Why service your mobility equipment?

All mobility equipment with electrical or moving parts such as scooters, riser recliners, adjustable beds and power chairs require regular servicing and maintenance. This is not only to ensure they are kept in good working order, but also so that they are kept safe for both the user and members of the public.

Here at Out & About we can service and repair all types of mobility equipment including mobility scooters, riser recliner chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, stairlifts, adjustable beds, and bathing equipment such as bathlifts.

Why Mobility Scooters?
Many people believe that mobility scooters do not require servicing as they are electrically powered. A mobility scooter needs a different maintenance routine to a vehicle with a combustion engine, but it is no less important. A number of the working parts of a mobility scooter are hidden beneath the body’s shell and require specialist knowledge and tools to access. It is important to remember that a mobility scooter still has safety critical elements such as brakes which need to be checked. This is even more important on 8mph scooters that are used on the road at higher speeds. This emphasises the need for good maintenance routines and checks. We recommend a yearly service.Martin servicing a scooter

To ensure that your mobility equipment is kept in good working order and safe to use, a regular service is required. If you have any questions or would like your mobility equipment serviced then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com/

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How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Other Options

After you’ve chosen the action, the size and the style of backrest for your riser recliner there are a few other things to consider. Depending on each manufacturer there are different options and extras available. Some of the different options to think about are listed below.

Fabric
There are lots of fabrics to choose from, and depending on your needs you might need one with certain attributes. The fabrics could be general domestic fabrics, waterproof, anti-microbial, flame retardant, stain resistant, breathable or a combination. For example if someone is prone to spilling drinks etc. then a stain resistant waterproof fabric might be appropriate.

Antimacassars & Arm caps
Antimacassars and arm caps provide added protection for the chair, helping to prevent staining and marking as well as general wear and tear ensuring that  your chair retains its “new look”. An added bonus of having antimacassars and arm caps is that they can easily be cleaned or replaced.
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Pressure Care
The more time you spend in your chair the greater the risk of pressure problems. These can be prevented with appropriate cushioning. There are low, medium and high risk pressure care options.  The high risk options are for the people who already have, or are at a high risk of developing a pressure sore. It is important to check that your chosen chair manufacturer can supply what you need.
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Wooden Handgrips
Some people find wooden hand grips a necessity as it gives them something easier to grip onto as they stand up, although you may prefer them just because of the style!

Neck Pillows
Depending on which back rest you have chosen you might feel that you need an added cushion to support your neck. Depending on the manufacturer there are different shaped pillows and different fillings available.

Wheels & Feet
There is usually a choice of solid feet or lockable castors. So if, from time to time, you want to move the position of your chair, then lockable castors would probably be useful.
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Hazard Sensors
Hazard sensors are an added safety feature that some manufacturers offer. The sensor detects when something is in the way when your chair is being lowered and automatically stops the chair. This is very useful if small children or animals are likely to be around or if you were to drop something close to the chair!
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Shroud Mechanism
The shrouded mechanism is for a combination of safety and aesthetics as the fabric covers the chairs mechanisms and reduces the risk of children or animals crawling underneath etc.
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Drop Down Arms
Having drop down arms might not be a consideration for some, but for those who need to side transfer in and out of their chair they could be essential.

If you have any questions or would like to try out different Riser Recliners then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Right Size

Size is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a riser recliner. If your chair doesn’t ‘fit’ you, particularly if you’re going to be spending some time in it, then you will never feel really comfortable. So we recommend you be measured for a riser recliner so that your comfort and safety are optimised. Most manufacturers offer several different sizes of chair, although the sizes can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some even offer made to measure chairs, which means you can have a chair built to fit you exactly. The measurements you need to consider when choosing a size of chair are, the seat height; seat depth; seat width; back height and armrest height.Measuring_an_AJW_chair_600x338 - Copy (2)

Seat Height
The seat height can make a big difference to how easy it is to get up out of a chair, especially if you find it difficult to push up using your arms or if you have any pain or weakness in your legs. Usually the higher the seat the easier it is to get up, but for safety reasons your feet should always be able to touch the floor, and ideally they should be firmly on the ground. The seat height of a chair should always be in proportion to your lower leg. Your knees should be bent at a right-angle to allow your upper leg to lie flat on the seat cushion. An incorrect seat height can cause pressure and discomfort.

Seat Depth
If the seat depth is too great you will tend to slide forward and the resulting posture could cause localised pressure and discomfort. Insufficient seat depth can also cause problems as the chair will not be fully supporting you. The ideal is for the seat to be deep enough to support the entire length of your upper leg to the back of the knee without the end of the cushion pressurising the back of your calf.
Having the ideal seat depth along with the seat height means that the footrest (when elevated) should also be the ideal length. The heels of your feet should never be resting on the footrest, they should just roll over the edge of the footrest so that a pressure point doesn’t develop on the heel.

