Colonial Heights, VA (PRWEB) December 13, 2008
A national catalog-online marketer that focuses on products for the "baby boomer and beyond" generations has just introduced for that market a transport chair and rollator in one. The company, firstSTREET, headquartered near Richmond, VA, says it has been searching for such a combination unit for some time.
"This is an invaluable aid to people with mobility problems," says company spokesman and COO Chris Fawcett. You can see this product at the following URL http://www.firststreetonline.com/product.jsp?id=43992.
"It made so much sense to us that someone who can still ambulate by themselves, even briefly, should have that opportunity, and yet be able to turn the ambulation over to a caretaker as needed, without having to move from one type of unit to another. We think firstSTREET's Dual Transport Chair/Rollator meets that need perfectly."
When serving as a rollator, the unit is designed to move along at the pace of the person walking behind it, providing support and ease of mobility. Then when the user is ready to sit down and be pushed, the unit converts to a transport chair by reversing the backrest. "You can ambulate it by yourself, be pushed by someone else, or simply sit and rest when you want to," says Fawcett. "The padded backrest easily flips over when you want to sit down or be transported."
Fawcett notes that those with mobility issues need to be assured that any wheeled product they use can be easily controlled, braked and secured. "The design of the Dual Transport Chair/Rollator has really addressed those issues," he says. "There are big, sturdy eight-inch indoor/outdoor wheels, and for added safety, there's a seat lock and looplock brakes. For added comfort, the seat height, footrest and handlebars all adjust, and there's even a handy carry pouch under the seat."
The unit weighs just 19 lbs. and folds to fit in most cars. It comes pre-assembled and features, says Fawcett, "the easiest of conversions from one function to another. Basically the change from rollator to transport chair is simply a matter of reversing the backrest and folding down the footrest."
Fawcett adds that this unit offers a 300-lb. capacity, "versus the usual 250-lb. limit on most transport chairs."
firstSTREET is associated with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University and was recently certified as a "Senior Approved" company by Senior Approved Services, a national network of resources, products and services survey-endorsed by seniors and their families.