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Ten Questions for Case Managers (Professional Guide) has arrived!

Posted on August 11, 2017

The guide that covers essentials for specifying Hoisting, Bathing, Showering and Changing Equipment

We are excited to announce “Ten Questions for Case Managers” the OpeMed guide for Case Managers and Occupational Therapists has arrived! 

When faced with such a diverse range of equipment from many suppliers, working out what is best for your client can be a challenge. Using our latest guide will help you work through the mine-field that can be transfer and care equipment.

Ten Questions for Case Managers

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First Day of Filming At Local Holiday Home Complete For OpeMed

Posted on July 27, 2017

Capturing Flat Spaces Holiday Home, – Ropley, Hampshire

Yesterday we were delighted to head back to Flat Spaces, a wonderful purpose built Holiday Home for the disabled community in the heart of Hampshire, to film our latest demonstration video.

Flat Spaces is the brainchild of Tom Yendall a man known for his work with the Mouth and Foot Painters Association. As the founder, Tom’s mission is to enable those with severe disabilities to take a holiday, in the full knowledge and confidence that their needs will be catered for. The vision is to provide high quality, fully accessible holiday accommodation for the severely disabled and less abled traveller by means of a UK and overseas network of well equipped, internally identical flat space bungalows.

First Day of Filming At Local Holiday Home Complete For OpeMed
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Welcome Break achieve 999th Changing Places for Changing Places Awareness Day

Posted on July 19, 2017

We are delighted to announce we have completed our latest Changing Places project with Welcome Break at Newport Pagnell Services.

This competition marks the 999th Changing Places on the second Changing Places Awareness Day (July 19th) now celebrating 11 amazing years of the Changing Places Campaign and the successes the campaign so far.

Welcome Break achieve 999th Changing Places for Changing Places Awareness Day
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OpeTrack Fixings and Considerations

Posted on July 12, 2017

In the thousands of installations OpeMed have completed, we have very rarely come across a project we could not create a fixing solution for. With over 20 years industry experience our specialists can ensure Ceiling Track is installed safely into every recommended installation. To help provide guidance and support, we have put together a quick explanation of the most common fixing types based upon the type of ceiling structure present, we hope you will find useful.

Please remember every installation is different, the below are a few examples of many options available.

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Coming Soon: Ten Questions for Case Managers (Professional Guide)

Posted on June 29, 2017

The Guide that covers essentials for specifying hoisting, bathing, showering and changing equipment

We are excited to announce “Ten Questions for Case Managers” the OpeMed guide for Case Managers and Occupational Therapists is coming soon. 

When faced with such a diverse range of equipment from many suppliers, working out what is best for your client can be a challenge. Using our latest guide will help you work through the mine-field that can be transfer and care equipment.

Ten Questions for Case Managers: Coming soon.
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Crawley Success as crowd draws for OpeMed Changing Places

Posted on June 23, 2017

County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley opened it’s first Changing Places toilet last Friday, the 16th of June, as the culmination of years of hard work and tireless campaigning by local mum, carer and Chairman of Autism Support Crawley, Maria Cook.

On behalf of her Autistic son Ryan, and so many others with additional needs that require a  Ceiling Hoist and Changing Table in order to use the loo with dignity, Maria has carved a path that many campaigners would wish to emulate.

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OpeMed fly ‘down-under’ for Australian Changing Places conference

Posted on June 12, 2017

We are delighted to be attending the Changing Places, Going Places Conference in Victoria (Australia), this week on 14th June. Guests will be speaking about and sharing information on Changing Places facilities and the positive impact they have on social inclusion within the community.

Due to the on-going success of the campaign in the UK, our Managing Director will be speaking on the key factors that have driven the campaign successes and how it can be translated to the Victorian Disability Plan and the public to best ensure the same success is had.

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OpeMed near completion on brand new Changing Places in Crawley

Posted on June 9, 2017

As a newly awarded local hero in the Crawley Community Awards, Autism Ambassador for Gatwick Airport and Chairman for Autism Support Crawley; working with Maria to install a well needed Changing Places into County Mall Shopping Centre, has been a delightful journey and a fantastic achievement for Maria and all her campaigning work.

Brought on board as both co-sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign and industry specialists, OpeMed has been proud to support this endeavour, helping to create a more accessible Crawley. Our team of Product Specialists have worked closely with Maria to ensure the best possible facilities, utilising our extensive experiance to match the needs of the users and the Changing Places specifications to the parameters of the room.

OpeMed near completion on brand new Changing Places in Crawley
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OpeMed brings a ‘pop of colour’ to Kidz to Adultz South

Posted on May 26, 2017

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OpeMed will be returning to Kidz to Adultz South this year, following the success of our previous visits. Come and visit us at stand 803 where we will be hosting some of the most popular of our product range.

We will once again be showcasing our ceiling mounted OT200 and this will be a great opportunity to see our XY to XY System with Magnetic Gate first hand, which really gives a sense of how our hoist can travel seamlessly between a bedroom and bathroom, or any other room.

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SEN Equipment Taken Seriously

Posted on May 17, 2017

SEN Bathroom and Classroom Equipment

Almost a fifth of children in Britain are identified as having special educational needs (SEN). It is estimated that around 7 per cent of children are disabled and a significant number of children have both SEN and a disability. Most children with SEN and disabilities are educated in mainstream schools. Around one per cent of the total school population is educated in special schools.

Part of OpeMed’s SEN Patient Handling Equipment offering is our ability to listen and adapt to what our SEN customers really need. We have completed multiple SEN projects across the country, working closely with the architect, main contractor and school. Requiring both adaptations of existing facilities (classrooms, assisted bathrooms and sensory rooms etc.) and the creation of Hoisting and Changing solutions for new build additions.

