For anyone unable to walk, many destinations or activities seem impossible. NOW new opportunities as broad as your imagination await! Indispensable for active individuals, recreation & travel organizations serving the disabled, and as part of an emergency preparation plan for individuals, managed-care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, accessible housing, etc. Emergency Preparation starts with each person - Be Prepared for the unexpected!
Be prepared for the unexpected, even in accessible locations, an elevator might be out of order or the vehicle with a wheelchair lift broke down
Aircraft - large commercial, smaller regional, and even private/recreational. The Comfort Carrier is the result of multiple revisions and improvements driven by extensive real-world testing and has received rave reviews by airline personnel assisting with and observing transfers!
USA Today - "Airlines tackle wheelchair need" (or not!) March 13, '08 For passenger service workers, those who assist with wheelchair transfers, "the average pay is less than $19,000 a year. Some 60% said they had not been formally trained in how to lift an immobile passenger."
Using the Comfort Carrier, Mark Felling, Broadened Horizons' President and a C-5 quadriplegic in a power wheelchair has flown round trip safely, independently, and with confidencenumerous times! He has used the Comfort Carrier to try kayaking, sit skiing, sailing, and handcycling! The Comfort Carrier is the result of multiple revisions and improvements driven by extensive real-world testing and has received rave reviews by airline personnel assisting with and observing transfers!
Save yourself physically and mentally - get a Comfort Carrier TODAY!
- Train, inaccessible Bus, Van, or automobile (indispensable when exploring less developed countries, when adapted vehicles are not affordable or available such as rental cars or taxis)
- Cruise Ship - dis-boarding in smaller ports of call & take advantage of local sightseeing opportunities that might otherwise not be possible
- Stairs (be carried up or down separate from wheelchair)
- Bed (when lifts are not available, cannot be used because of no space under bed, bed is wrong height, or those assisting with transfer simply don't have the experience or strength for sliding board, standing pivot or other transfer techniques
- Try new things that were otherwise simply too difficult or thought impossible
- Kayak, Canoe, Sailboat, Speedboat Sit Ski (water or snow), tubing, sledding
- Camping (wheelchair to sleeping bag)
- Swimming, Beach, Picnic (wheelchair to grass/sand/water - Pool, Lake, Ocean)
- Amusement Park (experience the roller coaster for the first time or again)
- Biking - Recombinant, Arm Bike / Hand Cycle, even tow trailer seat
- Motorsports - ATV, Snowmobile, Go-kart
- Horseback Riding (combined with a sturdy tree, 4 rock climbing Carabiners, a belay safety equipment & rope)
- Hunting & Fishing - duck boat, tournament angler boat, ATV / Ranger, etc. Tree stand (combined with a sturdy tree, 4 rock climbing Carabiners, belay safety equipment & rope)
- Recliner, Couch, Standing Frame, etc.
- Emergency - fall out of wheelchair / wheelchair tips over
Personal Emergency Preparedness Planning
- Hurricane Katrina demonstrated disabled people need to be prepared themselves and can't always depend on rescue workers who may not have the required equipment - are you going to wait to find out?
- Fire (elevators shut down)
- Flood, Tsunami, Hurricane (go to higher level or evacuation by boat)
- Tornado (go down into basement or other secure, wheelchair inaccessible location)
- Earthquake, Landslide, even Terrorism, etc. (crumbled buildings & debris)
Sit Skiing: carried from wheelchair 20' down hill to the beach (early prototype)
Leverage makes all the difference! Guy on right in yellow is 5'2" and 125 lbs. helping comfortably transfer a person 5'11" and 236 pounds!
- Safer with less chance of individual being dropped or injured
- Comfortable for individual being transferred, less chance of being lifted in a painful manner
- Maintains individual in natural seated position while securing legs during transfer
- Easy repositioning, especially pulling individual all the way back into seat
- No more torn clothing or embarrassments from accidentally dislodged or disconnected urinary collection devices
- Only 2 individuals required to assist with transfer
- No special skills or training for those assisting with transfer required
- Transfer lifting can be performed from front & back (aircraft) or each side (kayak)
- Saves backs or other strain injuries of those assisting with transfer
- Easily slipped around individual while seated in wheelchair or any other seat
- Fits securely like special-purpose clothing - can be left in position during activity
- Lightweight & folds up for compact, easy portability such as in exterior pocket of carry-on luggage (only 10" x 11" x 3")
- Highly Adjustable! 2 Sizes accommodates almost all individuals up to 400 pounds!
