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Travel, especially during the holidays, should be fun and exciting. Certainly no time to be stressed about safety, getting into and out of cars, on and off airplanes. And let’s face it, the more comfortable you are during your journey and at your destination, the better.
But if you are elderly, disabled or traveling with small children, the magic of travel can be oh-so unmagical without proper prep. This year, let Allegro help you relieve a bit of your travel stress with our travel aids – designed for safety, convenience and comfort for everyone from babies to seniors.
Travel Aids for Safety, Convenience and Comfort
Transporation Comfort and Safety – Be safe and confident on the road with your Emergency First Aid Kit Auto Kit, Heated Blanket, Car Caddie and Handybar – to name a few. And how about a Car Bed for the baby? Or a Travel Pillow for you?
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Home Comfort and Safety - The comforts of home – in travel size! Take a folding bath bench, bed rail, portable grab bars, and bath mitt with you! Traveling with an infant? Don’t forget the Complete Nursery Care Kit.
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Travel Seating, Cushions and Mattresses - Your backside will thank you all the way to grandma’s house with the ever-popular Coccyx Cushion. And when you get there, how about unrolling your own Foam Eggcrate Mattress Overlay on top of that lumpy fold out bed? Ahhhhh…
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Travel Exercise and Fitness - Might as well just thank me now because you’ll be glad you had these go-anywhere Travel Weights, FitBALL Balance Disk and Travel Xertube Travel Kit on your holiday travels. Take some time to de-stress and work off that punkin’ pie with these great travel exercise products. We even have a handy travel yoga kit. No excuses!
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Recreation- Going on a campout, adventure trip or a long car ride? Don’t leave home without your All-terrain Baby Jogger, Portable Hot Tub, TRIKKE Roadster, Disposable Washcloths and TravelJohn Disposable Urinal.
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Travel Wheelchairs & Scooters - Just about anyone can go pretty much anywhere with one of these travel mobility scooters or lightweight transport wheelchairs. Don’t let a disability, weakness or injury confine you unnecessarily. Get going! Your independence is waiting for you.
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Diabetes Travel Aids - If you manage your diabetes with insulin, take a look at this these portable insulin cases for travel. You’ll also want to stock up on sterile insulin syringes (don’t forget the Safe-Clip). And for long distance travel, or even at home, you’d be smart to consider a Portable Leg Massager.
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Don’t Forget these Travel Goodies!
Travel Toiletries & OTC Medications
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Bon Voyage and safe travels this holiday season to all of our Allegro customers! We appreciate your business.
Diminished mobility, temporary or otherwise, can be a real show stopper when it comes to your independence. The reality is, you don’t need to miss another minute of your life because of mobility issues. Just ask any of the millions of wheelchair, mobility scooter, walker and cane users worldwide.
With the large range of mobility products available today, it would be a shame for anyone capable of using them to sit idly by. Let Allegro help you take control of your life, reduce your pain, improve your safety and lessen your dependence on others with a mobility device.
Which Mobility Equipment is Best for You?
Canes – Canes are most often used to improve your balance as you walk, or to compensate for an injury or disability. No longer whittled out of any old tree branch, walking canes have come a long way in their engineering, usability and comfort.
Your cane should be long enough that you don’t have to bend down to use it (save your back!). You’ll want your elbow to bend at a comfortable angle. Measure from the floor to the crease in your wrist when your arm is hanging straight down from your side. That is the optimal height for the top of the cane.
Stock up on rubber tips so you’ll always have replacements on hand. Check the cane’s weight capacity to ensure it can support your weight. Choose from Standard C Canes (min support, best if used for balance), Specialty Canes, 4-legged Quad Canes (weight bearing) and Hemi Walkers (max support) depending on your stability. Remember when walking with a cane, you hold the cane in the hand opposite of your injured or weak foot. It is used as a counter-balance, not a foot replacement.
