GAINSBOROUGH SPECIALIST BATHING LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF WET ROOMS FOR THE CARE ENVIRONMENT

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, Europe’s leading choice in hi-lo assisted baths, has launched a new range of assisted wet rooms suitable for a wide variety of care settings.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing has launched a new range of assisted wet rooms specifically designed for use in a variety of long-term care settings.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing has launched a new range of assisted wet rooms specifically designed for use in a variety of long-term care settings.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing has manufactured high quality assisted baths in the UK for almost 30 years. It’s bathing solutions have a proven reputation for providing trusted reliability, comfort and durability in long term care and acute care settings. A new range of accessible wet rooms from Gainsborough, which deliver the same outstanding levels of performance and care, now complements it’s selection of baths and recently launched shower modules. These wet rooms offer care providers, specifiers and end users with a stylish, yet exceptionally durable solution that meets the challenges encountered in specialist bathing environments. Developed with both users and carers in mind, these new wet rooms enhance the bathing experience through considered, ergonomic design.

Gordon Farmiloe, Care in Bathing Managing Director commented: “As we continue to innovate within the specialist bathing sector, we are totally committed to delivering solutions that improve the bathing experience. We understand, from a care management perspective, there is an increasing need for a variety of different bathing and showering solutions to meet the demands of the modern care environment. Following extensive research and development, in addition to comprehensive safety and compliance testing, we are extremely proud to launch this new wet room range to the market. We believe our new wet rooms will reiterate why Gainsborough continues to be the leader in specialist bathing.”

Suitable for new-build or refurbishment projects, the new wet room range from Gainsborough provides a flexible bathing solution that can be tailored to meet individual client needs. Each wet room incorporates a wet deck area with level access and slip resistant flooring in a variety of colours so accessibility and safety is maximised. A range of decorative wall paneling is also available in seven attractive finishes, including white marble, white gloss and white diamond stone effects.

Gainsborough’s wet room system is available with a flat shower screen or half-height shower doors that include MicroGuard antimicrobial protection technology to assist with infection control. There is a choice of TMV2 and TMV3 shower units or a BEAB Care Approved electric care shower with thermostatic controls. An integrated, soft-touch padded shower seat with folding armrests and fluted grab rail, enable carers to perform hygiene routines in a safe, efficient manner. The option of a mobile shower chair also facilitates seamless client transfers in and out of the bathing area.

With a network of skilled fitters working nationwide, Gainsborough provides a complete end-to-end service from concept to completion, including room design, site surveys, delivery, installation and commissioning.

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THERAPOSTURE TO SHOWCASE WORLD’S FIRST FULLY MODULAR MASCOT CARE COT AT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 2013

Theraposture Limited, the highly respected specialist in assistive furniture, will be demonstrating the new, pioneering Mascot Mark II Care Cot at Occupational Therapy 2013 (26-27 November, Stand D72, NEC) along with the revolutionary Rotoflex bed.

Theraposture will also be offering all OTs attending Occupational Therapy 2013, a free prize draw to win an iPad Mini by simply registering their details on Stand D72.

The new Theraposture Mascot Mark II is the world’s first, fully modular care cot that provides a flexible solution to  meet the changing needs of a disabled child.

The new Theraposture Mascot Mark II is the world’s first, fully modular care cot that provides a flexible solution to
meet the changing needs of a disabled child.

 Theraposture is a privately owned, family run business that has been a leading supplier of bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds, chairs and care cots since 1981. Regularly recommended by healthcare professionals such as OTs, Theraposture is often seen as first choice for reliable, quality assistive furniture. The new Mascot Mark II continues with this proven reputation as it once again delivers an innovative, intelligently designed solution that ensures comfort, safety and flexibility for users and their carers.

 The Mark II Mascot from Theraposture is the first fully modular design available in the UK.  Building on the heritage of the original Mascot, it is a hand built, individually specified sleeping solution that provides complete flexibility that meets the changing needs of a disabled child. Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director comments: “We are delighted to be supporting Occupational Therapy 2013 in its first year and anticipate high levels of interest from professionals in our innovative Mascot cot and Rotoflex bed. The Mascot II provides the best cost effective choice for families as its pioneering flexibility means further cots do not need to be purchased when user needs change.”

 Liam continues: “Alongside the Mascot, we will be demonstrating our remarkable Rotoflex bed. As a market leader, the Theraposture Rotoflex is the ultimate and most accomplished solution to assist individuals with getting into and out of bed.  It has a fully electric powered rotation, meaning that independent transfers are achievable for many. For those receiving care and assistance when in bed, the Rotoflex is fully equipped to reduce the manual handling needs and risks and can be an alternative to hoisting. During the show, we will also be reiterating the importance of our seven-day suitability guarantee and comprehensive assessment process to all OTs.”

