Cleaning Tips to Spare Your Joints

August 25th, 2016 by morethan

Let’s be honest cleaning your house is never fun and is something we all like to put off.  However it is especially hard if you suffer with any kind of mobility or disability or have issues with your joints.

Therefore we have put together some simple tips below to help.

  • House cleaning tips begin with pacing yourself. Clean just one room a day as if you do everything in one day you will end up over exerting yourself.
  • Focus on heavy-traffic areas first. You may need to vacuum only the hallway from the kitchen to the doorway to help spruce up the place
  • Equip yourself properly. If squeezing a spray bottle or lifting a heavy bottle of washing powder is tough, look for easy-to-handle packaging. For scrubbing, simple cleaning tools, such as microfiber cloths and gloves remove dirt beautifully with just a little water and minimal muscle.
  • Strategically store cleaning supplies. Stash a complete set of cleaning solutions and tools on each floor – including separate lightweight vacuum cleaners.
  • Clean messes when they’re fresh. Waiting until a stain sets or clutter builds up ultimately results in more work.
  • Let cleaning solutions work for you. Once you apply a cleaning solution, let it attack the grime for a few minutes, then come back to wipe up.
  • Tip for tucking. When making your bed, use a wooden pizza paddle to help you tuck in sheets and blankets.
  • Double duty. When cleaning house, give up that hard-to-grip dust rag. Instead, wear an old pair of gloves or socks on your hands for dusting.
  • Correct Mobility Equipment. If you are in a wheelchair or have a walking aid then make sure that you have the right equipment especially for indoor use and good manoeuvrability to help when cleaning.  Do take a look at our More Than Mobility range of mobility products and services.
  • Get help. If you still struggle then it might be worth looking at getting some additional help for a few hours each week with cleaning the house and changing your bedsheets.

Here at More Than Mobility we have you in mind when it comes to cleaning the home as we have a section dedicated to essential daily living aids – do please take a look at our website for our full range of mobility products and services.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW More Than Mobility Store: Sidmouth!

August 22nd, 2016 by morethan

More Than Mobility are pleased to announce the opening of a new mobility store based in Sidmouth, Devon to complement our existing mobility stores in Northampton and Plymouth.

More Than Mobility have taken over the existing Hearing & Mobility store earlier this month and are in the process of re-branding this to More Than Mobility.  For customers it is business as usual and our new Sidmouth store continues to stock a wide range of mobility products from mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds, wheelchairs, bathing & toileting aids as well as daily living aids.    Do pop in and say hello to our same friendly team and see our range of mobility products or enquire about hiring a mobility scooter or wheelchair.

For new customers our Sidmouth store is located centrally in town on the high street and with parking near the store it is very convenient for customers coming from Sidmouth, Devon and Dorset and the surrounding areas.

Hearing Health & Mobility are retaining a hearing aid concession at the Sidmouth store and continue to dispense hearing aids and associated products and services.  If you would like to book a hearing test appointment to take place in store on in the convenience of your own home do pop into the store or call us to book a slot.

Meet The Team!

Do pop in and say hello to our team:  Kate, Jill and Dave are on hand to help you with choosing any new mobility products or servicing your existing mobility product.

You can contact the More Than Mobility Sidmouth store on the previous phone number: 01395 519850 or via post at 75 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LD.

Opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm Saturday.    Alternatively you can visit our Sidmouth store website at www.morethanmobilitysidmouth.co.uk

View our store locator to see our full list of More Than Mobility showrooms around the country or alternatively take a look at our nationwide website at www.morethanmobility.com where you can buy online and we will deliver your mobility products direct to your home.  Alternatively you can call us on 0800 046 3949 for further advice or support.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Rio Olympics & Paralympic Games 2016

August 18th, 2016 by morethan

Have you been inspired by impressive GB Team performance at the Olympic Games this last few weeks?   Here at More Than Mobility the whole team have been watching in awe at our athletes and cheering them on late into the evening!

However don’t forget that in a few weeks’ time the Paralympic Games will also take place in Rio De Janeiro from 7th – 18th September 2016.  Step forward the Superhuman Paralympic athletes who are even more awe inspiring….if it is anything to go by London 4 years ago; be prepared to be humbled and amazed at the same time!  If you cannot wait then take a look at the We’re The Superhumans GB Paralympics Video Trailer to get you in the mood.

The Great Britain Paralympic team will have a total of 258 athletes competing at the Rio Games across 19 sports.

Also last week the British Paralympic Association (BPA) launched its 2016 Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with 28 athletes and coaches across thirteen Paralympic sports. The Programme, which was first launched in London 2012, provides athletes and coaching staff with an experience of several days at a Paralympic Games. It aims to provide developing athletes knowledge that will prepare them for a future Games experience as a selected athlete, as well as inspire and excite potential future Paralympians in their ambitions.

