Wenman Healthcare issues top tips to help scooter and wheelchair users survive the winter weather!
We all know that UK weather can be extremely unpredictable, with frost on the ground one day and mild the next. For the mobility scooter and wheelchair users amongst us, this can cause real disruption to regular outings, particularly when fighting with foul weather.
Here at Wenman Healthcare we have put together some top tips to help you brave the winter weather:
- Always be prepared: We all hate getting caught in the rain, even more so when we lack protective clothing or an umbrella. There is however an easy answer to ensuring you are prepared come rain or shine: Invest in a waterproof zip bag that can be attached to your scooter at all times, and store either a scooter poncho or cape for downpours, together with a bottle of water for rehydration in warmer temperatures.
- Invest in heated clothing: During winter we regularly experience below freezing temperatures. During this time, we imagine many people were put off going out, particularly mobility scooter and wheel chair users who are more exposed to the elements. However, investing in heated clothing, such as gloves and jackets, could well be the answer here – ensuring you can continue with your planned outing whatever the weather.
- Protect your equipment: There is nothing more frustrating than going to use your mobility scooter, and then realising you need to dry or clean it before use. Here at Wenman Healthcare we recommend investing in a scooter cover to ensure it is protected from both dust and foul weather, and to also ensure your seat is always kept clean and dry for next use.
- Take your time: With so many mobility aids and accessories available to purchase online, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying the cheapest product that appears to fulfil your requirements. However, more often than not, these products will not share the same quality of those from BHTA approved suppliers. Therefore, it is important to do your homework and if in doubt please do contact a member of the Wenman Healthcare team for guidance and advice.
- Be mobile with your mobile: For those able to go out alone with mobility scooters, it is always wise to take either a mobile phone or SOS device. You never know how the weather may change or what could happen on your outing, such as your mobility scooter breaking down. If you don't have a mobile tell someone you are going out and approximately what time you will return so they know to be concerned if you have not returned by a set time. As they say it is always better to be safe than sorry!
Wenman Healthcare is a family run provider of mobility and living aid solutions. We boast a dedicated team of friendly professionals, always available to answer your questions and providing expert advice when it comes to choosing the right products for you.
To speak to a member of our team please call the office on 01926 624432 or email [email protected]