A Guide to Buying an Adult Electric Mobility Scooter

Senior and disabled members often experience difficult moving about because their body does not permit it. They lack the physical strength and ability that enables one to scale slopes and rough terrains. Such restricted mobility causes a lot of inconvenience to the individual as well as the family members. They need someone to attend to them round the clock and in the absence of such a facility, many are forced to stay at home.

Mobility scooters have been specially designed to offer assistance to individuals with limited mobility. A mobility scooter is a motorized vehicle. It is a hybrid between a wheelchair and a regular scooter. It is based on the premise of an electric wheel chair.

If you’re considering a purchase, here are a few features that are worth paying attention to.

· Upper Body Strength: 

A mobility scooter is quite like a regular scooter in its appearance and operation. It features bicycle-like handlebars controlled by a tiller. There are two thumb levers on the mini-dashboard to direct forward and reverse motion. Thus, steering the vehicle does require some upper body strength. However, the requirement is less than that for a wheelchair.

· Terrain: 

This is by far one of most important factors you should consider when shopping for an adult electric mobility scooter. It involves asking yourself where the scooter will be driven – indoor, outdoor or both. Outdoor electric-powered models are designed to work through rocky, uneven terrain and inclines; something a model crafted for indoor use cannot do. Also, 4 wheel mobility scooters offer higher stability that the 3 wheel vehicles.

· Portability: 

This aspect concerns a frequent traveler. You should be able to transport the scooter with ease so that a family member with limited mobility can enjoy every vacation you take. Foldable designs that fit into the trunk of most cars will the best bet. Also, there are models that can be disassembled and reassembled. Lightweight adult mobility scooters are easier to transport. They are also easy to maneuver.

· Weight Capacity and Height: 

Comfort level of an adult electric mobility scooter is determined on the basis of its weight capacity and its height. You should choose models that can be adjusted to your height. Make sure the seat is comfortable and there is sufficient foot space.

· Space constraints: 

Proper storage is necessary to protect its electric components and to prevent early wear. If you are restricted on space, you should consider investing in a foldable design. After use, a scooter can be folded and stored appropriately.

· Added Accessories: 

A full featured scooter not only enables one to get around with ease but also to enjoy a pleasurable ride. Arm rests, storage baskets and swivel seats are some of the features you should consider.

· Manufacturer: 

In the bid to cut costs, we tend to look out for cheaper or budgeted options. It is not wrong, but you should not compromise quality for the sake of cost because it involves the ease, safety and well-being of a loved one. You can shop with leading manufacturers. They provide quality scooters tailored to meet a range of user needs and budgets.

As part of the buying process, many ask whether they will require a driving license. Class 3 invalid carriage drivers need to register their vehicle and file a driving licence application with the Driver and Vehicle Agency. Class 1 and 2 invalid carriages need not do it.

So, buy an adult electric mobility scooter today and gift your loved one’s long desired independence!

Britains Biggest Mobility Scooter Manufacturer rip off Elderly

Pride Mobility from Bicester, Oxfordshire are to have infringed competition law and restricted consumers in the attempt to get more value for their money.

Consumers who looked for deals on seven different model of pride mobility scooters could not find any because all the internet retailers were selling their scooters at recommended retail price. The office of fair trading confirmed that this happened over a 2 year period between 2010 to 2012.

Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which? last night said: “It’s unacceptable for firms to flout competition law in any market and all the more so when it’s products that are for vulnerable people.

“We hope the regulator will use all its powers to protect consumers from sharp practices where they’re proven, and stamp out anti-competitive behaviour that drives up prices.”

But Competition rules are said to have breached in many different organisations across the UK in an attempt to make more money ultimately.

 

Police wants to hurt mobility scooter in Dorset

Police are after a woman in her mobility scooter after she knocked down a woman in her 60’s and dragged her along the floor for few yards. The woman luckily suffered only head and leg injuries.

Scott Reynolds, from Reynolds Butchers who was serving the victim, said: “The woman in the mobility scooter had already bought some meat from us and came back for some more.

The woman who knocked the victim is around her 50’s and police believe she panicked, the woman was help by people around the shop while the lady in the scooter drove off quietly.

Britain is mobility scooter capital of Europe

Just five years ago there were just 70,000 mobility scooters being worn in the UK, the number is now nearer to 300,000, according to the British Healthcare Trades Association.

While the mobile wheelchairs are hardly ever seen in countries like France or Switzerland, manufacturers in Britain are creating more influential models with modern designs, leading to a massive boost in the number of people buying them.

Experts claim that far from life form used just by the elderly and the unwell, the scooters are also being bought by young healthy people looking for a cheaper mode of convey than a car.

The scooter is limited by law to a speed limit of 8mph but could go quicker.

