Get back your freedom with an electric mobility scooter! Buying Guide

There’s nothing like the feeling of warm, summer air on your face! And what better way to enjoy it than by having the mobility and independence to get outside when and were you feel like it?

During the summer, as you travel down any street, you will notice an increase in the number of elderly or mobility impaired individuals riding on mobility scooters– and for a good reason. Their safety, speed and comfort make then perfect options for people looking to go places.

There are three main types of electric mobility scooters for you to choose from:

foldable mobility scooter
Brand new, Pride Go-Go Foldable Scooter

1. The Compact or Foldable Electric Mobility Scooter: These are ideal options for those looking for a compact scooter that can fit into your car or van. Light-weight, compact scooters can be easily disassembled into separate pieces in order to facilitate transportation– it’s extremely quick to put apart and just as speedy to build them back up! These smaller scooters come at a very affordable price-tag, making them a good option for budget-conscious buyers. Within the same, light category are foldable mobility scooters. These devices are newer in the market and are usually constructed with flexible materials that make them the lightest and most convenient choice for individuals who are constantly on the go. They do not need to be disassembled and can easily fit into the trunk of your car. Price-wise, they are pricier than regular, compact (travel) scooters.

2. Midsize Scooters: The second largest type of electric mobility scooter is the midsize– a compromise between luxury and compact scooters. Midsize scooters provide users with a cushier, more comfortable ride than smaller sized devices, often providing individuals with a choice between regular seats or captain’s chair seating. These scooters are also often equipped with larger-sized batteries, making them a good choice for people looking to travel on them for longer distances (their range usually goes up to 40 km on a single charge). Because tires are often larger in midzie scooters, they have larger clearance from the ground, which helps the driver navigate roads and kerbs with greater ease. While a few midsize scooters can be disassembled for transportation in small vehicles, most of them will need tools in order to carry out the task. If you are looking to buy a midsize scooter and travel with it, you will likely require a van or larger vehicle with a ramp.

cobra by drive
Drive Cobra Scooter

3. Luxury/ Heavy Duty Scooters: Heavy duty mobility scooters present users with the very best in size, comfort and quality. Equipped with reinforced suspension and higher ground clearance due to their larger wheels, these mobility scooters are ideal for people looking to use them on challenging surfaces like uneven pavements, fields and hills. Powerful, luxury scooters can hold up a larger weight capacity as well and are often indicated for larger individuals who require the extra support to ensure their safety.  Although they come at a higher price-tag and are challenging to transport on another vehicle, heavy duty mobility scooters are the preferred choice of individuals looking for versatility and modern, trendy design.

Vital Mobility has access to the very best mobility scooters in the Canadian market. Call us today to find out how we can help you find the perfect one for your needs.

 

 

Introducing the Euro 3002 Home Hospital Bed!

We have a new option in the home hospital bed category that we’re excited to share with you! The French-made and designed Euro 3002 full-electric hi-low homecare bed by HMS-Vilgo comes equipped with all the features you’d expect from a premium bed. Plus, its streamlined looks will blend seamlessly with your home decor.

Home hospital bed
Euro 3002 by HMS Vilgo

The bed’s electrically-operated backrest comes up to 85 degrees and its articulated leg-rests raise to 30 degrees. What’s truly impressive is it’s height range– the Euro 3002 can go as low as 11.5 inches and be raised as high as 30 inches. This versatility makes the bed an excellent choice both for individuals who have trouble accessing or leaving their beds and for caregivers who can benefit form being able to choose the adequate height for them to perform their care-giving duties.

Using the bed is extremely convenient, too. Patients and caregivers will find an easy-to-use and instinctive remote control that comes equipped with a lockable control pendant to ensure the patients absolute safety. The home hospital bed also has four casters with independent wheel brakes, which make it very simple for someone to position and re-position the bed depending on the individual’s needs.

The Euro 3002 is also a very light bed. Weighing less than 150 pounds, it can be easily delivered to most homes, apartments and retirement/nursing home rooms. It’s three-part frame takes just 5 minutes to assemble or disassemble. Its motors are watertight and are resistant to high-pressure cleaning for optimal maintenance of the device.

