Summer Time Safety Tips For The Elderly

July 27th, 2016 by morethan

With the recent hot summer weather the heat and sun can be dangerous especially for the elderly. Proper precautions should betaken – below are some tips that the elderly can use to make sure they stay safe and have fun in the sun this summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated
    Elderly people lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for long summer journeys.
  2. Talk to Your Doctor
    Check with your doctor or nurse to make sure any medications you are on won’t be affected by higher temperatures. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than room temperature.
  3. Keep Your Cool
    Even small increases in temperature can shorten the life expectancy for older patients who are coping with chronic medical conditions. “Seniors are much more vulnerable to the harmful effects of heat, as their bodies do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature.
  4. Stay in Touch
    High temperatures can be life-threatening, so communication plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the elderly. You should let friends and family know if you’ll be spending an extended period of time outdoors, even if you’re only gardening.
  5. Know Who to Call
    Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area. This way, the right people can be called to help quickly.
  6. Wear the Right Stuff
    Remember to dress for the weather. When it’s warm out, some people find natural fabrics (such as cotton) to be cooler than synthetic fibres. Stock your summer wardrobe with light-coloured and loose-fitting clothes to help feel cooler and more comfortable.
  7. Protect Your Eyes
    Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.
  8. Know the Risks of Hyperthermia
    During the summer, be particularly cautious about abnormally high body temperatures — a condition known as hyperthermia. Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia that can be life-threatening. Make sure to know the warning signs and get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:

    1. Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
    2. A change in behaviour, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
    3. Dry, flushed skin
    4. Nausea and vomiting
    5. Headache
    6. Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
    7. Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
    8. Fainting

If you (or an elderly loved one) start to feel any of these symptoms, ask for medical help and then get out of the heat, lie down and place ice packs on your body.

  1. Rub on Sunscreen and Wear Hats
    Every one, young and old, should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The elderly especially need the extra sun protection to help keep them healthy. Hats are also a great idea, especially for those with light coloured hair and those with only distant memories of a full head of hair.

10. Apply Bug Spray
If you live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes and if you spend a lot of time outdoors (particularly at night), use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit and getting a disease.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

HURRY: £50 Off Summer Mobility Offer Coming To An End!

July 25th, 2016 by morethan

For June and July we have been running an offer of £50 off when you spend £500 on mobility products at www.morethanmobility.com.  This offer is ending this weekend so we wanted to remind you in case you need some new mobility products and to ensure you don’t miss out.


Take advantage of some of our sale items:

Nitro Rollator

The NITRO ROLLATOR is an attractive walking aid which has been developed for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a lightweight, aluminium frame which has been designed for easy manoeuvrability, with large 10″ front casters and a caster fork design to enhance turning radius.  Easily folds with one hand to ultra-compact size for storage. Price: was £175 now £155!

Restwell Chicago Rise and Recline Chair

The Chicago Rise and Recline Chair is one of the best value, comfortable riser recliner chairs on the market.  Single motor with a distinct lift, rest and recline action including an excellent full snooze position.  Choice of sizes and colours. Price: was £395 now £375!

Shoprider Paris Portable Mobility Scooter

The Shoprider Paris Portable Mobility Scooter has a comfortable height adjustable padded seat with armrests, and an adjustable tiller to allow you to find the most comfortable driving position (up to 16 miles range).  Portable and breaks down for easy storage and transportation. Price: was £895 now £845!

Please Quote SUMMER50 when ordering online or by phone to claim your £50 off.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Sarcoma Awareness Week!

July 7th, 2016 by morethan

This week is Sarcoma Awareness Week and we at More Than Mobility and Sarcoma UK want to spread awareness about this disease. Since 2009, Sarcoma UK have awarded over £1 million in scientific and medical grants to better understand these rare cancers.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

Sarcomas are usually found by a patient when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk. They can also be found during an investigation of other symptoms or during a routine operation.

