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Top 5 mobility aids to rent for your next holiday

Top 5 mobility aids to rent for your next holiday

Are you planning a holiday but are overwhelmed by the prospect of bringing all your required mobility aids? Renting equipment might just be the solution for you! Here, mobility rental website, Strive Mobility, selects five mobility aids that you can rent for your next trip in Great Britain.

Mobility scooter and wheelchair ramps

A ramp is an important mobility aid that will help you to eliminate the barriers that stairs pose. Renting a ramp when you travel can be helpful if you’re staying somewhere that has a few stairs to get inside.

You can also bring it along with you when exploring different cities, in case you encounter a pavement without a dropped kerb, or a business that has a step or two to get in.

These ramps are foldable and include a central plastic handle, making them easy to carry and transport.

Wheelchairs and scooters

Recent studies have shown that in a three-month period a number of airlines damaged 1,975 wheelchairs. Wheelchairs and scooters must be stored in the bottom of the plane near the luggage, and often not properly cared for by untrained airline employees.

Strive Mobility wheelchairs to rent on website

Skip the stress of worrying about the condition of your own equipment and rent one for your next trip instead.  Strive Mobility’s rental charges include insurance (subject to Ts&Cs) on all powered items.

Renting wheelchairs and scooters can also be helpful for people who struggle to walk long distances, but don’t need them enough to warrant the expense of buying one. You’ll be able to make the most of your holiday by renting these mobility aids.

Bathroom aids

Although travelling is a break from reality in many regards, the need for personal hygiene and self-care doesn’t disappear. Bathroom equipment can be cumbersome and sometimes embarrassing to travel with on airplanes and public transport.

Rent bathroom aids for your next vacation and have them delivered to your accommodation directly to avoid the hassle and discomfort of bringing your own equipment.

Bedroom equipment

There truly is nothing better than a good night’s sleep in your own bed. But when you are travelling and cannot bring your bed with you, there are ways to make your nights more comfortable. Renting a profiling mattress, side rail pads or adjustable back support can make your stay in a new bed both comfortable and safe.  With Strive Mobility, you also have the option of renting a profiling bed so it can be delivered straight to your hotel or apartment

Strive Mobility bedroom aids

Hoists

Hoists provide a way to help disabled people transfer from their wheelchair to their bed, shower or toilet. They are a safer way to transfer and protect caregivers from strain and injuries as well. Don’t go without this important piece of equipment while you are travelling!

You can rent hoists and a variety of slings to suit your body and needs.

Strive Mobility is a mobility equipment rental company. It was created after the personal experiences of our founder Shailen and his family when trying to travel with disability aids for his son. We hope that offering people the option to easily rent mobility aids will enable more disabled people and their families to travel and get out and about.

We’re proud to say that we have been successful as the following feedback was recently provided by a Strive Mobility customer: Excellent service without which granddad could not have gone on holiday.”

For more information about Strive Mobility and to rent equipment, visit: https://www.strivemobility.com

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Why renting mobility equipment could be the way forward

Article about Strive Mobility written by Disability Horizons (https://disabilityhorizons.com/2019/08/why-renting-mobility-equipment-could-be-the-way-forward/)

Strive Mobility, a mobility equipment rental company, was created after the personal experiences of founder Shailen and his family when trying to travel with disability aids for his son. He hopes that offering people the option to easily rent mobility aids will enable more disabled people and their families to travel and get out and about. Find out more about the benefits of renting mobility equipment and what services Strive Mobility offers.

Can you tell Disability Horizons readers about the experiences that influenced you starting Strive Mobility? 

Our son is severely disabled as a result of a brain injury at birth. Nevertheless, my wife and I have done our best to do as much as possible with our son. We have made it a priority to go on holidays, attend parties, take walks in parks… to live a full life.

This was easy enough to do when he was younger and smaller. But as he has grown older and taller, we’ve faced challenges, particularly with regards to travelling with mobility aids.

For example, how do we get him from the hotel room to the poolside without a wheelchair? How do we get him out of bed without the use of a hoist? We have to travel with it all. However, as we all know, trying to get somewhere with all our mobility aids is far from straightforward.

On a holiday a few years ago we got chatting to the parents of another disabled boy about this very problem. They had brought a wheelchair and other disability equipment with them from the UK, the process of which they found exceptionally difficult. But they wouldn’t have come on holiday without their son’s equipment – it was a tricky situation either way.

It got me thinking; ‘What if you didn’t have to take the equipment with you, but could easily rent it on location?’ It was then that Strive Mobility was conceived. You can read more about our history on the Strive Mobility website.

I felt that if mobility equipment was more easily accessible at a destination, it would encourage some disabled people and their families to travel more.

What are the benefits of renting mobility equipment rather than buying your own?

Mobility equipment can be expensive to buy, and a complete pain to travel with. That is why renting makes sense.

If you’re going on holiday but don’t necessarily want to take all your equipment with you, why not rent a wheelchair,mobility scooterhire a hoist, or any other disability equipment that you need so that it’s available at the destination upon arrival?!

Renting also gives you the opportunity to try an item out before actually purchasing it, so that you don’t make a costly mistake.

Cost is a particular factor if a wheelchair or hospital bed, for example, is only needed for a short period of time or a specific purpose.

For example, it could be that you have a short-term injury that requires a wheelchair or hoist to help aid you, but only while you recover. Or you might have a guest staying with you who has a need for a shower commode.

In these cases, it wouldn’t make sense to buy something if it won’t be needed long-term.

