Getting Drenched When Driving Around On Your Scooter?

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Are you tired of driving around on your scooter and getting wet because you don’t have to correct protection? We have put together some examples of various solutions to your weather problems.

Scooter Coats & Ponchos
Scooter Coats and Ponchos have been designed to give you warmth and protection for active scooter users. The sleeves are generously cut under the arms to allow Maximum movement, with soft ribbed cuffs for comfort. The addition of full length heavy duty zips allows the user to easily be able to remove the poncho when necessary.

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Scooter Capes
For better wind and rain protection from head to toe including your scooter. Scooter capes are suitable for 3 or 4 wheel scooters. Velcro slots can accommodate your mirrors whilst retaining maximum waterproofing. It is made from waterproof plastic and it protects against rain and wind. A simple zip makes putting on and removing the scooter cape simple, it has sleeves and a hood for fully body cover. And also a transparent panel allows the rider to view the controls.

 

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Canopies are the best accessory to use when driving round in the rain especially when you don’t want to wear a scooter cape/coat. This provides full protection from the rain with two rolling doors you can choose to have open or closed depending on the weather. The downside to canopies is that you can’t take them on an off easily whenever you want, so if you wanted to drive your scooter into a shop with a canopy on this might be difficult as it takes up more space.

 

 

Scooterpac
If you want to be able to go out on your scooter but be prepared for the rain, Scooterpac might be the answer for you. Scooterpac is an ingenious canopy which once fitted, can be folded up and down when required to protect you from the elements. Scooterpac can be fitted to most scooters including boot scooters.

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Cabin Car
Cabin Car is a mobility scooter in car form, and is packed full of features and it soon becomes apparent why the word car is in the title. With its comfortable seat, in-cabin heater/cooler and even a windscreen wiper, you shouldn’t be troubled no matter the weather. If you intend to make longer journeys, the heavy duty 75 amp batteries can take you up to 35 miles between charges! The cabin Car is a substitute for someone who isn’t able to drive a car but still wants their independence. And like a standard class 3 mobility scooter this Cabin Car can be driven on the road.

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these products 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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Things to help manage your Arthritis

There are many things out there which can either relieve the symptoms of Arthritis or help you manage them:

  1. Fischer handles canes with orthopedically shaped handles which distribute pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping and are unsteady on their feet. fischerhandle
  2. Elastic shoe laces which enable you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces.
  3. Large handled cutlery are much easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of shape, weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber.
  4. Jar/bottle/tin openers to help with opening containers, aids such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.
  5. 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
  6. Pill poppers can be used instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and dropping your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container..
  7. Pen/pencil grips that go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.
  8. Biofreeze is a topical gel pain reliever of aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis without the use of prescription drugs.Biofreeze_large

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these products 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

The Different Types of Mattresses

The type of mattress you choose is really important for your comfort and health, so the type of mattress best for you depends on your needs. There are seven main types of mattresses which each have different features and benefits.

  1. Spring – Spring mattresses are the most basic of mattresses and have been around for years. They are fantastic value for money and come in a range of different comfort levels. The majority of the support comes via metal coils that run through the mattressfoam bed.
  2. Memory Foam – Memory foam contours to your body shape and then returns to its natural shape when the weight is lifted. This means your mattress will last longer. There are also different densities of memory foam available for different comfort levels which offer pressure relief for low, medium, and high risk.
  3. Gel – Like memory foam, gel mattresses contour to your body shape which gives you great support while you sleep as well as pressure relief. They also regulate your body temperature, by storing and releasing heat when you’re too cold, and drawing heat away from you and into the mattress when you’re too hot.
  4. Latex – Latex mattresses are incredibly durable which makes then great value for money if you’re planning on keeping your mattress for as long as possible. Like memory foam and gel they are very supportive and will mould to the shape of your body so are great for pressure relief. A latex mattress might be a great choice if you suffer from allergies as the materials are hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
  5. Air – When you hear air mattresses you might be thinking camping equipment but pressure relieving air mattresses are used in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
  6. Water – These mattresses are filled with water and are usually heated. They aren’t as popular as they used to be as better alternatives have become available.foam and air
  7. Hybrid – A Hybrid mattress is any mattress made up of two or more different materials whether it be spring and memory foam, foam and gel, or foam and air. Hybrid mattresses take the best features and benefits from each mattress type and combine them to get very high risk specifications, which are comfortable

If you have any questions about beds and mattresses you can:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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Do you need a new bed?

The 1st of March marks the start of National Bed Month, the month dedicated to improving a good night’s sleep with a comfortable, supportive bed and mattress.bed month

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions you’re not getting the best possible night’s sleep possible. And answering ‘Yes’ to five or more means it’s definitely time to buy a new bed!

  • Is the mattress seven years old or more?
  • Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
  • Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
  • Did you have your best recent night’s sleep in a bed other than yours?
  • Are you waking up more frequently unrefreshed and aching?
  • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have enough space to sleep comfortably?
  • Is it sagging?
  • Does it feel lumpy in the night?
  • Is the bed too small to give an undisturbed night’s sleep?
  • Is the divan or base uneven or sagging?
  • Are the legs and castors worn out?

Watch out for more posts about beds and mattresses!

If you have any questions about beds and mattresses 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

Walkers & Rollators – Things to consider

For those who have difficulties walking unaided or experience problems with balance but wish to retain their independence, Walkers and Rollators can provide a valuable solution.
There are lots of different styles of walkers and rollators with different features, so depending on your needs there are lots to things to consider.
Below are some questions you should be asking yourself.


Lets_Go_Indoor_RollatorWhere will I be using it?
There are Indoor walkers which are slightly narrower then outdoor ones so that you can manoeuvre around your furniture more easily, they also tend to have smaller wheels.
Outdoor walkers have bigger more substantial wheels so that they can grip and cope with less even terrain.

Drive-Heavy-Duty-Bariatric-Rollator-Walker-with-La-10215rd-1Do I need a seat?
Having a seat on your rollator can be really important if you need the occasional break whilst walking, if you want to stop for a chat or just get tired of standing whilst waiting in line at a supermarket.
If you want a seat you will need a four wheel walker if not then a three wheel walker might suit you although they can be a little less stable than the four wheeled walkers.

w9b7q_Compact Tri-Walker Blue_723x800How heavy is it?
Depending on whether you will have to lift or transport the walker the weight of the walker could be very important.
The lightest walkers start from around 5kg (think five bags of sugar), and these are made of strong aluminium.
There are steel framed walkers available but these are much heavier and harder to transport. The weight of the walker/rollator also affects its  price: the cheaper the walker the heavier it’s going to be, so don’t be misled by apparent (often online) bargains!

18_troja2gkombiHow do I store it?
Almost all walkers and rollators fold up in some way – front to back or side to side. This makes them much easier to store when not in use (in a corner of a room or cupboard out of the way); those that fold side to side are usually more stable when folded than those which fold front to back.   There are even models which have an additional folding option which makes them more compact – ideal for putting in the boot of a car, the luggage compartment of a coach or the hold of an aeroplane!!

MPB-Rollatorschirmhalter_zommbluedayposterpictureWhat accessories do I need?
Most walkers and rollators come with a bag or basket to put things in, some even have both but there are lots of useful extras such as a cane or an umbrella holder. Trays and anti-slip mats are also available so you can carry drinks etc.

If you have any questions or would like to try out some Walkers and Rollators 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

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.
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