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Can Electric Wheelchairs Get Wet?

Can Electric Wheelchairs Get Wet? Tips for Protecting Your Mobility Device

D09 Folding Powerchair

Electric wheelchairs provide invaluable freedom and independence to individuals with mobility issues, allowing them to navigate their surroundings with ease. However, when it comes to weather, such as rain, concerns about the safety of the powerchairs may arise. In this blog post, we’ll explore whether electric wheelchairs can get wet and provide tips on how to protect your mobility device.

Can Electric Wheelchairs Get Wet?

Electric wheelchairs, like any electronic device, are susceptible to damage when exposed to water. Moisture can seep into the electrical components, leading to malfunction or even permanent damage. It’s essential to take precautions to protect your device from rain and other forms of moisture.

Tips for Protecting Your Electric Wheelchair in the Rain:

  1. Use Wheelchair Accessories: Invest in waterproof covers or canopies specifically designed for electric wheelchairs. These accessories can provide an additional layer of protection against rain and moisture, keeping your wheelchair dry.
  2. Seek Shelter: Whenever possible, avoid exposing your electric wheelchair to rain by seeking shelter indoors. Planning your outings around weather forecasts can help you avoid getting caught in the rain.
  3. Apply Waterproofing Products: Consider applying waterproofing products, such as sprays or coatings, to the exposed components of your electric wheelchair. These products can help repel water and prevent it from penetrating sensitive areas.
  4. Maintain Regular Maintenance: Keep your electric wheelchair well-maintained to prevent potential water damage. Regularly inspect the electrical connections, wiring, and battery compartment for any signs of moisture or corrosion. Promptly address any issues to avoid further damage.
  5. Store Properly: When not in use, store your electric wheelchair in a dry and secure location, such as a garage or indoors. Avoid leaving it exposed to the elements for an extended period, especially during heavy rain or storms.

If you’re considering purchasing an electric wheelchair, Irish Stairlifts and Bathrooms offers demonstrations in their showroom located in Clane, Co. Kildare. Please note that showroom visits are by appointment only.

View our range or electric wheelchairs now on our website. 

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Embracing Accessibility: The Advantages of Wetrooms

Wetrooms aren’t just a design trend—they’re a game-changer for accessibility in the home.

1. Barrier-Free Access

The standout feature of wetrooms is their barrier-free design. With no steps or thresholds to navigate, wetrooms provide effortless access for individuals with mobility issues or disabilities. This accessibility extends beyond physical limitations, making wetrooms suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

2. Enhanced Safety

Safety is paramount in any home, especially in wet environments like bathrooms. Wetrooms address safety concerns by eliminating the risk of slips and falls associated with traditional shower enclosures. The level-access design and slip-resistant flooring create a safer bathing experience for everyone, reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

3. Freedom of Movement

Wetrooms offer space and freedom of movement, accommodating mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers . This allows individuals to maintain their independence and carry out daily tasks. Whether it’s getting in and out of the shower or maneuvering around the bathroom, wetrooms provide the space and flexibility needed for comfortable living.

4. Options

Homeowners have the freedom to customize their wetrooms according to their preferences and aesthetic preferences. From modern, sleek designs to more traditional styles, wetrooms can be tailored to suit any taste while still prioritising accessibility and functionality.

5. Future-Proofing Your Home

Investing in a wetroom isn’t just about creating a more accessible space—it’s also about future-proofing your home. As the population ages and the demand for accessible housing grows, homes with features like wetrooms are becoming increasingly desirable. By incorporating accessibility into your home design now, you’re not only improving your quality of life but also increasing the value and appeal of your property.

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Navigating Air Travel: Are Rollators Allowed on Planes?

4 Wheel Lightweight Rollator

Air travel can be both exciting and challenging, especially for individuals with mobility issues who rely on assistive devices like rollators.

The good news is that most airlines permit passengers to bring rollators on board. However, there are certain criteria and regulations that must be adhered to ensure compliance with safety standards and seamless travel.

