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Prolonging Your Mobility Scooter Battery Life

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by morethan

When you first get your new mobility scooter or mobility scooter batteries, it’s a good idea to charge them fully and then run them down a few times. This can increase the likelihood of your batteries working to their full capacity in future.

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.

Below are some tips on prolonging your battery life:

  • Wheelchairs and scooters typically require two batteries with a 24 volt series connection and the size of batteries you need will depend on the type of mobility product you have bought.    Take a look at our battery finder to see which type of batteries you require.
  • Never mix and match different battery manufacturers or technologies or use batteries that do not have similar date codes.
  • Batteries need to be charged regularly to keep them working efficiently.  Typically you will need between 8 – 10 hours to do a full charge and even if you are not using your mobility product on a daily basis we recommend that you charge the batteries at least once or twice a week.
  • Never allow batteries to run completely flat.
  • Only use the charger that you have been supplied with your mobility scooter or powerchair.  Using an incompatible charger is likely to be detrimental to battery life.   If you need a new charger then do let us know and we can get one ordered for 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.  Therefore where possible try to run the scooter at least once a month.

Finally always make sure you have enough battery power for your trip before you set off and remember how far you go one way you need enough charge to get back home!  Also don’t forget that travelling up hills and using your lights will use up more battery power.

If you need a new mobility battery please visit our website where we have a variety of batteries available.  New batteries start from as little as £55 per pair!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility Enhanced Sidmouth Mobility Store!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by morethan

Last summer More Than Mobility expanded our business and opened a new mobility store in Sidmouth, Devon to complement our existing mobility stores in Plymouth and Northampton.

For new customers our Sidmouth store is located centrally in town on the high street and with parking near the store it is very convenient for customers coming from Sidmouth, Devon and Dorset and the surrounding areas.

For existing customers we have over the last six months refreshed the store layout and branding and have added the latest and NEW mobility products for you to try i.e. new mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds, toileting & bathing aids, walking aids, wheelchairs, extra wide Cosyfeet footwear and a large range of daily living aids.  Do pop in and take a look at our new range and see what special offers we have on display!

You can contact the More Than Mobility Sidmouth store on 01395 519850 or visit at 75 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LD.  Our opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm on Saturday. www.morethanmobilitysidmouth.co.uk

The Sidmouth store was previously branded Hearing Health & Mobility; who have retained a hearing aid concession and continue to dispense hearing aids and associated products and services.  If you would like to book a hearing test appointment to take place in store on in the convenience of your own home do pop into the store or call us to book a slot.

Our More Than Mobility Stores offer:-

  • Personal service with experienced staff
  • Comprehensive range of mobility products and services at competitive prices
  • Free delivery on large items direct to your home in Sidmouth area
  • Specialist engineer delivery and set up available
  • Full 12 month warranty included on all products
  • Optional scooter insurance and extended warranty packages available
  • Home Demonstration available on request
  • Discreet Incontinence support available for purchases in store or online
  • FREE No Obligation Stairlift Survey & Quote from our local engineer
  • Range of payment and finance options available
  • Local engineer available for ongoing support

Also as More Than Mobility is a member of the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) you can be assured of excellent customer service and we abide by their Code Of Practice and Customer Promise:

  • We never pressure sell you anything
  • Offer professional assessments to individual requirements
  • Provide the best advice and product knowledge
  • Ensure the best customer and 100% after sales service
  • Comply with all UK legislation

We also our offering our regular Sidmouth customers a free cup of tea or coffee when they pop into our store this month. So if you are looking for a new mobility product or to upgrade your existing mobility product do pop in and check out our wide range of products and grab yourself a cuppa!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Cervical Cancer Week! #SmearForSmear 2017

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by morethan

Join jostrust.org.uk this Cervical Cancer Prevention week (22th – 28th January) and share #SmearForSmear to raise awareness of the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer.

Every year in the UK, around 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under.

The facts

  • Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer
  • 3 women lose their lives from the disease every day
  • Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35
  • 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)
  • However 1 in 4 women do not attend this potentially life-saving test

Read personal stories from women affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer, their loved ones, volunteers and fundraisers.

Please visit the Jo’s Trust for more information on Cervical Cancer Week.

If you have recently been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer or undergoing treatment and are suffering with mobility, walking or lifting issues (common whilst having treatment for cervical cancer) then do take a look at our More Than Mobility website for the latest mobility, walking and daily living aids.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

6 Ways to Get Healthy After Christmas and New Year

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by morethan

We have all probably had a bit too much to drink or eat over the last few weeks but now it is time to get back to healthy living! Drinking and eating with family and friends is fun but it does have its cons if you always going over the limit.

Lose weight

One of the most popular New Year resolutions is to lose weight but we all know how difficult it is to commit to especially if want immediate success.   Beware of the quickie cures as it is far better to lose weight in a controlled and healthy way which is therefore more likely to stay off.

Take up an exercise class

If you have taken a break from your usual fitness routine over the holidays or you fancy trying something new, ease yourself back into an exercise schedule by enrolling in a flexible class that will cater to your needs. Click here to find an over 60’s exercise class near you!

Quit alcohol for a month

If you’ve indulged in a Christmas and New Year tipple, or two, consider giving up drink for a month (e.g. Dry January or Dry February) to allow your body to regain a healthy balance. Studies have shown that abstinence for just one month can have a positive effect.

Cut down on the sugar

Stocked up on sugar-filled Christmas treats for your home? Consider cutting down on your sugar intake after New Year to allow your body to recover! As a rule, if a food packet contains a long list of ingredients, sugar is likely to be a dominant component of the product – check the packet before purchase.

