Posts Tagged ‘electric wheelchair’

What to do if you get your powerchair wet?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 by morethan

One our of electric wheelchair/powerchair manufacturer’s (Pride Mobility) put together this useful article on what to do if you get your powerchair wet.  Particular useful at the moment with the unpredictable weather and April showers so we wanted to share this with you below.  If you do have any issues or need some advice please do call us on 0800 046 3949.

“In the real world, water is a fact of life. Weather is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. You can be out with your powerchair and suddenly, a rain or snow shower hits! Plus, even after a storm is over, there may be large puddles or piles of snow in the roads or on the pavement . It’s important to understand how water affects electric wheelchairs. By taking action following contact with water, you can preserve the life and performance of your power wheelchair.

When faced with sudden inclement weather, there are a few things you can do. Depending on the severity and heaviness of the rain or snow, we recommend finding shelter until the storm passes. Try to avoid large puddles. Your powerchair is equipped with electronics, and direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness may cause a motorized wheelchair to malfunction electronically and mechanically. Water can cause the electrical components to corrode and the frame of your electric wheelchair to rust.

If your power wheelchair encounters water:
  1. Thoroughly dry your powerchair with a towel as soon as possible; Wipe down all surfaces of the chair
  2. Allow your powerchair to sit in a warm, dry place for 12 hours to allow unseen water to evaporate
  3. Check the operation of the joystick and the brakes before using your electric wheelchair again
  4. If you find any inconsistencies, take your power wheelchair to your provider
You should periodically examine your motorized wheelchair for signs of corrosion caused by water exposure, bodily fluid exposure, or incontinence. Any damaged components should be replaced or treated immediately, so contact your authorized provider for service.

There are some other things you can do to further protect your electric wheelchair. Some consumers carry plastic bags with them. When a sudden shower hits, they cover their controller or joystick with the plastic bag to protect it from the rain or snow. Also, it’s a good idea to check the weather before you leave the house. If the forecast is calling for wet weather, consider changing your plans or staying home.

By understanding the effects of moisture and taking steps to reduce exposure, you ensure that your power chair remains in peak condition for optimal performance.”

Best wishes

More Than Mobility
www.morethanmobility.com

NEW Powerchairs & Electric Wheelchairs Available!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by morethan

If you struggle to get around, whether in your home or outdoors, it may be a good idea to invest in top quality electric wheelchair or powerchair. More Than Mobility is one of the leading suppliers of electric wheelchairs and mobility products in the UK, from some of the biggest manufacturers and we have recently added 6 NEW power chair models to our range.

See below for more information on these new powerchairs from folding options to compact or more enhanced powerchairs that elevate up whilst you are moving.

Foldable Powerchairs

Cirrus Powerchair

The Cirrus electric wheelchair is a versatile, affordable option that is lightweight and foldable making it ideal for transporting.   Comes standard with a seat belt, seat cushion with pouch for easy storage, adjustable swing away footrests with calf straps, and adjustable tension back upholstery. Max 15 miles range and 21 stone weight limit. Price:  £1,250

I-Go Folding Powerchair
This NEW unique folding powerchair from Pride features an advanced folding technology enabling it to be quickly transported with ease and designed to fit inside any small space or car boot.  Front suspension and perfect for an active individual for getting out and about. Price: £1,995

Compact Powerchairs

Titan Powerchair

This front wheel drive Titan Powerchair is a comfortable and stylish option that’s easy to manoeuvre. Its compact size makes it perfect for those on the go – suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Max 15 miles range and user weight up to 21 stone.  Price £1,250

Go Chair – NEW updated model

This recently updated Pride Go Chair has been designed to be highly portable, lightweight and will quickly and conveniently disassemble into five manageable pieces to fit into most vehicles.  Improved agility and stability.  10 miles range and user weight up to 21 stone. Price £1,295

J600ES Powerchair

The Jazzy J600ES powerchair offers outstanding performance, excellent control and stability.  Its compact design and Active-Trac ATX Full Suspension allow this powerchair to excel both indoors and outdoors making it a perfect all round powerchair choice. 18 miles range.  Price £1,995

More Enhanced Powerchairs

Rascal Rialto Powerchair

The Rascal Riatlo mid wheel drive powerchair offers configurable options normally found on higher cost models.   Crash tested and multi-size and position seating options. Price £1,950

