Today’s Product Spotlight is a little different…we’ve got two great new scooters here at Spinlife that are about as different as night and day (David and Goliath might be a better comparison)…the new ZooMe Flex, and the awesome King Cobra PGV.
Writing about two products in the same article is a bit tricky, but here goes…the new ZooMe Flex, and the awesome King Cobra PGV.
The truth is, both of these products make perfect sense- even together. If you are faced with mobility issues, you have probably realized that there is no single solution to your desire to go about the business of living independently.
Many people compromise, and decide to use one small to mid-sized scooter to suit most of their needs most of the time. Going for the happy medium just means that you live within the performance limitations of the scooter that you choose.
Spinlife is excited to present two brand new scooters from Drive Medical, representing both ends of the performance spectrum.
The ZooMe Flex 4 wheel Folding Travel Scooter is perfect for travel, shopping, and ultra-convenient to transport without needing to use a lift. The ZooMe Flex uses ultra-lightweight lithium batteries, and will travel up to 13 miles on a charge. It has an easy to steer Delta style tiller that adjusts for a good fit, and anti tip wheels on the back for safety. Just fold it up, load it and go! The entire scooter weighs in at just 53.6 lbs without the 5 lb battery pack, and is rated to carry up to 275 lbs.
ZooMe Flex Scooter folded for transport
ZooMe Flex Scooter
Now it’s your turn to give Dad a lift! Two ultimate gift ideas to make this his best Father’s Day ever.
Remember all those times he picked you up after practice? This Father’s Day return the favor and give him the gift of mobility! At the top of my “ultimate gift ideas” list this year is the new Buzzaround EX Scooter from Golden Technologies, a Spinlife online exclusive. The Buzzaround Ex is lightweight, and convenient, small enough to take apart and transport in the trunk of a car, but powerful enough to go all day on a single battery charge!
Buzzaround EX 4 wheel
The secret? The Buzzaround Ex is equipped with U-1 batteries- like you would expect on a full-size scooter- but in a travel scooter body. The cleverly designed two-part battery box eliminates the heavy lifting, but still carries batteries that travel up to 18 miles on a charge.
Two-part Battery Box for easy lifting
A full front and rear suspension makes for a smooth ride, and the 9” tires give the Buzzaround EX 4” of ground clearance – practical for use both inside and out. There are also many convenience features packed into this new model. A bright LED headlamp will light his way if he’s out after dark, and the charging port is up on the tiller- close to the key switch, so it’s handy for charging. This speedy scooter is sure to make Dad smile this Father’s Day!
And here is another ultimate gift Idea…
Pre-configured wheelchairs are a fairly new concept in the world of wheels. Whether we are wheelchair users or providers of the equipment, the traditional approach taken is to configure the wheelchair to the user, and then configuring the seating (cushions, backrest) separately. Many times from two or even three different vendors.
Breezy Elegance Platinum has all the bells and whistles
So, maybe we should ask “Why buy a Bundle”?
Of course, when dealing with numerous manufacturers to compile a complete configuration, missteps do occur. Perhaps shipping timetables don’t coincide, or some small seemingly insignificant feature is overlooked. Things happen.
I guess it is a sign of the times, and it may actually be a change for the better. A pre-configured wheelchair. After all, we are accustomed to “bundled pricing’ for just about everything these days!
Look at your Cable service- you may have TV, internet, and your home alarm system on the same monthly bill. Likewise your cell phone. You may have your cell phone, data plan and even your home phone service bundled together.
Bundling saves money, and adds convenience. Bundling also ensures that one feature is designed to work with the next feature seamlessly. So we can really think of a pre-configured wheelchair the same way. It’s a bundled package designed in such a way that all the pieces and parts work together, and ship together as one single package. Sounds like a great idea to me!
If you or a loved one uses a mobility aid every day, access over even a small threshold or step can present a challenge.
I’d like to offer some suggestions on how to correctly size a ramp, and discuss different options that are easy, affordable and available.
If you look at ADA guidelines on how to size a ramp, the regulations are based on what would be a comfortable slope for a person in a manual wheelchair to propel themselves up the ramp without assistance. Under those assumptions the recommendation is 1 inch of rise for every foot of ramp length. That make for very long ramps, indeed! That is the slope that is acceptable for permanent ramps on commercial buildings.
For today’s discussion we’re going to concentrate on Pre-fabricated portable ramps. This is the type you would use to allow access for an individual using a chair or walker going up a curb or a couple of steps. If you are using a scooter, power wheelchair or if you will have the assistance of a caregiver to help you the rules on how to size a ramp are much more flexible.
If someone is pushing from behind, you can easily size a ramp at 2 inches of rise to one foot of ramp length. The calculation looks like this: to get up a 6 inch curb, your ramp would need to be 3 feet long. (measure the height of the step and multiply by .5 to get that slope) That is an easy size for a portable ramp, and perfect to carry along with you in your car for access when there is no curb cut available. That style is called a suitcase ramp.
Gel Wheelchair Cushions are a great option to improve your comfort and more!
As you probably know, if you spend longer than an hour or two in a wheelchair you should definitely be seated on a cushion of some sort to relieve pressure, and make you more comfortable. A cushion is a necessity, not a luxury!
Jay Union Gel Wheelchair Cushion
Gel Wheelchair Cushions are intended to help relieve pressure on your ischia’s (sit- bones) coccyx (tail bone) and the back of the thighs. Relieving pressure in those areas is so important for two reasons:
Comfort Company M2
First, because pressure related skin break-down occurs from the inside out. The ischia’s and the coccyx are pressing against your muscles and tissue as you sit for prolonged periods. That pressure results in soreness and redness to begin with, and will progress to actual pressure sores if it’s not taken care of. Nobody wants that to happen, so take measures to relive the pressure using a Gel Wheelchair Cushion as prevention of pressure sores.
Next, Gel Wheelchair Cushions can help you with your posture. A common complaint among wheelchair users relates to back pain, leg pain and muscle strain after sitting up in a wheelchair for too long. A Gel Wheelchair Cushion can offer positioning benefits if you choose one with contoured construction, intended to help you sit straight and square in your chair. Some gel wheelchair cushions also offer advanced positioning options such as foam wedges or build-ups to allow you to tailor the contours to your own body shape.