Exercise and Fitness: Tips for Improving Mobility and Overall Wellbeing for Seniors

Exercise and Fitness: Tips for Improving Mobility and Overall Wellbeing for Seniors

As we age, it's not uncommon to experience a decline in physical mobility. This can make it challenging to perform daily tasks and maintain an active lifestyle. However, incorporating regular exercise into your routine can help improve mobility, flexibility, and overall wellbeing.

At Thirdhand Mobility, we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy an active and independent lifestyle, regardless of their age or physical ability. Here are some tips for incorporating exercise into your routine:

  1. Low-Impact Aerobics: Walking, cycling, and swimming are all low-impact exercises that can help improve cardiovascular health and strengthen your muscles without putting excessive strain on your joints.
  2. Stretching: Gentle stretches can help improve flexibility and range of motion. Be sure to stretch slowly and avoid bouncing or jerking movements.
  3. Strength Training: Resistance bands or light weights can be used to build muscle strength and improve balance.
  4. Yoga and Tai Chi: These gentle forms of exercise can help improve balance, flexibility, and overall wellbeing.
  5. Using Walking Aids for Exercise: At Thirdhand Mobility, our walking aids can also be used to help with exercise. Our Tri-walker with Seat is designed to provide support while walking and can be used for short periods of exercise. Additionally, our rollators can be used for longer periods of exercise and can provide additional support and stability.

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine doesn't have to be difficult. Start with short periods of exercise and gradually increase the duration and intensity over time. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine.

At Thirdhand Mobility, we are committed to providing high-quality mobility aids that can help individuals maintain their independence and live an active lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how they can help you stay active and healthy.

A single or dual motor riser recliner?

A single or dual motor riser recliner?

A single or dual motor riser recliner?

Dual or Single Motor Recliner Chairs: What’s the difference?

Families looking for a Mobility Riser Recliner are often faced with several decisions. One of the most important of these is whether to settle for a single or dual motor model. It is imperative that you understand what separates the two. Single motor recliner chairs may appear to be cheaper, however they may not necessarily provide the comfort and support that your loved on needs.

Single motor recliner chair

A single motor chair, as you might have guessed, is made up of just one motor which controls all the seat’s actions. This means that it can only offer one fixed action. Single motor mobility chairs are usually cheaper than 2 motor models and this could be reason enough to buy one. However, single motor models have limited movement options which make them unsuitable for some conditions such as arthritis.

Pros

  • Cost effective: single motor rise and recliner chairs are cheaper than dual motor models which makes them the most popular option. That doesn’t mean they are suitable for everyone though.

Cons

  • Limited adjustment: the downside of a simple controls is a limited adjustment range. The backrest and footrest cannot be operated independently which limits the ability to find a comfortable seating position. Seating positions are limited to rise, standard, semi-reclined and full recline.
  • Reliability: Because a single motor must do all the work, under increased strain which may affect reliability. A good manufacturer will ensure the motor is powerful enough to cope, but single motor chairs don’t typically last as long as double motor versions.

Dual motor recliner chair

With dual motor recliner chairs, two or more motors are used to power the back and footrest independently. Some models have a third motor to power the riser function which tips the seat base forward allowing the occupant to stand up.

Generally speaking, double motor mobility chairs are more expensive than single motors. However, don’t let the cost dissuade you, they provide many more adjustment options which may be necessary if your loved one has impaired movement.

Pros

  • Greater flexibility: because the backrest and footrest can be moved independently it is much easier to find a comfortable seating position.
  • Reliability: dual motors operate under less strain, so the risk of the chair failing is reduced.

Cons

  • More expensive: dual motor models are more expensive but there really isn’t that much difference between them. If your loved one has limited movement, it really is worth spending the extra to ensure they are comfortable.

If you are unsure, then why not speak to one of our representatives who can offer in-depth details on the items available and how they could improve yours or your loved one’s daily life.

All you need to know about our Commode Chairs

All you need to know about our Commode Chairs

All you need to know about our Commode Chairs

If you find it incredibly difficult to get to the toilet in time due to illness, injury, or disability, then a commode could be the answer, A commode or commode chair is a helpful toileting aid that is designed to give people a safe place to relieve themselves, without struggling to reach the bathroom.

