Posts Tagged ‘wheelchairs’

What to do if you get your powerchair wet?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 by morethan

One our of electric wheelchair/powerchair manufacturer’s (Pride Mobility) put together this useful article on what to do if you get your powerchair wet.  Particular useful at the moment with the unpredictable weather and April showers so we wanted to share this with you below.  If you do have any issues or need some advice please do call us on 0800 046 3949.

“In the real world, water is a fact of life. Weather is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. You can be out with your powerchair and suddenly, a rain or snow shower hits! Plus, even after a storm is over, there may be large puddles or piles of snow in the roads or on the pavement . It’s important to understand how water affects electric wheelchairs. By taking action following contact with water, you can preserve the life and performance of your power wheelchair.

When faced with sudden inclement weather, there are a few things you can do. Depending on the severity and heaviness of the rain or snow, we recommend finding shelter until the storm passes. Try to avoid large puddles. Your powerchair is equipped with electronics, and direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness may cause a motorized wheelchair to malfunction electronically and mechanically. Water can cause the electrical components to corrode and the frame of your electric wheelchair to rust.

If your power wheelchair encounters water:
  1. Thoroughly dry your powerchair with a towel as soon as possible; Wipe down all surfaces of the chair
  2. Allow your powerchair to sit in a warm, dry place for 12 hours to allow unseen water to evaporate
  3. Check the operation of the joystick and the brakes before using your electric wheelchair again
  4. If you find any inconsistencies, take your power wheelchair to your provider
You should periodically examine your motorized wheelchair for signs of corrosion caused by water exposure, bodily fluid exposure, or incontinence. Any damaged components should be replaced or treated immediately, so contact your authorized provider for service.

There are some other things you can do to further protect your electric wheelchair. Some consumers carry plastic bags with them. When a sudden shower hits, they cover their controller or joystick with the plastic bag to protect it from the rain or snow. Also, it’s a good idea to check the weather before you leave the house. If the forecast is calling for wet weather, consider changing your plans or staying home.

By understanding the effects of moisture and taking steps to reduce exposure, you ensure that your power chair remains in peak condition for optimal performance.”

Best wishes

More Than Mobility
www.morethanmobility.com

Mobility Products For International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 by morethan

The 11th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held International Brain Tumour Alliancefrom Saturday, 21st October to Saturday, 28th October. The International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) is a unique global network for brain tumour patient and carer groups around the world. They work alongside, and represent, members of our community – including researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals – to engage in advocacy, to raise awareness and to share information. Please visit their website for more information on Brain Tumours.

brain tumour weekThe 11th Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours will be held between 1 January and 31 December 2017. People are encouraged to undertake sponsored or unsponsored walks to raise awareness about brain tumours and to symbolically “donate” the mileage covered to the World Walk target of circling the Earth at the Equator (24,901 miles or 40,075 kms).

The IBTA does not wish to receive any funds raised by these walks or by other brain tumour awareness-raising activities. Funds raised should be donated to a local or national brain tumour support or research activity.

Organisations and individuals taking part in Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours can download a logo (shown right) to promote their walk here.

Mobility Products for Brain Tumour Sufferers

If you or somebody you know sufferers from a brain tumour please visit our website for a range of mobility products we stock everything from transit wheelchairs, electric power chairs, walking aids, daily living aids, bathing aids to walk in showers.

Wheelchairs from £99!wheelchair

Transit wheelchairs, or push wheelchairs, are designed for the mobility sufferer to be pushed by a companion; with four small, caster type wheels for easy motion and manoeuvring.  Light and compact. Prices from £99.

go chairGo Chair

This recently updated Pride Go Chair has been designed to be highly portable, lightweight and will quickly and conveniently disassemble into five manageable pieces to fit into most vehicles.  Improved agility and stability.  10 miles range and user weight up to 21 stone. Price £1,295

J600ES Power chairjazzy powerchair

The Jazzy J600ES power chair offers outstanding performance, excellent control and stability.  Its compact design and Active-Trac ATX Full Suspension allow this power chair to excel both indoors and outdoors making it a perfect all round power chair choice. 18 miles range.  Price £1,995

disability aids

Daily Living Aids from £2.99!

Finally we have 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.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

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

Wheelchair Tennis This Summer

Monday, July 10th, 2017 by morethan

Wimbledon Tennis Championships have begun and all eyes are yet again on Andy Murray and Jo Konta!    However we should not forget the growing popularity of wheelchair tennis and the ROMA SPORT National Wheelchair Tennis Series which caters for players of all abilities and is the entry-level tier of tournaments for wheelchair players in Great Britain.

