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Wheelchair Powerpack to ease the load

As average wheelchair occupant weight increases, fitting a Powerpack can be a proven solution to help push a manual wheelchair.

A Wheelchair Powerpack is a powered unit that can be fitted to the underside of a manual attendant-controlled wheelchair. It can include one or two drive wheels that are powered by an on-board battery connected to controls mounted on a wheelchair handle. With a top speed of 3-4mph, it is the perfect solution to help push a manual wheelchair.

This is particularly important for carers who regularly have to negotiate slopes, ramps, kerbs or uneven surfaces – it eliminates potential overexertion. Powerpacks fit a wide variety of wheelchairs including many tilt-in-space models and can help push an occupant and wheelchair weighing up to 32st. Models can also provide forward and reverse motion to assist with maneuvering in restrictive spaces.

Here at East Coast Mobility we fit dozens of Powerpacks every year and are particularly popular with Carers whose partners are disabled and maybe larger than them too.

Simply call 01502 514500 to find out if your wheelchair is suitable for a powerpack today!

Amazing wheelchair technology developed by MND sufferer!

The wheelchair controlled using EYE movements: Inventor with motor neurone disease creates tracking device to help disabled people move around…7074461445451317822

Patrick Joyce and Steve Evans both suffer from motor neurone disease. It leaves them unable to use their limbs to control electric wheelchairs instead they have invented a system that tracks the movement of their eyes a 3D-printed ‘hand’ then moves the joystick of the wheelchair for them.

In a bid to give paralysed and disabled people more freedom, an inventor with motor neurone disease has developed a wheelchair he controls using just his eyes.

Patrick Joyce, 46, created the Eyedrivomatic technology after he began to lose the use of his muscles due to the disease.

4081241445451445238The device uses eye-tracking technology to allow him to issue commands to a computer and a 3D-printed ‘hand’ that can fit over the joystick of an ordinary electric wheelchair.

Patrick Joyce (pictured), who has motor neurone disease, has developed a system that allows him to drive a wheelchair with his eyes. He created the technology, which uses eye-tracking technology, with fellow MND patient Steve Evans and film maker David Hopkinson. The team has now won an award for the idea

Patrick Joyce (pictured), who has motor neurone disease, has developed a system that allows him to drive a wheelchair with his eyes. He created the technology, which uses eye-tracking technology, with fellow MND patient Steve Evans and film maker David Hopkinson. The team has now won an award for the idea

This allows disabled people who have lost movement in their limbs to manoeuvre themselves around without having to buy expensive new wheelchairs.

The team, which also included film maker David Hopkinson and Mr Joyce’s friend Steve Evans, has now been awarded a $196,000 (£128,000) prize by the Hackaday Awards.

Help inspirational Joel to get his dream wheelchair!

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new wheelchair.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new dream wheelchair.

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new wheelchair. Picture: ANTONY KELLY
The West Earlham teenager was born with cerebral palsy, yet still lists daring wheelchair skating among his top sports and says no challenge is insurmountable.

Now on his gap year, the 19-year-old teaches everything from dance to football and basketball, but needs a high-specification wheelchair – superior to his current one – to help him reach his dreams.

He currently uses his regular day chair on the skateparks for his new favourite sport, called WCMX, but because it is not the correct specification, it could be unsafe.

So, to help his hobby list grow, the Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard teams took to the Broads in their home-made raft this weekend and paddled 54 miles from Wroxham to Norwich to help buy a new £3,000 wheelchair.

Joel Connor-Saunders playing wheelchair basketball, Picutre: Paul Saunders
But there’s still a fair bit of fund-raising left to do.

Mr Connor-Saunders, who has recently finished studying for a diploma in sports and fitness coaching at Easton College, said: “I am an adrenaline junkie.

“I have always been like this ever since I was a kid.

“Not being able to do things because I am in a wheelchair makes me push myself even more.

“I have always had the attitude that if someone tells me I am not able to do something, I will just want to do it right in front of them.”

The raft adventure organiser Christon Iliffe, 28, a coastguard rescue officer based at Happisburgh, said the funds would be split between Let’s Do It Anyway, which is supporting Mr Connor-Saunders’ cause, and Scotty’s Little Soliders, which helps children whose parents who have been killed in conflict.

