Vulnerable adults being let down by poor social work practice

Vulnerable people are being forced into situations against their will because care providers are not going through the proper processes, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

In a report published today, the Ombudsman highlights some of the very real concerns it has about the way some of the most vulnerable people in society are being treated when decisions are being made on behalf of people who lack mental capacity to choose how they are cared for.

Problems the Ombudsman sees include not carrying out - or delaying - assessments to determine whether someone has the capacity to make decisions for themselves, poor decision making when deciding on someone’s best interests, and not involving friends and families in the decision process.

Half of parents questioned say their child with disabilities does not feel comfortable taking part in sports as Variety calls for a ‘Level Playing Field’

  • Over a third (36%) of parents surveyed say a major barrier to their disabled child participating in sports is social stigma
  • Report reveals the scale and impact of children with disabilities unable to participate in sports, as the UK hosts the World Para Athletic Championships
  • Variety, the Children’s Charity, to launch a cross-industry and political consultation to answer ‘how to level the playing field’

London borough of Barnet signs up to PA consulting group’s award winning Argenti care technology partnership


The London Borough of Barnet has signed a contract with the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Care Technology Partnership (Argenti) to deliver care technology services across the borough for up to five years from April 2017.  Argenti provides innovative telecare services to support vulnerable people so that they can stay in their own homes longer, reducing pressure on social care and hospitals. The contract in Barnet will bring together the best of the private and public sector to achieve better outcomes for service users and will support the increasing integration of health and social care across the borough.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

VIDA Mobility have partnered with Patron Bohemia to add a new range of buggies to our growing portfolio of products.  Patron was established in 1994 in Prague and is a well-known and respected supplier for rehab buggies for children. 

Vida Mobility is delighted to have been selected as the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for the Corzo X Country, Tom Streeter and the Dixie Plus.

VIDA Mobility Partners with Patron, introducing a new range of buggies to the UK & Ireland

Corzo XCountry

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The process of recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from person to person depending on the exact nature of the injury and the specific needs of the affected individual. The ultimate outcome and how long rehabilitation will take can be hard to predict at the outset, but by following the right steps, significant improvement can often be achieved.


In this article we will address some of the most common questions asked by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones about the rehabilitation and recovery process.


How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?


Oh, oobee doo . . . everyone can be like zoo-oo!!


Blackpool Zoo has launched a brand new series of animal experiences, which include some aimed at children and adults with additional needs.

The half-day packages have been devised to ensure everyone can enjoy getting up close and personal with the really wild residents.

‘Wanna be’ keepers will shadow the zoo’s dedicated and caring staff in a thrilling three-hour session where they may mingle with monkeys, lounge with the lemurs and serve snacks to the pelicans and penguins.

The Junior Keeper Experience is available to children and young adults aged eight to 17, while the half-day experience is open to anyone over 18.

Kit Out My Office releases accessible office desk


Having a space to work from in your home or work place that you’re able to adjust to your position is necessary for everyone, yet individuals such as wheelchair users were traditionally unable to easily adjust their workspace to specifically meet their needs. This has typically been due to there been limited clearance for wheel chairs under office desks.

Kit Out My Office believes everyone should have the same opportunities, which is why they’ve released the React Height Adjustable Desk with anti-collision technology.

Who cares!? The benefits and opportunities of a career in care


A career in the care sector can be rewarding and offer the chance for personal and professional development. Professional care workers do an invaluable job of providing help and support to those in need of support. If you enjoy helping others and you’re looking for a diverse, flexible career with ongoing training and the chance for personal and professional growth, the care sector could be the perfect choice for you. Award-winning home care agency SweetTree Home Care Services reveals eight reasons why a career in care can be a good choice:

It’s rewarding on many levels

Katie embraces independent living


A young woman with cerebral palsy who was born in the Tywyn area has moved back to her roots and is celebrating making the successful transition from leaving home to leading an independent life, thanks to support from care-provider Regard.


Twenty-three year old Katie Collinswood moved to Cerrig Cornel in May 2013 from Buckinghamshire where she had moved with her mother a year ago.


Katie wanted to move back to be close to her grandmother and school friends, and Cerrig Cornel has been her first home away from home.


And now, four years after her return, Katie has been able to move out to be in her own flat, where she will continue to receive a package of support but will live independently.


