Powerchairs

  1. Travelling Around Ireland with a Mobility Aid

    Travelling Around Ireland with a Mobility Aid

    Mobility aids provide an excellent service to their users and make it accessible for them to travel across the road or even across the globe.

    When people have a love for travel, it shouldn’t have to suffer just because they are struggling with mobility or increasing age. Mobility aids help to give them back their confidence and allow them to continue to travel with friends or families. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful country with many historic and scenic attractions that are suitable for all ages and all levels of movement.

    When you’re travelling around Ireland with a mobility aid, there are a few simple factors that should be considered.Powerscourt House and Gardens

    Destination: Most of Ireland is reachable if you are travelling by car or

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  2. Pressure Mapping & Correct Seating

    Pressure Mapping & Correct Seating

    There is always an ongoing debate about what is the best pressure cushion on the market. Is there really one cushion that offers the optimum solution for pressure relief for all? In reality such a cushion doesn’t exist. However, at Beechfield Healthcare our state-of-the-art pressure mapping technology now offers you the opportunity find the optimum cushions for your patients.

    What is a pressure map?

    A pressure map is a computerised tool for assessing pressure distribution. To use it, you first place the thin sensor mat on a seat, wheelchair or mattress. When your patient sits or lies on the mat, a computer screen displays a heat-map of pressure distribution. The hotter colours (oranges and reds) indicate areas of higher pressures, and the cooler colours (blues) indicate areas of lower pressures.

    Sample Pressure Map

    By testing various cushions and their results on the chair we can help to find the best fit for each of your patients. OTs in particular

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  3. Choosing the right Powerchair

    Choosing the right Powerchair

    Powerchairs, also known as Electric Wheelchairs, are designed for people who are unable to walk or are only able to walk very short distances. Powerchairs enable you to remain independent in your own home or nursing home and also allow you to get out and about. Most Powerchairs are driven by the user via a joystick control.

    While many people are a little apprehensive and doubt their ability to control the chair with the joystick, with a little guidance they soon get the hang of it and before they know it they’re whizzing about!

    Choosing a Powerchair – Indoor or Outdoor.

    There are a number of factors to be considered when choosing a Powerchair. Is your Powerchair for indoor or outdoor use, or both? If it is mainly for indoor use you will need to choose a chair that can be manoeuvred in tight spaces and around doorways. If your Powerchair is mainly for outdoor use you need to consider the type of terrain that the chair will need to cover and also if

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  4. Reclaiming VAT On Disability Products

    Reclaiming VAT On Disability Products

    In Ireland, a person who buys disability products is eligible for VAT relief. The term, ‘disability’, in this case, refers to people who suffer from both mental and physical disabilities. In this article, we will explain the criteria a person must meet and the processes they must follow in order to obtain VAT relief.

    To find out if you are eligible to claim a VAT refund on your mobility product or daily living aidtake a read through the following criteria to see if you are applicable:

    •  You must live in Ireland.
    •  You must have a disability.
    • You need the aid or appliance of a disability product to help with daily activities.

    The following list of products for the disabled meet the criteria when attempting to reclaim VAT:

    • Necessary domestic aids. Examples include eating and drinking aids
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