Stairlift and Mobility Scooter Recycling News

Advice on adapting your home for your disability

With the average life expectancy age continuing to rise, its great to know people are enjoying life for longer. However, with old age often comes health problems and disabilities – but in these modern day times, those issues can be easily managed.

It is also believed that most people in life will experience some form of disability which can occur naturally, health issues, old age, or an accident.

Where do I start when looking to adapt my home? 

The initial stage will be fully assessing your disabilities so that your needs can be reviewed and evaluated. This will help to plan for now and potential future changes. Everyone is completely different and your local occupational therapist will be able to discuss this with you fully.  Find your local occupational therapists http://www.cotss-ip.org.uk/find

What sort of changes may need to be made to my home for my disability needs?

Once your needs have been assessed, the possible changes to your home can be wide ranging from ensuring your front entrance is wide enough to fit a wheelchair or scooter, installing equipment such as  a stairlift or bath lifts, adding hand rails in relevant places, making hallways and corridors wider, placing visual or hearing aids around the home, to motion sensors in case of a fall and emergency needs.

I need a stairlift or I have an existing one that needs removing

We have been in the stairlift industry for many years and have expert knowledge of makes, models, sizes, fitting, engineering and servicing. Whether you need a curved, straight, want a brand new one or value for money reconditioned, need heavy duty, outdoor or bespoke, we can deal with all stairlift needs. We offer excellent warranties and after sale services. We also offer a recycling service so that if your existing stairlift need changing or taking out, we can do so in an environmentally friendly way and we give 50% to charity.

What do I do now that I know what adaptations I need to make to my home,?

Before you do anything, it is worth finding out if you are entitled to financial help with your home adaptations. Find out more by contacting citizen advice. Or speak to your local social services department at the council. They can arrange for someone to assess your situation and determine what help and funding is at hand.

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Our Partnership With Age Concern Birmingham

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We’re celebrating this week as we’ve just partnered with Age Concern Birmingham to provide its customers with affordable and environmentally friendly mobility solutions, while giving money back to the charity.

Following the OTC show last November, we’ve been in discussions with the charity regarding our mobility solutions offering. The charity was inspired by our well-rounded, affordable and environmentally friendly proposition. Not only do we provide a full stairlift and scooter recycling service across the UK, we’re partnered with a large stairlift reconditioners and installers.  We provide a valuable service to the community and the environment by removing, reconditioning and recycling unwanted stairlifts and mobility scooters. In most cases free of charge unless it is more than seven years old. And a large percentage of any money made goes back to Age Concern Birmingham.

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Customers of the charity can now take full advantage of stairlift recycling and our affordable mobility products, giving them peace of mind and ensuring they’re making the most of their lifestyle.

Our Recycling Solutions

Our Stairlift and Mobility Scooter Recycling Scheme operates UK wide. We provide a valuable service to the community and the environment by removing, reconditioning and recycling unwanted stairlifts and mobility scooters.  In most cases free of charge.  The only times we would charge is if the stairlift is more than 7 years old. Here we would charge £95 for the stairlift (chairlift) removal.

If you have an unwanted stairlift, by recycling your stairlift or mobility scooter with us you are helping someone in the community.

Why use a recondition stairlift or mobility scooter? 

Our reconditioned and recycled stairlifts and mobility scooters are just as good as new.  They come with a 12 month warranty  and reconditioned products maintain a virtuous circle for the environment and the community.  Re-using the parts protects the environment and any parts that we can’t use are disposed of in a responsible way.

If you’re an Age Concern branch, or a charity and are looking for a partner to help with mobility and recycling solutions, we’d be delighted to speak to you.

For more information on Age Concern Birmingham, visit here 

Come Along To Our Be A Friend Tea Party

Did you know that over five million older people are affected by loneliness and this is on the rise?

We meet elderly and disabled people on a daily basis and understand how wide spread loneliness is and what an awful effect it can have on people’s lives. As a result we want to help Friends of the Elderly on their campaign to combat the issue. In partnership with A1 Stairlifts and Keighley Cougar’s Rugby Club we’re helping to host a Be A Friend tea party on Wednesday 25 March from 2pm in the lovely new showroom at A1 Stairlifts in Keighley.

Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the entertainment, free refreshments, cakes and scones – please feel free to bring along your own baking to share with the group. Whether by yourself, with a friend or family member, the tea party is a chance to get out of the house, meet like-minded people, catch up with friends and chat the afternoon away at your leisure.  Fruit tea

We’re also looking for volunteers to Be A Friend for the afternoon and to help out with the event. Contact 0808 178 8487 or email headoffice@a1stairlifts.co.uk for more information.

10% of any sales made on the day will go to Friends of the Elderly charity.

The showroom is based on 56 South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 1DD.

Staying Warm In Winter

When the weather starts to turn cold, staying warm in winter can prove difficult. This can cause all sorts of health problems and those most vulnerable tend to be the elderly who often are on a low income so can’t afford to heat their home, or those with disabilities.

