Summer is here and opportunities to get outside our homes and into the community are opening back up. You might find that you are experiencing a little more difficulty getting settled in your vehicle this year. Don’t worry! There are devices out there to make your travels safer and allow independent living while enjoying your summer adventures.

If you are having a hard time getting in and out of your vehicle you can try a Swivel Seat to make things easier. This device is placed on the seat of your car. The swivel allows you to easily twist into place in the seat of your car to help you as you maneuver in and out. It is comfortable and has a washable cover. 

Another handy device for your vehicle is a Car Cane. This device has multiple uses. This portable handle hooks instantly into the door latches of any car to assist you in getting out of the car. Simply open your door and snap it on! Car Cane hooks into place and will not move. Some also have flashlights built in, as well as a seat belt cutter, and a tool to break the glass for a quick exit if needed. 

Finally, if you are struggling to reach your seat belt and lock it in place, there is a device that can help with that too. The Seat Belt Helper attaches to any car seat belt and creates an extended handle for a driver or passenger to effortlessly reach the seat belt buckle. Those with limited arm mobility will appreciate this assistive tool and will find the soft silicone comfortable to hold. The device installs in seconds without tools and can be moved from car to car if needed. 

For more ideas on how to use Assistive Technology to improve your life and support your independence, contact Carolyn Boyle, LLMSW, AT Coordinator at CareWell Services, by calling (269) 441-0949 or email cboyle@carewellservices.org

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