5 Organizations & Companies Helping People With Mobility Issues
Whether due to age, illness, or injury, many people deal with physical limitations that can get in the way of living a healthy, happy, and independent life. Dedicated to assisting the elderly and other vulnerable groups, the organizations and companies listed here offer innovative mobility solutions, home care, and a variety of support services. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
5 Groups Improving Life For Those With Physical Limitations
|Meals on Wheels San Francisco||Provides nutritious meals and daily safety checks for homebound seniors|
|BraunAbility||Creates innovative mobility solutions that provide independence and ease-of-use, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts, van rentals, and more|
|Honor||Home care company helping older adults live safely and comfortably in their own homes|
|The Mountain Trike Company||UK company that makes all-terrain wheelchairs for freely exploring and enjoying the outdoors|
|TEAM||Not-for-profit human services agency that educates, supports, and empowers economically disadvantaged and vulnerable at-risk people in Connecticut|
BraunAbility's Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
- 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some type of disability
- 2 in 5 adults age 65 years and older have a disability
- 1 in 3 adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 44 had a health care need that went unmet within the past year because of the cost
- 37% of U.S. civilians with disabilities aged 18 to 64 have a job, compared to 77.2% for people without disabilities
- The median earnings over a 12-month period for the civilian non-institutionalized population aged 16 and over with earnings and a disability is $23,006
- 15% of school-age children have some degree of hearing loss
- Roughly 8 million people in the US have an intellectual disability, including 425,000 children
- There are more than 4 million veterans living with a service-connected disability
- Workers with a disability are more concentrated in service occupations (19%) than those with no disability (17.2%)
Statistics on Aging in America
- 47 million: number of seniors in the United States
- 14.5%: Percentage of Americans 65 and over
- 95 million: Projected number of seniors in 2060
- 78: Average American life expectancy
- 20%: Percentage of seniors who have yet to retire
- 3%: Contingent of seniors who live in nursing homes
- 19%: Senior population of Florida, highest in the U.S.
- 41%: Obesity rate among those 60 and older
- 38: Current median age in the US
- 43: Projected median age in 2060
- 8.5%: Number of seniors 65 and over who smoke cigarettes
- 12.14%: Percentage of women age 75 and over living in poverty in the US
Introducing Mountain Trike, the All-Terrain Wheelchair
There are many people all over the world who struggle to have their basic needs met. Luckily, in today's society, there are companies and groups that are dedicated to offering solutions to those who may be homebound or have special physical needs. In no particular order, here are some caring groups that are working to support people who require assistance with mobility.
Starting off our list at #1, Meals on Wheels San Francisco has provided nutritious food and daily safety checks for homebound seniors since 1970. In doing so, problems such as loneliness, depression, and the risks associated with dangerous falls are significantly reduced. This is the only organization in the area that offers two home-delivered meals a day that are tailored to meet specific dietary needs.
According to Meals on Wheels America, 1 in 5 seniors feels lonely, and the negative effects of loneliness on health are similar to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. MOWSF works to ensure that older adults in the community are safe and have what they need to thrive independently. Additionally, this organization provides home-delivered groceries, nutrition counseling, social work, case management, minor home repairs and more.
MOWSF works to ensure that older adults in the community are safe and have what they need to thrive independently.
Up next at #2, BraunAbility has been committed to changing the lives of people with physical disabilities for over 45 years. This company offers innovative mobility solutions that provide independence and ease-of-use to its customers. It makes accessible vehicles and other vehicle mobility tools that fit people's needs, lifestyles, and budgets.
BraunAbility has grown from a modest, small-town entrepreneurial venture with a handful of employees to a global company serving more than 70 countries. From strong ramps that help people feel secure while operating, to low-profile, convenient solutions for personal vehicles, there is something for everyone in this company's wide ranging portfolio of mobility-enhancing solutions.
At #3 on our list, Honor is a home care company and the founder of the Honor Care Network, a pioneering national network of like-minded agencies. Working with its partners, this group helps older adults exist safely, independently and comfortably by delivering reliable, transparent, high-quality in-home assistance. Founded in 2014, this organization is one of the fastest-growing, non-medical companies of its kind in the U.S.
Founded in 2014, this organization is one of the fastest-growing, non-medical companies of its kind in the U.S.
Since founding Honor in 2014, the San Francisco based team has been committed to helping improve the quality of life of older adults, their children, and the professional caregivers they rely on. Through the Care Network, this company supports locally-owned businesses to further assist more families to be able to get the care that is needed.
At #4, The Mountain Trike Company launched in 2011 after five years of design and development. Its unique all-terrain manual wheelchair called The Mountain Trike is an award winning wheelchair designed by British Inventor, Tim Morgan. More designs are being added to the MT range, and accessories are available as well.
Being a keen mountain biker, Morgan wanted to create a wheelchair that would allow the user to fully experience the great outdoors and the freedom it offers. In order to fit well with the user's lifestyle, the Mountain Trike was designed with combined practicality and off-road capability in mind. Over a period of five years, various prototypes were developed and tested thoroughly before the release of the final design.
Being a keen mountain biker, Morgan wanted to create a wheelchair that would allow the user to fully experience the great outdoors and the freedom it offers.
Finally, at #5 on our list, TEAM is a private, not-for-profit human services agency whose mission is to strengthen its community by educating, supporting, and empowering economically disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and families. TEAM's area of expertise spans early childhood, basic needs, case management, elderly services, Meals on Wheels, employment, training, housing support and more.
TEAM is dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. The Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious food, friendly visits, and safety checks that help seniors enjoy life with independence and dignity. Designed to meet the nutritional and social needs of older folks with mobility challenges, TEAM's Meals on Wheels is available to homebound persons 60 years and older who reside in the Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton areas of Connecticut.