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How To Choose Good Quality Mobility Products

Mar 18, 2008
For people who have experience in searching through mobility products will know that this is never easy especially if they are looking for cheap products. The problem arises when they have purchased the product, it is likely something will go wrong with it and so they will have to repackage it, send it back and wait four weeks to receive a fixed working product.

Some of the mobility products that are bought cheap are often wheelchairs, electric comfort beds, reclining chairs and mobility scooters. When these breakdown they tend to take a longer period to fix, hence many disability companies prefer to offer good quality products that last for a longer period and are slightly more costly to purchase. However, with the reassurance that the product is less likely to breakdown and the costs of maintenance are low, in the end this makes for a better investment.

The problem comes when people do not know what types of mobility products to opt towards, as not many people can afford expensive products. It is difficult to choose between buying cheap accessories and expensive equipment. The best way to deal with this is to research the product itself, find out how much the average good quality product is sold for and what services will you be offered with this price.

Mobility equipments and products have advanced a great deal over the years, from once being something unavailable to assisting in practically every aspect of leading a normal independent life. From opening a jam jar to going to the bathroom, all accessories have been tailor made to help people manoeuvre around with little effort. Often this is the best option for people who cannot afford twenty-four hour care.

When purchasing a product it is best to approach the manufacturers and trial/test the product for a certain period just so you can get a better feel for it. Trials should normally come with no extra charging and all manufacturers should offer this automatically, particularly if you are buying a mobility scooter or wheelchair.

Always question the manufacturers for their long-term service, such as their policy on maintenance services, replacement policy, refund policy and any help on insurance. There is also the problem of replacement accessories; you will need to find out information from the manufacturer of your nearest shop where you can buy replacement batteries, chargers etc.

There is also the issue of finding out pricing, but this should be something that one should research beforehand just to get an idea of what the average price is on the chosen product. Opting for the cheapest one does not always entitle you to a good quality product, however, neither does paying out an extortionate amount of money.

Find a reputable manufacturer, making sure to ask the right questions and getting as much information as you can from them. You can also approach the health service for information and they will very often direct you to the right company
About the Author
Anna Stenning is knowledgeable on the world of mobility products, having worked with people disabilities in the past before. For more information on mobility equipment, scooters and accessories visit http://www.euromedical.co.uk/
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