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Animal Therapy Anyone?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by morethan

Nurture Dogs CIC is a Community Interest Company that aims to bring the pleasure and therapeutic value of the humananimal bond to as many people as possible.

Combine animal contact and activities with animals with the therapeutic philosophy of Occupational Therapy. Dogs is an organisation that majors on empowering people, providing choices and opportunities where perhaps these do not currently exist.

They state “Other services will be offered as we progress. In each area we can work with individuals or groups using our own assessment tools or with those who already have set goals” services include:

  • Dedham Community Farm (for therapy and work experience)
  • Dogs in the community such as specialist hospitals, care homes, learning difficulties homes and much more.

Our services range from full OT assessment and evaluation to individual/group animal assisted programmes.

A) Individual Occupational Therapy

This service is led by Dave De’ath who is a qualified occupational therapist. We have several Occupational Therapists working with us as well as students. This will involve an OT assessment and evaluation.

B) Individual animal assisted therapy

One to one sessions specifically tailored to meet your individual goals. (Can be combined with OT assessment on request)

C) Group animal assisted therapy

A programme designed for a group of clients who may have similar needs. Each individual may set their own goals within the group objectives or they may be set for them.

(Can be combined with OT assessment on request).

Please see the Nuture Dogs website for more information

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Sheltered Housing and how to apply

Monday, September 12th, 2016 by morethan

Are you or a loved one struggling to live at home independently and are thinking about moving to sheltered accommodation but are unsure how to go about this?  Then take a look at the options below and how to apply.

Sheltered housing is purpose-built rented accommodation intended for people over 55. You enjoy the privacy of your own place, a secure environment and 24-hour support in emergency situations should you need it. Sheltered housing, also known as retirement housing, is accommodation specifically designed for older people (or younger disabled people) to allow them to live independently.

Sheltered housing usually consists of self-contained flats with communal facilities. In most cases, they are available to people aged over 60, although some schemes may be open to those over 55 years old.

Such accommodation can be bought or rented (see privately funded sheltered housing), either by individuals or couples. Residents can pay for sheltered housing privately (out of their own funds) or, if they meet certain eligibility criteria (see council and housing association sheltered housing), they can apply to be allocated sheltered housing by their local council or housing association.

  1. Schemes usually offer between 20 and 40 self-contained apartments/flats or bungalows on one site. All properties have their own front door, kitchen and bathroom, so that residents can continue to live independently and have the freedom to come and go as they please.
  2. The main advantage of sheltered housing is that residents have help at hand if they need it. Most offer additional support in the form of:
  3. A scheme manager (or warden) living on or off-site, who gives advice to residents, ensures that communal areas are clean, and arranges maintenance and repairs
  4. A 24-hour emergency alarm system within each property, so that residents can call for help if they have a fall, for example.
  5. Social activities or entertainment for residents, such as coffee mornings, crafts, bingo, bridge or quiz evenings
  6. Organised excursions to places of interest
  7. Guest rooms for family and friends so that residents can have visitors to stay over
  8. Communal laundry (washers and dryers).
  9. Some larger sites may also offer restaurants, shops, hairdressers or even a gym.
  10. It’s a good idea to check if there are any additional charges for these services, who they are available to (residents only, or visitors as well?) and what times they are available.
  11. The majority of sheltered housing schemes require residents to have a certain level of independence. Only a small number provide personal care (see Extra care housing, below) and none provide nursing care.

Extra care housing

Sheltered housing (also known as ‘retirement housing’) doesn’t usually offer help with personal care. However, there are some extra care housing schemes (also known as ‘very sheltered housing’, ‘enhanced sheltered housing’ or ‘assisted living’) that do provide this additional support for residents.

Extra care housing residents will have access to onsite personal care services, which can offer assistance with a range of tasks, such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation and also housework.

Nursing Care/Care Homes

Sheltered housing schemes do not offer any medical or nursing care. If your relative requires specific medical care, sheltered housing may not be the best option and you might want to consider a Nursing Home or Care Home. See Care Homes for more information about what these can offer.