Good luck to all our athletes taking part in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips for Safety in the Bathroom

August 16th, 2016 by morethan

With its slippery and hard surfaces, the bathroom can become one of the most dangerous places for falls in your own home.   Here are some useful tips for keeping you safe in the bathroom:

  1. Get rid of throw rugs. These slippery floor coverings are the main cause of household falls. If you just can’t part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings.
  2. Put nonslip mats in your bathtub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
  3. Keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
  4. Place grab bars or grab rails in or around the bathtub, shower and toilet. When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to if you do slip.
  5. Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom which comes on when it detects movement. Within the bathroom, use a nightlight, or install an illuminated switch.
  6. If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. That way you can get up safely and with less effort.  Also you might want to consider a toilet surrounding frame to go around the toilet to help.
  7. Put a bath board or bench or shower stool in the shower or bathtub. You’ll then have a place to sit when washing and there is less chance of slipping.
  8. Equip your shower with a handheld or adjustable shower head. You can manoeuvre it where you want it, minimizing your movement in the shower. Also, you can use it while sitting safely on your bath seat or bench.
  9. Take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall.
  10. If you struggle with getting in and out of bath then you might want to consider a lightweight bath lift.

More Than Mobility supply a range of bathing and toileting aids so do take a look at our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

August – National Road Victims Month

August 15th, 2016 by morethan

Every year, in August, RoadPeace remember those killed or injured on our roads during the National Road Victim Month

August is a particularly poignant month because:

  • Bridget Driscoll was the first person killed in the UK by a car, on 17 August 1896, in Crystal Palace, London
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997, in Paris
  • there is increased risk of those travelling on holiday being involved in a car crash

RoadPeace

RoadPeace was founded on the principle of road danger reduction (RDR) in February 1992. Twenty years on, supporting active travel policies and sustainable transport programmes is much more widespread.

Key to road danger reduction is the reduction of speed, volume and dominance of motor vehicles.

RoadPeace events taking place during August, Road Victim Month:

Do see the RoadPeace website for information on the other campaigns that RoadPeace organise and do follow them on Twitter.

Sharing the road – safety around mobility scooters

  • Be mindful of larger mobility scooters when travelling on the road.  Road legal mobility scooters can only travel at 8 mph but may be using the road. Give them space and only overtake when it is safe to do so.
  • Smaller mobility scooters are restricted to using footpaths and pavements. Dropped kerbs are the only way mobility and electric wheelchair users – not to mention parents with prams – can cross a road easily. It’s also an offence to obstruct these crossing points. When parking consider whether you’re inadvertently making it trickier for a less mobile person to get around.
  • Mobility scooters aren’t allowed to use cycle lanes or bus lanes so try not to get impatient if it seems they’re blocking the road – they’re obeying the law.
  • While larger scooters must have full lights, the smaller ones intended for pavement use don’t need to. In addition, waterproof covers can affect the vision of the driver. Never assume you’ve been seen. And always double check before pulling out.

Also mobility scooter users should have insurance for their scooter although it is not compulsory.  If you were to have an accident and hit someone, or damage someone’s property, in your mobility scooter your mobility scooter insurance will pay for your defence, if it was to go to court, and the resultant damages.  Here at More Than Mobility we always recommend that mobility scooters take out scooter insurance to cover any accidents and ensure peace of mind when travelling on the road.   Prices start from as little as £86 per annum which is only £1.66 per week.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Vintage: Back in Style!

August 11th, 2016 by morethan

The rise of vintage from fashion to furniture has been well documented online and in the media.  Also the rise of vintage fairs are becoming more popular.

“Even if you go back two or three years you used to get real bargains. You could bid on old furniture on eBay and get it for 99p, now the same items are £60 or £70,” says Estelle Riley.

Initially people bought second-hand furniture and restored it because it was all they could afford. But then they began to like the old-fashioned look and sought out pieces that could be painted or distressed to recreate the vintage look at home. And despite the challenges in seeking out a bargain she believes vintage is still on the rise.

Charity Oxfam launched its vintage section online and saw sales through its website shoot up by 400%. The service, which allows Oxfam’s 700 shops to post vintage items for sale online, was set up three years ago after the charity noticed more people were typing the word “vintage” into the website’s search box.

See some of our own vintage rise and recline chair styles include:

Pride C11 Rise and Recline Chair

At a surprisingly affordable price this Pride C11 Rise and Recline Chair offers stylish wing back with diamond pattern back.   The C11 rise and recline chair offers the best of both worlds, fantastic value and style that you can personalise with not only fabric choice, but with interchangeable wood and fabric panels to fit in with existing household interiors. Price: 425.00

Sasha Rise & Recline Chair

The single motor Sasha Rise & Recline Chair offers all the comfort of a fully customised made the measure chair at an off the shelf price.   The snug-fitting Sasha is designed to fit the contours of a petite, curvy frame so you can enjoy relaxing at home in luxury. Price 475.00

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips to Help Wheelchair Users Transfer Onto The Toilet

August 10th, 2016 by morethan
    • Be sure to have the right toilet seat

      An elevated toilet seat is a must in the home.  Transferring becomes much easier as the seat can become the same height as the wheelchair.   Choice of seat heights and with and without arm rests.

