Top Tips For Buying A New Bed

bedBuying a new bed can be a difficult decision, because there are lots of things to consider. Here are our top five tips for buying a new bed:

  1. The bigger the better – Larger beds are more comfortable. Not only do you have more space to stretch out, you are less likely to be disturbed if you’re sharing with a partner.
  2. You get what you pay for – We spend a third our lives in bed, which makes buying a bed one of the most important purchase you’ll make. So spend as much as you can afford to.
  3. Look to see if it’s NBF approved – It’s important you look for the National Bed Federation’s (NBF) ‘big tick’ mark of approval to be sure you’re buying a safe, clean and honest product from a reputable manufacturer.
  4. Buy a base and mattress that work for each other – You don’t want to buy a new bed base if you’re mattress doesn’t work with it. So consider the type of mattress and well as the base when making a purchase.
  5. Thinking ahead – It’s good to think ahead, you might have a static bed now and not need an adjustable bed but your needs or your partners needs might change so that an adjustable bed would be more suitable.bed2

If you have any questions about beds and mattresses you can:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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The Topro Rollz Motion – A Walker & Wheelchair in one!

A great new product on the UK market is the Topro Rollz Motion, which is a useful walker and wheelchair in one. There are other rollator/wheelchairs on the market but they tend to be heavy and awkward to use. Rollz has listened to users and designed a product that suits their needs. The Rollz Motion is sleek and compact, looks good and is easy to use!Rollz2

Having a rollator that turns into a wheelchair gives you more freedom and flexibility.  The Rollz Motion is an ergonomically designed rollator with a strong but lightweight frame, which enables you to walk safely and securely. And if you get tired while you’re out and want to rest along the way, the Rollz Motion converts easily from a rollator to a wheelchair and back again.

The Rollz Motion is developed and pro

duced by the Dutch company Rollz. As you can tell they have put a lot of thought into the design. The easy to use drum brakes for example offer safe and balanced braking. The kerb assists on the back of the wheels help you get over thresholds and kerbs with ease, meaning you don’t have to lift the rollator/wheelchair up over them. The compact folding design means it can be packed away and put into a car. There is also a range of accessories that go with the Rollz which can be ordered separately such as a travel bag and a cane holder. The Rollz also comes in four different colours!hviyv

If you have any questions or would like to try out the Rollz Motion, you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

Walkers & Rollators – Things to consider

For those who have difficulties walking unaided or experience problems with balance but wish to retain their independence, Walkers and Rollators can provide a valuable solution.
There are lots of different styles of walkers and rollators with different features, so depending on your needs there are lots to things to consider.
Below are some questions you should be asking yourself.


Lets_Go_Indoor_RollatorWhere will I be using it?
There are Indoor walkers which are slightly narrower then outdoor ones so that you can manoeuvre around your furniture more easily, they also tend to have smaller wheels.
Outdoor walkers have bigger more substantial wheels so that they can grip and cope with less even terrain.

Drive-Heavy-Duty-Bariatric-Rollator-Walker-with-La-10215rd-1Do I need a seat?
Having a seat on your rollator can be really important if you need the occasional break whilst walking, if you want to stop for a chat or just get tired of standing whilst waiting in line at a supermarket.
If you want a seat you will need a four wheel walker if not then a three wheel walker might suit you although they can be a little less stable than the four wheeled walkers.

w9b7q_Compact Tri-Walker Blue_723x800How heavy is it?
Depending on whether you will have to lift or transport the walker the weight of the walker could be very important.
The lightest walkers start from around 5kg (think five bags of sugar), and these are made of strong aluminium.
There are steel framed walkers available but these are much heavier and harder to transport. The weight of the walker/rollator also affects its  price: the cheaper the walker the heavier it’s going to be, so don’t be misled by apparent (often online) bargains!

