Ableworld are coming to Stockport!

Stockport extWe are very pleased to announce that we are opening a store in Stockport on Thursday 16th March 2017. Situated on Buxton Road, Great Moor (previously Morrisons Local, next to the Shell Garage). Our New Stockport store is easy and convenient to reach with ample free parking.

From spacious premises, we offer customers a wide selection of quality mobility and homecare products.  As the UK’s largest Mobility and Stairlift retailer we are proud of our friendly staff and extensive range of products that help customers with their daily living needs.

As with all of our stores, Stockport will stock a very wide range of products including larger items such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs, adjustable beds and rise and recline chairs but also many smaller items to help with day to day tasks. They also hold a wide range of products to help with bathing, toileting and dressing as well as a range of continence care products.

We install and service stairlifts using our own highly trained engineers. We have fully operational demonstration models in our Stockport store so feel free to come and try them out!

scout boot scooterAs part of our celebration and launch of Ableworld Stockport, we are reducing many items even further than normal so you could pick up a Riser Recliner from as little as £299 ex vat or a Boot Scooter from only £399 ex vat. We have reduced the prices across many departments such as 20% off Wheelchairs, 20% off Continence Care and 10% off Walking Sticks and Grab Rails.
Bellavita StockportThe popular Bellavita Bathlift has also been reduced down to only £179 ex vat saving £20 on our usual price.

Whatever the product, the aim is to help people to lead easier, more comfortable and independent lives. Many of the items are available to try before you buy in store so feel free to come along to say Hello to our friendly Ableworld Stockport team and try some of them out for size!

Whatever your needs, you can be assured of a range of quality products from names you can trust. Why not call in? Open 9.00 to 5.30 Monday to Saturday you can visit your new Ableworld store at 315 Buxton Road, Great Moor, Stockport, SK2 7NL or telephone 0161 484 0832.

Please note the opening offers are only applicable at our Stockport store until 15th April

Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness2How would you feel if a stranger walked up to you and smiled? Would you smile back? Can you make a difference to someone else’s life, just for one day? February 17th is recognised as Random Act of Kindness Day, and is becoming increasingly popular as it is a chance to do something for someone else just because you can.

Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if everyone was kind to one another? Many of us would offer to help someone in need as most people are kind but the 17th February is a chance for the world, young and old to carry out a random act of kindness to cheer up someone’s day. Why not take the opportunity to make someones day.Random Act of Kindness Day

We have put a few suggestions together if you are struggling for ideas, many of which are free and easy to do any day of the year.

  • Ring a friend or relative or send them a card and tell them how much they mean to you
  • Pay someone a compliment – Either to their face, or leave a note
  • Pop round to an elderly neighbour’s house and ask if they want to have a cup of tea and a chat, or if they want any help with anything such as taking their bin out.
  • Hold the door open
  • Buy someone a coffee or make them a cup of tea
  • Help a disabled or elderly person – it could be help crossing the road or entering a shop
  • Buy a snack for a homeless person
  • Volunteer an hour of your time to help a local charity
  • Smile – smiling is contagious, we think you will be amazed how many people smile back!
  • Donate to a charity – this doesn’t have to be money it could be a book that you have read or an unwanted gift. You could spread some more happiness by including a note in it explaining why you would like them to have it
  • Teach your children kindness – they could donate an old toy which is in good condition to a children’s charity or playgroup.
  • Concentrate on the positives in life rather than the negatives – this will lift the mood of those you are talking to and may help them to look on the bright side of life too.
  • Listen to someone – we all have worries that can get too much at times, and all you need is someone to listen.
  • Become a Dementia Friend. There are many free sessions being held around the UK and an hour of your time could give you the understanding of Dementia which can help many people in the future.

Remember, you can also be kind to yourself – take some time to do something that you want to do and that makes you happy.Kindness3

We would love to see your photos of any random acts of kindness that you can carry out to help spread the word. If you are kind to someone, hopefully that person will be kind to someone they know too!

Feel free to share any images via our Social Media pages either on Facebook @ableworld or on Twitter @ableworlduk and hopefully together we can help to spread some kindness!

