Posts Tagged ‘disability’

Renovating Your Home For Old Age

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 by morethan

Nearly 90% of older people say they want to live at home for as long as possible, so making your home accessible now is in your best interest. Here are some ideas to consider implementing in your home—just remember to consult with a professional before attempting any major construction.

Easy changes you can implement now

1) Install grab bars in the shower or toilet. All bathrooms can benefit from the addedsecurity a grab bar provides.   Grab bars start from as little as £5.99.

2) Install a shower seat. Standing in the shower for a long period of time can be tiring for older adults. A foldable shower seat can give them a needed rest, and can be stowed away when not in use.

3) Replace doorknobs with lever handles. Lever handles are much easier to operate than traditional doorknobs for those with arthritis and other hand ailments.

4) Install recessed lighting that illuminates cabinets and counter tops. Installing task lighting to brighten work spaces in kitchens, laundry rooms and closets is a great way to improve living spaces for elders. You could install recessed lighting directly into your rooms.

5) Install sensor lighting at each entry. This is a good safety feature for any house, but can especially help older occupants with impaired night time vision feel secure at home.

More intensive renovation options

6) Have a light switch at every entrance to a room. And make sure the switch can be reached from a wheelchair.

7) Have visual contrast at every level change, including steps. This will help the vision-impaired avoid trips and falls.

8 ) Replace old hardwood or tiles with slip resistant flooring. Pay special attention to high-use areas like entryways and high-risk areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

9) Install a walk-in shower or wet room. Even minor changes in elevation can be hazardous for those with mobility problems so consider a walk in shower or wet room.   Call today for a free no obligation quote.

10) Install a stair lift – this can greatly improve your independence, and allow you to continue living in, and indeed enjoying, all the areas of your home.  Call today for a free no obligation quote.

Here at More Than Mobility we have a huge range of mobility products available on our website; do visit www.morethanmobility.com to see the full range.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Top 5 Tips to Prevent a Cold

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by morethan

At More Than Mobility we’ve learned that you’ve got to act fast to fight of cold and flu so we’ve put together this guide on the some of the best ways ward off cold.

Depend on over-the-counter relief

The best medication to soothe a cold might surprise you: over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen. Most people don’t think of it, but they treat sore throat pain, sinus pain, muscle aches and pains, chills, fever and headaches.

Staying topped up on your fruit and veg intake to get all your vitamins is one of the best ways to keep your immune system tip top. Not only do they keep you healthy and aid digestion but they provide all the nutrients to fight colds.

Sip tea

Fresh lemon, honey and hot water is always a good way to fight a cold as the lemonthins mucus and honey is antibacterial. Menthol and herbal green teas are also great immune system boosters. Breathing in the steam from a hot cup of tea is a great way to stimulate the hair follicles in your nose which gets germs moving out more efficiently.  It always important to stay hydrated, especially with the sniffles, if tea isn’t your favourite, stay topped up on water!

Wash and sanitise

Wash your hands regularly and especially after being in contact with anyone who does have a cold. Send those germs down the drain with plenty of hand wash and hot water. Hand sanitisers are also a great way to avoid unwanted germs on the go. If you are not a fan of the chemical-y clean smell, there are many water-based solutions available that are fresh and unscented.

Disinfect

Cold germs can live for hours so think about disinfecting areas like worktops, doorknobs, toilet handles and remote controls.

Cold germs are spread really easily over surfaces. You really need to use a bleach to kill the virus rather than an anti-bacterial spray. Don’t obsess, though, as there’s no way you can make a normal household completely sterile.

Curl up in bed with a nice hot water bottle

Many studies have found a connection between sleep deprivation and a higher incidence of colds. When you’re tired, it’s harder to work efficiently. That’s how your immune system feels when it has to fight of viruses without ample rest.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

How to Choose a Walking Frame

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by morethan

Walking frames are designed for people who need more support than a cane provides, but who do not require a wheelchair. walking frameWalkers allow you to place more weight on your arms, instead of your legs, and also assist with support and balance.

Most walking frames or Zimmer frames have the same basic design – four legs and a lightweight frame.  Walking frames are also available with wheels on the two front legs.

Hinged front leg frame

This design has the front section of the frame on a hinge with the back section of the frame. The folding mechanism is activated by pulling a ball which is mounted on a piece of string. When this ball is pulled towards you, the brace bar which runs around the bottom of the frame slides up. At the same time the front section moves inwards until the front and back legs meet.

