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Different Types of Mobility Ramps

Different Types of Mobility Ramps

 

Different Types of Mobility Ramps

One of the most common problems you’ll find with using a wheelchair or mobility scooter is possibly not having access to ramps. Whether it’s at your home, getting into your vehicle, or at any place you regularly visit, stairs can be limiting and a hassle to deal with. Fortunately, the number of available ramps has increased over the years to accommodate wheelchairs for all sorts of occasions.

These mobility ramps are designed to provide stability and balance to wheelchair users and are also categorized into several categories based on their size and utility. We put this list together to explain the different types of ramps and to hopefully help you find the one that will work best for your needs.

Various Types of Mobility Ramps

Threshold Ramps 

Threshold ramps are usually made of anodized aluminum or rubber and are planned for use over raised entryway limits and sliding glass entryway tracks up to 6 inches tall. 

• Can be utilized inside or outside 
• Help to dispense with a stumbling risk for those utilizing a stick or walker and give smooth progress to those in a wheelchair or scooter
• Can be screwed down to most surfaces for added stability and can be a permanent fixture.
• Can handle outside elements due to their aluminum construction

 

These can be further categorized as:

• Door threshold ramp

• Adjustable threshold ramp

• Threshold mobility ramps

 

EZ Access Modular Entry Ramp Model TMER

 

 

EZ Access Angled Entry Ramp

 

 

EZ Access Angled Entry Ramp

 

 

Harmar Rubber Threshold Ramp

 

 

EZ Access Angled Entry Mat (Black)

 

Modular Ramps

HomeTown Mobility offers FREE ESTIMATES and Installs Modular Ramping Systems in the the 4 state region of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Our range of service is 150 mile radius of Merrill, Iowa.

Modular Ramps are ideal for both business and residential locations and are designed for long-term use. The best material for the modular ramp is aluminum, as it is both cost-effective and durable, withminimal chances of warping or rust. Modular ramps are semi-permanently installed so that they can be easily removed as needed and can also be installed in other places. Modular ramps are highly stable, which makes them suitable for manual, power wheelchairs, two or four-wheeled scooters. Modular ramps are available in different sizes depending upon their utility. These ramps can be further categorized into Pathway - Modular Ramping Systems and Entry - Modular Ramping Systems.

• Generally, for outside use
• The platform of the ramps are easily replaceable
• Lengths available: 4 feet and above
• Width: 36 to 48 inches
• Weight limit approximately 750 pounds
• Endless variety of orientations available to fit most any houses exterior

 

 

EZ Access Pathway 3G Modular Ramping Systems

 

 

EZ Access Modular Entry Ramp Model TMER

 

EZ Access Gateway Solid Surface Portable Ramp

 

 

Portable Ramps

Portable ramps are those which can be easily carried due to their portable design and side and weight. Portable ramps are available in different types, from foldable to suitcase.

• Folding ramps

These rampscan be classified as tri-overlap (tri-fold ramps) or bi-overlay (single fold ramps) with pivots set between every board. The tri-crease slopes overlap more than three times while the bi-overlay inclines overlay over just a single time. They are generally used to access vehicles or stairs of small height. With convenient folding capabilities, they can be stored or taken to a different location to be used again. Folding ramps are mainly preferred for personal use.

• Suitcase ramps

Suitcase ramps are probably the best ramps with regards to portability. These are generally around four feet in length, and they can uphold around 800lbs. A suitcase ramp is used for accessing small height stairs for accessing vehicles, a curb, and a porch. 

Suitcase ramps are full-width platform so can be used for a manual and automated wheelchair as well as two or four-wheeled vehicles. Suitcase ramps are devoid of handrails and are preferred for personal use. Variety of lengths available up to 10 feet long. They also come with or without an Anti-Skid (AS) surface.

