The week in wheelchairs


This past Monday, I followed along on Twitter and Facebook as People for Quality Care shadowed Tim Ascherl, founder of Advanced Rehab Technologies, for the day.

Tim shared his frustrations about the struggles he faces (like $300,000 in audits) trying to provide clients with the medical equipment they need. 

And, he showed why access to proper equipment is critical, saying, “As long as my equipment works, I’m not disabled.”

It was a nice way to get a glimpse into the daily workings of a provider’s business, and learn about the experiences of a wheelchair user.

And, speaking of wheelchair users, Tatyana McFadden won the Boston Marathon wheelchair race for the second straight year. Not a bad way to celebrate her 25th birthday! South African Ernest van Dyk made his 10th trip (!) to the Boston Marathon’s winner’s circle. The Invacare athlete last won Boston in 2010.  

I’m off for a short sojourn on Delmarva before heading to the National CRT Conference on Tuesday.