 

The new Mascot II Care Cot

The new Mascot is the first fully modular design available in the UK.  Building on the proven heritage of the original Mascot, it is a hand built, individually specified sleeping solution that now encompasses fully inter-changeable door heights. Ranging from 60–98cm in height, these doors also incorporate a new innovation securing mechanism for enhanced safety. Delivering safety, great looks, affordability without compromising quality and full modular adaptability – the new Mark II Mascot is the flexible solution for changing user needs.

 

Rotoflex® powered rotational bed

The Theraposture Rotoflex truly delivers independence, as it is a real alternative to hoisting and carer assistance.  In this situation the bed can pay for itself many times over as the cost of care at home or in a residential setting is so high.

The Theraposture Rotoflex bed is the ultimate and most accomplished, electrically powered solution that assists individuals getting into and out of bed

The Theraposture Rotoflex bed is the ultimate and most accomplished, electrically powered solution that assists individuals getting into and out of bed

The Rotoflex can be electrically operated to rotate to either side of the bed to ensure that it is compatible with a variety of room situations.  In addition to the unique rotation, the Rotoflex also has powered profiling and variable height function with the latter helping to achieve a standing transfer if needed. This unique adjustable and full rotating bed can be installed as a single, or within a double combination bed so partners with varying mobility needs can still sleep together.

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RETIRED MOTORBIKE RACER AND STROKE SURVIVOR ‘BREEZES’ TO OFF ROAD FREEDOM WITH RADICAL NEW TGA VITA X MOBILITY SCOOTER

George Breese, 67 from Malborough in Devon, is an ex-motorcyclist and club racer who despite now living with the affects of a Stroke, has regained his ability to enjoy the open countryside thanks to an off-road TGA Vita X mobility scooter.

George Breese is an ex-motorcyclist and club racer who despite now living with the affects of a Stroke, has regained his ability to enjoy the Devon coastal paths thanks to an off-road TGA Vita X mobility scooter.

George Breese is an ex-motorcyclist and club racer who despite now living with the affects of a Stroke, has regained his ability to enjoy the Devon coastal paths thanks to an off-road TGA Vita X mobility scooter.

George lives near the picturesque coastal town of Salcombe and is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty. As his locality is so rural and rugged near the coast, George was unable to access many of the pathways and off-road tracks using a traditional mobility scooter or whilst being pushed in a wheelchair. George lives alone and was desperate to regain his independence, especially when he reflected on his motorsport past. Freedom only became possible when he discovered a new breed of mobility scooter with off-road capabilities – the TGA Vita X. George can now be regularly seen travelling cross country and along coastal paths whilst filming his adventures which he posts on YouTube. TGA has been a leading, national mobility scooter specialist for over 25 years and supplies the highly respected Vita and Breeze ranges. George liked the Breeze, especially it’s name, but decided the cutting edge sports styling, strengthened suspension and chunky tyres incorporated into the Vita X appealed more to his motorsport heritage.

George explains: “In my younger days, I regularly rode and raced motorbikes. Despite having a major stroke in 2008, my passion for motorsport will never die. In my heyday, I enjoyed the adrenalin-filled thrill of racing brands such as Benelli, Yamaha, Aermacchi and Ducati around tracks such as Brands Hatch and Snetterton. My wife would always support me in the stands even though she worried when seeing me travelling at over 120mph, which is quite slow compared to today’s bikes. I remember when I borrowed my eldest son’s bike a few years ago, a Yamaha R1, boy it was lightening quick but so amazing to ride! In between racing I would spend my time building a motorcycle from scrap parts a bike dealer friend would supply me. The ironic side of having a Stroke is that I spend most nights dreaming I can do a variety of extreme sports from rock climbing to powerboating. As I live apart from my wife and four children, being able to go out independently either for day-to-day needs or pleasure, is so important for me. I struggle walking and have major balance problems which means without my Vita X, I would be housebound and my quality of life would be really poor.”

2. George Breese photographed racing at Brands Hatch in 1979 on a 232cc Benelli 2c 2-stroke motorbike

2. George Breese photographed racing at Brands Hatch in 1979 on a 232cc Benelli 2c 2-stroke motorbike

Since owning his Vita X for only a few weeks, George has clocked up over 150 miles. He regular explores the many rural paths in Devon and Hope Cove is one of his favourite destinations. The Vita X is a highly robust and reliable 8mph scooter with independent suspension on each front wheel. This delivers increased stability and safety when George is mounting pavements at angles or driving off-road, as each wheel can react independently to changes in ground surface.

