Check Out Our Electric Adjustable Beds!

November 16th, 2016 by morethan

It’s getting colder which means we like to snuggle up in bed at night for longer so is it time to treat yourself to a new comfortable bed?

Here at More Than Mobility we have been selling electric adjustable beds for many years and we have a huge range in stock.   Electric adjustable beds are specifically designed for anybody who struggles to get in and out of their bed or finds it difficult to get comfortable once they are in their bed.

It is becoming more and more popular to sit up in bed to read or to recline in bed whilst watch television or a film. Sometimes it is just great to recline in bed with your feet up. The More Than Mobility collection of Adjustable Beds can be adjusted to your desired position thus providing you with the ability to maximise your comfort.

Our range includes:

All our beds are ideal for people suffering from the following medical conditions: Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Arthritis,Rheumatism, MS, Back Pain, Circulation problems and many other conditions affecting mobility.

Please visit our website for the full range of adjustable beds. Prices start from as little as £398 and you can choose from a range of mattress options (memory foam or pocket sprung).

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

TFL Trial: Please Offer Me A Seat

November 6th, 2016 by morethan

From September this year TFL (Transport for London) have been trialling a new badge and card on all London transport services to help customers who are less able to stand to get a seat.

TFL have developed a badge and card that they hope will help and have recruited 1,000 people who have all received the card and badge, similar to the Baby on Board badge. The trial is to help TFL understand if the badge or card can help people access a seat, and understand the reactions of other customers.

Unfortunately the badge and card are not yet available to the wider public.  The result of the trial are not yet available but here at More Than Mobility we do hope it has been a success as we think it is a great idea and hopefully will be rolled out across the country.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Are you sitting comfortably and safely?

November 4th, 2016 by morethan

At More Than Mobility we take posture seriously and we have been studying the subject for many years. It’s likely that you or your friend/relative is going to be sitting down for increasingly long periods of time, so it might be good to check on the comfort of his or her furniture.

Many sofas and armchairs are often the wrong shape for a good sitting position, and people can be uncomfortable for a number of reasons – more often than not because the length and depth of the seat is not correct for them.  A ‘wrong’ sitting position can become uncomfortable quite quickly, potentially making it harder to get out of the chair again.

Time for a new chair?

There are many different styles of armchair and sofa available and finding the right one will depend upon a number of factors; their height and body shape, for example, along with any specific issues affecting their flexibility or posture.

Important factors to consider include:

  • seat height: a higher seat will make it easier to get in and out of the chair, but if too high, it will put too much pressure on the back of the thighs.
  • seat depth: this needs to be sufficient to support the full length of the thighs, but not be so deep that the person has to lean back. If the chair it too deep, a comfortable way to shorten the seat is to add a cushion behind your relative’s back.
  • the height of the armrests: these should allow the arms to be rested without raising or dropping of the shoulders.

Riser Recliner Chairs

These help people stand up and sit down, to recline (even to a lying position), or both:

  • Rise and recline chairs can be manually – or power-operated, and have a seat base or structure that rises or falls; they are not suitable for people with poor balance, however.
  • Recliner chairs feature a reclining backrest and a rising leg rest, and can also be manually- or power-operated; some will recline to a fully flat position.
  • Riser recliner chairs combine the features of both.

Getting in and out of a chair

For the safest ways to get in and out of a chair, remember the following tips:

  • When sitting down, always feel the chair or seat on the back of your knees before lowering into the seat.
  • Reach for the arms and lower yourself down gently and evenly; don’t be tempted to use a walking aid for support.
  • To get back up again, wriggle forward so that your feet are directly under or behind your knees.
  • Make a wide base with your feet.
  • Sometimes, rocking forwards and backwards will help you find the momentum to get up.
  • Ensure that you look up, and lead with your head.
  • Use the chair arms, and push up evenly with both your arms.
  • Give yourself a moment to find your balance before walking away from the chair.
  • Do not pull on walking frames or furniture when standing as these can move, causing you to potentially lose your balance.

If you are looking to purchase a new rise and recline chair then do take a look at our website – we have a wide range of both single and dual action chairs in a variety of fabrics or leather.   Prices start from £375 in a choice of colours.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

National Arthritis Week

October 25th, 2016 by morethan

Last week was National Arthritis Week and to celebrate we would like you to share your arthritis stories. Arthritis Research says “We understand that the pain of arthritis is invisible, and that trying to explain the impact that it has on your day can be hard. We recently surveyed women with arthritis; 28% of women feel people don’t understand what it’s like to live with joint pain and, despite talking about it, they feel lonely.”

Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. 10 million people are living in pain every day. This pain is often invisible, and its effects can go unnoticed. That’s why this year they’re highlighting the impact of pain.

If you live with arthritis, or know someone who does, help them shape the research we invest in by completing the National Arthritis Survey online at www.nationalarthritisweek.org. For more details see www.arthritisresearchuk.org.

