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Coping with a New Disability

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by morethan

A new disability can come on suddenly or gradually develop over many years without you knowing about it. Disability are usuallygenetically exposed, but illnesses can also be the result of the polluted environment or the lifestyle we adopt. Coming to terms with any illness is not easy and might take a long time.

We recommend that you first talk to your doctor to get some medical advice or alternatively you can call our More Than Mobility Customer Service Helpline on 0800 046 3949 to help with any mobility products you need to manage and maintain your day to day lifestyle.

Being recently diagnosed with a new disability is the hardest time and naturally you will can feel down about it, yet with a few changes you might still be able to live your life to the full. The following easy 5 steps should help you in the right direction.

1. Allow yourself time to come to terms with your illness

Thinking positively is no easy matter but it is important to be enthusiastic about life again. There are only two choices for you to make. You can stay depressed and complain about your problems for the rest of your life or you have the option of trying to make most of your life even with all your limitations. We all know that cancer patients who remain positive live longer than those who become very depressed. The same applies to any chronic illness or disability.

2. Nurture yourself

The only person you can always trust is you. It sounds funny but you will always be in your own company. You can either cheer yourself up or make yourself miserable. First of all you need to take care of yourself and make sure that you can keep yourself as healthy as possible.

Naturally you cannot cure your illness or disability but you can learn how to live your live to the best – that is how to relieve your symptoms in the best possible way

  • It is important to realise that you are the person who matters most
  • Make yourself comfortable and do something you enjoy each day
  • Praise yourself for all your little achievements
  • Follow a healthy, well balanced diet and if possible try to do light exercise each day.

3. Learn how you can best help yourself feel better

Try and find out as much as you can about your particular health problem. Alternative therapies are a great way of harmonizing your energy and the practitioners at alternative therapy clinics will be more than happy to advise you on which therapy would be most suited for you. The clinic might also run courses that will help you to apply some methods on your own.

4. Concentrate on the present, do not dwell in the past or worry about the future.

“I should have done things differently” and so on….. Such claims might or might not be true, it does not really matter. What matters is that you try to ignore such thoughts because they will not help you advance in your life.

5. You are the maker of your own luck

Start small, giving yourself manageable goals each day that build on each other. Break your tasks into smaller chunks if your challenge is slightly larger. Many people make the mistake that when they have a brilliant idea they think big and want to see success overnight.

  • You can achieve your goals
  • Think small; accept that you will have some bad days. Find ways how to overcome these and say tomorrow will be a better day
  • Break bigger tasks into smaller chunks
  • Stick up with your goal – do not give up

More Than Mobility supply a wide range of mobility products which can help you on your way to an easier life includingmobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, wheelchairs, adjustable beds, stair lifts, walking aids, bathing & toileting aids and daily living aids.

Please visit our website to see our full mobility product range or call us and we can advise you over the telephone.

Finally, remember to always keep positive!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Summer Time Safety Tips For The Elderly

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by morethan

With the recent hot summer weather the heat and sun can be dangerous especially for the elderly. Proper precautions should betaken – below are some tips that the elderly can use to make sure they stay safe and have fun in the sun this summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated
    Elderly people lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for long summer journeys.
  2. Talk to Your Doctor
    Check with your doctor or nurse to make sure any medications you are on won’t be affected by higher temperatures. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than room temperature.
  3. Keep Your Cool
    Even small increases in temperature can shorten the life expectancy for older patients who are coping with chronic medical conditions. “Seniors are much more vulnerable to the harmful effects of heat, as their bodies do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature.
  4. Stay in Touch
    High temperatures can be life-threatening, so communication plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the elderly. You should let friends and family know if you’ll be spending an extended period of time outdoors, even if you’re only gardening.
  5. Know Who to Call
    Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area. This way, the right people can be called to help quickly.
  6. Wear the Right Stuff
    Remember to dress for the weather. When it’s warm out, some people find natural fabrics (such as cotton) to be cooler than synthetic fibres. Stock your summer wardrobe with light-coloured and loose-fitting clothes to help feel cooler and more comfortable.
  7. Protect Your Eyes
    Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.
  8. Know the Risks of Hyperthermia
    During the summer, be particularly cautious about abnormally high body temperatures — a condition known as hyperthermia. Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia that can be life-threatening. Make sure to know the warning signs and get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:

    1. Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
    2. A change in behaviour, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
    3. Dry, flushed skin
    4. Nausea and vomiting
    5. Headache
    6. Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
    7. Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
    8. Fainting

If you (or an elderly loved one) start to feel any of these symptoms, ask for medical help and then get out of the heat, lie down and place ice packs on your body.

