HOSPITAL BED BUYING GUIDE FOR CARE GIVERS

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Having a hospital bed in your residence is a great investment if there is a person with limited mobility in the house. Special care should be taken to ensure you can rely on the bed’s reliable service for many years to come.

Selecting a Bed

Selecting a hospital bed for home use is not an easy choice to make. Therefore, family and medical support’s advice should be sought when taking this important decision. When determining which hospital bed is best suitable for home use, it is best to think and understand the needs of the patient, identify where the bed is being placed and pricing to meet the budget available for purchase.

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Electric Hospital Beds

A fully electric hospital bed has 3 features which include head up and down, foot up and down and a motor installed to activate bed move up and down instead of a lever to operate by hand. The main reason why patients prefer a fully electric hospital bed is due to this reason. The function of making the bed go up and down assists caregivers from bending over the patient. This is also referred to as an adjustable hospital bed due to its remote control functions. The semi-electric hospital bed has 2 features which include head up and down and foot up and down. The up and down motion is handled by a lever and this could sometimes be difficult for caregivers.

Hi-Lo Bed

Hi-Lo beds are manufactured to adjust high and low than normal beds. The higher rise function is easy for caregivers to transfer patients without bending too much. The high rise feature is for patients who are independent and the low function is perfect for getting in and out and also stand up easily from the bed.

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Patient’s safety from falls

A low bed is ideal for those who are at risk of falling off the bed. Once the bed is adjusted to the lowest level, a fall will not have a serious impact on the patient.

Short-term use

Beds with springs are ideal for a person who needs a hospital bed on a short-term basis. However, it is advisable to check for metal slats or the solid deck. Invacare beds are good and economical for short-term use.

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Patient’s Weight

A person’s weight plays an important role in the purchase of a hospital bed. A standard bed is suitable for anyone under 300 lbs. However, anyone weighing over 300lbs should purchase a heavy-duty bed as it is larger, comfortable, long lasting and cost effective too.

Mattress

Selecting a mattress is also important depending on the patient’s requirements and size of the bed.

Railings and Castors

Railing and castors also play an important role in a hospital bed. Railing could prevent the patient from falling off the bed and also help to hold and balance to a seating position and castors help to move the bed around but ensure central locking is also installed.

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PRIDE MOBILITY SCOOTERS IN AUSTRALIA

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The Best of Pride Mobility Scooters

Pride Sports rider mobility scooter is a 3-wheel unique device manufactured to resemble a motor-cycle ideal for outdoor transportation. This mobility scooter has a fully digitalized speedometer/odometer display, full suspension system, hardy front/rear lighting kit and adjustable high-back seat.

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The Pride sports rider mobility scooter is a large, powerful retro-styled 3-wheel scooter manufactured to drive smoothly and comfortably. It is outfitted with a remarkable 3.5HP motor enabling it to drive on rough roads. It also has Harley style handlebars with fingertip controls and a weight capacity of 180kg. It is a mobility scooter that stands out of all other mobility scooters in appearance, strength, and usage.

The Pride Go-Go LX Mobility Scooter with CTS Suspension provides a new level of performance features.  The mobility scooter is enabled with CTS independent front and rear suspension, sleek style, feather-touch dis-assembly and standard lighting.

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The Pride Pathrider 130XL mobility scooter is equipped with a range of great features. The scooter is designed with a rear wheel drive, four wheels with front and rear suspension and low-profile non-marking pneumatic tyres. The Pathrider 130XL’s features highlights it as the perfect scooter for outdoor use, especially on uneven terrain.

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Independent Living Specialists offers amazing deals online on Pride Mobility Scooters. Due to their understanding of delivering the product hassle free and keeping the customer’s convenience in mind, the product is delivered pre-assembled direct to the doorstep. Further, online customers are offered free delivery to the door Australia wide.

Important facts

Using the scooter in a proper manner is very important. If the mobility scooter is not used properly, the user could get involved in traffic accidents resulting in harm and injury. Therefore, the user should carefully read the mobility scooter manual before starting to use the vehicle. The user’s manual has clear instructions on the operation of every part of the scooter, dealing with possible accidents and assembling the scooter.