- American-Made Craftsmanship, Super Strong & Durable, Machine washable. 1 Year limited Warranty.
Related Information Resources
An emergency evacuation package for any multistory building, is also available. Wheelchair Fire Safety Brochure
Patented. Reproduction or use of this concept / design without the express written permission of Broadened Horizons, Inc. is strictly prohibited.
Dr. Scott Rains, Accessible and Inclusive Travel Guru preparing to summit the Taj Mahal with the Comfort Carrier during the July 2008 India Inclusive Tourism Workshop Tour. Read Dr. Rains article "It Felt like Flying" from his intimate wilderness wheelchair accessible Alaskan cruise with Waypoint Charter Services for which he used the Comfort Carrier for small aircraft transfers, countless kayak in the other boat transfers, and more.
"I can vouch for the effectiveness of Comfort Carrier. We used it at Taj Mahal to carry Scott Rains. More over we used it in our demonstrations in our seminars in India to make TWO from the audience to carry me without too much effort!! That is saying a lot." - Jani
Tour Watch member Arwen Bird being transferred from her wheelchair to a PVC pipe beach wheelchair to go snorkeling at Cowell's Beach during Day on the Beach ' 08 in Santa Cruz, California. The Comfort Carrier was necessary because the arms on the beach wheelchairs are not removable so an independent transfer is not possible.
Amanda Neal, Independent Living Center - Homer, Alaska
"We got Comfort Carriers for all of our Independent Living Centers on the Kenai Peninsula here in Alaska. I went on a rafting trip last weekend with a friend who uses a wheel chair. The Comfort Carrier was a lifesaver and worked great! I took pictures although I realize I don’t have any really good ones of the Comfort Carrier in use. You can see that he has it on in every picture though. We used the Comfort Carrier to get Doug on/off the small airplane (an Otter). Then we used the Comfort Carrier to get him in and out of the raft and awesome Kili-Kart chair. I am going to go advocate for this at Grant Air, one of our smaller airlines that currently carries people on and off the airplane with no aids. If you how some Comfort Carrier brochures that would be helpful. Thanks!"
Mary Schlechty - Washington, USA
Emergency Preparedness - Invaluable when the time comes!
"I was thinking of you this week, In Washington state we had a lot of flooding. Unfortunately I tried to drive through it and stalled out my van and had to be rescued by the fire dept. My son, [Chris] was in the van with me. It damaged his [power]chair. We took a cabulance to a hotel and stayed a few days. Luckily I had Chris's [Comfort Carrier] portable sling with me [to get him out of the vehicle]. (I keep clothes and a small charger in my car in case of bad weather) my daughter was able to come over [to the hotel] and help me transfer him into bed and get him up [with the Comfort Carrier]. I don't know how we would of done it without the [Comfort Carrier] sling. The water has receeded and we are back home now."
Prasad Phanasgaonka, Mumbai, India
"My Dad [touch wood] has recovered soon..but he's in 70's so am avoiding his help.
I tried Comfort Carrier & its nice.. My attendant & driver who are considerably weak could transfer me in car using it. I had been to farmhouse in floods & vehicle was stuck ..I missed packing Comfort Carrier in bag! :-( I will try clicking some photos next time. btw this video is of Accessible travel seminar in Mumbai..views I gave. ;-) "
Elanie Link (for son John), Illinois, USA
Comfort Carrier made going to Portugal for Stem Cell Surgery Possible!
