Archive for July, 2017

Accessible Holidays for Elderly & Disabled

Friday, July 28th, 2017 by morethan

Now that the summer holidays have officially begun is it time to get away for a last minute holiday.  However, we know that people with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel or travel within the UK challenging. This guide is intended to provide disabled travellers and their companions with the information needed before and during travel to ensure a trouble-free trip.

Don’t forget that when contacting holiday providers, airlines, hotels etc, clearly state your needs and what assistance you require – just telling people you have a particular disability doesn’t mean that they will understand your needs, so we recommend that you clearly explain to them so they can help you.

Below is a list of specialist travel companies for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirement.

Enable Holidays

Enable Holidays is a specialist operator in limited mobility holidays. It audits the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation in the UK and abroad for people with mobility impairments.  In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the senior holiday market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.

Limitless Travel

Limitless Travel provides tours and packages for people with disabilities, and its run by people with disabilities, which means they really understand your requirements as a traveller. You can ask their specialist advisors to plan and book your holiday, tailor made to meet your needs and personal tastes: be it a romantic break in Paris or a group getaway in Spain.  Luxury coach trips to Scotland and Devon are on offer too, with fully accessible, luxury coaches and carers on hand to assist you too.

Richmond Retreats

Richmond Retreats have award winning retirement holiday sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Carers are on site 24/7. Reviews are excellent and well worth a read. Available activities are numerous catering for various degrees of disability including Spa treatments. An excellent choice for the elderly who have specialist needs.

Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels are well known for their short break holidays mainly in mansion style accommodation.  They do not offer care assistance but they have a number of rooms for disabled persons. Warners are well known for their live nightly live entertainment, high standard of food on a half board basis and offering a range of spa and leisure facilities.

Shearings

Shearings offer a range of escorted coach tours and breaks, and have a special helpdesk for guests with mobility restrictions or other impairments. Read more or call 01942 496 507.

The Holiday Homes Trust

The Holiday Homes Trust, is a registered national charity, which provides very reasonably priced self-catering holiday accommodation for any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability or infirmity. The holiday is for a whole family or group in which one or more persons suffer from a disability. The accommodation is mainly in suitable caravans and a smaller number of chalets.

Advantage Healthcare Group

Advantage Healthcare provide a Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker to accompany you on holiday in the UK, to support you with your activities of daily living. See this article Advantage Care at Home.

Access Travel

Access Travel specialises in holidays for wheelchair bound and other disabled persons.

Disability Holidays Guide

Disability Holidays Guide serves as a guide to international holidays for those with disabilities.

Vision Hotels

Vision Hotels has hotels which cater principally for guests with vision impairment. However, the overall ethos of the hotels is advertised as one of caring and accessibility for all.

Disabled Holiday Information

Disabled Holiday Information is a charity which caters for the arrangement of holidays in hotels/bed and breakfast/self-catering nationwide for those with disabilities. It is largely run by those who themselves have disabilities.

Can Do Holidays

Can Do Holidays assists those with disabilities to find suitably adapted accommodation to meet their particular requirements.

Please visit our More Than Mobility website if you would like to stock up on mobility travel products before you leave to go away on holiday this summer. We have everything from foldaway travel wheelchairs to useful daily living aids and mobility travel products. Alternatively please do call us on 0800 046 3949 for more advice on what to take away with you.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Gardening This Summer & The Tools To Help

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by morethan

Many of you will be out this summer doing the gardening so we have put together this guide and some of our best-selling gardening mobility products to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Plant maintenance

Pruning the roses will be something you want to keep doing for as long as possible. Deadheading is easy, beneficial to the plant and very satisfying.

Tools

When getting stuck in starts to be too strenuous there’s a whole range of mobility tools available to make the job easier. Take a look at our website for gardening that products for the disabled and elderly

Lawns

The effort that goes into a lawn depends completely upon the desires of the owner. Mowing and maintaining lawns is hard work except for the smallest piece of green and it’s well worth finding a trustworthy gardener to take on the job.

Garden services

Try Checkatrade or similar organisations, or possibly the local Repair with Care or similar agency will have a list of approved gardeners. Ads in the local shops can be fruitful but obviously wherever you find a gardener they’ll need references, be able to demonstrate their skill, and turn up reliably.

