Author: Emma James

OT Show – NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th November

Please feel free to join us on stand F21 to view our range of wheelchairs which will include:

  • Paravan GmbH powered wheelchairs, the New PR40, Biolution, PR50, PR30 & PR Piccolino.
  • NHD LS300 wheelchair
  • Sunrise Q700-UP M standing chair

For more information please visit Occupational Therapy Show

PRECISION REHAB TO SHOWCASE THE NEW PARAVAN PR40 and NHD LS300 POWERED WHEELCHAIRS AT THE OT SHOW

With over 25 years’ experience in the assessment, sales and servicing of powerchairs, the Precision Rehab team work closely with the client, their occupational therapist, family members and anyone else who may be involved in their day to day care to ensure they get the powerchair which meets all their requirements.

“Every powerchair we supply is bespoke as every client is unique and I have always held the belief that the chair should fit the person as opposed to the person fitting the chair,” says founder Matthew James.  To be able to meet and accommodate the needs of some of the most complex disabilities, Precision Rehab works with some
of the UK’s leading seating manufacturers such as Contour886 along with OT’s and other healthcare professionals during the assessment and design process of each powerchair to ensure the end product meets all the requirements of the client. read more

NRtimes – How to find the perfect powerchair

When looking for a powerchair there are many options available which at times can be confusing. To eliminate some of this, we spoke to Matt James, director of Precision Rehab, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of powerchairs with over 25 years industry experience.

How to find the perfect powerchair

When looking for a powerchair what are the primary things people should consider?

There are lots of things to consider when looking for a powered wheelchair, here is a list of points to consider: Lifestyle (what is the user wanting the powerchair to do on an everyday basis), what range/distance will they need to travel in a day, size and dimensions of the chair, what is the weight of the chair and what is the maximum user weight and combined weight (for lifts, house and car).

Will the chair meet their current needs and more importantly be able to adapt to any changing postural management and control changes and what powered functions will the chair need to perform? It is vital to always have a home assessment to ensure its suitable for your home, work place and other regular places the client needs to access.

There are numerous seating options available so it important to find out what type of seating can the chair be supplied with and as most users will be travelling in a vehicle is the chair crash tested and approved for both webbing and automatic docking system. Research the company you are looking to purchase from, are they BHTA registered and are their assessors experienced, do they have any recommendations and always ask about warranty length, aftersales care and parts stock.

How important is it to have a thorough assessment and what does the assessment involve?

The assessment is the most important part of the process and if possible, should be carried out with the client’s choice of professional OT or PT.

It is recommended to try more than one powerchair, select three powerchairs that you believe will meet all your requirements and try each one to the same level of assessment.

Always have a home assessment and if possible, try all the environments that you want to use the chair in such as work, with family / friends, favourite restaurant etc. The assessment for powerchairs should be no less than two hours to allow time for the assessment, measurements, fact finding and detailed note taking.

From what age can people start using a powerchair?

There is no real answer to this, it is based purely on the client and their individual capabilities and understanding of the safe use of a powered wheelchair. In the past we have had a client start using a powerchair at the age of 18 months and took delivery at the age of 2, it is very much down to the individual.

Many NR Times readers or their clients / family members have very specific requirements due to their spinal or neuro injury or condition. How easy it is to make a powerchair bespoke so it meets their needs? read more

AMP AWARDS 2019 SHORTLIST: Unsung Industry Hero of the Year

The Unsung Industry Hero of the Year Award recognises individuals who have been setting an example to the rest of the market and whose individual achievements and approach have helped the businesses they are part of to grow and evolve.

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 shortlist includes the following individuals:

Matthew James, Precision Rehab
Matthew James’ commitment and passion are clear when he talks about the industry and what his company achieves for its customers. He is always on-hand for advice and many of his customers have become very loyal due to Matthew’s investment in them and his passion for knowing their requirements, likes and dislikes. Matthew’s ethos of customer before business has helped Precision to develop well in the past year and he is credited with securing countless loyal customers, who have helped to sustain and propel the business. Matthew’s approach to a clients’ wants as much as their needs is a shining example for the mobility sector and in this way he is certainly playing his part in driving trends.

