Move eas­ily with a scooter

Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING -

Get­ting out­side to en­joy the blos­som, blue skies and warmer weather of spring couldn’t be eas­ier than with a pow­ered mo­bil­ity scooter.

Many of the finest mod­els in Christchurch can be found at Wheel­chair Scooter Sales/ Ser­vice Ltd, a fam­ily busi­ness run by Chris­tine and Gerald Cur­tis for al­most 30 years.

Chris­tine says mo­bil­ity scoot­ers have come a long way over the past decade and now of­fer greater sta­bil­ity, smoother op­er­a­tion and the abil­ity to travel in com­fort for up to 50 kilo­me­tres be­tween charges, de­pend­ing on the model and how it is used.

Scoot­ers for al­most ev­ery sce­nario are avail­able through Wheel­chair Scooter Sales/ Ser­vice, with many able to be folded or sep­a­rated into two pieces for trans­port­ing by car.

Gerald, an en­gi­neer spe­cialised in mo­bil­ity equip­ment, can also cus­tomise scoot­ers by re­quest, for ex­am­ple by fit­ting ad­di­tional stor­age or a car­rier for golf clubs.

How­ever, the great­est ben­e­fits of own­ing a mo­torised scooter are the en­hanced so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties they sup­port and the op­tion of con­tin­u­ing to live an in­de­pen­dent life, Chris­tine says.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple go to mo­bil­ity scoot­ers after they can’t get their li­cence re­newed, and oth­ers use them as a sec­ond form of trans­port, tak­ing them down to the shops and sav­ing on gas, then us­ing their car for longer trips,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a so­cial thing, too. If they’re rid­ing along the foot­path they can in­ter­act with peo­ple in their gar­dens or peo­ple they see along the way. They don’t have to wait for other peo­ple to take them some­where, they can just go them­selves.’’

Chris­tine says be­cause choos­ing a mo­bil­ity scooter is a big de­ci­sion, she and Gerald work closely with cus­tomers to find the model that is right for them. Gerald then per­son­ally de­liv­ers the scooter to the cus­tomer’s home and al­ways spends time with the user be­fore he leaves to make sure they are com­fort­able and con­fi­dent us­ing the scooter.

Tri­als are avail­able and a show­room in Park­lands al­lows peo­ple to try sev­eral mod­els be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

Wheel­chairs, walk­ers and other mo­bil­ity sup­port equip­ment are also avail­able from Wheel­chair Scooter Sales/Ser­vice, with many items able to be hired.

A full range of main­te­nance ser­vices en­sures prod­ucts con­tinue to op­er­ate in top con­di­tion for many years.

To find out more, con­tact Wheel­chair Scooter Sales/ Ser­vice Ltd on 03 383 1364 or visit them by ar­range­ment at 7 Lud­low Pl, Park­lands.

Chris­tine Cur­tis, co-owner of Wheel­chair Scoot­ers Sales/Ser­vice Ltd, uses one of the ShopRider scoot­ers.

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