Archive for the ‘More Than Mobility’ Category

Mobility Equipment to help with Hearing Issues

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by morethan

Around 9 million people in the UK have some kind of hearing loss and around 900,000 people are severely or profoundly deaf.  This is around 19% of the population or 1 in every 7 persons.

Hearing loss increases sharply with age.  About a third of people aged between 60 – 70 years old and three quarters of the population aged over 70 have some kind of hearing loss.

If you do suffer from hearing issues then please do get in touch with us on 0800 046 3949 and we can put you in touch with a qualified hearing audiologist for a free no obligation hearing test.

Also there is range of products that can help with hearing issues – even simple equipment can mean the difference between living independently and needing someone to look after you. You can buy specialist equipment from our More Than Mobility website that can help with hearing issues.

Under Pillow Vibration Alarm Clock

This tiny alarm will shake you awake without disturbing others in the house. Start your day off with a buzz as opposed to a siren!

Perfect for anyone visually or hearing impaired as this is an alarm you ‘feel’. Simply place under your pillow and the alarm will wake you up by vibrating.

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.

2 in 1 – Home Care Panic Alarm & Wireless Doorbell
This care solution pairs the peace of mind of a care alarm with the functionality of a doorbell.   Great for people with a hearing impairment.  This combined personal panic alarm and doorbell can be used as an emergency paging alarm, as either the bell push or panic alarm will send a signal to sound the bell and flash the light to aid the hard of hearing.

Please visit our More Than Mobility website for other great mobility products.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Intelligent Voice Recognition Technology

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by morethan

You might have read or seen TV adverts for Intelligent Voice Recognition Technology (IVR) from Amazon or Google and wondered what it was or was it relevant for me.  Well IVR has come a long way in the last few years and now some of these new smart devices allow you to carry out daily tasks via hands-free convenience through voice control.  This means you can ask the device to answer questions, read books, play music, control lights switches, etc. which his particularly useful if you suffer from any kind of mobility or visual disability.

The two main ones you might have heard about are:

Google Home is an smart speaker that interacts with Google Assistant to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions. Along with answering queries, Google Home & Google Assistant proactively delivers information to you that it predicts based on your previous search habits.

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker which consists of a 9.25” tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa”. This “wake word” can be changed by the user to “Amazon”, “Echo” or “Computer”. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audio books, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.

Here at More Than Mobility, we also sell a selection of disability aids and mobility products that are designed to help those with mobility issues to regain their independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier. Some smart mobility products that we have available:

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. Price £10.99

Vibrating 5 x a Day Alarm Pill Box Reminder
Never forgot to take your medication again!  We know how easy it is to forget to take your medication so this small pocket size bill box reminder can be pre-set to sound an alarm when your medication is due. Price £13.99

Visit our website for the other great smart products that we have available.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW Mobility Aid: The Flip A Grip

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 by morethan

We just wanted to let you know about this NEW mobility aid; The Flip A Grip that we have recently added to our website and also our stocking in our mobility stores.

The Flip A Grip provides a sturdy doorway support handle to assist with steps and transfers in the home.  Unlike standard grab bars it allows the user to push down and pull up for assistance and it prevents falls when entering or exiting the home by providing a sturdy handle for assistance.

  • Sturdy handle support
  • Non slip grip
  • Easy to install and folds away when not in use
  • Compact so it can be installed where space maybe limited
  • Glows in the dark providing support during day and night
  • Must be mounted to a solid wood stud – does not include fixtures and fittings
  • Max user weight 21 stone
  • Price: £9.99 ex VAT

Please visit our website for other great mobility products to help around the home. We have a wide range of daily living aids available that are designed to help those with mobility issues to regain their independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Sidmouth Store is Now One Year Old!

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 by morethan

This month we are celebrating the first anniversary of our More Than Mobility Sidmouth mobility store which we took over from Hearing Health & Mobility last August.  It was a very busy time for us last year with getting the mobility store updated but the store has grown and expanded and over the last year and we want to thank the staff and customers for all their support.

If you haven’t managed to pop into our refreshed store yet and are in the Devon area; then we recommend that you do to see our much improved store as well as our enhanced mobility product range.

We continue to stock a wide range of mobility products from the latest mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds, wheelchairs, walking aids, incontinence products, bathing & toileting aids as well as daily living aids.  We continue to offer FREE hearing tests in store and no obligation stair lift quotes as well as mobility scooter & wheelchair hires.

