Posts Tagged ‘mobility scooters’

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

August – National Road Victims Month

Monday, August 15th, 2016 by morethan

Every year, in August, RoadPeace remember those killed or injured on our roads during the National Road Victim Month

August is a particularly poignant month because:

  • Bridget Driscoll was the first person killed in the UK by a car, on 17 August 1896, in Crystal Palace, London
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997, in Paris
  • there is increased risk of those travelling on holiday being involved in a car crash

RoadPeace

RoadPeace was founded on the principle of road danger reduction (RDR) in February 1992. Twenty years on, supporting active travel policies and sustainable transport programmes is much more widespread.

Key to road danger reduction is the reduction of speed, volume and dominance of motor vehicles.

RoadPeace events taking place during August, Road Victim Month:

Do see the RoadPeace website for information on the other campaigns that RoadPeace organise and do follow them on Twitter.

Sharing the road – safety around mobility scooters

  • Be mindful of larger mobility scooters when travelling on the road.  Road legal mobility scooters can only travel at 8 mph but may be using the road. Give them space and only overtake when it is safe to do so.
  • Smaller mobility scooters are restricted to using footpaths and pavements. Dropped kerbs are the only way mobility and electric wheelchair users – not to mention parents with prams – can cross a road easily. It’s also an offence to obstruct these crossing points. When parking consider whether you’re inadvertently making it trickier for a less mobile person to get around.
  • Mobility scooters aren’t allowed to use cycle lanes or bus lanes so try not to get impatient if it seems they’re blocking the road – they’re obeying the law.
  • While larger scooters must have full lights, the smaller ones intended for pavement use don’t need to. In addition, waterproof covers can affect the vision of the driver. Never assume you’ve been seen. And always double check before pulling out.

Also mobility scooter users should have insurance for their scooter although it is not compulsory.  If you were to have an accident and hit someone, or damage someone’s property, in your mobility scooter your mobility scooter insurance will pay for your defence, if it was to go to court, and the resultant damages.  Here at More Than Mobility we always recommend that mobility scooters take out scooter insurance to cover any accidents and ensure peace of mind when travelling on the road.   Prices start from as little as £86 per annum which is only £1.66 per week.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Highway Code for Mobility Scooters and Powered Wheelchairs

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by morethan

This week we would like to update our mobility scooter and wheelchair / power wheelchair users of the Highway Code. This is a set of rules all road and pavement users should follow to stay safe and protect other pedestrians and road users.

This is really important as we know that a small few mobility scooter users tend to ignore these rules and therefore give the rest of mobility scooter and wheelchair users a bad name and court bad press which is not what we want for the industry as a whole.

Some of the key rules to follow on the road and pavement include:

Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (rules 36 to 37)

Rule 36

There is one class of manual wheelchair (called a Class 1 invalid carriage) and two classes of powered wheelchairs and powered mobility scooters (Class 2 and Class 3). Manual wheelchairs and Class 2 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 4 mph and are designed to be used on pavements. Class 3 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 8 mph and are equipped to be used on the road as well as the pavement.

Rule 37

When you are on the road you should obey the guidance and rules for other vehicles; when on the pavement you should follow the guidance and rules for pedestrians.

On pavements (rules 38 to 40)

Rule 38

Pavements are safer than roads and should be used when available. You should give pedestrians priority and show consideration for other pavement users, particularly those with a hearing or visual impairment who may not be aware that you are there.

Rule 39

Powered wheelchairs and scooters MUST NOT travel faster than 4 mph on pavements or in pedestrian areas. You may need to reduce your speed to adjust to other pavement users who may not be able to move out of your way quickly enough or where the pavement is too narrow.

Rule 40

When moving off the pavement onto the road, you should take special care. Before moving off, always look round and make sure it’s safe to join the traffic. Always try to use dropped kerbs when moving off the pavement, even if this means travelling further to locate one. If you have to climb or descend a kerb, always approach it at right angles and don’t try to negotiate a kerb higher than the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

On the road (rules 41 to 46)

Rule 41

You should take care when travelling on the road as you may be travelling more slowly than other traffic (your machine is restricted to 8 mph and may be less visible).

Rule 42

When on the road, Class 3 vehicles should travel in the direction of the traffic. Class 2 users should always use the pavement when it is available. When there is no pavement, you should use caution when on the road. Class 2 users should, where possible, travel in the direction of the traffic. If you are travelling at night lights MUST be used and you should travel in the direction of the traffic to avoid confusing other road users.

