How to stay chilled in a wheelchair

Nathan in wheelchair

An innovative wheelchair accessory is shaking up the mobility industry – Corien Staels’s cooling backrest cushion the wheelAIR.

The designer – who has received backing from entrepreneurs on TV Dragons’ Den and Paralympians – created the product after discovering that those with a spinal cord injury had to cool themselves in dramatic and unforgiving ways, having to strap ice packs to their bodies or spray themselves with water hoses post-exercise.

Support workers care about Ben's weight

Ben loses weight with care service

Springing into fitness isn’t always easy but a care service is supporting one young man Ben with losing weight by helping him to improve his cooking skills and to do more exercise.

Ben Harling, 29, who has Down’s syndrome, is steadily losing the pounds and hopes to hit his target weight by next spring.

He lives at Manor Barn supported living service in Neston, Cheshire, which is run by the Regard Group – the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships

 

Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.

 

Government should not rule out tax changes from disability work plan, says LITRG

Government should not rule out tax changes from disability work plan, says LITRG

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) broadly welcomes the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in work, but is hugely disappointed that it has not taken the opportunity to explore tax reliefs and other changes to tax rules and practice that could help support more disabled people into work and help those already in work to stay in work.

 

The Government’s plan to transform disability employment over the next ten years was launched recently. Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, providing dedicated training for work coaches to support people with mental health conditions and reforming Statutory Sick Pay.1

 

Gregory House Achieves Outstanding Rating

Gregory House

Healthcare inspectors have awarded Gregory House care home in Grantham, run by The Orders of St John Care Trust, the highest possible ranking of ‘outstanding’.

 

The Care Quality Commission’s report, published 18 December, commended Tracy Turfrey, the manager, and her staff’s commitment to person-centred care, praising the home’s ‘positive, person-centred and open culture’. Gregory House is one of fewer than 250 residential homes of over 27,000 in England to achieve this distinction.

 

The independent regulator of health and social care described Ms Turfrey as ‘inspiring and dedicated to providing care which met the highest of standards’.

 

Blackwood Tenant Goes into Extra Time with CleverCogs

Clevercogs

AN AYRSHIRE man has shared how his life changed after being kitted out with an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

 

Scott Robb, who has Cerebral Palsy, has been a tenant at Blackwood’s St Leonards development for 16 years and has seen his life become easier as a result of CleverCogs, being incorporated into his day-to-day life.

 

By tailoring each device to the customers’ individual needs and wants, it provides quick and easy access to all their interests. Whether it is football, music or history, it’s all available.

 

World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic rom Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.

Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.

Disability champion recognised

Disability champion Tom Shakespeare

An internationally-recognised disability champion, who began his career at the University of Sunderland over 20 years ago, has been honoured.

Professor Tom Shakespeare has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science – the highest award the University can bestow – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to disability rights at the University’s annual Winter Graduation Ceremonies.

Professor Shakespeare was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and gained his MPhil from King’s College. His first teaching post was as a lecturer in sociology at the University of Sunderland. 

All smiles as Leanna makes tremendous progress

A young woman called Leanna who had been struggling with behaviour and communication problems has undergone an amazing transformation over the past year.

 

Twelve months ago, Leanna Carey would keep herself to herself in her bedroom at Coneyhurst Lodge in Worthing, a residential care home for adults with complex health needs run by the Regard Group.

 

Regard is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

 

Coneyhurst Lodge’s deputy manager, Daniel Adams, who arrived in September 2016, said proudly: “Over the past year, Leanna has come on leaps and bounds.”

 

Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

- Motability Scheme customers rate Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

Ability Matters Group dealership is celebrating being named the UK’s leading scooter and powered wheelchair dealership in the annual Motability Scheme awards. The award for large fleet Dealer of the Year recognises outstanding service to customers of the Motability Scheme, and is based on direct customer feedback. The Group was rated over 9.8 out of 10, demonstrating exceptional commitment to going above and beyond for their customers.

 

Lyndon Reeks, Commercial Manager at Ability Matters Group, commented:

 

Mr Williams – The perfect horse for disabled riders

Mr Williams – The perfect horse

A mechanical horse called ‘Mr Williams’ is helping disabled riders at a Cumbria riding school to gain confidence in the saddle.

Mr Williams has been part of the equine team at Happy Hooves Riding Centre since 2014, when owner Alison Noble purchased him realising he was a valuable asset for their equine therapy courses, and he was the only mechanical horse in the area at the time.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Happy Hooves also saw the benefit that Mr Williams, could bring to their disabled clients.

New product for neurological patients boosts recovery process

New product boosts recovery process for neurological patients

A pioneering piece of equipment for neurological patients is fast becoming a recognised tool in helping to retrain the brain after a stroke, injury or illness. Staff journalist Holly Harrison speaks to founder Andrew Marshall to find out more about how this simple tool is taking the healthcare sector by storm. People living with limited mobility as a result of a stroke, injury or illness have been thrown a lifeline as a clever, new product wins industry praise.

Chester offers 21st-century accessibility for stress-free holiday

Chester offers 21st-century accessibility for stress-free holiday

Steeped in a history that dates back almost 2000 years, Chester is a city with a tale to tell - and tip top accessibility solutions to boot.
Nestled on the border between England and Wales, Chester boasts a unique culture that is brimming with British history.
Claimed by the Romans in the first century, Chester quickly became one of the most pivotal cities of ancient Britain - a legacy that can still be seen on the city streets today.
Chester began life as a Roman army camp, so sights of centurions wandering the streets looking for selfie opportunities is all part and parcel of a normal day in peak season.