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Colours Wheelchairs Advances Its International Presence – by Dr. Gene Emmer

No Comments 24 November 2009

Colours N Motion (www.ColoursWheelchair.com) and Med Services Europe (www.MedServicesEurope.com) make a progress report on the anniversary of a strategic innitiative to develop Colours’; Wheelchair business in Europe. Corona, California and Zurich Switzerland (PRWEB) December 15, 2005 — Colours N Motion, a leading US manufacturer of active, ultra-light wheelchairs and Med Services Europe announced progress one year after creating a strategic initiative to develop Colours’; presence in Europe. Dr. Gene Emmer, president of Med Services Europe, said that exclusive distributors have been signed for UK, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Palestine. “We are truly making rapid progress. One of the most important reasons is that Colours Wheelchairs have many advantages over the competition that offer unique opportunities for distributors of disability products.” “For example in markets with developing economies, the Spazz-G has opened many doors for Colours since it is probably the most economically priced quality, ultra-lightweight wheelchairs available. In more developed markets our Zephyr, our entirely custom-made wheelchair and the Boing! the first wheelchair with four wheel-independent suspension are in high demand.” Said Dr. Emmer When asked about the challenges for the future, Dr Emmer said “First we are looking to complete our positioning in Europe by finding partners in developed markets such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Scandinavian markets. But in the mid-term we want to become established in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Markets such as Turkey, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia present some of the most interesting opportunities for growth and we are actively seeking partners in those markets. Unfortunately, in many countries the need for quality products for the disabled is poorly understood and under-funded. Also, finding just the right partner can be difficult as there is a shortage of people who can provide the level of service required to become a Colours Distributor.” John Box said “It has been one year since Colours selected Med Services Europe to build our European business and we have made amazing progress. Med Services has found excellent partners for us in Europe. Nevertheless, we still have some open territories and distributors interested in obtaining exclusivity for Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe.” About Colours: Colours is a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. Colours is now expanding in Europe. European distributors interested in distributing Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe, Colours’ European representative. For more information www.ColoursWheelchair.com About Med Services Europe: Med Services Europe GmbH is based in Zurich Switzerland and conducts Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ specializes in building and managing distribution networks for medical manufacturers in Eastern and Western Europe. We are Colours’ Representative in Europe. European distributors of disability products are invited to contact us. www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +41438193681 ###

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Choosing The Right Pediatric Power Wheelchair – by David Silva

No Comments 24 November 2009

All children value their freedom, their ability move around in space while experiencing the many wonders of the world. This is as true for those children who can’t walk as it is for those who can. In the past, being confined to a wheelchair was just that … confining. But today, wheelchairs are technologically advanced and sophisticated enough to allow children who are unable to walk a freedom they were never previously able to experience. The right pediatric wheelchair can allow a variety of positions, including sitting, laying and standing so that the user can move around during the day while still remaining comfortable and functional.
Pediatric power wheelchairs are available in the same basic models as other power wheelchairs. There’s the rear-wheel drive, which move fast but can be difficult to maneuver in tight places; the front-wheel drive, which can make sharper turns and runs only slightly slower than the rear-wheel model; and finally, there’s the mid-wheel drive wheelchair, which has the tightest turn capability but can be unsteady in stops and starts.
However, far more important in choosing the right pediatric power wheelchair for your child is how well it serves your child’s needs. The wheelchair should be a single component in a complete support program designed to serve your child’s needs, strengths and environment.
With this in mind, some hospitals and medical centers go through a complete assessment program to determine the best pediatric power wheelchair for each child. All these factors are taken into consideration in order to build a wheelchair that will suit the specific needs of the child. Some of these considerations include:
* Which mobility controls are most appropriate
* The extent of the need of the child for independent mobility
* The child’s physical abilities and functional skills
* The child’s ability to control his or her upper and lower extremities, as well as head and eye movements
* The child’s ability to use activating switches or joysticks
* The child’s needs for posture support and seating
These are all valuable considerations, whether or not you’re in a situation in which your child’s wheelchair needs can receive a complete assessment through a medical facility. In addition, you’ll want to look for a wheelchair that will grow with your child. Most pediatric power wheelchairs have adjustable brace supports and frame sections that can expand, so that your child’s chair can be used for ten or twelve years.
In addition, you’ll want to understand that a pediatric power wheelchair will require regular maintenance. Beyond normal cleaning, the hardware, tires, seat, braking system, control system and battery will need to be tested on a regular schedule.
On the social side of your child’s wheelchair needs, take into consideration his or her lifestyle, the temperament of your child, how he or she faces social situations, makes new friends, deals with being different, etc. For instance, how will your child handle the frustrations of first learning to use the controls and maneuver the power wheelchair? Will he or she become impatient and quick to give up or will your child be determined? Will your child be embarrassed entering new environments and new experiences confined to the wheelchair? Or will he or she thrive in these circumstances?
Finally, you’ll also want to consider how you intend to transport your child’s pediatric power wheelchair. For instance, these chairs are far heavier and bulkier than a standard manual chair. Do you have a vehicle that’s big enough to handle the chair? Do you have a lift or a rack that can handle the additional weight? Will you need additional help when transporting the wheelchair?
While pediatric power wheelchairs offer greater freedom than ever before, including the ability to allow your child to participate in activities at floor level or table height or even standing in some situations, they also require some important decision making. Choosing the right pediatric power wheelchair is a process of balancing the needs of your child against the practicality of today’s versatile chairs.