Operation and Maintenance

Before using the scooter in busy or traffic areas, ensure to practice and familiarize fully with the device. A wide and open space like a park is ideal for practicing. Remembering driving motions such as accelerating, reversing, stopping, turning, up and down ramps is the best way to avoid getting into accidents. Driving slowly until you get used to the scooter is also important. Slow driving should also apply to crowded places. Keep mindful of the pedestrians when driving and drive only in places where it is permitted by local law and ordinances. When driving for the first time, it is better to take someone along for safety. Once the user is confident and able to operate and control the scooter easily, the higher speed setting could be used.

Regular maintenance checks are very important. Therefore ensure to take the scooter for a service and maintenance check once in six months.

It is advisable to get assistance from ILS on how to operate the scooter, maintenance and battery replacement.

Warranty

The Pride mobility scooters are under warranty for 12 months from the date of purchase for any defects emerging due to faults in manufacture or material. Further, in the event of a major failure, the customer is entitled to a replacement or a refund and also compensation for any foreseen loss or damage. You are also eligible to have the device repaired if it is not up to the acceptable quality. If you need more warranty information on any Pride mobility scooter, please email us at info@ilsau.com.au.

LIFE CHANGING MOBILITY SOLUTIONS : LARGE MOBILITY SCOOTERS

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Australia’s biggest range of large mobility scooters is now available online with free delivery to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

These heavy-duty scooters are specially designed for heavily built people with larger seats and leg space for the comfort of the rider. It is also installed with many features that enable the rider to have a smooth ride even in narrow road and pathways.

Reliable Products

Some of their reliable large mobility scooters are Invacare Comet Ultra mobility scooter,

Easy Rider mobility scooter, Pride Sports rider mobility scooter, Shop rider 889D Double Seat Mobility Scooter and Celebrity XL Deluxe Mobility Scooter.

The Shoprider Rainrider scooter is one of the most advanced and comfortable mobility scooters available.

The Shoprider Rainrider scooter is one of the most advanced and comfortable mobility scooters available.

Invacare Comet Ultra Mobility Scooter

This product has been manufactured to cater for people weighing up to 220 kg. Keeping the safety of the user in mind, this scooter has been designed guaranteeing the safety and stability of the device. It is a dynamic outdoor mobility scooter perfect for a person weighing below 220 kg.

Due to its many safety features, this efficient scooter is able to transport users to their destination fast, safely and comfortably.

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Free road assistance 24/7, mirrors and safety vest is provided when purchasing with 24 months warranty on the scooter. Online customers Australia wide are also provided free delivery to their door.

Easy Rider Mobility Scooter

With a weight capacity of 180 kg, this scooter is a modern design inspired by some of the leading designs in the motorcycle industry. This exclusive scooter is different to the traditional type of scooter and creates excitement to the driving experience.

This scooter is delivered free pre-assembled to buyer’s doorstep for their convenience.

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Pride Sports rider Mobility Scooter

The Pride Sports Rider is a unique 3-wheel motorcycle influenced, sporty, outdoor mobility scooter. Featuring a totally digitalized speedometer/odometer display, a complete suspension system with adjustable high-back seat and hardy front/rear lighting kit.

With a weight capacity of 182 kg, this mobility scooter has been manufactured to make the user feel comfortable on a smooth journey.  Equipped with a 3.5HP motor it can drive through the toughest areas. It is also stylishly designed with Harley style handlebars,  fingertip control and riding suspension.

This device is delivered free pre-assemble right to the doorstep for convenience.

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Shop rider 889D Double Seat Mobility Scooter

This new large mobility scooter can carry up to 225 kgs. Specially designed to cater to the demand for wide mobility scooters it is full of luxury features including 2.OHp motor, 800mm wide seat with extra leg space and loop steering tiller with easy to use controls.

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Celebrity XL Deluxe Mobility Scooter

With a weight capacity of 159 kg, this is the largest mobility scooter of the Celebrity mobility scooter range. Equipped with large knobby tyres suitable for outdoor rides. It also comes with additional features such as lumbar support and seat reclining options, rear view mirror and full directional lighting including front and rear turn signal indicators it gives one of the most comfortable rides available from a mobility scooter.

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The large mobility scooters are available at ILS with delivery Australia wide for great prices, reliable service and free roadside assistance are provided for the first 12 months.

