Importance of Power Chair and Mobility Scooter Insurance

February 4th, 2016 by morethan

More Than Mobility are strong believers of independence and are aware mobility products are not always cheap. Being insured against things like accident, theft or breakdown is important to the life of the mobility scooter or power chair.

Another good reason to insure is if you were to have a bump and ended up hurting yourself or someone else or damaging their property, they could make a claim against you.

Although mobility insurance is not compulsory yet, the Department of Transport states:

‘Although it is not a legal requirement, an insurance policy is strongly advised.”  We therefore recommend that you take out insurance on your wheelchair, mobility scooter or power chair.

Please visit our website for more information on our insurance products or call us on 0800 046 3949.  Mobility scooter insurance starts from as little as £86 per annum which is only £1.66 per week so for only a little extra you can get peace of mind (wheelchair insurance from as little as £28 per annum).  Plus if you sign up today you can get an additional 3 months for FREE – i.e. 15 months for the price of 12!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Highway Code for Mobility Scooters and Powered Wheelchairs

February 3rd, 2016 by morethan

This week we would like to update our mobility scooter and wheelchair / power wheelchair users of the Highway Code. This is a set of rules all road and pavement users should follow to stay safe and protect other pedestrians and road users.

This is really important as we know that a small few mobility scooter users tend to ignore these rules and therefore give the rest of mobility scooter and wheelchair users a bad name and court bad press which is not what we want for the industry as a whole.

Some of the key rules to follow on the road and pavement include:

Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (rules 36 to 37)

Rule 36

There is one class of manual wheelchair (called a Class 1 invalid carriage) and two classes of powered wheelchairs and powered mobility scooters (Class 2 and Class 3). Manual wheelchairs and Class 2 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 4 mph and are designed to be used on pavements. Class 3 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 8 mph and are equipped to be used on the road as well as the pavement.

Rule 37

When you are on the road you should obey the guidance and rules for other vehicles; when on the pavement you should follow the guidance and rules for pedestrians.

On pavements (rules 38 to 40)

Rule 38

Pavements are safer than roads and should be used when available. You should give pedestrians priority and show consideration for other pavement users, particularly those with a hearing or visual impairment who may not be aware that you are there.

Rule 39

Powered wheelchairs and scooters MUST NOT travel faster than 4 mph on pavements or in pedestrian areas. You may need to reduce your speed to adjust to other pavement users who may not be able to move out of your way quickly enough or where the pavement is too narrow.

Rule 40

When moving off the pavement onto the road, you should take special care. Before moving off, always look round and make sure it’s safe to join the traffic. Always try to use dropped kerbs when moving off the pavement, even if this means travelling further to locate one. If you have to climb or descend a kerb, always approach it at right angles and don’t try to negotiate a kerb higher than the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

On the road (rules 41 to 46)

Rule 41

You should take care when travelling on the road as you may be travelling more slowly than other traffic (your machine is restricted to 8 mph and may be less visible).

Rule 42

When on the road, Class 3 vehicles should travel in the direction of the traffic. Class 2 users should always use the pavement when it is available. When there is no pavement, you should use caution when on the road. Class 2 users should, where possible, travel in the direction of the traffic. If you are travelling at night lights MUST be used and you should travel in the direction of the traffic to avoid confusing other road users.

Rule 43

You MUST follow the same rules about using lights, indicators and horns as for other road vehicles, if your vehicle is fitted with them. At night, lights MUST be used. Be aware that other road users may not see you and you should make yourself more visible – even in the daytime and also at dusk – by, for instance, wearing a reflective jacket or reflective strips on the back of the vehicle.

Rule 44

Take extra care at road junctions. When going straight ahead, check to make sure there are no vehicles about to cross your path from the left, the right, or overtaking you and turning left. There are several options for dealing with right turns, especially turning from a major road. If moving into the middle of the road is difficult or dangerous, you can

  • stop on the left-hand side of the road and wait for a safe gap in the traffic
  • negotiate the turn as a pedestrian, i.e. travel along the pavement and cross the road between pavements where it is safe to do so. Class 3 users should switch the vehicle to the lower speed limit when on pavements.

If the junction is too hazardous, it may be worth considering an alternative route. Similarly, when negotiating major roundabouts (i.e. with two or more lanes) it may be safer for you to use the pavement or find a route which avoids the roundabout altogether.

Rule 45

All normal parking restrictions should be observed. Your vehicle should not be left unattended if it causes an obstruction to other pedestrians – especially those in wheelchairs. Parking concessions provided under the Blue Badge scheme (see further reading) will apply to those vehicles displaying a valid badge.

Rule 46

These vehicles MUST NOT be used on motorways (see Rule 253). They should not be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph but if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon. A flashing amber beacon should be used on all other dual carriageways (see Rule 220).

For a more in depth guide please see the full Highway Code at the Government Website.

Mobility Insurance:

Although mobility insurance is not compulsory, we strongly advise that you take out a specific mobility insurance policy.  This will cover you for accidental fire, flood, loss or damage due to theft and also will cover you up to £2 million pounds public and private liability in case of an accident.