Jazzy Air Powerchair – elevates up to 10” whilst on the move

NEW unique powerchair which allows you to stay at eye level with friends and family – offering enhanced independence and social confidence too.   The innovative one touch “air” elevation function raises you up to 10” in 16 seconds – even while you are on the move.  Full suspension and choice of seat width and max 18 miles range. Price £2,850

Please visit our website we have a huge range of power chairs and mobility scooters.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter Ramps

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by morethan

For those individuals and families dealing with the day to day issues of having a disability; disabled wheelchair and mobility scooter ramps are incredibly beneficial as they allow ease of access through doors with a raised step or help putting a mobility scooter or wheelchair in the back of a car.

Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Ramps can help to increase your quality of life and allow you to get out and about and continue to live an active lifestyle.   There are various types available from portable roll-up ramps to more solid, heavy installations. Ramps assist in providing the elderly or disabled with greater mobility and independence. A disabled ramp is one of the most common provisions made by homebuilders for owners.

Here at More Than Mobility we stock a range of high quality ramps at very affordable prices:

Single Fold Aluminium Suitcase Ramps

These single fold aluminium ramps will always make life that little bit easier. They are high quality, corrosion resistant ramps which can be easily folded and carried like a suitcase.  Sold in various lengths from 2” to 6”.  Price from £85.00

Door Wedge Ramp

An ultra-lightweight wedge shaped ramp, designed to allow wheelchair and mobility scooters to overcome thresholds, patio and french doors.  Available in 3 standard heights. Price £175


6ft Smart Ramps

Designed for use with wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters. The ramps can be used to obtain safe access to motor vehicles, buildings and other inaccessible locations.   Folds in half for ease of storage and carry’s like a suitable when not in use.  Price £295


Flat Panel Scooter and Wheelchair Ramps

A one piece single panel ramp.  Lightweight, ultra-strong ramp, the ideal solution to provide access to buildings, for either residential or commercial applications. The Flat Panel Ramp is easy to position, handle and transport, it has a unique slip-resistant surface and a quality paint finish. Price £180


7” Telescopic Channel Ramp
These telescopic two-piece ramps extend to 7” and allows a wheelchair to travel up steps, over door thresholds or up into the back of vehicles. Price £195

Please see our website for our other mobility products including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Apply For a Disabled Person’s Rail and Coach Card

Friday, October 7th, 2016 by morethan

If you are registered disabled and love travelling around the UK then have you considered either a disabled person’s rail card or coach card?  If not then we recommend you take a look at the details below as you can save money and travel for less!

Disabled Person’s Coach Card

The Disabled Coach Card offers a great way to save a 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. So whether you’re looking to take a weekend city break to London or jet off to warmer climates from a UK airport, the Disabled Coach Card allows you to travel for a fraction of the original price.

The Disabled Coach Card is just £10 (plus £2 p&p) a year – that’s less than 84p a month (and £10 cheaper than a railcard).

You’ll save a guaranteed 1/3 on standard fares throughout the UK for 12 months. With the Coach card, there are no restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, so you can travel when it suits you and your plans. This includes public holidays, bank holidays and weekends.

Purchasing your Disabled Coach card is quick and easy.  Simply complete your details online and your Coach card will be posted to your home address.

Disabled Person’s Rail Card

Get 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares for you and a friend.  The Disabled Persons Railcard costs just £20 for a whole year.

You will qualify for a disabled person’s rail card if you:

  • receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at either:
    • the higher or lower rate for the mobility component, or
    • the higher or middle rate for the care component
  • have a visual impairment
  • have a hearing impairment
  • have epilepsy
  • receive Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • receive War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability
  • buy or lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme

Visit the Disabled Persons Rail card site to apply.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Spring has arrived…. time for a Mobility Scooter Health Check?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 by morethan

Finally it looks like Spring has arrived this week with much warmer and drier weather…let’s hope it remains for the upcoming Easter holidays!

Time to check your Mobility Scooter for maintenance and repairs?

Before you take your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair out for a ride this Spring; we recommend you double check your mobility scooter batteries and also think about having an annual service just to check everything is in working order.  We don’t want you to break down and miss out on the fun in the sun!

