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Ableworld Reach New Heights with First TV Advert in Stockport

This entry was posted in General February 14, 2018

Ableworld are proud to announce that we have undertaken our first TV advert which goes live in the Stockport, Greater Manchester area today!

Ableworld has continued to expand since it was founded in 2001 and we now have 34 stores across the UK to ensure we can help as many customers as possible to find the right mobility aids so they can maintain their independence. We put our customers at the heart of everything we do and are really pleased that our first TV advert can show more customers that not only do we care about each and every customer, we can also provide free advice and mobility aids at value for money prices.

Ableworld are proud to be recognised as an ethical trader, endorsed by Which Trusted Traders, to give our customers the confidence that we are here to help. We provide a wide range of mobility aids with the aim of helping our customers maintain their independence. We do not pressure sell to our customers and are available to offer free advice about all of our mobility aids to ensure you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

Michelle Mossford, Senior Marketing Manager said “We are really pleased with the advert, which has allowed Ableworld to take our marketing activity to a whole new level. We have been fully supported by a TV production company and Digital Marketing Agency in creating our first advert for Sky TV.” 

The advert is targeted to customers in Stockport, as we have a local store at 315 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 7NL. Our store team consisting of Carol, Kay and Jake are all very excited to greet any new customers who see the advert. The advert features prices from our Winter Sale which is Now On in Stockport store and finishes 25th March 2018.

If you have any questions about any of the mobility equipment or services we can provide please call us on Freephone 0800 470 1587

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Love Independence ♥ Love Mobility ♥ Love Ableworld

This entry was posted in General January 30, 2018

Love Mobility

Here at Ableworld we pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our customers, and we love to be able to shout about it. Our 34 stores work tirelessly to ensure we help as many customers as possible finding the right mobility aid for their needs and ensuring they can continue to enjoy their life.

2017 was a great year for Ableworld and we have our fantastic customers to thank for that up and down the UK. We wanted to take the opportunity to share with you the bits that we loved the most.

We launched 3 new stores last year; in Bournemouth, on the South coast of England, Stockport on the outskirts of Manchester and Southport in Merseyside. All of these stores got off to a great start thanks to all of our lovely customers helping to support our launch, and understanding that our staff really do care about their needs. We get a great satisfaction knowing that we are helping people on a daily basis, whether that be with free advice, mobility aids at affordable prices, or just going the extra mile to help someone in need, we love being able to help.

Not only did we launch three new stores, we also undertook an amazing transformation of our Newport store. Extending the store and the range we can offer our customers in the Newport, Telford and Shropshire areas.

We strengthened our brand with the addition of being dedicated to becoming Which Trusted Traders for all of our stores. We received the endorsement at the end of 2016 and have loved being able to shout about such a great achievement so far in 2017. We are endorsed as an Approved Service for the installation, repair and service of the mobility aids we provide, ensuring our customers have the peace of mind that all of our engineers are here to help get the most out of your mobility aids by fixing broken parts, offering free advice, or providing value for money solutions for any replacements you may need.

We Love Ableworld Events ♥

We have been able to attend and organise many events throughout 2017 all of which have been well loved by our customers and staff. We introduced Reconnecting Generations this year, bringing together younger and older generations to share moments and make memories together. These events have been amazing, and so satisfying watching these two generations interact together. We love being able to put a smile on the faces of people living in care homes, or children visiting from a local nursery by sharing music, snacks and stories about what they enjoy doing in their own time. Many of the older residents commented that it made them feel younger, and they loved being able to join in with their new friends.

We also hosted more of our scooter proficiency events, giving people the confidence to use their mobility equipment safely in a secure environment, providing them with information including a free highway code and little tips ensuring they love using their mobility equipment as often as they need to in the future.

We Love Giving back to Charity ♥

At Christmas we were able to support a local hospital with their shoeboxes for the elderly appeal. We asked customers and staff to support the initiative by making up shoeboxes of gifts including puzzle books, pens, chocolates and gifts to show anyone who was spending Christmas in hospital, and possibly alone, that someone does still care about them and we loved being part of such a great success, donating over 50 shoeboxes.

