Many people imagine that curved stairlifts are designed for use only with curved stairways – but in fact this is not so.

While this type of stairlift is, of course, the perfect solution for a curving or spiral staircase, curved stairlifts can also be used to deal with a variety of problems presented by straight staircases.

Keeping Bottom of Staircase Clear
One of the most common worries about having a stairlift installed is the degree to which the lift will be an obstruction when not in use. While we have models which are designed to be particularly streamlined, many customers prefer the staircase to be completely clear, especially at the bottom of the stairs.

If your staircase has banisters on one side and a hallway running past it, then a curved stairlift provides a solution to this dilemma. The curved rail can be designed to turn around the lower banister so that the seat comes to rest outside the staircase, leaving the bottom step completely clear. The image below of the Minivator 2000 illustrates how this looks in practice.

Minivator 2000

Keeping Top of Staircase Clear
The same issue can present itself at the top of the stairs also, depending on the arrangement of the wall, banisters and landing. A curved rail allows the seat to turn 90 or 180 degrees at the top of the stairs, coming to rest against the landing wall or banister, as appropriate.

Easier Mounting and Dismounting
Apart from avoiding an obstruction on the stairs, many customers prefer the idea of mounting and dismounting in an area away from the stair steps (particularly the top step), to give them the most amount of flat floor area around the seat in order to manoeuvre themselves safely. Only when they are securely seated does the seat move into the stairway.

Choosing a curved stairlift for this reason will be matter of personal preference and perhaps a matter of mobility. In this type of situation it is a good idea to arrange a demonstration of the different models and configurations by visiting our showroom in Woodbridge, Suffolk, where we have many curved stairlifts on display.

Multi-Storey Buildings
There are a good number of homes in the UK with more than two storeys. The 3 storey “townhouse” design was widely used in both Victorian and Edwardian eras (the top storey was often intended as accommodation for household staff). It has made a significant comeback in recent decades as a way of fitting in more houses on less land while still offering the same amount of living space. Other houses may have a basement which is used as living space, effectively creating a 3 storey building.

In such homes there are two options:

The first is to install 2 straight stairlifts, one for each flight of stairs. This can often be a cheaper option than installing a single curved stairlift. But it will mean that the user will need to dismount at the top of the first flight and transfer to the other stairlift. Whether this is an acceptable solution will depend to some extent on the user’s mobility level. It also means that there are two seats, one of which will always be stored at the landing between the two flights. Depending on the width of the overall stairway and size of the landing, this may or may not present an obstacle to other stair users.

The second option is to opt for a single curved stairlift. This will need to be attached to the inner stair rail, so that the rail does not obstruct any doorways leading off the landing. In this configuration, the stairlift and rail need to be installed in such a way as to allow the user to stop and dismount at either the first or second storey.

Multi-Flight Stairs
Even going up just one storey, some stairways involve two separate flights of straight stairs, separated by a landing, with the second flight at 90 or 180 degrees to the other. This is a fairly common situation, especially in more modern homes, where the staircase is a design feature.

Once again, curved stairlifts offer the ideal solution to this arrangement, giving the user a single ride up both flights. The image below shows the Freelift Van Gogh being used in exactly this way, to deal with a 90 degree turn of the staircase, while also keeping the bottom step clear of obstructions.

Freelift Van Gogh

As there are so many possible configurations of hallway, stairs and landing, it’s important to get your home assessed by one of our team before making a decision about whether curved or straight stairlifts would be the best option for you. Our team can talk you through the possibilities to come up with a design solution that best suits your particular home, as well as your personal preferences and budget.

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If you have an independent, elderly relative who lives alone, the chances are you will be worried about making the balance between looking out for their welfare, and not being too intrusive. However, there are plenty of positive things that you can do to make their life more comfortable, while also making them feel confident and appreciated. The trick is to keep your eyes and ears open as much as you can when you visit, so you can suggest or make small adjustments as and when needed.

This article looks at Ransome Mobility’s top tips on caring for an elderly relative from a distance. We have more than 30 years’ of experience in providing mobility aids and domestic stairlifts in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire. Just click on the link above to find out the mobility products we have available.

