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Mobility Products For Carers Week

Friday, June 15th, 2018 by morethan

This week is Carers Week and at More Than Mobility we are helping Carers UK spread awareness about the work of the 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend.

Here at More Than Mobility we recognise the invaluable support and work you do (mainly unpaid) for your family members and we want to let you know we are here if we can help in any way with providing mobility products.   We stock a huge range of mobility products available for carers and their patients from Mobility ScootersWheelchairsAdjustable BedsWalking AidsStair lifts, Moving & Handling to Adapted Clothing.  Please do call us on 0800 046 3949 if you need any support or advice.

Carers Week (#CarersWeek) is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It aims to highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the helping hand they give to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year the focus is around highlighting the physical and mental strain felt by unpaid carers.   The physical and mental strain of caring “jeopardising” unpaid carers’ ability to care in the future, warn national charities  Lack of sleep, performing care tasks and the impact on their finances named as top stressors by unpaid carers.

Remember you are not alone and there is always help at hand.   Take a look at Carers UK website for help and support and also events and activities taking place in your local area.

Best-selling mobility products for carers and patients include:

Please visit our More Than Mobility website for our full range of mobility products available – we are sure you will find everything you need to make your and your patient’s life easier.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility Northampton Store Motability Approved Dealer

Friday, June 8th, 2018 by morethan

NEW June 2018:  our Northampton mobility store is now Motability Approved alongside our Sidmouth store!

Need a new mobility scooter or powerchair but cannot afford to buy one outright? The Motability Scheme has been designed to help disabled people, members of the Armed Forces and war pensioners lease a brand new mobility scooter or electric wheelchair as part of their Mobility allowance, funded by the government.

You may be entitled to join the Motability scheme if you receive any of the following government-funded allowances (with at least 12 months’ award length remaining):

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Use your Mobility or Disability Allowance and Lease a New Mobility Scooter or Powerchair from £16 per week through our Sidmouth or Northampton More Than Mobility Store.

Benefits of the Motability Scheme are:

  • 3 years lease for mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Batteries, tyres and breakdown assistance all included
  • Worry Free Insurance
    • Covers accidental damage and theft
    • No excess to pay
    • Third party liability and legal expenses cover
  • Worry Free Breakdown Assistance
    • 24/7 Get Your Home assistance
    • Covers accidents and breakdown
  • Worry Free Service, Maintenance and Repair
    • Call outs and home collections

Simply browse to see our full selection of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, then give our Sidmouth mobility store a call on 01395 519850 or our Northampton Store on 01604 407702.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

Digital Day Clock for Dementia Action Week

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by morethan

This week is Dementia Action Week, (21st – 27th May) and the Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across the UK to unite against this terrible disease and to take action. Whether big or small, actions can make everyday life better for people affected by dementia.

There are many ways you can take action and get involved including:

  • Support people with dementia by doing one of the following actions and update on your social media #DAW2018
    • I will be there for carers and loved ones and stay patient
    • I will talk to people with dementia and take time to listen
    • I will ask if someone needs help if they look confused
    • I will ask questions and learn more about dementia
  • Become a Dementia Friend – join the 2.4 million people already helping to make the UK more dementia friendly
  • Join an event near you – from tea dances to Dementia Friend Information Sessions search for events in your area.
  • Make a donation and help fund research and support into this disease.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.  225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.

Dementia Care Mobility Product: Digital Day Clock

digital day clockThis digital day clock is ideal for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s or memory loss as it has a large, clear 8″ screen to show the day, date and time.

  • Two display choices allows you to show the day, date and time or simply the day and whether it is morning or afternoon.
  • Automatic evening dimmer mode between 7am and 7pm – suitable for bedroom use.
  • Shows 12 hour and 24 hour clock times
  • 8″ LED backlight
  • Easy time and date setting – once set can be unplugged and moved without having to re-set the time

Please visit our mobility products website as we have a whole range of daily living aids available for people with dementia.

More Than Mobility would like to make the lives of any of our customers suffering with as easy as possible.  Adaptations and improvements to the home may allow a person to stay at home for longer.   We have a wide range of mobility products and services including wheelchairs, walking aids, bathing & toileting aids to useful daily living aids to help make things easier for you or a family member and to allow them to live their life to the full. Therefore if you need advice about mobility products then do take a look at our website or you can call us in confidence on 0800 046 3949.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Easy Gardening Tools

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by morethan

Now that the weather has finally improved; many of you will be out this spring 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 toolsEasi Grip Garden 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 £15.50

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Mobility Scooter Service/Health Check

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by morethan

Wow what glorious weather we are having this week (about time too!) and as it is gets warmer by the day you will probably be out and about more, so we recommend you have a mobility scooter health check so you don’t have any issues when you are out and about this spring/summer.