Barry Reeve, Unique Mobility
Quite simply, Barry Reeve is described by his colleagues as a ‘true legend’ and ‘king of car adaptations’. He is clearly an extremely valued member of Unique Mobility and has proven over recent months that at heart he is an innovator with razor sharp business acumen. Aside from going the extra mile to ensure customers are completely satisfied with their products, Barry is continually thinking of ways to drive the dealership forward. Following a company-wide rebranding exercise which he led, Barry has played a vital role in the set-up of Unique’s new adaptations facility, which has extended the business’s reach further east. Through his various initiatives, Barry is making Unique more resistant to market challenges every day.

Wayne Greet, Middletons
Wayne Greet works tirelessly for Middletons, covering many aspects of the business from front of house sales, motivation of staff to back office marketing and media aspects. He has brought on and promoted many staff members, including internal employees, sales staff and field agents. In this way he has been crucial to finding quality staff to sustain and fuel Middletons’ rapid expansion. Wayne is also instrumental in the opening of new showrooms, having a hand in each and every store opening from conception to opening day. He is playing an integral part in one of the most exciting growth stories of the mobility retail industry and is a well-respected talent among his peers.

Darren Macey, Lifestyle & Mobility
Darren Macey is a jewel in Lifestyle & Mobility’s crown. Its Southend branch has gone from strength to strength under Darren’s inspired leadership. He balances strong ethical professionalism with excellent interpersonal skills with staff and customers alike. It is no coincidence that Lifestyle & Mobility is now one of the leading mobility firms on the South Coast and is carving a respected national name. He has helped to reinvigorate the retailer by implementing new technologies and processes and helped to flipped the firm around to become one of the most forward-thinking, innovative and successful companies in the industry. Darren has been an excellent mentor to young staff and ensures they are always trained, engaged and energised.

Gareth Carnegie, Middletons
Gareth Carnegie is regarded as the ‘go-to guy’ at Middletons. One of his colleagues notes how he has previously been sat next to Gareth for full days and his phone has rung non-stop with staff calling with queries. Despite a mountain of work, Gareth gets back to every single query and colleagues cannot remember the last time he took a day off work. Always on-hand to help, Gareth is a kind, generous and highly respected area manager who deserves appreciation and recognition, his colleagues believe. In a growing business like Middletons, it is important to have exemplary leaders for staff to look to and Gareth has shown time and again this year that he is a fundamental part of the retailer’s day-to-day operations.

The 2019 AMP Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 21 October at The Dressler, 113 Chancery Ln in London. It is free to attend for dealers. To register your interest, email joe.peskett@itppromedia.com

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AMP AWARDS 2019 SHORTLIST: Dealer of the Year (South)

Precision Rehab
Precision Rehab is one of the more specialist equipment dealers in the South. Prescribing the most advanced powerchairs requires the immense attention to detail and caring manner that Precision’s name suggests. The company has recently expanded its range to include a number of complex standing powechairs and brought in the Piccolino chair to widen its client base. The company has made itself a key feature of the industry’s major mobility shows and in doing so has widened its net. While it is based in a small corner of the South East, this year, Precision has reached customers from further afield but crucially, has ensured service has remained watertight.

Lifestyle And Mobility
It has been a busy year for one of the South’s most prestigious and quickly expanding dealers. Lifestyle and Mobility has impressed suppliers and peers with its forward-thinking approach to marketing and its proactive approach to store design. The retailer has run a programme of heavy investment in its showroom and staff. Management has re-configured its back-of-house store and installed new showroom fixtures to create a unique retail experience. It has also installed state-of-the-art computer systems and work stations. A new space offers more room for staff training and meetings with suppliers. Lifestyle and Mobility has plenty of exciting expansion plans in the pipeline and is definitely one to watch.

