Mobility Scooters

In Ireland in recent years the mobility scooter has become a welcome daily norm, allowing those who might otherwise be confined to their homes access to getting out and have a higher quality of life. For those of us that have experienced wheelchair usage, it can be exhausting on longer trips.

Prisim Mobility Scooter

Prisim Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters have become popular in line with a dramatic drop in prices, where once price might have been a off putting factor the dramatic rise in volume of sales has benefited customers massively, with prices for highly reliable starting as little as €600 up to deluxe models such as the below Sport Scooter for those with more discerning style and taste.

Sport Scooter

Sport Scooter

If mobility is causing you to spend too much time indoors join hundreds of our customers who have experienced life changing freedom, turn the trip to local shop from a chore to an enjoyable excursion with your choice from the widest range of Mobility Scooters in Ireland. Talk to our customer service agents today to discuss which model is most suited to your requirements.

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Post Prime Time Review

So after the prime time exposure of poor practices in creches, many people are worried about the care their loved ones receive in old folks homes, recovery centers and when alone. If you are worried about loved ones, consider a CCTV feed with audio. If you do spend time worrying about your loved ones, get piece of mind with modern sophisticated CCTV systems will allow you to check in on your iphone or smart phone at any time day or night. Or better still add a small monitor where you can have face to face conversations to remind those needing attention and reminders to take their pills or take care of themselves.

With Mobility aids, scooters and so many other products making peoples life easier, piece of mind is equally important. If you are worried that the standard of care is not up to standard, don’t feel helpless, take action to ensure the care is up to standard. All carers appreciate that you can never be too careful when it comes to health, so are unlikely to be offended by your concern to ensure proper care.

Also when visiting take extra care to notice the reaction someone has to a care giver entering the room. Often young children, the elderly or those who cannot express themselves don’t want to be a burden but with a bit of extra attention you’ll notice if someone is uncomfortable in their presence.

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Walking Sticks and Canes: A Tradition

Contrary to popular belief, walking sticks and canes aren’t only for the elderly who want to regain their independence and mobility. Other patients who undergo hip surgeries or have spinal injuries often opt for this mobility aid. Often enough hikers use walking sticks to aid their strenuous uphill climbs. Canes are even fashion statements for some.

If you need that walking aid, don’t think twice. While some people are apprehensive about using a walking aid when they’d rather walk independently, one must remember this will only strengthen the road to recovery.

Canes have in fact been around for eons. Paintings in Egyptian tombs and Greek manuscripts depict the use of canes by Gods. The fictional Sherlock Holmes, as a gentleman, carries a cane. A cane was one way of portraying a man’s social status, power and authority.

Decide on using a walking stick with gusto and that is half the battle won. It even gets fun thereafter. Never be embarrassed of using a walking stick, instead use the accessory to brighten your appearance. Make it an integral part of your character.

With a large variety available in the market, you can choose from wooden canes to lightweight aluminum walking sticks to those made of carbon-fiber to custom-made options. You can even personalise your canes with name plates or engravings. Ask the youngsters in the family to adorn them with acrylic paints to add to their charm. Even better, look at it as having a self defense weapon on you all the time.

With all these positives to play on, do keep in mind to consult your physician with which cane is best suited for you. Check for canes suited to your height and weight. Read up on product descriptions and weigh each option carefully. Most importantly, make sure the cane is stable, durable and reliable. From there on it’s a cakewalk!

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Folding Walking Sticks

A walking stick is probably the oldest aid for mobility known to man and it has come a long way since. Through the years, the simple walking aid has evolved immensely in many ways, the convenient folding stick being one of them. The Folding Walking Stick, just like other walking sticks available, can be used for a lot many conditions, like knee pain, arthritis, joint replacement and even hiking. So, why purchase a folding walking stick, you ask? Like the name suggests, a folding walking stick not just gives you the benefits of a regular walking stick but it can also be easily folded and stored away when not in use.

If you travel often, hike or you’re just an occasional user of walking sticks then these lightweight and convenient folding sticks are for you. You can store these handy walking aids in your bag while traveling. These folding sticks usually fold into two to three pieces and can fit in almost anywhere. In fact, some are so compact that they can fit into your car’s glove compartment or even a ladies purse!

Walking sticks needn’t only be for those who are impaired. They are meant to aid mobility and can be used in case of injuries or maybe to help prevent future problems. If you have to walk long distances or frequently climb stairs, it is possible that you might experience knee or joint pain. Such problems often develop into permanent ones. Using a folding cane in such cases can help avoid future problems with your body. There are many folding sticks that also offer the benefit of arm support; some even come with an attached seat which serves the purpose of a folding chair.

In the different kinds of folding walking sticks available, convenience is clearly is the priority. So, if you’re using one of these multipurpose folding sticks, you know you have a good companion.