We Are Becoming Dementia Friendly

As part of our ongoing support and advice service that we offer all of our customers, Ableworld have embarked on ensuring our staff are recognised as Dementia friends, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. All of our staff are fully trained to give FREE professional advice on many situations and can recommend certain products for many conditions but we feel it is important to be recognised as part of this great initiative to reassure those who are suffering with Dementia that we do understand, and we can try to help.Alzheimers Society

Dementia affects around 850,000 in the UK, and mainly affects those over 65 years old. When someone is diagnosed with Dementia, they need their friends more than ever and that is why the Alzheimer’s Society have set up this initiative, so why not join in with the 1.7 million people who have already become Dementia Friends across the country working together to make Dementia friendly communities, and making Dementia impossible to ignore

Ableworld are working to become Dementia Friendly

Dementia Champion MMHere at Ableworld, we have joined the campaign to be United Against Dementia and to help spread the word. As a company we have pledged to make as many of our employees as possible Dementia Friends. Last week our very own Michelle Mossford became a Dementia Champion, enabling her to hold dementia information sessions to our employees as well as anyone from the general public for them to become Dementia Friends. We are proud to be supporting such a huge initiative and can only hope that one day a cure can be found

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties thinking, problem solving or language. Dementia can also affect a person’s behaviour or mood. Dementia comes in many forms and not everyone will suffer with the same symptoms.

The condition usually starts off with small changes, which can be worrying for the person, and can have a massive impact on their daily life. Dementia is a progressive disease, but the speed of progression varies between person to person. There are also many types of dementia the most common including; Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia, but there are many more. Unfortunately, so far, there is no cure but a great amount of research is underway in the hope that one day we may be able to help those suffering.

How can I help?Dementia Friends

  • Offer a helping hand – whatever they need just be there for them. It may be a chat, or help at the shops. Having someone that will listen to them and who they know they can turn to if they do need something will really reassure them.
  • Reminiscing – Dementia often affects short-term memory so chatting about the past, or looking through photo albums is a great way to trigger their favourite memories
  • Dementia sufferers are more likely to get confused within their environment and may struggle to understand what they are looking at. For example a black door mat could look like a hole in the floor, so if someone looks as though they are struggling offer them some help.
  • Be patient. Life is very fast paced and many of us spend our days running around from A to B. If you do come across someone who is taking their time, please be patient with them as they may be suffering with Dementia.
  • Although they are suffering they can continue to live their life and they won’t want everyone around them treading on egg-shells. If someone is feeling confused, lonely or lost a friendly face can help to reassure them
  • Become a Dementia Friend and spread the word. Anyone can do it, even children can join in.

Ableworld are helping to make the world a Dementia Friendly Society as no-one asks for Dementia but together we can help them feel more comfortable

If you would like to become a Dementia Friend visit the website www.dementiafriends.org.uk Or if you feel you can help by volunteering in any other way please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/getinvolved

Or, if you need to speak to someone regarding Dementia call The Alzheimers Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122

Together We Can All Become United Against Dementia

Elderly Shoe Box Appeal

The reality is, we will all grow old one day, but can you be sure that when you 20161221_112529reach that age you will still have family and friends who will look after you? Will you have people that you can talk to or will you be mobile enough to meet them for a coffee. We would all hope to think so.

Unfortunately, in this busy world we live in, it is hard to believe that some people are not that lucky. They may not have family and friends visit them, or be mobile enough to get out to do some Christmas shopping, so when a local student posted her idea onto Social Media for help the elderly this Christmas, Ableworld were keen to help her out where possible.

shoe-box-appealAlex, a local student at Keele University had the idea to help the Elderly with a Shoe Box Appeal. After realising operation Christmas child is such a success in helping the young and needy that the concept could also be extended to our Older, hardworking generation, many of which have nobody and nothing at all this Christmas. Her initiative was set up on the 19th November and has been very well received across Social Media within the month it has been running. A couple of Ableworld Head Office employees saw the post and suggested we could be of assistance, and we are proud to say that we have made up 21 boxes as a Company as well as supporting Alex, with 2 of our stores in Congleton and Hanley being collection points for the boxes made by the general public.

