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.

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POWERED ELECTRIC LIFT CHAIRS FOR THE ELDERLY

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At a certain point of our lifetime, it may sometimes become necessary to purchase an electric lift recliner chair due to an ailment that limits mobility or old age. This chair is the best option as it helps the user to stand and sit without assistance.

Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of lift chairs powered electrically for the elderly in all their stores Australia wide. Although these are termed as “adjustable life aged care chairs”, it is suitable for people of all ages. This product gives comfort, independence, freedom, and relaxation to users.

ILS is able to design a model to suit a user’s need. Chairs are available to fit into any dimension of your dwelling and the fabric cover could also be changed to suit your taste and room décor.

New Products

Studio Dual Motor with head and lumbar power lift chair, Mayfair luxury electric recliner lift chair and Eton twin motor lift chair are some of the new additions of electrically powered lift chairs for the elderly available at ILS.

Studio Dual Motor with Head and Lumbar Power Lift Chair

Priced at $2995.99, it has been manufactured with the latest technology to power lumbar and headrest adjustment. It is ideal for those who are unable to move from a sitting position to a standing position. The headrest and lumbar provides excellent comfort with four special functions installed for its best quality.

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Mayfair Luxury Electronic Recliner Lift Chair

Currently being sold at $1795.99, it is manufactured with the highest quality of leathers available in the market. The colors used in the elegant finish will blend with any type of home décor. It has an option of an excellent wall-saving space saver motor which enables the chair to stop 10cm away from the back wall. It also has e section waterfall backrest design for maximum comfort and support of upper, middle and lower back.

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Eton ‘Box in Box’ Twin Motor with Powered Head Rest Lift Chair

Priced at $3495.99 it has been manufactured with the latest technology inclusive of powered headrest adjustment and 4 power functions. In addition to its classy look, the new integral ‘box in box’ mechanism is its source of pride. This fully covered unit’s mechanism cannot negligently obstruct the chair in its upright position. It also has an independent headrest for more comfort.

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Popular Products

Some of the popular powered electric lift chairs available at ILS are Mayfair select electric recliner lift chair, Stella electric recliner lift chair, and Pride C5 electric recliner chair

Mayfair Select Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Priced at $845.99, this chair is adaptable to suit any setting or home décor. It has a 3 section waterfall backrest design for maximum comfort and support of the middle, lower and upper back.

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Stella Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Priced at $1455.99, it is a dual motor, fully upholstered lounge chair. It is also a reliable recliner which includes foam padded seat and a two-section padded backrest to support the head and lumbar.

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Pride C5 Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Currently being sold on the web for a limited time at a special price of $895.99. It is full of great features which include a unified emergency battery back-up, a steel frame, and full length, fully padded and upholstered armrests for additional comfort.

Online customers are assured of free delivery to the door by ILS.

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Benefits

Using an electric lift recliner chair helps to reduce the risk of injury, create a sense of independence and provide utmost comfort.

A Guide to Australia’s Best Riser Recliner Chairs

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Riser recliner chairs play an important role if a person’s health and aging conditions are making their daily chores or even sitting and getting up from a chair difficult. Sometimes it could be difficulty in standing up from a chair or could be due to feeling tired soon and need to recline in the chair itself to feel comfortable. It is also helpful when you have blood circulation issues and have been advised to keep your feet elevated whenever seated.

Types of riser recliner chairs

Single motor chairs are regulated by one motor which makes the backrest and leg rest move simultaneously. These chairs also easy to operate due to minimum buttons on the hand control. It is ideal for small spaces and could be reclined even if it is placed near a wall.

Wall dual motor chairs are regulated by two motors which make the backrest and leg rest work separately. Since dual motor chairs have more buttons on the hand control, the operating part might be more difficult to some users.

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Royale’s Signature Mayfair recliner lift chair made from High Quality Custom Soft Angora Fabrics features class in any setting and home décor.

Upholstery

Upholstery could be chosen to suit your size, skin condition and color, and style to match your home décor. Using a fabric or vinyl should be considered according to what is best for you. Although fabric makes the seat comfortable, a vinyl cover is the best option if you have continence issues or perspire too much. Vinyl is also more durable and very easy when it comes to keeping it clean.

How to choose the right size

• Riser recliner chairs are available in various sizes and it is very important to select a chair that fits you best with maximum support and comfort.
• Your bottom should fit the back of the seat and feet flat on the floor when you sit on the chair
• Check whether you could get two fingers between the back of your knees and the side front edge.
• Ensure the seat is wide enough to sit comfortably but not too wide to lose the support of the chair and not being able to use the armrest.

Maneuvering of a riser recliner chair

Operating a riser recliner chair will differ according to the chair chosen by the user. But nevertheless, all riser recliner chairs operate on a similar standard.
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• Place your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart and put your arms on the armrest.
• The chair will begin to rise and tilt forward when you press UP/riser button the hand control.
• When this happens take the weight on your feet and straighten your legs to come to a standing position.

Sitting

• To get further back to the chair, place yourself in a way the back of your knees touches the front frame of the raised chair.
• Keep your hands on the armrest.
• Press the DOWN or lowering button on the hand control.
• When the chair begins to lower, bend your knees and get to a sitting position making sure your bottom is comfortable at the back of the seat.

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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.

Tips on lowering and raising a reclining chair

• Leaving the chair in an upright position when not in use is recommended as it is easier to sit down.
• Ensure to feel the chair at the back of your thighs before lowering yourself down to a sitting position.
• Contact your healthcare professional and get advice on how to use your riser recliner safely.