Our insurance policies start from as little as £86 per annum – click here for more information on our range of insurance policies.

Finally if you are thinking about buying a new mobility scooter or powerchair please visit the More Than Mobility website or if you are confused or need any further advice on the Highway Code please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Stay safe on the roads and pavements!

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Cancer Talk Week: Support to Help Feelings of Loneliness

January 28th, 2016 by morethan

This week 25th – 29th January is Cancer Talk Week. This year the key discussion is about why it’s often hard to talk honestly about cancer.

Patients, friends, family members, partners, colleagues and carers – anyone can feel down about the impact cancer is having on their lives. And this can lead to feelings of loneliness.

If you or a family member are suffering from loneliness due to cancer but assured you are not alone and there is support to help you.   We recommend you visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website for help and support:

The Online Community is one of the biggest cancer peer support networks in Europe and consists of forums, blogs, and a brand new ‘Ask the Expert’ section, which hosts online Q&A sessions with Macmillan’s nurses and other health professionals.

For carers Macmillan have advice on being there for someone with cancer and how to cope with the impact on your own life.

Don’t delay! Join the conversation. Follow the hashtag #GreenNotBlue, to keep up to date with all our conversation around Cancer Talk Week.

More Than Mobility have been long supports Cancer Awareness and we have a vast array of mobility products that help cancer patients.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Don’t Miss Out: £50 OFF Mobility Offer Ending Soon!

January 27th, 2016 by morethan

For the month of January have been offering customers a £50 SAVING when you spend over £500 on mobility products!

This limited time offer is coming to an end this weekend so do take a look at our website and browse through our fantastic range of mobility products including our wide range of mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, wheelchairs, adjustable beds, bathing & toileting products and daily living aids.

Please quote NY2016 when ordering online or by phone.

SAVE Money On A New Rise & Recline Chair

Is it time for a new Rise & Recline Chair now you can SAVE £50?  Electric riser 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 chair with ease.

We stock a selection of single motor and dual motor chairs so you will be sure to find one suitable for yourself or a friend.

Our top three popular Rise & Recline Chairs are:

  1. Wallhugger Rise & Recline Chair – perfect when needing to save space
  2. Santana Rise & Recline Chair – choice of single or dual motor in either fabric or leather options
  3. Medina Rise & Recline Chair – luxury dual motor chair allowing you to operate both sections of the chair separately

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

P.S.  Don’t forget that all deliveries on orders over £100 are FREE!    Choose between FREE courier delivery or engineer set up and delivery.

Fireside Chairs & New Year £50 Off Offer!

January 19th, 2016 by morethan

More Than Mobility are a leading UK supplier of high quality, low price fireside chairs. Our extensive, stunning collection includes a range of lovely high back and high seat fireside chairs.

High back fireside chairs have been developed to provide comfort for sufferers of back pain, the elderly, less able and offer excellent head, neck and lumbar support.

The soft, inviting seats and back cushions have been designed for hours of comfortable relaxation and come in a choice of colours and fabric.

Cannington Fireside Chair

Traditional fireside chair with luxurious waterfall back, elegant scroll arms and wings.   Manufactured in the UK from birch wood.

The Cannington Fireside Chair comes with a zipped waterfall back design for neck, back and lumbar support and pocket sprun seat base offering super soft comfort.

Choice of chair sizes, fabric and leg colours.

Jubilee Fireside Chair

Designed with the elderly in mind, the Restwell Jubilee Fireside Chair offers fireside elegance with excellent head, neck and

Hand built hard wood frame is beautifully compact and is ideal where space is at a premium. Back carelumbar support. With soft, inviting seats and back cushions they have been designed for hours of comfortable relaxation.

lumbar support and firm seat for extra support to the lower back.  Wooden knuckles and hand grips to help you rise easily and to minimise fabric wear on the traditionally upholstered arms.

Queen Anne Fireside Chair

With soft, inviting seats and back cushions the Queen Anne Fireside Chair has been designed for hours of

comfortable relaxation.The hand built hard wood frame is beautifully compact and is ideal where space is at a premium. Back care lumbar support and firm seat for extra support to the lower back. Built on the sturdiest of frames for maximum stability, represents an important safety feature. The seat cushions are reversible for even wear and removable for easy cleaning.

Available in Sage, Crimson and Biscuit colour fabrics.

New Year £50 Offer

Don’t forget that we offer FREE Postage on all our Fireside Chairs plus if you buy before 31st January then you can take advantage of our £50 off New Year Offer when you spend over £500.   Please quote NY2016 when ordering online or by phone.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Keep Healthy This Year by Drinking Less!

January 12th, 2016 by morethan

Last week’s updated drinking guidance by the Department of Health came as a bit of a shock to us all who like a drink in moderation each week.   The new reduced recommended drinking limits have been announced in light of recent research with the aim to help keep health risks low.

Men and women should now drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer or seven glasses of wine.The rules also say that it’s best not to “save up units” and drink them all in one go and to make sure you have alcohol-free days.

However a leading doctor has further warned that Britain faces a “timebomb” of serious illnesses such as dementia, braindamage and liver disease because older people are drinking too much.

