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

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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 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.

Mobility Scooters & Powerchairs – The Rules

There is a lot of confusion about the rules and regulations that apply to owning and driving a mobility scooter or powerchair so, to help, we have outlined below the most important regulations that you should be aware of.

Driving Skills
It may surprise you to know that you don’t need a licence to drive a mobility scooter or powerchair neither is there any requirement to have tuition, pass any test or undergo any formal assessment. However this does not mean that you should use one of these vehicles without first thinking of the potential dangers involved, both for you and other users of shops, pavements, promenades or road, if you lack the skills and awareness of risk that a proper course of training can give you. We strongly recommend you find a training course. Follow this link to find a centre near you offering scooter classes. http://mobility-centres.org.uk/find_a_centre/
We offer a Scooter and Powerchair familiarisation session which has been designed to help develop the skills and confidence to drive safely and with confidence. This involves
• An assessment of you as a driver – sight, hearing, steering ability, ability to control speed.
• Familiarisation with the vehicle controls.
• A summary of the ‘highway code’ as it applies to Scooters and Powerchairs.
• An extensive ‘accompanied test drive’ around the large pavement area outside our showroom.
• A pavement and road ‘accompanied test drive’ around our local area and down into and back from the town centre.
These sessions are offered to all customers who want to buy or are interested in buying such vehicles.
To those who purchase from us these sessions are Free of Charge.
To those who are just interested we make a nominal charge of £20 which is refundable should a purchase be made.

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It may also surprise you to know that there is no mandatory requirement for you to insure your vehicle or yourself.
However insurance is an option we strongly recommend. Should you have an accident where you damage your scooter or powerchair, injure yourself or worse still somebody else or damage private or public property you will be personally liable; there have been instances where users have been found liable for damages amounting to thousands of pounds.
Basic Insurance is not expensive – £69 per annum currently – a small additional price to pay for peace of mind!

Eyesight
There is also no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powerchairs, but at the very least you should be able to read a car’s registration number from a distance of 12metres (13 yards). And you must check that you can still do this regularly.

You must have a disability
If you are not disabled, you can only drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair when:
• Demonstrating a vehicle before it’s sold
• Training a disabled user
• Taking the vehicle to or from maintenance or repair.

Vehicle Licences
All Scooters and Powerchairs are classified as ‘Invalid Carriages’.
Some have to be registered with the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Although no tax is payable. There are two Classes of Scooters & Powerchairs:
• ‘Class 2’– these have a maximum speed of 4mph. THEY DO NOT need to be registered as they can’t be used on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement or when crossing a road)
• ‘Class 3 ’ – these have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road, and 8mph on the road. THEY DO need to be registered as they can be driven on the road.

  • Because Class 3 vehicles can be driven on the road there are some important rules and features your scooter or powerchair must have:
    • You must be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 vehicle.
    • A maximum un-laden weight of 150kg.
    • A maximum width of 0.85 metres.
    • A device to limit its speed to 4mph for when you chose to or are not able to drive on the road.
    • A maximum speed of 8mph.
    • An efficient braking system .
    Front and rear lights and reflectors.
    • Direction indicators able to operate as a hazard warning signal.
    • An audible horn.
    • A rear view mirror.
    • An amber flashing light if it’s used on a dual carriageway.
    • You can’t drive on bus lanes, ‘cycle only’ lanes or motorways (You should avoid using dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50mph).

Parking
All normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. Your vehicle shouldn’t be left on a footpath or pedestrian area where it obstructs pedestrians, including wheelchair users and people with prams or pushchairs.

Right of Way
Remember, when riding on pavements and footpaths pedestrians have right of way!

By following these simple rules you will stay safe and secure on your mobility vehicles. If you have any questions you can call us on: 01420 549481 or email: info@outandabout-uk.com

Mobility Scooter Review – Invacare Orion

ORION SCOOTER

At Out & About we sell a wide range of mobility scooters but one of our favourites is the Invacare Orion!

The Orion’s great advantages are:ORION

  • It’s an 8mph scooter that can be driven on the road but it also has a 4mph speed limiter for when you need to travel at the legal limit of 4 mph on pavements, shopping centres, shops and the like.
  • Its large wheels, a powerful motor and 50ah batteries mean that it can handle rough terrain and travel longer distances (26miles maximum).
  • It has a turning radius of just 140cm making it far more manoeuvrable than other, larger scooters.
  • All round suspension and pneumatic tyres give you a smoother, more stable and comfortable ride.
  • Its lighting system includes an easily visible Dual-Bulb headlight, automatic indicators and an integrated heavy-duty brake light for greater safety.
  • Its two step disengaging lever is an important safety feature and means you cannot accidently put your scooter into freewheel mode.
  • And last but certainly not least, the NEW  ‘Electronic Speed Reduction’ system, which automatically reduces the scooter’s  speed when you travel round bends and turn corners, ensures you enjoy a safe and comfortable drive!ORION LOCK BOX

And as if this wasn’t enough there are also a number of great optional extras such as a lockable front box so you can more securely keep your personal belongings.

If you want the full specification for the Invacare Orion and the optional extras or you have any questions about it you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us at: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit:
http://doclibrary.invacare.fr/Office/Europe/Marketing/MktDocUK.nsf/VALLMDocument/AD73D867F5166E8080257C0C00348C06/$File/4P%20Orion_UK.pdf