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Introducing OpeTrack Art

Posted on May 12, 2017

Introducing OpeTrack Art
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Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia’s House Grand Opening

Posted on May 8, 2017

OpeMed were delighted and proud to attend the official opening with TV Actor, Martin Clunes at Julia’s House Hospice, Devizes – Wiltshire, this weekend. As featured on BBC Wiltshire and with many notable attendees, Julia’s House is an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families through exceptional facilities and staff.

This high profile hospice has been supported by Guy Ritchie, David Beckham, Robert Downey Jr. as well as many other celebrities and has become a cause close to many peoples hearts. We are proud to have been able to fit out the facility with our state-of-the-art equipment, from hoists, Ceiling Track, Assisted Baths, Height and Horizontal Adjustable Washbasins to Adjustable Grab Rails.

 

Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
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Deadlines Loom for Premier League 2017 Accessible Promise

Posted on May 5, 2017

In September 2015, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to improve their disabled access provisions, committing to meet the Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG) by August 2017. With the promise of August looming, Premier League football clubs are fast approaching the Changing Places installation deadline. Believe it or not, around a third of clubs in top tier football are set to miss their own deadline to install a Changing Places toilet in their stadium. Not only does this mean that disabled fans’ needs are not being met, it also sends the message that clubs simply don’t care about disabled facilities; at least not enough to invest in them

Deadlines Loom for Premier League 2017 Accessible Promise
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OpeMed to join OT Practice in Company Conference Hoist Demonstration

Posted on May 3, 2017

The OT Practice Conference is a unique opportunity for associates of The OT Practice to gain the latest industry insights, CDP training and new product knowledge, to which you can find OpeMed exhibiting to the left of the main entrance.

OpeMed to join OT Practice in Company Conference Hoist Demonstration
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German Exhibition Features OpeMed OT200 Ceiling Hoist

Posted on April 27, 2017

The OT200 Ceiling Hoist had pride of place on our exclusive German distributor Beka Hospitec’s stand this week at Altenpflege 2017 Nürnberg, Germany.

 

Aimed at the Long Term Care (LTC) sector, the exhibition was well attended by Nursing Homes, Hospices, Handicapped Residential Units and Special Schools. On show was the OT200 with flush mounted track to show that Ceiling Hoist installation can be aesthetically pleasing whilst providing the vital equipment for safe and efficient patient transfer.

We also exhibited our unique powered cradle that expands and changes shape as the patient us lifted from the bath, bed or chair.

German Exhibition Features OpeMed OT200 Ceiling Hoist
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Royal Hat-trick for OpeMed with 3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places

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This past weekend, April 22nd, marked the exciting milestone of a 3rd royal visit to an OpeMed installation.

In the last year, Her Majesty the Queen has opened the OpeMed Changing Places at the National Army Museum and HRH Princess Alexandra was showcased the OT200 Ceiling Hoist at the unique Flat Spaces Accessible Holiday Home. HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO had the pleasure of being the first official guest to the new Nower Wood Education Centre, and the newly installed Changing Places toilet.

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places
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OpeMed Complete Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands

Posted on April 25, 2017

We are delighted to announce announce the completion of our latest Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands. The new Zaans Medical Centre (ZMC) is an accessible state-of-the-art building, designed to reduce all forms of waste from cost and resources to time and space.

The recently completed Portable Hoist project consisted of 188 Ceiling Track systems and with Monarch Portable Hoist systems to compliment. Working closely with BAM construction, OpeMed and our sister company United Care, worked to complete the project and deliver a highly flexible system. The track is flush mounted into the ceiling and utilised our new Monarch Portable Hoist with telescopic reacher.

OpeMed Complete Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands
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Changing Places at Premier League Football Clubs

Posted on April 20, 2017

Premier League Football Clubs are in the press again today, this time through the BBC, highlighting that the Clubs still have a long way to go from their promises and their self imposed deadline of August 2017.

Nick Kent, Managing Director of OpeMed says “We are proud to sponsor the Changing Places campaign as well as manufacture the key equipment and are more than willing to help the Premiership Clubs achieve their self imposed deadline of August 2017. We have installed Changing Places in many Premiership Stadiums, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Southampton, Arsenal as well as Brighton & Hove and Chesterfield, with many more to come. Please do contact us for help in finding the right solution to provide these vital facilities”.

Premier League Changing Places installed by OpeMed
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See our Hoist, Bath & Changing Table in action at OTAC

Posted on April 18, 2017

Our Ceiling Hoist, Bath and Changing Table will be in action at OTAC Cardiff again next Tuesday 25th. Come and chat to one of our Product Specialists who can demonstrate some of our extensive range of Ceiling Hoists, Assisted Baths, Changing Tables and accessories.

OpeMed manufacture, supply and install Overhead Hoists, Changing Tables, Assisted Baths and offer the widest range of one-stop solutions on the market. Having one contractor fit all the specialist equipment simplifies the process and reduces cost for all concerned.

OTAC is at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff – see link for registration or details.

Ceiling Hoist and Assisted Bath at OTAC
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Asda Cwmbran Achieves First Changing Places in Wales for the Supermarket Giant

Posted on March 29, 2017

Working with Adsa in building the first Changing Places in any of their Welsh stores has been a satisfying journey.

Asda Cwmbran, following a £2m refurbishment, has had its standard disabled toilet swapped for a brand new Changing Places facility. This includes an OT200 Ceiling Hoist, a Height Adjustable Changing Table, Height Adjustable Washbasin and a specialist Wash/Dry toilet.

Asda Cwmbran Achieves First Changing Places in Wales for the Supermarket Giant
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