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:
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

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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

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Other Options

After you’ve chosen the action, the size and the style of backrest for your riser recliner there are a few other things to consider. Depending on each manufacturer there are different options and extras available. Some of the different options to think about are listed below.

Fabric
There are lots of fabrics to choose from, and depending on your needs you might need one with certain attributes. The fabrics could be general domestic fabrics, waterproof, anti-microbial, flame retardant, stain resistant, breathable or a combination. For example if someone is prone to spilling drinks etc. then a stain resistant waterproof fabric might be appropriate.

Antimacassars & Arm caps
Antimacassars and arm caps provide added protection for the chair, helping to prevent staining and marking as well as general wear and tear ensuring that  your chair retains its “new look”. An added bonus of having antimacassars and arm caps is that they can easily be cleaned or replaced.
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Pressure Care
The more time you spend in your chair the greater the risk of pressure problems. These can be prevented with appropriate cushioning. There are low, medium and high risk pressure care options.  The high risk options are for the people who already have, or are at a high risk of developing a pressure sore. It is important to check that your chosen chair manufacturer can supply what you need.
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Wooden Handgrips
Some people find wooden hand grips a necessity as it gives them something easier to grip onto as they stand up, although you may prefer them just because of the style!

Neck Pillows
Depending on which back rest you have chosen you might feel that you need an added cushion to support your neck. Depending on the manufacturer there are different shaped pillows and different fillings available.

Wheels & Feet
There is usually a choice of solid feet or lockable castors. So if, from time to time, you want to move the position of your chair, then lockable castors would probably be useful.
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Hazard Sensors
Hazard sensors are an added safety feature that some manufacturers offer. The sensor detects when something is in the way when your chair is being lowered and automatically stops the chair. This is very useful if small children or animals are likely to be around or if you were to drop something close to the chair!
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Shroud Mechanism
The shrouded mechanism is for a combination of safety and aesthetics as the fabric covers the chairs mechanisms and reduces the risk of children or animals crawling underneath etc.
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Drop Down Arms
Having drop down arms might not be a consideration for some, but for those who need to side transfer in and out of their chair they could be essential.

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.

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Backrest

Your comfort is the most important thing to consider when you’re choosing the riser recliner for you, and the style of backrest can affect this greatly. There are different backrest styles with firm or soft filling, and in different shapes and sizes that support different parts of your back. We recommend that you try different back styles before you make your decision. We keep a selection of riser recliners with different backrest options in our show room. Below we have described the most popular styles of backrest to help you make the most suitable choice.

Button Back
The button back is the most traditional of armchair backrests. It’s made up from one single cushion with classic buttoning design and provides firm and comfortable support. Depending on which manufacturer you select, the cushioning will have varying degrees of firmness to suit your preference.
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Waterfall Back
The Waterfall is one of the most popular styles of back and provides great support and comfort when seated. The Waterfall back is made of three horizontal cushions placed over one another. They can be adjusted to suit individual needs and preferences. This is achieved by removing or adding some padding to the cushions.
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Lateral Back
The Lateral back arguably provides the best lower back and sideways support. The cushions on either side give you great lateral support when both sitting and reclining. The lateral cushions hug your sides so if you tend to lean to one side or if you’re quite slim, this might be the backrest for you.
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T Back
The T Back is made up of two vertical cushions and one horizontal. The central break between the two vertical cushions is ideal for those with back problems as spinal pressure is relieved. These cushions can also be adjusted by adding or removing filling.

Once you’ve chosen the style of backrest for you, you’re almost finished choosing your most suitable Riser Recliner. The next step and final step is to consider some of the additional features and options available on some chairs.

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.

How to choose the Riser Recliner for you – The Right Size

Size is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a riser recliner. If your chair doesn’t ‘fit’ you, particularly if you’re going to be spending some time in it, then you will never feel really comfortable. So we recommend you be measured for a riser recliner so that your comfort and safety are optimised. Most manufacturers offer several different sizes of chair, although the sizes can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some even offer made to measure chairs, which means you can have a chair built to fit you exactly. The measurements you need to consider when choosing a size of chair are, the seat height; seat depth; seat width; back height and armrest height.Measuring_an_AJW_chair_600x338 - Copy (2)

Seat Height
The seat height can make a big difference to how easy it is to get up out of a chair, especially if you find it difficult to push up using your arms or if you have any pain or weakness in your legs. Usually the higher the seat the easier it is to get up, but for safety reasons your feet should always be able to touch the floor, and ideally they should be firmly on the ground. The seat height of a chair should always be in proportion to your lower leg. Your knees should be bent at a right-angle to allow your upper leg to lie flat on the seat cushion. An incorrect seat height can cause pressure and discomfort.