  1. Check with the Airline: Before your journey, it’s crucial to check with the airline regarding their specific policies on bringing rollators aboard. While most airlines allow rollators, some may have size restrictions or require advance notice.
  2. Size and Weight Limits: Airlines typically have limitations on the size and weight of mobility aids. Make sure that your rollator meets the specified dimensions provided by the airline. If it exceeds the limit, you may need to check it in as baggage.
  3. Advance Notification: It’s advisable to inform the airline in advance if you plan to bring a rollator on board. This allows them to make necessary arrangements.
  4. Storage and Accessibility: Once onboard, flight attendants will assist you in stowing your rollator in the designated storage area. Ensure that any personal belongings or essential items are easily accessible during the flight.

Tips for Traveling with a Rollator:

  1. Arrive Early: Arriving at the airport well in advance of your flight allows time for check-in procedures and any necessary assistance.
  2. Labeling and Identification: Attach clear labels with your name and contact information to your rollator to prevent loss or confusion during transit.
  3. Practice Folding and Unfolding: Practice folding and unfolding your rollator.
  4. Communicate with the Crew: Don’t hesitate to communicate your needs and concerns with the flight crew. They are trained to assist passengers with disabilities and will ensure a comfortable journey.

Need help in choosing a rollator that suits your needs? Please feel free to contact us. We provide mobility solutions across, Dublin, Kildare, Leinster and throughout Ireland.

Take a look at our range of Rollators: https://irishstairlifts.ie/product-category/walking-aids/

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How you Can Regain your Independence with a Stairlift

Ergo Curved Stairlift Dublin

Stairlifts are more than just a mechanical device; they are essential for maintaining your independence and quality of life. They are a symbol of empowerment and give you the ability to stay within your home and regain control over your activities, enjoying the freedom of movement. Here at ISB Mobility, our stairlifts are dependable, stylish, and reliable. Each comes with different features and benefits which vary depending on your needs, space, and budget.

We are proud to say we have over 20 years’ experience and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of each individual customer. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and excellent customer service; ensuring you get the right lift for you. Within this post we learn about the overall benefits a stairlift has as well as our straight and curved stairlifts. 

Why Consider a Stairlift?

Do you want to continue with your quality of life and regain your independence? A stairlift may well be the exact thing you need. Ultimately, stairlifts are designed to help people with mobility issues and challenges; offering independence and empowerment and the quality of life that you are used to. Freedom to move; regaining control, safety, flexibility, and independence are just a few benefits to having a stairlift. 

Independence, wellbeing, and overall quality of life are elements we all cherish. That feeling of empowerment, the ability to champion ourselves and our needs are invaluable. Maintaining the lifestyle we have created and got used to and enjoying our familiar surroundings are all elements we want to have for as long as possible. 

If you are having mobility issues, then a stairlift will ensure the above will be maintained, keeping you and your quality of life a reality. Below are have touched on just some of the benefits associated with stairlifts;

  • Mobility

Physical limitations or mobility issues don’t have to mean mobility restrictions within your home. Stairlifts give you the freedom to move around your home. Stairlifts are designed to navigate your staircases with ease. This means that you can access every part of your home; upstairs and down. Stairlifts offer you a more comfortable way of getting up and down your stairs; giving you access to your entire home still. They also maintain your freedom meaning you can stay living in the comfort of your own home, comfortable environment, and surroundings you know. 

  • Control 

Mobility and physical issues don’t need to dictate your life and how you live it within your home. A stairlift will empower you and let you regain control over your movements giving you access to upstairs and all your rooms.

  • Safety

There are 2 elements here; a stairlift not only gives the user greater mobility and quality of life but loved ones benefit too by knowing that their dear ones can now negotiate the staircase with comfort and safety. Stairlifts are equipped with advanced safety features, such as seatbelts, sensors to detect obstacles, and smooth, stable rides to ensure you can go up and down without worry; knowing you are fully safe and secure. 

Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlifts are reliable, and stylish as well as elegant and offer simplicity in terms of design and usability. 

The ‘Access BDD HomeGlide Extra Straight Stairlift’ comes with a choice of fabric colours and compact dimensions and has the simplicity in its design that allows it to be installed very quickly. It is fitted directly onto a staircase cleanly and discreetly allowing the lift to glide effortlessly along an aluminium track.

The ‘Platinum Horizon Straight Stairlift’ comes with several fantastic features including a power swivel seat, unique adjustments to seat base, back and arms, an adjustable footrest and retractable seat belt. These are all premium safety and comfort features making your stairlift experience more enjoyable.