The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed the better the chances of successful treatment.

A specialist doctor will diagnose sarcoma through a series of tests.

  • About 3,800 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the UK which makes up approximately 1% of all cancer diagnoses
  • Every year 3,330 people are diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma

Join #teamsarcoma for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. The application process is now open until October 2016. You can apply here. Run as part of Team Sarcoma in 2017 and join thousands of runners from all over the world taking on the famous course. The atmosphere in London is always electric – just look at some of the happy, exhausted faces in the album and click through for some highlights of #TeamSarcoma on Twitter.

Fundraising is a fun way to get friends and family together and it helps to get the word out there about Sarcoma UK and the vitalwork they do. They’ll even send you posters, wristbands, balloons and more in the fundraisers pack. Also please use #SarcomaAware hash tag in your social media postings.

Sarcoma UK offer a range of support for anyone diagnosed with or concerned about sarcoma. Call or email the confidential Support Line. Or you can start right now by downloading or ordering the patient guides.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Needs Assessments by Social Services

July 5th, 2016 by morethan

Anyone who appears to have a need for care or support can request a needs assessment through their local social services;regardless of the ‘level’ of those needs or the person’s financial resources. Even if you as the carer are providing all the care the person needs, they are still entitled to an assessment.

A health and social care assessment is done to find out what help and support you may need like on-going healthcare, mobility equipment, help in your home or residential care.

In some areas, social services ask local independent organisations or occupational therapists to carry out the assessment, but arrangements should still be made through social services and they should explain who will carry out the assessment. The assessor should be trained and where particularly complex needs are involved, an assessor with specialist expertise or knowledge should be involved.

The assessment meeting will normally be carried out face to face, usually by a social worker or another trained professional. The meeting should be carried out in a convenient and private place, usually at the person’s home.

The assessment should consider the following:

  • the person’s needs and how that impacts on their care
  • the things that matter to them, for instance, a need to help with getting dressed or support to get to work
  • their choices and goals, for example if they wish to take up a new activity or maintain relationships, and preferences for their day-to-day care
  • the types of services, information, advice, facilities and resources which will prevent or delay further needs from developing, helping the person stay well for longer (for example, the local council may offer them a period of re-ablement to reduce needs and regain skills, before completing the assessment)
  • the needs of their family

To apply and see if you are eligible please visit the Government website and enter your postcode into the box.  Alternatively if you have recently had a needs assessment and need help with purchasing mobility equipment then do take a look at our website or give us a call on 0800 046 3949.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wimbledon and how to get involved in Wheelchair Tennis

June 30th, 2016 by morethan

The most famous tennis championships have begun this week at Wimbledon and all eyes are on Andy Murray to see if he can become the men’s single champion once again.   To keep up to date with the latest news and scores you can visit the official website of the Wimbledon championships:

However it is not all about the Andy Murray and Jo Konta as during the championship the exciting game of wheelchair tennis events also take place.  Also for the first time ever there will be a wheelchair singles competition for both men and women to compliment the double wheelchair tennis events that have taken place for the last 10 years.

This is a great step forward and all of us here at More Than Mobility wish the competitors the best – especially the British ones!

Get involved in wheelchair tennis this summer!

However wheelchair tennis is not just for the elite and you too can get involved in this fast and exciting game!    See below on the rules and how to get involved.

A fully integrated sport, wheelchair tennis is similar to the able bodied game with the only modification being that an athlete can allow the ball to bounce twice before it is hit.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a permanent mobility related physical disability which results in substantial loss of function in one or both lower limbs is eligible to play wheelchair tennis. All disabled athletes compete together in singles or doubles events which makes the sportexciting due to the mix of disabilities. However, there are separate singles and doubles events for quadriplegics who have impairment in all four limbs.

How do I get involved – what’s near me?

For more information and to see what opportunities are near you and how to get involved please visit ITFTennis website.