What services does Strive Mobility provide?

Strive Mobility currently rents mobility equipment for delivery and collection around most of the UK.  Equipment available includes:

  • hoists
  • ramps
  • chairs
  • walking aids
  • wheelchairs
  • mobility scooters
  • bedroom aids
  • paediatric equipment
  • bathroom equipment

We have partnered up with a UK distributor of mobility aids, who has agreed to take care of all logistics and supplies. We can, therefore, focus on making sure that our users get the best possible service and pricing.

Our ambition is to be a global provider of mobility aids and equipment. But we felt that we need to get it right in the UK first before reaching out to other countries.

What is the process of renting mobility equipment through Strive Mobility?

Our home page says it all, ‘The simple way of renting mobility equipment online’. Users simply have to go to www.StriveMobility.com and click on the ‘Mobility Category‘ page. There they will be able to see a whole host of products (wheelchairs, mobility scooters, profile beds, hoists, etc) available to rent.

The pricing is clear and there are no additional charges, such as delivery or collection, that come up at the checkout page. Insurance is also included on many of our powered items, so again this makes life easier for our users.

What do you hope to achieve by starting this mobility aids rental company?

We hope to enable disabled people and their families to be able to get out and about with a little more ease. We also want to make people aware that there are alternatives to just buying equipment, which can be expensive.

It is often the lack of suitable facilities (either equipment or accommodation) that can prohibit people from travelling, so we want to spread the word that there are other options.

There are many solutions provided by the likes of Accomable (now Airbnb), Limitless Travel and now Strive Mobility that can make life just that much easier for those with a disability.

To learn more about Strive Mobility and the products that are available to rent, visit: www.StriveMobility.com.

By Shannon Kelly

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Rent a wheelchair during the holidays

With the summer holidays approaching fast, many of us our scratching our heads thinking about what to do and where to go.  For anyone with a disability (or anyone caring for a disabled person), we also need to think about not only how to get to our destination but also get our wheelchair, hoist, mobility scooter etc there too.

Whilst public transport might be the cheapest way to get somewhere, it’s often not the most convenient – especially when we’re taking bulky mobility aids with us.

Not everyone has access to their own Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) and whilst the ride service companies such as Uber and Addison Lee are trying their best to accommodate wheelchair users, the UberAccess availability is still somewhat restricted and Addison Lee has very little information for wheelchair users on their website (although, it is a service that they do offer).

Within London, we have found the Taxi Card service to be very efficient and reliable; the driver has always been on time (if not early) and always very helpful.  For those living in London, there is also the option of Transport For London’s Dial-A-Ride service (similar to Manchester’s Ring & Ride scheme).

So if you’re planning on going out to watching Nadal on Centre Court, going to a museum or a heading out for a day at the park, don’t forget that there are quite a few transportation methods available.  And if you don’t want to take your own mobility equipment with you to your destination then why not go to our website and rent a wheelchair, a portable hoist, a mobility scooter or hire any other mobility equipment that you may need to make your days out over the holidays that much more enjoyable.

 

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Renting mobility equipment just got easier – www.StriveMobility.com will be live soon

It is well established that disabled people tend to travel less than those without a disability – this is often, due to the lack of suitable facilities at their destination; whether that’s a lack of suitable accommodation or just not enough mobility equipment (wheelchairs, hoists, mobility scooters etc), it is our goal at Strive Mobility, to try and make day to day life and travel – for anyone with a disability – just that much easier.

As parents of a disabled child, we share some of the challenges that many disabled people face when travelling.  Getting from A to B in itself can be difficult, so having the additional burden of travelling with, what is often, bulky equipment can be that much harder.  Should i take my mobility scooter with me?  Will my wheelchair fit on the train?  Will the hotel have a profiling bed?  How will i get from the station to my apartment?

It is these type of challenges that inspired us to provide what will hopefully be a solution for many others in the same position.  We want travelling – whether it’s a day out or a holiday abroad – to be as stress free as possible and hence, are providing our users with an opportunity to have mobility products delivered directly to where they need them, rather than worrying about how they’ll get themselves and the equipment there.

Whilst i’m hoping that readers of this will never have a need for mobility aids, we just don’t know what’s around the corner.  There might come a time when you or a family member have had an accident and require a wheelchair on a short term basis to help while you recover; alternatively, you may have a guest with limited mobility staying with you, and he/she needs a portable hoist.  Also, many of us have had friends or family come from overseas for hospital treatment, but they then don’t have access to the mobility aids they need once they’ve left hospital.  Purchasing this type of equipment is expensive, especially if only needed for a short time and that’s why renting can be more efficient.

If in the unfortunate event you or anyone you know, ever have a short term need for a bath lift, a hoist, a mobility scooter or even a profiling bed, why not rent it online at Strive Mobility.  We are currently delivering to mainland Britain only, but our long term goal is to provide you with the same quality service in as many countries as possible, so watch this space….

www.StriveMobility.com is your one stop shop for hiring mobility equipment; but if you’re looking to purchase any mobility products or lifestyle aids, click on: www.mobility2you.co.uk

We know that the website still needs some work but we felt that it was important to get our message out there and to provide a solution sooner, rather than later.  We will continue to do our best to make sure that www.StriveMobility.com is constantly improving in order to provide our users with the best user experience possible, however if you have any feedback about any aspect of the website, please let us know by clicking here: Contact Us

In the meantime, I would like to thank those of you that have made this site possible, especially all at www.webmotionuk.com.