Having trouble bathing?

Many people have trouble when it comes to bathing, this could be trouble stepping in and out, lowering and raising yourself or reaching to wash yourself. There are many potential solutions so these problems such as:
A Bath Step
A bath step makes it easier for someone to step into the bath by decreasing the height you have to raise your leg when stepping in and out. Works well for those who have trouble bending their knees.BATH STEP

A Bath Shortener
A bath shortener does exactly what you think, it shortens the bath. This enables you to always feel the end of the bath so that you have something to push against and don’t slip under the water if you don’t want to. Great for shorter people or just someone who wants  added security.BATH SHORTENER

A Bath Mat
Bath mats not only stop you from slipping in the bath they can also provide you with some cushioning against the bath which makes it more confortable to lay down. If slipping is your problem you could just try non slip bath strip stickers.BATH MAT

A Bath Seat
A bath seat is a small seat that sits in the bath and usually has non slip suckers on the bottom. This enabled people to sit in the bath but not have to sit all the way down into it, as they may have touble getting up from a completely lowered position.BATH SEAT

A Bath Lift or Cushion
A bath lift is a seat which sits in the base of the bath and can be raised to the edge of the bath so you are able to slide across and be lowered down into the bath. The bath cushion works in a very similar way when a compressor pumps air into the cushion and then releases it when you want to be lowered. A bath lift or cushion is great for someone who wants to keep their independence but still wants to be able to have a bath instead of a shower.BATH LIFT

A Bath Hoist
A Bath hoist is for someone with very little mobility who isn’t able to slide across a seat or raise their legs over the bath, the hoist does it all for you. The hoist is positioned adjacent to the bath. It lifts you up and over the bath then lowers you down into it.BATH HOIST

If you have any questions about bathing solutions or want to try some out, 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

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

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.

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.

 

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