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Ableworld is Coming to Southport

This entry was posted in General November 22, 2017

We are really happy to announce that we are due to open our 3rd store in 2017, in Southport, Merseyside, taking our store count upto 34 stores across the UKAbleworld Southport

Our Southport store will be the fifth to be launched by store owner Barry Pearson. Barry joined the Ableworld team in 2014 and has had great success in offering quality mobility products at fantastic prices in the St Helens, Wigan, Wavertree and Salford area’s and now hopes to provide the same support and help to Southport.

Located within the Shakespeare Centre, on Shakespeare Street this large Mobility Superstore will be able to provide the complete range of mobility aids and daily living aids that Ableworld stock. We have a great friendly team ready to launch the store providing full assessments and guidance for our new customers where needed, as well as free, impartial advice on what aids would suit you best. If you are looking for a stairlift, our fully trained engineering team will be expanding to cover Southport and the surrounding areas, ensuring we can install, service and repair stairlifts within a 30 mile radius of all of our stores. We will also have fully operational stairlift demo models in store so that you can try them out, once we open.

The new Southport team, and our store set up teams are currently preparing the store for the grand opening

The store will be opening their doors beginning of December with more details to come very soon, including some fantastic opening offers which are not to be missed!

https://www.ableworld.co.uk/southport-branch.aspx 

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Arthritis pain relief tips during winter

This entry was posted in General November 17, 2017

Arthritis is a common condition, affecting around 10 million people in the United Kingdom alone. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds and is manifested with joint stiffness and pains. It is usually managed through exercise, nutrient rich diets, weight loss and occasional use of pain-relief tablets. Although there is no scientific proof correlating the change of weather with a worsening of joints pain, many people suffering from this condition claim they can always predict rain and cold weather by the stiffness in their knees. Whether arthritis pain is directly connected to cold weather or not, if you’re a sufferer of arthritis, you should be prepared for the coldest months by following our winter tips:

Stay warm

Staying warm during the winter might not seem like an innovative tip for anybody, however, protecting your joints with extra layers, especially aching hands and knees, will make a massive difference with stiffness and aches. While staying warm might not reduce pain for those suffering with arthritis, it will make everyday activities and movements easier.

Hydrate

Hydration is a great way to reduce inflammation by flushing out harmful toxins. This is important for everybody and especially those suffering from arthritis, as hydration can really make a difference in the way they manage joint pain. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink 2 litres of water every day. Other drinks that, in moderation, promote healthy living and reduce inflammation include tea (green, black and white), coffee and smoothies. Alcohol should be eliminated or reduced to a minimum (no more than 14 units per week for women and 21 units for men) as excessive drinking is directly linked to inflammation and it will worsen joint pain as well as leading to dehydration.

Lose Weight

Many people suffering from arthritis have found much needed relief from its symptoms after losing excess weight. Because arthritis is a condition that affects the joints, losing weight means less pressure on knees and ankles, making everyday life and movements easier to manage.

The power of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet is also the topic of recent studies. Many people suffering from the condition have found relief from eating nutrients packed meals or from switching to a Mediterranean, vegan or gluten free diet. Much of the relief experienced is specific to the person’s nutritional needs and general health so finding the best diet plan for arthritis pain relief will depend on experimenting with different lifestyles.

Exercise

Exercise is not only a great way to deal with winter and weight pressures but also to manage joint stiffness. Many people suffering from arthritis find relief with low impact exercise which focuses on stretching and strengthening the muscles supporting the joints. Yoga, pilates and tai chi inspired expired exercises work well, as do cardiovascular activities such as swimming and walking.

Take Supplements

As well as following an anti-inflammatory and nutrients rich diet, supplements are a great way to effectively deal with arthritis pain during winter. Especially during the sun-shy winter months, we don’t get as much vitamin D as we should from food alone. Recent research has found that people who suffer from arthritis are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency. According to Carolyn Dean, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, vitamin D deficiency can directly affect the joints and immune system. Taking vitamin D supplements, as well as having a diet rich in oily fish and fortified dairy products, is the best way to ensure you can deal with the winter months at your very best.