SEAT WALKER BUYING GUIDE

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Taking the user’s hand strength and mental ability into consideration is very important when choosing a seat walker. A walker with wheels, seat and brakes is excellent, but if the user does not have the strength and presence of mind to use it safely it could be dangerous.

Consulting a Physical Therapist

 It is best to consult a physical therapist before buying a walker. A physical therapist can teach how to use it safely and also regulate the walker’s size to suit your needs. This is important when a walker is needed due to an injury. If you are unable to consult a physical therapist it is recommended to adjust the level of the walker’s handles with the crease of your wrist. This could be identified by standing with your arms hanging straight at your side.

Check doorway size

Some walkers may not fit through doors. Check especially the width of the home bathroom entrance as most doors are only 24 inches wide.

Dimension

It is important to check whether the handlebars and seat are adjustable to fit your body. Ensure the width of the seat and frame are wide enough for the user and also maximum weight capacity. When sitting the feet should be flat on the floor.

The Hero 2 in 1 Wheelchair/Rollator combines the specific features of a rollator or seat walker and of a Transit / Transport Chair. Operation of the unit is simplified due to its unique design. Users can simply flip down the footrest and convert the unit into a transit chair whenever required.

The Hero 2 in 1 Wheelchair/Rollator combines the specific features of a rollator or seat walker and of a Transit / Transport Chair. Operation of the unit is simplified due to its unique design. Users can simply flip down the footrest and convert the unit into a transit chair whenever required.

Warranty and Availability of Parts

Using a walker with damaged, worn out parts or not adhering to manufacturer’s instructions on the use of specific parts can be dangerous and bring about a risk of injury. Therefore, if a walker is used often, some parts may have to be replaced from time to time especially the wheels. Warranty of the product may differ according to the brand. Customer service and availability of parts may also vary accordingly.

Safety and Ease of Folding

In order to ensure the user is comfortable with the process of folding and unfolding, practising the procedure whenever possible is recommended. The trigger style release on a folding frame could accidentally grip the release instead of the walker handle resulting in the collapsing of the walker. It is also advisable to have a clip or strap wrapped around the walker to avoid unfolding once it’s closed up.

Wheels and glides

Tires that are too rough might slip, therefore, soft tires are safer although these waste faster. Small wheels of 3 to 5 inches in diameter are ideal for indoor use and larger wheels of 6 to 8 inches are better for outdoor use. It is recommended to read reviews or test before purchasing to ensure the wheels doesn’t scratch the floor when gliding.

The Rollator Mobyles is a new modern seat walker design by Hero.

The Rollator Mobyles is a new modern seat walker design by Hero.

Knowing the difference

A walker is not a wheelchair and sometimes users get tempted to use it as a wheelchair or roll around the room while seated. It is best to keep in mind that rollators are not designed to cope with such use. Improper usage of the walker can make the wheels, seat or frame give way and cause a breakdown.

Maintenance

Checking all parts of the walker for tear and wear at least weekly is vital for your safety. Always ensure to repair before using. If a user is unable at least someone else should examine the frame, joint, brakes and even lean on the seat hard and check if it is not cracking under stress.

 

BUYER’S GUIDE TO MOBILITY SCOOTERS

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Mobility scooters have restored the living conditions of a countless number of ailing, aged or handicapped people. This device has helped people who have not been able to travel far without help, to acquire a remarkable level of freedom.

It also helps those who are immobile or elderly people to battle against being socially reclusive and other health issues. Possession of a mobility scooter does not need a person to pre-plan a trip to the shop or to meet a friend. It’s very easy to carry out your daily chores or even go on an expedition. It is so easy to hop on your scooter and be on your way to where ever you need to be.

In the event you are thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one, some options have to be considered. In this guide, the questions to be asked before finally choosing a scooter is outlined. A rough idea of the different types of mobility scooters and the features that help to find the correct scooter is also provided.

What is a Mobility Scooter?

Mobility scooters have been manufactured for people who find it difficult to walk long distances due to a disability or a health problem but are capable of operating a small vehicle. With the improvement of the design and battery life, mobility scooters have become a popular mobility aid to a greater extent and frequently seen in shopping malls and even payments.

There are various types of scooters available in the market. The small models can fit into your car boot and the heavy duty mobility scooters are able to climb steep hills and travel up to 50 km distance on a single charge.

