5 Tips for Seniors to Stay Active in the Winter

During the winter season– and especially for elderly individuals and people who live with limited mobility– it is easy to lose the motivation that is so often needed to keep us moving. With snow and ice-covered roads, it is challenging to operate a manual wheelchair or take your rollator walker around the block. However, maintaining even a bit of physical activity is a crucial tool for living life to the fullest– and healthiest extent.

Some ideas for remaining active during the cold months are:

  1. Exercise Peddler

    Invest in an exercise peddler: Portable mini-cycles are foldable and can be stored under your bed or sofa. They are an excellent way for you to exercise your legs or arms in the comfort of your own home. Just place the peddler in front of the couch as you watch your favourite show or read a book, and pedal away! Your leg and abdominal muscles, as well as your cardio and blood circulation will thank you. For arm use, place peddler over a table.

  2. Use resistance bands: Resistance bands are an economical and safe way of adding some weight to upper body exercises at home. Whereas heavy hand weights can pose an injury risk for seniors, resistance bands are soft and flexible. The level of effort one must input is determined by each individual.
  3. Lift your groceries: This is a quick and easy alternative to hand weights and resistance bands. Instead of storing your groceries right away, try taking a little more time to lift and lower the items as you organize them in your pantry and fridge. The weight of those items- like canned beans or a 1L carton of milk, can give your arm muscles the challenge they need to stay strong.
  4. Get out to the mall: Transportation services like Toronto’s Wheel-Trans, can get you over to the mall when it isn’t safe for you to go outside on your own. Mall hallways — especially during early morning hours– are a great place for exercising with your manual wheelchair, rollator or walker.
  5. Use the stairs: Steps can be  great exercise tools that adapt to different mobility and fitness levels. If you can climb steps– even if slowly– you can try going up and down one or more flights of stairs every day. If your range of mobility is more limited, you can find support in the stair handrails and practice going up and down a single step repeatedly. This will strengthen your leg muscles and bring up your heart rate.

Not only is winter-time exercise crucial for your physical well-being, but adding movement to your daily routine can help you combat depression (including the winter blues). In addition, you can add a social aspect to your daily exercise by making arrangements to exercise with a friend and/or neighbour. You won’t only be preventing feeling down but you will also avoid feeling isolated when it is hard to get outside.

 

 

The Triumph Escape: A rollator packed with features

Escape rollator in action
Features sturdy 7″ wheels

When you decide to buy a rollator for yourself or a loved one, you are committing to a life-changing device that you will find yourself using every day. More and more, the team at Vital Mobility has heard from our customers that not only are they seeking the ultimate in safety and reliability when it comes to picking a rollator, but they’re also searching for comfort and added features. That is why we are proud to introduce the Triumph Escape– a premium quality device that also looks great and accommodates your every mobility need.

Lets begin with the Escape’s outstanding comfort features. The rollator features a large padded seat that’s the ideal spot to comfortably rest your legs or take a breather. The Escape’s depth-adjustable padded backrest offers you added comfort and stability. Additionally, while you’re walking with your rollator, you will find that its pressure-reducing anatomical hand-grips keep your hands strong while its cable-free Gentle Touch braking system guarantees a worry-free experience anytime. No visible cables means no danger of having the rollator become tangled with other objects while you’re on the go.

Red Triumph Escape RollatorPlus, the Escape is a breeze to store. It’s compact folding system allows you to fold the rollator with a quick lift of the release handle. The ultra-light device (just 15 lbs) will remain standing, which will facilitate easy storage or lifting it onto the trunk of your car. While you’re on the go, the Escape will come in handy with its large folding shopping basket and optional accessories including a cup holder, cane holder and plastic tray.

For residents of the province of Ontario, there is an added benefit to considering the Triumph Escape walker– the device is covered under the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). To learn more about government subsidies for individuals in need of assistive devices as well as to learn more about Vital Mobility’s great line of quality rollators, visit www.vitalmobility.ca or call 647-688-1934.

 

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!

Roll into August with a brand-new Rollator!

There’s nothing like a clear-sky summer day to take a stroll around the neighbourhood or take a day-trip with days and family! For people who suffer from mobility impairments or who can easily tire, sometimes taking a few steps unasisted can put both their safety and physical well-being in jeopardy. Vital Mobility’s line of top-notch rollators can be of great assistance in helping those individuals navigate sidewalks, malls and even the halls of their own homes in dignity and comfort.

red drive nitro rollator
Drive Nitro Rollator

What’s the difference between a walker and a rollator (or rollator walker)?

Traditional aluminum walkers are foldable metallic frames– sometimes equipped with small wheels in the front legs or on all four legs–that aid a person who needs extra-support when moving around. In contrast, a rollator always comes equipped with four wheels, brakes, basket, a seat and back-rest. 

The above features make rollator walkers much for suitable for outdoors use than regular walkers. If the person finds herself tired during her walk, she has the option of putting on the breaks of the device and resting on its cushioned seat. The carry basket is a convenient place for individuals to store items they wish to bring along with them. Finally, larger wheels with tread will help you climb curves and manage uneven terrain with confidence.

Rollators to suit your style

As the popularity of rollator walkers has increased– particularly within the senior population– manufacturers have increased their emphasis on creating better and more functional devices that will also suit different people’s styles. Take Drive’s Nitro Rollator, for example. It is one of the first rollators to come with hidden brake cables, which helps achieve the device’s elegant styling and prevent tangling. As one of the most modern rollators in the market, the Nitro comes painted in red, white and black colours– perfect for individuals looking to break away from silver devices and make a statement!

Vital Mobility offers other rollators too, like the Nexus 3, the versatile Duet, and the Airgo Comfort Plus! Whether you’re looking for a to buy a rollator walker or are searching for rollators for rent in the GTA, we are here to help. With top-level expertise and great customer service, we’ll help you zone in on the ideal rollator for you! We will also aid you with ADP applications.