Archive for February, 2016

Leap Year & Rare Disease Day: 29th February 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by morethan

Not only is today (29th February) a leap year when you can ask someone to marry you but it is also Rare Disease Day. We at More Than Mobility wanted to share this important worldwide campaign with you and to raise awareness about the rare diseases and their impact on patient’s lives #rarediseaseday.

A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disorder that affects a small percentage of the population. Although the disease may be rare, patients and families share a common struggle.

A disease or disorder is defined as rare in Europe when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people. As many as 30 million people alone in the EU may be affected by one of over 6000 rare diseases existing.

  • 80% of rare diseases have identified genetic origins whilst others are the result of infections (bacterial or viral), allergies and environmental causes, or are degenerative and proliferative.
  • 50% of rare diseases touch children.

The Rare Disease Day campaign targets primarily the general public and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare disease.

The campaign started as a European event and has progressively become a world phenomenon, with the USA joining in 2009 and participation in over 80 countries throughout the world in 2015. Hundreds of cities continue to take part in Rare Disease Day and we hope even more will join in 2016. Some countries have decided to raise rare disease awareness further, for example, Spain declared 2013 as the National Year for Rare Diseases.

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the campaign:

1)    Become A Friend – are you part of an organization that has an interest in rare diseases?  Become a friend and join the 2016 campaign!

2)  Post Your Event – if you are an individual or patient, please register your event by submitting the event on their website.

3)    Tell Your Story – tell your rare disease story by uploading a photo or video to the website.

4)  Join on Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ – participate via social media.

5)   Organise a fundraising event – find out about local and national fundraising events near you.

Please do get involved and if you would like more information do visit www.rarediseaseday.org.  If you or a family member are struggling with a rare disease and need any mobility products do bear More Than Mobility in mind as we have a wide range of mobility products available for you to buy in store or online.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Cosyfeet: Shoes & Slippers for Swollen or Extra Wide Feet

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by morethan

Cosyfeet Extra Roomy Footwear is designed to be the most comfortable footwear available for anyone with swollen or extrawide feet. They provide stylish footwear (slippers and shoes) for both men and women that over 11,000 Health Care Professionals recommend.

The footwear features adjustable fastenings for a flexible fit and they are deeper & roomier than they look. Perfect for swollen or extra wide feet.  Some styles even have re-moveable insoles to allow for orthotics and are easy to get on & off a swollen foot.

More Than Mobility is a Cosyfeet stockist in our mobility stores so why not pop into one our stores and try these shoes for yourself.  Alternatively you can order online directly through our partner Cosyfeet’s website.

Cosyfeet footwear offers:

  • Wider, deeper and roomier footwear - no need to order a larger shoe size!
  • Wide range of Women and Men’s Shoes and Slippers in a variety of styles i.e. Lace ups, Touch fastening and Velcro, Leather, Elastane and Fabric.
  • Extra Roomy Socks & Hosiery Range - designed to fit puffy or swollen feet and legs.  Including cotton, wool, thermal,travel and lightweight socks and foot, ankle tights, hold ups and stockings.
  • Foot Care Collection - to relieve pain and enjoy comfort again!   Including nail and foot conditioning, toe care, heel solution, bunion relief, specialist insoles and underfoot comfort.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Mother’s Day Mobility Gift Ideas: Sunday 6th March

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by morethan

It’s that time of year when we say thank you and give our mother a special treat! We at More Than Mobility have been working hard to bring you the very best in mobility products and have a selection of suitable gifts ideas to treat your Mum or Gran – take a look at some of our popular gift ideas below:

Daily Living Aids

Our Daily Living Aids will always make Mum’s life easier with products designed to help those with mobility issues to regain their independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier.

Clothing & Footwear

How about a new nightie or bed jacket to keep your Mum nice and warm in bed.   From front button fastening nighties to open back nighties and a choice of bed jacket styles (button or tie-neck) and colours.

Alternatively take a look at the best-selling Fleecy Wrap – a comfy wrap with two handy pockets ideal for wearing any time.  Choice of 3 colours.   Buy Now for only £18.00!

Alternatively wouldn’t a new pair of comfy slippers or shoes be a nice treat! We have the well-known Cosyfeet shoes available instock in our mobility stores or you can buy directly online through our partner Cosyfeet’s website.  These slippers and shoes are extra wide and roomy – perfect for swollen or extra wide feet!

Furniture & Chairs

Want to spend that little bit extra this year? We have the very best in some stylish and comfortable Fireside Chairs and Rise & Recline Chairs – with a choice of styles and colours to suit any living room.  Buy Now from £375!

To see our full range of mobility products suitable for your Mum or Gran do take a look at our website. Also make sure you order before noon Thursday 4th March to have Mum’s present in time for Mother’s Day!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Disabled Parking & Blue Badges

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by morethan

What is a Blue Badge? Who is eligible? How can I apply for a Blue Badge?