Is a Mobility Scooter the right thing for you?

Choosing to use to not to use a mobility scooter is due to many reasons and finally, it will be due to a family or personal decision. When a person has difficulty to drive, a mobility scooter can be of assistance to take the place of the motor vehicle. Although there can be a problem when it comes to road safety, you have to build courage, confidence, and ability to operate the mobility scooter. The low speeds and ease of use render less risky to the users in comparison to a car.

A mobility scooter can also be used in combination with other types of transport. For example, the folding mobility scooter can be taken out in the boot of the car for use around a shopping mall or short excursions.

A person recovering from an injury or surgery could get temporary assistance from a mobility scooter.

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Consideration

Judging whether the user has the ability and confidence to operate a mobility scooter or any other aid assisting device is the most important thing to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. Although using this device lets a person to continuously maintain independence without tiring and exerting the physic too much, the user should be able to get on and off the scooter without help and operate it taking the safety of self, other pedestrians, and road users into consideration.

Firstly, the best idea will be to speak to your occupational therapist about your ability to operate a scooter. They are the best judges as they are capable of understanding your physical requirements and discuss how to make full use of it and get about your day.

You have to learn to operate it safely before planning on venturing into shopping or visiting family etc.

Learning to operate

The following have to be mastered.

  • Operating the hand controls to turn left and right
  • Turning your head to look for pedestrians and traffic
  • Have a good vision and hearing to be conscious of the environment.
  • Be alert to respond quickly and confidently to unpredictable situations.
  • Being able to concentrate on the whole duration of the trip.
  • Being able to balance on an uneven terrain or a slope.

In addition, you should be able to get on and off the scooter without any help, and walk a little unaided or with a walking aid.

When choosing a folding mobility scooter or a small scooter that can be dismantled, keep in mind whether you can lift into a car or you’ll need help and if they too will be able to lift it.

Considering the wide range of mobility scooters in the market, it is very easy to find a model that fits your budget requirements. However, the availability of a larger collection can sometimes make you difficult to decide what the correct device is for you. Therefore, it is important to actually to think the reason for using the device and then select a scooter accordingly.

Is a small scooter required to get around inside your home or at the shopping mall? Or is it to get around to the local shop or visit your friend’s home? On second thought, do you need something stronger that can take the place of a car to travel a little further away from home?

Your residential domain and landscape have also to be considered. A small scooter can easily move around flat ground surface but if you are a residing in a mountainous area or not a flat surface, a more powerful scooter will be required to avoid being stranded.

It is also important to take note of your own physical appearance. Small scooters have smaller seats and footrests, so, if you are on the heavy side, it is advisable to choose a model that will suit your weight and body frame.

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Scooter Models

Small Mobility Scooter

These scooters can cover a range of 20kms. It is the best device to get around indoors and easily fits into your car boot. It is maneuverable and convenient.

It’s turning circle is smaller than usual which is useful when navigating it in crowded malls. Most of the small models are generally collapsible or could be dismantled for storage or to be taken while traveling and also checked on a flight as baggage.

However, the small scooters are fitted with a smaller battery which delivers less range per charge and the small wheels could be unsteady on rough terrain and also not equipped with much power to climb steep hills.

Attributes of A Small Mobile Scooter

  • Could be easily dismantled for transport
  • Easy to operate in a crowded area due to its small size.
  • Smooth ride due to basic suspension.
  • Detachable battery for travel.
  • Rear and front LED lights for better vision.
  • Basket for shopping in the front.

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Medium-Sized Scooters

Medium sized scooters could also be considered as the best choice to be used for public transport. Although changes are limited, these scooters could be taken on any public transport that’s accessible to wheelchair.

Features of the medium-sized scooters

  • Flat tire proof, wobbly tires for extra grip outdoors.
  • LED lighting for front head light, tail light, and indicators for better vision.
  • Basket for shopping in the front.
  • Comfortable ride due to basic suspension.
  • Padded armrests, headrests, and seat.
  • View mirrors on the rear for extra safety.

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Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

Heavy duty mobility scooters are also known as large scooters which can cover a range of 25km to 50km. best suited to use on rough paths and long distances. The pneumatic rubber wheels and suspension provides a smooth ride. All models of these type of scooters are equipped with extra comfortable seats inclusive of padded head rests and arm rests.

