Experience Abacus Healthcare’s Assistive Baths at Kidz-in-the-Middle

Kidz-in-the-Middle, March 19 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, is one of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and the professionals who work with them.

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Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating a number of bath models from our Aquanova bath range including the popular Gemini.

This unique bathing solution includes an integrated, height adjustable platform suitable for bathing, drying and changing children in a safe and comfortable manner. It’s variable height operation also ensures carers or parents can bathe children at a safe working height, without the need to bend or lift – reducing the risk of back injury and enhancing the overall bathing experience for all.

With the ability to try out our baths and accessories hands-on, visitors to Kidz-in-the-Middle can discover how our baths can make a real difference to the well-being and happiness of disabled children.

We’ll be on stand E17, please come along and see us!

For FREE Visitors tickets
Please Call: 0161 607 8200
Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

England Powerchair Football Call Up For Balder Electric Wheelchair Owner

Jordan Williams, 17 from Hatfield in Hertfordshire and Balder electric wheelchair owner, has been selected for the England powerchair football squad following several years of success in the sport.

Balder_Owner_Jordan_WilliiamsJordan began playing powerchair football at the age of 10. Jordon has Muscular Dystrophy, which is a degenerative condition that affects his muscles, causing increased mobility difficulties over time and an inability to stand. Jordon is dependent on his cutting-edge Balder electric wheelchair to remain mobile at home and school. His has just taken delivery of his second model and selected a ‘Subaru’ blue body shell to make an eye-catching statement to friends. Jordon’s F280 powered wheelchair gives him the ability to drive around independently and achieve a variety of positions through an electrically adjustable seat and leg rests. Designed and manufactured in Scandinavia by Etac, a world-leading assistive technology specialist, this compact and ergonomic Balder electric wheelchair is a popular choice across the UK for young individuals living with severe disabilities.

When playing powerchair football, Jordon transfers into a larger, rugged sports electric wheelchair that is specifically designed for the game. The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) are the governing body for Powerchair Football and work closely with the Football Association (The FA), who run the National Team. There are 50 clubs playing across the UK with a National League, WFA Cup and regional competitions taking place on a regular basis.  Each 40-minute game involves teams of eight players competing against one another. These players regular substitute with one another, with a maximum of four members from each team on the pitch at any one time. They use their powerchairs, with specialist ‘bumper’ attachments fixed to the front, to control and pass an oversized 330mm football and score goals. This sport is high-speed and requires specialist tactics to win – Jordon’s team Aspire, based in Watford, regularly prove their prowess and are currently second in the Premiership league.

As Jordon plays for one of the top UK teams and has been so successful in the league and various competitions, he was talent scouted by the England national side. Jordan had been a rising star for many years and scored the winning goal in the 2014 WFA Cup final.  Following a call-up from Colin Gordon, the England head coach, Jordan has just attended his first training weekend at the FA’s National Football Centre in Burton-on-Trent. Jordon said: “This is a dream come true for me. Ever since I started playing powerchair football I have wanted to be part of the national team. It’s great for me that my Aspire club captain/manager, John Bolding, is also the England team captain as I really enjoy playing alongside him. Training at St. George’s Park, was an awe-inspiring experience for me and I am so excited to be part of preparations for the next FIFPA World Cup in 2016.”

Jordan Williams WFA player

Jordan continued: “I may have a specialist sports powerchair for playing football, however I know my success would not have been possible without my Balder. This amazing product and its Etac tie-down system has allowed me to travel to games in my family’s adapted Chrysler with no hassle for my Dad. My F280 also helps me achieve greater independence on a day-to-day basis, which is especially important at school. It is a common choice for many powerchair footballers when not on the pitch as it is so compact and comfortable when compared to the rugged and bulky sports wheelchairs. I first discovered these amazing Balder powered wheelchairs when visiting the Mobility Roadshow in 2009. My parents and I have tried and tested all the other competitor chairs but nothing comes close to the Balder from Etac. I love my latest model that has a jet-black seat and ‘Subaru’ blue bodywork, it’s cool. Its manoeuvrability is great at school and I can easily position myself under desks during lessons – I found this was not possible with other electric wheelchairs. This latest Balder also has a new gyroscope built-in for amazing stability on uneven ground, its really clever.”

Sam Bull, WFA National Development Manager said: “It’s great to see players like Jordan who started as youngsters, progress and be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to our sport.  Powerchair Football provides a great social outlet and it is vitally important players work with specialist like Etac to ensure they have access to the best equipment on and off the pitch.”

Ian Carter, Etac UK Managing Director concluded: “We would like to congratulate Jordon on his England call-up, he fully deserves this opportunity. Jordon and his family are valued Balder customers and we are delighted to hear how our powerchair makes their lives easier, especially when attending powerchair football competitions across the UK. Good luck at the World Cup Jordan!


TGA’s Tim Ross talks to Radio Suffolk About Safe Mobility Scooter Driving

Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager, explains why assessment of personal needs and driver training is essential when purchasing a mobility scooter.

TGA provides a comprehensive support programme for its customers so they can maximise safety and peace of mind when out and about on their mobility scooters.

Watch/ listen here: http://www.tgamobility.co.uk/about-u…?v=48L3dG66Kb0

Theraposture appoints new Trusted Assessor

Theraposture has appointed Steve Keetley as its new Trusted Assessor for central England – covering the midlands to the east coast.

As established BHTA members, our family-run company is renowned for ethical provision of quality products through its clinically led personal assessments, 14-day suitability guarantee and committed after-sales support. This customer-centric ethos will continue to be delivered by Theraposture’s latest Trusted Assessor – Steve Keetley.

