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Action on Stroke Month

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by morethan

Show your support this month for stroke survivors in conjunction with the Stroke AssociationMake May Purple is the Stroke Association’s annual stroke awareness month, which takes place every May #StrokeMonth.

A stroke is a brain attack.  It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.    Anyone can have a stroke but some people are more at risk than others.  By making simple changes to your lifestyle you can reduce your risk of having a stroke. Take a look at the Stroke Association website to see how you can reduce your risk.

It is also important to recognize the signs of a stroke in case you or a family member have one.  You need to think and recognize the symptoms of FAST (F = Facial Weakness, A = Arm Weakness, S = Speech Problems and T = Time to Call 999).

Why don’t you try one of our three ‘purple’ ideas to show your support for Stroke Month and raise money to conquer stroke?  Check out these simple ways to wear, bake or plant May Purple.

More Than Mobility would like to make your recovery from stroke as easy as possible, we stock a wide range of mobility products catered to recovering stroke patients.  Do take a look at our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Arthritis Care Week: 14th – 21st May

Friday, May 20th, 2016 by morethan

A recent UK wide survey conducted by Arthritis Care has revealed that people are enduring years of pain before seeking help for arthritis. It showed that 16% waited over one year while 28% waited over two years before taking action.
Over half (52%) of those who delayed did so because it didn’t occur to them it could be arthritis, 28% thought it was arthritis but that nothing could be done, while 22% didn’t think that arthritis affected people of their age.

Arthritis Care CEO Judi Rhys said “Arthritis is an overlooked and underestimated condition, the pain it causes can be excruciating and its impact is often life changing. People are needlessly enduring years of pain and fatigue, giving up the things they love and that give their life meaning and purpose.  Early recognition of the symptoms and diagnosis can immediately improve people’s lives and prevent more serious health problems later on.  People need to be able to recognise the symptoms, know how to manage it and be supported to enjoy an active, healthy and independent life.”

This week is Arthritis Care Week (#arthritismatters) where we are encouraging people who suffer with arthritis to talk about what it’s like to live with arthritis.

Join Thunderclap!

A Thunderclap is a great way of combining the voices of all of our supporters at once. To add your voice to Arthritis Care Week, all you have to do is visit the Thunderclap page and choose whether you’d like to support with Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or on all three of our social media channels. All Thunderclap messages will then be posted at the same time on 19 May during Arthritis Care week as we let people know why #arthritismatters.

Mobility Products for Arthritis Sufferers

Here at More Than Mobility have more than got you covered when it comes to arthritis as we have been supporting arthritis sufferers for many years. Take a look at our website for a vast array of mobility aids to help people with arthritis:

Aluminium Reacher

This aluminium reacher allows the user to pick up or move items that would otherwise be out of reach.  Therefore preventing unnecessary movement or discomfort. Price: £7.99


One Touch Can Opener

NEW One touch can opener that opens round cans of all types with just onepush of a button! No pressure is needed as one push of the button and the can opener does the rest!  Price:  £19.99


Plug Tugs

These Plug-Tugs makes removing fiddly plugs less of a hassle and makes using electrical sockets much easier.  Plug pulls or pullers make use of loops in the handles to increase leverage. They are easy to attach and use. Price: £3.99 for pack of 10.

Other mobility products suitable for arthritis sufferers include:

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Mobility Roadshow is back: 26th – 28th May!

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by morethan

This year’s Mobility Roadshow is taking place next week on Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th May 2016 at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN.

More Than Mobility are pleased to confirm that we will be once again be exhibiting our mobility products.  Every year it is great to meet new and old customers over the three days and if you are in the area or looking for some new mobility products do come and visit us at Indoor Stand H3-77.

Opening Times and Entry:

10am – 5pm Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May and 10am – 4pm Saturday 28th May.

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.

Manchester’s Lamin Manneh, inspirational disabled war veteran, DIY SOS star and Mobility Roadshow Ambassador, who won bronze at Shot Put and Discus at the recent Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida. Lamin will be officially opening The 2016 Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone on 26th May, 10am.

