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Our Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Amusement Parks

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Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Tex.

It’s tough to say exactly how many wheelchair users there are in the United States. Some statistics claim there are nearly 3 million regular users of wheelchairs in the country, while a recent report published by the Disability Statistics Center of the University of California suggests the number is closer to 1.7 million. But no matter how you slice it, one thing’s for sure: That’s a whole lot of people.

If you spend the majority of your day—or your entire day—in a wheelchair, you know full well just how frustrating it can be to get from point A to point B. According to the aforementioned University of California report, for instance, “four-fifths of wheelchair users report that their local public transportation system is difficult to use or to get to.” And “two-thirds of mobility device users have limitations in one or more of the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL).” So the fact that most leisure activities aren’t designed to be easy for people with disabilities shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to any of us.

However, there is a good news for wheelchair-bound leisure seekers, both here in the United States and abroad. As accessibility issues are becoming more and more mainstream—and in some circles, more expected—theme parks, amusement parks, and other vacation spots that have traditionally been off-limits to those in wheelchairs are beginning to change their ways.

If you’re looking for a bit of traditional theme park fun but aren’t able to leave your chair, the following guide is a good place to start searching for opportunities.

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Can’t Afford a Stair Lift? Read Our Guide On Stairlift Philadelphia Funding

funding for stairlift PhiladelphiaIf you’re a senior citizen on a tightly fixed income, and if you desperately need to have a stairlift installed in your home, you’re certainly in something of a tight spot. You know that having a high-quality stair lift will significantly improve the quality of your life. But if you’re on a fixed income, it’s unlikely that you have much left over at the end of the month after paying the bills and buying groceries.

If that sounds at all like the situation you’re in, a stair lift—which can range anywhere from $3000 to $5000 for a standard model, and much more if you happen to have a curved staircase—is almost certainly not in the stars, right? Well … not necessarily.

The truth is that there are funds available for people in positions just like yours. Of course, not everyone knows that financial assistance—for stairlifts, of all things!—is actually out there. And even those that do might not necessarily know where to look. You, however, have come to just the right place. Keep reading for a primer on where to go and what to do to acquire the funds that could make a new home stair lift a very distinct reality.

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How to Tell If Your Aging Parents Need Help At Home

stairlift rentals NJ for aging parentsAging. Getting older. Growing more frail. They’re all unavoidable facts of life.

And as most of us move from our 40s to our 50s and beyond, we begin to see those changes taking place in our parents. For many of us, the rather unsettling experience of seeing our parents weaken both physically and psychologically, and then taking care of them the way they once took such good care of us, is yet another unavoidable fact of life.

We do it, of course, because we love our parents, and because we can’t bear the idea of anything happening to them. That’s always a possibility as seniors grow older, especially if they’re living alone without a caregiver.

But an unfortunate reality of our senior-aged parents growing older, and perhaps more frail, is that adult children often miss the otherwise obvious signs that our parents need help. There are any number of reasons for that, starting with the fact that most senior parents simply don’t want to admit to their children that they need help. After all, growing weaker and increasingly frail is nothing if not a sign of impending mortality; it’s a difficult thing for anyone to face up to. And no matter how old you may be, your parents will likely always view you as their babies; for some senior parents, asking their children for help doesn’t even occur.

But regardless, it is the responsibility of you and your siblings to pay close attention to the mental and physical well-being of your aging parents. Deducing their state over the phone can be difficult to impossible, but if you’re going to be visiting them in person over the holidays, you’ll have an ideal opportunity to look out for any of the more typical warning signs.

If you or your siblings or other relatives notice any of the following, it could be time to discuss the possibility of bring in a caregiver, or even an eventual move into a senior care facility.

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With a Stair Lift, You May Never Need to Give Up Your Hobbies

stair liftAs with every other stage of life, growing older comes complete with its own unique set of pros and cons. It’s an unfortunate fact that the cons are probably the aspects of senior living we tend to talk and think about the most.

If you’re someone who has experienced a loss of mobility, for instance, you may be under the assumption that many of the hobbies and past times you once enjoyed will someday soon no longer be available to you. That’s certainly an understandable worry, especially if you live in a home with multiple floors, and with hobby rooms set up in various locations around the house.

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