AGED CARE AIDS AND EQUIPMENT

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A person going through a disability issue such as loss of mobility due to advancing age does not need to feel uncomfortable or lose independence. A variety of aged care equipment for the home, hospital or aged care facility is now available within your budget.

Independent Living Specialists has the perfect aged care aids and equipment to suit your lifestyle and enable to continue living life to the fullest satisfaction.

Walking aids, bath aids and scooters are some of the aids and equipment suitable for the ageing population.

Walking Aids

Independent Living Specialist has more than 40 walking aids in their stores and they are convinced that one size of walking aids does not suit everyone. A particular type of walking aid suits best for some people according to their surroundings and immobility

A person who needs the lowest support to maintain balancing, a simple and strong walking cane could be the best idea, whilst, a person who needs extra support to walk can opt for walker frame or a seat walker. Most walkers are equipped with seats and popular with many as the user is able to walk, stop and rest safely and independently. All walkers and rollators have been selected carefully from many well-known manufacturers famous for their distinct features and advantages.

Carbon Fibre Nitro Elite Light-Weight Seat Walker

 

Bath Aids

There are more than 100 bath aids at ILS stores from over 15 branded manufacturers. These bath and shower aids are of immense help to the elderly in maintaining their independence and privacy in the bathroom. Especially hand-picked for the comfort and safety of the user from well-known brands, whether it is a handhold in the bathroom or a considerably greater level of support, the wide range of bath and shower aids at Independent Living Specialists will meet your requirement satisfactorily.

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Mobility Scooters

Independent Living Specialists has over 40 branded mobility scooters in their stores Australia wide ranging from top sellers to special offers. Although this type of equipment is referred in various names, it all refers to the same device. Mobility scooters are most often mentioned as aged care scooters, but age is no barrier in this case as people of all ages are able to get their independence and freedom by using these battery powered equipment. Once again whether it is a battery powered aged care scooter, electric mobility scooter or electric powered scooter, it all refers to a battery-powered mobility scooter that is immensely popular in the community.

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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.

Independent Living Specialists is able to tailor a model to suit all requirements immaterial of its size, space, strength, indoor, outdoor, neighborhood or long distances. Pride and Shopriders scooters are the popular and most preferred brands due to their durability and availability of spares and each brand has a large range of models to suit the personal needs of the customer.

ILS also offers scooters on hire/rent or buy purchase and whether it is bought outright, hire or rent, ILS will be with the customer on every mile of the way with the best prices, trustworthy aid and free roadside assistance for the first 12 months.

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AUTUMN RUN OUT SALE

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Independent Living Specialists who are pioneers in physiotherapy and home care equipment has begun their autumn sale with exceptional deals at their online store.

They are providing the best price guarantee with an offer of 5% discount on any item price found lower than the stocks at their stores.

This is the best opportunity to buy the equipment you need to suit your requirements.


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Lift Chairs

Our Autumn sale has further extended with great deals on a range of lift chairs. Here is a list of chairs on sale :

  • Drive titan power chair.
  • Royale Mayfair Select lift chair.
  • Royale Mayfair signature lift chair.
  • Royale Mayfair leather lift chair.
  • AAL Single motor Mayfair lift chair.
  • AAL space saver single twin motor signature lift chair.
  • AAL twin motor Mayfair luxury lift chair
  • AAL Stella electric recliner leather lift chair with twin motor.
  • AAL Studio luxury lift chair.
  • AAL C1 single motor petite lift chair.
  • AAL C5 single motor lift chair.
  • AAL C6 twin motor lift chair.

Mobility Scooters

Our range of mobility scooters give you independence to travel wherever you need. You can choose from quick folding travel scooters to heavy duty mobility units that are now on sale.

  • Sunrise medical S425 mobility scooter.
  • Sunrise medical S700 mobility scooter.
  • Scout Portable economy mobility scooter.
  • Scout sports Quattro mobility scooter.
  • S19 Quest folding mobility travel scooter.
  • Leo mobility scooter.
  • Envoy 4 plus mobility scooter.
  • Pathrider140XL mobility scooter.

