OpeMed Blog

Aveso help disabled shoppers with new Changing Places toilets in Tesco stores

Posted on January 23, 2019

New Changing Places toilets in Tesco stores

Changing Places Toilets have been Changing Lives since 2006 by providing specialist facilities for people with a disability. 13 years on, it’s great to see that there are more than 1,200 facilities in the UK. However, with over 1/4 million people in the UK that are not able to use standard toilets, this number is still not enough. Over the last year, Aveso (the joint sponsorship between OpeMed and Astor Bannerman) has been working in partnership with Tesco and the Changing Places Consortium on a plan to deliver over 30 Changing Places toilets. Placed in locations which currently lack Changing Places facilities it is hoped the new toilets will help make a trip to the supermarket a little bit easier.

New Changing Places toilets in Tesco

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Go Green for 2019! – The Hybrid Powered Ceiling Hoist

Posted on January 18, 2019

A New Year Welcomes New Opportunity

It’s that time of year again; the time for cleanses and detoxes, to shrug off the old year and its inevitable conclusion of consumption and excess to beckon in a fresh new one and start again in a cleaner, brighter way. We often keep the focus more introspective, and after a few months of scrutiny on the needs of family and friends who can blame us for wanting to reflect our attention inwards? Whether on our health and diet, our physical or mental fitness, it is unavoidably the time for reassessing goals and making resolutions and commitments – often to tidying up our lifestyles.

With the focus so intently trained on self-improvement, it’s easy to neglect to look at the environment that we inhabit, the wider world that we impact every day. If we can tidy our lifestyles to improve our own health, then tidying our lifestyles to improve the health of the planet is only a step ahead.

Go Green for 2019! - The Hybrid Powered Ceiling Hoist

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Attending Arab Health 2019? Book your appointment now.

Posted on January 9, 2019

After another hugely successful year in the GCC we are delighted to be at the Dubai World Trade Centre, attending Arab Health 2019 to exhibit our range of patient lifting equipment on 28 – 31 January 2019. 

The Arab Health conference is a global healthcare exhibition taking place in Dubai. Attended by more than 13,000 healthcare professionals from around the globe, the conference provides delegates a chance to learn about products, solutions and other relevant services.

Attending Arab Health 2018? Book your appointment now.

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BIG NEWS – Government Make Changing Places Changes

Posted on December 24, 2018

BIG NEWS – Government make Changing Places changes with two big announcements in time for Christmas.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in July 2018 that they were launching a fund of £2 million pounds to be offered to motorway stations across the UK which aims to provide equal access to the transport network by 2030. This announcement was a momentous occasion for the Changing Places Campaign as it demonstrated the Government’s commitment to the cause and an understanding of the need for these facilities. We are now delighted to bring you two further very exciting announcements from the Government on Changing Places.

BIG NEWS - Government make Changing Places changes with two big announcements in time for Christmas.

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Let the festivities commence!

Posted on December 17, 2018

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See OpeMed OT200 & Monarch Hoists Live at OTAC 2018

Posted on December 4, 2018

OpeMed will be exhibiting for the first time at the OTAC Conference in Southampton, which will be OTAC’S final event of the year, on Wednesday 5th December. Held at the Hilton Hotel Ageas Bowl, Southampton the conference will showcase the most current equipment and adaptation guidance that you will require in your day to day practice.

Our Product Specialists will be demonstrating our OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist as well as our Monarch Portable Hoist and Gantry System for semi-permanent solutions.

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A Brighter Vue for Film-Goers Future

Posted on December 3, 2018

A Brighter Vue for Film-Goers Future; First Changing Places Toilet in Dedicated UK Cinema

A trip to the cinema; the cornerstone of any date-night, child’s birthday party and the balm for boredom during the long summer holidays. Often combined with restaurants, fast-food, shopping malls and bowling, they are the pumping ventricles of evening and weekend activity in town centres.

Being able to see the latest Pixar film in all its 3D glory, J.K Rowling’s newest Fantastic Beasts movie offering with immersive surround sound or Robin Hood on 30ft of explosive screen is a fantastic experience for children and adults alike. Able-bodied or disabled, it’s always a joy to share the age-old art of film on the big screen, however for those disabled cinema-goers with additional requirements, it’s not always possible without the right toileting facilities.

A Brighter Vue for Film-Goers Future

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OT Show 2018 Proves Success

Posted on November 26, 2018

OT Show 2018 Proves Success for OpeMed at Two Day Exhibition Held in the NEC, Birmingham.

Following from a highly successful two days we were delighted to meet with so many Occupational Therapists and healthcare professionals at the OT Show 2018. The OT Show has gone from strength to strength attracting the best in the field of occupational therapy and a huge array of suppliers, manufacturers and other exhibitors.

OT Show First Day Success!

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Seven tips for getting the most out of the OT Show 2018

Posted on October 29, 2018

Seven tips for getting the most out of the OT Show 2018

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Assured Clip Sling Security With UniQare Slings

Posted on October 23, 2018

Clip sling innovations for global users

Whilst loop attachments tend to be the most popular method of attaching slings on to a spreader bar in the UK, there are still many users and carers throughout the globe who prefer and use a manual or powered cradle with clip attachment. This, therefore, makes clip innovations an important part business as we look to stay ahead of competitors with innovative new products. OpeMed’s new sister company UniQare – a specialist sling manufacturing company, offer a unique new clip solution.

Assured Clip Sling Security With UniQare Slings Thanks To New, Patented IQ Clip

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Dispelling the whispers; Discover how Changing Places can be cost effective

Posted on October 12, 2018

Changing Places Toilets can change lives; allowing access to places most of us take for granted and offering dignity and basic human rights to some of the most vulnerable people.

