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Struggle To Get Around No More With Our Walking Aids & Rollators

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by morethan

Naturally as you get older you’re not as stable or quick on your feet as you used to be. That’s where Rollators and Walking Aids come in useful. They’re very useful for the elderly, or any other person who has difficulty getting around as easily as they used to. Our lightweight and easily foldable three and four wheel walkers and rollators are a perfect aid to help you with walking and will help you regain your independence again.

Not sure what to buy?

We stock a great selection of mobility walking aids that includes walking frames, rollators, zimmer frames, travel walkers, tri-walkers, and a whole lot more. We offer mobility walking aids in a wide range of models and sizes, so you are sure to find the right walking aids for your needs as well as your budget!

EZ Fold-N-Go WalkerWhat to buy for indoor use:

For getting around indoors, our basic walking frames are an ideal purchase as they help you to retain your independence at home.

What to buy for outdoor use:

For longer distances and getting around outdoors, why not invest in one of our top quality rollators. We have three-wheel and four-wheel rollators of varying sizes, and some can be folded away for ultimate convenience.

Here at More Than Mobility we’re a market leader in top quality walking aids and zimmer frames, and our entire selection of mobility walking aids. So shop online today! Or if you cannot find what you are looking for please call us on 0800 046 3949 and we will be happy to assist you further.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair Users Overcharged By Some Taxis

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we are surprised to hear that a BBC investigation has found some taxi drivers in Stoke-on-Trent have been charging wheelchair users more than able-bodied passengers! The city council has said no extra charge is permitted for wheelchair accessibility. However the BBC conducted undercover filming, which revealed a woman was told by one cab driver she had to pay more than “normal” people because her wheelchair “was heavy”. On average, the cost was around two-thirds more for wheelchair users.

A team from Inside Out West Midlands took black-cab journeys across Stoke-on-Trent city centre with Baljeevan Deol, a 22-year-old student, who has generalised dystonia. Her condition means that she cannot control her muscles. She secretly filmed drivers after suspecting she was regularly charged more than her able-bodied friends. Ms Deol and Inside Out programme production staff made 12 identical trips. Programme producer Qasa Alom said: “Obviously we are not saying every taxi in Stoke will overcharge, but our investigation found of the 12 journeys we took, Bal was charged more every single time.”

Ms Deol said: “I feel sad and angry. I’m so annoyed this happens and how much money over the last few years I’ve spent extra that I shouldn’t have. “They can’t get away with this. I feel like I’m being discriminated against and it’s just not fair.”  Abdul Rauf from the Hackney Carriage Association said drivers who overcharged “damage the trade” Abdul Rauf, from the Hackney Carriage Association in Stoke, said drivers breaking the rules should be “brought to book”.

Here at More Than Mobility we find it saddening that this is happening and do not condone disabled persons being charged a higher taxi fare than able bodied people.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. Wheelchairs restore a sense of freedom for those who have trouble getting around like they used to, and help to restore a sense of independence. If you are looking to purchase a quality, affordable wheelchair either transit or self propelled manual wheelchairs or alternatively an electric wheelchair for you or a loved one, then More Than Mobility can help.  Prices start from as little as £99!

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

World Cancer Day 4th Feb 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by morethan

World Cancer Day LogoTomorrow marks World Cancer Day (Wednesday 4th February), which takes a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer. The organisers of World Cancer Day strive to highlight that solutions to cancer do exist and that they are within our reach. Thus the theme of World Cancer Day being “Not beyond us”.

The campaign will explore how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care, and in turn, open up to the exciting prospect that we can impact the global cancer burden – for the better.

World Cancer Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness that there is much that can be done at an individual, community and governmental level in order to make positive change.

The 2015 World Cancer Day campaign will be centred around the below four key areas:

  • Choosing healthy lives
  • Delivering early detection
  • Achieving treatment for all
  • Maximising quality of life

They have even produced factsheets focused on these key areas that you can download. More Than Mobility highly recommends you take the time to do this when possible, as they’re very informative.

There are many ways to get involved in the celebration of World Cancer Day; so we encourage you to please get involved if you can. More information on activities can be found here.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs from mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, wheelchairs to a range of daily living aids all suitable for people suffering with cancer.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

How To Maintain your Mobility Scooter This Winter

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by morethan

It does not seem like the extremely cold weather we have been having will be easing up any time soon. We would therefore like to highlight the importance of the maintenance and storage of your mobility scooter. The correct storage of your mobility scooter during the winter months will help ensure that it is ready to go whenever you would like to use it and save you money from unnecessary bills.

Here at More Than Mobility We have Created Some Useful Tips On How To Keep Your Mobility Scooter In Tip Top Condition:

Cleaning

We recommend that you regularly clean your mobility scooter after you use it in order to get rid of any mud, oil or salt that may have been picked up during your travels. This will help to delay any erosion that might occur like rust on metal. Cleaning your mobility scooter can also uncover any hidden faults or cracks.

Tyres

Due to the bad and wet weather we have during winter, we recommended that you check your tyres for signs of wear and tear and replace if necessary. If your mobility scooter has pneumatic tyres you should ensure that they are pumped up to the correct pressure, which will help to give you added grip in slippery conditions.

