Heroic Battle of Britain pilot Tom chooses Theraposture to future-proof his independence and ability to stay at home

96-year-old Tom Neil is a famous Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ‘Ace’ of the Second World War who is benefitting from better sleep and more comfort thanks to a powered profiling and rotational bed.

Tom is a highly respected veteran of WW2 and completed 141 combat missions for the RAF during the Battle of Britain. He is the last surviving ‘Ace’ from this historic engagement and has published several books recalling his experiences flying Hurricanes and Spitfires between 1938-1964.

Tom has multiple awards for bravery, held the position of Chairman of the Fighter Pilot’s Association and was a key figure in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

Now approaching the age of 97 Tom still retains his determined yet Gentlemanly persona – along with a desire to remain independent at home for as long as possible. Tom does not want full or part-time professional carers just yet and only has assistance from his sons a few days per week. Tom wants to remain as active as possible on his own terms so chooses to use assistive equipment. Getting in and out of bed without assistance was becoming more of a challenge as was achieving a comfortable position at night. Tom spent a few years discussing possible solutions with his late wife until he decided upon ownership of a electrically powered Rotoflex bed from Theraposture.

This electrically operated rotational, height adjustable and profiling bed has future proofed Tom’s independence at home.

The Rotoflex is available as either a bed for one person or part of a double combination that can be shared by couples. Every design is available in a variety of surrounds and conceals precision German-engineered mechanisms that provide smooth and quiet functionality. There is only one Rotoflex – an ergonomic rotating bed that includes a vertical seat lift for safe and controlled sit-to-stand transfers. Tom is able to benefit greatly from a sophisticated and accomplished proven solution that has been developed and continually improved for over 20 years.

Tom has owned his Rotoflex bed for a few months and is delighted with the support it has provided. Tom explains: ‘I had considered an assistive bed for sometime but did not want a piece of apparatus that looked like a hospital bed. This is my 38th home after being stationed all round the world and I want it to remain the same. I saw the Rotoflex in an advert and was impressed with its abilities, it is my understanding that it is the best rotational bed on the market. Key to my decision was that it was practical, easily controllable and looked like a domestic bed.”

Following a visit to his Suffolk home by one of Theraposture’s Trusted Assessors, the Rotoflex was deemed appropriate for Tom as it would provide increased comfort, support and safety. Tom chose a 4’6’’ wide Rotoflex for increased space to relax and a Damask upholstered surround. The bed is ideally suited to Tom’s decor and its castors ensure the Rotoflex can be moved easily for floor cleaning.

Being able to sleep well has always been important to Tom ever since he began flying combat missions during WW2. It was essential he achieved as much rest as possible in between missions so he was alert, able to engage the enemy effectively and return to base unscathed. There was very little time between missions during the Battle of Britain as Tom’s squadron was permanently ready to scramble. Being able to get to sleep quickly was essential and now later in life Tom is able to do the same with his Rotoflex bed…read more

Bob and Jon representing Abacus Healthcare help to raise over £2,000 for Young Epilepsy

Bob Gibbs, Regional Sales Manager and Jon Nock Marketing Consultant for Abacus Healthcare have run the British 10k in London to raise funds for the Young Epilepsy charity.

Abacus is a trusted and proven manufacturer of powered baths that provide accessible bathing for disabled children and adults. It supports Young Epilepsy with fundraising and is the provider of a power-assisted Gemini height adjustable platform bath at its specialist educational campus in Lingfield, Surrey. The Gemini delivers assured accessible bathing for students who have Epilepsy and associated conditions and allows carers to operate safely and without risk. As the designated charity for Abacus, Bob and Jon completed the British 10k race on behalf of Young Epilepsy so vital donations could be collected – over £2,000 has been raised by all the runners. Read more and find out where Jon and Bob finished in the race….

TGA Mobility help vulnerable and homeless Sudbury wheelchair user

TGA Mobility, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist with an Independent Living showroom in Sudbury, has donated a new wheelchair to help a well recognised vulnerable and disabled man who has been homeless locally for over twenty years.

TGA has a close relationship with the local constabulary as the Police support the many scooter safe driving days held at the company’s headquarters on Woodhall Business Park. Rachel Elding, Retail Development Manager, is responsible for the TGA mobility showroom which provides the largest range of quality scooterswheelchairs, rise and recliner chairs, adjustable beds and independent living aids anywhere in East Anglia. She was recently approached by Police Community Support Officer, Jamie Fudge, regarding the possible donation of a wheelchair to assist a local vulnerable male who lives in Sudbury. As TGA is a regularly supporter of local charities and good causes Rachel was delighted to help.

