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National charity Limbcare celebrates seven years of helping the limb impaired

Ray Edwards

National charity Limbcare, which supports amputees across the UK, is celebrating seven years of helping amputees, the limb impaired and their families to cope with their life changing circumstances. During its lifetime, Limbcare has raised over £400,000 and dealt with enquiries as far afield as America, Africa and Australia. It has helped well over 1,000 people deal with their changing circumstances. Limbcare provides support with everything from personal issues to how to access benefits, home adaptation advice, mobility advice and gives emotional support to those going through this life changing experience. But despite everything that has been achieved, there is still so much more to do.

Incorporating an Open-Minded Approach to Riding, with Accessibility Mark

A Hampshire equestrian centre has become the latest riding establishment to sign up to a national scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up riding.

Russells Equestrian Centre based in Eastleigh is honoured to have met the criteria set out by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), to gain their Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Visually impaired man denied the right to vote on June 8th

A visually impaired man has found himself the victim of discrimination when he asked his local authority if he could vote at the General Election on June 8th in the same way that everyone else can. 

When Daniel Williams, 25, enquired at Cardiff City Council, if he could have a large print ballot paper, he was informed that this was not possible due to ‘legislative reasons’. No alternative was suggested.  

Mr Williams was then told by the Electoral Commission that there would be ‘an example’ in a large print format at the polling station ‘for reference only’. He would still have to place his cross on an original size ballot paper.  

The Together Trust joins forces with the disabled children’s partnership

CE Mark Lee

North West charity the Together Trust has joined the Disabled Children’s Partnership to work with like minded organisations to improve health and social care services.

 

The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a group of disability and children’s charities, which was formed in 2015 and is the successor of the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign (EDCM).

 

This year the partnership will be working with young people and their families to start a new public facing campaign in England.

 

Children and young people across England are facing a critical time in terms of the support services they receive as the general election approaches and a new government is elected with a new manifesto.

 

Happy Hooves Riding Centre Receives a Funding Boost

Happy Hooves Riding Centre

A Cumbria riding centre has been awarded a £2000 grant to help more disabled people to enjoy the benefits of riding and spending time with horses.

Happy Hooves Riding Centre based in Penrith, applied for the funding through the Cumbria Community Foundation, who put them in touch with the Edmond Castle Educational Trust. 

The Trust helps support local people and organisations who seek to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged members of their local community.

The centre regularly runs a six week course attended by clients put forward by the Cumbria Health and Care Services, mainly disadvantaged adults and children with learning difficulties.

Inspirational young handcyclist set to take up ‘twin town’ Germany ride

Alana Walker

A partially paralysed 24-year-old is set to take on a mammoth handcycle challengefrom the UK to Germany next month.

 

Alana Walker, who has cerebral palsy and is from Allerton, is set to ride an astonishing 250 miles in just 6 days from Bradford to Hamm (Bradford’s twin town)along with 27 other cyclists taking up the challenge. Yet after multiple surgeries and with no access to a handcycle, this was almost a challenge too far for sporty Alana tobe able to participate in. 

 

CMG Celebrates Annual Achievement Awards

Annual Achievement Awards

Care Management Group (CMG) has hosted its special Annual Achievement Award ceremony which aims to champion the success of some of their most inspirational service-users.

 

The ceremony, which took place at Imber Court Sports and Social Club in East Molesey, was a celebration of some of the most remarkable stories which have emerged from CMG’s services across the country.

 

46 of CMG’s service users, who have benefited from the group’s residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care, were crowned as award winners, recognising their outstanding achievements in overcoming their learning difficulties to succeed. 

 

6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

There are many reasons as to why you may need a mobility scooter. Whatever those reasons may be, a mobility scooter is a significant investment.

Everyone knows how devastating it can be when you’re stuck at home, ill, unable to move with just newspapers and the TV to keep you company. But limited mobility should not get in the way of you or a loved one, enjoying an exciting and fulfilling life! Below are a few of many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.

 

Increase Accessibility

Modern mobility scooters fit in brilliantly with the ever-changing ways in which people socialise.

Text neck

Living in the modern digital age, with the advent of electronic devices, the new “normal” anatomical position has become a head down, hunched position.  These frequent and extended periods of looking down are causing head, shoulder, upper back, arm and neck pain, numbness, as well as a hunchback.  This recent, global phenomenon is now referred to as “text neck”.

Gravitational pull increases the forces upon the neck. The further forwards the neck is bent, the more force is put on the spine.  This artificially increases the weight of the head by up to five times. 

Pioneering new health tech combines physiotherapy with gaming

physiotherapy with gaming

According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 280,000 people every year across the UK are admitted to A&E after a fall, costing the NHS £1.5 billion annually. They also suggest that if everyone 65+ at risk of falling was referred to physiotherapy, 160,000 falls could be prevented, saving the NHS £250 million each year.

But could this physiotherapy be undertaken in a home setting? One pioneering health tech organisation being trialled by the NHS, MIRA Rehab, believes so.

MIRA is a software application transforming traditional physiotherapy exercises into video games, making therapy easier to follow and more engaging for older people, with main target conditions including Parkinson’s, arthritis, stroke and arm and shoulder fractures.

“Give workers the chance to talk about head injuries”, says JMW’s personal injury team

head injuries

The personal injury department at leading North West law firm JMW has highlighted a need for head injury sufferers returning to work to be given the opportunity to discuss the injury with their employers so that adequate support can be provided.

JMW aims to raise awareness of how someone who has sustained a head injury may deal with returning to work by way of a visual guide that highlights common scenarios adults face on their transition back to employment.  

Rollator or Triwalker: Which is Best for Your Mobility?

With so many options for your mobility assistance around these days, it’s difficult to know what to choose. Each mobility user has different needs, routines, and requirements for their day, and finding a walker that will work for you can be a tough job with so much equipment to choose from.

To make your decision a little bit easier, leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are comparing their two most popular walkers. The Rollator is a wide four wheeled frame with a basket and brakes, and whereas the Tri-Walker is a narrower three wheeled mobility frame.  

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.