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More than 300 have used it, 100% recommend it – Download your copy now!

Posted on January 19, 2018

Since the release of our Case Manager and Occupational Therapy Guide “Ten Questions for Case Managers: A Guide to Specifying Hoisting, Showering, Bathing and Showering Equipment”, we have been delighted with its reception. More than 300 Case Managers and OTs have downloaded and used the literature to support their clients across multiple scenarios.

When asked;

  • 100% of Case Managers / OTs stated they would recommend the guide to a colleague and…
  • 90% rated the document as very helpful.
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Changing Places Toilet for Tesco Calne in Wiltshire

Posted on January 16, 2018

OpeMed has partnered with Tesco once again for the installation of a new Changing Places toilet. Following the success of the facilities supplied and installed into the Milton Keynes and Slough stores, a fully compliant Changing Places toilet for Tesco was included in the new Calne store in Wiltshire.

Fitted out with OpeMed’s OT200 Ceiling Hoist, the Mobile Mona Height Adjustable Changing Table and Mobile Privacy Screen as well as other accessories, the toilet was ready to accommodate fully any disabled customers who required a Hoist and Changing Bench or a bit of extra space to use the loo, by opening day.

Changing Places Toilet for Tesco Calne in Wiltshire


Mayor of London Releases New Plans For Changing Places

Posted on January 12, 2018

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has recently released the new plans for London, within which there have been outlined important details for the inclusion of Changing Places toilets in new buildings.

This strategic plan will shape how London evolves and develops over the course of the new 20-25 years. All planning decisions should follow London Plan policies, and it sets a policy framework for local plans across London.

Mayor of London Releases New Plans For Changing Places


Attending Arab Health 2018? Book your appointment now.

Posted on January 9, 2018

After another hugely successful year in the GCC we are delighted to be returning to Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attending Arab Health 2018 to exhibit our range of patient lifting equipment on 29 January – 01 February 2018. 

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.


Mothers Action for Changing Places Featured on Sky News

Posted on January 8, 2018

This morning mothers action for Changing Places featured on Sky News with Sarah Brisdion’s narrative on her campaigning efforts.

Fighting to ensure her son Hadley, who has cerebral palsy, is able to access the same places and activities as other children his age, Sarah employed an unorthodox and eye-opening technique to raise awareness for Changing Places and what the lack of them can lead to.

Mothers Action for Changing Places Featured on Sky News


Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

Posted on January 4, 2018

Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

All you need to know to choose Ceiling Hoists with our quick guide – Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018

If you have a project on the horizon where Ceiling Hoist or Overhead Hoist provisions are required, it can be a confusing enterprise deciding which is right for the given environment. The Best Ceiling Hoist for Your Project in 2018 is a quick guide designed to breakdown the different types of Ceiling Hoists available and where they can work best.


Two Goals and Two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC

Posted on January 2, 2018

As season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge, OpeMed were delighted to see Chelsea score twice in December in the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals, but also to see that ‘2’ meant more for Stamford Bridge Stadium; as the two Changing Places Toilets for Chelsea FC were very much in use amongst the disabled football fans. Not only was there a permanent Changing Places facility for those who require a Hoist and a Changing Bench to go to the toilet, but there was also a Mobiloo in action – fabricated by iHUS and fitted out with OpeMed specialist equipment, Mobiloo is a mobile accessible Changing Places that is hired and driven wherever it is required.

Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Stadium with two Changing Places


Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places Toilets for New Buildings

Posted on December 15, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May Urges Changing Places

The momentum for Changing Places in the media and in the public eye is gathering speed; yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May urges Changing Places toilets for new buildings in the House of Commons during a televised Question Time.

Rishi Sunak told how he was ‘deeply moved’ by the stories from his constituency of severely disabled children being denied opportunities due to lack of adequate facilities and asked the Prime Minister to strongly consider updating the Building Regulations to ensure better provision for disabled people and to encourage relevant buildings to voluntarily install Changing Places.



The OpeMed Flat Spaces Series: The Monarch and Gantry

Posted on December 11, 2017

The Second Installment: The Monarch and Gantry

We are delighted to release the second and third instalments in our Flat Spaces video series for the Monarch and Gantry. This time showcasing our Monarch Portable Hoist together with the OpeTrack Gantry System, the video gives a great example of where and how the equipment duo can be used.

Where to Use

Flat Spaces is fully accessible holiday accommodation designed for disabled holiday-makers, their families and carers. It was an ideal place to film our Monarch Hoist and Gantry in action, as it is precisely at this sort of location that the pair are most effective.

The Monarch and Gantry


BBC on Changing Places: UK Retail Giants on Accessibility

Posted on November 29, 2017

Last night Changing Places and the question of legislation to support them was featured on the BBC News at 10 (skip to 25:10). To be delivered to Parliament today, over 100,000 people have signed the petition for accessible toilets to be installed in all motorway services in the UK.

This naturally calls into question other services in the UK; standard disabled toilets don’t meet the needs of approximately 250,000 people.