Your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair manual outlines the basic maintenance that your mobility scooter or powerchair requires. Like a car, your mobility equipment requires an annual service. The service will check the mechanical operation of the scooter as well as your batteries, and will ensure that everything is functioning as it should.

Here are More Than Mobility our service engineers are fully manufacturer qualified so we can organise a service for you at a time of your convenience.

Some general tips on 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

  • 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.
  • New mobility scooter and powerchair batteries start from as little as £55 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.  Our nationwide chains of local engineers is on hand and are available to help with any repairs, services or new batteries that you require on your mobility products.  Alternatively we also sell brand new mobility scooters if you thinking of upgrading to a new one from as little as £550.

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

Mobility Products For Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by morethan

This Wednesday 11th April is World Parkinson Awareness Day (#UniteForParkinsons) and here at More Than Mobility we have been long-time supporters of Parkinson’s UK so we wanted to let you know about suitable mobility products for Parkinson’s sufferers to help everyday tasks.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition.  Every hour 2 people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s.  One adult in every 350 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 145,000 people in the UK. Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too.

Although there’s currently no cure, there are a range of medicines and treatments available to manage the symptoms of the condition.

Mobility Products Suitable For Parkinson’s Sufferers

Here at More Than Mobility we stock a wide range of useful mobility products to help you with everyday tasks and will be a great additional to your Parkinson’s Everyday Kit.  Take a look at our top 10 best-sellers below or visit www.morethanmobility.com:

  1. Large Pill Box – 7 day pill dispenser
  2. Suction Cup Grab Bars – provide strong hold grab bars for bathrooms and toilets.
  3. Raised Toilet Seats – fits most toilets – choice of 2” or 4” available.
  4. Adjustable Backrest – adjustable and foldable to provide comfort.
  5. Assist A Tray – provides assistance getting in and out of your own chair.  Height adjustable with easy stand safety handle and swivel tray.
  6. X Fold Rollator – lightweight rollator to assist walking but folds easily into compact size.
  7. Seat Belt Reacher – convenient handle to help those who struggle to reach and grab their car seat belt.
  8. Handybar – to help getting in and out of the car.
  9. One Touch Can Opener – opens round cans with one push of the button.

10. Power Pour Kettle – delivers hot water safely and steadily.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

New Disability Emojis

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by morethan

Last month Apple announced that they are proposing to release 13 new emojis next year to represent people with disabilities.   The new emojis, if approved, will include a guide dog, hearing aid, people using canes and wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs.

Apple’s proposal reads: “Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”

According to Apple, the necessity for these emojis stems from the fact that: “One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability.”

However, the tech company made sure to point out that the new emojis would not cover all possible depictions of disabilities, but that they would be “an initial starting point.”

Here are some of the proposed new emojis:

We think this is a great step forward, although a bit overdue.    So far the response from the public is quite positive.

Watch this space for 2019!.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Easter Opening Hours & Deliveries

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 by morethan

Happy Easter from all of us at More Than Mobility.  We hope you have a nice time with friends and family.

Please note our office and customer service/telephone lines will be shut on Good Friday 30th March, Easter Sunday 1st April and Easter Monday 2nd April.   We will be open as usual on Easter Saturday 31st March from 9am – 5pm.  Customers can continue to order online as normal or call us on 0800 046 3949 on Easter Saturday 31st March .  Orders received after Thursday 29th March will be processed and dispatched on Tuesday 3rd April.

Our Northampton, Plymouth and Sidmouth mobility stores will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday but will be open as usual on Easter Saturday.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

SAVE £££s in our Northampton Mobility Store Sale

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 by morethan

If you are in the Northampton area this weekend do pop in and see our Northampton Store Sale that we are running until end of March.

We have many mobility products on special offer from adjustable beds, mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs plus daily living aids.  Do pop in and take a look.

Below are a few photos from our SALE displays:

Our More Than Mobility Northampton store is located in the Weston Favell Shopping Centre on the downstairs floor opposite the disabled toilets. With free parking and disabled parking just a few feet from our front door it is the most convenient retail outlet for customers coming from Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering.

Our full Northampton address is More Than Mobility, 25 Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Northampton NN3 8JZ.  Alternatively you can call us on 01604 407702 or 0800 046 3949.  We are open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

National Bed Month: 7 Steps To A Better Night’s Sleep

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by morethan

March is National Bed Month a campaign organised by The Sleep Council.   Here at More Than Mobility we are promoting getting a good night’s sleep for National Bed Month by offering promotions on our new electric adjustable beds and bed accessories to help make your existing bed more comfortable.

Sleep. We all do it, but many of us don’t do it well. A good night’s rest is essential to a healthy existence, protecting you physically and mentally as well as boosting your quality of life. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to fall asleep, have bad dreams, can’t wake up in the morning and then feel constantly tired!