Essentially, a commode chair is a movable toilet which has a removable pan which needs to be manually emptied after each use. This means that it requires a carer to undertake the emptying process.

Wheeled Commodes

A commode chair with wheels is a versatile piece of toileting equipment. In some cases, these chairs can be used as wheelchairs and are suitable under showers in wet rooms. While is huge selection of height adjustable chairs, some tend to be fixed height, so it is always safe to check the spec before buying. Our THM wheeled commode is a high quality and popular, delivering everything most people need. It features a metal frame and soft cushion seat, armrests, and backrest. Finished with wipe clean surfaces, it is easy to disinfect.

Like many mobile commodes, our Wheeled commode can be used with its own bucket, or this can be removed, and the chair can be rolled over a standard toilet pedestal.

Our wheeled commode chairs also come with footplates. If the chair is to be used as a wheelchair and moving an individual from room to room, this would be an essential feature to have as many models do not have it as standard.

Folding Commodes

Sometimes floor space may be an issue, or you’ll need to tuck your commode away for storage. Perhaps you will be better off with a folding commode.

These tend to be aluminium framed models which are relatively easy to lift and handle. Before you fold up the commode chair, it is best advised to remove the bowl. Once in a folded state, the commode is much easier to transport than folding models. This makes them a great option if you need to take one temporarily out of the home.

Shower Commode Wheelchairs

Thirdhand Mobility supplies the best commodes which double up as shower wheelchairs. This means they can be used for both purposes, making them highly versatile pieces of equipment.

For more information and advice please get in touch with one of our mobility specialist staff members.

Riser Recliner Buying Guide

Riser Recliner Buying Guide

Riser Recliner Buying Guide

How do Riser recliners work?

A riser recliner chair is designed to make your life that little bit easier in helping to keep you independent. As we age, weakness can happen without warning and having a lift chair can massively help an elderly person in and out of their chair. The less strain an elderly person put on everyday activities, the longer their muscles will work making it easier to have a better quality of life for much longer.

What to look for when Buying a Riser Recliner

Lift chairs have substantial benefits to the elderly and disabled people, but they are not all exactly alike. Riser recliner chairs come in a range of different styles and finishes to suit all budgets and mobility requirements. Lift chairs can have massage and heat functions, left and right control remotes, additional storage for necessities, cup holders, snack trays, lumbar pillow supports, and more, so be sure to ask about all the features before settling on what is the right choice for your needs.

What is the different between Dual and Sigle Motor Riser Chair?

The primary difference between a single riser recliner and a dual motor system comes down to basic functionality. Single motor riser recliners feature a simple hand control with two buttons- up and down. Unlike single motor, our dual motor riser recliners are supplied with a four-button hand control – up and down button for the footrest and backrest. Each connected to their own individual motor, the backrest and footrest can be adjusted individually to give you that extra freedom and independence on what position best suits you. Once the backrest has returned to its normal place, use the backrest up button to raise you to a standing position.

Do Electric Recliners Use a lot of electricity?

No. Riser recliners only use electricity when using electric functions. A chair that has massage or heating ability will use more electricity, but generally you can plug them into a standard home outlet without significant drain on your energy usage.

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR OR MOBILITY SCOOTER

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR OR MOBILITY SCOOTER

Electric Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter

If you are looking to invest in a mobility aid to help you with daily living. There is a good chance you have come across the terms “mobility scooter” and “electric wheelchair” online. Whilst both are effective equipment in offering greater freedom and independence, choosing which investment is best for your needs can be difficult if you are new to the world of mobility products.

The good news is that we have put together we have done most of the hard work for you by putting together comparative guide on mobility scooters versus electric wheelchairs to help you make an informed decision.

What is the difference between Powerchairs and Mobility Scooters?

Electric Wheelchairs – Powerchairs usually have four or six wheels and are battery-powered. They may be equipped with rear, mid or front wheel drive depending on the type of model. Most of our customers find themselves naturally progressing from a manual to an electric wheelchair when they can no longer self-propel due to fatigue or any impairments.

Mobility Scooters are also battery powered and are equipped delta style handlebars- as well as either three or four wheels. There are three main categories: compact, pavement and road scooter.