Some general advice for checking your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair:

Cleaning

  • Wash off any dirt and dust
  • Keep your mobility scooter as dry as possible – this will help prevent rust.

Weather Protection

  • In wet weather it’s a good idea to have protective covers for yourself and your mobility scooter to stay dry.  Especially important for those April showers!
  • Storage covers are handy for keeping the dust and rain off your mobility scooter whilst not in use. Mobility scooter stores have a more rigid frame and will stand up to being left out in strong conditions and have additional security features.

Batteries

  • Looking after and regularly changing your batteries will increase the maximum performance of your mobility product. Batteries are likely to need replacing every 2 – 3 years; although you may be able to use them for longer if you take care and check them regularly.
  • Batteries need to be charged regularly to keep them working efficiently. Always adhere to the battery manufacturer’s guidelines; they typically recommend charging for between 8 and 10 hours at a time and even if you are not using your mobility product on a daily basis we recommend that you charge the batteries at least twice per week.
  • Only use the charger that you have been supplied with your mobility scooter or powerchair.  Using an incompatible battery charger is likely to be detrimental to battery life.  If you need a new charger then let us know and we can get one sent out to you.
  • During cold weather and when the mobility scooter is not in use, the batteries will gradually lose their charge and could decay if they are left in a discharged state.
  • Always make sure you have enough battery power for your trip before you set off!  Don’t forget that travelling up hills and using your lights will use up more battery power.
  • New mobility scooter and powerchair batteries start from as little as £45 per pair.

Tyres

  • All tyres will wear and tear, inspect them regularly to check they are still safe.

Service

  • It is recommended that you have your mobility scooter serviced by a qualified engineer every year, especially if it is used on the road.
  • Many of the key working parts of a mobility scooter are hidden beneath the body shell and require specialist knowledge and tools to access.
  • It is important to remember that a mobility scooter still has critical safety elements such as brakes which need to be checked. This is even more important on class 3 scooters that are used on the road at higher speeds.

Here at More Than Mobility; we repair and service all makes of mobility products both purchased or not purchased from us – just give us a call!  Although all our new products come with a full 12 month’s in home warranty and are made to a very high standard; we are aware occasionally things can go wrong.  Therefore our nationwide chain of local engineers are on hand and are available to help with any repairs or services or new batteries that you require on your mobility products and services.

If you have any problems please give us a call on 0800 046 3949 and we can arrange for a local engineer to come to your home to repair it or give your product a service.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Best-Selling Portable Reno II Powerchair!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by morethan

More Than Mobility stock many electric wheelchairs & powerchairs but we wanted to let you know that we also stock the widely searched and best-selling Roma Reno II Powerchair!

This portable power chair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is compact and stylish and comes with a large storage compartment and easy to use controls.  The base unit splits down into two separate parts to allow easy transportation and reduces the weight of heaviest part.

We currently stock the latest design!

The latest 2014 design includes an improved basket access and size!  An easy to lift seat, the controller connector is now fixed to the rear motor – as opposed to it being cable-tied to the top of the frame. The battery pack has been re-designed – which allows it to be lifted straight out and not at an angle. No exposed wiring within the battery box or around the motors – as per the original model.  The motors have also been re-positioned on the frame. They now run along the side of the frame as opposed to being housed side by side.

Due to its new design the Reno II Powerchair is now much easier to navigate around hallways and living rooms.  Plus if you need to pop to the shops it now comes with an impressive range of up to 12.5 miles on one battery charge!

Features:

  • Portable electric wheelchair – suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Detachable battery pack
  • Flip-up, height adjustable footplate
  • Flip up, width adjustable armrests
  • Storage basket
  • Easily disassembly without tools for carrying, storage and transportation
  • Comfortable padded seat
  • Non-marking puncture proof tyres
  • Intelligent, regenerative, electromagnetic brakes
  • Range up to 12.5 miles and user weight up to 21 stone
  • On & off board charger
  • Available in choice of red or blue

The Reno II Electric Wheelchair comes with a full 12 month in home warranty so if you have any issues you have full peace of mind.  Currently available for only £1,150 so take a look at today!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Guidance on Getting an Electric Wheelchair/Powerchair

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by morethan

The consumer research charity Rica, has published a new guide called “Getting a Powered Wheelchair: a guide to help you choose” – available free online and in print. Between April and July 2014 Rica surveyed 374 disabled people, asking them for their views and experiences of choosing, funding and maintaining a powered wheelchair.