Also further information is available at The Tennis Foundation or visit the WheelPower website.

More Than Mobility Wheelchair Offers!

To take part in wheelchair tennis you will need a specially adapted wheelchair which currently we don’t provide.  However here at More Than Mobility do have some great offer on standard, lightweight and comfortable transit push wheelchair and self-propelling wheelchairs so do take a look at our range onlinePrices start from as little as £99!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Inspirational Fundraisers

June 29th, 2016 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we try to always promote relevant charity work and try to work with as many charities as we can both locally and at national level.  At a national level we work with Contact the elderly and Arthritis Care but at a local level we work with many charities in and around our local mobility stores.

However we also wanted to highlight two inspirational fundraisers that have really moved/touched us in the office – sometimes it is the experiences which determine the support to a cause or organisation.   Well done Victoria and Katie from us all at More Than Mobility and you should be very proud of your achievements.

Victoria Milligan

“My whole life changed on the afternoon of 5th May 2013.  My family and I were involved in a speed boat accident in Padstow, Cornwall.  My beloved husband Nicko and beautiful daughter Emily were killed, I also lost my left leg below the knee and my three surviving children suffered injuries.

To be given any one of these losses to deal with would have been hard enough but to cope with that level of loss seemed too much for anyone to bear.”

Through harnessing her grief, Victoria has raised over £750,000 through fundraisers, cycling and running events.  Visit the Victoria Milligan website to keep up with her events and fundraising activities and for details on where the money has been spent including a donation to the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Katie Cutler

Katie’s fundraising fame began when she read an article is January 2015 about a disabled pensioner who was assaulted outside his home in Gateshead.  He was too frightened to return home again which pushed Katie to start using social media to raise £500 for him to aid his recovery. The total was passed in hours and within days donations were coming in from as far as the US. Within three weeks she raised £300,000 which was handed to Mr Barnes at a TV fundraising event. Quite rightly Katie was awarded in a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Honours List last year.

If you have found other inspiration fundraisers in your area do get in touch and let us know so we can help recognise them.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Hydration Tips For The Elderly

June 28th, 2016 by morethan

With the warmer summer weather, it is really important that the elderly keep hydrated as it one of the main causes of hospitalisation for people aged over 65.  Elderly adults are one of the most at risk groups for dehydration as total body water decreases with age (from 60 percent to 52 percent in men, and from 52 to 46 percent in women). Therefore, an adult over 60 years old has less water to lose before becoming dehydrated. Plus as you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst making the situation worse.

Your body depends on water to survive.  Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly.  You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat and even when you breathe.  You lose water even fasten when the weather is really hot and when you are physical active or have diarrhoea.  If you don’t replace the water you lose each day you can become dehydrated.

How to know if you are dehydrated?

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

What Steps Can Be Taken To Prevent Dehydration?

Older people, families and carers need to plan ahead to make sure loved ones are properly hydrated. Here are some tips to help encourage fluid consumption and reduce the risk of elderly dehydration:

  1. Offer fluids on a regular basis throughout the day.  Keep water bottles or mugs of water close by and available at all times.  If you/they have trouble remembering to drink water think about a schedule e.g. drink water when wake up, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and before going to bed.  Or drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  2. Encourage 8 oz. of fluid intake (approx. 6 – 8 glasses of water) per day and drink every time medication is taken.
  3. When you are feeling hungry then try drinking a glass of water first.  Thirst is often confused with hunger.
  4. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink or look at offering a favourite “mocktail” concoction (see below for two recipes).   Please make sure they don’t include caffeine or alcohol as that can cause dehydration.

Tasty Recipes To Keep Elderly Hydrated

Strawberries and Coconut Water

To make 2 Strawberry Mocktails combine:

  • 1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar

Directions

  • To make the sugar syrup, boil sugar and water together in a ratio of 1:3 sugar to water until it thickens to a runny syrup consistency. Store in a jar for all future cocktail making.
  • Measure 1 cup of coconut water, either directly from a cut-open coconut or from a store-bought container (if you are lucky enough to live in an area that sells fresh coconut water in a bottle).
  • Combine the strawberries and sugar syrup and blend with a blender to desired consistency.
  • Serve with ice.

