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Disability & Mobility Aids & Equipment - Huge Range, Best Prices - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart
Disability & Mobility Aids & Equipment - Huge Range, Best Prices - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart

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There are several types of Electric Lift Chair's to choose from and an even larger range of retailers who sell Lift Chair's. Our first advice is to shop around.

We sell quality Lift Chair's, but still advise our customers to shop around to satisfy themselves that they are buying quality and value.

We advise caution when considering a purchase from furniture retailers and sellers in shopping centres as they often stock poor quality lift chair's and may have inflated pricing.

Shopping Centre sellers use financing deals to make the high cost more attractive and often justify the high cost by offering a choice of fabrics and covering options. Although this may seem attractive, shop around before you buy to gain an understanding of value and quality.

Lift Chair Types. Generally there are 2 types of (therapeutic) Lift Chairs. 2 Motor Lift Recline Chairs and 1 Motor Lift Recline Chairs:

2 Motor Lift Chairs - Most modern type. The reason for 2 motors is so that the back rest and the footrest can operate independently of each other, providing infinite adjustment and allowing the chair to lay flat for sleeping.

1 Motor Lift Chairs - Older types of Lift Chairs are a single motor or 1 motor Lift Chair. This type of chair is less expensive but limited in its range of position adjustment and does not lay flat for sleeping. This type of chair is also very heavy and can be very difficult to locate in specific areas within a home.

Looks may be deceiving!

A Lift Chair may look OK, but beware there are many cheap imports that have inferior components. Most important to a Lift Chair are the actuators and lift mechanism.

A quality Lift Chair should last for many years without any attention provided you start out with a quality Lift Chair. As most equipment is imported, even by locally based companies it is important to ensure that the chair you buy is from a local supplier who not only warranty their products but have their own quality control personnel where the equipment is made. Additionally it is important to know what you can do if something does go wrong.

Lift Chair Coverings

Today there is a wide choice in the types of covering for Lift Chairs. You can buy chairs with leather, vinyl or fabric covering. The choice is up to you in terms of what best suits your situation.

Generally fabric is fine for home use, however if there are continence issues I would recommend a vinyl covering to allow for easy cleaning and hygiene control. As noted above, some sellers offer a wide choice of custom coverings but beware the additional cost that this adds. It may be better value to accept a similar colour that you want and pay much less. Sometimes in terms of value, it comes down to a balance of the Lift Chair function to its appearance.

Lift Chair Cost

Typically you can expect to pay from just below $2000 up to $3000 for a quality Lift Chair. Fabric and vinyl Lift Recline Chairs are the lest expensive with leather Lift Recline Chairs costing the most. As noted above, shop around for the best value and quality that suits your needs and budget. Beware of anyone wanting you to make quick decisions, only move forward to a purchase when you feel it is right for you.

visit www.mobilityrentals.com.au for examples of Quality Electric lift Chairs for sale

Hire Lift Chairs Renting a lift chair is a good idea if your need is temporary or you want to try one out before you buy. There are some things to consider if you choose to hire. Ensure that you hire from a company that can prove the hygiene of their equipment. A rental lift chair should have a vinyl covering so that the surfaces can be thoroughly cleaned to avoid risk of surface infection.

Do not hire a fabric covered lift chair. Fabric covered chairs are virtually impossible to clean properly as the fabric fibres and underlying foam can harbour viral contaminates long after rigorous cleaning. Mould spores are often invisible to the eye until the mould manifests itself through the upper layers of the fabric and underlying foam. The safest coverings with hire lift chairs is vinyl which is impervious to moisture and can be easily wiped down and rapidly dried. Visit our website for more information about renting a Lift Chair.

Contact us for more information or assistance 1300 460 070

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Mobility Aids Safety

whether you buy or hire, safety may not be an obvious concern when looking for a disability aid. However we do all agree that we want to ensure that the person using the disability aid will be both safe and comfortable.

Most Important Considerations are:

The person’s height, weight, age & sex.

Disability equipment safety is important because disability aids are usually manufactured to cater to an individuals specific size and weight. So if we know the users, height, weight, age & sex, we can ensure the person to use the item will fit comfortably and within the equipment’s safe weight & use range. Additionally if the item is for a female who is relatively short, it is important to be aware that additional hip / thigh width also needs to be considered in equipment selection, particularly with wheelchairs and seating aids. Measuring across the width of the person’s seated hip width with a tape measure is the best way to match the person to the correct sized disability aid. Remember this not measuring for trousers, so only measure across the hip width. The person’s age can also be relevant in the disability aid type. Some disability aids are not as user friendly with elderly people and individuals with severe disabilities.

