Mobility Products for away from home
Feel at ease when travelling or staying with others
After so long cooped up in different versions of lockdowns, the opportunity to explore and stay away from home may feel unfamiliar. For many it is also coupled with the complexities of ensuring where they stay or visit is accessible or safe.
- Will I be able to get out of the bathroom?
- Will my mobility equipment struggle on the terrain?
- Can I use the facilities easily?
Independent Living understands these issues – after all they have been assisting those with disabilities and age-related mobility issues since 1981.
Here’s their top picks for making excursions away from home stress-free.
Have the right mobility device.
Banish the struggle of getting your wheelchair or scooter into a vehicle, airplane or tight space. Hire a portable model! Independent Living has a huge range of hire wheelchairs, scooters and walkers – many of which fold up easily to a compact size. And they can be hired by the week, for as little as $15.
If you travel frequently, even if just to explore your own city, consider investing in a ZestAir portable scooter- it's light and compact enough for plane travel. And at under $2,500, it’s a great alternative to a walker.
There’s no need to lug loads of pill bottles around – invest in easy to open Pill dispensers, and only carry the exact number of medicines you need. And by counting them out in advance of travelling, you know you won’t be forgetting any!
Anti-Theft Daypacks are small, light and yet allow you to carry so many things – including sipper bottles and novels! The safe alternative to a handbag – with the added benefit of a portable charger outlet for mobile devices.
Consider a folding walking stick - very light and folds small so it’s easy to carry around when not required, but assembles in a flash if needed.
Feel safe in the bathroom
Other people’s bathrooms can be a minefield. Slippery floors, lack of support surfaces and facilities simply not designed for easy access.
Nonslip floor mats and suction grab rails can assist in making a wet space safer – and they are small enough to hide in your suitcase.
Folding shower chairs and toilet seat raisers are light and affordable. And if weak hands are a concern, add a tap turner in your bag – perfect for sticky older taps and those annoying plastic handled designs!
Independent Living also hire portable commodes, shower chairs and toilet frames.
Eat and rest in comfort
Don’t be put off eating in front of others.
Seat raisers and cushions are discrete and light – and will ease concerns getting in and out, or ensuring you are at the right table height.
Lightweight Scoop plates and sipper cups come in all shapes, sizes and prices – ensuring no embarrassing spills.
Independent Living also stock a comprehensive range of personal hygiene and toileting products, and their assistive technology experts are there to help ensure you have the right products for any occasion.
Visit them at one of their three Auckland stores (Botany, Browns Bay and Royal Oak), visit the website www.ilsnz.org or call for free advice to help you have everything you need for a relaxing time away from home on 0800 625 100.
- Independent Living