Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oxford Voyager Portable Hoist

Dolphin Mobility are delighted to announce the addition of the Oxford Voyager range of hoists, to their product portfolio.

The Voyager Portable & Easytrack combine to form a unique portable overhead lifting solution for the hom
e or care environment.

The Voyager Portable is lightweight (5.5k
g/ 12 lbs with battery) which allows the use of one unit for several rooms (with Voyager fixed or Easytrack rails). Convenient carry handles allow easy transfer of lift.

Tourism For All

Tourism for All is a national charity which aims to be the centre of expertise on accessible tourism. They publish a guide to easilt accessible places to visit in Britain.

A new guide has been launched by Visit London with information on over 800 accessible hotel rooms in the capital.

The guide, which is based on an independent audit of every hotel, describes the visit from arrival by car or public transport to reception, the restaurant, other public areas and the rooms and bathrooms.

Available through, the guide also includes services such as low level counters, hearing induction loops, facilities for visually impaired guests and adjoining rooms for carers.

Disabled 'face long wait for home works'

The following article highlights the growing problem of waiting lists for disabled adapatations and appeared on the website.

Some disabled and chronically sick people in Hull are having to wait more than a year for adaptations to their homes.

Government guidelines say the maximum time for a low-priority case to be dealt with should be 52 weeks.

But a snapshot survey of 30 recent cases in Hull has revealed a third failed to hit that target.

The longest took just over 70 weeks from the start of the assessment process to the work being finished.

Typically, adaptations range from grab-rails and stairlifts to ramps and disabled toilet facilities.

Click here!Most are carried out to allow people to remain living at home rather than moving into residential care.

Mark Baggley, chairman of the Hull Choices and Rights Disability Coalition, said: “I am not surprised by the figures because it really is a massive problem which, unfortunately, isn't really known about.

“I know of one couple who have been together 50 years, but because one of them has been in hospital and their home requires adaptations, they have lived apart for the past eight months because the house had yet to be adapted.”

Mr Baggley said a shortage of occupational therapists and building surveyors were among the reasons behind the delays.

But he added: “The biggest factor is that most of the city's housing stock is just not suitable.”

John Hocking, the council's housing director, who deals with disabled adaptations, said: “We have a fast-track system for people in greatest need, but we do need to improve the time it takes.”

Monday, July 28, 2008

Exposed: the high-pressure sales tactics that target the disabled

An article from the Guardian warning of the high-pressure selling tactics employed by some companies in the mobility aids industry.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pool Lift

If you need a pool lift, Dolphin Mobility have a comprehensive range of products to suit nearly every kind of swimming pool.

The Bluone Portable Pool Lift is suitable for level access swimming pools.
The BluOne can transfer people to and from pools, dressing rooms and other places in an easy, smooth and safe manner.

pool liftsBluOne is easy to use. The person simply sits on the seat at the front and is pushed to the edge of the pool. Simply operate the brake and lock in position, press the down button and the swimmer is lowered into the pool.

The Oxford Dipper Pool Lift is for use at swimming pools, therapy pools and quayside locations
. The Dipper is best used in level access pools or where a small pool side wall or obstruction exists.

The most versatile pool lifts are the Splash! Semi Portable Pool Lift and the PAL Portable Pool Lift. They can be adapted for above ground pools and for above ground spas up to 52” above the deck.

PAL pool liftsAnother big plus point for the Splash and the PAL is the hand control which powers the pool lift up, down, left and right. This means that it can be operated by the user without relying on an assistant.

If you would like to discuss any of these products please call us on 0800 9800 126.