Showing posts with label chairs for the elderly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chairs for the elderly. Show all posts

Tuesday 1 August 2017

90 Year Old Dunkirk Veteran Can Stand At Ease

WW II Veteran Gets Comfy Recliner 

Our installations team had a special delivery to make recently to Dunkirk Veteran Raymonde.

Her new lounge chair will be perfect for watching the blockbuster movie "Dunkirk" on, which is currently in the cinemas.  Or perhaps for just putting her feet up at the end of a long day.

Raymonde pictured with Malcolm from Castle Comfort Centre
Raymonde, aged 90, was a lookout for the French resistance in Dunkerque during the Second World War, and will be able to watch her telly with her feet up, or stand easily with the aid of a new riser recliner chair bought from Castle Comfort.

What was life like back then?

When all the British and French soldiers were on the beaches, some 300,000 of them, and being bombed by German planes and having their ships torpedoed by submarines – it looked a desperate situation, cornered with nowhere to go. This is where the phrase Dunkirk Spirit comes from – the overcoming of overwhelming odds stacked against you. 

In her own words...

I was born in Dunkirk in 1927. My father Louis Defeyer met my mother Madeleine Provou and they became engaged to be married in 1913, unfortunately the war broke out in 1914 and father was conscripted to the front line so the wedding was postponed until he was granted leave. 

Father was billeted on the Somme and Verdin and life went on!. A problem then arose because mother got pregnant and father could not get leave from the front to marry. My father worried that if he got killed my mother would have no pension and so his officer arranged for a priest to marry them by proxy. 

Four years later demoralised and under nourished my father got leave from the Army and met his 4 year old daughter Marguerite for the first time. My parents had 9 children, 2 died in infancy and 2 of us remain, my dear sister Nicole who I am in regular contact with, is 80 years old. 

As a child my schooling was basic and we all went to church regularly. My dad got a job working in the docks after the First World War, and mother had to help put food on the table by taking in sewing and patching our clothes to hand down, as there were no benefits to help my parents. 

We were very poor and mother did wonders with the small amounts of food ingredients she could get.  We had food and a warm clean bed. I remember father taking us to the beach to fill up flour bags with sand that he used to put into the oven to warm then put in our beds .

The worst years

When I was 8 years old my father was forced to strike along side other dockers, rail workers and miners and they were starved and bullied if they tried to break the strike. Following the strike in 1936 there was a Spanish Revolution so we had emigrants and in 1940 we were aware that among the Spanish emigrants we had the German Fifth Column infiltrated among the rush of emigrants. They were recognised by the red blankets they wore on their backs so it was not just the war in progress but the Germans had invaded and infiltrated the troops before the war started.

The invasion of Europe

The Belgians and Jewish people suffered the most as the German Nazi put markers on the Jewish houses and shops in preparation to arrest them and send them by train to concentration camps. 

In 1940 the English soldiers were waiting in the dunes along the beaches to be rescued but the big ships couldn't approach so later civilian volunteers came from England in little boats before the Germans occupied Dunkirk. 

This mass evacuation was codenamed Operation Dynamo and the troops made a sort of bridge out of abandoned cars, jeeps and trucks so they could beach the little boats. It was not easy because the German planes bombarded day and night never stopping. 

When the troops were doing their best the town people of Dunkirk opened all the water towers around the town. I was 13 years old then and remember sheltering from the bombs in the towns Assizes Court. It was total carnage for a week as there was no escape. The people who died could not be buried and my dad and other civilians made a mass grave and boxes with names on. 

At 15 years old I became a runner for the resistance and once when giving a British pilot a drink of water after he was shot down, a German soldier kicked me. Strangely I was to meet this British pilot many years later after I married my English husband who was in the Royal Navy. 

In 1950 we moved to Kidsgrove, his home town and that was where I met the pilot again, small world. My whole French family, mother, father, brothers and sisters are buried in the large cemetery in Dunkirk that is also the resting place of many brave soldiers, sailors and airmen from many countries

 Vive La Resistance! Image Courtesy of F.Oosterveld
'We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.' 
- Winston Churchill speaking after the Dunkirk evacuation  Source: The BBC 


We always find it interesting hearing the yesteryear golden age memories of many of our customers. 

If you played a part in World War I or World War II then get in touch with us here at Castle Comfort with your story. You can email it to us here.

We will award a prize of a £50 Marks and Spencers voucher for the letter that our voting panel unanimously votes to be the best. 
Competition ends 2nd September 2017 (Official anniversary of the end of WWII).

Sunday 24 April 2016

Dementia Advice To Help Save You Money

Regular readers of our blog will know that we have been working at Marks and Spencer's to raise money for Approach the local charity that helps those who are affected by Dementia or Alzheimer's.  

