Seniors who face mobility concerns have a local retailer on hand to provide top-of-the-line accessibility equipment to help them continue living independently in their own home.
Motion Moose Jaw is one of the senior-focused vendors who attended the recent Passport to Wellness trade show on Jan. 27 and 28 in Moose Jaw. During the show, three company representatives helped share the many benefits offered by the company’s product line.
“We are the mobility and accessibility rehab store that sells medical equipment and personal care and well-being equipment in Moose Jaw and surrounding areas,” explained Brooke Malischewski, a mobility and accessibility consultant at Mobility’s Moose Jaw location.
“Motion is primarily based on keeping people independent and accessible within their own home. We try and keep people home as long as possible and comfortable.”
The products and services offered by Motion Moose Jaw are carefully selected with an aim to improve the standard of living for seniors.
“(Our products) get people out of the house, (and) allows them to do activities that they weren’t able to do previously, (whether) due to aging in general, or maybe they have any type of ailment. It allows them to maintain a regular lifestyle (and independence).”
The business sells mobility equipment and daily living aids, which includes assisted cutlery for those who suffer from conditions like Parkinson’s disease. There’s also rehabilitation seating options, daily transportation to get you out of the house, manual wheelchairs, and walkers.
Some of the power mobility options include a line of reclining chairs.
“Most people call them lift chairs. They will stand you right up and take you right down, right from the basic up and down models to the more advanced (models with) power lumbar, power headrests, cupholders, heat massage – the full works.”
Malischewski said the most popular items sold in Moose Jaw include walkers, and in the summer months the store sells a lot of power scooters.
“You’ll see a lot of these guys ripping around Moose Jaw during the summer,” she said.
The maximum speed on a typical mid-size scooter is about 9 kilometres per hour, and the fully electric mobility scooter will take you around 40 kilometres on a single charge. All you have to do is plug in the scooter overnight and wake up to a fully charged battery.
Larger models such as the Baja Wrangler 2 by Pride Mobility Canada are more suited for outdoor use and feature larger tires, more ground clearance, and bigger batteries. Some of these units can reach 20 kilometres per hour.
The company also installs stair-lifts. These can help navigate indoor stairwells, and additionally, porch lifts facilitate access to a deck or balcony.
“That’s one thing I like about Motion. It’s very (complete) from start to finish – there’s no calling a 1-800 number and getting someone to come fix (one of our products) in three months. We’re there to fix it for you…,” added Christine Richard, Motion Moose Jaw’s client care coordinator.
All products sold through Motion come with a warranty, and if repairs are required, the company’s technicians will come and fix it for you or enact a repair at the nearest retail location. There’s no need to travel all the way back to another retailer in Yorkton say, or vice versa, if you purchase something for a loved one in Yorkton there’s no need for them to return to Moose Jaw to have it fixed.
“It comes down to accessibility. Either you come to us, or we’ll come to you. Either way, you’re going to remain independent,” said Malischewski.