 

EZ Access Suitcase Singlefold Ramp

 

 

EZ Access Suitcase Singlefold Ramp

 

EZ Access Gateway Solid Surface Portable Ramp

 

 

EZ Access Suitcase Trifold AS Ramp

 

Conclusion: 

As seen in the rundown above, there are a wide range of wheelchair ramps accessible, varying in size, cost, and compactness. While the majority of themare useful, some will probably be more useful to you than others. Before buying a wheelchair ramps, you should consider what you hope to get out of your ramp and what your budget is to make sure your investment is worthwhile.

Different Types Of Power Chairs

 

Power Chairs are electric wheelchairs that are run by battery powered engines. They are generally reserved for customers who will spend most of their awake-time in the chair. The chairs use joysticks and remotes to control movement and get you where you need to go. They are sometimes referred to as “Hoverounds”. These days, there are tons of different options to choose from to fit your needs the best. Lets take a look at some of the different types of motorized or powered electric wheelchairs.


Portable Power Wheelchairs


Portable power chairs are great for everyday home use or for shorter riding distances. These are incredibly simple options for riders wanting a travel-sized power chair to get them from point A to point B. It’s also great for helping people remain active and independent for all of their daily needs. In contrast to manual wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs work on an electric engine and battery, and move with joined joysticks or directing shafts to help its rider wherever they go.

Pride Jazzy Passport Folding Power Chair

 

Pride Jazzy Elite ES Portable Power Chair

 

Elevating-Seat Capable Power Wheelchairs


These wheelchairs are great for helping you achieve more seat versatility and offer many other valuable advantages as well. Chairs with an elevating seat allow the user the ability to bring themselves to eye-level with most people. They allow the user the ability to raise up to counters and other times that they need to be elevated.

 

Pride Jazzy Air 2 Power Chair

 

 

Pride Jazzy Select 6 2.0 Power Chair

 

Full-Size Power Wheelchairs


The full-size power chairs will be bigger than any standard size and are a great all-around for anyone. For people suffering from restricted movement, full-size electric wheelchairs are a great alternative for mobility. These types of wheelchairs will typically last longer than their travel sized counterparts. The large seats of full-size power chairs is also an added benefit of comfort for its user. They support a high weight of the user.

 

Pride Jazzy Elite ES Power Chair

 

Pride Jazzy Elite 14 Power Chair

 

Heavy Duty Power Wheelchairs


With weight limits up to 700 pounds, heavy-duty power wheelchairs are great for long days and larger capacities. What they sacrifice in portability they make up for durability and stability. We have several outstanding choices available for Heavy Duty Power wheelchairs.

 

Pride Jazzy Elite HD Power Chair

 

Pride Jazzy 614 HD Power Chair

 

How To choose the Right Drive System

Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair

The front-wheel-drive can be very beneficial for several reasons. The biggest reason is that each of the four tires give more power than other drive wheel configurations. More coordination increases traction and front-wheel drive electric wheelchairs work better when driving on rough terrain, grass, or uneven gravel. Its large tires are able to easily move up curb or obstacles to pull the rest of the chair. Additionally, a 90-degree footrest will be there for better comfort.

Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair

With the mid-wheel drive power chairs, the user’s center of gravity lies in the drive wheels center. This helps with maintaining a tighter turn radius. Mid-wheel drive wheelchairs also give a total 360-degree slant. This feature is especially helpful when using electric wheelchairs at home. Mid-wheel drive chairs also make it simple to explore entryways and other places with limited space. They are also extremely stable, having six wheels, which include four caster wheels and two drive wheels.

Rear Wheel Drive Power Chairs

Rear-wheel drive power chairs have two huge drive wheels at the base and two casters before the wheelchair base. The position of the drive wheel is the real driving force for this type of electric wheelchair. Rear-wheel-drive power chairs are easier to handle to give a smoother ride and usually have free suspension or safeguards on all wheels, offering better control to their users.

Conclusion

When choosing a power chair, you have to be clear about what you need the most. Researching brands as well as the type of chair is crucial to figuring out what’s going to work the best for you!