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Walkers – If you are ambulatory, but you have poor balance or are at risk for falling you are a good candidate for a walker. If you are extremely wobbly, you will want to consider a Standard Walker (no wheels) because of their stability, but keep in mind that they are not as easy to push forward as a two-wheeled walker or a 4-wheeled rollator.
2-Wheeled Walkers let you put weight on the walker as you move. The two back legs have no wheels so the walker won’t roll away while you’re stepping forward, but the wheeled front legs allow you to easily move the walker forward. Brilliant.
If balance isn’t a concern, you’ll move along more quickly with a 4-wheeled walker also called a Rollator. My 96-year old grandmother loves her rollator because it has hand brakes, a seat and a basket . . . and it looks snazzy. Make a fashion statement, dontate to a great charity and support breast cancer awareness by choosing a pink rollator!
Knee Walkers are for those with foot/ankle injuries or surgeries. A great substitute for crutches, a knee walker lets you get around without putting any weight on your foot. We recommend the ones with turning wheels (steerable).
Check the Specialty Walkers category if you’re looking for a child’s gait trainer, a bariatric walker, hemi walker, transport chair/rollator combos and specialty parts.
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Wheelchairs - Before choosing a wheelchair you must review your goals, lifestyle, current and future needs, living environment, how you will use the wheelchair, whether you will drive a car or transport the chair as a passenger. This evaluation process will help you decide which type(s) of chair will work for you.
For passengers weighing more than 250 lbs, take a look at the manual Heavy Duty Wheelchairs as they are built to hold more weight than a Standard Weight Wheelchair.
Lightweight Wheelchairs are easy to maneuver (reduces upper body stress) and to lift for transport. The frames and components are made of aluminum or titanium so they are very strong, but light. The only drawback may be the passenger weight capacity, so be sure to check. Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs offer the ultimate freedom and are great for active paraplegic and quadriplegic users.
Many active manual wheelchair users participate in sports using a Sports Chair, designed with cambered wheels and light, tough frames for ultimate contact and maneuverablility on the baskeball or tennis court. If you’re up for the challenge, check out the racing wheelchairs as well.
Transport chairs are a good choice for those who cannot roll themselves in a manual chair. The transport wheelchairs have handles on the back allowing someone to push the passenger. They are a wonderful solution for transporting someone out of the house, to the car, down the hall, around the zoo, through the airport, etc. See all transport chairs, along with pool wheelchairs, transport/rollator combos, beach wheelchairs and travel chairs in Transport/Specialty Chairs.
Power Wheelchairs may be the perfect solution for those who are completely incapable of rolling even a lightweight manual wheelchair. They generally have a tight turning radius so they can get in and out of small spaces. On the flip side, they are generally very heavy and difficult to transport.
Lift and transport your wheelchair (up to 100 lbs) on your trailer hitch with a Wheelchair Carrier.
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Mobility Scooters - For those with limited mobility, poor upper body strength but good manual dexterity, an electric mobility scooter (power scooter) is a fun alternative to a wheelchair. They travel on battery power and have lots of options – which means they demand special consideration when purchasing.
Choose from 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters or 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters, but first please read these helpful buyers guides:
Mobility Scooter Buyers Guides
Whether it is a cane, walker, manual wheelchair, power chair or mobility scooter, we wish you all the best in maintaining your independence and living life to the fullest.
Allegro has mobility experts ready to assist you in choosing your mobility equipment. Please feel free to call our customer service department, toll free at 1-800-861-3211.
Mobility Scooters are often the perfect solution for those who have difficulty walking, but want to maintain their independence and manage everyday tasks on their own.
It is important that you choose mobility scooters that fit your lifestyle, abilities and plans. Considerations such as where and when the mobility scooter will be used, weight capacity, battery life, maneuverability, ease of transport, scooter speed and leg room can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your scooter. You may consider getting more than one scooter to cover indoor mobility, shopping and portability plus all-terrain mobility, long distances and comfort. Two very difference vehicles.
Mobility scooters are not a good option for those who cannot sit erect for long periods or do not have the manual dexterity or strength to operate the controls.
