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For first-time powerchair users, the JoyBar instils confidence because it is intuitive. The JoyBar provides separate controls



 

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For first-time powerchair users, the JoyBar instils confidence because it is intuitive. The JoyBar provides separate controls for steering and speeds, similar to how you drive a car. The combination of power wheelchair manoeuvrability and scooter style controls creates a more natural riding experience.  In the attendant position, the patent pending JoyBar provides more stability and greater control for the attendant, all without the need of upgraded electronics.

Product Features

·         By using your arms to steer the Power Wheelchair, driving becomes more intuitive – like operating a car or riding a bicycle.
·         Effortless Drop-in Connection
·         Modular Design for transfers
·         Robust Midline Drive Position protects against injuries from pedestrians falling onto users
·         Multiple Driving Location Options including attendant control position
·         Easy Plug'N'Play Installation
·         Installs on most Power Wheelchairs

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The JoyBar?

The JoyBar is a scooter style electronic control designed to work on any power wheelchair. It is used in place of a joystick control.

How Does It Install And What Chairs Will It Work On?

The JoyBar will work on virtually all brands and models of powerchair. It has it’s own power module so you must replace the existing module with the one in the kit. Brand specific harnesses are provided (PG, Dynamic) to make installation a breeze and eliminate cutting wires.

All connections are plug and play! After that,you simply mount the sockets and brackets to the seat and plug them in!

What Type Of Client Could Benefit From A JoyBar?

Most first time drivers and geriatric clients could benefit from the joybar because it is more intuitive. Clients transitioning from a scooter will also find it far easier and more like what they are accustomed to.

In addition, due to the fine motor control required to operate a joystick, certain disabilities such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, stroke, parkinsons , traumatic brain injuries , and cognitively impaired clients may find the joybar easier to use than a joystick.

It makes sense to try any potential powerchair user and see what they prefer.

How Many Receiver Sockets Do I Need?

For operation, only one socket is necessary, however many clients prefer 2 or 3. If they need a caregiver to operate as an attendant ,then the rear socket is a must. If they want to get closer to tables and desks or simply want a place to store the JoyBar that they can access easily then the side socket is the way to go.

Additional sockets can always be added later but many users like to get them all up front.

Can The JoyBar Control Power Seat Functions?

Yes, the JoyBar plus can control up to 2 power seat functions through the hand control. Most often, tilt /seat elevate or tilt/ power legs are requested but you can dictate the combination. Recline would be the one obvious problem due to the location of the stationary front socket relative to the seat back as it reclines.

Is The JoyBar Programmable?

Yes,the JoyBar has the same programming parameters as any joystick.

It is important to note that you need a specific programmer to do it. Active controls offers a handheld and a PC version for purchase.

Why Do Many People Find The JoyBar Easier To Operate Than A Joystick?

To operate the joybar requires gross motor control. To operate a joystick requires fine motor control. Many people, especially the geriatric population, have difficulty with fine motor control, but maintain the ability to operate a joybar with their gross motor muscles.

Unlike an armrest mounted joystick control at the side of your body, the JoyBar is operated at the center of the body. In the study of physiology, there is the proximodistal rule which states the closer to the center your hands are to your core, the easier it is to control them. Think about tilt-steering wheels on automobiles as taking advantage of the proximodistal rule, just like the joybar does!

What About Users With Limited Range Of Motion In Their Hands And Arms?

The joybar only requires one hand to move 3” for the full range of motion needed to steer a power wheelchair in 180° turns. The throttle throw is less than 2”.

How much strength is required to turn the handlebar of the JoyBar?

The force is about the same amount as what is required to move a joystick. For comparison to a scooter which requires manual steering, 3 wheel scooters require an average of 16 lbs of turning force due to moving the wheel on the ground vs. 3 lbs of force to turn a JoyBar or move a joystick. 4 wheelers can require up to 80 lbs of force depending on tire size. The difference is so great because a scooter is manually steered and the innovative new JoyBar drive control is fully electronic.

What Motor Skills Stay With Your For A Lifetime Once You Acquire Them?

Gross motor skills like walking, jumping, and throwing, are retained as we age unlike fine motor skills such as handwriting, typing, drawing, etc. Gross motor skills involve the use of large and numerous muscles and do not require as much movement precision as fine motor skills do.

Fine motor skills require greater control of the small muscles , which as we age diminishes or disappears from non-use. The joybar uses gross motor skills while most joysticks require fine motor skills.

Why Else Is The JoyBar Easier To Operate Especially For People With Neuromuscular Disabilities?

A joystick controls 6 different functions (forward, reverse; left, right steering, speeds and braking) with fine motor control forefinger and thumb movement. The joybar splits up the work. Steering the handlebar is controlled by your hands and lower arms, while direction and propulsion is controlled with pressing your fingers against the throttle lever. In addition, because the work of controlling the different functions is split up, the joybar’s steering commands are processed in the cerebellum while the frontal lobe manages propulsion and braking. Because a joystick operate all 6 functions with the same fine motor movement, the commands are processed in just the frontal lobe of the brain which makes it confusing and overloads many neurologically impaired people.