Rule 43

You MUST follow the same rules about using lights, indicators and horns as for other road vehicles, if your vehicle is fitted with them. At night, lights MUST be used. Be aware that other road users may not see you and you should make yourself more visible – even in the daytime and also at dusk – by, for instance, wearing a reflective jacket or reflective strips on the back of the vehicle.

Rule 44

Take extra care at road junctions. When going straight ahead, check to make sure there are no vehicles about to cross your path from the left, the right, or overtaking you and turning left. There are several options for dealing with right turns, especially turning from a major road. If moving into the middle of the road is difficult or dangerous, you can

  • stop on the left-hand side of the road and wait for a safe gap in the traffic
  • negotiate the turn as a pedestrian, i.e. travel along the pavement and cross the road between pavements where it is safe to do so. Class 3 users should switch the vehicle to the lower speed limit when on pavements.

If the junction is too hazardous, it may be worth considering an alternative route. Similarly, when negotiating major roundabouts (i.e. with two or more lanes) it may be safer for you to use the pavement or find a route which avoids the roundabout altogether.

Rule 45

All normal parking restrictions should be observed. Your vehicle should not be left unattended if it causes an obstruction to other pedestrians – especially those in wheelchairs. Parking concessions provided under the Blue Badge scheme (see further reading) will apply to those vehicles displaying a valid badge.

Rule 46

These vehicles MUST NOT be used on motorways (see Rule 253). They should not be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph but if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon. A flashing amber beacon should be used on all other dual carriageways (see Rule 220).

For a more in depth guide please see the full Highway Code at the Government Website.

Mobility Insurance:

Although mobility insurance is not compulsory, we strongly advise that you take out a specific mobility insurance policy.  This will cover you for accidental fire, flood, loss or damage due to theft and also will cover you up to £2 million pounds public and private liability in case of an accident.

Our insurance policies start from as little as £86 per annum – click here for more information on our range of insurance policies.

Finally if you are thinking about buying a new mobility scooter or powerchair please visit the More Than Mobility website or if you are confused or need any further advice on the Highway Code please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Stay safe on the roads and pavements!

Best Wishes

More than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Don’t Miss Out: £50 OFF Mobility Offer Ending Soon!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by morethan

For the month of January have been offering customers a £50 SAVING when you spend over £500 on mobility products!

This limited time offer is coming to an end this weekend so do take a look at our website and browse through our fantastic range of mobility products including our wide range of mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs, wheelchairs, adjustable beds, bathing & toileting products and daily living aids.

Please quote NY2016 when ordering online or by phone.

SAVE Money On A New Rise & Recline Chair

Is it time for a new Rise & Recline Chair now you can SAVE £50?  Electric riser and recliner chairs are ideal purchases for people who suffer from mobility issues; as they allow the user to get in and out of their chair with ease.

We stock a selection of single motor and dual motor chairs so you will be sure to find one suitable for yourself or a friend.

Our top three popular Rise & Recline Chairs are:

  1. Wallhugger Rise & Recline Chair – perfect when needing to save space
  2. Santana Rise & Recline Chair – choice of single or dual motor in either fabric or leather options
  3. Medina Rise & Recline Chair – luxury dual motor chair allowing you to operate both sections of the chair separately

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

P.S.  Don’t forget that all deliveries on orders over £100 are FREE!    Choose between FREE courier delivery or engineer set up and delivery.

Christmas Shopping Ideas from More Than Mobility

Friday, November 20th, 2015 by morethan

The Christmas countdown has started and More Than Mobility are here to make sure you’re fully prepared for the big day. Make it the most magical Christmas ever with our range of mobility gifts for family and friends.

To make it easier for you to shop this Christmas; we have created our one-stop Christmas Gift Shop which has a range of gift ideas specifically selected according to quality and price offering you a range of gift ideas for all the family.   Whether you are buying something for a loved one or yourself, we have got everything from a nice and comfy hand warmers to heated back and seat massager.

To help you budget this Christmas; we have sorted our gift ideas into the following price ranges:

Gifts Under £10

Gifts Under £25

Gifts Under £50

Gifts Over £50

Happy Shopping!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Advice on Sorting Power of Attorney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by morethan

Anyone who is aged 18 or older who has the mental ability to make decisions for themselves can arrange for someone else to make these decisions for them in the future. This legal authority is called “power of attorney“. A power of attorney gives the attorney the legal authority to deal with third parties such as banks or the local council.

There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf.

It could just be temporary: for example, if you are in hospital and need help with everyday things such as making sure that bills are paid. Or you may need to make more long-term plans if, for example, you have been diagnosed with dementia.

