Archive for March, 2016

Spring Is Here…Time To Get Out In Your Garden Again!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by morethan

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is time to get your plans in order for this year’s garden.  Whether you’re planning a crop of vegetables or colourful flowers at the front of your house or just a nice garden to relax in we at More Than Mobility can help your achieve your garden haven!

With gardening, timing is almost everything, so we recommend starting as soon as you can to take advantage of the rest of the growing season ahead.

We also know that some of our customer suffering doing the gardening themselves but did you know that there are a range of useful gardening products that help customers with mobility or disability issues. Do take a look at some of the most popular mobility gardening accessories below:

Easi Grip Garden Tools – Gardening Tools

These gardening tools are designed to minimise stress on the wrist so that the user can continue to work in the garden with less pain.  The angled handle ensures that the wrist is kept in a natural position and a non-slip grip provides greater comfort and control.

Choice of fork, trowel and cultivator.

Garden Kneeler

Getting up and down to those garden chores can be quite a strain on both the back and knees, especially in wet weather.

This garden kneeler is perfect for those jobs where you need a little height or just turn the kneeler over for a comfy seat or handy step.

Happy growing and do send us in some of your photos of your garden looking lovely this Spring!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Easter Mobility Travel Products!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by morethan

It’s Easter this weekend and if you are planning to go on holiday or are visiting family and friends we have the perfect set of mobility car accessories to help you.

Don’t let your disability stop you from enjoying your days out. Get out and about with our wide range of mobility travel products.

Seat Belt Reacher

This car seat belt reacher has a convenient handle to help those who struggle to reach and grab their car seat belt.   Attaches easily to your existing seat belt.

Price:  £9.99

Ezee Turn Pad – Mobility Turn Pads

These low friction discs slide against each other to help you get in and out of your chair or car seat.

Price:  £24.99

Handy Bar

The Handy Bar helps with getting in and out of the car.  The soft grip, non-slip handle attaches onto your car door frame offering stability and stops falls. 

Price:  £27.50

Easter Opening Hours & Deliveries

Please note our customer service telephone lines will be closed for Easter on Good Friday 25th March and Easter Sunday 27th March.  Customers can continue to order online as normal.  Any orders received after noon Thursday 24th March will be dispatched on Tuesday 29th March.

We would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Easter.  We hope that whatever you are doing either with family or friends it is a relaxing and pleasant one.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Time for a New Bed for National Bed Month?

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility; we are big supporters of The Sleep Council and the work they do to provide advice and raise awareness of the positive effects of good sleep.  March is National Bed Month so it might be time to think about getting a new bed (have you thought about an electric adjustable bed?) or even some bed accessories to help make your existing bed more comfortable #nationalbedmonth & #adjustablebed.

Take a look at The Sleep Council’s website where you can find out all about the essentials you need to have the perfect sleep. You can put your own bed through an MOT and find out if changing it could lead to better night’s sleep!

Lisa Artis from The Sleep Council says: “It’s about reassessing your sleep quality and comfort levels and our simple bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute-test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that. Click here to take the 2 minute test.

To ensure you get a good night’s rest we have a vast array of mobility bed products for you to choose from including our range of single, double, king and super king sized adjustable beds.  Our electric adjustable beds are specifically designed for anyone who struggles to get in and out of bed or who finds it difficult to get comfortable once they are in bed. Prices start from as little as £398 with a choice of designs and styles to suit your bedroom.

Single Electric Adjustable Bed + Mattress

This single Richmond Electric Adjustable Bed incorporates 42 flexible slats and conform and adjust accordingly to pressure; supporting you and providing greater comfort.   This bed offers infinite positions to help you to relax and to have a deeper, more restful and healthier night’s sleep.  Choice of pocket spring or memory foam mattress.

Highgate Wooden Double Electric Adjustable Bed

The double Highgate Wooden Adjustable Bed is a modern and stylish wooden electric adjustable bed.   It has a beautiful deep wood stain that enhances every corner and sharpens the lines of the bed.  Choice of mattress types and dual controls (great for if sharing with partner) available.

Deluxe Over-bed Table

Handy wooden bed table with one large tilt surface and one smaller static surface with round lipped edging.   Ideal for preventing your magazine, papers or jigsaw from slipping off the edge.

V Pillow

Large, generous hollow-fibre filled “V” Pillow that comes with a fitted polycotton pillowcase and an additional spare cover!

It provides the perfect support for the back, shoulders, neck and head when used in bed.  It can also be used in any armchair to create a warm and supportive environment.