Keeping warm will help keep colds and flues at bay and more serious health problems such as sleep deprivation, heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. You may be eligible for an NHS free flu jabs –   to find out more information, click here.

Top Tips On Staying Warm

  • Keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F). To keep costs down heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Heat a hot water bottle and place in your bed around half an hour before you want to go to sleep. Then refill the hot water bottle just before you get into bed. This way the bed will be warm when you go to sleep and will keep you warm into the night. (Extra tip: place a hot water bottle near your feet – warm feet help to keep the rest of your body warm)
  • Eat well. Food is crucial for keeping up your energy – this in turn keeps your body warm. Have regular hot drinks but also keep well hydrated with lots of water. 
  • Keep active however possible when home. Sitting down all day will lower your heart rate. Try a move around when possible to warm up, and it’s free!
  • Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer clothing and keep feet warm with a good pair of socks or slippers. Try to stay inside if it’s really cold outside.
  • If you have elderly or disabled friends, it’s nice (and sometimes essential)  to check in on them to make sure they’re well and warm enough.If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

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Lone Worker Solutions

Some of the organisations we work with, such as local councils and charities, have workers who work alone in low to high risk situations.  There is a legal duty of care of  employers for workers in that situation.  Due to the close link of our stairlift and mobility scooter service to this duty of care we have teamed up with one of the UK’s leading providers of Lone Worker Solutions.  This solution is the most comprehensive in the UK, at a competitive price when compared to other solutions, and accredited to BS8484.

If you want to know more about this solution please contact info@stairliftrecycling.co.uk or call Gary Fawcett on 07817 707472.

Why residents across Yorkshire are looking forward to retirement

Retirement is seen as a positive experience by residents across Yorkshire a study revealed yesterday.

Researchers found that being care-free, having more time to relax and spend with family and going on more holidays mean many view retirement as a good thing.

‘Golden years’, ‘stress-free’ and ‘exciting’ are other words used to describe our view of the years after quitting work for good.

In fact, the average Yorkshire resident views retirement as 65 per cent positive and just 35 negative.

It also emerged that people’s view of retirement becomes more positive as they get closer to it, with those aged under 50 more likely to see the post-work era as ‘boring’ and ‘depressing’.

The research was commissioned by Skipton Building Society and Siobhaun Dempsey, manager of the Skipton branch, said: “To young people, retirement can be seen as a bad thing.

‘”When you are just starting out in your working life, the idea of not having to get up for a job can seem boring and unexciting. 

‘”Retirement can also seem so far away when you are young, with those who are already retired seeming ‘old’ and ‘boring’ in comparison to the ‘exciting’ lives they lead.

‘”But it seems as you get closer to your retirement this changes, with those aged over 50 feeling far more positive about their years after work.

“Years spent living a 9-5 life can mean you really start to look forward to a time when you don’t have to get up to an alarm every morning and have much more freedom to spend your time exactly how you want to.”

The study of 2,000 Brits found that 63 per cent of Brits view retirement as a positive experience, with just 11 per cent believing it is negative. But 69 per cent of over 50s see it as a good thing compared to just 57 per cent of those under 50 under.

‘Care-free’ is the term most likely to be associated with retirement, followed by ‘relaxing’, ‘holidays’ and ‘family time’. Other positive words include ‘fun’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘quiet’. The only negative term to feature within the top ten is ‘end of an era’ while ‘old’, ‘no money’ and ‘boredom’ are also within the top 20.

It also emerged that 72 per cent of people are looking forward to their retirement, with four in ten even admitting to being jealous of those who have already quit work.

But 57 per cent of people admitted to being at least a little worried about their life after work, with financial worries the biggest concern.

Other worries include ill-health, no longer using their brain, being lonely or bored and having nothing to get up for each day.

Despite the money worries, less than half of Brits have some kind of plan in place of how they are going to fund their retirement.

And worryingly, 48 per cent of over 50s also admitted to having no retirement fund, despite the end of their working life being just years away.

But eight in ten would feel even more positive about their retirement if they had their financial plan in place.

Siobhaun added: “Many of our customers are aged fifty-plus and it’s great to see that their age group appears to be really embracing the positive opportunities retirement can bring.

“However, people’s lack of preparedness comes as no surprise, unfortunately. We’re acutely aware that retirement planning is a complex and daunting area and this can sometimes put people putting off the planning they need to do to ensure themselves the best possible future.

“Indeed, our customers have told us that they feel confused, particularly in light of changes to State pension provision and the recent Budget announcement about changes to annuity rules.

“That’s why Skipton is trying to tackle this growing social issue head-on, On 1 July we launched our unique new High Street retirement planning service, with the strapline Skipton – For Life Ahead.

“We’ve teamed up with our wholly owned financial advice subsidiary, Skipton Financial Services (SFS), to offer people all the help they need with their retirement planning.

“We are inviting anyone who wants help in achieving the kind of future they want to come in and undergo a free My Retirement Review and start the conversation about their life ahead.”

Are The Elderly Still Judged By Younger Generations

We read an interesting article recently in Care Industry News about society becoming more accepting of the elderly and their mobility needs. It highlighted an interesting fact that the stigma of being useless and frail attached to the use of mobility aids is actually mainly in the minds of the user, not the general public.  

