Archive for June, 2016

Wimbledon and how to get involved in Wheelchair Tennis

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

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

Get involved in wheelchair tennis this summer!

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

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

Who can participate?

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

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

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

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

More Than Mobility Wheelchair Offers!

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Inspirational Fundraisers

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

Victoria Milligan

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

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

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

Katie Cutler

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

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Hydration Tips For The Elderly

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

How to know if you are dehydrated?

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

What Steps Can Be Taken To Prevent Dehydration?

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

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

Tasty Recipes To Keep Elderly Hydrated

Strawberries and Coconut Water

To make 2 Strawberry Mocktails combine:

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

Directions

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

Cucumber Lemonade with Basil

To make 3 to 4 Cucumber Lemonade treats combine:

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

Directions

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

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

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

Stay safe this summer and remember to keep hydrated.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW More Than Mobility Video from The Mobility Roadshow

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

Please follow the link below to see the interview:

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

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Celebrating Armed Forces Day: Saturday 25th June

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by morethan

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

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

Ways to get involved:

Help for Heroes

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

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

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

How to Stop Getting Nuisance Calls

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by morethan

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

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

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

Register with the Telephone Preference Service for FREE

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

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

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

Look at Blocking Certain Types of Calls

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

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

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

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

Consider going ex-directory

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

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

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

Reporting a nuisance call or text

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

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

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

If you think it’s a scam call

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

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

June is Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month

Friday, June 17th, 2016 by morethan

June is Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month run by the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and this year’scampaign is about sharing shortened stories of real people whose lives have been, or will be, cut short due to MND.  People connect with other people much more than with cold facts and figures although the facts are shocking – MND is fatal and there is no cure!

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.  Unfortunately MND kills a third of people within a year and more than half within 2 years of diagnosis.   It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.

So while some things change, every Awareness Month the focus on real people stays the same.  Take a look at Steve, Robert or Jo’s real life stories of living with MND.   Very inspirational and moving.

Please visit the MDNA website for more information and how to get involved in fundraising and use #mnd in your social media posts.  You can even fundraise by taking part in our Silence Speaks campaign – stay silent for a few hours each day and raise money for this worthwhile cause.

More Than Mobility would like to make sure that the journey through Motor Neurone Disease is as comfortable as possible so do take a look at our range of mobility products to help you or a family member.  Our mobility products including offers on mobility scooters, wheelchairs, electric adjustable beds, walking aids and useful daily living aids.

Also don’t forget you can get £50 SAVING when you spend over £500 at More Than Mobility this summer.  Please quote SUMMER50 when ordering online or by telephone.  Visit our website for more information and offers.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility Tips to Prevent Falls In Your Own Home

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by morethan

Having a fall in your home is frightening, horrible and can lead to serious injury especially amongst the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately amongst the elderly if someone has regular falls this can lead to a higher mortality rate.  Therefore it is really important, wherever possible that you look at ways to prevent falls occurring in the first place.

There are many ways to prevent falling just by making small changes around the home or doing exercises to strengthen muscles.  Take a look at our useful More Than Mobility Tips To Prevent Falls in your own home below.  Also making changes will help you to overcome any fear you may have of falling.

Also discuss any falls you have had with your GP and say if it’s had any impact on your health. Your GP can carry out some simplebalance tests to check whether you are at an increased risk of falling in the future.

Avoiding falls at home

Below are some useful tips for preventing falls in the home:

  • immediately mopping up spillages
  • removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • using non-slip mats and rugs especially in the bathroom or where there are wet surfaces
  • using high-wattage light bulbs in lamps and torches, so you can see clearly
  • use a night light on corridors to help see at night when popping to the toilet
  • getting help to do things that you’re unable to do safely on your own like installing grab bars or toilet rails in the bathroom
  • organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum, and to avoid bumping into things
  • installing a stair lift if you need to go up and down the stairs and are worried about falling on the stairs
  • using a walking stick, rollator or walking aid internally around the house to maintain your balance
  • not wearing loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
  • not walking on slippery floors in socks or tights and ensure you have the correctly fitting footwear
  • wearing well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle
  • taking care of your feet by trimming your toenails regularly and seeing a GP or chiropodist about any foot problems

Strength and balance training

Doing regular strength exercises and balance exercises can improve your strength and balance, and reduce your risk of having a fall. This can take the form of simple activities such as walking and dancing, or specialist training programmes.