Cucumber Lemonade with Basil

To make 3 to 4 Cucumber Lemonade treats combine:

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 C water
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 C soda water

Directions

  • Start by cutting your cucumber in half. Peel one half and cut it lengthwise (you can cut it in half again first if need be).
  • Scoop the seeds out and chop it into pieces.
  • Put the cucumber pieces in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Put puree in a fine mesh sieve over a container and push with a wooden spoon or spatula, extracting as much liquid as you can from the cucumber puree.
  • Fill a separate bowl or container with 3 cups water. Squeeze 2 lemons into the water and mix in the sugar.
  • Pour lemonade and cucumber juice into a pitcher or serving container.  Slice remaining cucumber half (unpeeled) and remaining lemon and add to pitcher. Add basil, too. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve with ice

Finally if a loved one struggles with drinking from a standard mug or glass then do take a look at two mobility drinking aids that can help keep with drinking and ensure that fluid is taken.

  1. HandSteady – normal looking mug that stays upright and tilts easily plus keeps hands steady.
  2. Two Handed Mug – mug with two handles and 2 lids – one with spout and one with anti-spill with a hole for a straw.

Stay safe this summer and remember to keep hydrated.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW More Than Mobility Video from The Mobility Roadshow

June 24th, 2016 by morethan

Last month at the Silverstone Mobility Roadshow; More Than Mobility were interviewed by Rob Underwood, a BBC journalist who visited us at our stand to take a look at the mobility products and services we exhibited at the show and the importance of being at The Mobility Roadshow.

Take a look at the video from this interview where it gives you a chance to hear directly from our Managing Director Jemma Dunn and see some of our other colleagues on film working and demonstrating our mobility scooters and mobility products including the lightweight, folding Mobie Portable Mobility Scooter.

Please follow the link below to see the interview:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzHw6Qh1YGVhdnhzcDIzUC0yV0U.

As usual it was great to see so many of our new and existing customers at the show and have a chance to talk about their individual requirements and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all again next year.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Celebrating Armed Forces Day: Saturday 25th June

June 23rd, 2016 by morethan

Forget the EU Referendum result…..this Saturday 25th June is Armed Forces Day where it is a day to show your support for the men and women and #saluteourforces for all they do.  From current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets the UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.  Here at More Than Mobility we are passionate about our Armed Forces and will be celebrating in our mobility stores.  Do pop in and say hello and join in the #saluteourforces photos.

Ways to get involved:

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes is the UK Charity who gives direct support to our wounded, injured and sick from the Armed Forces.

“Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

Please take a look at the Help For Heroes’ website for ways to get involved.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

How to Stop Getting Nuisance Calls

June 21st, 2016 by morethan

Fed up of getting cold calls or nuisance calls/texts at home or on your mobile?   This is a common issue for many of our More Than Mobility customers and especially amongst the elderly as they can cause distress and anxiety.  We therefore wanted to share with you some useful information on how you can help to stop or reduce these nuisance calls.

Nuisance calls and messages come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and can be inconvenient and annoying at the best of times.  You should not be getting nuisance calls if you didn’t give the caller or company your number e.g.

  • cold calls trying to sell you something you don’t want or need
  • recorded or automated messages telling you that you are due compensation
  • nuisance text messages

Register with the Telephone Preference Service for FREE

The best thing you can do is register your number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).  The TPS will add you to their list of numbers that don’t want to receive sales and marketing calls and texts. This will help to block nuisance calls as it is illegal for companies to contact numbers registered with the TPS.

It’s a free service and it’s easy to register. You’ll need your phone number, postcode and an email address to sign up on the Telephone Preference Service website. You can also sign up from your mobile by texting ‘TPS’ and your email address to 85095.

