Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Independent Living London 2006

This year's Independent Living exhibition will be held in Alexandra Palace on the 20th and 21st of September. Independent Living London 2006 is a major event for healthcare professionals, dealers of disability and rehabilitation products and members of the public in London and the Southeast.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Independent Living Centre Information


Assist UK is the National network for advice on independent living equipment. Currently there are over 50 member Centres. Assist UK is the only organisation in the UK to connect clients, manufacturers, regulators and professionals.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dolphin Mobility Reference Library

If you are looking for a brochure or owners manual for a particular product, you may want to try our website - Dolphin Stair Lifts and search in the reference library. Several download are availabe in the pdf format.

London Theatre's Disabled Access

The Access London Theatre Summer 2006 brochure lists over 80 audio described, captioned and sign language interpreted performances taking place this summer, ranging across children's theatre, drama, musicals and opera.

The brochure can be downloaded here.

Ceiling Hoist Tracking Options

XY Tracking

XY Tracking enables full coverage of a room where a number of hoisting points may need to be achieved. This type of system is often used in sensory rooms, soft floor play areas, swimming pools and hospital wards. It also allows for room layouts to be changed without the need to reposition tracking.

XY Ceiling Hoist Fixed Track Hoist

Track Interlock

Track Interlock provides a link from a XY tracking system to a second XY or fixed track in an adjoining room.

A Frames

A Frames allow straight lengths of tracking to be supported on floor-mounted frames where the ceiling construction is not suitable. It also provides hoisting for those who only need it on a short-term basis.Some of these tracking options may involve modifications to the doors headers where possible. This work would be identified at the time of our site survey.

Ceiling Hoist Tracking Requirements

Hoist Tracking
BZP steel extruded channel, 50mm wide x 45mm deep, powder coated white

Track Fixing Detail
Supports required at 1000mm intervals (max)

Track Support Brackets (other supports available)
BZP steel extruded channel, 41mm wide x 21 mm deep, powder coated white

Tracking can be ceiling mounted, wall-mounted or self supporting on framework.

Wheelchair Lifts

Domestic wheelchair lifts are designed for accommodation on two floors, enabling wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility to regain the freedom of their whole house. The free standing design does not require a load bearing wall and when not in use the wheelchair lift can be parked at either level, maximising living space.The lift can be designed for wheelchair users or fitted with a multi purpose seat which can be used in a variety of positions.

Monday, July 03, 2006

DLF Wheelchair Factsheet

The Disabled Living Foundation produce an excellent factsheet which gives advice on providing access for wheelchair users.


Disabled Facilities Grants

If you or someone living in your property is disabled you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant. This can help you towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to enable the disabled person to continue to live there.

Disabled Facilities Grants explained.

To find out if you are eligible for a grant contact the housing or environmental health department of your local council and ask them to send an application form. A directory of local councils can be found here.

New Portable Pool Lift

After several customers asked us for information on portable pool lifts we decided that we had better try and source a new product. Eventually we found an American company that manufacturers a completely portable lift which makes it the ideal solution to the problem of access to swimming pools. Just roll the lift to the edge of the pool, lock the wheels, set the stabilisers and it's ready. The PAL can be operated either by the attendent or the user on their own. More details can be found on the Dolphin Mobility website.

PAL - Portable Aquatic Lift
Portable Pool Lift