Mobility Scooters & All Things Wheeled
At The Comfort Centre, we are proud to be able to offer a range of Mobility Scooters to suit all needs. We keep a mid range scooter to demonstrate the usage and to assess requirements and then will source that most suitable to the customers needs. In stock, we always hold a portable scooter that may be dismantled and carried in a car and also a pavement scooter with full captains seat and suspension for those with longer journey requirements.
Your scooter will become a vital part of your life and to ensure full use, it is worth investing in some coverage for both the rider and the scooter. The coats and capes are all waterproof and can be extremely warm if you opt for the lined version. The addition of a bag to the rear of the scooter or even a trailer for the very confident user, will enhance your ability to take your scooter further afield. If covered accommodation for your scooter is not available, a shelter may be the answer. This could take the form of a vinyl covered pull over shelter through to a prefabricated housing.
Wheelchairs & Walkers
Wheelchairs come in all shapes and sizes. At The Comfort Centre we stock a variety of transit, where an attendant pushes the wheelchair as well as self-propel wheelchairs, where the occupant is propelling the wheelchair.
Frame & Structure
Materials: Steel - strong, cheap but heavy. Aluminium - lighter and not too expensive.
Folding frame: Enables wheelchair to be folded flat for easier storage and transporting.
Compact folding frame: Folds to a smaller size than the average,folding frame so can be stored in small places.
Tipping levers: Enable an attendant to assist in kerb climbing.
Seat: Check for correct size for user. Standard is 18" although smaller and larger sizes are easily available. The seat should be level and often the addition of a cushion ensures a more comfortable ride.
Wheels & Castors
Pneumatic: Often provide a more comfortable ride with some shock absorption but may puncture.
Solid: Harder wearing but jarring, particularly for users with back and spinal concerns.
Leg & Armrests
Types: Most wheelchairs have detachable or swingaway legrests and it is most important that these are adjustable in length to ensure support to the user. The armrests should hold the arm at an angle of 90 degrees and look for a wheelchair with swingaway armrests so that the user can get close to tables and work surfaces. Legrests can be added to the wheelchair that elevate to relieve pressure or for bandaged or plastered limbs. The footrest can have a strap to keep the foot in place and sometimes a calf strap is included.
When purchasing the wheelchair, consider the occupant and the attendant pushing. The height of both will determine the size of the wheelchair and the weight of the occupant needs to be matched with the appropriate seat size and frame strength. If you need to lift the wheelchair keep to aluminium, lightweight models. Some fold arm to arm and some collapse into themselves, making a very neat, small package for transporting. The smaller wheelchairs can be enclosed in a bag and self propel and some transit wheelchairs, have detachable wheels so that the wheelchair can be broken down into manageable parts.