Posts Tagged ‘disabled’

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

Hurry: £50 Off Offer Ending Today!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 by morethan

Last orders for our New Year Special Offer of £50 off when you spend over £500 on mobility products at More Than Mobility. This offer is coming to an end today so hurry to not miss out!

Please quote NY2018 when ordering online or via telephone to claim your £10 off.

We are your one stop shop for all your mobility needs and we have everything from products to help in the home to mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Please visit our website to see our great 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

Cosyfeet: Check out these Warm & Comfortable Shoes & Slippers

Saturday, February 17th, 2018 by morethan

Cosyfeet Extra Roomy Footwear is designed to be the most comfortable footwear available for anyone withcosyfeet swollen or extra wide feet. They provide stylish footwear (slippers and shoes) for both men and women that over 11,000 Health Care Professionals recommend.

cosyfeet2Cosyfeet offer a much roomier fitting than the wide-fitting footwear you’ll find on the high street. Their footwear isn’t just extra-wide, its extra deep as well which means it’s very roomy. It’s also adjustable so it can fit a range of swelling from minor to very swollen.

More Than Mobility is pleased to be a Cosyfeet stockist in our mobility stores so why not pop into one our stores (Plymouth, Sidmouth and Northampton) and try these shoes for yourself.  Alternatively you can order online directly through our partner Cosyfeet’s website.

Women Footwear – full range of shoes, boots & slippers

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Men’s Footwear – full range of shoes, boots & slippers

Socks – lightweight, warm, diabetic & specialist socks

Hosiery – tights, stockings, hold-ups, ankle & knee highs

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Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

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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

Valentine’s Day & National Heart Month

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by morethan

This Month is National Heart Month and for this year’s Heart Month the British Heart Foundation is encouraging everyone to make small changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).  Every single one of us has a heart which means every one of us is at potential risk.

Managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important factors.   The British Heart Foundation’s webpage has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them.   And, don’t forget to get your free fundraising kit!

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Its Valentine’s Day today and from all of us at More Than Mobility we wish you a happy one. If you are looking for a movie to watch we have listed below some Valentine’s favourites:

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

Cervical Cancer Week: 22nd – 28th January 2018

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by morethan

At More Than Mobility we have been long supporters of the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and this week we wanted to spread knowledge of this condition and how you can get involved.

The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”

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Cervical cancer can be prevented this means:

  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
  • Knowing where to find support and further information

How can you get involved?

There are lots of ways you can get involved including:

  • Share your story: If you have been personally affected by cervical cancer or abnormalities and would like to talk about your experience to raise awareness then please get in touch
  • Use social media: Share your images on social media to help us spread the word about cervical cancer prevention
  • Get your workplace to sign up to Time to Test, a campaign which raises awareness of cervical cancer in the workplace and ensures female employees can have the time to attend cervical screening if they are unable to get an appointment outside of working hours
  • Join our #SmearForSmear campaign to help us spread the word about the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer.

If you or somebody you know suffers from Cervical Cancer and has mobility or disability issues please visit the More than Mobility

website to see a huge range of mobility products. We have everything from mobility scooters to daily living aids and products for kitchen and bathroom.

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