Use heated pads and pillows

You can get almost instant relief from joint stiffness and pain with heated pads and pillows. Especially during winter, many people wake up with cold, stiff joints and find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. This is as mobility is reduced by limited circulation and pain. Using a mattress heated pad strategically positioned where you suffer the most can really help with your morning routine.

Stay Safe

Above all, people suffering from arthritis should be extra careful when leaving the house. Especially during the coldest months, it is important to stay safe, as grounds are particularly wet and icy. Proper footwear as well as fall prevention gadgets such as grab rails and ferrule safety checks can prevent potentially dangerous accidents and help you deal with winter pressures.

While there is no scientific connection between the worsening of arthritis symptoms and winter pressures, many people experience joint pain and stiffness in different ways during the coldest months. If you are one of those people, follow our advice to stay safe this winter and contact us for more information about our arthritis-friendly products, available in store and online.

 

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The Dangers of Buying Second Hand Mobility Products

This entry was posted in General October 20, 2017

Second hand mobility products might seem like a good idea: they are cheaper, often look as good as new and they are relatively easy to obtain. While some second hand products might, in fact, be a great deal, when it comes to mobility products, looks aren't everything. Buying the wrong second hand product, whether it is from a friend, a family member, a private seller or a dealer, can be cheaper in the short run and very expensive in the long run.

When you decide to buy a second hand mobility product always be aware of the dangers and make sure you check if the product is:

  • Safe

If the product you want to buy second-hand is electrical or battery operated, you should always be mindful of safety. While it might work perfectly when you test it, make sure you get the product tested by a qualified engineer, as they will be able to assess the long-term functionality of the product.

When buying a second hand product, certain additional parts as well as the instruction manual are often missing. Before purchasing make sure you check all parts and add-ons.

  • Suitable

Many mobility products need to be specific for your needs. When you are buying a second hand product, you might be buying something that, while it is safe and suitable for somebody else, it might not be for you. Always do your research and contact an expert for more information.

  • Not likely to lead to Extra Costs

Second hand products are often cheaper than new ones, making them a very appealing option. However, while they might be cheaper in the short run, they might also lead to extra costs down the line, as they are more likely to need repairs and parts replacements. If you get a warranty period on a used product it will also be much shorter than it would be on a new one, meaning you might have to pay a lot of money for any repairs and replacements.  

Mobility Scooter and Powerchairs

Mobility Scooters and powerchairs are often bought second hand, as many people decide to sell them privately or through a mobility shop when upgrading to a new one. However, while second hand scooters and powerchairs might be widely available at cheaper prices they might also lead to problems, as they are not necessarily suitable for your specific needs and/or living situation.

When buying a mobility scooter or powerchair always make sure you:

  • Ask for an Engineers Report with a battery test printout. Scooters’ batteries last between 18 months and two years, check if they have been replaced and how long they are going to last;
  • Check if the original paperwork and instruction leaflet are present and if a warranty/guarantee is available (the warranty will be much shorter than it would be on a new product, meaning you might need to invest on additional insurance or breakdown cover);
  • Ask why they are selling and if it has been regularly maintained;
  • Ask for the vehicle number and check with the manufacturer how old the vehicle is and if they still have spare parts available;
  • Check what you need before buying. When it comes to mobility scooters and powerchairs there is no ‘one size fits all’ mentality, always ensure you do your research and eventually talk to an expert about your needs.

Riser and recliner chairs

With riser and recliner chairs, similar steps need to be taken. Always make sure all the original paperwork, including the instruction manual and the warranty are available and that you know exactly how old the product is by contacting the manufacturer.

Additionally, second hand riser and recliner chairs are potentially dangerous for your health if they have not been cleaned properly. Before buying any of these products second hand, always make sure they have been thoroughly chemically cleaned. Ask for written confirmation from your dealer that the cleaning process was undertaken to avoid potentially harmful bacteria spreading to your skin.

