Now that the summer will soon be upon us, more and more people are looking to get out and about. Here Ransome Mobility, who supply Motability cars to customers throughout East Anglia, look at a variety of tourist attractions across Suffolk that also offer excellent disabled access.

 

Africa Alive!, Kessingland

If you want to look north, try the former Suffolk Wildlife Park, off the A12 at Kessingland, two miles from Lowestoft. As you might expect, the animal collection has a strong African theme with birds, primates and other mammals (including rhinos, giraffes, lions), invertebrates and reptiles all hailing from the African continent.

For disabled visitors, most of the pathways are wheelchair-friendly tarmac, and viewing areas have been designed with wheelchairs in mind too. They also have a free wheelchair loan scheme should you need.

However, assistance dogs have to be left in a secure office environment on site, and some parts are less accessible. For example, some of the site is in marshland, and the Safari Roadtrain hasn’t been adapted for wheelchairs (but staff will be on hand to help people on and off) should you wish to ride.

Africa Alive! is a great day out for the whole family, and parking is free for Blue Badge holders. It’s open from 9.30am every day, although closing times vary depending on the time of year.

 

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

Going east, if you do like to be beside the seaside and are also a history buff, Landguard Fort is a good place to visit. The current fort was built in the 18th century, but its position overlooking the Stour and Orwell rivers meant it was an important military post before that – it was also manned during the First and Second World Wars, too – the whole story being told on an excellent audio tour.

Disabled visitors and their carers get free admission, and there are two disabled parking spaces close to the entrance for easy access. Assistance dogs are also welcome.  More than three-quarters of the places of interest are situated on the ground floor for added convenience. However, there is no wheelchair or scooter hire available should you need one.

In April to October, Landguard Fort is open Thursday to Sunday during term time and every day during the school holidays – from 10:00 to 17:00 with last admission at 15:00.

 

The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Those fancying a trip inland to the west of the county should visit Bury, and particularly the award-winning Abbey Gardens in the heart of the town – just off the A14, about 28 miles north-west of Ipswich.

Going through the Abbey Gate, you will see a riot of colour in the expertly maintained floral displays (but you must keep off the grass and away from the flowers). There’s also the remains of an 11th-century Benedictine monastery on the grounds, as well as a small aviary, a café and a dedicated children’s play area.

There’s lots of flat, paved paths, so it’s good for wheelchairs, prams, buggies and scooters. There are disabled access toilets as well should you need one. Bicycles are not allowed in the grounds adding to the feeling of safety.

Entrance to The Abbey Gardens is free of charge.

 

Flatford

Heading towards the south of Suffolk is Constable Country, where one of England’s finest painters drew much of his inspiration from. Flatford (just of the A12 south of East Bergholt) is the ideal place from which to start exploring the area – parts of it being owned by the National Trust.

There’s a tea room and lots of different walking routes – so you can see Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s Cottage (above) and Bridge Cottage, all of which have been immortalised by the artist. However opening times vary so check out the National Trust website.

All the points of interest are within easy reach of the central car park, which has dedicated disabled spaces and an accessible toilet nearby. There’s also an accessible countryside trail, suitable for off-road mobility vehicles.

 

Motability Cars in East Anglia from Ransome Mobility

At Ransome Mobility, we supply Motability cars and wheelchair access vehicles to customers across East Anglia. For further details about the current situation with the Motability scheme, follow this link. Our selection of vehicles are also available if you do not quality for assistance under the scheme.

To see our current range of vehicles click here. If you can’t find what you are looking for, give us a call on 01473 727263, and we will source the right vehicle for you.  We also supply a range of other mobility aids, including straight and curved stair lifts, wheelchair lifts and vehicle access lifts. For more details contact the number above.

Images Credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CHRISTINE MATTHEWS

Carony Drive System

Although the history of motoring for people with disabilities now stretches back nearly a century, the wheelchair itself goes back a lot further than that. Here Ransome Mobility, who specialise in second hand WAV vehicles for customers in East Anglia, look at the history of this essential mobility aid.