All events are run by experienced, local organisers with the support of the Tennis Foundation. These tournaments are a great way to meet other wheelchair players in your region and give you the chance to test your game at a competitive level.

For new players, every tournament will have a novice division that is only for players who haven’t competed before, and will be a fun, supportive way to try out playing competitively for the first time.

The players with a bit more experience can enter the main draw and are able to gain points at each tournament according to their finishing position. At the end of year awards will be given to the top ranked male and female players in both singles and doubles.

Please click here for more information and the calendar of 2017 Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournaments.

Also if you are need of a new transit or self-propelled wheelchair please take a look at our More Than Mobility website as we have great offers on standard, lightweight and comfortable transit push wheelchair and self-propelling wheelchairs so do take a look at our range onlinePrices start from as little as £99!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

NEW Powerchairs & Electric Wheelchairs Available!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by morethan

If you struggle to get around, whether in your home or outdoors, it may be a good idea to invest in top quality electric wheelchair or powerchair. More Than Mobility is one of the leading suppliers of electric wheelchairs and mobility products in the UK, from some of the biggest manufacturers and we have recently added 6 NEW power chair models to our range.

See below for more information on these new powerchairs from folding options to compact or more enhanced powerchairs that elevate up whilst you are moving.

Foldable Powerchairs

Cirrus Powerchair

The Cirrus electric wheelchair is a versatile, affordable option that is lightweight and foldable making it ideal for transporting.   Comes standard with a seat belt, seat cushion with pouch for easy storage, adjustable swing away footrests with calf straps, and adjustable tension back upholstery. Max 15 miles range and 21 stone weight limit. Price:  £1,250

I-Go Folding Powerchair
This NEW unique folding powerchair from Pride features an advanced folding technology enabling it to be quickly transported with ease and designed to fit inside any small space or car boot.  Front suspension and perfect for an active individual for getting out and about. Price: £1,995

Compact Powerchairs

Titan Powerchair

This front wheel drive Titan Powerchair is a comfortable and stylish option that’s easy to manoeuvre. Its compact size makes it perfect for those on the go – suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Max 15 miles range and user weight up to 21 stone.  Price £1,250

Go Chair – NEW updated model

This recently updated Pride Go Chair has been designed to be highly portable, lightweight and will quickly and conveniently disassemble into five manageable pieces to fit into most vehicles.  Improved agility and stability.  10 miles range and user weight up to 21 stone. Price £1,295

J600ES Powerchair

The Jazzy J600ES powerchair offers outstanding performance, excellent control and stability.  Its compact design and Active-Trac ATX Full Suspension allow this powerchair to excel both indoors and outdoors making it a perfect all round powerchair choice. 18 miles range.  Price £1,995

More Enhanced Powerchairs

Rascal Rialto Powerchair

The Rascal Riatlo mid wheel drive powerchair offers configurable options normally found on higher cost models.   Crash tested and multi-size and position seating options. Price £1,950

Jazzy Air Powerchair – elevates up to 10” whilst on the move

NEW unique powerchair which allows you to stay at eye level with friends and family – offering enhanced independence and social confidence too.   The innovative one touch “air” elevation function raises you up to 10” in 16 seconds – even while you are on the move.  Full suspension and choice of seat width and max 18 miles range. Price £2,850

Please visit our website we have a huge range of power chairs and mobility scooters.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter Ramps

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by morethan

For those individuals and families dealing with the day to day issues of having a disability; disabled wheelchair and mobility scooter ramps are incredibly beneficial as they allow ease of access through doors with a raised step or help putting a mobility scooter or wheelchair in the back of a car.

Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Ramps can help to increase your quality of life and allow you to get out and about and continue to live an active lifestyle.   There are various types available from portable roll-up ramps to more solid, heavy installations. Ramps assist in providing the elderly or disabled with greater mobility and independence. A disabled ramp is one of the most common provisions made by homebuilders for owners.

Here at More Than Mobility we stock a range of high quality ramps at very affordable prices:

Single Fold Aluminium Suitcase Ramps

These single fold aluminium ramps will always make life that little bit easier. They are high quality, corrosion resistant ramps which can be easily folded and carried like a suitcase.  Sold in various lengths from 2” to 6”.  Price from £85.00

Door Wedge Ramp

An ultra-lightweight wedge shaped ramp, designed to allow wheelchair and mobility scooters to overcome thresholds, patio and french doors.  Available in 3 standard heights. Price £175


6ft Smart Ramps

Designed for use with wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters. The ramps can be used to obtain safe access to motor vehicles, buildings and other inaccessible locations.   Folds in half for ease of storage and carry’s like a suitable when not in use.  Price £295


Flat Panel Scooter and Wheelchair Ramps

A one piece single panel ramp.  Lightweight, ultra-strong ramp, the ideal solution to provide access to buildings, for either residential or commercial applications. The Flat Panel Ramp is easy to position, handle and transport, it has a unique slip-resistant surface and a quality paint finish. Price £180


7” Telescopic Channel Ramp
These telescopic two-piece ramps extend to 7” and allows a wheelchair to travel up steps, over door thresholds or up into the back of vehicles. Price £195

Please see our website for our other mobility products including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Dancing for Exercise!

