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HOW COMPATIBLE ARE MOBILITY SCOOTERS WITH CARS ?…

How Compatible are Mobility Scooters with Cars?…

When you suffer from back pain or a disability, a mobility scooter can prove invaluable. However, it can be daunting investing in a mobility scooter for the first time, especially when it comes to transporting it where you need to go.

The good news is, modern-day mobility scooters are generally very compatible with cars. So, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to transport them. Nevertheless, below you’ll discover everything you need to know about mobility scooter and car compatibility.

How easy is it to fit mobility scooters into a vehicle?…

It’s surprisingly easy to fit mobility scooters into modern vehicles. However, the full-size mobility scooters can be a little heavy and difficult to get over the lip of the boot. So, you may want to consider investing in a powerchair to transport with you, rather than a full-size mobility scooter. You can find exceptional quality powerchairs in the same place you’d find wheelchairs for sale.

However, if you still want to stick with a mobility scooter, there are a few tips you can use to make them easily portable. Firstly, you have the option to use a ramp. This is a great idea for those who have a fairly large vehicle which would make it difficult to lift the scooter up into the boot. The ramp will help you fit it into the car with ease.

You could also get a wheelchair hoist which would be an even easier option to get the scooter into the car. Or, if you want as little hassle as possible, investing in a wheelchair accessible vehicle would be the best option.

TGA Self Propelled Wheelchair

Tips for unloading your mobility scooter…

Once you’ve arrived at your chosen destination, it’s fairly straightforward to unload the scooter. Again, you can use a ramp or a hoist to help remove the scooter from the car. It’s worth keeping in mind that if you are using some kind of hoist, not all of them are suitable for heavier mobility scooters. So, you’ll need to make sure the one you invest in can accommodate the type of scooter you own.

You’ll also want to ensure that you’re parking on a flat surface. It’s going to be a lot more difficult trying to unload the scooter if you’re parked on a hill for example. Also, ensure there’s plenty of space behind the car to easily get the scooter out.

Are some cars better for mobility scooter access?…

You should find most cars these days are compatible with mobility scooters. However, it all depends upon the type of scooter you own. The heavier, full-size scooters, for example, aren’t going to fit easily into a smaller, compact vehicle.

As a general rule, MPVs tend to be the most convenient option due to the sheer amount of space available in the interior. However, if you truly want to ensure your car is suitable for mobility scooter use, it’s a good idea to consider adapted vehicles.

Overall, transporting a mobility scooter is easier than you might think. Provided you do the measurements and invest in the best aid to fit your needs, you’ll be able to take your scooter practically everywhere with you

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WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN ?…

This great graphic from Pinterest explains all the different types of problems that can cause back pain…

Exercises For Lower Back

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GET THE DISABILITY BENEFITS WHICH ARE RIGHTFULLY YOURS…

As we all know over the past few years there have been substantial changes to the benefits and support available to disabled people in the UK and their carers. Keeping up with what is rightfully yours can be a bit of a minefield and if you don’t make a claim you won’t get the benefit.

Which benefit to claim for is also difficult especially as there are so many to choose from. In fact, according to the Money Magpie website, there are at least 15 disability benefits available.

Another great website for all benefits details is Scope which also has support and information and an online community which they say ‘is a place where disabled people, parents, carers and those who work with disabled children and adults can come to discuss all topics relating to disability. You can ask questions, share your experiences and get much needed support with any issues you currently face.’

One particular inspiring article which was shared in the community section was from Janet Richards the President of Wheels and Wheelchairs, a charity which takes wheelchair users rollerskating. Their support and information section is ideal for anyone whether you, your child or those you work with have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition, information is there for you on the website.

 

The Money Saving Expert has an excellent calculator which will only take 10 mins to calculate what you are entitled to. Another website The Money Advice Service has a great article on Benefit Changes in the UK.

A recent article in the Independent Newspaper states that 70,000 disabled people are owed thousands in benefits due to government error, and some they say will never be paid back. They say ‘the DWP will pay £340m back in underpayments, but estimates there may be up to £150m more which cannot be paid back because arrears will only be accounted for as far back as 21 October 2014, the date of a legal tribunal ruling.’