Dedicated website helps individuals and families navigate the world of Technology Enabled Care Services

A new website has been launched offering practical advice and support to people coping with disabilities and long-term health conditions who wish to remain living independently in their own homes.

Called www.independentforlonger.com, the website signposts individuals and families to information and personal real-life case studies on various Technology Enabled Care Services (TECs) which enable users to maintain their independence, support themselves in their own homes and to manage their own health conditions.

Tynetec, a brand of Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, is the company behind the platform which has also received endorsement from renowned TV Doctor Hilary Jones.

Pavement and Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters Becoming More Popular with Younger People

Mobility Scooters

It once might have been that mobility scooters were considered to be the reserve of the elderly. In recent years, that’s all changing.

Now, mobility scooters are often picked as the transport option of choice for younger people with mobility difficulties, many of which are in their 50s, 40s, 30s and even 20s.

What’s making mobility scooters popular with younger people?

An increasing number of younger people are choosing to invest in mobility scooters instead of wheelchairs. New technologies mean that scooters can last longer on one battery charge than they might have done previously, and they’re also more fashionable and more practical.

Sensory Guru announces exciting launches at Naidex 2017

Sensory Guru announces exciting launches at Naidex 2017

Showcasing Mobile Magic Carpet with integrated App Store and Magic Mirror prototype

Specialists in the design and installation of sensory environments, gesture controlled software and inclusive learning technology, Sensory Guru has announced the Naidex debut of its new mobile version of Magic Carpet, an app-based interactive projection system that stimulates and engages people of all ages and is accessible through multiple access methods.

Sensory Guru is also showcasing the Magic Carpet app store, which contains thousands of new apps for the product.

Disabled Access Day’ Event Draws the Crowds at Wellow Trekking Centre

‘Disabled Access Day’ Event Draws the Crowds at Wellow Trekking Centre

Wellow Trekking Centre, based in Bath, welcomed around a hundred visitors to their Disabled Access Day event to show how horse riding is accessible to disabled participants. 

Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed to encourage more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities.

New research identifies valuable role technology can play in determining most appropriate care for those with learning disabilities

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New independent research by the University of Birmingham has confirmed the valuable role that activity monitoring technology can play in determining the most appropriate care for those with learning disabilities.

The research, which involved nine local authorities and 33 care providers in England, tested the use of Just Checking activity monitoring equipment to summarise how a person naturally behaves in their home, combined with advice about person-centred care planning.   

Just Checking uses small wireless sensors placed around an individual’s home to build an objective picture of their daily living routine, without the use of cameras or microphones. It supports the principle of safeguarding against deprivation of liberty and complies with the Mental Capacity Act.

Independence day for Jon and Sharon thanks to Highdowns

Jon Barnes

Two friends from Cornwall are celebrating leaving residential care to live in the community.

Jon Barnes and Sharon Murley both left Highdowns near Camborne – where they have lived for nine years and 10 years respectively – to move to a village near Redruth.

The pair now live at Meadow View, a new supported living service run by care provider Regard, and are already active members of the local community.

Jon, 32, and Sharon, 38, who both have Asperger’s, were supported to take their first steps towards independence by the care team at Highdowns.

Initially, the friends lived in the main house at Highdowns, which is also run by Regard, before eventually moving into self-contained cottages in the grounds of the 10 acre farm.

Self-image boost confidence of Redhill woman

Heather Breen

Carers are supporting a young woman who is battling severe anxiety to access her local community.

Heather Breen, 26, who has a learning disability and is on the autistic spectrum, moved to Latymer House care service in Redhill last April.

Said Latymer manager Martin McGibbon said: “When Heather came to us she was very anxious about leaving the house and experiencing new things.

“I am delighted to say 10 months on she is really beginning to find her feet and now takes part in two sessions a week at Bletchingley Activity Centre.”

Due to her disabilities Heather finds any changes of routine can result in her experiencing feelings of extreme anxiety.