Ableworld Bournemouth
The South Coast is one of the hottest places to be opening a mobility shop right now. As such, it is a fiercely competitive area and bosses at Ableworld Bournemouth have had to call on all their knowledge and experience to stay ahead of the pack. The company has opened a new store in nearby Christchurch, meaning it has over 7,300 square feet of prime mobility retail space – the largest in Dorset. Ableworld Bournemouth has been busy implementing a multifaceted marketing strategy, including traditional advertising, an online presence and its parent company’s magazine. Ensuring it is open on Sundays and reaching more people than ever, the business is seeing around 15% annual growth.

TPG DisableAids
Under increasing commercial pressure, the whole team at TPG has pulled together this year to find new ways of adding value to its offering. It has already been recognised in several regional, industry and supplier award schemes, evidencing the high regard in which it is held. The company has demonstrated that each employee has played their role to the best of their ability so that the retailer can move from strength to strength. TPG’s success has allowed it to give more back to the local community in the form of sponsorship and educational events, including a scooter safety initiative. Overall, the team has excelled in making things happen and cemented TPG’s place as a premier dealer in the South.

Kent Mobility
With over 30 years of experience serving the people of the South East, Kent Mobility has established itself as a well-respected and trusted market leader. The business has invested heavily in clinical training and assessment stock and recently opened its new assessment centre, making it one of the only firms in the industry to have such a facility. In taking this bold step Kent Mobility has enhanced its already renowned reputation to become not just a product provider but a company that will go that extra mile and think outside the box. Kent Mobility has continued to take an active and vocal role in maintaining industry standards while at the same time protecting and ensuring fair terms for all private retailers.

The 2019 AMP Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 21 October at The Dressler, 113 Chancery Ln in London.

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THIIS. YouTube vlogger praises Precision Rehab and prepares to chase fashion ambitions in her new powerchair

Precision Rehab, a specialist powerchair retailer and distributor, has helped a YouTube vlogger pursue her dreams of launching her own fashion brand after supplying a bespoke Piccolino Paravan powerchair.

Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, ambitious Ellie Darby from Essex has refused to let her condition get in the way of her love of fashion.

Working part-time at a clothing store and volunteering for an autism charity, she also runs her own fashion YouTube channel and is planning to launch her very own apparel brand, aimed at bringing more diversity into the fashion industry for everyone with or without a disability.

Now due to begin studying fashion at Brighton University, Ellie required a powerchair that could enable her to enjoy freedom and independence on campus whilst also providing peace of mind for her friends and family as she enjoys student life

With several of her friends who also have SMA Type 2 having already purchased chairs from Precision Rehab and highly recommending Precision Rehab’s Co-Founder Matt and the rest of the team, Ellie contacted the company to arrange an assessment.

“My condition means my muscles waste away and I have never been able to walk or stand unaided so like many other people with SMA a powerchair is literally a lifeline and without it I am stranded. I’d had my previous powerchair for 10 years and I knew the time was coming for me to change it as it was simply coming to the end of its life,” commented Ellie.

“From the first time I spoke with Matt, I was struck by his commitment to making sure I got the chair which would meet all my requirements. I explained to Matt what I needed and how my new chair had to replicate the seating and positioning of my old model and Matt assured me this would be achieved – he didn’t let me down!”

Specialising in the assessment, sales & servicing of specialist powerchairs and with 25 years of experience in its team, Precision Rehab says Ellie’s new Piccolino is a perfect example of the bespoke and tailored service it provides.

Precision rehab vlogger 2Discussing Ellie’s chair, Matthew James, Co-Director at Precision Rehab, commented: “Ellie had some very specific requirements; we fitted a new backrest which was identical to the one she had on her previous chair along with a swing-away lateral support and modified the footplate to ensure it fitted Ellie’s feet. To help Ellie control the functions of her chair, we fitted a more sensitive switch and for increased comfort, we replaced the standard armrests with Gel Ovations specialist armrest pads and moved the armrest closer to the seat.”