"We returned home from Portugal yesterday. The surgery went very well. Now John will have extended physical therapy and any gains he may have from the stem cell graft may show up over the next months and years. The Comfort Carry worked very well moving John between wheelchair and airplane seat. My husband and I did the transfers with a helper from the airline quickly moving the Roho seat cushion from one seat to another. My husband lifted John's torso using the middle set of hand loops. I lifted his legs... I cannot imagine how we would have accomplished the moves without the carrier. It was especially necessary on the way home when my son had a big incision on the back of his neck and we had to be extra careful. Anyway, I was extremely thankful that I had come across a link to your site and your product before the trip. Thanks for your great invention in the Comfort Carrier. We practiced with it at home a couple of times before we took off, and it definitely made all our lives easier during the transfers. My husband has had back surgery and I'm a 56-year-old woman with a pacemaker, but we could handle the job. In every airport they looked at us with disbelief when we said we would be moving John by ourselves."
Walt Balenovich, Toronto Canada
That transfer sling is quite ingenious...I have scurried across and over many a small aircraft wing in Kenya and Australia and it can be a bit dangerous, and I am a cross between a para and a quad! Nice to see that we have an Edison like you on our side, making life easier!
Judy Roberts, Orlando Florida
"I am forwarding you a photograph taken of my son-in-law on our trip to the beach. The Comfort Carrier worked out beautifully."
William L. Bussear - Isla Aguada, Campeche, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula)
"I purchased a Comfort Carrier from Mark and it has almost eliminated in the extreme hassle of getting on and getting off aircraft! I still have to be carried and I still have to be put on that damn "crucifixion chair" but it has eliminated the "manhandling" and the "accidental dropping" totally! EVERYONE who uses a wheelchair needs to buy this product before you fly again! I am suggesting that all of my clients who fly to Freedom Shores buy one before they leave! It is also wonderful for getting in and out of kayaks here at Freedom Shores. It makes transitioning from the wheelchair to the kayak a simple process. Mark, congratulations on a great product!"
"I am very happy that I met Mark Felling! He is a wonderful example of someone who is waging a furious and courageous fight against quadriplegia! His enthusiasm is contagious and the products he offers the handicap community is impressive and extremely utilitarian! I personally purchased one of his Comfort Carriers and it is an exemplary product. It makes getting on and getting off a passenger aircraft much safer and much easier on everyone involved! I hope to meet him and personally share ideas with him in March of 2008!"
Matt Keil - Iraq Veteran - Parker Colorado, USA
Matt, a quadriplegic from a sniperin Iraq, and his wife Tracy shared these comments as they were preparing to fly to Florida with the Comfort Carrier after recently returning from a flight to Craig Hospital in Denver. They also mentioned showing the Comfort Carrier there with very positive responses! "I am not sure you are using [the Comfort Carrier] to its full potential, and trust me we use it to it's full potential! I bring it everywhere - we even used it to furniture shop so that Matt could try out all the couches in the store. We moved him around the entire furniture store in that thing....we love it! We also took him in/out of the pool with it on vacation. It worked great..." Matt's CaringBridge webpage.
Stephen Trott - Surrey, United Kingdom
"I have just returned from a trip to Florida, which gave me the chance to use the Comfort Carrier to its fullest. I found that with just a little practice it is in place and ready for use in just a couple of minutes. I put it on at the gate just before being called. In the UK the ground crews tend to be shorter and not as strong as in the US, however 3 guys managed to lift me relatively easily from wheelchair to the aisle chair. [The Comfort Carrier's] main advantage in the aisle chair is it helped maintain a good and safe position, they were then able to easily lift me from the aisle chair to [airplane] seat, and then importantly position me easily for the flight. In the US, 2 ground crew found it very easy to do the reverse. On the return flight the ground crew manager remarked that ‘It was the easiest transfer he had done’. The Comfort Carrier made the flight the easiest and most comfortable that I have done."
Jonathan Ko ready to board an aircraft
Wayne C. Wurtz, PTA, BS, President, Comprehensive Injury Prevention Solutions, Inc.
"I consult for injury prevention with a human services company. The Comfort Carrier has caught on recently through my recommendation with this company. The first one I purchased has been deployed and has been used is a residential setting. It has helped balance the 2-person head and toe transfer. It allows for improved lifting mechanics when transferring from the floor, which is typically the hardest place to transfer someone from."
