If you have a relative visiting Stamford who struggles with mobility, why not hire a wheelchair or scooter from Scotgate Mobility. We are conveniently located along Scotgate a few yards from Red Lion Square (next to the pay and display car park). Hire for a day from just £5.
We stock wonderful comfortable slippers by Cosyfeet and Sandpiper. They have secure velcro straps, are supportive around the heel and have a wide fit to accommodate swollen feet or problem toes. They are designed to be comfortable, warm and safe. Men’s and Ladies styles in stock now!
How about a new ergonomic rollator with a useful shopping bag, or an easily foldable fashionable walking stick?
If your relative has difficulty with hearing or vision we have an easy to read clock, magnifiers and big button phones with amplification.
We have a selection of well designed, practical daily living aids such as an easy pour kettle, reachers, sock donners, wheat warmers and blue badge holders.
We have a collection of rise and recline chairs and fireside chairs available in the shop. A well-suited chair will give proper support while seated and can incorporate specialised features such as a raised leg-rest, power-assisted recline, and a rising mechanism to safely lift the user to a standing position.
During Christmas week we are open as follows:
- Saturday 22nd December 9 – 12
- Monday 24th December 9 – 12
- Tuesday 25th December – Tuesday 1st January – Closed
- Open as normal from Wednesday 2nd January
Come and talk to us about your mobility needs!
We have created a shop window display to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, ‘Falling Poppies’. A family friend made 50 poppies from felt which are pinned to a green backdrop in a waterfall effect. The Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion have given us a box of poppies to sell in the shop to support the Poppy Appeal. Come and buy your poppy here! We also have some big poppies to go on the front of your mobility scooter!
The company had to undergo a rigorous audit to check that all its systems and procedures comply. There are various levels of award from bronze to silver to gold and the firm passed all the testing with flying colours to achieve the gold award.
Elderly and vulnerable customers are advised to deal with companies who are members of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA). The code of conduct is endorsed by Trading Standards UK. It goes above and beyond consumer law obligations and sets a higher standard, showing consumers clearly that code members can be trusted. For example, high pressure selling techniques are banned under the scheme. BHTA members cannot cold call or mis-sell. Products may only be supplied where there is a genuine need. Any claims made about a product must be genuine and truthful and must not give rise to false expectations.
Katy Brown, Managing Director said ‘We take customer care extremely seriously. We will always make sure the product is right for the customer and that it does exactly what they expect it to do. We are a small family firm with plans to expand. Our shop is located in Stamford’s historic conservation area, so we feel part of the community. The audit was also useful in pointing out things we will need to continue to focus on as we grow.’
Nowadays, due to press and other media attention, we all understand that it is important to maintain our physical mobility along with good diet and sufficient sleep. Loss of mobility can be gradual, e.g. through advancing years, or imposed, as through an accident or disability, and people may not realise for some time, that they are becoming less active. Often too, it is not realised that other losses follow from this – loss of sociability, independence, a full life, and good health. This is why it is so essential to focus on our mobility and to understand the gains that can be made by maintaining it:
* FOM can help people retain the personal freedoms they take, or once took, for granted. The loss of these freedoms can undermine confidence and a sense of self-worth essential to our well-being.
* FOM can give people the insights they need to achieve their goals – whether that is becoming less housebound, pursuing a favourite activity, increased independence about the house and garden, or becoming more socially active in their community.
* FOM leads to an enhanced quality of life which many people now demand and expect, and are determined to achieve. A happy and successful lifestyle is important at any age and there should be little or no need to compromise on this just because we are older or have a disability. Meeting personal goals and achievements is important at all levels of ability and stages of life. We can’t all become Olympic athletes, but we can take inspiration from their exploits, and think how we might improve our mobility and quality of life!
So get your skates on and call in to see the newly refurbished shop, Scotgate Mobility, (next to Scotgate car park in Stamford), to see how the people and products there can help you achieve your personal goals!