Mobility Aids Safety – Where will the Disability Aid be used?

Older homes generally have narrow doorways and passages, which may not allow some disability equipment types full access around the home or most importantly where they need to used most. So it is important to measure these locations in the home when you compare disability equipment options. Areas that are most important to measure are: bathrooms, bath tub width, height, toilet width, height, etc. it is worthwhile considering measuring around these areas even if you have a relatively new home to ensure the disability equipment will fit and can be used in the way that you need it to function.

Mobility Aids Safety – Environment Considerations

Not all disability equipment can be used safely in wet areas. It is important to ask if you are unsure if the location you wish to use the disability aid is appropriate for that particular item. It is important to NEVER store disability equipment outdoors. Disability equipment is expensive and made from materials that can be difficult to repair or replace so it is a good idea to ensure these items are only stored in a dry, clean location away from direct sunlight. Wheeled mobility and disability equipment should never be used on rough surfaces as the compounds used to make the wheels can be easily damaged through misuse and are expensive to replace. There are very few purpose built wheeled off road mobility or disability equipment items. The majority of equipment and aids are designed or indoor use. Where disability equipment is to be used in a community setting such as a nursing home, it is important that the staff is made aware that the item/s are to be used exclusively for the individual who has purchased or hired the item/s. We have seen many occasions where equipment has been shared across a facility and sustained damage through ill care and / or misuse.

Mobility Aids Safety – Transportation

When you transport a disability equipment item you must be sure the item will fit in your vehicle safely with causing harm to yourself or others and naturally without causing damage to either the disability equipment or your vehicle. Utilities are often unsuitable for transporting disability equipment as the equipment is often exposed to the weather, can be poorly secured and at risk of damage through ill-use of securing straps and / or rubbing against metal. It is important to remember that if you are picking up a disability equipment to ensure that you have first removed the baby seat, golf clubs, fuel cans, groceries and anything else that is on the back seat or in the boot that can be removed ahead of picking up the disability equipment.

If you have any questions regarding this article or about buying or hiring disability equipment, you can contact our friendly team by phone 1300 460 070 or send us an email.

Please feel free to add you own comment and experiences whether you agree or disagree with this article we appreciate any feedback that assist others to achieve a better experience with their hire or purchase of disability equipment.

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Wheelchairs come in all shapes and sizes to meet every persons needs. Unfortunately the reality is that the availability of hire or purchase of wheelchairs for very specific needs may be difficult to source. Unlike larger economy’s such as Europe and USA, we are very limited for choice in Australia simply because demand drives supply which means that generally only common size equipment for disability needs are available.

Choice.
Purchasing options for wheelchairs are usually better than what may be available for hire. Costs for wheelchairs can start as low as several hundred dollars and go up to more than $10000. Be careful buying very cheap wheelchairs, as they are priced low for a reason, this is usually due to low quality materials and manufacture. It is possible however to buy very good quality wheelchairs inexpensively. Look for Australian manufacturers with products meeting Australian design standards along with appropriate TGA approvals. Keep in mind that most if not all these wheelchairs are fully manufactured in China or only assembled here but still produced offshore. This is not an issue with a local manufacturer because they are responsible for the quality and standard of manufacture of equipment sold locally.

Beware.
Beware of eBay or Gumtree bargains, as you will have little or no recourse from defects or poor manufacture. Any company that you deal with should assist you through this process to ensure you are aware of the extent of options and warranty support available to you upon purchase of your new wheelchair. Price does not guarantee quality; it is possible to buy a very good wheelchair under or around $1000 to suit most needs. Generally if you are spending more than this you are receiving a tailored wheelchair (made to your specification) or a specialty wheelchair for specialised needs with custom adjustment.

Compare Apples with Apples.
Whichever direction you go, shop around, ask lots of questions and spend your $$ only with those you feel most comfortable. Lightweight aluminium wheelchairs (approx. 12kg) are very popular, however they tend to be a little less robust and may feel to some a little rickety or less stable. This is fine where wheelchair use is intermittent or short term. I would recommend a slightly heavier aluminium wheelchair (approx. 16kg) for wheelchair needs that are ongoing or permanent especially where elevated leg rests or stump supports are to be used. Most modern wheelchairs can be made lighter by removing the wheels, which can easily release as well as other components that can be removed ahead of loading to a vehicle to be reassembled upon unloading the wheelchair.