18_troja2gkombiHow do I store it?
Almost all walkers and rollators fold up in some way – front to back or side to side. This makes them much easier to store when not in use (in a corner of a room or cupboard out of the way); those that fold side to side are usually more stable when folded than those which fold front to back.   There are even models which have an additional folding option which makes them more compact – ideal for putting in the boot of a car, the luggage compartment of a coach or the hold of an aeroplane!!

MPB-Rollatorschirmhalter_zommbluedayposterpictureWhat accessories do I need?
Most walkers and rollators come with a bag or basket to put things in, some even have both but there are lots of useful extras such as a cane or an umbrella holder. Trays and anti-slip mats are also available so you can carry drinks etc.

If you have any questions or would like to try out some Walkers and Rollators then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

Mobility Scooter Insurance

Do I have to insure my mobility scooter?
The short answer is no you don’t have to get insurance for your mobility scooter, BUT there are so many reasons it’s a good idea, the first being peace of mind!

What’s covered?mobilityscootercrash
Different insurance policies offer different cover but the majority will all have accidental damage cover which means if you damage your scooter the repairs will be covered.
Public liability cover is one of the most important things to consider because it covers you if you were to have an accident and hurt or damage someone and their property.

Who to use?
There are many different insurance companies, we recommend going for one that specialises in insuring mobility equipment such as the First Senior Group or Blue Badge Mobility Insurance.

If you would like to insure your mobility scooter or any other piece of mobility equipment then you can follow this link: http://www.firstsenior.com/Policy-Pages/buy-triple-star-products-page.html?dealer_code=%20OUT003
Or if you have any questions about taking out mobility scooter insurance you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

Quantum iLevel Powerchair

Out & About recently went to the launch of Quantum’s new Q6 Edge 2.0 with the TRU-Balance 3 seating system and the new revolutionary iLevel seat raiser

IMG_1981When we arrived the chair was being demonstrated outside in the car park. The first things we noticed was the speed the chair was able to move at, even when it was in the elevated position – travelling at 3.5mph. You could really imagine the user keeping shoulder to shoulder with a companion walking briskly because the iLevel is able to elevate 10”, enabling the user to interact “face to face” rather than “face to waist”.

The second thing we noticed was that the seat can be elevated whilst the chair is moving. Most other powerchairs have to be stationary if you want to raise the seat. Imagine if, as an able-bodied person walking in a group, you had to stop, get down on your knees and walk if you wanted to talk face to face to children,  then have to do the reverse to talk to their parents. With the Quantum iLevel it becomes one fluid motion equivalent to walking, bending and talking all at the one time.

Being able to elevate in a powerchair isn’t a new feature, but being able to elevate and lower whilst moving around  is! And it’s a feature which has increased the clients’ life enjoyment.

IMG_1277You might think that driving with the seat elevated would make the chair unstable but that isn’t the case. During the demonstration one of Quantum’s team members stood on the foot plate of the powerchair, and elevated it as he stood upon the footplate, the chair performed perfectly – not even a hint of a wobble! I can explain, because it was explained to us, that this remarkable stability is due in part to the weight of the base and to the ATX Active-Trac suspension, but it was quite clear to us that the driving force behind this and the other unique features of the iLevel Q6Edge 2.0  was the overall design ethos – to keep users safe and enhance their lives by hugely improving their interaction with their families, friends and generally helping them with their daily lives.

q6 edge coloursOne other feature shows just how much design thought has gone into this remarkable chair – when you recline the seat to get comfortable, the armrests stay still! If you’ve ever, unthinkingly, reclined in an ordinary powerchair you’ll know that anything resting on the arm – (a newspaper, a tray with your lunch on it or maybe just a cup of coffee) ends up in your lap or on the floor. We also felt this was a great feature as it meant that the client within the chair had easier access to the control systems.

Little things like this speak volumes about the thought that has gone into designing this chair.

