This recognition was part of a nationwide observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Day that featured education and fun.
Lombard, Illinois (Oct 9, 2019) –Each year, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults across the country focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. That’s why Mobility City of DuPage County partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23. This year’s activities focused on the teamwork needed to prevent falls effectively.
Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging. There are proven ways to prevent them. Mobility City’s fun community realization will empower older adults to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes and communities.
Across the country, partners hosted classes and seminars, performing thousands of falls risk screenings, and educated older adults about evidence-based falls prevention programs.
“If falls prevention isn’t something that you’re thinking about now, I promise there is someone in your life who’s worried about it,” said Frank Gazzolo, Owner and President of Mobility City of DuPage County. “This kind of education can change a community, and that’s why we’re proud to support Falls Prevention Awareness Day as part of our year-round commitment to supporting older adults in DuPage County.”
“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “This is an opportunity to empower and educate everyone about their roles in preventing falls.”
NCOA hosted a Falls Prevention Awareness Day national photo contest, a live video broadcast and discussion on Facebook with experts and seniors on September 23, and a Twitter chat for aging services professionals on September 24.
To find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day, go to www.ncoa.org/FPAD.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. Working with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA’s goal is to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
About the Falls Free® Initiative
Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes 43 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative. Use #FPAD2019 to join the conversation on social media.
DuPage County Chicago Area
Mobility City of DuPage County, in the Chicago Area, has now been open for six months. Beth and Frank Gazzolo have an excellent team in place to serve all of DuPage County and beyond. Beth likens the experience that Mobility City provides to her local auto shop. When she brings her car in for repairs, she doesn't question the quality of service, or the fairness in price.
Cook County Chicago Area
Please welcome Geoff Hanson who purchased the Mobility City of Cook County, in the Chicago Area. He will be serving over 5 million people in Cook County. Geoff is looking to build a multi-unit business with over ten trucks. He will be open later this year.
Greater Cleveland Area
Please welcome Marsha and Paul Adair who purchased Mobility City of the Greater Cleveland Area. They will be serving 1.3 million people in 2 counties. Marsha and Paul have a desire to give back to the community. They will be open in the next 2 months.
Mobility City is operating in 13 states with 17 locations serving major cities and over 40 million people: Tennessee, Pennsylvania (2 locations), Texas, Florida (3 locations), South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois (2 locations), Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Oklahoma, and Ohio.
Coming Soon: Long Island, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois (3rd location).
Mobility City donated cleaning and repair time to the Veterans living in nursing homes during Memorial Day...cleaning and repairing over 40 wheelchairs:
The 12th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is September 23, 2019. This year we want to remind everyone that falls prevention is a team effort.
• Your pharmacist is part of your falls prevention team! The @National Council on Aging and The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists created a toolkit for clinicians to assess falls risk. https://www.ascp.com/page/fallstoolkit
• Falls are NOT a normal part of aging, and you have a team to help prevent them! Watch this award-winning video showing 6 simple steps which prevent falls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7lC5Pdpx_k
• Preventing falls is a team effort. Show your support for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 23 by sharing these tips with friends and family! https://www.ncoa.org/healthyaging/falls-prevention/preventing-falls-tips-for-older-adults-and-caregivers/6-steps-to-protectyour-older-loved-one-from-a-fall/
• It’s easier to prevent falls when your whole team knows the risks. Share these important falls prevention facts with friends and family! https://www.ncoa.org/wp-content/uploads/Myths-ofOlder-Adult-Falls_2017.pdf
• A home can be equipped to help prevent falls. If you’re looking for a place to start investigating the kinds of modifications needed, take a look at this program with options for individuals, families, and professionals in your area: http://stopfalls.org/resources/home-modification-toolsprograms-and-funding-landingpage/
• Older adults should feel confident they have a team to help prevent falls. Watch the @National Council on Aging’s Facebook video on Sept. 23 @ 12:00 p.m. ET to learn how family, caregivers, and healthcare professionals all play a role in keeping seniors healthy. https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging
• Talk with professionals from aging organizations across the country about the ways older adults can use their whole network to prevent falls. From doctors and pharmacists to caregivers and seniors, you’ll learn what everyone can do to makes falls prevention teamwork successful. Join the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day Twitter Chat on Sept. 24 @ 1:00 p.m. ET https://www.twitter.com/ncoaging
Mobility City of DuPage County enjoyed the week July 24th-28th in Wheaton, Illinois at the 2019 DuPage County Fair. Mobility City provided wheelchair and mobility scooter rentals to the fairground guests. Mobility City had plenty of Drive Medical wheelchairs, and Golden Technology mobility scooters to choose from.