Features of Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

  • Pneumatic tires for a trouble-free ride over uneven rough areas.
  • Deluxe padding on the high top seat.
  • Hydraulic braking system for greater control
  • Full lighting structure inclusive of LED tail light, curb light, head light and indicators
  • Large basket in the front for shopping
  • Capacity to add more storage and accessories.

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Operating your Scooter

First Timers

It is advisable to first use your mobility scooter on a flat surface, a place where there isn’t any traffic and interference to get a grasp of the controls. Keep manoeuvering until you perfect the starting, stopping, turning and going up and down a pathway. Ensure you are fully aware of operating all the controls, adjusting the seating position, able to adjust seating position and confident of getting on and off the scooter without assistance.

Once the scooter is brought home, you will want to make sure you’ll be able to use it for a long period of time.

Think where you will store it when it is not in use. It could be kept inside if it’s small. Larger ones could be kept in a garage or porch. Wherever it’s parked, ensure to have easy access to a power point for charging in between uses.

Having an insurance cover to protect from theft or damage is also important. If your current insurance cover for your home does not include your mobility scooter, it can be added with an additional premium or a separate mobility scooter insurance could be obtained.  Ensure the policy covers damage and theft of the scooter, as well as damage to property or other people.

In order to run well, the mobility scooter will be required to be serviced annually.

Charging the mobility scooter.

  • The batteries have to be fully charged before each outing to get the most out of your mobility scooter.
  • Before charging the scooter power switch has to be turned to the off position.
  • Connect the charger to the charging port of the scooter and then plug the cord into a power outlet.
  • When the scooter’s battery is fully charged, the light will change to green.
  • As soon as the green light appears, disconnect the charger from the charging port and then from the power outlet.
  • It takes approximately 8 to 10 hours to charge a mobility scooter. It is advisable to charge overnight to ensure it’s ready to be used on the next day.

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Travelling Safe

It is advisable to check whether everything is properly secured and the battery is fully charged before heading out on a trip. Refrain from using your mobility scooter if you feel tired, sick or have been drinking anything intoxicating.

In order to be seen by traffic and other pedestrians while traveling outside, switch the lights of your mobility scooter on. An orange safety flag could also be added for better vision. Ensure not to overload the scooter with too many accessories or bags and whatever you carry should not obstruct your view or ability to use the controls.

Lastly, plan where you are going and if possible, avoid narrow pavements, busy road and cross the road at market pedestrian crossings or traffic lights.

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Getting Around

Mobility scooters have been manufactured to ride on a footpath or anywhere else walkers can go. Since it is not considered as a motor vehicle, it is not permitted to travel on the road, except when crossing or when there is no footpath.

Normally, it is not necessary to register a mobility scooter as it is not considered as a motor vehicle. However, in Queensland, it is required to register with the Department of Transport and Main Roads if you hope to use it outside. Registration is free and includes third part party insurance.

It is always best to check the regulations in your state before purchasing a mobility scooter as rules may have changed.

Also, ensure you are knowledgeable of the road rules for pedestrians and fully aware where a scooter can and cannot be taken. Extra care has to be taken when traveling through shopping malls or when crossing roads without traffic lights or zebra crossing.

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Public Transport and Mobility Scooters

As a common rule, mobility scooters are treated as wheelchairs or other assistance aids and allowed on public transport. It is important to plan your trip before you start out to be confident to get on and off your destination and allow extra time to get there.

When traveling by train, wait at the front of the platform where the first carriage stops and ensure the driver is able to see you to lower a ramp to get on and ask which station you are traveling to help you to disembark.

When traveling by bus or tram, check your route if any accessible services are offered. Sometimes if a request is made in advance, the operator may add an accessible service.

Whether tram or bus stop, ensure to stay where you are visible to the driver to enable him to extend a ramp to help you to get on the bus or tram. When disembarking, they will extend the ramp again.

Although restrictions change between states and transport, usually, all mobility aids including wheelchairs and scooters should have the following specifications

  • Fit within a space of 1300mm in length and 800mm in width.
  • Should not be more than 750mm wide.
  • Maximum height should be 1500mm.

Although your mobility scooter will usually fit within these specifications, any added accessories like a flag or canopy could exceed it.