There are two types of power of attorney: ordinary and lasting.

How to grant an ordinary power of attorney

You can give someone power of attorney to deal with all your financial affairs or only certain matters, for example, to operate a bank account, to buy and sell property or change investments. An ordinary power of attorney which only gives authority to deal with certain matters is also known as a limited power of attorney.

This is a legal document giving someone else authority to act on your behalf. It is only valid while you still have mental capacity to make your own decisions about your finances, so that you can keep an eye on what the person making decisions for you (your attorney) is doing.

There is a standard form of words to use if you want to grant an ordinary power of attorney. If you want to grant an ordinary power of attorney, you should contact a solicitor or an experienced adviser e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by email, click on nearest CAB.

How to make a lasting power of attorney

A lasting power of attorney gives someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf, if either you’re unable to in the future or you no longer wish to make decisions for yourself.

You must make a lasting power of attorney whilst you’re still able to make decisions for yourself. You should choose the person (or people) who you want to look after your affairs very carefully. The person you choose to look after your affairs is called an attorney. You can appoint one person or multiple people to handle your affairs jointly.

There are 2 types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

1) Personal health & welfare LPA

2) Property and financial affairs LPA

You will need to fill in a form, which you can get from the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk.  There is one form for a property and financial affairs LPA (LPA PA) and a different form for a personal health & welfare LPA (LPA PW). If you want someone to look after your financial affairs and your personal welfare, you will need to make two separate LPAs and fill in both forms.

There are notes which come with the forms which tell you exactly what to do. You should read these very carefully.

Registering an enduring power of attorney

An enduring power of attorney deals only with property and affairs. Enduring powers of attorney (EPA) has been replaced by lasting power of attorney (LPA). However, if you made and signed an EPA before 1 October 2007, it’s still valid.

To continue using an EPA after someone has lost their mental capacity, the EPA must first be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The EPA must be registered by the person who will be managing someone else’s affairs (the attorney). Before you register the EPA, you must notify certain people that you are going to register it. This is done on a form which you must send to all the following people:

  • the person whose affairs you are going to manage (the donor)
  • any other attorneys if there are more than one
  • At least three of the donor’s nearest relatives.

Once you have given this notice, you can apply to register the EPA on form EP2PG to the Office of the Public Guardian. There is a registration fee, although some people won’t have to pay it. You can find out the latest information about fees from the Ministry of Justice website at www.justice.gov.uk.

If you or a family member want to set up a power of attorney we recommend that you take legal advice and also start the process well in advance as it can take a few months to get this set up.   As this is a big and serious commitment; More Than Mobility would advise that you read through this information on the Citizen’s Advice Website.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Diabetes Week 14th – 20th June

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by morethan

Diabetes Week is an annual UK-wide campaign devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and to raise money to help fund research into the condition. More Than Mobility realises that living with diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle – but with the right help, information and care you can still get the most out of life.  This year national Diabetes Week runs from 14 June and reminds people with diabetes that they are not alone and is focused on all the things that people who have or care for someone with diabetes can do to make the most of life.

Diabetes UK estimated that there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition but don’t know about it.

CAROLINE’S STORY

Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her 30s, Caroline felt her world had ended. “It hit me very hard. I felt like I was left to fend for myself,” says Caroline.  Then Caroline discovered her Local Diabetes UK Group and decided she should attend because she didn’t know much about the condition and she didn’t know anyone else with diabetes.

There were 15 people in the group at the time and they held their meetings in a local church. Caroline admits that when she attended her first meeting she questioned whether it was right for her. But it didn’t take long for her to warm to the group, view the full story here.

There are also many other ways that Diabetes UK can help:

Dealing with diabetes can be daunting, whether you’re newly diagnosed, an old hand, or even if it’s someone you know who has the condition. Having someone to talk to can make all the difference

The healthy lifestyle roadshows help people find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes. They also provide information on eating well and being active for people at risk and also those living with the condition. 

Diabetes UK groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers, and typically meet on a monthly basis

If you want to meet other people living with diabetes, to share and learn in a relaxed and fun environment, then our events for children, young people and families with diabetes are for you

Diabetes UK Advocacy Service provides advocacy to people with diabetes on issues in connection with their diabetes. We also help friends, family and carers acting on behalf of people with diabetes

Find out about Diabetes UK’s activities in your local area

Here at More Than Mobility we don’t want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs. So do visit our website and take a look at some of our products on offer today!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility supporting Stroke Awareness Month!