Some Ways to Help an Independent Elderly Relative

Making Shopping/Cooking Easier – It may be that you notice your relative is skipping meals every so often. Perhaps their fridge is not as well stocked as it used to be? If they do find getting food in a bit of a struggle, why not suggest a weekly trip to the supermarket, or changing your relative’s shopping habits to buying online?  You may want to ask if they would consider having Meals-on-Wheels, which is organised by the Royal Voluntary Service.

Keeping on top of Medication/Doctors Appointments – If your relative needs lots of medication during the day, it can be hard for them to keep track of. Write a list of when their tablets need to be taken, and at what time (morning, evening, before or after meals etc). You can buy medicine boxes that have separate compartments for each day – just divide the tablets up into the individual boxes so your relative can see which ones remain. If your relative has regular doctor’s appointments, you might want to offer them a lift or organise transport for them.

Helping with Home Improvements – If you noticed your relative is finding it harder to move about the house (such as gripping onto the edges of tables, or furniture or being slightly unsteady on their feet) there are some things that you can do. You may want to suggest carrying out some DIY work in the home, and ask if they want a few handrails put in while you are there. If a relative is choosing to sleep on a chair or sofa, rather than venturing upstairs to bed, what about browsing our website together to find out about buying or renting domestic stairlifts?  If the post is piling up because it is harder for them to bend down to pick it up, why not affix a basket on the door (at to the back of the letterbox), so their post is more accessible?

Lifts to Clubs or Social Groups – If your relative enjoys going to certain clubs, (such as community clubs, the University of the Third Age, bridge etc) but finds it difficult to get there, why not offer them a lift or ask a friend to step in and help? If they have been enjoying a certain sport, such as bowls, but mobility has made it no longer possible to play, why not go to the club together, either to watch a match or have lunch so they can still stay in touch with their friends?

Checking the House for any Dangers – Statistics show that there are around half a million accidents a year in the home involving people aged 65 years and over. Take a wander around their house to see if there are any obvious objects lying around that your relative may stumble over – such as cords, loose carpets, and dog bowls – and remove them to a place of safety. Or, where possible, get rid of these items completely.

Helping with the Housework – Doing the housework becomes more and more difficult in later life, as it becomes harder to bend down or lift heavy equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, up and down the stairs. If time allows, why not pop in and do a weekly or fortnightly clean, or organise a cleaning service for your relative? This way they can maintain their independence in comfort.

Ransome Mobility is a family run company offering mobility aids, domestic stairlifts, and car adaptations. Just click on the link above to find out more.

Going away this bank holiday? Traffic can be a nightmare as some nine million UK motorists hit the roads during the short Easter getaway. You may think you’re being savvy by setting off an hour or two early, but you’ll be joining thousands of other motorists rushing to make the most of the weekend.

Certainly motorway jams, travel disruptions and bumper-to-bumper delays are to be expected on the busiest roads this Easter (particularly en route to seaside resorts, airports or ports) so it pays to be organised. To reduce the stress of your driving experience, WAV specialists WAVS-R-US looks at some of the ways you can prepare for your long car journey.

WAVS-R-US – Click here to see our full range of nearly new and used WAV vehicles.

Use a Packing List: It’s always best to compile a packing list well in advance of any overnight stays, and to do a final check of suitcase contents before you leave so you don’t leave out any essentials. To make it easier, there are various websites or phone apps that will help you compile tailored packing lists. These take into account the finer details such as the weather to expect while you are away, the type of holiday it is (adventure holiday, beach holiday etc.) and the ages, gender and ability of your travellers.

Plan Your Route: The first step on a long car journey is to plan your route in advance to minimise any delays. Check the destination address so you know exactly where you are going and have a rough idea of journey times. If you have Sat-Nav, the best thing to do is to keep it up to date by downloading the latest route maps; update it a couple of days before your journey if you haven’t already.

Depending on your passengers, and how long your journey will take, you may want to plan a route with regular toilet stops, refreshment breaks, and possibly an overnight stay in a wheelchair friendly/disabled access friendly hotel or bed and breakfast. Don’t forget to check the AA Roadwatch, Highways Agency, or RAC route planner, for the latest travel information and updates.