Safety in numbers


Currently more than a third of the UK’s population is aged 50 or over, totalling 23.6 million people. As the ageing population continues to grow, safety product manufacturers are having to develop solutions specifically designed to protect older residents, particularly those who are still living in their own home. Here James King, Sales Director at FireAngel, explores the latest fire safety technologies being specified by housing associations to minimise the potential risks many vulnerable individuals may face.

Biggest Opening Weekend Of World Para Athletics Championships Ever As Fans #FILLTHESTADIUM

Biggest Opening Weekend Of World Para Athletics Championships Ever As Fans #FILLTHESTADIUM

World Para Athletics Championships kick off the Summer of World Athletics today with ten days of action at the London Stadium
Record crowds expected throughout opening weekend, culminating in record schools attendance on Monday and Tuesday morning sessions.
Prince Harry and Dave Henson join forces to urge fans to #FillTheStadium in a special appeal.
Adult tickets for £10 and children’s tickets for £5 available across all 16 sessions, available to buy now at

Steps to ensuring your bathroom is secure

Norman Niven

Chief Executive of and former director of BUPA Care Services Norman Niven has over 30 years experience in healthcare and has established two companies which revolutionised medication management. Norman offers his top tips to ensure your bathroom is secure in order to reduce the risk of slips and trips.


Firstly, there is the obvious step of installing handrails beside the toilet and bath to make sure there is something to hold steadily on to when lifting oneself up and down. It may seem simple but it’s surprising how helpful a properly placed handrail can be.


Sisters doing it for themselves


The Taylor Report, published this week, sets out that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment” – hot on the heels of last month’s National Learning Disability Week which focused on raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability. 


Meanwhile Mencap, which organised NLD Week, claims that less than 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite many more wanting to, and being able to work. 


But two sisters who live at a supported living service for people with learning disabilities in Snodland are celebrating working in paid employment.


Independent living emergency SOS phone

  • ​SOS Neck or Wrist Pendant for Emergencies
  • ​Amplified Calls, Ringer & Hearing Aid Compatible
  • ​Oversized Display Screen
  • ​Large Fonts & Raised Big Buttons
  • Visual Call Alert


If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raisehelp in an emergency.

Neck or Wrist Pendant SOS Button

If you feel unwell, or have fallen but are conscious, the BigTel 50 comes with a water resistant SOS transmitter, in the form of a pendant, which can be worn around the neck or on the wrist.  

10 Great Apps for Accessibility

10 Great Apps for Accessibility

The loss of one (or more) of the human senses, or difficulties in communicating with the world around you, can severely hamper your quality of life. When it’s a constant struggle to communicate something that you need, you will cling to any assistance you can obtain, whether that’s a sign language interpreter or a text-to-speech pad. Overcoming such obstacles is now easier than ever, thanks to the introduction of so many practical apps to help people with difficulties such as impaired hearing or vision, developmental delays, dementia and paraplegia. 

Lewis is determined to earn his independence


Issued with photo: Lewis Partridge at work


Lewis Partridge is determined to prove that learning difficulties are not necessarily a barrier to securing paid work, paving the way for a much more independent lifestyle. 

The 26-year-old, who lives at Walnut Tree Lane, a supported living home in Sudbury, Suffolk, run by the Regard Group, has worked for Sainsbury’s for nearly five years, collecting shopping trolleys.

Lewis, who has lived at Walnut Tree Lane for three-and-a-half years, has a mild learning disability but is determined to be as independent as possible, and dreams of having his own home.

New DFG portal offers speedy solution to home adaptations

Foundations has launched a new portal that’s designed to speed up vital home adaptations that allow vulnerable people to live independently.

The DFG Tenders – Home Adaptation Portal uses an advanced customer relationship management platform to bring home adaptation surveyors and local builders together.

It significantly reduces the time taken from the award of a disabled facilities grant (DFG) to the work being carried out.

Foundations – the national body for England’s 200 home improvement agencies (HIAs) – has completed a pilot phase of the portal with 20 HIAs and it is now fully operational.

Blunn conquers Cwmbran


Daniel Blunn claimed his third World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) title at the inaugural Welsh Open in Cwmbran last weekend.

Held at Redz Snooker Club, the tournament was the first open to players from all eight disability classification groups, including players with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Over 48 players competed across 12 groups, with the best performing players progressing to the knockout stages and the remaining competitors paired in our first-ever mixed classification doubles competition on the final day.

The main competition reached a thrilling climax as Daniel Blunn defeated Andy Johnson 3-2 in a deciding frame to claim his third WDBS title.