Keith the MD, has found out some very useful information, in a chance conversation, which isn't very widely known, for those who may have a family member suffering with either of these.  

Quite a few of us have had family members or have known someone who has signs of a condition like those just mentioned.  It can be quite a burden to help continue to care for them in their own home, when there is a risk, however small, of them not being able to look after themselves.

Castle Comfort Staff - Keith (photographer), Ann Bruce and Dr.Neil Stirling visiting the Carers Cafe in Silverdale
With a simple process, not advertised by the local councils, there is a way to possibly have your council tax bill reduced or even completely eliminated!


Council Tax Exemptions or Reductions

For those With Alzheimer's or Dementia 

If a relative of yours has had a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer's, which can be classed as a severe mental impairment that makes them unable to look after themselves independently 
with out assistance then they may well be able to get a full exemption if they live alone.  

All that is required is that the local council will require a confirmation of diagnosis with the form and it is straightforward to apply.  

It is worth applying also if a family member is a carer as they would get a discount too. 

If the person with such a diagnosis lives in your home with you, and there are just two of you in the house, then you can apply for a 25% discount on the council tax bill.  See this page on the citizens advice website for more information.

Here's the steps to follow for Newcastle under Lyme Council

1)Click Here to download this form (Claim Form for Council Tax)

2)Print it out and complete it with confirmation of the diagnosis (which doesn't have to be from the person's own GP, it can be another suitably qualified individual, consultant or medical professional.) 

3)Post to:
Revenues and Benefits
Civic Offices
Merrial Street

If you are a carer for the person you can make a separate claim with this form and follow the same procedure, and post to the same address. Help with the form is available on 01782 715500 or by emailing 

Here's the steps to follow for Stoke on Trent City Council

1) Download this form that needs to be signed by a medical professional confirming diagnosis.

2) Once completed by the doctor it needs to be scanned into your computer before it is uploaded when you complete the online application form.

3) Go to this page to complete the online application form.

There is advice and assistance on 01782 234234 or you can go online and use this initial enquiry form here.

Here's the steps to follow for Staffordshire Moorlands Council

Unfortunately there isn't a detailed form for completion directly on the Local Council website, though all local authorities follow roughly the same procedure, requiring a medical diagnosis for exemption, however you can enquire online about it, giving your council tax reference number, so at least the process can be started. There is an enquiry form here.

There is also a phone number to call if you want to speak directly to someone in the Council Tax section - 0345 605 3011

More money off!

As well as the council tax reductions mentioned above, there are also cases which a lot of our customers have had success with, where a reduction is made for someone who lives there with a physical disability. This discount is called the "Disabled Reduction."

The only criteria to meet are just one of the following, i.e. you don't need to meet all these criteria, just one. 

  • A room, other than a bathroom, kitchen or lavatory, which is used mainly by the disabled person and is required for meeting their needs.
  • Or an additional bathroom or kitchen which is required to meet their needs.
  • Or enough space for the use of a wheelchair where one needs to be used inside the dwelling.

Once the form is completed your home would be banded at the next rung down in terms of council tax due. For example if you lived in a band D property you would only have to pay the band C rate for it.  So, downstairs wet-rooms or doorway alterations would count as an adaptation, or if you have a main living room or study which is set up to primarily meet just the disabled persons particular physical needs.

So if you have been thinking about an additional bathroom adaptation at home for a physical disability then the money you save could help you afford to go ahead with your plans.

If you want to save more money on helping you to live independently we also stock reconditioned riser recliner chairs to help you to stand and sit more easily.

And finally, for a last money saving method we can put you in touch with grant awarding charities and schemes that can help with the purchase of chairs or stairlifts. Just call us on 0800 007 5060 today to find out if you could qualify.

Monday 12 May 2014

Castle Comfort in Newcastle under Lyme takes on new employee

Chairs For The Elderly Showroom Takes On New Recruit

Expanding Stoke on Trent business Castle Comfort Centre has just taken on a young lady by the name of Camilla (on the left pictured standing next to Castle Comfort director Ann Bruce.)

She is the latest applicant to the Castle Comfort Centre branch of the business in Cross Heath, Newcastle under Lyme. The other main branch being Wolstanton where Castle Comfort Centre is located.  Also we have another satellite branch at Tunstall Market.  It is anticipated she will rotate her shifts round all 3 branches once her training induction period has completed.

Her duties will include greeting guests at the door and marketing and promotions and she has kindly agreed to work unpaid 24 hours a day, refuses to take a break or have any time off for lunch! She also won't sit down on the job. What??!!  Isn't that illegal?