Pack a Travel Essentials Bag: No matter how thoroughly you have planned your route, try to be prepared in case of long tailbacks. So keep all the necessary medication or vital equipment in the car, and pack snacks, an extra blanket, a few travel pillows, water and a high visibility vest in case of emergencies. Also bring a few things along for entertainment, which will come in particularly handy if you are travelling with children. Some ideas are to have a tablet, mobile phone or travel games to hand in the back of the car, or to think up games that you can do in a jam – such as I-Spy or an A-Z game spotting letters in number plates. Playing music or an audio book that the whole family agrees on will also amuse you and your passengers during the long drive.

Check Your Vehicle: There are a few vital precautions you should take to ensure the safety of your vehicle before driving, say WAV specialists WAVS-R-US. Check the oil level of your car, and make sure your wipers are in good condition, your windscreen wash and your coolant is at the right level (it should be topped up to just under the maximum level line), and that you have a full tank of petrol.

Once in a traffic queue, try to keep an eye on the temperature gauge so that your engine doesn’t overheat. If the cooling fan does come on, open the windows and put the heater on to maximum so some of the heat from the engine can escape. Then pull over when it is safe to do so and turn off the ignition to let the engine cool down.

Top tips are to fully charge your mobile before any long journey, have your vehicle breakdown number handy, and the telephone number of where you are staying, in case of emergencies.

WAV Specialists Planning a long journey in the future, click here to find out how we can help you find your perfect WAV vehicle.

The government recommends two and a half hours a week of moderate to vigorous exercise, including muscle strengthening workouts. However, if your mobility is limited, it is not always possible to factor in such a tough exercise regime. Here, Ransome Mobility, East Anglia – who supply and install mobility aids including straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts – suggests ten ways to increase your fitness levels.

Why Exercise?

Exercise has many benefits:

  • It increases endorphins – these are the chemicals released by your body that interact with receptors in the brain, which help boost your mood.
  • It increases self-esteem and provides a sense of achievement.
  • It reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and strokes.
  • It helps keep weight down which can in turn maximise mobility.

Whatever, your age or ability, exercise is important as it can safeguard your current abilities, as well as preventing further injuries in the future.  Here we suggest a number of ways to help build more exercise into your daily routine. However, always check with your doctor first before starting any exercise regime.

Ten Ways to Increase Fitness Levels

Move About the House – From hand rails to straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts there are all sorts of mobility aids in the home that can help you get up and about. Moving more about the house and undertaking light household chores (such as dusting or filling the washing machine) all helps to raise fitness levels; just stay aware of how your body feels so you know when to stop.

Exercise in Short Bursts – If you are unable to do 30 minutes of exercise at a time, break it up into short bursts of five or ten minutes throughout the day. Short bursts, rather than a big block of exercise is far less daunting, and is a great way to start if you haven’t exercised for a while.

Learn to Fidget – Research shows fidgeting burns more calories, and those who fidget more tend to be slimmer than those who don’t. So think about ways you can increase your movement, such as swinging your arms, shrugging your shoulders, shuffling or wiggling your toes.

Follow Your Exercise Plan – If you have a set of exercises set by your doctor or physiotherapist, do make sure you keep to the plan, and don’t neglect your exercises, as this will pay off in the long term.

Dance to Music – Putting on a few of your favourite tunes and dancing is a fun way to get in shape. You’ll barely even know you are working out! Wiggle in your seat, tap your fingers or toes or punch the air in time to the music.

Tone Your Muscles – Work on your pelvic floor muscles or clench your stomach muscles periodically during the day to tone your body. You may want to consider doing some light free weights too (if you don’t want to invest in weights, use filled bottles of water or cans instead).

Start Chair Aerobics – This will help tone your limbs, get your heart pumping and is effective in building muscle mass. Best of all you can fit in short bursts of aerobic activity around your lifestyle – at home, in the car or at work.

Go Swimming – Team up with a friend or relative and visit your local pool. This is a great way to tone the body – and best of all, you can go at your own pace.

Visit the Gym – There are gyms in all budgets and all of which cater for people with limited ability. Get in touch with one of the gym staff to ask them to set you an exercise regime that works for you.

Join a Local Club – Whether you are interested in sports such as climbing, basketball, tennis, bowls, table tennis, or dancing, browse the internet to see if there is a suitable class for you. Focus on activities you can do, and if you are limited by your abilities, be as imaginative as you can to find new exercise that you will enjoy. An added benefit of joining a class is that you will be with people with similar interests, so it helps build friendships too.

