Mobility

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Last week saw a father and daughter duo race to success in the Manchester Half Marathon, thanks to a specially-designed wheelchair. 

Ottobock ambassadors Stephan Couture and his daughter Chloe are no strangers to the sporting circuit, having taken part in more than 25 competitions this year alone. 

Back in September, Stephan and Chloe became the first disabled team to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon. They joined 6,000 other competitors at the iconic Kent castle for the final event of the year in the Castle Triathlon Series, the third largest triathlon event in the UK.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility have partnered with Patron Bohemia to add a new range of buggies to our growing portfolio of products.  Patron was established in 1994 in Prague and is a well-known and respected supplier for rehab buggies for children. 

Vida Mobility is delighted to have been selected as the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for the Corzo X Country, Tom Streeter and the Dixie Plus.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

Corzo XCountry

The Road Safety Trust?

Road Safety

Mobility Scooter Use Questionnaire

The department of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University are conducting a research project to understand mobility scooter use and the experiences encountered whilst using one. Specifically, we are interested in the hazards that mobility scooter users face whilst using a mobility scooter, particularly at road crossings. The project is funded by the Road Safety Trust. 

Our ultimate aim is to increase the safety for mobility scooter users on the road. We also hope that mobility scooter users will be more likely to reap the benefits of using a mobility scooter.

Remap – making things possible

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Remap is a charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge. Here’s news of some of their recent work.

Chloe is four years old and like many other little girls she loves horse riding and wants to ride alongside her big sister. However Chloe has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. She needs to improve her core strength if she is to ever walk and horse riding is a good way of achieving this, but somebody has to walk alongside her, supporting her as she rides. 

The future of spinal injury treatments

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For those suffering with the devastating and life changing impact of a spinal injury, there has never been a time with so much hope for spinal system repair and treatments. Recent medical advancements, compounded by technological developments, innovation and invention meanthat a cure for paralysis may soon be possible.

What is a spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) happens when the spinal cord becomes damaged by vertebrae fractures that crush or transect the spinal cord, often the result of injuries sustained from motoring accidents, falls, assaults or sporting accidents.

Wheelchair user opens door from his phone

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Entrance door manufacturers Vista Panels Ltd recently teamed up with German lock experts Winkhaus to help a wheelchair user open his door from anywhere in his property via his smart phone.

Paul Allen had previously found it difficult to let in visitors without having to manoeuvre his wheelchair to the intercom system in his hallway. Paul wanted to use some of todays smart technology to find an alternative solution.

6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

There are many reasons as to why you may need a mobility scooter. Whatever those reasons may be, a mobility scooter is a significant investment.

Everyone knows how devastating it can be when you’re stuck at home, ill, unable to move with just newspapers and the TV to keep you company. But limited mobility should not get in the way of you or a loved one, enjoying an exciting and fulfilling life! Below are a few of many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.

 

Increase Accessibility

Modern mobility scooters fit in brilliantly with the ever-changing ways in which people socialise.

Rollator or Triwalker: Which is Best for Your Mobility?

With so many options for your mobility assistance around these days, it’s difficult to know what to choose. Each mobility user has different needs, routines, and requirements for their day, and finding a walker that will work for you can be a tough job with so much equipment to choose from.

To make your decision a little bit easier, leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are comparing their two most popular walkers. The Rollator is a wide four wheeled frame with a basket and brakes, and whereas the Tri-Walker is a narrower three wheeled mobility frame.  

Pavement and Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters Becoming More Popular with Younger People

Mobility Scooters

It once might have been that mobility scooters were considered to be the reserve of the elderly. In recent years, that’s all changing.

Now, mobility scooters are often picked as the transport option of choice for younger people with mobility difficulties, many of which are in their 50s, 40s, 30s and even 20s.

What’s making mobility scooters popular with younger people?

An increasing number of younger people are choosing to invest in mobility scooters instead of wheelchairs. New technologies mean that scooters can last longer on one battery charge than they might have done previously, and they’re also more fashionable and more practical.

Mapping for Change’s ‘Ramp It Up!’ Competition

Ramp It Up

Running a social media contest to improve accessibility in our towns and cities

The London based social enterprise Mapping for Change is encouraging local businesses to improve access to their premises with a competition to win one of ten wheelchair ramps. Those one or two steps at the entrances of buildings should not be a barrier to those with limited mobility. Nor should they stop business owners from accessing an estimated £200bn of spending power from people in the UK with disabilities. A wheelchair ramp is a simple way to counter those steps, even on listed buildings or rented premises as it is completely portable.

Paralympian launches revolutionary new wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye.

Paralympian Phil Eaglesham has invented a revolutionary new affordable wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye, with backing from the family of Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden. 

Corporal Eaglesham helped to create the new style of mobility device after catching Q Fever while serving in Afghanistan and having to use a wheelchair himself.

He found that existing designs were impractical, unwieldy, too low down and incompatible with modern living and so he determined to create a revolutionary new wheelchair that could help users live their lives more fully and to feel ‘abled, not disabled'.