ADVANTAGES OF A MANUAL AND ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS

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A wheelchair is an important device that gives the user a sense of independence to move about freely and improve mobility with or without a caregiver. Using a wheelchair does not hinder the daily activities despite the decreased mobility. In addition to carrying out your daily chores easily, this device has many social and mental health advantages.

Wheelchair Types

There are various kinds of models and brands of wheelchairs with differing specifications and advantages. However, this device generally comes in two types such as a manual wheelchair and a motorized wheelchair. A manual wheelchair comes as a self-propelled wheelchair which is manipulated by the user and the other being, a transit wheelchair which is pushed by the caregiver. A motorized wheelchair has a motor and rechargeable battery controlled by a joystick on the armrest, which requires very little force from the user and controlled and managed easily.

Although the correct wheelchair depends on the nature of the user’s disability or limited mobility and how it will be used, the advantages are numerous regardless of what type of wheelchair is chosen.

Ultralight portable wheelchair, Breezy Basix 2 folding wheelchair and Omega lite transit wheelchair are 3 popular manual wheelchairs and Titan Power Chair, Travel Lite folding power chair and Cobalt travel power wheelchair are some of fast-moving motorized wheelchairs available at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide.

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Elevated Self-Reliance

The electric and manual wheelchairs assist the user to move around and engage in daily chores without any help. An electric wheelchair, especially, is able to increase self-reliance due to its easy maneuvering and capability of moving without tiring the user.

The manual wheelchair is also capable of providing extra resilience for the user and caregiver. A person with limited mobility may not be able to walk without help and a wheelchair is capable of decreasing the dangers and anxieties of falling at home or outdoors and assist to move about confidently.

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Maneuverability

Wheelchairs have been manufactured especially to maneuver and adapt to small areas making it the best device to move about at home. There are much stronger wheelchairs manufactured for outdoor activities and usable on rough grounds such as hills and sidewalks.

A wheelchair can be used combined with other mobility aids or types of transport. For example, transit wheelchairs are lightweight and perfect for travelling on vacation and similarly, most public transport services are accessible by wheelchair and both motorized and manual wheelchairs could easily embark and disembark the vehicle with ease.

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Socializing

Mingling, socializing and taking part in friendly gatherings could sometimes be a difficult task for those with limited mobility. It is a known fact that socializing is important for the wellbeing of emotional and physical health. Therefore, maintaining a healthy social life is very important.

A wheelchair and other mobility aids are an asset to those with limited mobility and these devices permit the user to enjoy their most preferred social activities continuously, regardless of walking around the local park, visiting the local mall or going to a gallery or cinema. The active lifestyle a wheelchair provides often results in a having confident attitude towards life.

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CONQUERING MOVABILITY THREATS IN THE BATHROOM

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Steering yourself in the bathroom is sometimes the most troublesome chore to experience on a daily basis when a person is faced with a mobility challenge. Just the thought of it makes a person feel tired and lifting a leg over the bathtub or shower saddle or balancing your step on a wet, slick floor can make a person feel absolutely terrified.

However, there are ways and means of conquering these threats.

Worrying days about re-modelling the bathroom to suit your immobility is over now, as there are inexpensive bathroom solutions for your safety

There are many options available and a definite solution for every immobile person. However, choosing the correct bath accessory with the guidance of a physical therapist or healthcare provider is advisable.

Grab Rails

This suction grab rail provides great extra support in the bathroom, shower and toilet. It could be easily installed and removed and fixed in any other area. This is also ideal to take along when travelling.

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Tub Rails

The tub rail and tub mount is the perfect appliance for any tub. This powder-coated steel bath rail is adjustable and can be fastened directly on to the side of the bathtub. It is perfect for entering and exiting the tub. It can also be used by a person weighing up to 100kg.

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Toilet Riser or Frame

A toilet riser or frame can be placed on a toilet seat reducing the distance from the toilet seat to standing upright, making it perfect for post-surgery recovery. The raised toilet seat has arms that swing back, adjustable height and manufactured to fit most standard toilets.