The idea is to fill a shoe box with small things which we may all take for granted, but that an elderly person would appreciate. Ideas included puzzle books, hot chocolate, biscuits, warm socks, gloves, hats, tins of soup, cereals and sweets, the list is endless.

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We have been overwhelmed with the response from the general public and have been rushed off our feet, collecting boxes in stores, and getting them moved over the Ableworld HQ in Nantwich. We thought there may be a couple of donations at each store but Hanley store have collected a staggering 114 boxes!

We are proud that on Wednesday 21st December all of the donations, a total of 143 could be handed over to Alex in order for her to distribute them around Staffordshire and Cheshire with the help of Age UK and Contact the Elderly, to ensure each and every one gets delivered to an elderly person who may be lonely this Christmas

Alex was overwhelmed with the public’s generosity and had to make a couple of trips to get

them all in the car. She never believed it would be so popular but thanks each and every person who has donated gifts or time in order to help her achieve this amazing idea. She is yet to do a final count of boxes but she suspects there to be in excess of 600 boxes!

Ableworld have also pledged that we will help again next year, and ensure as many ready-to-gostores as possible can act as collection points for donations for this worth-while cause.

Thank you to everyone who has donated a box and a massive well done to Alex, we will look forward to helping you again for Christmas 2017.

Free Ferrule Safety Check

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Now that the nights are drawing in and the winter weather has arrived have you considered getting yourself ready for winter?

Here at Ableworld we are dedicated to keeping people safe so we are offering a FREE ferrule check for your walking sticks, walking frames and crutches in all of our stores. The ferrule is the rubber cap at the end of your walking stick, crutch or on the legs of a walking frame and it can easily suffer wear and tear if used regularly so it’s best to get it checked. With fully trained staff in all of our stores across the UK, pop in and ask them to check over your mobility product and they will give honest and professional advice.grey ferrule

We do also have 10% off Ferrules at the moment so if you do feel they need replacing, now is an ideal time.

To find your nearest Ableworld store visit our website www.ableworld.co.uk

Specialist Assessment Team

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Our dedicated Specialist Team – Louise Mason and Mark Astley

Our Ableworld Specialist Assessment Team provide bespoke mobility equipment for adults and children.

At Ableworld our Specialist Team are highly trained with over 25 years experience, so you can be sure we know how to respond to your unique situation and find the personal equipment that suits your needs, for your independence. We provide a FREE one to one service either in store or in the comfort of your own home. We handle everything from assessment to handover, giving a personal service, training and advice every step of the way.

All of our staff are DBS checked for added peace of mind. Through years of experience, Ableworld have earned a deep level of trust from our clients, their families and health care professionals.

We are dedicated to helping people like you and use all major distributors of mobility equipment, so you can be sure of optimum choice.

Specialist Products we can help with include:

Harmony Seating System

Harmony Seating System

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Correct and safe moving and handling skills and equipment are essential to the well-being of both carers and their clients. Different situations require different types of equipment, our team are able to assess you for the correct moving and handling equipment for your needs that may help make daily living easier and safer. We can provide: hoists, including both mobile and folding hoists, slings, standing aids, sliding sheets and handling belts.

Mobility

Our Powerchairs and Wheelchairs are designed to maximise independence whether its in the work place or at home with the family. Our range of wheelchairs are highly adjustable to suit you and your needs. We can provide a vast range of models, sizes, colours including Sports Wheelchairs, Bariatric wheelchairs and powerchairs, Children’s wheelchairs, power bases with expandable control systems and seating systems tailored to your needs, all designed to maximise your independence and to ensure you are always in control of your goals.

Seating

Poor seating can lead to increased pain, particularly in the back, hips and neck, and decreased mobility and independence. Ableworld Specialists Team carry out assessments of the individual and can advise you of the size of chair needed.

Our Specialist seating range has been designed for:

  •  Changing needs in mind

    Symphony Chair

    A posture management chair with integrated, interchangable pressure management systems

  •  A stylish look to suit all ages with a choice of over 1,000 fabrics
  •  Postural support
  •  Relief of pressure and prevention of pressure ulcers
  •  Blocked veins and nerves caused by sitting too high
  •  Intestine trouble caused by sitting too low

 

Pressure Care

If you have ever had a pressure sore or are developing one, it’s important you protect your skin, whether its in your chair, bed and wheelchair.

