My Quantum Power Wheelchair and Caring for My Pets

Stephanie, elevated at iLevel, ibn her Quantum Power Wheelchair

I use iLevel seat elevation on my Quantum Power Wheelchair for so many activities in my everyday life: cooking, personal care, household tasks, shopping and more. It’s easy for me to lose track of all the different things I do at iLevel because I use it for so many things! One category of tasks that iLevel helps me with is pet care. I have five beautiful pets (I used to have six, but we recently lost one of our elderly cats) and I use iLevel to help take care of them all. Here are just a few ways that iLevel helps me with my animals:

Feeding the Cats

We have three cats and two dogs. Though we feed all of them, the dogs are still eager to get to the cat food anytime they can. Because of this, we feed our cats on elevated surfaces so that their food is safe from the dogs. Being able to raise my power wheelchair allows me to reach the higher shelves where we feed our cats. 

Using My Quantum Power Wheelchair to Walk the Dogs

Our dogs are Alaskan Klee Kais, which means they’re basically miniature huskies. They have tons of energy and need to go for walks a few times a day. When it’s bright out, I will keep my power wheelchair in the lowered position, which allows me to go a max speed of a little over 6 mph. This gets the dogs running at a steady pace that they love. However, when it’s darker out, I raise my chair to iLevel and turn my fender lights on. This ensures that I can see any cars that might be coming near us when we cross the street and the cars can see us as well! 

Taking Out the Litter with iLevel

Stephanie pets her cats with iLevel on her Quantum Power Wheelchair

Changing kitty litter is never fun, but with iLevel it is a bit easier. With so many cats in the house, we like to do regular full litter dumps, which means emptying out all the litter in the boxes and refilling with fresh litter. Old, dirty litter is not only unpleasant, it’s heavy! I used to really struggle to lift the garbage bags full of dirty litter into my tall garbage tote. Thanks to iLevel on my power wheelchair, I can elevate so that I can easily toss the litter. 

About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.

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