What would the repercussions of the Mental Incapacity Amendment Bill be?

DoLS process

On Tuesday 3rd July, The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was presented to the House of Lords as an alternative and possible replacement of the current system which is known as DoLS process.

The proposed amendment follows criticism of the current system by the Law commission review in 2017 where it was deemed as being too complex and bureaucratic. DoLS have been difficult for care staff, service users and their families to navigate due to the complexities of the process, which is needed at a time when people are at their most vulnerable to ensure that they stay at the heart of decision-making.

Following the review, the government has developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ which will become legally binding through acceptance of the bill.

TV presenter launches specialist dementia care for Wellington

Ercall Court

TV presenter Angela Rippon enjoyed afternoon tea when she visited a brand new specialist dementia nursing facility, Ercall Court, part of the acclaimed Morris Care Centre, in Wellington, Shropshire.

The popular broadcaster, an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, met residents and staff at Morris Care’s new Ercall Court to mark the occasion.

Brighton disability pride role for Arden house volunteers

Arden House Disability Pride event

Members of Arden House, asupported living service in Brighton, have volunteered their help to make sure celebration-goers stay hydrated at this weekend’s Disability Pride event.

Staff members and four people who live at Arden House in Preston Park, which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs, will be greeting visitors and running a watering station at the event at Hove Lawns on July 14.

The celebrations will include live music, acts, performances, and speeches from disabled people; work from disabled artists; and stalls from local support organisations.

Chris Woolgar, manager of Arden House, said:

When Mobility Issues Cause Dinnertime Dread

Do you have mobility issues?

Cooking can be an empowering activity for someone with mobility issues, as it allows them to retain their independence, and cook delicious meals for both themselves, and their guests. However, it can sometimes be a struggle.

Here, Manage at Home discuss the ways in which you can adapt your or your loved one’s kitchen, so their mobility issues don’t cause them dinnertime dread!

Don’t Take Over

If we see a loved one struggling, it can be all too easy to take over and “help” them, but in reality, it could be the last thing they want.

Respecting their wishes and taking a step back to let them cook a meal – or help you out – is one of the best things you can do; as it means they can be independent.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 150 Years Of Steaming To The Cumbrian Hills

On the west coast of the Lake District, between Barrow-In-Furness and Carlisle, lies the tiny village of Ravenglass. Once a Roman port, part of a chain of defence and supply for north-west Britain, Ravenglass is now known for the almost unique distinction of laying within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District National Park – and, of course, its railway.

RSPCA Honour assistance dog who saves owner's life

RSPCA award guide dog

Elgin has given Julie Barrett and her Mum Sue, from Beer in Seaton, Devon, the freedom to enjoy their life as they know they can rely on his incredible skills. 

As well as being trained to help with everything from dressing and undressing, shopping, and fetching the phone, Elgin also warns Julie when her blood sugar is too high or low, alerts her when she is going to have a seizure and, incredibly, fetches help when she chokes.

Elgin was awarded an Honour at the ceremony hosted by Alastair Stewart OBE at the Royal Society on July 11. 

The ceremony was attended by celebrities including Kate Lawler, Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan and Jo Brand. 

Owner Julie said:

Carbon Black II launches with crowdfunding bid

Carbon Black System

If two is company, three is a definitely a welcome crowd as innovative wheelchair company Carbon Black System turns its focus to an equally innovative finance solution for the global launch of Carbon Black II – the second generation of what has become known as ‘F1-inspired ‘mobility.

Thanks to a new manufacturing process, the unique and futuristic wheelchair, made entirely of lightweight and strong carbon fibre, is being re-launched at a dramatically lower price. 

The business is getting the product ready for wider markets using crowdfunding investment - where a greater number of backers each contribute smaller investments in return for a share of the company.

Calvert Trust Exmoor Delighted to be Awarded Gold!

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor has achieved the AHOEC Gold Standard for the quality of its outdoor education, and continues to be the only centre in the South West to carry this endorsement.

The AHOEC (Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres) exists to champion high safety and quality standards in the provision of outdoor learning, and does not award its Gold Standard assurance lightly, with just 49 centres across the UK currently brandishing the accolade.

Helsey House Cottages

Helsey House Cottages

As parents of two special needs children our own holiday experiences have been stressful and challenging.  In 2002 we decided to try and change holidays for people with disabilities and provide high quality, accessible and welcoming self-catering accommodation for families like ours.  It took us 2 years to find Helsey House and its outbuildings.  We started work on converting the cattle stalls into cottages in December 2004 and welcomed our first guests in August 2005. 

Council initiative slashes waiting times for Disabled Facility Grants assessments in Ashford

Disabled Facility Grants (or DFGs)

Nine months ago, Ashford Borough Council took steps to tackle the waiting times for Disabled Facilities Grants assessments (DFGs) in a determined bid to improve the quality of life for disabled and vulnerable people.

As a result, the waiting list for the grants has been hugely reduced and the council's Cabinet voted to go one step further by changing the means test formula and by introducing a system of discretionary grants aimed at reaching even more people in need of help.

Disabled Facility Grants are used to pay for essential adaptations to allow disabled people to continue to live within their own homes and to achieve as independent a life as possible.

Funding for powered wheelchair gives 18-year-old new lease of life

Children Today

A young man from Worthing has received a life-changing new powered wheelchair after hitting his £24,000 Children Today fundraising target.

18-year-old Daniel Hanson, who has the progressive muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is reliant on a powered wheelchair to get around. Yet after five years of heavy use and Daniel’s changing needs, he desperately needed a new wheelchair.

Daniel’s mum Penny comments:

Teesside Tesco bag pack raises funds for Stroke Association

The Beeches Care Home raise money for Stroke Association

CARE home staff raised hundreds of pounds for the Stroke Association and its stroke survivors and their families after helping supermarket shoppers with their packing.

Staff from The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees, organised the Stroke Association fundraiser at Tesco Extra, on Durham Road.

They spent the day on the checkouts, collecting £219.92 in donations from generous shoppers.

Helen Wood, home manager at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, said:

Fir Tree Fishery CIC - offering accessibility and education for the community

Fir Tree Fishery

Nestling in the heart of Wigan's greenbelt, just a stone’s throw from suburban streets and the local doctor’s surgery, lies a little oasis of calm, Fir Tree Fishery CIC provides an accessible facility in which the elderly, particularly stroke survivors, can come to fish with assistance from young learners who have faced difficulty in gaining qualifications or employment. UCan2 editor Victoria Galligan met up with Martin Taylor, who is the Managing Director, to find out how it has evolved since its inception eight years ago…

Rudding Park Receives the 2018 ‘Catey’ Accessibility Award

Rudding Park

Rudding Park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire was awarded the 2018 ‘Catey’ Accessibility Award announced last night at Grosvenor House, London. Over 1200 of the great and the good from UK hospitality attended the award ceremony, considered as the Oscars of the Hospitality industry.

Peter Banks, Rudding Park Managing Director said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Rudding Park has received the Accessibility Award. We understand our guests have different needs and our philosophy is to continually invest in the business to ensure the products and services are of the highest standard and accessible to all.