The most obvious difference between mobility scooters is whether they have 3 wheels or 4 wheels, but the difference is more than just looks. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
- Greater maneuverability than four wheel scooters because of their tighter turning radius
- Well suited for indoor use, or outdoors on paved streets
- Can maneuver well in crowded areas such as the supermarket or department store
- Lighter weight and most can be disassembled for transport
- Plenty of leg room
- Not recommended for uneven terrain outdoors
- Generally less stable than 4-wheel power scooters
- May not be as heavy-duty or durable
- Most reliable when it comes to outdoor use on rough, uneven terrain
- Two wheels in front and back make for a stable ride
- Turning radius is not as tight as most 3-wheel power scooters and may not allow you to maneuver as well within the home or in crowded areas
- Typically wider and therefore less likely to fit down narrow hallways and tight spaces
- Four wheeled scooters tend to be bigger, heavier, faster, more comfortable and more durable
Important: Advances in metals, materials, engineering and battery life are shattering preconceived assumptions about 3 wheeled versus 4 wheeled scooters. Be sure to read the features carefully.
Types of Mobility Scooters
5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Mobility Scooter
Please call our mobility specialists at 800-861-3211 if you need help choosing your mobility scooter.
And, as always, thank you for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.
A mobility scooter – sometimes called a power scooter or disability scooter – is simply a motorized device powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery. The seat sits over two rear wheels and there is a flat area for your feet. Handlebars are used to steer.
If you have difficulty walking, or can’t walk at all, mobility scooters can be a fantastic way to get around the house, neighborhood, supermarket, zoo, airport – you name it.
Scooter types vary widely. Some are lightweight and compact – great for running errands, but you wouldn’t be comfortable for long. Some are narrow and others are heavy, wide and stable. Some have knobby wheels for rough terrain, but you wouldn’t want to take them into the supermarket. Vastly different features and uses explains why so many people end up with more than one power scooter.
Types of Mobility Scooters
3 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters - For use inside and/or outside the home, these 3-wheeled scooters have two wheels in back and one in front. Makes for a tight turning radius and lots of leg room.
3 Wheel Travel Scooters - Compact and able to negotiate narrow places and tight spaces, these lightweight 3-wheeled travel scooters are specially designed for fast and easy assembly and dis-assembly. 3-Wheel Travel Scooters are perfect for outings, vacations, shopping or errands. When outdoors, use only only on even, paved surfaces.
3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters - Heavy duty scooters are built for larger-framed individuals and have rider weight capacity ranges from 300 lbs up. Powerful vehicles with lots of features, plus the tight turning radius found in 3-wheeled scooters.
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4 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters - The fourth wheel adds stability and provides a smoother ride on uneven surfaces. Some 4-wheeled scooters are better suited for outside the home because of their size and turning radius so be sure to consider where you will be using your electric scooter. If comfort, speed and battery range are high on your list, you’re in the right place.
4 Wheel Travel Scooters - Compact and lightweight these mobility scooters with 4 wheeled stability are perfect for short jaunts or getting around town. Designed for easy assembly, tear-down and portability, they fit right in your trunk.
4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters - The largest models of the power scooter, these heavy duty 4-wheelers are comfortable, rugged, stable, feature-rich, fast, dependable and durable. Rider weight capacities range from 350 lbs to 500 lbs. For the king of heavy duty suspension, luxury and durability, see the Wrangler PMV 4-Wheel All Terrain Scooter.
Don’t forget the Scooter Accessories including Mobility Ramps, Scooter Batteries, Scooter Covers and Canopies and Scooter Pouches
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter is an investment that should be made wisely. Take some time to research the various options and really make sure you’re getting the scooter that makes the most sense for your lifestyle, size, and use.
Before choosing a mobility scooter, answer these 5 very important questions:
1. Are you physically capable of operating a mobility scooter?
If you can sit upright for long periods of time and have the dexterity and strength in both hands to safely steer and operate the controls, you are most likely a good candidate for a powered mobility scooter.
