1. Test Driving A Mobility Scooter

    Test Driving A Mobility Scooter

    A mobility scooter may be a significant investment that requires careful consideration and planning. The cost of a mobility scooter can vary widely, depending on the features and quality of the device. Generally, a high-quality mobility scooter can cost anywhere from seven hundred to several thousand Euro.

    Also, financial considerations aside, it’s critical that the mobile scooter is suitable for your environment. Are you looking for a solution for your home or are you looking for total independence to travel to and from the local shops? Is where you live flat or is the terrain hilly? That’s why taking a test drive from our extensive range of mobility scooters is a good decision.

    At our two showrooms – Portlaoise and Artane – there is ample space for you to drive around and see what mobility scooter is best suited to your needs.

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  2. Free In-Home Demonstrations

    Free In-Home Demonstrations

    The Beechfield In-Home Demonstration Service is the ideal way to try out one of our mobility solutions from the comfort of your own home. If your Occupational Therapist of Physiotherapist recommends a mobility product, you can arrange for one of our experts to visit you in your home to show you how the product works.

    The visual support provided by an in-home demonstration is an important consideration. When looking to purchase a specific mobility product, you will benefit greatly from seeing it in person. Scrolling through a website can only provide a superficial understanding, whereas the opportunity to see the product in you home is far more supportive. The ability to see, feel and sometimes smell the product is generally more appealing than simply reading a report recommending a particular mobility aid. This is especially true if you are a more visual or hands-on learner, as you often need to see the product in action to fully grasp its value

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  3. 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 public transport, and

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  4. Tips When Choosing a Mobility Scooter

    Tips When Choosing a Mobility Scooter

    Tips When Choosing A Mobility Scooter 

    Independence is something we all depend on to get us through each day. We like to be able to carry out tasks ourselves ever since we were young and we would like to continue doing this into our elder years.  This can include everyday tasks such walking to the shop, meeting our friends for a cuppa or going to visit our families. We need to be able to get around on our own accord and to do that, we need mobility. Some people’s mobility levels can differ from others and sometimes, age can be a factor in this. However, regardless of your age, you still want to keep your independence by doing these things on our own.

    If you feel like you can’t walk to the shop because it’s too far, or you get tired too easily and the same for visiting friends or family, maybe a

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  5. Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Mobility Scooter

    Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Mobility Scooter

    When your mobility is limited, this is when you realise how important it really is. Simple errands like popping to the shops or visiting a neighbour can prove impossible. However, we here at Beechfield Healthcare, don’t think that limited mobility should stop you from getting around and doing the things you love. If you are finding it harder to move about and are relying on the help of others, it may be time to start thinking about investing in a mobility scooter.

    Mobility Scooters come in a wide range of models, and are a great option for those who want to remain active despite their limited agility. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right mobility scooter for your specific needs. Some of these include:

    Will you be using the scooter daily or just a couple of times a week?

    If you are going to be relying heavily on your scooter then you must buy a good quality, durable scooter with a long life and extra comfort.

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  6. 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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  7. Understanding Mobility Scooter Sizes

    Understanding Mobility Scooter Sizes

    Mobility is important and when your mobility is limited, it can slow you down. However, you don’t need to stop experiencing life the way you want to live it. If you are finding it harder and harder to get around and need occasional or part-time mobility assistance to perform your daily activities, a Mobility Scooter might be just the right solution for you.

    Scooters are a great option if you are looking to get out and about, they’re perfect for going shopping or running other errands and staying involved in your local community.

    Small Mobility Scooters

    Small scooters, also known as boot scooters, are ideal for short distances on even surfaces. They are compact enough that when dismantled they can fit in a car boot. The maximum range of a small scooter is typically 6-10 miles depending on the model. The top speed is approx. 4mph.

    Medium Mobility Scooters

    Medium scooters usually have better suspension, larger wheels and larger batteries

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  8. 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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