ASSISTANCE TO CHOOSE A MOBILITY SCOOTER

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Benefits

A mobility scooter is a device that provides exceptional ways of maintaining your freedom, by giving the required assistance to visit friends, family or even visit shops at your command. It is a dependable device, movable with reasonable mobility automation that can be used easily, cost-effective and easy to maintain.

Types of mobility Scooters

Basically, mobility scooters have been manufactured to assist people to increase their independence and make your life easier.

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Small Scooters

These mobility scooters are very light in weight and portable. It could be folded or disassembled and carried, transported or stored. Ideally, it is best suited for smooth and flat surfaces and short distance travels of approximately 20km on a daily basis.

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Medium Scooters

These mobility scooters are suitable for use in different types of outdoor ground and limited indoor areas. It is a good choice for outdoor use and ideal for short to medium distance travels of 20 to 40kms on a daily basis.

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Large Scooters

These scooters can be used on bumpy grounds and high cliffs. This is a wonderful device to be used when travelling long distances of approximately 30 to 50kms on a daily basis.

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Choosing the appropriate scooter

Firstly, decide where or what type of environment the scooter will be used. If the device is to be used indoors permanently, a small scooter is an ideal device due to its easy movability and small turning circle.

The outdoor performance of a medium scooter is splendid in addition to limited indoor use.

Large scooters are capable of riding well on uneven areas due to its advanced suspension systems.

Consider the distance that has to be travelled daily and how far a fully charged battery can drive. Usually, large scooters are equipped with a battery that can be fully charged. However, it is noteworthy to know that a fully charged battery is affected when the device stops, starts, climbs hills and according to the weight that is being carried.

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The Envoy series, brings an outstanding addition to the Drive range of mobility scooters, with a brilliant performance similar to much bigger models.

User’s Weight

It is important to check the maximum weight the device can carry. Ideally, choosing a scooter that can carry more than a person’s weight is the best option. This comes in helpful when extra power is required especially when climbing hills.

Scooter Transportation

If a scooter needs to be transported on an off public transport, it is best to check with the local transport providers if your scooter could be transported according to its dimensions. If it is being transported in the car boot, ensure the scooter could be disassembled or folded to fit the boot.

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Scooter Storage

Finding a place in your home to store the scooter where it is easily reachable is very important. It should also be stored in a safe and secure place and away from a wet environment.

Taking Care of the Scooter

The mobility scooter needs to be looked after carefully. In order to prolong the battery’s lifetime, it should be charged daily. Just like any other vehicle, this should also be serviced regularly at least once a year. Although mobility scooters are sturdy and long lasting, these should not be exposed to wet weather and also used in the rain.

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BENEFICIAL SUGGESTIONS WHEN TRAVELLING WITH A MOBILITY DEVICE

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Most people travel during summer and in this day and age, those with limited mobility need not be confined to their homes. Mobility Scooters and power chairs are currently being manufactured to be portable and any immobile person can make their next vacation memorable with these branded mobility devices.

Air Travel

Travelling with a compact mobility device by air to any fascinating seaside haven is a simple matter nowadays. However, it’s always better to check with the chosen airline before taking the device aboard. Some of the Pride range of mobility devices are ideal for air travel. These are comfortable, lightweight and can be folded easily for storage before boarding the flight. The CTC suspension assists in a smoother ride and one-hand feather touch disassembling make the scooter or wheelchair the best mobility device to be taken along wherever needed. Pride S19 Deluxe folding mobility travel scooter is an ultra-lightweight folding mobility device that needs very little space once it’s folded or dismantled and equipped with a lithium battery that provides a longer drive range. This is considered as a wheelchair by airlines and does not affect the baggage allowance.

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Train Travel

A trip across the country by train is a lifetime adventure enjoyed by many people. However, inadequate space for luxury mobility devices could possibly be an issue for those who are immobile. Pride, Shoprider, Invacare and Drive Medical are some of the well-known brands that have introduced portable motorized devices that are easy to manage where there is limited space, with feather-touch disassembling and lightweight. The Pride Go-GO LX Mobility scooter with CTS suspension is one of the most advanced travel devices in the market and a great travel partner to depend upon.