The raft was made up of two aircraft fuel tanks with the tops cut off, connected with scaffold poles, and had school chairs to sit on, seating a crew of six.

There were two support vessels travelling with them.

Mr Connor-Saunders explained what a difference the wheelchair will make: “It would be a dream come true. I mainly do wheelchair basketball and a bit of tennis and rugby. But this new wheelchair will help me to do more extreme sports like wheelchair motocross (WCMX).

“It is ideal for someone like me who is into sports and adrenaline. It is a normal wheelchair, but with other extras like shock absorbers, so you don’t hurt yourself when you land, or damage the chair.”

Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard teams thanked Norfolk Broads Direct for the use of a boat for the three days and Tesco in Mundesley for the supply of food.

To help fundraise, visit www.letsdoitanyway.com

See the full story here.

As well as fundraising for equipment you could use your DLA or PIP money for a new piece of disability  equipment, see our tips for DLA here.

Modified mobility scooters!

We love seeing modified mobility scooters, from the simple custom paint job to the frankly crazy engine powered mobility scooters!

Below is one of our favourite!


Here at East Coast Mobility we offer modifications to mobility scooters, sorry not engines but length, colour comfort modifications you name it we can do it, just call 01502 514500 for more information.

Facts about Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Facts about Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Discover below some interesting facts about mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters greatly enhance the quality of lives of millions of people who find it difficult or impossible to walk without assistance. Beyond the benefit of improved mobility, wheelchairs and mobility scooters enable many people to lead more productive lives at home and in the workplace and help foster feelings of independence and self-confidence. Following are some interesting facts about these remarkable devices:

*It is believed that wheelchairs have existed at least since the 6th Century B.C., based on an image found on a stone slate in China as well as a depiction of a child resting on a wheeled bed depicted on a Greek vase from the same era.

*The first historical figure to use a wheelchair was King Philip II of Spain who used one that had both arm and leg rests during the late 16th Century because he found it difficult to walk due to a case of severe gout.

*Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, used a wheelchair from 1933 to 1945 because he was unable to walk unassisted after he contracted polio. Perhaps because of the stigma attached to disabilities, only one photograph exists that shows President Roosevelt in his wheelchair.

*In 1655, Stephen Farfler, a paraplegic German watchmaker, built a self-propelling chair on a three wheel chassis. Historians believe that Farfler’s invention was a precursor to today’s bicycles and tricycles.

*In 1900 the first wheelchairs with spoke wheels were manufactured.

*The first mass-produced electric wheelchair was developed by Canadian inventor George Klein who created the device to help seriously injured veterans during World War II. However, in 1916 a tricycle was outfitted with a 1.5 horsepower engine in what is believed to be the first motorized wheelchair.

*The first mobility scooter was introduced by Sears and Roebuck in 1954. Dubbed as an electric wheelchair, the scooter wasn’t popular and was soon out of production.

*The first folding, tubular wheelchair was built in 1932 by an engineer named Harry Jennings. Jennings’ device is quite similar to modern-day folding wheelchairs.

*In 1974, the first wheelchair marathon was held in Toledo, Ohio. Bob Hall, a 24-year old paraplegic won in the event in a time of 2 hours and 54 minutes. The following year, Hall completed the Boston Marathon in his wheelchair as an unofficial contestant.

*According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a daredevil named Doc Romeo completed the first verified back flip while in a wheelchair in 2008.

*Romanian paraplegic Vasile Stoica completed a 36,000 round-the-world journey in his wheelchair in 1999, travelling through Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Stoica holds the world record for the longest 24-hour wheelchair excursion, covering 132 kilometres.

*The longest wheelchair basketball game in history was held in 2004 by students and staff members from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The gruelling contest lasted 26 hours and three minutes.

These interesting facts were taken from Scooters Direct in America.

The medical section of the science museum in London also has an interesting section on mobility scooters and wheelchairs, well worth a look!

If you are in the market for a new or used mobility scooter or wheelchair simply call us on 01502 514500 for free advice and great prices!