George concludes: “At last, there is a mobility scooter that gives creditability to people with disabilities – the TGA Vita X. I may not be travelling at the speeds I enjoyed in years gone by, but the Vita X is so impressive at tackling slopes and rocky tracks that I once again have real freedom. As I don’t look disabled, I am regularly stopped by hikers and holidaymakers who ask “where can we hire one of those superb looking, off-road buggies?” I love filming my journeys with a camcorder mounted to the tiller and have even started adding music to the videos I upload to YouTube. With its sporting prowess, I really understand why the famous NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart was seen on his Vita X recently after breaking a leg. The TGA Vita X has changed my life.”

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UK’S TGA MOBILITY CELEBRATES EXPANSION OF ISRAELI SUPPLIER AFIKIM AT REHACARE 2013

TGA’s supplier of its market leading Breeze mobility scooters, Afikim Electric Vehicles based in Israel, has announced expansion of its production facilities on its stand at Rehacare 2013 (Düsseldorf, 25-28 September, Hall 05 / E32).

Picture caption: Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director (centre right) and Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager (left) were invited to Rehcare to celebrate the expansion of Afikim Electric Vehicles who manufacture the award winning Breeze mobility scooter in Israel. Daniel and Tim are pictured with Ofer Amitay, Afikim Marketing Manager (centre left) and Shimon Bagron, Afikim Operations Director (right).

Picture caption: Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director (centre right) and Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager (left) were invited to Rehcare to celebrate the expansion of Afikim Electric Vehicles who manufacture the award winning Breeze mobility scooter in Israel. Daniel and Tim are pictured with Ofer Amitay, Afikim Marketing Manager (centre left) and Shimon Bagron, Afikim Operations Director (right).

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director and Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager were invited to Rehcare to celebrate this news and discuss future plans and products from this world leading scooter supplier. Several meetings were held with Shimon Bagron, Afikim Operations Director and the Marketing Manager, Ofer Amitay so that TGA could plan for potential new and pioneering product launches in 2014. Afikim has been based in the second largest Kibbutz in Israel for over 30 years and supplies TGA with its award-winning Breeze S4, S3 and Breeze Midi mobility scooters.

Tim Ross comments: “It was a pleasure as ever to meet up with Afikim at Reha as they are a valued supplier to TGA. We appreciate that the engineering quality of the Breeze is a major part of our success here in the UK with retailers. The news that production facilities and scooter output is to increase from the Kibbutz will benefit all our retailers as sales capacity and delivery time frames will be enhanced. Listening to Shimon and Ofer, we were assured that Afikim’s high levels of quality control will continue and witnessed details regarding a radical new product already at advanced concept stage. 2014 promises to be even more exciting for both our businesses along with all TGA dealers.”

Ofer added: “It is always fantastic to hear how popular the Breeze is in the UK and we thank Daniel and Tim for their continued business with Afikim. At Afikim, the values of the Jewish faith and upholding the quality of ‘blue and white’ products are absolutely paramount to us. TGA are a perfect partner for us as their ethos for continually asking customers for feedback is the same as ours, which helps improve products together. This combined approach has resulted in Breeze scooters delivering proven user-focused features and now we have a new breed of mobility solution on our drawing boards, levels of end user independence will become even greater in 2014.”

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Picture caption: Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director (centre right) and Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager (left) were invited to Rehcare to celebrate the expansion of Afikim Electric Vehicles who manufacture the award winning Breeze mobility scooter in Israel. Daniel and Tim are pictured with Ofer Amitay, Afikim Marketing Manager (centre left) and Shimon Bagron, Afikim Operations Director (right).

Retired international trucker and Scottish paragolfer keeps motoring with Harley Davidson style TGA mobility scooter

James Eadie from North Lanarkshire, is a retired Middle East long distance lorry driver and disabled golfer, who has regained his independence thanks to a ‘Harley Davidson’ style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

James Eadie from North Lanarkshire, is a disabled golfer and retired Middle East long distance lorry driver who has regained his independence thanks to a ‘Harley Davidson’ style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

James Eadie from North Lanarkshire, is a disabled golfer and retired Middle East long distance lorry driver who has regained his independence thanks to a ‘Harley Davidson’ style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

James, 78 from Bellshill near Glasgow, is a real character with many stories to tell from his experiences in the Middle East. He transported gas and oil machinery from the UK to countries such as Saudi Arabi and the UAE over a period of eight years and a typical round trip would take four weeks. He was also stationed in the Middle East for a period of his life and was responsible for shipping oil internally during the Iran/Iraq war. Operating as a long distance lorry driver during this conflict was dangerous at times, however this experience has left James with many remarkable memories.