David Silva is the webmaster for The Perfect Wheelchair, a website dedicated to sharing information about wheelchairs, including manual chairs, power chairs, dog wheelchairs, and wheelchair accessories.

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Antique Wheelchair Models – by Emmanuel Aubrey

No Comments 24 November 2009

The chair and the wheel were two of man’s earliest inventions, dating back to 4000 B.C. The first evidence of combining wheels with furniture was a Greek wheeled baby-bed, built in 530 B.C. It was not until 1595 that an actual wheelchair was invented. This antique wheelchair was used by King Phillip II of Spain.
Vintage Wheelchairs

Another antique wheelchair was built by a 22-year-old paraplegic in 1655. In 1783, another wheelchair was built in Bath, England, by John Dawson. This wheelchair had two lare wheels in the back and a smaller one in front. It was used at a large scale during the 19th century.

Later on, the comfort of the handicapped persons became more important. Therefore, an 18th century antique wheelchair had adjustable footrests and a reclining back.

There’s a high probability that the first bycicles were inspired by antique wheelchair models. However, the invention of bycicles had a big influence on the wheelchair development. It led to the replacement of the wooden wheels with iron wheels and to the adding of rubber tires.

The first motorized antique wheelchair was built in London in 1916.

Later on, lightweight wheelchairs made from Indian reed started to be produced. These vintage wheelchairs weighed about 58 lbs. However, the first wheelchair that looked alike the ones you can find today was built in 1932 by Henry Jennings for a paraplegic friend. This was a folding metal antique wheelchair.
Collectible Wheelchairs: The Wheelchair Foundation Gallery

This gallery, open in December 2001 at the Blackhawk Museum, displays many antique wheelchair models. The old classic pieces are displayed together with sophisticated contemporary models. The museum is seeking donations of collectible wheelchairs and other interesting mobility devices in order to enrich the gallery collection.
If your intrested in antiques the Blackhawk museum would be a great place to visit these chairs can be used for many diffrent purposes like for a prop in a movie or play if you are a collector, a chair could be worth a couple thousand dollars. When Looking to purchase an antique you should always make sure you are getting what you pay for, because you may often end up with a new model made to look old. Wheelchairs have been around for centurys but yet have changed through the years to become better and more relevant for today, this is one way of seeing how we as humans have progressed to the state that we are now. I sometimes wonder why I or others pay so much money for something so old but then i realize im holding on to the past to learn from it and to grow plus it preety cool to have something that nobody else has.If your looking for an antique wheelchair do me a favor and do the research before you buy it.