They say that seeing is believing but if you’ll forgive the mix of metaphors the real proof of the pudding is in the eating. We were all able to try the iLevel Q6Edge 2.0 and came away even more convinced that this  mid-wheel drive, highly manoeuvrable Powerchair was a great step forward with benefits to the user that can make a real difference. This great chair  can be customised to further suit you. Options include different sizes, types of control as well as added extras like transfer aids – all designed to tailor the chair to your needs. Oh, and there’s also a choice of 12 colours!

IMG_1300During the demonstration our engineering apprentice was even allowed to take the chair apart so we could see how easily you can alter the seat dimensions. She was able to easily adjust the seat depth, the seat width, and the chairs arms by using just two Allen keys.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the new iLevel Q6 Edge 2.0 Powerchair you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

Daily Living Aids – Arthritis

Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and it can affect all ages depending on the form of arthritis. Arthritis can have a drastic effect on someone’s day to day life and so we have listed some aids which can help with daily activities.

Getting around

  • Fischer Canes – The orthopedically shaped Fischer handle distributes pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping.
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  • Walkers with Arthritic Attachments – These walkers are great for people with limited hand use and offer additional support in the form of padded gutters which allows you to rest your forearms comfortably.560806
  • Cane stay – Cane Stays enable you to lean your cane against a wall or counter when in and out of the home.MP-99500-3

Getting Washed & Dressed

  • Long Handled Sponges – A simple solution if you find it hard to reach certain areas due to stiff joints etc. Different shaped sponges are also available so you can even wash in between your toes with ease!aa1831b_a_1
  • Button & Zipper Hooks – Enable you to do up buttons and zips with ease and without fuss, ideal for those who are loosing dexterity in their hands and fingers.f22624.main
  • Dressing sticks – If you have trouble reaching and bending your arms then the dressing stick might be for you.F21462_4
  • Bra-Angel – The Bra-Angel was made specifically to assist those with mild to moderate upper limb restrictions or limited hand dexterity to fasten a bra.559668
  • Elastic Shoe laces –Enables you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces!F19406_4
  • Shoe horns – Shoe horns aid with sliding your foot into your shoes without the need to use your fingers.71w1dSBYIOL._SL1089_

In the Kitchen

  • Tap Turners – Taps can be quite hard and fiddly to grip but the soft textured handles of tap turners provide a comfortable and secure grip when placed over the head of the tap making it a lot easier to turn. There are different tap turners for different styles of tap head.Derby_Tap_Turners
  • Large Handled Cutlery – Cutlery with wider handles make them easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber materials.$_35
  • Angled Utensils – Angled knives etc can take the strain off your wrists and make it easier to grip.N05461.MAIN
  • Jar/Bottle/Tin Openers – There are many different aids to help with opening containers such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.241
  • Two Handled Mugs – These are ideal for people who find it difficult to drink from standard mugs due to frail hands, weak wrists or not being able to grip enough.Wade-Dignity-Two-Handled-Mug-White
  • Kettle tippers – Kettle tippers reduce the strain on the wrists dramatically and the worry of spilling hot water down you as you aren’t having to pick up the weight of the kettle. You just have to fill the kettle up using a small jug then use the kettle tipper to pour your boiling water out.M82599_1000_667

In & Around the Home

  • Key turners – Key turners can hold up to three keys and provides extra leverage and grip. They are lightweight and the keys fold away into the handle when not in use.asn3172-blue-key-turner
  • Pill Poppers – Instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and drop your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container.41Elq-mbmaL._SX300_
  • Plug tugs – Makes it easy to remove a plug from a socket and reduces the strain on the fingers and wrists.prodmainimg2300_grande
  • Pen/pencil grips – These go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.G45849_4
  • Playing Card Holders – This makes holding a hand of cards very easy!vm705
  • Book Stand – For those people who like to read but find it hard to hold the book comfortably.M76667_835_1000
  • Big Button Phones – Phones with larger buttons make it much easier to dial numbers which is great for those with reduced dexterity.m76459.main
  • Long Handled Dustpan & Brush – The long handles eliminate the need to bend down or kneel on the floor, putting less strain on your joints.M52997_1
  • Easy Grip Gardening Tools – Easy grip tools are designed to increase grip and comfort when gardening. Ergonomically angled handles keep the hand and wrist in a natural position whilst gripping.m78172_c