With Ceiling Hoist systems and electrically height adjustable equipment, such as the adult sized Changing Table and often a Washbasin, they are surely an expensive enterprise. Speaking with Industry Specialists, it is clear that rumours of the staggering costs – some believe around £40,000 – have given rise to hesitation to commit to such a project. And although you can’t put a price on the freedom, safety and dignity that a Changing Places toilet affords a disabled person and their family, the money still needs to be found.

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward; Fleet Services Changing Places Rebuilt After Fire

Posted on October 5, 2018

One step back, two steps forward; Fleet Services Changing Places rebuilt after fire consumes the entire southside services.

Over two years ago, OpeMed installed a Changing Places at Welcome Break Fleet Services; the fourth Changing Places toilet that we had assisted with at one of their Motorway Services.

OpeMed have a long-standing relationship providing Changing Places for Welcome Break, bringing these crucial facilities to their service locations across the country.

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward; Fleet Services Changing Places Rebuilt After Fire

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SurveyPlan Success as Irish Dealers Roll-Out App

Posted on September 27, 2018

As part of the rollout of our industry-leading Ceiling Hoist Layout software ‘SurveyPlan‘, OpeMed’s exclusive Southern Irish dealer, MMS Medical, has become the latest to launch this brand new system. MMS has deployed this state-of-the-art technology to all their field and office based sales representatives, enabling them to more efficiently provide Ceiling Hoist solutions to Homecare, Schools, Nursing Homes and Hospitals across the Republic of Ireland.

SurveyPlan Success as Irish Dealers Roll-Out App

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International Trade Fair REHACARE Host Hoist Demonstrations for Dealer Opportunities

Posted on September 20, 2018

REHACARE International – 26 to 29 September 2018 in Düsseldorf

From 26 to 29 September 2018 in Düsseldorf OpeMed’s leading products will be joining over 38 thousand visitors from around the work at the highly regarded exhibition REHACARE International.

REHACARE is one of the world’s leading international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care.

With over 30 years of expertise and wide-ranging experience of the market, this fair is an ideal platform for anyone with disabilities, care requirements or chronic conditions as well as for the elderly. The quality and diversity of REHACARE are reflected in numerous “focal parks”, info events, industry representatives, service providers, paying authorities and non-profit exhibitors.

International Trade Fair REHACARE Host Hoist Demonstrations for Dealer Opportunities

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The Therapy Road Show – Sept 14th 2018

Posted on September 12, 2018

Join OpeMed as we exhibit in Botley, Southampton – this Friday, at the Therapy Road Show – Sept 14th 2018! This exhibition is a great opportunity for local Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, Physiotherapists and Nurses, to learn, talk and discuss equipment requirements and concerns. For more information see below:

FREE – PRODUCT & THERAPY EQUIPMENT TRAINING DAY

  • Product Exhibition
  • Educational resources
  • Support and advice from expert advisors and therapy
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Networking Opportunity
  • Lunch

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OpeMed Assisted Baths to Grant Make-A-Wish Foundation Wishes

Posted on September 7, 2018

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! OpeMed Assisted Baths to Grant Make-A-Wish Foundation Wishes

Make-A-Wish is a very special foundation with a global reach, so the likelihood is you’ve heard of them before.

What could make a child happier than their ultimate wish being granted, made a reality for a day? With this ethos always at the forefront, Make-A-Wish offers not only once-in-a-lifetime experiences to brighten lives but also a welcome and well-deserved reprieve from the reality of living with a critical illness.

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What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System 2018?

Posted on August 30, 2018

What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System?

We often get asked what is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System? (also known as an XY Overhead Hoist or an XY Hoist).

XY or H Frame Systems are the most common means of mounting a Ceiling Hoist. Consisting of two fixed lengths of track running parallel to one another, with a moveable track suspended between the two, the Ceiling Hoist can run along the moveable track either manually or powered. The moveable track then runs along both parallel rails which effectively offers access to the entire area.

The name XY or H Frame Systems are derived purely to describe the physical shape; XY implies the vertical and horizontal Y and X axis of a graph indicating the full manoeuvrability across the XY axis, and the H – to put simply – because the moving track is positioned under and between the two parallel fixed tracks resembling the letter H.

What is an XY Ceiling Hoist System or H Track Ceiling Hoist System

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We’re Recruiting a Project Co-Ordinator!

Posted on August 22, 2018

As we continue to grow as a leading Patient Transfer and Assisted Bathroom manufacturer and supplier, so too do opportunities within the company. Which is why we are delighted to announce a new position has become available.

We are currently recruiting a Project Co-ordinator to act as a liaison between our customers and our field based team of Product Specialists and Engineers for our installed projects.

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SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

OpeMed’s SurveyPlan is a floor plan creation app that allows us to create dimensioned floor plans without actively measuring or drawing. With its Augmented Reality technology, we can capture spaces quickly and create simple layout designs to support your project.

Add to that the bank of OpeMed equipment and parts – your OpeMed Product Specialist can plan your Ceiling Hoist and assisted bathroom layouts in a matter of minutes.

SurveyPlan - Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

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Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury

Posted on August 3, 2018

Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury for OpeMed customers.

A recent incident in a UK Care Home involving a resident …’dangling from a hoist after the sling slipped from its hooks…’ culminated in a fatality. A tragic accident and an avoidable occurrence that gives us all in this industry reason for inward reflection on the most important features of a Ceiling Hoist – Safety and Security.

As Hoist Manufacturers, it is with the crucial ‘bigger picture’ view that we can analyse situations of this type and apply knowledge gleaned from years in the industry to help prevent a repeat of such accidents. Specifically, in this case, those involving Hoist spreader bars and secure sling attachment.

Striving for Improvement; How Redefining Hoist Design Is Preventing Accidents and Injury for OpeMed customers.

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