  1. Rub on Sunscreen and Wear Hats
    Every one, young and old, should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The elderly especially need the extra sun protection to help keep them healthy. Hats are also a great idea, especially for those with light coloured hair and those with only distant memories of a full head of hair.

10. Apply Bug Spray
If you live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes and if you spend a lot of time outdoors (particularly at night), use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit and getting a disease.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

HURRY: £50 Off Summer Mobility Offer Coming To An End!

Monday, July 25th, 2016 by morethan

For June and July we have been running an offer of £50 off when you spend £500 on mobility products at www.morethanmobility.com.  This offer is ending this weekend so we wanted to remind you in case you need some new mobility products and to ensure you don’t miss out.


Take advantage of some of our sale items:

Nitro Rollator

The NITRO ROLLATOR is an attractive walking aid which has been developed for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a lightweight, aluminium frame which has been designed for easy manoeuvrability, with large 10″ front casters and a caster fork design to enhance turning radius.  Easily folds with one hand to ultra-compact size for storage. Price: was £175 now £155!

Restwell Chicago Rise and Recline Chair

The Chicago Rise and Recline Chair is one of the best value, comfortable riser recliner chairs on the market.  Single motor with a distinct lift, rest and recline action including an excellent full snooze position.  Choice of sizes and colours. Price: was £395 now £375!

Shoprider Paris Portable Mobility Scooter

The Shoprider Paris Portable Mobility Scooter has a comfortable height adjustable padded seat with armrests, and an adjustable tiller to allow you to find the most comfortable driving position (up to 16 miles range).  Portable and breaks down for easy storage and transportation. Price: was £895 now £845!

Please Quote SUMMER50 when ordering online or by phone to claim your £50 off.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Sarcoma Awareness Week!

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by morethan

This week is Sarcoma Awareness Week and we at More Than Mobility and Sarcoma UK want to spread awareness about this disease. Since 2009, Sarcoma UK have awarded over £1 million in scientific and medical grants to better understand these rare cancers.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

Sarcomas are usually found by a patient when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk. They can also be found during an investigation of other symptoms or during a routine operation.

The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed the better the chances of successful treatment.

A specialist doctor will diagnose sarcoma through a series of tests.

  • About 3,800 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the UK which makes up approximately 1% of all cancer diagnoses
  • Every year 3,330 people are diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma

Join #teamsarcoma for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. The application process is now open until October 2016. You can apply here. Run as part of Team Sarcoma in 2017 and join thousands of runners from all over the world taking on the famous course. The atmosphere in London is always electric – just look at some of the happy, exhausted faces in the album and click through for some highlights of #TeamSarcoma on Twitter.

Fundraising is a fun way to get friends and family together and it helps to get the word out there about Sarcoma UK and the vitalwork they do. They’ll even send you posters, wristbands, balloons and more in the fundraisers pack. Also please use #SarcomaAware hash tag in your social media postings.

Sarcoma UK offer a range of support for anyone diagnosed with or concerned about sarcoma. Call or email the confidential Support Line. Or you can start right now by downloading or ordering the patient guides.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Needs Assessments by Social Services

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by morethan

Anyone who appears to have a need for care or support can request a needs assessment through their local social services;regardless of the ‘level’ of those needs or the person’s financial resources. Even if you as the carer are providing all the care the person needs, they are still entitled to an assessment.

A health and social care assessment is done to find out what help and support you may need like on-going healthcare, mobility equipment, help in your home or residential care.

In some areas, social services ask local independent organisations or occupational therapists to carry out the assessment, but arrangements should still be made through social services and they should explain who will carry out the assessment. The assessor should be trained and where particularly complex needs are involved, an assessor with specialist expertise or knowledge should be involved.

The assessment meeting will normally be carried out face to face, usually by a social worker or another trained professional. The meeting should be carried out in a convenient and private place, usually at the person’s home.

