Mobility Scooter Insurance

Do I have to insure my mobility scooter?
The short answer is no you don’t have to get insurance for your mobility scooter, BUT there are so many reasons it’s a good idea, the first being peace of mind!

What’s covered?mobilityscootercrash
Different insurance policies offer different cover but the majority will all have accidental damage cover which means if you damage your scooter the repairs will be covered.
Public liability cover is one of the most important things to consider because it covers you if you were to have an accident and hurt or damage someone and their property.

Who to use?
There are many different insurance companies, we recommend going for one that specialises in insuring mobility equipment such as the First Senior Group or Blue Badge Mobility Insurance.

If you would like to insure your mobility scooter or any other piece of mobility equipment then you can follow this link: http://www.firstsenior.com/Policy-Pages/buy-triple-star-products-page.html?dealer_code=%20OUT003
Or if you have any questions about taking out mobility scooter insurance 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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Quantum iLevel Powerchair

Out & About recently went to the launch of Quantum’s new Q6 Edge 2.0 with the TRU-Balance 3 seating system and the new revolutionary iLevel seat raiser

IMG_1981When we arrived the chair was being demonstrated outside in the car park. The first things we noticed was the speed the chair was able to move at, even when it was in the elevated position – travelling at 3.5mph. You could really imagine the user keeping shoulder to shoulder with a companion walking briskly because the iLevel is able to elevate 10”, enabling the user to interact “face to face” rather than “face to waist”.

The second thing we noticed was that the seat can be elevated whilst the chair is moving. Most other powerchairs have to be stationary if you want to raise the seat. Imagine if, as an able-bodied person walking in a group, you had to stop, get down on your knees and walk if you wanted to talk face to face to children,  then have to do the reverse to talk to their parents. With the Quantum iLevel it becomes one fluid motion equivalent to walking, bending and talking all at the one time.

Being able to elevate in a powerchair isn’t a new feature, but being able to elevate and lower whilst moving around  is! And it’s a feature which has increased the clients’ life enjoyment.

IMG_1277You might think that driving with the seat elevated would make the chair unstable but that isn’t the case. During the demonstration one of Quantum’s team members stood on the foot plate of the powerchair, and elevated it as he stood upon the footplate, the chair performed perfectly – not even a hint of a wobble! I can explain, because it was explained to us, that this remarkable stability is due in part to the weight of the base and to the ATX Active-Trac suspension, but it was quite clear to us that the driving force behind this and the other unique features of the iLevel Q6Edge 2.0  was the overall design ethos – to keep users safe and enhance their lives by hugely improving their interaction with their families, friends and generally helping them with their daily lives.

q6 edge coloursOne other feature shows just how much design thought has gone into this remarkable chair – when you recline the seat to get comfortable, the armrests stay still! If you’ve ever, unthinkingly, reclined in an ordinary powerchair you’ll know that anything resting on the arm – (a newspaper, a tray with your lunch on it or maybe just a cup of coffee) ends up in your lap or on the floor. We also felt this was a great feature as it meant that the client within the chair had easier access to the control systems.

Little things like this speak volumes about the thought that has gone into designing this chair.

They say that seeing is believing but if you’ll forgive the mix of metaphors the real proof of the pudding is in the eating. We were all able to try the iLevel Q6Edge 2.0 and came away even more convinced that this  mid-wheel drive, highly manoeuvrable Powerchair was a great step forward with benefits to the user that can make a real difference. This great chair  can be customised to further suit you. Options include different sizes, types of control as well as added extras like transfer aids – all designed to tailor the chair to your needs. Oh, and there’s also a choice of 12 colours!

IMG_1300During the demonstration our engineering apprentice was even allowed to take the chair apart so we could see how easily you can alter the seat dimensions. She was able to easily adjust the seat depth, the seat width, and the chairs arms by using just two Allen keys.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the new iLevel Q6 Edge 2.0 Powerchair 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

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/

Mobility Scooters – Things to consider

When walking any distance becomes more difficult, or if you are reliant on others to get out and about, a mobility scooter might be just the thing for you. Mobility scooters come in all shapes and sizes and whatever it is you want a scooter to help you do, there’s every chance that there will be one to suit you.

Finding the right scooter for you  
There are many different makes and sizes of Mobility Scooter available and it can be difficult to know how to begin choosing one that will be right for you. There are three different classes of scooter; Mini (sometimes called boot scooters), Midi, and Maxi. Each class of scooter has different features and benefits. So to help you choose the right one for you, here’s some things to consider:

  • Will you be using it for short or long trips?
  • Will you be using it on paths, roads or rough ground?
  • Will you need to transport the scooter in a car etc?delta handles
  • How important is the comfort of the seating?
  • Do you need lots of leg room?
  • Do you need Delta handles?
  • Where will you store and charge your scooter?
  • How much do you want to spend?

Mini/Boot Scooterboot scooter

  • 4mph
  • Can be used for short distances
  • Better on paths and even ground
  • Can be broken down and transported easily
  • Has convenient on board charging, but also a removable battery pack that can be charged
  • Basic seating and comfort
  • Most models have no suspension
  • Minimal leg room
  • Prices from £695

Midi Scootersmidi

  • 4-6mph
  • Can be used for short to medium distances
  • Can be used on paths, some roads, and slightly uneven ground
  • Some models can be broken down but not easily transported
  • Has convenient on board charging
  • Reasonably comfortable seating
  • Some suspension
  • More leg room
  • Prices from £1395

Maxi Scooters

  • 6-8mphORION
  • Can be used for short to long distances
  • Can be used on roads and uneven ground
  • Can’t be broken down and not easily transported
  • Has convenient on board charging
  • High levels of comfort seating, usually with a captain’s seat
  • Full all round suspension
  • Lots of leg room
  • Prices from £1995

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Once you’ve found the Class of Scooter that best suits you, you can then look at the different options in each class. A range of accessories are also available, including scooter bags and baskets to hold shopping, as well as a range of covers to protect you and your scooter from the weather, either while you’re riding it or when it’s being stored.

