Heavy Duty Curved Stairlifts

Archive for May, 2011

Heavy Duty Curved Stairlifts

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The new batriatric curved stairlift from One Stop Mobility is the latest company to invest in new products aimed at the bariatric care market with their heavy duty rated curved Stairlift.

The new One Stop Mobility HD Curved can

accommodate people weighing up to 25 stone (160/kg)

include an extra wide seat for comfort

easy use controls for simple operation

on board diagnostics 

fast delivery

unbeatable prices

For more details please call our sales team on 0161 239 1114.

Disabled Living Allowance

Monday, May 9th, 2011

As we all get older some are lucky enough to continue to enjoy good health well into old age however some people find that they need help with daily living.

Some people may have difficulty getting about  or with personal care such as dressing or washing, or with their sight or hearing. If this is the case then they may be entitled to some extra money to help.

The two main benefits for disabled people are Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Attendance Allowance (AA).

People under 65 may be entitled to the DLA. There are two components to DLA: care and mobility which can be paid at different rates depending on the level of difficulty the person in suffering from.

Attendance Allowance (AA)

If someone is over 65, and they aren’t already getting DLA,  they may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if they have difficulties with personal care. There is no mobility component to Attendance Allowance.

AA is paid at two different weekly rates, depending on how your disability affects you:

  • Higher rate £73.60
  • Lower rate £49.30

Making a claim

You can get a claim form for Attendance Allowance by calling the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 (textphone: 0800 24 33 55). You can also download a claim form or start a claim online at opens link in new window www.direct.gov.uk

Law prevents teenagers from getting wheelchair she needs

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Like most 13-year-olds, Jenny Wilson likes to go shopping with friends. She suffers with athetoid cerebral palsy which means that she has used a wheelchair for almost a decade and she is capable of negotiating busy high streets. Yet Jenny’s independence is under threat by a legal anomaly that means she breaks the law if she uses the wheelchair that best meets her needs.

The teenager from Chester, in Cheshire, has outgrown the electric wheelchair she got two years ago. The model she needs, which includes better steering and a motorised seat enabling the user to stand, weighs around 175kg. The 1988 Road Traffic Act not only bans children under 14 from using very technologically advanced wheelchairs – a “class three vehicle” weighing up to 150kg – but it classes wheelchairs heavier than 150kg as cars, which can only be driven legally by over 17s who hold a driving licence.

So Jenny can either change to what would be an inadequate wheelchair on her 14th birthday next month, or wait until she is 17 for the most appropriate one.

Jenny says she appreciates that the act was never intended to further impair disabled people’s mobility, but while technology has advanced – modern wheelchairs get heavier with adaptations such as motorised seats, communication aids or oxygen cylinders – legislation has stood still. She wants the law amended.

Her family learned about the legal anomaly when Jenny applied for a wheelchair grant from the disability charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Although Jenny was eligible for a grant, Newlife could not approve it for the model she wants. “This stops me from being independent,” Jenny says. “A new powered wheelchair means I could go into the town with my mates without relying on my mum to push me.” The chair would also enable her to stand, which would be more practical at her mainstream school in Chester and reduce the isolation she feels among her able-bodied peers.

“What’s holding Jenny back is an inappropriate chair – not her disability,” says Jenny’s mother, Lynda Wakefield. “The current chair is front-wheel drive and doesn’t hold the cambers of pavements, so Jenny can jackknife down. The equipment that could make a difference to Jenny’s life, she can’t have without breaking the law. To disable our disabled community further by legislation is nonsensical.”

In theory, wheelchairs can be bought privately and no one would know the age of the user but, in reality, most wheelchairs are paid for with grants from charities. Funding should come through primary care trusts (PCTs) but a 2009 report by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign revealed that 50% do not fund the full cost of a powered wheelchair for a disabled child. The research suggests PCTs put the average cost of a powered wheelchair at £2,000 when the true cost is £17,500, and even £3,000 only buys the most basic model.

There is no estimate for how many young people are affected by the law, but with around 70,000 wheelchair-using children in the UK, according to disability charity Whizz-Kids, Jenny is unlikely to be alone in her predicament. Newlife, alerted to the legal quirk by a PCT contact, has refused 12 applications for wheelchairs this year alone as a result. While there are no known cases of an arrest for breaching the act, a charity cannot make grants for equipment deemed illegal.

Newlife voiced its concern about the anomaly last year in a government consultation on mobility equipment. The local transport minister, Norman Baker, says the government will respond “in due course”. He adds: “Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters are important lifelines which provide independence to people with mobility issues in their day-to-day lives. However, it is important we balance the safety of pedestrians and other road users with the mobility needs of users.”

Sheila Brown, chief executive at Newlife, says: “We’ve got 21st-century equipment and 1980s law. This is an easy amendment for government to make. It will simply allow charities and statutory services to fully respond to need instead of a make-do-and-mend lesser alternative

New Stannah Starla Stairlift

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The new Stannah Starla is due to be lauched to market next month. The new Starla stairlift sees the introduction ofa chair which offers improved comfort, safety and ease of use. It offers a new seat, backrest and armrest design,with a greater range of swivel options and a straightforward controller to maximise security when moving and getting on and off.

The new Starla stairlift from Stannah also comes with the option a high quality wooden trim, available in eitherdark or light wood. It also offers a choice of upholsteries, traditional or contemporary to suit any home. The look and feel of the chair is one of simplicity and elegance and simplicity.

As with all Stannah models, the Starla chair is easy for installers to fit. It has been built so installations are quicker and easier, helping to save valuable time and cost.

More importantly, the Starla stairlift is quality engineered to be safe and effective for many years, making it ideal for reuse through the reconditioned market. It has been designed to be simple to remove, refurbish, upgrade and re-site.

To find out more about this or any other Stannah reconditoned stairlift, please call us on 0161 239 1114 and we will be happy to help.