August 29, 2016 | 8:00 am | By Pants Up Easy
As you know if you’ve spent any time on our blog, we try to give as much information as we can to support people in wheelchairs, and the people who support them. Of course, a lot of this has to do with the Pants Up Easy product itself. In case you haven’t read the story of how the product came to be, here’s a quick summary. The founder of the company, Douglas Pearson, was surprised to see how long it took his friend, Paul, to use the restroom. He was even more surprised to learn that most of that time was spent struggling with getting dressed. So he set about to find a solution to make it easier for wheelchair users to dress themselves without assistance from anyone else.
The Pants Up Easy product falls under the general category of what are known as lifting devices. It provides a unique solution that allows wheelchair users to lift and support themselves in such a way that it’s possible to pull their pants up unassisted. That sounds great, and it looks great, when you see it in action. But you may be wondering how universal of a solution it is. In particular, how well does it work for someone who doesn’t have a lot of arm strength?
Our mission here at Pants Up Easy is to make life easier for all wheelchair users, not just a few. So we haven’t put out a product that only works well if you’re a bodybuilder. So, the answer to the question is that the devices work extremely well for everyone, regardless of how much arm strength you may or may not have.
You can think of Pants Up Easy as being set up with something like a pair of crutches that go under your arms. They’re like stationary metal arms. When you’re ready to pull your pants up, you can put your own arms over these, draping your armpits over that pair of protrusions, and reaching down to pull your pants up. That doesn’t sound like it takes a lot of arm strength, does it?
It’s true that one of the topics we’ve covered in this blog is exercise for wheelchair users. Keep in mind, though, that there are a number of reasons to exercise, whether or not you’re in a wheelchair. A lot of it goes to general health, as well as maintaining a sense of well-being. Exercise has also found found to have numerous benefits, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And, while it’s not needed in order to get dressed using Pants Up Easy, a little extra strength couldn’t hurt, could it?