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Hit the Trail

Pride, Days, Healthcare, Breezy, Otto Bock and Invacare are some of the well-known brands providing portable motorized wheelchairs if a person needs to tour the country by road. Most of these have features of feather-touch disassembling with a single hand. Therefore, whenever you feel like stopping somewhere to savor the sights and rest your tired feet, it could be made possible with a mobility device to suit your needs. Pride’s Pathrider 10 mobility scooter’s performance is high with puncture proof tyres, automatically connected front to back harness and easy drive tiller with wrap-around handles for safety and easy steering.

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Set a Sail on the Seas

When setting a sail in the mid seas for an enjoyable luxury cruise, have a look at every corner of the cruise ship with one of the many motorized portable scooters available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide.

These devices are able to navigate through small hallways and move around in the elevator from one deck to another. It can drive along the top deck to watch the waves or look around the shops in the lower decks. Bright LED lighting boosts visibility for activities in the evening. The built-in USB charging port is able to power a cell phone while being driven.

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing The Perfect Lift Chair

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Becoming immobile and losing strength is a natural aging process and normal daily chores that were simple in the past become difficult to cope. Simple tasks such as sitting down and standing up will not be that easy especially when your legs are not as strong as they used to be. To overcome these issues and assist the elderly to get back their independence, lift chairs are the best alternative.
Independent Living Specialists has some of the best brands of power lift chairs specifically manufactured for the comfort and support of their customers.

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Guidelines

A lift chair is an up to date equipment manufactured to improve a person’s life and increase mobility. Although there is a wide range of lift chairs available in the market, the user should be aware that the final decision of selecting and purchasing the device is the sole responsibility of the user with assistance from a health care professional such as a doctor or physical therapist.
It is important to read the manual and follow instructions mentioned before trying to use the lift chair for the first time. In some instances, as per the medical conditions, it will become necessary to practice operating the lift chair in the presence of a family member or health care professional who has been trained in assisting the user to perform the day to day activities whilst operating the lift chair safely.

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Precautions and Safety

Lift chairs have been manufactured to give maximum comfort and service. Yet, it should not be modified, disable, add or remove any feature, part or function of the device. Unwarranted modifications could also nullify the device’s warranty.

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Weight Limitations

It is important to use a lift chair according to the weight of the user. Usually, the manufacturer will not hold themselves responsible for any injuries caused or damage to the device by not complying with instructions pertaining to weight constraints.

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Pinch/Crush/Hazards

The scissor and lift mechanism is defined as pinch/crush point hazards on your lift chair. Keep away from these areas and ensure the movement path is unblocked.

Electromagnetic and Radio-frequency interference

Laboratory tests have proved that electromagnetic and radio frequency interference could have an unfavorable effect on the device’s performance. Cellular phones, walkie-talkie, radio/TV stations, wireless computer links, microwave signals, and paging transmitters are some equipment that can cause damage to the control system of devices that are electrically powered. It is recommended to maintain a minimum distance of at least 3 meters between the lift chair and any handheld device that emits 10W or more power.

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The riser action will help reduce the stress which would normally occur on your joints and knees when you get up and down. A battery backup also ensures you are able to retain mobility in the event of a power outage.

Shipping and Delivery

It is recommended to ensure the delivery is fully intact before using the lift chair as some parts may be packed separately. If the delivery is not according to the specifications mentioned on the purchase, the dealer should be contacted immediately. In case the packaging or contents have been damaged during transportation, the delivery company in charge should be contacted.

Transporting by motor vehicle

When a lift chair is being transported in a motor vehicle, special care should be taken to ensure the individual parts are kept safe without slipping. The lift chair should also be secured from slipping and being damaged probably when the vehicle brakes due to a mishap.

HIGH QUALITY BATHROOM DISABILITY AIDS

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Bath and shower aids are two bathroom disability aids that assist in retaining the independence and privacy of the elderly and those with limited mobility when they require to use the bathroom. A wide array of bath and shower aids in the form of grab rails, shower chairs, bath boards, and reclining and self-propelled mobile shower and commodes are now available in all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide. Derived from well-known brands such as Care Quip, Ausmedic, Sunrise Medical, KCare and many others and specially chosen for comfort and safety of the user with the durability of the device in mind. The bathroom aids range further covers either a higher level of support or a handhold in the bathroom.

Bath seats are one of the most commonly used aids as it naturally gives a sense of security and safety to the user when having a bath. It is also believed to provide many health benefits. The user could relieve stress and ease sprained and sore muscles with the use of such aids.

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This is one of the popular bath aids available at ILS manufactured by Hero Medical, It is supposed to very strong and built to resist corrosion.