To see an actual video of Camilla in action scroll down the page, click on the white triangle and all will be revealed.....

If you like our fun and friendly approach why not pay us a visit and you can see a nice range of comfortable chairs while you are here. Many folk have come over the road from HSL Chairs to do their comparison shopping and we welcome you to park for free right outside our shop. Our testimonials around the web show what people think of our service, our quality products and our value for money prices.

While you are here you can also take a look around our adapted bathroom or ride on the stairlift, which is a brand new Acorn/Brooks model that we have here for people to try before you buy. Walking Sticks and Wheeled Walkers are also available to purchase along with adjustable beds and chairs from top British manufacturers.

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The latest update is that Camilla has a boyfriend!

See the picture below taken with our friendly neighbours, the guys from ETS - our local electrical and lighting suppliers next door. We know it is hot weather but at least he could have put some trousers on. The honking of horns has been very distracting!

She is currently advertising comfy chairs at:-

Castle Comfort Stairlifts Ltd, 135 Liverpool Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 9HD

Beep your horn when you pass!

Saturday 2 April 2011

Motorised Chair | Electric Reclining Chairs for the Elderly

If you are looking for a motorised chair or electric recliner chairs and you would like to visit the showroom or know more about the huge range available then visit the website.
Watch the video to see a demonstration below or phone Keith or Ann directly 8am-11pm on 08000 832 797

Motorised chairs are either single motor or dual motor chairs. On the video above you can see Keith demonstrating the dual motor riser recliner to a gentleman and his wife who recently visited the showroom. There is a huge range of riser recliner chairs available and they can cost from just £295 for a reconditioned model rising up in price from there with specification and added features, and covering choice - leather generally being more expensive than fabric. A motorised chair ideally needs to be sized to the individual as they are not all the same. Most of our models are available in a small, medium or large sizing and with a dazzling array of fabric or leather cover options. Swatches are available in the showroom and we can send you a brochure aswell if you wish or to try before you buy and if you are fairly local we can arrange a courtesy pick-up using one of the vehicles below, which shows our headquarters. This landmark building - Bank House, (which used to be a NatWest bank) is now where our riser recliner chair and adjustable bed showroom is based. Make a day of it and visit Alton Towers, Wedgwood, Portmerion or Potteries Factory Outlets, Freeport Talke, Little Moreton Hall or Biddulph Grange Gardens, Trentham Gardens, or Waterworld.

Within easy reach of the M6, A500 and A34 on Wolstanton High Street. Click the map below for a clear view of our central location and google map for directions. We are opposite the new Asda on Wolstanton High Street. So if you are looking for a motorised electric reclining chair for a loved one would like to visit the showroom or know more about the huge range available click here to visit the website or phone Keith or Ann directly 8am-11pm on 08000 832 797

Motorised chair delivery schedules.

North Staffordshire Run
. Stoke on Trent, Newcastle under Lyme, Leek, Biddulph, Stone, Cannock, Cheadle, Stafford, Rugeley, Hanley, Longton, Burslem Tunstall, Kidsgrove, Alsager, Uttoxeter and Market Drayton.

Every Monday - The North Wales Run
Chester, Flint, Rhos on Sea, Landudno, Prestatyn, Conwy (Conwy) Wrexham, Anglesey, Gwynedd. Welsh spoken - Cymraeg ar lafar.

Every Tues, Wed & Friday South Staffordshire, West Midlands & Warwickshire Run. Walsall, Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Birmingham, Coventry, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Warwick & Stratford on Avon, etc

Please enquire by calling Freephone 0800 0832 797.

Every Monday, Thursday & Friday South Cheshire Run. Congleton, Macclesfield, Prestbury Stockport, Crewe, Sandbach, Nantwich, Cheadle Hulme, Knutsford, Warrrington,Ellesmere Port, Widnes Runcorn & The Wirrall etc

Every Wednesday The Lancashire Run. Includes Manchester, Wigan, Bury, Stockport, Rochdale, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Southport, Morecambe, Lytham St Annes, Lancaster Fleetwood and Colne etc.

Every Tuesday The Shropshire Run To the Welsh Borders visiting Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford, Newport, with often extended runs to incorporate Powys, and the Swansea and Cardiff areas. Includes Kidderminster, Leominster and Hereford.

Every Friday The 'Eastern Route' To Derby, Matlock, Burton on Trent, Matlock, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield & Retford.

Increased and enhanced arrangements at Christmas& Mother’s Day & Father’s Day. Guaranteed Birthday/Anniversary delivery dates - Anywhere in England & Wales with 14 days notice.

Scotland & Northern Ireland – 21 days notice recommended

Emergency deliveries arranged ASAP. Hospital discharge cases receive top priority.