Posts Tagged ‘stair-lifts’

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

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by morethan

stairliftTake back access to all of your home and never struggle with stairs again!  Why struggle with your stairs and feel limited in your own home, when a stair lift can give you back your freedom? 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 alternative.

Call us today for a FREE in home no obligation quote.   New stair lifts start from as little as £1,250 and can be installed within days.  All of our stair lifts have been independently tested and certified to comply with the newest European and Worldwide safety standard.

Here at More Than Mobility, we have three different types of stair lifts available for our customers to purchase:

  1. Straight Stair Lift - The straight stair lift is just as straightforward as it sounds. They are quick and easy to install, the elegant chair patterns and unobtrusive designs of the machines allow the stair lift to blend seamlessly into your home’s surroundings. Our Straight Stair Lift prices start from £1,250. Click here for more details
  2. Curved Stair Lift - The curved stair lifts on offer from More Than Mobility are designed for curved staircases. Our curved stair lifts are specifically designed with turns and curves in the rails, meaning they can tackle practically any staircase. Our Curved Stair Lift prices start from £3,800.Click here for more details
  3. Outdoor Stair Lift - Yes, a stair lift for outdoors! Our outdoor stair lifts are, as the name suggests, designed and manufactured specifically for outdoor staircases. 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 Lift prices start from £2,695. Click here for more details

Please visit us at www.morethanmobility.com where you can view all of our stair lifts and get some more information or give us a call on 0800 046 3949 to book a free no obligation quote.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

More Than Mobility Tips to Prevent Falls In Your Own Home

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by morethan

Having a fall in your home is frightening, horrible and can lead to serious injury especially amongst the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately amongst the elderly if someone has regular falls this can lead to a higher mortality rate.  Therefore it is really important, wherever possible that you look at ways to prevent falls occurring in the first place.

There are many ways to prevent falling just by making small changes around the home or doing exercises to strengthen muscles.  Take a look at our useful More Than Mobility Tips To Prevent Falls in your own home below.  Also making changes will help you to overcome any fear you may have of falling.

Also discuss any falls you have had with your GP and say if it’s had any impact on your health. Your GP can carry out some simplebalance tests to check whether you are at an increased risk of falling in the future.

Avoiding falls at home

Below are some useful tips for preventing falls in the home:

  • immediately mopping up spillages
  • removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • using non-slip mats and rugs especially in the bathroom or where there are wet surfaces
  • using high-wattage light bulbs in lamps and torches, so you can see clearly
  • use a night light on corridors to help see at night when popping to the toilet
  • getting help to do things that you’re unable to do safely on your own like installing grab bars or toilet rails in the bathroom
  • organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum, and to avoid bumping into things
  • installing a stair lift if you need to go up and down the stairs and are worried about falling on the stairs
  • using a walking stick, rollator or walking aid internally around the house to maintain your balance
  • not wearing loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
  • not walking on slippery floors in socks or tights and ensure you have the correctly fitting footwear
  • wearing well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle
  • taking care of your feet by trimming your toenails regularly and seeing a GP or chiropodist about any foot problems

Strength and balance training

Doing regular strength exercises and balance exercises can improve your strength and balance, and reduce your risk of having a fall. This can take the form of simple activities such as walking and dancing, or specialist training programmes.

Many community centres and local gyms offer specialist training programmes for older people. Exercises that can be carried out at home are also available. Your GP can help with this.

Read more about physical activity guidance for older adults.

Medication review

If you’re taking long-term medication, your GP should review your medicines at least once a year to make sure they’re still right for you. It’s particularly important that your medicines are reviewed if you’re taking four or more medicines a day.

Your GP may recommend alternative medication or lower doses if they feel the side effects increase your chances of having a fall. In some cases, it may be possible for the medication to be stopped.

See your GP or practice nurse if you haven’t had your medicines reviewed for more than a year, or if you’re concerned that the medications you or a relative are taking may increase the risk of falling.

Sight tests

You should make an appointment to have a sight test if you’re concerned that poor vision (even when wearing glasses) is increasing your risk of having a fall.

Find an optician near you.

Home hazard assessment

You can request a home hazard assessment if you’re concerned that you or a relative may be at risk of having a fall, or if you know someone who has recently had a fall. As well as identifying potential hazards, the aim of a home hazard assessment is to explore how a person’s actual use of the environment affects their risk of falling. A healthcare professional with experience in fall prevention will visit you or your relative’s home to identify potential hazards and advise on how to deal with them.

For example, as the bathroom is a common place where falls occur, many older people can benefit from having grab bars fitted to the inside of their bath to make it easier for them to get in and out.

Fitting a discreet monitoring package may also be recommended, so that you or your relative can signal for help in the event of a fall. An alternative would be to keep a mobile phone within reach, so it’s possible to phone for help after having a fall.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people.

Avoiding alcohol or reducing the amount you drink can reduce your risk of having a fall. Excessive drinking can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

More Than Mobility supplies a range of mobility products to help with fall prevention around your home including walking aids, stair lifts, grab bars and toilet rails so do take a look at our website or call us on 0800 046 3949 for further advice.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Adapting Your Home To Stay Independent

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by morethan

If you, or someone living with you in your property, has a disability, an adaptation may help you to live more comfortably in your home.  Even simple equipment can mean the difference between living independently and needing someone to look after you.

You can buy your own equipment, but a social worker or occupational therapist can help make decisions about the equipment that would be most helpful and major work such as providing an extension, ground floor toilet or installing a lift

Type of adaptation work can include:

  • widening doors or installing ramps
  • minor work such as fitting a handrail, ramp or shower
  • providing a specially adapted room in which it is safe to leave a disabled person unattended
  • installing a stair lift so there is better access to a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom
  • installing a downstairs bathroom or wet room
  • improving or installing a heating system which is suitable for the disabled person
  • adapting heating or lighting controls so that they are easier to use by a disabled person

How to get help with your adaptations?

If you are in a housing executive or housing association tenant

If you are living in a housing executive or housing association tenant, there will be no cost for the adaptation and your rent is unlikely to be increased unless substantial structural additions are made to your house. Your landlord, i.e. local district office or housing association will be able to advise you.

If you own your own home or if you live in a privately rented house

If you own your own home or live in a privately rented house your local Health and Personal Social Services Trust may be able to provide small minor works and lifts free of charge. You may also be eligible for grant aid (Disabled Facilities Grant or Home Repair Assistance Grant) towards the cost of adaptations which are not carried out by the Health Trusts. Landlords can also apply provided there is a person with permanent disability either living in the house or intending to live in the house once adaptation work has been completed.

The aim of the grants system is to provide financial help for those who can least afford to pay for having their home altered or improved. The amount of Disabled Facilities or Home Repair Assistance Grant you get will depend upon the cost of adaptations and your ability to pay for them. Therefore the amount of grant you will be given will be calculated by a form of means test called a Test of Resources (TOR). Where a Disabled Facility Grant is in respect of a dependent child the parents/guardians should not be subject to a Test of Resources assessment. Your local Grants Officer will be able to advise you further on this.

The grants office will work out how much you are able to pay towards the cost of the works. The amount of grant you receive, if any, will be the difference between the amount you need to pay and the total cost of the work eligible for grant.

If you want a rough idea of what you might need to pay, use our Ready Reckoner:  The maximum grant you may be given is £25,000 for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Under the Home Repair Assistance Grant you can get assistance up to a maximum of £5,000 over a three year period.

More Than Mobility has an extensive range of mobility products suited toadapting the home including handrails, ramps, stair-lifts and bathing aids. Do take a look at our website on the latest mobility products and services available.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobity.com