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Wheel Chairs with Attitude – by John Gibb

No Comments 06 June 2010

If you’re in the market for wheel chairs, and really, why else would you be here, then I hope you have considered the many options that are available in motorized scooters and power chairs. There are many style options available to the average consumer today that haven’t been traditionally available in the past.
In addition to the many styles and mobility options that are available, there are many payment plans that are available to enable the average consumer in getting the chair that will best suit their lifestyle needs as well as their mobility desires. The old wheel chairs of yester year don’t offer the maneuverability that the modern scooters and power chairs offer, not to mention they aren’t nearly as practical as they can’t really handle that many terrain options.
If you have a younger child or teen that needs a wheel chair or mobility device of some sort, you may find that a power chair of mobility scooter is a great option as far as wheel chairs go. These allow your child to have a certain ‘coolness’ factor that wheel chair bound children haven’t been able to have in the past. The sad truth is that children look at wheel chairs and see a handicapped person; they look at a mobility scooter and see someone that has a pretty cool ride.
For the elderly, these electric wheel chairs offer maneuverability and freedom from the isolation that attempting to move from place to place with a manually powered wheel chair simply does not accommodate. Isolation is one of the worst pitfalls of age, these chairs allow those who would have been home bound by their limitations to get out into the world and congregate with others. This freedom more than anything is well worth the price tag these specialized wheel chairs command.
I hope that if a wheel chair is one of your needs, you will strongly consider the freedom that a motorized wheel chair or power chair offers.


John Gibb is the owner of wheel chairs guides, For more information on wheel-chairs please check out http://wheel-chairs-intelligence.info

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Wheel Chairs and Curb Ramps – by Nicole Thomas

No Comments 04 June 2010

Impact of curb ramps on people with mobility impairments

Curb ramps are designed to provide access to people who use wheeled forms of mobility. Without curb ramps, people who use wheelchairs would not be able to independently access the sidewalk and street. However, not all wheelchairs perform the same on a curb ramp. Common types of wheeled mobility devices include manual and powered wheelchairs, as well as powered scooters. Each type of technology will benefit from different aspects of the curb ramp design. For example, most powered mobility devices are maneuverable in small spaces due to their short wheelbase. Scooters have a longer wheelbase but have manual steering, and most can perform a three-point turn in tight spaces. Manual wheelchairs can turn on their own wheelbase but are difficult to steer on a cross slope as they tend to turn downhill.

For many people with mobility impairments, curb ramps are not critical to access. In fact, in some situations curb ramps make it more difficult for some people with mobility impairments to navigate. Crutches and canes are sized to fit the individual user so that the energy required for ambulation is minimized on a hard, level surface. Use of these types of walking aids is more difficult on sloped surfaces such as curb ramps. Cane, walker, or crutch users must lower their body forward when going downhill. On uphill slopes, the cane or crutch must be lifted higher and placed on the surface. The user must have the strength to lift his or her body up over the supporting device. Widening the crosswalk to allow people to use either the curb or the curb ramp will enhance access for cane and crutch users who are not comfortable traveling on a sloped surface.

Nicole Thomas offers wheel chair tips and advice at:
http://www.wheelchairtips.com

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What’s New In Mobility Scooters? – by RC Rougeux

No Comments 03 June 2010

Mobility scooters are great devices to allow you the freedom and independence you want! There are many reasons that you might want to use a mobility scooter. Typically, users find that they have some use of their legs, but prefer not to walk longer distances…perhaps because of a heart, lung, or arthritis issue, or any other number of medical issues. Or, perhaps it’s simply a convenience issue for you: it is very convenient to get around with a scooter, especially if you find that you have to carry things.
Mobility scooters are just the answer for your independence and convenience needs. Unlike a wheel chair, you are sitting upright in a chair and you steer with handlebars which allow you to control the speed and direction of your scooter. Rest assured that these scooters are very stable and won’t go so fast that you will feel like you’re in a race!
These scooters are excellent to use when you’re shopping because they often have a large base (where you keep your feet) with plenty of room left over for the week’s groceries or gifts for the grandchildren. There’s a front basket available on some models (if it doesn’t come with the scooter automatically, you can usually order one as an accessory) and often you can order back wire baskets as well. The end result? Plenty of storage space as you drive around!
These scooters are powered by battery packs which are recharged through your normal household outlets. Just plug them in when you’re not using your mobility scooter and you’ll have the batteries charged for when you’re ready to head out. Depending on the make, you may even find that you can get solar powered chargers so you can renew your batteries while you’re on the go. That’s convenient because it reduces the likelihood that you’ll get stranded while you are out and about.
Another great accessory to consider adding to your scooter is a canopy, which allows you to go out even in the rain or snow and not get wet! These canopies are lightweight and heavy duty and attach right to your scooter easily.
Aside from the scooter itself, there are many other accessories you may want to consider for your convenience and comfort. A lift, for example, is one critical thing you’ll want to get if you plan on putting your scooter into a vehicle for longer trips. You can get external lifts (which usually attach to a trailer hitch on the back of your vehicle) or internal lifts (which attach inside your vehicle. Some scooters easily disassemble and reassemble and will easily fit into the trunk of your car, but a lift lets it remain intact on the back of your car so it’s ready to go when you park.
Mobility scooters let you get where you need to go! They provide independence and comfort at an affordable price. Soon, you won’t have any trouble keeping up – or even passing – people who are walking down the street!