 

The History of the Wheelchair

The Chinese are believed to have been the first to start using wheeled furniture and two-wheeled carts to transport disabled people around, with the first documented evidence being images on vases from between the 4th and 6th centuries BC.

In Europe, this method of transportation did not begin until nearly 2,000 years later, in the 17th century. A disabled German watchmaker named Stephan Farfler came up with a three-wheeled chair that he could propel via a rotary handle on the front wheel.

There were other related developments over the following centuries. The Bath chair, named after the home town of its inventor, James Heath, made personal transportation for the disabled much easier from around 1760.

And, in the 19th century in the USA, rolling chairs were introduced in Atlantic City so invalids could enjoy the sights and sounds of the resort city.  However, they soon became something of a status symbol and were used by able-bodied people who were pushed by their servants.

 

The Modern Wheelchair

It wasn’t until the 20th Century that what we would recognise today as a modern wheelchair was invented. Harry C. Jennings Sr, and his disabled friend Herbert Everest, both mechanical engineers, put together the first lightweight, steel, folding, portable wheelchair. Everest had previously broken his back in a mining accident.

Since then, many different types have been developed, with different methods of propulsion and design based on specific needs. Sporting competitions such as the Paralympics have been the principal driver of the trend for more lightweight, faster and manoeuvrable designs.

 

Second hand WAV Vehicles in East Anglia from Ransome Mobility

However, most people aren’t Paralympic athletes, which is where Ransome Mobility come in. We can help source an ideal nearly new, used or second hand WAV vehicle for you, regardless of which part of East Anglia you live in, to help you get to places you wouldn’t be able to reach without a vehicle which has been modified to accommodate a wheelchair.  To check out the current range of WAVs we have for sale, follow this link.

We also offer the option to hire a WAV if you only need one for a short period of time. One of the options we offer is the Carony Drive System, pictured above, which allows you to drive your vehicle from your wheelchair.

If, as well as using a wheelchair, you have a disability or condition which means you can’t operate conventional controls, we can fit a range of car adaptations to your vehicle to make it comfortable and easy to drive. These include easy release handbrakes, mobility hand controls, and twin flip accelerators, but there are many more, including lifts and hoists to get your wheelchair in and out of a vehicle.

If you would like to know more about any of our services, call us on 01473 727263.

  • To learn more about the history of motoring and car adaptations for drivers with disabilities, follow this link to our previous blog post.

Commercial Stairlifts East Anglia - Ransome Mobility

Commercial stairlifts have become a necessity for many groups and organisations who have a legal duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their buildings for the benefit of the disabled community.

As many premises cannot be adapted to include a conventional lift, a stair lift is one way of complying with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, which first became law in 1995 and was updated in 2010 as part of the Equality Act.

Ransome Mobility supply and install commercial stairlifts across East Anglia, including Essex, Norfolk and Hertfordshire. Here we look at five key factors to consider before ordering this type of mobility aid for a workplace or public building.

Security

This is even more of an issue than with domestic stairlifts, where you have a limited number of people using it. This means in a commercial or public building where footfall is much greater, a key or security system is essential.

There is also a greater risk of abuse and misuse. Even those who have a stairlift at home may be unfamiliar with how to operate one in their workplace. For this reason, you will need someone on hand to explain how the stairlift works, either to the user or their carer. They will also be able to check that the safety features are all in place, and that no one else is using (or about to use) the staircase.

Straight or Curved?

This will be determined by the configuration of your stairs. A single flight of straight stairs will require a simple straight stairlift, while multiple flights of straight stairs or a curved staircase will be best suited to a curved stairlift.

Straight stairlifts can be fitted relatively quickly and easily and can be bought new, reconditioned or rented, whereas curved ones are manufactured to suit an individual staircase.

