More than three years since a calamitous nightshift accident at work that resulted in a leg amputation, Tom Perry (35) from Great Ayton in Middelsborough is regaining his mobility and has even returned to his recreational activities of rock climbing and bouldering.
Sense, charity of the year for the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials raised £30,000 at the prestigious event last weekend. The charity that supports deafblind people joined equestrian fans to raise awareness and vital funds for the work they do across the UK.
Some of Britain's leading riders, including Olympian Nicola Wilson, leading equestrian trainer Christopher Bartle, former international show jumper Dame Emma Jane Brown, blind show jumper Karen Law and Paralympian Natasha Baker as well as TV Presenter Nicki Chapman lent their support to the charity for the event.
People who see old age as a time of loneliness or expect to be lonely in old age are two to three times more likely to feel alone in later life.
Brunel University London found that expectations and stereotypes of a lonely old age are predictors of actual loneliness. In a sample of “not lonely” people over the age of 50 years old, a third expected to be lonely and a quarter agreed that old age is a time of loneliness.
Michael McGrath, CEO of The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) has been shortlisted for the 2015 Diversity Champion Award for Charity, part of the Excellence in Diversity Awards programme (in association with the National Diversity Awards that honours the work of inclusive employers and unsung diversity champions across the UK.
A resident from Abbots Langley has been shortlisted for a national nursing award.
University of Hertfordshire student, Maria Walker of Hazelwood Lane, has been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Student Nurse of the Year Award for Learning Disabilities nursing.
The 45-year-old was nominated by the university, and is just one of eight nurses on the national shortlist. Maria is dedicated student and has an unshakable appetite for learning. She has been committed to her role as a caremaker and represents the University very well in this capacity by completing placements in hospitals, speaking at conferences and publishing in her field during her time here.
Simple-to-use device creates accurate diagnoses and slashes previously unavoidable waste while improving patient care
A handheld device that identifies pressure ulcers in the earliest stage of their development has saved two UK NHS hospitals more than £50,000 per month during trials. On wards using the SEM Scanner, developed by Bruin Biometrics, Inc. (BBI), no patients developed hospital-acquired pressure ulcers – commonly known as bed sores – during the four month trial period.
A conference aimed at helping people affected by the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK will be held in Birmingham next month.
The Eccentric Viewing (EV) conference will give eye care professionals the opportunity to hear from international experts on the technique which helps people with central vision loss to use their remaining vision more effectively.
It will be presented by the Macular Society, the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, which affects more than 600,000 people in the UK.
A new survey commissioned by the national charity Turn2us has found that, despite a recovering economy, 89% of people on low incomes with disabilities have seen no sign of their financial situation improving in the last year.
The survey found that in the last year, almost four-fifths (78%) have struggled to pay for food and other essentials, and nearly half (46%) say that their outgoings now exceed their earnings. Three-fifths (60%) revealed that the continuing struggle to cover their costs was negatively affecting their health. Worryingly, half (49%) expect their financial situation to decline further over the next twelve months.
Hundreds of organisations and employees across the UK are supporting national Deaf Awareness Week this week by learning about disability awareness and promoting the benefits and improving services to their customers.
With one in six people in the UK suffering from some degree of hearing loss, organisations, particularly those with front line members of staff, are participating in the week-long campaign, which has been co-ordinated by the UK Council on Deafness.
The campaign aims to improve the understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people, such as sign language and lipreading.
Specialised 24/7 live-in home care maximises client well-being and prevents trauma and disruption
Based on a unique user survey1, Rica2 has published a new guide called Getting a powered wheelchair: a guide to help you choose3 - available free online and in print. The guide was written and published by Rica2 in partnership with the following national disability charities: Disability Rights UK, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Scope, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Whizz-Kidz.
The guide tells you how:
Material Memories, a textiles arts exhibition telling the unique personal stories of people with sight and hearing impairments from the local community is opening at the Islington Museum on 14 May.
For twelve weeks people with sensory impairments over the age of 50 worked together at the museum to design a patchwork quilt of memories. The quilters shared their stories and used fabrics, embellishments, print media, paints, and personal objects to mark the twists and turns of their lives.
Fereshteh one of the makers said:
“As a blind person I use touch quite a lot to connect with the world - I love using my fingers, it’s so comforting. Everyone has a story to tell and this project allows me to say it in my own language, weaving it into the community’s.”