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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

Koolway Sports Brings Comfortable Outerwear To Wheelchair Users

The holiday shopping season is on and many are doing their shopping for the latest in winter gear. In today’s day and age we have choices, A multitude of stores, websites, brands, colors and materials ensures that you will walk away with something to keep you warm this winter.

What about wheelchair users?

Individuals who use wheelchairs have special clothing needs that cannot be accommodated with traditional coats. Individuals in wheelchairs may have these challenges with regular coats:

  • Unable to put coat on
  • Coats need to be put on backwards
  • Unable to put arms into the sleeves
  • Wearing shoulder harnesses results in not being able to wear coats
  • Being Comfortable
  • Staying Warm
  • Easy Accessibility
  • A Lack of Self-esteem

So imagine individuals who are confined to a wheelchair being able to:

  • Wear a fashionable, classy outerwear garment instead of an old ratty blanket.
  • Have a caregiver dress them in under 5 minutes.
  • Enabling them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life.

Koolway Sports Has a Solution

Koolway Sports is an innovative Canadian clothier and manufacturer offering a line of outerwear consisting of Coats, blankets, hoods, boots and accessories tailored to the needs of users of wheelchairs.

Koolway has a mission to provide products that are warm, accessible, fashionable and comfortable for individuals who need to use a wheelchair while maintaining a measure of self-esteem. With their experience in technology and design they have been able to create products vastly superior to other solutions, eliminating weather as an issue for wheelchair users.

Koolway Sports Products

Below are some of the products that Koolway Sports offers to make sure that wheelchair users stay warm this winter

Koolway Sports Coat

Koolway Sports JacketFor both individuals with special needs and their caregivers, a Koolway Sports Koat helps to maintain the quality of living for people in motion.

On initial appearance, the Koolway Sports coat looks like a high-end, outdoors jacket, but closer inspection reveals exceptionally clever details beneficial to wheelchair users.

The coat features include:

  • Half-back
  • High zippered collar
  • Side zippers from the cuffs to the bottom of the side seam for easy accessibility
  • Shoulder openings to accommodate contoured chair straps
  • Media pocket
  • Kangaroo pouch security pocket
  • Detachable hood
  • iPad pocket
  • Special openings for g-tubes.

The Koolway Sports Blanket Back

This blanket allowing the individual to continue using their own Koolway Sports coat and blanket. The easily accessible blanket back zipper to the front blanket encases the legs completely maintaining the warmth of the body, while protecting the legs from the weather elements without a lot of bulk.

KoolKapes

Koolway KapesKool Kapes were designed for the individual who needs a water resistant garment for the quick dash to the waiting transportation or for that short ride between covered areas.

Ideal for schools, seniors homes and camps as a stock item. This product accommodates the Scooter user and the KoolKape protects the front driving controls and the back parcel basket keeping the individual and everything else dry from the elements.

KoolBoots

Kool BootsKool Boots are specifically designed as a new alternative for cumbersome footwear. KoolBoots may be worn with or without additional footwear for protection of all weather related elements. KoolBoots are uniquely designed with a back zipper for easy access.

KoolSit-Sak

KoolSit-Sak is a specialy designed blanket for the individual who Sit Ski’s. It features a special front opening for the required quick release safety harness and the individual is kept warm and dry with a “Powderfill”  insulation and water resistant outer Commander fabric.

Koolway Sports Accessories

Koolway Sports accessories completes the outerwear line with hats, mitts with reflective strips and coat protector which works with the coat design and unique coat material options.

Liliya Bromberg Koolway Sports

Liliya in her brand new Koolway Sports Gear

Koolway Sports has taken a fresh look at the challenges a person with minimal mobility might have when dressing.

In addition Koolway Sports looks for out for individuals who need some extra help. Earlier this year Liliya Bromberg, a young lady with Cerebral Palsy who is also fighting hepatocellular carcinoma received a beautiful new Koolway Sports Coat from the generous folks at Koolway Sports. Thanks to this much needed donation Liliya can now be more active then ever while staying warm and comfortable.

For more information about Koolway Sports and the product line visit www.koolwaysports.com

Tzvi Schectman

Written on December 14, 2012 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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