When you rely on a walker or a mobility scooter to get around every day, it can be easy to forget that these machines need to be maintained to run smoothly! Just like a car that needs regular oil-changes and safety checks to keep it running in tip-top condition, your personal mobility device will work better and last long with preventative maintenance.
Phil Adams and Rhiannon Dawkins at North Island Medical Mobility believe in a people-first business philosophy and they understand that if you rely on your device to get around, you need it back as soon as possible! Phil notes that “We aim to get your device back to you by the end of the day unless there’s a major repair required. We’re a small shop and we focus on personal service with a human touch.”
Walker, wheelchair and scooter maintenance 101
The west coast climate can be tough on mechanical things, and walkers and scooter are no exception. Walker wheels can get clogged up and worn down with pet hair and sand. The last thing you want is a stuck wheel, so getting a yearly check can prevent more costly maintenance and even a potentially dangerous, stuck wheel.
Repair is often preferable and cheaper than replacement, and with the current supply chain issues that are common to all businesses in these uncertain times, repair is the way to go.
As your scooter adds up the miles, the battery can hold less of a charge, which means that it might just run out of juice at the wrong time. Getting your battery checked provides peace of mind ,and a once-over by Phil’s expert eye can reveal other potential issues before they become problems.
Wheelchairs have many moving parts too, and just like walkers and scooters, regular maintenance keeps the wheels spinning freely, and the brakes working well.
Where the rubber meets the road
Tires are your point of contact if you depend on your scooter to get from A to B, and making sure your tires are in good shape can prevent annoying punctures. Just like a car, the tire tread wears down over time. Making sure you replace your tires before they are worn out allows you to get where you need to be—worry free.
North Island Medical Mobility offers pick up and delivery of your mobility device for $30, and in most cases, you will have your scooter or walker back the same day.