Mobility retailers’ products of the month in March 2020
As the industry entered spring and prepared for what it thought would be its traditionally busier period in the calendar before the COVID-19 outbreak, six leading mobility retail leaders identified which products on the market stood out for them in March and why, including handy aids for daily living and an advanced complex powerchair…
Ableworld’s pick of the month
Pick of the month: Apex Lite Boot Scooter from Pride Mobility
Ceri Dixon, Marketing Manager of Ableworld
“As we are coming into the spring when many customers start to enjoy getting out and about, we have picked a product that helps people remain mobile. Let’s just hope this weather starts to improve soon, so we can all enjoy the spring!
“For our product of the month, we have chosen the Apex Lite Boot Scooter from Pride Mobility. This scooter is not only comfortable but also modern, lightweight and agile, making it a favourite with many of our customers.
“Featuring a comfortable folding seat, easy to use handlebar controls, alloy wheels and a convenient charge point, the Apex can be easily taken apart to fit inside the boot of a car for easy transportation or travelling.
“It comes with the added benefit of a lifetime frame warranty for added peace of mind for our customers.
“It really is an ideal option for enabling our customers to enjoy greater independence and more active lives.”
Classic Mobility’s pick of the month
Pick of the month: Classic Pro Reacher from The Helping Hand Company
Lauren Bromfield Director of Classic Mobility
“Our product of the month for March is the Classic Pro Reacher from The Helping Hand Company. The quality of this reacher is fantastic and the magnetic tip, dressing post and stick clip as standard make it stand out from competitors.
“There are various models available including a folding version which is ideal for travelling and an arthi-grip option which has a full hand trigger.
“Having a selection in the showroom makes it easy to assist our clients to find the perfect reacher for their needs which makes it a very popular item.”
Lifestyle & Mobility’s pick of the month
Pick of the month: Edge 3 Stretto from Quantum Rehab
Darren Macey, Business Development Manager for Lifestyle & Mobility
“The powerchair market has been innovating massively over the last four years but Quantum Rehab has just taken powerchair innovation to the next level… actually, to iLevel!
“The iLevel function is now on the most compact performance powerchair on the market to date!
“This is so exciting for all of our customers as you can now get a compact powerchair without compromising on seating, ride quality and range.
“The Edge 3 Stretto is small and mighty! It comes with SRS (Smooth Ride Suspension), a wheelbase width of 20.5 inches and will also ride at 3.5mph with a 12-inch seat raiser, as well as standard seating having Coolcare technology.
“In true Quantum style, you have a choice of over 10 colour options so you can truly customize it to your personality or taste. This product is going to be a true gamechanger for the industry and a product that we simply cannot afford to not have in our portfolio. That why Lifestyle and Mobility have made this our pick of the month.”
Fortuna Mobility’s pick of the month
Pick of the month: Janibell Akord Discreet Disposal
Elaine Ferguson, Mobility Services Manager of Fortuna Mobility
“At Fortuna, we recognise that incontinence is a difficult subject.
“Disposing of pads – and all the problems this brings – is something that most people are too embarrassed to speak about, which is why we sell Akord Discreet Disposal and have one permanently on display in our showroom.
“The Akord canister is sleek and elegant and has been designed to fit with all home environments. Its hands-free system allows the user to quickly and discreetly dispose of incontinence items – they simply step on the ergonomic pedal which opens the lid, and then drop the refuse into the extra-wide opening.
“An advanced ‘double seal’ lid traps odours, and, therefore, keeps the room smelling clean and fresh, while the hygienic design also ensures that no-one comes into contact with the inside contents when emptying the unit. The liners are latex-free and made from 20 per cent recycled material, while the refills are powder-fresh scented and made from strong film that resists stretching and is tough on odour.
“Akord really is a discreet and simple disposal system. It’s helped many of our customers overcome some of the worries connected with incontinence in a hygienic and efficient manner and we’re very happy to be associated with this great product.”
People First Mobility’s pick of the month
Pick of the month: Good Grips Y Peeler from Able2
Karen Sheppard, Managing Director of People First Mobility
“I really love this item and have one at home that I use all the time. I wouldn’t be without it and can highly recommend it for anyone who has problems with standard peelers.
“I have problems with my joints at times and find it hard to sometimes grip the vegetable and the peeler or knife. The Y shaped peeler has a host of little design features to make it easy and safe to use. The Good Grips Y Peeler has a sharp blade that swivels, reducing the range of motion required in the user’s wrist and elbow, thus reducing the effort required to peel potatoes, carrots, sweet potato or butternut squash.
“It effortlessly glides down the vegetable with ease and has a chunky rubber grip handle that is non-slip and very comfortable, giving the user a very secure but comfy grip, even when the hands are wet.
“The good grips peeler has a high quality, stainless steel blade and is also equipped with a hole in the handle to allow it to be hung up. It is a kitchen essential I wouldn’t be without!”
TPG DisableAids’ pick of the month
Pick of the month: Stannah 260 Curved Stairlift from Stannah
Alastair Gibbs, Managing Director of TPG DisableAids
“For this month, I would like to pick out one of our best-selling stairlifts that have been consistent and reliable now for many years.
“As a distributor and installer of stairlifts, the one thing above all others that we are looking for is reliability. We want a machine that covers all the bases with regards to options and suitability for our clients – that goes without saying. But we need to know that once we have sold and installed the product, we will not be running around attending to breakdowns every five minutes, which is not good for our customer and definitely not good for the preservation of our margin.
“Our pick is, therefore, the Stannah 260 curved stairlift. We would typically install around 150 of these models each year and it has proven over many years to be a reliable choice.
“The support from the company is also immense. With very intense training programmes and stringent quality controls which extend to quality checks on our performance in the field and full certification as a ‘Centre of Excellence’.”https://thiis.co.uk/mobility-retailers-products-of-the-month-in-march-2020/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Edge-Stretto-Quantum-rehab.jpg?fit=900%2C605&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Edge-Stretto-Quantum-rehab.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomRetailer NewsRetailers' Products of the MonthTrade FocusTrade NewsAble2,Ableworld,APEX,Apex Lite Boot Scooter,Classic Mobility,Classic Pro Reacher,Edge 3 Stretto,Fortuna Mobility,Good Grips Y Peeler,Janibell Akord Discreet Disposal,lifestyle and mobility,People First Mobility,Pride Mobility,Quantum Rehab,Stannah 260 Curved Stairlift,The Helping Hand Company,TPG DisableAidsAs the industry entered spring and prepared for what it thought would be its traditionally busier period in the calendar before the COVID-19 outbreak, six leading mobility retail leaders identified which products on the market stood out for them in March and why, including handy aids for daily living...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine