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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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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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