Monday, 10 December 2012

Mobility Aids in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire plus Cheshire, Derbyshire & Shropshire

Mobility Aids Stoke on Trent Staffordshire Cheshire
There are tens of thousands of them. What! mobility products? (Also known as daily living aids) Yes, there are a lot of those. Too many to count. But also, tens of thousands in fact hundreds of thousands of people in the counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Shropshire (aka Salop) who need them.

Nobody knows  more than the staff at mobility products specialists CASTLE COMFORT CENTRE, of Newcastle under Lyme, who have been involved in the supply of daily living aids since 1998. Their speciality flagship products are STAIRLIFTS, RISER RECLINER CHAIRS AND ELECTRIC BEDS, (see some of their clients here happily being filmed) but over the years a very special free service has evolved which helps you locate and purchase any of the many gadgets and aids that are needed for disabled people (or those folk simply getting on a little.)

Of the latter - there are simply millions - and members of the sector who may be  fit and healthy for their ages - but maybe in need of a little assistance (just as an older car or machine may need a bit of extra servicing and attention) we affectionately call  THE GREY MARKET.

Back to the grey market shortly (or indeed the 'Silver Surfers') but the disabled sector is a little more defined and accounted for in terms of  statistics.

Disability and employment - some stats for those interested ...

  1. There are currently 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work.
  2. Only half of disabled people of working age are in work (50%), compared with 80% of non disabled people.
  3. 23% of disabled people have no qualifications compared to 9% of non disabled people.
  4. Nearly 1 in 5 people of working age (7 million, or 18.6%) in Great Britain have a disability.

The ageing population

    Riser Recliner Chairs Refurbished
Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15 per cent in 1983 to 16 per cent in 2008, an increase of 1.5 million people in this age group. Over the same period, the percentage of the population aged 16 and under decreased from 21 per cent to 19 per cent. This trend is projected to continue. By 2033, 23 per cent of the population will be aged 65 and over compared to 18 per cent aged 16 or younger.
The fastest population increase has been in the number of those aged 85 and over. In 1983, there were just over 600,000 people in the UK aged 85 and over. Since then the numbers have more than doubled reaching 1.3 million in 2008. By 2033 the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to more than double again to reach 3.2 million, and to account for 5 per cent of the total population. Source:DLF

The Disability equipment market

The total UK disability equipment market has been estimated at £1.46 billion for 2008 compared with £1.34 billion the previous year. Sales of disabled equipment in the UK have increased by 92.6% over the last 10 years and the total market size increased by 9.2% last year.  Castle Comfort Group since 1997 have been and important player UK-wide in the supply of products to the 'gray market' and the disability sectors. However the policy of the company has always been to focus on their major flagship products, namely stairlifts, riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds


Castle Comfort's experience means that a quick call to any of their help lines, or a visit to the showrooms will result in details being given where these other smaller products can be found ...


Usually all that is needed is a freephone call by the customer direct to the supplier with the description and reference.

The goods will be delivered by courier, usually without charge in just a day or two. 

Payment can be made on delivery in many cases, or by plastic card on ordering. 

Buyers are also covered by what is know as 'distance selling regulations' which means that the product can be returned to the supplier without any obligation or cost. 

So apart from getting any of the following items cheaper (as a mobility shop is not involved making a necessary profit) - you can return them if you wish - and THAT is something you may not be able to do on the High Street.

Retail shops only have to make a refund if the goods are faulty or otherwise  'not fit for their purpose'  Many people are surprised at this as the policies of retailers like Marks and Spencer "bring it back if you wish for your money back" - are not a legal right at all - they just choose to offer it as a sales gimmick.

So here, as promised, is the beginning of  what may be a long long list of things that YOU - or your family need.

just contact Castle Comfort on 0800 007 6959
up to 11pm any evening - 7 days per week.

A commode (small or large commodes)

Zimmer frame  (or Zimmer frames on wheels)
Slippers for problematic feet
Can opener for arthritis sufferers
Phone with large buttons (including mobile telephones with large buttons)
Cot side inc single or double cot sides

GRAB HANDLES which may a grab handle for anywhere in the house.  Also known as GRAB BARS  (Source Wikipedia)

Wheelchair hire
Wheelchair cushions
Stool for the shower - and even stools for the bath
Seat cushions
Pingaba braces
Walking without wheels frames
Scooter covers
Scooter cushions
Table for bed or chair (often known as over beds tables)
Remote control lamp
Sensitive or sensitivity lamps / lights
Slippers for the disabled
Socks for the disabled

Dog Alarm
Shoes for the disabled
Hand vice
Booster cushion
Radar Keys
Raised toilet seats
Extra-wide easy fasten slippers
Back scratchers (don't forget to look at this!)

An interlude on Backscratchers in Stoke on Trent.

Back Scratchers.
In 1999, Keith, the founder of Castle Comfort, asked Christine Morgan (his former school friend Christine Evans, of the Edward Orme School Newcastle under Lyme, the following  - "Where can a long handled back scratcher be found for one of our customers?"
Christine was at at Disability Solutions, Hanley, Stoke on Trent at the time. She told me to get a long handle shoe horn. It proved to be good advice and we have since helped cure many itching backs!  They work a treat and cost a lot less than designated products with labels as ´back scratchers´to be sold in mobility shops.   These can be obtained from many 'pound shops' and other places often run by the Chinese community, often for less that a pound. "Thanks for the tip Christine,"  said Keith. "I have learnt a lot since I left school!"

For an alternative backscratcher, and if you can get near enough, try one of the following! These 'super dooper' back scrathchers were spotted in action at The Great Orme near Llandudno North Wales. The cashmiri goats put on an amazing show for passers-by when they have an itch, scratching away.  Did you know  that these goats  were a gift to Queen Victoria from the Shah of Persia?