Ransome Mobility East Anglia – Click here to find out about our straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, and mobility aids for the home.

We have just added this 2012 Kia Pro Ceed to our fleet. This 2012 3 door 1.6 Petrol Automatic with only 4994 miles on the clock also has a manual turnout swivel seat Carony transfer system. (Original Seat is included and can be reinstated if turnout not required)

It has 1 previous private owner, full service history and the MOT is not required until September 2015.  It’s in great condition and amazing value at £9,995!

Boasting the following great features, this spacious Kia will not be in stock for long:

  • A/C
  • Bluetooth
  • USB/AUX
  • Front & Rear Fog Lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically adjustable – heated door mirrors
  • Power steering
  • Radio – CD
  • Remote central locking
  • Cruise Control
While it’s vital to
limit travel in icy or snowy conditions, it is not always possible
for wheelchair accessible car users. Some visits are unavoidable
including essential medical appointments that need to be kept
whatever the weather, and travel to and from work. Here, WAVS-R-US
examines the benefits of winter car checks, what they involve, and
how they help keep drivers and passengers safe on the roads this
season.
Wheelchair
Accessible Cars
–  Click here to see our full range of 1-3 year old WAVS available for
sale from WAVS-R-US East Anglia.
According to the AA,
drivers are more likely to experience a breakdown in winter; so to
reduce the risk of a car failure or common accidents, it is important
to be prepared in advance of bad weather. The price and extent of
winter car checks will vary, depending on where you choose to go, so
it’s important to shop around for a quote first. However, what is
common is that they give drivers and wheelchair accessible car users
valuable peace of mind.
Here is a brief look
some of basic winter safety inspections that you can expect to be
carried out at your local garage or car centre:
Tyre Checks
Driving with worn car tyres is not only illegal, but will reduce your
grip on the road, which is hazardous in icy conditions. A winter car
check will usually involve a full examination of front and rear
tyres, including the tread and pressure. As a guide, the tread for
your WAV vehicle should be at least 3mm in winter.
Screen Wash Top Up
– In winter, spray from other vehicles and salt from the roads can
cause dirt to build up on your windscreen as you drive. It’s
illegal to drive if your vision is obscured, so it is vital to keep
your screen wash topped up so you can clear your windscreen at any
time during your journey. Your technician will check your screen wash
levels, top it up if necessary, and make sure your washer system is
in full working order.
Battery Check
Car batteries are more likely to fail in icy conditions than at any
other time of year. This is because drivers make more use of the
heating and lights in winter, and when the temperature plummets it
can slow the chemical reactions within the battery, affecting its
function. Your local centre will test the battery to prevent a
winter breakdown.
Wiper Blades
Damaged or broken car wiper blades are a potential hazard; worn or
split blades can cause streaks across your front or rear windscreen,
which will reduce visibility on the roads and put you and your
passengers at risk. Your winter car check is likely to include an
examination of all your WAV’s wiper blades to ensure they are
intact. If not, they should be replaced with new ones as soon as
possible and before any long journeys.
Car Lights
You can expect to make more use of your car lights in winter, so it’s
vital to ensure not only that they are clean and clear of snow, but
they are also in full working order. This is so you can see while
driving on dark winter nights, and that other road users can see you.
It is illegal to drive with a faulty car light, but you often won’t
know if a bulb has gone until it is pointed out by someone else. Your
technician will check all your bulbs including the front and rear
lights, indicators and brake lamps.

 