Kristin Forster - Hastings, Minnesota, USA
"Thank you so much for creating the Comfort Carrier. We ordered it for my dad just for emergencies like falling out of the wheelchair or equipment failure. By the time we received it in the mail, my dad had all kinds of ideas of where he wanted to go! We have taken him into the house he grew up in, and have a hot-air balloon ride reserved for this fall. My dad is 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds, but my mom and I can easily carry him wherever he wants to go. Maybe we’ll even start to think about a winter vacation someplace warm. J It’s very easy to use. Nice and sturdy!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!"
“Mark Felling, an engineer and inventor with quadriplegia, attended our United Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Bike and Recreation Fair in 2006 and demonstrated his Comfort Carrier Transfer Sling. Everyone was impressed with Mark’s professionalism and his desire to solve a significant barrier for people with disabilities and their caregivers -- transferring from one location to another. The Comfort Carrier is easy to use and easy to store, so you can always have it handy. Through his personal trials, Mark has developed a safe solution that we think will be of benefit to many individuals with disabilities as well as care facilities and public businesses. After such disasters as hurricane Katrina, we think the Comfort Carrier should be available in all facilities that house or employ individuals with disabilities or in the homes of people who need to be transferred from wheelchairs.”
Comfort Carrier made going to Portugal for Stem Cell Surgery Possible!
Elanie Link (for son John), Illinois, USA
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:20 PM
Mark - We returned home from Portugal yesterday. The surgery went very well. Now John will have extended physical therapy and any gains he may have from the stem cell graft may show up over the next months and years. The Comfort Carry worked very well moving John between wheelchair and airplane seat. My husband and I did the transfers with a helper from the airline quickly moving the Roho seat cushion from one seat to another. My husband lifted John's torso using the middle set of hand loops. I lifted his legs. The main difficulty was that my husband is 6'5" and he doesn't really fit into the space on the plane -- lifting John into place in the seat from husband's position behind the seat. I'm not describing that very well, but it was all fairly awkward. [yes, airplane aisles have tight quarters to maneuver in. It will help to have an available person from the airline positioned on the middle seat next to where you are transferring to, assist the person such as your husband lifting over the airplane seat backrest] However, I cannot imagine how we would have accomplished the moves without the carrier. It was especially necessary on the way home when my son had a big incision on the back of his neck and we had to be extra careful. John still had a long, uncomfortable ride home and had to use his pain medication several times. Anyway, I was extremely thankful that I had come across a link to your site and your product before the trip. It was not even in the question to get any photographs of the move, so I can't forward any pictures to you right now.
A team of ten doctors performed the surgery on April 11. John's lesion was occupied by a fluid-filled cyst with a length of 2.5 cm, so it was a simpler procedure to empty the lesion than in those patients with fibrous scar tissue. The doctors cleared the lesion and measured how much material it would take to fill the space. Then they removed that amount of tissue from the olfactory center, only taking tissue from one side so John retains his sense of smell. The tissue is supposed to regenerate over the next few months so his olfactory center will be restored. Dr. Lima sorted the tissue microscopically, removing any fibers, blood cells, and other parts that were not to be included in the graft. Then they packed the remaining cells into the space in John's spinal cord and sealed everything up. The whole surgery took a little less than five hours. We saw John in the intensive care section and he was awake and talking. Two visiting doctors had asked permission to observe the surgery, and we talked with one of them. He was from Croatia, but had studied at Oxford and was now at Cambridge. He said that the British surgeons were not even close to ready to perform surgery this complicated and requiring the level of skill he had observed. We asked Dr. Lima if he anticipated working in the United States any time in the future. He replied that it took all ten doctors on his team and that we didn't have anyone trained to do this sort of surgery.