Fortunately, there are many practical ways to improve your sleeping habits. Find out our advice on sleep with the following seven steps.

1)     Your Bedroom – in order to get a restful night’s sleep you need the right setting, which means a clean, peaceful and welcoming room.

  • When it’s time for bed, make your room completely dark.
  • Maintain an ambient temperature in your room. If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t sleep soundly.
  • A tidy room makes for a tidy mind… and a restful night’s sleep!
  • Say no to technology in the bedroom! That means avoiding televisions and computers.
  • LED displays are particularly troublesome when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. When it’s time to snooze, switch off your mobile phone, tablet, and any alarm clocks with a digital display.
  • Avoid treating your bedroom like an extension of the rest of your house. That means you shouldn’t use it for work, watching TV, eating, and even talking on the phone.
  • Add special touches to the space, which will help you feel more connected and peaceful. Family photographs, plants, flowers and ornaments will help to create a room that’s pleasant and relaxing.
  • Avoid using certain colours when decorating. Remember that bright reds, yellows and oranges are jarring, while browns and whites are boring and drab. Instead, choose soft, muted tones that will make you feel calm.
  • Certain smells can affect your mood, helping you to feel more calm and relaxed. Lavender and germanium are naturally calming, so invest in some essential oils to help you drift off.

2)     Your Bed – The foundation of a great night’s sleep is a comfortable bed. The right bed and mattress can make a huge difference between a restful and restless night.  If you regularly wake up with aches and pains, it’s probably time to change your bed or mattress.

3)     Your Lifestyle – there are simple ways to adjust your lifestyle to promote a better night’s sleep.

  • Reduce the intensity of artificial light in your home by using dimmer switches or low wattage bulbs.
  • Maintain a regular bedtime routine and sleep pattern.
  • Use a hot water bottle if you get cold.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed.
  • Switch off your tech a couple of hours before bedtime – that includes your phone!
  • Empty your bladder before bed, and try not to consume too many liquids before you sleep.
  • Don’t nap during the day.

4)     Diet - what you eat, and when it comes to getting a restful night’s sleep, food and drink you consume has a drastic effect. The best foods for sleep include milk, cherries, chicken and rice, while fatty meat, curry and alcohol are some of the worst. Some people choose not to eat after 6pm, as late meals can make it difficult to sleep.

5)     Sports and exercise can help you to enjoy a better quality of sleep. Working out effectively can tire your body out gently, promoting a better night’s sleep. Releasing pent up tension through exercise is also highly beneficial, helping to banish stress before bedtime. Exercising also lowers your body’s temperature, which induces better sleep. However, there are several things to keep in mind when exercising to improve your sleeping habits.

6)     Stress and Worry: Scientists have found a direct correlation between anxiety and rhythm of sleep. When a person is anxious, their heart rate increases, which causes the brain to ‘race’, too. An alert mind produces beta waves, making you far too stimulated to sleep. To make matters worse, an active brain triggers other worries, so it’s even harder to achieve sleep.

7) Relaxation & Other Therapies – many of us lead stressful lives. Demanding jobs, long hours and active families all contribute to a hectic lifestyle, and that’s not helped by the intense media that surrounds us. These elements make it very difficult to wind down, but fortunately there are a few relaxation techniques that can help promote a deep, restful sleep including learning how to Relax your body, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) just before you go to sleep.

To ensure you get a good night’s rest; here at More Than Mobility we have a 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.


Bed Accessories:  help make your existing bed more comfortable!

  • Wave Pillow: supports neck and shoulders and provides restful sleep.  £9.99
  • Lambswool Fleece: offers pressure relief and comfort to prevent pressure sores.  From £10.83
  • Kylie Washable Bedsheets:  soft quilted washable bed protection from leakage or spillage.  From £20.99
  • Bed & Chair Raisers: raises the height of your bed.   £20.99
  • Bamboo Bed Tray: bed tray suitable for reading, writing or eating.  £24.99
  • Mattress Protector: dust mites & allergy mattress protector and repels liquids and protects your mattress:  £24.99
  • High Vision Reading Lamps: designed to help reading and reduce headaches and eye strain.  Table or floor versions.  From £32.99
  • Deluxe Overbed Table: twin top table and anti slip lipped edge to stop papers, jigsaws slipping off the edge.  £48.99
  • Harley Leg Raiser: supports back of knee and heel and removes pressure from lower back.   £50.99
  • Bed Cane: assists with sitting up and getting in and out of bed.  £99.00

Do take a look at our website for the full range of adjustable beds or bed accessories or alternatively feel free to call us on 0800 046 3949 for help and advice on getting a good night’s sleep.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com