Seat Width
Having the correct seat width is also very important as it can affect your posture: having  too wide a seat might mean you lean to the side; having a seat too narrow could mean you will not be able to sit back fully into the chair and be properly supported, in addition to which you could be creating pressure points were the sides of the chair/armrests press against you. Ideally you should be able to fit two finger-widths either side of you when sitting in your chair.

Back Height
The back height can be very important, especially with a reclining chair as you don’t want your head to hang over the top of the chair when you are in a reclined position. The ideal back height means your head and neck are supported, both when you are sitting upright and when you are reclined.

Armrest Height
Having the correct arm height means that your arms will rest naturally on the armrests keeping your shoulders at a relaxed angle. Armrests that are too high or low can cause shoulder and neck pain.

Once you’ve been measured and have the correct size of chair you need, you’re a step closer to choosing the best Riser Recliner for you. The next step to consider is the style of back.

If you have any questions or would like to try out different Riser Recliners then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Actions

When choosing an electrically powered riser recliner you should first decide exactly what it is you need the chair to do for you. Different models of chair are built to deliver different movements which offer you the choice of different positions, from a standard sitting position to a position which enables you to get out of the chair with ease. So when selecting the right chair for you  it’s very important to understand such differences. Most riser recliners will have either one or two motors. All riser recliner chairs have the “rise” movement which helps you to get out of the chair by rising and tilting. Beyond this movement, the number of motors and the different actions they have been designed to accomplish will determine the different positions that can be achieved. All of the positions on all riser recliner chairs are selected by operating buttons on the handset controller which is linked to the chairs motors.
Below we list the different combinations of motors and actions from which you can choose what will best suit you. To help you we have included diagrams of the different positions that each such combination can achieve.

Single Motor
A single motor chair, just as the name implies, only has one motor. This means that the backrest and footrest are controlled by the one motor and as a result move together in a coordinated fashion. On most single motor chairs, the footrest begins to rise before the backrest starts to recline. The handset will have at least 2 buttons; one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and one to bring you back to a normal seated position and to rise (the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Single Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
Just like the regular single motor the back and footrest on the single motor “tilt-in-space” chair is controlled by the one motor, meaning they move together in a coordinated fashion. With “tilt-in-space” the angle between the backrest and the seat remains virtually constant as the chair reclines this means that your back will not be stretched as the chair reclines or compressed as it returns to the normal seating position (which is the case if the back moves independently of the seat and thus increases and then reduces the angle between the two) which some users find more comfortable. However more importantly, a single motor “tilt-in-space” chair also means you are able to have your feet higher than your hips which is good for circulation, so if you have problems such as oedema then this would be an ideal action for you. Just like the normal single motor chair there will be at least 2 buttons on the handset controller, one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and the other to bring you back to a normal seating position and to rise(the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Dual Motor
A dual motor chair has two motors, this means the foot and back rest are controlled by different motors so can be moved separately giving you more flexibility in the positions you can achieve. For example if you’re someone who likes to have their feet up but keep the backrest straight then this is the ideal action for you. Unlike the single motor chairs the handset controller on the dual motors has at least 4 buttons. This enables you to control each movement separately, one button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt making it easier for you to get out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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Dual Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
A dual motor “tilt-in-space chair”, also called the ‘Super Dual Motor’ has two motors, so again you are able to move the back and footrest separately. However as it’s a “tilt-in-space” action, the movements are different to a normal dual motor. The difference is that the footrest and backrest move together in a coordinated fashion and the seat to back angle remains constant. After the footrest has reached its highest point you can then continue to move the backrest further to an almost full recline (almost horizontal, rather like a bed and for some just as comfortable!). Just like the normal dual motor chair the control has at least 4 buttons that enable you to control each movement separately. One button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up, and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt you out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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If Space Is An Issue….
One thing to remember about riser recliners is that you need to leave space behind the chair to allow the back to recline. So if space is at a premium you should think about a ‘Wall hugger’ which means you can have your chair a lot closer to the wall. Wall hugger’s are available with different actions such as dual motor and dual motor “tilt-in-space”.

And So, What Next…..
Once you’ve picked the best action to suit your needs, you’re on the way to choosing the best Riser Recliner for you. The next step is to make sure the chair is the right size for you and this means knowing your measurements and the sizes of different makes and models of Riser Recliner Armchairs.

If you have any questions or would like to try out different Riser Recliners then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.