If you or a loved one suffers from Arthritis please visit our website www.morethanmobility.com where we have a range of mobility equipment to help with customer suffering with arthritis:

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

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.  They have a small magnet on the end for picking up pins, paperclips, etc.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Apply For a Disabled Person’s Rail and Coach Card

October 7th, 2016 by morethan

If you are registered disabled and love travelling around the UK then have you considered either a disabled person’s rail card or coach card?  If not then we recommend you take a look at the details below as you can save money and travel for less!

Disabled Person’s Coach Card

The Disabled Coach Card offers a great way to save a 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. So whether you’re looking to take a weekend city break to London or jet off to warmer climates from a UK airport, the Disabled Coach Card allows you to travel for a fraction of the original price.

The Disabled Coach Card is just £10 (plus £2 p&p) a year – that’s less than 84p a month (and £10 cheaper than a railcard).

You’ll save a guaranteed 1/3 on standard fares throughout the UK for 12 months. With the Coach card, there are no restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, so you can travel when it suits you and your plans. This includes public holidays, bank holidays and weekends.

Purchasing your Disabled Coach card is quick and easy.  Simply complete your details online and your Coach card will be posted to your home address.

Disabled Person’s Rail Card

Get 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares for you and a friend.  The Disabled Persons Railcard costs just £20 for a whole year.

You will qualify for a disabled person’s rail card if you:

  • receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at either:
    • the higher or lower rate for the mobility component, or
    • the higher or middle rate for the care component
  • have a visual impairment
  • have a hearing impairment
  • have epilepsy
  • receive Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • receive War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability
  • buy or lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme

Visit the Disabled Persons Rail card site to apply.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Get a Grant for a Wheelchair

October 6th, 2016 by morethan

If you are looking for a new wheelchair and you would like some help with funding your first point of contact should be yourlocal statutory services (Social Services or NHS).

In most areas of the UK the issuing of NHS wheelchairs are usually the responsibility of your local Wheelchair Services.  Depending on your condition you may be referred to Wheelchair Services by your GP, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist (OT).

When you are invited to Wheelchair Services you should receive a full assessment of your needs.  They will take leg and body measurements, check your upper body strength and ability to transfer into the wheelchair to try to establish the best wheelchair for you.

There are a range of wheelchairs to choose from:

Ideally, they should take into account all your needs including how often you will use the wheelchair and where you will use it.  Whatever their decision the wheelchair chosen for you will remain the property of the NHS and they will be responsible for servicing and maintenance. Not everyone will receive a wheelchair as they are usually only issued for individuals with long term mobility difficulties.

What are wheelchair vouchers?

If you are eligible for an NHS wheelchair you will be given the option of a wheelchair voucher to use towards the purchase of a privately funded wheelchair.

The value of the voucher will vary as the amount will reflect the cost of basic wheelchair suitable for your needs. The voucher is given instead of a wheelchair.

By accepting a voucher you are in control of your wheelchair choice and you will own the wheelchair, as you own the wheelchair you will be responsible for all repair costs – this can be considerable as tyres wear out (and burst!) and seating covers/batteries may need replacing. Occasionally a funding charity may cover some or all of the maintenance costs if they have contributed to the cost of the wheelchair. Once you accept a voucher you will not be able to return to wheelchair services for 5 years (3 years for children).

When you are ready to choose a particular wheelchair please visit our More Than Mobility website. We have a wide range of wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories for you to choose form.   Our lightweight aluminium wheelchairs start from as little as £99 and free courier delivery!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Animal Therapy Anyone?

September 22nd, 2016 by morethan

Nurture Dogs CIC is a Community Interest Company that aims to bring the pleasure and therapeutic value of the humananimal bond to as many people as possible.

Combine animal contact and activities with animals with the therapeutic philosophy of Occupational Therapy. Dogs is an organisation that majors on empowering people, providing choices and opportunities where perhaps these do not currently exist.

They state “Other services will be offered as we progress. In each area we can work with individuals or groups using our own assessment tools or with those who already have set goals” services include:

  • Dedham Community Farm (for therapy and work experience)
  • Dogs in the community such as specialist hospitals, care homes, learning difficulties homes and much more.

Our services range from full OT assessment and evaluation to individual/group animal assisted programmes.

A) Individual Occupational Therapy

This service is led by Dave De’ath who is a qualified occupational therapist. We have several Occupational Therapists working with us as well as students. This will involve an OT assessment and evaluation.

B) Individual animal assisted therapy

One to one sessions specifically tailored to meet your individual goals. (Can be combined with OT assessment on request)

C) Group animal assisted therapy

A programme designed for a group of clients who may have similar needs. Each individual may set their own goals within the group objectives or they may be set for them.

(Can be combined with OT assessment on request).

Please see the Nuture Dogs website for more information

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Sheltered Housing and how to apply

September 12th, 2016 by morethan

Are you or a loved one struggling to live at home independently and are thinking about moving to sheltered accommodation but are unsure how to go about this?  Then take a look at the options below and how to apply.

