Owning a scooter has been a lifeline for Brian Parke, enabling him to meet friends and enjoy getting out and about in his community.
Twenty years ago, the 78-year-old Akaroa local suffered a stroke which subsequently reduced his mobility. Following rehabilitation, the introduction of his first scooter from More Mobility helped give him back his valued independence.
Now onto his third model – a battery-charged Invacare – he regularly heads downtown to meet friends for coffee and loves a trip down to the wharf.
Wife Melva has witnessed first-hand how the independence has helped Brian on many different levels. “It’s very convenient for him to get on his scooter and go,” she says. “He might go away for half an hour, I can go away and play bowls, and he comes back when he’s ready.”
The couple are also the happy owners of two “wonderful” electric liftchairs that rise with ease when you’re ready to get up from your seat. Melva can’t praise the service they’ve received over the years by More Mobility highly enough. “They’ve been excellent. When he buys a new scooter, they deliver it. They have absolutely wonderful staff, and are always available if you need help and advice.”
More Mobility was established in 2007 to provide mobility solutions and living aids for older people, those living with disabilities, or who are rehabilitating from illness or injury. With an extensive range of equipment on display, they also service and repair all products.
The showroom, located at 113 Blenheim Rd, is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm weekdays, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.
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“There’s no registration or warrant of fitness, and they are extremely affordable to operate,” owner of More Mobility Russell Thomas says.
“Most scooters have two batteries, and there’s only the expense of the electricity to charge them, similar to the cost of an electric towel rail,” he says.
“We provide a home tutorial to learn how to drive in your own familiar environment, with lots of safety tips from crossing roads, to managing speed. You have the security of riding a scooter on the footpath, at a leisurely 6km per hour up to 15km per hour – and some models have an automatic slow down feature.” A follow up service is free of charge for the first six months, with little maintenance involved, and More Mobility offers a 12-monthly comprehensive service for $99.
There are serviced, second-hand scooters from $2,000 to $4,000, and new scooters from $3,800 to $6,500. While most scooters get up to 50km use out of a battery charge, Merits latest Silverado Extreme has a 100-amp battery and large travel range of up to 60km. The stylish Invacare’s Comet and Pegasus models come in 10 interchangeable colours – the electric-blue is a summer standout. More Mobility’s compact travel scooters pack down to transport in a car, or there’s always the Harley Davidson of scooters, the head-turning Sport Rider.
More Mobility, 113 Blenheim road, has off-street parking.
Visit www.moremobility.co.nz, or phone 03 348 3460.
More Mobility makes life comfortable and easier for those with injuries, disabilities, or for the elderly.
Nothing is more important than restful sleep and Sleep Systems i-Care beds offer life-enhancing benefits and a 10-year warranty. The Visco Elastic memory foam mattresses come in soft, medium or firm and respond to body temperature and pressure, or there’s a firm Latex alternative. “We encourage people to lie on our beds and try them out, and we’ll demonstrate how they work,” Sales Consultant Tracey Peterson says.
The IC3 electric-bed model has the standard back lift, but also bends comfortably into the crook of the knee. The IC33 also includes a head, feet and full body massage function, whereas the IC 333 offers a unique high/low and tilt adjustment. “We can also make a companion, with say a static and an electric bed fitting snuggly together.”
Box surrounds come in fabric choices and a range of accessories including a comfy 5cm-thick Visco elastic topper for existing beds.
The Pride armchairs are as good looking as they are functional. “As we age, we need more assistance getting out of a chair. The beauty is you can control the lift height function to your own comfort level and muscle tone.”
Single-motor chairs have a simple two-arrow remote, and the twin-motor adjusts the feet and head separately. There is a choice of materials and specific functions, such as elevating feet above heart level, or chairs designed for the higher-weight user, or the petite person.
More Mobility, 113 Blenheim road, has off-street parking. Visit moremobility.co.nz, or phone 03-348 3460.