Servicing

It’s important that your get your mobility scooter serviced each year. We recommend that you do this before the winter to prevent any problems and ensuring that it is safe and reliable to use whatever the weather.  If you would like us to organise a service please call us on 0800 046 3949.

Storage

If you can only store your mobility scooter outside we recommend that you get a cover for it to protect it from the unpredictable weather. Here at More Than Mobility, we stock a wide range of scooter storage covers which are designed to be easy to use and are fully waterproof and are ideal for outside storage.  You can check out our Scooter & Wheelchair Accessories page.

Batteries

If your mobility scooter’s battery can be removed it is a good idea to bring it inside during the winter. Cold and frosty conditions can degrade the life of the battery, those batteries which cannot be removed are usually tested in extreme conditions so should be fine to be left outside.

We recommend that you regularly check your mobility scooter batteries (especially if you have been a little lax with your battery charging protocol over the winter) – the number of calls relating to batteries that won’t start goes through the roof as soon as the weather improves.  Our mobility scooter batteries start from as little as £45 for a pair.

When you are going out and about do try and leave your battery charging until the last moment if you can. The cold conditions can reduce the range of your battery considerably, but leaving them on to charge will ensure a warm battery, which can help.

Out and about

Here at More Than Mobility we want you to travel comfortably in your mobility scooter, especially during the colder months. Wearing thermal and waterproof clothes will ensure that you are comfortable during your journey, and seat covers will ensure that your seat stays in good condition for years to come. High visibility clothing is also advised so that you are easily seen by other people during the darker days / nights.  For more information on our range of scooter accessories and clothing http://www.morethanmobility.com/Scooter-Accessories.html

Finally, please check the weather forecast before taking a journey and don’t take any unnecessary risks when it comes bad weather conditions.

Regards

The More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

All You Need To Know About Caring For Your Rise & Recline Chair

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by morethan

We are sure you want your Rise & Recline Chair to stay in great working order for many, many years. But do you know how to take good care of it?

We do recommend that a qualified engineer services your riser recliner chair on a annual basis. However we have also created a useful guide for you to follow in order to check and prevent any damage to your chair yourself.

Mechanical Care For Your Chair

Did you know failure to use your rise and recline chair for its intended purpose can damage the mechanism and be expensive to fix? Below are some points to follow to prevent mechanical damage to your chair:

  • Do not lean on or use excessive downward pressure to the chairs back when it is fully reclined and do not use the footrest as an alternative seat.
  • Ensure that the remote control is out of the way before sitting on the chair.
  • Regularly check the power cables and remote control for any signs of damage before use.

Safety Precautions You Should Follow

Did you know that correct/safe operation of your rise and recline chair not only prevents injury but can also add to the longevity of the chair? Below are some of the safety precautions:

  • Ensure the power lead is plugged directly into the main electricity socket and not into an extension lead.
  • Ensure the electronics are away from any moisture or liquids.
  • Before getting into the riser recliner chair make sure it is level and that no objects are under the chair before use.
  • Leave the chair in an upright position when it is not in use and if not using for a while remove the key so that the device cannot be accidently operated.

Caring For Your Chairs

Did you know that keeping your rise and recline chairs clean could actually add to the comfort of your chair? Below are some tips on keeping your lovely chair clean:

  • Clean the fabric regularly to keep the chair looking better for longer and inspect for any rips or tears.
  • If your rise and recline chair is equipped with a battery back-up system (for when power is not available) we recommend you check and change the batteries.

Pride LC101 Rise & Recline Chair - Pride Recliner ChairsHere at More Than Mobility we have a wide range of. Our electric rise and recliner chairs are ideal purchases for people who suffer from mobility issues, as they allow the user to get in and out of their chairs with ease. We have a wide range of types (single or dual motor) and styles from fabric recliner chairs to contemporary recliner chairs made from stylish leather. Like our Pride LC101 Rise & Recline Chair that comes in a range of fabric options and our popular Lars LEATHER Restwell Rise & Recline Chair.

All of the recliner chairs that we supply here at More Than Mobility are available with free delivery via courier to across the UK. When you have found an electric recliner chair that you would like, simply place your order online, or give us a call on 0800 046 3949.

Struggle In The Bath/Shower No More With Our Bathlifts & Bathing Aids

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by morethan

We know that for many people with mobility issues, it can be somewhat difficult to have a nice bath or shower. A lot of people find it difficult to get in and out of the bath or shower safely, particularly when they have no one around to help them. Here at More Than Mobility we offer a wide range of Bathlifts and Bathing Aids that will help you enjoy bathing independently again, with both comfort and ease.

Disability Bathing Aids:

More Than Mobility has a range of bathing aids that are designed to make the process of bathing easier and more accessible. Our selection of bath aids includes bath boards, bath seats, bath steps, bath rails, shower seats and stools, perching stools and suction grab bars, to name just a few. So you’re sure to find a suitable product for yourself or a loved one!