All of our staff love being able to come up with ideas of how we can help customers on a daily basis and this year we have been inundated with images of happy customers around our stores and amazing reviews about how our staff have helped customers. We love to hear these stories and see the pictures of how we have helped someone regain their independence.

One of the most rewarding initiatives that we continue to run is surprising our un-suspecting customers with gifts, good gestures or giving them their money back in our amazing prize draws and this year we have been able to provide more of these great moments back to our customers than ever before. We have lucky winners who won back the price of their road scooters, including customers from Rhyl in North Wales, and Stockport. We have also surprised customers with their money back for their new stairlift purchase including customers from Darlington in the North East, Broxburn near Edinburgh and Cardiff in Wales – we love seeing their faces when we surprise them with their money back.Love Independence

Our dedicated staff in our stores, head office teams and directors have all enjoyed going the extra mile for our customers and local charities in 2017. Including one of our Directors climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and raising over £2500 for his nominated charities. Ableworld supported, and helped to deliver a colour run for a local school raising around £2000 for the school and a local prostate cancer charity. Stores and head office have also taken part in many bake off challenges, Christmas jumper days and sponsored events for a variety of charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, Save the Children and local charities.

We cannot thank you our customers enough for supporting us over the past year, whether you have shopped with us, attended an event, followed us on social media or picked up the phone and asked us a question, we really wouldn’t have been able to do any of these great things without you!

We have already made a great start to 2018, and look forward to making it another year to remember. If you have an image you want to share or a story to tell us, we would love to hear from you – just give us a call on drop us an email at [email protected] 

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Ageing and Sleep

This entry was posted in General January 25, 2018

As we get older, our sleep patterns change, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Whilst our sleep patterns change throughout our life span, our sleep needs do not. Sleep occurs in multiple stages of active dreaming (REM), light and deep sleep. As we age, we spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep, meaning we might wake up more often during the night and feel more tired during the day as a result. As well as having fragmented sleep, experiencing a decline in REM sleep and taking longer to fall asleep, seniors also tend to become more tired earlier in the evenings and wake up earlier in the morning; this phenomenon is called advanced sleep phase syndrome. Another common phenomenon amongst seniors is that of insomnia, which may be present because of different reasons such as day napping, caffeine, medications and more. When suffering from insomnia, or any other sleep problems, it is always a good idea to speak to a doctor about the symptoms that you might be experiencing. Sleep is an important part of our life and it is fundamental to know how we can improve its quality through day to day activities, especially as we get older. Below are some tips on how to have a better night’s sleep.

Bed Quality

This is an important factor towards achieving a restful and comfortable night’s sleep; having the correct bed and mattress is something that can significantly impact your sleep pattern and quality. Choosing a bed that is right for you can be difficult, however, with a little help from our trained staff, the answer can be made much clearer. Not only does the right bed and mattress improve your sleep, it has also been linked to lowering stress-levels such as, nervousness, irritability, headaches, worrying thoughts, trembling and more. As we age, it is vital that we remain mentally healthy, as well as physically healthy. Our desire for a good night’s sleep shouldn't be compromised, options such as electric beds and orthopaedic beds can be a great solution for many. Adjustable beds can ensure a comfortable night’s sleep as they are specifically designed to relieve aches and pains such as muscle strain. They can also be adjusted quickly and easily to suit your comfort preferences and are proven to help with problems such as sleep apnea, heartburn, acid reflux, snoring and more; all of which can impair sleep.

Incontinence

Although incontinence is sometimes seen as an embarrassing topic, it can be comforting to know that a lot more people experience this issue than we may presume. In the United Kingdom, between 3 and 6 million people suffer from incontinence and many of them suffer in silence. Admitting that there is an issue and seeking advice are crucial steps, as incontinence can cause a great deal of discomfort and really affect your sleep. When struggling with incontinence it is important to remember that it is a very common issue and, for this reason, there are many options available for you to lead an active, comfortable and regular lifestyle. Continence pads and pants, for example, are a great and simple option to help manage this issue during the day and at night, as they ensure a more restful sleep by taking away the discomfort and worry of leaks. Other solutions that can help with bedtime incontinence are mattress covers and bed pads. Each will mean that you can have an uninterrupted sleep, without the worry of discomfort due to incontinence.                         

