In­no­va­tive mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions avail­able

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A lack of mo­bil­ity, ei­ther through in­jury or nat­u­ral age­ing, shouldn’t keep any­one from en­joy­ing life. Ter­race End’s Mo­bil­ity Manawatu have a vast range of prod­ucts that will en­able you to get mo­bile again.

From wheel­chairs and walk­ing frames to scoot­ers and golf carts, Mo­bil­ity Manawatu has a great se­lec­tion of in­no­va­tive mo­bil­ity aids and health­care prod­ucts that pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems to get out and en­joy life to the full.

A re­cent ad­di­tion to their range is the ScoutCrawler. This is de­signed for the per­son who is con­fined to a wheel­chair yet wants to re­main ac­tive in the out­doors. The user sim­ply drives up the load­ing ramp onto the mo­bile ScoutCrawler base and docks on. It is op­er­ated us­ing a joy­stick and rather than run­ning on wheels, the ScoutCrawler is driven by a track sys­tem. This en­ables the user to drive on al­most any ter­rain in­clud­ing loose gravel, sand and mud and even up a 170-de­gree slope.

Mo­bil­ity Manawatu were again ex­hibitors at the re­cent Cen­tral Dis­tricts Field Days.

‘‘We find that by go­ing to the Field Days we meet a lot of peo­ple from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties who don’t re­alise the types of equip­ment that is now avail­able to help with mo­bil­ity,’’ says coowner Letitia Stick. ‘‘Many ru­ral peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues were ex­tremely ac­tive in the out­doors and when they see our range of prod­ucts they soon re­alise that they can get back out­doors and carry on help­ing out on the farm.

‘‘We also had a bed­room set up that demon­strated some of our in-home prod­ucts that could help make life eas­ier for peo­ple who had pre­vi­ously led a very phys­i­cal life.’’

Fol­low­ing that suc­cess, Mo­bil­ity Manawatu will be con­tin­u­ing with their Field Days spe­cials un­til the end of April or while stocks last. These in­clude $500 off the Golf Cruiser (down from $3295) and $1500 off the pop­u­lar CTM Rover HS 558 Mo­bil­ity Scooter (down from $4400).

An­other in­no­va­tive prod­uct avail­able form Mo­bil­ity Manawatu is the Ul­traCane. This is an elec­tronic mo­bil­ity aid for use by vis­ually im­paired peo­ple. Sim­i­lar in style to the tra­di­tional white cane, the Ul­traCane emits ul­tra­sonic waves and, us­ing echolo­ca­tion, is able to de­tect ob­jects as well as de­ter­min­ing their dis­tance and di­rec­tion, al­low­ing the user to vir­tu­ally feel the en­vi­ron­ment around them. These are not avail­able over the counter as each Ul­traCane needs to be specif­i­cally mea­sured to match a per­son’s height.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ul­traCane and any other of Mo­bil­ity Manawatu’s prod­ucts and ser­vices; visit their web­site: www.mo­bil­i­ty­manawatu.co.nz, or sim­ply call in and see Rob and Letitia at 222 Ruahine St, Ter­race End.

Mo­bil­ity Manawatu’s pop­u­lar Golf Cruiser with the Field Days spe­cial price of $2795 but only un­til the end of April or while stocks last. The Golf Cruiser is avail­able in a range of colours.

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