Commonly seen propelling himself backwards, this disabled and homeless individual had kept on the move until recently when his dilapidated wheelchair finally fell apart. This resulted in him becoming immobile and without funds to buy a replacement, the Police decided to put a call out for assistance. Read more….

How to get a TGA Minimo Plus 4 mobility scooter into the boot of a car

TGA’s Tim Ross demonstrates how quick and easy it is to put the folding Minimo Plus 4 mobility scooter into a car boot.

The Minimo Plus 4 mobility scooter takes comfort and stability to the next level whilst maintaining all the benefits of transportability and flexibility that the folding Minimo mobility scooter is renowned for across the UK.

The Minimo Plus 4 has two front wheels positioned further apart for enhanced stability over more challenging terrain. This new model is perfect for potential scooter owners who prefer a more traditional 4-wheel scooter.

It can be folded in seconds with one hand and requires no parts to be dismantled for storage. Strain-free lifting is assured as the scooter only weighs a mere 9.9kg when levering into a car boot and the ultra-lightweight lithium battery can be lifted with a single finger.

Through a combination of lightweight carbon fibre components, advanced engineering and a quality finish, the new Minimo Plus 4 from TGA is set to raise the bar in the car boot class once more.

More details: https://www.tgamobility.co.uk/range/scooters/minimo-plus-4

Phone: +44 (0) 1787 882244

Accessible Bathing Funding Literature Popular On Abacus Healthcare Stand at Kidz South

Abacus Healthcare has received healthy numbers of specialist bath enquiries, literature requests and entries to win its company Mascot ‘Trevor the Turtle’ at Kidz-to-Adultz-South.

Abacus is a trusted and proven manufacturer of powered baths that provide accessible bathing for disabled children and adults. Its popular height adjustable Gemini and Scorpio baths were demonstrated at Kidz South to a large number of healthcare professionals and families. The Gemini has an integrated platform for easier changing and drying and the Scorpio encompasses a bather transfer seat for safer access. Alongside these two baths Abacus provided the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win a cuddly toy ‘Trevor the Turtle’ and educational information regarding bath ownership.

Abacus believes that the provision of accurate information and advice is essential for OTs and parents so informed decisions can be made regarding suitable equipment provision. Read more….

Daniel Salter and his employer, TGA Mobility based in Suffolk, have made a second donation to The J’s Hospice

Daniel Salter and his employer, TGA Mobility based in Suffolk, have made a second donation to The J’s Hospice in Essex despite his charity cycle ride coming to a dramatic end through a burst tyre.

Keen cyclist and runner, Daniel Salter, is an enthusiastic supporter of The J’s Hospice. The charity supports young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes. He works as a Product Consultant for TGA Mobility based in Sudbury which provides quality and reliable mobility scooterswheelchairs and powerpacksacross the UK.

Daniel, aged 30 from Sudbury, previously completed The J’s Hospice 2016 Chelmsford Marathon so that his employer would donate a lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack wheelchair to the charity. When he delivered the wheelchair to The J’s office in Great Baddow, he met members of the charity’s healthcare team and a patient, Alice, who inspired him to support The J’s again on the recent ‘Pedal for The J’s’ 80km / 50 mile charity bike ride. Read more…

New Care Cot Funding Guide for Parents and OTs

Theraposture experienced high levels of interest at the Kidz-to-Adultz-South exhibition in Reading, by offering our new bed funding guide and demonstrating how the latest future-proof Mascot cot can be a wise and considered choice.

Stand 313 received a healthy number of visitors throughout the event including therapists, families and other professionals all keen to learn more about Theraposture’s products, services and educational material.

​The new funding guide entitled ‘Funding routes and your rights to the correct solution for your child’ was available from Theraposture for the first time at Kidz and highlighted methods to achieve funding for specialist and adjustable beds. It included information on product provision through social services / NHS, charity grants and loans and private funding along with vital considerations that can assist with selecting appropriate equipment. It specifically highlighted the equipment loan scheme from Newlife and key features of the Care Act that stipulate the rights of every child in terms of assessment and equipment provision. Read more…..