WAVS-R-US, East Anglia is part of the Ransome Mobility group, a Suffolk based family-run
company with three decades of experience in providing mobility aids
to customers in East Anglia and beyond. We sell a full range of high
quality nearly new and used wheelchair accessible cars. Give us a
call today, or click on the link above to browse our website and see
the vehicles we have in stock. If you have a specific WAV car in
mind, we can order it for you.
At this time of year, when the light fades earlier, we often feel more sluggish and low on energy. And, while it is easy to snuggle back under the duvet once the alarm goes off, there are some things that you can do to help perk you up during these colder months. Family-run company Ransome Mobility, who offer stairlifts for sale and rent, looks at some of the things that you can do at home to help beat the winter blues.
Ransome Mobility –  Based in Suffolk UK, we supply a wide range of mobility solutions including chair lifts, bath lifts and car adaptations. Click on the link above to view our products.
Improve the Home – Making a few changes to your home can work wonders to lift your mood: it can be as little as asking a friend to move your furniture around to revamp your interior, to buying mobility aids to give you greater access around the house. Investing in a new stairlift – for sale or rent – for instance, can be life-changing. It will give you complete access to your home and saves all the expense and upheaval of moving house, or changing a downstairs room into a bedroom which can prove costly, especially if a new bathroom has to be fitted.
Get a bit of Pampering – Giving yourself a small treat every now and again can help shift the seasonal slump, such as
treating yourself to a foot massage or having a friend round to give you a manicure or head massage. If you have a bath that you have difficulty getting in or out of, you might want to think about having a bath lift installed so you can enjoy a soak in the tub this winter.
Enjoy a Cup of Hot Cocoa – Sometimes it’s the little things that count to help stop you feeling lethargic. A cup of hot cocoa in the morning could be just what you need to kick start the day, or one just before bed could help you sleep at night. An extra hour or half an hour’s sleep will help improve your energy levels the following day.
Have a Laugh – If you feel in need of a bit of a boost, why not invite a friend or family member round or give them a call for a friendly chat? Having a chat can really lift your spirits and make you smile. Or, if you like comedy, switch on a TV show or
stand up act that will make you laugh out loud.
Breathe Some Fresh Air – Getting out in the open air and enjoying the sunlight, even for a short time, can help beat those winter blues. Try and get out and about as much as you can as you will soon feel the benefits, even on the dullest of days.
Get Some Shut Eye – According to the Sleep Council, a third of Britons get by on five to six hours sleep a night, and nearly half of us don’t get enough sleep through worry and stress. Yet sleep can make us feel more positive, happier and more productive the following day. Listening to music before bed and having a comfier mattress are some of the ways to help improve sleep.
Keep Yourself Hydrated – Water helps improve energy levels and the recommended water intake is 1.5 litres a day (although the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat can make a difference). Check the colour of your urine, if it is more than just slightly coloured, you may want to up your hydration levels.
Increase Your Exercise – Moving more during the day can help improve your health and it can even make you sleep better
too. Try to increase your exercise if you can, or maybe even think about joining a gym. Gyms have equipment for all abilities, including wheelchair users; ask one of the gym team to run through the apparatus with you and to set you a gym programme.
Stairlifts for Sale and Rent – Click here to find out about stairlifts to buy or rental options.
Buy Stairlifts – Ransome Mobility spotlights winter health and looks at how stair lifts and chair lifts can help prevent falls this winter.
A drop in temperature not only brings discomfort, but can lead to certain seasonal health problems. In this article, family-run company Ransome Mobility spotlights winter health: we look at some of the common health problems at this time of year, and how to prevent them.
Buy Stairlifts – Ransome Mobility UK supplies a wide range of mobility solutions including straight and curved stair lifts, bath lifts and car adaptations. Click on the link above to find out more.
Why Older People are More Prone to Falls in Winter and How to Prevent Them
 
Of course, if we are out and about in icy conditions this makes us more susceptible to slips and tumbles on the snow. But cold weather doesn’t just affect mobility outside the home, but inside the home too.
According to the over 50s magazine, Saga, this is for a number of reasons: older people tend to take less exercise leading to a reduction in strength and muscle loss, while poor circulation in extremities, including numb feet and toes can affect balance.
Statistics from RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) show that UK hospitals receive thousands of admissions each year in winter as a result of serious injury caused by slips and tumbles. Some 7,000 people were admitted to hospital because of a fall in the winter of 2012/13 alone.
Although snow and ice can be attributed to many of these falls, people are just as prone to falls in the home in winter. Falls are not just down to medical conditions, but stairs, rugs and un-cleared hallways can also be a factor.
If you feel you, or a relative, is prone to a fall in the home you may want to think about investing in certain mobility aids, such as buying stairlifts or bath lifts to minimise risk and help ensure safety indoors. If you do want to buy stairlifts, Ransome Mobility offer no obligation home visits and our friendly engineers can help and advise you on which make or model is best for your home.
Tackling Colds and Flu Over Winter
 