A Question of Style

If the lift is going in a modern office block or similar commercial premises, you shouldn’t have to worry much about this. This is because most of the makes and models have a contemporary design that works well in these locations.

However, you may have to think if your stairlift is for a period property (for example, a museum) where you may prefer it to blend in with your surroundings. In such case, you might need to customise it slightly (and that includes the rail as well as the seat).

When It’s Not In Use

In a commercial setting, there may be a greater imperative to leave the stairways clear when the stairlift isn’t being used because of the greater footfall. This is also the case if the stairlift is more modern than the building, as mentioned above.

Therefore you would probably want to consider a model which allows for free and unfettered access to the stairs when it isn’t being used. Standard stairlifts fold away neatly when not in use so people can walk past with minimal restriction, but compact slimline stairlifts offer some extra wiggle room if space is at a premium or your stairs are narrow.

In addition, some curved stairlifts have a rail that turns back on itself at the bottom of the staircase, with the chair coming to rest facing outside the staircase, leaving the stairs completely unobstructed.

Equally, if there isn’t enough space to do this, you can continue the rail higher than it needs to go at the top of the staircase and “store” the chair here when not in use, calling it down to lower levels as and when it is needed. So there is usually a solution to any particular requirement or building type.

Weight Limits

Again, with domestic stairlifts this is less of an issue because there is usually a limited number of users. However in public buildings it is much harder to know the weight (or size) of who will be using the mobility aid.

Most stairlifts have 18-20 stone capacity. However, heavy-duty ones are also available, with some able to carry someone weighing up to 30 stone, such as the Homeadapt Elite pictured above, which is one of the models we can supply.

In public buildings, heavy duty stairlifts are usually a better choice because they are more durable and will last longer. This means they may be more expensive initially, but work out cheaper in the long term. However, a lot depends on the nature of your business or premises and who the likely users are going to be. So it is good idea to discuss your requirements with specialists like Ransome Mobility.

Commercial Stairlifts in East Anglia from Ransome Mobility

The brands we stock include Minivator, Home Adapt and Access BDD. We have many years of experience in the sector, and we can fit our range of stairlifts to straight or curved staircases.

If you would like to know more about our range of commercial or domestic stairlifts, follow this link and complete our online contact form or call us on 01473 727263.

Stairlift Companies East Anglia - Ransome Mobility

A stairlift represents a sizeable investment and you need to be sure that you choose one which is right for you. However, most people are unfamiliar with what’s available, in terms of features, finance and aftercare.

Ransome Mobility is one of the leading stairlift companies in East Anglia. Here are five key questions you should ask before you part with your cash.

Will it Fit My Stairs?

Stairlifts will fit most sizes and shapes of staircases. Straight staircases present less of a challenge than curved ones, as the stairlift can run on a simple rail, and this will be reflected in a lower price.

Curved staircases mean the stairlift will have to be made-to-measure, depending on the size and shape of each individual step. Even if just one step is at an angle, you will still need a curved stairlift.

Sometimes your home may need a minor modification to ensure the stairlift will fit and travel up and down safely. This is quite common and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

Are There Any Specific Features That I Need?

You should always check that the stairlift you purchase is suitable for your particular disability. Most models have the same standard features, such as padded seats, armrests, seatbelts, footplates and adjustable seat heights.

However, there are a number of optional extras available on some models, such as powered swivel seats (which helps when you want to dismount), manual or power hinged tracks (which can be moved away from doors and other through routes when not in use) and a perch option (which is ideal for users who cannot bend their knees very easily).

Our website contains a full list of standard features and optional extras for every make and model.

Is One Brand Better than Another?

At Ransome Mobility, we are not tied to any particular manufacturer so we can give an honest assessment about which stairlift will be best for you. We supply many of the leading names, including Minivator, Freelift, HomeAdapt (the Elite is pictured above) and Access BDD. Our team of experienced engineers will take you through all your options before recommending any particular make or model – and the final decision will always be yours.

