USING MOBILTY PRODUCTS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Here at Comfort Plus we are privileged to meet lots of people who either depend on mobility products to make life easier or who have discovered that they make them more comfortable and independent.
After nearly 20 years of being in this business this is what we hear from those in the know;
The day is only as good as the sleep you’ve had!
A very common problem for people with reduced mobility – whether due to age or disability – is getting to sleep at night. At the touch of a button an adjustable bed can ease you into the best position for a good night’s sleep. Most adjustable beds offer the support you need for the entire length of your body providing relief from arthritis as well as more common joint pains and back ache.
Here’s what one of our customers, Mrs. Badcock from Burwell in Cambridgeshire had to say about our 5-point adjustable bed;
“I recently purchased an adjustable bed and am writing to say how comfortable it is. The massage controls are vastly improving my spinal/back problems. Long may it last!”
Getting outside without depending on others is the key to freedom
For those with long term difficulty with mobility a scooter can make the difference between independency and dependency on others for almost everything outside the home. It’s a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken without expert, independent advice but some of things you might want to consider are where you would store the scooter when it’s not in use? what insurance is available?
To help you, the NHS offers a guide to care and support here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/mobility-equipment-wheelchairs-scooters/ plus the consumer website ‘Which? Elderly Care’ https://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care has lots of advice on choosing and buying mobility products and the Motability Scheme can offer options on hiring a Mobility Scooter. Click on the links for more information.
A completely bespoke recliner chair will be a chair for life!
There are lots of recliner chairs on the market and lots that promise to be bespoke but when it comes to recliner chairs one size does not fit all. A properly bespoke chair is one that is built from scratch to make your life more comfortable. Most Rise and Recline chairs will swivel, recline, lift and massage but the ultimate prize is one based on your individual needs, body type and measurements. Accessories are the icing on the cake and unique to our chairs, here at Comfort Plus, is an adjustable back support; at the touch of a button the firmness of the lumbar region can be adjusted to support your back and suit your needs.
Here’s what Mrs Williams of Chester has said about her bespoke recliner chair;
“I’m sincerely impressed and so very grateful by your firm’s proficient and excellent help in delivering my recliner chair to me. It’s a beautiful chair – so comfortable, so perfect in every way”
Using a bath aid can take the fear out of one of life’s simple pleasures
Taking a bath can be one of the first things that you give up when your confidence in your own mobility starts to slip. It’s not uncommon to become unsteady on our feet as we get older so it’s understandable that particularly those who live alone may choose to not put themselves at risk and therefore miss out on a relaxing and enjoyable part of their daily routine.
But using a bath aid can restore that confidence by comfortably lowering you in and raising you out again enabling you to continue enjoying a relaxing bath at the end of the day.
Over £14,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support
As we approach our third year supporting Macmillan Cancer Support we are really pleased and grateful to the many people who have helped us to raise over £14,000 for this fantastic charity.
Georgia Clark, Fundraising Manager for Hertfordshire, says: ‘Thank you very much to Comfort Plus Products for donating over £14,000 in 2016 and 2017 for local people affected by cancer. This fantastic amount could help run a small Macmillan information and support centre for 3 months, like the one at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, helping people affected by cancer to find information and support. We look forward to their continuing support in 2018.”
It’s always good to know how these funds are used so we are fascinated by these interesting facts and thought we’d like to share them with all of the wonderful people who have helped us to raise our contributions to this hard working and worthy charity;
1320 people called the Macmillan Support Line - “I have had to fight and strive for every bit of information and having someone just say ‘do you want me to tell you about that’ was a breath of fresh air” – MSL Caller
710 local people used a Macmillan Information Centre – “I was feeling really ill and the bus was like a beacon shining in the distance! I found it very helpful, the service for benefit forms has been absolutely brilliant” - Client
£1,081,400 in unclaimed benefits was identified for local people by the Macmillan Support Line and face to face benefits teams – “Macmillan helpline advisors were so amazing during the call that within 24 hours I got a text from DWP saying I was getting benefits. That’s one hell of a service!” – MSL Caller
310 Macmillan grants, worth over £106,000 were issued to local people, totalling over £106,000 – “Due to my son’s intensive treatment, he had difficulty walking and Macmillan kindly helped me pay for travel. Now I’m in a position to pay this back so you can help someone else” - Carer
These are the important services that you are helping to raise funds for so please don’t stop! When we’re next in your area demonstrating, all we ask is £1 from every person who attends one of our product demonstrations. There’s a free cuppa on offer plus NO obligation to buy! If you’d like to know when we’re next in your area please call us on 0800 035 6595
£28 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
£390 could pay for an average Macmillan Grant.