We have also expanded our range of Cosyfeet slippers and shoes that we stock in store – extra roomy deep wide footwear for swollen, painful or wide feet. Kate Warren, Sidmouth Manager says: “Do pop in and see our enhanced range. We are here to help our customers get the right product.  We provide a personalised service with FREE local delivery on all large items as well as engineering support for after care sales”.

Finally our Sidmouth branch is also Motability Approved so if you want to use your Motability Allowance you can lease a mobility scooter or powerchair from as little as £12 per week.

To discuss leasing or buying a mobility product please call us on 01395 519850 or visit our mobility store at 75 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LD.  We are open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Importance of Mobility Scooter Insurance

Monday, August 14th, 2017 by morethan

Comprehensive insurance cover for mobility scooters isn’t currently a legal requirement in the UK, and so it is all too often overlooked by mobility scooter users.

www.Help-My-Mobility.org decided to launch a petition following a spate of thefts and accidents involving individuals on mobility scooters. The firm’s director, Jason Tate, explains more;

“We hear of scooter thefts and vandalism on an almost daily basis,” he said, “not to mention incidents of people getting injured in accidents and collisions. The theft of an expensive scooter can result in the owner being left housebound, and we’ve even heard of people being forced to sell their homes to cover legal costs after a collision.”

Currently it is not a legal requirement to insure a scooter but this may be about to change with an EU directive known as the “Vnuk case”. If enacted by Parliament before or after Brexit, this may require all off-road vehicles including mobility scooters to be legally insured.

Therefore here at More Than Mobility we strongly recommend that you take out insurance on your mobility scooter as for as little as £86 per annum (only £1.66 per week) it will give you peace of mind.   Plus if you sign up today you can get an additional 3 months for FREE i.e. 15 months for the price of 12 months.  Choice of standard or plus cover available.

Your mobility scooter insurance covers many things from fire, storm, flood, loss or damage due to theft as well as public liability and personal injury benefit due to an accident.  It can also include 24/7 breakdown recovery dependent on package taken.

Please visit our website for the full range of mobility insurance we offer. If you need insurance for more than one year we have two and three years cover available.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

National Road Victim Month

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 by morethan

The national road safety charity RoadPeace organises National Road Victim Month every August to remember those killed or injured on the roads. August is a particularly poignant month since the first person ever killed in the UK by a car, Bridget Driscoll, died on 17 August 1896 and also this month will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales who was killed in a car crash in Paris, 1997.  Also during August there is an increased risk of children being injured or killed while on holiday from school.

Get involved in the subject at #NationalRoadVictimsMonth.  As well as honouring people that have been lost and injured, it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness to make our roads safer. RoadPeace hold events during August in memorial to those lost in roads crashes, however you can also do your bit to raise awareness for safer driving by having your own event.

Mobility Products to help if you have been a victim of a road traffic accident:

If you have suffered mobility or disability issues due to a road traffic accident; More Than Mobility offers a range of mobility products and services to help you regain your mobility and independence and to ensure you can live your life to the full.  These include:

Mobility Scooters - an ideal solution to prevent mobility issues from getting in the way of your everyday life, and there are many to choose from – portable, pavement or road legal mobility scooters.

Wheelchairs are an essential purchase for the lifestyle and wellbeing of a mobility sufferer; restoring a sense of freedom and independence for those who are no longer able to move around with the ease they used to.

Electric adjustable beds are ideal for those who like to sit up in bed to read, or to recline in bed and watch television or afilm. Sometimes it is just great to recline in bed with your feet up, and this range of adjustable electric beds provides the perfect opportunity to find your ideal relax and sleep position.

We also offer a selection of disability aids and mobility products that are designed to help those with mobility issues to regain their independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier. From the small disability equipment that takes care of basic needs, such as hand warmers, plate surrounds and gripped cutlery, to the larger and more complex disability aids and equipment such as seat massagers, over bed tables, perching stools and fireside chairs.

More Than Mobility has all of the disability products to help make everyday life at home as simple as possible. Do visit our website to see our range of mobility products.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

New Mobility Products To Help You Get In & Out Of Your Chair/Bed

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility; we offer a variety of bed & chair mobility products that can modify an existing bed or your favourite chair to help you get in and out of it with ease as well as a range of NEW rise and recliner chairs and adjustable electric beds designed specifically for those with movement problems.

