How to Choose the Right Mobility Scooter for You

Mobility scooters are a great way to reclaim your freedom and increase your mobility. However, with the great variety of medical scooters for sale currently in the market, it is often hard to pinpoint the perfect device for you. Below are some important questions you should ask yourself if you are looking to buy a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one.

  1. How portable do you need it? Depending on how you plan to use your mobile scooter, you need to consider which kind of device you truly need. If you are looking for a scooter to fit in the trunk of your car and easily pack away on a plane, you will want to consider a travel scooter or a folding mobility scooter. A travel scooter will allow you to dismantle it into 4 or 5 pieces for easier transportation and storage. A folding scooter will be your lightest and most convenient option as no dissasembly is required. On the other hand, if you think you need a mobility scooter with a larger range and more comfort features — and you plan to use the device in and around your home– a mid-size or heavy duty scooter will be a better choice.
  2. Will you be using your scooter indoors, outdoors or both? If you are planning to use your mobility scooter to get around your home, you will need to choose a compact device that has a tight turning radius– a fundamental feature when it comes to making sure that you’ll be able to properly navigate your home while keeping your furniture and belongings intact. If you live in a condominium or apartment building, a smaller scooter will be crucial as you might want it to fit into your elevator in order to reach your unit. If you live in a house and plan to use your scooter mostly outdoors– think of taking it to the store, to a nearby park or to visit friends or family in your neighbourhood– you may benefit from a larger mobility scooter. They come packed with features that will keep you safe and comfortable on the road– like LED lights, cup holders and even USB chargers.
  3. What kind of comfort features do you require? Portable scooters come equipped with stadium seating. It is a comfortable and light-weight option for individuals who have good upper body support. If you are looking for added neck support and a cushier seat which will be ideal for longer rides, a mid-sized or heavy-duty mobility scooter will offer the comfort of a Captain’s chair, which includes an adjustable headrest. Another comfort feature you must consider is suspension. If you are looking to ride your scooter on uneven terrain, a scooter with stability control features will improve your experience and relieve you of any possible pain that rough movement could inflict on you.
  4. Drive ZoomMe ridingHow far and how fast will you travel on your scooter? Whereas an average travel scooter will travel between 6.5 -8 km/h and have a range of about 20-25 kilometres, a heavy duty scooter will travel at about 18 km/h and go as far as 60 kilometres. That is a big difference and a factor that you should definitely take into account when looking at your mobility scooter choices.
  5. What’s your budget? The price range for mobility scooters is just as diverse as the product choices. As you start your research into a brand new scooter to buy, make sure that you find out if you qualify for government help or for any other programs that provide financial aid to people living with disabilities. It is also possible that your health insurance may pay for a portion of the device if deemed medically necessary. This kind of information will help you make the ultimate decision much easier.

Vital Mobility carries one of the largest selections of mobility scooters in the Toronto area and GTA. We retail AND rent quality brands like Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, Solax and more. If you have any additional questions and need help narrowing down your scooter for sale choices, feel free to reach our mobility experts today.

 

Accessible front porch solutions from Vital Mobility

Now that the weather is warming up, individuals who experience limited mobility will find it beneficial to spend more time outdoors– both for their physical and emotional well-being. However, for many, the mere act of leaving their home while seated on a wheelchair, power wheelchair or electric scooter can prove almost impossible if their front porches have steps leading down to the road.

The team at Vital Mobility works with families and individuals looking to find the perfect solution to make their homes’ front entries accessible. Two of the solutions we offer, and would like to explore today, are accessibility ramps and porch lifts.

Aluminum ramp

Accessibility ramps are generally made of durable aluminum and come in portable and fixed configurations. Portable aluminum ramps generally come in 2″ to 6″ lengths and are perfect for temporary use as they can be folded and carried in a pouch until your next destination. They are convenient for occasional use when leaving your home or traveling around. However, because of their non-permanent nature, they require a caregiver to set them up every time they must be relocated.