Joybar. For first-time powerchair users, the JoyBar instils confidence because it is intuitive. The JoyBar provides separate controls for steering and speeds, similar to how you drive a car. The combination of power wheelchair manoeuvrability and scooter style controls creates a more natural riding experience.  In the attendant position, the patent pending JoyBar provides more stability and greater control for the attendant, all without the need of upgraded electronics. Product Features ·         By using your arms to steer the Power Wheelchair, driving becomes more intuitive – like operating a car or riding a bicycle.·         Effortless Drop-in Connection·         Modular Design for transfers·         Robust Midline Drive Position protects against injuries from pedestrians falling onto users·         Multiple Driving Location Options including attendant control position·         Easy Plug'N'Play Installation·         Installs on most Power Wheelchairs Frequently Asked Questions What Is The JoyBar? The JoyBar is a scooter style electronic control designed to work on any power wheelchair. It is used in place of a joystick control. How Does It Install And What Chairs Will It Work On? The JoyBar will work on virtually all brands and models of powerchair. It has it’s own power module so you must replace the existing module with the one in the kit. Brand specific harnesses are provided (PG, Dynamic) to make installation a breeze and eliminate cutting wires. All connections are plug and play! After that,you simply mount the sockets and brackets to the seat and plug them in! What Type Of Client Could Benefit From A JoyBar? Most first time drivers and geriatric clients could benefit from the joybar because it is more intuitive. Clients transitioning from a scooter will also find it far easier and more like what they are accustomed to. In addition, due to the fine motor control required to operate a joystick, certain disabilities such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, stroke, parkinsons , traumatic brain injuries , and cognitively impaired clients may find the joybar easier to use than a joystick. It makes sense to try any potential powerchair user and see what they prefer. How Many Receiver Sockets Do I Need? For operation, only one socket is necessary, however many clients prefer 2 or 3. If they need a caregiver to operate as an attendant ,then the rear socket is a must. If they want to get closer to tables and desks or simply want a place to store the JoyBar that they can access easily then the side socket is the way to go. Additional sockets can always be added later but many users like to get them all up front. Can The JoyBar Control Power Seat Functions? Yes, the JoyBar plus can control up to 2 power seat functions through the hand control. Most often, tilt /seat elevate or tilt/ power legs are requested but you can dictate the combination. Recline would be the one obvious problem due to the location of the stationary front socket relative to the seat back as it reclines. Is The JoyBar Programmable? Yes,the JoyBar has the same programming parameters as any joystick. It is important to note that you need a specific programmer to do it. Active controls offers a handheld and a PC version for purchase. Why Do Many People Find The JoyBar Easier To Operate Than A Joystick? To operate the joybar requires gross motor control. To operate a joystick requires fine motor control. Many people, especially the geriatric population, have difficulty with fine motor control, but maintain the ability to operate a joybar with their gross motor muscles. Unlike an armrest mounted joystick control at the side of your body, the JoyBar is operated at the center of the body. In the study of physiology, there is the proximodistal rule which states the closer to the center your hands are to your core, the easier it is to control them. Think about tilt-steering wheels on automobiles as taking advantage of the proximodistal rule, just like the joybar does! What About Users With Limited Range Of Motion In Their Hands And Arms? The joybar only requires one hand to move 3” for the full range of motion needed to steer a power wheelchair in 180° turns. The throttle throw is less than 2”. How much strength is required to turn the handlebar of the JoyBar? The force is about the same amount as what is required to move a joystick. For comparison to a scooter which requires manual steering, 3 wheel scooters require an average of 16 lbs of turning force due to moving the wheel on the ground vs. 3 lbs of force to turn a JoyBar or move a joystick. 4 wheelers can require up to 80 lbs of force depending on tire size. The difference is so great because a scooter is manually steered and the innovative new JoyBar drive control is fully electronic. What Motor Skills Stay With Your For A Lifetime Once You Acquire Them? Gross motor skills like walking, jumping, and throwing, are retained as we age unlike fine motor skills such as handwriting, typing, drawing, etc. Gross motor skills involve the use of large and numerous muscles and do not require as much movement precision as fine motor skills do. Fine motor skills require greater control of the small muscles , which as we age diminishes or disappears from non-use. The joybar uses gross motor skills while most joysticks require fine motor skills. Why Else Is The JoyBar Easier To Operate Especially For People With Neuromuscular Disabilities? A joystick controls 6 different functions (forward, reverse; left, right steering, speeds and braking) with fine motor control forefinger and thumb movement. The joybar splits up the work. Steering the handlebar is controlled by your hands and lower arms, while direction and propulsion is controlled with pressing your fingers against the throttle lever. In addition, because the work of controlling the different functions is split up, the joybar’s steering commands are processed in the cerebellum while the frontal lobe manages propulsion and braking. Because a joystick operate all 6 functions with the same fine motor movement, the commands are processed in just the frontal lobe of the brain which makes it confusing and overloads many neurologically impaired people.

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