Posts Tagged ‘Mobility Products’

Claiming VAT Relief For Mobility Products

Monday, June 25th, 2018 by morethan

We often get questions about if you can claim VAT relief when buying mobility products so we put together this short blog below which will hopefully answer most of these questions.  If not please do call us on 0800 046 3949 for more advice.

Individuals purchasing disabled mobility products for their own personal use and have a long term medical condition are usually exempt from paying VAT.

Only products on our website that are specifically adapted to aid disability or for the chronically sick are eligible for VAT relief.  These products are only available at zero-rate VAT when purchased directly by an individual for their ‘domestic or personal use’.

The zero-rating of goods and services for a disabled person depends in part upon the status of the recipient.  In order to qualify for zero-rating, the eligible person must be ‘chronically sick or disabled. The items must not be purchased for the general use of other able bodied persons. Items for use in an institution, or re-sale are not eligible for zero-rating.

  • Chronically sick means that you have an illness that is likely to last a long time e.g. arthritis, diabetes, and angina.
  • Disabled means substantially and permanently handicapped by illness or injury.

You do not have to be registered disabled to claim relief from VAT, but the nature of your illness or disablement must be specified in your declaration.  A frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb does not qualify for VAT relief.

If you are in doubt you should call your local Customs office or call the National Advice Service on 0845 302 02 03.

We will require you to sign a simple declaration form that confirms you are eligible to receive goods at a VAT exempt price. Our prices are therefore shown exclusive of any VAT.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

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

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

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

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

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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