Employing your own care and support

Employing your own care and support

If you get a personal budget you could employ your own personal assistants (PAs) to support your health and social care needs. 

This can help you live independently and in a way that you choose – your PAs work for you so you decide what you want them to do and when you want them to work. 

This also means that you become an employer, which can be daunting at first as there are lots of things to think about. However there is lots of advice and guidance out there to help and you can do training to help you become a better employer. 

Christina Candey employs a team of PAs and says: 

New free guide puts Fife on the map for disabled visitors

Euans Guide

Euans Guide, a charity website used by disabled people to review, share and discover accessible places to visit, has launched an accessibility guide to Fife.

The guide to one of Scotland's most popular regions features a range of accessible locations, from the home of golf, St Andrews, to Fife's famous sandy beaches and its picturesque fishing villages.

The Fife guide, the third in an Accessible Highlights series, is free and downloadable from www.euansguide.com/fife-guide/. It is being promoted with a series of digital postcards showing just how accessible the region is for disabled visitors.

Ashford's helping to create a ‘Forest of Thoughts'

One You shop

The ‘memory tree' initiative to promote awareness of dementia, organised by Ashford and Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance (ACDAA), Ashford Borough Council and the One You shop continues into June.

The hand crafted memory tree can be found within the One You shop in Ashford town centre, which is near to the tank memorial and visitors are invited to write special memories onto printed leaves before attaching them to the tree.

In one of her first engagements as the newly-elected Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Mrs Jessamy Blanford visited the One You shop on Wednesday 23 May to include her special memory.

The Mayor said: 

Roller coaster joy for worthing’s Sam

Alton Towers

A young autistic man from West Sussex who has never been on holiday before because he experiences severe anxiety is celebrating making an overnight trip to Alton Towers.

Sam Motton, aged 25, made the 230-mile to journey alongside two members of staff from Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in Worthing where he lives.

‘It worked out really well,” said Coneyhurst service manager, Elvira Panxha.

“He was amazing. He was really calm and cheerful and took everything in his stride. We helped prepare him for the visit by taking him out on regular short trips to different places and then staying a while to slowly build up his confidence.”

Scotland’s First Ever Dementia Friendly Park

Dementia Friendly Park

SCOTLAND’s first ever Dementia Friendly park is being launched yesterday (5th) in one of Stirling’s best used recreational areas by walking charity, Paths for All.

In a bid to make Stirling’s Kings Park more accessible to everyone, the city space has been transformed to allow those living with dementia to be able to enjoy, and feel safe in, outdoor spaces.

Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, attended to officially open the park.

A celebration event between 1pm - 3pm was held at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Dumbarton Road, to discuss the changes made to the park.

Long Lane Equestrian Centre Gains Accessibility Mark

Accessibility Mark

Long Lane Equestrian Centre, based in Derby has signed up to a national scheme, Accessibility Mark, to encourage more disabled riders to take up horse riding.

Following an appeal by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for more centres to apply for the Accessibility Mark accreditation to help meet demand in the North Midlands area, the centre decided to jump on board. A study by the RDA found that this region has the highest level of unmet demand amongst disabled riders than anywhere else in the UK.

The RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Aergo - Designed to Empower

Aergo

Aergo is a smarter postural support system for wheelchair users, empowering people to be more independent in their daily lives. The system has a network of air cells that detects pressure changes and adjusts automatically to provide continuous support as the user moves. It is the first device of its kind to give users more control over their own posture with a remote-control and expandable frame that can be tailored to fit a range of body shapes.

Aergo is the brainchild of CEO, Sheana Yu, a London-based design engineer. Having suffered with scoliosis throughout her life, Sheana is on a mission to create inclusive products that empower people with postural needs to be more independent.

Scotland’s First Dementia Friendly Park Opens

Scotland’s First Dementia Friendly Park Opens

Scotland’s first ever Dementia Friendly park is being launched today (5th) in one of Stirling’s best used recreational areas by walking charity, Paths for All.

In a bid to make Stirling’s Kings Park more accessible to everyone, the city space has been transformed to allow those living with dementia to be able to enjoy, and feel safe in, outdoor spaces.

Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, will be there to officially open the park.

A celebration event between 1pm - 3pm was held at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Dumbarton Road, to discuss the changes made to the park. 

A tour of the park provided opportunities to learn how better design of outdoor spaces can help improve the quality of life for anyone living with dementia. 

Competition: WIN a MyHailo petrol pump attendance hailer 

MyHailo competition

Enter our competition to win a MyHailo unique wireless key fob, which enables drivers to call for assistance from their car.

The MyHailo system, which is endorsed by the charity Disability Motoring UK, enables drivers with mobility problems to avoid the humiliation of having to blast their horn or wave out of the window to summon an attendant, or even being verbally abused by other drivers.

App Launch Aims to Improve Washroom Standards

Cleen App

An innovative new app has been launched which aims to raise washroom standards in businesses and public places across the UK. The Cleen App is free to download and enables customers and visitors to rate the washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

With the Cleen App, users can either compliment accessible and clean washrooms or post complaints and issues they have faced such as dirty basins, no soap or toilet paper, access problems for people with disabilities and lack of baby changing facilities.

The reviews are fun and easy to post by clicking different icons and users can even upload photographs to support their review.

Disabled led arts festival set to launch in Birmingham

Sensibility Festival

Sensibility Festival, which will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May, is co-produced by people with sensory impairments

The festival, which will be held across Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears, aims to make arts more accessible for disabled people

A unique arts festival, co-produced by people with complex disabilities, and developed by the national disability charity, Sense, and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), is set to take place in Birmingham from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May.

The Sensibility Festival, which will be held across two venues: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, invites the public to explore, play and experiment in a setting that has been curated by local artists and participants with multi-sensory impairments.

WDBS Coaching Zone to be Sponsored by Go Green Energy

WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced an innovative new sponsorship deal with independent renewable energy company Go Green Energy for the 2018/19 season.

Beginning with the WDBS Welsh Open in June, each Friday open day staged by WDBS will now incorporate a new ‘Coaching Zone’ at which people with disabilities can receive advice and guidance from a WPBSA World Snooker coach. To be sponsored by Go Green Energy, the designated area will be open not only to regular WDBS players, but also newcomers and local community groups to participate in snooker.

Revolutionary Glove Shortlisted for Award

RAPAEL Smart Glove

The RAPAEL Smart Glove is revolutionising patient rehabilitation thanks to its interactive gaming element, which encourages and motivates its users to keep repeating measured movements.

With its range of games that, using algorithms, adapt to the progression of its users, the RAPAEL Smart Glove brings feeling and movement back to inactive parts of the hand, wrist and forearm.

Not only does the outstanding piece of equipment increase the difficulty of the movements and games with the patient’s progression, it also tracks and records their development.