Why do I love iLevel® technology? I love and use it in so many different ways. I wouldn’t have the kind of lifestyle and independence that I have now.
iLevel helps in the home. I can elevate to control my thermostat in the home, reach lights and light switches and get to other things, like my phone. These are all basic things but they’re very important in day-to-day life. When you’re a quadriplegic, sometimes, you may be by yourself. So, you must figure out life and how to adapt. iLevel helped me adapt to my home and makes it easier for me to be more of an independent person, especially as a quadriplegic.
I love the fact that iLevel puts you at the right height to look people in the eye. I like looking at people at eye level, instead of them looking down at me in an inferior manner, which is not the true situation. Most of us that are in wheelchairs or power chairs have experienced engaging in a conversation with somebody who stands. It’s kind of awkward. Thanks to the added height with iLevel, everybody’s on the same playing field.
Without iLevel, I think my life would be very different. For instance, living independently as a quadriplegic, I wouldn’t be able to reach switches from the seated height of a power wheelchair. I wouldn’t be able to control the temperature in my home. Yes, there are apps for that, however, I like to go out of my way to make sure that I use my arms and muscles as much as possible. I don’t want to become too lazy or let my body get out of shape. If I can do it, I might as well do it myself.
If I did not have iLevel, I would not have the ability to reach the length and width of certain paintings. iLevel lets me create larger images and pictures for people and my personal use. Without iLevel technology on my power wheelchair, my perspective would be very different. I like the elevated position, as you can see life for what it is.
About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.