Physical activity and exercise

Physical activity and exercise

January 10th, 2012

 

It’s a fact that physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.

Research shows that adults aged 65 and over spend on average 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down. This makes them the most sedentary age group.

This inactivity comes at a price. There are now higher rates of heart disease, obesity and falls  and early death compared death compared with the general population.

As you get older, it’s even more important that you remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence.

If you stop moving, all the things you’ve always enjoyed doing and taken for granted start to become that little bit harder.

You may struggle to pursue simple pleasures, such as playing with the grandchildren, walking to the shops, leisure activities and meeting up with friends.

You might start to get aches and pains that you never had before, and have less energy to go out. You may also be more vulnerable to falling.

This can all lead to being less able to look after yourself and do the things you enjoy.

So our advice to you is to get up and get out!

How to keep winter wrapped up

December 22nd, 2011

How to keep winter wrapped up

Cold weather means the start of the flu season which can cause difficulties if you have breathing and circulation problems. To help you stay fit and well, it’s important to keep warm at home and outdoors, follow as healthy a lifestyle as you can and have a flu jab.

Keep moving

Keeping active generates heat and helps to keep you warm. It’s good for general fitness and wellbeing too. So when you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around, make yourself a warm drink, and spread any chores throughout the day. Chair-based exercises and simply moving your arms and legs and wiggling your toes are helpful if walking is difficult.

Eat well

Hot meals and drinks help keep you warm, so eat at least one hot meal and have hot drinks during the day. Include a good range of foods in your diet and aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables each day so that you’re getting plenty of nutrients and vitamins. Remember that frozen vegetables are as good as fresh. Having a hot drink before bed and keeping a hot drink in a flask by the bed are good ideas too.

Have a seasonal flu jab

If you’re over 65 be sure to have a seasonal flu jab. Seasonal flu viruses are always changing, so you need to have a jab every year, using the latest vaccine. Flu is not only unpleasant but it can develop into pneumonia, which can be serious. A flu jab is also recommended if you’re under 65 with a condition such as diabetes, a chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver problem, have Parkinson’s or have had a stroke.

Keep your home warm

Most of us spend a lot of time indoors in winter, so it’s important that you are comfortable and safe. One tip is to close the curtains and fit thermal linings if you can

82-year-old Pensioner has spent nearly 2 days or more on a major motorway

December 15th, 2011

The 82 year old got lost while he visiting his daughter who only lived an hour.

The gentleman was eventually found by police still in his car after a major search when concerned relatives reported him missing.

His car had been spotted on a police camera only 10km from his intended destination yesterday but he was not seen again until today.

A source told us “he had stopped to catch up on some much needed sleep – we think in a motorway service area, before setting off again. He is after all 82 years old. Presumably he put fuel in the car during the service stops over the two days”.

The pensioner has been reunited with his daughter safe and well.

We are going on the Radio!

December 9th, 2011

Listen out for our new radio adverts which are due to go live on Heart FM in the new year. Madge from Benidorm is the voice of our new campaign and we think our  ads are as funny as the show.

Listen to us on Radio Heart FM

In the New Year we are going to be advertising on the radio. Madge from Benidorm is the voice of our campaign as we think you will find them hilarious.

Madge Mobility

Madge from Benidorm is going to be the new voice for our advertising campaign which is due to go live on Heart FM in the New Year. We hope you will find our ads as funny as the show!

Bathroom Safety Tips

November 15th, 2011

  At One Stop Mobility we understand how dangerous a bathroom can be for a an elderly person or someone who has mobility problem. We have therefore put together some safety tips that may prevent an elderly person from tripping or falling in the bathrooms.  

The Bath
It is unfortunate but true that most accidents occur when someone is getting in and out of the bath. It is common that once the person is in the bath they may find it difficult getting out. The safest option would be to install a walk in bath however if this is not viable then grab rails, bathboards or even bath lifts can help.
Bathroom Safety Rails
Safety rails or grab rails situated around the bathroom are also a good idea. You can have them around the bath area, shower area and toilet area. When installing these rails make sure they are fitted securely.
 
Bathroom Mat – Not a Good Idea
Bathroom mats in the bathroom can be dangerous as they can move as a person step on them. Rubber bath mats are a good idea in the bath itself but they should be of good quality with good suction cups to prevent the mat from moving.
 
Toilets
Elderly people with knee problems often face problems elevating from the toilet. There are a range of raised toilet seats that can help with this problem. Or a toilet can be fitted with a plinth which actually raises the height of the whole toilet making getting on and off much easier.
Lighting
This may seem obvious but good lighting is essential in a safe bathroom.
Remove Medicines
Sometime elderly people can confuse their medicines especially if they have many to take. Keep them locked away in a safe cupboard. All expired medicines should be thrown away.

