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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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

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.