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Handicap Scooter vs. Wheelchair – How to Tell Which One is Right for You – by Scooter Review Team

No Comments 24 November 2009

Right now you may be at a point in your life where you need help getting around. You can’t move around the house and outside like you used to. And walking in a grocery store to do your shopping is now a monumental task. In these instances, that’s where a good electric wheelchair or handicap scooter comes into play. Problem is, which one do you pick? What follows are different points to keep in mind so as to help you make the right decision.
· First off, if you’re working with a clinician or aid, talk with them about your particular situation and get their feedback. Odds are, they’ll be able to tell you decisively whether a scooter or wheelchair is right for you.
· The control issue: Keep in mind scooters are steered with a tiller much like a bicycle’s handlebar. While electric wheelchairs are operated by a programmable joystick. That said, your upper body ability to manipulate a “handlebar” style control vs. a joystick will go a long way in determining which one you choose.
· Posture/Support issue: If the mobility aid user has a posture/spinal support issue then a wheelchair will usually be the better buy as they tend to offer features like power stand, power recline, power tilt, and power elevation.
· The transportation issue: When it comes to the user of the mobility aid doing a lot of driving and traveling, which device you choose will largely be based on this too. For instance, handicap scooters depending upon the model can be broken down into multiple parts for each storage in a car’s trunk or stored in a min-van or SUV. Whereas, a wheelchair (unless a foldable, non-electric) cannot be stored in the trunk. In that case, an electric wheelchair requires what’s called a lift and may very well require a wheelchair van for transportation.
· On the driving issue: When it comes to going from your mobility aid to actually driving your VAN/Mini-van, it’s important to note that scooters aren’t as safe as a seat in a motor vehicle. They’re also harder to tie down. However, you can operate your vehicle from a power wheelchair – and they’re safer than a handicap scooter because they have a 4-point tie down.
· On price: Scooters are more affordable than wheelchairs. Of course, when comparing the two a lot of it has to do with the “add-on” features you request.
Written by the Mobility Scooter Review Team. Go to www.electric-mobility-scooter-reviews.com to see more free articles, tips and info. Updated weekly! This is the ultimate resource on mobility scooters.


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Freedom With Mobility Scooters – by Lyn Davis

No Comments 24 November 2009

Mobility scooters can provide a great sense of freedom for those with physical challenges. There are many variations of mobility scooters available. The styles, colors, size and features vary greatly – to meet the needs of many different people. Popularity for scooters has grown in the past few years. Leading manufacturers include such names as Invacare, Pride,….. Advertising campaigns abound on television, print, radio, and billboards touting the convenience and benefits of various models of scooters.
When considering the purchase of a mobility scooter, there must be careful consideration of what the primary use of the scooter will be.
Will the scooter be used primarily indoors or outdoors?
What is the size and weight of the user of the scooter? The scooter should be matched to the size of the rider to assure that the rider will be able to easily handle the scooter.
The scooter must provide a comfortable ride, especially if the rider will be seated for a considerable amount of time.
Mobility scooters generally are much more compact and provide easier maneuverability than a power wheelchair. Scooters are more compact than power wheelchairs – usually the seat is either removable or it can be folded down. These foldable scooters are often referred to as travel scooters. They can be quickly folded down and placed in an average size car trunk. Many of the scooters can even be taken with you when you travel on an airline. If you plan on booking a fight, check with the airline to make sure of size or weight restrictions of taking your scooter with you.
Mobility scooters come in three wheeled or four wheeled models. Te three wheeled scooter provides more maneuverability, and often provides many convenient features, such as swivel seats, comfortable arm rests, and storage baskets. Make sure the scooter you choose can accommodate the weight of the rider; some of the more compact scooters may only accommodate a weight of 250 pounds or less. However there is a few that can accommodate larger individuals. Four wheeled mobility scooters usually provide more stability because of the wider wheel base – they may be best suitable for more rugged outdoor terrain. Some scooters have a distance range of as much as 25 miles. This distance can vary depending upon the weight of the rider as well as added weight of any other cargo.
RV owners may even find some of the lightweight two wheeled scooters will meet their needs, but the two wheeled models may not meet the needs of the some people.
Most places that sell mobility scooters will provide information and assistance in choosing a mobility scooter that will be best matched to the individual needs of the rider.

Lyn Davis is a freelance writer who enjoys Gardening, for more information on mobility scooters.