Monday, April 24th, 2017 by morethan

At More Than Mobility we are big fans of music and dancing and we believe it can be a great stress reliever! From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and BBC3’s Dancing on Wheels.

Regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination, and beating stress.

One of the best things about dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a good workout.

Before you start

Most accredited dance schools hold beginners’ courses and welcome people with disabilities. Dance schools are friendly and a great way to socialise.

Classes can cost as little as £5 – £10 for a 90-minute session. If the first class you try falls short of your expectations, don’t be put off. It’s worth trying a few different classes until you find the right one for you.

Find a dance class

BBC3’s Dancing on Wheels has done wonders for the sport of wheelchair dancing and raised its profile as a recreational activity. Wheelchair dancing is open to people of all abilities, including mixed ability dance partners. For more information and to find a class near you, visit the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association.

If you are looking for a new wheelchair then do take a look at our range of transit wheelchairs and self-propelling wheelchairs that start from as little as £99!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

The Paralympic Games Has Finally Begun!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 by morethan

How exciting the Paralympic Games has finally begun this week in Rio with a spectacular opening ceremony and now the Great Britain are hoping to surpass their London 2012 medal haul, when they won 120 medals.

From the first few day’s action and with Dame Sarah Storey winning her record breaking 12th gold medal on the cycle track last night; it is looking well on track (no pun intended!).  Here are at More Than Mobility we wish all the elite athletes from GB and across the world the best of luck.  You can only do your best and we know you will do your nations proud!

Click here to view the official Rio Paralympic Schedule.  If you want to watch the Paralympics on TV then Channel 4 are the official Paralympic TV broadcaster whilst BBC Radio 5 Live will also cover the events on the radio.   Do take a look at Channel 4 or BBC disability sport website for a day by day guide so you know when the medals will be won, and which events to monitor closely.

great to see that our own Prince Harry has made a donation to help Brazilian children watch the Rio Paralympics! The #FillTheSeats campaign is working with Paralympics organisers to buy 10,000 tickets for local children. A former soldier, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games – a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women – in 2014 and is a keen supporter of the Paralympic Games.

After the negative press leading up to the Rio Paralympic Games including the concerns around slow seat ticket sales; it was

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Wimbledon and how to get involved in Wheelchair Tennis

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by morethan

The most famous tennis championships have begun this week at Wimbledon and all eyes are on Andy Murray to see if he can become the men’s single champion once again.   To keep up to date with the latest news and scores you can visit the official website of the Wimbledon championships:

However it is not all about the Andy Murray and Jo Konta as during the championship the exciting game of wheelchair tennis events also take place.  Also for the first time ever there will be a wheelchair singles competition for both men and women to compliment the double wheelchair tennis events that have taken place for the last 10 years.

This is a great step forward and all of us here at More Than Mobility wish the competitors the best – especially the British ones!

Get involved in wheelchair tennis this summer!

However wheelchair tennis is not just for the elite and you too can get involved in this fast and exciting game!    See below on the rules and how to get involved.

A fully integrated sport, wheelchair tennis is similar to the able bodied game with the only modification being that an athlete can allow the ball to bounce twice before it is hit.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a permanent mobility related physical disability which results in substantial loss of function in one or both lower limbs is eligible to play wheelchair tennis. All disabled athletes compete together in singles or doubles events which makes the sportexciting due to the mix of disabilities. However, there are separate singles and doubles events for quadriplegics who have impairment in all four limbs.

How do I get involved – what’s near me?

For more information and to see what opportunities are near you and how to get involved please visit ITFTennis website.

Also further information is available at The Tennis Foundation or visit the WheelPower website.

More Than Mobility Wheelchair Offers!

To take part in wheelchair tennis you will need a specially adapted wheelchair which currently we don’t provide.  However here at More Than Mobility do have some great offer on standard, lightweight and comfortable transit push wheelchair and self-propelling wheelchairs so do take a look at our range onlinePrices start from as little as £99!

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