A ramp option that on the other hand, provides much independence to the user, is the fixed wheelchair ramp. These ramps can be custom-made to the size and shape of your front lawn. Perfect for wheelchair users or individuals who use a walker or rollator walker, fixed ramps are a great budget-friendly choice for many. They are usually built with handrails to ensure the safety of the user and to assist him or her in making their way up or down the ramp.

bruno porch liftIf you are short on front-lawn real estate but still require an accessible front entrance, you may want to consider the very practical porch lift. This free-standing, elevator-like device occupies minimal space and with the simple touch of a button, it can take you from street level to porch level in just a few seconds. Because of its mechanized nature, porch lifts are naturally a pricier option than setting up a ramp at home, but they are a preferred choice if a person doesn’t have the upper body strength and dexterity to navigate a built-in ramp. Also known as vertical platform lifts, these devices can also be installed inside your home or in your backyard ir order to help you access your deck.

Vital Mobility offers custom made accessibility ramps, Drive medical portable ramps and Bruno and Savaria porch lifts to help you make the best out of the warm weather season. Visit our website today to reach us and learn more!

 

 

The Invacare Colibri: A Travel Scooter to fit your personality

Comfort and safety are of the highest importance when considering the purchase of a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one. But more and more, the team at Vital Mobility hears from customers who are also looking for style– after all, a mobility device is a product you will possibly use on a daily basis and in many different scenarios. Invacare’s Colibri four wheel travel scooter is an excellent choice for those individuals– as it offers top features at great value with an exciting selection of colour choices. five colours to choose from for invacare colibri scooter

Vital Mobility’s mobility scooter store Toronto is currently offering the Colibri with 18 AH batteries– meaning that this travel scooter has a class leading range of 16 kilometres at a top speed of 8 km/h. This makes it a highly versatile device that is just as great for use around your neighbourhood or to take with you on a plane or car during any getaways you may have planned.

Portability is key to this scooter. It’s patented LiteLock technology allows you to assemble or disassemble the scooter into five, light parts in only seconds. Once apart, the device will easily fit into the trunk of any car or any closet where you might seek to store it at home.

disassembled invacare colibriIn addition, unlike many small scooters in the market, the Colibri is highly customizable. The scooter’s charger port allows you to easily program a desired speed, acceleration, alarms and braking sensitivity in order to achieve an optimal driving experience. How this scooter looks, is also up to you as it comes equipped with five interchangeable, easy-to-install sets of colour plates in green, orange, white, blue and red.

Not only does the Invacare Colibri offer the latest in technology, but it delivers top-notch comfort features. Its swivel driver seat is padded in luxurious yet easy to clean vinyl and is decorated by durable, accent stitching. Its arms can be easily adjusted at the angle and width of your preference. Plus, you can achieve the perfect driving posture thanks to the scooter’s adjustable, three-position tiller, generous leg room and delta steering handle.

We are proud to welcome the newest member of our travel scooter family– an excellent compromise between quality, features and budget that is surely to please customers looking for compact mobility solution. Visit Vital Mobility to learn more about the Colibri Mobility Scooter, features and pricing or call our customer service experts today!

 

 

 

How to care for your Mobility Scooter in the winter

drive scooter storage in the winterWith the thermometer already dipping below 0 degrees, it is time to begin thinking how to condition your mobility devices for use or storage during the winter months. When it comes to mobility scooters, a vast majority– especially travel size or medium size models– are only appropriate for use in dry or wet road conditions. 

When the snow starts coming down, however, it is most advisable to bring those devices indoors as the snow and road salt can inflict severe damage on the structure and mechanics of the mobility scooter. The expert team at Vital Mobility has compiled some quick and useful tips to help you keep your mobility scooter in tip-top shape during the cold Canadian months:

  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SCOOTER OUTDOORS: Not only will the cold weather finish your battery, but the body of your scooter will be damaged. Instead, look for a dry place to store it: like a shed, a garage or even your home’s basement.
  • REMEMBER TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES: Unlike during the warmer months, when you’ll be charging your battery on an almost daily basis, in the winter you are also required to give your batteries the occasional boost. It is ideal to charge your mobility scooter overnight every two weeks. This will assist in maintaining the battery by avoiding parasitic drain.
  • MAINTAIN THE TIRES: Before storing your scooter for the winter, make sure that if your tires are air-filled, that they are fully inflated– and that they remain so for the duration of the season. Deflated tires are likely to crack and compromise your ability to use your scooter once the weather warms up.
  • IF YOU’RE LEAVING THE SCOOTER IN A CHILLY SPOT: Sometimes you will have no choice than to store your mobility scooter in a spot– like your garage– that may not be heated. In that case, to prevent the battery from freezing and possible condensation, consider covering the battery with a heavy blanket.
  • WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO CLEAR: Icy and snowy road conditions will not only compromise the structural integrity of your mobility device, but they will also put you at risk. Instead of using your scooter, consider enlisting the help of family and friends or a trusted mobility transportation service to get you around town.