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Free Winter Olympic 8220Skin8221 Available for PI Protector Mobility Suite – by Jan Olsen

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Imagine LAN offers free 2006 Winter Olympic Skin for its award-winning P.I. Protector™ Mobility Suite Software. Nashua, NH (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 — imagine LAN Inc., the leading provider of mobility, system health and security solutions for mobile professionals and “on the go” users of USB flash drives, announced the availability of a free 2006 Winter Olympic “skin” for use with its popular portable email and private browsing product – P.I. Protector™ Mobility Suite. The “Torino 2006” Winter Olympic skin is available as a free download from imagine LAN’s website (www.imaginelan.com). The skin is compatible with both the U3™ and non-U3 versions of P.I. Protector Mobility Suite software. P.I. Protector’s patent-pending portable e-mail technology has addressed the growing consumer need to carry e-mail on a portable USB flash drive for use on multiple PCs. P.I. Protector provides the only portable e-mail solution in its category to offer support for both Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail. In addition, P.I. Protector provides private Internet Explorer Web browsing with portable browser settings, and profile-based file synchronization. P.I. Protector may be purchased from imagine LAN’s online store (www.imaginelan.com/buy.html), and U3 Smart Drive users can purchase the software from the U3 Software Central site at http://software.u3.com/, or by selecting “Add Programs” from their U3 LaunchPad menu. Founded in 1992 and privately held, imagine LAN Inc. develops USB “FlashWare” – mobility, system health and security applications designed to take advantage of the compact, portable nature of the USB flash drive and other portable storage devices. Designed for Microsoft Windows users with multiple PCs and people with “on the go” lifestyles, imagine LAN provides innovative solutions that help flash drive users work more efficiently, productively, and with greater privacy and security. Currently, there are more than 30 million users of imagine LAN products worldwide. Customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Fortune 1000 corporations, government and educational institutions, resellers, small/home office and individual end-users. For more information about imagine LAN products, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.imaginelan.com/products.html. imagine LAN is located at 74 Northeastern Blvd., Suite 12, Nashua, N.H., 03062. P.I. Protector is a trademark if imagine LAN, Inc. U3 is a trademark of U3 LLC. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners. Media Contact: Jan Olsen http://www.imaginelan.com/media_contact/jan_olsen.html

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Find the wheelchair that best meets your needs. – by ken wilson

No Comments 24 November 2009

The wheelchair is the most widespread mobility device ever invented. Its purpose is to help people with serious mobility problems move from one place to another. There are many types of wheelchairs, manual or automated, everything is available today. Rollators or rolling walkers are also very common mobility devices and can be of great aid. A rollator is actually a walker with tires and is very easy to use because it can be pushed instead of being lifted. If you are looking for a quality wheelchair or maybe a rollator, at improvelife.com you will find all types of mobility devices at the lowest prices.

Since the wheelchair was first invented in the year 1783, it has constantly been improved to meet the user’s every needs. The basic wheelchair is made up of a seat, a backrest, two small front wheels, two large wheels on the sides and a foot rest. All wheelchairs are based on this standard design. However, there are many highly customized models to fit the user’s personal needs. At improvelife.com you will find a wide variety of models, from wheelchairs to rollators, everything’s available.

There are two main types of wheelchairs: manual wheelchairs and powerchairs. A manual wheelchair only requires human power to move whereas a powerchair is operated by means of a joystick or controller. There are three main types of manual wheelchairs: self-propelled, attendant-propelled and wheelbase. The self-propelled wheelchairs are moved by pushing the handrims which are circular tubing placed on the exterior of the large rear wheels. The occupant has control of the chair’s movement and can manually propel the mobility device in any direction he chooses. The attendant-propelled wheelchairs are constructed to be propelled by another person. The attendant uses the handles to push the chair into a certain direction. These wheelchairs usually have rimless back wheels which are also much smaller than those of a basic wheelchair. The main use of these chairs is to transfer patients within a hospital. Wheelbase chairs are designed to be used by occupants with a more complicated posture. They are in fact wheeled platforms with customized seating systems. The seating system is customized by taking a cast of the occupant’s best achievable seating position and forming a plastic mesh around it. The seat is then framed and attached to a wheelbase in order for the chair to be complete.

