The powerchair market is set to see more products which enable users interaction with appliances in their home.
That’s the view of Richard Bate, operations manager at Motus Medical, who says that the company is increasingly selling Sunrise Medical’s Quickie Salsa M2 Mini powerchairs.
“A lot of them are being sold. I think the biggest trend we’re seeing at the moment for powerchairs is integration into home interaction. For example, powerchairs that have built-in controls allowing the user to operate things like lights and blinds from their chair,” Bate explained.
The Motus man is confident that powerchair sales will continue to expand alongside mobility scooters.
He said: “We’re here mainly pushing powerchairs with Sunrise Medical but scooters still have a big place in the market so it’s a mix of everything really.”
Speaking to AMP, Bate also noted that in relation to powerchairs, the Motability Scheme is raising the bar for the industry.
He said: “For the market as a whole it’s set a decent standard for everyone, which is needed in this industry. You’ve got a lot of, I don’t want to say cowboys, but you have a lot of these small dealerships that are abusing the position that they’re in. And this market absolutely needs that level of care and service otherwise you shouldn’t be in the industry.”
Bate added: “Anything can be abused really so it does need to be regulated and have standards set. And it’s bodies like Motability, BHTA, that are really setting these standards for everyone to make the market a fairer place for us to compete in, and for the end user because that’s the most important thing.”