Archive for October, 2016

National Arthritis Week

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

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

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

Plug Tugs

These Plug-Tugs makes removing fiddly plugs less of a hassle and makes using electrical sockets much easier.

Plug pulls or pullers make use of loops in the handles to increase leverage. They are easy to attach and use.

Price £3.99

Aluminium Reacher

This aluminium reacher allows the user to pick up or move items that would otherwise be out of reach.  Therefore preventing unnecessary movement or discomfort.  They have a small magnet on the end for picking up pins, paperclips, etc.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Apply For a Disabled Person’s Rail and Coach Card

Friday, October 7th, 2016 by morethan

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

Disabled Person’s Coach Card

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

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

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

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

Disabled Person’s Rail Card

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

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

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

Visit the Disabled Persons Rail card site to apply.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Get a Grant for a Wheelchair

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 by morethan

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

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

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

There are a range of wheelchairs to choose from:

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

What are wheelchair vouchers?

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

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

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

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

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com