Regain Your Independence With Vehicle Mobility Solutions

Vehicle adaptations are life changing. Mobility solutions have benefited thousands of people who have re-gained their freedom and independence to visit friends, relatives, shop, go on leisure outings and visit the doctors.

Ransome Mobility Solutions offers a wide range of vehicle adaptations to customers in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Northampton, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We offer push pull hand controls, hoists, steering wheel balls, easy release handbrakes, infra-red controls, left foot accelerators, swivel seats and the Carony drive system. All these vehicle adaptations are available through the Motability Scheme.

Vehicle adaptations offer a solution to those who have physical disabilities or who have experienced a stroke, limb amputation, spinal injury or have MS. Here we shall look at how the Motability Scheme Works and the benefits of some of the vehicle adaptations.

How Motability Works

The Motability Scheme began in 1977. This allowed people in the UK to trade in their government funded mobility allowances for a car, scooter or electric wheelchair. The scheme has improved the lives of tens of thousands of people and their families. It meant that a quality car – which was also serviced, fully insured and had breakdown assistance – was accessible to people with disabilities. So far more than two million vehicles have been supplied under the scheme.

The allowance does not always cover the type of car and adaptations that people need, so as a result of this Motability was set up as a charity. Its aim is to fundraise to provide grants for this purpose. The vehicle adaptations which are required by people are supplied and installed by approved independent specialists such as Ransome Mobility Solutions. Ransome Mobility has been involved in the scheme for five years and are always on hand to answer any queries you may have.

We have a variety of solutions on offer to give people greater freedom to get out and about as and when they need. Here we shall look at some of the adaptation provided by Ransome Mobility Solutions.

Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users may experience difficulties getting in and out of their wheelchair and into and out of their vehicle. There are a range of options to help with this including hoists, swivel seats, Carony turnout system and Carony drive system.

We shall briefly explain what each of these options are and how they can benefit.

Hoists are available in lightweight and heavy duty form to lift power chairs, scooters and wheelchairs from 40 kg, up to 150 kg. They can easily be transferred from one vehicle to another which means greater freedom of movement as wheelchair users are not restricted to one vehicle.

The hoist is simple to use and has hand controls that can also be fully automated for people with limited mobility. The frame is not bulky as it only takes up a small amount of space in the boot. It also works to keep the wheelchair stable while you are on the move.

Swivel Seats make it easier to get in and out of a vehicle and can either be manually operated or automated, depending on ease of use. The manual system works with the use of a lever placed at the side of the seat; the automated system operates with hand controls.

Carony Turnout System works as a transport wheelchair system and means passengers do not have to be lifted in and out of a vehicle.

It is made up of a wheel unit and a dockable chair, which also doubles up as a regular wheelchair. The passenger is manoeuvred into car or minibus using a few manual operations and the wheel unit is stored in the boot.

Carony Drive System this enables the user to drive their vehicle without getting out of their wheelchair. The driver gets into the vehicle using either a ramp or wheelchair lift and the wheelchair seat can be lowered to the height that is suitable for driving. It operates with the use of a joystick and is easy to use even in very limited spaces.

Limited Foot/Leg Mobility

Some people may have difficulties using a conventional pedal system in a vehicle if they have limited mobility in their feet, ankles or legs.

The range of options to provide assistance with driving include: left foot accelerators, twin flip foot accelerator and push/pull hand controls. We shall look at each of these systems in turn to help you decide which is more suitable for your needs

Left Foot Accelerators are available for people who have difficulty using the right foot accelerator. The twin foot design means the left foot accelerator can easily be switched to the right, so it can be used by another driver if necessary.

Push/Pull Hand Controls can be used by people who have difficulty operating the foot pedals in automatic vehicles. All you have to do is to pull the handle towards you to accelerate and release the handle to slow down. Then push the handle away from you to brake.

Ransome Mobility Solutions specialise in push/pull hand controls inside the steering column. These take up less space than push/pull hand controls on the outside of the steering column and mean the vehicle can easily be used by other drivers.

Limited Hand/Arm Mobility

Some people may have limited dexterity in their fingers, hands or arms or have difficulties moving their upper body. This presents a problem using a conventional steering wheel, handbrake, gear stick and controls such as screen wipers and indicators.

The range of options to help with driving include steering wheel balls, Infra red controls and easy release handbrakes. We shall take a brief look at each of these in turn.

Steering Wheel Balls are designed to help people who experience problems holding or using a conventional steering wheel. They range from simple balls or two and three pin devices. A quick release option is also available so the device can be removed with ease when the vehicle is used by another driver.

Infra-Red Controls enable windscreen wipers, hazard lights, fog lights and a host of other options to be operated at a touch of a button.

Easy Release Handbrakes make a parking brake easy to operate if you have limited hand movement.

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