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these daily living aids then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Actions

When choosing an electrically powered riser recliner you should first decide exactly what it is you need the chair to do for you. Different models of chair are built to deliver different movements which offer you the choice of different positions, from a standard sitting position to a position which enables you to get out of the chair with ease. So when selecting the right chair for you  it’s very important to understand such differences. Most riser recliners will have either one or two motors. All riser recliner chairs have the “rise” movement which helps you to get out of the chair by rising and tilting. Beyond this movement, the number of motors and the different actions they have been designed to accomplish will determine the different positions that can be achieved. All of the positions on all riser recliner chairs are selected by operating buttons on the handset controller which is linked to the chairs motors.
Below we list the different combinations of motors and actions from which you can choose what will best suit you. To help you we have included diagrams of the different positions that each such combination can achieve.

Single Motor
A single motor chair, just as the name implies, only has one motor. This means that the backrest and footrest are controlled by the one motor and as a result move together in a coordinated fashion. On most single motor chairs, the footrest begins to rise before the backrest starts to recline. The handset will have at least 2 buttons; one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and one to bring you back to a normal seated position and to rise (the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Single Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
Just like the regular single motor the back and footrest on the single motor “tilt-in-space” chair is controlled by the one motor, meaning they move together in a coordinated fashion. With “tilt-in-space” the angle between the backrest and the seat remains virtually constant as the chair reclines this means that your back will not be stretched as the chair reclines or compressed as it returns to the normal seating position (which is the case if the back moves independently of the seat and thus increases and then reduces the angle between the two) which some users find more comfortable. However more importantly, a single motor “tilt-in-space” chair also means you are able to have your feet higher than your hips which is good for circulation, so if you have problems such as oedema then this would be an ideal action for you. Just like the normal single motor chair there will be at least 2 buttons on the handset controller, one to bring the chair down from a rise position and into a recline and the other to bring you back to a normal seating position and to rise(the handset might also have a third On / Off button).
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Dual Motor
A dual motor chair has two motors, this means the foot and back rest are controlled by different motors so can be moved separately giving you more flexibility in the positions you can achieve. For example if you’re someone who likes to have their feet up but keep the backrest straight then this is the ideal action for you. Unlike the single motor chairs the handset controller on the dual motors has at least 4 buttons. This enables you to control each movement separately, one button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt making it easier for you to get out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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Dual Motor “Tilt-in-Space”
A dual motor “tilt-in-space chair”, also called the ‘Super Dual Motor’ has two motors, so again you are able to move the back and footrest separately. However as it’s a “tilt-in-space” action, the movements are different to a normal dual motor. The difference is that the footrest and backrest move together in a coordinated fashion and the seat to back angle remains constant. After the footrest has reached its highest point you can then continue to move the backrest further to an almost full recline (almost horizontal, rather like a bed and for some just as comfortable!). Just like the normal dual motor chair the control has at least 4 buttons that enable you to control each movement separately. One button to recline the backrest, another to bring the backrest to a normal seated position, the third to bring the footrest up, and the fourth to bring the footrest back to a normal position and if this button is kept down it will rise and tilt you out of the chair (the handset might also have a fifth On / Off button).
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If Space Is An Issue….
One thing to remember about riser recliners is that you need to leave space behind the chair to allow the back to recline. So if space is at a premium you should think about a ‘Wall hugger’ which means you can have your chair a lot closer to the wall. Wall hugger’s are available with different actions such as dual motor and dual motor “tilt-in-space”.

And So, What Next…..
Once you’ve picked the best action to suit your needs, you’re on the way to choosing the best Riser Recliner for you. The next step is to make sure the chair is the right size for you and this means knowing your measurements and the sizes of different makes and models of Riser Recliner Armchairs.

If you have any questions or would like to try out different Riser Recliners then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.