This type of mechanism is easy and intuitive to use but does not result in a completely flat frame when folded. However, it does reduce the size sufficiently to get the frame into a car boot or to store in a wardrobe for example.

Side folding frame

This type of folding Zimmer frame has a different frame to the traditional Zimmer. Instead of the frame narrowing to the front, these frames are the same width at the front as they are at the back. To fold the frame, a locking catch must be depressed using the palm of your hand on the bar which runs across the front of the frame. This allows each side to be folded in to meet the front section. When folded, this type of frame is flat and more space efficient.

Forearm Zimmer Frames

This type of frame is essentially the same as a standard Zimmer but with forearms troughs rather than handgrips. This allows you to transfer the weight through your forearms rather than your hands. This will be particularly helpful if you have painful or arthritic hands and find gripping the frame difficult. The position of the trough and the upright hand grips are adjustable.

Reciprocal Zimmer Frames

A reciprocal Zimmer frame operates with a pivot mechanism for each side. This allows you to lift up and move forward one side of the frame at a time. This tends to be more in step with how you walk naturally and may feel more intuitive to use. However, careful consideration should be given to how much weight is being placed on the frame and whether having one arm forward of the other may create difficulties.

To see our full range of walking frames and rollators please see our website.

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Dementia Friendly Mobility Products!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by morethan

In an increasingly ageing population, dementia is something that now affects over 800,000 people in the UK. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, two thirds of medical beds in general hospitals are occupied by people over the age of 65 and around 30% of them will have dementia and a staggering 80% of those in care homes will be living with dementia or some kind of severe memory problem.

Here at More Than Mobility our aim is to improve the quality of daily living for everyone who lives with a dementia and helping people to retain their dignity is a primary consideration in everything we do – way-finding, locating and using the toilet safely and independently, knowing the time of day, eating and drinking

Large Pill Boxpillbox

The perfect way to organise your medication! Seven handy containers for each day of the week will help you stay organised. No more forgotten pills. Price £3.99

night lightNight Light with Movement & Light Sensor

Detects movement in the dark and turns on automatically with a bright, warm yellow light. The energy saving LEDs have very low power consumption, giving not only an extensive life when using batteries but offering a very ecological solution when plugged into the mains.

The infrared and photo sensor technologies have a detection zone of up to 5 metres and detection angle of up to 100 degrees making it the perfect security light. Designed to automatically switch off after 1 minute and supplied with versatile wall fixing bracket. Price £16.79

Kylie Washable Waterproof Bedsheetswaterproof bedsheets

Designed to offer protection against incontinence for mattresses or other furniture whilst keeping the user dry and comfortable.  The stay-dry surface wicks away the moisture for user-comfort and has a waterproof backing to protect the bed.  With tuck in flaps for a secure fit to the bed. Prices from £20.99

key turnerKey Turner

This key turner provides extra leverage for easy turning of keys.  Curved handle fits comfortably in the hand allows for easy turning. Heavy duty plastic handle. Holds three keys and folds the keys into the handle when not in use.

Digital Day Clockdigital day clock

This 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
  • Price £69.00

Please see our website for the full range of products available for dementia patients.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

SAVE £50: New Year Sales Offer Extended Until End of February!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by morethan

We have had a fantastic response from our New Year Sale so we have decided to extend our New Year Sale Offer of £50 off when you spend over £500 at More Than Mobility until the end of February.

SAVE £50 off when you spend over £500 on mobility products through More Than Mobility online! Please quote NY2018 when ordering online or via telephone to claim your £10 off.

Choose from a huge range of mobility products from our website. We have everything from mobility scooters to rise and recline chairs and bathing products. We also have a range of disability living aids like alarm clocks and kitchen aids.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Online Services from the NHS and Lloyds Pharmacy

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by morethan

Online Services from the NHS and Lloyds Pharmacy

There have been many reports this month of hospitals and doctor surgeries being full and herenhs at More Than Mobility we want to help alleviate this situation and share some services offered by the NHS and Lloyds Pharmacy that you could use instead if it not an emergency.

A report in the Telegraph states – “NHS Providers said there was now very little give in the system, warning of shortages of paramedics, GPs, and A&E consultants and nurses”.

Also recent television reports shows people calling for ambulance assistance when an ambulance is not necessarily needed and a visit to the local chemist or arranging a doctor’s appointment would have sufficed.

