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Marathon success for Manchester lad

Marathon success for Manchester lad

A Manchester resident, Michael Taylor, is proving that no challenge is too tough, as he tackles head on the task of wheelchair racing.

Michael, who is 28, is passionate about wheelchair racing. This has led him to be a keen participant in middle distance circuits. Michael was thrilled to have successfully completed the 5K Great Manchester Run course earlier this year.

Parents of gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn't make it to Rio

Parents of gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn't make it to Rio

The parents of Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn’t make it to Rio to watch their son compete, but their dreams were fulfilled thanks to a kitchen appliance.

Disabled caretaker Mark Peaty, 56, and nursery manager wife Caroline, 50, live in a three-bed semi-detached house in Uttoxeter, near Derby, with their son Adam, 21. Last month their Whirlpool washing machine required a repair and the couple called appliance care provider Domestic & General to get it fixed.

Typical small talk with the repair engineer turned to their children’s shared love of swimming, with Mark and Caroline sharing their angst over whether or not they’d be able to travel to support their son in the biggest competition of his life. 

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

Whether it’s ensuring that you can look after yourself, or caring for a loved one, there are some simple changes that can be made to your home to make getting around hassle-free. 

Improve your bathroom

A raised toilet seat can make all the difference to someone with mobility issues. The same goes for a toilet frame – just making it that little bit easier to visit the toilet unaided. 

There’s plenty of options for the bath or shower too, with a huge range of seats and stools available that can be fixed to the wall, or stand-alone depending on how your bathroom is laid out.

Rearrange your furniture

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Ross Hovey’s mobile phone is his lifeline and in connecting LightwaveRF’s smart home solutions he has transformed his home and way of life.

A Liverpool football fan and banking professional, he has a rare neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy - a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.  For 37 years old Ross, this means loss of strength in his arms and legs.

With support from his parents nearby, his specially designed wheelchair, team of dedicated carers and LightwaveRF smart home solutions, Ross lives independently in his home in Cambridge.

Leading disability care provider celebrates 20th anniversary

Leading disability care provider celebrates 20th anniversary

People from across the country who are supported by learning disability care provider Care Management Group (CMG) came together at one of its services in Essex this week to celebrate CMG’s 20th anniversary.

The event marks 20 years of success with CMG growing exponentially from just two residential services in 1996, to becoming one of the UK’s leading disability care providers today. The group now has over 120 homes in England and Wales which provide support to hundreds of individuals and their families.

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

 

Summer 2016 is finally here, which means you’re probably already thinking about where your next day trip will take you. 

Whether it’s a day at the seaside or a stroll through the park, you want the experience to be as hassle-free as possible – not always easy when you or a member of your party suffers from limited mobility.

Before packing your bags, consider our pick of some of the most travel friendly mobility aids on the market.

1. Elite Care EC1863 Compact Wheelchair

Life fitness supports ambassador Jamie Burdekin with Rio 2016 Preparations

This summer Paralympian Jamie Burdekin has continued his build up for Rio 2016 by claiming his second Super Series quad double title of 2016 in the Japan Open Challenge. In light of his recent success, the British no.2details his preparations for this year’s Paralympic Games and the support he has received from Life Fitness on the road to Rio.

What happens when you have to remodel your home as a result of a loved one becoming disabled?

What happens when you have to remodel your home as a result of a loved one becoming disabled?

When somebody suffers a serious injury or medical condition in an accident, it can often unfortunately mean that the victim becomes permanently disabled - their lives, and the lives of their family and friends, change forever.

If the accident was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation offers the victim and their family the chance to get their lives back, as close as possible, to the position they were in before the accident. Many people have the misconception that it’s all as simple as putting a claim in and then being handed a ‘windfall’ of potentially millions of pounds to spend on whatever they like. But that’s just not true. 

PERSON-CENTRED SUPPORT WORKS WELL IN HAVERHILL

PERSON-CENTRED SUPPORT WORKS WELL IN HAVERHILL

A group of people with learning disabilities are making the most of the recent sunny weather with barbecues and picnics at the supported living service where they live at Haverhill in Suffolk.

John Jopling who leads the team supporting the individuals who live at Withersfield Lodge said: “They’re really enjoying being able to eat outside now that it’s warmer, and are having a great time deciding what they want to eat and preparing their own food.

“These are the normal things of daily life which most of us take for granted, and it’s incredibly rewarding when the support we give our service users enables them to independently achieve these pleasures.”


Sense Urges Government to Promote Life Chances for Disabled in Upcoming Queen’s Speech

Ahead of The Queen’s Speech, national deafblind charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to set out concrete plans to improve life chances and build opportunities for people with disabilities.

Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, considers that the Queen’s Speech is  a strong opportunity to deliver on the Government’s ambitious vision to break down barriers and increase opportunities for disabled people across the country.

Key areas of focus should be on ensuring that deafblind people and those with complex needs can access employment, and that disabled children can benefit from vital developmental opportunities through play.

Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive for deafblind charity Sense, said:

Spinal Charity Aims To 'Strike a Cord' With Parliamentary Reform

Spinal cord injuries are inevitably life-changing, but proper medical care can be hard to come by, with many spinal cord injured people forced to wait weeks or months for specialist treatment. Thus, the already slim chances of making a full recovery are significantly reduced.

In a bid to improve the status quo, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) has launched a parliamentary campaign that aims to secure timely and comprehensive treatment for spinal cord injured people. The organisation is fighting for better access to clinical expertise, specialist care and rehabilitation services, as well as emotional support for patients and families.