How to Choose and Change Mobility Scooter or Power Wheelchair Batteries

How to Choose and Change Mobility Scooter or Power Wheelchair Batteries

 

How do I know if I need to replace my battery?


You should consider changing your mobility scooter battery only when:


●  Your scooter seems sluggish.
●  The range or amount of time your scooter runs is decreasing.
●  Your scooter does not start efficiently after a full charge.
●  Your scooter shuts down abruptly and refuses to get going again.


If these are some of the problems that you face regularly, you should be aware that the battery may be the problem in your mobility scooter or power wheelchair. To make sure that it does not give you any other problems, you must replace your mobility scooter batteries as soon as possible with new batteries.


Make sure your mobility scooter batteries are the same ones that you have been using so that
you are not presented with any new problems as well.


Choosing and changing your mobility scooter or power wheelchair batteries:


1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on removing your batteries. If using a battery pack then remove screws on the underside of the pack and open it up. Your batteries will be located inside.
2. Unhook battery connectors to the device before trying to remove the battery leads
3. Unhook the battery leads
4. Read the Battery Label to find out what size battery your scooter is currently using.
5. Reorder the same style and same size batteries from HomeTown Mobility and we will ship them out directly to you! CLICK HERE TO ORDER BATTERIES!
6. Attach the battery leads to the new batteries and if using a battery pack then reattach in the same fashion that they were originally and screw together the pack
7. Reattach connectors to device or if using a battery pack then put the pack(s) on the scooter as instructed by manufacturer.
8. Power up the scooter or power chair

9. It is recommended to initially charge the new batteries overnight for best results.

What do the numbers mean on my battery?


Almost all scooter and electric wheelchairs have 12-volt batteries, but they are generally fitted in pairs to give an output of 24 volts. It is highly recommended that you make sure to swap out both batteries when changing or charging them to keep the pairs together. The battery outputis usually written on the side of the battery. It’s extremely important that you never mix and match batteries that have come from different battery manufacturers or technologies, and you also never match batteries that have different or expirations dates. Lastly, you should never mix GEL batteries with AGM or SLA batteries.


There are two major kinds of batteries that are used in mobility scooters: a Lithium IonBattery or an SLA (sealed lead acid) battery. Both batteries come sealed and are non-spillable and maintenance-free, but the main difference between them are their longevity and performance. 


Mobility Scooter batteries also designed with a specific Amp Hour (AH) rating that determines how long the battery charge will last when fully charged. The higher the AH rating the longer range you will generally get out the battery. Smaller scooters generally have lower AH batteries like 12AH or 18AH and the larger scooters have larger AH batteries like 35AH, 50AH, 75AH or 100AH.


What is a Lithium Ion Battery or Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Battery?


Unlike a car battery where it’s just designed to start the car and support some other functions, the battery in your mobility scooter is designed to be the sole fuel source of the machine. A Lithium Ion Battery or SLA battery are designed to give a constant flow of power to the machine for a longer period of time. The battery has to be recharged fully after its power gets exhausted or afterANY use.


Most scooters use the SLA batteries but a select few use the Lithium Ion Battery. Lithium Ion Batteries generally have a long range but also have an increased risk of spontaneous fires and restrictions on travel on airplanes.


Active users of the wheelchairs or mobility scooters recharge their vehicles every day, so
you should make sure that the battery is completely charged before each use.

 

   

12AH

 

18AH

 

35AH

 

50AH

 

100AH

Which Power Lift Chair Recliner is Best for Me?

Which Power Lift Chair Recliner is Best for Me

 

If you have family members suffering from arthritis or struggling with getting up from a seated position, you may want to consider getting them a motorized power recliner chair, commonly known as a Lift Chair.

Power lift chairs offer fully motorized recline and lift positionand are great for seniors living on their own.If you are not sure how to choose a power lift chair, we have several options for you to choose from.

