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An Occupational Therapist Guide To Stairlifts

Straight Stairlift Guide

If it becomes difficult for someone to get up and down stairs, they have limited options to chose from to overcome the problem: living downstairs, moving to a bungalow or ground floor flat or installing a domestic lift such as a stairlift or through floor lift. The first option may not be practical as issues such as providing downstairs bathroom facilities can prove difficult and costly to overcome. The second option is not only costly but may result in the loss social support. Installing a domestic lift is often the most practical and economical option.

A straight stairlift tends to be a very common solution to use in a domestic setting. The majority of users are able to walk, but find it difficult to negotiate the stairs. The person must be able to sit safely during transit and transfer independently, or with minimal assistance, on and off at the top and bottom of the stairs. A swivel seat, which can be operated both manually or automatically, and lift-up armrests should make transfers on and off the seat easier. Check that you are able to manipulate the controls for both the footrest and the swivel seat as various types of controls and switches are also available. Click here for full article

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The Stairlift with the Smallest Diameter Rail

The Otolift AIR stairlift has the smallest diameter rail tube of any other single rail stairlift on the current market. It is specially designed for narrow and steep stairs but can also be used on any other stair configuration. It is available with an extensive range of additional options to ensure you get a lift tailored to your personal needs.

Key features of Otolift Air Stairlift

  • Compact, comfortable & visually pleasing design.
  • Unobtrusive single tube rail, positioned low on the stairs, minimising the appearance of the rail.
  • Smooth ride.
  • Negotiate steep and narrow staircases, ensuring a comfortable ride with maximum knee clearance.
  • Takes up a minimum of space, leaving room on the stairs for other users.
  • Powered Folding Footrest is standard on the Otolift AIR Stairlift.
  • Battery operated, so the stairlift can still be operated during a power cut.
  • Light touch controls require very little effort to operate the lift.
  • All round safety system will stop the stair lift automatically if anything is trapped or it encounters any obstacles.

Supplied and Fitted by Pearce Bros Mobility

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Scooter Scheme Could Expand Due to Tesco Grant

A scooter safety initiative scheme that was was launched to improve the safe use of mobility scooters could be expanding thanks to grant from Tesco.

Horsham Scooter Safety (HSS), which currently operates in Horsham, West Sussex, was previously at risk of closure due to lack of funds but was saved by the local council.  Local residents have now nominated the scheme to be shortlisted for a grant from Tesco, which would allow it to continue operating in the area and even expand.

The scheme provides informative instruction on how to safely use a mobility scooter and over 40 scooter users have benefited from the scheme so far.

To find out more about this scheme read the article by Access & Mobility Professionals below.

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The Bruno Heavy Duty Stairlift 30st Weight Capacity

Installed & Maintained by Pearce Brother Mobility

The Elite Heavy Duty Stairlifst combine, Comfort and Style. Enjoy a high-quality lift featuring a smooth ride and a unique 190kg (30 stone) lift capacity.

Consider Options such as powered swival seat and power folding footrest to customize your lift to match your indivual needs.

The Elite uses a powerful worm gear and rack-and-pin drive system to move its carriage along the rail which supports a heavy user weight than any other model.

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Wheelchairs combine to pull 128 tonne airplane

A group of 98 wheelchairs were strapped together in order to pull a 128 tonne Boeing 787, setting a new Guinness World Record.  The previous record was held by a team from Belgium, who managed to pull a 67 tonne plane.

The event took place at Heathrow airport and featured staff from across the airport, some of whom were not wheelchair users themselves.

Over £15,000 was raised for the charity Wheels4Wings during the day.  The charity focuses on helping people with disabilities learn to fly.

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Autochair vehicle adaptations and mobility driving aids since 1983

Born from one man's desire for greater independence, Autochair is a world leading supplier and manufacturer of vehicle adaptation products which have been making a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people for more than 30-years. It is our ambition to make car travel easy and accessible to all – whether as a driver or a passenger.

Our product categories include lifts and hoists for the loading and stowage of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, driving accessobility aids to make it easier to control your vehicle, and car adaptations to make it easier to get in and out of your vehicle.  Just talk to our friendly sales team and they will talk you through the options.


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Sunrise officially unveils six new powerchairs in ‘unprecedented launch’

Sunrise Medical has officially lifted the veil on its new Q-series powerchair range, which stands as one of the company’s largest-ever launches and is unprecedented in terms of its launch strategy and how many units have already been shifted.

The new Q-series comprises of six powerchairs from the very low end to the very high end and as well as improving on current models, consolidates Sunrise’s powerchair portfolio and makes its range easier for dealers and end-users to understand.

At two recent special launch events for its current dealer network, Sunrise showcased the Q500 and Q700 from the Q-series, which will be followed by dedicated events for some of the other Q-series models now available.

The new powerchairs, ranging from the Q100 all the way to the Q700, are based on previous models but have been painstakingly tweaked and upgraded.

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Reinventing the Wheel for a Smother Ride

A vibration reducing wheel with integral suspension. Loopwheels minimise vibration, reduce fatigue and pain and give you a smoother rise – allowing you to travel further and longer.

Loopwheels for wheelchairs help people push over uneven streets, rough tracks and gravel paths, with less effort, and the carbon springs give you extra power to get up or down kerbs. They reduce jolting and vibration, by as much as two thirds compared with a spoked wheel. Our customers tell us this helps them manage pain.

With standard quick release axles, a choice between 12mm or ½ inch bearings and available in 24″ and 25″ sizes, loopwheels fit most manual wheelchairs.

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NHS Amnesty For Mobility Aids

The NHS has called for an amnesty on mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walking aids and rehab equipment that patients have sitting around unused in their homes.

It is hoped that by encouraging patients to return equipment, that is no longer being used, the NHS will be able to reuse much of the equipment in an environmentally friendly way.  Reusing equipment will also help to save the NHS thousands of pounds of taxpayers money, with one local trust having saved £25,000 last year by getting patients to return equipment.

Key figures within the NHS have also called for the system of returning mobility equipment to be made simpler for people.

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