We often get asked this question by our More Than Mobility customers both in store and online so we have put together this handy guide on the Blue Badge Scheme and disabled parking.   Also if you already have a Blue Badge don’t forget we sell a range of disabled badge wallets available online or in our mobility stores for only £9.99!

The Blue Badge Scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you are disabled.   If you have severe walking disabilities and are classified as disabled you can park for free and for any length of time with a Blue Badge.

If you are not disabled and do not have a Blue Badge then please do not park in a disabled parking space.  It is an offence to park a vehicle in a Blue Badge parking bay, without displaying a Blue Badge. If you see this happening you should report it to a traffic attendant or the local police. Police officers and traffic attendants have the right to inspect Blue Badges. It is an offence to refuse or fail to produce a badge for inspection, without reasonable excuse. This offence carries a maximum fine of £1,000.

While the Blue Badge Scheme runs throughout the UK, it is administered by the local authorities in England, who issue the badges. It is also run by local authorities in Wales and Scotland, and the Department for Regional Development in Ireland.

The rules about where you can use the Blue Badge may vary depending on where you are. You should always check whether the scheme operates before you park with your Blue Badge. Also each EU country has its own rules on where the badge can be used.

What does the Blue Badge look like?

The Blue Badge is a flat, plastic-coated, double-sided blue badge. It also contains a form of identification of the badge holder:

  • for badges issued after 1 January 2012, the back side of the badge shows a digitally scanned picture of the badgeholder
  • for badges issued before 1 January 2012, the badge has a
  • photograph of the holder on the back. If you have this kind of old-style badge, you can continue using it until it expires, and will get a new style badge when you renew it

The badge should be placed loose on the dashboard or fascia panel of the vehicle wherever it is being used.

The badge also comes with a parking disc ‘time clock’ which must be used whenever there is a limit on how long you can park.

Where doesn’t the Blue Badge Scheme apply?

In the UK, the scheme applies throughout England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland, with the exception of certain town centres.

The Blue Badge Scheme also doesn’t run fully in some London boroughs, because of parking difficulties in these areas:

  • City of London
  • Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • the part of Camden south of and including Euston Road

If you live or work in one of these boroughs, you can still get a Blue Badge to use outside the area. Your local authority may offer discounted fare schemes to help you use public transport.

The Blue Badge Scheme does not apply to off-street car parks, for example supermarket car parks. However, off-street car parks may provide bays for Blue Badge holders. Please check with notices before parking.

Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

If you are disabled you may be able to park in restricted areas under the Blue Badge scheme. The scheme is for drivers and passengers.

The following explains who is eligible to get a blue badge and how eligibility may be assessed in England.

Who can get a Blue Badge?

Some people can get a Blue Badge automatically. This is called being eligible without further assessment. You fit into this group if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • you are registered blind
  • you receive War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you scored at least 8 points in relation to the ‘moving around’ activity in the PIP assessment
  • you have been awarded a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8). You have also been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult
  • you receive a government grant towards your own vehicle

If you were on higher rate mobility component of DLA, but you had to claim PIP instead and didn’t get enough points to be eligible for a Blue Badge, you can continue to use your badge until it expires.

If none of these apply to you, you may still be eligible. This is called being eligible subject to further assessment, and will apply to you if you meet one of these criteria:

  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult
  • you have severe upper limb disabilities in both arms, drive a motor vehicle and have difficulty using parking meters
  • you are applying on behalf of a child over two with a permanent and substantial disability which means they can’t walk or find walking very difficult
  • you are applying on behalf of a child under three with a medical condition that requires them to be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment or transporting bulky medical equipment

To find out if you’re eligible for a Blue Badge, contact the National Blue Badge Helpline on 0844 463 0213.

How are you assessed?

If you are eligible subject to further assessment, your local authority will look at the evidence of your disability to decide whether you can have a blue badge.

You may need to have an independent mobility assessment. If you have applied for or held a Blue Badge previously, your GP may have carried this out. Assessments now have to be carried out by an independent mobility assessor. This is usually a medical professional such as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, who has never treated you before.

If your local authority wants you to have a mobility assessment, it will refer you to the assessor. You will not be charged for the assessment.

You may not have to undergo an assessment if your council says it’s very obvious that you are eligible or ineligible.

How is walking ability assessed?

You will generally only be able to get a Blue Badge if you can walk only with great difficulty and at an extremely slow pace or with excessive pain. No other factors, such as how difficult you find it to carry objects, will be taken into account.

Your difficulties must be permanent and not temporary. For example, if you have a broken leg, you can’t apply for a Blue Badge.

How are upper limb abilities assessed?

If you have severe upper limb disabilities, you are eligible for a Blue Badge if all of the following apply to you:

  • you drive a vehicle regularly
  • you have a severe disability in both arms
  • you are unable or would find it very difficult to use a parking meter

You are not eligible for a Blue Badge if you have severe upper limb disabilities and only travel as a passenger.

