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National Walking Month

This entry was posted in May 16, 2022

National Walking Month

Can you believe it's May already? Where is this year going?

As it's National Walking month here at Ableworld we feel it's relevant to mention the benefits of walking a small amount every day and how doing low-impact exercises can not only improve your physical self but also your mental well-being.

The one constant we have here in the UK is the weather and how unbelievably unpredictable it can be – you can be out one day enjoying the sun and the next sat at home cooped up with a cup of tea watching the rain. So, we need to have the option of doing walking exercises indoors and outdoors.

Light walking exercises for outdoors:

  1. A simple outdoor walk – Go to the local garden centre or to a park, this offers so many benefits, it can increase your blood flow, help your heart, strengthen your bones and improve your mental health and wellbeing. Try to increase your walking speed on every walk you do, this will slowly help build up your fitness.
  2. Gardening – It gets you into the fresh air and the different aspects of gardening i.e., mowing the lawn, weeding, planting flowers, watering the plants – moving your body enough that it can keep you active and help prevent some diseases. If you need extra support getting up and down from the floor to do your gardening, we have a great gardening tool to help with that.

Light walking exercises for indoors:

  1. Walking up the stairs – Whether that be at home or at work, take the stairs instead of the escalator or lifts. Even a very small amount of walking up and down stairs can increase your cardiovascular health and also your mood. Start by adding just one extra trip up the stairs each day and then every other day add another.
  2. Doing the food shop – You might not notice the benefits of walking around a supermarket may do for you, but that extra outing in a day can help improve your fitness. Brisking your way through the shopping aisles with a trolley on a Saturday afternoon, you may not consider this to be exercise but on average people walk more than 2,000 steps just to do their weekly supermarket shop. Or if you need the extra support, we have a 3-wheel lightweight walker which is ideal for indoor and outdoor use and also has a handy removable bag great for shopping and storage.

It’s recommended that you do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 3 times a week. But moving in a way that’s safe and beneficial to you is the best way to go – if you need to ease yourself into light exercise standing for longer periods of time than your body is used to and repeating this a number a few times a day or using a chair or stool to do simple gentle exercises that won’t exert you too much is a great start.

We have numerous walking aids at Ableworld if you need a little extra help getting out and about this spring/ summer period, from walkers to walking sticks to crutches and trolleys.

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Handy tips for coping with hay fever

This entry was posted in May 12, 2022

While many of us rejoice at the warmer weather, spring and summer can be the worst times of the year for hay fever sufferers. Pollen allergies are quite common and effect around one in five people at some point in their life. For sufferers, summer is the season of runny noses and itchy eyes – not the summer fun you were hoping for!

Sadly, there’s no cure for hay fever yet but there are ways to relieve the symptoms so you can get on with your life and enjoy the outdoors again. The first step is to talk to your pharmacist. Over the counter medications, such as antihistamines, are very effective, but if your symptoms are particularly bad you should book a visit with your GP who will be able to prescribe tailored medication.

Here are some top tips for hay fever season:

  1. Antihistamines: Many non-drowsy antihistamines are available over the counter. When you first experience symptoms, it’s best to ask your pharmacist which kind will be most effective. If your symptoms are severe, you can also contact your GP. They can help you explore a number of prescription medications or other options such as immunotherapy or seasonal allergy shots.
  1. Check the pollen count: The root of your symptoms is your allergy to pollen, so avoiding coming into contact with pollen is your best bet. On days when the pollen count is particularly high, keep windows closed. You might choose to stay indoors if possible. The count is usually highest in the morning and evening, so try and arrange your day around this if you can (a high count is over 50 grains per cubic metre of air)
  1. Change clothes regularly: Every time you go outside, pollen collects on your clothes. After being outdoors, shower and wash your hair straight away to remove the pollen from your body and change your clothing. Try and avoid drying clothes outside if you can.
  1. Wear sunglasses: No doubt you’ve already dug your favourite pair of sunglasses from storage as soon as the temperature hits 15 degrees. It’s important to wear sunglasses when outside, no just for UV protection but also to shield your eyes from the high pollen count. Larger butterfly or wrap-around sunglasses that cover a wider eye section may be especially helpful. Polarised sunglasses offer added protection against reflected sun rays and glare.
  1. Use eye drops: Itchy, dry and bloodshot eyes are one of the worst symptoms of hayfever.  Eye drops are a fast way of getting some relief from dried out and itchy eyes. Reintroducing moisture to the eyes could alleviate some of the irritating effects of hayfever.
  1. Get a pollen filter for your car: It can be difficult to keep car windows shut during hot weather, and pollen has other ways of getting in any way! You can buy a pollen filter to be fitted to the vents in your car, but this needs to be changed with every service.

