Archive for July, 2010

The Benefits of Portable Boards

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

If you promote your business through trade shows or other fair type atmospheres, you can use the portable boards and banner stands. They are easy to take to different places and can help really advertise your business. This can help you be noticed and stand out (more…)

Three Ideas for Outdoor Solar Patio Lighting

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

One of the best ways that you can add to the versatility and attractiveness of your landscape is by installing outdoor solar patio lighting.  These lights will let you enjoy your (more…)

My Friend Had A Stroke – What’s Next?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

My best friend Lynda is somebody none of us can do without.  She’s a teacher, mother, wife – a mover and a shaker in the community. We all rely on her in some way. She’s just one of those special people.  At 53 she had a stroke.  No warning.  She just had one.  If you have someone who this has happened to, or if they’ve suffered some sort of brain trauma, you know exactly what I mean when I say the world turns upside down, inside out and then smacks you in the face with it all in case you didn’t notice the first time.

This is not an article about the stroke victim – it’s an article about you.  You are now the most important person in the stroke victim’s recovery plan.  If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. But what should you do, what should you know?  Most importantly, what is going on inside the brain of the victim?  Some assume nothing – including some medical staff.  Maybe you do too, and that can be entirely wrong.  It shows how little we know about the brain and how ignorant we are about disabilities. From my own experiences, I can tell you you’re going to meet up with plenty of ignorant people on the road to recovery, so be prepared.

Okay, Step one. Wipe your tears, stop sobbing on the phone to your family and friends. Put you’re backbone back into shape. There’s no room for your own self-pity.  It didn’t happen to you, it happened to them.  However much you’re suffering, you’re not suffering as they are, so put it on the backburner. You are now tagged IT, the person who is going to work out a recovery plan for the stroke victim.  You want to reach the top potential. In many cases, that can be back to normal. You can do it, and you don’t have to do it all by yourself. The resources are available, you just need to know where to find them, and how to coordinate a plan to recovery.  If you have a young victim move your feelings on. See that as luck not disaster.  A young brain, a young body and time on your side.  A BabyBoomer?  Now bring it on. Nothing beat the Baby Boomers in their youth, and they are showing the same determination in their senior years.  Remember, 60 is the new forty.  Work with that. Recovery of brain trauma depends heavily on the kind of people in the victim’s recovery team.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more information and links for you to follow.

Where Can I Buy A Used Mobility Scooter ?

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Okay, judging from the searches of my site visitors are doing, you’d like some information on WHERE you can confidently buy a used mobility scooter.  Check back very soon…..

USED MOBILITY SCOOTER – Quick Hints for identifying a good second hand model

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Want some pointers for selecting good, used mobility scooters without having to read all the technical jargon?

Purchasing a used mobility scooter can save you thousands $$$. Particularly if you want to have more independence and  keep two different types of mobility scooters.  One for the home and shops, the other for getting around outside.

Whether new or refurbished, mobility scooters are proving to be one of the best means of keeping  independence. Years ago it was hard to find used mobility scooters, but now second hand models now come in a wide range.  With a little research, you’ll find the type that suits your needs best.  If you are not familiar with mobility scooters,  here are some things you will need to identify: (more…)

Mobility Scooter Parts and Accessories

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Newbies often ask me:  What parts may I need to buy or replace on my used mobility scooter?  What accessories are available?

I’ve made a list below of those  I know that are most frequently used or needed if you are buying a used mobility scooter directly from a private owner:

  • brake assembly replacement pack (cost approx $80 – $170) and you can buy them online.
  • 24volt battery packs up to$60 – $400.  12 volt batteries are a little cheaper. (Look for a one full year replacement warranty when buying batteries – not all new ones are equal.)  You can buy them online.
  • arm rests are frequently worn out particularly by heavy owners.  Finding replacements online is very easy.
Mobility Scooter Accessories that are most useful are:
Back packs, baskets, arm rest pouches, cane and crutch holders, oxygen cylinder holders, walker holders, flag kits, ramps, mirrors, lights, tiller bags, touch up paint, scooter lift.


Thursday, July 15th, 2010

In June 2010, The futuristic wheelchair model THR=FSP129 became available on some Chinese websites.  The outstanding mark of this wheelchair is its revolutionary design.  It allows the wheelchair user to rise up to the same height as standing people and meet them at eye level.  The downside is the wheel chair is heavy and small in dimension.  A case of not one size fits all.  Don’t plan to sell your wheelchairs or used mobility scooter yet!!  The price was not listed.


Thursday, July 15th, 2010
My friend Jack has two mobility scooters.  A  newly bought one, more compact in size for the home, and a larger used mobility scooter heone he bought many years ago for his outside adventures.  Despite having Parkinson’s Disease and  joint problems, his determination to stay independent is beyond belief.
Recently, for the first time ever, Jack had a minor breakdown in the local park only a block from his home.  Minor, but it turned into a total fiasco involving a large number of people, because Jack wasn’t prepared in any way for an emergency to happen.  Because of his Parkinson’s, Jack speaks slowly and softly and cannot walk quickly at all.  He is difficult to move and hard to hear.  Below, I’ve listed the things I’ve suggested he may want to take with him in future.  After all, that’s what you’re mobility scooter accessory pack is for!  A little bit of emergency planning will take the sting out of any unexpected situation.
So here we go:
  • Why didn’t I charge up my cell phone fully before I’d left home?  It went dead at the moment I needed it most.
  • A cheat-sheet kept in my bag, showing others how to operate my mobility scooter would have been a great asset.  Particularly how to stop, turn it off and collapse it for transportation.
  • Bottled water and some quarters.  Stress made me more thirsty than usual.
  • My next set of scheduled medical pills and an extra depend (incontinence diaper).  I’ll always keep an emergency supply in my pack now.
  • My medical bracelet, explaining my condition.  In future, I’ll take my medical card too.
  • Also, my mobility scooter insurance details would have been helpful to have, particularly when the scooter ended up in private flowerbed having destroyed all in its path (don’t ask.)
  • So, keep essential information about your scooter in your accessory pack –  keep a note about the size, weight and details of your mobility scooter insurance.

Happy Travels!

New or Used Mobility Scooter Insurance – Yes you do need it!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Right now, there isn’t a law which says you must have insurance cover for your new or your used mobility scooters.  This is sure to change soon as there is a study taking a look at this very issue.  Either way, even before this is in place, you may want to consider covering your very special investment anyway.  A good, basic policy will cover both the scooter and third party damage or injury. This makes sense. You want to be covered for both repairs from accidental damage and theft.  Talk to your insurance company about what cover is offered if you hit something on the road.  Would you covered for transportation back home?  If you caused an injury or damage with your mobility scooter, don’t end up paying  the costs for damage as well as legal costs out of your own pocket.   A good, even basic insurance policy would relieve you of the worry, stress and expense should something happen.  And don’t wait until something happens and then regret you didn’t take out a mobility scooter insurance policy.  Let someone else take care of things while you enjoy the freedom and independence your new or used mobility scooter affords you!!

Baby Boomers Create A Demand for Used Medical Mobility Scooters and Electric Wheelchairs

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Baby Boomers changed the culture of teenagers all over the world.  Now they are ready to take on the perception of Seniors and give it a new boom. A decade or so ago, you couldn’t give away a used medical mobility scooter or electric wheelchair, let alone find a buyer.  Now, Baby Boomers are not only creating a demand for any used mobility scooter they can lay their hands on, but they’ll take on broken ones too.  Seniors of  60, 70 and 80 are the new 40, 50 and 60.  Determined to be as independent as when (more…)