While ten years ago scooters were designed for the frailest in the community, other designs are now accomplished of carrying people weighing as much as 40st.

Steve Perry, marketing manager of scooter supplier Electric Mobility said: ‘People see them now as common sights around towns and cities. In France, you wouldn’t see a scooter anywhere. The only time I’ve ever seen one in France, it was an English tourist.’

The trouble with mobility scooters

The TGA Supersport tends to be bought by people who were fond of motorbikes in their youth, and many of its owners know it affectionately as the Harley, because its high silver handlebars supported by chrome springs are immediately reminiscent of the brand. It’s a Hell’s Angels look for people with limited mobility.

This is boom time for the mobility vehicle industry. The Supersport is one of hundreds of vehicles on display at the annual show of mobility scooters at the Birmingham NEC this week – a mini automobile trade show (but with medical mannequins instead of models in bikinis). Over the past decade, the stigma around these vehicles has eroded, and they are increasingly popular with younger people. Manufacturers are responding by trying to take the product away from its staid, slightly mournful medicalised roots and promoting it as a fashionable lifestyle accessory.

The steady rise in sales of these vehicles is evident in their inescapable presence in shopping centres, rural town centres, and high streets all over the country. Weirdly, there are no industry statistics that give an accurate sense of how the market is growing, but the Department for Transport offers estimates, suggesting that there are around 250,000 to 300,000 on the road across the UK, four times the total five years ago of around 70,000. Mobility scooter shops have opened up in most medium-sized towns in the past decade (also offering specially designed armchairs and beds for frail and older people).

The growing market in secondhand scooters, he says, is led by relatives of newly deceased users, who want to offload them quickly. He is annoyed by this increase in able-bodied users, saying they buy them “because of the fuel prices, or because they’re so lazy they can’t be bothered using a bike or a bus, or because they’re drinkers. Go to a pub, you’ll see them parked outside. We need to stop able-bodied people from using them. If every Tom, Dick or Harry gets one it will be chaos.”

His girlfriend, Sue Brett-Michaels, 55, a former healthcare assistant, now redeployed in a NHS library because her severe arthritis makes it hard to stand up for long periods, says people respond negatively to seeing her on a scooter, particularly when she gets up from it to walk to the car. “People wonder why I need one when I can walk, but I can only take three or four steps. Any more is just too painful. People tut and say: ‘These bloody things get in the way.’ I wish I didn’t need one. I would absolutely love not to be forced to use one of these.”

Although the market is growing, there has been such a rapid expansion of companies making the product that there is less money for individual suppliers, prices have dropped and companies now are having to compete on image. Only a few years ago, buyers just got to select between burgundy or dark blue. Now manufacturers in China and the Far East have moved from golf buggies or mopeds into the market, and are offering huge choice.

Explaining the Vegas product brand, Steve Hughes, commercial director of Roma Medical, says: “We want people to feel that they are going to have some fun with it.”

Tim Ross, TGA Supersport’s sales manager, says his products are for ex-bikers or for “someone who doesn’t want to be told: ‘Right, you’re old, you’re disabled, so get a red scooter. It’s a little bit modern, it’s a bit funky.”

Mark Hermolle, managing director of Kymco Healthcare, explains that baby-boomer scooter users are demanding beautifully designed and powerful products.

“An earlier generation would say: if I can’t get there with my stick, I won’t go anywhere. But scooters have become much more acceptable. Scooters are an extension of yourself. Just as you think, ‘I can either buy an ugly suit or a smart one’, the same is true of scooters. People take pride in these products. They don’t want to look as if they are driving around on an old bread bin.”

 

London 2012: Wheelchair rugby hopes to make it big in London

The hi-tech aluminium and titanium chairs which the players use are specially made to withstand plenty of on-court crashing, bashing and smashing which can leave players prone on the court, but at the same time there is no shortage of skill on show in a game where men and women play together on the same team.

 

GB suffered the heartbreak of losing out in the bronze medal play-offs at both the Athens and Beijing Paralympics, and despite being four-time European champions they have also botched to deliver a medal at the World Championships.

 

“To be honest, I don’t think about not medalling. You can’t let those negative thoughts come in – you have to think positive. We are hitting the targets we need to hit and we are pleased so far.

 

“We are certainly on track for what we are trying to achieve. We have a very young squad so it is an exciting time for us.”

wheelchair scooter accessories

There are different accessories out there to pimp up your wheelchair you just need to find what your problem is. most of the iteams are very cheap to buy.

Best wheelchair scooter accessories

Scooter Canopy
Supplied with clear side windows. Heavy duty fabric and a maximum size front window for best visibility. Easy to set up which helps when it starts raining.

Scooter Cape

The Scooter Cape features an easy to use single zip fastening enabling you to climb in and out of the scooter with ease.