The Mobility Roadshow provides a wealth of product and service information for anyone seeking to regain or maintain independent mobility, whether drivers with disabilities, young and novice disabled drivers seeing their first adapted vehicle, options for wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), older drivers looking for comfortable driving solutions plus independent living innovations for personal mobility in and out of the home.  Also with the event taking place at the Silverstone Circuit for the first time; this offers a totally unique opportunity to test drive accessible vehicles around the iconic Grand Prix circuit.  An experience not to be missed!

Our More Than Mobility stand will demonstrate 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.  Do email us on info@morethanmobility.com or call us on 0800 046 3949 and we will be happy to help or bring a specific product that you may want to try.

Remember all our products and services are competitively priced and include:-

  • Everyday Internet Pricing – the same price as you would buy at the show or online!
  • 12 month in home warranty on all products
  • 3 months FREE insurance on all scooter or electric wheelchair products
  • Nationwide coverage of local engineers for aftercare support and service

We always have great offers available on the stand and we look forward to seeing you at the Mobility Roadshow!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May 16

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by morethan

This week is Dementia Awareness Week (#DAW2016) and More Than Mobility and the Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging anyone who is worried about dementia to confront their concerns and get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society.

Hundreds of thousands of families are touched by dementia every year and many people don’t know where to turn. We know dementia can be scary but you don’t have to face it alone.

If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, might have dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk for advice and support.

Other Ways to Support Dementia Awareness Week

Attend your nearest event – hundreds of awareness raising and fundraising events are taking place this week incommunities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Visit the following page and click on the map to find a Dementia Awareness Week event near you.

Or why not organise your own fundraising event or run a Dementia Friends Session?

More Than Mobility would like to make the lives of any of our customers suffering with as easy as possible.  Adaptations and improvements to the home may allow a person to stay at home for longer.   We have a wide range of mobility products and services including wheelchairs, walking aids, bathing & toileting aids to useful daily living aids to help make things easier for you or a family member and to allow them to live their life to the full. Therefore if you need advice about mobility products then do take a look at our website or you can call us in confidence on 0800 046 3949.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

What Are Grab Bars?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by morethan

Grab bars are safety devices designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their

weight while manoeuvring, or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall.  A caregiver may also use a grab bar to assist with transferring a patient from one place to another.

Grab bars next to a toilet help people using a wheelchair transfer to the toilet seat and back to the wheelchair. They also assist people who have difficulty sitting down, have balance problems while seated or need help rising from a seated position.

Used in a shower or bathtub, grab bars help to maintain balance while standing or manoeuvring, assist in transferring into and out of the enclosure, and generally help to mitigate slips and falls.

Floor to ceiling grab bars, or security poles, can be used in the bedroom to help one get out of bed or get up from a chair, or to help caregivers by assisting in transfers.

Grab bars are often used in conjunction with other medical devices to increase safety. For example, a grab bar added to a shower is frequently used with a shower chair and hand held shower head. Grab bars installed by a doorway are usually added near a railing. In addition, grab bars can be placed on any wall where extra support is needed even if it is not the “usual place” they are used.

Perfect for giving that extra support when searching for keys, opening or closing the front or back door or negotiating the door step.

Here at More Than Mobility we offer a range of grab bars such as economy grab bars, suction cup grab bars and drop down safety rails.   Available in range of sizes from as little as £5.99!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by morethan

In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

Every year in May, Dying Matters and their members host an Awareness Week, which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. The 2016 Awareness Week runs from 9th – 15th May and has the theme The Big Conversation.

To support Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016 they have created two exciting new resources around this year’s theme; The Big Conversation.

The attention-grabbing, bright and bold Big Conversation leaflet and poster feature the powerful strapline “Talking about dying won’t make it happen!”

The leaflet explains why talking about dying, death and bereavement is so crucial, and offers tips for initiating and continuing these conversations. It also advises on practical steps that can be taken to put our final wishes in place, as well as how to spread the message through our communities of the importance of discussing what we want at the end of our lives.

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There are a wide range of marketing materials, from DVDs to T-shirts, to help you get the message out

If you are or a loved one are struggling with a terminal illness or require palliative care and require any mobility product then do take a look at our More Than Mobility range of mobility products.  From mobility scooters, wheelchairs, adjustable beds to bathing, toileting and every day aids.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Free Prescriptions for Over 60s

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by morethan

Did you know that if you are over 60 years old and live in the UK then you are entitled to a free prescription and eye sight test?