If you have any questions or would like to try out some mobility scooters 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

Daily Living Aids – Arthritis

Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and it can affect all ages depending on the form of arthritis. Arthritis can have a drastic effect on someone’s day to day life and so we have listed some aids which can help with daily activities.

Getting around

  • Fischer Canes – The orthopedically shaped Fischer handle distributes pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping.
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  • Walkers with Arthritic Attachments – These walkers are great for people with limited hand use and offer additional support in the form of padded gutters which allows you to rest your forearms comfortably.560806
  • Cane stay – Cane Stays enable you to lean your cane against a wall or counter when in and out of the home.MP-99500-3

Getting Washed & Dressed

  • Long Handled Sponges – A simple solution if you find it hard to reach certain areas due to stiff joints etc. Different shaped sponges are also available so you can even wash in between your toes with ease!aa1831b_a_1
  • Button & Zipper Hooks – Enable you to do up buttons and zips with ease and without fuss, ideal for those who are loosing dexterity in their hands and fingers.f22624.main
  • Dressing sticks – If you have trouble reaching and bending your arms then the dressing stick might be for you.F21462_4
  • Bra-Angel – The Bra-Angel was made specifically to assist those with mild to moderate upper limb restrictions or limited hand dexterity to fasten a bra.559668
  • Elastic Shoe laces –Enables you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces!F19406_4
  • Shoe horns – Shoe horns aid with sliding your foot into your shoes without the need to use your fingers.71w1dSBYIOL._SL1089_

In the Kitchen

  • Tap Turners – Taps can be quite hard and fiddly to grip but the soft textured handles of tap turners provide a comfortable and secure grip when placed over the head of the tap making it a lot easier to turn. There are different tap turners for different styles of tap head.Derby_Tap_Turners
  • Large Handled Cutlery – Cutlery with wider handles make them easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber materials.$_35
  • Angled Utensils – Angled knives etc can take the strain off your wrists and make it easier to grip.N05461.MAIN
  • Jar/Bottle/Tin Openers – There are many different aids to help with opening containers such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.241
  • Two Handled Mugs – These are ideal for people who find it difficult to drink from standard mugs due to frail hands, weak wrists or not being able to grip enough.Wade-Dignity-Two-Handled-Mug-White
  • Kettle tippers – Kettle tippers reduce the strain on the wrists dramatically and the worry of spilling hot water down you as you aren’t having to pick up the weight of the kettle. You just have to fill the kettle up using a small jug then use the kettle tipper to pour your boiling water out.M82599_1000_667

In & Around the Home

  • Key turners – Key turners can hold up to three keys and provides extra leverage and grip. They are lightweight and the keys fold away into the handle when not in use.asn3172-blue-key-turner
  • Pill Poppers – Instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and drop your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container.41Elq-mbmaL._SX300_
  • Plug tugs – Makes it easy to remove a plug from a socket and reduces the strain on the fingers and wrists.prodmainimg2300_grande
  • Pen/pencil grips – These go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.G45849_4
  • Playing Card Holders – This makes holding a hand of cards very easy!vm705
  • Book Stand – For those people who like to read but find it hard to hold the book comfortably.M76667_835_1000
  • Big Button Phones – Phones with larger buttons make it much easier to dial numbers which is great for those with reduced dexterity.m76459.main
  • Long Handled Dustpan & Brush – The long handles eliminate the need to bend down or kneel on the floor, putting less strain on your joints.M52997_1
  • Easy Grip Gardening Tools – Easy grip tools are designed to increase grip and comfort when gardening. Ergonomically angled handles keep the hand and wrist in a natural position whilst gripping.m78172_c

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these daily living aids 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 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 Backrest

Your comfort is the most important thing to consider when you’re choosing the riser recliner for you, and the style of backrest can affect this greatly. There are different backrest styles with firm or soft filling, and in different shapes and sizes that support different parts of your back. We recommend that you try different back styles before you make your decision. We keep a selection of riser recliners with different backrest options in our show room. Below we have described the most popular styles of backrest to help you make the most suitable choice.

Button Back
The button back is the most traditional of armchair backrests. It’s made up from one single cushion with classic buttoning design and provides firm and comfortable support. Depending on which manufacturer you select, the cushioning will have varying degrees of firmness to suit your preference.
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Waterfall Back
The Waterfall is one of the most popular styles of back and provides great support and comfort when seated. The Waterfall back is made of three horizontal cushions placed over one another. They can be adjusted to suit individual needs and preferences. This is achieved by removing or adding some padding to the cushions.
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Lateral Back
The Lateral back arguably provides the best lower back and sideways support. The cushions on either side give you great lateral support when both sitting and reclining. The lateral cushions hug your sides so if you tend to lean to one side or if you’re quite slim, this might be the backrest for you.
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T Back
The T Back is made up of two vertical cushions and one horizontal. The central break between the two vertical cushions is ideal for those with back problems as spinal pressure is relieved. These cushions can also be adjusted by adding or removing filling.

Once you’ve chosen the style of backrest for you, you’re almost finished choosing your most suitable Riser Recliner. The next step and final step is to consider some of the additional features and options available on some chairs.

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.