Curved Stairlifts

Stairlifts can be fitted to both straight and curved staircases. We offer a range of curved stairlift options making corners and curved staircases more straightforward to navigate.

The ‘Access BDD Flow X Curved Stairlift’ is designed for seamless movement providing amazing levels of comfort, confidence and craftsmanship. Fitted onto your staircase and not your wall allowing for a quick installation and minimum disruption to your home. 

The ‘Ergo Curve Stairlift’ is a stylish addition to your home offering exceptional comfort. Manual swivel comes as standard, and we have the option to upgrade to a powered swivel. The swivel function allows you to safely exit the stairlift at the top of the stairs and the chair can swivel to 35 degrees at the bottom of the stairs which is a perfect feature if the bottom of the stairs is in a confined space.

Contact ISB Mobility for More Information

Please contact us via the online form on our website and we can learn more about your requirements. Alternatively, please call 01 6167079 or 045 892696.

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Exploring the Benefits of the Powerchair

Pride Go Chair Powerchair

Are you experiencing limited mobility or are struggling to move around? A powerchair may be the ideal solution. Also known as an electric wheelchair or motorised wheelchair, a powerchair is a mobility device powered by an electric engine designed to assist people who are struggling with mobility allowing them to perform daily tasks, engage in social activities and move around with ease.

Powerchairs can be used by people who may have difficulty walking or who have limited use of their upper body due to conditions like paralysis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, or injuries. Powerchairs are a testament to innovation and design excellence and are engineered for maximum comfort and manoeuvrability.  What is great about powerchairs is that they open a huge number of possibilities for those with mobility challenges. 

Here at ISB Mobility we supply a range of powerchairs and are proud leaders in the home mobility market since 1999. We pride ourselves on our excellent products and services at affordable prices. Within this post we learn more about why powerchairs can really help people.

Battery Powered

Powerchairs have rechargeable batteries that store electrical energy, which is great as it is so easy to keep these charged so you can always be ready to use them on your next journey. The range they cover and how long the battery is charged for varies depending on the model of the chair. A great overall benefit that only helps people with mobility issues. 

Safety First

Oue range of powerchairs come with some excellent built in safety features. Powerchairs are designed to be stable and well-balanced to prevent tipping. Anti-tip wheels or casters at the rear of the chair help maintain stability on uneven terrain. Most of the powerchairs we have come with seat belts securing the user during their journey, preventing falls or injuries.

Joystick Control

A joystick to move and ‘drive’ your powerchair is another great feature of these chairs and a benefit in terms of ease of use. Push it in different directions, and your chair will happily follow your lead. 

Customised Seating Options

What is great about our fleet of powerchairs is that they come with a range of seating options from customisable seat cushions, backrests that make sitting in the seat so comfortable and even headrests. Comfort is key here and ease of use; and these chairs have both.

Speed Control

Adjustable speed settings allow users to choose a comfortable and safe speed for their mobility needs. In general, when indoors slower speeds are preferred and when outdoors; faster speeds are widely used.

Powerchairs means increased and prolonged independence; allowing you to maintain your way of life and move at ease; both internally and outdoors. These powerchairs are designed for stability as well as safety and are equipped with safety features such as seat belts and a customised seating experience. Powerchairs can help regain control of your mobility and way of life; thus, improving your way of life and ability to participate in daily activities; without relying on assistance.  

Why Choose ISB Mobility 

We understand the importance of freedom and mobility. We have an extensive product lineup which is tailored to meet your unique needs. We have vast experience within the mobility powerchair world and pride ourselves on exceptional knowledge and customer service.  

Something that is unique to ISB Mobility is that we believe that mobility solutions should be accessible without compromising on quality. We have been a vendor to the HSE for over 15 years and we also do grant work with county councils all over Ireland.

We would love to hear from you and learn more about your requirements. We supply 26 counties of Ireland for all our products and therefore have vast experience and so would love to learn more about your powerchair enquiry. 

Please complete our online form and we will get in touch to talk through your enquiry and how we can assist you. Alternatively, please call us on 01 6167079 or 045 892696 or email showroom@irishstairlifts.ie.