UK Retail Giants on Accessibility


The OpeMed Flat Spaces Series: The OT200 and Flat Spaces

Posted on November 28, 2017

Brand New OT200 Video

The OT200 and Flat Spaces: Earlier this year we re-visited our installation at Flat Spaces, a fantastically accessible Holiday Home in Ropley, Hampshire. A highly sought after inclusive holiday location, our first video showcases the OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist demonstrated in-use by guests Lisa Edmunds and her son, Cameron.

The video not only provides evidence of aesthetics, with neat flushed tracking and cut-out door headers to allow the hoist to pass seamlessly between rooms, but also highlights the ease of use as we follow Lisa quickly and simply hoist her son and trace their faultless and unhindered movement through the property.

The OT200 and Flat Spaces


OT Show 2017 Proves Success!

Posted on November 23, 2017

OT Show 2017 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 2017. 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!


Muscular Dystrophy (MDUK) Take Helm as New co-Chair of Changing Places Campaign

Posted on November 15, 2017

Today marks a new era in the Changing Places campaign.  The Changing Places Campaign (for which we are the official co-sponsor) is hosted by the Changing Places Consortium member, Mencap for the last 11 years. The campaign under Mencap’s co-chair leadership has gone from strength to strength and has assisted in producing over 1000 Changing Places toilets across the country. Moving forwards, the Changing Places Campaign has announced a new co-chair and host to the campaign, Charity: Muscular Dystrophy UK.

MDUK Take Helm as New co-Chair of Changing Places


Strathmore School Includes Specialist SEN Solutions Across New Facilities

Posted on November 10, 2017

Strathmore School includes specialist SEN solutions at new build school in Richmond

Having been involved in the recent development of Strathmore School’s new The Russel Primary School campus, OpeMed are pleased to have handed over and completed the multiple Ceiling XY Hoist Systems included in the project.


Making Accessibility Accessible – Changing Places can go anywhere with OpeMed and iHUS partnership

Posted on November 3, 2017

Seeking to improve and enhance the reach of the Changing Places campaign, OpeMed has combined their experience of installing these facilities with iHUS Adapt & Build to offer a unique modular Changing Places Toilet.

Teaming up to work as a partnership, both OpeMed and iHUS – focusing energies specifically on Changing Places facilities – will continue to enrich provision of fully accessible spaces for those across the UK who require them most.

Making Accessibility Accessible


The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation

Posted on November 2, 2017

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication that outlines the best practice and ideal solutions when considering an inclusive guest environment.

Working in an advisory capacity, OpeMed are very pleased to have offered our technical expertise to the Inclusive Hotels Network on their latest publication, The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation.

As manufacturers of Ceiling Hoists, OpeMed gave consultative information on technical aspects of the hoist as well as providing case studies from installations on previous projects and experience led tips on optimising accessibility in accommodation environments.

The second document offered from the IHN, it is meant as an impartial and comprehensive resource for those in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry, Construction Industry professionals and anyone looking to improve their knowledge on the legislation and application around accessibility in guest accommodation.

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication



Attention Access Consultants: What, Where and Why Summary of NRAC Conference 2017

Posted on October 30, 2017

A Quick Summary of NRAC Conference 2017.

As well as representing Aveso at the NRAC Conference this year, we are also excited to mention that our Managing Director, Nick Kent, will be presenting a talk on the related issue of Bariatric Specific Design in homecare and hospital settings as well as the Changing Places Campaign. Uncover the what, where and why in our summary of NRAC Conference 2017.

Summary of NRAC Conference 2017


OT Show 2017: Getting the most from your visit

Posted on October 19, 2017

12 Tips for the OT Show 2017: Getting the most from your visit

The annual Occupational Therapy show will be held on 22nd-23rd November 2017. As the UK’s largest annual gathering of Occupational Therapists, Case Managers and medical professionals, it’s an event not to be missed and we hope that ‘the OT Show 2017: Getting the most from your visit’ will help you plan your day.

The two-day event provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with equipment manufacturers from Patient Transfer to Sensory Equipment, the OT Show 2017 will include top-tier industry players, across healthcare equipment suppliers.

It brings together two co-located shows under one roof: The Occupational Therapy Show and Therapy Expo. Find out about the latest developments and learn about new suppliers and technologies you may be less familiar with.

OT Show 2017: Getting the most from your visit


Church funds brand new Changing Places at local community centre

Posted on October 11, 2017

The newest addition to the OpeMed Changing Places portfolio is the fantastic facility at the Jubilee Community Centre in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Funded through the tireless efforts of the Jubilee Community Church, the Changing Places facility is the result of an impressive internal renovation on an existing room in the centre. With a vision to serve the local community, the Church have certainly achieved this with their new Changing Places.


What is your colour?

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What is your colour? For many years’ artists, scientists and researchers have been interested in the psychology of colour. They found that colour can have a profound effect on the human mind and emotions; evoking memory, affecting mood and influencing behaviour.

  • Cool colours create a sense of calm
  • Yellow is a subtly optimistic, happy colour.
  • White has long been a symbol of purity and cleanliness.
  • Light reflecting colours create an illusion of space.
  • Reds, oranges and browns make a space feel warm and welcoming.
What is your Colour