Awareness of ageism trumps all solutions, according to the UN, but how important are mobility aids and social groups in combatting age discrimination?
Written by Alice Wibberley, Stamford High School (Y13)
Ageism can be defined as a negative stereotype, perception, or treatment of an older person – or anyone, due to their age. The most common and detrimental ageism is aimed at older people, and its impacts are wide and deep routed. The importance of locating solutions to this issue, which potentially affects 18% of our population, is therefore paramount, and just as important as tackling any other discrimination which prevails in the United Kingdom.
Although ageism can take the form of a negative comment or stereotype, one of the most debilitating issue is discrimination found in the environment surrounding us. Buildings without ramps, stairs without handrails, or even a heavy door can provide challenge for an older person, and many establishments, public and private, are simply not doing enough to prevent this discrimination. These problems are often solved, however, with the use of mobility aids. Problems associated with older age around the home can be alleviated with purchase of living aids, such as large buttoned telephones, days of the week clocks, or even something as simple as ergonomic crockery. Outside of the home, disabilities can be combated with hire or purchase of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, or simply a walking stick, but the problem comes with a national stigma surrounding mobility aids. Ageism can be self-inflicted – many older people see the use of aids as an acceptance of physical deterioration, disliking their design and often unfashionable styles. Design and innovation has helped massively to solve this – floral patterned walking sticks which can fold away into a handbag, and extra handle fittings to attach to a favourite mug have proved popular. A modern availability of fashionable and aesthetically pleasing living aids has dramatically reduced this stigma, in turn reducing the numbers of elderly people preventing themselves from enjoying the benefits of mobility aids.
Speaking to members of Stamford’s senior community at a UN Day of Older Persons event at Scotgate Mobility, I was not entirely unsurprised to find that the area had unusually low perceived levels of discrimination against older people. David England even hinted that as an avid mobility scooter-er, he had an advantage on Market day – whizzing through crowds to get the best bargains and avoiding car parking prices. ‘Scooters help people to get out’, he said, and it is true that for many seniors, isolation would prevail without mobility aid. David had spent over 50 years working in the nursing sector, looking after the elderly and mentally ill. He believes that things have massively improved and feels positive about the care system going forwards.
David also suggested that learning ways to get around problems is the best way to prevent discrimination – he advises an ambiguous ‘hello mate’, when a name escapes you, to prevent the appearance of forgetfulness. Dementia, which is generally attributed to the elderly population, impacts at least 42,000 people under the age of 65 in the United Kingdom alone – making up 5% of the total population afflicted with dementia. (alzheimers.org). The rigid link between old age and dementia is part of the problem – a national realisation that the ‘ailments of the old’ are not solely experienced by the over 65s will end embarrassment and the need for a ‘hello mate’ in place of admitting one’s forgetfulness (which people of all ages experience, after all).
Peter Hayes emphasised the importance of social groups in preventing loneliness and isolation which afflicts so many in their later years. 51% of all people over 75 in the UK live alone, and 3.9% of our older population name their television as their main company. (Age UK, 2014). Peter mentioned just a handful of the clubs and societies available for people in the local area (and globally), and told me that they were key in preventing loneliness and depression amongst old people. U3A and PROBUS are just two groups where older people can meet and become friends, participating in activities from history to gardening. It is this regular, social contact which has been found to have the greatest impact on preventing loneliness, as from it, new friendships are formed to replace those lost as one grows older.
Even though Stamford has the appearance of low levels of ageism (perhaps due to its large elderly population), the ageism that exists may instead just be accepted as a part of life by those who experience it. This is what groups such as the United Nations, age UK and Evergreen are working to change, and the first step of combatting ageism is universal awareness.
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We are open as normal until Saturday 23rd December then closing for Christmas week. We will be reopening on Tuesday 2nd January.
Thank you for your custom and we look forward to serving you in 2018.
Katy and the team