Designed to meet the needs of many young powerchair users, the versatile Piccolino boasts a maximum user capacity of 80kg; puncture-proof, non-marking tyres; high tech lighting; seat widths of 270 – 430 mm, depths of 320 – 385 mm; and back heights of 400mm to 480mm.

Ellie added: “I just love my new chair, it is so comfortable, I have much more room than in my previous chair and the level of seat functions is amazing. For example, I can now slide my seat forward so I can sit closer to a table when working on my fashion brand or YouTube channel or enjoying dinner with family or friends.

“However, the best thing for me is the powered swing-away mounting for my controller. For years I have had to ask friends to move it for me but not anymore – these may be little things but they make a huge difference to me as I have never had either before.”

The chair also has a range of additional features, including side supports and head support with further seating accessories available, all of which are multi-variable and individually adjustable, says Precision Rehab.

Praising the service from Precision Rehab, she continued: “From day one everyone at Precision Rehab has been amazing, they really listen and take into consideration what you need from your chair to ensure it will fit in with your lifestyle. Nothing is overlooked, they remember every little detail that you tell them, going above and beyond for you from the first assessment, through to delivery, with any queries you may have once you have your powerchair quickly answered.

“My new chair is going to make a huge difference when I start University and I would not hesitate in recommending Precision Rehab to anyone looking for a new powerchair, in fact, I have already done so to several friends.”

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ATtoday – Bespoke powerchair solution gives fashion vlogger greater independence

Ellie Darby from Essex is one of a growing number of people in the UK with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 who is enjoying more freedom and independence due to her bespoke powerchair solution from Precision Rehab: the Piccolino Paravan.

Ellie loves fashion and she has refused to let her condition get in her way. In addition to working part-time at a clothing shop, Ellie also volunteers for an autism charity, runs her own YouTube channel and is now planning to launch her own fashion brand which is aimed at bringing more diversity into the fashion industry.

Once she has completed her gap year, Ellie is due to begin studying fashion at Brighton University. Having a new powerchair which she can rely on will be invaluable for when she is travelling around campus and will also provide peace of mind for her friends and family while she is enjoying student life.

When she was two, Ellie started using a powerchair for the first time – a day she admits changed her life and since then, she has had numerous chairs.

She said: “My condition means my muscles waste away and I have never been able to walk or stand unaided so like many other people with SMA a powerchair is literally a lifeline and without it I am stranded. I’d had my previous powerchair for 10 years and I knew the time was coming for me to change it as it was simply coming to the end of its life.”

Several of Ellie’s friends, who also have SMA Type 2, had already purchased chairs from Precision Rehab and recommended Matt and the rest of the team to Ellie. She then contacted Matt to arrange an assessment.

Ellie Darby with her Piccolino Paravan image“From the first time I spoke with Matt I was struck by his commitment to making sure I got the chair which would meet all my requirements,” Ellie commented. “I explained to Matt what I needed and how my new chair had to replicate the seating and positioning of my old model and Matt assured me this would be achieved – he didn’t let me down!”

Every chair supplied by Precision Rehab is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and Ellie’s Piccolino was also a bespoke solution.

Matt explained: “Ellie had some very specific requirements, we fitted a new back rest which was identical to the one she had on her previous chair along with a swing away lateral support and modified the footplate to ensure it fitted Ellie’s feet.

“To help Ellie control the functions of her chair we fitted a more sensitive switch and for increased comfort we replaced the standard arm rests with Gel Ovations specialist arm rest pads and moved the arm rest closer to the seat.”

Ellie concluded: “I just love my new chair, it is so comfortable, I have much more room than in my previous chair and the level of seat functions is amazing. For example, I can now slide my seat forward so I can sit closer to a table when working on my fashion brand or YouTube channel or enjoying dinner with family or friends.