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Power Wheelchairs

These high quality power wheelchairs provide users great mobility and independence. Our autumn sale extends to these top three power chairs,

  • Cobalt travel power wheelchair.
  • Drive Titan power wheelchair.
  • Travel lite electric folding power chair.

Seat Walkers

From lightweight seat walkers to travel rollators, our autumn sale guarantees the best deals in Australia. Check out deals now:

  • Hero Economy 6” seat walker.
  • Travel lite portable outdoor seat walker.
  • Hero Nitro walker
  • Drive Nitro carbon fibre seat walker.
  • Leia lightweight rollator seat walker.

Home equipment

We have also extended the sale to a range of home equipment such as,

  • Shower trays
  • Collapsible range portable shower chair.
  • Portable over toilet aid.
  • Portable shower stool.
  • Padded shower stool with back.

Nursing

Products come with a life time guarantee on rust and discount up to 40%.

  • Adjustable bed rail.
  • Removable bed rail
  • Cobra red stick.
  • Over bed table.
  • 1-care IC 222 luxury hospital bed base and mattress
  • Drop-side bed rail.

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Latest Portable Oxygen Therapy

  • Inogen One G3HF + 1X single cell battery.
  • Inogen One G4HF + 1X single cell battery.

Home Oxygen Therapy

  • Devilbliss 5L oxygen concentrator
  • Inogen at home.

These products are sold with confidence, satisfaction, guaranteed quality assurance and discounts up to 40%.

All online purchases above $125 are provided free shipping Australia wide.

Expert Advice

Independent Living Specialists has a network of occupational therapists to give expert advice on your purchases.

The discount pricing is valid only until stocks last, therefore, make use of these offers keeping your comfort, satisfaction, health and social benefits in mind.

 

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.

 

THE BEST WALKERS AT INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALISTS

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Independent Living Specialists have some of the best walkers in all their stores Australia wide.  Use of a walker depends on a person’s height, weight, environment and mobility requirements. Although a simple and strong walking cane may provide minimum support for controlling your balance, it is preferable to use a walker or seat walker if you need more support while walking. Walkers available at ILS have been selected from a large range of reputed manufacturers for their varying features and benefits including safety with minimum risk of injury and excellent comfort.

A walker can be used to help reduce the stress on a painful joint or limb and also assist as a backup when there is a decline in your strength, stability in joints and limbs.

A walker comes in helpful when you need to start walking after a surgery or leg injury. It is the best source of support to start walking again while your leg is healing.

Types of Walkers

There are many types of walkers available at ILS and it is important to choose it according to your surgeon or physical therapist’s recommendation.

The Leia is lightweight (7.5kg ) and is very easy to manoeuvre  whilst also offering maximum stability and a SWL of 150kg

The Leia is lightweight (7.5kg ) and is very easy to manoeuvre whilst also offering maximum stability and a SWL of 150kg

Best Walkers at ILS

Rollator four-wheeled seat walker, seat walker with a basket, travel lite portable outdoor seat walker with bag and crutch holder and carbon fire nitro elite super lightweight seat walker are four of the most popular walkers.

This heavy duty quad seat walker comes with a max safe working limit 130kg, and is Australian standards certified.

This heavy duty quad seat walker comes with a max safe working limit 130kg, and is Australian standards certified.

Important Mechanics

  • A walker without wheels has to be lifted and placed in front in order to move forward and walker with wheels needs to be pushed forward.
  • Make sure all four wheels are on the ground before your place your weight on it.
  • Always look ahead when walking and not at your feet.
  • Adjust the walker to your height and ensure handles are on level with your hips and slightly bend elbows when holding the handles.