How to Find a Lift Chair that Fits You!  After you decide which type of chair you would like we recommend you Visit our Lift Chair Measuring Guide by clicking on this link.  https://htmia.com/lift-chairs/lift-chair-positions-measuring-guide.html

 

Here are the different types of recliner chairs you should know about…

 

  1. 2-Position Lift Chairs (click to see all 2 position chairs)

 

Two-position recliners are your standard chairs that allow you to relax in a straight position and a recline position. Thesechairs offer additional assistance for sitting down or standing up and are perfect if you are looking for comfort and support.

This recliner chair position is controlled by a remote, and is great for watching TV or reading afavorite book. Reasonably priced, these are an excellent choice for seniors wanting to keep things simple and are a great value when thinking of buying a lift chair.

Golden Capri 2 Position Lift Chair - Model PR200

 

Pride Heritage 2 Position Lift ChairLC-358XXL

 

  1. 3-Position Lift Chairs (click to see all 3 position chairs)

A three-position lift chair has a sitting position, a lifted position, a reading position and a recline position, which is sometimes called a "napping position". It is NOT a full recline. This is the most popular category for an electric recliner with a broad range of styles, features and prices to meet everyone's needs and budget.

Pride Essential 3 Position Lift Chair LC-105

 

Pride Heritage 3 Position Lift Chair LC-358L

 

Golden Comforter 3 position Lift Chair - Model PR501 Small - Tall

 

  1. Infinite Position Lift Chairs (click to see all Infinite Chairs)

Infinite position recliners give you the most freedom that you could want from a chair. Not only are they great for reclining, but they can also be as flat as a bed. Infinite position reclinershave a dual motor that adjusts the angle of your footrest and backrest through the hand controller, and also come with an integrated battery backup and a heavy-duty steel lift mechanism. This can helpeasily sit down or stand up at the touch of the button, making it perfect for anyone having difficulty doing so by themselves. Some of these chairs even offer back massage and heat options!

 

Positions: Infinite Positions including Lay/Flat and Trendelenburg.

 

Pride Infinity Collection Infinite Position Lift Chair LC-525iS

 

Pride Viva Lift Tranquil Infinite Position Lift Chair - Model Tranquil PLR-935M

 

Pride Oasis Infinite / Zero Gravity Position Lift Chair LC-580iM

 

  1. Zero-Gravity Lift Chairs (click to see all Zero Gravity Chairs)

These chairs are able to achieve the same positions as an Infinite Position chair plus the Zero-Gravity position.  The Zero-Gravity position is the most stress-free body position because weight distribution is equal throughout the body, alleviating pressure on the joints, neck, and back. The zero-gravity position was found by NASA to help astronauts endure the sudden and intense increases in gravity during takeoff. By placing them in this position, the weight is redistributed equally throughout their body, allowing the stress of takeoff to be distributed safely through their bodies. These lift chairs have 2 motors, allowing you to control the backrest and footrest separately. Zero gravity lift chairs are good for people who will be spending a lot of time and/or sleeping in the chair.

 Positions: Infinite Positions including Zero Gravity and Trendelenburg Positions.

Pride Oasis Infinite Position / Zero Gravity Capable Lift Chair LC-580iL

 

Golden Power Cloud with MaxiComfort Zero Gravity Lift Chair - Model PR-512

Golden Maxicomfort EZ Sleeper with Twilight | PR761

 

  1. Trendelenburg Position Lift Chairs (click to see all Trendelenburg Chairs)

Trendelenburg position recliners chairs come with some additional features that many of the other chairs are unable to provide.

TheTrendelenburg position is where your feet are elevated above your heart, and your heart is elevated above your head when sitting down. These chairs are specially designed for people suffering from congestive heart failure, hypotension, blood circulation disorders, neuropathy, diabetes, oedema, and swelling.They also come with two separate motors so that you can control the footrest and backrest independently.