The 111 app run by the NHS and has recently introduced the brand new way to use NHS 111 online in selected areas in the country. Simply download NHS 111 from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Lloyds’ pharmacy has an online doctor service and offer prescription-only treatmentsonline without needing to see a doctor face to face. Watch the video on how the service works.

Lloyds’ can also arrange for NHS repeat prescription to be delivered to your door for FREE!

  • Free Sign Up, Free Reminders, Free Delivery
  • Supported By Our Expert Pharmacy Team
  • Hassle Free & Convenient
  • Safe, Secure & Discreet

Keep well and healthy but be mindful when visiting your local hospital.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility Sidmouth Store Motability Approved Dealer

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 by morethan

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 More Than Mobility Sidmouth 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 below to see our full selection of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, then give our Sidmouth mobility store a call on 01395 519850.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobilitysidmouth.com

Stair Lift: Improve the mobility in your home with a new stair lift!

Monday, January 15th, 2018 by morethan

Are you or a family member struggling managing the stairs in your/their own home? Why struggle with stairs when a stair lift can give you back your freedom and confidence.  Installing a stair lift can greatly improve your independence, and allow you to continue living in, and indeed enjoying, all the areas of your home. More often than not, a new stair lift means there is no need to move home, which can be a very stressful and expensive.

At More Than Mobility we have a selection of stair lifts that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor. We have straight stair lifts, curved stair lifts and outdoor stair lifts all manufactured by highly reputable UK manufacturers.

Straight staircases satisfies the market’s need for guaranteed reliability, robuststairlift quality and a swift installation without compromising on safety and all at a very competitive price. Our Straight Stair Lift prices start from £1,250

A curved staircase can encompass a variation of designs, from spiral to fanned or half or quarter landings. Due to the individual nature of curved staircases the rails are custom made for each home. Our Curved Stair Lift prices start from £3,950.

The outdoor model is manufactured from durable and waterproofed materials allowing it to withstand external conditions. Whether you have difficult garden steps or an elevated sun deck or porch, an outdoor stair lift will bring your garden or front door within easy reach again. Our Outdoor Stair Liftstairlift prices start from £2,695.

Why Choose More Than Mobility?

  • High Quality Straight, Curved & Outdoor Stair lifts – made in the UK
  • LOW PRICES: from £1,250
  • LOCAL Service & Support
  • FAST Delivery & Installation
  • Comprehensive In Home Warranty

Please visit our website for full descriptions or call now for a free no obligation quote 0800 046 3949.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

New Year Mobility Offer: £50 OFF when spend over £500!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by morethan

Happy New Year – we hope you had a lovely festive break with family and friends and we wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Our New Year Sales are now on and we have a special offer for our regular customers:  SAVE £50 off when you spend over £500 on mobility products through More Than Mobility online! Please quote NY2018 when ordering online or via telephone to claim your £10 off.

offer

Choose from a huge range of mobility products from our website. We have everything from mobility scooters to rise and recline chairs and bathing products. We also have a range of disability living aids like alarm clocks and kitchen aids.

Please visit our website www.morethanmobility.com and also visit the special offers section for even more savings.

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

*£50 off available on all More Than Mobility orders over £500 when ordering online or via telephone between 8th January until 31st January 2018.

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by morethan

Happy new year from More Than Mobility! We hope you had a good time over the holidays. Now the holiday period has come to an end and the sales have begun we have some special offers available.

Deluxe Perching Stool

Height adjustable perching stool that has a padded seat and back rest for comfort, and angled, height adjustable legs that give a wide base for maximum stability and improved user safety.  Suitable for use in the kitchen or shower.   Was £55.99 Now £44.99

Handy Height Adjustable Trolley

Height adjustable trolley to help transport items from one room to another.   It can be used as a temporary table or sitting downHandy Height Adjustable Trolley for a meal. 2 easy to clean trays and angled handles to improve grip and stability. Was £45.00, Now £40.00

Bellavita Bath Lift

This bath lift helps with getting in and out of the bath.  Light and easy to install and operate.   Perfect for those who wish for ease of access to their bath without having to install a new bath or shower.  These motor driven bath lifts, which you control using a waterproof handset, will lower you into the bath and out again.  Comes with a supportive backrest and with angle back, allowing you to easily recline when immersed in the bath.  Was £275.00, Now £255.00Bellavita Bath Lift

Visit our website for the full range of special offers on mobility products that we have available.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com