How To Find Folderble Lightweight Wheelchairs

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These days any person with limited mobility need not worry about not being independent or moving around without a hassle as several brands of ultra-lightweight aluminum wheelchairs which could be folded down for easy storage and transportation are now readily available in all the stores of Independent Living Specialist throughout Australia. These collapsible wheelchairs can easily fit into a car boot and ideally usable indoors and outdoors or when traveling on holiday, shopping, attending social functions etc.

Types of wheelchairs

ILS has the best range of wheelchairs to suit your budget, lifestyle and body type. There are also different varieties of lightweight to heavy-duty wheelchairs manufactured with self-propelled or transit operation for easy maneuvering by the user or care attendant.

Brands

The best brands have been carefully selected by the ILS for those with limited mobility. Ultra lightweight portable wheelchair plus carry bag, Omega lite transit chair, Drive medical 18” transit super budget wheelchair and Breezy Basix folding wheelchair are some of the fast moving foldable lightweight wheelchairs available in their stores throughout Australia.

Ultra Lightweight Portable Wheelchair with Carry Bag

This is a strong but lightweight wheelchair which could be folded into the carry bag included. It is ideal for holidays, days out to shopping trips. The carry bag included with the wheelchair is fixed with wheels to make transportation easy.

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Omega Lite Transit Wheelchair

The Omega wheelchair has a lightweight aluminum frame removable footrests and back rest that could be folded down. It also features 8 inch rear wheels with attendant brakes and has a weight capacity of 125kg.

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Drive Medical Super budget Wheelchair

The drive medical wheelchair is also a foldable lightweight wheelchair manufactured by keeping user’s comfort in mind. It is a perfect wheelchair for outdoor and indoor use, highly efficient and foldable easily. It could be purchased at an affordable price and is considered to be great value for money.

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Breezy BasiX Folding Wheelchair

This is a trustworthy collapsible lightweight wheelchair as it has been thoroughly tested to make sure the ride is stable. It also provides caregivers and users great satisfaction in terms of dependability, quality, and easy operation. It is a self-propelled wheelchair with improved adjustability and toughness, together with a new clean look. Greater seat depth adjustment, tension adjustable backrest are some of the improvements included The Breezy Basix wheelchair is usually preferred by the Allied Health Professionals and considered to be the most versatile eco wheelchair in the market.

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Social and Health Benefits

Any person with limited mobility who chooses to use a lightweight foldable wheelchair will definitely see an improvement in their lifestyle. The low feeling of being handicapped and missing social activities could also be easily overcome. Being able to participate in social activities and leading a normal life will also help to ease stress and mental stability.

LIGHTWEIGHT WALKERS AND MOBILITY SCOOTERS FOR THE ELDERLY IN AUSTRALIA

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The elderly people in Australia will find the lightweight walkers and mobility scooters an excellent manner to get around when they find it difficult to walk. Walking and traveling aids are some devices which come in handy to overcome your disabilities.

Lightweight walking aids.

Space saver walker, Forearm walker and ball walker cooper folding walking frame are some of the lightweight walking aids available at Independent Living Specialists.

Space Save Walker

This lightweight walking aid can be easily folded up and stored in small spaces. The rear glides and 4-inch wheels assist to move easily.

Forearm Walker

The forearm walking aid is perfect for people with limited hand and wrist strength with adjustable hand grips enabling the forearm walker to adapt according to forearm lengths. It is also foldable flat for easy storage and transportation

Ball Walker Cooper Folding Walking Frame

The ball walker cooper comes in three sizes manufactured with lightweight aluminum. The foldable frame does not need buttons or any other complicated mechanisms. Once folded it could fit easily into a smallest vehicle or storage space. It is also height adjustable.

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Foldable Portable Mobility Scooters

Likewise foldable and portable mobility scooters also provide the elderly and people with limited mobility better independence and self-confidence to venture out alone and carry out their day to day activities confidently.

Products

S19 Quest folding mobility travel scooter, Scout portable mobility GoGo ultra X mobility scooter are some of the many branded mobility scooters available at Independent Living Specialists. However, selecting the type of mobility scooter depends on your personal requirement. Independent Living Specialists deliver the selected products to the door for online customers.

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S19 Quest Folding Mobility Travel Scooter

The S19 mobility scooter  an advanced ultra-lightweight folding mobility scooter with a greater range of drive. It could be folded in a simple movement and takes up very limited space after it’s folded. This could be taken overseas without affecting your luggage allowance as airlines have approved this as a wheelchair.

Scout Portable Mobility Scooter

The Scout Style mobility scooter is best suited for both indoor and outdoor areas. It is portable and could be disassembled to be stored or transported. It is also comfortable, stylish, reliable and maintains a good performance.

GoGo Ultra X Mobility Scooter

The GOGO Ultra X mobility scooter has an auto-latching lockup mechanism that allows the simple frame to be separated with only one hand. The front frame-mounted seat gives maximum support and its modern frame design could be easily disassembled into 5 lightweight parts for storage or transportation.

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Public Transport Benefits

Australian public transport permits traveling with a mobility scooter, giving you more courage and if you intend to go on vacation, your mobility scooter could even be taken on an airplane or cruise line.

Customer Service

Independent Living Specialist has an excellent after sales customer service. Exceptionally qualified and trained staff are readily available to help customers choose a product suitable for their need.

Independent Living Specialists is well-known for the unique pre and posts sales assistance inclusive of after sales service and advice on handling, caring and maintenance of the device. Assistance is also provided for urgent repairs or mishaps on the road.

Social and health benefits

Those who are unsteady on their feet can easily lose their confidence in balancing themselves which may subsequently affect mobility movements and social activities. Independent Living Specialists are doing their best to support people overcome these issues by providing a wide range of mobility solutions in their stores spread across Australia.

Although there are many varieties of mobility aids, what is eventually required for you depends on your personal preferences.