In between periods of working abroad, James also delivered across the UK and regularly drove to Suffolk from his depot in Scotland. His memories of Halsted and the surrounding area were rekindled when he read an interesting article in the Scottish Daily Record regarding a ‘Harley Davidson’ style mobility scooter, manufactured by TGA who were based in neighbouring Sudbury. This TGA Superport had delivered newfound independence to an Architect from Aberdeenshire and did not resemble a traditional looking mobility scooter. James decided this might be the solution to his mobility issues.

James explains: “My whole career has involved travelling great distances so when your mobility becomes restricted, it’s very difficult to accept. When not behind the wheel, I’ve always used a push bike however I have had to stop cycling because it was aggravating my joints so much. Walking can be difficult for me too over and above my joint problems as I am partially sighted. This means I can struggle to focus on where to put my feet. Looking forward is ok so I knew a mobility scooter would be able to help me regain my independence. When I read about how a TGA Supersport had changed the life of successful architect Doug Forrest who had MS, I knew this machine was the one for me. I looked up TGA on the Internet and since Harry has delivered my bike, the ability to go out on my terms has now returned.”

James continues: “Before I was on my black and chrome Supersport, I was travelling into town and to the Doctor’s Surgery by bus however they were always so unreliable. I have spent my career making sure I arrived at far-flung destinations on time and therefore do not like being late. Now I can leave my house knowing full well I can arrive for a doctor’s appointment on time and with rushing. Whenever I go out on my Harley, I am stopped by passers-by who want to know more about this striking scooter. I always have time for a wee chat and tell them all about TGA and what a difference this Supersport has made to my life. The boys in my golf society will also be keen to hear all about it when I play golf next.”

In his spare time James is a keen gardener and plays golf with the Scottish Blind Golf Society. This charity was established in 1982 and James has been a member since 2000. As he is partially sighted, he has played in numerous tournaments across the UK and managed to beat the blind world champion Simon Cookson in 2009.

The 8mph TGA Supersport is the mobility scooter of choice for many members of the nationwide Disabled Ramblers Association as it has the stability, manoeuvrability and power to handle most off road situations. Designed to reflect the characteristics of a motorcycle, the black and chrome TGA Supersport provides a visual statement which has led to it recently appearing in the Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal music video ‘Goin’ Crazy’.

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Sudbury’s TGA assists pupils with mobility issues by donating wheelchair to Thomas Gainsborough School

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist based in Sudbury, has donated a new Elite wheelchair to the Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, so pupils with mobility issues can access lessons more easily.

Tim Ross, National Sales Manager for Sudbury’s TGA Mobility (right), donates an Elite wheelchair to the Thomas Gainsborough School. Mr W Lloyd, Head Teacher is pictured (left) with one of his pupils in the wheelchair.

Tim Ross, National Sales Manager for Sudbury’s TGA Mobility (right), donates an Elite wheelchair to the Thomas Gainsborough School. Mr W Lloyd, Head Teacher is pictured (left) with one of his pupils in the wheelchair.

TGA continues to be a successful, family-run business that has been based in Suffolk for over 25 years. It supports the community through charity and goodwill initiatives, as the management team believes ‘giving something back’ to locals is essential. Commercially, it provides a market leading range of mobility scooters nationally along with a retail showroom that benefits all of East Anglia. This comprehensive showroom delivers access to award winning scooters such as the Breeze and Vita, rise and recliner chairs, bathlifts and smaller independent living aids, walkers and wheelchairs. One of TGA’s latest wheelchair models, an Elite, has been donated to the Thomas Gainsborough School following a request for help from one of the teachers, Mr Howe. He originally contacted Rachel Elding, TGA’s Retail Development Manager, for a potential discount on a wheelchair however when the company agreed to donate an Elite free of charge, Mr Howe and Head Teacher, Mr Lloyd, were absolutely delighted.

 

Rachel comments: “As soon as Mr Howe explained the mobility difficulties several of his pupils were encountering on a daily basis, I knew TGA must be able to help in some way or another. Several students are attending the school on crutches due to broken legs and ankles, so moving between lessons is quite difficult and time consuming. Some students have developed bad blisters on their hands due to the distances they are covering, so a method to resolve this issue was desperately needed. The donation of this wheelchair is already delivering a significant difference to many pupils and as several of the TGA team members have children at Thomas Gainsborough, this donation has delivered a positive feeling all round.”