Monday, May 11th, 2015 by morethan

More Than Mobility have been long supporters of The Stroke Association and this week marks the beginning of Stroke Awareness Month.

Organisers, The Stroke Association and More Than Mobility are keen to raise awareness for this campaign and there are a whole range of services and documents available for you if you know somebody who has had a stroke or if you yourself are recovering from having a stroke.

Visit the Talk Stroke page for support via a forum.  It’s a place where you can meet other people affected by strokes, share stories and experiences and find out what has worked for others, providing each other with support and information.  You can discuss the latest research, share fundraising ideas or how to get involved with campaigning.  Alternatively if you require specific information you can call the stroke helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email info@stroke.org.uk.

More Than Mobility would like to make your recovery from stroke as easy as possible, we stock a wide range of mobility products catered to recovering stroke patients. Visit the More Than Mobility website for Stairlifts and those crucial Daily Living Aids supporting you on the road to recovery.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

It’s Spring and Now Time To Check Your Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair Batteries!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by morethan

The sun is shining but before you go out for your leisurely ride through the fields or park; make sure to remember to double check your mobility scooter battery and your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. Looking after and regularly charging your batteries will increase the maximum performance of your mobility product. Batteries are likely to need replacing every 2- 3 years, although you may be able to use them for longer if you take care and check them regularly.

Some general advice for checking and maintain your batteries are:
  • Regularly charge your battery (ideally every day after use) and even if you are not using your mobility product we recommend that you charge the battery at least twice per week.
  • Do not interrupt charging. In other words, be sure that the batteries are fully charged before you take them off charge.  This can take up to 8 hours.
  • Only use the charger that has been supplied with your mobility scooter or powerchair. Using an incompatible battery charger is likely to be detrimental to battery life.
  • Dampness can be harmful to all batteries – If your mobility product gets sodden with rainwater, it is a good idea to remove the batteries and wipe them down with a dry cloth before replacing.
  • Extreme temperatures can have a very detrimental effect on the life of your batteries – so it is important that you store them in a suitable place if you are not going to use the vehicle for a prolonged period.

If you need help with servicing your mobility scooter or checking & replacing batteries do give us a

call on 0800 046 3949 and we can arrange for a local engineer to come to your home to repair, replace it or give your product an annual service. Not sure which battery you need for your Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair? When replacing your battery we have made life easier for you by creating a simple table which shows you the battery size you need, next to your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair make and model. Mobility Offer Extended! Finally we have extended our Spring £5 OFF when you spend over £100 on any mobility products until 30th April 2015. Please quote SPRING15 when ordering online or by phone to receive this offer.

Best wishes More Than Mobility Team www.morethanmobility.com

Get Out In Your Garden Now That British Summertime And Spring Are Here!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by morethan

British summertime begins

We have seen some surprisingly sunny weather lately and the daffodils are starting to come out which hopefully means that Spring has finally arrived.  Plus next weekend (29th March) the clocks will be going forward to mark the beginning of British Summer Time (BST) and there this means there will be more daylight in the evenings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).

Mobility scooter in summer

With the weather improving and more light in the evenings it is therefore time to get out and about and in the garden or visit the park.  The many health benefits of gardening and getting some fresh air are well recognised. Gardening can have a positive impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being and is useful in helping people with special needs, the elderly and infirm or people recovering from physical illness.

But beyond the physical benefits gardening also provides a work out for the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and can improve strength, endurance and flexibility. A garden can provide an oasis of calm and somewhere peaceful to escape to, helping restore a sense of balance and wellbeing. Just going outside is a great thing to get some fresh air which the benefits include:

  • Fresh air is good for digestion
  • Improves your blood pressure and heart rate
  • It makes you happier
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Fresh air cleans your lung
  • You will have more energy and sharper mind
  • Keep you mobile and active

More Than Mobility could not agree more, and we have some perfect mobility products and gardening tools to help you make the most of your garden or the park this Spring.

Easi_Grip_Garden toolsThe Easi Grip Garden Tools (fork, trowel and cultivator) are perfect for arthritis sufferers and minimises stress on the wrist. While the Garden Kneeler helps getting up and down to tend those plants especially in the wet weather.   Extremely sturdy and super comfortable when kneeling.

Our Mobility Scooters start from only £495! Great for getting out and about.  A mobility scooter can give you more energy because you won’t be using all your energy in trying to walk or push a traditional wheelchair.   You can choose from portable mobility scooters, pavement mobility scooter or the bigger 8mph road legal mobility scooters.

Best wishes
More Than Mobility
www.morethanmobility.com