Steve, 45 from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, brings a wealth of mobility and healthcare experience to Theraposture.  During his career, Steve held the positions of Product Development Manager and Regional Sales Manager at Sunrise Medical for over six years. He was responsible for growing the business across Europe and achieved significant success in Northern Ireland. During this time, Steve accrued extensive product knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of mobility-restrictive conditions – which he will now leverage when assisting Theraposture clients.

Steve comments: “I will always have empathy for clients who have been struggling with independence as my late Mother was a wheelchair user. From an early age, I became familiar with her difficulties resulting from conditions such as severe arthritis and Kyphosis. Combined with my commercial experience, this has given me real insight to the difficulties people can face and how important it is to remain at home on your own terms. The Theraposture name is synonymous with trust and peace of mind, hence I am proud to part of this successful and caring company.”

Steve continues: “I have enjoyed completing my extensive Trusted Assessor training over the past few months and have been thoroughly impressed by the ethical approach Theraposture takes in terms of product provision. The whole team is totally focused on ensuring every customer receives the ideal solution for his or her needs and product quality is second-to-none. When you consider the precision and reliability of the German engineering in our original Rotoflex bed, there is no other rotating bed that comes close.”

David Holtum, Theraposture Managing Director, concluded: “It has been a pleasure introducing Steve to our existing and developing customer base and I believe he will be a real asset for Theraposture. His pro-active and understanding attitude is exactly what we demand of our Trusted Assessors. He joins the business at an exciting time as we continue to grow and introduce new services.”

Outside of Theraposture, Steve is a keen collector of Lambretta and Vespa scooters and has two daughters aged 21 and 27.

Mobility Roadshow 2015 – More Innovations for Consumer Independence than Ever Before

The Mobility Roadshow is returning in 2015 (25-27 June, Donington Park, Derby) to provide the most comprehensive lifestyle event of its kind in the UK, presenting mobility solutions for a wider range of consumers with restricted mobility to help achieve greater independence.

The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer-focused event, showcasing products and services to help maintain independent mobility. This unique national show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, is organised by registered charity Mobility Choice.

For 2015 the Mobility Roadshow returns to Donington Park where visitors will have the rare opportunity to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) on the historic Donington Circuit, as well as experience the very latest innovations for independence. There is no other event that can offer such a range of vehicles for test-driving or products and services to see and compare – a unique opportunity unequalled in the mobility exhibition calendar.

The 2015 Mobility Roadshow will be different. Its refreshed format will be dynamic, engaging and include features for a wider audience. It will deliver invaluable benefits to all visitors ranging from children to mature individuals who are looking to enhance their freedom, with hands-on product demonstrations and exclusive show features.

Restricted mobility affects millions of people across the UK in different ways. Hence the opportunity to experience and compare wide-ranging independent living solutions all in one location is vital. The Roadshow provides a larger, more diverse showcase than other regional shows. Not an ‘exhibition’ but an ‘event’, the 2015 Roadshow will also incorporate Get Going Live! – a sister event also organised by Mobility Choice that focuses on young and novice disabled drivers. This lively and exciting feature will open up a new world of driving opportunities for future generations.

The Mobility Roadshow 2015, as always free to visit, will be a ‘must-attend’ event for:

·         Drivers, passengers and non-drivers that live with disability or restricted mobility

·         Young and novice drivers with disabilities seeking independence

·         Middle-aged to mature individuals requiring assistance for ‘comfortable driving’ or ‘easier living’

·         More mature people requiring help indoors, outside, or when travelling as a vehicle passenger

·         Families/parents with disabled children or elderly relatives

Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, comments: “In partnership with the NFE Group, the Mobility Choice team and I are fully committed to delivering a Mobility Roadshow that surpasses all others. Our 2015 event will remain true to our singular ethos since the show’s inception over 30 years ago – to provide the largest and best consumer- focused mobility show.”

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Theraposture to showcase unique ‘future-proof’ Mascot care cot at Kidz-in-the-Middle

We will be showcasing a selection of our popular products at Kidz-in-the-Middle website whilst introducing our new Trusted Assessor.

Map showing Stand C4 – Thursday 19th March 2015, Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE.

9.30am – 4.30pm.

At Kidz-in-the-Middle, a fully modular Theraposture Mascot Mark 2 paediatric cot and Safe-T Bed will be demonstrated alongside a 135cm high padded Hannah cot. The latest Mascot is the first fully modular cot design in the UK and provides complete flexibility to meet the changing needs of a disabled child. It is a ‘future-proof, whole life’ solution that eliminates the need to purchase and specify new cots if care requirements develop in the future – the most cost effective concept ever.

Theraposture_KidzTrusted Assessors will be on hand throughout the exhibition to listen to families and Therapists, to demonstrate products and to explain the added value and peace of mind associated with Theraposture beds and cots. Theraposture’s 14-day suitability guarantee, comprehensive warranties and programme of caring personal assessments, ensure that every family and child receives the ideal solution for their needs. Steve Keetley, Theraposture’s new Trusted Assessor, will be part of the Theraposture team at Kidz-in-the-Middle. Come and meet him and his colleagues to discuss how Theraposture can help you.

Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director commented: “We anticipate an even busier Kidz-in-the-Middle this year as our power-adjustable care cots and beds continue to grow in popularity across the UK. This show will provide a unique opportunity for families with disabled children to see how Theraposture products provide maximum safety, reassurance and comfort – essential for children as they sleep.”