Bathlifts:

Bathmaster Deltis Complete Bath Lift - Bathlifts

Bathlifts are a great way of getting in and out of the bath without having to install a new bath or shower. Our bathlifts are very easy to install, and we have a choice of self-install bathlifts, or bathlifts that come with fully engineered installation. Whether you want a modern chair design that provides full support, or a seating belt bathlift for full safety, you’ll find the right bathlift for your needs right here at More Than Mobility.

More Than Mobility can guide you through the process of selecting the right bathing aids or bathlifts for your needs; simply browse through our different types of bathing aids and bathlifts. If you cannot find what you are looking for please call us on 0800 046 3949 and we will be more than happy to assist you further.

New Funding To Make London’s Victorian Tube Network Accessible

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by morethan

Like most disabled people travelling around London on the Tube can be a difficult task. Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a £75m fund to install lifts at “around a dozen” London Underground stations over the next 10 years. But how do you update a Victorian underground railway system?  The London Underground development started back in 1863. Built by the Metropolitan Railway, the original track stretched just three miles between Paddington (then Bishop’s Road) and Farringdon – part of what is now the Metropolitan line. Since then, the London Underground has become one of the main modes of transport in the city – but one which remains inaccessible in large part to those with limited mobility.

At certain points the railway is 58.5 metres below the surface and so it’s a challenge for many to reach and a challenge to make accessible.

“Fire regulations prohibited wheelchair users on the Underground before 1993 so it’s a matter of playing catch-up,” says Christian Wolmar, author of Down the Tube: The Battle for London’s Underground. Faryal Velmi Director, Transport for All says “Engineers now have the problem of ‘retrofitting lifts’ around old infrastructure below very congested city streets”.

Chancellor of the Exchequer William Gladstone on an inspection tour, May 1862 said:

“We think access to transport is a civil right,” she says. “Of course it’s difficult for TFL to close stations to do the work they need to do, but the Tube is the easiest and quickest way to get around London and it’s unfair that disabled people can’t use most of it.”

However TFL are concerned about the cost of this project. For campaigners like Velmi, the cost argument is tired. She says: “We feel that there should be a pot of money ring-fenced by the government to ensure that this work is done.” There are often very important reasons to make tube trips, she says: “There is a narrative from the government that disabled people should be encouraged to find work but what if a disabled person is unable to access an underground station close to where they live or work?”

Here at More Than Mobility, despite the concern about cost and tube closures we do hope this work goes ahead. As all disabled people should be able to freely travel by any form of public transport.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs from mobility scooters, wheelchairsrise and recline chairs to a range of daily living aids all suitable for people suffering with disability.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Help Manage Your Pain With The Power Of The Mind

Friday, January 9th, 2015 by morethan

We know that often people with disabilities also suffer with pain. Vidyamala Burch founder and co-Director of Breathworks, an organisation offering mindfulness-based and compassion-based approaches to living well with chronic pain and illness is helping people in pain through the practice of “mindfulness”, the act of paying more attention to the present moment. She feels that often people who suffer with chronic pain brings out different sides of people’s personalities. She says “One is the denial, pushy, driven side and the other is the more passive, overwhelmed, depressive side.”

Burch lives with chronic pain having acquired two spinal injuries at an early age. The first happened at 16 when she lifted somebody from a swimming pool during water safety practice. The second was the result of a car accident five years later. Surgery and years of wear and tear have added to her toll. “I’ve got a paralysed bowel, a paralysed bladder and my walking is impaired,” she says. She admits she dealt with it all very badly in the early days, pushed herself too much and ignored her extra needs.

A lengthy period of rehabilitation followed in which she tried many different relaxation techniques. Three years later, she found that one, called Mindful Meditation, worked well for her. Now more widely known as mindfulness, it can be described as the act of focusing on the present moment, acknowledging thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. It is thousands of years old and Buddhist in origin, but has become popular as a therapy in the West in recent years.

Burch says that when you have severe discomfort, there’s a “rising up” in your body that exclaims “this hurts and I don’t like it”.

“The intuitive response is to turn away from it and try and get on with life in spite of your pain,” she says. “With mindfulness, what we do is we turn towards it, to investigate what is actually happening in each moment.”

Burch has started a social enterprise called Breathworks where people with chronic pain take an eight-week course to learn how mindfulness could help them cope better with their physical symptoms. Burch says some of her students were able to get back to work after a lengthy period of unemployment following the course. Others say that their sleep has been transformed. The programme has been taught to thousands of participants, in over 20 countries. You can visit here to find out more information.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs from mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs to a range of daily living aids all suitable for people suffering with disability.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW YEAR MOBILITY OFFER: £50 OFF when you spend over £500!

Monday, January 5th, 2015 by morethan

Happy New Year!  To celebrate the start of 2015 we are offering our More Than Mobility customers a special January £50 OFF your next mobility order when you spend over £500*.

Please quote NY2015 when ordering online or by phone.

*£50 off available on all More Than Mobility orders over £500 when ordering between Monday 5th January until 31st January 2015.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Happy New Year

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 by morethan

We wish you a very Happy New Year – let’s hope 2015 is a good and prosperous one for you and your family.