Nutrition

Research has shown that certain foods we consume interfere with sleep, such as products containing high caffeine levels as an obvious example. With an estimated 50% of those over the age of 65 suffering from sleeping difficulties, nutrition can seriously affect this figure. Changing or maintaining a healthy diet, full of nutrients, improves our brain’s health and in-turn means we are more likely to achieve a good night's sleep. Eating a healthy and balanced diet allows the body to absorb nutrients that provide the brain with a positive chemical environment; this is what is needed to produce neurotransmitters which are required to maintain an adequate sleep pattern. Not only is what we eat important for our sleep, but when we consume food too. Eating three hours before bed is often seen as the best option as you shouldn’t feel too hungry or full before you go to sleep. Going to sleep on an empty stomach on one hand, can cause a drop in your blood sugars, promoting insomnia and fragmented sleep. On the other hand, having a full stomach means your body is using a lot of energy for your digestion, leaving you restless. Food choices help to regulate our circadian rhythm over 24 hours, which keeps our body clock running, making us function effectively. A healthy metabolism is important and keeping a fairly consistent eating schedule can also improve your sleep.

Social Engagement and Sunlight

Previous studies have shown that older adults who participate in social engagement sleep better than others who do not. Although these are factors that we tend not to link together, just like health and diet choices, social activity can also have significant impact on sleep, especially when it comes to seniors. Along with social engagements, sunlight is one of the most influential external factors to affect sleep. Light affects our internal clock through light sensitive cells in the retina of our eyes. These cells tell the brain whether it is daytime or nighttime and sets our sleep patterns accordingly. Natural sunlight works with our bodies, however the amount of artificial light we now come into contact with can potentially impact our sleep pattern negatively. Both social engagement and the intake of natural sunlight can boost positive energy levels and work with our natural body clock which is a likely way to improve sleep pattern. Considering joining local social groups, possibly those who take place outdoors, could largely improve your quality of sleep.

At Ableworld we know how difficult it is to find the right products for your needs. Our highly trained staff will be happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for at the best price, use our store locator to find a branch near you.

 

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Managing Diabetes During Winter

This entry was posted in General December 20, 2017

Managing diabetes can be an everyday struggle, as nutrition and blood sugars always have to be under control. It is a condition that is often harder to manage during the winter period, as the immune system is attacked and cold temperatures can affect the blood sugar levels and the safety of extremities.

In the UK 4 million people live with the condition, the majority of them suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that causes the blood sugar levels to spike above average. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 where the immune system destroys the body’s insulin-producing cells and Type 2 where not enough insulin is produced by the body.

Here are some helpful tips if you are struggling this winter.

Protect extremities

Extremities, such as hands and feet are always the most vulnerable for people suffering from diabetes. When the temperature drops, there could be long-term issues ahead. If your hands are too cold, as it is often the case during winter, it might be increasingly hard for you to check your blood sugars, as less blood reaches your fingers. Wearing gloves is the most obvious solution to the problem.

Cold air and temperature can be a problem for your feet as well, which are more prone to cracking and dryness and eventually wounds and infections. For this reason, it is important for everybody suffering from diabetes to apply extra care to their feet during the winter period, using appropriate footwear and socks and moisturising them regularly.

Exercise

Frequent exercise is a necessity for all diabetes sufferers, however, seeing early sunsets and snowy streets might convince some people to abandon their exercise routine in favour of big blankets and naps. When struggling with diabetes, it is important to never abandon your exercise routine, as this could negatively affect your blood sugar levels.

Exercise is especially good when dealing with winter blues. As the festive period is often stressful, exercise can clear your mind as well as help your body. Find exercise routines that you love such as swimming, tennis or Pilates and it won’t feel like something you have to do. If prioritising exercise is becoming too hard, incorporate it into your daily routine, walking to work or to the town centre instead of driving.