Seat Depth
If the seat depth is too great you will tend to slide forward and the resulting posture could cause localised pressure and discomfort. Insufficient seat depth can also cause problems as the chair will not be fully supporting you. The ideal is for the seat to be deep enough to support the entire length of your upper leg to the back of the knee without the end of the cushion pressurising the back of your calf.
Having the ideal seat depth along with the seat height means that the footrest (when elevated) should also be the ideal length. The heels of your feet should never be resting on the footrest, they should just roll over the edge of the footrest so that a pressure point doesn’t develop on the heel.

Seat Width
Having the correct seat width is also very important as it can affect your posture: having  too wide a seat might mean you lean to the side; having a seat too narrow could mean you will not be able to sit back fully into the chair and be properly supported, in addition to which you could be creating pressure points were the sides of the chair/armrests press against you. Ideally you should be able to fit two finger-widths either side of you when sitting in your chair.

Back Height
The back height can be very important, especially with a reclining chair as you don’t want your head to hang over the top of the chair when you are in a reclined position. The ideal back height means your head and neck are supported, both when you are sitting upright and when you are reclined.

Armrest Height
Having the correct arm height means that your arms will rest naturally on the armrests keeping your shoulders at a relaxed angle. Armrests that are too high or low can cause shoulder and neck pain.

Once you’ve been measured and have the correct size of chair you need, you’re a step closer to choosing the best Riser Recliner for you. The next step to consider is the style of back.

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.

Mobility Scooters & Powerchairs – The Rules

There is a lot of confusion about the rules and regulations that apply to owning and driving a mobility scooter or powerchair so, to help, we have outlined below the most important regulations that you should be aware of.

Driving Skills
It may surprise you to know that you don’t need a licence to drive a mobility scooter or powerchair neither is there any requirement to have tuition, pass any test or undergo any formal assessment. However this does not mean that you should use one of these vehicles without first thinking of the potential dangers involved, both for you and other users of shops, pavements, promenades or road, if you lack the skills and awareness of risk that a proper course of training can give you. We strongly recommend you find a training course. Follow this link to find a centre near you offering scooter classes. http://mobility-centres.org.uk/find_a_centre/
We offer a Scooter and Powerchair familiarisation session which has been designed to help develop the skills and confidence to drive safely and with confidence. This involves
• An assessment of you as a driver – sight, hearing, steering ability, ability to control speed.
• Familiarisation with the vehicle controls.
• A summary of the ‘highway code’ as it applies to Scooters and Powerchairs.
• An extensive ‘accompanied test drive’ around the large pavement area outside our showroom.
• A pavement and road ‘accompanied test drive’ around our local area and down into and back from the town centre.
These sessions are offered to all customers who want to buy or are interested in buying such vehicles.
To those who purchase from us these sessions are Free of Charge.
To those who are just interested we make a nominal charge of £20 which is refundable should a purchase be made.

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It may also surprise you to know that there is no mandatory requirement for you to insure your vehicle or yourself.
However insurance is an option we strongly recommend. Should you have an accident where you damage your scooter or powerchair, injure yourself or worse still somebody else or damage private or public property you will be personally liable; there have been instances where users have been found liable for damages amounting to thousands of pounds.
Basic Insurance is not expensive – £69 per annum currently – a small additional price to pay for peace of mind!

Eyesight
There is also no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powerchairs, but at the very least you should be able to read a car’s registration number from a distance of 12metres (13 yards). And you must check that you can still do this regularly.

You must have a disability
If you are not disabled, you can only drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair when:
• Demonstrating a vehicle before it’s sold
• Training a disabled user
• Taking the vehicle to or from maintenance or repair.

Vehicle Licences
All Scooters and Powerchairs are classified as ‘Invalid Carriages’.
Some have to be registered with the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Although no tax is payable. There are two Classes of Scooters & Powerchairs:
• ‘Class 2’– these have a maximum speed of 4mph. THEY DO NOT need to be registered as they can’t be used on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement or when crossing a road)
• ‘Class 3 ’ – these have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road, and 8mph on the road. THEY DO need to be registered as they can be driven on the road.

  • Because Class 3 vehicles can be driven on the road there are some important rules and features your scooter or powerchair must have:
    • You must be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 vehicle.
    • A maximum un-laden weight of 150kg.
    • A maximum width of 0.85 metres.
    • A device to limit its speed to 4mph for when you chose to or are not able to drive on the road.
    • A maximum speed of 8mph.
    • An efficient braking system .
    Front and rear lights and reflectors.
    • Direction indicators able to operate as a hazard warning signal.
    • An audible horn.
    • A rear view mirror.
    • An amber flashing light if it’s used on a dual carriageway.
    • You can’t drive on bus lanes, ‘cycle only’ lanes or motorways (You should avoid using dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50mph).

Parking
All normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. Your vehicle shouldn’t be left on a footpath or pedestrian area where it obstructs pedestrians, including wheelchair users and people with prams or pushchairs.

Right of Way
Remember, when riding on pavements and footpaths pedestrians have right of way!

By following these simple rules you will stay safe and secure on your mobility vehicles. If you have any questions you can call us on: 01420 549481 or email: info@outandabout-uk.com