Mr Lloyd, Head Teacher said: “We are delighted with very generous donation that TGA have made to Thomas Gainsborough School of a high quality wheelchair. The chair will be used by students who have short-term mobility needs, such as broken bones or sprains. It is marvellous that a local company can respond so quickly and positively and support their local schools so effectively. We can not praise TGA enough.”

Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager added: “In addition to this donation, we are now actively involved with the school in terms of supporting career guidance and work experience placements. The whole business and I firmly believe in the employment of talented, young locals as they are indeed the future. Finding a job these days can be really difficult when you have no commercial experience, so supporting the Thomas Gainsborough School was a logical decision for us. As a leading brand that is renowned for quality mobility scooters and impeccable service, anything we can do to develop our next generation of skilled employees is also so important for TGA’s sustained success.”

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RETIRED CORNISH TAXI DRIVER AND SCOOBY DOG REGAIN FREEDOM WITH NEW 39-STONE CAPACITY TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER NICKNAMED ‘SPEEDY’

Terry Courts, 60 from St. Austell, Cornwall, is a retired taxi driver, pub landlord and previous Guinness World Record holding darts player, who has regained independence on a new type of TGA Breeze Max mobility scooter.

Terry Courts is a retired taxi driver and pub landlord, who has regained independence on a new type of 39 stone user capacity, TGA Breeze S4 Max mobility scooter.

Terry Courts is a retired taxi driver and pub landlord, who has regained independence on a new type of 39 stone user capacity, TGA Breeze S4 Max mobility scooter.

Terry was a hard working taxi driver for over 20 years in and around Cornwall who has had to take earlier retirement due to weight-related health issues. Prior to being a taxi driver, Terry was the landlord of the The Harbour Tavern in Mevagissey for seven years. During this time, he achieved a new Guiness World Record alongside several other local darts players who achieved the highest cumulative score in 24 hours. In 1988 they achieved a world-beating total and Terry supported this monumental effort with his much-loved local hot pot.

Recently he has been struggling to remain independent and care for his 84-year-old mother until he discovered a new breed of heavy-duty mobility scooter from TGA – the Breeze Max. Terry and his Shih Tzu/Jack Russell cross dog called Scooby, are now once again mobile with a mobility scooter that has extra wide rear wheels, strengthened suspension and a larger, pivoting orthopaedic seat. Scooby regularly travels on the floor well of the Breeze and Terry has customised it with a ‘Speedy’ number plate which many passing motorists find humorous.

Terry explains: “My years of taxi driving have taken their toll on me. You know what it’s like waiting around for customers so you have a nibble here and a nibble there. I had to give up my job seven years ago because of health issues and only in the last 12 months given up driving altogether. But then came along my saviour – the TGA Breeze Max. Compared to my old scooter, which I felt every bump when driving and was generally so uncomfortable, it is now like sitting aboard a Rolls Royce. I soon gave it a name and had a ‘Speedy’ plate made which I stuck on the rear. It’s so funny that passing motorists blow their horns and some shout ‘Hi Speedy!’ when they see me. When I took delivery I was soon off out enjoying the sunshine and as I live alone, it is brilliant that I can stop and chat to people, even ones waiting at bus stops.

Terry continues: “Scooby comes with me everywhere I go and loves sitting on the footplate and watching the world go by. As he is a rescue dog, he really struggles being on his own and if I try to sneak out without him, he howls and cries like a baby. His favourite TV programmes You’ve Been Framed, Coronation Street and Emmerdale can be a distraction if I need to go out without him as Scooby jumps up and down like a Kangaroo when they are on. However Scooby and I are much happier when we are out cruising together. I would recommend this type of strengthened mobility scooter to everyone who needs independence and struggles with mobility or weight-related issues.”

The Breeze Max is a modified version of the market leading TGA Breeze S4 that won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter TV challenge in 2012. It has been specifically re-engineered for heavier users and incorporates a more powerful motor and chassis for increased strength, torque and performance. The overall ergonomic design carefully considers the needs of owners weighing up to 39 stone so that easy access and day long comfort is maintained. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director explains: “We understand end user needs are always changing and with a trend towards larger scooter owners, we felt launching the Breeze Max was a necessity for TGA. Many individuals weighing up to 39 stone, who were previously unable to find a scooter that would carry their weight safely, have now discovered the pioneering TGA Breeze S4 Max.”

Terry concludes: “I love being able to visit my local shopping square now independently thanks to my Breeze Max. I go there quite often and sit on Speedy in the Bakers with a latte and a bun. I watch the traffic go by and chat to more or less everyone who comes in – they all love my Breeze with its very large rear wheels. It’s so comfortable and a joy to drive, I would recommend this model of TGA Breeze to anyone who is thinking of getting a reliable and safe, large mobility scooter.”

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