Choosing a Mobility Scooter? Read This First!

Man on a Mobility Scooter | Buy mobility scooters in LondonIf you’re looking to buy mobility scooters in London, Essex, or Kent, then no doubt you’ve already thought a lot about your decision. But if this is your first mobility scooter, you may not know exactly what it is you’re looking for, which is why we here at 1st Step Mobility have put together some factors you’ll want to think about before you start picking out scooters.

 

Transport and Storage

 Space is a premium for many, and scooters are of course, very bulky items, so you may want to consider models that can be taken apart in order to store them comfortably in your home between uses. If you plan to travel with your scooter but have a small car boot, then a disassemblable scooter will also be a much better option for you than one that can’t be taken apart.

 

Weight

Different scooters have different weight limits, so how much you weigh is actually an important factor when deciding what scooter fits your needs best. Remember, if you are on the cusp of the weight limit, you may want to choose the next level up to ensure that your scooter remains functional in case you put on extra weight.

 

Mileage

How far you’re intending to travel with your scooter is an important factor to consider – you’ll want hardier models for longer trips, but if you only intend to use your scooter for shorter journeys, then something more lightweight will be ideal.

 

Journey Type

It’s important to consider where you’ll be using your new scooter most, including what kind of terrain that will entail. Just where you’re planning to go will affect how fast you’ll need your scooter to be, as well as what sort of wheels will be best suited. Remember, some models are designed specifically for use on roads, whereas others perform better on smoother surfaces, like the floors of shopping centres. The more adventurous of you will be pleased to know that there are even scooters available that can go off-road!

 

Those of you looking to buy mobility scooters in London but feeling a bit lost will find all the help you need at 1st Step Mobility! You can visit our stores to try out scooters for yourself as well as receive expert advice about which models may be the best choice for you. You can also contact us by phone or email to arrange a free, no-obligation home visit! If you’re still feeling stuck, but eager to get own mobility scooter, why not take this quick quiz to see which scooter suits you best? You can always use it as a starting point later on!

 

Independence Isn’t Out of Your Reach!

Independence Isn’t Out of Your Reach | Mobility equipment in Essex

As a leading supplier of mobility equipment in Essex, London, and Kent, 1st Step Mobility know just how precious it is to those with low mobility that they retain some independence. We also know that at times it can feel impossible to do so, but starting small and doing things a bit at a time can really help you achieve your goals, including increased independence. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it, but we know that many with low mobility still strive for their independence, and would rather do things for themselves when they can. With this in mind, why not try the following tips?

 

Use Mobility Equipment

If you struggle with walking, investing in a powered wheelchair, scooter, or walking stick, can help you still make it out and about, even just to the local shops. As your confidence and comfort levels with your new equipment grows, you can start to use them to visit friends and family (instead of them coming to you), frequent your old haunts, or simply have a nice day out in the park.

 

Keep in Contact

It may sound counterintuitive, but staying connected with friends and family is actually a great way to boost your independence, especially if you’re able to meet and talk on your terms. It can be a great way to stop surprise visits, and maintaining proper communication can put an end to unwanted(or unneeded) meddling.

 

Look After Yourself

Find a form of exercise that works for you and your body so that you can strengthen your muscles, improve your grip, and reduce your chances of falls. All of this will raise your fitness levels and add up to you needing less assistance and being able to do more for yourself, meaning greater independence and less reliance on others. For more information, read our guide on exercising with limited mobility for tips on how to do so safely and effectively.

 

It’s easy to find reliable mobility equipment in Essex for all your needs – simply visit 1st Step Mobility and see what our team has to offer, including personalised recommendations based on your unique circumstances. We also have shops in Kent and London, but if you can’t get to us in person then you can always contact us with any questions or arrange a home visit by giving your local store a call or emailing our team at info@1ststepmobility.com.

Which Stairlift is Right for you?

There is a wide variety of stairlifts available and as stairlift suppliers, we know that choosing the right one can be tricky. Before installing a stairlift, your home will be inspected by an expert who will look at your staircase and give you recommendations on which type of stairlift will be right for you – but if you’d like to find out a bit more about the different options now, read on for a summary of each.

 

Straight Stairlifts

As the name suggests, straight stairlifts will only travel up straight staircases. These tend to be quicker to install, as well as being one of the more affordable styles of lifts. Stairlift suppliers will also fit these to the tread of the stairs rather than the wall. These are an effective way to overcome the challenge of climbing up your straight stairs.

 

Curved Stairlifts

If you have a curved staircase, then you’ll need a curved stairlift to match it! Most curved lifts systems are custom-made to your staircase and are fitted very close to the wall (even on the corners). Some of these stairlifts, such as Stannah models, come with safety features like a sensor in the seat that detects when you are sitting.

 

Outdoor Stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts offer access to exposed areas, such as the stairs leading up to your front door or for getting down a few steps to your garden. This style of chair lift comes with a waterproof cover, so it’s protected from the weather when not in use and so it’s ready to use at any time of the year.