Comfort, Support and Adjustability

As we outlined earlier, having the perfect support and comfort from your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair will ensure a smooth ride as well as avoid putting you at risk.

Electric wheelchairs offer several adaptable features such as:

  • Recline, tilt and stand seat functions
  • Swivelling, height adjustable seat
  • Adjustable swing away armrests
  • Angle and height adjustable footrest
  • Length adjustable controller mount

Mobility Scooters also offer some adaptable features such as:

  • Rotating seat
  • Angle adjustable tiller
  • Height, depth and recline adjustable seat

Indoor and outdoor Manoeuvrability

Having a mobility aid that handles well in various environments should be a big factor in your shopping journey.

One of the major advantages of investing in a powerchair is the fact that they have the tightest turning circle and are designed to navigate around tight spaces like hallways and bathrooms without difficulty, hence they are a popular choice for use in the home. Foldable electric wheelchairs are much easier to disembark as there are less barriers in the way such as handlebars or a step. Most powerchairs are designed with handles on the rear, which means that its easy for a carer to help the user need be.

Mobility Scooters can be used both indoors and outdoors, however, they do perform as effective as powerchairs in more tight spaces.

Day to Day use

Getting around the house – electric wheelchairs are more compact and have small turning radius for getting around tight spaces such as hallways.

Spending long periods of time sat down – powerchairs offer more adjustable seating positions and movements to make sure you are comfortable during prolonged periods of use.

Controlling – electric wheelchairs require minimal arm movement to operate, which is a good feature for users that have low strength in arms.

For more information on choosing the best folding powerchair , speak to one of our specialist team members.

Electric Folding Wheelchair Buying Guide

Electric Folding Wheelchair Buying Guide

Electric Folding Wheelchair Buying Guide

Electric wheelchairs, also known as powerchairs are a great substitute for when a mobility scooter is unsuitable or if the user finds it harder to use a self-propelled wheelchair. Here at Thirdhand Mobility, we have a wide range of folding electric wheelchairs available, and prices can range from only £1000 to £2500.

We have a stock of over 50 electric wheelchairs in our showroom based in Farnham, Surrey for you to try before you buy. A trained member of staff is always there to guide to a folding powerchair that’s comfortable and well suited for your needs.

What separates our Folding Powerchairs?

Indoor
Indoor electric wheelchairs are mainly used to navigate around the house. They tend to be more compact than the larger outdoor chairs. They have a lower ground clearance which keeps them stable and safe. Indoor powerchairs can be occasionally used for short outdoor trips for as long as the ground is even. A great example of our indoor electric wheelchair is the JBH Compact Elite.

Outdoor
Outdoor powerchairs are generally larger and feel more comfortable due to more suspension features. They usually have excellent range, larger wheels and more powerful motors. All our outdoor wheelchairs also perform very well indoors due to their narrow width and small turning radius.

Battery Size
When buying a foldable electric wheelchair, it’s very important that you are aware of the battery size and the range to expect from it. Our battery sizes range from 6Ah to 24Ah. Generally, the bigger the size the more miles you get from it. All our foldable powerchairs are equipped with lithium-ion batteries which are incredibly lightweight and durable. Having a powerchair with detachable batteries can help you in many ways when it comes to your wheelchair use, removing the batteries from the wheelchair can reduce its weight thereby making it lighter for transportation.

Wheelchair Capacity
It is critical that you choose a powerchair that suits your weight as this can affect the functionality and performance of the wheelchair. In our wide range of folding electric wheelchairs, we have ones that can take up to 25 St without losing any ability to perform well on the road. Our JBH Superior X is very popular for taking on the most weight.

Storage of your powerchair
Storing a powerchair is an important consideration – they should ideally be kept indoors at room temperature. Storing them outdoors will reduce their lifespan, and batteries do not cope well with cold temperatures or excessive heat. Make sure that you have somewhere indoors to store and charge the powerchair, and that it is able to get into your property.

Insurance
It might not seem important right now, but buying insurance for your wheelchair could mean the difference between paying an excess towards services, or paying a lot more than that if your wheelchair encounters a problem beyond its warranty.