If you are not sure what level of care you or your relative requires have a look at our recent More Than Mobility blog on Getting a Needs Assessment.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Paralympic Games Has Finally Begun!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 by morethan

How exciting the Paralympic Games has finally begun this week in Rio with a spectacular opening ceremony and now the Great Britain are hoping to surpass their London 2012 medal haul, when they won 120 medals.

From the first few day’s action and with Dame Sarah Storey winning her record breaking 12th gold medal on the cycle track last night; it is looking well on track (no pun intended!).  Here are at More Than Mobility we wish all the elite athletes from GB and across the world the best of luck.  You can only do your best and we know you will do your nations proud!

Click here to view the official Rio Paralympic Schedule.  If you want to watch the Paralympics on TV then Channel 4 are the official Paralympic TV broadcaster whilst BBC Radio 5 Live will also cover the events on the radio.   Do take a look at Channel 4 or BBC disability sport website for a day by day guide so you know when the medals will be won, and which events to monitor closely.

great to see that our own Prince Harry has made a donation to help Brazilian children watch the Rio Paralympics! The #FillTheSeats campaign is working with Paralympics organisers to buy 10,000 tickets for local children. A former soldier, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games – a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women – in 2014 and is a keen supporter of the Paralympic Games.

After the negative press leading up to the Rio Paralympic Games including the concerns around slow seat ticket sales; it was

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Keep Fit with Walking Football

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by morethan

Do you love football but would struggle now to play a game of regular football due to mobility or health issues?   Then it might be worth considering Walking Football!

Conceived in 2011 by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, Walking Football aims to inspire the over 50s to get out of their armchair and back into exercise.  Here at More Than Mobility we think this is a great way for some of our older customers who are still mobile to keep fit.

Walking football was brought it into the mainstream after Steve Rich – an ex-Sunday League player hung up his boots at 26 after a car accident to launch a website to help connect teams across Britain. There are now over 756 clubs throughout the UK offering walking football – click here to find our nearest club.

“It’s devastating to give up something you love,” admits Steve Rich “but after I was hit by a car any twisting, turning or impact was impossible. Then I heard about walking football and just kicked on from there.

The rules of walking football are much the same as, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no off-sides, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited.

Now, with backing from the Football Association and an online hub for clubs there’s a genuine buzz about the sport’s future. Last year’s National Tournament took in 18 teams from around the UK; this year it grew to 82. There’s even talk of a Walking Football World Cup – you never know we might even be able to win that!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Cleaning Tips to Spare Your Joints

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by morethan

Let’s be honest cleaning your house is never fun and is something we all like to put off.  However it is especially hard if you suffer with any kind of mobility or disability or have issues with your joints.

Therefore we have put together some simple tips below to help.

  • House cleaning tips begin with pacing yourself. Clean just one room a day as if you do everything in one day you will end up over exerting yourself.
  • Focus on heavy-traffic areas first. You may need to vacuum only the hallway from the kitchen to the doorway to help spruce up the place
  • Equip yourself properly. If squeezing a spray bottle or lifting a heavy bottle of washing powder is tough, look for easy-to-handle packaging. For scrubbing, simple cleaning tools, such as microfiber cloths and gloves remove dirt beautifully with just a little water and minimal muscle.
  • Strategically store cleaning supplies. Stash a complete set of cleaning solutions and tools on each floor – including separate lightweight vacuum cleaners.
  • Clean messes when they’re fresh. Waiting until a stain sets or clutter builds up ultimately results in more work.
  • Let cleaning solutions work for you. Once you apply a cleaning solution, let it attack the grime for a few minutes, then come back to wipe up.
  • Tip for tucking. When making your bed, use a wooden pizza paddle to help you tuck in sheets and blankets.
  • Double duty. When cleaning house, give up that hard-to-grip dust rag. Instead, wear an old pair of gloves or socks on your hands for dusting.
  • Correct Mobility Equipment. If you are in a wheelchair or have a walking aid then make sure that you have the right equipment especially for indoor use and good manoeuvrability to help when cleaning.  Do take a look at our More Than Mobility range of mobility products and services.
  • Get help. If you still struggle then it might be worth looking at getting some additional help for a few hours each week with cleaning the house and changing your bedsheets.

