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Banish Stress With Boost 

Boost Oxygen Flavours

Whether it’s those long commutes to work, difficult clients or just too much work, we all feel stressed at some point. But now Boost Oxygen is here to help.

Offering 95-98% pure, natural oxygen in a handy portable can, Boost Oxygen has a range of benefits that can help make your day to day life that bit easier. Any commute can be stressful, especially when trains and tubes don’t always run on time and the air quality, particularly on tubes, can be very poor. According to a study by the Office of National Statistics on commuting and wellbeing, each minute added to a commute affects anxiety, happiness and general wellbeing. You might not realise, but you could be starting each day on a negative note, which only fuels the stress throughout the day.

Power of Attorney Shouldn’t be a Will’s Poor Relation

Euan Fleming on Power of Attorney Shouldn’t be a Will’s Poor Relation

CREATING a power of attorney should be as commonplace as a will and failure to do so causes needless distress and frustration for family members, according to a leading expert.

Euan Fleming, Partner, Head of Private Client Law at Gilson Gray, believes appointing a power of attorney is as important and, in some cases, potentially more important than setting up a will.

The unpredictable nature of health can leave many – often irrespective of age – unable to sort their affairs for themselves.

Family members with no power of attorney are left helpless and unable to step in, causing issues during what is already a distressing time.

Wish comes true for guitar-fan Richard after workshop visit

Wish comes true for guitar-fan Richard after workshop visit

Staff at a specialist nursing and care home in Tredegar decided to reach out to the owners of a local guitar workshop in order to create a very special experience for one of their residents.

The team at Maes-y-Dderwen wanted to create a memorable experience for Richard Carradice, 36, one of their residents who moved into the home about four years ago. Richard has a passion for guitars and spends every other Saturday travelling into Cardiff, where he likes to browse around his favourite music shop. His bedroom at the 24-bed residential and respite care facility has also recently had a design make-over, and now features stencils of his favourite guitars on the walls. 

CASE STUDY: Removing Barriers: Children in crisis can’t get specialist equipment quickly enough

Mum Nikki during the specialist equipment crisis

Some situations require specialist equipment in an emergency – when a child’s condition and associated behaviours put their lives at risk of serious injury or death.  Despite most local health and social care services having jointly commissioned integrated equipment stores to cater for the emergency needs of adults, no such public service exists to respond to the urgent, often life-threatening, needs of disabled or terminally ill children.  As a country we’re failing some of the most vulnerable in our society.

For the past five years Newlife has been running the UK’s first and only Emergency Loan service, delivering specialist equipment to disabled children in crisis within 72 hours of request.

Urgent Action Needed To End Equipment Crisis

Malachi on sofa during equipment crisis

A disabled children’s charity will publish a damning report today exposing major and unlawful failings surrounding the provision of specialist equipment to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.  

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is urgently calling on the government to help those children whose lives are at risk because they don’t have the specialist equipment they need. 

In its report, Equipment Crisis for Disabled Children, launched today at the House of Commons, the charity highlights why children are being deprived of specialist equipment like walking frames, specialist car seats and beds, and has published a practical four-point-plan to fix it.  

A Kitchen Fairytale - Iida van der Byl-Knoefel

A Kitchen Fairytale - Iida van der Byl-Knoefel

Iida van der Byl-Knoefel was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis at the age of 33. She was told that it was a chronic disease and that she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life; however, she was able to reverse the symptoms of the condition with a plant-based diet through the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been drug and pain free since August 2015. 
Iida collected the recipes that helped her heal from the condition and the result is the cookbook 'A Kitchen Fairytale'. She inspires others to cook more plant-based through her social media channels, with a worldwide following. 

Making Headway by improving brain injury awareness

Prince Harry with Dominic Hurley, a brain injury survivor and Headway ambassador

Brain injury charity Headway support people in the community following head traumas. Here, we speak to Headway’s James Coxon about the charity’s ID cards which can help aid communication between the brain injury survivor and people they meet in everyday life… 

 

Could you tell us a little about the Headway charity and its work? 

Headway, the brain injury association, supports people affected by acquired brain injury through a wide range of services including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care. 

Universal credit and disability – are you prepared?

Man at computer trying to fathom Universal Credit

Universal Credit will be rolled out across England and Wales next year, moving claimants’ existing benefits to a single monthly payment which must be applied for online.

Charities and organisations have expressed concern that the most vulnerable of people will be left out of pocket if more support is not given – so where does this leave disabled claimants?

The National Audit Office carried out a report on Universal credit, which was published in July, and said there was no practical alternative to continuing with Universal Credit as proceedings had already begun. It studied some areas included in a pilot scheme. 

How to spot the signs of mental health disorders

Mental Health Issues

Tragically, suicide has been established as the leading cause of death among young people between 15 and 24 years of age, as a result, mental health is now becoming a massive focus across higher education facilities.

Education professionals are having to adapt their working methods to not only provide the best care and education possible in the classroom, but the best standard of care for their students whilst they are outside of the classroom too.

Duty of care to students is becoming a larger demand on the time and resources of schools and universities and this is a good thing!

In the last year, the number of students reporting mental health problems has risen by an astonishing 390%.

What would the repercussions of the Mental Incapacity Amendment Bill be?

DoLS process

On Tuesday 3rd July, The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was presented to the House of Lords as an alternative and possible replacement of the current system which is known as DoLS process.

The proposed amendment follows criticism of the current system by the Law commission review in 2017 where it was deemed as being too complex and bureaucratic. DoLS have been difficult for care staff, service users and their families to navigate due to the complexities of the process, which is needed at a time when people are at their most vulnerable to ensure that they stay at the heart of decision-making.

Following the review, the government has developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ which will become legally binding through acceptance of the bill.

Brighton disability pride role for Arden house volunteers

Arden House Disability Pride event

Members of Arden House, asupported living service in Brighton, have volunteered their help to make sure celebration-goers stay hydrated at this weekend’s Disability Pride event.

Staff members and four people who live at Arden House in Preston Park, which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs, will be greeting visitors and running a watering station at the event at Hove Lawns on July 14.

The celebrations will include live music, acts, performances, and speeches from disabled people; work from disabled artists; and stalls from local support organisations.

Chris Woolgar, manager of Arden House, said:

PLAYMOBIL announces sponsorship of World Autism Awareness Week

PLAYMOBIL announces sponsorship of World Autism Awareness Week

PLAYMOBIL toys are played with across the world and enjoyed by children of all ages. In fact in 2017 the toy giant marked the production of its 3 billionth figure.

This year the beloved toy maker is working with the National Autistic Society to explore how the hand-sized figures with the famous smile bring joy to children on the autistic spectrum, and help support their ongoing development.

The partnership will see PLAYMOBIL explore the relationship between children on the autistic spectrum and their much loved PLAYMOBIL toys through a research project. The toy manufacturer is also sponsoring this year’s World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW), taking place from March 26th. The week is the National Autistic Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Mum of two, Gina Wade spends all the time she can helping her daughter Sophie overcome the symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Walking and moving is always difficult for Sophie because of her stiff, tight muscles, but the pony she loves so much eventually led her to trying a unique treatment that finally helped ease her symptoms...  

5 Most Common Misconceptions About Life with a Disability  

5 Most Common Misconceptions About Life with a Disability  

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that many people living with a disability have to deal with misconceptions and stigma on a daily basis. From ignorance and prejudice, to barriers to work and education, the effects of these misconceptions can have profound and wide-ranging effects on the lives of disabled people.

UKS Mobility recently talked to 18 bloggers about their experiences and the misconceptions that those living with a disability face. Here, we take a closer look at the most common misconceptions they mentioned. We hope this will help raise awareness and reduce the stigma and improve conversation around disability.  

1.        All people with disabilities use wheelchairs