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Useful Tips For Buying a W.A.V (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by morethan

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) are cars that have been converted to carry passengers travelling in their wheelchair or for people who wish to drive from a wheelchair. WAVs include features such as a built-in ramp, or lifts on larger vehicles, wheelchair tie-downs and seat belts for wheelchair users to aid entrance into the WAV.

There are two types of WAVs: a passenger WAV, which allows one or more passengers to be seated in their wheelchair whilst travelling, or a WAV that a wheelchair user can drive. If you would like to drive from your wheelchair, you will need to have the WAV fitted with custom controls and other features to enable you to drive independently. You may also need to make sure that your access point is carefully designed and does not require help from a companion should you wish to drive on your own.

Many of our More Than Mobility customers have a WAV so we have put together some useful tips to help you if you are looking to buy a WAV this autumn.

1)    Find a dealer – select a reputable dealer by reputation, recommendation or research.

2)    Ask questions – try to ask sensible questions that will enable you to base. Your decisions on facts. Don’t be afraid to ask whatever you like and only stop when all of your concerns have been properly addressed.

3)    Do your homework – if you know you’re preparing to make any major purchase, start asking around friends and family for their tips, advice and recommendations or use brochures or the internet beforehand to help determine exactly what you want and whether it’s within your budget. You should start to construct a list of features that matter to you and if compromises might be acceptable if your budget doesn’t stretch far enough to incorporate them all.

4)    Go on a Test Drive – make sure you try out any WAV before buying and it’s a good idea to try more than one model.

What should I look out for?

Entry Configurations

There are two types of entry configurations: side-entry and rear-entry. The entry location impacts wheelchair position, parking options, the ability to accommodate other passengers, and storage availability.

Side-Entry

Advantages of a side-entry configuration include: ability to drive from a wheelchair or sit in the front passenger position in a wheelchair or driver position; enter and exit curb side away from traffic; and preserve rear storage space. Disadvantages of this style are that it requires a disabled parking space or extra room for ramp deployment and that some driveways are not wide enough to accommodate the vehicle.

Rear-Entry

A rear-entry configuration can be used for attended applications in which the wheelchair occupant is not driving the vehicle but rather riding as a passenger. One advantage of a rear-entry vehicle is that, with the exception of parallel parking, no extra room is required for a ramp and the side passenger doors aren’t blocked if a folding-style ramp is installed.

Types of Access

Ramps

Ramp based modifications are most commonly performed on minivans. In order to provide access for the wheelchair user, the floor on side-entry vehicles is lowered 8-12″.

Fold up (or In-Floor) Ramps

Fold-up ramps fold in half and stow upright next to the side passenger door in a side-entry configuration or inside the rear access doors in a rear-entry configuration.

Motorized Ramps

Manual ramps cost less both to purchase and to maintain, but power wheelchair ramps are the most popular because of their ease and convenience.

Platform Lifts

Full size vans can be fitted with lifts in the form of a platform that can be raised and lowered from a control inside the vehicle down to the ground outside.

Crane Lifts

Other crane type lifts are combined with seats that turn and lower to the ground as a means of providing wheelchair access to some types of vehicles.

The Salesperson

Make the salesperson earns their money! They have huge experience and should help to guide you through the different ideas and innovations on offer.

When making the final decision here are a list of questions we recommend you consider before spending your money:

  • Am I comfortable enough getting in and out of the vehicle?
  • Does the vehicle (and conversion) include all of the features you would like? (Remember, you might have to live with it for years.)
  • Does the vehicle have enough room for my needs? (Does all of your usual kit fit in or does it feel cramped or claustrophobic?)
  • Will all the people I usually travel with fit into the vehicle?
  • Are all the seating positions to my liking? (Are the seat configurations flexible for different circumstances?)
  • Is there ample room for luggage?
  • Will this vehicle fit in my normal parking space/garage?

For more information on buying a WAV you can visit Rica who have more advice and support available.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips For Getting Out In The Countryside This Summer & Autumn

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by morethan

For disabled people the countryside may seem daunting but Great Britain has some breath-taking scenery and some of the most fantastic countryside, from mountains and valleys to rolling hills and scenic coast. There are thousands of miles of public footpaths, bridleways, green lanes, trails and tracks and the UK disability discrimination legislation has gone a long way to help ensure that holiday accommodation owners provide access for wheelchair users and cater for other needs of disabled customers.

There are many types of holidays available for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. However, please bear in mind that it is important to check on the accommodation owner’s web site or contact them to ensure that the holiday accommodation meets your needs.

The Fieldfare Trust

The Fieldfare Trust works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone. Fieldfare have recently created a new website www.phototrails.org.

