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Product of the Month

Ellipse Superlite Rollator

The new Ellipse SuperLite is a sleek, ultra-light rollator made from 
Carbon fibre. It has a side-to-side folding mechanism & combined with
it's ultra-light weight makes it incredibly easy to handle when lifting the 
rollator in and out of a vehicle.

The Ellipse SuperLite Rollator offers improved maneuverability with a unique 
fork design & featuring large 10" front castors & 8" rear castors.



"What's going on" in the Abbotsford Showroom

Many of our customers are happily surprised upon their first visit to Fisher Lane’s Abbotsford showroom at the range and space we have to display and try equipment. You could say we are currently “under construction” transforming the showroom into a more user friendly, interactive and welcoming space. It’s the little things that count. 

Being greeted with a friendly smile, a warm drink and the reassuring confidence of dealing with a team member who knows their stuff. 

Our aim in the showroom is to provide a welcoming space where our customers can interact with the equipment and have their questions answered. Our focus is on making our clients feel at ease and opening them up to looking at the assistive equipment needed in a more positive light. “What will this walker allow me to do now” “ How will this wheelchair help me maintain my involvement in activities I love”. We have experienced and kind hearted people to support our clients through the decision making. 

With an extensive range of equipment on display, we invite you to drop in anytime and consult with our team on your mobility and daily living needs.


What the team are saying

                                                 ONLY GOOD Karma
By Kate Belleville Co-owner of Fisher Lane Mobility 

Looking for the silver lining in times of challenge can be a push however with people around you to raise you up and remind you of the “can” rather than the “cannot” a challenge can be turned into an opportunity to learn and grow. This is how we approach 
our work at Fisher Lane also. I recently sustained a stress fracture of my foot along with other complications. 

Now immobilized in a cam boot for 6 weeks and finding mobility an unexpected challenge was a new experience for me. We had a work trip to Sydney planned but with my current limitations of getting around the natural way to tackle this and keep up was to take a wheelchair along. Firstly how fortunate I am to have access to the Karma range of manual wheelchairs as part owner of a mobility equipment company. 

We set out last Thursday to Sydney with an S-Ergo 125 in tow and 4 supportive team members by my side. Our first challenge was “check in”. It was difficult to work out where we checked in the wheelchair and then how to get me to the gate? With the assistance of a Qantas staff member we learnt that once we checked our baggage in we were to make our way to excess baggage where another Qantas crew member notifies the gate that a traveler and wheelchair are on their way up. No getting out of my chair, I can keep it right to the point where I’m getting on the plane. You must be at the gate 30 minutes prior to boarding to allow for the chair to be taken straight down to loading and put on the plane. Checking in was a breeze and my chair was waiting for me in Sydney as I exited the plane, now that is some great service! 



It made all the difference as the altitude left me with a throbbing foot, and to not be concerned about weight bearing when I got off the plane was excellent. Naturally, when travelling in a wheelchair everything goes a little slower. Then there is the dilemma of how do I manage my coffee? Where do I put my phone? Putting your trust in someone to wheel you around also takes time to get comfortable with. Luckily I had a team that knew what they were doing! 

Seeing though I was travelling in a wheelchair I decided to substitute my handbag for a backpack for the trip which worked a treat and comfortably rested over the chairs handles and pressed up against the backrest. Dr’s instructions were that I was to have my leg elevated as much as possible,I achieved this with the elevating leg rest attached to the 
S-Ergo. (A handy hint: make sure you leave plenty of space between you and pedestrians in front of you otherwise its grazed shins for them, yep its happened!) Once at the event my team and I were supported by an incredible group of volunteer crew who briefed me on bathroom access, and gave me their mobile numbers should I need absolutely anything during the four long days we had ahead. Navigating yourself in your space when in a wheelchair was a whole new experience for me. 

Even something as simple as positioning the chair so I wasn’t blocking walk ways for others and getting out of the way quickly when I needed to became a focus. My team was “the best” When we were called to stand up (which was often) I had help lowering my elevating leg rest and getting out of the chair supported. By Day 2 I was completely independent and the chair and I had our symmetry going on. I got a great upper body workout being in the chair. My wheelchair was self-propelling so I had the freedom to propel myself short distances when I needed to get to the bathroom or move position. I had some arm ache going on but by Day 4 my body had adapted and I was rolling with the crowd strong and capable. You see a lot of butt when you’re in a wheelchair, I hadn’t given any consideration to the view you have sitting at a lower level. At times I felt challenged to feel part of the group due to the physical barrier a wheelchair creates. I noticed small things like the extra smiles I got, the people who truly connected with me by coming down to my level and how good that made me feel. At the end of a very long 13 hour day 3, my team and I finished off with a debrief at the hotel bar and found ourselves talking about the future evolution of the chair. We sell wheelchairs but we’d never traveled with one of us in one. The ideas and perspective flowed. The incident that landed me with a broken foot was now creating opportunity for my team and I to appreciate not only being in a chair but being the person pushing the chair. How can we improve it, what features can we now highlight to our customers of it’s benefits. 

