mobility

Why Naidex was well worth a visit for all things mobility

Sensara awards at Naidex

Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place at Birmingham’s NEC last week. It welcomed guests including actor Warwick Davies and beauty vlogger Kat (see video), not to mention a whole host of expert speakers on everything from social media to spinal cord injuries.

Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:

Four-year-old's mobility dilemma solved by vehicle hire company

Mobility - Mary in the car

A little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints was giving a boost by disability vehicle specialist Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) when her family hit severe mobility problems.

Four-year-old Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

Driving Miss Daisy service launches its 30 branch in the UK

driving miss daisy car and client

A driving service for people with mobility issues has launched its 30th franchise in the UK, joining a global community of supporting people who need transport. Driving Miss Daisy launched in the UK in 2014. Synonymous with and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film – which featured Morgan Freeman as a driver for his elderly client – the Driving Miss Daisy idea originated in Canada with just a single vehicle, and now spans across the world. 

Jiraffe

Jiraffe specialise in bringing you innovative paediatric postural support and service products. Part of the Jenx Ltd family, and with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and adults with special postural needs, our team are dedicated to bringing you the latest, most innovative and highest quality specialist products out there. The range covers all aspects of everyday life from seating and standing, to mobility, sleeping, therapy and bathroom products too. Interested in a product demonstration or assessment, or just some friendly advice.

 

Call  today on 0114 285 6136. All our products are aimed at enabling people to experience a wider range of activities in comfort.

 

Caroline finds her feet

Caroline

A woman who lives in a Hove residential service is keen to move from her wheelchair into her dancing shoes after an amazing six-month turnaround.

When Caroline moved into Cloverdale House in March she was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand at all, but after an amazing team effort from the support staff at Cloverdale, the involvement of some dedicated therapists, and a good deal of determination on Caroline’s part, she is now back on her feet and going from strength to strength.

Service Manager, Trevor Wilcox, said: “When Caroline moved in she was very reserved and anxious, and the history from her previous home was unclear as to why exactly Caroline was unable to walk. 

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

 

A long-serving customer of Derbyshire vehicle adaptation firm Autochair has paid tribute to its founder for helping his wife retain her independence for nearly 20 years.

John Edwards said the expertise of David Walker, who set up the firm more than 30 years ago, had greatly benefitted his wife Hetty’s life after a scooter hoist was first fitted into their car in 1997.

Mrs Edwards has arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to get about and which is why the couple had bought a scooter in the first place, but it was too heavy for them to lift into their then car, a Mitsubishi Shogun, if they wanted to go further afield.

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

Whether it’s ensuring that you can look after yourself, or caring for a loved one, there are some simple changes that can be made to your home to make getting around hassle-free. 

Improve your bathroom

A raised toilet seat can make all the difference to someone with mobility issues. The same goes for a toilet frame – just making it that little bit easier to visit the toilet unaided. 

There’s plenty of options for the bath or shower too, with a huge range of seats and stools available that can be fixed to the wall, or stand-alone depending on how your bathroom is laid out.

Rearrange your furniture

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

 

Summer 2016 is finally here, which means you’re probably already thinking about where your next day trip will take you. 

Whether it’s a day at the seaside or a stroll through the park, you want the experience to be as hassle-free as possible – not always easy when you or a member of your party suffers from limited mobility.

Before packing your bags, consider our pick of some of the most travel friendly mobility aids on the market.

1. Elite Care EC1863 Compact Wheelchair

SILVERSTONE MOBILITY ROADSHOW TO OFFER LARGEST SHOWCASE OF ADAPTIVE DRIVING CONTROLS & UNIQUE ACCESSIBLE VEHICLE TEST-DRIVES

The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is the UK’s premier accessible vehicle test-drive and adaptive product event for consumers living with restricted mobility (26-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants. Open from 10am daily).


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First Mobility Scooters: The Useful Information

People buying their first mobility scooters will find a wealth of information to sift through. All of this information could potentially be useful when you’re narrowing down your choice, whittling your options down to just one mobility scooter that you’d eventually like to buy. At the start, though, it could all be too overwhelming. Instead, this useful information should make up the core of all of your research:

What’s the law regarding mobility scooters on the road?

You don’t need a license to ride your mobility scooter.

There are two types of scooter that you might choose to purchase.