Phototrails is an innovative concept that allows users to view countryside routes through a series of photographs and descriptions of the path features, taking in surface, path width, gradients, barriers and amenities such as seats, disabled parking, and accessible toilets, all of which, to some, is important information to know before making the decision on whether to visit a site or not. It is hoped that the website will be particularly useful to people with disabilities and will allow disabled people make up their own mind if a trail is accessible to them by using the information provided.

Camping

You might want to pick a campsite with jumbo tent pitches, camping pods or tipis, yurts or wigwams instead of normal-sized non-wheelchair friendly tents, or with caravans for hire, or alternatively one with facilities on-site such as an indoor swimming pool or an on-site restaurant/cafe.

Once you’ve found a campsite you like the look of, call or email them to double-check the facilities, and be as specific as possible about what you need. Most campsite owners who list their site as disabled access do mean well and don’t realise it might not be fully accessible in all areas – a bar or clubhouse could have a bar downstairs but the evening entertainment might be on an upper floor, for example, or a set of steep steps mightn’t have a handrail. You might also want to check specific things related to what you want to do on the site once you’re there, such as being able to get in and out of the pool or being able to get down to the lakes for fishing if you’re using your wheelchair. Also check bathroom facilities if you need help with showering, such as confirming that the disabled access bathroom is big enough for two people, or that there’s a bath if you can’t stand up in the shower.

Major festivals such as Glastonbury or V Festival are also a good bet for camping if you’re using a wheelchair or have another disability, as they’re more than likely to have disabled access than the smaller festival. You get to rock out as well, which is always an advantage!

More Than Mobility have mobility products tailored to make your travelling life easier. The TraveLite Travel Transit Wheelchair in a Bag folds up and is perfect for taking away on holiday.  Check out some of our other travel products here.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Guidance on Getting an Electric Wheelchair/Powerchair

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by morethan

The consumer research charity Rica, has published a new guide called “Getting a Powered Wheelchair: a guide to help you choose” – available free online and in print. Between April and July 2014 Rica surveyed 374 disabled people, asking them for their views and experiences of choosing, funding and maintaining a powered wheelchair.

This guide provides unbiased and practical information about:

  • paying for a powered wheelchair, including funding options
  • getting assessed for and how to find out about products on the market
  • types and features of power-chairs and electric wheelchairs

It also provides real life stories by electric wheelchair & powered wheelchair users and a list of useful organisations that can provide further information and support.

Rica asked disabled people about:

  • getting information and advice on choosing a powered wheelchair or electric wheelchair
  • the assessment process
  • funding for a powered wheelchair
  • maintenance and after-sales service
  • any barriers they experienced

Dr Phil Friend OBE and Rica Trustee said: “As an experienced wheelchair user, I know that choosing and buying a powered wheelchair is a crucial decision and it’s important to get it right first time. There are no independent product tests, meaningful reviews or simple guidance to help people through this daunting and often confusing process. Services and support vary depending on where you are, what you need and what funding is available. With more than 300 models available, getting the right one to suit individual needs is vital and this where the new Rica guide can help.”

The survey of 374 powered wheelchair users found that disabled people and their families often struggle to:

  • Locate relevant information about funding options – 48% didn’t get the right information
  • Make an informed choice about provision – over a third (37%) get no assessment
  • Get value for money when buying and maintaining their powered wheelchair – 32% had to fund their own powered wheelchair completely themselves with a quarter (26%) being turned down for NHS funding.

Rica’s report follows a few recent developments in wheelchair services:

  1. My Voice, My Wheelchair, My Life is an online campaign which aims to transform wheelchair services for users and their families
  2. The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign aims to raise awareness of issues in wheelchair services: “There are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, roughly two per cent of the UK population, and whilst some people receive a good service too many have to wait too long for a wheelchair or to receive a wheelchair that is suitable for their needs”
  3. CECOPS, an independent social enterprise that aims to raise the standard of wheelchair services has introduced comprehensive standards and accreditation guidelines.

More Than Mobility understand how powered wheelchairs have the potential to help many disabled adults to be moreindependent and the correct supportive seating can reduce the need for future medical interventions. We currently have offers on our power-chairs with savings of up to £200!  Do take a look at our electric wheelchair & powerchair range.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Our Mobility Summer Offer Is Coming To An End Tomorrow!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by morethan

For the months of June and July we have been running a Summer Mobility Offer of £50 off when you spend £500. This offer is coming to an end tomorrow so please shop before July 31st (midnight tomorrow) to avoid missing this opportunity.   It is a great time to stock up on a new mobility scooter or wheelchair to help you get out and about this summer!

Please quote SUMMER50 when ordering online or by phone.

