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Edinburgh Zoo helps restricted mobility visitors

15th April 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

The popular Edinburgh Zoo has gone to great lengths to ensure all of their visitors have a pleasant and comfortable visit through obtaining a new mobility vehicle to make the attraction as accessible as possible for all visitors. The new vehicle is wheelchair accessible and designed to help visitors with limited mobility, such as those reliant on walking sticks and other mobility aids, get around the zoo.

The new vehicle can transport up to four people, including one wheelchair user, to almost any location within the zoo grounds. Much like how seated stair lifts make home life easier, the vehicle makes visits for the mobility impaired comfortable and, therefore, considerably more enjoyable.

A leisurely visit

The key feature of the new mobility vehicle at Edinburgh Zoo is that it allows mobility-restricted guests to explore the zoo at their leisure, rather than have to plan their visit in accordance with a timed shuttle bus. Managing Director for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Barbara Smith said of the zoo’s latest addition, “We are always keen to offer our visitors the best experience possible and the new mobility vehicle now allows us to provide visitors with restricted mobility a more tailored service than ever before”.

The new vehicle was made by mobility vehicle manufacturer Allied Mobility and has been accredited in this article with providing visitors an alternative zoo visit that makes their time visiting the zoo’s many animals far more personal and comfortable than previous shuttle bus methods. It is hoped that the new vehicle will work towards cementing Edinburgh Zoo’s reputation as one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, as well as making it a fun day out for people of every level of mobility.

While the Allied Mobility work towards making attractions across the UK accessible for elderly and vulnerable citizen’s, mobility-restricted residents can also benefit from Handicare’s wide range of home mobility aids for a more independent way of life and enjoy the comfort that comes with the installation of such aids as walk in showers and baths.

 

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