There are several reasons why we are more susceptible to colds, coughs, runny noses, tiredness and sore throats over winter. One is that in the colder months we tend to crowd indoors and we are often in close proximity to others, where the air is re-circulated and viruses can spread.
Research also shows that cold temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, so viruses can thrive. If you have a weakened immune system, where your body doesn’t make as many antibodies to fight the infection (in older people and people with certain medical conditions, for example), this can make you more susceptible to colds.
Some of the preventative measures include wrapping up warm in winter, wearing gloves and a hat (if you are out and about), and washing your hands regularly as colds are not only passed on through coughs and sneezes, but also by contact (if you wipe your nose then shakes someone’s hand, for instance, they can get infected).
Another preventative measure is to have an annual flu jab, which are available from September onwards. If you are aged 65 or over, or have certain conditions, such as breathing difficulties, it is important to see your GP about a flu vaccination.
Arthritis and Joint Pain
 
Research shows that the symptoms of arthritis can get worse during the colder months of the year. One of the reasons provided is that our activity levels drop when it gets darker earlier and there are fewer daylight hours.
Some of the preventative measures include doing more exercise – such as swimming and walking, eating a balanced diet and reducing your alcohol intake.
Arthritis can affect people of any age – even teenagers – but symptoms commonly start between the ages of 30 – 50. Some people with the condition decide to buy a stairlift, and if you do want to go down this route it is important to talk it over with an independent expert, such as staff at Ransome Mobility, who are not tied to any particular make or model of stairlift and can advise you on which one to buy.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
 
Nearly half the people in the UK complain about suffering a downturn in mood or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in winter. This is because daylight helps produce serotonin which serves to brighten our mood, whereas a lack of sunlight can make you feel sad, and lead to reduced energy levels.
Among the ways to help address this is to get as much natural light in daylight hours (so go outside if you can), invest in a light box, and try to get as much sleep as possible. If you don’t feel your mood is lifting for any reason, make an appointment with your GP who will be able to help.
Ransome Mobility  is a long established company based in East Anglia providing a range of modern mobility aids and car adaptations. Click on the link about to find out more.
WAVS (otherwise known as wheelchair accessible vehicles) give wheelchair users access to private transport, enabling convenient and comfortable travel at any time…just as having access to a car does for non-wheelchair users. However, the true impact it can have on a person’s life can be even more far reaching. Here, WAVS-R-US examines some of the wider benefits of owning a WAV as we look at what it provides in terms of independence, ease of travel, lifestyle, and the positive impact on family members and carers.WAVS –  click here to see our full range of nearly new and used wheelchair accessible vehicles available for sale.How WAVS Give You Life Altering Options

Being able to get out and about as and when you need to, especially in a self-drive vehicle, is life-changing. It means there is less need to rely on others for transportation, or on public transport systems, which can make even the simplest of journeys lengthy and stressful. Here are some of the ways WAVS can benefit you:

Better Educational Opportunities

The range of options available when you have access to wheelchair accessible vehicles makes a real difference to your quality of life. It opens up other opportunities that might not have been available otherwise, such as accessing full or part-time education or evening classes. This all helps to open new doors, whether it is to retrain for a new career, take up a voluntary post, set up a support network, or to expand your knowledge for personal interest.
Increased Work Opportunities

If you commute to work and rely on buses or trains to get to your employment, these are often crowded, especially at peak times; or, if you are travelling by train you have to book ahead for assistance. Not only this, but it is extremely frustrating to fight your way through the crowds to the wheelchair users’ seats, only to find them already occupied by an able bodied passenger who you have to ask to move.

WAVS make access to employment easier, potentially bringing you better income and improved self esteem. They can also make it easier to maintain your links with colleagues outside of work, on a social level.

Improved Social Life

Wheechair accessible vehicles not only make everyday activities, such as work and shopping easier, but it also means you are better able to visit family and friends as and when you want to, so you can maintain your social network. Socialising has a positive effect on the mind as being surrounded by good friends and family improves mood and leads to an overall better quality of life.

More Opportunities for Exercise

Greater independence is also good for physical and mental wellbeing as it opens up opportunities to be physically active by taking up a new activity or joining a sports club. There are a host of sports for wheelchair users which all bring important health benefits: it increases your heart rate and heightens endorphins. Some of the cardiovascular activities available include joining a gym, swimming, track races (such as wheelchair sprinting), badminton, netball, basketball and bowls.