Golden Maxicomfort EZ Sleeper with Twilight | PR761

Pride Oasis Infinite / Zero Gravity Position Lift Chair LC-580iM

Golden MaxicomfortDayDreamer Lift Chair | PR-632M

Conclusion:

Power chairs come with many benefits to help users maintain their independence and support their mobility. All of these recliners are fully designed to provide you with maximum comfort and relaxation. With a wide variety of options suitable for any budget, you’re definitely going to find the chairs that works the best for you.

 

 

How Do I Choose A Mobility Scooter?

How Do I Choose A Mobility Scooter?

How do I know which scooter is best for me and what are the different types of mobility scooters?

     Folding Scooters, Travel/Portable Scooters, Full Sized Scooters, and Heavy Duty Scooters are the four main categories of mobility scooters available for sale by HomeTown Mobility.

     It's important to know where you will be riding your scooter most often, and if it will be used mostly indoors or outdoors. Also weight limit plays a big role in deciding which scooter is best for you.  We've broken it down for you to make your shopping as easy and enjoyable as possible.  Knowing the weight of the operator of the scooter is important as well as knowing how many wheels you would like the scooter to have. 

You will also want to decide if you want a portable scooter or a larger scooter.  If you plan on getting a larger scooter you may need a carrier or lift for the scooter.  The carrier or lift would be on your vehicle's hitch or mounted inside the back of your vehicle.  You could also get a portable mobility ramp that allows you to load the scooter into the back of your vehicle.

     3-Wheel versus 4-Wheel scooters.  The general rule of thumb is that 3-Wheel Scooters have tighter turning radiuses and are better in narrow spaces and sharp turns.  4-Wheel Scooters provide more stability and evenly distribute your weight. Foldable scooters and travel scooters can generally be used indoors and out.  4-wheel scooters provide more stability than 3-wheel models when used outdoors. If you use a walking aid, such as a cane or a walker, 4-wheel scooters are recommended due to added stability.

Folding Scooters (click here)

Discover the convenience of how a folding mobility scooter can enhance your mobility. When you need an electric scooter for your busy lifestyle, consider a folding motorized scooter. They are compact, lightweight, highly durable, and dependable. The folding mobility scooter folds with just a few simple steps and comes standard with a full lighting package and an easily adjustable tiller, making it the perfect choice for life on-the-go.

 

Portable/Travel Scooters

Portable scooters are available in 3-Wheel Portable scooters and 4-Wheel Portable scooters.  Explore your world with a travel scooter that offers maximum convenience and peace of mind. Travel motorized scooters easily disassemble and feature a drop-in battery box.  When disassembled they can easily fit in the trunk of a car or the back of a van or suv.  For the smoothest ride in travel mobility, some models come with an available CTS suspension. Travel electric scooters are extremely lightweight and compact. From cruising the seas to riding the rails, there is a travel scooter designed to meet your needs. 

  •  - Disassemble into smaller pieces for easy transport

  •  - Fit easily in the trunks of most cars, SUV’s, and vans

  •  - Allow you to travel when you might not otherwise be able too

  •  - Cost less than mid-sized and full-sized scooters

  •  - Feature a universal accessory hitch for scooter accessories

  •  - Are easy to operate

  • -  Do not need a vehicle lift

Full Sized Mobility Scooters

 Full sized mobility scooters are available in 3-wheel full sized scooter or 4-wheel full sized scooter options.  Enjoy maximum stability and superior performance with full sized mobility scooter.  Our Full size mobility scooters are engineered and factory tested to ensure consistent and top performance. For motorized scooters that are easy to use and extremely versatile, consider a full sized mobility scooter.

  •  Are designed for full-time regular use

  •  Offer more advanced features for comfort and performance

  •  Feature longer driving ranges and higher weight capacities

  •  Feature a universal accessory hitch for scooter accessories

  •  May need a vehicle lift for transport or a portable ramp for loading into the back of an SUV, Van or Pickup.