Incidentally, we paid the doctors in advance of the travel ... $35,000 Euros which is $56,000. To our surprise, there were no further charges. Portugal has public health, so their people do not pay for hospital stays and so on. John's hospital stay cost us nothing, his medicines and supplies during the stay cost us nothing, and there was absolutely no further charge beyond what we paid the doctors. Dr. Lima had arranged transportation to and from the airport, so when we arrived at the airport on April 8 there was an ambulance with two attendants to take all of us and our luggage straight to the hospital. Since we had arrived on the morning of the 8th and the surgery was on the 11th Dr. Lima let us keep John with us at the hotel until the evening of the 10th. He had tests every day at the hospital ... some preliminary tests and then blood tests to see how his clotting time was since John takes Coumadin to avoid blood clots. Each day John was transported by ambulance or by a medical transport with a lift - always with two attendants who took John right up to the 6th floor of the hospital and to his room. I could not believe it. Our hotel was just a 10-minute walk from the hospital so it wasn't a long trip, but the weather was windy and often rainy and the sidewalks were rough so it would have been a nasty commute by manual wheelchair.
Two days after the surgery John was warm. He has not been able to regulate his temperature since his accident and he has been cold for the last three years. Dr. Lima said that every patient has had the same experience of feeling warm. He said that some patients have arrived bundled up "like they were coming from the North Pole" and that a couple of days after the surgery they felt warm again. If that is the only thing John gets from this procedure, it is a positive outcome. I really hope this effect lasts. I know that he is sitting in his room at home today with the temperature at 75 degrees. It's 75 because it's very warm outside in Illinois. He needed 78 or 79 all winter in order to keep from shivering. At 75 he would definitely have been shivering.
That's it so far. Thanks for your great invention in the Comfort Carrier. We practiced with it at home a couple of times before we took off, and it definitely made all our lives easier during the transfers. One fellow in the Newark airport was helping us with the wheelchair and remarked, "Didn't you guys come through here a week or so ago?" He just remembered us using the carrier to lift John ourselves. In every airport they looked at us with disbelief when we said we would be moving John by ourselves. The airline sent four or five people to help us at each stop, but we really did everything ourselves. John doesn't weigh much at all, but he is 6'4". My husband has had back surgery and I'm a 56-year-old woman with a pacemaker, but we could handle the job.
With sincere thanks,
Cindy & Jenna Johnson - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA
"We would highly recommend the Comfort Carrier! It is a wonderful design that enables our daughter Jenna to get places she couldn't go before. We use it to get her up the steps to the second floor of our home, but most importantly to Jenna, we use it to get her in and out or our speedboat and into the tube to ride behind it. The Comfort Carrier even made airplane transfers a breeze. Before we had the Comfort Carrier her dad had to do all the lifting....now we can help him too! And, she feels more comfortable and safer....what could be better than that."
The Johnson family recently took a trip using the Comfort Carrier for getting on/off the aircraft, into a family member's second-story very inaccessible duplex, from wheelchair to water to go swimming in the ocean at an inaccessible beach, and later at a hotel.
The family also loves water sports behind their powerboat, and Jenna appreciates it makes hanging out with mom and dad upstairs much easier on everyone!
Wearing Comfort Carrier, ready to go upstairs
Going up/down a narrow stairwell
From wheelchair down to the beach
Into the tube for some wild fun on the water!
Jeremy & Sophie Cox, United Kingdom
"Comfort carrier was received on Friday 14th July. It works really well and enables us to go to New York and not need to hire a patient lift. Well done!!!! Thanks for the prompt service. From one very happy family!"
Zaiton Osman, Singapore
"Received the Comfort Carrier today. Thank you for delivering it promptly. The carrier is for my mother who cannot walk due to severe arthritis. Thank you." [Yes we ship to most countries around the world!]
JU and wife CU, Connecticut USA
"I purchased the Comfort Carrier in case of an emergency. I have fallen out of the wheelchair a few times. Usually I call the police dept. to pick me up and put be back in the chair. It is somewhat uncomfortable for me and embarrassing. I weigh quit a bit and it is awkward for more than one person to pick me up. The Comfort Carrier allows more than one person to help and I feel more secure and also less embarrassed. I had a stroke one year ago. I am 59. I am unable to walk with paralysis on my right side. [With the Comfort Carrier] My wife has hopes of us traveling and also taking me fishing. We anticipate situations where a wheelchair might not work. The Comfort Carrier would help in those predicaments."