Keep your insulin out of the cold

Insulin freezes under extreme temperatures and the cold can affect the efficiency of your blood sugar monitor, for this reason, it is always a good idea to protect them. This can be done by keeping your insulin pen or pump close to your body heat and making sure the monitor is the protected in a case.

Check your blood levels

Extreme temperatures affect your blood sugar levels, for this reason, you should never guess your insulin supply, also known as basal rate, with the change of season. Always test it and if your blood sugar levels change, the basal rate should be altered accordingly, so contact your healthcare professional for more information.

 

Strengthen your immune system

During the winter period everyone’s immune system is weakened and we all need stronger defences to fight illness and infection. As Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which attacks the immune system, sufferers need to be particularly careful with their natural defences. When diabetics get ill, their blood sugar levels spike as a response to stress, making the management of the condition harder. For this reason, it is particularly important for diabetes sufferers to keep up to date with flu vaccination, get plenty of rest, stay warm and hydrated and disinfect their hands more often than usual.  When ill, it is important to maintain the insulin regime, check the blood sugar levels more often and eat small amounts of food more frequently. While it is important to protect oneself from colds and flu it is also fundamental to pay attention to cough syrups and teas which are often very high in sugars.

During the coldest months, a diabetes diagnosis is more likely, as our immune systems vary with the change of seasons. As a diabetic, your body’s natural ability to fight illness is undermined, putting stress on the body and consequently altering your sugar levels. Whilst diabetes has to be constantly managed, it is particularly important to pay more attention to the condition during the coldest months. Follow our advice for a more manageable winter.

 

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Ableworld Southport Mobility and Stairlifts is NOW OPEN!

This entry was posted in General December 5, 2017

We are really pleased to announce that our 34th store has opened this weekend in Southport, enabling us to help more people in the UK to have access to mobility aids at great prices and with fantastic service.Ableworld Southport Now Open

Our new team at Ableworld Southport including store manager Liz and assistant Gillian are happy to help you find the right solution for your mobility needs. Our large spacious store has been designed with access and mobility in mind and provides free parking allowing you pop in whenever it is convenient for you. Located in the Shakespeare Centre, on the edge of Southport’s main shopping area and on one of the main roads into the town we are in a convenient location but without the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Our new store is open 9am – 5:30 Monday to Saturday

Our new large Superstore stocks our entire range of mobility aids so whether you are looking for wide fitting slippers, hot and cold pain relief, a mobility vehicle for some added independence around town or some extra household supports to prevent falls we are certain we can help. All of our aids and equipment can be viewed in store and demonstrated to you if required.

As with all Ableworld stores we have a full team of engineers supporting our new Southport store ensuring we can provide engineering support to repair a mobility scooter or wheelchair as well as a fully trained stairlift team who are able to install, repair and service stairlifts in and around Southport and surrounding Merseyside areas.  We provide a free home assessment and quote for all stairlift enquiries ensuring you have all of the information you need and answers to any questions you may have before you make a decision. We will leave you with the information and allow you to make a decision in your own time. Our Stairlift engineers are on hand to help you every step of the way and will look after you from quote to install and beyond. We promise never to sell your enquiry onto pressure sales companies

As an ethical trading company ensuring our customers receive the correct mobility aids for their needs remains at the heart of everything we do. This includes providing each customer with an assessment for the larger mobility aids such as Riser Recliner Chairs, Scooters, bath lifts and Stairlifts to ensure the product is correct for your needs and specification. We can provide assessments in store or at your home if you live within a 30 mile radius of the store. Ableworld Southport covers areas including Formby, Ormskirk, Chorley, Blackburn, Preston, Blackpool, Fleetwood and many more.

If you would like any more information about the store, the items we stock or the areas that we cover, feel free to pop in and meet the team or you can call us on 01704 537631

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Simplyhealth announce further closures of it’s Care and Mobility Stores

This entry was posted in General November 30, 2017

We are very sad to hear that recently another local mobility store Care and Mobility in Wellington has closed its doors.