The assessment should consider the following:

  • the person’s needs and how that impacts on their care
  • the things that matter to them, for instance, a need to help with getting dressed or support to get to work
  • their choices and goals, for example if they wish to take up a new activity or maintain relationships, and preferences for their day-to-day care
  • the types of services, information, advice, facilities and resources which will prevent or delay further needs from developing, helping the person stay well for longer (for example, the local council may offer them a period of re-ablement to reduce needs and regain skills, before completing the assessment)
  • the needs of their family

To apply and see if you are eligible please visit the Government website and enter your postcode into the box.  Alternatively if you have recently had a needs assessment and need help with purchasing mobility equipment then do take a look at our website or give us a call on 0800 046 3949.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wimbledon and how to get involved in Wheelchair Tennis

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by morethan

The most famous tennis championships have begun this week at Wimbledon and all eyes are on Andy Murray to see if he can become the men’s single champion once again.   To keep up to date with the latest news and scores you can visit the official website of the Wimbledon championships:

However it is not all about the Andy Murray and Jo Konta as during the championship the exciting game of wheelchair tennis events also take place.  Also for the first time ever there will be a wheelchair singles competition for both men and women to compliment the double wheelchair tennis events that have taken place for the last 10 years.

This is a great step forward and all of us here at More Than Mobility wish the competitors the best – especially the British ones!

Get involved in wheelchair tennis this summer!

However wheelchair tennis is not just for the elite and you too can get involved in this fast and exciting game!    See below on the rules and how to get involved.

A fully integrated sport, wheelchair tennis is similar to the able bodied game with the only modification being that an athlete can allow the ball to bounce twice before it is hit.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a permanent mobility related physical disability which results in substantial loss of function in one or both lower limbs is eligible to play wheelchair tennis. All disabled athletes compete together in singles or doubles events which makes the sportexciting due to the mix of disabilities. However, there are separate singles and doubles events for quadriplegics who have impairment in all four limbs.

How do I get involved – what’s near me?

For more information and to see what opportunities are near you and how to get involved please visit ITFTennis website.

Also further information is available at The Tennis Foundation or visit the WheelPower website.

More Than Mobility Wheelchair Offers!

To take part in wheelchair tennis you will need a specially adapted wheelchair which currently we don’t provide.  However here at More Than Mobility do have some great offer on standard, lightweight and comfortable transit push wheelchair and self-propelling wheelchairs so do take a look at our range onlinePrices start from as little as £99!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Inspirational Fundraisers

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we try to always promote relevant charity work and try to work with as many charities as we can both locally and at national level.  At a national level we work with Contact the elderly and Arthritis Care but at a local level we work with many charities in and around our local mobility stores.

However we also wanted to highlight two inspirational fundraisers that have really moved/touched us in the office – sometimes it is the experiences which determine the support to a cause or organisation.   Well done Victoria and Katie from us all at More Than Mobility and you should be very proud of your achievements.

Victoria Milligan

“My whole life changed on the afternoon of 5th May 2013.  My family and I were involved in a speed boat accident in Padstow, Cornwall.  My beloved husband Nicko and beautiful daughter Emily were killed, I also lost my left leg below the knee and my three surviving children suffered injuries.

To be given any one of these losses to deal with would have been hard enough but to cope with that level of loss seemed too much for anyone to bear.”

Through harnessing her grief, Victoria has raised over £750,000 through fundraisers, cycling and running events.  Visit the Victoria Milligan website to keep up with her events and fundraising activities and for details on where the money has been spent including a donation to the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Katie Cutler

Katie’s fundraising fame began when she read an article is January 2015 about a disabled pensioner who was assaulted outside his home in Gateshead.  He was too frightened to return home again which pushed Katie to start using social media to raise £500 for him to aid his recovery. The total was passed in hours and within days donations were coming in from as far as the US. Within three weeks she raised £300,000 which was handed to Mr Barnes at a TV fundraising event. Quite rightly Katie was awarded in a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Honours List last year.

If you have found other inspiration fundraisers in your area do get in touch and let us know so we can help recognise them.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Hydration Tips For The Elderly

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by morethan

With the warmer summer weather, it is really important that the elderly keep hydrated as it one of the main causes of hospitalisation for people aged over 65.  Elderly adults are one of the most at risk groups for dehydration as total body water decreases with age (from 60 percent to 52 percent in men, and from 52 to 46 percent in women). Therefore, an adult over 60 years old has less water to lose before becoming dehydrated. Plus as you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst making the situation worse.

