TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED

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Taking a trip around the world is an experience that could beneficially change your life, which is an occurrence that should be enjoyed by people in all walks of life. Handicapped people and their caregivers often try hard to operate in a world full of obstacles by way of recognition or foundation. However, there are ways and means to overcome these hurdles.

Occasionally, there are several effective factors to deal with before contemplating embarking on a trip. Herewith are some favourable tips and know-how to keep in mind and positively enjoy your experience in the best and possible way.

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Pre-Plan

Planning ahead is the kickoff at the start of a long procedure of preparing for a trip. Therefore, ensure to have extra time getting ready.

Carrying a medical prescription from your doctor on an official letterhead explaining your medical condition and medications required, inclusive of the information on any possible health complications or otherwise. Ensure to have your doctor’s or another medical representative’s phone number 24/7 to combat any emergency situation.

Carry your medical alert information with you at all times. It should be in a place where a person who responds to your alert can find it quickly. This information could be kept in a wallet card, around your neck or close to your passport or any other identification. In the event of travelling to a non-English speaking country, it is advisable to have these documents translated in the language of the country’s origin.

Prior to embarking on a trip, it is advisable to practice mingling with crowds, for approximately 15 minutes per day. This helps those with noise sensitivity to get used to unfamiliar sounds. It also assists to adapt to a new, unusual place more easily.

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How to Reach the Destination

Although planning is the first step, it is also apparently the most vital mode of action. Prior to really embarking in your dream holiday, schedule your itineraries such as hotel bookings, tour plans and most importantly transportation. Although making plans one month ahead might seem complicated, especially if the tour plan include Big Ben, those with special needs will be very satisfied and grateful for planning a guided tour.

Most train companies require to be informed 24 hours before to honour the extra assistance needed. However, if you are in a quandary, it is known to be done as soon as 5 minutes before departure. There are plenty of travel agents and resources that can apprehend your situation and focus on giving the best travelling services imaginable.

Figure out public transport option you may require. Find out whether the city has a rail system. Ensure the mode of transport has space for wheelchair users, the type of accessible options at certain attractions. Don’t be discouraged if you have issues walking as you can still get to the top of any star monuments.

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Travel Products

Analyse your mobility level and carry a mobility aid to suit according to necessity. The Scout Quattro mobility scooter, Rollator four wheeled seat walker, and Travel Lite electric folding power chair are some of the products that are airline friendly and available at Independent Living Specialists’ stores Australia wide with free delivery to the door for online customers.

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MOBILITY SCOOTER RULES AND LAWS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES AND QUEENSLAND

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A Mobility scooter is generally termed as a motorized wheelchair and anyone who uses this device is referred to as a ‘pedestrian’ under the NSW road rules.

Mobility Scooter Registration in NSW

Registering a mobility scooter is not a necessity according to NSW law. However, it is necessary to comply with the NSW road rules.

NSW Road Rules and Regulations

  • Not allowed to travel faster than 10kms per hour on level ground
  • Unladed weight of the device should not exceed 110kgm.
  • It should not be used on the road unless it is impossible to travel on the footpath or pavement.
  • If a pavement or footpath is not available, the device should be kept to the far side of the road and face oncoming traffic.
  • A motorized scooter cannot be used with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 or more.

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License to drive a mobility scooter

A special license is not required to ride a mobility scooter. However, the user should be unable to walk or has difficulty in walking to be able to legally drive this device.

Third Party Insurance

Third party insurance is not a requirement.

Required skills to drive a mobility scooter safely

A few basic skills are required to operate the mobility scooter safely. Operating the controls and manoeuvring the machine is a top priority. Balancing and adjusting the body position when travelling on rough terrain. Be observant of obstacles and avoid colliding. Speeds and distances should be judged appropriately and make good decisions to protect your safety and others.

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QLD Road Rules and Regulations

Mobility scooters fall under the motorized wheelchair category with the Queensland Department of Transport and main roads and the device is restricted by law to a maximum speed of 10km/h and a maximum tare weight of 110kg. Further, a mobility scooter can be used only by the registered user.

Mobility Scooter registration and Third party insurance in QLD

All mobility scooters have to be registered if it is being used in public roads, pavements or footpaths. Further, there is no levy for registration or compulsory third party insurance.

