Mobility improves confidence and independence
Making life easier and more comfortable for people with mobility issues is the driving force behind Terrace End’s Mobility Manawatu, and owners Rob and Letitia Stick are always on the look out for new products which will improve people’s quality of life and help increase both their confidence and independence.
Their newest product is the innovative 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 the principle of echolocation, is able to detect objects as well as determining their distance and direction. When raised up, the UltraCane is also capable of detecting overhanging objects such as low doorways and tree branches, which enables the user to virtually feel the complete environment around them. Rob says: ‘‘These provide visually-impaired people with the confidence to move around freely. They are especially useful for people who cannot use or manage guide dogs and they give back a great deal of independence to people who may have been reliant on others to help them get around.’’
Mobility Manawatu are the New Zealand agents for the UltraCane and, before purchase, each cane needs to be specifically measured to match a person’s height from breastbone to the ground. They can be purchased in store or online and Rob says that they will provide the purchaser with full instructions on the correct use of the UltraCane.
Another new range of products is Mobility Manawatu’s selection of gardening tools. These include ergonomic handles and varying shaft lengths, which makes it easier to get at weeds or loosen soil without the need to bend down. They also have many other new and useful items in store including the tip kettle which reduces the need to lift a heavy kettle of boiling water when pouring your cup of tea.
The recent cool, wet weather is a good reminder for people to get their mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walkers serviced to make sure they are in tip top condition over winter.
‘‘Water can cause serious damage to battery-powered scooters and wheelchairs. While they are splash proof it certainly doesn’t pay to go out in heavy rain. If they do stop working it could be a matter of allowing the circuitry to dry out, however, if it happens too often you could cause major damage.’’
Mobility Manawatu can service a full range of equipment including scooters, wheelchairs, easy chairs and beds; in fact anything with moving parts, and Letitia says that if the customer can’t bring the equipment in to the shop then they will go out and service it in their home.
‘‘It’s not only powered equipment that needs servicing but, now winter is here, this is also a good time to check and renew the tips on walking sticks and crutches.
For more information on the UltraCane and any other of Mobility Manawatu’s products and services; visit their website: www.mobilitymanawatu.co.nz. For information on upcoming events, news and updates check them out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mobilitymanawatu), or simply call in and see Rob and Letitia at 222 Ruahine Street in Terrace End.
Mobility Manawatu co-owner Letitia Stick demonstrates the innovative UltraCane, and their new range of gardening tools.