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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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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Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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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:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

 

The Topro Rollz Motion – A Walker & Wheelchair in one!

A great new product on the UK market is the Topro Rollz Motion, which is a useful walker and wheelchair in one. There are other rollator/wheelchairs on the market but they tend to be heavy and awkward to use. Rollz has listened to users and designed a product that suits their needs. The Rollz Motion is sleek and compact, looks good and is easy to use!Rollz2

Having a rollator that turns into a wheelchair gives you more freedom and flexibility.  The Rollz Motion is an ergonomically designed rollator with a strong but lightweight frame, which enables you to walk safely and securely. And if you get tired while you’re out and want to rest along the way, the Rollz Motion converts easily from a rollator to a wheelchair and back again.

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duced by the Dutch company Rollz. As you can tell they have put a lot of thought into the design. The easy to use drum brakes for example offer safe and balanced braking. The kerb assists on the back of the wheels help you get over thresholds and kerbs with ease, meaning you don’t have to lift the rollator/wheelchair up over them. The compact folding design means it can be packed away and put into a car. There is also a range of accessories that go with the Rollz which can be ordered separately such as a travel bag and a cane holder. The Rollz also comes in four different colours!hviyv

If you have any questions or would like to try out the Rollz Motion, you can:
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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:
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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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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:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com/

Daily Living Aids – Arthritis

Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and it can affect all ages depending on the form of arthritis. Arthritis can have a drastic effect on someone’s day to day life and so we have listed some aids which can help with daily activities.

Getting around

  • Fischer Canes – The orthopedically shaped Fischer handle distributes pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping.
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  • Walkers with Arthritic Attachments – These walkers are great for people with limited hand use and offer additional support in the form of padded gutters which allows you to rest your forearms comfortably.560806
  • Cane stay – Cane Stays enable you to lean your cane against a wall or counter when in and out of the home.MP-99500-3

Getting Washed & Dressed

  • Long Handled Sponges – A simple solution if you find it hard to reach certain areas due to stiff joints etc. Different shaped sponges are also available so you can even wash in between your toes with ease!aa1831b_a_1
  • Button & Zipper Hooks – Enable you to do up buttons and zips with ease and without fuss, ideal for those who are loosing dexterity in their hands and fingers.f22624.main
  • Dressing sticks – If you have trouble reaching and bending your arms then the dressing stick might be for you.F21462_4
  • Bra-Angel – The Bra-Angel was made specifically to assist those with mild to moderate upper limb restrictions or limited hand dexterity to fasten a bra.559668
  • Elastic Shoe laces –Enables you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces!F19406_4
  • Shoe horns – Shoe horns aid with sliding your foot into your shoes without the need to use your fingers.71w1dSBYIOL._SL1089_

In the Kitchen

  • Tap Turners – Taps can be quite hard and fiddly to grip but the soft textured handles of tap turners provide a comfortable and secure grip when placed over the head of the tap making it a lot easier to turn. There are different tap turners for different styles of tap head.Derby_Tap_Turners
  • Large Handled Cutlery – Cutlery with wider handles make them easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber materials.$_35
  • Angled Utensils – Angled knives etc can take the strain off your wrists and make it easier to grip.N05461.MAIN
  • Jar/Bottle/Tin Openers – There are many different aids to help with opening containers such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.241
  • Two Handled Mugs – These are ideal for people who find it difficult to drink from standard mugs due to frail hands, weak wrists or not being able to grip enough.Wade-Dignity-Two-Handled-Mug-White
  • Kettle tippers – 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

In & Around the Home

  • Key turners – Key turners can hold up to three keys and provides extra leverage and grip. They are lightweight and the keys fold away into the handle when not in use.asn3172-blue-key-turner
  • Pill Poppers – Instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and drop your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container.41Elq-mbmaL._SX300_
  • Plug tugs – Makes it easy to remove a plug from a socket and reduces the strain on the fingers and wrists.prodmainimg2300_grande
  • Pen/pencil grips – These go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.G45849_4
  • Playing Card Holders – This makes holding a hand of cards very easy!vm705
  • Book Stand – For those people who like to read but find it hard to hold the book comfortably.M76667_835_1000
  • Big Button Phones – Phones with larger buttons make it much easier to dial numbers which is great for those with reduced dexterity.m76459.main
  • Long Handled Dustpan & Brush – The long handles eliminate the need to bend down or kneel on the floor, putting less strain on your joints.M52997_1
  • Easy Grip Gardening Tools – Easy grip tools are designed to increase grip and comfort when gardening. Ergonomically angled handles keep the hand and wrist in a natural position whilst gripping.m78172_c

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these daily living aids 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.