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Folding Shower Chair

This is a foldable, height adjustable, aluminium shower chair with a plastic seat and side arms to assist the user to lower and raise into the seat.

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Swivel bath seat

The unique design of this bath seat easily fits its base frame over the bath and made of easy to clean plastic. The strong frame swivels 360 degrees and guarded with a locking lever. Its steel frame is fitted with a plastic seat and a drainage hole.

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Bath Lift

A bath lift is another aid that offers the best comfort and safety to the user.
The user will find getting in and out of the bath easy and it divides into 2 parts for easy installation, dismantling and transporting.

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Bath Rail-Tub Mount

It is a powder coated adjustable steel bath rail which could be fastened onto the side of most bathtubs. Users up to 100kg could depend on this to be transferred in and out of the bath.

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Transfer Bench with Backrest

This device can be used to transfer a patient to and from the bath easily and safely. Equipped with a height adjustable aluminium frame and durable plastic seat, the suction legs allow more stability and slip resistance to the transfer bench. The backrest is removable and usable on either the left or right-hand side of the bath.

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Portable over Toilet Aid

This device is a product of Hero Medical and manufactured with aluminium for durability with the seat and lid made out of a high-quality plastic. The seat is non-flexible with a removable lid for easy cleaning. It has been treated for corrosion resistance and also equipped with a splash guard and height adjustable extension legs.

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Comfort and Portability

All these devices provide comfort to those with limited mobility and can be taken anywhere as it does not take much time to install in the required places.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POWER CHAIR AND MOBILITY SCOOTER

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The best suggestion for the transportation of the aging population and those with limited mobility is the power chairs and mobility scooters. Making the correct choice between these two devices will assist in getting back the independence and ability to living life according to your requirements.

However, it is important to apprehend the dissimilarity between power chairs and mobility scooters before purchasing. Firstly a complete medical assessment by a qualified medical practitioner is definitely required to ascertain your health, strength, and weaknesses to operate the device.

Benefits of an electric power chair

An electric power chair is an intricate and somewhat complicated device especially manufactured to completely improve a person’s mobility. Fitted with four to six wheels and guided by an automated joystick, this device is very movable and flexible enough to be used both indoors and outdoors.

In addition to its remarkable movability and capability of turning on the spot, the major advantage of this device is that it is perfect for indoor use. Moving it easily around narrow corners and limited space areas is one of its vital benefits.

Pride, Permobile, Shoprider, and Royale are some of power chair brands that offer a large range of seat movement options. Pride Go, Titan Power and Cobalt travel lite are some models that are adaptable and supportive to those with posture and disability issues. The Cougar power lift chair is capable of motorized standing, tilting and reclining resulting in using it for long hours comfortably. Travel Lite Electric folding power chair, R 4 Pride folding electric wheelchair, Shoprider jiffy power are some of the portable power chairs that could be dismantled for easy transportation.

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Benefits of a mobility scooter

A mobility scooter aids a person to regain independence outside the home environment. This device is considered to be the safest substitute for people who intend to further their mobility outdoors. The current improved technology has resulted in most mobility scooters having a terrific movability and rapid turning circle making it perfect for indoor use too.

This device comes in a portable, lightweight, and heavy-duty category and comes in helpful when choosing a scooter according to your lifestyle. It is suitable for simple day trips to the mall, vacations along beachfront or even mountainous areas. Drive Medical, Invacare, Pride, and Shoprider are some of the top brand mobility scooters coming in various sizes and models.

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Portable mobility scooters

Scout Sport Quattro is a solid portable mobility scooter and a perfect choice for anyone looking for a scooter that can be dismantled and transported easily. This device is ideal for indoor and light outdoor activities such as trips to shopping malls and driving on pavements. This model is reliable, comfortable, stylish and performs well.

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Heavy duty mobility scooters

Shoprider Rocky 4 and Rocky 6 are some of the heavy duty models that are suitable for rough outdoor activities such as climbing hills and riding on rugged landscapes. Equipped with longer battery life, better suspension, pneumatic tyres and a powerful motor it is also considered to be the ideal device to take care of daily chores such as visiting kith and kin or shopping.

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Options

Specifically, a power chair is the best option if you are in need of a mobility aid to carry out your daily activities inside the home. It will give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family indoors or outdoors. Considering a three-wheel compact scooter depends on the user’s preference. On the other side, if the mobility aid is initially for use outside the home, the best solution is an electric mobility scooter.