CMG Leads The Way With Initiative To Drive Up Quality Of Care

Service users in the New Forest, doing a collective pledge to request more clubs for deaf people in the area.

Care Management Group is leading the way in driving up high quality care, with service users and staff members making individual pledges to achieve desired goals, as part of their commitment to the Driving Up Quality (DUQ) initiative. 

The DUQ Code was first launched in 2013, with the support of the government and leading organisations such as Care Management Group (CMG) a leading provider of care for people with learning disabilities. Following the exposure of the abuse at Winterbourne View in 2011, the DUQ was initiated to ensure that care providers are delivering the very best standards of care for people with learning disabilities. Central to this is enabling individuals to lead a meaningful life, which requires focused and personalised support.

Leading charity calls on schools to "wear dots and raise lots"

Charity is calling on schools to help support partially-sighted people

A leading charity is calling on schools across the country to "wear dots and raise lots" to help support partially-sighted people. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

New horizons for Christopher

Christopher enjoys petting a rabbit

When people say they could eat ‘anything’ they don’t normally mean it, but staff at a Gravesend care home know only too well that literally anything will be viewed as fair game by one of the autistic men they support. 

Christopher France, 30, who has lived at Sheringham House since it opened in 2007, is non-verbal and has a disorder called Pica, which means he likes to eat non-food items. Although rare among the general population, Pica is one of the most common eating disorders in individuals with autism.

Christopher’s key worker, Amanda Lunt, said: “There is nothing Christopher wouldn't consider eating, and staff have to monitor him constantly and always be on their guard.

Mapping for Change’s ‘Ramp It Up!’ Competition

Ramp It Up

Running a social media contest to improve accessibility in our towns and cities

The London based social enterprise Mapping for Change is encouraging local businesses to improve access to their premises with a competition to win one of ten wheelchair ramps. Those one or two steps at the entrances of buildings should not be a barrier to those with limited mobility. Nor should they stop business owners from accessing an estimated £200bn of spending power from people in the UK with disabilities. A wheelchair ramp is a simple way to counter those steps, even on listed buildings or rented premises as it is completely portable.

The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns

The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns

Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th April 2017

Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

 

• Explore the UK’s leading range of WAVs

• See the launch of the new Brotherwood Mercedes-Benz V-Class

• Discuss your personal transport needs with expert advisors

• Explore the world-class Motor Museum

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the Brotherwood ‘WAV Weekend’ Event will be returning this April Bank Holiday Weekend, giving you the opportunity to explore and drive the UK's leading range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in one place.

 

Paralysed builder walks again thanks to pioneering technology

Gheorghe can now go for strolls around the local park

A paralysed man who was told he would never walk again has taken his first steps, thanks to a life-changing exoskeleton suit.  

Gheorghe Duncan, from Bromley, was left paralysed from the waist-down after he fell nine metres while working in 2011. 

The 42-year-old, who was working as a labourer at the time of his accident, was told he would spend his life in a wheelchair, but is now able to go for a stroll around his local park, thanks to a pioneering piece of technology. 

South-East England ‘has the most blue badge residents’

The most blue badge residents in England can be found in the South East of the country, according to data acquired via a freedom of information request by Volkswagen Motability scheme provider, Inchcape Volkswagen.

According to the request sent out to various councils on August 15th 2016, an estimated 364,116 blue badges were found to be in operation throughout South-East England.

Of the councils which provided data, the next highest number of active blue badges can be found in the North West (362,294), with the South West having the third most blue badge residents (279,251). 

Gorvins - Guide to Using a Trust in Your Will

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As parents, it’s never fun to think about what would happen if you weren’t around, but if you have a successful business, have money in property or are simply thinking about protecting and controlling your family’s assets, you may be considering using a trust to protect your child.

So, what exactly is a trust?

A trust is an arrangement in which ownership of someone’s assets is transferred to trustees, for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. Trusts are often written into Wills and only take effect on death, although it is also possible to set up lifetime trusts.  

But, does using a trust mean my child can’t access funds?