We have also compiled a stairlift comparison guide on all the major brands which you can check out by clicking on this link.

Can I Rent Rather Than Buy?

If you only need a stairlift for a short period of time – for instance, if you are recovering from an operation rather than suffering from an ongoing medical condition – then it may be worth exploring the possibility of renting a stairlift.

At Ransome Mobility, we only offer this option on our straight stairlifts as curved ones are custom-built for individual properties. Stairlift rentals are a cost-effective solution for around 18 months; if you need one for longer than this it is usually a better idea to purchase one outright.

What About Breakdowns?

You don’t want to be stuck halfway up the stairs in the event of a power cut or an internal problem with the stairlift. The brands we sell at Ransome Mobility are all battery powered so they will continue to work even during an outage. The battery charges itself whenever the lift isn’t being used.

In the event of a mechanical fault, at Ransome our team of trained engineers are on call around the clock, every day of the year.

Ransome Mobility – One of East Anglia’s Leading Stairlift Companies

If you would like to know more about our range of commercial and domestic stairlifts, then you can click on this link to find out the makes and models we currently stock. You can also call us on 01473 727263 or email us at info@ransomemobility.co.uk.

Used WAVs East Anglia – image of a car wheel

Summer can be a time to hit the open road, but high temperatures can be just as hazardous for vehicles as a prolonged cold snap. Ransome Mobility supply nearly new and used WAVs to customers across East Anglia. Here we look at a few simple steps you can take to avoid having any problems with your car, whether it has been adapted or not.

 

Look After the Battery…

Car batteries can easily go flat, particularly if the vehicle hasn’t been used for a while (for instance, for lockdown-related reasons). This could also be a problem if you make a lot of short, stop-start journeys in traffic. Every time you turn the key in the ignition it will deplete the battery, but on longer journeys it can recharge itself – but not on a trip just round the corner.

Some batteries also won’t be able to cope so well with the modern demand for in-vehicle electronic devices. So the best thing to do is to avoid using too many dash cams, phone chargers, air fresheners and suchlike that would run down the battery. And many vehicles won’t start because the owner’s left the lights on while it’s been parked.

 

…and the Tyres

If a car has been left undriven in the garage or on a driveway for a prolonged period, it may develop flat spots in the tyre because they are not designed to be left in the same position too long. In turn, cracked and aged rubber on the tyres may cope with a short trip to the shops, but not a long journey to see family or friends after the easing of lockdown.

And not all vehicles carry spare tyres as standard these days, just a tyre repair kit. For that reason, check which you have, and learn how to use the kit if you don’t have a spare tyre.

 

Don’t Overload the Vehicle

If you are going on a longer trip, it can be tempting to pack one more suitcase just to be on the safe side. However, overloading the vehicle can cause a lot of problems, including:

  • Making the steering less responsive
  • Putting more stress on the tyres
  • Making the brakes less effective
  • Putting more strain on the suspension
  • And increasing your petrol bill because the extra weight won’t do much for your fuel consumption.

So travel as light as possible and only pack what you really need to cover genuine emergencies.

 

Care for Your Clutch

During the summer months, clutches take a lot of pressure. This means that they can easily slip, making the vehicle more difficult to drive. Roads will also get busier in general, so there will be a lot more stopping and starting in traffic, which will also put a lot of strain on the clutch.

Driving on unfamiliar or hilly roads (for example, while on holiday), can also take its toll. And if you are towing a caravan or trailer, then make sure it’s correctly loaded, as this can also put a lot of strain on it. So familiarise yourself as best as you can with any roads you haven’t driven before, and take extra care loading up your caravan or trailer.

 

Buy Your WAV from Ransome Mobility

At Ransome Mobility, we pride ourselves in our sales and aftercare services for all our nearly new and used WAVs sold in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. All our vehicles are fully serviced before sale and come with a full MOT, if required.

Most of the vehicles we have available for sale are between one and three years old and have a low mileage and a minimum six-month warranty. You can learn more about our current selection here.