Scooter of the month – Kymco Agility

The Kymco Agility is definitely a firm favourite this month with Agilitys in all colours flying out of the door. We know why people love them…

  1. They are fast- get to town quickly
  2. They are small  – fit in most lifts easily
  3. They are agile – negotiate shops with ease
  4. They look incredible – be the envy of other scooter users – just look at the range of colours available! Plus we also offer custom paint colours for scooters, simply call 01502 514500 for a price for spraying your mobility scooter in your favourite colour.

colours of kymco agility

The sleek lines of the Aglility start at the front with a serious look, extending to the rear.

Front detail kymco agility

 

 

 

 

 

Full LED light package and super soft suspension creates a safe and comfortable ride.

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If the agility has caught your eye, give us a call on 01502 514500 for more information – At East Coast Mobility we also offer excellent trade in values on any mobility scooter to make your dream scooter more affordable still.

Look out for next months favourite it will be hard to beat the Agility but wait and see…!

Your favourite mobility shop gets a new look!

Over the coming months, Lowestoft’s favourite mobility shop for everyone with a disability is getting even better. You may be aware the outside of the shop has been looking a bit drab for some time now, so we decided to do something about it!

We have started by painting the shop section of the building outside, changing it from the dark blue and cream to a far nicer Dark Grey and Off White. The signs will be updated soon as will the main shop doors. The main doors are being redesigned to make it far easier for those in powerchairs and scooters to get in and see our fantastic range of mobility equipment.

At most times we have a large range of equipment to help your disability, from mobility scooters and powerchairs to electric profiling beds and rise recline chairs, its all on show for you to try out!

If you are coming along, give us a call on 01502 514500 to check we have what you need…we look forward to seeing you at our refreshed shop!

P.S. Please don’t forget we are closed at weekends, we feel bad when people waste time and money coming to find we are closed.

Help choosing a mobility scooter.

Kids love helping out don’t they! Last week we had two young boys give their grandad some help choosing a mobility scooter. Out of our huge range of scooters, both new and used he wisely choose a Kymco Maxxer, which is a top of the range, super comfortable scooter with amazing power and great looks.the kymco maxxer

Here at East Coast Mobility we always have several new and used models of most scooters in stock, and ready to fly out of the door!

Wondering how you will pay for a new scooter? Simply see our help on getting PIP payments page.  Or call 01502 514500 for some expert help and advice, or pop in for a friendly chat over tea and biscuits.

 

DLA, PIP and AA jargon buster

If you are disabled, chances are you will have, or will be applying for PIP which is what used to be DLA (Disability Living Allowance), or the Attendance Allowance.

See below a quick guide to what each benefit is.

PIP -What are the different benefits?

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.
You could get between £21.80 and £139.75 a week.
The rate depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.
You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.

PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.

Use the PIP checker to find out if and when PIP affects your DLA

Attendance Allowance

You could get £55.10 or £82.30 a week to help with personal care because you’re physically or mentally disabled and you’re aged 65 or over.
This is called Attendance Allowance. It’s paid at 2 different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability.

Carers Allowance

Your carer could get Carer’s Allowance if you have substantial caring needs.

See www.gov.uk for more information on what benefits you could be getting.

What can you spend your PIP money on?

The PIP scheme, as the name suggests is for personal independence, so you could perhaps use your PIP money to fund a Mobility scooter, power wheelchair, electric bed, disabled bathroom or any other item which will help your independence, over a period of time. It could also be used to pay someone to help care for you.

If you receive the PIP or DLA payment and would like more information on what you can spend it on, call East Coast Mobility on 01502 514500 or email us on hello@eastcoastmobility.co.uk.

If you need help with PIP or other benefits try DIAL who are a company made up of several employees and volunteers, in Lowestoft, who help people sort out benefits issues and other challenges faced when living with a disability.

I have got to go to a tribunal, what do all the terms mean?

When it comes to the tribunal for your PIP it can be a bit daunting to know what they are talking about. Thanks to Advice Now we can give you all the terms and what they mean for you.

Disabled car stickers

We now have two types of disabled car stickers in stock! If you have the problem with people parking right behind your disabled car, making it difficult, both for you to get your wheelchair or power chair out and also even get out of a space, these are the answer!

At only £4.00 with free postage, they are a bargain!

Here at East Coast Mobility we do everything we can to ensure people have the maximum amount of freedom possible, small small aids such as walking sticks to fully disabled access bathrooms, we want you to get the most from life you can.

To order car stickers or other small aids, simply call 01502 514500.

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