If you get nuisance calls after you’ve registered with Telephone Preference Service, it may be because you gave the caller your number and you don’t remember doing it. Tell the individual caller you don’t want to be contacted again, and they should stop calling you.

Look at Blocking Certain Types of Calls

You can also look at blocking different types of calls e.g. international calls, or calls where the number has been withheld or a selected list of around 10 numbers. In order to do this you can either:

  • Talk to your phone provider about the services they offer. Different providers have different charges and options.
  • Consider a separate call blocker. These are devices which you can attach to your phone. These can be used to block different types of call. Some ask the caller to give their name before the call is put through to you.

Look carefully at the marketing “opt-in” or “opt-out box”

Be careful who you give your contact details to. When you need to provide them, for example when you buy something, enter a competition, or use a price comparison website, make sure you look carefully at the marketing “opt-in” or “opt-out” boxes. Sometimes these boxes can be buried in the small print and are often found near the part where a signature is required.

Consider going ex-directory

Some businesses use directory services to build their sales lists. Going ex-directory may help prevent these businesses from getting your phone number through this route.

What to do if you when you receive nuisance calls and messages

  • Consider screening your calls by using a “Caller ID” or “Calling Line Identity” (CLI) or using an answer machine or voicemail. This will help you choose whether to answer the call or to call the person back.
  • Ask for the caller’s details as the person must give you the name of their organisation and, if you ask for it, their address or a Freephone telephone number. You can then use this information to notify the organisation that you no longer wish to receive sales calls.
  • If you are unsure whether you want the product or service that is being promoted and are being put under pressure on the phone, you should end the call. You can then give yourself time to consider further if you want to go ahead.
  • Don’t give out your personal details – be very careful about who you give your personal details to, including when you answer the phone, particularly if the caller asks you to carry out an action which might have financial consequences. Avoid answering the phone by saying your telephone number and name as a greeting and avoid including these details on your answerphone or voicemail. Before you start a conversation, make sure the caller gives you their details first. This will help you to check that they’re calling from a credible place (for example, from your electricity supplier).
  • If someone rings you asking for personal financial information, don’t provide it. Instead, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government department’s website to check whether the call was genuine. Wait at least five minutes before making the call – this ensures the line has cleared and you’re not still speaking to the fraudster or an accomplice.
  • If you receive an automated marketing call (where they ask you to press a number to speak to a live agent) we advise that you refrain from calling it unless you are familiar with the firm trying to contact you.
  • If you receive spam texts from a company you are familiar with then reply ‘STOP’ to the telephone number or short code shown in the text message. You should not be charged for this. This will inform the sender that you no longer wish to receive their text messages. However, if the text message is from an unknown sender, or from an organisation you are not familiar with, we recommend you don’t reply. Responding will confirm that your number is active and might actually result in you receiving more messages, or even voice calls. Instead, report the spam text to your network operator by simply forward the text to 7726 (this spells the word SPAM on your phone keypad).

Reporting a nuisance call or text

Registering with the Telephone Preference Service should stop you getting nuisance calls and texts, but if someone’s still bothering you 28 days after registering, then report them to the Telephone Preference Service.

You can also report nuisance calls or texts to help regulators track down who’s making them. You’re under no obligation to do this, but it’s quick and easy, and it’ll help more people in the long run.

If you are getting calls where no one is there (called silent or abandoned calls) then please report them to Ofcom. You can report any other type of nuisance call or text to the Information Commissioner’s Office. They have the capability to fine companies that break the law so it is worth doing.

If you think it’s a scam call

Scams usually involve people being tricked into giving money. If you think a caller is trying to run a scam, you should report it to Actionfraud.

Finally please be assured that More Than Mobility will never call you unless you have specifically asked us to call you or there is a query with your order.   We hope you found this useful and any queries do let us know.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com