If you are interested in a specific vehicle or you have any questions, give us a call on 01473 727263 and we’ll be happy to help. And remember, we can fit a wide range of car adaptations, including steering wheel balls, twin flip and left foot accelerators, and easy release handbrakes. So we can make a car that is not quite right for you now into your perfect vehicle.

Used WAVs For Sale Suffolk - mobile phone displaying apps

We are now living in the world of the app, with our lifestyle choices all available at the touch of a mobile phone. The world of disability motoring is being catered for too, as there are several specialist applications now on the market.

Ransome Mobility are experienced suppliers of nearly-new and used WAVs for sale in Suffolk, Norfolk and across East Anglia, and keep up to date with the latest developments in disability motoring. Here is our guide to some of the apps which are useful for drivers or passengers who may have mobility issues.

Note: The information regarding apps in this blog is correct at the time of writing (March 2021) but should not necessarily be viewed as an endorsement or specific recommendation by Ransome Mobility.

 

Getting Out and About

There are a number of apps which will both have apps which will tell you what disabled access is like for the place you are about to visit, be it a restaurant, shop, library or museum. The It’s Accessible and Access Earth apps are specifically aimed at people with mobility issues; TripTripHurray also includes information on disability access, alongside more general features which focus on the needs of families with babies or pets.

These apps rely heavily on user-generated content from the disabled community who have visited the locations in question, so you should be able to rely on it.

 

Service Stations on Major Routes

AccessAble, in partnership with Highways England and Motorway Service Operations, is aiming to assess more than 100 service areas on motorways and A-roads for the accessibility of their parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops and restaurants. The plan is to have 113 virtual access guides available either on the AccessAble app or website this year. The guides will include virtual 360-degree imagery, so any disabled motorists will be able to see the routes to any facilities such as accessible toilets.

 

Getting There in the First Place

The AA and the RAC both have their own apps, which, although they are not aimed specifically at the disability motoring market, have a number of useful features. Both have standard route planners, which can be an advantage if you have difficulty dealing with large-scale maps; these can help you avoid toll roads, congestion charges and motorways. You may also be able to receive real-time information about delays caused by accidents and roadworks.

Both AA and RAC members who install the app can also benefit from additional services such as money-off deals with commercial partners.

 

Accessible Toilets

If you are driving in an unfamiliar area, then an app which identifies the nearest disabled access toilet can be particularly useful; even more so if someone in the vehicle, be it a driver or a passenger, has a medical condition which may necessitate sudden or frequent trips to the lavatory.

The Changing Places app has a list of more than 1,000 toilets and changing facilities across the UK; alternatives include Toilet Finder and WheelMate.

 

Filling Up

An app which shows you where the nearest petrol station is can be particularly useful for longer journeys, particularly if you are driving to a holiday destination and you don’t know much about the local area. Both Shell and Esso have their own fuel finder apps which will highlight their closest filling station to your current location.

Both of them offer a mobile payment service, so you don’t have to go inside the shop/kiosk to pay, which can be particularly useful for disabled drivers. There is also an independent app known as fuelService, which locates the nearest accessible petrol station and if there are attendants on hand to help you.

 

Hands-Free

For the more technologically advanced, you can also use your mobile device hands-free, rather than having to stop to use it. The app, called the Dragon Speech Recognition Software, turns your device into a wireless microphone and allows you to search the web without even having to touch the screen; this can be useful for WAV users with limited hand use. You can also use it to create emails, messages and documents.

 

Used WAVs from Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility have been supplying nearly new and used WAVs to customers in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex for more than three decades. We can offer a wide range of vehicle adaptations on our vehicles, including easy release handbrakes, wireless keypad controls and scooter and wheelchair hoists.

Follow this link to find out what vehicles we currently have available for sale; if you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us and let us know your requirements. We also have a wide selection of wheelchair access vehicles available for hire as well, so whether you need a WAV for a day, a weekend or a full week, we are the people to contact.