Harley Leg Raiser

Put your feet up and relax with this contoured leg raiser. Made to an ergonomically beneficial angle. Designed to support the back of the knee and heel whilst allowing the calf to relax.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Spring has arrived…. time for a Mobility Scooter Health Check?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 by morethan

Finally it looks like Spring has arrived this week with much warmer and drier weather…let’s hope it remains for the upcoming Easter holidays!

Time to check your Mobility Scooter for maintenance and repairs?

Before you take your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair out for a ride this Spring; we recommend you double check your mobility scooter batteries and also think about having an annual service just to check everything is in working order.  We don’t want you to break down and miss out on the fun in the sun!

Some general advice for checking your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair:

Cleaning

  • Wash off any dirt and dust
  • Keep your mobility scooter as dry as possible – this will help prevent rust.

Weather Protection

  • In wet weather it’s a good idea to have protective covers for yourself and your mobility scooter to stay dry.  Especially important for those April showers!
  • Storage covers are handy for keeping the dust and rain off your mobility scooter whilst not in use. Mobility scooter stores have a more rigid frame and will stand up to being left out in strong conditions and have additional security features.

Batteries

  • Looking after and regularly changing your batteries will increase the maximum performance of your mobility product. Batteries are likely to need replacing every 2 – 3 years; although you may be able to use them for longer if you take care and check them regularly.
  • Batteries need to be charged regularly to keep them working efficiently. Always adhere to the battery manufacturer’s guidelines; they typically recommend charging for between 8 and 10 hours at a time and even if you are not using your mobility product on a daily basis we recommend that you charge the batteries at least twice per week.
  • Only use the charger that you have been supplied with your mobility scooter or powerchair.  Using an incompatible battery charger is likely to be detrimental to battery life.  If you need a new charger then let us know and we can get one sent out to you.
  • During cold weather and when the mobility scooter is not in use, the batteries will gradually lose their charge and could decay if they are left in a discharged state.
  • Always make sure you have enough battery power for your trip before you set off!  Don’t forget that travelling up hills and using your lights will use up more battery power.
  • New mobility scooter and powerchair batteries start from as little as £45 per pair.

Tyres

  • All tyres will wear and tear, inspect them regularly to check they are still safe.

Service

  • It is recommended that you have your mobility scooter serviced by a qualified engineer every year, especially if it is used on the road.
  • Many of the key working parts of a mobility scooter are hidden beneath the body shell and require specialist knowledge and tools to access.
  • It is important to remember that a mobility scooter still has critical safety elements such as brakes which need to be checked. This is even more important on class 3 scooters that are used on the road at higher speeds.

Here at More Than Mobility; we repair and service all makes of mobility products both purchased or not purchased from us – just give us a call!  Although all our new products come with a full 12 month’s in home warranty and are made to a very high standard; we are aware occasionally things can go wrong.  Therefore our nationwide chain of local engineers are on hand and are available to help with any repairs or services or new batteries that you require on your mobility products and services.

If you have any problems please give us a call on 0800 046 3949 and we can arrange for a local engineer to come to your home to repair it or give your product a service.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2016!

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 by morethan

Every March, Marie Curie and thousands of people across the country join together to raise money for Marie Curie Nurses. By collecting, donating, shopping or doing something they love, they are supporting people living with a terminal illness and their families.   #getbehindthedaff

Why not join Marie Curie volunteers for just two hours to collect donations and give out daffodil pins? Every £20 pays for an hour of nursing care.

Marie Curie is a UK charity which aims to provide a better life for people and their families living with a terminal illness. By making a donation you’ll be making sure people living with a terminal illness get the care and support they and their families need to make the most of the time they have together.  Marie Curie have been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years and last year they helped care for over 40,000 people across the UK.

Your free fundraising pack contains everything you need to get behind the daffodil including ideas, posters and stickers. Here are some ideas for you and your family to have fun, while watching the donations mount up:
  • Bake to raise the doughlet them eat cake, got an ache for a cupcake or an urge for Battenberg? Hosting a bake sale is an easy and tasty way to get behind the daffodil.
  • Fancy dress and face paintsdress up, down or daft.  Choose your style and hold a dress-down or fancy dress day. The Great Daffodil Appeal is 30 this year, so how about an 80’s theme?
  • Raise the quids with a quiz – let’s get quizzical.  Host a quiz to separate the dunces from the geeks. Charge for entry, so everyone knows at least one thing: they’re helping families.
  • Put on a showthat’s entertainment.  Are you a budding comedian, poet or musician? Why not invite friends and put on a show, with entry and audience fees going to Marie Curie Nurses.

This year’s appeal is particularly important as one of our More Than Mobility staff member’s relative is suffering from a terminal illness and will most likely require the support of the Marie Curie nurses over the coming months.  Therefore please donate and fundraise where possible and help this invaluable charity.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

World Kidney Day!