Emmanuel Aubrey
Antique Collector
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Announcing the Spazz-G, by Colours Wheelchairs: No Compromise Necessary – by Dr. Gene Emmer

No Comments 24 November 2009

Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Corona, California: Ultra-Light, Ultra-Hip, Ultra-Adjustable, Ultra-Durable, Ultra-Affordable, Ultra-Stylish, Ultra-COLOURS. The thought of a stylish and affordable wheelchair has been considered by many to be beyond dreams. Now Colours has changed this. The new SPAZZ-G is not only a totally adjustable and stylish wheelchair, but with a suggested retail price of only $1,450.00 in the USA and approximately euro1450 in Europe (final price to be determined) it is priced to be fully covered by most world-wide health payment plans.

The SPAZZ-G features expandable seat width and depth, as well as adjustable positioning. The contoured frame is designed to be not only stylish, but also practical since it is easy to pull into the car and over the steering wheel. At 19 lbs (8.6 kg), including wheels, it is sleek, lightweight and easy to lift.

The SPAZZ-G has a main rigid axle tube that gives durability, rigidity and support. It has positive locking adjustable backrest, offering a full range of infinite backrest angle settings.

But best of all, it is not one of those mass produced, ordinary wheelchairs. The SPAZZ-G is different, because it’s a Colours Wheelchair. Celebrate life in a Colours Wheelchair.

About Colours:
Colours is a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. At 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) the custom-designed Zephyr (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_zephyr.htm) is one of the lightest wheelchairs on the market.
The Boing! (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_boing.htm) is the first wheelchair with four-wheel independent suspension. For more information: www.ColoursWheelchair.com. Colours is now expanding in Europe! European distributors interested in distributing Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe, Colours’ European representative.

About Med Services Europe:
Med Services Europe B.V. is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and conducts Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ specializes in building and managing distribution networks for medical manufacturers in Eastern and Western Europe. We are Colours’ Representative in Europe. European Wheelchair distributors are invited to contact us. www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +31648566707

Dr. Emmer is President of Med Services Europe. We do Business Development for the Medical industry.

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Announcing the Spazz-G by Colours Wheelchairs No Compromise Necessary – by Gene Emmer

No Comments 24 November 2009

Colours ‘N Motion announces a ‘breakthrough’ wheelchair: The Spazz G. Designed to be lightweight, stylish and affordable, the Spazz G is the next innovation by Colours. Corona, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 1, 2005 — Ultra-Light, Ultra-Hip, Ultra-Adjustable, Ultra-Durable, Ultra-Affordable, Ultra-Stylish, Ultra-COLOURS. The thought of a stylish and affordable wheelchair has been considered by many to be beyond dreams. Now Colours has changed this. The new SPAZZ-G is not only a totally adjustable and stylish wheelchair, but with a suggested retail price of only $1,450.00 in the USA and approximately euro1450 in Europe (final price to be determined) it is priced to be fully covered by most world-wide health payment plans. The SPAZZ-G features expandable seat width and depth, as well as adjustable positioning. The contoured frame is designed to be not only stylish, but also practical since it is easy to pull into the car and over the steering wheel. At 19 lbs (8.6 kg), including wheels, it is sleek, lightweight and easy to lift. The SPAZZ-G has a main rigid axle tube that gives durability, rigidity and support. It has positive locking adjustable backrest, offering a full range of infinite backrest angle settings. But best of all, it is not one of those mass produced, ordinary wheelchairs. The SPAZZ-G is different, because it’s a Colours Wheelchair. Celebrate life in a Colours Wheelchair. About Colours: Colours is a leader in the rehabilitation industry for its design of innovative everyday, sport and pediatric wheelchairs. Colours’ wheelchairs are lightweight, adjustable and customizable. At 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) the custom-designed Zephyr (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_zephyr.htm) is one of the lightest wheelchairs on the market. The Boing! (http://www.colourswheelchair.com/products/prod_boing.htm) is the first wheelchair with four-wheel independent suspension. For more information: www.ColoursWheelchair.com. Colours is now expanding in Europe. European distributors interested in distributing Colours Wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Med Services Europe, Colours’ European representative. About Med Services Europe: Med Services Europe B.V. is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and conducts Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Industry. Med Services’ specializes in building and managing distribution networks for medical manufacturers in Eastern and Western Europe. We are Colours’ Representative in Europe. European Wheelchair distributors are invited to contact us. www.MedServicesEurope.com Telephone: +31648566707


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