“However, the best thing for me is the powered swing away mounting for my controller, for years I have had to ask friends to move it for me but not anymore – these may be little things but they make a huge difference to me as I have never had either before.

“From day one everyone at Precision Rehab has been amazing, they really listen and take into consideration what you need from your chair to ensure it will fit in with your lifestyle. Nothing is overlooked, they remember every little detail that you tell them, going above and beyond for you from the first assessment, through to delivery, with any queries you may have once you have your powerchair quickly answered.

“My new chair is going to make a huge difference when I start University and I would not hesitate in recommending Precision Rehab to anyone looking for a new powerchair, in fact, I have already done so to several friends.”

The Piccolino has been designed to meet the needs of young powerchair users.

For more information on the full range of powerchairs available from Precision Rehab or to book a no-obligation assessment Contact Us

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THIIS. – June edition. – Taking control with facial expressions

An innovative powerchair control system that enables users to control their chair with their face is being supplied in the UK by Precision Rehab.

Created by Now Technologies, the Gyro Glory allows wheelchair users to operate their chair using their eyes, cheeks, mouth and any other part of their face they can move via a headset, which connects to the chair by Bluetooth.

In situations where there is the possibility of Bluetooth connectivity interference, the headset can also be connected directly to the chair with a cable, simultaneously charging the headset.

Matthew James, Director of Precision Rehab, commented: “Some of our clients have extremely complex needs and a product such as this will provide them with an increased level of independence, even those with the most restricted level of movement.” Featuring a built-in tremor filter to compensate for involuntary movements, the headset has a 20-hour battery life and can also be used to control computers and tablets.

The Gyro Glory headset is compatible with all powered wheelchairs available from Precision Rehab says the company. For more information Contact Us

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ATtoday – New powerchair allows young boy to live his life to the full

8-year-old George Lockley, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, enjoys living life to the full and this is partly thanks to his Piccolino Paravan powered wheelchair from Precision Rehab.

George, who has a twin brother Harry and a younger sister Abby, was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. As newborns, both twins appeared perfectly healthy, but as they approached their first birthday, their parents noticed that George’s development had appeared to plateau compared to Harry’s and following numerous tests and assessments, George was diagnosed with SMA Type 2.

“George’s condition means his muscles are extremely weak and he will never be able to stand or walk and he has therefore been reliant on manual and powered wheelchairs from the age of two” explained Liz, George’s mother.

In early 2018, the family decided the time had come to replace George’s powered wheelchair as he needed a larger chair with features not available on his existing model. The family attended several exhibitions to see what was available and George tried 4 or 5 different models.

Liz continued: “The Piccolino from Precision Rehab had been suggested to me by a couple of mothers’ who also have children with SMA Type 2 and as soon as we met Matt and George saw the Piccolino for himself he loved it. As George uses the chair for everything, we believe he should get the chair he wants – as long as it also meets all his requirements.”

In early May, Matt James, Director of Precision Rehab, visited George at home to conduct a full assessment to ensure the chair would meet all George’s individual needs.

“When Matt visited us with the demo chair, I was really impressed with the way he worked with George, he did not try and push the chair onto George but let him explore the chair and work out all the features for himself and took the time to answer all George’s questions – of which there were quite a few!!!,” said Liz.

As soon as the family had secured the necessary funding, Liz got in touch with Matt to order George’s chair which was delivered in November.

George Lockley with Precision Rehab Paravan Piccolino powerchair imageShe added: “George’s Piccolino is the best chair he has ever had. The service from Precision Rehab has been second to none and I would not hesitate in recommending them to any parent looking for a powered wheelchair for their child.

“The chair has changed our lives as a family as we can now do so much more together and George is happier and more confident than ever. For example, we recently took part in an inclusive 5K event in Windsor with George in his chair, Harry on his bike and me trying (badly!) to keep up with them on foot.”

For the parents of a child with a disability, toileting when out and about can often be difficult for all concerned as their child gets older and heavier due to the lack of good disabled toilets with adequate space and equipment.

