Following a recent visit to Naidex at the NEC we have some news on new wheelchairs rollators and other wheelchair accessories.
Naidex is a good event to catch-up on all things mobility and meet suppliers of wheelchairs and other mobility products all under one roof. We will be adding the new wheelchairs and accessories to the site shortly but thought we would give let you know a little about what we saw.
Bristol Maid are a long established wheelchair manufacturer originally from Bristol. Their new range of bariatric wheelchairs for the larger user was very impressive with both self propelled and transit wheelchairs intended for heavy duty use.
One particular model is that caught our eye is the Minimaxx bariatric wheelchair which caters for users up to 325 KGs and folds down neatly for transportation and storage. The Minimaxx wheelchair is available with a powerful Push Motor that will move the wheelchair along at walking speed up to 3.1 mph and has a range of up to 2.75 miles. The control is on the attendant handle and allows speed control as well as braking, using the fitted disc brakes.
An interesting variation on the bariatric wheelchair is the choice to go for a lowered seat for easy access. The lower than normal seat does make for easier sitting but presumably also makes getting out of the wheelchair less easy, so the arm rests are completely removable to make transfers easier.
To allow correct user positioning, the rear magnum style wheels can be moved a few inches back or forward to ensure the users weight is suitably balanced on the wheelchair, similarly the front wheelchair castors are positioned forward to prevent forward tipping. Everything about this wheelchair is heavy duty including the footrests that will cater to up to 100KG each side. Needless to say the rear magnum wheels and front castors are puncture proof.
The Minimaxx bariatric wheelchair has a good selection of optional extras including elevating calf supports made from moulded polyurethane, a table that fits neatly on to the arm rests and an IV / O2 holder, all of which are of a very high quality.
This wheelchair is very well made and has a high standard of finish including a powder coated steel frame and seamless contoured flame retardant vinyl upholstery.
Look out soon for this Minimaxx model in our bariatric wheelchair section.