Take it easy

Christmas and New Year can be a source of stress as well as cheer. Expectations are high and family tensions can be too. One of the best ways to get back into a healthy routine is to familiarise yourself with a good night’s sleep and your usual methods of relaxation at home. If you’ve noticed that stress has become an issue, use this quieter time of the year to identify possible stress causes and triggers which you can get help for in the year.

Reassess your diet

Wholegrain foods, lean meat, and low-fat dairy products can be eaten alongside fruit and vegetables to put a stop those feelings of hunger. Watch this video on Smart Snacking for top tips on the benefits of wisely planned snacks throughout the day.

Good luck and stay healthy.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by morethan

Wishing you all a happy new year from More than Mobility.

Merry Christmas from More Than Mobility

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by morethan

Another year has passed so quickly and here at More Than Mobility we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank you for your custom this last year.

Christmas Customer Service Opening Hours

Please note our office and customer service/telephone lines will be open as normal throughout the holiday period but will be shut on the following days:  From noon Saturday 24th December, all day Sunday 25th December, Monday 26th December, Tuesday 27th December, Saturday 31st December, Sunday 1st January and Monday 2nd January.

Customers can continue to order online as normal. Please note that any orders received after Friday 23rd December will be dispatched on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Check Out Our Electric Adjustable Beds!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by morethan

It’s getting colder which means we like to snuggle up in bed at night for longer so is it time to treat yourself to a new comfortable bed?

Here at More Than Mobility we have been selling electric adjustable beds for many years and we have a huge range in stock.   Electric adjustable beds are specifically designed for anybody who struggles to get in and out of their bed or finds it difficult to get comfortable once they are in their bed.

It is becoming more and more popular to sit up in bed to read or to recline in bed whilst watch television or a film. Sometimes it is just great to recline in bed with your feet up. The More Than Mobility collection of Adjustable Beds can be adjusted to your desired position thus providing you with the ability to maximise your comfort.

Our range includes:

All our beds are ideal for people suffering from the following medical conditions: Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Arthritis,Rheumatism, MS, Back Pain, Circulation problems and many other conditions affecting mobility.

Please visit our website for the full range of adjustable beds. Prices start from as little as £398 and you can choose from a range of mattress options (memory foam or pocket sprung).

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

TFL Trial: Please Offer Me A Seat

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 by morethan

From September this year TFL (Transport for London) have been trialling a new badge and card on all London transport services to help customers who are less able to stand to get a seat.

TFL have developed a badge and card that they hope will help and have recruited 1,000 people who have all received the card and badge, similar to the Baby on Board badge. The trial is to help TFL understand if the badge or card can help people access a seat, and understand the reactions of other customers.

Unfortunately the badge and card are not yet available to the wider public.  The result of the trial are not yet available but here at More Than Mobility we do hope it has been a success as we think it is a great idea and hopefully will be rolled out across the country.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Are you sitting comfortably and safely?

Friday, November 4th, 2016 by morethan

At More Than Mobility we take posture seriously and we have been studying the subject for many years. It’s likely that you or your friend/relative is going to be sitting down for increasingly long periods of time, so it might be good to check on the comfort of his or her furniture.

Many sofas and armchairs are often the wrong shape for a good sitting position, and people can be uncomfortable for a number of reasons – more often than not because the length and depth of the seat is not correct for them.  A ‘wrong’ sitting position can become uncomfortable quite quickly, potentially making it harder to get out of the chair again.

Time for a new chair?

There are many different styles of armchair and sofa available and finding the right one will depend upon a number of factors; their height and body shape, for example, along with any specific issues affecting their flexibility or posture.

Important factors to consider include:

  • seat height: a higher seat will make it easier to get in and out of the chair, but if too high, it will put too much pressure on the back of the thighs.
  • seat depth: this needs to be sufficient to support the full length of the thighs, but not be so deep that the person has to lean back. If the chair it too deep, a comfortable way to shorten the seat is to add a cushion behind your relative’s back.
  • the height of the armrests: these should allow the arms to be rested without raising or dropping of the shoulders.

Riser Recliner Chairs

These help people stand up and sit down, to recline (even to a lying position), or both:

  • Rise and recline chairs can be manually – or power-operated, and have a seat base or structure that rises or falls; they are not suitable for people with poor balance, however.
  • Recliner chairs feature a reclining backrest and a rising leg rest, and can also be manually- or power-operated; some will recline to a fully flat position.
  • Riser recliner chairs combine the features of both.

Getting in and out of a chair

For the safest ways to get in and out of a chair, remember the following tips:

  • When sitting down, always feel the chair or seat on the back of your knees before lowering into the seat.
  • Reach for the arms and lower yourself down gently and evenly; don’t be tempted to use a walking aid for support.
  • To get back up again, wriggle forward so that your feet are directly under or behind your knees.
  • Make a wide base with your feet.
  • Sometimes, rocking forwards and backwards will help you find the momentum to get up.
  • Ensure that you look up, and lead with your head.
  • Use the chair arms, and push up evenly with both your arms.
  • Give yourself a moment to find your balance before walking away from the chair.
  • Do not pull on walking frames or furniture when standing as these can move, causing you to potentially lose your balance.

If you are looking to purchase a new rise and recline chair then do take a look at our website – we have a wide range of both single and dual action chairs in a variety of fabrics or leather.   Prices start from £375 in a choice of colours.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

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