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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 glorious British summertime! Which means, of course, the end of the school year, the countdown to the upcoming one and 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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SurveyPlan – The Quick and Easy Tool to Help Design Hoist Layouts.

Posted on April 24, 2018

OpeMed’s SurveyPlan is a floor plan creation app that lets you create dimensioned floor plans without actively measuring or drawing. With its Augmented Reality technology you just have to capture the corners of a room to get your plan.

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

SurveyPlan - The Quick and Easy Tool to Help Design Hoist Layouts.

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Dutch King’s Commissioner opens OpeMed Sling Company

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“A passionate, innovative and social company” were the words the Dutch King’s Commissioner René Paas officially opened our new Hoist Sling company UniQare Quality Slings, a new exciting sister company for OpeMed. With a true ethical stance running through the veins of the company, UniQare only recruits from a rich pool of labour that might otherwise find it difficult to find employment, whether it be a disability, or an employee from countries with less opportunities, UniQare has made it a priority to make a difference.

UniQare is based alongside United Care, our leading Dutch player in the Hoist and Transfer market, that all form part of the OpeMed group. The Kings Commissioner Paas said that he was proud for being able to brag a little to the country every now and then about the innovation climate in ‘his’ Groningen, the town in northern Holland where we are already ramping up production.

King's Commissioner Opens OpeMed Sister Company in Groningen

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Kidz to Adultz South invite OpeMed to exhibit for 25th Show

Posted on April 20, 2018

OpeMed are excited to be returning to the Kidz South exhibition for 2018. Taking place at a brand new and local location, the exhibition will be held this year at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on 17th May. 

Our Product Specialists will be on hand at stand F8 to offer advice and live demonstrations of a selection of our product range. 

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Naidex 2018 : How to Make the Most of Your Experience

Posted on April 12, 2018

Returning for an unparalleled 44th year, Naidex cites itself as Europe’s most established trade, professional and public event dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment with due cause. Naidex will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 25th – 26th of April.

Offering the opportunity for networking, one-to-one advice supported by live demonstrations from over 300 pioneering exhibitors, Naidex is a hub of innovation for the disability community. Aiding the advancement of this huge and growing industry, it provides the means to strengthen knowledge of the disability sector and discover and purchase the most cutting-edge new products and technology supporting it.

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OpeMed Revitalise Bathing Equipment at Julia’s House Dorset

Posted on April 6, 2018

OpeMed Re-design and Revitalise Assisted Bathing Equipment at Julia’s House Dorset.

This time last year we were thrilled to be involved in re-development of Julia’s House Hospice in Devizes who offer respite for families and their children. The high profile project was supported by an array of A-List celebrities and was a cause close to many peoples hearts and we were proud to have been able to fit out the facility with our state-of-the-art equipment, from HoistsCeiling TrackAssisted Baths, Height and Horizontal Adjustable Washbasins to Adjustable Grab RailsClick here to read more about our project in Devizes.

This year we have been delighted to support Julia’s House Hospice once again in another of their facilities – this time located in Dorset.

OpeMed Re-design and Revitalise Assisted Bathing Equipment at Julia’s House Dorset

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Equine Aesthetics; OpeTrack Art Unicorn Design for Dorset Family

Posted on March 19, 2018

We understand that having ‘medical equipment’ in your home can sometimes feel clinical or obtrusive, despite its necessity. Especially for children, young people and older users with dementia, it’s important to keep your home feeling like a home and to maintain a positive environment, for families and carers too, that’s why we created the OpeTrack Art Unicorn Design for Dorset Family.

Our considered solution is colour. Not only does colour play an important role in the overall aesthetic of a space, it has many encouraging psychological impacts – on an individual’s mood, emotional well-being, productivity, learning and behaviour.

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Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story

Posted on March 14, 2018

Changing Places are fantastic facilities; an improvement on the standard disabled toilets, they encompass a range of specialist equipment in order to allow people with many different needs to use the loo safely and with dignity. In this article, ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story’ we hope to provide you with a quick overview on how Changing Places do not need to be difficult to install.

When considering Changing Places projects, the design, plan and budget for such toilets are often months in the making – sometimes even years. And yet they seem to pop up overnight, and in the space of 24-48 hours, an empty room becomes a fully inclusive toilet fit for just about everyone.

Whilst it seems a romantic notion, we’ve debunked the myth with a step-by-step collection of in-progress images from one of our installation team. Taken during a recent Changing Places installation at Market Yard Toilet Block for Mendip Borough Council, the photos offer a peak under the curtain to see what is entailed.

Easy as 1, 2, 3: A Changing Places Installation Story

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Jacqueline Webb Conference

Posted on March 9, 2018

OpeMed will once again be attending the Jacqueline Webb Conference, which is running from the 20th – 22nd March, on Thursday 22nd. Our first experience of the conference was a great opportunity to connect with Case Managers and discuss and display how our specialist transfer and bathing equipment can benefit their clients, and as a turn-key supplier how we can make the process easier for them.

Jacqueline Webb Conference

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Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

Posted on March 5, 2018

Many reservations for installing Changing Places facilities surround limitations in space, particularly in historical and completed buildings. Maintaining focus on purely internal adaptations can really limit what is possible and even halt such a project all together.

Thinking Outside the Box

But when we think a little outside the box, the solution becomes obvious – taking Changing Places literally outside! Installing Changing Places in pre-fabricated modular units can be, and has been, a fantastic means including Changing Places toilets in places where there isn’t a suitable space to install one inside of a building. It also provides the benefits of minimising any disruption to the existing buildings, as the installation of equipment is completed off-site; our modular facilities are delivered and lifted into position fully finished.

Thinking Outside the Box; Modular Changing Places Solutions

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