 

Domestic stairlifts Essex - supplied by Ransome Mobility

Climbing up a flight of stairs is something many of us take for granted. Sadly, there is a whole host of medical conditions which can make it more difficult, and these can affect the young as well as the old.

Here Ransome Mobility, who supply and install commercial and domestic stairlifts in Suffolk, Norfolk and across East Anglia, look at the some of the principal medical conditions which mean that these mobility aids can give you – and your carers – a whole new lease of life.

Arthritis

This is a common condition, with millions of sufferers in the UK alone. There is a misconception that it only affects elderly people, but young people and children can be susceptible to it as well.

There are several different types of arthritis, but all of them lead to pain and inflammation in the body’s joints. Osteoarthritis, where the cartilage lining of the joint is initially affected, and rheumatoid arthritis, where the body’s immune system attacks the outer covering of the joint, are the most common types found in the UK. Stairlifts are a good investment for many arthritis sufferers, as the condition can make walking painful and difficult, particularly upstairs.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS, as it is frequently referred to, occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the spinal cord and the brain. This jumbles up the messages that the central nervous system sends out. Sufferers can have difficulties moving arms or legs, issues with balance and eyesight, as well as depression and tiredness.

There is no simple cure, but the medical profession has identified a number of treatments which can help slow it down. These include steroid tablets, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. However, people with MS may also have to make lifestyle changes, such as installing a stairlift to help them get upstairs and downstairs safely.

Other Medical Conditions

Many people suffer from long-term conditions which aren’t easily visible to the naked eye, so while they may appear physically capable of climbing stairs, it isn’t safe for them to do so. A brain injury, a stroke or conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease all fall into this category.

In addition, heart or lung problems can make any form of exercise difficult, as it puts too much stress on these organs, while anyone with poor eyesight can easily trip on a step.

Operations and Broken Bones

There are also a range of short-term conditions which only have a temporary effect on a person’s mobility. An accident which lead to a broken bone may mean you won’t be able to walk or control your balance until the fracture heals. If you have recently undergone a hip or knee joint replacement operation, you might be advised to put a stairlift in place until your recovery is complete.

If you have a short-term mobility problem preventing you climbing your stairs safely, you could consider renting a stairlift. Ransome Mobility can supply and install rental stairlifts in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Essex and across East Anglia.

Stairlifts from Ransome Mobility

Stairlifts don’t just give people with mobility issues more freedom around the house, they also take a lot of pressure off your carers who have to make any trips upstairs on your behalf. Users need no longer be confined to the ground floor of their home, improving their mental wellbeing.

Ransome Mobility supply and install commercial and domestic stairlifts in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and throughout East Anglia. The brands we stock include Minivator, Home Adapt and Access BDD stairlifts. We have many years of experience in the sector, and we can fit our stairlifts to straight or curved staircases.

We will recommend the stairlift which is right for your personal condition and circumstances. If you would like to know more about our range, just click on this link. For more details about the types we can supply, just follow this link.  We offer consultations and free, no-obligation quotations.

 

Buying a stairlift or wheelchair lift to help you get up and down the stairs is one of the most important decisions you can take, as it has the potential to transform your life – whether you have a disability, or care for a friend or relative who has one.

Ransome Mobility are highly experienced suppliers of domestic stairlifts and wheelchair lifts in Norfolk, Suffolk and throughout East Anglia. Here we look at five key factors to consider when choosing between the various options.

The Mobility of the User

This is probably the most important factor of all. Your new purchase must take account of how user-friendly it will be, particularly when it comes to the ease – or otherwise – or getting in and out of it. If the user’s mobility is seriously impaired, it may be worth considering the benefits of a wheelchair lift, installed independently of the stairs, or a stairlift where you don’t need to get out of the wheelchair.

Additional Features

However, it may still be possible to install a different type of stairlift even if the user has fairly limited mobility. This is because of the wide variety of features and accessories which can be fitted to them.