Most health treatment for over 60s under the NHS (National Health Service) is free, although there can be charges for some things. The information below sets out who is entitled to free prescriptions and NHS sight tests.

Free prescriptions who is eligible?

You are entitled to prescriptions free of charge if you:

  • are aged 60 or over
  • have a listed medical condition and a valid NHS medical exemption certificate
  • have made an NHS Low Income Scheme claim and have a valid NHS exemption certificate(HC2)
  • receive, or your partner receives, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (the ‘guarantee credit element’)
  • are on Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • have a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are a war pensioner and the prescription is for your accepted disablement and you have a valid war pension exemption certificate

If you are entitled to free prescriptions, you will need to complete the declaration at the back of the prescription form and sign it. The pharmacist may ask to see evidence to prove your entitlement.

Pre-payment of NHS prescription charges

If you do have to pay for your prescriptions, you may find it helpful to buy a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC). A PPC will save you money if you need more than four prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months. A three-month PPC costs £29.10 and a 12-month PPC is 1£04.00. The cost of a single prescription is £8.20.

You can apply for a PPC using form FP95 in England and Wales and form EC95 in Scotland. The form is available from pharmacies and doctors surgeries. In England, you can get a form and advice from the Prescription Pricing Authority on 0845 850 0030 or by applying online.

Free sight tests – who is eligible?

If you are aged between 16 and 70 it is normally recommended that you have your sight tested every two years. You may need to have your eyes tested more frequently than this if there is a clinical reason for doing so.

You are entitled to free NHS sight tests if you:

  • are aged 60 or over
  • are a diagnosed glaucoma patient, or considered to be at risk of glaucoma (according to an ophthalmologist)
  • aged 40 or over and with a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter diagnosed with glaucoma
  • are diagnosed as diabetic
  • are registered blind or partially sighted
  • are eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher
  • receive, or your partner receives, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (the ‘guarantee credit element’)
  • are on Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • have a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • have made an NHS Low Income Scheme claim and have a valid NHS exemption certificate (HC2 or HC3)
  • are a war pensioner and need the sight test because of a disability for which you get a war pension

A sight test is also free it the test is carried out through a hospital eye department or at the request of a hospital, as part of the management of your eye condition.

You may also get a voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you:

  • receive, or your partner receives, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (the ‘guarantee credit’ element)
  • are on Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • have a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or have a valid NHS exemption certificate (HC2 or HC3)

You may also be entitled to a voucher if you are prescribed complex lenses.

For more information on free sights tests and optical vouchers click here.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Pressure Care Products

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by morethan

Pressure sores and pressure ulcers can develop when someone has been sitting or lying in one place without movement for too long.  This can be very common amongst the elderly and people with limited mobility.

Pressure sores can range in severity from patches of discoloured skin to open wounds that expose the underlying bone or muscle.  Treatment for pressure sores includes the use of dressings, creams and gels designed to speed up the healing process and relieve pressure.   Alternatively it is recommended to try to prevent them developing in the first place by either regularly changing a person’s position or using specialist pressure care products to protect vulnerable parts of the body.

Therefore we recommend that if you or a loved one is prone to pressure sores then take a look at our More Than Mobility range of pressure care products that can help to stop the development of these sores. From heel protectors and pressure care cushions to high quality fleeces and pressure relief mattresses, you’ll find everything you need to relieve the stresses and strains of getting a sore.

All of our pressure area care products are specifically designed to allow the body to achieve maximum comfort in a position which neutralises the risk of pressure injuries.

Inflatable Rubber Ring Cushion – BESTSELLER!

This inflatable rubber ring cushion is ideal for providing increased comfort whilst sitting.

The cushion moulds itself to the body contours and can assist in preventing or relieving pressure sores and coccyx problems. Price:  £12.99


Deluxe Komfort Wheelchair Cushions

Deluxe comfortable wheelchair cushions with luxurious memory foam layer.  Designed to assist in providing pressure relief to the bony part of the lower back and bottom.