More of the products we find useful as we get older:-

Holder for car disabled passes
Blue Badge holders (click on 'blue' for info on this subject)
..and read here how some people are treated badly in this respect

Indoor walkers with trays
Tunstall emergency call buttons
Outdoor key boxes
Key guard box
Folding walking sticks
Bath steps
Easy reach grabbers
Canvas cushions
Foldable walking sticks
Pill organiser
Automatic pill organisers
Pull ring can opener
Shower easy
Wheelchair ramps
Tiller bags
Padded leg rest
Swivel cushion
Memory foam cushions

Whatever your need we can help you. Call us on 08000 832797 or call in to our Stoke on Trent showooms today.


  1. Wow! I didn't know some of these things were even available to help people in their older years.
    What actually is a hand vice? it sounds painful.

  2. They are also known as grabbers. A long handled stick with a small trigger near the handle which you pull to close the "jaws" of the vice for hard to reach items.

  3. Do you do trolleys?

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying. We respond quickest by email or phone. We can get you the best supplier for these - just email us and we will pass the information along.
      thank you.

  4. I think that I quite fancy an indoor walker with a tray !

  5. Can you reply to my question here please as I don't use a phone.

    1. I have replied to your earlier comment. Thanks for the question.

  6. Never knew so many things existed to help older and less able folk - this blog could be the inspiration what is needed to give the best Christma ever for all Grandads and Grandmas out there!

  7. Yes Leo indeed - this Christmas has seen more than ever, a huge amount of families getting a mobility aid or daily living aids for their elderly or disabled relatives. The presents for Grandmother or Grandfather do not need need to be expensive either. We have helped people obtain dozens of items ranging from pill boxes to raised toilet seats, grab handles etc etc - hardly romantic things, but inded very practical ones.
    Also, rather than stock all these disability aids oursleves - we link direcly with the manufacturers or wholesalers who supply direct at the right price. If a particular home aid is not suitible or not and for any reason - it can be returned without obligation or cost.

  8. We had a call today from Mr Rodzin in Crewe reminding me to consider some of the older disabled Polish people in Crewe and the rest of Staffordshire and Cheshir who may not have a command of the English language.... so -

    This Christmas widział bardziej niż kiedykolwiek, ogromne ilości rodzin uzyskanie pomocy do poruszania się lub codziennego pomoce dla swoich bliskich w podeszłym wieku i niepełnosprawnych. Prezenty dla babci lub dziadka nie trzeba muszą być drogie. Pomogliśmy ludzie uzyskać kilkadziesiąt pozycji, od pudełek pigułka do podniesionych toalety, klamki etc etc - trudno romantyczne rzeczy, ale inded bardzo praktycznych.
    Ponadto, zamiast stanie wszystko niepełnosprawności pomoce oursleves - łączymy direcly z producentów lub hurtowników, którzy wytwarzają w dobrej cenie. Jeśli konkretna pomoc domowa jest suitible lub nie, z dowolnego powodu - może być zwrócony bez zobowiązania lub kosztu.

  9. And before Mr Lim, take-away and restaurant specialist, stops me in Wolstanton village - here are a few notes for our Chinese disabled community -

    今年的圣诞节比以往任何时候都更获得流动性援助或日常的生活帮助的老人或残疾亲属的家庭,数额特别巨大。祖母或祖父的礼物不必是昂贵的。我们帮助人们获得几十项不等,从药盒提出马桶座,把手等等 - 几乎没有浪漫的事情,但非常实用的inded。
    此外,而不是股价残疾辅助器具oursleves - 我们链接direcly在合适的价格提供直接与制造商或批发商。如果一个特定的家庭的援助是不suitible或不以任何理由 - 它可以返回不承担责任或费用。

  10. This is a brilliant service, so well done! In the past, when searching for mobility aids for family members and friends, this would have been a godsend to me and I shall certainly recommend Castle Comfort Centre to anyone caring for someone with special needs, in addition to the wonderful chairs, beds and stairlifts already associated with you. Good Luck!

  11. Got a friend in Cheshire needing mobility aids - she can't get to you showroom. Can you send her information out and even do a home visit when she feels up to it?
    Your blow up zimer frame by the way has already had her screaming with laughter to me just on the phone!

  12. Thank you for that Salamba.If you call us with her address (please don´t put it on the blog for reasons of confidentiality) we will post your friend in Cheshire a full information brochure on how we source and help with different mobility products and home aids for the disabled. If one of you contacts us when further information is needed we can arrange to pop in and see her if she wishes- Please stress to there there is no obligation to buy anything.You probably visit her often so a visit can be arranged when you are there if preferred.

    Castle Comfort Mobility, Macclesfield office.
    Tel 01625 886599

  13. Oh Salamba - I forgot to add that the explanation of the BLOW UP ZIMMER FRAME - can be seen here on our sister mobility products blog -

  14. Someone is acting the Goat for sure
    On a more serious note do you supply the Big Jon toilet seat?

    Regards Guy


    1. You missed off the 'h' in John, Guy - is that intentional? You may be American. Sorry if you are in the USA we can't help you. I was in Cuba the other week and some nice folk there (friends of Castro) asked me to help get their own back on the USA and their trade embargo, and never supply toilet seats to them! There are lots of suppliers of 'Big Johns' for many types of loos and many different types and sizes. Prices vary also a lot for these Rolls Royce toilet seats. We have a good contact in Derby that give a good service. If you phone or email us with a few facts, size of the user, etc and a few more personal details - we'll tell you where you will get the best deal direct. As always, if we get one in and sell it on we have to show a profit (otherwise my accountant and the taxman just can't see the reasoning in it!)


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