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How To Choose The Correct Rollator


 Have you had a fall, and stopped going out to meet friends, attend Mass or get messages?

If the answer to any of these is YES a wheeled rollator might just be the answer.

Rollators are designed to provide continued independence,  mobility and socialisation for those who’ve lost balance, stamina and confidence resulting from falls or simply running out of gas. Oftentimes, the rollator is mostly there to provide confidence and stability, just in case…

 What’s the difference between a walking frame and a rollator?

A walking frame has rubber ferrules at the base of each leg and a rollator can have 2, 3 and 4 wheels for ease of movement. There is a lifting action with a walker whereas a rollator just glides along.

 What types of Rollator are there?

Rollators come in 3 and 4 wheeled models.

 What’s the difference between 3 and 4 wheeled rollators?

3 wheeled rollators are a bit more manoeuvrable and better suited for confined spaces/

4 wheeled rollators are better for outdoor use as they come with seat bases to take a breather when needed, or to chat with a friend.

Larger wheels are better outdoors, on grass etc, as they have more contact and are less likely to get bogged down. Indoors both work effectively.

 Are they heavy and transportable?

Most modern rollators are very lightweight, fold down and are easy to store in car boots. Make sure you select an aluminium model as steel are a lot heavier to lift.

 How do you measure for the correct rollator?

  1. Most quality rollators have adjustable height handles as standard. To measure correctly you just need to simply stand up straight, arms hanging freely and bend your elbows at 15 degrees to get the best height. It’s also quite intuitive so you can adjust to suit your needs.
  2. If you’re selecting a 4 wheeled rollator with a seat, it’s best to measure a comfortable seat height so you can sit comfortably.
  3. A Physiotherapist can recommend the correct measurements.
  4. Come into one of our stores and our trained, friendly staff can help select the best one from the may we have in stock.

 Cable brakes or push down brakes?

Cable brakes are the most common slowing, breaking system on rollators. They’re used in the very same way as bicycle brakes and easy are to use.

If you have arthritis in your hands or low grip strength, a pressure brake may be the better option. All you need to do to slow down or break is to put downward pressure on the handles to engage the brakes.

 We hope this helps. If you need more assistance just call us or visit one of our showrooms. Otherwise check the many options in our walking aid section.

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The Benefits of Bright Light Therapy

Research shows bright light of 2,500 lux improves well-being. Outside on a sunny day, you can take advantage of 100,000 lux but in winter there may be only a few hours of very weak light and indoors the brightest office provides only about 500 lux. Light Boxes are designed for use at home, at work or on the go, so you can get your light therapy…10,000 lux over a 30min period…while you get on with something else. You might also benefit from a wake-up light, an alarm clock that mimics a sunrise to wake you with light. To view our range of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) products CLICK HERE

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If you have the ‘winter blues’, you may actually be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD has been explained to be influenced by the shortening days and less exposure to light. A major treatment for SAD includes light therapy. A daily dose of bright light, especially in the morning, has been shown to be an effective, mood-elevating therapy that offers a convenient and natural solution. To view our range of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) products CLICK HERE

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No Limitations!

Thanks to Ted’s Mum for the amazing review!

When we began our wheelchair search for Ted we knew we needed something specific – it needed to give him independence, support his posture and facilitate his reversed sleep pattern. We visited our local NHS wheelchair service full of hope only to be told they didn’t have anything that suited his needs. We were asked to choose between supporting his posture and sleep or his independence. As you can imagine as parents we wanted it all why did we have to choose?

 

Around the same time we were also arranging for Ted to have a safety sleeper delivered so were already in contact with Andy from Murrays. We first met Andy at the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Foundation UK conference when we trialed one of the safety sleepers.  We clicked with him immediately and he was so helpful with the bed that we asked him if he knew of a chair that might suit Ted and fulfil all of his needs, a few days later he was at our house with the Veldink Kiddo Up – it was perfect!

 The NHS wheelchair service had already advised that they could give us a voucher towards a chair for Ted that was funded privately as they didn’t have anything that suited him. Andy and Sarah were really helpful with helping us arrange all the forms that needed to be completed for the NHS and before we knew it we were being asked what colour chair we wanted for Ted! He loves Toy story so we decided to go for a Buzz Lightyear theme with flashing front wheels. That’s the great thing about Veldink you can personalise the frame colour and wheel covers so that it’s a really inviting piece of equipment for the user. We didn’t want Ted to be in a wheelchair and people think “oh look at that boy in a wheelchair” instead they say “wow that chair is so cool we’ve never seen anything like that before!” and other kids love it too! It’s all been fitted to his measurements, he’s got postural support in the seat, and the bit I love the most is its compact and not as heavy as other wheelchairs!

 We’ve ventured everywhere with this great piece if equipment, It’s even been up the tallest building in the world! We had no problems taking it on holiday, in fact it got us a lot of attention for all the right reasons! There are lots of accessories that you can get to suit different lifestyles so you really can personalise as much or less as you need to. The team at Murrays are also fab and very helpful, so actually the whole process was very very easy! night.

Since getting the Safety Sleeper it has just been brilliant and knowing James is safe, secure and unable to hurt himself means we are all getting a good nights sleep. Highly recommend the Safety Sleeper.’

 

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Helping Families is what we do!

Thanks to James’s mum for sharing this lovely photo and letting us know how the Safety Sleeper has helped their family!

‘James (8 years) would continuously move around in his sleep, he would sit upright and throw himself down banging his head on the bed guards and even falling out of the bed. This meant both James, and us his parents, getting a lot of broken sleep and getting up to move him into different positions numerous times during the night.

Since getting the Safety Sleeper it has just been brilliant and knowing James is safe, secure and unable to hurt himself means we are all getting a good nights sleep. Highly recommend the Safety Sleeper.’

 

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Making a Difference

We were delighted to be in a position to donate 14 beds and mattresses to Depaul Ireland homeless service this week. They supply an invaluable service in helping the most vulnerable people in our community and even more so throughout the Covid19 pandemic. We are delighted to be able to help a little for people that rely on DePauls services.  
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Toasty Tootsies

Meet the electric FOOT WARMER with OEKOTEX that’s going to be your new best friend for the winter months. Keep warm and cosy this winter with this super-soft fleece heated cushion.

Perfect for relaxing in the evening, the luxurious soft plush fleece cushion has built-in pockets to warm your cold hands and feet; it’s also great for easing sore and aching muscles after a hard day.

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