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Where To Buy Your Mobility Scooter – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 30 May 2010

Traditionally mobility scooters were only available at a small number of dedicated mobility dealers. These dealers were able to charge a premium as there was little or no local competition. Nowadays, due to the internet, and the large number of people wanting mobility products, more places are selling mobility scooters including traditional mobility dealers, mail order catalogues, and dedicated internet sites and the products are becoming less expensive.
Traditional mobility dealers have expert knowledge gained through years of retail experience, know the market and the main manufacturers, and often sell different mobility scooters from different manufacturers. The prices can be more expensive than mail order catalogue or internet sellers because of the after sales care that the dealer can offer. This can range from picking the scooter up in the event of a puncture, repairing and servicing, to making any necessary adjustments to the seat or tiller height or reach. The dealer may buy back or part exchange the scooter for a new one. For some, this peace of mind is well worth the price. The mobility scooter will also be assembled specifically for the user, and so is ready to ride immediately. The dealer will also be able to help with any teething troubles. The dealer may well also sell other mobility aids that could benefit people who buy a mobility scooter.
Mail order catalogue companies will have little or no experience in comparison to a dedicated mobility dealer. The price difference for the same mobility scooter may be sufficient enough to make you consider buying from a catalogue. It is worthwhile remembering that while the price may well be lower, the mail order catalogue will probably not keep spares or accessories, and may not be able to cope if there is a problem with the scooter. They will not be able to offer servicing or other help, and are unlikely to take the scooter back if you find that it is unsuitable for your needs, or you simply don’t like it.
The internet has provided lower priced goods ranging from books and CDs to holidays. In terms of mobility scooters, the internet sellers may look cheap, but the after sales care may be non-existent. Again, they may not carry spares or accessories, and may not have a large range, or all the manufacturers’ models to choose from. The mobility scooters are often dispatched as they come from the manufacturer still boxed. The buyer will then have to get the scooter out of the box, and assemble it, and attach the batteries, fit he seat, and make any necessary adjustments before the scooter can be used. The potentially low prices of buying a mobility scooter over the internet can sway some people.
Another option is to buy from a mobility dealer with a website. This will allow you to see the whole range of products they stock, and find out which one is for you. You can also compare specifications and different dealers’ prices all without leaving the comfort of your home. Depending on the actual location of the dealer, you may be able to visit the dealer and try out the scooter you like. This can provide you with the security and knowledge of a mobility dealer, with the price benefits of an internet seller.

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Wheelchair Batteries…Give Yourself the Power To Move! – by Ron Rougeaux

No Comments 29 May 2010

You must have observed the growing use of electric wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters by people who have in the past been using the manual wheelchair. If you’re still using a manual wheelchair maybe it’s because you’re not so sure about the safety of the wheelchair batteries used to power these electric wheelchairs. Let’s take a closer look.
Wheel chair batteries come in many different types and models. They’re all designed to meet the varying demands of different powered wheelchairs in one way or another. You’ll find many manufacturers of wheelchair batteries, for all types of wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters. No matter who makes the battery, they all basically fall into 3 different types of batteries available.
Let’s look at the features you’ll want in you’re battery to give you the longest, most trouble-free service.
Wheel Chair Battery Features…what to look for:
Although they’re the least expensive of all the different types of wheelchair batteries, ordinary wet type (lead acid) batteries are not recommended for most uses in power mobility devices. Not only for the maintenance inconvenience they have, but mostly for the possibility of an acid leak if the wheelchair, power chair or mobility scooter should tip over. These lead/acid type batteries are seen less and less in today’s mobility devices.
A wheelchair battery can come in various sizes and power ratings. The higher the amperage rating of the battery the more potential power it has to power you around in your chair. The ideal battery would be one that is compact, with a high power-to-weight ratio (Low battery weight vs. high amperage).
The lighter the battery the better. However, you should be careful not to compromise power just to save a few pounds of weight.
So, what are the basic types of wheelchair batteries?
* Gel type: Advantages… can’t leak if tipped over…approved for airline travel…no maintenance required
* AGM (Glass mat type…most expensive): Advantages…can’t spill or leak…approved for airline travel…no maintenance required…low self-discharge rate (3% per month)
* Wet type (lead/acid): Advantage: cheapest of all types
As with most purchases, determine how you’ll be using your powered device. A prime consideration should be safety…and, if safety is the highest concern than that would most likely eliminate the wet (lead/acid) type of wheelchair battery. That leaves the gel and AGM types.
If cost is the main concern, then the wet (lead/acid) type would be your first choice. Hope this helps.

Owner of AssistiveLivingMobility.com Mr. Rougeaux has written numerous articles about wheelchairs, mobility scooters, adjustable beds, quad canes, walkers, rollators, power chairs, mobility equipment and assistive living.

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Wheel Chairs with Attitude – by John Gibb

No Comments 27 May 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 25 May 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 24 May 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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