Supermarket Eases Stress For Elderly

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Our elderly customers welcome this news

There’s been a news story out this week that Sainsbury’s is trailing a ‘slow shopping afternoon’ in its Gosforth store in Newcastle. What do you think to that?

We love the idea. We work with elderly people day in, day out and understand how distressing venturing outside can be for them – particularly to busy or crowded places. Offering some respite with the supermarket shop seems like a forward-thinking concept to us.

What does this mean for the elderly?

The idea is that between 1-3pm every Tuesday, a member of staff from the Sainsbury’s store will be on hand during this time to assist the elderly person with their shopping. They are encouraged to take their time and not feel pressured or rushed. For those who struggle to stand for periods of time will find chairs at the end of the aisles where they can rest throughout.

We find this refreshing as we often hear from our customers how they find shopping stressful, tiring and hard work. But at the same time, we know that many want to maintain their independence, and doing the weekly shop is one occasion that they enjoy. Sainsbury’s has always been a pioneer in catering to the elderly market – all staff are well trained in dealing with people with disabilities or the aged.  We hope to see this kind of service expand, not only across Sainsbury’s but other supermarkets and department stores.

So what are your thoughts – is this something you ‘d like to see in your local store? Do you have an elderly family member that would benefit from this? We have a Facebook page, why not join us in this discussion there?

Jobs Available at A1 Stairlifts

A1 Stairlift Services is expanding and we’re in need of stairlift engineers at all levels, office administration staff and mobility sales.


Experience preferred but we offer in-house training.

If you are hard-working, have an eye for detail, ambitious, have good customer service skills and want to be part of a growing, successful team, then this is the place for you. The role involves travelling the UK. The ideal candidate needs to be highly motivated and use own initiative.  Full clean UK driving license preferred.

Office administration

Our growing business needs organised office staff to help manage the business successfully. It’s a busy office and the team is looking for hard working, highly organised administrators for smooth day-to-day operation. Need to have good computer skills, writing skills and good customer service skills.

Mobility sales

As part of the growing mobility arm of our business, we’re looking for sales people to work within the mobility showroom. The candidate needs to be good with customers, have a good understanding of the mobility market and manage the showroom from ensuring all products are well displayed and that the showroom is a friendly and welcoming environment for customers.

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New Unit and Mobility Showroom



Fiona and Nicci hiding in the new office


Stairlift and Mobility Expansion

Keighley-based stairlift and mobility specialists, A1 Stairlift Services, has expanded with a new town centre unit.

Adding to its existing site on South Street Keighley, the firm has taken on a new unit on Marley Street to streamline its UK-wide stairlift and mobility services.

A1 Stairlift’s md, Simon Harrison, said: “It’s been an exciting year for the business. We’ve had to take on a new unit and make new appointments to accommodate the growth of the business.

“The site on Marley Street has allowed us to develop a smoother system for preparing stairlifts and it’s given us more office space for the growing head office and administration team. Thanks to the success of our mobility products arm, we’re now using the South Street site to create a bigger showroom.”

The existing showroom

The existing showroom on South Street will now be refurbished and extended to host a full range of products for people to try before they buy including new and reconditioned mobility scooters, adjustable beds, rise and recline chairs, stairlifts and everyday living aids.

A1 Stairlift Services specialises in reconditioned stairlifts making them more accessible to those that can’t afford a new one. The company also offers a stairlift recycling service, stairlift repairs and servicing and

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