This guide provides unbiased and practical information about:

  • paying for a powered wheelchair, including funding options
  • getting assessed for and how to find out about products on the market
  • types and features of power-chairs and electric wheelchairs

It also provides real life stories by electric wheelchair & powered wheelchair users and a list of useful organisations that can provide further information and support.

Rica asked disabled people about:

  • getting information and advice on choosing a powered wheelchair or electric wheelchair
  • the assessment process
  • funding for a powered wheelchair
  • maintenance and after-sales service
  • any barriers they experienced

Dr Phil Friend OBE and Rica Trustee said: “As an experienced wheelchair user, I know that choosing and buying a powered wheelchair is a crucial decision and it’s important to get it right first time. There are no independent product tests, meaningful reviews or simple guidance to help people through this daunting and often confusing process. Services and support vary depending on where you are, what you need and what funding is available. With more than 300 models available, getting the right one to suit individual needs is vital and this where the new Rica guide can help.”

The survey of 374 powered wheelchair users found that disabled people and their families often struggle to:

  • Locate relevant information about funding options – 48% didn’t get the right information
  • Make an informed choice about provision – over a third (37%) get no assessment
  • Get value for money when buying and maintaining their powered wheelchair – 32% had to fund their own powered wheelchair completely themselves with a quarter (26%) being turned down for NHS funding.

Rica’s report follows a few recent developments in wheelchair services:

  1. My Voice, My Wheelchair, My Life is an online campaign which aims to transform wheelchair services for users and their families
  2. The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign aims to raise awareness of issues in wheelchair services: “There are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, roughly two per cent of the UK population, and whilst some people receive a good service too many have to wait too long for a wheelchair or to receive a wheelchair that is suitable for their needs”
  3. CECOPS, an independent social enterprise that aims to raise the standard of wheelchair services has introduced comprehensive standards and accreditation guidelines.

More Than Mobility understand how powered wheelchairs have the potential to help many disabled adults to be moreindependent and the correct supportive seating can reduce the need for future medical interventions. We currently have offers on our power-chairs with savings of up to £200!  Do take a look at our electric wheelchair & powerchair range.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair Users Overcharged By Some Taxis

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we are surprised to hear that a BBC investigation has found some taxi drivers in Stoke-on-Trent have been charging wheelchair users more than able-bodied passengers! The city council has said no extra charge is permitted for wheelchair accessibility. However the BBC conducted undercover filming, which revealed a woman was told by one cab driver she had to pay more than “normal” people because her wheelchair “was heavy”. On average, the cost was around two-thirds more for wheelchair users.

A team from Inside Out West Midlands took black-cab journeys across Stoke-on-Trent city centre with Baljeevan Deol, a 22-year-old student, who has generalised dystonia. Her condition means that she cannot control her muscles. She secretly filmed drivers after suspecting she was regularly charged more than her able-bodied friends. Ms Deol and Inside Out programme production staff made 12 identical trips. Programme producer Qasa Alom said: “Obviously we are not saying every taxi in Stoke will overcharge, but our investigation found of the 12 journeys we took, Bal was charged more every single time.”

Ms Deol said: “I feel sad and angry. I’m so annoyed this happens and how much money over the last few years I’ve spent extra that I shouldn’t have. “They can’t get away with this. I feel like I’m being discriminated against and it’s just not fair.”  Abdul Rauf from the Hackney Carriage Association said drivers who overcharged “damage the trade” Abdul Rauf, from the Hackney Carriage Association in Stoke, said drivers breaking the rules should be “brought to book”.

Here at More Than Mobility we find it saddening that this is happening and do not condone disabled persons being charged a higher taxi fare than able bodied people.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. Wheelchairs restore a sense of freedom for those who have trouble getting around like they used to, and help to restore a sense of independence. If you are looking to purchase a quality, affordable wheelchair either transit or self propelled manual wheelchairs or alternatively an electric wheelchair for you or a loved one, then More Than Mobility can help.  Prices start from as little as £99!

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com