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The article discussed a survey conducted by Stair-Lift-Comparison.co.uk which showed that 33% of the 350 users that took part believed that there was a stigma attached to the use of mobility aids, with over a third believing that mobility scooters attracted the greatest stigma. 

However, a parliamentary report shows that the number of UK citizens aged 65 and over will nearly double from the current 10 million to 19 million by the year 2050, so with people living longer, the older generation continues to grow and therefore their is a greater need for mobility products. As a result mobility scooters, mobility aids and stairlifts are a more prominent and a regular everyday public sight. The director of Stair-Lift-Comparison.co.uk, Jason Tate commented: “It is human nature that the more familiar we become with something, the more accepting we are.”

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The survey also showed that 81% of those that took part believed that society is becoming more accepting of mobility aids: probably due in large part to this growing presence in society and in pop culture but that the growing acceptance may be linked to the growing number of over 65s in the UK.

We found it heartening to read this article and the report to see that the elderly are starting to be recognised as the respectable citizens that they are and that the stigma associated with mobility products is lessening.

What’s your opinion? Join us on Twitter to discuss further @StairliftREC

Top tips to stay cool during summer….

We’re pleased to see that summer is sticking around this year. So that you can make the most of it and enjoy the hotter months, we put some top tips together on staying cool.

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  • Turn your heating off completely (make sure the timer isn’t on without you realising)
  • Avoid spending long periods of time outside between 12-4pm as this is the hottest part of the day.
  • Drink lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty! Fill up bottles of water and keep them in the fridge and take one with you if you’re going somewhere.
  • Avoid doing anything too active – do housework and gardening in the mornings or early evenings while it’s cooler.
  • Close blinds and curtains in rooms where the sun shines through to keep the heat out.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured clothing. Cotton or linen are usually the best materials for hotter weather.
  • If you’re really struggling to cool down take a cold bath or shower. This is a great tip before bed as it’ll bring your temperature down and help you drift off to sleep.
  • Avoid big heavy meals, especially with lots of salt in as this will dehydrate you.
  • Make sure you keep in contact with relatives, friends or neighbours to let them know you’re ok. If you know someone who is by them self give them a call or drop them a text to make sure they’re ok.
  • If you know a heatwave is on its way, speak to your GP beforehand if you’re worried about any health issues that the heat might affect such as breathing problems or heart condition.

Northumberland County Council and Barrow Borough Council

We’ve recently gained two new partners, Northumberland County Council and Barrow Borough Council.

They have listed us on their household directory website for those in their area looking for stairlift/chairlift and mobility scooter removals and recycling. They were delighted to find a service that removed stairlifts for free and donated half of their proceeds to a number of charities. All the while helping the environment by reducing waste. And we’re delighted to be working with them.

How our service works is that when someone contacts us to donate a stairlift or mobility scooter, it is then reconditioned and recycled by us and our partners in the stairlift industry. It doesn’t matter what make your stairlift is or if it is straight or curved.

If you wish to donate, then contact us either by email or through the 0800 number on our website we will collect your details, contact you to check them, send out an engineer within 2 weeks to remove the stairlift and take it back to our factory and recondition, wherever possible by our expert engineers, or strip out all usable parts and recycle them back into the market in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way as possible. Our reconditioned stairlifts will then be sold back into the market at half the price or less than a new stairlift, or rented out to people that need them but cannot afford the cost of a reconditioned stairlift. All of our reconditioned stairlifts come with a 12 month warranty.

We’re looking to partner with other councils, so if you’d like to organise a meeting to discuss further, get in touch. 01535 612167

#RightToKnow

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new campaign #RightToKnow in a bid to support proper diagnosis of dementia.
 

According to the charity too many people are denied diagnosis, denied treatment, and denied the chance to plan for the future while still able to do so and that there is a desperate shortage of information for those following diagnosis.
 

The Independent reported today:
 

In a survey of nearly 400 people affected by dementia, the charity found one in five were given no information or support after diagnosis, while 90 per cent said they were “dissatisfied” with the amount of advice they received about their condition and support services. The charity also warned over diagnosis rates for dementia, which remain “unacceptably” low, despite small rises since David Cameron made improved dementia diagnosis a priority two years ago.Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said that being diagnosed with dementia without support from health and care services was like “entering a maze blindfolded”.
 

“Too many people are left without a guiding hand to help them come to terms with this debilitating, terminal condition,” he said. “The Government has shown clear commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia and action is under way to improve diagnosis rates. However, we cannot escape the lack of support following a diagnosis which leaves vulnerable people adrift.” He said that the Government should guarantee a dementia advisor – a named professional contact – to any patient diagnosed with the disease, to help them come to terms with the news and advise them on the care services they may now need.
 

The Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign has been launched to support those that have been diagnosed with Dementia and have a #RightToKnow about the condition, how to tackle it and what advice and information is available to help them. The charity is asking for people to sign up and support the campaign. There is more information here 

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