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Crutches Lend a Hand

Crutches, the handy and versatile companion for those with mobility impairments. These mobility and walking aids are a basic requirement for a large part of the population.

Different Types of Crutches

Who are crutches for and what are their functions?
Crutches basically help those with lower limb disabilities, decreasing discomfort, aiding walking and reducing recovery time. An extension of your limbs, a crutch must perform functions like reducing weight load on one leg and broadening your support base to improve balance and stability. It allows the benefits of an upright posture and aids you in going where a wheelchair cannot. One must have sufficient arm strength, balance and co-ordination to use a crutch effectively.

Believe it or not, crutches have been around since the 29th century! Carvings on the entrance of an Egyptian tomb suggest a figure leaning on a crutch-like staff. It’s not news that our forefathers were creative though.

Since then, crutches have evolved at lightning speed.  They started off with the basic ‘T’ shape, just like the one used by Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol. They moved on to those of lightweight aluminum with shock absorbers, much like new-age Reeboks for the injured. Now we have a plethora of options ranging from axillary or underarm crutches to elbow or forearm crutches to platform crutches.

How do I know which crutch is the best for me?

  • Axillary Crutches or Underarm Crutches – They’re often used by people with a temporary disability or injury.  Wooden and aluminum models can be adjusted according to your overall and hand height requirements.
  • Forearm Crutches – These have a cuff at the top to strap around the forearm. They’re often used by people with permanent or lifelong disabilities. They are relatively lightweight and come in a variety of sizes.
  • Platform Crutches – These are less common and more bulky. They are often used by arthritis and cerebral palsy patients or those who have poor hand grip.

Platform Crutches

Always make sure you do a complete market survey to find the crutches best suited to you. Also, refer to your doctors and physicians as they will point you in the right direction. An informed mind is the best to rely on. All the best!

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Commodes

Swift 4 in 1 Commode Chair

Interestingly enough, the word commode is derived from a French word and translates to “convenient” or “suitable”. Everyday tasks some of us take for granted, can be insurmountable challenges for those with handicaps. That’s why we need safe and reliable tools for those with disabilities. Commodes are one of those tools.

Commodes are useful in diminishing the distance between the place of usual activities and toilet facilities. For those with mobility issues commodes are an apparent answer. Now-a-days commodes are designed aesthetically and ergonomically to resemble normal household furniture. They come in many varieties and luckily, there is always a choice. So they can always be bought according to the needs and preferences of the users.

Sometimes privacy can be an issue. In those cases, users can place an attractive screen around the commode. Also, bedpans can be kept handy, especially when in the bedroom and removed when not in use.

Commodes are bathroom aids and can be huge help to users. If bathroom trips are difficult you may find a commode will aid you well in managing and being able to make the most of everyday life.

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How To Pick a Wheelchair that Suits You Best

To those dependent on wheelchairs, it is an extension of themselves. A wheelchair that suits you is equivalent to easy, stress-free mobility and one way of maintaining an active lifestyle. Your wheelchair should be synonymous with comfort and convenience. So how do you go about picking the right wheelchair?

First ask yourself some questions:

  • How long will I be in my wheelchair?
  • Will I be using my wheelchair indoors or outdoors?
  • What is the physical condition of my upper body?
  • Will I be using my wheelchair for sports?
  • Are there any specifics I require from my wheelchair, in terms of arm rests, leg elevation facilities, neck support, special seats etc?

This will help you decide between a Folding or Manual wheelchair versus a Rigid or Motorised wheelchair, which is the main choice every user struggles with.

Folding or Manual Wheelchairs
These are a good option for those who:

  1. Need a lightweight chair.
  2. Prefer a chair that can be easily stored (folding down option) and transported in a car.
  3. Have enough upper body strength in case they need to push themselves.
  4. Will require an attendant to be assisting them.

Rigid or Motorised Wheelchairs
These work well for those who:

  1. Use a wheelchair all the time as these wheelchairs usually conform to the shape of the body.
  2. Want to be independent.
  3. Are capable of operating a motorized wheelchair thus not being too young or elderly, such that they find it tough to grasp the technology.

Take your time in weighing the requirements and facts. Always consult your doctors as they can often provide valuable judgment which you may have overlooked. You will be spending a fair amount of time in your wheelchair, so it needs to be perfect for you.

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Hip Replacement Surgery Done. Now What?

The operation is behind you! Now smile, you have a world of good to look forward to. Contrary to popular belief, the road to recovery can be as little as three months. No, we’re not talking miracles. We’re talking positivism, perseverance and heart.