Kind Regards

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW Refurbished More Than Mobility Northampton Showroom

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by morethan

We are pleased to launch our newly refurbished More Than Mobility Northampton showroom which opened earlier this week.   Still based at the popular Weston Favell Shopping Centre, in-between Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering; our new store is bigger and brighter and offers an improved product offering for our customers.   We have an enhanced range of mobility products including mobility scooters, wheelchairs, rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds, stairlifts, toileting and bathing products and an increased daily living aid range.  We also stock a wide range of incontinence products and are a Cosyfeet specialist offering extra wide fitting shoes.

Do pop in and see us and let us know what you think – our same friendly team will be happy to show you around.  Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Our new location in the Weston Favell Shopping Centre is K7 on the ground floor opposite the newly refurbished toilets and the escalator up to the upper level.

Here are a few pictures from of our new showroom:

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

Mobility and Going On Holiday; Vital Information

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by morethan

More Than Mobility can understand going on holiday can be enjoyable for people mobility issues and their loved ones, as it can offer new experiences and a break from routine. A fresh environment, new faces and a change from daily routine can lift your spirits. Some people like to travel alone, although this can become more difficult as issues progress. Others prefer to travel with a companion – often the person who normally cares for them. Don’t forget, remember a travel companion might be so concerned about giving the person with a disability a good holiday that they themselves forget to relax. For this reason, it is important to make plans for the most suitable holiday for everyone involved. There are holidays to support and help you whatever your circumstances, Silver Travel Advisor is a unique travel reviews, information and advice website, especially for travellers aged over 50.

Airports, railway stations, bus stations, ships, trains and even large airplanes are usually busy and confusing places and it can be very easy to get lost or to lose touch with someone. Consider travelling at quieter times if possible, avoiding weekends at the height of summer.

Travelling By Air:

Airlines generally state that people who travel with a ‘permanent or stable condition’ do not require medical clearance. However, it is best to check at the time of booking what, if any, medical information is required. British Airways advises people with a condition that may affect their ability to fly to contact its Passenger Medical Clearance Unit, which offers a free advisory service to doctors, other healthcare professionals and passengers.

Airports and airlines should provide the following assistance to anyone with a sensory, physical or learning disability:

  • assistance to reach check-in
  • a briefing on emergency procedures and the layout of the cabin for those who are travelling
  • help with getting on and off the plane
  • help with stowing and retrieving baggage on the plane
  • an on-board wheelchair (not always available)
  • someone to meet you off the plane and help you find your way around the airport.

Travelling By Train:

Rail companies can arrange to meet a person at the departure station and escort them onto the appropriate train, if they are informed at least two days in advance. They will also take a person to their connecting train, if necessary. This support can be booked through the national Assisted Passenger Reservation Service. To arrange assistance, phone National Rail Enquiries on 0845 7484 950 and ask for the phone number of the rail company you are travelling with.

Eurostar provides a complementary assistance service for passengers with special needs, and assistance can be provided at any Eurostar terminal. This service can be arranged when you book, as long as it is at least 48 hours before the journey. For more information call Eurostar on 08432 186 196.

Travelling by coach or bus

Although passengers are responsible for seeing their luggage on and off the coach, the driver should assist with actually putting the baggage into the storage area under the coach. Keep all valuables, tickets and medication with you on board. Many individual coach companies run their own services for travellers with special needs – for example National Express has an Assisted Travel Team.

There are also a number of specialist companies that offer UK and European coach travel with fully accessible vehicles, for those who use a wheelchair. For more information, contact Tourism for All

Travelling by sea

Vessels that travel more than 12 miles from the UK coastline are not covered by the DDA, so may be less accessible than ferries travelling from the mainland to the Isle of Wight, for example. Check with the ferry or cruise ship operator to see if they require someone to have a companion or escort, or medical clearance for the journey. Tell them what assistance you will need at the time that you book the ticket. Some UK-based ferry companies offer discounted fares for disabled people. However, you may need to apply in advance to obtain a discount.

Travelling by car

If you are planning a long car journey, try not to travel for more than around two hours before having a break. Consider using a taxi service or asking a relative or friend to drive. Try to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that seatbelts are properly fitted.

Plan your journey carefully, factoring in regular breaks from driving, and listen to traffic updates before you set off.

Finally check out our range of portable and lightweight mobility travel products – perfect for taking away on holiday or for visiting friends and days out!   Including portable travel mobility scooters and lightweight wheelchairs.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Come and Visit Us at the South West Caravan & Motorhome Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge This Weekend for some great Show Offers!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by morethan

More Than Mobility will be having a stand at the South West Caravan & Motorhome Show this weekend Friday 10th –Sunday 12th July at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.   If you are in the Devon or Cornwall area do come to visit either for the day or camp overnight – there is plenty to see and do.

We will have lots of NEW mobility scooters, wheelchairs & useful daily living aids – come and see us. We would be delighted to see you at the show – do drop by and say hello and we will be delighted to demo any of the products on show for you.