Perches, for instance, are an ideal alternative to seats, if the user has trouble bending their knees. Toggles and joysticks are a good idea for people who have limited movement in their hands, and we can also supply models with powered swivel seats so getting in – and out – is much easier. There are also more minor aesthetic considerations, such as the colour of the seat’s upholstery – you may want it to match an existing colour scheme.

The Size and Shape of the Staircase

The size and shape of your stairs will affect your choice. Different types of stairlift are available for straight and curved staircases. The former is the commonest type on the market, while a curved stairlift will generally be more expensive.

The angle and gradient of the steps will also affect which type of domestic stairlift or wheelchair lift you may be able to have installed. Some models also have an advanced ride monitoring system, which helps if the staircase is particularly narrow.

Other Structural Considerations

It’s not just the staircase that you have to consider, but other features at the top and bottom of the steps. Does the house have a radiator or other form of potential obstruction which could make life difficult when it comes to getting out of the stairlift? Is there a doorway on the landing or at the foot of the stairs which the user needs to go through? Both these factors can affect the ease of installation.

In the case of wheelchair lifts, you also have to be sure that the walls will be able to bear the weight of not just the lift but the wheelchair and the user.

Changing Circumstances

People’s health tends to deteriorate as they get older, and this needs to be factored into the choice of stairlift or wheelchair lift, as you will need to consider whether it will be suitable for changing needs. Some people might get heavier because of a specific medical condition, so a heavy-duty model, capable of carrying people weighing 30 stone, would be a good choice.

A person with arthritis may lose flexibility in their fingers and will need extra features such as an easy-to-use remote control. And, over time, a second person may need to use it, so you will need to accommodate all their requirements as well – even if it’s just a second remote control. Equally, you may only need a stairlift for a short period of time, for example when you are recuperating from an operation, so renting one may be a better option than buying one outright.

Wheelchair Lifts and Stairlifts from Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility have three decades of experience in supplying and installing mobility aids such as wheelchair lifts and domestic stairlifts in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and throughout East Anglia.

You can contact us for a free, no-obligation quote, and our experienced team will be able to talk you through your options, which includes rental and reconditioned stairlifts. Among the brands we can install are leading names such as Minivator, Wessex and Homeadapt. If you would like to know more, follow this link and fill in the online form, or email us at info@ransomemobility.co.uk.

AGAIN We are delighted to announce that we will be attending the Motability awareness day at John Grose’s site on Ransomes Euro Park in Ipswich on August 16th 2018 at both their Ford showroom and their impressive NEW Citroen and Peugeot showroom so pop down and meet the team.  The day is a great opportunity for you to pop down and see how the leading car scheme for disabled people can benefit you or your family.

We will be in attendance with 2 fully adapted demo vehicles and our Wheelchair accessible Peugeot Partner supporting the group. Our friendly staff will be able to show you round what adaptions are available on the scheme and answer any questions or concerns you may have so please put a note in your diary and pop over to see us on the day.

Please see below for more details

Motability Awareness Day 2018

Thursday 16th August 2018 | 1pm – 8pm

 

We’re pleased to invite you to the sixth annual Motability Awareness Day at our Ipswich and Lowestoft dealerships.

Dedicated to the Motability Car Scheme, this event offers an opportunity for those who think they, or someone they care for, may be eligible to find out more by speaking to our friendly and experienced team, and learn first-hand about the leading car scheme for disabled people.

Already joined the Motability scheme?  Why not come and take a look at the latest Ford, Peugeot, Citroen and DS models in Ipswich and Ford and Kia models in Lowestoft?

 

Motability Awareness Day at John Grose

 

We’ll be joined by a number of mobility related partners at the event, from adaptation specialists explaining how a car can be modified to suit individual mobility requirements, to those offering wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters, disability living aids and much more

There are two main ways of finding used WAVs for sale: from private sellers and non-specialist traders, or from a specialist WAV dealer. But which is the best way of finding the right wheelchair access vehicle for your needs?