Rollators are very similar to the classic walkers only they are equipped with tires for better maneuverability. They combine the adjustable height of a standard walking frame with small wheels. Although these types of walkers are equipped with wheels, the user still has to do all the work. The rollator’s user controls the pace and direction of the movement. A rollator supports and stabilizes the movement of a certain person who needs aid in order to go from one place to another. Rollators are ideal for those who are able to stand up on their own but need a little help with their balance and endurance. When considering purchasing a rollator you should fundament your choice on four important factors: your height, your weight, your special limitations and your stability level. There are three types of rollators depending on the user’s height: petit, medium and tall. When making a choice you should also rule out any rollator not sturdy enough to resist your weight. The last step is to carefully compare all available features and options in order to make the best choice. At improvelife.com there are many different types to choose from so you won’t have to worry about not finding the right rollator for you.

People who have certain mobility problems can find a mobility device to be very helpful. Wheelchairs are the most common mobility devices and are especially used by those who can’t stand up on their own. Rollators are also very popular and are usually used by people who can stand up but need some support. At improvelife.com you will find mobility devices at a very good price.

If you are looking to buy a mobility device you should first determine what your specific needs are. There are many types of wheelchairs and rollators available today. You can choose between a manual wheelchair or a powerchair. For more information visit our website.

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Electric wheelchairs are very useful to people with certain mobility problems. – by ken wilson

No Comments 24 November 2009

There are many people around the world who have mobility difficulties due to diseases, accidents or other causes. A mobility device can be a solution to such problems as it allows a person to move freely from one place to another. The wheelchair is probably the most common mobility device. There are two main types of wheelchairs: manual wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs. Other mobility devices such as the lift chair can also greatly improve one’s life. The purpose of all the devices is to help people regain their mobility and lead a simpler life. At improvelife.com you will find a wide variety of quality mobility devices.

The wheelchair is the most popular and widespread mobility device in the world. From the basic form there have been many developments over time in order to meet the occupant’s personal needs. Customized wheelchairs are very common nowadays because of the particular needs a user might have. There are two main types of wheelchairs: manual wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs. The manual wheelchair category is naturally the firs to have been invented and is still used on a large scale all around the world. The category includes three types of wheelchairs: self-propelled, attendant-propelled and wheelbase. Each of the three types has proven to be very useful in different circumstances and for different categories of users. No matter what type of mobility device you are looking for, at improvelife.com you will find exactly what you need.

Electric wheelchairs are generally used by persons who find using a manual wheelchair very difficult. The impossibility of using a manual chair can be the consequence of an arm or shoulder disabling condition. There are a few main categories in which electric wheelchairs can be divided in. For instance, there is the rear, center or front wheel driven chair category and the four wheel chair category. Furthermore, some models are very similar to manual wheelchairs while others have automobile-like seating and do not resemble manual chairs at all. Where dimensions are concerned, powerchairs can just as well be small and portable or large and heavy. An electric wheelchair can be designed to be specifically used indoors or outdoors, depending on the occupant’s needs. Controlling an electric wheelchair is usually done by means of a joystick. However, if the occupant lacks coordination or the use of his hands or fingers, other customized controllers can be used in order to safely operate the wheelchair. Powerchairs can also offer other special features such as powered recline or leg elevation.

A lift chair is very helpful to people who have mobility problems and have trouble getting up from a chair by themselves. There are several types of lift chairs available, depending on the user’s necessities. A 2 position lift chair can have a slight recline position and a lift position. When the user reclines in a two position chair his back and thighs remain at a 90 degree angle. A 3 position lift chair has a lifted position, recline position and reading position. This is the most popular category because it meets most people’s needs and budgets. Infinite position lift chairs allow the user to sleep very comfortably and they recline completely. This type of chair gives the user more positioning options, including the ‘elevate the feet above the heart’ position. When looking for a lift chair, remember that there is also a wide variety of colors and fabrics to choose from so that the chair fits perfectly into the home décor. You should always keep in mind that lift chairs should be comfortable as well as functional. Accessories like heat or massage can also be included into your customized chair.

Many devices have been developed during the past few centuries to help people with mobility problems lead easier lives. Since the invention of the wheelchair, many other devices followed. Wheelchairs have also been constantly improved, leading to the development of electric wheelchairs. Another commonly used mobility device is the lift chair which helps people who find getting up from a chair difficult. At improvelife.com you will encounter a wide variety of mobility devices.

Finding a quality mobility device at a convenient price is not easy. However, it’s not impossible to find a very good wheelchair or lift chair at a good price. Electric wheelchairs also don’t have to be out of your price range. Visit ur website for more information.

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