Information for the Registration

  • A certificate or statement from a doctor indicating the user needs to use a mobility scooter for assistant travel due to severe immobility.
  • A vehicle registration application form (F3518)
  • A vehicle details form (F3529)
  • A motorized wheelchair statement form (F4414)
  • Proof of the vehicle’s origin such as former registration papers or purchase receipt.
  • Proof of the vehicle’s garaging address such as QLD driver license, rates notice, electricity or phone bill.
  • Proof of personal identification such as QLD driver license. Other details of ID can be obtained from the Evidence of Identity information sheet(F4362).

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Driving License to drive a mobility scooter in QLD

A driving license is not a necessity but it is necessary to have a certificate from a doctor verifying the need for assisted travel due to severe immobility.

QLD Road Rules

The user should be able to operate the machine safely and comply with all road rules of Queensland as well as the pedestrians.

The user should always give way to other road users on a path or nature strip, driving as close to the side of the road as possible, using the most direct route available while crossing the road and driving not faster than 10km/h.

 

 

The Best Mobility Scooter To Purchase In Australia

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Most elderly people detect their inability to move around with the onset of the ageing process. The former sprightly muscles will start to feel listless and tired after a slight exercise routine. However, it is not recommendable to stop moving completely and many seniors discover that using a mobility scooter is useful to move around on their own independently. Acquiring a mobility scooter gives them an opportunity to travel on their own and taking a walk in the park without being concerned about falls or injuries.

Independent Living Specialists has over 40 models of branded mobility scooters in their stores Australia wide to suit the budget and requirements of their customers.

Although some mobility scooters are expensive, these are equipped with more features while the cheaper scooters have basic functions. Selecting a scooter that is best suited for the user is very important while being considerate of the functions and features that play an important role in the user’s life.

Scout Sport Quattro Mobility Scooter with all round suspension

In terms of price, durability, popularity and fast selling, the Scout Sport Quattro mobility scooter with all round suspension from the Drive Medical brand can be considered as the best mobility scooter to buy.

This is an exclusive new model in the scooter range of Independent Living Specialists and the most powerful portable scooter in the market and considered to be as powerful as a medium sized scooter.

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.

It is equipped with a deluxe stitched cushioned seat and well-shaped wide armrests for a better-relaxed ride and the width of the flip-up armrest is adjustable for more elasticity. Furthermore, the next generation Drive splitting mechanism provides easy storage and transportation in addition to its comfort. The Scout Sport Quattro mobility scooter’s additional features include a comfortable seat that swivels for easy transmissions on and off the scooter. The seat height is adjustable to suit the user’s requirement. The seat is also removable. It also has a standard off the board and in-house charging mechanism and an electromagnetic braking system and long-lasting delta type handlebars for effortless control of the device.

It is waterproof with a top speed of 7kmp covering a maximum range of 22km on a full battery charge. The battery pack is fitted with 2x22AH airline friendly batteries removable with easy to carry handle and locking mechanism. The front light is LED for maximum visibility. The wheel hubs are stylish silver with black puncture proof non-marking tyres. Standard rear ant- tip wheels and removable storage basket included.

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The anti-rollback system safety mechanism averts the scooter from rolling backwards while climbing hills. The scooter’s freewheel facility permits it to move without switching on the motor. The product weighs 45kgs and capable of carrying a maximum weight of 130kg.

It is currently available at a special offer and delivered express free for online customers Australia wide

MOBILITY SCOOTERS WITH THE BEST MILEAGE

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A mobility scooter is an asset to the handicapped, elderly or patients with limited mobility. Independent Living Specialists provide tailor-made models with the best mileage to meet the requirements of people who need this equipment. All ILS stores Australia wide is equipped with a wide range of renowned brands of these scooters on hire or buying options.

Benefits

This device provides a comfortable ride to immobile people who need to travel on footpaths, rough surfaces or any other place they may need to go. It gives them a sense of independence to carry on their normal activities. Being mindful of the mileage is essential if the user is contemplating riding to fairly long distances.

Best Mileage

Sunrise Medical Sterling S700 mobility scooter, Comet Alpine Plus mobility scooter, Invacare Comet Ultra mobility scooter, Viper mobility scooter and Shoprider Rocky 889 golf mobility scooter are some of the scooters that provide the best mileage.