Our Safety Tips if your Living Alone

November 3rd, 2011
Our Safety Tips if your Living Alone
1.    Avoid slippery floors: Use non-slip flooring  in your bathrooms and install grab or safety rails around the bath and shower. Place mats by the front and back doors.
2.     Remove tripping hazards: Don’t leave things lying around, make sure there are no stray electrical cords. Make sure rugs lie flat. /make sure you have good lightening
3.    Use a medical alert system: This can  provide  emergency personnel. Should you need help, simply press a button on the medical alert bracelet or necklace and you’ll be connected with a trained care specialist through the alert system’s intercom. There’s no need to get to a phone.
4.    Get to know your neighbors: You don’t have to be best friends, but if you and your neighbours get to know each other, you’re all more likely to notice when something is awry. Include neighbors on your medical alert system’s emergency contact list.
5.    Test smoke alarms regularly: Make sure you test the batteries on you smoke alarms regularly.
6.    Organize a daily check-in: Ask a friend or family to check in on you daily.
7.    Put items where you can reach them. Climbing to get to items in high places is another common cause of falls.
8.    Put a key box on your door: A lock box allows family members, friends, trusted neighbors and emergency personnel to access your home when you’re unable to get to the door.
9.    Keep lists of medications, allergies and personal information in your wallet or purse incase of an emergency
10.  Take your medical alert system on the road: Your medical alert system is portable. When you travel, take your system with you so you stay protected. Make sure to notify your medical alert provider so they can update your location information

What is a Walkin Bathtub?

October 18th, 2011

Accessible bathtubs are bathtubs that can be used by people with disabilities or with with limited mobility. 

Many accessible bathtubs are available with whirlpool or hydrotherapy features, internal grab rails, anti-slip floors and seats, and handheld shower heads that, in some cases, can also be wall mounted to enable a person to take a standing shower..
Walk-in bathtubs have a sealed door. Most walk-in bathtubs also have a chair-height seat, but some, which are the same basic configuration as a standard bathtub, do not have any seat. In some instances an inward-opening door may be considered a disadvantage because emergency access is impossible, since the pressure of the water on the door is holding it closed.However, the advantage is that an inward opening door is “self-sealing” due to the pressure of the water inside the bath assisting in maintaining a water-tight seal..Outward-swinging doors are equipped with a special seal so that they will not leak. Other tubs have side walls that raise and lower, while others have doors that slide into the wall of the tub.
Some bathtubs categorized as “walk-in” actually require a low step-in, as they have higher seats and outward-opening doors that enable a person to simply sit on the seat and pivot and swing his or her legs into the tub. This type of walk-in bathtub can be helpful to those confined to wheelchairs and to others with mobility challenges.
Walk-in tubs take up a similar amount of space in a bathroom as a traditional bathtub. This allows for a quicker installation and simpler alignment of the water drains.

Our tips when washing, bathing and using the toilet becomes a problem

October 4th, 2011

As we all get older the loss of mobility and balance can make it harder to bathe,  wash and toilet is a  normal bathroom. If you are experiencing this then  there is a range of aids and adaptations that may be some help.

There are a number of different bath lifts available which help getting in and out of the bath easier. These usually consist of a seat or platform that can be raised or lowered to support your weight as you get in and out and allow you to sit in the bath to wash.

Another option is a walk in bath which is a bath with a door that means you can enter it without climbing over the top.

Another option which is becoming more common is to remove the bath completely Depending on and have a wetroom installed or a level access shower. Often have a wall-attached seat to assist those who cannot stand for long periods.

Toilets can also be raised to help those who find it difficult to raise and lower themselves. There are also hands free toilets available that include a washing and drying function.

Other items in the bathroom can also be tailored to meet your needs. A wall-mounted sink may allow you to get closer and wash more comfortably if you are a wheelchair user. This and other facilities can be set at the right height for someone who is in a wheelchair or using a mobile shower seat.

In many houses, toilets are sited in small, narrow rooms, which can be inaccessible. It may be necessary to move the toilet or create one toilet /bathroom with enough space for you to move around safely and comfortably.

One of life’s great pleasures is relaxing in a hot bath, or easing away aches with a steaming shower

September 13th, 2011

What is one of life’s great pleasures?  Relaxing in a hot bath or a steaming shower to get rid of aches and pains, so even if you’re worried about slipping or getting out the bath, we can offer a wide range of bathing solutions for you. Walk in baths and walk in showers could just the solution that you need. All our products are guaranteed for reliability, quality and ease of use.

  • Efficient personal design service suited especially for your particular needs.
  • Stylish but also practical in a wide range of finishes to suit your home
  • All our products come with a   low price guarantee and we price match

Adagio Walk in Bath

September 8th, 2011

One Stop Mobility can fit the quality Adagio walk in bath at an unbeatable price. This compact walk in bath is ideal for those who have small bathrooms.

Other features of the Adagio Walk in Bath

Whilst it is compact it is deep which gives a nice relaxing soak

Low entry point for easy access

Comes available in two widths

Compact design, ideal for small bathrooms

Completely watertight door which is wide and inward-opening

 Integral seat, contoured to help maintain an upright seating position

Easy to use – no hazardous catches or operating mechanisms

Temperature-controlled taps

Slip-resistant base

Hydrotherapy option

Optional handy space-saving cupboard to match