As you get physically stronger, you may even want to think about combining a holiday with a sporting activity, such as joining a summer camp.

Less dependence on carers

Wheelchair accessible vehicles also take the pressure off the carer as it makes day-to-day activities easier. Trips out can be more frequent as there is no lifting required (WAV vehicles are accessible via a ramp or lift). It means you or your carer can plan ahead with activities as you have more options during the day or evening. Being able to get out and about brings all-round happiness for carers and WAV users alike, and will bring you a greater sense of well-being.

About WAVS-R-US

WAVS-R-US –  is an East Anglian based company selling nearly new wheelchair access cars, all between 1-3 years old and with low mileage. To see our full range of WAV cars available for sale, just click on the link above.

 

Hitting the headlines in recent weeks is the fact that men are living longer as the life expectancy gap between the sexes is getting smaller. Although women are more likely to be left alone after a partner’s passing, all this is changing as it is expected that the number of men on their own is likely to increase significantly in the next 15 years. This means that more and more men are facing loneliness in their old age and, as men don’t tend to have the same close knit social circles women have, many are finding it particularly hard in their older years.

Here, family-run Ransome Mobility, who specialise in providing straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, mobility aids and
vehicle adaptations, looks at some of the ways to help combat loneliness in old age. Of course, people who benefit from stairlifts are not necessarily wheelchair users or housebound, but also includes people in their older years who are fine walking on the flat, but just need help with the stairs – so this article looks how to combat loneliness for people with a range of abilities.

Straight Stairlifts and Curved Stairlifts – Click here to find out more about East Anglian based Ransome Mobility’s mobility aids and vehicle adaptations.

Reconnect with Friends and Family – Women tend to have a wider social circle than men and are more likely to ask for help as and when needed. Simple steps like calling a family member or reconnecting with old friends via phone or email can
reap numerous rewards as it keeps you in day-to-day contact with people and, in the long term, helps to improve your social life.

Make Improvements Around the Home – If you find it difficult to negotiate the stairs in your home, one option is to have either straight or curved stairlifts installed (depending on the type of stairs you have). This tackles loneliness in the long term as it means you don’t have the upheaval of moving house in the future, away from familiar surroundings and neighbours.

Increase Your Knowledge with Study – There are various courses that you can join at your local college, and they usually offer reductions for pensioners. Alternatively, the University of the Third Age (U3A) is a great way to combine knowledge with social interaction. It’s set up by members and you can learn a host of subjects including history, music, drama, family trees, DIY, gardening and languages.

Online Hobbies Groups and Forums – The internet means that you can widen your social net even in your own home. If there is a particular subject you are passionate about, why not think about creating your own website, Facebook profile, or joining a forum to air your views?

Volunteer for a Local Charity – Charities and organisations are always crying out for volunteers, so if you have a particular charity you want to support, or would just like to help a worthy cause, your assistance will be invaluable. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community and helps maintain self-esteem.

Help Out in a Museum – Whether you are interested in aviation, transport, local history, natural history, sport, science or engineering, there are a number of small, local museums which are entirely staffed by volunteers. Your experience will make an enormous contribution to your local community and it’s incredibly rewarding to inspire others with your knowledge.

Join a Local Club –There’s hundreds of clubs in each region, so research the internet, or your local library to find something of interest. Whether you want to take up poetry, writing, drama, swimming or bowls, you are bound to find something that you will enjoy – and it is a great way of finding like-minded friends.

Help Out at a Church – Getting involved in a town or village church is a fantastic way to make a contribution to the community. Even if you don’t consider yourself religious, you might want to join in for social reasons. From organising events, to baking, or social evenings, it’s a good way to widen your circle of friends.

Get Involved in a Community Café – Some areas have a community café which offer discounts on meals, cakes, teas and coffees. Community cafes are often a great place to go to build up a social network– and you can benefit from the discounted refreshments!

Perhaps Think About Online Dating – It is never too late to find companionship; and the internet makes the world smaller and helps make it easier to find female friends in your area. Think about joining up with a local dating agency and meet new people who live nearby.

Ransome Mobility – is a long established company offering a wide range of mobility aids for the home, including straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Just click on the link to find out more.