Local authorities treat applications from people with severe upper limb disabilities as a special case. This means that before making a decision, they might:

  • interview you
  • inspect your vehicle
  • check your insurance documents which state that you drive an adapted vehicle

How to apply for a Blue Badge

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a Blue Badge is online. However, you can also apply for a badge by contacting your local authority directly. You’ll need to fill in a form.

Whichever way you apply, you will need:

  • your National Insurance or Child Reference number
  • your driving licence number, if you have one
  • a digital or signed photograph
  • if you currently have a Blue Badge, the number, expiry date and local authority given on the badge
  • Apply online through the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk
  • Find out who your local authority is and how to contact them at www.gov.uk

Do you need to provide evidence of your disability?

You may need to send other documents or evidence of your disability. If you are applying online, there will be a message about this on the screen if this is the case. You will need to follow any instructions this gives.

If you should be eligible without further assessment for a badge, you will be asked to provide evidence to show this.

If you fall into the eligible subject to further assessment category, your local authority will make its own decision about whether you need to provide any more details about your disability. You might have to have an independent mobility assessment with a medical professional such as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. You won’t have to pay for an assessment.

Whichever way you apply, your local authority will get in touch if they need any more information, if they decide that you need a mobility assessment. They will also let you know whether your application has been successful.

Finally if your application for a Blue Badge is refused you can appeal to your local authority – for more information take a look at the Citizen’s Advice website.

Is there a fee?

If your application is successful, your local authority may charge you a fee of up to £10 to cover the cost of the blue badge.

We hope you have found this useful and any further questions do not hesitate to contact us or take a look at the GOV.UK website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Struggling with Walking? Take a look at our Walking Aids!

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by morethan

If you or a loved one are having difficulty getting about and it’s stopping you from doing things you want to do, then do consider getting some equipment to help.

We at More Than Mobility have a range of lightweight walking aids available. Weather you have an illness or muscle problems we have the walking aid to suit you. Repeated use of a walking aid can lead to changes in your abilities. The significance of these changes will depend on whether you are likely to use the walking aid for the long term or are recovering from an injury / condition and wish to discontinue or change your walking aid in future.

Walking aids can vary from a walking stick, crutches, cane seats, walking frames (tri-walkers or 4 wheel rollator with seat), travel walkers or zimmer frames.  We offer lightweight aluminium mobility walking aids in a wide range of models and sizes, so you are sure to find the right walking aid for your needs and your budget.

If you do decide to get a walking aid then aim for something that makes you feel safe and that helps you get around as naturally as you can.  You might also choose different equipment for different purposes i.e. you might find a walking stick is fine for indoors but you need a tri-walker or rollator to go to the shops.

Walking aids may help with one or more functions including:

  • Provision of greater stability and balance
  • Facilitate your walking pattern in terms of speed and evenness of stride
  • Help maintain an upright body posture
  • Increase your confidence in your walking ability
  • Weight redistribution – some of the weight carried through the legs when walking is transferred through the arms of the frame or stick as it is leant on for support.  This may help reduce pain in the joints, muscles and ligaments in the lower limbs.

Please check out some of our best-selling walking aid products below:

  • Walking Stick – foldable and adjustable walking sticks in choice of colours
  • Zimmer home walking frame – trustworthy, reliable and stable for use in and around the
  • home
  • Tri-wheel Walker – lightweight adjustable 3 wheel walker with carry bag
  • X Fold Rollator – 4 wheel rollator with seat – folds easily into compact size – perfect for when out and about and putting into the back of the car

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Hiring a Mobility Scooter or Wheelchair while in Northamptonshire!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by morethan

Do you enjoy shopping at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre in Northamptonshire in between Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering? Looking for ideas for how to take the load off while shopping?

Then why not hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair from our More Than Mobility Northampton store for a couple of hours while you are out and about! That way you can carry more shopping and stay out for longer periods of time!

The hire scheme is open to anyone, young or old’ whether your disability is temporary or permanent and anyone who needs help with mobility.   Visitors will not need to be registered disabled to hire a product but must be capable or operating it which is at the discretion of our trained and experienced staff.

Pricing:  £3 for either a mobility scooter or wheelchair per day.

If you would like to hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter we highly recommend you reserve it in advance by calling 01604 407702 or by visiting our store at 25 Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Northampton NN3 8JZ.  We are located on the ground floor opposite the toilets.

Alternatively if you are looking to buy a new mobility scooter or wheelchair then do have a look at our wide range either online or visit our Northampton Store for a test drive.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Show your heart some love for National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by morethan

Every February the British Heart Foundation (BHF) celebrates Nation Heart Month #HeartMonth2016.

There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).  Every single one of us has a heart which means every one of us is at potential risk.

For this year’s Heart Month they are encouraging everyone (regardless of your age) to make small changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

Managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important factors. The British Heart Foundation’s website has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them.

Here are some heart-friendly things you can do from BHF:

So time to keep going with your New Year’s resolutions and have a look at what you can do to keep your heart healthy today.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day this weekend as well!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Importance of Power Chair and Mobility Scooter Insurance

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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