This beautiful and high-quality bed comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame and 5-years on the motors and is available with the options of full or half metal siderails, 8″ length extension and trapeze bar.

The Euro 3002 home hospital bed is now available at Vital Mobility’s Two Showrooms in Vaughan and Toronto. Call us at 647-430-7176 to book an appointment!

 

Home hospital bed mattress buying guide

So you’ve purchased a home hospital bed but haven’t yet decided which level of comfort and features to seek in a mattress. The wide selection of mattresses available for home hospital bed users can be daunting, but here are a few guidelines that we hope will help you best inform your purchase or rental decision.

There are three main categories of mattresses to chose from:

Drive low air-loss mattress
A low air-loss mattress

– Foam

– Pressure Prevention 

– Air Mattresses

Why go with a foam mattress?

There’s many reasons why you or a loved one may choose to bring a hospital bed into your home. If you’re recovering from injury or surgery, or if you live with a medical condition that requires you to sleep with your back or legs in a specific position or that makes it hard for you to get on and off the bed– but you’re not confined to your bed– a foam mattress might be a good choice for you.

A foam mattress is the most economical choice and will do for individuals who will not be spending more than 10 hours a day in their beds. Why, you may ask? Because they do not have any features that prevent pressure sores.

Why go with a pressure prevention mattress?

I you will be spending more than 10 hours a day in your home hospital bed, a prevention mattress will have the features you need to keep your body healthy and free of pressure sores and skin breakdown.

These mattresses, made out of foam or a combination of foam and gel layers, are ideal for individuals with severely reduced mobility or complete immobility. Pressure prevention mattresses  evenly distribute the weight of a patient, and some of them feature an ultra soft heel section to provide the least amount of pressure possible to the skin in the leg area.

Why go with an air mattress?

Air mattresses come in two varieties and are often indicated for individuals who are prone to developing skin ulcers.

Alternating pressure mattresses are able to alter and alternate the deflation and inflation of separate, individual air cells. By doing this, they relieve pressure on the skin and manage the body’s moisture levels– that promotes better circulation and quicker healing.

Low air-loss mattresses are the recommended choice for individuals who already suffer from ulcers and are in need of quick recovery from the condition. These mattresses come equipped with a blower that circulates air throughout the patient’s skin to control its moisture and temperature. The patient rests on a surface made out of air-filled cells that provide ideal pressure levels. Some of these mattresses include lateral rotation to assist in pulmonary blood flow and mucosal drainage.

Whatever your or your loved one’s condition, there is a mattress for your home hospital bed out there for you. If you have any questions or are seeking for information about available mattress products in your area, you can always reach Vital Mobility’s customer service agents at 647-430-7176.

Transport Chairs- A great wheelchair choice for your on-the-go summer adventures

Going through recovery from surgery or lacking the mobility necessary to explore the outdoors can be frustrating when summertime approaches. The beautiful weather and natural beauty of our surroundings are a feast for our eyes—tired of seeing the grey and white winter landscape.

A fantastic choice for mobility-impaired individuals who are looking to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends to the fullest can be as simple as considering the rental or purchase of a transport chair.

transport chair
A light, compact transport chair

Standard wheelchairs are a great way for an individual to get around. However, if someone else is able to propel the person sitting on the chair—the lighter and more compact transport chair can come in handy. Transport wheelchairs have four small casters, that when compared to a larger and heavier standard wheelchair, makes them all-too-easy to transport in a car and store at home.

A transport chair for rent, for example, can be easily folded by lifting up the centre of the seat fabric, and fit into the trunk of even the smallest cars in the market. Going for a nice stroll at the park or a quick visit to the mall with a loved one or a caregiver? Then your aluminum transport chair will provide you with the comfort and flexibility you both require. Their feather-light frame weights no more than 16lbs—therefore, decreasing the physical demands of your caregiver. Their back-wheel break function allows for flawless transfers between different seating surfaces.

Vital Mobility’s large fleet of colourful transport chairs can truly make a difference between recovery and life inside the home and a more upbeat, active summer enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds that Canada has to offer. Do you have questions about our wheelchairs for rent and wheelchairs for sale? Our customer service team will be happy to assist you in locating the perfect device for your needs.