Our Specialist Team are able to assess your pressure care needs by identifying peak pressure areas that may arise and finding appropriate protection. At Ableworld we work with suppliers of the highest grade enabling us to provide the products that can be used in harmony to give you the best care for your needs.

Giving you the choice of cushions, mattresses and accessories to increase your skin’s protection.

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Community Cushion

Our aim is to provide caring solutions to our customers enabling them to enjoy greater independence and more comfortable and active lives. We understand that not all customers are the same and some may require a made-to-measure or bespoke item personal to your individual needs – so we are here to help. If you would like to discuss your needs with our specialist team you can call them on Freephone 0800 019 1880 or email specialist.enquiries@ableworld.co.uk

For more information on the products our Specialist team can provide – please visit their website www.ableworldspecialist.co.uk

5 Things You Should Know About Dementia

Here’s 5 things that we think you should know about dementia.

1.Dementia isn’t a natural part of ageing

If an elderly person starts to become confused or forgetful, a lot of the time people will say that it’s part of getting old. However, dementia isn’t momentarily forgetting your daughters name or forgetting what you had for lunch, people with dementia may not even remember meeting others, which adds to stress and illness. Having dementia doesn’t just mean that you have memory problems, there are other symptoms that effect daily life. The condition isn’t part of ageing, it is caused by changes to the chemistry and structure of the brain. If you are worried farmer-540658_640about your memory, you should contact your local GP.

2. Diseases of the brain causes dementia

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, this causes the chemistry and the structure of the brain to change which causes brain cells to die. The first sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually short term memory loss.

There are other kinds of dementia which include: Dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia including Pick’s disease, Vascular dementia and mixed dementia which is both Vascular and Alzheimer’s diseases.  These diseases effect the brain in different ways. Vascular dementia following a stroke can often progress in a stepped way, whereas Alzheimer’s usually starts slow and progresses gradually, but everybody’s dementia is different.

3. It isn’t all about losing your memory

Dementia can affect the way that people, speak, think, behave, feel and perceive things. Some untitledcommon symptoms can be struggling with familiar daily tasks like using your card or reading a book. The condition can also effect, judging distances with eyes, controlling emotions, finding it hard to keep up with conversation, being withdrawn and lacking confidence. It is progressive too which can mean that some conditions start to become worse in time, but it varies with each person, some can stay independent for years.

There are currently no known cures for dementia but there are ways to help symptoms and make life better through each stage.

4. People live well with dementia

As we all know, scientists are trying to find a cure for dementia. In the meantime there are drugs and treatments that can help people live healthy, active lives. Some drugs can slow symptoms of dementia down which is why it’s important to see your GP if you feel as if there is a problem. There are also treatments that don’t involve drugs which can involve keeping mentally, socially and physically active, cognitive stimulation which can include word puzzles, and also life story lampwork which includes sharing memories and experiences with others. This can boost confidence, memory, self -esteem and help avoid depression.

5 There is more to a person than dementia

Having to live with dementia can be very challenging and future plans may have to change. Yes you may need extra help and support but it doesn’t change who you are.

If you suffer or know someone that suffers from dementia, Ableworld are here to help. We have products such as telephones, telecare, security and safety items, watches, wade ceramic, pill dispensers, walking sticks and straps, magnifiers with straps and a walking frame caddy available to help those with dementia feel safe and secure. Click here to view the range of products available.

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For more information about dementia, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

For products to help with dementia, please visit www.ableworld.co.uk

 

 

Healthy Foods For The Summer Season

After having the hottest day of the year so far, I hope you have all read our blog on ‘Keeping Cool During The Summer Months’, it could have saved you a couple of hours of tossing and turning in bed for the past couple of nights! If you haven’t read it, we suggest you do so to prevent yourself from over heating during the sunny days to come.

As it’s now Summer season and the sun has finally decided to show up, we thought that it would be a good idea to give you some information on some natural, healthy summer foods tosalad-763410_640 try during the summer months. Before we start talking about food, it’s massively important that you’re taking on board plenty of water during the summer, as lots of essential minerals are lost from sweating in the sun. We don’t want you getting dehydrated now do we!

