provide respite for family caregivers allowing the patient to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Homes are currently being built with many convenient options as part of the design process. Retro-fitting homes to increase accessibility has become more cost effective with new technology. The equipment needed has even been redesigned to work more efficiently in the home. Many new products are on the market that increase accessibility to the home while remaining more cost effective than an extended stay at a long term care facility.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. Overhead lifting is the preferred method of transfers in any healthcare setting, from hospitals to nursing homes. It provides a more comfortable and dignified lift experience for the patient while protecting the caregiver from the stress and strain of manual transfers and floor-based lifts. While ceiling lifts have been available in the home for some time, it has not been a viable option for most people. It is fairly cost prohibitive for most people and not always an option for those renting or looking to sell their home or downsize at some point in the near future.

The Titan 500 replaces the traditional floor-based lift, often referred to as a Hoyer. The tight spaces and carpet can make the floor-based lift a difficult choice for home health care. Technically, it requires two caregivers to safely transfer a patient, one to move the lift and another to spot the patient should the lift encounter any obstacles on the floor during a transfer. The physical task of moving the lift along the floor with the weight of a patient can be too much for a family caregiver.

The Titan 500 features a freestanding frame along with a rechargeable electric lift motor. The frame spans the bed and allows room for a wheelchair or other assistive device. The electric motor does all the heavy lifting, no hydraulic pump to deal with like the hoyer. Once the patient is up in the air, the caregiver can gently glide them across the overhead beam with little effort. Once in place, the caregiver can lower the patient safely with the press of a button.

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Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is an ideal solution for those who wish to remain in their home and avoid the high costs of nursing homes or a full home ceiling lift system. The freestanding frame does not attach to the structure in any way and can be completely dismantled and moved to another location. The system is quick to assemble, easy to operate and simple to maintain.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel. Buy direct from the manufacturer, give us a call at 855-872-9967.

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Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Health Care for Disabled Patients

“Since January 2015, (Senior Health Partners) and at least two other (home health care companies) have been systematically cutting the hours of home care for their disabled clients, typically without proper notice or legal justification. By law, only a change in a client’s medical condition or circumstance is supposed to allow a reduction.”

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Read the full New York Times article here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/nyregion/insurance-groups-in-new-york-improperly-cut-home-care-hours.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=nygeo-promo-region&region=nygeo-promo-region&WT.nav=nygeo-promo-region&_r=0

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures and sells the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care. It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient without fear of injury.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

A Better Way To Transfer Patients In The Home

Family Caregivers and Home Health Aides struggle with floor-based lifts in the home. Older homes can present many problems for those who rely on caregivers for help with activities of daily living. A freestanding overhead patient lift can overcome many of the barriers to accessibility in the home.

Room size is often the cause of much stress and strain when relying on a floor-based patient lift. A traditional lift needs quite a bit of room for a caregiver to manoeuvre once the patient is in the lift. Many modern beds do not allow access for the lift to fit under the bed. The Titan 500 can work with just about any bed. It spans the bed leaving room for wheelchair access. The freestanding frame remains in place while the caregiver gently glides the patient across the overhead beam.

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The Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care.

The Titan 500 is freestanding and does not attach to the structure. We have three lengths of overhead beam to accommodate any size bed or bedroom. It can be lowered and moved to another room, or be completely dismantled and taken to another location. It can also be fitted with casters to provide an easier move within larger structures like group or personal care homes.

The stress and strain of transferring a patient in a floor-based lift on carpet is avoided using an overhead lift. The rechargeable electric lift motor does all the heavy lifting while the caregiver can simply and gently push or pull the patient into place. The caregiver has plenty of room to work and the bedroom furniture can often stay in place.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is extremely efficient and is rated to lift up to 500 pounds. The frame is made of lightweight, but heavy-duty, aluminum which makes it easy to move and maintain. A complete overhead lift system, the Titan 500 includes the frame, motor, spreader bar, remote control, battery charger, a universal sling (4 sizes) and free shipping within the continental US.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our channel on YouTube. You can also follow us on Twitter and Pinterest as well as Google+ and Blogger.

We have been proudly manufacturing and selling the Titan 500, designed by service-disabled veteran Guido Capaldi, in Michigan since 2008.

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Top 5 Features of the Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. Proudly Made in the USA, here are the top five features of the Titan 500.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

