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There are lots of things to consider when choosing a mobility product so we have put together some simple guides to help get you started. If you prefer to talk things through, then give our friendly team a call today.
Glossary of terms
There are so many different and confusing terms used in the mobility market, we have put together this list to help you make sense of things.
Mobility Scooter related terms
Boot scooter, travel scooter, portable scooter, small scooter - names given to the smallest size of mobility scooter. They are generally lightweight, portable and suitable for short trips out.
Class 2 scooter, pavement scooter, mid-size scooter, 6mph scooters - names given to middle sized scooters. They are generally more robust and faster than small scooters.
Class 3 scooter, road scooter, large scooter, 8mph scooters - names given to large mobility scooters. As the names suggest they are generally bigger than other scooter types with the key difference being that they can be used on the road.
Bariatric scooter, heavy-duty scooter - scooters designed for users over 24st / 152kg.
Captain seat - comfortable seat type that looks a bit like an office chair; many include a head rest.
AH / Amp-hour. Refers to the amount of power a scooter battery has; the higher the number the longer the battery life.
Wheelchair related terms
Mag wheels - wheels with solid plastic spokes.
Rim & spoke wheels - traditional looking wheels; similar to a bicycle.
Swing away arms - wheelchair arm rests that pivot sideways out of the way of the user; useful for users who exit their wheelchair from the side.
Swing up arms - wheelchair arm rest that pivot upwards out of the way of the user; useful when positioning the wheelchair under a desk or table.
Swing away footrest - footrests that pivot sideways out of the way of the user; useful when standing up to get out of the wheelchair.
Self -propelled wheelchair - wheelchair with large back wheels that can be turned by the user to propel the chair forward.
Transit wheelchair - wheelchair with small wheels designed to be pushed by a companion.
Attendant brake - brake set on the handle bars of the wheelchair that can be used by the person pushing the chair.
Riser Recliner Chair related terms
Rise & recline chairs, lift & rise chairs, riser recliner chairs -names given to motorised armchairs that lift to allow the user to get in and out of them easily. Riser recliner chairs also recline and the footrest rises to give a comfortable seating position.
Dual Motor - chairs with two motors that allow the back and footrest to move independently.
Single Motor - chairs with one motor that raises the back and footrest in sequence.
Tilt in Space - reclining chair action that maintains the users seating position as the chair reclines.
Wall hugger - chair which doesn’t need so much space to recline as it moves forward on its base as it reclines.
Knuckles - wooden grips at the end of each armrest to assist the user getting out of the chair.
Chaise footrest - all-in-one upholstered footrest that prevents clothing becoming trapped as the footrest rises.
Waterfall back - chair back with individual pillows attached; each can be individually filled to create the right support for the user.
Button back - buttons sewn into the back of the chair giving firm support.
Split back - upholstered sections that provide firm support and a different option to the more traditional button back chair style.
Electric Wheelchair & Power Chair related terms
Centre wheel drive, central drive - power chair with the driving wheels at the centre; allows for superior manoeuvrability and a small turning circle.
Power lift - available on some power chairs; a system that raises and lowers the seat.
Joystick - an easy-to-use control system used to manoeuvre most electric wheelchairs and power chairs.