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.

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.

Four Reasons For Installing A Stairlift

  1. Platinum-Curve-Stairlift-_0022-Pod_CroppedYou can stay in your own home and hold on to your independence for longer.
    When stairs start becoming difficult some people decide the time has come to move to a new bungalow or an apartment; others decide to alter the ground floor of their home to make access easy.
    A Stairlift is simple and affordable compared with the upheaval and expense of these alternatives.Life goes on much as before – you simply ride up stairs to the rest of your home!
  2. You will be Safer.
    A Stairlift virtually eliminates the risk of stumbles and falls associated with climbing and gives you, your family and friends greater peace of mind.
  3. Your health will be better maintained.
    You will avoid putting further strain and stress on muscles and joints that are already giving you problems and help protect others from any damage.
  4. Your life will be enhanced
    A stairlift can enhance your day to day life! The time and energy you save by using it to get yourself and things such as laundry up and down the stairs, will leave you with time and energy to do other things you enjoy.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a stairlift assessment 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.