However, thanks to George’s Piccolino being able to adjust to a horizontal position, it practically converts into a changing table which makes it much easier to help George with his toileting. George also hates missing out on any lesson time at school and thanks to this feature on the chair, the changing process is much quicker for staff to complete and George is only out of class for a few minutes.

Matt commented: “It has been such a pleasure to help George and his family. As with many Piccolino powered wheelchairs, we tailored George’s to meet his exact requirements including moving the joystick from left to right, fitting a different seat belt and custom lower leg length.

“We also fitted additional lateral supports to provide George with increased postural support as he is quite slim for his height. George also wanted black upholstery on the seating with red stitching and this was also provided.”

As George and his friends grow, he wants to be able to talk to them face to face and with the Piccolino’s rise function, he can do this whenever he wants.

“My new chair is brilliant, it is so comfortable. I love the way it goes up and down and flat and being able to see how fast I am going on the screen is great. I also love the headlights,” commented George.

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AMP – Precision Rehab to launch new chair next month

Equipment specialist, Precision Rehab, is set to debut a new chair at Naidex next month where it will be showcasing its existing range to end-users.

The dealer will also be pushing its Piccolino chair, which it says has enjoyed success with the company’s clients.

One of its clients, eight-year-old George Lockley, needed his powerchair replacing last year with one that was larger and had more features.

The family attended several exhibitions to see what was available and George tried four or five different models.

In May 2018, Precision visited George at home to conduct an assessment to ensure the chair would meet all George’s individual needs.

As soon as the family had secured the necessary funding it got in touch with Precision to order George’s chair which was delivered in November.

Matt James, director at Precision Rehab, said: “It has been such a pleasure to help George and his family.

“As with many Piccolino powered wheelchairs, we tailored George’s to meet his exact requirements including moving the joystick from left to right, fitting a different seat belt and custom lower leg length.

“We also fitted additional lateral supports to provide George with increased postural support as he is quite slim for his height. George also wanted black upholstery on the seating with red stitching and this was also provided.”

With seat widths of 270 – 430 mm, a depth of 320 – 385 mm, and back height of 400 – 480 mm combined with side supports, head support and other seat accessories all of which are multi variable and individually adjustable, the Piccolino aims to be a versatile powered wheelchair.

For more information Contact Us

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ATtoday – Innovative head control allows users to control their powerchairs through head, cheek or eye movement

Created by Now Technologies, the Gyro Glory provides powered wheelchair users with an easy to use, discreet headset from which they can control their chair and computer through head, cheek or eye movement.

Precision Rehab is one of the first UK powered wheelchair suppliers to sign up as an official UK supplier for the Gyro Glory head control. The headset is compatible with all powerchairs available from Precision Rehab.

The headset is user-friendly, easy to set up and connects with the user’s chair via Bluetooth; a cable can also be used if there is interference – such as at music events or exhibitions – and this charges the headset at the same time if required.

Individuals put on the lightweight headset and position the click sensor approximately 1-2cm from the corner of their eye, cheek or any other part of the face which they can move, giving individuals the freedom to find which position suits them best.

Gyro Glory headset imageThe sensor works by detecting the light reflected from the surface of the user’s skin or eye, thus the sensor can detect when their eye is open/closed/partially closed or movements in the face where it is positioned.

In addition, the headset also features a built-in tremor filter to allow for involuntary movements and has 20-hour battery life.

Matthew James, Director of Precision Rehab, commented: “We are always looking for new advances in technology which can help our clients and the Gyro Glory headset is certainly one such product. Some of our clients have extremely complex needs and a product such as this will provide them with an increased level of independence, even those with the most restricted level of movement.”

Once set-up, the user can manage all the controls on their powerchair, as well as the mouse on their PC or laptop.

For more information on the Gyro headset or for the full range of powered wheelchairs available from Precision Rehab Contact Us

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