When buying a second hand product always remember you have rights. If the seller made a specific claim about the quality and usage of a product and that is not the case, you can and should ask for a refund as the product was misrepresented and potentially dangerous.

While it might seem like a good deal to buy certain products second hand, it can also be potentially harmful for your health and safety, as well as your wallet, in the long run. Always make sure you do your research as you might find many mobility shops offer great deals as well as much more peace of mind. At Ableworld we offer great brand new products at very little prices, meaning you might actually spend less with us than buying second hand. Check our Autumn Sale mobility offers and view our great deals on mobility products, you can find brand new Scooters or Riser Recliners for as little as £349.

If you need any advice on buying a mobility product or you are looking for more information on the subject, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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Simplyhealth Announce Closure of The Unlimited Company

This entry was posted in General October 17, 2017

It is unfortunate that some of the larger local mobility retailers are closing their doors but we want to take this opportunity to let you all know that we don’t plan on going anywhere. The future of Ableworld looks more positive than ever with expansion into new towns and mobility products ranges.

We were sad to hear that Simplyhealth have announced this month that they will be closing 7 of their Unlimited Company stores as well as 3 under the Independent Living and Collins Care brands, due to difficult circumstances and a shift in customer requirements. Five other stores that fall under the Care and Mobility brand will remain open whilst a possible sale of this part of the business is considered.

Simplyhealth was established in 2016 but have recently seen a shift in requirements and a wider availability of mobility aids being available on the high street and online.

Many of you may know that as an ethical company, Ableworld do not agree with this approach, which is why we will not sell larger mobility aids online. We want to ensure our customers get the right product first time to help them live more independently. Some retailers do not see this importance and will sell items on the internet as it can be a quick and easy money maker but we would rather our customers be happy and given the free advice to make an informed decision.

We also want to take this opportunity to remind our customers that Mobility Aids should be considered as a long term purchase and not one to be rushed. If you do need to buy a mobility aid we encourage all of our customers to ensure they purchase from a reputable dealer that can offer an after sales service and support should you run into difficulty. Can they carry out repairs or servicing? Are they able to offer you a warranty period on your mobility equipment for added peace of mind? Please ensure you consider all mobility purchases you make to ensure you don’t get stung by a one-man band that cannot provide ongoing support and help that you might need.

If you are looking for advice or guidance on what mobility aids and equipment may be able to help you live more independently feel free to pop in and speak to one of our team members or visit our website www.ableworld.co.uk

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Free Mobility Equipment Winter Check at Ableworld

This entry was posted in General October 13, 2017

Ashley Wheelchair Check UpAbleworld are committed to keeping our customers safe on their mobility equipment. So this Autumn we are taking extra steps to make sure as many people as possible are ready for the change in weather by offering FREE Winter Safety checks in store for all Scooters, Wheelchairs and Powerchairs.

Our team in store can have a look over your equipment to ensure you are Winter ready by ensuring your tyres and tyre pressures are correct and check your seat to ensure it is stable and in good condition. For Scooters and powerchairs they will be able to check the batteries to ensure they are still performing well, as well as the speed buttons, stopping distance and the controls by doing a short test drive. For wheelchairs we will ensure everything is in order including the brakes, wheels, castors and armrests. Pete Scooter Check

We will then provide you with a copy of the checklist and advise if we think your equipment needs any repairs or would benefit from a full service. Ableworld have a friendly team of fully trained engineers that can carry out the work for you but this is optional and entirely up to you.

We are also offering Free Ferrule checks in store. These are the rubber caps on the end of your walking sticks, crutches or walking frames which can easily suffer wear and tear if used on a daily basis. We can check them for you and advise if we think they need changing.

We hope that this ensures more people are safe this autumn when making journeys using mobility aids.

Ashley Battery CheckTo arrange for your Free winter check for your mobility equipment contact your local store today.

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Ableworld are Reconnecting Generations

This entry was posted in General October 12, 2017

There is plenty of research confirming that bringing generations together can and should be encouraged in the UK. 

