Wheelchair & Scooter Resources
SelfCare supports many organizations in the community through donations of equipment, money and time.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- British Columbia
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)-BC is proud to announce the publication of the 2015 CAOT-BC Occupational Therapy Private Practice Directory. This resource will help British Columbians find an occupational therapist in their community.
Arthritis Society of BC
The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.
Each year the Arthritis Society holds educational forums and workshops in communities throughout the Lower Mainland and BC. For information on upcoming programs in your area, please visit www.arthritis.ca or call the toll-free Arthritis Answers Line, 1-800-321-1433.
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association is a member-driven organization that works with healthcare professionals, volunteers, members of government and other caring individuals to ensure that all people in BC and Yukon have access to Quality End-of-Life Care. They improve the quality of life for people in BC and the Yukon affected by life-limiting illness, death and bereavement.
BC Palliative Benefits Program
The BC Palliative Care Benefits Program supports BC residents of any age who have reached the end stage of a life-threatening disease or illness and who wish to receive palliative care at home. Under the program, eligible patients receive coverage of medications used in palliative care through the PharmaCare BC Palliative Care Drug Plan, and medical supplies and equipment through the local health authority.
Coastal Palliative Care
Coastal Palliative Care is a Palliative and Supportive Care website for the North Shore. It is offered by a team of care professionals, staff and volunteers that work in complimentary ways to help alleviate the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of patients living with a life threatening or serious disease. and our partners in Coastal Vancouver Coastal Health, B.C., Canada. SelfCare is a primary partner in providing equipment under the BC Palliative Benefits Program. We provide necessary rental medical equipment to Vancouver Coastal clients on the North Shore.
As the primary vendor of choice for the Fraser Health Authority, SelfCare provides rental medical equipment to palliative clients across Greater Vancouver including: Newton, New Westminster, Gateway, White Rock, Tswassen, Delta, Ladner, TriCities, and Maple Ridge.
SelfCare supports the Canadian Cancer Society is various ways, including the "dress in pink" campaign.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
SelfCare supports the Ride to Conquer Cancer annually. The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is a unique, two-day bike ride through the scenic Pacific Northwest. The money raised goes directly to the BC Cancer Foundation to support cancer patients and families throughout British Columbia.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is here to help. No one need face MS alone. In communities across Canada, our volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and better treatments. Their ultimate goal is the cure for MS.
Along with training how to use medical equipment, SelfCare provides instruction manuals when necessary. Here are a few examples.
Roho Inflation Guide
Following the steps in this guide will allow you to get the maximum therapeutic benefit and comfort from your ROHO cushioning product.
SelfCare's Sales and Technical staff members team up to solve unique medical equipment problems.
Head to Toe
The client uses a power wheelchair with a centre mount footboard. He wears the Prevalon heel boots on each foot. A thick padded legrest panel with a leg separator was positioned behind the client’s feet providing support and comfort but it pushes his feet off the footboard so they are at risk of hitting objects.
Read the case at selfcarehome.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/head-to-toe
Problem Solved - XY Tracking System
Need: The bathroom in a Group Home was very small which made it difficult to transfer residents. They wanted to be able to transfer a program resident from his wheelchair to the toilet and subsequently transfer him to a large surface for replacing incontinence products. The toilet was tight in the corner against the wall and there was no room for a bed to use as a change surface.
Problem Solved - Linido Hinged Arm Support
Setting: A group home with mentally handicapped clients who have a history of being very hard on the equipment. All the clients use this particular bathroom, including one who is visually impaired.
Dramatic Dynamic Difference
A client with Huntington’s was constantly serverely agitated and usually sitting on the last 2 inches of the seat of his wheelchair – ready to fall out.
Custom LTC 4000 Sensus with T Style ROHOs
A 68 year old male, highly incontinent at night, transferring and toileting independently during the day, using his walker for mobility. His bony prominences put him at risk and his skin integrity was further compromised by his incontinence.
Scalamobil Keeps Home Accessible
With a focus on increasing the accessibility of homes, the Scalamobil offers an excellent alternative for residences where a stair lift may not be an option.
Concept 45 with Viamobil
Caregivers often find it difficult to push wheelchairs outside, especially over hilly terrain.
Case Study - Invacare TDXSR
Client is a 73 year old female with Post Polio. She has no use of her extremities and uses a full and portable ventilator. She lives at home with assistance from her caregivers and wants to be more independent as her husband passed away last year.
SelfCare's Technical Staff provide tips on how to use your medical equipment
Winter Cold Storage Tips
Tips on how to store your wheelchair or scooter during the winter.
Battery Quick Point Information Sheet
If you use the battery, recharge it. The majority of medical equipment uses sealed gel batteries. These batteries do NOT have a memory and do not need to be fully discharged. Batteries should always be fully charged before they are stored.
Selecting a Cushion
The objective when selecting a cushion is to get as close to normal posture while maintaining client comfort, skin integrity, stability and function.
What is the recommended process for cleaning a ROHO? How can I monitor a ROHO cushion for a client in a facility? How do I get more stability from a ROHO cushion?
Knowing When to Change Your Batteries
When should I change my batteries?
SelfCare's Seating and Mobility Sales Consultants can customize your wheelchair or scooter so that it fits your needs perfectly. Working with OTs and PTs, there are many variables to consider.
Buses of the Lower Mainland
If you are looking to buy a scooter and you ride the bus, make sure you purchase the right scooter!
Wheelchair Assessment Order Form
For OTs and PTs who are ordering wheelchairs for their clients.