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.

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How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Actions

When choosing an electrically powered riser recliner you should first decide exactly what it is you need the chair to do for you. Different models of chair are built to deliver different movements which offer you the choice of different positions, from a standard sitting position to a position which enables you to get out of the chair with ease. So when selecting the right chair for you  it’s very important to understand such differences. Most riser recliners will have either one or two motors. All riser recliner chairs have the “rise” movement which helps you to get out of the chair by rising and tilting. Beyond this movement, the number of motors and the different actions they have been designed to accomplish will determine the different positions that can be achieved. All of the positions on all riser recliner chairs are selected by operating buttons on the handset controller which is linked to the chairs motors.
Below we list the different combinations of motors and actions from which you can choose what will best suit you. To help you we have included diagrams of the different positions that each such combination can achieve.

Single Motor
A single motor chair, just as the name implies, only has one motor. This means that the backrest and footrest are controlled by the one motor and as a result move together in a coordinated fashion. On most single motor chairs, the footrest begins to rise before the backrest starts to recline. The handset will have at least 2 buttons; one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and one to bring you back to a normal seated position and to rise (the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Single Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
Just like the regular single motor the back and footrest on the single motor “tilt-in-space” chair is controlled by the one motor, meaning they move together in a coordinated fashion. With “tilt-in-space” the angle between the backrest and the seat remains virtually constant as the chair reclines this means that your back will not be stretched as the chair reclines or compressed as it returns to the normal seating position (which is the case if the back moves independently of the seat and thus increases and then reduces the angle between the two) which some users find more comfortable. However more importantly, a single motor “tilt-in-space” chair also means you are able to have your feet higher than your hips which is good for circulation, so if you have problems such as oedema then this would be an ideal action for you. Just like the normal single motor chair there will be at least 2 buttons on the handset controller, one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and the other to bring you back to a normal seating position and to rise(the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Dual Motor
A dual motor chair has two motors, this means the foot and back rest are controlled by different motors so can be moved separately giving you more flexibility in the positions you can achieve. For example if you’re someone who likes to have their feet up but keep the backrest straight then this is the ideal action for you. Unlike the single motor chairs the handset controller on the dual motors has at least 4 buttons. This enables you to control each movement separately, one button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt making it easier for you to get out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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Dual Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
A dual motor “tilt-in-space chair”, also called the ‘Super Dual Motor’ has two motors, so again you are able to move the back and footrest separately. However as it’s a “tilt-in-space” action, the movements are different to a normal dual motor. The difference is that the footrest and backrest move together in a coordinated fashion and the seat to back angle remains constant. After the footrest has reached its highest point you can then continue to move the backrest further to an almost full recline (almost horizontal, rather like a bed and for some just as comfortable!). Just like the normal dual motor chair the control has at least 4 buttons that enable you to control each movement separately. One button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up, and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt you out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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If Space Is An Issue….
One thing to remember about riser recliners is that you need to leave space behind the chair to allow the back to recline. So if space is at a premium you should think about a ‘Wall hugger’ which means you can have your chair a lot closer to the wall. Wall hugger’s are available with different actions such as dual motor and dual motor “tilt-in-space”.

And So, What Next…..
Once you’ve picked the best action to suit your needs, you’re on the way to choosing the best Riser Recliner for you. The next step is to make sure the chair is the right size for you and this means knowing your measurements and the sizes of different makes and models of Riser Recliner Armchairs.

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

Taking care of your scooter batteries: THE DO’S & DONT’S

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Not all batteries are the same. What’s a good way to care for one type of battery can damage another type

Scooter and Powerchair batteries are designed to “Deep Cycle”, and when they aren’t being used they like to be kept on charge and left to ‘trickle charge’. Trickle charging uses very little electricity – a fraction of what it takes if you leave your TV on standby – and ensures that your batteries are always topped up and are ready for use.

To get the best out of your batteries:

  • DO
    • SCOOTER STORAGE COVER PICKeep your batteries and scooter in a cool dry place – Waterproof covers are available for different sized scooters.
    • Put your batteries on charge when you have finished using your scooter for the day, and leave them on charge until the next time you use your scooter – unless you are going away for an extended period of time or storing the scooter away for winter.
    • Fully charge your batteries and disconnect them if you are not going to be using your scooter for more than a month, then, at least once a month, you should fully recharge your batteries and disconnect them again. Remember to fully charge your batteries before you start regularly using your scooter again.
  • DO NOT
    • Take your batteries off charge before they are fully charged.
    • Leave your charger connected to your batteries if the mains socket is switched off – If there is no current flowing from the mains through the charger to your scooter the flow of power will go into reverse and the power in your battery will be drawn out. The longer you leave it this way, the more seriously your batteries will be depleted, leaving them at severe risk of failure on your next journey.
    • Use the incorrect charger for your batteries – if you break or lose your charger be sure to replace it with one that’s approved and or supplied by the scooter manufacturer or by specialist mobility dealers.

Batteries don’t last forever but by following these simple suggestions you can keep your batteries in good condition for longer.

 

Contact us on 01420 549481 for further information.