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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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Benefits of Ceiling Hoists for Gait Training Guide

Posted on March 1, 2018

A Ceiling Hoist is a multi-purpose tool that really pulls its weight, not only providing the means for transfers for patients from bed to chair or bed to bathroom for example, but also assisting in their rehabilitation and physiotherapy through gait training.

Benefits of Ceiling Hoists for Gait Training Guide

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OpeMed Brand New ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide

Posted on February 21, 2018

The updated BS8300:2018 is now in place.  The British Standard takes the form of guidance and recommendations, and this particular iteration refers directly to Changing Places toilets and what is required to create a fully compliant facility.

Of course, nobody wants to be caught out where the standard has introduced new changes, but reading through can be a time-consuming process. As Co-Sponsors of the Changing Places campaign, we amalgamated the new BS8300 recommendations with the Changing Places Guide and our knowledge as suppliers and installers to create a new ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide.

Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places

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3 is No Longer a Crowd! OpeMed Install New Changing Places Toilets

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As accurate as the phrase may often be, in this case 3 is no longer a crowd! – this case being the recent installations of 3 Changing Places Toilets in Southside and Royal Priors Shopping Centres and Colchester Hospital respectively.

3 is No Longer a Crowd! OpeMed Install New Changing Places Toilets

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CASE STUDY: Grand Design Home Creates Sanctuary for Devizes Family

Posted on February 1, 2018

The beautiful new home in Devizes, built from their own specialist design, is the family’s pride and joy and certainly with good reason. A labour of love constituting of aesthetic clean interiors and unique reclaimed oak frame, the purpose-built, open-plan, accessible home is also totally designed around their daughter.

Through various avenues of DFG and private funding, the family have been able to construct a dream country home with their daughter’s needs at the forefront of considerations.

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See OpeMed OT200 & Monarch Hoists Live at OTAC Chester 2018

Posted on January 31, 2018

OpeMed will be exhibiting for the first time at the OTAC Conference in Chester, which will be OTAC’S tenth event, on Wednesday 7th February. Held at The Queen Hotel, 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 and our not-to-be-missed Kiva Height Adjustable Bath in Lemon Drop Yellow!

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OpeMed Exhibit OT200 at Global Conference Arab Health 2018.

Posted on January 30, 2018

Arab Health 2018, the healthcare exhibition for medical and trade professionals began on Monday, with a focus this year on personal healthcare technology.

Hosting more than 4,200 exhibiting companies and 8,000 delegates from across the globe from January 29 to February 1, Arab Health 2018 is taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Attending Arab Health 2018

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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 Changing 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.
Download your copy now!

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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

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