Your body depends on water to survive.  Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly.  You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat and even when you breathe.  You lose water even fasten when the weather is really hot and when you are physical active or have diarrhoea.  If you don’t replace the water you lose each day you can become dehydrated.

How to know if you are dehydrated?

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

What Steps Can Be Taken To Prevent Dehydration?

Older people, families and carers need to plan ahead to make sure loved ones are properly hydrated. Here are some tips to help encourage fluid consumption and reduce the risk of elderly dehydration:

  1. Offer fluids on a regular basis throughout the day.  Keep water bottles or mugs of water close by and available at all times.  If you/they have trouble remembering to drink water think about a schedule e.g. drink water when wake up, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and before going to bed.  Or drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  2. Encourage 8 oz. of fluid intake (approx. 6 – 8 glasses of water) per day and drink every time medication is taken.
  3. When you are feeling hungry then try drinking a glass of water first.  Thirst is often confused with hunger.
  4. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink or look at offering a favourite “mocktail” concoction (see below for two recipes).   Please make sure they don’t include caffeine or alcohol as that can cause dehydration.

Tasty Recipes To Keep Elderly Hydrated

Strawberries and Coconut Water

To make 2 Strawberry Mocktails combine:

  • 1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar

Directions

  • To make the sugar syrup, boil sugar and water together in a ratio of 1:3 sugar to water until it thickens to a runny syrup consistency. Store in a jar for all future cocktail making.
  • Measure 1 cup of coconut water, either directly from a cut-open coconut or from a store-bought container (if you are lucky enough to live in an area that sells fresh coconut water in a bottle).
  • Combine the strawberries and sugar syrup and blend with a blender to desired consistency.
  • Serve with ice.

Cucumber Lemonade with Basil

To make 3 to 4 Cucumber Lemonade treats combine:

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 C water
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 C soda water

Directions

  • Start by cutting your cucumber in half. Peel one half and cut it lengthwise (you can cut it in half again first if need be).
  • Scoop the seeds out and chop it into pieces.
  • Put the cucumber pieces in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Put puree in a fine mesh sieve over a container and push with a wooden spoon or spatula, extracting as much liquid as you can from the cucumber puree.
  • Fill a separate bowl or container with 3 cups water. Squeeze 2 lemons into the water and mix in the sugar.
  • Pour lemonade and cucumber juice into a pitcher or serving container.  Slice remaining cucumber half (unpeeled) and remaining lemon and add to pitcher. Add basil, too. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve with ice

Finally if a loved one struggles with drinking from a standard mug or glass then do take a look at two mobility drinking aids that can help keep with drinking and ensure that fluid is taken.

  1. HandSteady – normal looking mug that stays upright and tilts easily plus keeps hands steady.
  2. Two Handed Mug – mug with two handles and 2 lids – one with spout and one with anti-spill with a hole for a straw.

Stay safe this summer and remember to keep hydrated.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW More Than Mobility Video from The Mobility Roadshow

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by morethan

Last month at the Silverstone Mobility Roadshow; More Than Mobility were interviewed by Rob Underwood, a BBC journalist who visited us at our stand to take a look at the mobility products and services we exhibited at the show and the importance of being at The Mobility Roadshow.

Take a look at the video from this interview where it gives you a chance to hear directly from our Managing Director Jemma Dunn and see some of our other colleagues on film working and demonstrating our mobility scooters and mobility products including the lightweight, folding Mobie Portable Mobility Scooter.

Please follow the link below to see the interview:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzHw6Qh1YGVhdnhzcDIzUC0yV0U.

As usual it was great to see so many of our new and existing customers at the show and have a chance to talk about their individual requirements and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all again next year.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Celebrating Armed Forces Day: Saturday 25th June

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by morethan

Forget the EU Referendum result…..this Saturday 25th June is Armed Forces Day where it is a day to show your support for the men and women and #saluteourforces for all they do.  From current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets the UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.  Here at More Than Mobility we are passionate about our Armed Forces and will be celebrating in our mobility stores.  Do pop in and say hello and join in the #saluteourforces photos.

Ways to get involved:

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes is the UK Charity who gives direct support to our wounded, injured and sick from the Armed Forces.

“Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

Please take a look at the Help For Heroes’ website for ways to get involved.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com