Wheelchair Shopping Bag

Spacious leatherette wheelchair shopping bag which attaches to the handles of your wheelchair with strong leatherette loops.

Luggie Off-Board Charging Dock

This clever little off board charging device acts just like the charging port on your luggie scooter, simply remove the lithium battery from your luggie scooter place it into the luggie off board charging tray and plug your existing luggie charger into the port.

Back Soother Cushion

Great when going for long journey’s and if your having back problems the ride and be a little rough.

 

Walking aids

many of the product have been the same formany years for walking aids. The aids are very cheap and not many electrical products.
Top 5 walking aids products

Bariatric Wheeled Walking Frame

This bariatric walking frame offers excellent stability and is designed to accommodate users up to 223kg

Bariatric Heavy Duty Adjustable Crutch

This heavy-duty crutch is designed to accommodate larger individuals weighing up to 325kg

 

Dolomite Alpha Basic Walker

The hollowed forearm supports gives high comfort. The result is a well adapted and comfortable walking aid for user that otherwise would be referred to platform walker.

 

Aluminium Stick Stool

Robust light folding stick stool with canvas seat which can be used as a walking stick. Gives stable seat for resting when tired.

 

Folding Walsall Trolley

With a sturdy steel frame and moulded plastic trays this trolley can be quickly and easily folded away for transport or storage.

 

Toilet aids

Thee are a lot of products to help elderly people out there with their needs you just have to find the one you want but her is our top 5 for tolet use.

Top 5 Tolet aids

Ashby Easyfit Raised Toilet Seat
To further reduce cross infection, the seat has permanent anti-bacterial qualities and is resistant to stains and odour. Made from polyethylene and moulded as a one piece seat to reduce any hygiene issues.

Aluminium Adjustable Height Toilet Surround

the benfits of this products is Lightweight and rustproof, To suit various end users, Provides additional support, Non-marking and slip resistant for added safety.

Non-slip strips

These Non-Slip Strips are self-adhesive bands with a coarse-grained surface. You can stick them on slippery surfaces to reduce the risk of slipping. They are particularly useful in the bath, shower, and stairs.

Unisex Portable Loo

For elderly people that are not able to move to go to the tolet this will help them out a lot.

 

Able2 Pull Up Pants

With high absorbency levels, these disposable pants are highly elasticated and are comfortably shaped for both men and women.

 

Recliner chairs

With a riser reclining chair, the difficulty associated with getting in and out of a chair can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated. This is because the riser chair does what your muscles and joints would normally do. When getting out of a normal chair, you use your hips and your abdominal muscles to bring your torso forward. Then you use your leg muscles and your knees to lift yourself out of your chair. Your feet and ankles provide balance as you begin to stand up from the chair.

Recliner chairs have been around for many year and even people with out a disability use them for comfort. the recliner chair history was that Two American cousins, Knabush and Shoemaker, are credited with gaining the patent on a wooden recliner. There was nothing remarkable about the design as it resembled a wooden beach recliner. The difference between this and other recliners was the patent. Issued in nineteen twenty eight, the patent led to the founding of LayZBoy. It would not be until nineteen thirty one that the cousins would patent an upholstered model with a mechanical movement. It would not be until nineteen forty seven that a competing company would add a built in foot rest. The addition of a foot rest would become a standard part of recliner design.

Top 5 Recliner char

This our opinnion that we know there are probably great chairs that we missed out. saying that we looked all around the web and here the top 5 we found out.

Coaster Recliners Casual Leatherette Swivel Recliner in Black Leatherette

  • padded flair tapered arms provided comfort and support while you relax in the plush seat cushioning. This cozy recliner features extra padding and a tiered seat back with accent stitching for even greater comfort. A round base with a swivel function allows you to turn in any direction and take in the whole room.

Glider Rocker Recliner with Ottoman Black Leatherette

  • Bone leather rocker nicely contrasts with black metal tubing of the set. It is sitting on a round swivel base with metal, leather arms. The cushions are slightly overstuffed. The piece is perfect for dens, living rooms, or even a home office. Stylish, convenient and affordable.

 

Modern Style Taught Pulled Bone Leatherette Fabric Cushion Swivel Recliner with Tilt Back Function

  • This is a brand new modern style taught pulled Bone leatherette cushion swivel chair Fabric chair with tilt back feature. Item is designed to perfection and designed to be practical and stylish in decor for home furniture.

 

ACME Sage Microfiber Recliner

  • This is a chair for people who want furniture to simply be furniture. There are no gadgets. No electronics. Nothing to plug in. The ACME Sage Microfiber Recliner is all about your comfort and the style of your home.

 

Mac Motion Chairs Model 2-Piece Recliner

  • This swiveling recliner spins a full 360°, giving you flexibility and freedom as you relax. Soft mocha-colored microfiber covers.