So, you are interested in an iBOT® PMD…the question we ask…is the iBOT® PMD the right mobility device for you?
BALANCE MODE: Are you eager to be at eye level with family and friends instead of always having to look up to make eye contact? Tired of waiting for a low height table at a restaurant when a high top one is available? With Balance Mode you no longer need to wait. You can cruise up to the table and join your friends. Answer the following questions so we can take our best guess on the likelihood of Balance Mode being successful for you. Are you a good judge of the available space around you? If you are a current wheelchair user: are you able to avoid obstacles and maneuver in confined spaces?
If you answered “YES” to the above questions, chances are you will likely be successful using Balance Mode!
RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America lists the following potential benefits of having an elevated seat position:
- You might experience a biomechanical advantage for reaching light switches, into cabinets and the refrigerator.
- Being at eye level has been associated with improving comfort during conversation. A standard seated position significantly limits line of sight and requires excess neck extension to look up to talk with someone who is standing. This contributes to neck and upper-back pain.
- An elevated seat position may allow a person in a wheelchair to hear and engage in conversations within a noisy environment, as well as to see and navigate more safely through a crowd of people.
- Other benefits include:
- Eye to eye conversations could improve a person’s ability to participate in social activities.
- Communication at the same height as your peers may improve self-confidence, thereby increasing the chance of success in performing tasks.
- Vertical mobility has the possibility of changing society’s expectation about wheelchair users and provides them with a more equal chance for success.
We want to do our best to manage your expectations, so please, don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.