Every £1,000 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisers on our Macmillan Support Line helping people affected by cancer to claim £39,350 in benefits they are entitled to.
Don’t be lonely this Christmas
HAVE A PLAN
Before the Big Day have a think about how you’d like to spend the day. Being alone doesn’t have to mean you will be lonely. Whether or not you’re able to venture out of doors it’s important to plan your day and have some structure. Here are some suggestions as to what you might think about;
If venturing outside isn’t an option there are still ways of making the day less lonely – here are some suggestions;
Speak to someone
If it isn’t possible to speak to loved ones on Xmas day there is always someone you can speak to. Age UK’s Call in Time service is a free service for the over 60’s connecting you to volunteers who provide a friendly ear and are happy to talk
Sign up today or call 0800 434 6105
· Or you could speak to like-minded people on Gransnet
· The Samaritans are also available to listen, no matter what, on 116 123
Plan your TV viewing
If you have a TV then make sure you have all the listings to hand and plan your viewing to suit your mood. You may love to indulge in all of the Christmassy programmes but you may not. In which case, there is plenty of alternatives on offer these days.
Enjoy something special to eat
There’s no better time to indulge in all of your favourite foods! If you are reliant on deliveries make sure you have selected all of your favourites well in advance. And, plan when you are going to have your main meal. This will help give your day some structure.
Use technology to connect
Family and friends may be located many miles away or even in another country but if you’re internet savvy make use of technology to talk and even ‘see’ your loved ones. It may be a good idea to plan a call in advance particularly if you’re calling somewhere in a different time zone.
If you are able to get out why not plan a visit to someone else who is on their own? Or plan to attend a Christmas Day service at your local church. Either of these will help you feel less alone.
Your local Care Centre and Nursing Home will appreciate visitors to help spread some Christmas cheer to their residents. If it’s possible for you to make the journey you will make their day!
If you have access to the internet get involved with Age UK’s Christmas Campaign and look at Volunteering Matters.
Community Christmas is an organisation that creates events for lonely elderly people. Have a look here https://communitychristmas.org.uk/ it will show events around you, including Christmas Dinners!
Organise a get-together
Maybe you know of others who will be alone this Xmas? It can be difficult making an approach to someone you don’t know very well but if you’re in the same boat why not suggest an outing together or an invitation to join you for part of the day. And, perhaps the more the merrier!
Most importantly please remember you’re not alone. There are 1.9 million older people across England who will experience loneliness this Christmas.
Get Moving In Your Own Home
We all know that moving is good for us. We all know that sitting down too much isn’t so good. Recent research shows that many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.
There’s plenty of evidence out there to suggest that physical activity and exercise can help us stay healthy, energetic, and more importantly independent. Our worlds are inclined to get smaller as we age – it might be difficult to travel, our homes may be too small for visitors and physical disability may be getting in the way of nights on the tiles or days out with friends. So, what’s to be done? Well for starters – do things you enjoy. If you can, then anything from gardening to walking. If you aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate activity this will help to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression, and dementia.
Physical activity is deemed to be anything that gets your body moving. Ideally I’m sure most of us would prefer to be out and about walking, gardening engaging in a favourite sport but for many that’s just not possible. Many are confined to their homes but that doesn’t mean sitting is the only option. You can still do enough exercise to improve your mobility and prevent falls.
Here are some home exercises recommended by the NHS. They are ideal if you're not very active but want to improve your health, lift your mood and remain independent. Don't worry if you haven't done much for a while. These exercises are easy and gentle, and can be done indoors.
Ideally, you should try to do something every day, preferably in bouts of 10 minutes of activity or more.
Bespoke is Best!
The Recliner Chair has come a long way since the invention of the dentist's chair in 1790. Though not officially recognised as a recliner chair – it did, nonetheless, recline and have an adjustable headrest.
When modern recliners were introduced in the late 1920s, their popularity took off as people discovered a new level of comfort. At the touch of a button backs could be supported and feet could be raised. More importantly, the effects of medical conditions such as Osteoporosis and Arthritis can now be eased with a good recliner especially one which offers lumbar support and heated massage, so that sitting and relaxing are perfectly achievable even for those who are badly affected.
When it comes to recliners one size does not fit all, so you need to be absolutely sure that the one you invest in is right for you and your needs. There are many to choose from on the market today, and many ways of buying, but a completely bespoke model is the ultimate prize. Most Rise and Recline chairs will swivel, recline, lift and massage. Find a company that will build from scratch based on your individual needs, body type and measurements; accessories that will make life easier for you and, of course, one that will complement the rest of your furniture. These things are not mutually exclusive.