Paths

Look at the surface of paths to check they don’t get slippery at any time of the year. Wood is wicked so keep an eye on decking. Algae and moss are dangers too. Even in the summer uneven surfaces are just waiting to be tripped over. And while you’re flattening the paths, take a look at the lawn as well to remove hidden potholes.

Watering

Carrying watering cans or rolling out the hosepipe can become too hard a job. Perhaps you can set up water butts at strategic places to catch water from shed, garage and greenhouse roofs? Or if all else fails fill them yourself with the hose to last a while.

At More Than Mobility we have a range of gardening mobility products to help if you are a keen gardener.

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.   And for those jobs where you need a little height – just turn the Kneeler over for a comfy seat or handy step. Price £26.99

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. Available in three products (fork, cultivator and trowel) or as a full set. Price from £14.99

Please visit our website for our other garden and daily living aids products.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

New Health Products Available!

Monday, July 24th, 2017 by morethan

When it comes to health, the tools you use are just as important as what you do to your body. That’s why at More Than Mobility we strive to ensure that our mobility products are the highest quality and that they are safe and effective.  Do take a look at three of our recently health products to help you manage your health effectively.

Airforce One Compressor Nebuliser
If you have asthma, your doctor may prescribe a nebulizer as treatment or breathing therapy. The device delivers the same types of medication as metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), which are the familiar pocket-sized inhalers. Nebulizers may be easier to use than MDIs, especially for adults with severe asthma

Simple in-home nebuliser treatment for conditions like COPD and Asthma.

  • Offering a maximum flow rate of 5.1l/min
  • Easy set up and operation
  • Built in carry handle
  • Comes complete with necessary accessories ready for immediate use

Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
This quick and easy on the spot SpO2 (blood oxygen) and pulse rating tester is very user friendly and comes with a simple one button operation.

Oxygen binds to haemoglobin in red blood cells when moving through the lungs. It is transported throughout the body as arterial blood. A pulse oximeter uses two frequencies of light (red and infrared) to determine the percentage (%) of haemoglobin in the blood that is saturated with oxygen. The percentage is called blood oxygen saturation, or SpO2. A pulse oximeter also measures and displays the pulse rate at the same time it measures the SpO2 level.

Lightweight and small design means it can be easily carried in your pocket.
The pulse oximeter automatically switches off when a finger is removed from the unit after more than 5 seconds.

It also comes with a handy lanyard to make it easier to carry.

Graphic History Blood Pressure Monitor – Upper Arm
This clinically tested upper arm blood pressure monitor will display your seven day weekly readings in a simple graph format both on the screen as well as on the large digital display.  The easy check colour classification guide tells you where you stand between normal, pre-hypertension and stage 1 or stage 2 hypertension.

With simple one touch operation, this monitor measures systolic, diastolic, heart pulse and also features an irregular heartbeat indicator. Supplied with a professional upper arm auto inflation cuff.

Please see our website for our other great mobility products we have available.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Travelling Abroad With A Disability & Mobility Products To Make Travel Easier

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by morethan

People with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel challenging. This guide is to ensure disabled travellers and their companions receive correct information for travel this summer.

Book a holiday

Take into account considerations depending on your circumstances and disabilities:

  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that is appropriate to your needs
  • Research your destination and the facilities that are available, such as ease of access and transport options

Health and medication

Documentation

Anyone travelling within the European Economic Area or Switzerland should also get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can apply for an EHIC online, by phone on 0845 606 2030 or at the Post Office.

Car use

If you intend to take or hire a car, the Blue Badge Scheme now operates throughout the EU. Adapted cars are now available for hire in many countries. Make sure you know the licence requirements, driving laws and driving conditions of the country you are visiting.

Useful travel links

At More Than Mobility we have some useful mobility products and aids that help make your journey that little bit easier:

Mobie Foldable Portable Mobility Scooter

The revolutionary Mobie portable mobility scooter is innovative and transforms from a small suitcase size product to a full size, usable, powerful mobility scooter in less than 5 seconds!  £1,895.00

Adjustable Walking Sticks

These adjustable folding walking sticks are quick and simple to use. By simple releasing the stick, it snaps open into a rigid aluminium support walking stick. Price £9.99

Travel Walker

This great height adjustable travel walker folds easily without any need for tools to half the size of a traditional walker. Each walker comes with a “Ready Set Go” Travel Bag that is excellent for storage and transportation. Price £48.00

TraveLite Travel Transit Wheelchair in a Bag

This portable, lightweight transit wheelchair is perfect to take away with you on holiday.  Packs away into a bag and ideal for holidays and days out. Price £110.00

Please visit our website for more travel mobility products we have a wide range available at www.morethanmobility.com.

