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Bristol-based Company Continues to Make Equipment More Accessible for Individuals with Disabilities

Best lifestyle

BES Rehab Ltd, the Bristol-based healthcare equipment specialist, has launched its brand new Online Shop, making its diverse range of products available at the click of a mouse. The user-friendly website features solutions for Skincare, Footwear, Daily Living Aids, and Seating, with products that provide comfort, support, and durability to individuals with disabilities. 

 

The purpose of the shop is to make healthcare products more readily available to people with disabilities in the community, and internationally, some of whom may not have had access tothese solutions before. The site is to feature regular discounts and clearance offers to promoteaccessibility and affordability.

 

Britta Francis – Why Horses are my Therapy

Britta Francis

Britta Francis has been riding horses for most of her life and for her, horse riding is her passion. Despite having a complex medical condition, Britta keeps on coming back into the saddle and that is partly thanks to the team at Urchinwood Manor Equestrian Centre. 

 

37-year-old Britta, was diagnosed with Kyphosis and Lordosis, meaning her spine grew in an ‘S’ shape, and  Scoliosis, meaning her spine twists from left to right.Following major spinal surgery in December 2012 she had to learn how to stand, walk, and go up and down stairs again, putting her riding ambitions on hold.

 

Lewis Reed launches largest range of wheelchair accessible VW Caddy’s in the UK

Lewis Reed VW Candy

 

Following extensive research and development, Lewis Reed is delighted to be the only wheelchair accessible vehicle company in the UK to be able to offer its customers four models from the VW Caddy range.  Several models will be on show on stand TD1 at the Mobility Roadshow.

 

The Caddy Life SWB is a compact, functional vehicle which can accommodate twofront passengers (driver and passenger).  The rear of the vehicle features a flexi-seat system which allows either 5 passengers and no wheelchair user or by splitting the three seats in the back into a 2 and 1, the vehicle can accommodate a wheelchair alongside a single passenger seat ensuring a total of 4 people (including a wheelchair user) can use the vehicle.

Study reveals that Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than younger generations

Health & Fitness

An in depth survey run by a leading mobility and daily living aids provider has shown that Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than their younger Generation X and Millennial counterparts.

With 14.7 million people in the UK estimated to be in the over 60 age group (almost 23% of the population) and the number of over 65s rising by 278,800 per year[1], it’s clear that we have an increasingly older population in the UK. As a result, access to healthcare is becoming more limited and many are noting the importance of staying active as they advance in years to remain healthy for as long as possible.

Top tips for choosing a Motability car

car

If you’re in the market for a Motability car, it can be hard to know what to look for. There’s so many options out there that it can be hard to know where to even start your search. 

So, to help you choose the perfect Motability vehicle to suit your needs, we’ve brought together these top tips. Ask yourself these questions and you’re sure to end up with an adapted car that will serve you well for years to come.

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It’s Good to Talk … during Deaf Awareness Week! Monday 15-21st May 2017

deaf person using phone

You can easily help someone who suffers from hearing loss during this year’s Deaf Awareness Week.  In the UK one person in every six suffers some sort of hearing loss, causing exclusion from conversations and often society.

Helping someone understand the products and technology that are available is one very useful way of helping, and can lead to people being included in conversations, listen to the television or even talk on the phone with help of specialised equipment.

Monday 15-21st May 2015 is Deaf Awareness Week aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.

Innovative Housing and Care Specialist Wins Major Digital Award

Award

Housing and care experts, who put technology at the forefront of helping people with disabilities live independently have been recognised with a major award.

 

Edinburgh-based Blackwood Homes and Care is renowned for its clever use of leading-edge technology to transform lives as part of its social housing and care services across Scotland.

 

Now it has claimed one of the biggest accolades in the social housing world, after collecting a UK Housing Award – the sector’s equivalent of the Oscars - at a glittering ceremony in London.

 

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
 
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.

HearPeers support programme for people with hearing loss

HearPeers support programme for people with hearing loss

Finding out you have hearing loss can be a shock, the signs can be subtle and it may just creep up on you. If your loved one has been diagnosed you may not know how to help them or where to turn to for support. The HearPeers Mentor Programme is a community of hearing implant users and their family members who are dedicated to supporting individuals who may be going through the same experience.

 

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss – that’s one in six and research shows it takes ten years on average for people to address their problem.

 

CMG Celebrates “Outstanding” Chetwynd Road

Chetwynd Road

--- CMG becomes the only major learning disability provider in England to achieve four CQC ‘Outstanding’ ratings ---

Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating after Chetwynd Road in Portsmouth has become the fourth service to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

 

The new rating makes CMG the only major learning disability provider in England to have achieved this prestigious milestone. 

 

Reunion with family friends brings joy to Rachel

Rachel Fuller

For Kent woman Rachel Fuller, life has just taken a turn for the better since she’s been reunited with long-standing family friends.

 

Rachel (29), who has learning difficulties and complex health needs, lives at a residential home in Strood run by Regard, the fourth largest private specialist care-provider in the UK.

 

Andy Jupp, who manages Kingsdown House, said: “Rachel is so happy that we’ve managed to support her to re-establish contact with her friends.

 

“It took some detective work by us to track the couple down. They were a big part of Rachel’s early life and it means a lot to her that they have started meeting up again.

 

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will stage its first event in Wales this summer in Cwmbran

World Disability Billiards and Snooker, WDBS, first event, Wales, Summer 2017, Cwmbran

The WDBS Welsh Open will be held at Redz Snooker Club from 30 June – 2 July 2017 and for the first time will be open to players from ALL eight disability classification groups and will be played using a Six Red format.
 
As at previous events, the weekend will begin with a Friday open day, at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available. Prize money will be available at the event subject to sponsorship.
 

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Dom Keogh, 21, from Manchester raised over £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK, when he ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April.
 
Dom completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 4 hours and 31 minutes, in the month that Parkinson’s UK has launched its new fundraising campaign We Won’t Wait, highlighting the urgent need for new and better treatments for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
 
Dom was running for his step-dad who is living with Parkinson’s and in memory of his great uncle who had Parkinson’s..
 
Dom joined a 235-strong team of runners of all abilities who chose to support the charity.
 

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

A daring staff member from a Glasgow care home and her sister have ziplined across the River Clyde in a brave bid to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

Geared up in harnesses and helmets, Heather Graham, from Bupa’s Wyndford Locks Care Home, and sister Nicola, were raised 150ft in the air, to the top of Glasgow’s Finneston Crane then glided over the Scottish river.

The Graham sisters were inspired to take on the zipline to fundraise for MND Scotland that supports those living with Motor Neurone Disease - a cause particularly close to their hearts as their father has the condition.

 

Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

The New amplicomms M9500 is the first Smartphone that turns into a remotely controlled device so Care Givers can support operation of the Phone or help in an emergency

  • Unique HELP Function for Relatives to remotely operate the phone
  • Care Giver Function – remote Call In for status check, Find My Phone operation etc.
  • SOS Button For Emergencies with Google Map GPS location of caller
  • Press & Hold Operation to avoid accidental touch dialing
  • Hearing Aid Compatible with Amplified Ringer (90dB) and Calls (40dB)

Specially designed to help older or disabled users connect to the wired world, the new amplicomms M9500 offers all the benefits of a Smartphone with some exceptional features. 

 

Automatic cars: Buy new or convert your manual when switching?

Car

Automatic cars can be a real lifesaver for people with disabilities or injuries, allowing them to enjoy the freedom a vehicle provides, without the need to continuously depress the clutch pedal when changing gear. This can be a particularly important feature if your condition has left you with a weakened leg, but you still need to operate a car regularly.