Wheelchair power unit wins award


Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

At the Independent Living Design Awards ceremony held in London in November, the Alber e-motion power drive was among a select handful of products to receive an award. Sponsored by Phab and the British Healthcare Trades Association, the Independent Living Design Awards are held every year. The award was received in recognition of the innovative design of the e-motion which offers powered assistance to users of manual wheelchairs. Motors, incorporating rechargeable battery packs, are mounted in the wheel hubs. The motor drive is actuated by pushing on the hand rims so that the user controls and propels the chair in the normal instinctive way, but with the assistance of motor power. The degree of assistance can be controlled according to individual needs. Gerald Simonds Healthcare took over British Isles distribution of the Alber range of wheelchair power drives during 2001. Managing director Gerald Simonds said the e-motion was a perfect solution for the user for whom a power chair was not appropriate but who





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