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair Tennis This Summer

Monday, July 10th, 2017 by morethan

Wimbledon Tennis Championships have begun and all eyes are yet again on Andy Murray and Jo Konta!    However we should not forget the growing popularity of wheelchair tennis and the ROMA SPORT National Wheelchair Tennis Series which caters for players of all abilities and is the entry-level tier of tournaments for wheelchair players in Great Britain.

All events are run by experienced, local organisers with the support of the Tennis Foundation. These tournaments are a great way to meet other wheelchair players in your region and give you the chance to test your game at a competitive level.

For new players, every tournament will have a novice division that is only for players who haven’t competed before, and will be a fun, supportive way to try out playing competitively for the first time.

The players with a bit more experience can enter the main draw and are able to gain points at each tournament according to their finishing position. At the end of year awards will be given to the top ranked male and female players in both singles and doubles.

Please click here for more information and the calendar of 2017 Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournaments.

Also if you are need of a new transit or self-propelled wheelchair please take a look at our More Than Mobility website as we have great offers 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

Bathroom Safety and Preventing Falls

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by morethan

According to the NHS, 6 out of 10 falls happen in a person’s home or garden, with one of the most common places being in the bathroom.

Slippery surfaces, poor lighting, loose mats, bending to wash and stepping into baths and showers are all factors for the higher number of falls in bathrooms, exacerbated by the necessity to visit the bathroom more frequently, particularly at night.

However healthcare experts also believe the majority of falls can be prevented with some changes to person’s lifestyle and home.

Below are our top 10 tips on preventing falls in your 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 non-slip 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 night light, 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.

At More Than Mobility we have a huge range of bathroom and toileting products available. If you are in need of a new bath, shower or some safety bathing mobility products please visit our website or check out our top five best-sellers:

Suction Grab Bars

12” suction cup grab bars. Grab bars provide stability and support and are commonly fitted in bathrooms and toilets where support while standing sitting or walking is often required. Price £6.99

Shower/Bath Stool

Lightweight, aluminium shower/bath stool.  Portable, height adjustable with anti-slip rubber feet.  Price £22.99

Rubber Shower Mat – Shower Mats

Avoid slip and falls in the shower with the rubber shower mat. Increase safety and confidence inside the shower, or place on the bathroom floor to assist with getting in and out of the bath or shower safely. Price £7.99

Toilet Seat & Frame

Sturdy, height adjustable toilet seat and frame designed to raise height of existing toilet to ease sitting down and standing up.  Non-slip.  Price £32.99

Bath Step

Slip resistant portable bath step that makes getting in and out of the bath easily and safely.  Adds up to 4” to the step.  Price £14.99

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Information & Products for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 by morethan

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, the practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.

The RNIB work includes:

  • campaigning on a range of issues from preventing sight loss through to better transport services for blind and partially sighted people
  • supporting others through a range of products and services
  • offering training, education and learning
  • employment and education services
  • promoting accessible services

You can also visit the laser eye surgery hub website for a vast amount of information and resources for the blind and vision impaired.

Also here at More Than Mobility we have some useful mobility products and daily living aids to help if you are visually impaired:

Illuminated Magnifying Glass

Great for when you’re getting a little older and finding it hard to read. Available in 2 sizes (Small and Large); these illuminated magnifiers have a small bulb that lights the area. Price: £3.99

High Vision Reading Lights

These specifically designed high vision reading lights that use near daylight bulbs allow you to read and concentrate for longer, helping to relieve eyestrain and headaches.  Choice of table or floor lamp.   Price from £32.99

PhoneEasy Display Telephone

The PhoneEasy Display Telephone has big button keys and an easy to read display with large characters, making it ideal for use by the visually impaired. Price: £54.99

Talking Alarm Clock

Hear and see the time more clearly.  Just press the large top button and this clock will speak the time for those with sight limitations. Price: £10.99

Visit our website for other great mobility products to help if you know somebody who are visually impaired or blind.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com