 

As expert stairlift suppliers in Essex, London, and Kent, we would be more than happy to help choose the best lift for you. So if you’re still unsure which kind of stairlift is right, why not contact 1st Step Mobility here or alternatively drop us an email at info@1ststepmobility.com.

Salsa Mini 2 Powerchair

Why not come along and try our fully packed Salsa Mini 2 by Sunrise Medical. This Mid wheel drive powerchairs is fitted with suspension, Jay Comfort seating system, Rear push handles, Lock down brakes, powered riser and powered tilt and swing back arms and removable laterals supports to allow for side transfer all within a chair which is only 52cm wide! If you need a capable powerchair but are limited for space then the Salsa Mini maybe the one for you!

Which Rise and Recline Chair is For You?

rise and recline chairs | 1st Step Mobility

Here at 1st Step Mobility, we have a wide range of and we know it can be hard choosing the right one for your needs. There are two main types of chair: the single motor and the due motor. So sit back and relax as we go through the main differences between the two.

 

Why Get a Rise and Recline Chair?

Firstly, this type of mobility aid provides support for people who struggle with moving around, which can help them to get around the house without the need for a carer. These chairs also can also help to improve posture, as they provide support for those who spend long periods of time sitting down.

 

Single Motor

These chairs are well known for being very easy to use due to their control unit, which consists of only two buttons. The recline button will raise the leg area and the backrest will recline. The second button (the raise button) will, as the name suggests, raise the chair so that it’s easier for the user to get out of it. Some of these chairs also have a “wall hugger” mechanism, which allows the chair to fully recline despite the fact that it’s positioned close to the wall.

 

Dual Motor

This type of rise and recline chair is controlled by 5 buttons on the hand unit. The difference between these two chairs is that on the dual motor model, one of the motors operates the backrest and recline function, while the second motor controls the raising of the footrest and the lifting of the chair to a standing position.

 

If you need a help deciding on which rise and recline chair is right for you, feel free to contact one of our helpful team members on 01708 746 644. Or, if you want to look through our products from the comfort of your own home, why not check out our online range of rise and recline chairs?

How to Travel With Your Mobility Scooter

A number of people are in need of mobility aids, such as a mobility scooter. As a provider of a range of different mobility aid equipment, 1st Step Mobility know all too well the difficulties that can arise when you’re in need of some extra support. One thing a lot of people are worried about is travelling, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. Here are some handy tips to calm your nerves and make the journey as easy as possible.

 

Public transport

Despite the lack of legal requirements when it comes to providing access for your mobility scooter or wheelchair, many of the buses and railways partake in the voluntary Code of Best Practice. If you’re travelling with a fully folding scooter it can make public transport a lot easier. Although, there is a permit scheme where you can show the driver a card that confirms your mobility scooter is in line with the criteria. If you’re travelling using TFL buses, your scooter will need to be within a width of 600mm, length of 1000mm and have a turning radius of 1200mm. If you and your scooter have a combined weight of over 300kg you may not be able to board. This is due to the fact that this is the common weight limit for ramps and lifts to ensure safety.

 

Flying

Legally, there are certain things that should be done in order to help you at the airport. The assistance you should be provided with and checking in your scooter should come at no cost. However, your mobility scooter or wheelchair won’t be allowed on the plane with you. If you require one, a chair can be arranged for the flight and the transfer. Depending on the size of your scooter, it should be able to fit in the plane’s storage, but that’s something you’ll need to check first. If needs be you can always hire a suitable alternative when you land. Every airline has their own rules and regulations, so it’s always better to check at least 48 hours before your flight.

 

As you can see travelling with your mobility scooter is nothing to worry about. 1st Step Mobility are a top provider of mobility equipment and we’re passionate about helping you live as independently as possible within your own home. If you have any questions regarding mobility or home assistance, don’t hesitate to email info@1ststepmobility.com.

Highway Code for Mobility Scooters Users

Step Lift

Are you having trouble getting your mobility product into your front door as the door itself is high up but still need to to be used as normal steps, The this step lift maybe the answer.

The powerful lift will raise you and your mobility product to the same level as your door, but when it is lowered it forms steps so that it can be used by other people. Safety is a mayor point with this lift, as the ramp which allows you to drive your product onto the lift will raise and form a barrier to stop you from rolling backwards off the lift. The controls are simple to understand so not mistake weather you need to travel up and down.

Stannah Stairlifts Delivery

We have just received two curved stair lifts from Stannah, for our Stannah trained enginners to install this week. If you are interested in having a stairlift then why not give your local 1st Step Mobility shop a call today! and book your free home survey today!

Fully Packed Invacare TDX

We have just received this fully pack Invacare UK TDX which features Powered tilt in space seat, powered reclining seat back, swing back and sing away armrest for easy side transfer, seat Riser, full light package. All this and it can still go up to 20 miles per charge. Contact your local 1st Step mobility shop today!