Mobility City of DuPage County is excited to be part of the DuPage County Fair from July 24th through July 28th. Mobility City will have a tent near the entrance of the DuPage County Fairgrounds renting mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Please come by and see us!
Mobility City's engagements with big box stores, gourmet grocery chains, and other facilities are designed to support & enhance their current efforts in fall prevention, skin integrity and infection control, as well as prepare their scooter fleet for corporate inspections. At the conclusion of each visit, our technicians would provide documentation of all repairs performed, parts replaced, and the condition of all equipment they have looked at during the visit. This would be placed in a binder stored on the facility premises. We are willing to work after hours (i.e. after the store customers have gone home, etc.). Mobility City of DuPage County would recommend a monthly service cycle.
We have two popular options:
1. Standard Service with Sanitization: $35.00 / Scooter
* Disinfectant products or power washing doesn’t do it. You need hot steam at 212°, which kills 99.9% of bacteria such as staph, e-coli, salmonella, mold and germs. This eliminates health hazard ramifications from cleaning with chemicals.
* perform load test on both scooter batteries; make recommendation on future battery life
* perform diagnostic test on ac/dc transformer charger unit (on-board or off-board)
* tighten screws on seat, tiller/hand enclosure, floor board, and any accessories
2. Full Service: $65.00 / Scooter
* includes the Standard Service with Sanitization
* clean (apply electronic contact cleaner) and tighten all electrical connections (e.g., connections from battery to the controller); this resolves some water damage issues
* diagnose any flash code errors; resolve/repair as needed; additional discounted charges for parts as needed described below:
- replace seat cover ($89)
- replace charger ($95 for 24V/3A unit, $199 for 24V/7A unit)
- replace batteries ($239 for two 12V33A U-1 batteries)
- replace potentiometer assembly ($129)
- replace main wire assembly harness/MPC cable (additional discounted charge: $139)
- replace top control hand enclosure - broken keyway/horn, battery indicator, and/or display malfunction caused by water damage ($249)
- replace controller ($369)
- replace motor, brake & transaxle ($539)
What to know Before You Buy Mobility Equipment…and After
“A loved one’s mobility is very personal-find someone who makes it personal for you”
At some point in our lives we will all find it difficult to get around. Some people find themselves with limited mobility due to car accidents, random accidents, or aging. According to DHEC 4.5 million Americans rely on some level of mobility equipment on a daily basis and approximately 425,000 live in the Greenville/Spartanburg area.
Mobility devices have long been a source of confusion and stress in deciding what to buy. To help ease the stress of shopping, here are a few questions to consider before you invest in your mobility equipment. Always do your research and talk with users, trusted advisors. A loved one’s mobility is very personal so find someone who makes it personal for you.
Things to consider before you buy a walking cane, walker, rollator, wheelchair, power wheelchair or mobility scooter:
(Once you own your equipment, keep this safety checklist in mind and perform it regularly.)
1. Patient Safety:
Wheelchair brakes and footrests are assured to be working properly. Brakes are tightened or replaced as needed.
2. Skin Integrity:
All torn or broken arm pads are replaced. All worn or ripped seat and back upholstery is repaired or replaced as needed. All missing rubber or plastic parts are replaced.
3. Infection Control:
Wheelchairs are steam cleaned at 212°, which kills 99.9% of bacteria such as staph, e-coli, salmonella, mold and germs. This eliminates health hazard ramifications from cleaning with chemicals.
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