Sheltered housing is purpose-built rented accommodation intended for people over 55. You enjoy the privacy of your own place, a secure environment and 24-hour support in emergency situations should you need it. Sheltered housing, also known as retirement housing, is accommodation specifically designed for older people (or younger disabled people) to allow them to live independently.

Sheltered housing usually consists of self-contained flats with communal facilities. In most cases, they are available to people aged over 60, although some schemes may be open to those over 55 years old.

Such accommodation can be bought or rented (see privately funded sheltered housing), either by individuals or couples. Residents can pay for sheltered housing privately (out of their own funds) or, if they meet certain eligibility criteria (see council and housing association sheltered housing), they can apply to be allocated sheltered housing by their local council or housing association.

  1. Schemes usually offer between 20 and 40 self-contained apartments/flats or bungalows on one site. All properties have their own front door, kitchen and bathroom, so that residents can continue to live independently and have the freedom to come and go as they please.
  2. The main advantage of sheltered housing is that residents have help at hand if they need it. Most offer additional support in the form of:
  3. A scheme manager (or warden) living on or off-site, who gives advice to residents, ensures that communal areas are clean, and arranges maintenance and repairs
  4. A 24-hour emergency alarm system within each property, so that residents can call for help if they have a fall, for example.
  5. Social activities or entertainment for residents, such as coffee mornings, crafts, bingo, bridge or quiz evenings
  6. Organised excursions to places of interest
  7. Guest rooms for family and friends so that residents can have visitors to stay over
  8. Communal laundry (washers and dryers).
  9. Some larger sites may also offer restaurants, shops, hairdressers or even a gym.
  10. It’s a good idea to check if there are any additional charges for these services, who they are available to (residents only, or visitors as well?) and what times they are available.
  11. The majority of sheltered housing schemes require residents to have a certain level of independence. Only a small number provide personal care (see Extra care housing, below) and none provide nursing care.

Extra care housing

Sheltered housing (also known as ‘retirement housing’) doesn’t usually offer help with personal care. However, there are some extra care housing schemes (also known as ‘very sheltered housing’, ‘enhanced sheltered housing’ or ‘assisted living’) that do provide this additional support for residents.

Extra care housing residents will have access to onsite personal care services, which can offer assistance with a range of tasks, such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation and also housework.

Nursing Care/Care Homes

Sheltered housing schemes do not offer any medical or nursing care. If your relative requires specific medical care, sheltered housing may not be the best option and you might want to consider a Nursing Home or Care Home. See Care Homes for more information about what these can offer.

If you are not sure what level of care you or your relative requires have a look at our recent More Than Mobility blog on Getting a Needs Assessment.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Paralympic Games Has Finally Begun!

September 11th, 2016 by morethan

How exciting the Paralympic Games has finally begun this week in Rio with a spectacular opening ceremony and now the Great Britain are hoping to surpass their London 2012 medal haul, when they won 120 medals.

From the first few day’s action and with Dame Sarah Storey winning her record breaking 12th gold medal on the cycle track last night; it is looking well on track (no pun intended!).  Here are at More Than Mobility we wish all the elite athletes from GB and across the world the best of luck.  You can only do your best and we know you will do your nations proud!

Click here to view the official Rio Paralympic Schedule.  If you want to watch the Paralympics on TV then Channel 4 are the official Paralympic TV broadcaster whilst BBC Radio 5 Live will also cover the events on the radio.   Do take a look at Channel 4 or BBC disability sport website for a day by day guide so you know when the medals will be won, and which events to monitor closely.

great to see that our own Prince Harry has made a donation to help Brazilian children watch the Rio Paralympics! The #FillTheSeats campaign is working with Paralympics organisers to buy 10,000 tickets for local children. A former soldier, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games – a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women – in 2014 and is a keen supporter of the Paralympic Games.

After the negative press leading up to the Rio Paralympic Games including the concerns around slow seat ticket sales; it was

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Keep Fit with Walking Football

September 10th, 2016 by morethan

Do you love football but would struggle now to play a game of regular football due to mobility or health issues?   Then it might be worth considering Walking Football!

Conceived in 2011 by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, Walking Football aims to inspire the over 50s to get out of their armchair and back into exercise.  Here at More Than Mobility we think this is a great way for some of our older customers who are still mobile to keep fit.

Walking football was brought it into the mainstream after Steve Rich – an ex-Sunday League player hung up his boots at 26 after a car accident to launch a website to help connect teams across Britain. There are now over 756 clubs throughout the UK offering walking football – click here to find our nearest club.

“It’s devastating to give up something you love,” admits Steve Rich “but after I was hit by a car any twisting, turning or impact was impossible. Then I heard about walking football and just kicked on from there.

The rules of walking football are much the same as, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no off-sides, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited.

Now, with backing from the Football Association and an online hub for clubs there’s a genuine buzz about the sport’s future. Last year’s National Tournament took in 18 teams from around the UK; this year it grew to 82. There’s even talk of a Walking Football World Cup – you never know we might even be able to win that!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com