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Ableworld hosts Jubilee Raffle in aid to help local Care Home!

This entry was posted in June 7, 2022

Jubilee Raffle Winner

Ableworld Crewe hosted a Jubilee Raffle whereby a lucky customer was in with the chance to win a luxury Jubilee Hamper and a FREE Uccello Tipping Kettle worth £60!

Karen Preece, Store Manager at Ableworld Crewe said that she'd like all proceedings of the raffle to go to Cypress Court Care Home located on Broad Street in Crewe.

Entries were just £1 and with over hundreds of entrants, Karen managed to make over £100! Cypress Court were thrilled when they received the call regarding the donation. 

The lucky customer to win the luxury Jubilee Hamper was Mr Bell. He was over the moon!

Happy Brewing Mr Bell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diabetes Awareness Week 2022

This entry was posted in June 6, 2022

Diabetes Awareness Week

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high. It can happen when your body doesn't produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces isn't effective. Or, when your body can't produce any insulin at all. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to managing your diabetes and stay healthy.

Types of Diabetes:

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

When you've got type 1 diabetes, you can't make any insulin at all. If you've got type 2 diabetes, it's a bit different. The insulin you make either can't work effectively, or you can't produce enough of it. They're different conditions, but both serious.

Other types of diabetes include gestational diabetes, which some women may go on to develop during pregnancy. And there are many other rarer types of diabetes such as type 3c and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA).

In all types of diabetes, glucose can't get into your cells properly, so it begins to build up in your blood. And too much glucose in your blood causes a lot of different problems. 

What causes Diabetes?

What all types of diabetes have in common is that they cause people to have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. But we all need some glucose. It's what gives us energy. We get glucose when our bodies break down the carbohydrates that we eat or drink. And that glucose is released into our blood. We also need a hormone called insulin. It's made by our pancreas, and it's insulin that allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. If you don't have diabetes, your pancreas senses when glucose has entered your bloodstream and releases the right amount of insulin, so the glucose can get into your cells. But if you have diabetes, this system doesn't work.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

The common symptoms of diabetes include: Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night, being really thirsty, feeling more tired, losing weight without trying to, cuts and wounds take longer to heal, blurred vision. Here is some more information about the signs and symptoms of diabetes, as well as advice about what to do if you have some.

Diabetes complications:

Over a long period of time, high glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet and your kidneys. These are known as the complications of diabetes. 

But with the right treatment and care, people can live a healthy life. And there's much less risk that someone will experience these complications.  Find out more about the different types of complications, and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing them.

At Ableworld, we have a variety of diabetic socks available. They work just like regular socks but have an incorporated stretch technology which gives 50% more stretch across the entire sock. 

If you're looking for guidance on living with diabetes or are worried you might have diabetes. Email [email protected] or call 0345 123 2399. 

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Our Southampton Mobility & Stairlift Superstore is here to help!

This entry was posted in June 1, 2022

 Ableworld Southampton Mobility

The team at Ableworld Southampton Mobility & Stairlift Superstore are extremely approachable, friendly and are ready to help you with all of your mobility needs.

Our Southampton Mobility Superstore is located on Portsmouth Road, opposite the bus station and close to Woolston Railway Station. We have great customer parking at the rear of the store, and we are also on several main bus routes, making it easy to visit us in-store.

Our aim at our Southampton Mobility Superstore is to give you a relaxed and pleasurable shopping experience with absolutely no pressure selling or obligation to buy. In our superstore we stock a variety of mobility products, such as mobility scooters, riser recliner chairs, and many different types of daily living aids. Our store features an extensive Stairlift demonstration area, as well as room to fully demonstrate all of our larger mobility products to our customers. We provide full home demonstrations on the operation of scooters, rise/recliner chairs, wheelchairs, bath lifts and stairlifts and much more. We have almost every type of mobility product in-store, ensuring you will be getting the right products for your needs.

Within our Southampton Store we have an extremely dedicated Engineering team who can provide all forms of Stairlift services, such as installations, repair or servicing. We provide no pressure or obligation quotation, although if you wish to continue with your stairlift it can often be fitted the next day.

If you or a loved one struggle to visit us in-store, then please let us know and we can arrange for a home demonstration as long as it's within a 30-mile radius of our stores.

Our Southampton Mobility & Stairlift Superstore is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. 

We look forward to welcoming you into our Southampton store soon!

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Ableworld donates wheelchair to Ukrainian refugee!

This entry was posted in May 25, 2022

Wheelchair Donation

 

When Russian President, Vladimir Putin launched his offensive into the sovereign nation of Ukraine in February, it's not only created violent international conflict that has pitted Ukrainians against Russians, its also generated a widespread humanitarian crisis.

As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, more than 4.2 million Ukrainians have fled their homeland since the Russian invasion began. Neighbouring countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Moldova have opened their borders to these refugees' seeking safety from the Russian troops. A total of 10 million people, 1 in 4 Ukrainians have left their homes, including those who are now internally displaced. This is one of Europe's biggest mass migrations since World War II. 

Hope Church in Crewe have been working tirelessly with volunteers to help get donations to those who need it most from the displacement. Lauren got in contact with our Crewe store regarding a refugee called Anya from Mykolaiv who needed a wheelchair to help her be mobile again.

Ableworld strive to support local charities where possible, offering help and support to others in need. So, when approached by Lauren, we were more than happy to help! Ableworld donated a transit aluminium wheelchair worth more than £250! We're thrilled to help get Anya out and about again!

 

 

 

 

 

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Arthritis Awareness Month

This entry was posted in May 20, 2022

Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is a common condition. Yet while many older individuals face pain, limited mobility, and other challenges related to arthritis, there's still much to be learned about this condition. 

To help raise awareness, Ableworld is joining other healthcare organisations to recognise Arthritis Awareness Month this May. Here, we'll take a close look at this condition, its symptoms, and what you or loved ones can do to minimise its effects.

What is Arthritis?

There are thought to be 10 million people with some form of arthritis in the UK. It is the most common cause of disability and it can affect people of all ages not just older people. The word "arthritis" means 'inflammation in the joints'. Inflammation can be thought of as being like a bruise with swelling on the inside of the joints, and this can cause pain and stiffness.

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is often wrongly called "wear and tear" arthritis and is more common in older people. 

In a joint with osteoarthritis, minor injury triggers the body's healing process. This can cause the build-up of fluid inside the joint and the formation of new bone leading to swelling. Chemicals in the joint fluid can lead to thinning of the joint cartilage. One reason for the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis is thought to be due to nerve endings in and around the joint becoming more sensitive. These nerve endings can sometimes become more sensitive and can then continue to cause pain, even when the original cause of pain has settled.

The next most common types of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system attacks the joints, causing swelling, pain and stiffness, and gout which is caused by crystals of uric acid irritating the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout are two examples of "inflammatory arthritis" but there are many other forms.

Did you know?

  • Women are three times more likely to be affected than men
  • Arthritis can sometimes run in families, especially rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the fingers
  • People with arthritis claim their joints can predict the weather
  • Broccoli and cauliflower are known to help prevent the development of arthritis
  • Drinking tea could lower your risk of getting arthritis

For many, increased physical activity can improve functioning and reduce pain by up to 40%. It's recommended that adults with arthritis should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week or about 30 minutes of birks walking five days a week. For those who cannot walk for 30 minutes, short 10-minute walks throughout the day also help.

Arthritis Awareness Month is a great time to learn more about arthritis, how it affects the people in your life, and what can be done to support them. At Ableworld, we have numerous supports available designed to help those people with arthritis. 

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