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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

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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. 

The Road Safety Trust?

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Mobility Scooter Use Questionnaire

The department of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University are conducting a research project to understand mobility scooter use and the experiences encountered whilst using one. Specifically, we are interested in the hazards that mobility scooter users face whilst using a mobility scooter, particularly at road crossings. The project is funded by the Road Safety Trust. 

Our ultimate aim is to increase the safety for mobility scooter users on the road. We also hope that mobility scooter users will be more likely to reap the benefits of using a mobility scooter.

New Amplicomms hearing aid dry boxes to keep hearing instruments dry, clean and bacteria free

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• Kills 99.9% of Bacteria
• Prevents Itchy Ears
• Dries out Moisture Residue to Avoid Blockages
• Maintains sound quality
• Extends Life of Hearing Aids

Manufacturers report that nearly half the hearing aids sent for repairs are down to poor maintenance, leading to unnecessary costs. Without correct maintenance moisture from body heat, particularly in the summer, can clog hearing aids; this can lead to bacterial ear infections, affect the sound quality and cause damage to costly and sensitive components.

Improving bathroom accessibility with Victorian Plumbing

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Bathrooms should be a safe and comfortable place in the home for everybody. For many people living with disabilities or restricted mobility, the typical style of bathroom products don’t always offer them the level of comfort the products were designed to provide. In this case, it’s well worth turning your attention to some of the products below.

Easy Access Baths

A small easy access door built into the side allows users to enter the bath much more easier than a traditional style.

Riser and Recliner chairs: what you need to know

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Riser and recliner chairs enable a person to recline to a comfortable position at the touch of a button. Its simple functionality can offer a real benefit to those who might need a bit of extra help rising from a chair. They can be a great help to those who suffer from ailments that affect their comfort whilst sitting down.

With such a vast range of chairs on the market, making the decision on which one could best benefit you can be daunting.

That’s why leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are offering you insight and advice to ensure you are choosing the right riser or recliner to best suit your needs.

Types of chairs:

Homing in on independent living in Dundee

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Pioneering homes which aim to transform the lives of people with disabilities – including a washing machine that clean and irons clothes - are being launched today (Thursday 29 June) in Dundee by Minister of Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart.

Housing and care provider Blackwood has designed six hugely innovative homes that set a new standard of accessibility, with the help of technology and modern construction.

Max Brown, Chair of Blackwood, will welcome the Minister and accompany him on a tour of the new homes.  Councillor Ken Lynn, Chair of Dundee’s Health and Social Care Partnership will also be present to welcome the contribution that these homes make to the city’s new plans to help people live independently.

Remap – making things possible

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Remap is a charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge. Here’s news of some of their recent work.

Chloe is four years old and like many other little girls she loves horse riding and wants to ride alongside her big sister. However Chloe has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. She needs to improve her core strength if she is to ever walk and horse riding is a good way of achieving this, but somebody has to walk alongside her, supporting her as she rides. 

Carers: are you looking after yourself whilst caring for others?

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When looking after a loved one’s health, caring for your own health can often take the back seat. Being a full or part time carer can be difficult for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, a lack of sleep due to worry or long days, being unable to find the time to exercise or socialise yourself and focussing your time on ensuring your loved one is happy and healthy and therefore neglecting your physical and mental health. 

A match made in purple

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‘Purple Match’ launched to bring individuals and carers together in perfect harmony.

Disability not-for-profit, Purple has launched a unique carer-matching service, Purple Match, to connect disabled people with carers based on their interests and hobbies.

The pairing site, which is the first of its kind in the UK, enables users to search for and select carers who are best suited to their needs as well as matching them with personality traits and interests. It is hoped this tailored approach will create stronger pairings and ultimately foster friendships between individuals and carers in the county.

The future of spinal injury treatments

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For those suffering with the devastating and life changing impact of a spinal injury, there has never been a time with so much hope for spinal system repair and treatments. Recent medical advancements, compounded by technological developments, innovation and invention meanthat a cure for paralysis may soon be possible.

What is a spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) happens when the spinal cord becomes damaged by vertebrae fractures that crush or transect the spinal cord, often the result of injuries sustained from motoring accidents, falls, assaults or sporting accidents.

It’s time to challenge the stigma of mobility equipment

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There are many reasons why people use mobility equipment, both in the short and long term, but one of the challenges we face as equipment specialists is helping people overcome the perceived stigma.

Despite an increase in the number of people publicly using mobility aids such as sticks, frames and scooters, people still feel uneasy when they are faced with the prospect of using mobility equipment themselves.

The reality of having equipment like stairlifts, through-floor lifts and ramps installed often leaves people feeling like they’re losing their independence – but the opposite is true.

Mobility equipment is designed to help people overcome physical challenges and regain the ability to do things under their own steam.

Wheelchair user opens door from his phone

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Entrance door manufacturers Vista Panels Ltd recently teamed up with German lock experts Winkhaus to help a wheelchair user open his door from anywhere in his property via his smart phone.

Paul Allen had previously found it difficult to let in visitors without having to manoeuvre his wheelchair to the intercom system in his hallway. Paul wanted to use some of todays smart technology to find an alternative solution.

New documentary exposes alarming disabled accessibility problems in Manchester city centre

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Alarming shortcomings in the physical accessibility of Manchester city centre have been exposed in a new, short documentary that follows a wheelchair user around the city for a day.

 

The video, commissioned by serious injury solicitors’ firm Potter Rees Dolan, follows Sara,an electronic wheelchair user with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). The condition affects the body’s connective tissue and causes her joints to dislocate from simple actions such as picking up her handbag. 

 

Koller Chosen as Preferred Supplier to the Inova Disability Sports Foundation

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Inova Disability Sports Foundation (IDSF), who support disabled athletes around the world, has chosen to install Koller’s unique products to its ‘seated throw chairs’ used in sports like javelin and discus, bringing the frames up to the standards required by the International Paralympic Committee.

 

Koller, specialists in the design and manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle products, was chosen as the preferred supplier by IDSF head coach, Malcolm Wallace. “When IDSF took the decision to launch a new seated throwing chair I was given the responsibility due in part to my experience as a Paralympic coach and a field official of many years standing.

 

AJM Healthcare - the first organisation to attain CECOPS accreditation for Wheelchair Services

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CECOPS Code of Practice for Disability Equipment, Wheelchair and Seating Services is a quality standard created for in-house and contracted-out Wheelchair industry, where existing standards fall short in many key areas.

AJM Healthcare is the first company to attain CECOPS accreditation for its North West London Wheelchair Service covering a population of two million. CECOPS certificates were issued to AJM for each of the six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that make up the service.

Gaining CECOPS Accreditation also evidences our compliance with the aims of the Wheelchair Charter that CCGs are expected to work to.

Helping people to breathe easy during power cuts

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Electricity firm, UK Power Networks, is urging people with breathing difficulties to sign up to a confidential register to receive free support during power cuts.

 

During Breathe Easy Week (June 12-16) the company is raising awareness of the additional help available to customers with breathing conditions when they join the Priority Services Register, which offers help to vulnerable customers during power cuts.

 

World Continence Week

World Continence Week

This year's World Continence Week is June 19-25. The theme, Incontinence: No laughing matter, tackles a common response by people to laugh off incontinence, accepting it as an inevitable part of childbirth or ageing, not a health issue requiring specialist treatment. 

 

With a staggering 14 million people a year in the UK suffering from bladder and bowel conditions, spread the word, reduce the stigma, know that you are not alone and know that there are things you can do to improve the condition.

 

Bladder and bowel control problems can be treated, better managed and even cured.