Friday, March 11th, 2016 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we are supporters of World Kidney Day which took place this week (Thursday 10th March) and where we show our support by promoting the various activities and events around the UK.

World Kidney Day (#WorldKidneyDay) is an annual global awareness and education event, held on the second Thursday in March (10th March 2016). The UK initiative is led by the Kidney Charities Together Group comprising the five leading UK kidney charities.

World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problem.

The kidneys do many essential tasks to keep us healthy.  The main job of your kidneys is to remove toxins and excess water from your blood.  They help to control your blood pressure and to produce red blood cells and to keep your bones healthy.

The 8 golden rules for prevention of getting kidney disease are:

  1. Keep fit & active
  2. Keep regular control of your blood sugar level
  3. Monitor your blood pressure
  4. Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
  5. Maintain a health fluid intake
  6. Do not smoke
  7. Do not take over the counter pills on a regular basis
  8. Get your kidneys checked if you are have one or more of the high risk factors

The 2016 campaign has a specific focus on Kidney Disease & Children. Kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide, including many children who may be at risk at an early age.  It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style; especially in children; to fight the increase of preventable kidney disease and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidneys worldwide.

Here are some ideas on how you can help support World Kidney Day:

  • Organise your very own challenge event and donate any fundraising to the World Kidney Fund e.g. walk, cycle ride, jogging, fitness, flash mob or dancing. Get together, get out, and get moving!
  • Add links to the World Kidney Day UK website (www.worldkidneyday.co.uk) in the emails you send.
  • Follow World Kidney Day on Facebook and/or Twitter @kidneydayUK and use #WorldKidneyDay.
  • Use the World Kidney Day health awareness poster or design your own to display at work, the hospital waiting room, GP waiting room, at your school, at the entrance of your religious centre, at your bank etc.
  • Have a kidney health education/awareness day – perhaps look at the 16 ambitions in the Kidney Health Report and decide if there is a particular aspect you might want to make the theme of your activity – a local press release or using social media (Twitter and Facebook, etc.).
  • Organise a World Kidney Day quiz night or hold a book or cake sale.

Good luck and make sure you take good care of your kidneys!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Mobility Products Suitable Post Hip Replacements

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by morethan

If you or a loved one are about to have a new hip/hip replacement we recommend getting your home ready with some useful mobility products to help during your recovery and making those daily chores a little bit easier.

It is good practice to set up your home before surgery so you don’t have to worry about it later and is all properly prepared for your arrival home from hospital.  

Below is a list of useful advice and a list of some of the most popular mobility products we get asked for by our More Than Mobility customers when they have had hip surgery.

Make sure things are easy to get to

Make sure everything you need is easy to get to and on the same floor where you will spend most of your time.

  • Have a toilet or a portable commode on the same floor where you will spend most of your day.  Take a look at our best-selling commodes.
  • Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.  It might be worth considering buying a reacher.
  • Make sure you can get to your phone. A portable phone can be helpful.
  • Place a chair with a firm back in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and other rooms you will use. This way, you can sit when you do your daily tasks.
  • If you will be using a walking aid such as a tri-walker or rollator, attach a sturdy bag or a small basket to it to hold your phone, a notepad, a pen, and another other things you will need to have close by. You could also use a bum bag.
  • If you will need to use the stairs, you should limit using them to once a day.  If you are concerned about using your stairs especially if you are alone you could always consider a stair lift.

Other useful items that can help

  • Shoe horn with a long handle to help putting on your shoes
  • Sock puller to help with putting on socks and tights
  • Folding height adjustable walking stick to keep you steady post the operation
  • Leg lifter to help lifting your foot and legs in and out of bed

Bathroom & Toilets

You may want or need to have a few mobility products installed in your bathroom or toilet to help you when going to the loo or getting in and out of the bath/shower.

  • Raised toilet seats and toilet frames are useful as they will help limit movement to the hip joint when going to the loo which is very important post hip replacement surgery.
  • Sit on a bath board or a shower stool or shower seat when washing.
  • Safety Grab Bars to allow you to steady yourself when getting in and out of the bath. One for helping with standing to sitting position. The other helps you stand from a sitting position.  Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.
  • Drop down safety rails can assist with independent toileting and bathing and folds up when not in use.
  • Put non-slip suction mats in the shower or bath to prevent falls and use a slip resistant bath step if required.
  • Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing.
  • Consider a long handle shower sponge to help reach those difficult places.
  • Finally if need help getting in and out of the bath you might want to consider a portable lightweight bath lift.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com