OpeMed Blog

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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Let’s Make Some Noise for Changing Places Awareness Day 2018!

Posted on July 19, 2018

It’s that time of year again!

A time for recognition and reflection. Changing Places Awareness Day, the brainchild of Aveso to boost the profile and periphery of the campaign, has come back around for its third annual occurrence. Thursday July 19th is the official day to celebrate the leaps made by the campaign in the 12 years since its inception and to continue to promote and raise awareness for it.

There are now over 1100 toilets in the UK – pretty impressive! But everyone weighing in on the Awareness Day and egging on the momentum will know that we can do so much better and continue to do so. But it takes people, it takes understanding and that is what this Thursday is all about.

Let's Make Some Noise for Changing Places Awareness Day 2018!

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Changing Places: Changing Lives – Best signposted 2017/8 in Crawley

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Ryan Box Changing Places in Crawley County Mall has been voted to have the Best Sign-Posted Changing Places.

Changing Places Toilets have been Changing Lives since 2006 and 12 years on, it’s great to see that there are more than 1,100 facilities in the UK. However, with over 1/4 million people in the UK that are not able to use standard toilets, is this enough? Standard accessible toilets don’t provide changing benches or hoists and are often too small to accommodate more than one person. This means that people with serious disabilities and their families are often forced to change their loved one on a toilet floor. Should it not be the right of everyone to be able to use a toilet whatever their situation or location in the UK?

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Thank you for joining us at OTAC – Llanelli

Posted on July 17, 2018

Thank you for joining us at the Occupational Therapy Adaptation Conference – Llanelli

Yesterday, OpeMed presented a seminar and workshop for OTs and Case Managers at RISE 4 Disability. Held at Peterborough Arena Wednesday 22nd of February, we were delighted to find the seminars well attended.

Thank you for joining us at OTAC - Llanelli
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Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project

Posted on July 6, 2018

Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project with Hydrotherapy room

Martha Trust is a wonderful charity providing respite and day care for those with profound physical and multiple learning difficulties. Their mission is to provide not only quality care but the opportunity for their residents to achieve their full potential and enjoy a stimulating and an active a life as possible.

We’ve worked continuously with Martha Trust over the years, supplying Ceiling Hoists and Assisted Baths to equip their state-of-the-art facilities. To allow the latest hydro and physiotherapies, and provide a secure and safe home for over 33 young people and adults, OpeMed has been assisting with projects at the purpose-built nursing care homes for over 8 years.

Charity Keeps Giving; Martha Trust Completes Rehabilitation Project

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Changing Places Campaign to be raised in the House of Commons

Posted on June 26, 2018

We are delighted to inform that on Wednesday 27th of June, the Changing Places Campaign was raised in the House of Commons. Paula Sherriff MP put forward a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the around access to Changing Places toilets and the provision for these toilets in the British Standards. This was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the campaign for Changing Places within Parliament.

Changing Places Campaign to be raised in the House of Commons

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Moving the Focus Back onto Learning

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Moving the Focus Back onto Learning; The Importance of Hoisting & Specialist Equipment in Schools

It’s that time of year again, the end of the glorious British summertime! Which means, of course, the countdown to a whole year of new students enrolling.

As exciting a time as this is, with new students comes the potential for before un-encountered needs to be met. It is estimated that around 7% of children are disabled and a significant number of children have both Special Educational Needs and a disability. Most children with SEN and disabilities are educated in mainstream schools.

Moving the Focus Back onto Learning

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OTAC Llanelli and Bush & Co; Case Manager Focused Seminars and Live Ceiling Hoist Demos

Posted on June 19, 2018

Bush & Co. conference

Bush & Company is the largest and fastest growing provider of Expert Witness, immediate needs assessment and Case Management services in the UK. They have provided a service to injured people, to Solicitors and to insurance companies for over 30 years. As OpeMed continue to work closely with Case Managers to help them offer the best equipment and support their projects, it is more than appropriate for us to return to the Bush & Co Annual Conference once again.

This year’s conference is titled ‘Breaking the Pain Barrier’: Improving Outcomes in Pain Management’ and will be taking place at the Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Birmingham on Tuesday 10th July 2018.

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Changing Places takes Centre Court at Wimbledon

Posted on June 6, 2018

In July, the gaze of the Tennis world will be set firmly on England to welcome once more the world’s favourite lawn Grand Slam Tennis Tournament. It has also been the stage for OpeMed’s latest Changing Places project, working alongside the All England Lawn Tennis Club to design, install and maintain Wimbledon’s first Changing Places toilet at Centre Court Wimbledon.

Wimbledon has been carving a path for inclusivity within Tennis for 13 years; wheelchair Tennis has been played on the grass at SW19 since 2005 when a doubles competition was first introduced, with last year being the first time a singles competition had been played. But now they’re focusing on inclusivity within their grounds, and serving a backhand to inaccessibility. The All England Tennis Club utilised OpeMed’s knowledge and expertise to design, install and maintain their wonderful Changing Places facility.

Changing Places takes Centre Court at Wimbledon

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Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

Posted on May 9, 2018

Toilets are not glamorous. As a nation, we tend to look away when such things are brought to attention, or issues are raised. So how do you make people look, to bring attention back to the real problems surrounding accessible toilets? One way is with a Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

Sarah Brisdion is a Changing Places campaigner. Her 7-year-old son Hadley has Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair bound, which regularly means that standard accessible toilets are in fact inaccessible and fall far short of meeting his needs, along with so many other disabled people. Often the only alternatives are the undignified and unhygienic measures of being laid on a toilet floor or to use a nappy and sit in bodily wastes.

Looathon; Pants Down for Equality!

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