If you follow the above steps, once spring arrives, you will find your mobility scooter in great shape and you will not need to waste any time resuming your busy life outdoors!

Looking to buy a mobility scooter? Winter-time offers the best deals of the year. Visit us at www.vitalmobility.ca today!

 

Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Vital Mobility

With the holidays right around the corner you might need to shop for an elderly or mobility-impaired family member or friend. There’s many gifting options available in the market that can significantly contribute to their everyday living. The team at Vital Mobility wants to make holiday shopping easy for you, so we compiled a list of our Top 5 gift ideas to make the process a lot easier. (SCROLL DOWN TO GALLERY FOR PHOTOS)

  1. The NITRO Rollator: Few mobility devices look as beautiful as the Nitro rollator walker by Drive Medical. With sleek European styling and and a variety of attractive colours to choose from, the Nitro combines the best in looks and functionality. Four large flat-free tires ensure great traction in most terrains and its generous seating area and backrest give you the comfort you need when taking a break from your walk. The rollator comes equipped with a roomy basket to help you during shopping trips and concealed break wires to prevent damage and tripping.
  2.  Pride LC 525 Zero-Gravity Lift Chair: With the cold winter days just ahead of us, your loved one will
    find comfort in this revolutionary lift chair. Part of the manufacturer’s “Specialty Collection”, the LC 525 offers an infinite-position hand control that allows for the largest range of motion in the industry– from a sitting position to a 180-degree sleeping position, the chair’s two-motor mechanism provides the ultimate in versatility. Think of your loved one choosing to sit with their legs resting in a horizontal position as they read their favourite book or finding relief from congestion by choosing a sleeping position that elevates their head while angling down their legs (Trendelenburg position)- these positions are only possible with an infinite position lift chair. These features, added to the super-soft fabric selections included with this chaise lounger, make it a great gift choice this holiday season.
  3. Ventura DLX Scooter: Not too large and not too small, the Ventura deluxe scooter is just the right size to fit in your garage but is roomy and has enough range to take you on all your adventures in 2016 (up to 35 kms). The 4-wheel midsize scooter comes equipped with a comfortable captain’s seat (with cushioned back and head support) that can swivel and slide down for easy access. The Ventura also includes a full-lighting package with turn signals, parking blinkers and a headlight as well as readview mirrors for added safety. With intuitive controls that make it easy to use and your choice of interchangeable blue or red face-plates, this scooter offers great value for your money that doesn’t compromise on quality nor style!
  4. Lightweight Aluminum Transport Chair: These economical transport chairs are the perfect addition to the lives of individuals who find it challenging to walk unassisted. Whether a loved one needs a transport chair to be tak
    en to the doctor’s office, on a trip to the mall or around the neighbourhood, our lightweight aluminum transport chairs offer unparalleled convenience. You can easily fold them and store them in the trunk of your car, a closet at home or even under a bed! Not only will your loved one benefit from this handy mobility aid but they’ll be able to choose among a selection of attractive colours to brighten up their winter (red, blue or black!).
  5. EmbraceAIRPlus Back Support: If you suffer from back or neck problems, the prospect of driving your car or sitting on a chair to do your work may present an ergonomic nightmare. In comes the Canadian-made EmbraceAIR Plus back support, allowing you to decide just how much support you need for your back. An internal air bolster can be positioned up or down to give you the proper level of lumbar support. Afterwards, squeeze the attached air bulb to inflate the cushion until you find the perfect position for your spine– you can modify the angle of your back up to 18 degrees! (Call 647-430-7176 for pricing and more info!)

Looking for other products or need more info about the devices we listed above? Visit www.vitalmobility.ca or call us at 647-430-7176 today!