All wheelchair cushions have a fitted, breathable terry fabric cover with natural skin shear and friction reducing properties.   Choice of 4 styles/cut outs. Price:  £29.99

Harley Leg Raiser

Put your feet up and relax on this contoured leg raiser.

Designed to support the back of the knee and heel whilst allowing the calf to relax and will take pressure from the lower back and stimulates circulation.  Price: £49.99


Lambswool Fleece

These warm 100% lambswool fleece provide excellent pressure relief and comfort in either bed or a chair.

The lambswool fleece is knitted and sealed into an acrylic backing combining the properties of natural wool fibre (resilience, warmth and dryness) with the washing durability of a man-made base.   Choice of sizes and prices from £10.83

To see our full range of pressure care products please visit our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Take a Look At Our Range of Bathing Products

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by morethan

Our ranges of bathroom aids are specifically designed to give extra assistance if you become a little unsteady on your feet as you grow older. For many with mobility issues, it can be difficult to have a bath or shower efficiently and safely.  A lot of people find it awkward getting in and out of their bath or shower safely, particularly when they have no one around to help them.

Our bathing products and aids allow you to create an innovative, accessible bathroom that meets your needs and allow you to have independence at bath/shower time!

Walk In Baths

Walk in baths are available for all types of bathrooms.  From small walk in baths for areas that are not large enough for full size baths to full length walk in baths which can replace your existing bath.  All our walk in baths are leak-proof and easily accessible with thermostatic temperature control and two wastes so the baths empties twice as fast!  Call today for a free no obligation quote.

Walk in Showers

Walk in showers make showers accessible to those with mobility issues.  Whether you need a walk in shower that is wheelchair accessible, or a complete wet room, we can supply, build and install your walk in shower to meet your exact requirements.   From step in walk in showers to low level access walk in showers, call today for a free no obligation quote.

Bath Lifts

For those who wish for ease of access to their bath without having to install a new bath or shower, our selection of lightweight bath lifts is the ideal solution.   Easy to install and gently lifts you in and out of the bath.

Prices start from as little as £240!

Bathing Aids

We also provide a range of bathing aids that are designed to make the process of bathing easier.  Our selection includes bath boards, bath steps, bath rails, shower seats and stools, perching stools and grab bars to name a few.

Suction Grab Bars

These strong suction grab bars are easy to install and requires no tools.  Grab Bars provide stability and support and are commonly fitted in bathrooms and toilets where support while standing sitting or walking is often required.  Price:  £6.99


Portable Shower Bench

One-piece shower bench adds convenience, comfort and safety to the bathroom and it is portable for easy storage and travel.  The strong handle provides additional safety and stability for the user.  Price: £19.99

For our full range of bathing products and more information please visit our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Free Television Licence for People Aged 75 or Over

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by morethan

Did you know that if you are aged over 75 or over and live in the UK you are eligible for a free TV licence?  A colour TV licence would normally cost £145.50 per annum so that is a big saving.

Over 4 million people across the UK and many of our More Than Mobility customers already enjoy the benefits of the concession so take a look at our latest blog on how to apply for a free license.

Free Licence

If you are aged 75 or over you are entitled to apply for a free TV Licence. Once your free licence is issued it is valid for three years. After that you will be issued with a new one.

How to apply

Although it is free, people aged 75 or over do still need to apply for their TV Licence.

To apply:

  • Have your national insurance number and date of birth to hand and
  • Fill in a form online or
  • Telephone 0300 790 6073

If you do not have your national insurance number, call 0300 790 6073 to arrange to provide other proof of your date of birth.

Please remember that you don’t automatically get an over 75 TV Licence on your 75th birthday. You have to apply for one.

TV Licencing state: “If you’re about to turn 75, please do not cancel your Direct Debit or any other payment for your TV Licence. Once they have sent you confirmation of your over 75 TV Licence, they will cancel your Direct Debit for you. If they cancel your Direct Debit after your 75th birthday – and you end up overpaying – they will refund you for the difference.”

Further Information

For further information please visit the TV Licensing website or telephone 0300 790 6073.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com