Here at More Than Mobility we have you in mind when it comes to cleaning the home as we have a section dedicated to essential daily living aids – do please take a look at our website for our full range of mobility products and services.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW More Than Mobility Store: Sidmouth!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by morethan

More Than Mobility are pleased to announce the opening of a new mobility store based in Sidmouth, Devon to complement our existing mobility stores in Northampton and Plymouth.

More Than Mobility have taken over the existing Hearing & Mobility store from 1st August 2016 .  For customers it is business as usual and our new Sidmouth store continues to stock a wide range of mobility products from mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds, wheelchairs, bathing & toileting aids as well as daily living aids.    Do pop in and say hello to our same friendly team and see our range of mobility products or enquire about hiring a mobility scooter or wheelchair.

For new customers our Sidmouth store is located centrally in town on the high street and with parking near the store it is very convenient for customers coming from Sidmouth, Devon and Dorset and the surrounding areas.

Hearing Health & Mobility have retained a hearing aid concession at the Sidmouth store and continue to dispense hearing aids and associated products and services.  If you would like to book a hearing test appointment to take place in store on in the convenience of your own home do pop into the store or call us to book a slot.

Meet The Team!

Do pop in and say hello to our team:  Kate, Jill and Dave are on hand to help you with choosing any new mobility products or servicing your existing mobility product.

You can contact the More Than Mobility Sidmouth store on the previous phone number: 01395 519850 or via post at 75 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LD.

Opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm Saturday.    Alternatively you can visit our Sidmouth store website at www.morethanmobilitysidmouth.co.uk

View our store locator to see our full list of More Than Mobility showrooms around the country or alternatively take a look at our nationwide website at www.morethanmobility.com where you can buy online and we will deliver your mobility products direct to your home.  Alternatively you can call us on 0800 046 3949 for further advice or support.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Rio Olympics & Paralympic Games 2016

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by morethan

Have you been inspired by impressive GB Team performance at the Olympic Games this last few weeks?   Here at More Than Mobility the whole team have been watching in awe at our athletes and cheering them on late into the evening!

However don’t forget that in a few weeks’ time the Paralympic Games will also take place in Rio De Janeiro from 7th – 18th September 2016.  Step forward the Superhuman Paralympic athletes who are even more awe inspiring….if it is anything to go by London 4 years ago; be prepared to be humbled and amazed at the same time!  If you cannot wait then take a look at the We’re The Superhumans GB Paralympics Video Trailer to get you in the mood.

The Great Britain Paralympic team will have a total of 258 athletes competing at the Rio Games across 19 sports.

Also last week the British Paralympic Association (BPA) launched its 2016 Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with 28 athletes and coaches across thirteen Paralympic sports. The Programme, which was first launched in London 2012, provides athletes and coaching staff with an experience of several days at a Paralympic Games. It aims to provide developing athletes knowledge that will prepare them for a future Games experience as a selected athlete, as well as inspire and excite potential future Paralympians in their ambitions.

Good luck to all our athletes taking part in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips for Safety in the Bathroom

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by morethan

With its slippery and hard surfaces, the bathroom can become one of the most dangerous places for falls in your own home.   Here are some useful tips for keeping you safe in the bathroom:

  1. Get rid of throw rugs. These slippery floor coverings are the main cause of household falls. If you just can’t part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings.
  2. Put nonslip mats in your bathtub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
  3. Keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
  4. Place grab bars or grab rails in or around the bathtub, shower and toilet. When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to if you do slip.
  5. Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom which comes on when it detects movement. Within the bathroom, use a nightlight, or install an illuminated switch.
  6. If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. That way you can get up safely and with less effort.  Also you might want to consider a toilet surrounding frame to go around the toilet to help.
  7. Put a bath board or bench or shower stool in the shower or bathtub. You’ll then have a place to sit when washing and there is less chance of slipping.
  8. Equip your shower with a handheld or adjustable shower head. You can manoeuvre it where you want it, minimizing your movement in the shower. Also, you can use it while sitting safely on your bath seat or bench.
  9. Take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall.
  10. If you struggle with getting in and out of bath then you might want to consider a lightweight bath lift.