This has been a humbling experience. One of my team suggested at the end of our 4 days that we name the chair. She had allowed me to be included in this incredible event, had created so many opportunities that we otherwise would not have had to meet other physically challenged people and had ensured that I looked after my body well to keep the healing process going. So we named her Red-Stella. I returned her to our hire stock upon my return to work on the Monday I gave thanks to the people behind the wheelchair, the makers, the creators, the clever minds that brought this wheelchair to life and to the abundance of good Karma that traveled with us.


 

Falls Prevention

In 2014, falls accounted for the second biggest cause of emergency hospital admissions in the 70 and above age group, greater than that of stroke, disease and dementia. These falls, which mostly happened in their own homes, resulted in injuries ranging from bruises and sprains to dislocations and even death. 

People who do not sustain physical damage may still be fearful of further falls, which reduces confidence for mobility and socialization – further increasing risk of falling. After experiencing a fall injury that results in hospitalization, older people may be less able to live independently and consequently may require transition to residential aged care 28-35% of people aged 65 years and over will have a fall each year worldwide. 

Falls are the underlying cause of 10-15 per cent of all emergency department visits with more than half of all fall-related hospitalizations occurring among people aged 65 years and older. The annual cost of fall-related acute care in Australian hospitals for older people was estimated to exceed $600 million. 

There are a few simple prevention measures that should be implemented early on to avoid falls: 
- Fixing hand rails in the shower 
- Ramps and other mobility aids
- Emergency alarms and other safety aids 
- Placing rubber bath mats in the shower and bath
- Ensuring adequate lighting 
- Checking that chair legs are stable. 
- Exercise that improves balance and strengthens muscles 
- Hip protectors for at-risk populations 
- In-home assessments and home modifications 
- Walking Aids (Our Super Lite walker is one of the lightest walkers in the industry)


( Statistics sourced from: Falls Prevention in older adults/ Assessment and management/ Volume 41,No.12, December 2012/Pages 930-935)


Why nutrition becomes extremely important as we get older


Having a healthy nutritional diet is paramount throughout our lives. As we age, different nutrients become more important to maintain health, independence and quality of life. People over the age of 70 usually need fewer kilo joules because they’re less active. They need more calcium and protein to maintain bone and muscle strength and need to focus more on their fluid and fiber intake as things start to slow down. To achieve this, the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older adults continue to eat widely from all food groups to ensure they get all required nutrients. 

As we get older our physical abilities change – including chewing and swallowing difficulties, taste changes, dexterity challenges – making it harder to prepare meals and open food packages. Living and social situations can also change; partners or friends may not be around anymore to share a meal, finances may tighten, resulting in less money for groceries. Ageing might also mean moving to a care facility or in with family who prepare the food. All these factors can influence someone’s intake and ultimately their health. 

We know people over 65 years often have better health if they carry a little extra weight and have a slightly higher body mass index. People with chronic health problems can put themselves at risk of malnutrition by restricting what they eat therefore it is important that the focus of nutrition advice for older adults is less on limiting fats, added salt and added sugars and more on eating and enjoying a variety of foods each day.  

Key areas for older adults optimising dairy food intake: Dairy intake recommendations jump for women at 50 and men at 70. Dairy foods, including milk, cheese and yogurt, provide readily absorbable calcium for maintaining bone strength and high-quality protein for optimising muscle mass – both essential for healthy ageing. Luckily, these foods are also tasty, easy to eat and access, and include options to suit all budgets, such as long-life milk and powder. Incorporating fibre: High-fibre foods help prevent constipation. Wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread, fruit, dried fruit, dried peas, beans and lentils are excellent sources of fibre. Ensuring adequate fluids: Fibre and fluids work together to help alleviate constipation. Fluids include fresh water, milk, coffee, tea, soup and juice. Milk and water are the best choices for hydrating therefore you should aim to drink at least six times a day and more in warmer weather when active. 

Top five tips to help seniors follow the guidelines 
• Encourage small, frequent meals to promote adequate nutrition as appetites reduce. 
• Offer nutrient-dense, not just energy-dense, meals and snacks. 
• Don’t focus on the bad stuff they’re eating, praise them for the good stuff and get them eating more of it. 
• Make food presentable and appetising. 
• Create a pleasant environment for eating. 

Beyond nutrition, food has an important role in bringing enjoyment and social connection to many older people’s lives and we all deserve a piece of that pie. 

Fisher Lane Mobility stock an extensive range of aids to daily living that help make eating and drinking a whole lot easier. Come into one of our showrooms to view of range of One Touch products and kettle tippers.

(Statistics sourced from: http://www.agedcareinsite.com.au/2016/08/menu-for-longer-life-how-diets-should-change-as-we-get-older/)


Community Workshops. We come to you

Coming in 2017 is our new schedule for our Braybrook store training days.
Fisher Lane Mobility also provide educational training for both staff and clientele proving them with both hard and soft copies of information and demonstrations on all product needs.