17/02/2015

Riser Recliner Chair Benefits to Wheelchair Users

I can almost guarantee that if you ask anybody the question “who would benefit from having a riser/recliner chair?” 99.9% of people would say the elderly and of course they would be right. Many elderly people do struggle to get out of a standard chair and having a chair that rises slightly so there is less effort involved in getting into the standing position is of course a great help.

However not many people consider that there are also great benefit to be had by wheelchair users. Many of you might be thinking, why would a wheelchair user want to get out of one seat purely to sit in another?

So how can a riser/recliner chair benefit wheelchair users? Below are a few benefits that could help most if not all permanent wheelchair users:

• A change in posture preventing your body from getting used to one position only.
• Being able to recline offers pressure relief and allows the internal organs to work more efficiently.
• Being able to rest your head and shoulders can alleviate neck pain
• The reclining motion of a riser recliner chair can help stretch the back and leg muscles to help prevent stiffness.

A permanent wheelchair user will often sit in the same position, in the same chair most of their waking hours, this causes many problems over the years, firstly by your body getting used to mainly one position only.  Permanent wheelchair users will also often get a curvature of the spine as the back is moulded to the shape of their wheelchair and of course there is also the important issue of pressure relief to prevent sores etc.

One of the greatest benefits to a wheelchair user is sitting for one or two hours a day in a riser recliner chair that has the added bonus of the foot rest being able to rise. This greatly helps with poor circulation especially in the feet and ankles allowing the blood to flow more freely helping to prevent swelling or oedema of the feet that is caused by sitting too long in a wheelchair.

Even if you sit in a riser recliner chair as an alternative chair watching TV for an hour each evening you will feel the benefits; unless of course you’re watching Big Brother! Try QI, it’s far more educational and really Quite Interesting! 

Buying Tips

• Especially for wheelchair users it is most important to go for electric rather than manual recliners.
• Test a few models to find out if you need single or dual motors.
• Consider the size of the chair and if it not only fits you comfortably but also fits in your environment.

So there you have it, if you are a wheelchair user and spend a great deal of time in your wheelchair seriously give consideration to a riser recliner chair, you will properly find it more comfortable, easier to get out of and certainly better for your posture as well as helping to improve your circulation.



16/02/2015

Understanding The Motability Scheme

The Motability scheme was set up in 1978 and has to date helped a staggering 3 million people to get a brand new car or wheelchair accessible vehicle. So what do you need to do get a shiny new car and what will it cost you? ABLEize has been digging deeper to get you the facts, makes and models available, cost involved and much more.

Firstly you or a disabled person in your family need to be getting the higher or enhanced rate of the mobility allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). If you do then you are well on the way to having your new car delivered.

Motability has changed greatly over the years and i’m pleased to say the changes have been for the better, On a personal note, I have been using Ford Motabiliy cars for many years, I had a short break when my annual millage was greater than the allowance back then of 12000 per annum but now it 20000 per annum i’m back and happy as a sandboy.

Here are a few of the Motability basics, what you get, allowances and any extra you may qualify for:


• A brand new car every 3 years or wheelchair accessible vehicle every 5 years
• Fully comprehensive insurance
• All servicing and standard maintenance
• Full breakdown cover both on the go or at home
• Road tax
• Replacement tyres
• Windscreen repair or replacement
• 60,000 mileage allowance over three years and a whopping 100,000 for WAV’s
• Several adaptations are free including fitting a wheelchair hoist
• Two named drivers so you can get family and friends to drive if needed

About Advanced Payments:

Most cars on the scheme are available without having to pay extra on top of your Mobility allowance, however if you want a better model, more expensive car or additional extras not already included you may have to pay an advanced payment. Use this link to find pricing options or contact your local dealer who will happily go through all your options with you.

The good news however is that most makes and models these days come packed with many extras as standard to help push sales and the Motability scheme is no different so look around to get freebies like satnav, aircon etc as standard. More than 150 cars actually cost less than your current weekly allowance of £56-75 as of Feb 2015, so look out for those too. 


Because Motability is a national charity you may also get financial help including grants where you require a more expensive model or need a fully adapted vehicle to accommodate you in your wheelchair, need a hoist to get a wheelchair or mobility scooter in and out your car to help with your independance or essentials like hand controls, left foot throttle etc.

For more details about Motability and to find out if it's for you follow the highlighted link.