Eating salads that include ingredients such as tomato, onion, carrot, cucumber and peppers are great for the summer! They don’t require cooking, they are easy to make, low in fat, low in calories, have high water content and are good for your health. Salads are also a good source of fibre which is good for digestion and also reduces cholesterol levels… They make you feel full too.

Soups are rich in nutrition and low in calories, making another excellent summer food. Hot soup will make you sweat and cool your inner body by using ingredients such as coriander and4713280200355 mint. Using vegetables and meats like chicken and beef in a soup taste great, and also slowly release energy without getting that stodgy feeling inside.

Fruit is the most beneficial food you can eat in the summer heat. It is packed with water, natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and uses less energy to digest, meaning more energy to enjoy some time in the sun!

Another great food for the summer is, yes you’ve guessed it, nuts! Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are one of the season’s best buys. A small portion of unsalted nuts make a vitality-boosting snack, and unlike many other options, provides a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals. All nuts have different nutrition credentials and will offer various health benefits.

If you struggle to eat your food using the cutlery that you have now, or don’t have suitable kitchen and dining products, take a look at Ableworld’s Kitchen & Dining section that will help you enjoy food instead of having to struggle.

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The Ableworld Summer Sale

The Summer has started and already we have been gifted with beautiful sunshine… once, or maybe twice. But don’t worry because the Ableworld Summer Sale has now started and our prices are better than bright! With savings of up to £300 and 10% off all new straight stairlifts, you would have thought the lack of sun is making us mad! From stairlifts to scooters and wheelchairs to walkers, there is something for everyone in the Ableworld Summer Sale, so grab yourself a bargain today.

Going anywhere nice this summer, maybe visiting the family or going for a good old ramble? IfTriumph Uniscan Walker you’re in need of a walking aid, you should try the Triumph Uniscan Walker. Not only is it good for support, but you can also take a seat and enjoy the scenery whilst tucking into a picnic that you’ve stored inside the bag at the front of the walker.

If you’re not able to walk for long periods, don’t let this stop you. Try the Scout Boot scout boot scooterScooter at only £449 with a saving of £150 . The Scout boot scooter is an incredible way to get around and to make sure that you’re not missing out on any precious family moments, you can even store your picnic in this one too! With a maximum range of 10 miles it also gives you plenty of time to spend a good few hours in the sun.

After something with more of a personal touch? We have the Seren Powerchair on sale at only £1495, saving £300! It has a maximum range of 12 miles which is plenty enough to get you through the day, and our Ableworld team will assess you for the chair to see if it’s right for you.seren-scooter

We are also very excited to announce that we now how Finance options available for certain products! The good thing about our finance offers are that they can be paid back in affordable monthly payments and you can choose a plan to suit you! If you contact your local store, they will be able to give you a decision in minutes.

If you would like to take a look at our Summer Sale or our finance options, please visit the Ableworld website here www.ableworld.co.uk

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Hay fever relief tips

Sick & tired of hay fever already? Here are some tips that will hopefully help you control it a little better.

Hay fever is an allergy where pollen triggers antibodies, causing you to react. It is estimated that 18 million people suffer from hay fever in the UK, so don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Instead of explaining to you why pollen is so bad for you, what it does to you and how it affects you in depth, let’s talk about how to try an relieve symptoms from the devil that is hay fever!     woman-698957_1280

  1. Shutting the windows first thing in the morning will help stop the pollen from starting your day with a nasty array or sneezing.
  2. When the pollen count is high at around 50 to 150, try to stay indoors.
  3. Get yourself a pair of wraparound sunglasses to help protect your eyes from pollen.
  4. Putting petroleum jelly on the inside of your nostrils will help trap pollen.
  5. Sitting in large open grass areas doesn’t help, and mowing the lawn is a big no no when the pollen count is high!
  6. Wash your hands and face often.
  7. Try not to drive with your windows open, it allows pollen to get in.
  8. After being out all day, pollen could have easily stuck to your hair, so wash it before you go to bed so that it doesn’t get onto your pillow at night.
  9. Pollen can get into your carpet, so make sure that you are vacuuming regularly.
  10. Make sure you seek treatment as hay fever is well known to have a strong link with asthma.