        • Move the footrests and lock the wheels

          Locking the wheelchair wheels will provide the most stability for you to manoeuvre and will ensure that your chair does not begin to roll away from you. Find the best position, lock your wheelchair into place then move the footrests out of the way.

            • Remove Clothing Before Transfer

              Most people find that it’s easiest to remove their pants and underwear before transferring out of the wheelchair. Many prefer to move to the edge of their wheelchair, slide their clothing down to their ankles, and then remove the clothing from one ankle in order to spread their legs. It has also been suggested that you may want to forgo underwear altogether, as it can just prolong the process and become quite uncomfortable if it isn’t put back on just right.

                • Use a Sliding Transfer Board

                  A small sliding board, or transfer board, can come in quite handy when moving from your wheelchair to the toilet. The use of a sliding board can make the process flow more smoothly, as well as relieve pain in your chest and shoulder muscles from exertion. These boards can be used in any form of transfer as they are designed to bear the weight of a person moving from places such as their chair to their bed or their chair to the toilet and back.

                  Please feel free to print of the above tips to keep for yourself or if you are a carer to place on the toilet walls.

                  Best Wishes

                  More Than Mobility Team

                  www.morethanmobility.com

                  Coping with a New Disability

                  July 28th, 2016 by morethan

                  A new disability can come on suddenly or gradually develop over many years without you knowing about it. Disability are usually genetically exposed, but illnesses can also be the result of the polluted environment or the lifestyle we adopt. Coming to terms with any illness is not easy and might take a long time.

                  We recommend that you first talk to your doctor to get some medical advice or alternatively you can call our More Than Mobility Customer Service Helpline on 0800 046 3949 to help with any mobility products you need to manage and maintain your day to day lifestyle.

                  Being recently diagnosed with a new disability is the hardest time and naturally you will can feel down about it, yet with a few changes you might still be able to live your life to the full. The following easy 5 steps should help you in the right direction.

                  1. Allow yourself time to come to terms with your illness

                  Thinking positively is no easy matter but it is important to be enthusiastic about life again. There are only two choices for you to make. You can stay depressed and complain about your problems for the rest of your life or you have the option of trying to make most of your life even with all your limitations. We all know that cancer patients who remain positive live longer than those who become very depressed. The same applies to any chronic illness or disability.

                  2. Nurture yourself

                  The only person you can always trust is you. It sounds funny but you will always be in your own company. You can either cheer yourself up or make yourself miserable. First of all you need to take care of yourself and make sure that you can keep yourself as healthy as possible.

                  Naturally you cannot cure your illness or disability but you can learn how to live your live to the best – that is how to relieve your symptoms in the best possible way

                  • It is important to realise that you are the person who matters most
                  • Make yourself comfortable and do something you enjoy each day
                  • Praise yourself for all your little achievements
                  • Follow a healthy, well balanced diet and if possible try to do light exercise each day.

                  3. Learn how you can best help yourself feel better

                  Try and find out as much as you can about your particular health problem. Alternative therapies are a great way of harmonizing your energy and the practitioners at alternative therapy clinics will be more than happy to advise you on which therapy would be most suited for you. The clinic might also run courses that will help you to apply some methods on your own.

                  4. Concentrate on the present, do not dwell in the past or worry about the future.

                  “I should have done things differently” and so on….. Such claims might or might not be true, it does not really matter. What matters is that you try to ignore such thoughts because they will not help you advance in your life.

                  5. You are the maker of your own luck

                  Start small, giving yourself manageable goals each day that build on each other. Break your tasks into smaller chunks if your challenge is slightly larger. Many people make the mistake that when they have a brilliant idea they think big and want to see success overnight.

                  • You can achieve your goals
                  • Think small; accept that you will have some bad days. Find ways how to overcome these and say tomorrow will be a better day
                  • Break bigger tasks into smaller chunks
                  • Stick up with your goal – do not give up

                  More Than Mobility supply a wide range of mobility products which can help you on your way to an easier life including mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, wheelchairs, adjustable beds, stair lifts, walking aids, bathing & toileting aids and daily living aids.

                  Please visit our website to see our full mobility product range or call us and we can advise you over the telephone.

                  Finally, remember to always keep positive!

                  Best Wishes

                  More Than Mobility Team

                  www.morethanmobility.com

                  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 be taken – 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
                  9. 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.
                  10. 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
                  11. 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