Reonnecting Generations at Ableworld

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact.  Seeing the benefits of a TV Documentary earlier this year has only strengthened Ableworlds’ desire to create open communities that actively encourage contact across different generations.

Ableworld set to work making contact with a number of Nursing and Residential homes along with nearby Nurseries to see if they would be interested in coming together with the main objective of old and young bringing new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each others lives.

Making music reconnecting generations

Our very first session took place on 4th October at Woodeaves Residential Care Home.  Children from Sunflowers Nursery were invited in to interact with the residents and spend time together.  On this occasion we included Rhythm Time - an award-winning children’s music business who were fantastic in organising ways for the children and residents to interact together. Both the older and younger generations joined in playing music together, signing nursery rhymes and chatting getting to know each other. 

Michelle Mossford, Senior Marketing Manager said ‘This is one of the most satisfying events the Ableworld Marketing team have been involved in and we feel very strongly about bringing these two very important generations together allowing them to learn from each other.  Not only did the residents thoroughly enjoy it but the children enjoyed the increased attention too’.

100 year age difference

The reaction we got from both generations was heart warming to see and we instantly recognised how important this hour had been to both groups. The residents of the care home showed increased enthusiasm to join in with something new, and the children, although nervous at first, soon joined in talking to the residents and enjoyed sharing their snacks. We introduced generations with a 100 year age gap at this event and we couldnt have asked for a better reaction! 

Ableworld, the UK’s leading mobility company are already planning their next event in November.

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Falls Prevention

This entry was posted in General September 25, 2017

Elderly people are exposed to many risks both inside and outside their own home. One of the leading causes of injury, especially during the dampest and coldest months, is falls. The 22nd of September is internationally recognised as ‘Fall Prevention Awareness Day’ to raise awareness of how critical falls can be. In honor of this day, and in preparation for the arrival of Autumn and Winter, have a look at our fall prevention checklist and start preventing your falls in and out of the house.

Make your home safer

In order to avoid falls, it is important to remove or reduce all hazards from your home. Start by reducing clutter: avoid having a lot of furniture and loose items around your home, especially in corridors and small spaces. Try to wear non-slip slippers and avoid using long trousers or clothes that are likely to lead to dangerous falls.

Research has found most falls are caused by the presence of loose rugs and carpets around the house. Make sure you remove all rugs to avoid slipping on them. Check if your carpet is in good condition, especially in those areas of the house where the dangers are higher, like stairs.

Stairs should always be clearly marked to make steps evident and banisters should be checked regularly. It might also be a good idea to invest in a stairlift and bright lights to make everyday life much easier.

Bathrooms should always take centre stage when making one’s home safer, as they can easily be seen as the most dangerous room in the house. Make sure you always pay extra attention to the way you get in and out of the bath or shower and that your bathroom is equipped with slip resistant mats and grab rails.

Be careful outside the house

As autumn and winter approach, it is important to be extra mindful of falls, as wet and frozen surfaces make them more and more likely. Check your walking stick, frame or crutches and their ferrule (the rubber cap at the end of the stick) are working as they should. At Ableworld we offer free ferrule safety checks: simply walk in any of our stores and ask one of our staff to have a look.

Strength and balance training

While it is very common for over 65’s to suffer from falls, strength, stability and balance training can help you avoid them. Doing regular strength, balance and stability exercises doesn’t have to be hard: walking, dancing or practicing activities such as Tai Chi can make a massive difference in your ability to balance your body and avoid falls. Exercise is also a great way to strengthen the immune system, which can be weaker at this time of the year. Consult your GP about activities in your area and start getting stronger this season.

Medical examination

If you experience falls very often, even after following our tips, it might be a good idea to consult a doctor to check your eyesight and general health. If you are taking medications and these have not been reviewed in more than a year, book an appointment with your doctor and talk to them about your balance concerns.

While anyone can suffer an injury from falls, elderly people are much more vulnerable and likely to get long-lasting injuries following one. Most falls don’t result in serious problems, however, many could lead to long-term issues that can and should be avoided. Follow our advice to lead an active and safe fall-free lifestyle.

 

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