More Than Mobility supply a range of bathing and toileting aids so do take a look at our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

August – National Road Victims Month

Monday, August 15th, 2016 by morethan

Every year, in August, RoadPeace remember those killed or injured on our roads during the National Road Victim Month

August is a particularly poignant month because:

  • Bridget Driscoll was the first person killed in the UK by a car, on 17 August 1896, in Crystal Palace, London
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997, in Paris
  • there is increased risk of those travelling on holiday being involved in a car crash

RoadPeace

RoadPeace was founded on the principle of road danger reduction (RDR) in February 1992. Twenty years on, supporting active travel policies and sustainable transport programmes is much more widespread.

Key to road danger reduction is the reduction of speed, volume and dominance of motor vehicles.

RoadPeace events taking place during August, Road Victim Month:

Do see the RoadPeace website for information on the other campaigns that RoadPeace organise and do follow them on Twitter.

Sharing the road – safety around mobility scooters

  • Be mindful of larger mobility scooters when travelling on the road.  Road legal mobility scooters can only travel at 8 mph but may be using the road. Give them space and only overtake when it is safe to do so.
  • Smaller mobility scooters are restricted to using footpaths and pavements. Dropped kerbs are the only way mobility and electric wheelchair users – not to mention parents with prams – can cross a road easily. It’s also an offence to obstruct these crossing points. When parking consider whether you’re inadvertently making it trickier for a less mobile person to get around.
  • Mobility scooters aren’t allowed to use cycle lanes or bus lanes so try not to get impatient if it seems they’re blocking the road – they’re obeying the law.
  • While larger scooters must have full lights, the smaller ones intended for pavement use don’t need to. In addition, waterproof covers can affect the vision of the driver. Never assume you’ve been seen. And always double check before pulling out.

Also mobility scooter users should have insurance for their scooter although it is not compulsory.  If you were to have an accident and hit someone, or damage someone’s property, in your mobility scooter your mobility scooter insurance will pay for your defence, if it was to go to court, and the resultant damages.  Here at More Than Mobility we always recommend that mobility scooters take out scooter insurance to cover any accidents and ensure peace of mind when travelling on the road.   Prices start from as little as £86 per annum which is only £1.66 per week.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Vintage: Back in Style!

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by morethan

The rise of vintage from fashion to furniture has been well documented online and in the media.  Also the rise of vintage fairs are becoming more popular.

“Even if you go back two or three years you used to get real bargains. You could bid on old furniture on eBay and get it for 99p, now the same items are £60 or £70,” says Estelle Riley.

Initially people bought second-hand furniture and restored it because it was all they could afford. But then they began to like the old-fashioned look and sought out pieces that could be painted or distressed to recreate the vintage look at home. And despite the challenges in seeking out a bargain she believes vintage is still on the rise.

Charity Oxfam launched its vintage section online and saw sales through its website shoot up by 400%. The service, which allows Oxfam’s 700 shops to post vintage items for sale online, was set up three years ago after the charity noticed more people were typing the word “vintage” into the website’s search box.

See some of our own vintage rise and recline chair styles include:

Pride C11 Rise and Recline Chair

At a surprisingly affordable price this Pride C11 Rise and Recline Chair offers stylish wing back with diamond pattern back.   The C11 rise and recline chair offers the best of both worlds, fantastic value and style that you can personalise with not only fabric choice, but with interchangeable wood and fabric panels to fit in with existing household interiors. Price: 425.00

Sasha Rise & Recline Chair

The single motor Sasha Rise & Recline Chair offers all the comfort of a fully customised made the measure chair at an off the shelf price.   The snug-fitting Sasha is designed to fit the contours of a petite, curvy frame so you can enjoy relaxing at home in luxury. Price 475.00

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com