Mo­bile ‘shop-in-a-box’ starts

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

The Palmer­ston North-based Easie Liv­ing and Demon­stra­tion Cen­tre launched its new mo­bile van ser­vice last week.

Easie Liv­ing’s Com­mu­nity Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Ser­vices man­ager Raewyn Cameron said the van, de­vel­oped by En­able New Zealand, was six months in the plan­ning.

‘‘It’s to make it eas­ier for peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the ru­ral hinterland, but also in rest homes, to ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and equip­ment that en­ables them to live in­de­pen­dently.’’

She de­scribed the cus­tomised van as a mo­bile ex­ten­sion of the award­win­ning Main St Easie Liv­ing shop.

‘‘We re­alise that for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, not ev­ery­one is able to visit the cen­tre, so this new ser­vice will en­able those cus­tomers to ac­cess the prod­ucts and ad­vice they need in their own lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

De­signed to be fully self­con­tained, Cameron said the mo­bile ‘shop in a box’ con­cept could be set up in a mat­ter of min­utes ready for pre­sen­ta­tions to in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity groups, rest homes, health or­gan­i­sa­tions, and at fairs and ex­pos.

‘‘The van con­tains over 200 items for demon­stra­tion and for sale. They range from a mo­bil­ity scooter, a wheel­chair and a walker, to smaller items such as the pop­u­lar tip­ping ket­tles, jar open­ers, non-slip socks and easy-to-grip cut­lery.’’

There’s even a TV screen for au­dio­vi­sual pre­sen­ta­tions of equip­ment and prod­ucts, with the van’s op­er­a­tor Mar­ian Dean pro­vid­ing on- site prac­ti­cal ad­vice and es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘It’s wi-fi ac­ces­si­ble so we can look up other prod­ucts.. It’s about mak­ing life eas­ier for some­one in a re­tire­ment vil­lage or coun­try area who can’t get out or have some­one drive them,’’ Dean said.

‘‘We have the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to demon­strate the prod­ucts and pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion.’’

Avail­able in the MidCen­tral DHB area from Dan­nevirke to Eke­tahuna and Waiouru to Pekapeka, the van will also travel to Whanganui.

Cameron said the first mo­bile pre­sen­ta­tion last week at Sum­mer­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage was a great suc­cess.

Van book­ings can be made on 353 2743 or 027 551 7948.

July will see En­able NZ move its Malden St ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre into the newly con­structed sec­ond floor ex­ten­sion above the Main St Easie Liv­ing out­let.

Easie Liv­ing’s Bev Minchin and Mar­ian Dean with the new cus­tom-built ‘shop in a box’.

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