Sunrise Medical Sterling S700 Mobility Scooter

This device is considered as the pacesetter in mobility scooters with its high outdoor performance features. Equipped with large 75AH battery power to cover an extended range up to 55km. It can deal with hill slopes of 10 degrees, greater pavement edges and any obstacles with its large 33cm tyres. It is actually a mobility scooter invented for an active person.

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Comet Alpine Plus Mobility Scooter

This is a brand new product invented to provide a quick pull with its large motor. It’s a strong power unit and built-in 4-point independent suspension makes it excellent for outdoor use. This device ensures an uninterrupted comfortable drive even on a rough path and is also designed to navigate through the most challenging cliffs. It also has a variety of safety features such as speed reduction when turning, brake light when halting and a 2-step disconnecting level to prevent the scooter from moving on its own. It is able to cover a mileage of 50km on battery power.

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Invacare Comet ULTRA Mobility Scooter

This outdoor mobility scooter can cover a mileage up to 50km and the best device for those weighing up to 220kg. Its many safety features ensure a secure ride fast and comfortably.

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Viper Mobility Scooter

This inventive product from Drive Medical is one of the newest models in their sporty range of mobility scooters with a mileage of 48km and offers a large degree of comfort and dependence in a strong foundation. Giving priority to the safety of the user during its invention of this unique scooter, the features include an anti-roll structure to avert any obstacles while moving uphill. In addition, a manual handbrake has been installed in case of power stoppage and the standard powerful lighting package is inclusive of high-level indicators.

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Shoprider Rocky 889 Golf Mobility Scooter

This mobility scooter has a mileage of 45km with a maximum user weight capacity of 225kg and ideal to be used in your local golf course in addition to other places around your home whilst maintaining a stable and comfortable ride.

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All mobility scooters available at Independent Living Specialists are delivered free to the doorstep for online customers.

AFFORDABLE MOBILITY AIDS IN AUSTRALIA

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A Mobility aid is a piece of equipment manufactured to assist people who have difficulty in moving themselves independently and enjoying freedom.

Incidentally, disability or mobility aids are used by the aged who are at risk of falling, those who have disabilities or injuries. These disability products provide many benefits to users in gaining their independence back, pain reduction and increasing their confidence and self-respect.

Mobility aid equipment is now available in the form of canes, walking aids, wheelchairs to lift chairs, and mobility scooters to meet the disability of the user.

Independent Living Specialists has affordable mobility aids in their stores Australia wide for the disabled and aged people.

Walking Aids

A walking stick or cane is an ideal disability aid for those who need less support to move around and conveniently priced from $19.99 to 99.99. Currently, this device is available in the market in a variety of material and designs to cater to various strengths. Independent Living Specialists provides an array of walking sticks and canes from heavy duty for the heavier persons to lightweight foldable canes/walking sticks for more support and walking sticks with wider bases for improved stability. In addition, the lightweight tripod stick with a seat has been specially designed to rest midway.

Independent Living Specialists assures that disability aids such as walking aids are available according to a person’s height, weight and environment, and mobility requirements. Although a simple but strong cane or walking stick is ideal for minimum support a walker frame or seat walker is favored by some users as it permits to move and stop to rest safely and independently. The most affordable mobility in this range is the folding walking frame with ball and rope priced at 99.99.

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Wheelchairs

A wide range of manual wheelchairs is now available at an affordable price for the disabled and aged people in all the stores of ILS. Those with limited mobility can easily get back their independence by using a wheelchair. ILS assures their best to select the correct wheelchair to suit the user’s physique, lifestyle, and budget ranging from lightweight to heavy duty. These disability products are procured from some of the well-known brands in the market. The most affordable wheelchair is the Ultra lightweight portable wheelchair priced at $239.99.

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Lift Chair

A lift chair is a mobility aid that suits people of all ages in addition to the elderly, although, it is usually referred to as an adjustable lift aged care chair. It provides great comfort, freedom, and relaxation and the most affordable lift chair available at ILS is the Mayfair Select electric recliner lift chair at a price of $798.99.

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Mobility Scooter

This disability equipment has been manufactured especially for people with disabilities to travel on a footpath, turfs or any other place they wish to go. The Scout portable economy mobile scooter is the most affordable mobility scooter available at ILS at a price of $1249.99.

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