18 to 19 September 2013, SECC Glasgow
Naidex Scotland, Scotland’s leading independent living event, is set to open its doors next week with a wealth of products to see, test and compare. Of the 100-plus exhibitors at the show, running from 18 to 19 September at the SECC in Glasgow, top names include ArjoHuntleigh, 1st Call Mobility, Drive Medical, Motability, AKW, Stannah, Albion Mobility, Wessex Lifts, Allardyce Healthcare, N&C Phlexicare, Fast Aid Mobility and NRS Healthcare. Not forgetting paediatric specialists Rompa and Whizz Kidz.
Organised by i2i Events Group, Naidex Scotland 2013 (which takes place every other year and is the sister event to Naidex National) is the only independent living show for Scotland and the north of England. The event, including the CPD accredited conference, is free to attend and welcomes anyone with an interest in independent living including health and social care professionals, members of the public and the industry.
Commenting on the show, Dan Thurlow, portfolio director for the Naidex events at i2i Events Group Ltd. said “With just a few days to go until the doors open, Naidex Scotland 2013 looks set to be stronger than ever, with high pre-registration figures, a huge number new products on show, plus our strongest ever free conference programme.”
A hand-picked selection of the most exciting new products and services at Naidex Scotland is below:
Life’s Designs (stand B34)
Fledgling company Life’s Designs is launching the PULGTM, an ingenious device, which makes the removal of plugs behind appliances and furniture effortless, and ensures no damage is done to the plug, socket or knuckles. Once fitted, it’s just a case of a lifting the lever while gently pressing the top and the plug pops out easily.
RSL Steeper (stand D16)
Visitors can discover the new Perrero – a device that ‘hacks’ Apple devices to make this technology available to everyone via a single switch without the need to touch the screen.
Lewis Reed (stand F20)
The wheelchair accessible vehicles company is showcasing the New Mercedes-Benz Viano. Style and comfort never come at the expense of practicality: compact dimensions plus a clear view out of the window allow an excellent eye-line for the wheelchair user and makes it easy for the driver to park and manoeuvre.
Sirus (stand F18)
Sirus is showcasing the UK’s most affordable ‘Drive From Wheelchair’ and ‘Passenger Up Front’ vehicle solution: the Fiat Qubo M-Jet Dynamic. Key features include ‘switch’ places option – the chair user can travel as driver or passenger. A totally flat floor pan offers both ‘Drive From Wheelchair’ and ‘Passenger Up Front’ options.
Allied Mobility (stand F40)
Allied Mobility is the leading manufacture and supplier of wheelchair accessible cars throughout the UK via the Motability Scheme. They manufacturer and distribute all of their wheelchair accessible cars directly from their factory. They also offer vehicle adaptations designed to suit particular needs.
Patterson Medical (H24)
New for 2013 is the improved Seren powerchair. One of the new features driven by the feedback from the market is the new swing back armrest feature allows the consumer to be able to side transfer with greater ease. The new Seren also features a five-point suspension system and swivel and side transfers.
RGK Wheelchairs (stand G3)
Naidex Scotland will be the platform for two product launches. The Smart Drive (above left) is a revolutionary gadget that transforms an ordinary wheelchair into a powerchair while the Tiga (above right) wheelchair incorporates battlefield proven Kevlar armour and aerospace grade aluminium technology.
Chairs and Seating
Kirton Healthcare (stand H20)
GE-II is the newest addition to the Kirton portfolio. Underpinned by scientific bio-mechanical research and ergonomic design principles the GE-II provides superior postural support with pressure relieving Intelli-Gel® technology and exceptional positioning with outstanding comfort and pressure management, whilst remaining sleek and stylish.
Specialised Orthotic Services (stand E36)
The Equipoise Straddle Seat from SOS introduces an alternative approach to functional seating for children with complex postures. The equipoise will allow children with low levels of sitting ability the opportunity to work on postural development from a very young age.
CareFlex (stand G40)
CareFlex has teamed up with Europe’s leading automotive seating consultants to make the most sophisticated chair on the market: the SmartSeat. The chair boasts precision engineered floating-tracking legrest for optimum pressure and posture management as well as integral seat-width adjustment system.
Tomcat (stand D30)
Tomcat have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the UK’s highest accolade for business success for engineering tricycles for disabled users. Based on a patented control system, the tricycles enable carers, on behalf of riders for whom they are responsible, to steer, brake and control speed.
With over 2,600 visitors expected at Naidex Scotland this year, registration is now live for the free conference and exhibition at scotland.naidex.co.uk.