 

Heavy Duty Scooters

        Heavy Duty Scooters are available in 3-Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters and 4-Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter options.  Mobility scooters that are heavy duty are ideal for bariatric users and for those who use their scooter frequently outdoors.  They are available with a Max Weight capacity of up to 500lbs and have deep comfortable seating with an ergonomically enhanced design to ensure the best ride possible. Available in multiple options, from portable to all-terrain. Heavy Duty motorized scooters allow you to maintain your mobility and independence.

 

  •   - Longer Driving Ranges

  •   - Feature a universal accessory hitch

  •   - Offer more leg and foot room

  •   - Ideal for outdoor use

  •   - Feature higher ground clearance

  •   - Come standard with illuminating lighting packages

  •   - Often feature full suspension for a smoother ride

  •   - Need a compatible vehicle lift for transport.  

Only Top Rated Brands offered by HomeTown Mobility

Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, Golden Technology, and Shoprider.

Contact Us...

     If you have any questions, our Mobility Experts are happy to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 1-877-928-5388 or stop in and see our showroom at HomeTown Mobility, 101 Jackson Street, Merrill, IA 51038. You can also email us at tammya1@hometownmobilityia.com

Benefits Of Using A Mobility Scooter

Benefits Of Using A Mobility Scooter

 

Mobility scooters were introduced in the late 60’s and have been a game changer ever since. With an emphasis on utility and comfortability, anybody can get where they need to go by themselves with ease. 

An Independent Lifestyle

The problem with basic wheelchairs is that they lack versatility and can be time consuming and difficult to use. Simple tasks like getting a glass of water from the kitchen or picking up the television remote can become a hassle for many people. 

That’s where mobility scooters come in. These scooters are great for improving mobility to help you with all of your daily activities and errands. They also encourage independent living so that you can handle life better on your own without assistance.

Portability

The majority of scooters nowadays are highly adjustable and can easily break down for quick storage. Folding and portable scooters are especially lightweight and compact, and can be highly beneficial for busy people who are always on the move. A lot of these models are able to compress to the size of a small suitcase to store in your car, and can even be taken on most flights as long as their battery meets the airline’s regulations. These scooters are usually more affordable than their full sized counterparts and do not require a vehicle lift.

Great Speeds & Longevity

Most mobility scooters offer an excellent range of speeds suitable for any occasion. Whether it’s basic home usage or enjoying a stroll in the park with your loved ones, keeping pace will be a breeze. Furthermore, most scooter batteries can last up to an entire day on a single charge, ensuring that you can handle all of your daily activities without recharging. Enjoying a stroll around town has never been so convenient.

A Wide Variety of Models

There’s a mobility scooter out there for everyone, catering to different factors such as age, size, and utility. Midsize options like folding and portable scooters are great for travelling and everyday usage, while full-size and heavy duty scooters offer longer driving ranges and increased weight capacities. 

The number of wheels you prefer can make a huge difference in your experience as well. 3-wheel scooters are better for navigating through smaller spaces and feature tighter turning radiuses, while 4-wheel scooters provide great stability and can distribute your weight more evenly. Regardless of the model you choose, your scooter will definitely make life a lot easier for you to navigate.

Style & Accessories

Although most people prefer simplicity when choosing a mobility scooter, most models come standard with great features like premium seats and armrests. These seats are generally very comfortable and are easily adjustable to cater to your body. In addition to these, there are plenty of additional options and upgrades for you to choose from. Whether it’s simple features like color selections and baskets, or premium features like rearview mirrors and headlights, your scooter can be easily customized to be more stylish and to better support your needs. 

No Registration Needed!

The best part about mobility scooters is that you do not need any registration or license to operate them. Scooters have manufacturing regulations on speed which makes them safe to use around other people in public spaces. 

Affordability

With a large number of manufacturers that can make specialized products for anyone, the market is filled with tons of excellent options for you to choose from. Some models are even coverable by health insurance. It’s all about just finding what scooter will be the best value for you and will fit your needs the best.

Overall, these mobility scooters are perfect for anybody needing assistance moving around and taking care of business. Be sure to check out our website to explore plenty of great options and to find more information about what a mobile scooter can do for you!

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