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The concept for today’s Safer Automatic Wheelchair Lock

 

The concept for today’s Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock fall prevention system was first developed by Dr. Grady Dugas. A 1953 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and a nursing home Medical Director for over 30 years, Dr. Dugas witnessed firsthand the problem of wheelchair related falls. He made it his mission to help reduce falls and injuries and further improve the quality of the residents’ lives.

 

Dr Dugas began experimenting with different wheelchair locking and fall prevention systems and he was awarded his first patent in 1993. Later, Dr. Dugas joined forces with Bill Hoge, President of United Plastic Molders in Jackson, Mississippi. With the help of Bill Hoge and the skilled craftsmen of UPM, they developed a lighter and more maintenance free wheelchair wheel lock design which utilized advanced DuPont polymers. The new design was patented in 1999 and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks was formed.

 

Today, the team of dedicated professionals at UPM and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks continues to fulfill Dr. Dugas’ mission to “help prevent wheelchair related falls and improve the quality of residents’ lives”.

chair Wheel Lock fall prevention system was first developed by Dr. Grady Dugas. A 1953 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and a nursing home Medical Director for over 30 years, Dr. Dugas witnessed firsthand the problem of wheelchair related falls. He made it his mission to help reduce falls and injuries and further improve the quality of the residents’ lives.

Dr Dugas began experimenting with different wheelchair locking and fall prevention systems and he was awarded his first patent in 1993. Later, Dr. Dugas joined forces with Bill Hoge, President of United Plastic Molders in Jackson, Mississippi. With the help of Bill Hoge and the skilled craftsmen of UPM, they developed a lighter and more maintenance free wheelchair wheel lock design which utilized advanced DuPont polymers. The new design was patented in 1999 and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks was formed.

Today, the team of dedicated professionals at UPM and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks continues to fulfill Dr. Dugas’ mission to “help prevent wheelchair related falls and improve the quality of residents’ lives”.

Other Resources

There are many resources available online to help you promote quality care and prevent falls. This is just a small list of the many fine organizations that share this goal and provide valuable information and insights. Listed below are several links. We encourage you to visit these websites and learn more of what they have to offer.

http://achca.org/

American College of Health Care Administrators

http://www.aahsa.org/

American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging

http://www.ahcancal.org/

American Health Care Association

http://www.amda.com/

American Medical Directors Association

http://www.hartfordign.org/

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

http://www.healthfinder.gov/

US Dept of Health & Human Services

http://www.techforltc.org/ltc.cfm

Technology for Long Term Care

http://www.geronet.med.ucla.edu/centers/borun

Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research at UCLA

http://www.nia.nih.gov/

National Institute on Aging

http://medlineplus.gov/

Medline Plus medical library

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez

Entrez PubMed

Consumer Resources

Are you concerned about the safety and well being of a loved one who relies on a wheelchair for mobility? Every year, thousands of people suffer falls and subsequent injuries while attempting to get in or out of a wheelchair that is not properly secured. Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks may be able to help prevent falls. We are committed to preventing falls and protecting and enhancing the safety of our elders. Whether it's to help a loved one live safely at home or to help protect a resident in a nursing home or assisted living facility, our patented wheelchair locking system can be an integral part of a fall prevention solution. Utilizing advancements in technology, combined with a program of overall fitness and rehabilitation, we can make our family members and loved ones “safer” so they can lead healthier and more productive lives. As always, consult with your physician to determine your care and treatment options and especially before initiating any exercise or rehabilitation programs.

There are many fine organizations that help promote health and wellness and offer valuable resources. Fall prevention is a critical component. Listed below are links to a small sample. We encourage you to visit these websites and learn more of what they have to offer.

http://www.healthinaging.org

The American Geriatric Society Foundation

http://www.cdc.gov/aging

CDC Center for Health Aging for Older Adults

http://www.medicare.gov

Medicare website

http://www.caregiver.org

Family Caregiver Alliance

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml

Senior Citizens resources

http://www.gmhfonline.org/gmhf

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation

http://www.healthandage.com

Health & Age

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/senior-health/HA99999

Mayo Clinic

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealth.html

Medline Plus Senior Health

http://nihseniorhealth.gov

National Institute of Health Senior Health

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health

Cleveland Clinic

http://www.healthlinkplus.org

HealthLink Plus

http://www.medicinenet.com

MedicineNet.com

http://www.nia.nih.gov

National Institute on Aging

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez

Entrez PubMed