If you need special seating options such as positioning pads or you have a disability that requires your legs to be elevated and/or you have limited dexterity or no hand strength you may want to take a look at Power Wheelchairs. Power chairs are controlled with a joystick mounted on the armrest so they can be maneuvered with one hand. More advanced steering options are available for those who can’t use their hands. Power chairs also offer more seating options and legrest options (legrests are not available on mobility scooters).
2. How much weight must the scooter carry?
Once you know that a mobility scooter is the right option, the carrying capacity is your next consideration. This will eliminate some choices right off the bat. The rider’s weight isn’t the only thing. There’s also the weight of items you will be carrying on your scooter – everything from oxygen tanks to laundry baskets and shopping bags.
If you are close to the weight capacity, consider choosing a scooter in the next capacity range, especially since many people gain weight once they stop walking and start riding.
Don’t try to fudge the weight or you will void the manufacturer’s warranty plus your weight will likely affect the overall performance of the power scooter, especially on the uphills.
Think also about your other physical attributes, like, if you’re petite, you may not feel comfortable on a very large scooter and if you are tall, you will want a scooter with plenty of leg room.
3. Where will you be riding the scooter?
If you get around the house okay with a cane or walker, but you want to be able to run errands and do some shopping, take a look at the compact travel scooters. Scooters designated as “travel scooters” have lots of great features but they have one thing in common – they “come apart” easily for transport. The 3 wheel travel scooters are typically the lightest, most compact and most maneuverable, and they have good stability on even surfaces. Because of their tight turning radius they are perfect for getting around in crowds or negotiating store aisles and turns. The 4 wheel travel scooters are generally heavier and less compact, but more comfortable and stable on uneven terrain. Be sure to weigh the easy of portability and assembly against your desired level of comfort, stability and battery range when choosing your travel mobility scooter.
If you need your mobility scooter to get around the house, the biggest challenge is having enough room to make turns and get down narrow hallways or into bathrooms. Three wheel mobility scooters are sometimes the only way to go if you live in a small space. Otherwise, a power wheelchair has the smallest turning radius and may be your best option inside the home if you are unable to use another mobility device such as a cane, walker/rollator or manual wheelchair.
Road warriors that want to tool around the neighborhood, romp through the park or go on a long distance adventures will definately need the stability, comfort and battery range of a 4 wheel scooter or even a 4 wheel heavy duty scooter. Heavy duty scooters have higher weight capacities and larger drive motors. Depending on where you live, you might need an All-Terrain Scooter. Also, if you are going to be driving in tall grass, make sure your scooter has a high ground clearance.
For the ultimate in powered mobility check out the Shoprider Flagship Scooter with a 75 mile battery capacity and windshield wipers.
4. How will you store and transport your scooter?
If you will carry your mobility scooter in your vehicle, you need to consider how much space you’ll need and the strength required to assemble and dis-assemble it. Large-sized scooters usually cannot be disassembled and require a vehicle lift to transport. Some of our customers have multiple scooters and other mobility devices to get them around. This is ideal if you can afford it.
5. Will health insurance pay for my power scooter?
Proving medical necessity is the biggest hurdle in getting your medical insurance to pay a portion of your mobility scooter or power wheelchair cost. Medicare’s requirements, typically copied by other insurance companies, are as follows:
- You must have a medical need for the equipment
- It must be needed for use in the home and useful (fit) within the physical layout of your home. The scooter or power wheelchair cannot be used mainly for leisure or recreation.
- It cannot be only to get around outside your home
- You must be unable to use a cane, walker or operate a manual wheelchair
- Your doctor must be able to explain to the insurance company why, medically, you need the device, and that you can operate it safely
If you think you qualify, contact your insurance company for a referral to a local provider. If not, you are free to choose whatever your budget allows from Allegro’s large selection of mobility scooters. We are at your service!
Call us at #800-861-3211 if you need help choosing one.
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Types of Mobility Scooters