  1. POWERED BY RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES  The Titan 500 is reliable. Our fully charged batteries can provide up to 75 lifts per charge on average. No daily charging is necessary; once a week is adequate for most users.
  2. LIFTS UP TO 500 LBS.  Have confidence in the Titan 500. Our 6061 Aluminum frame is heavy duty but lightweight. Our lift motor and accessories, including our slings, are rated to lift up to 500lbs. A family caregiver can easily transfer someone much larger than themselves with little effort.
  3. EASY TO USE & MAINTAIN  The Titan 500 requires little maintenance other than keeping the battery charged. A simple rocker switch on the hand-held remote operates the lift. The motor unit glides freely along the overhead track to complete the transfer process in under 5 minutes.
  4. INSTALLS IN MINUTES / PORTABLE  The lift comes partially assembled and fully assembles in 20 minutes. The system can be moved from room to room fully assembled or it can be completely disassembled and moved to another location entirely. The lift does not attach to the home in any way.
  5. THE TITAN 500 IS AFFORDABLE  Our complete system costs about the same as an electric floor-based lift (Hoyer). When comparing our system with other freestanding options, we are the lowest cost complete lift system on the market. Our entire system costs the same as the lift motor alone on other similar systems. The Titan 500 includes a universal sling and free shipping in the continental U.S.
The Titan 500 is proudly American made and offers a complete lifting solution for home health care at one low price.  The system includes:
  • Freestanding Frame with 8, 10 or 12 Foot Overhead Beam
  • Rechargeable Electric Lift Motor with Emergency Down & Emergency Stop Systems
  • Four-Point Lift Bar
  • Remote Control
  • Battery Charger
  • Universal Sling (Four Sizes to Choose From)
  • Free Shipping
For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and view our channel on YouTube.
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Titan 500 with 8 Foot Overhead Beam and a Large Universal Sling

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Limited Mobility & Health Care in the Home

Limited mobility affects people of all ages. Symptoms that cause the limited mobility can come on quick or develop over time. Whether it is a senior aging safely in their home or a young person affected by chronic disease or traumatic injury, care for that individual will often fall on a family member first. Every case is different, but preparation of the home for the patient’s future needs will be at the top of the list. The basic activities of daily living will be addressed and a care plan will be formed.

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Homes come in many different sizes and shapes. For someone with limited mobility, the home environment will need to be modified to create a functional space for receiving home health care. In the case of the elderly aging in place, home modifications can be made over time to address problems before they arise. For those affected by chronic disease or traumatic injury, many decisions must be made fairly quickly. Where will the patient live? Who will take care of the patient? What equipment must be purchased? Can the home accommodate the patient? Who will pay for all of this?

For those confined to a wheelchair or unable to move about on their own, the typical home can present many obstacles. First and foremost, getting in and out of the home. Second, is the bedroom accessible? Solutions to these problems often are based on the budget available. Those without budget constraints may add permanent concrete ramps, elevators or stair lifts, custom ceiling-mounted lifts for the bed and bath and even custom cabinetry in the kitchen. Those with limited budgets will have to spend their money wisely. They may build a wooden ramp, care for the patient in the den or family room, purchase a low-cost patient lift and shower chair and make small modifications to their kitchen and bath.

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The costs of home health care can add up quickly, but it often is still more affordable than assisted living or nursing homes. If the patient does not need constant care or if a family member is available to care for the individual, savings can be found. The new ABLE accounts available in 2016 will help families save for care for those young people suffering from chronic disease or traumatic injury, tax-free without affecting other benefits designed to help those struggling to pay for care, like social security.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems offers the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. The lift does not attach to the structure and can be placed nearly anywhere in the home. The overhead lift provided by the Titan 500 protects the caregiver and patient from injuries associated with the stress and strain of using a floor-based lift in the home. The electric lift motor is fully rechargeable and is rated to lift up to 500 lbs. The low price of our entire system, including the sling and shipping, is less than two months stay in a nursing home. It is comparable in cost to an electric floor-based lift or a portable electric lift motor by itself.

In reality, the obstacles that society has designed into the home and communities are the issues that need to be addressed. Technology will only help so much, the physical nature of our environments need to change to be inclusive of people of all abilities and ages. Those affected by limited mobility are not any less independent that you and me.

For more information on the Titan 500, view our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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Home Care Safe Patient Handling

homecareAs health care moves into the home, safe patient handling techniques need to follow. More family members are playing an active role in the care for their aging parents and loved ones with physical disabilities.  They do not have a lot of training and need easy to use equipment for lifting and transferring their loved ones to and from their bed and wheelchair.

caregiver injuryMusculoskeletal injuries to the back, neck, shoulder, and arms are common among caregivers. The only safe way to lift a patient is through the use of a mechanical lift, not through body mechanics. An overhead lift protects caregivers from injury while providing more efficient transfers and increased mobility for patients.

There are risks involved in moving patients in the home when a device is not used.

  • An overexerted caregiver could accidentally injure themselves.
  • An overexerted caregiver could accidently harm the patient.
  • The patient may be injured by being dropped, jarred, or not properly handled during unassisted transfers.
  • 75% Risk of Injury for each manual lift
  • Overhead Patient Lifts provide zero lift for caregivers, reducing debilitating back, shoulder, and arm injuries.
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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500

The Titan 500 is an overhead patient lift designed for home care. It is freestanding so it does not attach to the structure making it a portable solution for inside or outside of the home. It allows a single caregiver, often a family member, to safely transfer a patient from bed to chair and back again without the fear of injury. Safe and simple to use, the Titan 500 is virtually maintenance free.

Proudly Made in the USA, the Titan 500 comes in three sizes and works with any size bed. The lift ships directly to the customer from our factory in Michigan. It arrives partially assembled and can be fully assembled by two adults in thirty minutes.

Learn more about the Titan 500 on our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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