Precautionary steps

  • Ensure your house is fall proof by making necessary changes to prevent falls.
  • Clear messy litter and always ensure floors are clean and dry.
  • To begin walking use the leg you had surgery or injured.
  • Use the good leg to start climbing a step or stairs and use the injured leg to start descending a step or stairs.
  • Keep a distance between the walker and you with the toes inside the walker. Getting too close to the tips, front or wheels might affect your balance.
  • Refrain from wearing shoes with heels or leather soles and wear rubber-soled shoes or slippers or other soles that are non-skid.
  • Ensure cords, loose rugs or corners of rugs that stick out are held down to the floor to avoid getting tangled or tripping over them.
  • Replace worn out tips and wheels of the walker.

Health and Social Benefits

Using a walker will definitely improve a person’s health as the main aim is to encourage the use of the injured leg to get back to normal. Further, being able to move independently in an upright position paves the way to interact socially leading to a higher sense of well-being. It also improves a person’s self-image and self-esteem with the ability to communicate and interact in a natural manner.

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MOBILITY SUSTENANCE WITH INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALISTS

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Senior citizens of this era are enjoying life in comparison to their predecessors. Many elders over the age of 65 are now leading a more active life than their parents. Considering this current flow, it is apparent that mobility plays an important role among the aged population.

Eventually, most seniors in their 70s and 80s are bound to develop various types of disabilities or chronic medical conditions that will hinder their ability to stay active and mobile. Luckily, due to the advancement in the manufacture of mobility aids, various kinds of products are available to assist the elderly to live an independent and active life. Further, many resources from websites to funding programs are now helping the aged population towards a more fulfilling life.

Canes

A cane is one the most prominently used equipment that provides assistance. It can bear 25% of a person’s weight and prevent a patient from falling. Independent Living Specialists have a wide range of canes in their stores Australia wide.

Single-point cane and quad canes are the two types available and a single point cane gives the required support to walk and is ideal for those who are experiencing a slight imbalance, poor stamina or weakness in muscles.The quad cane has four points that contact the ground and is considered to be more durable than a single point cane. It is beneficial for those suffering from muscle weakness which may have occurred due to a stroke or brain injury.

Single point cane products

Wooden walking stick with crook handle priced $19.99. Heavy duty offset cane priced $79.99 and Cobra cane walking stick priced $45.99 are some of the popular single point cane products available at ILS stores.

Quad Cane products

Walking stick quad cane with small base priced $ 65.99, Walking stick quad cane with large base priced $55.99 and Argo quad cane priced $95.99 are some of the fast moving cane products available at ILS stores.

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Walkers

The elderly and those with limited mobility worldwide rely greatly on walkers for their mobility needs. Manufacture of the walker has productively changed over the years. This was initially designed as a temporary equipment to rehabilitate but currently, it has been modified to be used at homes with additional features such as wheels, brakes, seats including convenient accessories like walker bags, trays, and detachable baskets.

Seat walker rollator with four wheels priced $99.99, Auscare seat walker with basket priced $165.99 and travel lite portable outdoor seat walker priced $249.99 are some of the popular walkers available at ILS stores.

Seat Walker with Basket

Featuring a curved padded backrest for comfort and a cushioned seat, which lifts to allow access to the handy shopping basket. Six inch wheels for a small turning circle allowing ease of use for both indoors and outdoors.

Scooters

A scooter is a three-wheeled mobility device which is gaining popularity among the elderly. It is ideal for those who are able to walk short distances but need assistance for long distances. Almost all scooters have rear wheel drive and front wheel steering. Although this device was discovered a long time back, it is believed to have withstood many major improvements. Current technology has played a major role in the most important changes like battery power which recharges speedily. Other special changes are power seats, flip back arms, adjustable bases, and gear drive systems.

Envoy 4 plus mobility scooter priced $2095.99, Scout portable scooter priced $1245.99 and Scout sport Quattro mobility scooter with all round suspension priced $1399.99 are some of the popular brands available at ILS stores.

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