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Mobility Products - whats on offer ?

So many of us have need for mobility devices as a result of a birth condition, accident or disease, or simply due to old age and we are all living longer it seems. Although some of us might need these devices only temporarily, others require mobility products full time. No matter how long we are required to use them, they definitely improve the quality of our lives.

Most common of all mobility product are wheelchairs. These come under two main types; manual or self propelled wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs. The manual or self propelled type can be operated by users using the outer rim attached to the wheel while the electric wheelchair is powered by a motor and is generally controlled using a joystick buttons. Rechargeable batteries or wheelchair power packs then provide the power to keep things going.

Another common type of mobility product are electric scooters which are common place these days. These come either with three,four or even 6 wheels. Although scooters with three wheels can provide more leg room, many prefer four or even six wheels because they are known to be more stable enhancing safety. These mobility scooters come in two types including the Class 2 on-road and the Class 2 on-pavement with speed restriction being the big difference.

So, which of these mobility products best suits your needs ?To work this out, you must first identify your requirements as each type suits specific lifestyles.

What is the best mobility device for you?

  • If you are young or have the need to be very mobile, you will most likely use your mobility device for long periods of time day after day. If this be the case, it may be best for you to decide on buying a wheelchair as its support features for your upper body and extremities will provide more comfort and they are often more configuarble and adjustable to achieve this. If you have limited upper-body strength you can choose between scooters or electric wheelchairs so you would not have to manually control your mobility device and are less dependant on your personal strength. If you often feel weak and have difficulty in sitting up without assistance it is recommended that you avoid scooters because these can require upright postures and a considerable amount of strength. 

  • If your daily routine involves you travelling on uneven roads and surfaces, try a manual wheelchair as scooters and electric wheelchairs have difficulty being stable on uneven terrain. If you use of trains or airplanes frequently, it may be best for you to choose a wheelchair that folds to a compact state so you can easily store it while in on the move. Look at the folded width for this detail and the smaller the better. Now that you know what type is best for you, the next step is finding a model that has the features you need and want as being comfy is essential. In deciding this, consider the places where you would be using your mobility product and try taking measurements of home's doorways, tight spaces, counter top heights and desk heights. Small features like adjustable arm rests can make all the difference allowing easy access to desks etc. Also think about what other features may be useful. Some of us prefer having headrests and other extra features for greater comfort.

  • A visit to a healchare shop where you can get advice from experienced professionals is a must. Many workers in this industry have masses of experiece from family relatives or have previously been in the care industry and have a wealth of knowledge that can help you to select the right mobility equipment for you. We have a number of shops or you are welcome to call us on the number above - we're here to help.