Yes, you will have to accommodate a change in the way you carry out some daily activities and there may be limitations on your movements but that doesn’t mean you compromise on a full life. Here are some recovery tips to get you started and keep you going:

  • First and foremost, follow the advice given by your doctors and physicians to a T. They know exactly what the surgery entails and are experienced with the same. They are your guides.
  • Exercise! The body is a machine. If it isn’t being exercised, it’s getting rusty. Blood circulates when you exercise and the body knows what is good for it. Your physician will have given you directions. Follow them.
  • Always be aware of your body. Be conscious of your exercises. Don’t do them simply for the sake of it.
  • Eat healthy. You may lose your appetite courtesy the antibiotics but food is energy for the body; like fuel to a machine.
  • Always seek help when you’re unsure of how you feel. Speak to your doctors, family and friends if you have any apprehensions. Never fall into a negative mental space. It only hampers your physical progress.
  • Lead an active lifestyle but avoid high impact activities like skiing, weight-lifting, running. Stick to activities like walking, swimming and prescribed exercises.
  • Help along the healing process with the right supplements. They’ll help bring the right nutrients to your joints.
  • Don’t hesitate to use a walker or cane as a walking aid.
  • Sit in sturdy, comfortable chairs that have straight backs to help with the posture. Avoid sitting on low furniture.
  • Always remember to exercise both legs. Some people often only concentrate on the operated side but you need to remember that your other leg is bearing a lot of the burden. It needs to be exercised too. The body is one unit.

So look forward to being better than you ever thought you could. It’s all about teamwork, from your doctors, loved ones and yourself. Any other aids (walking aids, daily living aids or bathroom aids) you need can be found on our website. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

 

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Questions to Ask Before Buying a Wheelchair

Have you asked yourself if your wheelchair can go where you want to go? This question may often play on your mind. Here are some FAQs to guide you:

Q. Where and when can my wheelchair be used?
Ans
. Both manual and motorised wheelchairs can be used indoors as well as outdoors. A motorised wheelchair would be bulkier though and you need to be well – acquainted with the controls.

Wheelchair

The manual wheelchair is usually a lot lighter but also a little unsteady especially when navigating sloping, uneven sidewalks. If unattended, the manual wheelchair requires one to have good upper body strength to navigate themselves. Since the manual wheelchair is usually narrower, it is easier to make precise movements in smaller spaces.

A blend of the two types could be ideal strategy for your mobility.

Q. Is it portable?
Ans.
Your manual wheelchair can be folded and stored in the back of a car with ease. A motorised wheelchair, on the other hand is bulkier and tougher to transport. Though often, the wheels on a motorised wheelchair can be detached when being transported or stored.

Q. With outdoor use, are changes in weather a problem?
Ans.
The motorised wheelchair is sophisticated when it comes to programming of controls. You also have the option of front / mid / rear wheel drives to suit your personal preference and terrain.

When raining, the manual wheelchair may be tougher to handle because of the water and slush.

Q. Will my motorised wheelchair pose as a problem in terms of battery, charging, electrical outlet, etc?
Ans.
You manual wheelchair is clearly not dependant on charging or potential failure of batteries. A new trend of power – assist wheelchairs is being developed though, where motors and programmed sensors are added to a manual wheelchair.

Your motorised wheelchair is usually powered by 4 or 5 amp deep–cycle rechargeable batteries (wet or gel batteries). Many motorised chairs carry an on-board charger which can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. Older models may have a separate charger unit. Always make sure your battery is charged when heading out especially for prolonged periods of time.

Take your time in deciding on which wheelchair you require. Weigh all the options, speak to your doctor, speak with other wheelchair users and weigh the pros and cons of both types of wheelchairs. In the end, you will find what is best suited to you.

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All you need to know about bath lifts

So you’re not sure what a Bath lift is. It’s simple. It is a battery-operated or water-powered seat that aids you in and out of a bath tub without fear of slipping or falling. These fit in a bath tub, going down till the bottom and up to the rim. Some bath lifts also have a transfer board attached to the seat for easier access. The neatest bit is that it can be independently operated.

Bath lifts are usually needed by people with mobility issues or who are physically challenged. Of course, there are many varieties of bath lifts in the market that cater to specifics: battery-operated bath lifts, water-powered bath lifts, inflatable bath lifts, reclining or non-reclining bath lifts and even bath lifts for children.

For those who need a bath life may wonder if it really is worth it. It is! You can enjoy a nice long soak in a tub bath whenever you like. Water is therapeutic after all and why must you deny yourself that pleasure? It is a safe alternative and an offers you independence since you needn’t rely on someone assisting you in and out.

There’s more! Water lifts can be portable and carried around with you when traveling. They also have an option of reclining or non-reclining bath lifts. The reclining bath lifts offer more comfort but may not always be suited to those who need to keep their backs upright.

One last pointer; always remember to check how far down your bath lift can go in a tub. If it goes further, that saves on water consumption and proves to be more comfortable.

Our bath lifts may be exactly what you need. We suggest considering one of the following, the Riviera Transfer Bath Lift, the Archimedes Bath Lift or our best selling Bellavita Bath Lift as featured in the video above. Happy Bathing!

 

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