Hiring is a great alternative to purchase where your need is short term or temporary.
However there are some factors to consider. Consider availability of wheelchairs sizes, good quality and safe wheelchairs and most importantly hygienically clean wheelchairs offered for hire. When enquiring to hire a wheelchair, you should be asked for your height and weight to assist the hirer to match you to an appropriately safe and comfortable wheelchair. The company you choose should have good quality and modern equipment in a range of sizes to suit your needs. Most importantly the company you select should be able to prove they have stringent hygiene systems to ensure your wheelchair is thoroughly clean and free from contamination from one user to the next. This protects you from staph, influenza, gastro norovirus and a variety of diseases and viruses that can be transferred upon equipment surfaces. (read more about hire equipment hygiene) You may find it difficult to source bariatric and paediatric wheelchairs depending upon where you are located as most providers as mentioned earlier, only carry generalised equipment. Keep looking to ensure you do not have to settle for uncomfortable or unsafe hire equipment.

Key Points

Buying a Wheelchair.

Price does not always dictate quality
Buy from locally based manufacturers
Shop around
Hiring a Wheelchair

Get the right size and fit
Make sure it is clean from viral contaminants and regularly serviced
Read the hire terms and conditions before you hire

Feel free to contact us www.mobilityrentals.com.au if you would like any assistance in selecting the right wheelchair to best suit your needs.

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We recently launched a new website with an online store stocked with high quality disability and mobility aids and equipment at guaranteed lowest prices. www.mobilityrentals.com.au website is easy to navigate and makes for a safe and easy shopping experience that is available Australia wide including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Darwin and all regional Australian areas and territories, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Mobility Rentals and Sales online store has a huge range of mobility & disability aids that include, wheelchairs, wheelie walkers, rollators, hospital beds, shower chairs, toilet frames, lifter recline chairs, patient hoists and slings, children's wheelchairs, IV poles and medical aids, day chairs, walking frames, walking tutors and may more disability & mobility aids and equipment.

The Mobility Rentals & Sales site also incorporates an vast library of helpful information that is there to assist better understanding of disability & mobility aids as well as what to look for when purchasing this type of equipment to avoid ending up with something that is not suited to your needs and help you to avoid paying too much.

Mobility Rentals & sales also hire the largest range disability & mobility aids locally in Brisbane and surrounding areas. All hire items specifications and hire rates are listed on our new website along with our industry leading hygiene standards essential for your safety when hiring disability & mobility aids and equipment.

Please check us out or call 1300 460 070, we're sure to have what you need!

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Home Postoperative Care

Home postoperative care is a critical time for many people. Hospital procedures, no matter how simple can be a scary and confusing experience, there is often a steep learning curve to understand how to care for themselves a family member or friend. This usually involves learning about disability and mobility equipment and seeking out service providers to support short or long term recovery needs.

It is always a good idea to discuss postoperative home recovery with a healthcare professional and identify any disability or mobility aids that are recommended to support the various phases of recovery. This will allow time to learn about these aids and find a service provider to supply the items required.

It is not always necessary to buy all disability aids unless the post operation recovery need is medium or long term. Expensive equipment items can be hired and returned at the end of the relevant recovery phase. Suppliers of this type of equipment can generally advise the most likely used items for the type of procedure that you are having but are not qualified to assess your needs for therapeutic disability and mobility aids.

Hygiene is a critical concern when recovering postoperatively. You are usually in a weakened and fragile state and therefore susceptible to infections. As most infections are transported upon surfaces, it is most important that any disability aids that you hire be thoroughly clean. You should satisfy yourself that the equipment supplier uses hygiene systems that are apparent at the time you collect the item/s or when they are delivered. You should satisfy yourself that the supplier has proven that the item/s have been fully cleaned and decontaminated prior to receiving them. Avoid aids with fabric coverings in preference wipeable surfaces.

Prior to your procedure it is wise to arrange for the hire and / or purchase of the aids you may require so that they are set up at home when you arrive. Arranging this in advance enables time for you to get used to the aids, how they work and locate them where they can best assist you when you come home.

Many people using disability and mobility aids and equipment for the first time do not always get the most from the aids by using them to their full extent. It is important to let the aids support your needs until you are strong enough to become independent of them. It is always best to be guided by your healthcare professional in terms of recovery. We sometimes think we are stronger than we really are which can put us at risk of injury when we want to move about independently before we are physically recovered enough to do so. 
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