Depending on your reasons for purchasing, will depend on your personal tick list.
If you are looking to ease medical conditions such as Arthritis and Osteoporosis then the functionality will be the most important factor and you will need to understand what does what. For example, a simple recliner will do that – recline you to a position that's comfortable. However, if you're looking for something more advanced here's a summary of what's available;
Wall-hugger recliners are a good choice for a smaller room as they take up less space. You tend to sit up straight in a wall-hugger, and that makes it easier to get up from the seat but, be aware, this mechanism will only be suitable for those with the most basic of recliner needs, i.e. to raise their feet and recline in a single action.
Rise and Recline Chairs
A rise and recline chair will offer much more. It is a recliner with a motorized mechanism that pushes the chair up from its base, making it easier to get up from the seat. These are usually recommended for people having limited capacity to use their legs and are especially useful for someone with weak knees. Whilst this type of chair tends to be more expensive than a Wall-Hugger Chair, it offers more assistance to those with less mobility.
Even more advanced is a 'Tilt in Space' mechanism which maintains the angle from the back to the seat of the chair as it tilts, allowing you to raise your legs to around the same level as the heart. It offers the unique advantage of allowing you to raise your ankles higher than your hips which is ideal for anyone who needs to elevate their legs. Usually available with either a single or twin motor these chairs can provide an infinite amount of reclining positions including a zero gravity position which can be extremely comfortable when reclining.
Many people who suffer from severe or constant back pain can find it difficult to get comfortable in any chair. But a built-in massage system can offer an effective way to promote circulation throughout the body. This type of chair can, not only, provide a form of pain relief but can also relieve symptoms of various conditions linked with poor circulation such as cramps and water retention. For problems like arthritis and osteoporosis a heat pad fitted to the lower lumbar part of the back will soothe pain.
Some chairs will even offer adjustable back support which will allow you to adjust the firmness of your chair at any time. At the touch of a button on the handset the firmness of the lumbar region can be adjusted to meet your needs.
So, whether you're simply looking for comfort or need advanced support to help mobility there will be plenty of choice around but to be absolutely sure that you will have a chair for life go bespoke rather than off-the-shelf.
Supporting Macmillan - What we do and how we do it
We are now in our second year of supporting this hard working charity which does exceptional work supporting cancer patients and their families.
Like many businesses with a social conscience we wanted to find a way to make a difference and because we totally understand the ethos of Macmillan which is to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK, we wanted to find a way of making ongoing and regular contributions. We felt that the people we are fortunate to see on a daily basis would want to be part of this. We do much of our business at sheltered housing schemes throughout the UK, where we enjoy meeting residents face-to-face, so we introduced the idea of raising a £1 for every person that attends one of our product demonstrations. These normally take place in the residents’ communal lounge, and with a free cuppa on offer and no obligation to buy, we are proud to have raised in excess of £7k thanks to a great number of people joining us in our efforts.
Georgia Clark, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Hertfordshire and Essex says "On behalf of Macmillan, I would like to thank Comfort Plus Products for their support this year - as a result of the funds donated by the company from their product demonstrations, we are able to provide medical, practical, financial and emotional support to local people affected by cancer."
Power your devices from your chair
Many of you may be reading this on a mobile phone, or a tablet, it is estimated that around 70-80% of users will browse the internet using these mobile devices.
With this in mind we can now include a USB charging cable into your Rise and Recline chair. Sitting in the pocket of your chair you can quickly plug in your mobile device, or any other device that offers USB charging and repower the unit whilst you sit and relax.
For more details contact us on 01462 678050, or add it to a chair you have built online using www.chairbuilder.co.uk
The new beginning was, in fairness a year ago. So the title to the entry is a little ambiguous at first read. But for our clients, there was never really a “new beginning”, it was more of a continuation. As a management team we took over ownership a year ago now, however collectively as a 3 person team we have worked for Comfort Plus Products for 33 years, covering every aspect of the business. So although it was a “new beginning” for us and the company, it is not the new beginning I am talking about here.
The excitement is not contained to the symbolism of what we have produced here, but is overflowing for what technologically we have produced for the market place. The Chairbuilder section of this site is truly unique to us as a company and cements our dedication to building a product that is designed for an individual, to fit their needs.
Users can now see on screen exactly what their chair will do, and why. They can select the cushions and change the look of their chair, and even see it in a different fabric. At a press of a button, a reading light can be added or a massage system. Then when complete, they can “play” with the chair, move it up and down, recline it, make it stand; or even, start over again and try a different look.
By using the system, customers can learn more about the different features and actions, and why one may be more suitable than another. The chairbuilder goes to highlight our dedication to producing one of the best products both in design, build and experience on the market place.