Even though we like to spend a lot of time out and about to enhance our independence; there are those times when you just want to kick back and relax. At More Than Mobility we have a wide range of mobility products that will make such times more comfortable and easier for you and/or your carer.

Below are three NEW bed & chair mobility products to help you get in and out with ease:

Omni Tray – Helps You Stand From Your Chair
The Omni Tray is a chair side handle and TV tray that makes it easy to stand from your sofa or chair. It comes with a convenient multi-use swivel tray so you can eat, surf the web, or simply keep handy items close by.

The tray adjusts in length to fit either side of your sofa or chair.  Price: £160.00

EZ Stand N Go – Helps You Stand From Your Chair
If you or a loved one has trouble standing from a sofa, chair, or recliner; the EZ Stand & Go can help you stand with confidence; without having to buy a more expensive Rise and Recline Chair.

It is perfect for those who are recovering from surgery, have back pain, general unsteadiness, or have a lower-set sofa that is hard to stand from. Armrests are often set too low, and don’t provide enough leverage to help you stand. Price £105.00

PT Bed Cane – Makes it Easy to Sit Up & Get In and Out of Bed
The PT Bed Cane makes it easy to sit up, and get in-and-out of bed. It is great for those who have back pain, recovering from surgery, or simply just need a little extra support while getting in-and-out of bed.

It comes with a mesh organizer pouch to keep handy items close by. Price: £99.00

Visit our website for the other great bed & chair mobility products that we have on offer we have everything that you could need for mobility or disability issues.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Travelling with a Mobility Scooter on a Plane

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by morethan

It’s the summer holiday season but concerned about taking your mobility scooter abroad with you and on a plane  – how easy is it and is it safe?

If you are planning a trip abroad check out these useful tips and information on taking a mobility scooter on a airplane:

  • Most airlines will be more than happy to take your mobility scooter on board.  However if it important to check with the airline you are flying with (ideally before you book) if the airline has restrictions relating to equipment – these can vary depending on who you fly with.
  • You need to book in advance with the airline for your mobility scooter to go with you on the plane.  We recommend that you should tell your airline, travel agent or tour operator as soon as possible if you’re taking on a battery-powered wheelchair or mobility scooter.   Don’t just turn up at the airport and expect to take your mobility scooter with you as you might not be able to.
  • The official government guidelines state that if you are travelling to a European airport and have a disability, then you can travel with up to two items of mobility equipment free of charge.  They should not be counted as part of your baggage allowance (depending on size).
  • You will need to give the airline some information in advance about the mobility equipment, including its make, weight, size and model.  This is to enable that is loaded and stowed safely during the flight and it is not a fire risk.
  • You might also want to take the operating manual with you including details on how it collapses (if possible) as this could be useful for the airline staff and prevents any issues when loading your equipment into the hold.
  • You will not be able to take your own wheelchair or mobility scooter into the passenger cabin of a plane – it will be stored in the hold. Speak to your airline to find out what help they’ll provide when boarding.
  • Don’t forget to take your mobility scooter battery charger and a suitable plug for the country you are flying to.  Also it might be worth taking a spare key with you – just in case!
  • Check the local laws for driving mobility scooters in the country you are visiting – they can vary from country to country so it’s important to familiarise yourself with any differences.
  • We recommend that you travel with a companion if you are not self-reliant, e.g. you need help with feeding, breathing, using medication or using the toilet. The airline you’re flying with will do their best to make sure you sit next to each other, so long as you tell them at least 48 hours before departure.

At More Than Mobility we sell a range of portable mobility scooters that would be suitable to take away with you whilst travelling. Do take a look at our portable mobility scooter range including the best-selling Mobie Foldable Portable Mobility Scooter – one of the smallest, lightest, quickest assembled compact mobility scooter on the market!

The Mobie portable mobility scooter transforms from a small suitcase size product to a full size, usable, powerful mobility scooter in less than 5 seconds!   Easy to use, compact size with a small turning circle this portable mobility scooter makes it a great drive both indoors and outdoors.   Also it lightweight lithium battery makes it approved on virtually all airlines making it the most flexible product to take on holiday.

Please visit our website for more great travel mobility products.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

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