We have been supplying users with disabilities and their families with mobility aids and used WAVs from our Suffolk showroom for over 30 years. As a result we feel that buying from a specialist dealer gives significant practical advantages compared to trying to find a suitable vehicle via a private seller or non-specialist trader. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Choice

If you are going to non-specialist traders, your selection of vehicles will be very limited, unless you extend your search to a very wide area. A specialist dealer, on the other hand, will have a good selection of used WAVs in stock at any one time. But, more importantly, your choice is not limited to what they actually have in stock right now. At Ransome Mobility we have access to a wide range of vehicles across the UK. So if a customer is looking for a particular type of wheelchair access car, we can find it for them.

  1. Expert Advice

A private seller may be able to answer questions about the specific vehicle on sale, but probably won’t be able to answer more general questions about other options that might be available, or additional adaptations that may help you. As WAV specialists we are aware of the full range of options and features that might be needed and can match these to your specific circumstances. That might include recommending a different vehicle to the one you are considering, or helping you decide what size or type of vehicle you really need.

  1. Convenience

Using the private sale route, you may need to travel quite a distance to view a used WAV that you are interested in. And you could end up having to view a number of different WAVs before you find one you want to buy. All this travelling is time consuming and potentially difficult if you don’t already have a means of transport, but it is important to attend a viewing in order to test that a particular wheelchair fits, or that there is enough storage space in the vehicle.

When you buy from Ransome Mobility, you don’t have this problem. You can view multiple vehicles at our showroom, even if you are not yet sure which type of WAV you need. This can be an invaluable way of finding out which type of vehicle you prefer and which features really matter to you. Alternatively, we can arrange to bring a vehicle to your home for you to evaluate, with absolutely no obligation to buy, saving you hours of time and hassle.

  1. Fine Tuning Adaptations

When you buy from a private seller or a non-specialist trader, the vehicle you buy is typically “sold as seen”, with whatever adaptations are already in place.

In contrast, when you buy from us, you often have the option to fine tune the adaptations and equipment on the vehicle to suit your own needs. Depending on the vehicle, this might include:

  • Changing from a manual ramp to a powered lift
  • Changing the position that the wheelchair occupies
  • Changing the type or size of wheelchair that can be accommodated
  • Removing an additional passenger seat to make room for equipment
  • Changing the type of restraint mechanism

At Ransome Mobility our experts can advise you on the options available and make suggestions to ensure that you end up with not just a wheelchair accessible vehicle, but a solution which fully meets your needs.

  1. Ongoing Support

If you buy from a private seller, there is no warranty or ongoing support of any kind, and very little recourse if there is something wrong with the vehicle. If you want to be sure about the mechanical state of the vehicle you need to arrange for it to be looked at, either by a mechanic that you trust or a professional association such as the AA or RAC.

If you buy from a non-specialist trader they may be able to offer you a mechanical warranty and general servicing options, but they are unlikely to have checked the adaptations, such as ramps, lifts, straps and so on.

Because we are not just dealers, but fully qualified mechanics we are able to ensure that every vehicle we sell is in excellent and roadworthy condition. We make sure that all our vehicles have a full MOT and service prior to sale. Roadworthiness aside, we are also experts at converting vehicles and installing adaptations, so we can also thoroughly check the current adaptations for safety, giving you extra peace of mind.

We’re so confident about the condition of our used WAVs that we provide a comprehensive 3 month warranty on all our vehicles (where a manufacturer’s warranty is not still in place). And if your vehicle does have to be off the road for repairs, we can provide a courtesy WAV (subject to availability).

Used WAVs from Ransome Mobility

In short, if it’s important to you to have the widest choice of vehicles, to have access to expert advice, to minimise travel to view vehicles, to achieve a solution which fully meets your needs, and to have ongoing support, only a specialist WAV dealer like Ransome Mobility can provide all these benefits.

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