Many community centres and local gyms offer specialist training programmes for older people. Exercises that can be carried out at home are also available. Your GP can help with this.

Read more about physical activity guidance for older adults.

Medication review

If you’re taking long-term medication, your GP should review your medicines at least once a year to make sure they’re still right for you. It’s particularly important that your medicines are reviewed if you’re taking four or more medicines a day.

Your GP may recommend alternative medication or lower doses if they feel the side effects increase your chances of having a fall. In some cases, it may be possible for the medication to be stopped.

See your GP or practice nurse if you haven’t had your medicines reviewed for more than a year, or if you’re concerned that the medications you or a relative are taking may increase the risk of falling.

Sight tests

You should make an appointment to have a sight test if you’re concerned that poor vision (even when wearing glasses) is increasing your risk of having a fall.

Find an optician near you.

Home hazard assessment

You can request a home hazard assessment if you’re concerned that you or a relative may be at risk of having a fall, or if you know someone who has recently had a fall. As well as identifying potential hazards, the aim of a home hazard assessment is to explore how a person’s actual use of the environment affects their risk of falling. A healthcare professional with experience in fall prevention will visit you or your relative’s home to identify potential hazards and advise on how to deal with them.

For example, as the bathroom is a common place where falls occur, many older people can benefit from having grab bars fitted to the inside of their bath to make it easier for them to get in and out.

Fitting a discreet monitoring package may also be recommended, so that you or your relative can signal for help in the event of a fall. An alternative would be to keep a mobile phone within reach, so it’s possible to phone for help after having a fall.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people.

Avoiding alcohol or reducing the amount you drink can reduce your risk of having a fall. Excessive drinking can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

More Than Mobility supplies a range of mobility products to help with fall prevention around your home including walking aids, stair lifts, grab bars and toilet rails so do take a look at our website or call us on 0800 046 3949 for further advice.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Free Passport For Over 80 Year Olds!

Friday, June 10th, 2016 by morethan

Did you know that if you are a British National and were born on or before 2 September 1929 you are entitled to a free passport?

You can renew your passport or apply for your first passport online or alternatively you can also use the Post Office’s Check and Send service free of charge; where somebody from the Post Office will check your application for errors and send via special delivery.

If an urgent passport is needed this will need to be paid for.

Please visit the Government Website for more information on applying for a free passport.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Sunday 19th June

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by morethan

Looking for Father’s Day Gifts for next weekend, Sunday 19th June? Here at More Than Mobility we have a range of useful mobility gifts available for Dad or Grandpa this Father’s Day!

Give your Dad a pat on the back this year for all his hard work.

Disabled Leather Park Wallet

Keep your documents safe and always ready to hand with our leather disabled parking wallet.

Our hand-made soft leather disabled badge wallet will present your badge and disc with style and elegance.  Price:  £9.99

Dual Focus Magnifying Glass

Great for when you’re getting a little older.  Available in 2 sizes (Small and Large); these lightweight magnifiers have a rubber coating on the handle and frame making them more comfortable and durable in everyday use. Price:  £9.99

One Touch Can Opener

This can opener opens round cans of all types with just one push of a button!  Place the can opener on the can and the device automatically adjusts to the size.  Pressure is not necessary as one push of the button and the can opener automatically does the rest.  Price:  £19.99

Talking Alarm Clock with Hands & LCD Display

Hear and see the time more clearly! Just press the large top button and this quartz analogue clock will speak the time for those with sight limitations.

For the hard of hearing the large clear clock face shows the right time on its clear analogue face and nifty digital display. Add a choice of three alarm sounds and an optional hourly time announcement for perfect time keeping.  Price:  £10.99

Pedal Exerciser

This pedal exerciser helps restore muscle strength, circulation, co-ordination and fitness.  Enjoy exercising whilst reading or watching TV!   Lightweight and portable and comes with a digital display to show the time and calories burnt.  Price:  £29.99

Wheelchair Waterproof Clothing

This wheelchair waterproof cover offers warmth and comfort.   Fleece lining in a choice of colours. Price:  £38.95

Be sure to visit our website and shop in time for Father’s Day!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com