“The number of older people drinking unsafely and unhealthily is rising at an alarming rate, putting their health at risk and further strain on NHS services,” said Dr Tony Rao, Britain’s leading expert on drinking.

More older people are admitted to hospital in England every year for mental and behavioural disorders related to alcohol use (11,373) than for alcohol-related liver disease (9,890). The number of 60- to 74-year-olds treated as in-patients for mental and behavioural disorders – including alcohol dependence and alcohol withdrawal – has almost doubled over the past decade, from 5,074 in 2005-06 to 9,492 in 2014-15. Among those aged 75 and older, the figure has risen from 1,265 to 1,881 over the same period. Both increases far outstrip the growth in the elderly population.

The proportion of admissions among those aged 60 or over for any reason caused by alcohol-induced mental and behavioural disorders has also risen from 13% to 17% over that period.

More over-60s are also being hospitalised for alcohol-related brain damage, a condition known as Korsakoff Syndrome, which is similar to dementia. It involves acute loss of memory caused by long-term heavy drinking and is irreversible. Numbers are small but the trend is sharply upwards. Just 149 over-60s were admitted with the syndrome in 2005-06, but in 2014-15 the figure was 376.

For more information on this article please visit The Guardian website and for more information on tackling issues please see the Alcohol Concern website.

Finally if one of your family or friends is suffering with dementia to take a look at our range of mobility products which can help with this condition.  This includes wheelchairs, walking aids, bed & chair products, adapted clothing and daily living aids.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

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

January 6th, 2016 by morethan

Happy New Year.  We wish you a happy and healthy one for you and your family.

Now that the holiday festivities have come to an end we have created a special New Year offer for you to take advantage of and to cheer you up.

To celebrate the start of 2016 we are offering a special January £50 OFF your next More Than Mobility order when you spend over £500*.  Please quote NY2016 when ordering online or by phone.

*£50 off available on all More Than Mobility orders over £500 when ordering between Tuesday 6th January until 31st January 2016.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Start as we mean to go on: Keeping Fit for the New Year!

January 5th, 2016 by morethan

We have all eaten and drunk too much over the festive season so now it is time to work it off. To improve health; older adults should try to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

NHS guidelines for older adults aged 65 and over who are generally fit and have no health conditions should aim do the following exercises:

  • try to be active daily and do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or walking every week, and
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

You should also try to break up long periods of sitting with light activity, as sedentary behaviour is now considered an independent risk factor for ill health, no matter how much exercise you do.

Older adults are also at risk of falls, such as people with weak legs, poor balance and some medical conditions.  Therefore if possible do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week. Examples include yoga, tai chi and dancing.

Moderate activity will raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. One way to tell if you’re exercising at a moderate level is if you can still talk, but you can’t sing the words to a song.

Examples of activities that require moderate effort for most people include:

  • walking
  • water aerobics
  • ballroom and line dancing
  • riding a bike on level ground or with few hills
  • pushing a lawn mower

Daily chores such as shopping, cooking or housework don’t count towards your 150 minutes, because the effort isn’t enough to raise your heart rate, but they are important nonetheless, as they break up periods of sitting.

For more information on physical activity guidelines for older adults please visit the NHS website.

Finally to help you with your New Year exercise campaign do take a look at our More Than Mobility pedal exerciser. Enjoy exercising while reading or watching TV in your own home.  This lightweight portable pedal exerciser comes with a digital display (showing time spent and calories burnt) and assists in restoring muscle strength, circulation, co-ordination and fitness.  You can use on the floor for lower body or on the table for arm exercises.  Only £29.99!

Happy Exercising!

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Christmas Greetings

December 22nd, 2015 by morethan

Thank you for your custom on behalf of all at More Than Mobility and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Please note our office and customer service/order telephone lines (Freephone 0800 046 3949) will be open as normal throughout the holiday period but will be shut on the following days: from noon Thursday 24th December, all day Friday 25th December, Saturday 26th December, Sunday 27th December, Monday 28th December and Friday 1st January.

Customers can continue to order online as normal. Please see our website for more information on ordering.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Our Christmas Gifts, Deliveries and Opening Hours

December 16th, 2015 by morethan

Christmas is almost here and we want to make sure that you are aware of our last order dates for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery. This date is noon Monday 21st December so we recommend that you place your orders now!

Any orders received after 22nd December will be dispatched on Monday 4th January 2016.

Christmas Gifts

Still looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or friend? Have a look at our Christmas Gift Shop packed with great gift ideas for you.

Gift ideas start from as little as £2.50 and include everything from mobility scooter tax disc holdersstylish weekly pill walletshot water bottles, high vision reading lights, glow grip folding walking sticks to comfortable fireside chairs. Don’t miss out and order online today!

Christmas Opening Hours

Please note our office and customer service/order telephone lines (Freephone 0800 046 3949) will be open as normal throughout the holiday period but will be shut on the following days: from noon Thursday 24th December, all day Friday 25th December, Saturday 26th December, Sunday 27th December, Monday 28th December and Friday 1st January.

Customers can continue to order online as normal. Please see our website for more information on ordering.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com