We would also like to reassure local Care and Mobility customers from Wellington or the surrounding areas of Telford, Cannock and Wolverhampton that Ableworld Newport is here and happy to help.

We appreciate that many customers shopping for mobility aids may be vulnerable or nervous about asking for advice but our friendly Newport team are all fully trained to offer free and personal service when it comes to shopping for mobility aids. We have a large showroom in Newport which has just undergone a refreshing facelift, ensuring we can offer the widest range of mobility aids to all of our customers.

Our Newport store, along with all Ableworld stores can offer free home demonstrations for mobility aids if you or a loved one struggle to out of your home. All of our staff members are fully DBS checked and provide identification for our customers peace of mind.

We cover a 30 mile radius of our stores or home demonstrations as well as Stairlift installations or mobility equipment servicing so we can cover all of the local towns and villages

We understand Care and Mobility has closed all of its outlets including Wellington, plus others within Birmingham, Cannock and the West Midlands. Parent Company simnplyhealth have announced the stores will be closed after a sale of this part of the business could not be agreed. This news is in addition the other 10 mobility store that Simplyhealth closed earlier this month including those trading as the Unlimited Company, Independent Living shops and Collins Care shops.

Please be reassured that Ableworld are committed in continuing to help as many customers as we can offering a wide range of Mobility aids at competitive prices, to the whole of the UK.

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Can you help with the Ableworld Elderly Shoe Box Appeal this Christmas?

This entry was posted in General November 28, 2017

This year Ableworld will be teaming up with the Royal Stoke & County Hospital to help make Christmas Day in hospital a special day.  Nearly 1,000 elderly people will be in a bed at the hospital on Christmas Day, many without close family members who are able to visit them, so a small present to open can make a huge difference to them.Elderly Shoe Box Appeal

Shoe Box IdeasHow can you help?

We are appealing to the public this Christmas to fill a wrapped shoe box with small things which we may all take for granted, but that an elderly person would appreciate. Ideas include puzzle books, hot chocolate, biscuits, warm socks, gloves, slippers, scarfs, hats, tins of soup, toiletries, confectionary, pens or handmade gifts -  the list is endless, but please no alcohol. If you could also ensure the box isnt sealed, as a nurse may need to check a gift is appropriate for each patient.

These can then be taken to our Ableworld stores in Crewe, Nantwich, Northwich, Congleton, Hanley, Burton, Stockport, Shrewsbury, Newport, Wrexham, Rhyl and Llandudno and the Ableworld Head Office in Nantwich before 18th December.

Ableworld will ensure all donations will be delivered directly to the Royal Stoke & County Hospital before the big day.

Where can you drop them off?

Ableworld Burton, Second Avenue, Centrum One Hundred, Burton-upon-Trent. DE14 2WF

Ableworld Congleton, 58 Mill Street, Congleton. CW12 1AG

Ableworld Crewe, 1 Valley Brrok Business Centre, Mill Street, Crewe. CW2 7DT

Ableworld Hanley, 430 Leek Road, Hanley, Stoke on Trent. ST1 3HU

Ableworld Llandudno, Bryniau Road, West Shore, Llandudno. LL30 2BL

Ableworld Nantwich, 39 Beam Street, Nantwich. CW5 5NF

Ableworld Newport, Audley Avenue Business Park, Newport, Shropshire. TF10 7BX

Ableworld Northwich, 41 London Road, Northwich. CW9 5HQ

Ableworld Rhyl. 1 Westbourne Avenue, Rhyl. LL18 1EE

Ableworld Shrewsbury, Heathgates Bank, Ditherington, Shrewsbury. SY1 4BB

Ableworld Stockport, 315 Buxton Road, Great Moor, Stockport. SK2 7NL

Ableworld Wrexham, 17 St George Crescent, Wrexham. LL13 8DA

Ableworld Head Office, Stapeley Technology Park, London Road, Nantwich. CW5 7JW Shoe box collection ready to go

Ableworld were also involved in a similar initiative last year and ended up collecting a staggering 143 shoeboxes, so let’s see if we can make it even bigger and better this year. We hope that together we can make a difference to an elderly persons life this Christmas

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