Provider to wheelchair users: What pushes you?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. – Provider Chris Malcom says his new foundation for wheelchair users, iPush, doesn’t have to be the biggest or the best. It just has to make a difference.

“I want to create an avenue that gives people information and resources,” said Malcom, vice president of At Home Medical Products, a provider specializing in urological, incontinence, ostomy, personal care and skin care supplies. “We’re not looking for a cure, we’re looking for a better quality of life.”

Malcom, himself a wheelchair user for 23 years, launched the foundation in July.

Malcom says he benefited from rehabilitation therapy and the right equipment after an accident left him paralyzed, but he knows other wheelchair users aren’t always so lucky, in many cases due to insurance companies that are more focused on their bottom lines than on patient care.

“From what I hear, people aren’t exposed to all the different things that are out there these days for people in chairs,” he said. “I learned so much in rehab but rehab stays and recreational therapy are getting shorter and shorter.”

The foundation’s website, www.ipush.org, offers articles and resources on a variety of topics like accessible travel, adaptive sports and parenting. The foundation also offers wheelchair users a place to connect online via its Facebook page, which is averaging 500 new followers a week, mostly in the 24- to 45-age range.

Malcom’s future goals for iPush: achieving non-profit status so it can fundraise, and conducting extreme makeovers for adaptive equipment.

“As we grow, I want to have campaigns where you submit your story to us and we’ll help you,” he said. “If you want to be a better gardener or a Paralympic athlete, we’ll help you. Tell us what drives you, what pushes you.”

 

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I am a 52 year old retired Navy wife, Son (disabled vet) daughter and 6 grand-kids I always loved to spend time with. My main passion was sewing blankets with a print on one side satin on the other and satin trim, some quilted for my grand-kids as well as new babies in my church, working in the food bank, working in my flower and vegetable gardens, making and sharing salsa, sauces etc. I enjoyed taking produce to church from my garden. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I made food baskets with at least a 15 lb turkey, home made apple,pumpkin and pecan pies, dressing, home made bread, vegatables, gravy, mashed potatoes. My daughter enjoyed helping. I felt like a kid in a candy store with each one while making it and giving it to the less fortunate. I did this every year for 5 years when I went on dialysis for the first time. Even then we had hurricane Hugo, I set up a relief where I went to or called every resturant and grocery store for food, ice, water, hygiene items and collected lots of blankets, clothing and a few generators. Being on dialysis I was unable to travel to Charelston, SC. There were 7 trucks and several uhauls. I felt so excited I could hardly stand it. Now I have recently had to live the majority of my time with my daughter. My husband travels out of country for work. I have virtually no use of my hands, several neck and back pain and can hardly walk. I have lived most of my 33 year married life with Lupus, fibromyalgia, now neuropathy as well as many other things at times can't hold a fork to eat, when walking my legs will just give out on me and I do not have the strength in my back, legs or arms o get up. His is why my daughter insisted on my moving with them. My husband agreed with my living with them while he is gone and at some time we can go back to my home in San Antonio. Anyway I actually have an Rx for a light weight Collapsable wheel chair due to having a small trunk. I am also looking for a tub bench because I can't stand in the shower/tub or get out of the tub. And a walker so I can get around. My body is becoming totally debilitated. And insurance will not cover everything.