A toilet frame is an appliance that is placed under the toilet seat to support balance from seated to standing position. Both these accessories are ideal for those with limited mobility. The over toilet aid-aluminium manufactured with strong rust-proof aluminium with a lifetime warranty against rust. It includes a plastic seat and lid clip off to simplify hygienic and easy cleaning. In addition, the anti-slip rubber tips offer strength and balancing on wet floors.

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Bath Lift

A bath lift is an ideal way to relax in the tub. It is the best way to enjoy your bath without being concerned about falling when exiting the tub. It is a comfortable chair that could be placed inside the tub and operated with a remote control.

The Deltis standard bath lift is the most sought-after device. It comes in two parts for easy installation, removal and transport. Manufactured with the best quality material makes it the safest and comfortable device without any servicing required.

A proper action plan and knowledge on products available will help to eliminate fears of using the bathroom and conquer movability threats.

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Bath Seats

Bath seats are a perfect source of support to keep one’s balance and privacy while being independent and It will not be difficult to find a seat to fit your tub or shower among the vast array of stools, seats, benches and seats available in the market.

The Bariatric shower chair is one of the popular products which has suction cups to keep the chair safe in your bathtub or shower area. Manufactured with a very strong rust-proof aluminium frame for better strength.

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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.

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.

BEST MOBILITY SCOOTERS IN MELBOURNE

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Independent Living Specialists has some of the best well-known branded mobility scooters such as Drive Medical, Invacare, Pride, and Shoprider in their three stores in Melbourne.

The three stores in Melbourne are located as follows:

• 11/428 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria 3029.
• 329, Balwyn North, Victoria 3104.
• 10, Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3550

The best mobility scooters to suit the needs of all types of customers are now available in the above store locations in Melbourne along with their best customer care and after-sales services.

Envoy 4 plus mobility scooter, Scout portable mobility scooter, S19 Deluxe folding mobility travel scooter, Scout Sport Quattro mobility scooter with all round suspension and Go-Go LX mobility scooter with CTS suspension are five of the most popular mobility scooters and currently on special offer.

Envoy 4 Plus Mobility Scooter

This is a new model mobility scooter with a special price for online customers and free express delivery. It is an impressive device with an intense execution similar to models much larger than this. This mobility scooter is capable of driving on any ground and has an array of exceptional features including all round suspension, long lasting batteries and LED headlights. Backed with 2 years complete warranty, it can travel to a maximum range of 48km.

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Scout Portable Mobility Scooter

This mobility scooter has many new lineaments with some features being the first drive mini mobility scooter and delta bars as a next-generation drive medical splitting mechanism. It is best to be used indoors and outdoors, but not suitable for tough outdoor areas. This model is comfortable, stylish, performs well and reliable

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S19 Deluxe Folding Mobility Travel Scooter

This device is a very lightweight and folding mobility scooter weighing only 27.3kg, Equipped with a lithium battery which provides ultra-lightweight and larger drive range. It can be folded up easily in a simple movement and takes little space once it is folded which makes it easy to carry around the home or shopping malls. It is one of the most advanced ultra-lightweight mobility scooters available in the market.

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Scout Sport Quattro Mobility Scooter

This scooter is fitted with plush padded seating and wide armrests for riding carefree. Moreover, along with comfort, it has the next generation drive splitting mechanism for easy storing and transporting. Other additional features are the inclusion of a swivel seat for easy transportation, in-house and off the board charging as a standard, long-lasting delta type handlebars for controlling easily and an electromagnetic braking system. It is also as powerful as a medium sized scooter and one of the most powerful portable scooters in the market.

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation.

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation.

Go-Go LX Mobility Scooter with CTS Suspension

The Pride Go-Go LX with comfort trac-suspension is one the most advanced travel devices available in the market showcasing modern features in its performance and value. CTS independent front and rear suspension, glossy style, easy dismantling, and standard lighting are some of the additional features.

The mobility scooters Melbourne has the lowest online price and guarantee to beat any other price elsewhere. The stores offer the best mobile service team, safe online shopping with riskless payment, proficient advice from occupation therapists in-house and an awesome customer service.

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