Owner of http://www.AssistiveLivingMobility.com Mr.Rougeaux has written numerous articles about wheelchairs, 3 wheel and 4 wheel mobility scooters, walkers, rollators, power chairs, and other mobility equipment.

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What Sort of Mobility Scooter Is Best For Me? – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 31 May 2010

The nature of the disability will go some way into determining what sort of mobility scooter will be the right one. If the disabled scooter is to completely replace a car, then a small boot scooter is unlikely to fit the bill. By the same token, if you require an electric scooter that dismantles to fit into the car boot then a large road legal electric scooter will not be suitable.
Mobility scooters can be simply divided into three categories: small / boot scooters, medium scooters and large scooters. Small or boot mobility scooters as their name suggests are small scooters that easily dismantle to fit into a car boot. These scooters can have a range of up to 15-20 miles between charges. They tend to be seen in shopping centres and on the pavements. The riders of these scooters usually have some mobility but tend to tire easily or maybe can’t walk very far.
Medium sized mobility scooters are much more substantial than small/boot mobility scooters. Medium sized mobility scooters often offer more car-like features such as a padded, height and reach adjustable seat, lights and indicators, and a longer range between charges. They tend to have bigger wheels and can have a maximum speed of up to 6mph.
Large sized mobility scooters are much more substantial, and often twice the size of a boot scooter. These disabled scooters have a top speed of up to 8mph, and depending on the model range of up to 35 miles and are legal to be used on the road or off-road. As they are road legal, they have a full lighting kit and indicators. They offer large wheels, pneumatic tyres and often have suspension to provide a comfortable ride. For a lot of people, these large mobility scooters will replace their car and will be their main method of transport.
How often you use the electric scooter, where you go on it, where it will be stored, how it needs to be charged (whether the battery pack can be charged separately from the electric scooter or not) will help to determine what sort of mobility scooter will be right for you. If your scooter is to replace your car and will be used everyday, you will need a different type of scooter to someone who uses their scooter on days out and leaves it in the car or the house the rest of the time.
Once you have decided what sort of mobility scooter you need why not try some models at your local mobility shop and see which one is the most suitable for you.

For more information about Mobility Scooters, please visit www.scootamart.com

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What if Archie Bunker had a Lift Chair? – by Nicole Martins

No Comments 28 May 2010

What if Archie Bunker had a Lift Chair?

Do you remember watching All in the Family and fixing your gaze at Archie Bunker hunkered down comfortably in his chair? One can only imagine that it was a comfortable chair. However, what the chair was not was a lift chair. Imagine the technological advances since that time. Today, if one has a hard time getting up: standing up from the seated position, a lift chair is a great option. And, many styles exist from lazy boy to European styling to slim-sized wing back lift chairs.

Lift Chair Features

It may be that Archie didn’t need a lift chair, however, many people do. Elderly folks and those suffering from mobility issues are perfect candidates. As mentioned, the purpose of using a lift chair is to help an individual get from the seated to the standing position.

Most lift chairs are designed like recliners and are available in 2 position, 3 position and infinite position chairs. Infinite position lift chairs are nice for taking a nap or sleeping as they will go completely flat like a bed. However, lift chairs get more expensive with more positions. This is also true of options and customization. You will spend more money for features such as heat and massage and custom upholstery. see: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/lift-chairs.htm

Leading Lift Chair Manufacturers

Two of the leading lift chair manufacturers are Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies. Both make a number of state of the art mobility aids, and in this case, lead the way in lift chairs. Another company, Uplift Technologies, makes a discrete wing back lift chair. This chair is unique in that it is slim and perfect for small rooms. It is different from other lift chairs on the market in that it is not a recliner, and the lifting mechanism is solely in the seat.

Form and Function

Archie Bunker’s chair could be a lift chair in today’s world. Though not a particularly attractive chair, he loved it and it suited his needs. Lift chairs are the same. You can buy a chair suitable to your needs. For some people comfort is all that matters, others want furnishings that blend in beautifully with their décor. In either case, one can select a chair suitable to taste and needs!

Nicole Martins, a senior editor at www.Wheelchair-Ramps-and-Mobility-Aids.com writes regularly about mobility products. You can read more about lift chairs at: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/lift-chairs.htm

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