For more information and directions to get to the show please click here.  The show opens daily from 10am – 5pm (4pm on Sunday).

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Disability Awareness Day This Sunday 12th July 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by morethan

Disability Awareness Day (DAD), is Europe’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition. It is held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington, Cheshire. In the past it has attracted over 27,000 visitors from across the region.

Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marque and family entertainment. The show opens this Sunday 12th July at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE. The Royal Air Force spectacular scheduled for 1.10pm on Sunday is a must see.

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day has been around since 1992, and is an event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work.

The show has three main aims:

  • To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
  • To promote equipment and aides that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, DAD want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
  • To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment

The run-up to this year’s event has attracted local, regional and national media interest. Several highly recognised individuals are supporting this year’s event, World Champions and Paralympian’s are supporting the Sports Zone, and the Performing Arts Marque sees acts including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Urban Gypsies and BBC Autistic Super Stars Carly Ryan and Martin Finn.

There will be events happening throughout the week running up to the 12th so there will be plenty to do – click HERE for the events calendar.  If you are in the Cheshire area this weekend we recommend popping along as it will be a great day out for the whole family.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Get Into Disability Sport To Help Boost Your Independence

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we know that disabled people are less likely to take part in sport with only one in six playing sport regularly compared to one in three non-disabled people. The English Federation of Disability Sport are keen to change this in order to enable disabled people to view taking part in sport as a viable lifestyle choice.

Disability Sport ranges from entry level to international competition with many layers between. Many disabled sports people get involved as a hobby or interest. Some compete professionally or at the highest levels. There is a sport and a place for everyone. Find out about disability sports events in your area by clicking here.

Why get into sport?

Being active is a great way to improve your health, clear your mind and put you into a better mood. There are sports clubs around the UK that cater for all kinds of disabilities. Many clubs and sports centres offer free taster sessions so you can try different sports to find out which is your favourite! There are over 400 inclusive gyms around the country with specially designed equipment so you’ll be working up a sweat in no time.

If you’re a budding Paralympian, there are plenty of opportunities to get spotted. Join a sports club with professional coaches to reach your full potential.

Do I need Experience?

Any kind of physical movement is beneficial to your health, so don’t think you have to be a great athlete to get involved. If you’re not quite ready to join a club, working out at home is a good starting point. If you’re keen to get active but the prospect of entering the world of sport seems daunting, don’t worry as there are plenty of great resources out there to help you get started.

National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs)

  • British Blind Sport (BBS) – BBS is the leading voice for people with visual impairments in the world of sport.
  • British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA) – BWAA work with athletes interested in Seated Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club), and pentathlon.
  • British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) – WRA promotes the involvement of disabled people in wheelchair racing.
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) – CP Sport promotes and seeks to increase opportunities for disabled people, in particular people with Cerebral Palsy, to participate in athletics.
  • Mencap Sport (England) - Working with Governing Bodies of Sport and other sports providers to increase and improve opportunities at all levels, through training and partnership work
  • LimbPower- LimbPower is the National Disability Sports Organisation helping amputees and the limb impaired reach their sporting potential.

More Than Mobility would like to support anyone wanting to regain their independence and fitness and we recommend the popular pedal exerciser with digital display for when you want to work up a sweat at home!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Visit More Than Mobility at This Weekend’s Mobility Roadshow!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by morethan

This weekend is the annual Mobility Roadshow and More Than Mobility will be attending and exhibition our mobility products again.  If you have time or if you are looking to buy a new mobility product please do come and along and see our latest NEW products as we always enjoy meeting new and old customers.

This weekend’s 3 day event is taking place at Donington Park Race Circuit, Donington Park, Derby on Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th June. Doors open from 10am – 5pm each day and entry to the roadshow is free to all visitors and appeals to drivers, passengers and non-drivers that live with disability or restricted mobility as much as the less able-bodied.

The Mobility Roadshow provides product and service information on independent mobility, whether it is drivers with disabilities, wheelchair accessible vehicles or independent living innovations in and out of the home. There is also opportunity to test drive vehicles facility on the Donington Park racing circuit, where you will be accompanied by professional drivers and will provide the ultimate driving experience. Plus try out wheelchairs, powerchairs, mobility scooters, cycles and much more!

If you are young, disabled and keen to get behind the wheel, or newly disabled, Get Going Live! is the event for you. Returning in 2015 as part of the national Mobility Roadshow, this exciting free event will help you explore all the options for accessible motoring.

Combining Get Going Live! with the established Mobility Roadshow allows for testing of range of adapted vehicles in a safe and secure environment please click here to register to book for test drives.

So don’t forget to visit More Than Mobility at stand 39, where we will be demonstrating the latest new mobility equipment including mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, electric and manual wheelchairs,  adjustable beds and daily living aids.   We can help with all your mobility equipment needs.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com