 If you’ve tried everything and you’re still suffering, speak to your GP. Don’t let hay fever rule your life, it’s time to enjoy the summer!

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

This entry was posted in May 11, 2022

Win an Easter Egg HamperElm House Care Home 

Ableworld Nantwich decided to host an Easter Raffle whereby a lucky customer could be in with a chance to win an Easter Egg hamper!

Julie Reid, Store Manager at Ableworld Nantwich said that she wanted all proceedings made from the raffle to go to the Comfort Fund at Elm House, a local Care Home in Nantwich. In which would help the staff to provide entertainment for their residents. 

Entries were just £1 and with over hundreds of entrants Julie managed to make over £300! Elm House were thrilled when they got the call regarding the donation. 

The lucky customer to win the Easter Egg hamper was Mrs Preston from Nantwich. She was absolutely over the moon to win the raffle; her grandson even came with her to help collect it!

Happy Feasting, Mrs Preston!


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Ableworld donates Mobility Equipment to Ukraine!

This entry was posted in May 10, 2022

Ableworld Donate to Ukraine

As you know, millions of people have no safe place to call home. More than 3 million have already left Ukraine, while countless more are still trapped underground, taking cover from the shelling and desperate for a safe escape.

Hundreds of thousands of people still have no food, no water, no medical care, and no heat or electricity.

The Polish Integration Support Centre (PISC) have been working around the clock to get donations to those who need it most, both in Ukraine and its bordering countries. Shortly after the invasion of Ukraine was reported, Anna Buckley, Project Director of PISC, launched a rapid drive for donations towards refugees and those displaced by the conflict. 

Ableworld, strives to support local charities where possible, offering support to others in need. So, when approached by PISC, Ableworld and one of their suppliers Drive DeVilbiss were more than happy to help! Ableworld and Drive DeVilbiss donated 10 wheelchairs, a variety of walking frames and crutches, all to support the struggling hospitals in Ukraine. 

Thanks to the outstanding effort from volunteers and Anna. There has been a total of 46 lorries that have been sent to Ukraine and Poland to date, with hopes of many more to go! The focus is now on the lorries to continue to transport the donations. Funding is massively important as each lorry will cost PISC around £2,000-£2,500. Some lorries so far have even travelled into Ukraine to deliver to cities including Kyiv, though most are going to Poland.  

Anyone wishing to donate items is encouraged to contact PISC directly on 07523 627826 or [email protected] 

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Ableworld Runcorn set to open as the latest Mobility & Stairlift Superstore in the North West

This entry was posted in April 20, 2022

As the UK’s number 1 mobility retailer, we are delighted to announce that we are set to open a NEW Mobility and Stairlift superstore in Runcorn, Cheshire, in May 2022.

Our Ableworld Runcorn store will be a company owned superstore, located to our close by Ableworld St Helens and Ableworld Northwich in the thriving North West region.

The 3500 sq. ft superstore will stock our full range of mobility products, including Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs, Walkers and their extensive range of Riser recliner chairs. The store will also have a stairlift demonstration area, with our Stairlift department available to install and service stairlifts local to the Runcorn area. Whatever the product, the aim at Ableworld is to help people to lead easier, more comfortable and independent lives.

Our new Runcorn superstore is due to open in May 2022, with superb opening offers available, alongside our current Spring Promotional offers. Our store and head office teams are busy getting the store ready for what will hopefully be a successful opening period, leading into our busy Summer Sale.

We look forward to sharing further store updates across our Website and Facebook page in the coming few weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.

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